Ari Ratner

Politics

What Was Said and Unsaid During Ashton Carter’s Nomination for Secretary of Defense

President Obama nominated Ashton Carter to replace Chuck Hagel to become his next secretary of defense. The announcement ceremony — normally a staid affair — was notable.
Ari Ratner
12.5.14
Politics

The Republican Triumph in the 2014 Midterms Is Bad News for the Environment

After sweeping GOP victories in elections across the country, the coming Congress is likely to be less environmentally friendly than any in recent memory.
Ari Ratner
11.5.14
Politics

Why the 2014 Midterms Matter — And Why Nobody Seems to Care

With disillusionment high and voter turnout expected to be low, today’s elections may not radically change a dysfunctional Washington — but the stakes still remain high.
Ari Ratner
11.4.14
Politics

Florida Governor's Race: Dispatch from a Battleground State Headed Underwater

The outcome of Tuesday's contest between Rick Scott and Charlie Crist will likely play a key role in how the state — and perhaps the entire country — responds to the looming climate change crisis.
Ari Ratner
11.3.14
environment

Colorado's Great Divide: Oil and the Environment

Colorado's Thompson Divide — one of the largest remaining roadless areas in the West — is caught in a bureaucratic stranglehold that pits industry against community and government agency against government agency.
Ari Ratner
10.28.14
environment

In Search of the Keystone XL Pipeline — and Its Impact on the Midterm Elections

In Kansas — a key battleground state — it becomes apparent that the Keystone XL is a more visible political issue the farther away from it you are.
Ari Ratner
10.22.14
americas

Voters In Colorado and Kansas Are Tuning Out This Year's Election

Tight races in battleground states tend to mobilize voters, but conversations in Colorado and Kansas reflect a palpable sense of disillusionment this electoral cycle.
Ari Ratner
10.17.14
Politics

'Young People Have the Most at Stake in This Election': An Interview With Rep. Jared Polis

VICE News spoke with Colorado's Rep. Jared Polis, a strong supporter of environmental causes and the first openly gay parent to serve in Congress.
Ari Ratner
10.14.14
Politics

Colorado's Key Senate Race Is a Battle for America’s Environment

VICE News is in Colorado, a political and environmental microcosm of the US, and where the vital midterm vote might decide who wins the Senate.
Ari Ratner
10.13.14
defense & security

Obama's Estonia Visit En Route to NATO Summit Is All About Keeping Putin at Bay

Obama’s visit visibly demonstrates American support for the region and its resolve to Russia — which will be further bolstered by Thursday's NATO summit.
Ari Ratner
9.3.14
Politics

‘There Has to Be More Pressure’: Michael McFaul, America’s Last Ambassador to Russia, Discusses Putin and Ukraine

VICE News speaks with the former ambassador about his experience serving US interests in Russia and his views on the crisis in Ukraine.
Ari Ratner
7.23.14
asia & pacific

The Shrimp Now Has a Say in the Ongoing Struggle for East Asian Supremacy

Alliances are shifting between the Korean Peninsula and the major powers who have been fighting for regional influence there for centuries.
Ari Ratner
7.4.14
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