Obama walks the walk

by Ellen Ratner -- Who can forget the mess that had various names during the 1993 "Health Care that is Always There" campaign during the Clinton administration? There were committees, closed meetings, more…

Newt's new drug for America

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, the president is having his first health-care summit. He has proposed changes in the budget for what he calls a down payment for future health care. more…

Taxing to 'deshabby' America

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend the University of Virginia held a debate on the question of infrastructure with two "experts" as well as Gov. Ed Rendell, D-Pa., and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, more…

Is America becoming Afghanistan?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last July I wrote an article titled "Is America Cleveland?" I went to my hometown and described how the stores were empty, the infrastructure was falling apart and more…

Interview with Obama

by Ellen Ratner -- Tonight at 8 p.m., President Obama will hold his first major press conference as president of the United States. No duck and cover or dodge 'em – he's more…

Jobless in shabby America

by Ellen Ratner -- It's been a lousy week for America. As I write this on Super Bowl Sunday, it occurs to me that on just one of those days, we lost more…

Obama: The 1st 100 hours

by Ellen Ratner -- Pundits have a problem writing about Barack Obama and his administration: There's both plenty to say, and it's just too soon to say anything. Most reporters are dwelling more…

Leon Panetta: A dissenting view

by Ellen Ratner -- I think Leon Panetta is a first-rate choice to run the CIA. I'll be the first to admit that there are plenty of people, and not just conservatives, more…

Why the conflict now?

by Ellen Ratner -- I was sitting in the New Delhi airport while watching the latest news with a bunch of fellow passengers. Each viewed the invasion of Gaza with their own more…

Saving India from terrorism

by Ellen Ratner -- Greetings from the world's largest and loudest democracy. This last column of the year comes to you from New Delhi where I have spent the past few days more…