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    News Round-Up: Monday, January 28, 2013

    Monday, January 28th, 2013

    Senators reach a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform; a nightclub fire in Brazil takes the lives of over 230 people; and Obama praises Hillary Clinton in a “60 Minutes” interview marking her departure as Secretary of State. Meanwhile, SAG Awards winners celebrate; Jennifer Lawrence gets over a major wardrobe malfunction; and Barbara Walters comes down with chicken pox.

    Caitlin + Liza


    Senators reach agreement on immigration reform, http://bit.ly/UwahSS
    A bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement on the structure for an overhaul of America’s immigration system. The deal includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants in the nation and also addresses border security, non-citizen “guest” workers, and employee verification. The plan may have trouble receiving backing from the Republican-controlled House, but nonetheless marks the start of the the largest effort in years to seriously reform America’s immigration system. President Obama will offer his own vision for immigration reform in a speech on Tuesday, which officials expect to overlap significantly with the Senate plan. “What’s changed, honestly, is that there is a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle- including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle- that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” said Senator John McCain, who played a central role in shaping the agreement.

    Missteps hiked Brazil night club blaze death toll, http://cbsn.ws/VhQF21
    Over 230 Brazilians were killed on Sunday in a Santa Maria nightclub fire that officials believe started when a band’s pyrotechnic show ignited soundproofing in the ceiling. Many young victims were among the dead, including 101 students of the Federal University of Santa Maria. Bouncers initially assumed partygoers were skipping on paying their bar tabs and tried to prevent them from leaving. There was also only one exit through which people could leave. Police have arrested the nightclub owner, a band member, and a person in charge of stage safety in connection with the fire so far.

    Egypt’s leader declares emergency after clashes, http://reut.rs/X1hrgg
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a 30-day state of emergency and curfew for three Suez Canal provinces where violent protests have killed 49 since Thursday. Hundreds more were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals for 33 Egyptian protesters killed when locals lashed out in response to an unpopular court decision. Anti-government protestors claim that Morsi has failed to defend the revolution that toppled Mubarek and is not representing all Egyptians. Morsi warned of further punishment if protests continue.

    Obama praises Hillary Clinton in joint interview on ’60 minutes’, http://lat.ms/X5qpZQ
    In a ’60 Minutes’ interview to mark Hillary Clinton’s departure as Secretary of State, Clinton and the president recounted their joint foreign policy accomplishments and expressed gratitude for being able to transform their 2008 political rivalry into friendship. “You know, if the roles had been reversed, I would have desperately have wanted him to be in my cabinet,” said Clinton, who was initially reluctant to accept the high-ranking post offered to her by the president. “By the time Hillary joined the administration, I felt very confident in our working relationship. What did evolve was a friendship,” Obama added. In the interview, the two cited winding down the war in Afghanistan, ousting Qaddafi in Libya, and getting rid of core Al Qaeda leaders as a few of their greatest successes.

    Gun control advocates march as nation reels from school shootings, http://bit.ly/TMIpMh
    Thousands demonstrated in Washington on Saturday as part of a “March on Washington for Gun Control,” calling for tougher gun laws. The marchers rallied for a reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, like that used in the Newtown shooting, as well as universal background checks and a ban on sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. Many demonstrators held up the names of victims killed at Newtown and in other school shootings as they took part in the first major demonstration since the Newtown shooting in December. “Only an outraged public can end the gun violence that has enveloped our country,” said U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia). “We the people who did not act before, we the people this time will step forward.”

    Iranian state TV says country has successfully sent monkey into space, http://bit.ly/X3oWSk
    Iran announced today that it successfully launched a monkey into space, bringing the nation one step closer toward its ultimate goal of sending an astronaut into space. According to Iran state TV, the monkey was sent on a rocket 72 miles into space and returned safely. Iran has long hoped to send a man into space as part of its ambitious aerospace program, which also includes plans for a new space center. The U.S. remains skeptical of Iran’s intentions, worrying that space program technology could also be used to develop long-range missiles armed with nuclear warheads.


