Selling out Poland

by Ellen Ratner -- It is July 2009, and I am writing this from Warsaw, Poland. This is my third visit to this country but my first time back since the fall more…

10 items for health care legislation

by Ellen Ratner -- Fireworks are done for another year, the president is traveling in Europe, Congress is coming back to Washington and the nation is gearing up for two big events more…

Michael Jackson and Gov. Sanford

by Ellen Ratner -- You can't turn on the television or talk radio without hearing about Michael Jackson's life and death. Speculation abounds about how many drugs he took, who prescribed them more…

How to pay for Obama's health care

by Ellen Ratner -- "So, Just snap your fingers and fix the USA" is the last line from the JibJab Media video shown at the Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner Friday more…

Obama saves capitalism from its defenders

by Ellen Ratner -- Finally, there is hope – and change – coming to General Motors. Under the leadership of President Barack Obama and washed through an administration-led bankruptcy proceeding, it will more…

It's time to serve our veterans

by Ellen Ratner -- Memorial Day, originally titled Decoration Day, is a time to remember those who have died in service to our country. These are not just lives that have been more…

Pelosi: She's what's for dinner

by Ellen Ratner -- The saddest thing about the current mess embroiling House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is that the country finds itself mired in the one mess that it needs so badly more…

Stop stealing from artists

by Ellen Ratner -- My friend Kate Taylor is a wonderful recording artist. She was on an amazing career path in her younger years but stopped to raise a beautiful family on more…

Swine flu hits U.S.

by Ellen Ratner -- I spent the last week on the ocean liner The Queen Mary 2. I flew to England and boarded the ship because I wanted to recreate my father's more…