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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

    A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school leaves 20 students injured; Rep. Vance McAllister’s staffer resigns after kissing incident; Police search for a possible serial sniper in Kansas City; and a new breakthrough in paralysis research has occurred. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway put a cabaret spin on some top hip hop songs; Prince George has a play date down under; and Miley discusses her freedom without Disney or Liam Hemsworth.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers, my (Veronica’s) hometown hockey team, on clinching a NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs spot last night. Let’s go Flyers!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: 20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbing: http://rtvote.com/1qqQ250
    At least 20 students have been injured at Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An adult is also being treated for an unspecified medical condition. Four students have been taken to the hospital via helicopter and some students’ injuries are life-threatening. A hallway and a classroom were the setting for the potentially deadly stabbing. All schools are now secure, but the district’s elementary schools are closed for the day. The suspect, a sophomore boy, is now in custody.

    Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’: http://rtvote.com/1qiwa5T
    Neuroscientist Susan Harkema had been running a study to try to learn more about “nerve pathways” by stimulating the spinal cords of paralyzed people through electricity. However, she managed to enable her patients to move their legs. All of her patients have been able to move their toes, move their legs around, sit up on their own, and even do sit ups! Harkema says this is the first time electrical stimulation to the spine and show results. Co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Dr. Barth Green says that “This is a breakthrough. It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.” Scientists hope this will open the door to the possibility of new breakthroughs.

    Staffer caught kissing Rep. McAllister resigns, while Congressman keeps his job: http://rtvote.com/1k3Q4Qr
    Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught on tape Monday kissing a staff member. The Congressman and the staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, are both married. Peacock has since resigned her post as district scheduler to McAllister. McAllister, conversely, says he has “no plans to resign” and insists that he will campaign for reelection this year. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen posted a surveillance video showing the two kissing. McAllister admitted the affair and apologized to his constituents: “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he was “pleased” with the apology, but he has not yet commented on whether McAllister should keep his job.

    Kansas City authorities seek perpetrator after some shootings linked: http://rtvote.com/1kKJBby
    The FBI has joined the hunt for a shooter in Kansas City, Missouri area. So far, thirteen shootings have been reported along parts of Interstate 435 and Interstate 470, most of which are near exit and interchange ramps. No one has been killed, but three people have been wounded; one was shot in the arm, the others were shot in the leg. Law enforcement believes that at least a part of the thirteen shootings are linked. The FBI and ATF have put out a $7000 reward for anyone who might know anything about the shootings or the possible shooter(s).

    UConn Women’s Basketball completes 40-0 season: http://rtvote.com/1k3Y9ED
    UConn’s women’s basketball team has completed their 40-0 season with a 79-58 win over Notre Dame. They are now repeat champions and it is the fifth time the team has gone undefeated under the head coach, Geno Auriemma. Auriemma has won nine National Titles in nine tries after the win. Notre Dame finished 37-1 after the loss.

    CULTURAL

    Paul Rudd joins Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner for some Funny or Die fun: http://rtvote.com/R2X9GB

    Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of…rap songs? http://rtvote.com/1lKl5J3

    Prince George’s royal play date: http://rtvote.com/ODqMfM

    Miley Cyrus talks “being free”: http://rtvote.com/1eks0sJ

    Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer, due to receive double mastectomy: http://rtvote.com/1hsHbR3

    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, December 19th, 2012

    Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

    President Obama will have VP Biden lead the charge on gun control; an independent panel finds security flaws during the Benghazi attack; eight vaccination workers have been killed in Pakistan; Judge Robert Bork dies at 84; and Instagram tries to clarify its new policy. Meanwhile, TIME’s person of the year is President Obama, and Buzzfeed nostalgically lists 50 things you will never get for Christmas again.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Biden to head gun policy push after Newtown shootings, http://reut.rs/U88OBf
    President Obama will have Vice President Biden lead the push for stricter gun control. The White House has decided to take action on the issue after the mass shooting in Newtown, CT, which left twenty children, seven adults, and the shooter, Adam Lanza, dead. At a vigil for the massacre, President Obama spoke to the people of Newtown saying he would “use whatever power this office” has to end gun-related tragedies. On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the president supports a ban on assault weapons and closing the “gun show” loophole.

