• Categories

  • Post Archives

    • > Follow us on Twitter
    • Latest Posts

    • Meta

    Posts Tagged
    ‘benghazi’



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    The U.S. Senate sheds new light on the attack in Benghazi; new details are released in the New Mexico middle school shooting; and Governor Chris Christie of NJ addresses “Bridgegate” in his State of the State address. Meanwhile, 2014 gets off to a rocky start for Justin Bieber and Kanye West after two high-profile incidents.

    Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented: http://rtvote.com/1j7nle7
    The bipartisan report on the 2012 attack on the United States compound in Benghazi, Libya shows that the State Department was warned about the potential for attack but did not increase security around the compound. The report also blames intelligence agencies for not discussing CIA outpost locations within the U.S. military. However, the report does not discuss in depth whether the Obama administration downplayed the attacks, saying that no one knew when the attacks were to occur.

    Shooter may have warned some students: http://rtvote.com/1b39JIV
    The 12-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a New Mexico middle school’s gymnasium yesterday morning may have warned certain students against coming to school early. This discovery is currently being investigated by police, along with other claims. So far, police have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting; however, the shooter is in custody. Two students were injured in the attack.

    Can Christie change the subject? http://rtvote.com/Kj1Nfm
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address yesterday. He acknowledged the mistakes his administration has made recently in regards to the closing of bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee (dubbed “Bridgegate”). After apologizing, Christie tried to change the subject to focus on more pressing policy issues in the state. However, many people believe that Christie’s reputation is now too tarnished to allow a potential presidential bid in 2016.

    CBS airs video of chaotic scene at Asiana crash site: http://rtvote.com/1hqMYnc
    CBS has recently released video footage of firefighters and emergency personnel tending to survivors and the wreckage of the Asiana plane crash. The crash occurred last summer at San Francisco airport. The story received national attention not only due to the crash, but also because of the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who survived the crash but was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene.

    Va. Democrat Jim Moran to retire from Congress: http://rtvote.com/1eDrVLC
    After serving twelve Congressional terms, Representative Jim Moran will not run for re-election.  Moran, an occasionally combative and passionate member of Congress, represents Virginia’s 8th District. His retirement could potentially create a heated primary election because of the 8th District’s reputation as being a Democratic stronghold.

    CULTURAL 

    Police raid Justin Bieber’s house after incident: http://rtvote.com/1m7g7nA 

    Are Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard engaged? http://rtvote.com/K2E17V

    How Harry Connick Jr. can save American Idol: http://rtvote.com/1m7gs9M

    Kanye West allegedly assaults a young man: http://rtvote.com/1aoR914 

    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: Thursday, May 16, 2013

    Thursday, May 16th, 2013

    A suicide bombing kills six Americans in the the city of Kabul,  in Afghanistan; Tsarnaev brother leaves a confession note behind in boat; Steven Miller will resign from the IRS; a tornado kills six in Texas; e-mails regarding the Benghazi attack reveal turmoil within the C.I.A.; and the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting suspect is arrested. Meanwhile, U.S. researchers report a breakthrough in stem cell research, and ‘Downton Abbey’ returns to U.S. TV in January.

    Caitlin + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Suicide bomber targets troops in Afghanistan, http://aje.me/12CJ9Tv
    A suicide bombing in Kabul at 8am this morning left 15 dead and 37 more injured. According to police, the bomber attacked a convoy of foreign military vehicles. The explosion is said to have come from a Toyota Corolla and detonated next to two foreign military vehicles. Hezb-e-Islami, a group closely linked to the Taliban, has claimed responsibility. They have also disclosed that the attack was an effort to target U.S. military advisers.

    Boston bombings suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev left note in boat he hid in, sources say, http://cbsn.ws/YYcpqF
    Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, one of the suspects of the Boston bombings, wrote a note in the boat in which he hid that claims responsibility for the April 16th attack. Part of the note disclosed by CBS reads: “When you attack one Muslim, you attack all Muslims.” Dzhokhar also included in his note that his brother, Tamerlan, was a ‘martyr in paradise.’

    Obama Administration Sacks IRS Chief AfterTargeting Scandal, http://bit.ly/182pUpY
    During the 2012 election, agents of the IRS dishonestly singled out conservative non-profits for additional review. The agency has since admitted to their inappropriate actions. President Barack Obama announcedWednesday that Treasury Secretary Jack Lew  has requested and accepted the resignation of Steven Miller, the acting IRS commissioner.  Obama also said that his administration will work to end any future misconduct.

