Why do people act this way?

by Ellen Ratner -- Just when we thought all the lunacy and hubbub of the election was done, we were pushed straight into the Gen. Patraeus mess. It became more and more more…

8 lessons from the election

by Ellen Ratner -- I am writing from a liberal perspective, but the lessons that should be heeded by all. There was no partisanship in what was learned Tuesday; the numbers speak more…

Ohio: Let's move forward

by Ellen Ratner -- I frequently write about Ohio. I am from Ohio and believe in my heart of hearts in the well-worn expression, "As goes Ohio, so goes the nation." In more…

Florida's election roller coaster

by Ellen Ratner -- On my way to the debate in Boca Raton, I decided to spend an extra couple of days in Florida. I wanted to see some friends and get more…

Mitt's voting-machine buddies

by Ellen Ratner -- Although I spend most of my time commuting between New York and Washington, D.C., I am from the great state of Ohio. I love Ohio, although the state's more…

A presidential debate makeover

by Ellen Ratner -- Two years ago, I wrote a piece called “Jon Stewart for president.” I had spent the day on the National Mall observing the “The Rally to Restore Sanity.” more…

An expensive ride to nowhere

by Ellen Ratner -- During my first visit to Russia in 1978, there was a story I heard several times. It was such a well-known tale that Hedrick Smith wrote about it more…

Let's take a lesson from China

by Ellen Ratner -- After two weeks at Republican and Democratic conventions, I was a bit disheartened. The sheer amount of U.S. government money spent could put a lot of people through more…

Time for party conventions to go virtual

by Ellen Ratner -- Today the Republican National Convention was supposed to start in Tampa, Fla. But for the second time in a row, the Republican convention has been delayed. In 2008, more…