Election 2008: A national obsession

by Ellen Ratner -- For the first time in a long time, a presidential election has become a national obsession. No matter where you go, this election is being discussed across lines more…

An election for the record books

by Ellen Ratner -- As a lifelong liberal, I am not only obsessed by this election, but I find myself waking up in the middle of the night with anxiety. What will more…

A generation of tech-savvy voters

by Ellen Ratner -- Our staff is having a retreat this weekend. With the exception of me, a baby boomer, our staff represents Generation X and even a Generation Y – also more…

Super Tuesday in a drowning nation

by Ellen Ratner -- Twenty-four hour campaigning, 7,000 person rallies, political ads filling every TV and radio spot, political pundits spewing their latest guesstimates … overall, there is a lot of noise more…

U.S. economy: What must happen next

by Ellen Ratner -- On Friday I had the opportunity to ask Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson about where America was going to get long-term growth in the economy. After all, nations that more…

Wanted: 1 great president

by Ellen Ratner -- This week I had the fortune of observing the Democratic and Republican candidates up close and personal at radio row and the New Hampshire primary. It was an more…

'Charlie Wilson's War'

by Ellen Ratner -- A favorite holiday pastime, especially when one needs a break from the holiday visitors, is to escape into a comfy, dark theater and watch the annual holiday blockbuster. more…

Santa's China sweatshop

by Ellen Ratner -- Everyone likes a pretty Christmas – a Christmas filled with family, lights, decorating and giving. None of us wants a season where joy is based on someone else's more…

Rice burns over heat of charred resolution

by Ellen Ratner -- Here's a modern proverb about an ancient land: After one week in Israel/Palestine, you're qualified to write a book; spend a month, and you can write an article; more…