Taxing to 'deshabby' America

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend the University of Virginia held a debate on the question of infrastructure with two "experts" as well as Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, more…

Is America becoming Afghanistan?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last July I wrote an article titled "Is America Cleveland?" I went to my hometown and described how the stores were empty, the infrastructure was falling apart and more…

Interview with Obama

by Ellen Ratner -- Tonight at 8 p.m., President Obama will hold his first major press conference as president of the United States. No duck and cover or dodge 'em – he's more…

Jobless in shabby America

by Ellen Ratner -- It's been a lousy week for America. As I write this on Super Bowl Sunday, it occurs to me that on just one of those days, we lost more…

Obama: The 1st 100 hours

by Ellen Ratner -- Pundits have a problem writing about Barack Obama and his administration: There's both plenty to say, and it's just too soon to say anything. Most reporters are dwelling more…

Leon Panetta: A dissenting view

by Ellen Ratner -- I think Leon Panetta is a first-rate choice to run the CIA. I'll be the first to admit that there are plenty of people, and not just conservatives, more…

Why the conflict now?

by Ellen Ratner -- I was sitting in the New Delhi airport while watching the latest news with a bunch of fellow passengers. Each viewed the invasion of Gaza with their own more…

Saving India from terrorism

by Ellen Ratner -- Greetings from the world's largest and loudest democracy. This last column of the year comes to you from New Delhi where I have spent the past few days more…

Bush weighs in for America

by Ellen Ratner -- Democrats, liberals and other traditional President Bush detractors must always give credit where credit is due, and this time the president deserves the credit. He bucked his own more…

Strength of a nation

by Ellen Ratner -- Thanksgiving weekend is often marked by movie going, and this weekend was no exception. I purchased tickets to "Milk" the Sean Penn movie about "gay" activist Harvey Milk. more…