Political predictions for 2011

by Ellen Ratner -- This year I decided to ask our staff and our consultants what their New Year's predictions are for the political world. I will add mine at the end more…

Country's diversity under attack

by Ellen Ratner -- I've had quite a week. Last Saturday I spent the day in the Senate galleries watching the DREAM Act fail. I saw a bunch of Republican senators talk more…

How is John McCain's brain functioning?

by Ellen Ratner -- I used to think John McCain was the maverick that he advertised himself to be. He bucked the system, believed in campaign finance reform and reached across the more…

U.S. must help Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week I stayed in a hotel with prices fit for Washington, D.C., or New York City. I was not in the United States. I was in Southern more…

An example of true leadership

by Ellen Ratner -- Like many Americans, I have known many people who have had run-ins with the criminal justice system. By run-ins, I don't mean a hearing for a speeding ticket. more…

Time for flat-earthers to wake up

by Ellen Ratner -- I travel a lot, and I use it as my time to catch up on reading and also to think and reflect. This week as I was purchasing more…

Why Obama's trips abroad are vital

by Ellen Ratner -- Having recently returned from a trip to China, I have a clear understanding why China is extremely competitive economically. It is not just the balance of trade and more…

Jon Stewart for president

by Ellen Ratner -- I spent the whole day at the "Rally to Restore Sanity" and, unlike the New York Times reporter, I did not find that the people I talked to more…

Action plan for Republicans

by Ellen Ratner -- When I worked in the mental-health field, we used to tell families that their seesaw dynamics kept the relationship at the same distance. One member of the couple more…