    BENGHAZI REVIEW FINDS SYSTEMATIC SECURITY FAULTS, http://bit.ly/VOB20Y
    An independent panel has found that security was “grossly inadequate” during the September 11th attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi. “Systematic failures and leadership and management deficiencies” in the State Department Bureau of Diplomatic Security and the Bureau of Near East Affair caused security officials to not be equipped for the type of attack that took place. The report also showed that no employee violated their responsibilities and no one should receive disciplinary action.

    Three more polio workers shot in Pakistan; eight dead in 48 hours, http://reut.rs/U7Ndsz
    The United Nations has pulled its vaccination workers from Pakistan’s streets after three more people administering polio vaccines were shot, two of them fatally. In total, eight vaccination workers have been killed in Pakistan in the past 48 hours. No one has claimed responsibility for the attacks, although the Taliban has issued threats against vaccination drives before. In this case, a spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban says they did not carry out these particular attacks. Pakistan is one of three countries in the world where polio is rampant.

    Judge Bork Has Died, http://bit.ly/T7xDgU
    Robert Bork, the conservative judge whose Supreme Court nomination was rejected during Reagan’s presidency, died Wednesday of heart complications. He was 84. Bork was a law professor at Yale who taught Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Robert Reich, and John Bolton. In 1987, President Reagan nominated him to the Supreme Court; however, the nomination was famously shot down by Senate Democrats who went to great lengths to stop it, even leaking his video rental records. After the failed nomination, Bork went on to work at conservative think tanks and write books.

    Astronomers find possibly livable planet, http://bit.ly/T6OAYK
    Astronomers said on Tuesday that they have found a potentially livable planet twelve light-years from Earth. The star, Tau Ceti, has five planets orbiting it. One of the planets is located in the “habitable zone” where water could live on its surface. “This discovery is in keeping with our emerging view that virtually every star has planets, and that the galaxy must have many potentially habitable planets,” said Steven Vogt, the U.C. Santa Cruz astronomer on the international team.

    Instagram co-founder: “It is not our intention to sell your photos”, http://tnw.co/ZL5JLm
    Earlier this week, Instagram announced a new terms of services that implied the photo-sharing service could sell users’ photos to advertisers. The new policy created an uproar amongst users, causing Instagram co-founder Kevin Systrom to issue a statement saying it is not the company’s “intention” to sell photos for a profit, and that it was Instagram’s fault for making the terms of service language “confusing.” Systrom added that the purpose of the new policy is to “create meaningful ways to help [users] discover new and interesting accounts, while building a self-sustaining business at the same time.”

    CULTURAL:

    TIME Person of the Year is President Obama, http://on.today.com/T7hkze

    50 Things You Will Never Get For Christmas Again, http://bit.ly/YgQ8mC

    Eagle on video snatches kid in park — or does it?, http://usat.ly/UDw73T

    African-American Cowboys In Film: The Groundbreaking History Of Black Westerns, http://huff.to/TyVHry

    WATCH: Anne Hathaway & Samuel L. Jackson Have a ‘Funny or Die’ “Sad Off,” http://bit.ly/12phYNs

    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: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2011

    Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

    In today’s news, Iranian students stormed the British Embassy chanting “Death to England”; American Airlines file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy; a Georgia business woman is accusing GOP hopeful Herman Cain of having a 13 year affair; Newt Gingrich says he is a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney; and Facebook plans to file an ISO. In other news, latest Catwoman, Anne Hathaway is engaged to Adam Shulman and Michael Jackson’s doctor is to be sentenced today.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Iranian students storm British Embassy in Tehran, http://bit.ly/rASWkX
    On Tuesday, Dozens of Iranian students stormed the British Embassy in Tehran. The students took down the British flag while chanting “death to England” and replaced it with an Iranian one. The incident comes just two days after the Iranian Parliament passed a bill that restricts diplomatic relations with Britain. Iran is unhappy with Britain’s support of the U.S.’s upgraded sanctions on Iran. There was no immediate casualty count, and officials still are not sure how many embassy employees were inside at the time of the assault. However, it occurred after business hours had ended.

    Egypt vote continues after big turnout on day one, http://bbc.in/sDpDY5
    On Tuesday, Egyptians continued a second day of parliamentary voting, after a huge turnout on Monday. The first day of voting was surprisingly peaceful even though there had been fear of violence from protesters who are against the interim military rulers who replaced Mr Mubarak. The protesters have boycotted the vote because they fear the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces led by Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, which is overseeing the transition to democracy after decades of authoritarian rule, is trying to retain power.

