The transparent truth

by Ellen Ratner -- "People in glass houses should ... always clean their windows." – Ellen Ratner Lately, the Bush administration has put a lot of yakkity-yak on the airwaves about "transparency," more…

Three cheers for the losers

by Ellen Ratner -- Honesty is a rare policy anywhere, but virtually unknown in that Fib-A-Thon we call American Politics. If the U.S. electorate is like some Capt. Ahab, in search of more…

Arafat must stay!

by Ellen Ratner -- The government of Israel recently announced that a Cabinet-level decision had been made to expel Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat. This was followed up almost immediately by one extreme more…

You do the math

by Ellen Ratner -- It's now only 13 months before the 2004 presidential election and George Bush, who has repeatedly proclaimed that the Iraq War will define his presidency, has finally admitted more…

Raising the white flag

by Ellen Ratner -- Critics of the war were vindicated this week as the Bush administration hoisted the white flag, signaling the surrender of the most presumptuous of its several misfired premises more…

Why it'll be Dean vs. Bush

by Ellen Ratner -- There's only one thing you have to know about Howard Dean: He used to be the governor of Vermont. Thought you already knew that? Well, maybe you did, more…

5 reasons Bush might lose in 2004

by Ellen Ratner -- The power blackout that shrouded much of the East Coast and parts of the Midwest has thus far not been adequately explained. But there's been lots of talk more…

Casting call, cattle call, recall

by Ellen Ratner -- I was about 10 years old, and Ronald Reagan would appear on television every week, sponsoring the Zane Gray Theater and doing spots for the powdered soap, "Twenty more…

Keeping our homeland secure

by Ellen Ratner -- This should have been a great week for Democrats. President G.W. Bush let the light of day shine on what has been a hermetically sealed-shut win for the more…

Uday and Qusay, R.I.P. (Rot In Perdition)

by Ellen Ratner -- Two heads of three-headed Iraqi Hydra have been chopped off. While I oppose capital punishment with all of my corpuscles, what happened to these two monsters wasn't an more…