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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 30, 2013

    Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

    President Obama negotiates on job creation; NC Governor signs abortion bill into law; Israeli-Palestinian peace talks commence; and Zimbabwe youth set to take to the polls. Meanwhile, Lea Michelle reacts to Monteith’s passing; Taylor Swift sings with Carly Simon; and preview for season 3 of Homeland is released.

    - Ally + Maura


    With deficit negotiations at an impasse, Obama offers Republicans a ‘grand bargain’ on jobs, http://rtvote.com/1632bnU
    President Obama’s Tuesday trip to an Amazon.com distribution center prompts a proposal to invest in middle-class jobs. In order to see progress, the President will drop his former insistence on an individual tax overhaul. He will offer corporate tax cuts while demanding job creation.

    More than 100 teens rescued in weekend sex-trafficking raids, FBI says, http://rtvote.com/162Z92V
    Victims as young as age 13 were rescued in a nationwide sex-trafficking crackdown across over 70 cities. More than 100 teenagers were rescued, and 159 “pimps” were arrested. This was “the FBI’s largest action to date focusing on the recovery of sexually exploited children.”

    Pat McCrory Signs Controversial Abortion Bill Into Law, http://rtvote.com/13jIOIM
    After passing the state Senate and House earlier in July, North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory signed an anti-abortion bill into law on Monday. The bill eliminates abortion coverage for those covered by State or Federal health plans, imposes regulations on abortion clinics, and bans sex-selective abortions. During his campaign for Governor last year, McCrory said he would not pass additional restrictions on abortion.

    A guide to the 2013 Israeli-Palestinian peace talkshttp://rtvote.com/1630gQ4
    Peace talks began in Washington last night between Israeli and Palestinian officials. They are expected to last nine months. This article outlines what to expect of the process and outcomes.

    Swiss train crash: Driver’s body recovered after head-on train collision leaves 26 injuredhttp://rtvote.com/162Zt1A
    After two trains collided in Switzerland on Monday, 26 people were injured and one driver was killed. Switzerland is thought to have one of the safest rail systems in the world, but the event is striking, especially following last week’s deadly train crash in Spain.

    Youth, rural voters may hold key to Zimbabwe electionhttp://rtvote.com/19uSsvQ
    The influence of young voters is expected to be significant in tomorrow’s presidential election in Zimbabwe. In the first round of elections, neither candidate won a large enough margin of votes, thus leading to a second vote. Leading up to this second round, nearly 750,000 new voters have been registered (the country’s population is approximately 13 million). A representative of the Election Resource Centre says that “the winner will be whoever captures the new youth voters.”


    Lea Michele Breaks Her Silence: “Cory Monteith Will Forever Be in My Heart,” http://rtvote.com/13jJXQs

    Lindsay Lohan to Guest Host Chelsea Lately August 5!, http://rtvote.com/1630maG

    Taylor Swift Brings Carly Simon On Stage To Sing ‘You’re So Vain,’ http://rtvote.com/1630w1N

    1990 Things From The 90s To End The Nostalgia Once And For All, http://rtvote.com/1631jzG

    Homeland Season 3: First Trailer Teases Brody Trying to “Survive,” http://rtvote.com/1631Wcn

    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, July 19, 2013

    Friday, July 19th, 2013

    Detroit files for bankruptcy; Florida protests ‘Stand Your Ground’; still no deal after coup in Egypt; cop fired for Dzhokhar photos; Putin critic released from custody; and Texas files ‘heartbeat’ abortion bill. Meanwhile, Rihanna sues a major clothing store; Vanessa Hudgens prepares for role as prostitute; and ‘Glee’ takes a hiatus.

    Maura + Meron


    Detroit goes bankrupt, largest municipal filing in U.S. history, http://rtvote.com/12OCWa7
    After fighting steady decline for half a century, Detroit files for the largest municipal bankruptcy in the history of the nation.

