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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 10, 2014

    Monday, February 10th, 2014

    Iranian warships head towards the United States; a top NFL prospect comes out; a Danish zoo kills a healthy giraffe and sparks internet outrage; Julia Mancuso wins another medal; and a young girl is rescued from Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick talks about Pitch Perfect 2; Kristen Stewart defends her past; Matt Damon starts a conga line; and…wait…are these stars actually related?

    - Veronica + Maura 


    Iranian warships headed close to US borders: http://rtvote.com/1bFgPUz
    Iran is sending warships to US maritime borders in response to the ongoing American presence near Iranian borders. The vessels are equipped with navy cadets and a regular crew and include a destroyer and supply ship carrying helicopters. They are intent upon carrying out a three-month mission following a push from the Iranian government to “project its power”.

    Top NFL prospect says he’s gay: http://rtvote.com/1fZ7cVf
    Former college football star Michael Sam, one of the top NFL draft picks this year, came out to ESPN’s Chris Connelly Sunday night. Sam will be the first openly gay draft pick and, subsequently, since most high draft picks enter the NFL, the first openly gay football player in NFL history. The 2014 NFL Draft will be a test to see if the NFL is truly open to players of differing sexualities.

    Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions: http://rtvote.com/1h4c3Yn
    The online petition, dubbed “Save Marius”, garnered 27,000 signatures but made no difference. The Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a 2-year-old male giraffe, named Marius, to prevent inbreeding. After the giraffe’s death, an autopsy was performed outside in front of a crowd of people (including children). Marius’s body was then fed to the zoo’s lions, tigers, and leopards. Other zoos and the online petition encouraged the Copenhagen Zoo to find Marius a different hope, but to no avail.

    Mancuso wins her fourth Olympic medal: http://rtvote.com/1dCfTQq
    Julia Mancuso won her fourth Olympic medal on Monday in the super combined event, becoming the record-holder for most Olympic medals won by an American female skier. Only four other women skiers in history have won more Olympic medals than Mancuso. The super combined event begins with a downhill run and concludes with a slalom run. Despite not training for slaloms as heavily, Mancuso still managed to walk away with the bronze. 

    Firefighters rescue autistic girl from Lake Michigan ice: http://rtvote.com/1h4hRRQ
    A 13-year-old girl was rescued from Lake Michigan after jumping over a fence and walking onto the ice. She was not wearing shoes, and tried to fight off firefighters during her rescue. She was suffering from hypothermia at the time of her rescue and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital in stable condition.


    Anna Kendrick talks Pitch Perfect 2: http://rtvote.com/1aO3u1a

    Kristen Stewart has no regrets: http://rtvote.com/1bO5Wmu

    Are these celebrities really related to each other? You be the judge! http://rtvote.com/1f9RRgX

    Celebrity conga line starring Matt Damon: http://rtvote.com/1eNUZmj

    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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, June 16, 2011

    Thursday, June 16th, 2011

    The White House maintains that Obama did not violate the War Powers Act, Ayman al-Zawahri takes officially over al Qaeda, Iran sends a monkey to space, and Weiner will resign.  Meanwhile, the Republicans worry about their 2012 candidates, Facebook may create its own app store, Prince Harry takes his second tour in Afghanistan, and Crystal Harris calls off her wedding with Hugh Hefner.

    Rock the Vote President Heather Smith discusses the fact that states’ voting systems are failing young Americans, and explains why they deserve better in an Op-Ed for The Hill: http://bit.ly/lRVnkI. In Montana, KPAX talks about the state’s #4 ranking on the Rock the Vote Scorecard: http://bit.ly/mx1DfI.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    White House Defends Continuing U.S. Role in Libya Operation, http://nyti.ms/jNaDOK

    The White House maintains that President Obama had the authority to continue the military operations in Libya without Congressional approval, as the limited American role does not require authorization under the War Powers Act.  The administration believes that the United States action in Libya does not constitute the “hostilities” imagined by the War Powers Resolution.

    Bin Laden deputy Zawahri takes over as Qaeda leader,

    Osama bin Laden’s number two man, Ayman al-Zawahri has taken command of al Qaeda.  Zawahri has vowed to continue al Qaeda’s mission against the United States and its allies.  The FBI is offering $25 million for information regarding his whereabouts, although he is suspected to be hiding along the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Iran plans to send monkey into space, http://bit.ly/iuaPhW

    Iranian state television reported today that plans are on track to launch a live monkey into space sometime this summer. Last year Iran sent a rat, turtles and worms into space aboard its Kavoshgar-3 rocket. The US and its allies fear that ballistic missiles with nuclear warheads could be next.

    Weiner Tells Friends He Will Step Down,

    Sen. Weiner may not last much longer in the Senate. After being pushed to resign by Nancy Pelosi and President Obama, Weiner has told confidants that he will leave the Senate.

    Montana ranks 4th in youth vote survey, http://bit.ly/mx1DfI

    Rock the Vote has ranked Montana #4 on its Voter Scorecard.  Had the governor not vetoed a photo ID law passed by the Legislature, Montana’s score would have severely suffered.

    Kindergarten GOP, http://bit.ly/ls0Rg0; http://gaw.kr/jTIo9R

    Stephen Colbert satirically explains how the GOP can win the youth vote, exploring a Conservative’s tactic of creating a horror film that is targeted towards young people and laced with values usually aligned with the Republican party.

    The GOP’s unfavorite son primary, http://politi.co/mebUAb

    Most GOP presidential candidates are losing home state popularity, making many Republicans worry about their 2012 prospects. While states used to fully back their candidates’ national aspirations, 2012 hopefuls do not have this same support.

    Facebook going Spartan to take on Apple?, http://cnet.co/ir65C9

    Apple users have downloaded 14 billion apps. In turn, the company has paid developers $2.5 billion, but that’s only after Apple takes its share of those profits. Facebook is looking to compete with Apple’s App Store by creating its own app system.


    Prince Harry Prepares for More Afghanistan War Duty, http://eonli.ne/j0fPDj

    Hugh Hefner & Crystal Harris — The Wedding is OFF!!!, http://bit.ly/kAK1XS

    Cable Show: Oprah Says Of OWN Launch ‘I’d Probably Do It Differently’, http://bit.ly/jE8f1H

    Teacher In Massachusetts Suspended For Showing Eminem Video to 7th Graders, http://bit.ly/lq7RIh

    Jimmy Henchman’s Lawyer Calls Dexter Isaac A ‘Liar’ Over Tupac Claims, http://bit.ly/jPQznR

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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