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…

GOP convention: What to watch for

by Ellen Ratner -- A week from today begins the Republican convention in Tampa, Fla. Talk Radio News Service will be there, along with 40 talk shows from the right, left and more…

Romney's VP pick energizes Democrats

by Ellen Ratner -- I am not a fan of the Romney-Ryan ticket. I think if Gov. Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan were elected, they would take America back to the Dark more…

U.S. message falls flat at Olympics

by Ellen Ratner -- I love the Olympics. Every two years, I make sure my schedule is clear for the opening and closing ceremonies The parade of nations is my favorite, and more…

The appalling state of 'journalism'

by Ellen Ratner -- Four years ago, I interviewed the editor of a government-sponsored newspaper in the Middle East. Given that the government paid for the newspaper, I questioned the editor about more…