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…

Pulling Hitler out of their hats

by Ellen Ratner -- President Bush is making his case for ''staying the course'' in Iraq with a series of speeches. He believes he will be vindicated by history for his decision more…

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…