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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    President Obama and French President Hollande talk global warming; China and Taiwan held their first meeting since the Civil War; and Nevada Government officials decide to no longer back the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, Shirley Temple dies at 85 and the Duchess Kate Middleton makes fashion news for her trendy jeans.

    CRUCIAL 

    Obama, Hollande Talk Global Warming With Eyes Toward U.N. Summit: http://rtvote.com/1eQWHTM President Obama and French President Francois Hollande have made climate change one of their “four key themes” to discuss in their meetings this week in Washington, DC. President Hollande will be hosting the UN climate conference next year in Paris and both Presidents plan to focus on ambitious targets and outcomes from that summit. President Obama and President Hollande released a joint op-ed saying: “We continue to urge all nations to join us in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through concrete actions.”

    Shooting reported inside metro Atlanta supermarket:http://rtvote.com/1iLmHR6
    Two women were reportedly shot in an Atlanta Kroger supermarket on Monday afternoon. Both women have non-threating injuries and Kroger officials have also stated that no employees were hurt during this shooting. The store was evacuated during the shooting and is set to reopen at a later date. 

    China and Taiwan Hold First Official Talks Since Civil War:http://rtvote.com/1eR3rRv
    Can you believe it?! The representatives of Taiwan and China held their first meeting since 1949! Wang Yu-chi, the head of head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council and Zhang Zhijun, the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office met on Tuesday to improve and formalize communications between the two sides. The pair also discussed trade and Taiwan’s participation in regional economic agreements. Although this meeting isn’t expected to produce concrete results, the meeting stands as a symbolic development in ending the rivalry between the two sides.


    Nevada State Officials Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Appeal: http://rtvote.com/1iXvBdM
    The Governor and Attorney General offices of Nevada announced on Monday that the state will no longer uphold the amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said on Monday that, “After thoughtful review and analysis, the State has determined that its arguments grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable.” The recent decision made by Nevada government officials takes a dramatic turn in the Nevada fight for marriage equality and comes as a result to recent decisions from the 9thcircuit.  

    Christie bridge scandal: Recipients of 18 new subpoenas revealed:http://rtvote.com/1iLvzpW
    As a result of Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridge Gate”, the state legislature’s investigating committee will be issuing 18 subpoenas to Gov. Chris Christie’s office, his inner circle and officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

     

    CULTURAL

    Shirley Temple Dies at 85: http://rtvote.com/LSd9rs

    Soleil Moon Frye Gives Birth, Welcomes Baby Boy:http://rtvote.com/1en2rzY

    Kate Middleton Wears Go-To Navy Jeans in Mustique with Prince George: Get the Look! :http://rtvote.com/1bJ97st

    Well, Look Who Popped Up at Fashion Week!: http://rtvote.com/1lw9Sv3

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    Two Parties Are Better Than One

    Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

    Sometimes, I admit, I have a tendency to be stubborn, to want my own way, and not to listen to what other people have to say.  Thankfully then, I was not in charge of this Tuesday’s Bipartisan Policy Center discussion on “Fixing the Congressional Budget Problem,” a forum the Rock the Vote interns and I had the opportunity to attend this afternoon about finding a new path to stabilizing the budget.

    In the face of potential government shutdowns and huge budget deficits, the common consensus is that the current system and plan aren’t working.  What you might not realize is that some people are working earnestly to find a solution that will please both sides of the aisle.  The Bipartisan Policy Institute boasts a practicality in their problem solving, something evident today in the comments of Senator Dorgan (D-ND) and Senator Bennett (R- UT).  Both former Senators expressed concern that much of what was being done focused on fixing more acute problems, like preventing government shutdown, rather than more long-term issues, like reevaluating budgeting and appropriations procedures in general.

    Senator Dorgan talked about how many Americans have lost faith in both Republicans and Democrats in recent years, and that that has led to a lack of credibility.  Senator Bennett also expressed optimism about the state of the budget, saying that he felt Congress would feel strong enough pressure eventually to find a bipartisan solution to the problem.  Both felt that the situation would require compromise and mature cooperation from both sides of the aisle.