    American Airlines Parent AMR Files for Bankruptcy, http://bloom.bg/u1trHk
    American Airlines’ parent company, AMR Corp., filed on Tuesday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The filing came after the airline failed to secure cost-cutting labor agreements and sat out a round of mergers that dropped it from the world’s largest airline to No. 3 in the U.S. Now, with this recent decision all the major U.S. airlines have sought court protection under Chapter 11. “It’s painful but probably necessary,” John Strickland, an aviation analyst at JLS Consulting in London. “They will have to go through the whole process that their peers have gone through.”

    Coach stays silent, http://bo.st/s5SCht
    Jim Boeheim has been keeping a low profile since the university fired his longtime assistant Bernie Fine on Sunday after he was accused of sexually abusing three boys. Boeheim even ran a closed practice on Monday. Allegations against Fine began on November 17th, and Boeheim attacked the accusers, saying they were probably seeking money. He later came out saying that he regretted what he said for being “insensitive to victims of abuse.” Victims’ groups are now calling for Boeheim’s firing. “I think Jim Boeheim should be fired or resign as well,’’ President of Road to Recovery, a support group for victims of sexual abuse, said yesterday. “These boys were members of the basketball program. Jim Boeheim’s responsibility is to oversee that program, and the children were not safe on his watch.’’

    Stalin’s daughter Lana Peters dies in US of cancer, http://bbc.in/vTvnML
    Only daughter of Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin, Svetlana Alliluyeva, also known as Lana Peters, died of colon cancer at a care home in Wisconsin last week. Peters left the Soviet Union in 1967 and wrote four books, including two bestselling memoirs. After moving to the United States, she burned her passport in defiance of communism and her father. She called her dad “a moral and spiritual monster.” She accused him of exiling her first love to Siberia.

    Iran: explosion in Isfahan reported, http://bit.ly/uJu9Jn
    Widely conflicting press reports are out after an explosion was heard Monday in the Iranian town of Ifsahan, where the country’s nuclear facilities are located. The explosion was originally reported by Iran’s semi-official news agency Fars, but the article was later removed from its website. Also, a source quoted in the original Fars article as having heard the blast later told another semi-official news agency, “I have heard no sound whatsoever in Isfahan.” He also said that he had never spoken to the newspaper. Other residents told the Guardian that they heard an explosion that rattled their windows.

    (via The Guardian) Peter Hain warned computer may have been hacked by private detectives: ‘The former Northern Ireland secretary Peter Hain has been told by the Metropolitan police that they are investigating evidence that his computer, and those of senior Northern Ireland civil servants and intelligence agents, may have been hacked by private detectives working for News International.’ http://bit.ly/u3tD9C

    Psychiatric evaluation finds Norway killer insane, http://bit.ly/rtbB4R
    Prosecutors said Tuesday that the Norwegian man, Anders Behring Breivik, who confessed to the mass murder of 77 people in a bomb and shooting rampage was insane at the time of the massacre and should be sent to a psychiatric ward instead of prison. The report was written by two psychiatrists that spent 36 hours with Breivik must be reviewed by a panel of forensic psychiatrists before the court will make an official ruling.

    Campus Connection: Major efforts afoot to help students navigate voter ID law, http://bit.ly/uXmO11
    Wisconsin’s spring primary is about three weeks away, and the University of Madison is gearing up to educate students on the new voter laws. “While the law is not a positive in terms of helping students vote, I think it has spurred a sense of motivation and determination that will hopefully allow us to spread the word to students across Madison about what they’ll need to do to be able to register and then vote next year,” says Sam Polstein, a UW-Madison junior. Polstein says the Madison Student Vote Coalition is kicked off a voter awareness week on Monday.

    Georgia Woman Claims 13-Year Affair with Herman Cainhttp://bit.ly/uGHEXq
    An Atlanta businesswoman, Ginger White, is claiming she has been involved in a 13-year-long affair with Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. “I’m not proud,” White said. “I didn’t want to come out with this. I did not.” White said that it was not a complicated situation. She knew that he was married, and that she was in an inappropriate relationship. Herman Cain appeared on CNN to shoot down the rumors. Cain acknowledged that he knew her and considered her a friend, but denied any possibility that they had inappropriate relations. Just like another Cain accuser, White has a history of financial trouble. She filled for bankruptcy in the 80′s and received an eviction notice for not paying her rent just two weeks ago.

