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    News Round-Up: November 12, 2013

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

    Typhoon Haiyan wreaks total havoc on the Philippines; North Korea publicly executes 80 people; and a bionic suit gives the gift of walking back to a paralyzed veteran. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen joins the cast of Avengers, and Kelly Clarkson may be pregnant!!

    -Sandy + Maura



    Typhoon Haiyan: Ships head to Philippines amid devastation,http://rtvote.com/1eHTU0x
    It has been five days since Haiyan struck the Philippines, and the super typhoon’s victims need help now more than ever. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 1,774 people have been reported dead, 2,487 reported injured, and 82 are missing. More than 580,000 people have been displaced, and 41,000 houses have been damaged. However, there are still many areas that cannot be reached; people fear the death toll has reached at least 10,000 people, and that number is expected to increase within the next few days. Survivors have lost family, friends, and now struggle to find food and clean water. International aid and relief efforts are being organized.

    North Korea executes 80, some for minor offenses, newspaper says,http://rtvote.com/1hCVxi8
    The daily JoongAng Ilbo, one of South Korea’s largest newspapers, has reported on the gruesome public executions of 80 people in North Korea. Authorities in Wonsan, North Korea, gathered more than 10,000 residents in a stadium and forced them to watch officials brutally execute the “condemned” with sprays of machine-gun fire. The 80 people were hooded and tied to poles as they awaited their impending deaths on stage. The minor offenses that led to these fatal punishments included watching South Korean entertainment videos, possessing a Bible, or disseminating pornography.

    A wounded warrior, walking tallhttp://rtvote.com/1cRwCFu
    Former Army special ops officer Gary Linfoot has been paralyzed below the waist since 2008 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. On Veterans Day, Linfoot stood tall and took a walk around the Statue of Liberty, thanks to a bionic suit created by Ekso Bionics. Linfoot is the first vetertan to receive the suit, which acts like a wearable robot, for personal use.

    Toronto Mayor Says ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’http://rtvote.com/1j20i02
    Despite mounting pressure from Toronto’s City Council, Mayor Rob Ford refuses to step down from office. A City Council member, Denzil Minnan-Wong, has filed a motion that asks the province of Ontario to pass legislation to remove the mayor if he doesn’t agree to take a leave of absence. If the motion fails, which seems likely, then Ford will continue to govern so long as he is not convicted of a crime.

    Details emerge in shooting death of woman seeking help,http://rtvote.com/1fz1nfX
    Renisha McBride, 19, was seen speeding down a street before she struck a parked vehicle, got out of her car, and fled the scene. More than two hours later, she was shot in the face by a man, 54, who told police he thought someone was breaking into his Dearborn Heights home. He claims his 12-gauge shotgun discharged accidentally. McBride’s family believes she was seeking help and was racially profiled. Dearborn Heights police said last week that there is no indication that race has anything to do with the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.



    Justin Bieber walks off stage – again, http://rtvote.com/1bmIUz1

    Kate Upton Up for Entourage Movie Role: Report, http://rtvote.com/1ank7gn

    Elizabeth Olsen Joins Cast of Avengers Sequel, Age of Ultron,http://rtvote.com/1hDaf8A

    Kelly Clarkson Hints She May Be Pregnant on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,http://rtvote.com/1dm9c7d


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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 3, 2012

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

    The US adds forces in the Persian Gulf; Chief Justice Roberts reportedly switched his view to uphold the individual mandate; and Microsoft takes $6.2 billion in losses in its fourth quarter. Meanwhile, Andy Griffith dies at 86, and J.K. Rowling reveals the cover for ‘The Casual Vacancy.’

    Maureen + Caitlin


    U.S. Adds Forces in Persian Gulf, a Signal to Iran, http://nyti.ms/MRnSNY
    The United States has deployed military reinforcements in the Persian Gulf. This move, meant to keep Iran from shutting down the Strait of Hormuz and moving forward with its nuclear ambitions, has apparently been in the U.S.’s plans for a while. The move is also meant to signal to Israel that the U.S. is on top of its enemy. There is a risk, though. Increased military presence in the Persian Gulf could agitate Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, especially since the U.S. and other allies are planning to embargo Iranian oil exports.

