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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

    A building in Harlem collapses in an explosion; the White House continues to court Millennials in healthcare enrollment; the missing Malaysian Airline search continues; a Guantanamo Bay prisoner files a lawsuit against President Obama; and Jerry Sandusky’s wife defends her husband’s innocence. Meanwhile, Chris Pine gets arrested for a DUI; the Big Bang Theory is renewed for 3 seasons (Hurrah!); and two mash-up videos will help you giggle your way through Hump-day (they are NSFW though!).

    - Maura + Austin


    1 dead, 15 Hurt Harlem Building Collapse, http://rtvote.com/1nM8hTg
    A deadly explosion Wednesday morning has caused the collapse of two five-story buildings in East Harlem, NY. There were 15 people injured and one person pronounced dead. A witness said that locals have been smelling gas for weeks and when the explosion occurred she saw people flying out of the building.  Con Edison, the NY utilities company, had been called to the area to check a possible gas leak at 9am ET this morning.

    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Including 25% Youth http://rtvote.com/1esr7s9
    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange has reached more than 4.2 million. Of those enrollees, only 25% are between the ages of 18-34, a key demographic that the administration has been targeting. Most recently, the President appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns” to plug the healthcare site to Millennials. If the administration fails to hit its goal of 40% youth enrollment, it fears that insurance costs will increase for the millions of other enrollees. 

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Last Communication Revealed,http://rtvote.com/1iArRi5
    New information released to the public shows that the last moments of communication from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, showed that everything was normal. The China bound plane went missing on Saturday with 239 people on board. As the plane reached the boundary between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi Minh City Control. Minutes later, all contact was lost. The search continues for new information on what happened…

    Sandusky’s Wife Says He’s Innocent, Victims Manipulated,http://rtvote.com/1i6g8Zt
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, insists that her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” that sent him to prison. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to her husband for 47 years, claims that he is innocent, the victims were manipulated, and that the case against him was built on lies. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence for his 2012 conviction on 45 charges of child sexual abuse of young boys for over a period of 15 years.

    Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Files Historic Lawsuit Against Obama Over Force-Feedinghttp://rtvote.com/1hcoCfH
    On Tuesday, a historic lawsuit was introduced against the U.S. military prison’s force-feeding of detainees on hunger strikes, by an inmate of Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni inmate, Emad Abdullah Hassan, contends that he has been “abusively force-fed” more than 5,000 times in the past seven years in an effort to end his hunger strikes, causing him severe internal injuries. The case marks the first legal challenge requiring a federal judge to oversee an inmate’s testimony on Guantanamo prison conditions. 


    Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/1gpXHLL

    Angelina Jolie Plans to Have More Preventative Cancer Surgery,http://rtvote.com/1idBx3u

    The Big Bang Theory Renewed! CBS Orders 3 More Seasons of the Smash Comedy, http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Here is the Wolf of Sesame Street Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For,http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Justin Bieber’s Bratty Deposition Video Gets Remixed by Seth Meyers,http://rtvote.com/1i6ANwA


    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: November 14, 2013

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    President Obama is addressing the nation (AGAIN) on Obamacare; Snapchat (a start-up run by millennials!) turns down billions from Facebook; a notorious Boston mobster gets more than 2 life terms for his crimes; and survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to find necessary resources. Meanwhile, Adam Levine gives a standing-O at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Alec Baldwin’s crazy stalker is getting jail time.
    -Maura + Veronica


    Source: President Obama’s fix will continue current plans, http://rtvote.com/I0VWu5 Aiming to calm the rippling waters among both the Democratic and Republican parties, the president will announce and administrative fix to Obamacare this morning. This will be an attempt to fix the Affordable Care Act to allow Americans to keep their current plans into next year if they want to. This will be in contrast to some Democratic House leaders who have proposed legislative solutions to the problem. Keep your eyes pealed for more details on this story as it develops!

    Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger gets 2 life terms plus 5 years, http://rtvote.com/17VI695 The notorious mobster from Boston, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, was sentenced to two life terms plus 5 years for his crimes during a reign of terror in South Boston in the 1970s and ‘80s. The convictions included murder, money laundering, racketeering, extortion, narcotics distribution, and obstruction of justice. The 84-year-old mobster had been on the run for 16 years before being arrested by the FBI in 2011.

