A panel of writers and editors lay out what you need to know before heading to the polls in November.
Join some of the brightest intellectuals of our day as they break down what they see as the major issues steering this election season, and find out what they think you need to decide before you go to the polls in November.
Our panel of writers and editors will also discuss what they believe are the issues the next president will need to address to move our nation forward- The Commonwealth Club of California
Martin Kettle writes for the Guardian on British, European and American politics, as well as the media, law, music and many other subjects. He has worked on the Guardian since 1984 in several capacities, including as a columnist, classical music critic, political leader writer, Guardian Europe editor and US bureau chief 1997-2001. He was chief leader writer 2001-6. He was appointed an assistant editor of the paper in 1994.
Before joining the Guardian he was political correspondent of the Sunday Times and before that home affairs correspondent of New Society magazine. He is the author of Policing the Police (with Peter Hain) and Uprising (with Lucy Hodges) and was the editor of the Guardian Guide to the New Europe and the Guardian Guide to the European Single Currency.
He was born in Yorkshire in 1949 and educated at Leeds modern school and Oxford University, where he studied modern history. He is married to Alison Hannah and has two adult sons.
Thomas Powers is the author of The Man Who Kept the Secrets: Richard Helms and the CIA, Heisenberg's War: The Secret History of the German Bomb, Intelligence Wars: American Secret History from Hitler to al-Qaeda, and The Confirmation (2000), a novel.
He won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting in 1971 and has contributed to The New York Review of Books, The New York Times Book Review, Harper's, The Nation, The Atlantic, and Rolling Stone.
Frank Rich is writer-at-large for New York Magazine, where he writes monthly essays on politics and culture. He is also a commentator at nymag.com, engaging in regular dialogues on the news of the week. Rich joined New York in 2011 following a distinguished career at the New York Times, where he had been an op-ed columnist since 1994. He was previously the paper's chief drama critic, from 1980 to 1993, and had also worked at the paper as a front-page columnist for the Sunday "Arts & Leisure" section, a senior adviser to the Times' culture editor on the paper's cultural-news report, and a senior writer for the New York Times Magazine.
He has written about culture and politics for many other national publications. His honors include the George Polk Award for commentary in 2005 and, in 2011, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism from Harvard University. His books include Ghost Light: A Memoir and, most recently, The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina. Rich is also a creative consultant to HBO, where he is an executive producer of VEEP, a comedy series written and directed by Armando Iannucci and starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and a documentary on Stephen Sondheim scheduled for 2013. A native of Washington, D.C., and graduate of Harvard, he lives in New York City with his wife, the novelist and journalist Alex Witchel.
Robert B. Silvers
Robert B. Silvers is co-editor of The New York Review of Books. Prior to joining the Review, Mr. Silvers was, from 1959 to 1963, associate editor of Harper's magazine, editor of the book Writing in America and translator of La Gangrene.
Before that, Mr. Silvers lived in Paris for six years (1952 to 1958), where he served with the U.S. Army at SHAPE Headquarters and attended the Sorbonne and Ecole des Sciences Politiques. He joined the editorial board of The Paris Review in 1954 and became Paris editor in 1956.
He also worked as press secretary to Governor Chester Bowles in 1950. Mr. Silvers, who graduated from the University of Chicago in 1947, was born in Mineola, New York.
Michael Tomasky was previously a senior political columnist and contributing editor at New York magazine. He has also worked as an editor and writer at The Village Voice and The New York Observer.
He is author of two books, Left for Dead: The Life, Death, and the Possible Resurrection of Progressive Politics in America, and Hillary's Turn, an account of the New York Senate race of 2000. He has also been published in The New York Review of Books, Harper's, The New York Times Book Review and The Washington Post, and was recently a Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard. He is well known to Prospect readers for his weekly Web column and feature articles in the magazine.