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    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Thursday, August 1st, 2013

    US set to resume negotiations with Pakistan; Snowden finds a new home; fast-food workers demand higher pay; and Uruguay in line to becoming first country to regulate the Marijuana market. Meanwhile, is Michelle Obama is no longer best dressed?; Simon Cowell to become a dad; and Jimmy McMillan endorses Weiner for NYC mayor.

    - Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Ariel Castro apologizes to victims at sentencing hearing, http://rtvote.com/19zGukq
    Castro entered the courtroom Thursday morning, beginning with an apology to his victims. Until today, Castro had justified his actions, recalling mental illness, and personal history as a sexual assault victim, but had never expressed feelings of remorse.

    US, Pakistan To Resume High-Level Negotiations, http://rtvote.com/19zwacq
    US and Pakistani Secretaries of State will resume negotiations over security issues, including border control and counterterrorism. Negotiations between the two countries were hindered by the U.S. raid to kill Osama bin Laden, and by the accidental shooting of two Pakistanis by a CIA worker. The resumption indicates that the relationship between the countries is improving.

    Uruguay MPs back marijuana legalization, http://rtvote.com/13pBZW4
    Uruguay’s House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize marijuana, backed by the country’s President. If the Senate also passes the bill, marijuana sales would be conducted solely by the government, making it the first country to regulate sales of the substance.  Supporters are hopeful that the measure will reduce the tens of thousands of deaths caused by drug trafficking in the country.

    Edward Snowden receives temporary asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport, http://rtvote.com/19zxxaQ
    After over a month in the airport’s transit zone, and nearly a week after false reports of asylum in the country, Edward Snowden has been granted a 1 year asylum in Russia. His destination and plans in the country are unknown.

    A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay, http://rtvote.com/13pBo6G
    Fast–food employees nationwide are conducting one-day strikes to demand higher pay. The strikers are demanding a $15 hourly wage. Meanwhile, restaurant officials say this demand is unreasonable, and would drive restaurant owners to higher fewer workers or turn to automation. The events are part of a larger movement to increase the federal minimum wage.

    House passes student loan rate fix, http://rtvote.com/19zyPTi
    Since loan rates were doubled on July 1, the Senate, and now the House have passed a new bill to tie interest rates on federal student loans to the 10-year Treasury note.  Once President Obama signs the bill, which is expected, rates will be set at 3.86 percent for undergraduates. The rates, however, can fluctuate with the market, but are capped at 8.25 percent.

     

    CULTURAL

    MLB prepared to ban A-Rod for life, suspend eight others, http://rtvote.com/13pClMq

    Michelle Obama Snubbed From Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List, http://rtvote.com/16aCGBd

    Simon Cowell Expecting a Baby With Friend’s Wife Lauren Silverman, http://rtvote.com/16aGPFl

    Jimmy McMillan: Anthony Weiner for mayor, http://rtvote.com/16aGfar

    Try Out Facebook’s Fun ‘On This Day’ Feature—But You May Not Like What You See, http://rtvote.com/16aI4UW

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, July 26, 2013

    Friday, July 26th, 2013

    Halliburton Energy Services admits to destroying evidence; Judge refuses to acquit Manning; Senate threatens Snowden-aiding countries with sanctions; pesticides kill America’s honeybees; Weiner’s favorability drops 20 percent; and Spanish train crash driver flaunts his need for speed. Meanwhile, Shia LaBeouf debuts his inner nympho; Frank Ocean has a tear in his vocal cords; and Selena protects Bieber from the haters.

    Meron + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Halliburton to pay $200k fine for destroying evidence in 2010 Gulf oil spill, http://rtvote.com/15QzjiE
    Halliburton Energy Services is to pay a maximum $200,000 fine for destroying evidence related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in addition to agreeing to donate $55 million towards wildlife protection. This has become the third guilty plea by a company over the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Judge refuses to acquit Manning on theft charges, http://rtvote.com/13ag0SP
    A military judge said early Thursday that she would not dismiss charges of theft against Army Private first class Bradley Manning. The soldier is expected to be sentenced next week for the largest intelligence leak in US history.

    Senate threatens to sanction countries that aid Snowden, http://rtvote.com/13aho82
    A hearing held by the 30 member, bi-partisan Senate committee Thursday afternoon in Washington ended with a unanimous decision to move towards sanctioning countries coming to the aid of the former intelligence analyst.

    Scientists confirm: Pesticides kill America’s honey bees, http://rtvote.com/19mxcIo
    New research shows that bees exposed to common agricultural chemicals while pollinating US crops are less likely to resist a parasitic infection.

    Weiner’s lead disappears in NYC mayor’s race, http://rtvote.com/13ajqoG
    Anthony Weiner has lost his lead in the New York City mayor’s race after it was revealed last week that he continued sending lewd messages to women even following his 2011 resignation from Congress.

