Gonzales taps into the Air Force

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend several hundred cadets at the United States Air Force Academy heard a defense of wire tapping from Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. The Air Force Academy has more…

A 2nd chance for Bush

by Ellen Ratner -- The elections are over with most races clearly decided. The Senate and House are now controlled by the Democrats. Lots of pundits are spending their time discussing how more…

Hardly a November surprise

by Ellen Ratner -- They have convicted Saddam Hussein one week before the election – color me surprised. Historians may argue for the next one hundred years about the possibility that the more…

Slime, mud and the Rove machine

by Ellen Ratner -- There is a great cartoon this week showing a man sitting in a chair in front of his television with mud from head to toe. His wife asks more…

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…