    SAG Awards 2013: Complete List of Winners, http://bit.ly/WjmIlg

    Jennifer Lawrence dress rips at SAG Awards 2013, http://bit.ly/110frpq

    Best Dressed at the SAG Awards, http://bit.ly/111ySUH

    Barbara Walters- I’ve Got CHICKEN POX!, http://tmz.me/WsGRWc

    Hugh Hefner’s Long-time Secretary Mary O’Connor Dies, http://bit.ly/T0stV1


    Liza Dee

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Thursday, October 27th, 2011

    The EU has agreed on a debt deal; Ruth Madoff reveals how she and her husband attempted suicide; the US deficit supercommittee is at odds; China will implement strict regulations on the country’s television and internet; a group of service members will file a suit against the Defense of Marriage Act; and Blackberry users are suing RIM. Meanwhile, items from Blackbeard’s ship have been uncovered, and Halloween will see a multitude of Nicki Minajs.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Europe crafts debt deal that pleases markets, http://goo.gl/cqq7Y
    European leaders have finally agreed to a deficit deal. The plan focuses on three points: “a significant reduction in Greece’s debts, a shoring up of the continent’s banks, partially so they could sustain deeper losses on Greek bonds, and a reinforcement of a European bailout fund so it can serve as a euro1 trillion ($1.39 trillion) firewall to prevent larger economies like Italy and Spain from being dragged into the crisis.” The Institute of International Finance, which negotiated on behalf of the banks, has said even though it’s committed to working out a deal, it may be difficult to have private bondholders follow suit.

    Competing supercommittee plans reveal chasm, http://goo.gl/1fg4A
    Republicans and Democrats on the deficit supercommittee have exchanged plans, and their dissimilarities are causing some worry. The supercommittee’s goal is to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit. The Democrats have proposed a plan that cuts $3 trillion through tax increases and cuts to programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The Republicans’ plan decreases the deficit by $2.2 trillion through cuts to programs and increased government fees for Medicare.

    China Reins in Liberalization of Culture, http://goo.gl/j4oY9
    As part of the Communist Party’s new efforts to cut down on “excessive entertainment and vulgar tendencies,” China will regulate television stations to two 90-minute entertainment shows per week. The government will also be monitoring social networks, including punishing people who perpetuate “harmful information.” Authorities may also force microbloggers to register accounts with their legal names and identification numbers.

    Ponzi Scheme Perpetrator Bernie Madoff and Wife Attempted Suicide, http://goo.gl/Yp7bm
    On October 30, “60 Minutes” will air an interview with Bernie Madoff’s wife, Ruth. In the interview, Madoff details how she and her husband attempted suicide together by mixing sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication.  “I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” Madoff tells 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. Ruth and Bernie Madoff’s son, Mark, committed suicide in 2010.

    Gay troops to file suit challenging Defense of Marriage Act, http://goo.gl/Lj6dJ 
    A group of gay service members is filing a suit against the Defense of Marriage Act in a Boston federal district court today. The service members are claiming that the federal ban on gay marriage prevents them from receiving benefits from the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The court where they are filing the suit ruled last year that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

    RIM hit with consumer lawsuits over BlackBerry outage, http://goo.gl/KNTEs
    A group of Blackberry users are suing RIM, on behalf of all Blackberry users, for the four-day service outage that occurred earlier this month. The suit charges RIM with breach of contract, negligence, and unjust enrichment. It claims that RIM makes $3.4 million a day in service revenue.

    Blackbeard’s cannon salvaged from North Carolina shipwreck, http://goo.gl/KNTEs
    Researchers have uncovered a 2,000 pound cannon from a ship that belonged to the pirate Blackbeard. Other discovered items include gold dust, prisoner shackles, African jewelry, and small weaponry. The ship was originally meant to be a slave-trading vessel, but Blackbeard had stolen it before running it aground near North Carolina. The cannon will be studied at East Carolina University lab, where scientists will research the weapon and barnacles covering it.


