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…

Pink and blue soldiers

by Ellen Ratner -- Some House Republicans would like to create a pink and blue military. U.S. Representative John McHugh, R-N.Y., recently threw in a last minute amendment to the House's defense more…

The end of pensions

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, United Airlines won court approval to terminate all four of its defined-benefit pension plans. This is a shot across the bow of the American middle class. more…

Fast and furious spending

by Ellen Ratner -- I'm beginning to wonder if this government of ours is trying to go broke. The New York Times reported on Sunday that we have spent over $4.5 billion more…

Field trip to Iraq

by Ellen Ratner -- I realize that many of you think I pontificate from an ivory tower and sip $5 cups of coffee in the morning and $50 bottles of wine at more…