The February 2013 Issue of The Cornell Progressive is out now!
-Matthew Lynch ’14 explores the Newton Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting and the NRA’s National Emergency Response program
-Reem Khondakar ’16 analyzes America’s Violence Against Women Act in light of India’s recent rape cases
-Nathan Gelb-Dyller ’16 discusses the symbolic significance of the UN recognition of Palestine as a nonmember observer state
-Could the 112th Congress really be “the worst congress” in American history? And could NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signing of the SAFE act change gun control legislation in other states? Editors-in-chief Jonathan Yuan ’14 and Ian Cohen ’14 give their takes on the issues here.
Read here, or pick up a copy on campus! Cornell Progressive – February 2013
The final issue of CP for this semester is now out, including these stories:
- Reem Khondakar ’16 analyzes climate change and the current status of green energy in the United States, following the devastating Hurricane Sandy this past fall.
- Matt Provenzano ’16 questions the legitimacy of the GOP argument of a “socialist threat” here in the United States.
- Nathan Gelb-Dyller ’16 explores the importance of a highly important bill with policy implications that people are not talking about – the “Farm Bill”
- Jonathan Yuan ’14 reviews MSNBC’s new roundtable show, The Cycle, and explains why he thinks it serves as the voice for young Americans.
Pick up a copy all around campus before you leave for Winter Break!
The U.S. economy added around 212,000 jobs and the unemployment rate fell to 8.5%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This graph may be preaching to the choir, but here is a reminder on how Republican administrations have been so incompatible with job creation.
Some news from the Republican primary circus:
The anti-Mitt Romney wheel landed on Rick Santorum who finished a close second in the Iowa Caucus on Tuesday night. A mere eight votes separated the former Massachusetts governor — long considered the GOP frontrunner despite the rise and fall of many other candidates — and upstart Santorum, a former Pennsylvania senator. Ron Paul finished a close third place.
The disappointing finishes of Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann may have implications for the top three candidates. Perry announced that he is going to Texas to “reassess” his candidacy and rumors abound that Bachmann may be dropping out in the near future. Their dropping out would free up votes, money and endorsements for probably Santorum, who has positioned himself as the ultra-conservative anti-Romney.
The attention now turns to New Hampshire, where Mitt Romney has been polling extremely well since the beginning of the race. Romney, of course, was governor in a neighboring state, and owns a house in the Granite State. Santorum’s social conservatism may be limited in the traditionally more libertarian, fiscally conservative bastion.
The real contest may come on January 21st with the South Carolina primary. It is far too early to predict that race but last night’s strong Santorum showing may be indicative of a larger trend in the social conservative-friendly Palmetto State.
In brighter news for progressives, the Iowa Caucus also turned out 25,000 supporters for President Obama. The campaign noted: “We knew that the Iowa caucus was an opportunity to test our campaign organization and expand our volunteer base as we move toward November, and we’re overwhelmed with the results.”