A free nation requires a free press

by Ellen Ratner -- The advantage of being a long-time reporter in Washington, D.C., is that you begin to see patterns of behavior both of individual politicians and also of administrations. The more…

America's oil: Good to the last drop

by Ellen Ratner -- As I sit here writing this column from the oil rich Middle East, I am reflecting on the political oil wars that we are hearing so much about more…

Don't baby Obama

by Ellen Ratner -- Sen. Barack Obama After last week's Pennsylvania debate between Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, my very good friends on the left were screaming. ABC moderators George Stephanopoulos more…

The long, dark tunnel of recession

by Ellen Ratner -- It's been a long time since Capitol Hill politics starting looking a lot like they used to: Personal animus is out and deal-making, pork and problem solving are more…

'What, me worry?'

by Ellen Ratner -- Next to George Washington and Abraham Lincoln, probably the next most familiar face in America is that of Mad Magazine's Alfred E. Newman. His one liner, "What, me more…

Slavery: Still alive and well

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week, I wrote about my trip to Southern Sudan and Southern Darfur. Since I have been back on U.S. soil, several people have asked what we can more…

No Easter feast for starving Sudan

by Ellen Ratner -- Yesterday was Easter Sunday, arguably the most peaceful, joyous and hopeful celebration in all of Christendom. As I glance outside my window, I can see the props of more…

Hillary: First black female president?

by Ellen Ratner -- (We at Liberal & Proud are dedicated to bringing our WorldNetDaily readers not only news from inside the Beltway, but also news from inside the inside of the more…

Showdown in Ohio

by Ellen Ratner -- Last Monday, Cleveland, Ohio, had its usual winter snowfall. I was traversing the state from Columbus to Cleveland getting a sense of how the state might vote this more…

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…