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    News Round-Up: September 9, 2013

    Monday, September 9th, 2013

    Tensions remain high in the U.S. over Syria crisis; YouTube confession case close to indictment; a new Van Gogh painting is discovered; and the owner of POLITICO buys Capital New York.  Meanwhile, One Direction star vomits on camera; Kate Winslet shows off her baby bump; and Wentworth Miller opens up about his thoughts of suicide.
    -Maura

    CRUCIAL 

    Bashar al-Assad: US will pay price for Syria strikehttp://rtvote.com/1e90D3X
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the U.S. would “pay the price” for any strike against Syria. He told a U.S. broadcaster that strikes would increase instability and lead to the spread of terrorism in the region & that there is “no evidence” that government forces used chemical weapons again its own people.

    YouTube confession case going to grand juryhttp://rtvote.com/17Rw3EP
    Twenty-two year old Ohioan, Matthew Cordie will be indicted as early as today on charges of vehicular homicide after his YouTube confession that drew in 1.2 million views. In the video, Cordie admits to driving drunk, crashing into a jeep and killing its driver.

    Trail Life USA, The ‘Other’ Boy Scouts of Americahttp://rtvote.com/1e98j6e
    Three months after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to welcome openly gay scouts, a new faith-based organization has emerged as an alternative for young boys. The organization calls itself Trail Life USA, and aims to be the ” premier national character development organization for young men.” Although gay scouts will be allowed to participate, the organization bars youth who are open about their homosexuality.

    POLITICO publisher Buys Capital New York,http://rtvote.com/17REZtM
    POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton purchased the online news site Capital New York in what he says is an attempt to “do in New York what we did in Washington with POLITICO.” His vision is to use this acquisition to build a space as an essential news source for and about the most powerful people in New York– much like POLITICO does in Washington, D.C.

    Museum Identifies New Van Gogh Painting in Amsterdamhttp://rtvote.com/1e98JcF
    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced today that it has identified a major new painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The work is entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” and was painted in Arles in 1888. This is the first time in the history of the museum (40 years) that a completely unknown work by the artist has been discovered.

    CULTURAL

    Hemsworth Brothers Hit the Red Carpet for Rush Premiere in Toronto, http://rtvote.com/17RuKpm

    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson Vomits After Being Tackled in Charity Soccer Game, http://rtvote.com/1e8Zfhw

    Wentworth Miller Tried to Commit Suicide Before Coming Out: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I was 15”, http://rtvote.com/17Rvbjt

    Carrie Underwood Debuts Sunday Night Football Theme Song, http://rtvote.com/1e8ZUj5

    Kate Winslet Dresses Baby Bump in Curve-Hugging Gown at Toronto Film Festival, http://rtvote.com/17RvudT

    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: Friday, April 19th, 2013

    Friday, April 19th, 2013

    More information about Chechen brothers Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev surfaces as they’re named the Boston marathon bombers; Boston is on lockdown after Tamerlan dies in a shootout and Dzokhar is still at large; Anzor Tsarnaev claims his sons are innocent; Chechnya’s president blames the suspects’ American upbringing for the Boston bombings; at least 35 are killed and 60 unaccounted for after the fertilizer-plant explosion in West, TX; The Boy Scouts may lift their ban on gay youth members; Pakistan police arrest ex-President Musharraf; and the United Nations calls Syria’s civil war a “humanitarian catastrophe.” Meanwhile, Dunkin’ Donuts defies the lockdown and stays open in Watertown, MA; “Time” names its 100 most influential people; and Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries reach a divorce settlement.

    Caitlin
    CRUCIAL:
    Boston Bombing Suspects: What We Know About the Tsarnaev Brothers, http://rtvote.com/11LeGDk
    A plethora of new information about the Boston marathon bombers, brothers named Dzokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, has surfaced after a police shootout with the suspects took place early this morning. Dzokhar is 19-years-old and attended Cambridge Rindge and Latin School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he had received scholarship money, was on the wrestling team, and was described as a nice, normal guy with an active social life; many of his classmates told the media they couldn’t believe he would be a terrorist. The brothers, who are Chechen, may have been living in the U.S. for ten years, coming to the states from Kyrgyzstan. Reports show that Tamerlan, who was 26 and an avid boxer, had recently flown from JFK to Russia, where he stayed for six months. Both identified with Islam on their social media, with their uncle speculating that somebody may have radicalized them.

