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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Lance Armstrong admits to doping; Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders the arrest of the prime minister; a woman crashes a stolen train into a Swedish apartment building; New York passes a deal for stricter gun laws; and Wal-Mart announces a veteran hiring program. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s bus tour starts today, and Kim Kardashian talks struggling with infertility.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify, http://rtvote.com/13zjGwu
    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. “We were mesmerized and riveted” said Winfrey about Armstrong’s answers. “He did not come clean in the manner I was expecting.” The former champion cyclist will testify against cycling officials who were aware of his doping. Armstrong also told Winfrey that he admitted his drug use to staff of his charity, Livestrong, and personally called other cyclists to apologize. The interview will air in two parts this Thursday and Friday.

    Pakistan top court orders PM arrest, http://rtvote.com/13zlMMF
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, on Tuesday. The court alleges that Ashraf “violated the principle of transparency” when working on contracts for the purchase of power plants for the government as a federal minister. Authorities have 24 hours to arrest Ashraf and 16 others in connection with the case. In Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, populist cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri organized protests calling for reforms.

    France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up, http://rtvote.com/13zowd1
    French forces bombed the Mali town of Diabaly, which is believed to be under Islamic militant control, on Monday night. French President Francois Hollande said the bomb attacks “hit their targets” and the “deployment of forces on the ground and in the air” will continue. West African defense chiefs will meet in Bamako on Tuesday to quickly deploy 3,300 African troops to Mali. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Guinea have offered to send troops to defend the Mali government, although Nigeria has cautioned about deploying troops too quickly. The U.S. has also pledged to support the Mali government.

    STOLEN TRAIN CRASHES INTO BUILDING IN SWEDEN, http://rtvote.com/13zqQAH
    A Swedish woman stole a four-car commuter train in Stockholm Tuesday morning, driving and crashing it into an apartment building in the suburbs. Police say the woman has been seriously injured, while no one in the apartment building was hurt. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the woman is being held for endangering the public and that her motives are unknown. The suspect was born in 1990 and worked for a company contracted to clean for the train operator.

    Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Any Veteran Who Wants a Job, http://rtvote.com/13zrQov
    Wal-Mart will announce Tuesday that it will hire any veteran who needs a job as long as they left the military the year before and were not dishonorably discharged. The program will launch on Memorial Day and will be one of the nation’s biggest hiring commitments for veterans in history. First Lady Michelle Obama has called the superstore’s new program “historic” and that she will work to persuade other corporations to implement something similar. Wal-mart says the commitment will create 100,000 new jobs for veterans in the next five years.

    Gun bill: Ball takes shot at Cuomo, Assembly goes home, http://rtvote.com/W8q6wV
    New York state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have reached a deal regarding gun control, including expanding the state’s assault weapons ban and further restrictions that keep guns away from the mentally ill. New York’s Senate, which has a Republican majority, passed the deal Monday night. The support came from legislators from New York City and Long Island. No Republicans from upstate New York voted for the deal, which will go to the Assembly Tuesday. Nationally, President Obama will most likely support an executive order to expand background checks on gun purchasers.

    Alex Williams explores the difficulty of Millennials transitioning from a technology-fuled “hook-up-culture” in “The End of Courtship,” http://rtvote.com/13zvWNp

    CULTURAL:

    Anna Kendrick’s Ryan Gosling Tweet Should Flatter The Actor, We Think, http://rtvote.com/W8A1m5

    Lady Gaga Pulls Born This Way Ball Into Tacoma For First U.S. Tour Stop, http://rtvote.com/W8GrSd

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian Struggled With Infertility, Talks Kris Humphries Divorce and Marrying Kanye West,http://rtvote.com/W8GzBf

    Bradley Cooper denies dating J. Law: I could be her father, http://rtvote.com/13zxzuA

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, June 27, 2011

    Monday, June 27th, 2011

    The celebrations continue after gay marriage was legalized in New York on Friday, the Dodgers file for bankruptcy, Obama is trying to raise the debt ceiling, and the Souris River has flooded to new records in North Dakota.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News from Jun 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM)
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the bill legalizing gay marriage in the Empire State, more than doubling the population of Americans for whom same-sex nuptials are available. The law will go into effect in New York in 30 days, and when it does, gay marriage will be legal in six states and Washington, D.C.

    TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida, http://bit.ly/ih3ADH

    The TSA is defending its officers after a 95-year-old Florida woman was required to take off her adult diaper to get through airport security. According to the TSA, the officers acted “according to proper procedure,” but the woman’s daughter argued that “if this is your procedure…your procedure needs to be changed.”

    Dodgers Owner Files for Team Bankruptcy,
    http://on.wsj.com/j5lCuC

    The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in order to not be taken over by Major League Baseball.  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a 17-year $2.7 billion deal with Fox Sports because Dodgers owner Frank McCourt planned to use $150 million to settle his divorce with his former wife and pay outstanding debts.

    Congressional Week Ahead: Obama Enters Budget Talks,
    http://nyti.ms/iriwsE

    President Obama is meeting with the Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate this week to try and work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling before August 2nd, when the Treasury says the country will default for the first time in history. Republicans in the House refuse to raise taxes, but any package with only budget cuts will likely fail in the Democratic Senate.

    Global arrest warrant issued for Qaddafi, son, http://bit.ly/jSVKHG

    Arrest warrants are out for Libyan leader Muammar al Qaddafi, his son Saif al Islam Qaddafi, and Qaddafi’s brother-in-law and Libya’s head of intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The International Criminal Court has stated that all 116 nations of the Court are obliged, under the Rome Statute, to arrest Qaddafi and turn him over to the court.

    Souris River crests in North Dakota, surging past 1881 mark, http://usat.ly/k9lf5s

    The Souris River in North Dakota flooded this weekend, peaking at 1,562 feet above sea level. That’s 4 feet higher than the previous record, which was set in 1881. Over ten thousand residents have bee evacuated, and four thousand homes have been swamped. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the slow-moving river could take a “long long time” to return to normal and allow the community to recover.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    Rep. Michele Bachmann formally launched her presidential campaign Monday morning. “My name is Michelle Bachmann, I stand here among my family and many friends to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she told a crowd of supporters in Waterloo, Iowa. The three-term Minnesota congresswoman, who’s running in a dead-heat with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Iowa according to Saturday’s Des Moines Register poll, is launching an announcement tour that will also include stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

    Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop, http://nyti.ms/iv6g10

    There are 160 million DVRs in America and according to a new report, those little boxes use more energy than refrigerators. Some even use more power than AC systems, since the boxes’ drives are running 24 hours a day, even when nobody is watching the TV. This means that they waste 66% of the $3 billion in energy they cost to run.

    CULTURAL:

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket sells for $1.8m at auction, http://bit.ly/iwe0GQ

    Chris Brown & Rihanna In BET Awards Screw-Up, http://bit.ly/iQT7Mb

    William & Kate Feel the Love at Wimbledon, http://bit.ly/kDYkFU

    ‘Cars 2′ Parks At #1 For Weekend Box-Office Debut, http://on.mtv.com/jFysk4

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

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