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Billy Blythe: Opera Comes to Ithaca

Composer Bonnie Montgomery is adorable as she quietly jokes with a noticeable southern twang, “It’s nice to perform without a bunch of beer bottles clanking.” It is clear why the company had her introduce the show with a few songs of her own, I wouldn’t want anyone else to guide me through life in small town Arkansas. She does so admirably in the world premiere of this self described folk opera, albeit through an unnecessary lens. The marketing posters boasted an iconic and gray Clinton epically gazing against an American flag backdrop. With Hillary campaigning a few hours away in NYC at the time of the performance, I was prematurely concerned the show would try to be a bit too ambitious for itself. But it turned out to be quite the opposite.

DAVIES | Hillary Clinton’s Ideology Gap

I would rather have Bernie Sanders as president, but Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee. Such is Sanders’ electability problem, distilled. His policies and ideology may be more in line with mine but his chances in the general election are slim. Despite polls’ projections of Sanders’ electoral strength against the top flight of GOP contenders, Americans’ ideological attitudes towards what they consider socialism will prevail in denying him victory. Why else would the Republican Party support and defend Bernie “Hammer and Sickle” Sanders?

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Students Hold Mock Democratic Presidential Debate

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Three Cornell students represented Democratic presidential candidates former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former Governor Martin O’Malley (D-M.D.) and Senator Bernie Sanders (D-V.T.) in a mock Democratic primary debate Wednesday, arguing over issues that included gun violence, student debt, climate change and income inequality. During the 60 minute debate, which featured opening remarks, general questions, audience questions and closing remarks, the three students spoke from the perspectives of the candidates they were standing in for. Natalie Brown ’18, who represented Clinton, emphasized her comprehensive dedication and lifelong service to the country throughout the debate. “My experience in serving this nation is what makes me a unique candidate,” Brown said. “I spent my entire professional life fighting for the American people, fighting for their interests in three different ways: as the Secretary of the State, the First Lady and the Senator of New York, and I have pursued progressive causes throughout my entire career.”
Danyoung Kim ’16, who spoke as Sanders, argued for the need to look at examples in socialist democratic nations such as Denmark and Sweden in addressing issues that included social security and keeping Wall Street in check.

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Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 Joins Clinton Campaign

Presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton announced that Mayor Svante Myrick ’09 is part of a team of 100 New Yorkers that will lead Clinton’s campaign in the state, according to The Syracuse Post-Standard. Myrick is accompanied on the Hillary for New York Leadership Council by the mayor of Syracuse, Stephanie Miner, and other high-profile officials such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Cuomo and Miner have both made statements endorsing Clinton, according to The Post-Standard and the Observer. On his Facebook page, Myrick said he would also be endorsing Clinton because he believes that she is “the most qualified candidate for president and the best bet to build upon Barack Obama’s transformational presidency.”
“I believe that her platform will yield progressive policy successes — and I believe strongly in the power of the pioneering nature of her candidacy,” Myrick wrote. He added that he believes a Clinton presidency would make strides for women in America today.