    Terror manhunt shuts down parts of Boston after shootings, chase, http://rtvote.com/11L9vTX
    After an early morning shootout between police and the Boston marathon bombers, parts of Boston is on complete lockdown. Tamerlan, the elder Tsarnaev brother, was killed in the shootout while officials believe Dzokhar is at large in the Watertown area of Boston. Before the shootout, the suspects shot and killed an MIT campus police officer, robbed a 7-11, and carjacked a Mercedes SUV before letting the driver go free. Tamerlan was found dead with an explosive device attached to him. There has been a no-fly zone issued over Watertown, and mass transit has been shutdown throughout the entire city. Residents have been strongly encouraged to stay indoors as officials continue to search for Dzokhar and potentially a third suspect.

    Boston Bomb Suspect’s Dad Tells Him to Surrender, Warns ‘ Hell Will Break Loose’ if Son Dies, http://rtvote.com/117LxRb
    Anzor Tsarnaev, the father of the Boston marathon bombers, urged his younger son, Dzokhar, to “give up” and surrender himself to authorities.  He also maintained his sons’ innocence and threatened that if Dzokhar is killed by police, then “all hell will break loose.” Anzor said that he spoke to his sons on the phone this week after the bombings because he was worried about their safety.

    Report: As many as 35 killed in Texas plant explosionhttp://rtvote.com/17LIjrS
    As many as 35 people have been killed from a fertilizer-plant explosion in West, TX. Officials refuse to give an exact death toll as they are still searching through rubble for survivors. More than 160 were injured in the blast. Doctors have been treating mostly blast injuries instead of chemical ones. Police warned that the scene is still dangerous as ammonium nitrate is present in the air.

    On Instagram, Chechnya’s president criticizes America’s handling of the Boston manhunt, http://rtvote.com/11L6MtP
    Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov took to Instagram today to proclaim that the Chechen ethnicity of the Boston marathon bombers did not motivate their killings.  “Any attempt to link Chechnya and the Tsarnaevs, if indeed they are guilty, are futile,” he wrote. “They grew up in the USA, their viewpoints and beliefs were formed there. You must look for the roots of [their] evil in American.” Evan Kohlmann, an American terrorism consultant, furthered Kadyrov’s sentiments tweeting, “The official media arm of the Chechen mujahideen has rejected allegations that two Chechen men were responsible for the Boston Bombing.”

    Boy Scouts to consider lifting ban on openly gay youths, http://rtvote.com/XLgCeO
    In May, the National Council of The Boy Scouts will vote on allowing gay members in the organization as long as none of the adult leaders are openly homosexual. “Scouting is a youth program, and any sexual conduct, whether homosexual or heterosexual, by youth of Scouting age is contrary to the virtues of Scouting,” a report says.

    Pakistan police arrest ex-President Musharraf, http://rtvote.com/11Li558
    Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf was arrested and put under house arrest Thursday for his alleged dismissal of senior judges, including the chief justice of Pakistan’s Supreme Court. In two days, Musharraf will go to anti-terrorism court. “These allegations are politically motivated, and I will fight them in the trial court, where the truth will prevail,” Musharraf said.

    United Nations says Syria conflict a humanitarian catastrophe, http://rtvote.com/17LGKKp
    United Nations aid chief Valerie Amos has declared the civil war in Syria a “humanitarian catastrophe” as 22 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes and 1.3 million have fled to neighboring companies. The United Nations has not been able to take action in Syria as China and Russia, allies to Syrian president Bashar al-Assad, have vetoed any plans that may jeopardize Assad’s government. “I do not have an answer for those Syrians I have spoken to who asked me why the world has abandoned them,” Amos said.

