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…

What would Kissinger do?

by Ellen Ratner -- The Syrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. is less than three miles away from the State Department but it might as well be in Antarctica given the amount of more…