    Spanish train crash driver wrote on Facebook about high speed, http://rtvote.com/19myeEu
    The driver of the Spanish train that crashed at high speed had previously posted on Facebook about going so fast that he was on the brink of getting a fine.

     

    CULTURAL

    New ‘Nymphomaniac’ clip features Shia LaBeouf far removed from the ‘Transformers’ world, http://rtvote.com/13albCr

    Frank Ocean cancels shows after tear in vocal cords, http://rtvote.com/13alkFO

    Sir Mick Jagger turns 70: We say ‘Happy Birthday’ and ask, what’s this rolling stone’s secret?, http://rtvote.com/13alrkB

    Selena: I’ll ‘always protect’ Bieber from haters, http://rtvote.com/13alQ6R

     

     

    meron.w@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Thursday, July 25th, 2013

    Former Chinese Communist Party leader indicted on bribery charges; federal charges brought against SAC hedge fund; details emerge about the fatal train crash in Spain; Eric Holder protects Texas voters; and the House votes ‘No’ on defunding domestic NSA wiretapping program. Meanwhile, President George H.W. Bush shaves head to honor cancer patient; Jason Sudeikis announces departure from ‘SNL’; and new Elijah Wood film is banned in New Zealand.

    - Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL
    Fallen Leader Is Indicted in China, 
    http://rtvote.com/15MKZD3

    Former Chinese Communist Party leader, Bo Xilai, has been indicted for charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. This comes over a year after Mr. Bo was removed from office after accusations “of taking about $3.3 million in bribes, [and] embezzling almost $1 million.” His wife also murdered British business executive Neil Heywood in 2011, for which she was given a suspended death sentence.

    U.S. files criminal charges against famed hedge fund, SAC, http://rtvote.com/13808QN

    Federal prosecutors Thursday, announced criminal charges against SAC Capital, citing “institutional practices” that allowed employee insider-trading to take place. The government charged the famed hedge fund with wire fraud and four counts of securities fraud. Charges against the firm could mark the end of SAC, which has already seen investors steadily pull out their money after previous legal troubles.

    AP analysis of video shows Spanish train was speeding when it derailed, killing dozens, http://rtvote.com/15MIbFT

    After a train derailment in Spain on Wednesday killed 80 passengers, analysis of video footage shows that the train was travelling between 40 and 70 mph above the 50mph speed limit.

    Plan to defund NSA phone collection program defeated, http://rtvote.com/137MNbc

    In a 217-205 vote on Wednesday, the House of Representatives decided against a plan to end the wiretapping program leaked by Edward Snowden. The plan would have allowed the NSA to collect phone records only for individuals connected to ongoing investigations.

    Eric Holder Wants Texas Voting Law Changes To Be Cleared By U.S., http://rtvote.com/137GqEN

    In light of last month’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder takes steps to protect voters in Texas against voting discrimination. Holder announced to the Urban League in Philadelphia that the Justice department will ask a federal court in San Antonio to mandate the state to obtain pre-approval before making changes to voting laws.

    CULTURAL

    Paula Deen’s Cook Tells of Slights, Steeped in History, http://rtvote.com/15MQoK9

    George H.W. Bush Shaves His Head in Honor of 2-year-old Cancer Patient, http://rtvote.com/137YyOY

    Elijah Wood’s Slasher Film Maniac Banned in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/15N8hbN

    See Jason Sudeikis announce he’s leaving ‘SNL’ on ‘Late Show,’ http://rtvote.com/137YVc4

    Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Gives Props to Him in Harper’s Bazaar Days Before New Sexting Scandal, http://rtvote.com/137ZeE0

     

    Maura
    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: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

    Edward Snowden possibly allowed to leave airport: NSA seeks to fight anti-surveillance amendment in top-secret meeting; 22 killed in Mexican clashes; Anthony Weiner asks for another chance; guns allowed in North Carolina bars; and gay couple in Cincinnati may be buried together. Meanwhile, the royal baby has left the building; Selena Gomez takes a shot; and The Sandlot crew meets at the field once again.

    Maura + Meron

     

    CRUCIAL

    Snowden ‘allowed to leave airport’, http://rtvote.com/19i2kZG
    Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has been given an official pass to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Russian airport officials say. However, Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client had not received the documents and would stay in the airport.

    NSA holds emergency hearing to fight off anti-surveillance amendment in Congress, http://rtvote.com/15ISWct
    The National Security Agency has invited certain members of Congress to a top secret, invitation only meeting to discuss a proposed amendment that could end the NSA’s ability to conduct dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans.

    Clashes in Mexico’s Michoacan state leave 22 dead, http://rtvote.com/19i34xX
    At least 20 gang members have died in clashes with police in Mexico’s western Michoacan state, officials say.