    Florida lawmakers urge overhaul of ‘stand your ground’ law, http://rtvote.com/12OQ5jx
    Democratic leaders of the state’s legislature say that Florida must either repeal its “Stand Your Ground” self-defense law or enact sweeping changes to avert more tragedies like the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin.

    Weeks after an ouster, Egypt’s military and Islamists are far from a deal, http://rtvote.com/15sVeMz
    Over two weeks after President Morsi’s removal from power, efforts at an agreement between generals and the ex-president’s Islamist supporters have come up short.  Progress has been hindered by the military’s refusal to release Morsi and several aids, intermediaries say.

    Mass. state police Sgt. Sean Murphy relieved of duty, http://rtvote.com/12OMIJa
    Massachusetts State Police Sgt. Sean Murphy has been relieved of duty, after giving Boston magazine photographs from behind the scenes of the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.

    Putin critic Alexei Navalny released from custody, http://rtvote.com/15t309k
    Opposition leader Alexei Navalny was released from custody less than 24 hours after he was convicted of embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. Prosecutors said that keeping Navalny in custody, who is a candidate in this fall’s Moscow mayoral race, would deny him his right to seek election. He was released under the condition that he not travel outside Moscow.

    Texas legislators file radical ‘fetal heartbeat’ bill to ban abortion after just six weeks, http://rtvote.com/197CKGO
    Three Texas Republicans filed a measure that would criminalize abortion services after a fetal heartbeat can be detected.



    Rihanna sues topshop, alleges company used her image without permission, http://rtvote.com/197GPLb

    Vanessa Hudgens on ‘The Frozen Ground’ preparation: Actress studied prostitute’s ‘whole entire life’, http://rtvote.com/15tdFAU

    ‘Glee’ taking hiatus to figure out Finn Hudson story, http://rtvote.com/15tdZzD



    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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

    News Round Up: Monday, July 1, 2013

    Monday, July 1st, 2013
    Edward Snowden asks 15 countries for asylum; Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19; protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Egypt; transit workers in San Francisco go on strike; Texas lawmakers resume debate on abortion bill; Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card; and Serena Williams loses at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx wears another Trayvon Martin shirt, Jennifer Lopez performs for the leader of Turkmenistan, Demi Lovato criticizes music about drugs, Jay-Z talks about fatherhood, and Carrie Underwood enjoys blocking Twitter trolls.
    Maura + Meron
    Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says, http://rtvote.com/11UsDRm
    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum. The official did not disclose the countries that were on the list, but Kirill Kabanov, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, said he believes Russia may be one of those countries.
    ‘Perfect storm’ wildfire raging in Arizona claims 19 men in elite unit, http://rtvote.com/11UvOZn
    A wildfire in Arizona took out all but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team known for its extensive training and
    demanding fitness regimen. 19 men were killed about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, near the town of Yarnell. Though they are still
    investigating, Mary Rasmussen, a spokeswoman for Prescott National Forest, said it appeared the 19 were engaged in a “direct attack” — getting close to the fire and trying to create a break to starve it of fuel.
    Egypt protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, http://rtvote.com/14IGs3Y
    Anti-government protesters in Egypt have stormed the national headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, Cairo. Officials say eight people have been killed in clashes outside since Sunday, while eight others have died elsewhere.
    Protesters across Egypt accuse the president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since being elected a year ago.
    BART workers on strike – no service Monday,  http://rtvote.com/14IHhJX
    Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union are going on their first strike since 1997. There will be no service on Monday, with the transit system’s workers and management agreeing only on the fact that the two sides remain far apart in contract negotiations. Frustrated by a lack of progress, union bargaining teams had previously walked away from negotiations in the Kaiser Center, which houses BART headquarters, on Saturday afternoon, saying a strike was all but inevitable.
    Texas lawmakers resume debate Monday on abortion bill derailed by Wendy Davis filibuster, http://rtvote.com/18r1U2N
    Texas lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday to resume debate on proposed abortion restrictions. Less than a week after a Democratic filibuster killed a far-reaching abortion bill on the Senate floor, the Legislature will answer Gov. Rick Perry’s call to try again to pass the GOP-backed measure over vigorous objections from Democrats and abortion rights groups. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet high standards of surgical centers, impose new requirements on use of abortion-inducing pills and require that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.
    Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card,  http://rtvote.com/11UBEKf
    An American man in Florida and his husband, who is from Bulgaria, have become the first same-sex married couple to be approved for a permanent resident visa, an immigration milestone that comes after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law against same-sex marriage. The notice of approval of a permanent visa, known as a green card, was issued by e-mail late Friday to Traian Popov, a Bulgarian immigrant who lives with his American spouse, Julian Marsh, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Sabine Lisicki upsets Serena, http://rtvote.com/18r1idr
    Sabine LIsicki ended Serena Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak, eliminating her from Wimbledon.It was the latest in a string of upsets that has jolted the tournament, with defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the first three days — along with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal on the women’s side. Williams gave credit to Lisicki’s dominant serve, which she said consistently reached 120 mph.
    Jamie Foxx Rocks Another Trayvon Martin T-Shirt, http://rtvote.com/14IMK3w
    Jennifer Lopez & Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow: Singer Performs For Turkmenistan Leader, http://rtvote.com/11UFeUw
    Demi Lovato: People Who Party Or Rap About Drugs Are ‘Giant P—ies’, http://rtvote.com/14IN0iW
     ’Jay-Z Blue’ Commercial Sees Rapper Talking Fatherhood, ‘Magna Carter Holy Grail’, http://rtvote.com/14IN5TU
    Carrie Underwood’s Twitter: Politics, Ag Gag And Supporting Soldiers, http://rtvote.com/11UFtz0
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, June 24, 2013

