50 years since Sputnik, who cares?

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week I wrote about the "No Child Left Behind" bill, which is currently up for reauthorization in Congress. I received several e-mails asking me, "Where in the more…

'No Child Left Behind' is working

by Ellen Ratner -- This week we got some news on the educational abilities of American students. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as the NAEP, test showed some progress in more…

General's report was pure politics

by Ellen Ratner -- I would like to share some thoughts about last week's Ambassador Crocker–Gen. Petraeus hearings. While I didn't attend the House hearings, I was present as the Senate grilled more…

Still breathing the horror of 9/11

by Ellen Ratner -- Tomorrow is the anniversary of 9/11. It is a day that all of us will never forget. That day has left many scars, some psychological, some physical, some more…

A queer double standard

by Ellen Ratner -- The 1945 novel written by George Orwell titled, "Animal Farm: A Fairy Story", provides a useful lens by which last week's resignation of Idaho Republican Sen. Larry Craig more…

Rove worse than Clinton

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week I was walking by the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, the White House's next-door domicile for White House staffers. I couldn't help but notice a long line more…

Homeless soccer scores big

by Ellen Ratner -- I just got off the plane after attending a weekend wedding near Copenhagen, Denmark. The weather was beautiful, and there were tons of tourists. Right outside of my more…

Bush is classic 'dry drunk'

by Ellen Ratner -- Attorney General Gonzalez and President Bush I often wear two hats, one as a reporter who covers Washington and the White House and one as an opinion journalist more…

Word of the week is 'al-Qaida'

by Ellen Ratner -- This week I traveled with President Bush to my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, where he had a lengthy town meeting. Later in the week, I attended a press conference more…