Legacy showdown: Obama vs. Clinton

by Ellen Ratner -- By press accounts, President Obama had a good trip to the Middle East. Much of the press accounts about his trip were complimentary and a few of the more…

America needs a hero

by Ellen Ratner -- The sequestration rancor is reflective of a Congress and America gone bad. The partisan politics is nothing new. You can read newspapers from the 19th century, and the more…

Shocking perspective on Eisenhower

by Ellen Ratner -- This week, we had the annual rite known as the State of the Union. Less a statement of our union, it's really a speech that highlights a president's more…

Outrage! Secret drone base in Saudi Arabia

by Ellen Ratner -- Being a teenager during the hottest parts of the Vietnam War left me convinced that the government did not always tell the truth and that our reasons for more…

Bailout companies fleecing taxpayers

by Ellen Ratner -- I have been covering Washington D.C. for 21 years, so it takes quite a bit to shock me. This week, I moved into the "I am shocked" category. more…

'Running from Crazy'

by Ellen Ratner -- This weekend, I went all the way to Salt Lake City to see a movie by two-time Academy Award winner Barbara Kopple. The movie is documentary about the more…

No place for guns in civil society

by Ellen Ratner -- Today, as the president begins his second term, we have many leftover issues. One of the most important is gun control. I know the audience that reads this more…

What's wrong with HIPAA?

by Ellen Ratner -- The Wall Street Journal ran a Jan. 11 op-ed headlined "The Tragedy of Mental Health Law," written by Lloyd Sederer, who is the medical director of the New more…

Lessons from the Galapagos Islands

by Ellen Ratner -- I am just returning from a week in the Galapagos Islands. These are the famous islands that Charles Darwin visited when he was in his twenties. I wasn't more…

Time to eliminate guns and football

by Ellen Ratner -- We've stopped believing that Earth is flat. We've stopped believing that the sun revolves around Earth. With a few exceptions, most of us understand that the earth is more…