    Monday, June 24th, 2013

    A Pakistani actress suffers an acid attack; Nelson Mandela is now in critical condition; Edward Snowden goes missing; Twinkies are set to make a comeback July 15; a transgender first-grader from Colorado wins a civil rights case allowing him to use the girls’ bathroom at school; Nik Wallenda successfully crosses the Grand Canyon on a tight rope; and the Texas House tentatively passes an abortion bill. Meanwhile, Earth, Wind and Fire are set to release a new album in September, and Monsters University tops the box office at $82 million.

    Maura + Alexis


    Pakistani actress burned in acid attack, http://aje.me/17v5zx2
    An 18-year-old Pakistani actress was attacked Saturday while sleeping in her home. The actress, who goes by the name Bushra, is popular in the northwest for her film, television, and theatre appearances. Bushra was immediately taken to Lady Reading Hospital after the incident. Bushra’s brother claims the man who threw the acid on his sister is a local TV drama producer who was upset over Bushra’s decision not to marry him.

    Nelson Mandela in Critical Condition, http://on.wsj.com/12bHNB6
    Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s former leader and hero, is in critical condition after spending over two weeks in the hospital treating a lung infection. The 94-year-old transitioned from serious but stable to critical condition within the past 24 hours.

    Edward Snowden missing after failing to fly to Cuba, http://bit.ly/12Z4tXo
    Edward Snowden was expected to be on a flight from Moscow to Havana today, but was nowhere to be seen. Although the US has been trying to keep other nations from providing him asylum, everyone has the right to seek political asylum by UN rules.

    ‘Sweetest comeback’: Twinkies to hit shelves July 15, http://nbcnews.to/14RG9FX
    Hostess has decided to restock store shelves with the American favorite – Twinkies – July 15. Although the company went bankrupt last year as a result of a fight with its unionized workers, new owners have taken the reins and its sweets are set to be back on shelves by mid-July.

    Colorado transgender first-grader Coy Mathis wins civil rights case, http://bit.ly/16sJr1L
    The Colorado Civil Rights Division has ruled in favor of a 6-year-old transgender boy who was once barred from using the girls’ bathroom at school. Coy Mathis, born a boy, had been using the girls’ bathroom at school every day until holiday break. At that time, her parents received a notice from the school saying that Coy would not be able to return to using the girls’ bathroom following the holiday break. Her very supportive parents were furious, and filed a civil rights complaint in February. Finally, four months later, the Mathis family can rest at ease.