    Nicki Minaj Is Most-Searched Celeb Halloween Costume, http://goo.gl/hDlYE

    Michael Lohan tries to flee cops, jumps off balcony, lands in tree, http://goo.gl/fnlkS

    Steven Tyler talks tumble: Fall in the shower or fall off the wagon?, http://goo.gl/IVhV6

    Bruce Willis and Wife Are Expecting!, http://goo.gl/19yVm

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com


    Monday, October 3rd, 2011

    In today’s news, the Koch brothers made illegal sales to Iran; Amanda Knox insists she is innocent; New Jersey Governor Chris Christie may have changed his mine about running for president; and ABC and Yahoo are teaming up to try to boost traffic to their news’ sites. In other news, Arrested Development announces new television episodes, and Seth Rogen ties the knot.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Koch Brothers Flout Law With Secret Iran Sales, http://bloom.bg/pbcrFy
    An investigation reported in Bloomberg Markets Magazine says the billionaire Koch brothers allegedly made a great deal of money from sales of petrochemical equipment to Iran. Koch Industries avoided the U.S. trade ban using foreign subsidiaries. The company allegedly engaged in illicit payments in Africa, India, and the Middle East; and, from 1999 to 2003, it had to pay more than $400 million in fines. An employee of Koch Industries says that managers taught them how to steal and cheat and called the methods of doing this the “Koch Method.”

    TransCanada Pipeline Foes Allege Bias in U.S. E-Mails, http://nyti.ms/nR65s8
    The Obama administration is about to decide whether or not to build a pipeline to take crude oil from Canada’s oil sands to the United States Gulf Coast. Emails were released that reveal an overly friendly relationship between lobbyists for the company that is building the billion-dollar pipeline and officials in the State Department, the agency that has final say over the pipeline. Some emails even show members of the States Department inviting officials of the lobbyist group to holiday parties.

    Amanda Knox: “I am innocent,” http://bit.ly/pkSxQR
    After spending four years behind bars, Amanda Knox pleads with the Italian appeals court, saying she did not kill her British roommate. Knox and co-defendant Raffaele Sollecito were convicted in 2009 of sexually assaulting and murdering Meredith Kercher, who was stabbed to death in her bedroom. “I did not kill. I did not rape. I did not steal. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t there at the crime,” Knox said.

    Americans Raid Byways of Haqqani Insurgents in Afghanistan, http://nyti.ms/qq2sfu
    The Haqqani network is saying it had nothing to do with the the assassination of Afghan peace-talks leader Burhanuddin Rabbani, but the U.S. does not believe it. Since Osama bin Laden was killed, the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan is to shut down the byways that allow Haqqani insurgents to pass between Afghanistan and Pakistan. With U.S. troops set to be mostly out of the country by 2014, that doesn’t leave a lot of time. The goal is to take on Haqqani fighters while boosting the ranks of Afghan troops and police in the most contested areas. The Haqqani network also worked with al Qaeda and the Taliban to murder U.S. informants.

    Megrahi says his Lockerbie role exaggerated, http://reut.rs/n9ggoq
    Abdel Basset al-Megrahi, the man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing that killed 270 people, said his role in the attack had been exaggerated, and the truth about what really happened would emerge soon. Lockerbie was convicted of bombing a plane going from London to New York. No one on the plane survived, and 11 on the ground were killed from falling wreckage. However, Lockerbie vaguely stated his role was strictly administrative and that hopefully in the next few months the truth will come out.

    (via Reuters) Nobel prizewinner dies before announcement, http://reut.rs/nB5bQf, After using his discoveries to prolong his own life Ralph Steinman, a scientist who won the Nobel prize for medicine on Monday for work on fighting cancer, died of the disease himself just three days before he could be told of his prize.

    House Sets Up Battle on Funding Social Programs, http://nyti.ms/qUGqHd
    House Republicans are starting another battle with President Obama over spending and domestic policy with a bill that would cut some of his favorite health and education programs, tie the hands of the National Labor Relations Board and eliminate federal grants for Planned Parenthood clinics. The bill, which finances the Departments of Labor and Education and Health and Human Services, would prohibit President Obama from spending more money to carry out the new health care law until all legal challenges to the law were resolved.