    How it happened: Tracing Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in the Philippines, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wb Just a few days ago a bustling city, now, the city of Tacloban is a place of tragedy and despair as thousands try to restore their lives after Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation on Friday morning. To give context, the storm was 3.5 times more ferocious than Hurricane Katrina and big enough to stretch from Spain to Sweden. The current number of deaths is measured close to 1800, but the final death toll remains unknown. Survivors are now facing life-threating barriers such as access to clean water, food and medical services.

    Snapchat turned down more than $3B from Facebook, http://rtvote.com/HVJixn

    There are no limits when it comes to new technology, and Snapchat seems to know what their worth! The company reportedly turned down a $3 billion dollar deal with Facebook recently (up from their previous offer of $1 billion last year), because they are being courted by a series of other investors. Facebook’s bid for the company comes from their acknowledgement that teens are spending less time on the social media platform and more time using photographs to communicate with their peers. Snapchat is only 2 years old and was founded by 23-year old CEO Evan Spiegel.  Yay Millennials!


    Alec Baldwin stalker found guilty: Genevieve Sabourin sentenced to 210 days in jail,  http://rtvote.com/1aVJJnu

    Jennifer Lawrence leaves red carpet to comfort fan in wheelchair, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wa

    Angelina Jolie shows evil side in ‘Maleficent’ poster, http://rtvote.com/1gO9E2B

    Mark Wahlberg lashes out at actors who compare their jobs to being a soldier, http://rtvote.com/18wp3wm
    Adam Levine Gives Behati Prinsloo a Standing Ovation at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, http://rtvote.com/1e5VtSY

    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: Friday, June 21, 2013

    Friday, June 21st, 2013

    Protests in Brazil grow; the Miami Heat wins game 7;  the firm that completed a background check on Edward Snowden is being investigated; rain floods southern Alberta, Canada; 3 midshipmen from the Naval Academy are being charged with sexual assault; North Carolina repeals the ‘Racial Justice Act’; and Ken Mehlman is trying to convince Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian reveals her baby girl’s name, and Angelina Jolie stands up for refugees on World Refugee Day.

    Maura + Alexis


    Brazil Leaders to Meet as Protests, Violence Grow, http://apne.ws/12ZhBgp
    Thursday night, 1 million protestors filled the streets all over Brazil. Over 300,000 people protested in Rio de Janeiro, at least 40 of them injured, and at least one protestor was killed in Sao Paulo. President Dilma Rousseff who has not said much about the protests, called for a meeting with top Cabinet members. It is still unclear what action she and her government will take.

    Miami Heat beat Spurs in Game 7, http://bit.ly/16lP0Pm
    The Miami Heat took home another NBA Championship title last night. What was a close game for the first three quarters and majority of the fourth began to turn in favor of the Heat with three minutes to go. The Heat have arrived at three consecutive finals, two of which they have now won.

    Firm that checked NSA leaker’s background under investigation, http://cbsn.ws/14lLhQw
    A background investigation was performed on Edward Snowden, the man who disclosed NSA surveillance programs. The USIS will not answer any questions regarding the background check at the moment, because according to Michelle Schmitz, it is against policy to answer questions about ongoing investigations.

    Flooding hits Alberta province, forces 75,000 people from their homes in Calgary, http://bit.ly/16RLj4R
    Rain has flooded southern Alberta, Canada. In Calgary alone, 75,000 people have been forced out of their homes. Officials have asked people to limit telephone use as not to overwhelm the system and get in the way of emergency respondence.

    Academy: 3 Midshipmen Charged with Sexual Assault, http://apne.ws/12W9n8F
    Wednesday, the U.S. Naval Academy charged three midshipmen with sexually assaulting a female student at an off-campus house about a year ago. The former football players are being charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, one involving rape, sexual assault, or sexual misconduct, and the other for making a false statement. The boys have not been named and it is unclear whether or not they have an attorney.

