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    News Round-Up: Monday, March 31, 2014



    North Korea and South Korea exchange fire; website issues give the Obamacare website some déjà vu; the UN reports on the global environmental crisis; and Asiana Airlines publicly acknowledges what caused their airplane to crash in San Francisco. Meanwhile, students riot after their basketball team loses; Johnny Depp officially confirms his engagement; and the Royal Family releases a stunning family portrait.

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    N. Korea fires on South during North’s military drills; South responds: http://rtvote.com/1dHQls0
    On Monday, North Korea carried military drills out to sea near the South Korean maritime border. North Korea started drills around noon, and some North Korean materials landed in South Korean waters, prompting South Korea to fire. North Korea, then announced to South Korea their intent to carry out military tests, prompting South Korean officials to view the announcement as “a hostile threat.” North Korea came under controversy Wednesday when it fired two missiles from its east coast (something the United Nations had prohibited the country from doing), angering both the United States and the United Nations. Whether the current exchange of fire is still going on is unknown.

    Website issues on Obamacare enrollment deadline day: http://rtvote.com/1hrU6Ba
    Early this morning, the Obamacare website experienced some déjà vu.  People trying to enroll on the last day of open enrollment were met with this message: “System isn’t available at the moment. We’re currently performing maintenance.” An official said that the issue was a “software bug” that was unrelated to the high demand of enrollment expected. As of 8AM the website is back up and running, though experiencing some slight delays due to the amount of people signing up. So far, over 6 million people have signed up for healthcare coverage and another 2 million visited HealthCare.gov this past weekend.

    Little time left to turn down the world’s heat, UN says: http://rtvote.com/1hrVSCm
    The United Nations reported through the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the world is running out of time to curb global warming, saying that soon, some options will be closed off for good. The report said that governments across the globe need to work on reducing carbon dioxide emissions now to buy more time to solve the issue of a warming globe. The co-chairman of the IPCC said in a statement that “We are not prepared for the climate-related risks that we already face.” The 1,000-page summary of the entire report will serve as the basis for future environmental laws.

    Asiana Airlines says pilot flying too slow before crash: http://rtvote.com/1iSlGHn
    Asiana Airlines, the airline responsible for the crash at the San Francisco Airport last July, publicly acknowledged that the crash’s probable cause was a combination of pilot and mechanical error. Apparently, the pilot was flying the plane slower than he should have been when it came in to land. However, they also said that there were problems in the plane’s autothrottle, which also caused the crash. The crash killed three passengers and injured more than 200 others.

    As DC mayoral hopefuls wrap up campaigning, early turnout numbers are low: http://rtvote.com/1ff92Sp
    As the Washington, DC mayoral primary looms, early voting numbers are at a low, countering earlier predictions that early voting would increase in the District. Candidates have cited the abysmal weather and earlier primary (past primaries haven’t been until September) as reasons for the low turnout. Many people have a negative outlook on the office of mayor, citing the federal investigation on the current mayor, Vincent Gray, who is running for reelection.  Voter turnout is also expected to be low, with 2/3 of registered Democrats in the District saying they would vote in the previous primaries compared to the 54% willing to vote in tomorrow’s primary.  

    CULTURAL

    Students riot after loss in the NCAA tournament: see the video! http://rtvote.com/1dHSSCG

    It’s now officially official: Johnny Depp confirms his engagement (sob): http://rtvote.com/1mFjg2O

    See the picture of one of the best-looking families around: http://rtvote.com/1mFjwP7

    Mila and Ashton head to Iowa to visit the Kutchers: http://rtvote.com/O8X3uG

    Sarah McLachlan talks Chris Martin and Miley Cyrus: http://rtvote.com/ParnGE

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    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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

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