    New State Rules Raising Hurdles at Voting Booth, http://nyti.ms/qX30Uz
    Everyone has heard about the new voting laws that will affect students and minorities through requiring photo ID and decreasing the number of early voting days. The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law has tried to tally just how many voters stand to be affected. They said the laws, “could make it significantly harder for more than five million eligible voters to cast ballots in 2012.” Michael Waldman, the executive director of the Brennan Center said, “It is the most significant rollback in voting rights in decades.”

    Christie Decision Expected “Within Days,” http://slate.me/mZGp9x
    Sources told ABC News that New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will make a decision in a few days about whether or not he’s entering the 2012 GOP primary race. It would be difficult for Christie to jump into the race this late. He would have very little time to launch a national campaign and to raise the tens of millions of dollars that other candidates have.

    ABC News and Yahoo News Announce Deal to Share Content, http://nyti.ms/qQ5smm
    On Monday, “Good Morning America” announced that ABC News will partner with Yahoo News to share videos and stories. ABC News has been ranking fairly low on the list of most visited news sites, but the new partnership with Yahoo may have the ability to change that. Each Web site will have editorial independence, but the news organizations will share content, co-produce coverage of some news events and have “integrated bureaus” in New York, Washington and Los Angeles.


    Howard Kurtz goes, “Inside Obama’s Populist Makeover” http://bit.ly/r1Z67G

    Gary Rivlin wants, “The Starbucks Stimulus” http://bit.ly/nohiNU

    Leonard Pitts gives us, “Some thoughts on a half-baked idea” http://trib.in/oePjs5

    New show, movie for ‘Arrested Development’ fans, http://bit.ly/nqRNsk

    Rooney signs off on “60 Minutes” but “not retiring,” http://reut.rs/qNed89

    Seth Rogen Weds Writer Lauren Miller, http://on.mtv.com/os2LIK

    Mike Myers Welcomes Son Spike, http://bit.ly/qA3PDh

    Taylor Swift Surprises Atlanta Crowd with Rap Duet, http://bit.ly/nSlmAB

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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


    Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

    In today’s news, 20,000 surface-to-air missiles have gone missing in Libya; the Obama administration is suing over the potential release of photos of Osama bin Laden’s corpse; Rick Perry’s wife may be behind his support for the HPV vaccine; and Mitt Romney meets with former Obama supporter and current JP Morgan Chase CEO, Jamie Dimon. In other news, Ashton Kutcher may have recently cheated on Demi Moore, and Andy Rooney is retiring from 60 Minutes.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Iranian Navy Sending Ships Near U.S. Waters, http://bit.ly/oLB8SO
    According to an Iranian newspaper, Iran plans to pull some of its warships out of the Persian Gulf and put them in the Atlantic near the maritime borders of the United States. “We’ve been pushing freedom of the seas for years and the Iranian Navy can go wherever it wants,” said Pentagon Spokesman Capt. John Kirby. However, Iranians may have a hard time refueling its ships unless it does so in Venezuela. The presidents of Venezuela and Iran have been long-time companions.

    20,000 Heat-Seeking Missiles Reportedly Feared Missing From Libyan Warehouse, http://fxn.ws/pOSduX
    20,000 heat-seeking missiles have apparently gone missing from an Army warehouse in Libya. This recent discovery magnifies the ongoing worry that weapons from Libya’s war are ending up in the wrong hands. “Matching up a terrorist with a shoulder-fired missile, that’s our worst nightmare,” Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., has said. The U.S.has officials working with the new Libyan government to locate the missing weaponry.

    CDC confirms 13 dead in listeria cantaloupe outbreak, http://on.today.com/nokLR2
    On Tuesday, federal health officials stated that across 18, states there have been 13 dead and at least 72 people sick from the recent outbreak of Listeria in a cantaloupe crop. This is the deadliest Listeria outbreak in over a decade.

