Homeless soccer scores big

by Ellen Ratner -- I just got off the plane after attending a weekend wedding near Copenhagen, Denmark. The weather was beautiful, and there were tons of tourists. Right outside of my more…

Bush is classic 'dry drunk'

by Ellen Ratner -- Attorney General Gonzalez and President Bush I often wear two hats, one as a reporter who covers Washington and the White House and one as an opinion journalist more…

Word of the week is 'al-Qaida'

by Ellen Ratner -- This week I traveled with President Bush to my hometown, Cleveland, Ohio, where he had a lengthy town meeting. Later in the week, I attended a press conference more…

'Sicko' exposes wounded health care system

by Ellen Ratner -- Like many Americans I went to see "Sicko" this weekend, the second-highest-first-weekend-grossing documentary of all time. Sicko brought in $4.5 million in just three days. Yes, there were more…

Cost of Iraq war is much too high

by Ellen Ratner -- As I write this column, the cost of the Iraq War is about $439 billion. By the time we reach the five year mark, we will have spent more…

New Orleans: Turning headlines into action

by Ellen Ratner -- "New Orleans deaths up 47 percent" was the USA Today above-the-fold headline in last Friday's paper. The number 47 percent is one number. We could add to that more…

Outsourcing our military responsibilities

by Ellen Ratner -- My cousin, a "hawk" and previous supporter of the war in Iraq, returned from being an embedded correspondent a year ago. This war, he said, is a "contractors" more…