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    News Round-Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    A new CDC study underscores major increases in cases of Autism; appeals court upholds challenged parts of major TX abortion law; Microsoft releases Office products for iPad…finally; and voting rights activists are noticing some positive changes in 2014. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is allegedly served legal papers in regards to Bieber’s recent troubles; The Colbert Report is under fire on Twitter with a #CancelColbert hashtag; and James Van Der Beek admits to doing something illegal for Justin Timberlake.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Dayton Flyers (my alma mater) on making it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament! First time in 30 years. Way to go Flyers!

    -Maura 

    CRUCIAL 

    Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children, http://rtvote.com/1myqmpv
    Between 2008 and 2010, Autism rates have climbed nearly 30 percent and have more than doubles since the turn of the century according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new study. The study also points out that Autism is now believed to affect 1 of every 68 eight-year-olds—a dramatic increase. What is driving this increase still remains unknown. Some believe it’s a rise in awareness of the disease while other speculate on environmental reasons.

    Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law, http://rtvote.com/1gJFJtd
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld parts of a Texas abortion law which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. Planned Parenthood, which led the lawsuit against the bill, claims the law will cause clinics to shut down because hospitals would refuse doctors admitting privileges. This particular legislation, House Bill No.2, first garnered national attention when Senator Wendy Davis (now gubernatorial candidate), led a 13 hour filibuster to try and prevent the bill’s passage. The ruling of this appeal is considered a victory for anti-abortion activists.

    Obama looks to win back Saudi confidence, http://rtvote.com/1pBw6vO
    Continuing on with his diplomatic duties, President Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure Arab allies that despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and greater energy independence, the United States is not abandoning the Arab world. On his overnight trip there are only two items on his public schedule: a meeting and dinner with King Abdullah at his desert camp.

    Microsoft to Offer Office for iPad, Maybe a Bit Late, http://rtvote.com/QnF8CJ
    It’s finally here! Microsoft introduced the long-awaited suite of applications to the iPad which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The company’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella, announced a commitment to make the software work on all major computing devices, including those made by its competitors. Microsoft’s decision to bring Office to the Apple device comes after years of development and debate inside the company over implications that could occur against their own technology developments.

    VOTING RIGHTS

    Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction, http://rtvote.com/P1u5hq
    The primary election season is just around the corner, and voting rights activists are identifying some notable changes in relation to laws and restrictions around voting.  Although there have been a flurry of new rules, like the party-line vote for the elimination of a week of early voting in Ohio last month, some activists are noticing fewer restrictions and even some bipartisanship progress. Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University remarked that there has been “a lot of real momentum in 2014, thus far, towards improving our elections both at the states and nationally.” On that note, don’t forget to register to vote ! 

    CULTURAL

    Selena Gomez Served With Legal Papers, http://rtvote.com/1rKLNVD

    The Colbert Report Tweets Racist Joke, Twitter Users Rally to #CancelColbert, http://rtvote.com/1jYCXy1

    Beyoncé Breaks Down in Tears During Final Carter Show Concert: “I’m Giving Y’all an Ugly Cry!”, http://rtvote.com/1maROGX

    Lady Gaga Celebrates 28th Birthday With Macabre “27 Club” Joke, http://rtvote.com/1pijgVc

    James Van Der Beek Let Underage Justin Timberlake Use His ID in the 90’s, http://rtvote.com/1fsBKfb

    Seth Meyers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, http://rtvote.com/P1jwLm

    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: November 1, 2013

    Friday, November 1st, 2013

    Food stamp cuts set in; a super-sophisticated secret underground tunnel used for smuggling drugs from Mexico to the U.S. is discovered; and the iPad Air makes its debut. Meanwhile, Heidi Klum officially wins the Most Awesome Celebrity award for her Halloween costume, and Kristin Stewart reunites with Robert Pattinson.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Families brace as billions in food stamp cuts set inhttp://rtvote.com/1ahKIba
    Benefit cuts to food stamp recipients begin today. This comes from Congress’s decision to cut $5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in exchange for increased education funding and school nutrition programs. An increased number of needy Americans will turn to organizations that already provide meals to hungry citizens, like food pantries and the Campaign Against Hunger.

