Coming soon: 'Wag the Dog,' part 2

by Ellen Ratner -- The president's approval ratings are starting to look like a share of "dot bomb" stock in 1999. Even the most favorable polls show that Mr. Bush has lost more…

Lunch with a princess

by Ellen Ratner -- Last Friday, I had the privilege – along with five other journalists – of lunching with Princess Loulwa Al-Faisal, a daughter of late King Faisal of Saudi Arabia. more…

Thumb on the scale

by Ellen Ratner -- The president chose D.C. federal Appeals Court Justice John G. Roberts to fill Sandra Day O'Connor's seat on the Supreme Court. The verdict is still out on how more…

Bush integrity on the skids

by Ellen Ratner -- The president's "architect," Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove, has designed a handy little box for his boss to squirm around in. Karl Rove, aka "Bush's Brain," has more…

The privatization of war

by Ellen Ratner -- In an attempt to make some sense out of last week's bombing attack on London, I have sifted through the mass quantities of the news and analysis on more…

Halliburton's 5-finger discount

by Ellen Ratner -- Much has been said about the famed Halliburton "no-bid contracts." The public's interest in these contracts has been, in a word, cyclical. Since before the invasion of Iraq, more…

The Summer of Discontent

by Ellen Ratner -- No matter how you measure it or who does the measuring, the majority of Americans believe that President Bush is doing a lousy job. Our president now has more…

Girl power

by Ellen Ratner -- I have covered the White House and Capitol Hill for Talk Radio New Service for over 13 years. I have watched presidents, senators and representatives attempt to address more…

Press conference ala 'Saturday Night Live'

by Ellen Ratner -- I spent my Tuesday morning last week on the White House lawn with the president and 49 seated journalists. Surprise, surprise: The president didn't call on me. While more…

A day for remembrance

by Ellen Ratner -- I was born six years after the end of World War II. I grew up spending Memorial Day (or Decoration Day as it was called then) at the more…