    ‘Racial Justice Act’ repealed in North Carolina, http://bit.ly/13Wxd0W
    The Governor of North Carolina has agreed to repeal a law that allowed inmates to challenge their death sentences on racial grounds. The Racial Justice Act previously allowed convicts to argue that race was a determining factor in their sentencing. Governor Pat McCrory signed the repeal Wednesday.

    Bush aide now promotes gay marriage, http://usat.ly/16iDqV3
    Prominent Republican strategist Ken Mehlman, who ran President George W. Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign, is using his sexual orientation to try to change the minds of Republicans nation-wide. As the New York Times reported, Mehlman, a once-closeted gay man “is waging what could be his final campaign: to convince fellow Republicans that gay marriage is consistent with conservative values and good for their party.”


    Kim Kardashian Hinted at Baby Girl North’s Name to E! News, http://eonli.ne/16lzOBW

    Johnny Depp Opens Up About Turning 50: “It’s Great!”, http://eonli.ne/1azvdPK

    Angelina Jolie Stands Up for the Downtrodden on World Refugee Day, http://eonli.ne/16krQc2

    Nigella Lawson Steps Out Without Her Wedding Ring After Alleged Choking Incident, http://eonli.ne/16k9U1n

    Helena Bonham Carter In ‘Cinderella’: Actress’s Casting As Fairy Godmother Recalls Her Oddest Roles, http://huff.to/19ntADh

    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 Monday, June 3, 2013

    Monday, June 3rd, 2013

    A fire in a Chinese slaughterhouse kills 119; Senator Lautenberg dies at 89; a suicide bomber kills 13 people in Afghanistan; Al-Qaeda sets up complaint departments; Turkey’s Prime Minister blames Twitter for protests; Central Europe experiences major flooding; and a wildfire in southern California destroys six homes. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie makes her first appearance since her mastectomy announcement, and Kim Kardashian announces she is having a baby girl.

    Maura + Alexis


    Blaze at locked Chinese poultry slaughterhouse kills 119: state media, http://reut.rs/18IoSjh
    A fire in a poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China killed at least 119 people on Monday. More than 500 firefighters and 270 doctors and nurses were sent to the scene who evacuated 3,000 nearby residents. There are still many more unaccounted for. This tragedy has brought the issue of fire safety to the forefront of domestic concern for China.

    Frank Lautenberg Dead: New Jersey Senator Dies At 89, http://huff.to/15xXcfw
    Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey died Monday of viral pneumonia. He was 89 years old and had been battling health issues most of this year, missing more than six weeks in the Senate. He was the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate. He left behind his wife along with his six children and 13 grandchildren. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will fill the vacant Senate seat.

    Afghan children die as suicide bomber targets soldiers, http://bbc.in/ZGu4DN
    A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a market in eastern Afghanistan killing 13 people, 10 of whom were children. About 20 other people were injured as a result of the bombings. It is still unclear exactly how old the school children were, but a witness claims they were under the age of 12. Recently Nato and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban and other militants, and this attack is thought to be associated with this larger resistance. Another attack on Monday left seven dead by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Laghman.

    Al-Qaeda sets up complaints department, http://bit.ly/12Z0iXC
    Al-Qaeda has posted a new notice his week stating that it is open to receiving complaints from members of the public. Written in the notice were instructions that “anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary solider, can come and submit there complain in any headquarters building of the Islamic state. Also, “the complaint should be in writing provide details and give evidence.”

    Social media and opposition to blame for protests, says Turkish PM, http://bit.ly/13dPPsX
    Thousands of protestors have taken over Istanbul’s main square yet again after two days of violent clashes with riot police. Meanwhile Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vowed to press on with the controversial redevelopment that provoked the clashes in the first place. Erdogan blames Twitter for the protests, claiming the social media site to be the “worst menace to society.” What started last Monday as a small, peaceful protest to save an Istanbul park from being destroyed to build a shopping center, soon became the largest and most violent anti-government protest Turkey has seen in years.

    Central Europe on alert for flooding, http://bbc.in/11b0u3i
    Four people are dead and at least eight more missing due to torrential rains in central Europe. Emergency action is being taken in Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Thousands of homes have been evacuated and even animals from Prague’s zoo were evacuated. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas called a special cabinet session on Sunday to coordinate emergency response. In Germany, the cities of Passau and Rosenheim have both declared a state of emergency.

