Policies, Not Political Pablum

With the first debate of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates only days away, we Americans need to shake off our conditioning and demand better than empty platitudes from our politicians. We have been raised on political pablum. When we ask politicians questions about policy, often they respond, at best, with generic, placating rhetoric designed to

Roundtable – Responding To Electoral Mischief

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on May 4, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to this week’s Roundtable, where Torchlight staff discuss the current burning political questions.

Roundtable – 2020 Democratic Candidates, Pt. 3

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on April 14, 2019. The second part of the candidate discussion was published last week.  Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to today’s

New York Times Reports Open Season On Sanders

Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck staring at a poster of Bernie Sanders labeled "Bernie Season"

Jonathan Martin recently wrote an article in The New York Times about efforts by elements in the Democratic party to organize opposition to Bernie Sanders’ primary campaign. The article was remarkable mainly for what it did not address, which is what these Anybody But Bernie activists’ objections are to Sanders winning the nomination. The article

Roundtable – 2020 Democratic Candidates, Pt. 2

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on April 7, 2019.  The first part of the candidate discussion was published last week. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing EditorHello and welcome to today’s Roundtable.

Roundtable – 2020 Democratic Candidates, Pt. 1

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on March 31, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Last weekend Attorney General Barr issued a four page letter reporting about the Mueller report, which

Roundtable – Wakanda vs Vote Suppression

The Roundtable is Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The text has been lightly edited for clarity, and some links were added after the fact. This conversation happened on January 21, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. It’s been as busy a week as every

Roundtable – 2017 Elections

The Roundtable is a discussion of news and events among Torchlight staff. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity, and links have been added after the fact. This conversation took place on November 11, 2017. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. This was an election week, with