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    News Round-Up: November 25, 2013

    Monday, November 25th, 2013

    A nasty storm is headed East, just in time for Thanksgiving; the US deal with Iran still remains in a delicate balance; and Amazon is under fire for their working conditions. Meanwhile, Miley mocks Gaga, and Catching Fire is actually on fire at the box office!

    -Sandy + Maura



    Nasty winter storm could snarl holiday traffic in East,http://rtvote.com/17MOsov
    A strong blast of Arctic air, blamed for eight deaths in the West, will reach the East coast in time for Thanksgiving. The storm has already closed hundreds of flights out of Dallas, and it is expected to reach the mid-Atlantic and New England regions by Tuesday. Heavy rain is to be expected, and snow is likely in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

    Most of Amtrak train jumps tracks in S.C.http://rtvote.com/1c4PLkl
    Seven cars of a nine-car Amtrak train derailed near Spartanburg County, South Carolina, early this morning. 207 passengers and 11 crew members were on board the train going from New Orleans to New York; no serious injuries were reported, although two people were hospitalized. The seven derailed cars remained upright, and heat and light were quickly restored.

    Pitfall of working for Amazon: Mental illness?http://rtvote.com/17U5oM7
    Who doesn’t love Amazon?! Apparently, some of their workers. BBC launched an investigation into Amazon employees’ working conditions, wherein one of their undercover reporters worked the night shift in a U.K. Amazon warehouse. The reporter said he walked 11 miles in one shift, and an expert claims that such working conditions increase the risk of mental illness.

    After Iran nuclear deal, tough challenges aheadhttp://rtvote.com/182tY8g
    A historic nuclear agreement with Iran has been signed, but don’t celebrate just yet! The situation is still as fragile as ever, as evidenced by the parties’ clash on Sunday over a key element of the deal and congressional skeptics’ threat to strike down the deal. The accord’s conditions include a six-month freeze on Iran’s nuclear program, daily monitoring by international inspectors, and a promise to not finish construction of a heavy-water reactor that could provide Iran with a source of plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

    Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of Aarushi and Hemraj murders,http://rtvote.com/18jsLPD
    In 2008, Aarushi Talwar, 14, and Hemraj, a domestic servant for the Talwar family, were found dead. Aarushi’s throat was slit, and she had also suffered a fatal head injury; Hemraj’s dead body was found on the roof of the Talwar house. After a five-and-a-half-year investigation, the parents of Aarushi have been convicted of the murders. Although Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are still denying guilt, prosecutors claimed the parents killed their child when they found her in a “compromising situation” with Hemraj.



    Miley Cyrus Mocks Lady Gaga’s White Horse Entrance at American Music Awards, http://rtvote.com/1c4YLpA

    2013 American Music Awards: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV,http://rtvote.com/1i8Zrzn

    Macklemore References Trayvon Martin, Racial Profiling in American Music Awards Acceptance Speech, http://rtvote.com/18jzrxs

    Catching Fire Box Office: Hunger Games Sequel Opens to Hot $25.3 Million,http://rtvote.com/19WwFb8


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


    Monday, November 21st, 2011

    In today’s news, the supercommittee will announce that it cannot come to a debt agreement; a man is charged in a New York City bomb plot; Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR race this weekend; and Newt Gingrich tells the 99% to “take a bath.” In entertainment news, Taylor Swift wins big at the AMAs, Christina Aguilera and Maroon 5 give a stellar AMAs performance, and Jack White will team up with John C. Reilly to re-release White Stripes singles.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Debt supercommittee members brace for failure, http://wapo.st/tEvfEt
    The congressional supercommittee spent its final meeting on Sunday not pushing for a last minute debt crisis plan, but instead discussing how to admit their failure to the public. On Monday, the committee chairs, Senator Patty Murray and Rep. Jeb Hensarling, are expected to issue a joint statement announcing they have not struck a deal. This is Congress’ third big debt agreement fail this year.

    Cairo clashes cast doubts over Egypt vote, http://bit.ly/uC83gd
    On Sunday, Egypt’s military forces began clearing protesters out of Cairo’s Tahrir Square. As a result, at least 24 people have died and over a thousand have suffered injuries. The protesters are demanding the military hand over power. Even with the parliamentary elections coming up, the army retains executive power until a presidential election, which could not occur until early 2013.