    Roberts switched views to uphold health care law, http://cbsn.ws/MRm8UQ
    Sources reveal that Chief Justice John Roberts initially intended to overturn the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act, but later changed his position and formed an alliance with the court’s four liberal justices. After learning that he was going to uphold the law, the court’s four conservative justices tried for a month to change his mind. Justice Anthony Kennedy—the one conservative judge that many assumed would defect to the court’s liberals—was reportedly “relentless” in trying to get Roberts to side with the conservative justices. The conservatives refused to join any aspect of Roberts’ opinion and drafted an unusual joint dissent.

    Microsoft takes $6.2B hit to account for ad woes, http://bit.ly/N5DCLA
    Microsoft Corp. will take a $6.2 billion hit, mainly due to its ill-advised purchase of aQuantive, an online advertising business. The charge will cut a hole in the company’s fourth quarter, which ended in June, with analysts predicting the company’s earnings to be about $5.3 billion. Microsoft has been criticized recently for some of its acquisitions, including paying too much for aQuantive in 2007 and its risky 2011 Skype undertaking.


    Andy Griffith Dead at 86, http://bit.ly/MT1q8E

    Anderson Cooper: “I’m gay, always have been, always will be,” http://bre.ad/12dpaz

    See the cover for ‘The Casual Vacancy’ by J.K. Rowling, http://bre.ad/1c3opt

    Marvel unveils top-secret ‘Avengers’ short film ‘Item 47,’ http://bre.ad/1aawuw

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, May 14th, 2012

    Monday, May 14th, 2012

    A plane crash in Nepal leaves 15 dead; JPMorgan’s CIO resigns after $2 billion in losses; Cyprus’ president will not run for re-election; a new poll shows that most americans support same-sex unions; and the Obama campaign launches a Bain Capital attack ad. Meanwhile, the most popular baby names of 2011 are revealed; Jay-Z will announce a two-day music festival in Philadelphia; and ‘Modern Family’ start Sarah Hyland discusses her recent kidney transplant.



    Plane crash in northern Nepal kills 15 people, http://bbc.in/IRf3lR
    Fifteen are dead after a small aircraft carrying 21 people crashed into a Nepalese hillside Monday. A majority of the passengers were traveling to Muktinath temple, a religious site in a mountainous region of Nepal. The plane was attempting to land as it crashed into a muddy slope. Plane crashes involving small aircraft carriers are all too common in the mountainous terrain of Nepal. Among those who survived were two Danish passengers and two Indian infants.

    JPMorgan CIO chief Drew quits after trading loss, http://reut.rs/JOZ5rN
    Ina Drew, JPMorgan’s Chief Investment Officer, resigned Monday after it became clear that she approved trades that led the company to $2 billion in losses. Two of Drew’s subordinates are also expected to resign. JPMorgan’s CEO said in a statement that Drew’s “vast contributions to our company should not be overshadowed by these events.”

    (via Bloomberg) Cypriot President Christofias Says He Won’t Seek Re-election, http://bloom.bg/IRuJpb
    Cypriot president Demetris Christofias said he won’t seek reelection when Cypriots hold presidential elections in February, saying his main task of uniting the divided island hadn’t been accomplished. “The Cyprus issue hasn’t been resolved and I don’t see any definitive progress in coming months,” Christofias told reporters in Nicosia today. “I won’t seek to be re-elected as president. The government will continue according to the constitution with its tasks until it handovers to the new government.” Cyprus has remained divided since 1974 when Turkey invaded its northern part in response to a Greek inspired coup. The two communities failed to make any progress toward reunification in talks which resumed in 2008, four years after Greek Cypriots rejected a United Nations sponsored settlement plan which Turkish Cypriots accepted.

