The Emperor Bush and his clothes

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush has not had a good week, even his friends are starting to say, ''The Emperor has no clothes,'' especially as it pertains to the Iraq war more…

Glasnost for the U.S.

by Ellen Ratner -- I often sit next to the Russian Tass reporter in the White House press briefing room. Lately I've seen my Russian colleague smiling and shaking his head a more…

What would Kissinger do?

by Ellen Ratner -- The Syrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. is less than three miles away from the State Department but it might as well be in Antarctica given the amount of more…

Democrats to 'minimum wage' war

by Ellen Ratner -- Democrats are hoping the minimum wage will do for them what gay marriage did for the Republicans. Get out the vote. The key to this year's mid-term elections more…

So, how is democracy working Mr. President?

by Ellen Ratner -- Once it was apparent there were no ''weapons of mass destruction'' in Iraq, President Bush's justification for invading Iraq morphed into a broader security argument. His premise was more…

Alcohol, the brain and murder

by Ellen Ratner -- Last Thursday's Science Times section of the New York Times presented stunning evidence that, if acted upon, will put a cork in teen drinking and hopefully change the more…

'Desecration' of the American worker

by Ellen Ratner -- This Fourth of July, the 230th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, is the appropriate time to examine exactly what is meant by the flag more…

Rove creates the Democratic Straw Men

by Ellen Ratner -- Bush advisor Karl Rove's brilliant doll-making abilities were on display this week as Congress helped him build the latest version of the Democratic Party Straw Man Model Scarecrow more…

Same-sex marriage and Emperor Bush

by Ellen Ratner -- Given the events of last week, if I were a conservative, I'd be feeling mighty insulted by President Bush. After all, the right has supported Bush through thick more…