    US discovers huge hi-tech Mexican drug-smuggling tunnelhttp://rtvote.com/1hzxE8o
    Authorities have discovered one of the most sophisticated drug smuggling passages, running from warehouses in Tijuana to San Diego. The secret underground tunnel is the length of almost six football fields and is equipped with lighting, ventilation, and an electric rail system. Upon discovery, authorities found 8.5 tons of marijuana and 327 pounds of cocaine.

    Trick or treat? Canada seizes three cocaine-filled pumpkins at airporthttp://rtvote.com/1f8kcX6
    Canadian officials seized three pumpkins at the Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. Cocaine-filled pumpkins, that is. Authorities found them while searching through a female traveler’s luggage. An investigation is currently underway.

    Internal notes show paltry initial enrollment in Obamacarehttp://rtvote.com/16SO7x0
    Notes from a “war room” meeting at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance revealed that only six Americans successfully enrolled in the federal health care exchange on the first day of the rollout. This number has been gradually increasing, and Joanne Peters, a Health and Human Services spokeswoman, is confident that the pace of enrollment will pick up.

    Best Deals for iPad Airhttp://rtvote.com/HsZRQG
    The new iPad Air debuts today – but before you whip out your wallet, make sure you read through this. Find out where and how to get the best deals on Apple’s latest gimmick.
     

    PUNDITS

    Senator Bernie Sanders discusses how our healthcare system could be more cost-effective without sacrificing programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in “Don’t cut the big benefit programs,”http://rtvote.com/1h614NS

    Facebook users and USA Today readers weigh in on HHS Secretary Sebelius’s apology at Wednesday’s congressional hearing in “Should Sebelius step down for Obamacare woes?” http://rtvote.com/17xwg4F

    CULTURAL

    Heidi Klum goes geriatric for Halloween, http://rtvote.com/1hzs7Pq

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Sue YouTube Cofounder Over Leaked Proposal Footage,http://rtvote.com/1bJBE1x

    Kristen Stewart Spends Time With Robert Pattinson at His House: All the Details and New Photos,http://rtvote.com/17BSr7D

    Pamela Anderson Chops Off Hair, Is Unrecognizable With New Pixie Cut, http://rtvote.com/16SVUuS

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

    Reflection & remembrance unfold on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; President Obama addresses the nation on Syria; new Apple iPhone price stirs concerns; and the NYC Democratic primary declares Bill de Blasio as the winner. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus gets naked; Emily Blunt is expecting her first child; and celebrities step out for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

    -Maura

    NEWS

    9/11 anniversary a time of remembrance, reflection, http://rtvote.com/17WQe4d
    Today the United States steps back from the brink of conflict with Syria to reflect and remember the nearly 3,000 victims from the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  In New York, hundreds of friends and families of the victims stood silently as bagpipes played in the background. President Obama marked the anniversary with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House.

    The Story of an Unsung 9/11 Hero, http://rtvote.com/17WQRe0
    On the anniversary of 9/11 the country is taking time to reflect on the many heroes that emerged from the crowd on that terrible day. One of those heroes was Benjamin Cark, a chef who saved hundreds of lives in the South Tower.

    Planned as Call to Act, Obama’s Speech Became a Plea for Time, http://rtvote.com/1ei7sQP
    President Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday evening from the East Room of the White House to discuss the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria. In his speech he postponed a vote in Congress that would have decided whether or not the U.S. takes military action in Syria. This delay was announced in order to allow more time to pursue diplomatic options.

    Apple falls on concern about iPhone pricing, http://rtvote.com/1ei6t2P
    Apple revealed two new iPhones on Tuesday that will cost a cool $549 without a two-year cell phone contract. Apple shares dropped more than 5% in afternoon trading on Wednesday over concerns that the new iPhone 5c is priced too high.  Analysts believe that it is too pricy to have appeal in emerging markets.

