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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

    The SCOTUS comes to a decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case; a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile; Muriel Bowser defeats incumbent in DC mayoral primary; and bombings hit Cairo University in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Broadway cast of The Lion King does an epic rendition of the “Circle of Life” in an unexpected place; Michael Strahan shares some big news with the TV world; and Anna Kendrick preps for her SNL appearance.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: Justices strike down political donor limits: http://rtvote.com/1dN6htc
    The Supreme Court of the United States has determined the outcome of the McCutcheon v. FEC case.  With a vote of 5-4, individuals are no longer faced with a limit on how much they can donate to political campaigns. The winning argument determined that individual donor limits and regulations violated the First Amendment rights of the donor.

    Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami: http://rtvote.com/1pL0c20
    A massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck directly off the coast of Chile on Tuesday. Fortunately, damage was minimal; landslides wiped out roads in some places and phone and power lines were also knocked out. Tsunami warnings were also in effect as tsunamis hit at various beaches, generating 6 to 7 foot waves. Five people died: two had heart attacks while the others were crushed by debris. People fled to higher ground as soon as the quake was felt, creating some traffic jams. Some are still without any source of power or phones, not knowing if they are able to return to their homes. There is no danger for the United States coastline.

    Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary: http://rtvote.com/1hhuFO7
    DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in yesterday’s mayoral primary. Gray had been hit with scandals and a federal investigation relating to potential monetary felonies that helped him get elected in 2010. The Democratic primary winner has won every official election in Washington because 75% of registered voters in the district are Democrats; however, the Republican challenger, David Catania, is a definite contender. Despite Bowser’s win, many voters were discouraged with the candidates running and the election experienced a low voter turnout.

    Regulators did not properly track complaints on GM switches, inspector general says: http://rtvote.com/1oqcDTM
    According to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general Calvin L. Scovel III, “federal auto safety regulators lacked effective procedures for tracking consumer complaints” about the flaw in the ignition: the issue that has spurred the recall and resulted in thirteen deaths. General Motors’ Chief Executive, Mary T. Barra, says she was unaware of the issue until this year and did not answer questions relating to GM’s failure to fix the flaw. GM has recalled 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts deemed at risk for the ignition switch flaw. According to lawmakers, the ignition switch problem could have been solved by GM for a cost of .57 cents per vehicle.

    Bombings rock area near Cairo University: http://rtvote.com/1mKyRhw
    Two bombs planted outside of Cairo University in Egypt exploded, killing an Egyptian police officer and wounding five other security officers. Violence like this has been prevalent since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last year, and is expected to escalate as Election Day grows closer. The current Egyptian leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to win with almost no contest, as the Muslim Brotherhood, the political party behind Morsi, and Egypt’s most organized party, have been banned. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack, although people speculate that Islamic militants are responsible. 

    CULTURAL

    The Lion King Broadway cast gives an impromptu performance: watch the awesome video! http://rtvote.com/1ft6eRL

    Anna Kendrick’s SNL promos are a thing of beauty & hilarity: http://rtvote.com/1mKFekZ  

    Michael Strahan has some big news: http://rtvote.com/1pQYSc5

    Miley Cyrus grieving over dog’s death: http://rtvote.com/1go46Xp

    Two people debate the How I Met Your Mother finale: http://rtvote.com/1oqkwbV

    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: 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 

    NEWS 

    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.
     

    ENTERTAINMENT

    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: 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