Menopausal dream

by Ellen Ratner -- I watched every minute of the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles. I loved it. Why? Because it is the story of my generation, the early more…

The president's vision for democracy

by Ellen Ratner -- It must be a sign of the "last days" that I agree on something substantial with the conservative talk-show host and former presidential candidate, Pat Buchanan. In a more…

Tom DeLay: Fox watching the henhouse

by Ellen Ratner -- The former pest exterminator, House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Texas, is going to have to be as tough as a Mississippi cockroach if he's going to survive more…

Spin sister goes global

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush appointed another one of his favorite women to the State Department. Karen Hughes has been winning hearts and minds over for George W. Bush since he more…

Where has she gone?

by Ellen Ratner -- I had a perfect view of the Statue of Liberty from the vantage point of my U.S. Airways shuttle seat from Washington, D.C., to New York City last more…

Ownership society

by Ellen Ratner -- The president likes to talk about an "ownership society." Mr. Bush has a bold ownership agenda. It spans the American economic landscape from retirements to tax code to more…

Better off with the lottery

by Ellen Ratner -- Our traveling-salesman president went on the road this week to do what he does best: sell a bill of goods to the American people. He learned how effective more…

Dogs watching television

by Ellen Ratner -- Last week's news that the Federal Aviation Administration had 52 pre-9-11 warnings coupled with the news that the Bush administration not only failed to act, but failed to more…

Waffling toward Gomorrah

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush was asked, in an interview with the Washington Post on Jan. 16, whether or not he was going to resurrect the constitutional amendment to ban gay more…

End of the spin cycle

by Ellen Ratner -- George Bush has barely begun his second term and the Republican hate chefs are heating up the old leftovers and spicing up a few old recipes with some more…