    ELECTIONS
    New York City

    DeBlasio tops NYC mayoral race; Spitzer loses, http://rtvote.com/15kl1JH
    With 98 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.2 percent of the vote with former Comptroller Bill Thompson in second place at 26.2 percent. He easily topped his field of competitors in the Democratic primary to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball Breaks Record for VEVO’s Most View Video, http://rtvote.com/17WNBz7

    Emily Blunt Pregnant, Expecting First Child With John Krasinski, http://rtvote.com/1ehZjM4

    2013 Toronto Film Festival: Star Sightings, http://rtvote.com/1ehZzL9

    Prince Harry and Prince William Broker 25 Billion Euro Deal During Fundraiser, http://rtvote.com/1ei09sh

    Sharon Osbourne Reveals Pre-Ozzy Fling With…Jay Leno, http://rtvote.com/17WPLyN

    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: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

    Oklahoma crews continue to search for survivors; Tumblr’s founder never graduated high school; a University of Rhode Island student is missing; two FBI agents fall to their deaths; Guantanamo Bay’s force-feeding faces scrutiny; the former IRS Commissioner claims he was unaware of inappropriate targeting; Apple is accused of taking advantage of tax loop-holes; and research shows a link between ADHD and obesity. Meanwhile, Eva Longoria jokes about her wardrobe malfunction, and Eminem faces a lawsuit.

    Caitlin + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Crews Search for Survivors in Oklahoma After Tornadohttp://nyti.ms/ZaeVKN
    Emergency crews in Oklahoma continue their search for survivors. Most of the tornado damage was in Moore, where a mile-wide tornado ripped destroyed everything in its path, including a hospital and two schools. As of this morning, a medical examiner has confirmed 24 deaths, nine of those dead are children. President Obama has declared a federal disaster in five Oklahoma counties and has said that “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away.”

    University of Rhode Island Student Disappears on Way Home for Summer Vacation, http://abcn.ws/1a1mOBE
    Matthew Royer, a student at the University of Rhode Island, has been missing since May 16. He was last seen on the university’s campus. A junior, he had moved out of his apartment, returned his keys, and was on his way home to Skippack Township, PA when he went missing. With his family anxiously awaiting his return, he sent his mother a text message around 6 p.m. on Thursday saying he had overslept but was “about to leave.” Royer’s mother reported him missing the next day.

    FBI agents killed in training exercises belonged to elite hostage rescue team, http://wapo.st/18ZOpp4
    Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen Shaw, died Friday off the coast of Virginia Beach during an FBI training session. The two members of the FBI’s paramilitary counterterrorism Hostage Rescue Team were rappelling form a helicopter onto a ship.  The helicopter experienced difficulties and sent them falling a significant distance.

    Physician dismisses force-feeding concerns, http://aje.me/16IbttN
    Thirty of the 103 Guantanamo prisoners who have been on hunger strikes since February are now being forcce-fed a nutritional supplement. The president of the American Medical Association (AMA), who is not in favor of this practice, says that force-feeding “violates core ethical values of the medical profession.”

    Former IRS Chief: Can’t say how targeting happened, http://bit.ly/14Mqlmb
    Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified today before the Senate Finance Committee on the IRS’ practice of targeting Tea Party applicants for tax-exempt status. Shulman claims he knew little about what was happening when he was Commissioner. He admits to having knowledge of what was going on but was unaware of the “scope and severity of the activity.”

    Senate investigators: Apple sheltered $44 billion from taxeshttp://politi.co/10IE9Kc
    Senate investigators are accusing Apple of designing a system to protect billions of dollars in international profits from both U.S. and foreign tax collectors. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, will appears on Capitol HIll today to defend his company against claims that Apple failed to pay taxes on $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012.

    Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood, http://bit.ly/19TZl5m
    Research has indicated that there are some unfortunate long-term outcomes for people with ADHD. A study in Pediatrics reports that men who had ADHD as children are twice as likely to be obese in middle age. Approximately 6.8 percent of U.S. children ages three to 17 live with ADHD. Research has shown that medications used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, may be helpful in the short run but can lead to increased risk for obesity in the long run.

    Before Tumblr, Founder Made Mom Proud. He Quit School, http://nyti.ms/12JyiZg
    Tumblr founder David Karp took his mother’s advice and dropped out of high school at age 14. Karp’s mother could tell that he needed time and space to follow his passion of computers. Now Karp is 26 years old and has just sold his company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.