    Man Arrested and Charged in Bomb Plot, http://nyti.ms/sYQpiH
    New York City’s government workers, returning military personnel and elected officials were the target of a man who planned to build a bomb and detonate it. Police arrested a 27-year-old Al Qaeda sympathizer, Jose Pimentel, a Manhattanite and U.S. citizen who had been under surveillance for two years. Pimentel was arrested for purchasing the materials to make explosives. He is believed to have acted alone as he has no actual connections to Al Qaeda. The suspect’s proclaimed heroes were Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden.

    Michigan lawmaker’s family accuses congressman of past sexual abuse of family member, http://bit.ly/saNwyI
    A cousin of Congressman Dale Kildee is accusing the lawmaker of sexually abusing him over 50 years ago. Patrick Kildee, who was12-years-old at the time of the first alleged abuse, was said to have been the victim of sexual molestation for five years. Rep. Kildee called the charges “completely false and shameful,” saying his second cousin only accused him after the Congressman recently refused him money and federal benefits. Kildee serves not only on the House Early Childhood Committee, but he also once oversaw the House Page Program which ended a few weeks after the Congressman announced he would not seek an 18th term.

    First Lady Michelle Obama Booed At NASCAR Race, http://bit.ly/tbTYaS
    First Lady Michelle Obama was booed at a NASCAR event Sunday, along with Dr. Jill Biden. The two had showed up at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to support Joining Forces, an initiative to hire veterans, but were less-than-welcomed when they were introduced at the start of the race. Despite this, the two women received a standing ovation at the earlier pre-race drivers meeting.

    Iran may have sent Libya shells for chemical weapons, http://wapo.st/sb34SU
    The Obama administration is investigating whether or not Iran supplied Gaddafi with hundreds of special artillery shells for chemical weapons that Libya has been keeping a secret for decades. Former Libyan rebels recently found shells filled with mustard gas, and while it’s not known for certain where the shells came from, a senior U.S. official said that he suspects Iran. Iran has dismissed the claims as U.S. propaganda. In 2004, Gaddafi had made an international promise to destroy all of the country’s chemical weapons.

    A Revolution in Canvassing Among Voters, http://nyti.ms/vLaP8L
    For the first time, technology is allowing candidates to log onto voter databases cell phones. So, don’t be surprised if the canvasser knocking on your door this election cycle knows details about your political leanings, voting history and even magazine subscriptions. This is the first election since legislative maps have been redrawn with data from the 2010 census. Even though collecting information about voters is not new, new technology is making the research more detailed and convenient for representatives who want information about recently registered constituents.

    Highlights from the GOP Thanksgiving Family Forum, http://reut.rs/rOZizR
    Newt Gingrich told Occupy Wall Street protesters to, “Go get a job. Right after you take a bath.” as he spoke to a group of Republicans at the Thanksgiving Family Forum in Iowa. Gingrich attacked the protesters, saying they “start with a premise that we all owe them everything.” He continued, “They take over a public park they didn’t pay for, to go nearby to use bathrooms they didn’t pay for, to beg for food from places they they don’t want to pay for.”


    Louie Dane says “From Disinterest to Self-Interest: Youth in Elections,” http://huff.to/u60l8X

    Doyle McManus wants “Another presidential gene pool,” http://lat.ms/s5dt1Z

    Mary Sanchez believes “School lunch policy: Let them eat crud,” http://trib.in/trBzPN

    Robert J. Samuelson tells us “Why there’s a debt stalemate,” http://wapo.st/uWRnYg

    Swift unstoppable at American Music Awards, http://apne.ws/8fKEVo

    Prince Harry’s Vegas Discovery: Free Drinks While Gambling, http://bit.ly/vx2H4r

    Britney Spears Video Tournament Kicks Off Today! http://on.mtv.com/sROpV6

    Jack White Teams With John C. Reilly, Reissues White Stripes Singles, More, http://p4k.in/uHSlrT

    AMAs 2011: Winners and Nominees Complete List, http://bit.ly/scgC1D

    Maroon 5 and Xtina Take Over the AMAs Stage, http://bit.ly/symMey

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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