    Gingrich: I’m ‘a lot more conservative’ than Romney, http://bit.ly/tR9G21
    GOP presidential hopeful, Newt Gingrich, told an audience in Charleston, South Carolina on Tuesday. “I don’t claim to be the perfect candidate. I just claim to be a lot more conservative than Mitt Romney.” Without saying Romney’s name, Gingrich attacked politicians who take “radically different positions” on issues. “I wouldn’t lie to the American people,” he said. “I wouldn’t switch my position for political reasons.”

    Facebook Targets Huge IPO, http://on.wsj.com/vdlMzA
    Facebook is planning on filing its long-anticipated initial public offering sometime between April and June. The social-media giant hopes this will value the company at more than $100 billion by raising more than $10 billion. Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth would jump to $24 billion. Facebook is allegedly discussing dates with the SEC, though Mark Zuckerberg, has not made any final decisions.

    (via Reuters) Amazon Kindle sales heat up, stock jumps: ‘Amazon.com Inc said on Monday it saw a surge in sales of its Kindle devices, helped by its new Kindle Fire tablet, on the crucial “Black Friday” shopping day after Thanksgiving. Consumers bought four times as many Kindles on Black Friday as they did on the same day last year, when the company sold only e-readers, the largest Internet retailer reported.’ http://reut.rs/rVG5va

    (via Politico) WPP buys Glover Park Group: ‘The Glover Park Group, one of Washington’s fastest growing firms specializing in strategic communications and government relations, announced Tuesday that it has been bought by London-based WPP, the world’s largest communications-services company.’ http://politi.co/vzsiI6

    CULTURAL

    Dana Milbank says, “Supercommittee death brings Rob Portman new life” http://wapo.st/tS3NoG

    Mark Udell believes, “Defense bill gives military too much responsibility for detainees” http://wapo.st/t0a8ta

    Bill Frist and Cory Booker think, “Obesity fight good for profits” http://politi.co/vZGpPq

    Jeff Greenfield asks, “Which Newt is the good Newt?” http://politi.co/sqmfSJ

    Kate and William shine at sophisticated Palace party ahead of Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, http://bit.ly/uwJWB4

    Michael Jackson Doctor To Be Sentenced Today, http://on.mtv.com/sytOmN

    The Sing-Off Winner: Revealed! http://bit.ly/ssdGmF

    R.I.P. Ken Russell, http://p4k.in/uiT9D5

    Anne Hathaway Engaged To Adam Shulman, http://on.mtv.com/tqcPUi

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    News-Round Up: Friday, August 5, 2011

    Friday, August 5th, 2011

    Gaddafi’s son may have been killed in a NATO airstrike; the jobs numbers are looking up (literally); the Senate ends the FAA shutdown; New York Ranger Sean Avery has been arrested; and Anne Hathway’s ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Catwoman costume has been revealed.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Libyan Rebels Claim Gaddafi Son Killed, http://aje.me/mS52Ko
    Libyan rebels are saying that a NATO airstrike of Gaddafi’s operation room has killed 32 of his troops and his son, Khamis. NATO and the Libyan government have not yet confirmed Khamis’ death.

    U.S. Jobs Report and Global Markets Turmoil, http://on.wsj.com/mPnU9n
    For the month of July, the unemployment rate slightly slipped to 9.1% and 117,00 jobs were added. This bodes well as only 75,000 jobs were expected to be added. June’s numbers were modified from 18,000 jobs to 46,000.

    Bizarre Details Emerge in Australia’s Teen’s Neck Bomb Hoax Horror, http://on.msnbc.com/p8INHS
    More details have been released about the Sydney girl who was strapped to a bomb by an intruder. A note left alludes to a 1966 James Clavell novel about two businessmen set out to destroy each other. The girl’s father is a wealthy businessman, yet the note did not ask for any money. A neighbor saw the intruder wearing a ski mask and getting into a car driven by a woman.

    Senate Approves FAA Bill, Ending Agency Shutdown, http://n.pr/njMg4v
    In less than a minute, the Senate passed a bill ending the FAA shutdown. Obama now has to sign the bill, which will put thousands of airlines employees back to work. Although this seems to be the most peaceful bill passing we’ve seen, there was still some disagreement. Democrats were against a clause that cut funding to rural airports.

