Roundtable – Taking Stock On July 4th

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 July 6, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to today’s Roundtable, our regular Torchlight staff discussion of current events. As we

The Darkness of Trump’s Immigration Policy

“Freedom to starve is no freedom.” Patrick Harper, Sharpe’s Rifles (Movie), 1993 This morning, I rose from my cushioned slumber, tossed aside my covers, and went to the bathroom to relieve myself, after which I washed my hands with soap. A little later, I brushed my teeth with a toothbrush and took a shower with

Two Years On: The Trump Administration’s Erosion of LGBT+ Protections

I had hoped we wouldn’t be here. I cried all night long when Trump won on Election Night two years ago, and one of the tools with which I clawed my way out of despair was the belief that this country was too good to allow this. “Surely, this is a mistake,” I told myself.

Roundtable – Two Years In

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 6, 2019. Josh Kyu Saiewitz, Senior Managing Editor Hello and welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. It’s good to be

Roundtable – Pruitt Scandals

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 8, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. This was yet another full-to-the-brim week, but the piece

Roundtable – One Crazy Week

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 18, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, where Torchlight staff discuss the news and events of the past week. We’d love to

Roundtable – Gun Control

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 February 18, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight staff’s discussion of news and events. The horrible events in Parkland, Florida are foremost

Roundtable – Unfit for Duty

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 14, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. President Trump had a bad week, contradicting his own

Roundtable – Fire and Fury

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 7, 2018. Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s weekly discussion of news and events. The big news in this first week of

Roundtable – Puerto Rico

Tom Rich, Editor-in-Chief Welcome to the Roundtable, Torchlight’s discussion of news and events. This has been a devastating hurricane season in the Atlantic, with many Caribbean islands badly damaged and the states of Florida and Texas suffering severe impacts. But the story of Puerto Rico has been especially prominent, as some 3 million American citizens