    POLL: PUBLIC PESSIMISM ON ECONOMY IS INCREASING, http://rtvote.com/XLjzvC
    According to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, only one in four Americans are optimistic about the future of their finances. 46% of those surveyed said they approve of how President Obama is handling the economy, while 52% said they disapprove. Only 7% said they trust Washington to do the right thing “just about always,” while 66% said they trust the federal government “some of the time;” 11% said they never trust the federal government.

    60 Oklahoma Dental Patients Test Positive for Hepatitis, HIV, http://rtvote.com/XLmHaV
    At least 60 patients of Oklahoma dentist W. Scott Harrington have tested positive for HIV or hepatitis after a surprise investigation of the dentist’s facilities found used needles, dirty tools, and other unsanitary conditions. Over 7,000 people who have been treated by Harrington were notified of potential infection. So far 3,122 have been tested for HIV and hepatitis with 57 testing positive for hepatitis C, 3 for hepatitis B, and at least 1 for HIV.

    CULTURAL:
    Time: The 100 Most Influential People in the World, http://time100.time.com/

    BOSTON BOMBING: THE MEANING OF DUNKIN’ DONUTS, http://rtvote.com/11LlwJa

    Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries finally reach settlement in divorce case, http://rtvote.com/XLk6hg

    Fame may ‘lead to a shorter life,’  http://rtvote.com/XLk8FN

    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, January 7th, 2013

    Monday, January 7th, 2013

    President Obama will nominate John Brennan for CIA Director and Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense; the State Department dismisses Syrian President Assad’s public speech; and the Chinese government announces it will end labor-camp sentences. Meanwhile, “Texas Chainsaw” was number one at the box office this weekend; Justin Bieber is photographed smoking pot; and Lindsay Lohan heads to court again.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Who Is John Brennan, the Man Touted to Be the Next CIA Director?, http://thebea.st/TdJo2s
    President Obama will reportedly nominate counterterrorism advisor John Brennan for CIA Director on Monday. Brennan has been a proponent of the U.S. drone program, which could lead anti-drone advocates to dispute the nomination. Obama will also nominate former Republican senator Chuck Hagel to replace Leon Panetta as Secretary of Defense. Hagel, who went against his party to oppose the Iraq war, may prove a controversial choice.

    Five accused of rape in India appear in court for charges, http://reut.rs/UC3aqm
    The five men accused of gang-raping and fatally beating a 23-year-old woman in New Dehli arrived in court today. Their charges include rape, murder, and abduction. The incident has caused public outrage in India, causing women to call for more protection due to India’s high number of sexual assaults. Because the case is so high-profile, the judge ordered that today’s court appearance be closed to the media in order to protect the suspects’ safety. The five men do not have lawyers as those admitted to the bar in India’s Saket district have refused to represent them. Police say they have recorded confessions from the suspects, two of which have offered evidence against the others in exchange for a lesser sentence. A prosecutor for the case has said that “The five accused persons deserve not less than the death penalty.”

    Bank of America to Pay $10 Billion in Settlement With Fannie Mae, http://nyti.ms/XDga3J
    Bank of America has agreed to pay Fannie Mae $10 billion in unsettled claims stemming from the housing market crash. Bank of America will pay Fannie Mae $3.6 billion and then buy $6.75 billion of discounted mortgages. In 2011, Bank of America paid Freddie Mac for the housing market crash. Its payment to Fannie Mae signals that it’s steering away from home-lending.

    In Rare Damascus Speech, Assad Acknowledges Suffering, http://thebea.st/VttAdv
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad made a rare public address Sunday. Assad, speaking in front of a photo collage of Syria’s war victims, proposed peace in the form of a national reconciliation conference as well as a new government and constitution. The State Department, which has urged Assad to resign, has dismissed the speech as “meaningless.” “His initiative is detached from reality, undermines the efforts of Joint Special Representative Lakhdar Brahimi, and would only allow the regime to further perpetuate its bloody oppression of the Syrian people,” said State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.