    Anthony Weiner: “Give me another chance”, http://rtvote.com/15IXS10
    The sex scandal that led to his 2011 resignation from Congress has become an issue during his mayoral campaign, as a series of lewd texts and photos revealed Tuesday has forced Weiner to ask New Yorkers to “give him another chance.”

    N.C. lawmakers pass sweeping changes to gun laws, http://rtvote.com/1351bAY
    North Carolina lawmakers approved a bill that allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants.

    Cincinnati gay couple wins fight to be buried together, http://rtvote.com/1353yDX
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Cincinnati gay couple can be buried together, recognizing a marriage in Maryland that is not legal in Ohio.

     

    CULTURAL

    Royal baby boy, Kate Middleton and Prince William leave Kensington Palace, http://rtvote.com/19i9Rrs

    Selena Gomez talks 21st birthday: “I had a shot of Jack”, http://rtvote.com/15J1XlA

    Rihanna breaks down in tears during concert, http://rtvote.com/15J2DHF

    The Sandlot cast reunites at their old field, http://rtvote.com/19ia1yX

     

     

     

    meron.w@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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



    News Round-up: Tuesday, July 9 2013

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

    The U.S. considers speeding up the removal of Afghan forces; victims stuck in limbo after Asiana Airlines crash-landing on Saturday; Egypt’s interim president names a new prime minister and vice president; confusion over Edward Snowden’s asylum offers increase after a tweet; Ohio kidnapping victims speak out for the first time; New Yorkers ponder forgiveness for Eliot Spitzer; and the ACLU challenges PA same-sex marriage ban. Meanwhile, Amanda Bynes wears a blue wig in court; Elton John gets appendicitis; leaked Selena Gomez track includes Bieber voicemail; and Pink receives a twitter threat.

    - Maura

    CRUCIAL
    U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistanhttp://rtvote.com/150hU6z
    President Obama is considering speeding up the removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after becoming increasingly frustrated in his dealings with President Hamid Karzai.  The Obama Administration has been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a “residual force” behind. The relationship between the Administration and Karzai began to unravel last month after an effort by the U.S. to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.

    Stuck in Limbo After San Francisco Crashhttp://rtvote.com/150j3Ln
    Tao Liu was one of 5 Chinese teachers who accompanied 29 students from Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province of China, on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crash-landed on July 6. Two of her students were killed in the crash.  Many of the surviving students are in limbo having lost their passports and other important belongings in the crash.

    Egypt’s interim president names new prime minister, vice president,http://rtvote.com/12jlpGX
    One day after security forces gunned down more than 50 of ousted president Mhamed Morsi’s supporters, the interim President Adly Mansour has named a new prime minister and vice president of Egypt. On Tuesday, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, chief of Egypt’s armed forces, told the nation that the new president’s constitutional declaration & road map for elections and a new charter provided “more than enough assurance” that the country was moving in the right direction.

    Confusion over Edward Snowden acceptance of Venezuela offer,http://rtvote.com/150suKQ
    Rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden increased on Tuesday when a Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden accepted an offer to Venezuela for asylum.  The tweet was removed and then replaced with a message that said the claim was based on a report from the state all-news television channel Vesti.

    ‘Thank you:’ Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out for the first time,http://rtvote.com/150uxyz
    For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the three women rescued from Cleveland, Ohio talk about being held captive for over a decade.  Amanda Berry (abducted in 2003 and now has 6 year old daughter who was born during her captivity), Gina DeJesus (kidnapped in 2004), and Michelle Knight  (abducted in 2002) released a YouTube video thanking everyone who has supported them since they were freed.

    Spitzer again makes New Yorkers ponder forgivenesshttp://rtvote.com/150vCGE
    Eliot Spitzer who resigned from New York’s top job in 2008 after it was revealed he patronized prostitutes, announced Sunday he would run for comptroller (the city’s top financial officer). This announcement is only two months after Anthony Weiner, a former NY Congressman who resigned after texting lewd photos of himself to women, joined the race for mayor.  Spitzer said Monday that the public will have to ask itself “Can we forgive him?…I hope the public says yes.”

    Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Faces ACLU Challengehttp://rtvote.com/150xteC 
    Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is bringing that decision to the state level.  The group is filing a lawsuit against PA’s same-sex marriage ban. Twenty-three plaintiffs will be part of the lawsuit challenging the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 

    CULTURAL
    Amanda Bynes Criminal Case For Bong Incident Delayed To Later Date,http://rtvote.com/150yUd5

    Selena Gomez’s ‘Love Will Remember’ Track Leaks With Supposed Justin Bieber Voicemail, http://rtvote.com/150yS4X

    Elton John Postpones Tour Due to Appendicitis, http://rtvote.com/150zhV2

    Pink Bomb Scare: Australian Teen Arrested After Tweeting Alleged Threat at Singer’s Melbourne Concert, http://rtvote.com/18KXVhI

    Maura
    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