Obama outshines in his last 6 weeks

by Ellen Ratner -- While people are being critical of President Obama as he leaves office, some of us wish he had been more like he has been in the last six more…

Amazing work of human-rights lawyers

by Ellen Ratner -- My brother, Michael Ratner, who left us in May, used to think I was a conservative. I am not sure if he thought that because I am a more…

A cure for America's 'nasty' elections

by Ellen Ratner -- This is not the first nasty, contentious election the United States has experienced. The first "nasty" one was in 1800, between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Thomas Jefferson more…

The buzz in the 'spin room'

by Ellen Ratner -- The last presidential debate took place Wednesday. Afterward, live media coverage turned to the "spin room." There's a reason they call it the "spin room": After the debate, more…