    Clinton Scheduled to Return to Work Monday, http://nyti.ms/13dPPZq
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will return to work Monday. Clinton was admitted to NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital on December 30th after doctors found a blood clot in her head. The State Department has released Clinton’s schedule, which shows her meeting with assistant secretaries Monday morning and Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Washington on Wednesday.

    Sen. Rand Paul’s son arrested at North Carolina airport, charged with underage drinking, http://bit.ly/VxgDzd
    Senator Rand Paul’s 19-year-old son, William Hilton Paul, was arrested Saturday at North Carolina’s Charlotte Douglas International Airport for disorderly conduct at an airport, being intoxicated and disruptive, and consuming alcohol underage. The Senator’s office said in a statement, “Sen. Paul is a national public figure and subject to scrutiny in the public arena, however, as many parents with teenagers would understand, his family should be afforded the privacy and respect they deserve in a situation such as this.”

    Chinese official says country will end labor camp sentences in move toward judicial reform, http://wapo.st/13aAxW7
    During a press conference, China’s Meng Jianzhu, the head of the Communist Party Politics and Law Commission, said that the Chinese government will no longer give out labor-camp sentences. China allegedly has 310 labor camps holding 310,000 prisoners and employing 100,000 staff. It’s unclear what the proclamation means for current labor-camp prisoners. One activist said, “This announcement is a very good thing, but we’d still like to hear them say that they’re getting rid of reeducation through labor entirely.”

    American Delegation Arrives in North Korea on Controversial Private Trip, http://nyti.ms/RBEoIm
    Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson arrived in North Korea Monday for what Richardson has described as a four-day private humanitarian mission. During the trip, Richardson is hoping to meet with an American citizen detained by North Korean officials for “hostile acts.” Richardson has said that Schmidt is joining him because he is “interested in some of the economic issues there, the social-media aspect.” The State Department is against the trip calling it “unhelpful.”

    CULTURAL:

    ”Texas Chainsaw” movie kills rivals at North America box office, http://reut.rs/UBZt44

    Justin Bieber Gets Caught Smoking Pot Post Selena Gomez Breakup, http://bit.ly/VKjLaP

    Lindsay Lohan heads to court again, this time over New York nightclub fight, http://bit.ly/UBiNC6

    Star Trek Fan Granted Dying Wish By J.J. Abrams Passes Away, http://bit.ly/ZxGRag

    Eliot Spitzer quits Current TV following sale to Al Jazeera, http://fxn.ws/VKedgy

    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, December 4th, 2012

    Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

    A new report shows that the CIA edited Susan Rice’s talking points; Iran claims to have captured a U.S. drone; The White House rebuffs the GOP’s “fiscal cliff” proposal; Roger Ailes wanted Gen. David Petraeus to run for president; and the U.S. says there will be “consequences” if chemical weapons are used in Syria’s civil war. Meanwhile, Broadway has its strongest year in history; Obama considers Anna Wintour for an ambassadorship; and a scorned Kardashian takes to Twitter.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Report: Benghazi ‘Talking Points’ Watered Down By CIA, Not White House, http://n.pr/WGJpg4
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Susan Rice’s infamous Benghazi talking points were actually heavily edited by the CIA and not The White House. The talking points, which Susan Rice spouted on Sunday talk shows, have become a huge point of contention as Republicans point to the incident when arguing against Rice’s potential Secretary of State nomination. Rice’s 94-word intelligence summary was compiled by two dozen CIA officials who debated for a day on how to phrase it, eventually deciding to not include any mention of al Qaeda.

    Iranian TV shows off ‘captured US ScanEagle drone,’ http://bbc.in/VsFB72
    Iranian state media announced Tuesday that the country had captured a U.S. drone quickly after it entered Iranian airspace. The U.S. Navy immediately responded that all of its drones were accounted for.

