America losing press freedom

by Ellen Ratner -- For those of us concerned with freedom of speech, the events this past week in France have left us speechless. I am on the American advisory board of more…

Top 7 priorities for Congress this winter

by Ellen Ratner -- Congress comes back this week, sort of. It's having ceremonial swearings-in, but it will not meet as a deliberative body until the president's State of the Union toward more…

Our predictions for 2015

by Ellen Ratner -- I've compiled a list of some 2015 predictions from the staff at Talk Radio News Service. Justin Duckham is the deputy bureau chief and White House correspondent. Justin more…

3 ways violence thrives – but shouldn't

by Ellen Ratner -- It is the Christmas season, and I am distressed that in our own country, one of the hallmarks of democracy, we have so much violence and rancor. Just more…

A goat and medicine make a world of difference

by Ellen Ratner -- Once a year, we celebrate Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and now Giving Tuesday. There is now an organization devoted to Giving Tuesday. GivingTuesday.org says more…

Illegal immigrants have a right to stay here

by Ellen Ratner -- My nephew has been working during the past few years organizing farm workers with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers Campaign for Fair Food. They say, "Since 2001, farmworkers more…

If I were king of America

by Ellen Ratner -- Covering the Clintons as a member of the White House press, I was often impressed by their initiatives. Some worked; some needed improvement, but often they were cutting more…