Garbage in, garbage out

by Ellen Ratner -- It is early Sunday morning in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and like in many places around the world the newspaper comes right to your door. The headline of more…

Schools must offer contraception

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday on "Fox and Friends," Jim Pinkerton and I debated a Fox News Poll concerning children and the availability of contraception. Fifty-seven percent said that giving contraceptives to more…

How Obama will seal the deal

by Ellen Ratner -- We had quite a week in the United States. The first serious woman candidate dropped out of the presidential race and gave her endorsement to the first African-American more…

Americans are ready for Obama

by Ellen Ratner -- It is not just Scott McClellan who may be moving away from the Bush camp; there are many Republicans who are very disillusioned with their party. They are more…

Karl Rove: The gift that keeps on giving

by Ellen Ratner -- Karl Rove is the gift that keeps on giving. Or maybe the mold that won't go away. This week's continuing Rove-O-Rama was an exchange of letters between Rove's more…

Why I love Harry Reid

by Ellen Ratner -- This week several journalists and bloggers had breakfast with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid just published a book, "The Good Fight: Hard Lessons from Searchlight to Washington." more…

A free nation requires a free press

by Ellen Ratner -- The advantage of being a long-time reporter in Washington, D.C., is that you begin to see patterns of behavior both of individual politicians and also of administrations. The more…

America's oil: Good to the last drop

by Ellen Ratner -- As I sit here writing this column from the oil rich Middle East, I am reflecting on the political oil wars that we are hearing so much about more…

Don't baby Obama

by Ellen Ratner -- Sen. Barack Obama After last week's Pennsylvania debate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, my very good friends on the left were screaming. ABC moderators George Stephanopoulos more…

The long, dark tunnel of recession

by Ellen Ratner -- It's been a long time since Capitol Hill politics starting looking a lot like they used to: Personal animus is out and deal-making, pork and problem solving are more…