    Daredevil Nik Wallenda completes high-wire walk across Grand Canyon, http://reut.rs/15wUwwb
    U.S. daredevil Nik Wallenda completed his second historic high-wire walk yesterday over the Grand Canyon. He walked 1,400 feet over the Colorado River in 22 minutes and 54 seconds. He is the first person to ever cross teh canyon on a 2-inch steel cable with neither a tether nor a safety net. Last year Wallenda, a seventh-generation member of a family of acrobats, completed a similar high-wire walk over the Niagara Falls with the same cable.

    Texas House tentatively passes abortion bill, 97-33, http://bit.ly/17xlPNT
    With a vote of 97-33, the Texas House of Representatives tentatively passed the Senate’s catch-all abortion bill. While some cheered as the legislation was passed, others shouted “Shame” claiming the war on women had begun. Of the 19 not present for the vote, 18 of them were Democrats, which could have had a large impact on the vote.


    Earth, Wind & Fire Album, ‘Now, Then & Forever,’ Set For Sept. 10, http://huff.to/144SMfH

    Adrian Grenier, ‘How To Make Money Selling Drugs’ Producer, On Obama: ‘I’d Like To See Him Be A Little Bolder’, http://huff.to/19ku4xB

    ‘Mad Men’ Finale: Shocking Revelations And Oh My, That Dress!, http://huff.to/19vFpqZ

    Elton John’s ‘The Diving Board’ Album To Arrive In September, http://huff.to/10NGpGR

    ‘MONSTERS UNIVERSITY’: Pixar stays perfect as ‘Monsters’ prequel ($82M) tops box office, http://wapo.st/14rd5D7

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 11, 2012

    Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

    Hillary Clinton visits Laos; Russia proposes a solution to the turmoil in Syria; and a federal judge will determine the fate of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic. Meanwhile, today is free Slurpee day at 7-Eleven, and the National League wins the MLB All-Star Game.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    On Visit to Laos, Clinton Is Reminded of Vietnam War, http://nyti.ms/L8K84g
    Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was in Laos today, marking the first time an American Secretary of State has visited the country in 57 years. Her visit was a vivid reminder of the Vietnam War. Clinton stopped at an artificial limb center, where she met a 19-year-old who lost eyesight and forearms when a bomb, dropped by the U.S. during the war, exploded three years ago. Clinton’s visit aimed to create warmer relations between the U.S. and Laos.

    Russia drafts new Syria resolution for UN security council, http://bit.ly/MZEt6D
    Russia has drafted a UN security council resolution to extend the UN mission in Syria for 3 months, lengthening its initial 90-day mandate. According to the resolution, the United States and European Union cannot threaten Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime with economic sanctions or military interference. One anonymous security council diplomat called the Russian draft “basically a rollover.”

    Federal judge to determine fate of Mississippi’s last abortion clinic, http://bit.ly/NsbINu
    Today, a federal judge will decide whether Mississippi’s last abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, can keep its doors open. A new law, effective July 1, requires all abortion providers to be certified OB/GYNs and have privileges at local hospitals. Mississippi state Rep. Sam Mims, a Republican who sponsored the legislation, says the intent of the law is to protect the health of women; meanwhile, Republican Gov. Phil Bryant calls it “the first step in a movement, I believe, to do what we campaigned on: to say that we’re going to try to end abortion in Mississippi.


    ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Star Explains: Who Is John Blake? http://on.mtv.com/PQoPfF

    Free Slurpee to celebrate 7-Eleven’s 85th birthday, http://on.freep.com/Lf1FMO

    NL trounces AL in All-Star Game, http://on-msn.com/Nh4Tz

    Twilight Fan Struck, Killed Waiting for Comic-Con, http://bit.ly/MkvkC2

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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