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…

Different sides of the same coin

by Ellen Ratner -- Saddam is dead; Moktada al-Sadr is alive. The two men are, to use an expression I heard from a student at the University of Damascus, ''two sides of more…

Musharraf the next Saddam?

by Ellen Ratner -- Pakistan is supporting terrorism and the United States has propped up another dictator, another man who was not "elected" because he is being "helpful" in the war on more…

Bush bellies up to the salad bar

by Ellen Ratner -- The president's reaction to the Iraq Study Group's recommendations did not come as a surprise to me after covering his presidency for the last six years. Being fond more…

Love thy planet

by Ellen Ratner -- Recently Rev. Joel Hunter, the elected president of the famed Christian Coalition, founded by Pat Robertson, stepped down due to what appears to be irreconcilable differences over how more…

From Russia with Polonium 210?

by Ellen Ratner -- Can Russia be trusted is the question of the day following the murder of former Russian KGB spy Alexander V. Litvinenko. Litvinenko was poisoned in London with Polonium more…