    Syrian foreign ministry spokesman ‘defects’, http://aje.me/YHILnX
    Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that Wael Merza, Syria’s foreign ministry spokesman, has defected. The violence in Syria is continuing as a recent rebel attack on a school in Damascus killed 29 students and a teacher. Meanwhile, a Turkish official has said that Russia has agreed to help convince President Bashar al-Assad to step down. On Monday, President Obama warned that there will be “consequences” if chemical weapons come into play in the country’s civil war. “The world is watching,” Obama said. In response, Syrian state media issued a statement saying the government would “never under any circumstances” use chemical weapons—“if such weapons exist.”

    GOP’s $4.6T ‘fiscal cliff’ counterproposal rebuffed, http://usat.ly/QCwtdl
    A White House spokesman has said the WH has rejected the GOP’s counteroffer for the “fiscal cliff,” saying it “does not meet the test of balance.” The proposal created by House Republicans included $800 billion in tax increases, which is half of what President Obama proposed. The plan cuts $4.6 million from the deficit over ten years and saves $600 million from Medicare and other health programs.

    CARBON MONOXIDE SICKENS 42 KIDS AT GA. SCHOOL, http://bit.ly/Vspy9b
    Forty-two students and seven teachers at an elementary school in Atlanta were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Firefighters found high levels of carbon monoxide near a furnace in the school, which did not have detectors installed. Carbon monoxide detectors are not required by Georgia law.

    Fox News chief’s failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate, http://wapo.st/UCPP2a
    According to The Washington Post, in 2011, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes tried to persuade General David Petraeus to run for president. Ailes told Petraeus, who was then commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, that he should reject President Obama’s nomination for CIA director and only accept an offer to be chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He went on to suggest that if Petraeus did not receive this appointment, then he should start a presidential campaign, which Ailes was considering stepping down from Fox to run. Rupert Murdoch was also hoping that Petraeus would consider a run for the presidency.

    Who Let This Man Die on the Subway?, http://bit.ly/TDpzoL
    There has been an uproar over today’s New York Post cover photo, which shows a man about to be hit by a subway train in New York City. A panhandler pushed Ki Suk Han, who was killed by the train, on to the tracks of the Times Square station. People are furious that the photographer took a picture of Han instead of helping him. The photographer explains, “I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash … In that moment, I just wanted to warn the train—to try and save a life.” Other witnesses say they ran to the other side of the platform to avoid the panhandler. Han’s widow said she and her husband had an argument hours before he was killed and that she tried to call him, but he never picked up.

    CULTURAL:

    Kate Middleton: Family Patterns Suggest It Could Be Twins, http://bit.ly/VjykjK

    Broadway has strongest year in history, http://bit.ly/Ysu1dT

    Obama Is Reportedly Considering Anna Wintour for Ambassadorship to UK or France, http://bit.ly/TGoHfT

    Rob Kardashian trashes ex Rita Ora in Twitter tirade, claims he got her pregnant and accuses her of cheating on him with ‘nearly 20 dudes’, http://nydn.us/SDP7RO

    Fleetwood Mac to Release New Music Before Spring Tour, http://bit.ly/R4TU0l

    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, July 30, 2012

    Monday, July 30th, 2012

    James Holmes is in court to hear charges; 300 million are left without power in India; Syrian rebels close in on Aleppo; European stocks rise; Uganda reports Ebola outbreaks; Mitt Romney describes his spiritual trip to Israel; and Bill Clinton will play a major part in the Democratic National Convention. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart may have been cheating on Robert Pattinson for months; Olympic organizers give away tickets after complaints of empty seats; and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills‘ notoriously bickering couple separates.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Colorado Theater Shooting: James Holmes in Court to Hear Charges, http://abcn.ws/Mufggu
    James Holmes, the 24-year-old accused of killing 12 and injuring 58 while opening fire in an Aurora, CO movie theater, will appear in court today to hear the charges against him. “There’s probably charges that can be brought [on behalf] of anybody who was present. The state will need to decide how they approach all of those charges,” the former head of the Colorado public defender’s office has said. While in court, Holmes’ lawyers will argue that an incriminating package the suspect sent to his psychiatrist was taken illegally by officials and leaked to the media by the government.