    CULTURAL:

    Eva Longoria jokes after wardrobe malfunction at Cannes, http://bit.ly/16GzOAb

    Bradley Cooper Shares a Tender Moment With James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, http://eonli.ne/14NIRKZ

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Not a Big Fan of Their PDA, http://eonli.ne/14NJg08

    Oklahoma Tornado: Celebs React to Devastation, Tweet Condolences and Ways to Help, http://eonli.ne/190iEw2

    Eminem’s Facebook Lawsuit: Artist’s Publisher Upset By Company’s Song Usage, http://huff.to/17ZrJqa

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    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 21, 2013

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

    Oklahoma crews continue to search for survivors; Tumblr’s founder never graduated high school; a University of Rhode Island student is missing; two FBI agents fall to their deaths; Guantanamo Bay’s force-feeding faces scrutiny; the former IRS Commissioner claims he was unaware of inappropriate targeting; Apple is accused of taking advantage of tax loop-holes; and research shows a link between ADHD and obesity. Meanwhile, Eva Longoria jokes about her wardrobe malfunction, and Eminem faces a lawsuit.

    Caitlin + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Crews Search for Survivors in Oklahoma After Tornado, http://nyti.ms/ZaeVKN
    Emergency crews in Oklahoma continue their search for survivors. Most of the tornado damage was in Moore, where a mile-wide tornado ripped destroyed everything in its path, including a hospital and two schools. As of this morning, a medical examiner has confirmed 24 deaths, nine of those dead are children. President Obama has declared a federal disaster in five Oklahoma counties and has said that “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away.”

    University of Rhode Island Student Disappears on Way Home for Summer Vacation, http://abcn.ws/1a1mOBE
    Matthew Royer, a student at the University of Rhode Island, has been missing since May 16. He was last seen on the university’s campus. A junior, he had moved out of his apartment, returned his keys, and was on his way home to Skippack Township, PA when he went missing. With his family anxiously awaiting his return, he sent his mother a text message around 6 p.m. on Thursday saying he had overslept but was “about to leave.” Royer’s mother reported him missing the next day.

    FBI agents killed in training exercises belonged to elite hostage rescue team, http://wapo.st/18ZOpp4
    Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen Shaw, died Friday off the coast of Virginia Beach during an FBI training session. The two members of the FBI’s paramilitary counterterrorism Hostage Rescue Team were rappelling form a helicopter onto a ship.  The helicopter experienced difficulties and sent them falling a significant distance.

    Physician dismisses force-feeding concerns, http://aje.me/16IbttN
    Thirty of the 103 Guantanamo prisoners who have been on hunger strikes since February are now being forcce-fed a nutritional supplement. The president of the American Medical Association (AMA), who is not in favor of this practice, says that force-feeding “violates core ethical values of the medical profession.”

    Former IRS Chief: Can’t say how targeting happened, http://bit.ly/14Mqlmb
    Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified today before the Senate Finance Committee on the IRS’ practice of targeting Tea Party applicants for tax-exempt status. Shulman claims he knew little about what was happening when he was Commissioner. He admits to having knowledge of what was going on but was unaware of the “scope and severity of the activity.”

    Senate investigators: Apple sheltered $44 billion from taxes, http://politi.co/10IE9Kc
    Senate investigators are accusing Apple of designing a system to protect billions of dollars in international profits from both U.S. and foreign tax collectors. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, will appears on Capitol HIll today to defend his company against claims that Apple failed to pay taxes on $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012.

    Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood, http://bit.ly/19TZl5m
    Research has indicated that there are some unfortunate long-term outcomes for people with ADHD. A study in Pediatrics reports that men who had ADHD as children are twice as likely to be obese in middle age. Approximately 6.8 percent of U.S. children ages three to 17 live with ADHD. Research has shown that medications used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, may be helpful in the short run but can lead to increased risk for obesity in the long run.

    Before Tumblr, Founder Made Mom Proud. He Quit School, http://nyti.ms/12JyiZg
    Tumblr founder David Karp took his mother’s advice and dropped out of high school at age 14. Karp’s mother could tell that he needed time and space to follow his passion of computers. Now Karp is 26 years old and has just sold his company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.

    CULTURAL:

    Eva Longoria jokes after wardrobe malfunction at Cannes, http://bit.ly/16GzOAb

    Bradley Cooper Shares a Tender Moment With James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, http://eonli.ne/14NIRKZ

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Not a Big Fan of Their PDA, http://eonli.ne/14NJg08

    Oklahoma Tornado: Celebs React to Devastation, Tweet Condolences and Ways to Help, http://eonli.ne/190iEw2

    Eminem’s Facebook Lawsuit: Artist’s Publisher Upset By Company’s Song Usage, http://huff.to/17ZrJqa

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    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