There Are No Safe States

As of this weekend, there are about five weeks left until the 2020 United States General Election. President Donald Trump and his administration have been absolutely awful by just about every metric, from policy, to diplomacy, to staffing, to process, and so on, in an endless list of incompetence, malice, bigotry, and grift. And, thanks

Senate Flip Spotlight: Susan Collins

When Elizabeth Warren stepped out of the race for the 2020 Democratic nomination in the mists of pre-pandemic time (I.e. March 5), many people began posting memes about supporting her for Senate Majority Leader in 2021.  After a bit of thought the Torchlight editorial staff began discussing what that would require, so we have decided

2020 Democratic Candidates on Fixing Our Democracy

Even though the focus of a lot of political reform proposals are the results of the election three years ago, our democratic institutions have been under threat for a long time. Each branch of our government has been under pressure, from Mitch McConnell’s undermining of the Supreme Court, to Congress’s accelerating use of the filibuster,

All for One: Two Years of Trump’s Foreign Policy

A chessboard with a curled fecal deposit in the middle

While there is political disagreement over how to express and achieve the foreign policy goals of the United States, there is general agreement over what they are. For example, maintaining the American hegemony is generally seen as good for the stability of the international system. America achieves this through diplomacy, military power, intelligence operations, economic

Wasted Time: Trump and the Environment

A dumpster fire

As the shutdown continues, the decision to keep the National Parks open is having dire consequences. While the image of what is supposed to be our pristine national wilderness being completely trashed and (literally) shat upon is striking, the state of our environment is in even more danger. As climate change looms, this administration has

Sam Nunberg’s Terrible No Good Very Bad Day

Sam Nunberg's head superimposed on the cover art for "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day".

If you had not heard of Sam Nunberg before Monday, you are not alone. However, his awesome (in the classic sense of the word) meltdown on live television is so stark, singular, and self-immolating that we now need to know who he was, and what exactly happened. Mr. Nunberg was originally an advisor to then

Donald Trump Doubles Down

A KFC "Double Down" with Trump's hair superimposed.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump was scheduled to give a press conference on a signing statement concerning infrastructure spending with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao and Economic Advisor Gary Cohn. He was not scheduled to take questions. Very shortly, he made a unilateral decision to take questions, and the conference went off

Live Report: The Comey Hearing

“Those were lies, plain and simple” – Fired FBI director James Comey On Thursday, May 11, I attended the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. The most anticipated topic of discussion was Russia’s interference with the U.S. elections, and more specifically, Director of the FBI James Comey’s firing that happened barely 48 hours before.