    India power outage plunges 300 million into sweltering darkness, http://cbsn.ws/NQN35g
    Droughts in India have contributed to its rising temperatures, which in turn, caused a blackout for 300 million in the country’s northern grid Monday. The power outages have left people to deal with the sweltering heat and have also affected hundreds of trains, New Delhi’s metro system, and traffic lights. Sushil Kumar Sinde, India’s power minister, has said that the eight states affected have since had 60% of their power restored. This was the first time since 2001 that India’s northern grid has experienced power outages.

    Syrian rebels seize military base outside Aleppo, http://bit.ly/OtSJo6
    Syrian rebels fought off President Bashar al Assad’s troops to seize a military base outside of Aleppo Monday. Assad’s troops and rebels have continued to fight for control of Aleppo, Syria’s biggest city, driving close to 200,000 people out of the city and its surrounding areas. In response to the rebels’ gains, France’s foreign minister has said “As France is taking over the presidency of the U.N. Security Council on August 1, we are going to ask—before the end of the week—for a meeting of the Security Council, probably at a ministerial level … to try and stop the massacres and prepare for the political transition.”

    (via The Wall Street Journal) European Stocks Rise, http://on.wsj.com/OdfcEQ
    European stocks clung to solid gains Monday, buoyed by hopes for additional stimulus measures from the U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank and despite a contraction in Spain’s economic growth, dire U.K. lending data and a fall in euro-zone confidence surveys. Government bond yields from Italy and Spain also remained well off recent highs after an Italian bond auction which sold close to the top end of its targeted range. Although bid-to-cover ratios were on the weak side, borrowing costs came in lower than at previous sales.

    Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni warns of Ebola threat, http://bbc.in/Q5FQ2B
    Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni announced in a special broadcast that fourteen people have died from an Ebola outbreak that started in the western part of the country three weeks ago. Museveni warned of physical contact as that’s how the disease is spread. He also said that friends and families of victims should call health workers before burying their loved ones. This will be the third time that Ebola, which has a mortality rate of 90%, has had a break out in Uganda in the last twelve years.

    Mitt Romney, at fundraiser in Israel, describes spiritual impact of visit, http://wapo.st/Q5jEq2
    At a breakfast fundraiser in Jerusalem Monday, Mitt Romney described how spiritual his 36-hour trip to Israel had been: ““I come to this place, therefore, with a sense of profound humility, as I look around here at the great people who’ve accomplished a great thing, and also a sense of spiritual connection, acknowledging the hand of providence in establishing this place and making it a holy city.” The breakfast was comprised of 40 donors, Sheldon Adelson being one of them, who paid $25,000-$50,000 in order to attend. Romney is expecting to raise $1,000,000 from the fundraiser. Earlier in his trip, the former Massachusetts governor defied U.S. policy and referred to Jerusalem as Israel’s capital instead of Tel Aviv. He also said Iran’s nuclear progress was the U.S.’s “highest national security priority.”

    Bill Clinton to Have Leading Role at Party’s Convention, http://nyti.ms/OfuO8b
    Bill Clinton will give the marquee speech at the Democratic National Convention on September 5th. The former president will officially place President Obama’s name for the nomination and will speak about voting the president into a second term. The Obama campaign has asked Clinton to play a major role in the convention in hopes that he will excite Democrats and Independents. “There isn’t anybody on the planet who has a greater perspective on not just the last four years, but the last two decades, than Bill Clinton,” said senior Obama strategist David Axelrod.

    CULTURAL:

    At London Olympics, empty seats have organizers scrambling, giving away tickets to children and soldiers, http://wapo.st/Mugvw5

    French get revenge for 2008 relay loss to US, http://bit.ly/N6YxPO

    Real Housewives of Beverly Hills Star Adrienne Maloof and Husband Paul Nassif Separating, http://eonli.ne/PcQVuY

    Kristen Stewart Cheated on Rob for 6 Months, Says Rupert Sanders’ Brother-in-Law, http://bit.ly/OCZSRM

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