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    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Vladimir Putin writes NY Times Op-ed; CIA delivers weapons to Syrian rebels; Colorado flash floods kill 2 people; and a secret Koch brother’s group is revealed to the public. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks has jury duty issues; Lady Gaga talks Miley; JT and Jessica Biel caught smooching; and Prince William leaves the military to be full-time royal.



    U.S weapons reaching Syrian rebels, http://rtvote.com/17Z1gG3
    A flow of materials from the U.S. to Syrian rebels now marks what is being viewed as a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The CIA began delivering weapons to rebels ending months of delay in lethal aid promised by the Obama Administration. Other types of aid that includes vehicles, communications equipment, and advanced combat medical kits are also being delivered.

    Vladimir Putin’s comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause fusshttp://rtvote.com/17Z2jpq
    Vladimir Putin has caught the attention of Americans by writing an opinion piece in today’s New York Times op-ed column, causing a flurry of reactions. Putin says he wrote the article to “speak directly to American people and their political leaders.”

    Flash floods wash away homes, kill at least 2 near Boulder Colorado, http://rtvote.com/17Z3Fk3
    Torrential rains caused at least 2 deaths Thursday in Boulder, Colorado. The National Weather Service described the conditions as “life threatening” in an emergency message issued just after midnight local time for areas around Boulder where 6.5 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours.

    Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank, http://rtvote.com/17Z4p8R
    An Arlington, Virginia based conservative group called Freedom Partners, that raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape the political and policy debate nationwide, has been revealed. The group served as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.


    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Share Rare PDA at U.S. Open, http://rtvote.com/15mUaMX

    Lady Gaga Talks Miley Cyrus at the VMAs On ‘WWHL’: ‘Lighten Up and Leave Her Alone’, http://rtvote.com/15mS3Jh

    ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff: ‘Better Call Saul’ Prequel Happening at AMC, http://rtvote.com/15mT1VU

    Prince William to Leave the Military and Become Full-Time Royal, http://rtvote.com/17YWSH5

    Tom Hanks’ jury duty service leads to misconduct allegation, http://rtvote.com/17Z0Tv6

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    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    3 Responses to “News Round-Up: Thursday, September 12, 2013”

    1. shoeless says:

      My comment yesterday remains as relevant today. It must bother you that the man you campaigned for in 2012 is completely adrift in terms of foreign policy:

      President Obama got owned by Vladimir Putin and has now lost the role of leader in the talks on Iran. His missteps on Syria, from the “red line” comments to John Kerry’s ramblings about an itsy bitsy attack to opening the door to a weapons handover only to watch the State Department walk back from that statement only to then proclaim that it was their idea all along, to Rice’s announcement that the U.S. now seeks regime change is one giant smoldering hot mess.

      The international view of the U.S in now more decidedly unfavorable than it was under Bush. I didn’t think that was even possible.

      Checkmate today. Obama has lost any momentum at striking Syria, and everyone knows it. Now Syria and Russia will dictate the terms and timeline of the handover and Obama and his bumbling Secretary of State can do nothing but watch.

      Are you going to print the comment today, or once again show your lack of tolerance to other opinions?

    2. shoeless says:

      Thanks for proving my point by not posting my comment. Democrats and Repubilcans are two sides of the same coin. Until the millennials figure out that neither side gives a damn about them (how do you feel about the NSA?? ) and opts for some third party based on freedoms and liberties, you guys will just be unwitting pawns in the greater scheme.

      Hope and change, baby! Enjoy the kook aid.

    3. shoeless says:

      Kool aid