    California wildfire explodes in size as it burns down homes, threatens widespread damage, http://fxn.ws/19y7HSN
    A wildfire that burnt six homes to the ground and threatened hundreds of people in the mountains north of Los Angeles grew quickly Sundayand inspired yet 3,000 more evacuations. The fire burned about 40 square miles of dry brush in the Angeles National Forest mountains and canyons.

    Student Loan Debt Is a Beast. Here Are Elizabeth Warren’s, President Obama’s, and the GOP’s Plans to Fix It, http://bit.ly/15vyQmQ
    On July 1, interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise to 6.8 percent – double the current rate. The fast-approaching deadline has lawmakers grappling to find a alternative solution to this scary imminent decision. Since 2004, student loan debt in the U.S. has tripled. Student loan debt recently surpassed both credit card and auto loan debt. It looks like the final plan will be a compromise between Obama’s plan and the House Republican proposal, but we will have to wait and see.


    Angelina Jolie: First Appearance Since Mastectomy Announcement, http://tmz.me/19zDJxC

    Bynes booted from apt., http://bit.ly/15uvLTb

    ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners interview: The Red Wedding — EXCLUSIVE, http://bit.ly/11cluqF

    Kim Kardashian’s Baby Girl: Reality Star, Kanye West Reveal Baby’s Sex, http://huff.to/18LsRy7

    Sharon Jones Tour & Album Canceled After Cancer Diagnosis, http://huff.to/15ymkTr

    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: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

    Russia detains a C.I.A. agent; a suspect is named in the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting; nearly 200 are killed in a boat accident off the coast of Myanmar; phone records are seized from the Associated Press; Pakistan’s prime minister sends the US mixed messages; and Minnesota legalizes gay marriage. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie discusses her double mastectomy ,and the mother on “How I Met Your Mother” is revealed.

    Caitlin + Alexis
    Russia Detains American, Saying He Is C.I.A. Agent, http://nyti.ms/19nstBR
    Russia’s Federal Security Service publicly announced today that it has detained a CIA officer in an attempt to recruit a Russian agent. The officer has been identified as Ryan Christopher Fogle. He was arrested on charges of carrying written instructions for a Russian recruit. U.S. Ambassador Michael A. McFaul has been asked to respond to the accusation on Wednesday.

    Mother’s Day second-line shooting suspect is named, sought, http://bit.ly/17pAOIs
    The New Orleans Police Department has identified one suspect in the Mother’s Day second-line shooting. Nineteen people, including two ten-year-olds, were injured in the shooting this past Sunday. Akein Scott, 19 is the current suspect at large sought after by the NOPD.

    Nearly 200 killed in Myanmar boat accident, http://aje.me/10n0n8K
    Around 200 Rohingya Muslims, who were trying to evacuate a storm by boat, capsized off of the coast of Western Myanmar. According to Barbara Manzi, head of the Myanmar office at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the boat sank late on Monday.

    AP: Justice Department seizure of phone records an unprecedented intrusion, http://bit.ly/14iB9bs
    The Obama administration is accused of seizing phone records from the Associated Press in an attempt to uncover the source of a Yemen terrorist plot story. It was disclosed on Monday that the justice department had in fact obtained these two months’ worth of phone records of calls without informing the Obama administration.

    Marriage equality in Minnesota: A gay-rights victory in the Midwest, http://on.msnbc.com/13tOrmD
    On Monday the Minnesota Senate voted to approve same-sex marriage. Cheers filled the Capital as the bill was passed by a vote of 37-30 in the state Senate. Twelve states as well as the District of Columbia now deem same-sex marriage as lawful.
    TV Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers Dies At 85, http://n.pr/10TzYv9

    HIMYM’ unveils the mother! The creators answer your burning questions — EXCLUSIVE, http://bit.ly/127um2F

    In Barbara Walters’s Highlight Reel, TV’s Rise and Fade, http://nyti.ms/19mY72a

    Bill Hader to Leave ‘Saterday Night Live,’ http://nyti.ms/14kolBy

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