Gen. Pace deserves the boot

by Ellen Ratner -- Donald Rumsfeld left the Pentagon and so far no one has been very sad about it. The new Defense Secretary Robert Gates has been showing that leadership doesn't more…

Bush bags his trophy terrorist

by Ellen Ratner -- This week the Pentagon released the Guantanamo hearing of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM). Two senators went to Guantanamo to witness his hearing via closed circuit television. The senators more…

Hopelessness causes crime

by Ellen Ratner -- Sen. Mary Landrieu spent the greater part of last week fighting for increased funding for victims of Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans has turned into the Wild West. Red more…

Romney preaches to the choir

by Ellen Ratner -- The Conservative Political Action Conference 2007 (CPAC) had almost 4,000 participants this year. All of the major declared GOP presidential candidates were there, with the exception of Sen. more…

The cure for campaign burnout

by Ellen Ratner -- Covering past presidential elections was fun, insightful and even inspiring. A candidate had to put themselves in front of real people, not real cameras, in order to gain more…

Non-binding government

by Ellen Ratner -- America's ''lawmakers'' might need to change their name to ''statementmakers'' or ''hearingmakers'' if the rest of the year continues in the theme of non-binding/meaningless resolutions. The House and more…

Attempted murder by pepper spray?

by Ellen Ratner -- The White House Press room was abuzz this week. Everyone was talking about it. Obama? Iran? Iraq? No, it was the story of the astronaut Lisa Nowak and more…

Dirty laundry: Libby hung out to dry

by Ellen Ratner -- In case you were wondering what side former Bush press secretary Ari Fleisher is on in the Scooter Libby trial, you need not wonder any longer. He is more…

Gone fishing on the taxpayers' dime

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I sat in a federal courtroom as my friend, former Republican Rep. Bob Ney, was sentenced to 30 months in prison. As I took my place more…

The Department of Offense

by Ellen Ratner -- Three things converged this week to give any American pause, or more precisely, a scare. The New York Times revealed that, ''The Pentagon has been using a little more…