See Bush run – away from reality

by Ellen Ratner -- The mental health experts call it ''reality testing.'' According to www.behavenet.com, the term ''refers to an individual's ability to discern, perceive, appreciate or "test" the qualities of their more…

Cleaning up Congress

by Ellen Ratner -- I was in the airport the other day and ran into J.C. Watts, the African-American Republican who left his leadership position in the House for private life. He more…

Good fences make bad legislation

by Ellen Ratner -- This week the Senate approved a fence; a seven hundred mile double wall along the border with Mexico. The bill passed easily 80-19 in this election climate and more…

Broken windows of privacy

by Ellen Ratner -- Rarely a week goes by that we do not hear about a major infringement of privacy in the national news. One of this week's privacy infringement cases highlighted more…

Snow job

by Ellen Ratner -- It was Sept. 12, and White House press secretary Tony Snow walked into the temporary press room at The White House Conference Center for the morning gaggle. The more…

Al-Qaida: 5 years and counting

by Ellen Ratner -- The official Bush administration position on al-Qaida is that it has been badly damaged and that we have its leaders on the run. However, many experts believe al-Qaida more…

Pulling Hitler out of their hats

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush is making his case for ''staying the course'' in Iraq with a series of speeches. He believes he will be vindicated by history for his decision more…

The Emperor Bush and his clothes

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush has not had a good week, even his friends are starting to say, ''The Emperor has no clothes,'' especially as it pertains to the Iraq war more…

Glasnost for the U.S.

by Ellen Ratner -- I often sit next to the Russian Tass reporter in the White House press briefing room. Lately I've seen my Russian colleague smiling and shaking his head a more…