    Poll: Most Americans support same-sex unions, http://cbsn.ws/JASuDk
    One week after President Obama announced his support for same-sex marriage, a CBS News/New York Times poll shows that 38% of Americans believe in same-sex marriage while 24% believe in same-sex civil unions. 33% of Americans believe that there should be no legal recognition of gay couples. The poll results are evidence that support for gay marriage rights has increased over time and is strongest amongst young people. 53% of 18 to 44-year-olds said same-sex couples should be allowed to get married.

    Obama campaign airing first ad critical of Romney’s role in private equity firm, http://wapo.st/J4uf2q
    In an ad released today, President Obama’s campaign takes a negative look at Mitt Romney’s time at Bain Capital. The ad shows GST Steel, which was acquired and then closed down by Bain Capital while Romney was there. “They made as much money off it as they could and they closed it down, they filed for bankruptcy, without any concern for the families or the communities,” says former GST employee Joe Soptic in the ad. “It was like a vampire. They came in and sucked the life out of us.” The ad will run in battleground states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and Colorado.

    (via The Associated Press) Greek parties try to form government, stocks tank, http://bit.ly/Jqs6zm
    Fierce political rivalries kept Greece from resolving its leadership crisis as an anti-bailout party refused Monday to return to power-sharing talks.
    For the ninth straight day, Greek party leaders were struggling to form a coalition government, riven by differences over the harsh austerity measures demanded by international creditors in return for rescue loans. The impasse means the debt-stricken country is facing the prospect of another national election next month after holding an inconclusive ballot May 6. Talks led by President Karolos Papoulias failed Sunday to break the impasse, and he invited party leaders back Monday evening to try again. The turmoil in the eurozone nation took a toll on markets across Europe, with shares on the Athens Stock Exchange down 4.4 percent at 584.29 in afternoon trading.

    Panama fisherman adrift at sea sues Florida cruise line for not helping, http://on.msnbc.com/JdzZla
    Eighteen-year-old Panamanian fisherman Adrian Vazquez is suing Princess Cruises after one of its cruise ships did not pick him and two others up while they were stranded at sea for 16 days. Vazquez and his two companions were stranded for two more weeks after the liner passed them by. During these two weeks, Vazquez was the only one to survive. He was eventually found near the Galapagos Islands. According to Princess, passengers did not notify the captain about the stranded fishermen.


    Jay-Z set to announce 2-day Philly music festival, http://on.wsj.com/KmuSVy

    Jacob, Sophia top 2011′s list of most popular baby names from United States, http://cbsn.ws/JPKLzg

    ‘Modern Family’ Star Sarah Hyland Reveals Kidney Transplant, http://bit.ly/Jw2n5F

    ‘Avengers’ Star Chris Hemsworth Welcomes Daughter India, http://on.mtv.com/JPLVen

    Memphis soul bassist ‘Duck’ Dunn dies, http://bit.ly/JA2Pik


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


    Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

    In today’s news, President Obama’s jobs bill has been blocked in the Senate; the ‘underwear bomber’ has pled guilty to all charges; and Mitt Romney came out ahead in last night’s GOP debate. In entertainment news, the O Music Awards will honor Steve Jobs, and Sonic Youth goes to Occupy Wall Street.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Obama’s jobs plan blocked in Senate, http://bit.ly/oiTQgJ
    The Senate voted 50-49 to block President Obama’s $447 billion jobs package. The President had spent most of last month campaigning for the jobs bill, arguing that Republicans were being too partisan. However, Democrats like Senators Ben Nelson (Neb.) and Jon Tester (Mont.) ended up voting against the bill. Also, a number of other centrists in the party indicated that they would vote against the package even though they supported launching a debate on the measure.

    US to pressure Iran over ‘plot to kill Saudi envoy’, http://bbc.in/pJeCsT
    Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, is sending a very strong message to Iran after threats were made to kill the Saudi Ambassador to the US. US Attorney General Eric Holder says the alleged conspiracy was “conceived, sponsored and directed from Iran.” Two Iranians have been charged over the plot. The US has also issued a worldwide alert warning of more threats to US interests from Iran.