    Bloomberg to Use Own Funds in Plan to Aid Minority Youth, http://nyti.ms/nS2VJhttp://nyti.ms/nS2VJT
    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg will donate $30 million to a program meant to help black and Latino male youth. Billionaire George Soros will match Bloomberg’s donation. The program will install five new probation offices in crime ridden areas of New York City. It will also institute community programs meant to engage and educate these young males. The donations and programs come after it was revealed that 84% of minorities make up New York City’s detention facilities and children and family services.

    For NASA, Return Trip to Jupiter in Search of Clues to Solar System’s Origins, http://nyti.ms/or405A
    NASA will be sending a probe to Jupiter to study the origins of the solar system. The probe will orbit the planet for a year, gathering information about its atmosphere. It will arrive at the planet July 4, 2016.

    Thai Parliament Elect Yingluck Shinawatra as Country’s First Female Prime Minister, http://wapo.st/oCYCx3
    Thailand has elected its first female prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra. Shinawatra’s brother is Thaksin, who fell from power during a 2006 military coup and is still politically influential. Thailand is divided into two parties: the pro-army establishment and Red Shirts, who want to punish those responsible for the violent military assault on protestors in Bangkok last year and who also helped to elect Shinawatra.

    CULTURAL:

    Rowan Atkinson Injured in McLaren F1 Supercar Crash, http://tgr.ph/n1AjTW

    Sean Avery Arrested at His Home, http://bit.ly/qlRb3M

    Anne Hathway’s ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Catwoman Costume Revealed, http://on.mtv.com/qRzTHM

    Roseanne Barr Says She is “Running for President” Under the “Green Tea Party,” http://bit.ly/nuBrSj

    Paul McCartney to Go to Police over Allegations His Phone was Hacked, http://bit.ly/puEqRr

    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, February 28, 2011

    Monday, February 28th, 2011

    Once you’ve scoped out Anne Hathaway’s seven outfit changes from last night’s Oscar bash, you’ll be pleased to learn it’s a major news day! Not only is Karl Rove launching a serious comeback, the Justice Department has made an eyebrow-raising move in a Florida judge’s ruling against healthcare reform, blogger extraordinaire Andrew Sullivan is ditching The Atlantic for The Daily Beast, and Idol finally trumps Simon Cowell by announcing Gaga will perform at the season’s finale. Talk about star power.

    CRUCIAL:

    Demonstrators Can Continue Overnight Stays in Wisconsin Capitol, http://nyti.ms/feasPO

    Protesters continue to stay around the clock in Wisconsin despite orders by those who oversee the Capitol police that protesters must leave and increased restrictions, such as no food and no sleeping bags.

    Republicans Win Round One of Budget Fight, http://politi.co/i4ZuOl

    It is likely that the House and Senate will pass a bill to cut $4 billion in the next two weeks in order to keep the governement open.

    War on Voting: Wisconsin Fights From the Front Lines, http://huff.to/hFQKzN

    Rock the Vote President Heather Smith speaks out against politicians using voter rights and voter ID laws as a political bargaining chip.

    Obama’s Risky move in Florida, http://politi.co/fc0E4Y

    A Florida judge that ruled the law surrounding health care was unconstitutional will file a brief on the motion and then rule on it. This ruling could be another big hit to Obama’s bill.

    Google Glitch Disables 150,00 Gmail Accounts, http://on.mash.to/hCJwEC

    A glitch in the Gmail system caused some users entire inbox’s to be wiped. Google engineers are working to bring back the deleted mail, but it is unclear if it will all be recovered.

    Obama chooses first gay man as social secretary:  http://bit.ly/hXufFh

    Revolutions in the Middle East show how repressive regimes are ideologically weak: http://bit.ly/dSw3D4

    The President gets employees into tip top physical shape: http://nyti.ms/hWV9pS

    The Daily Dish moves from Atlantic Wire to Daily Beast: http://bit.ly/eyeksy

    CULTURAL:

    Oscar’s spoilers land Deadline in hot water: http://bit.ly/gPgQlW

    Anne Hathaway’s 7 Oscar costume changes: http://bit.ly/hGLYYw

    Jelena is finally official…kind of: http://bit.ly/eQk6pq

    Charlie Sheen to sue CBS: http://bit.ly/eXrMzx

    Gaga slated to perform at American Idol finale: http://bit.ly/epwqKw

    Last American WWI vet dies at 110: http://ti.me/fvVfSh

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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