    Obama to court: Keep bin Laden photos secret, http://usat.ly/pSs2Cy
    The Obama administration is asking a court to keep photos of Bin Laden’s corpse a secret. Officials say that revealing the pictures could cause grave consequences to national defense and foreign affairs in the United States. Also, Obama told Steve Kroft of 60 Minutes, “We don’t trot out this stuff as trophies. We don’t need to spike the football.”

    7 Long Island Students Charged in SAT Scheme, http://nyti.ms/oEOT0k
    On Tuesday, a prosecutor said a Long Island college student was paid by at least a half-dozen high school students to take the SAT for them. The six students of Great Neck North High School are said to have paid college student Sam Eshaghoff, 19, $1,500 to $2,500 dollars to take the test for them. Eshaghoff has been arraigned on charges of scheming to defraud, criminal impersonation and falsifying business records.

    Protesters disagree with Pileggi’s electoral vote plan, http://bit.ly/o40LLe
    A small group of protesters gathered outside of state Sen. Dominic Pileggi’s Chester office last week to express disapproval of a plan he is proposing that will change how Pennsylvania awards its electoral votes in presidential elections. Pileggi, R-9, of Chester, wants to replace the system of awarding all of the state’s electoral votes to the candidate who wins the statewide election. This plan would cause the number of Pennsylvania electoral votes to shrink from 21 to 20 in the 2012 election, reflecting the loss of one U.S. House seat because of the state’s sluggish population growth.

    Florida moves toward January primary, http://wapo.st/oGyza6
    Florida state House Speaker Dean Cannon (R) says his state is likely to set its primary for Jan. 31. With Florida moving its primary up, Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Nevada are likely to move theirs up as well. In 2008, Iowa was the first to have their caucus, holding it on January 3rd.

    A Political Wife’s Influence on an Issue, http://nyti.ms/mPwdCq
    Presidential Candidate Rick Perry has been criticized for his attempt to have every sixth grade girl in Texas receive the HPV vaccine. Opposing candidates wonder if his decision was based on his relationship with pharmaceutical companies; however, Perry’s wife may have actually been the biggest influence on his support for the vaccine. His wife, Anita Thigpen Perry, a nurse, country doctor’s daughter, and career-long advocate for victims of sexual assault has been a vocal proponent of immunizations.

    Jamie Dimon, Former Obama Bromancer, Flirts With Mitt Romney, http://bit.ly/rd4s9v
    JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon met privately with Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney on Tuesday. Dimon was a huge supporter of the 2008 Obama campaign; however, his relationship with the President has faltered since Obama put Dimon in the category of “fat-cat bankers.” Romney has so far raised twice as much money as Obama has from Wall Street. At least 100 donors who backed the president in 2008 are claiming to switch sides.

    GOP Congressmen Propose Plan To Forcibly Deport Undocumented Domestic Abuse Victims, http://bit.ly/n2M4QY
    According to immigrant advocates, a new immigration enforcement bill being considered in Congress would undermine existing immigration law by removing prosecutorial discretion and deferred action – two components that protect undocumented victims from domestic violence.

    (via DailyBeast) Amazon Tablet Costs $199, http://bit.ly/oFWYdE: The new Amazon Fire will cost less than half of its Apple counterpart. The tablet has a 7-inch display and will run on a customized version of Google’s Android operating system.


    Suzy Geers gives us her take on, “FOX and Google’s GOP Debate,” http://bit.ly/q5x4yz

    Kal Penn says, “It’s time to ignore the paralyzing cynicism and get engaged,” http://huff.to/owuWCp

    The Chicago Tribune thinks we’re, “Selling our souls to Mark Zuckerberg,” http://trib.in/qGSPxv

    Did Ashton Kutcher cheat on wife Demi Moore during the weekend of their wedding anniversary? http://bit.ly/qkmmEH

    Heidi, Germany’s celebrity cross-eyed opossum, dies at 3 1/2, http://wapo.st/qLcL4e

    Justin Bieber Drops ‘How To Love’ Acoustic Remix, http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1671648/justin-bieber-how-to-love-remix.jhtml

    Andy Rooney Retiring from 60 Minutes, http://bit.ly/mU1Qrc

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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