    Check out the Bipartisan Policy Center here.

    Heather Reid
    Bio: Heather is Rock the Vote's Field Intern.
    @hkreid
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round- Up: Friday, January 14, 2011

    Friday, January 14th, 2011

    The RNC votes today to elect a new chairman, new deep- water drilling permits will most likely be issued by June, and the Huffington Post can help you manage your impending astrological identity crisis with their list of 13 ways your life will change. – Maeve Coyle, Rock the Vote Communications Intern

    CRUCIAL:

    Offshore drilling likely by June: http://politi.co/gZoFAi

    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement Director Michael Bromwich is certain that new deep- water drilling permits will be issued by June.

    U.S.-Japan ties should deepen, Gates says, citing threats from China, N. Korea: http://wapo.st/eVoGZ5

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates wants to strengthen the US alliance with Japan, citing threats from China and North Korea as reasons for a deepened alliance.

    Zero hour for Michael Steele at RNC: http://politi.co/gRwjAi

    The RNC votes today on a new chairman, and Michael Steele’s chances for reelection are slim.

    Moody’s and S.&P. alert US about credit rating: http://nyti.ms/eNSA9r

    On Thursday, two major credit rating agencies, Moody’s and S.&P., warned that the United States may lose its AAA credit rating if the deficit is not decreased.

    An undivided State of the Union?: http://bit.ly/fazvJN

    In light of President Obama’s call for bipartisanship, Senator Mark Udall is calling for the end of the practice that seating at the State of the Union is divided, with Democrats on one side and Republicans on the other.

    CULTURAL:

    New Astrological Signs: What This Means For You: http://huff.to/i7wmdu

    Sony Pictures Releases First Look At Andrew Garfield As ‘Spider-Man’: http://bit.ly/gWUjSp

    Kourtney Kardashian: New Show Is Mason-Free: http://bit.ly/hI3BLi

    Justin Bieber Goes to Hospital After Taking His Own Breath Away: http://eonli.ne/fOQ7Pg

    Zac Efron & Rumer Willis: Hollywood Date Night?: http://eonli.ne/iez8Mo

    Experts Reveal Golden Globes 2011 Predictions: http://bit.ly/dK67K2

    Maeve Coyle
    Bio: Maeve is Rock the Vote's Communications intern.
    @mmcoyle
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 13, 2011

    Thursday, January 13th, 2011

    Gabby Giffords opened her eyes last night for the first time since the shooting, the climate change crisis seems to be worsening as 2010 is tied for the hottest year, Biden travels to Iraq and Pakistan to manage international relations, and Brett Favre’s year of misfortune continues as his sister is charged with making crystal meth. – Maeve Coyle, Rock the Vote Communications Intern

    CRUCIAL:
    Obama: ‘Gabby Opened Her Eyes’ For First Time Today: http://huff.to/fzdNK9
    President Obama announced during his address at the memorial service last night that Gabby Giffords opened her eyes for the first time since the shooting.  The news was met with deafening cheers from the crowd.

    Westboro Baptist Church Won’t Protest Funeral Of 9-Year-Old In Exchange For Airtime:

    http://huff.to/fVQ8Ey

    The Westboro Baptist Church has decided not to protest at the funeral of Saturday’s shootings youngest victim Christina Taylor Green, in exchange for air time on the radio.  Despite A new law prohibiting protests at funerals, the group still plans to picket the funeral of U.S. District Judge John Roll.

    AP, Shepard Fairey settle Obama poster case: http://bit.ly/gUtYRr
    Associated Press and artist Shepard Fairey have reached a settlement on the Obama poster case.  The AP believes Fairey illegally used the picture of Obama, while Fairey believes it was legal under copyright laws.  The mutually beneficial summary ends the case.