    ‘Austin Powers’ actor allegedly kills sex offender in prison, http://lat.ms/no9RFC
    An ‘Austin Powers’ actor that was convicted of torturing a woman in Orange County is being accused of killing his cellmate on Tuesday. The cellmate was a parole violator who had been sentenced to two years for failing to register as a sex offender, according to a prison report. A cause of death is pending.

    Gacy victims exhumed to ID them, http://apne.ws/nlqCnz
    30 years after the skeletal remains of John Wayne Gacy’s victims were found under his house, authorities are exhuming the remains in hopes of identifying them. The Cook County Sheriff’s Department is urging relatives of any male who disappeared between 1970 and Gacy’s 1978 arrest to undergo saliva tests in order to compare their DNA with that of the skeletal remains.

    ‘Underwear bomber’ pleads guilty on all charges, http://bit.ly/nYFwZc
    Accused “underwear bomber” Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab pleaded guilty to eight charges after he returned from a 45-minute recess, ending the most high-profile terrorism case in the United States since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The 25-year-old Nigerian and self-proclaimed al-Qaida operative faces up to life in prison from charges that include attempted murder, attempted use of weapons of mass destruction and conspiracy to commit terrorism, for his attempt to blow up a Northwest Airlines flight from Amsterdam to Detroit on Christmas Day 2009.

    A Win for Voters Is Gessler’s Second Loss, http://huff.to/ppzcux
    Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler made the false claim that thousands of non-citizens were voting in Colorado and sued the Denver County Clerk and Recorder to only send ballots to voters who voted in the 2010 election. On Friday, a Colorado state court denied Secretary Gessler’s attempt to keep Denver County citizens who did not vote in 2010 from receiving ballots in the mail.

    Romney Looks Past Rivals as Debate Focuses on Economy, http://nyti.ms/oysVXt
    At the debate Tuesday, Mitt Romney offered a tough defense of the health care plan he signed as governor of Massachusetts and sought to look beyond his Republican presidential rivals by presenting himself as the leader who is best prepared to take on President Obama. Romney all but ignored his rival at the last three debates, Rick Perry, and even selected Michelle Bachman over Perry when given the opportunity to question another candidate.

    Frank Kameny, Gay Rights Pioneer, Dead at 86, http://abcn.ws/n6KjPN
    On Tuesday, National Coming Out Day, gay rights activist Frank Kameny died at age 86. He became a pioneer for gay rights when he was fired from his job as a government astronomer in 1957 for being gay. He did not leave quietly however. He wrote letters to the U.S. Civil Service Commission, both houses in Congress, and the White House. He also sued and lost in lower courts, but pressed on with a lengthy brief in 1961 that is now regarded as the first civil rights claim based on sexual orientation to be brought to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kamney believed that in 2009, his significance in the gay rights movement had just began to be recognized. He coined the slogan, “Gay is Good.”

    EBay to deepen Facebook relationship, http://reut.rs/niP41c
    EBay Inc is set to deepen its relationship with Facebook at a developer conference this week. At the end of September, Katie Mitic, head of Platform and Mobile Marketing at Facebook, joined eBay’s board of directors sparking speculation that the two companies were working on new partnerships. Facebook Platform, which Mitic helps run, is the company’s developer unit, so any new partnership will focus on this area.


    E.J. Dionne Jr. believes, “Mitt Romney returns to frontrunner status” http://wapo.st/rmicKJ

    Jonathan Bernstein says, “Rick Perry is in­cred­ibly bad at debates” http://wapo.st/qxjLeb

    Louis Hyman has been, “Laid Flat by Layaway” http://nyti.ms/nCYHgY

    O Music Awards To Honor Steve Jobs, http://on.mtv.com/petL87

    Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo Photographs Occupy Wall Street Protest, http://p4k.in/pWmTuj

    Nas Goes Back To The Projects For ‘Nasty’ Video, http://on.mtv.com/qggljC

    ‘Avengers’ Trailer Launches Online, http://on.mtv.com/q1zBIq


    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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