    Biden in Iraq for talks on US troops’ exit:

    http://yhoo.it/e4mcsB

    Vice President Joe Biden made an unannounced visit to Iraq to discuss the possible removal of all troops at the end of this year.  An agreement between leadership in Washington and Baghdad prohibits public discussion of when the troops will be removed until new Iraqi leadership is in place.

    Vice President Biden, in Pakistan trip, emphasizes U.S. commitment to country:

    http://wapo.st/fumWfz

    Vice President Joe Biden visits Pakistan this week to assert that the U.S. will not abandon Pakistan after the Afghanistan war.

    2010 tied for hottest year on record:

    http://politi.co/i0YX6F

    The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration found that last year was tied with 2005 for the hottest year on record.  Many believe climate change has slowed or stopped since 2005, but scientists hope this report will bring to attention the dire need for environmental policy reform.

    CULTURAL:
    Kim Kardashian Is ‘Having a Lot of Fun’ with Kris Humphries: http://bit.ly/h1KXAM
    Brett Favre’s Sister, Brandi Favre, Charged with Making Crystal Meth: http://bit.ly/grEAQr
    Eminem, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert to Perform at Grammy Awards: http://bit.ly/f4UKEc
    Katy Perry Set to Perform at Grammys: http://bit.ly/fQrbVf
    Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream Is One Of The Biggest Moneymakers Of The Year!:http://bit.ly/hU3Sdp
    Justin Timberlake Nominated For NAACP Image Award!: http://bit.ly/gOELNu
    Kim Kardashian joining Emma Stone, ‘Mad Men’ star at VH1 awards show: http://exm.nr/iiA8S3

    Maeve Coyle
    Bio: Maeve is Rock the Vote's Communications intern.
    @mmcoyle
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round- Up: Wednesday, January 12, 2011

    Wednesday, January 12th, 2011

    President Obama travels to Tucson to address a memorial gathering honoring the victims of Saturday’s shootings, Haitians are calling for increased international aid on the one year anniversary of the earthquake, and Taylor Lautner is taking over the movie industry one paycheck at a time. – Maeve Coyle, Rock the Vote Communications Intern

    CRUCIAL:

    Tucson offers fresh start for Obama: http://bit.ly/erWkww

    President Obama’s address at the Tucson memorial service today could make or break his 2012 campaign.  Democrats agree that the President needs to take this opportunity to unite the country and honor the victims rather than politicize the shootings.

    Boehner opposes new gun- control bill: http://bit.ly/e6pvBJ

    The immediate opposition of Rep. King’s (R- NY) gun- control bill demonstrates the difficulty of passing any gun- control legislation in this Congress, despite Saturday’s shootings.

    WikiLeaks: Julian Assange ‘faces execution or Guantanamo detention’: http://bit.ly/g4CXuo

    New reports claim that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange faces real risk of being detained at Guantanamo Bay or executed, if rendered to the USA.

    Haitians yearn for change after year in “hell”: http://yhoo.it/ftD100

    Despite international promises of aid, progress in rebuilding Haiti has been slow.  On the one-year anniversary of the tragedy, millions are still sick and homeless.  Citizens of the impoverished country hope that this year will bring the change they need.

    After failing to innovate, MySpace struggles: http://nyti.ms/gh00Or

    As Facebook continues to expand, the once dominant social networking site MySpace prepares to lay off nearly half of their staff.  MySpace is losing users as they have failed to change to keep up with the changing social media trend.

    CULTURAL:

    Taylor Lautner Making 8-Figures Per Movie: http://bit.ly/hhWSsu

    DVR Viewing Boosts ‘Conan’ To The Top In Young Demos: http://bit.ly/gQUPzJ

    Rumer Willis Models for Badgley Mischka Ad Campaign: http://bit.ly/ePkprw

    New Romances: ScarJo & Connolly? DiCaprio & Lively?: http://eonli.ne/gjxfV5

    Kardashian Sisters Coy About Khloé Pregnancy Rumors: http://bit.ly/fhgueb

    Maeve Coyle
    Bio: Maeve is Rock the Vote's Communications intern.
    @mmcoyle
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com