    Tornado witness: Hail was the size of softballs, http://usat.ly/1463EcY
    A fatal tornado in North Texas on Wednesday has killed six and wounded dozens. The storm that hit Southern Granbury has left at least 250 people homeless.

    Early E-Mails on Benghazi Show Internal Divisions, http://nyti.ms/10H1xZD
    E-mails were released by the White House on Wednesday bringing more attention to last September’s attack in Benghazi, Libya. The State Department and the highest levels of the C.I.A. are being questioned about the events. Hundreds of pages of e-mails have been released showing a disagreement between David H. Petraeus, the then director of the C.I.A., and Michael J. Morell, his deputy, with regard to how much information to disclose to the public. According to officials, Mr. Morell, deleted a reference to extremist threats in Libya in an effort to uphold the reputation of the C.I.A.

    Suspect arrested in New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting, http://reut.rs/12CNZQT
    New Orleans police arrested suspect Akein Scott, 19, late Wednesday in connection with a shooting at a Mother’s Day parade. Police had identified the suspect on Monday in a surveillance video.

    Arizonans to vote next year on sovereignty issue vs. feds, http://bit.ly/12dHDa6
    The state House voted Tuesday to allow Arizona to vote next year on whether or not to give themselves the ability to challenge the federal government. According to the Arizona Daily Star, “SCR 1016 would amend the Arizona Constitution to acknowledge the U.S. Constitution is ‘the supreme law of the land to which all government, state and federal, is subject.’”

    CULTURAL:

    ‘Downton Abbey’ to Return in January, After British Broadcast, http://nyti.ms/10ZRQ7n

    Christie’s Contemporary Art Auction Sets Record at $495 Million, http://nyti.ms/12cF4Fl

    Cannes: Standing O? No. ‘Great Gatsby’ Opens Fest to Lukewarm Applause, http://bit.ly/12DdZeV

    Dylan Inducted as Honorary Member of Arts Academy, http://bit.ly/17yw4QO

    Arena-Rock Masters, Unafraid to Leave the Lights On, http://nyti.ms/147wp98

    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: Monday, February 11, 2013

    Monday, February 11th, 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign since 1415, the search for an ex-cop at the center of an LAPD revenge plot widens, and sources predict an aggressive State of the Union address from Obama. Meanwhile, Grammy winners celebrate their awards, Justin Timberlake makes his musical return with a retro Grammy performance, and Tiger Woods may be dating Lindsay Vonn.

    CRUCIAL: 

    Pope Benedict XVI To Resign, http://huff.to/VPiqiC
    Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papacy on February 28, citing health concerns and old age. The pope, who is 85, will the be the first pope to resign since 1415. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to a certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” said Pope Benedict. Benedict had already been the oldest pope elected in nearly 300 years when he was elected in 2005 at age 78. Since there will be no need for the mourning period that traditionally follows the death of a pope, the Vatican will hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March.

    Search for ex-cop at center of LAPD revenge plot widens, http://bit.ly/Y4Icz7
    Authorities are entering the second week of a manhunt for former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who released an online manifesto targeting police officers and their families. Dorner says he is seeking revenge for being fired from the police department and is so far accused of killing three, including the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and another former cop. The search for Dorner has widened to become one of the largest in the history of Southern California. Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward on Sunday for help in catching Dorner.

    Obama’s State of the Union 2013: Aggressive, http://politi.co/WEATlU
    Democrats close to Obama hint that the president plans to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to challenge the Republican Party and put his opposition on the defensive. West Wing leaks suggest viewers should expect an address much more aggressive than his 2009 SOTU, in which he called for peaceful, bipartisan collaboration. The address is likely to build upon Obama’s progressive Inauguration speech and supposedly will center on jobs creation, the middle class, and infrastructure projects, all key areas for partisan debate. The speech will also mark the debut of Cody Keenan, who wrote for Ted Kennedy, as Obama’s new chief speechwriter. Florida Senator and rising Republican star Marco Rubio will likely generate buzz when he delivers the GOP’s rebuttal speech.

    Graham on Brennan, Hagel: ‘No confirmation without information,’ http://bit.ly/12mIT9R
    Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would hold up Obama’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department until he gets more information about the administration’s response to September’s Benghazi attack. “No confirmation without information,” Graham said, addressing whether he would allow the nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel to go forward. Graham specifically asked whether Obama had called Libyan officials and asked them to allow a rescue team to go to the consulate that night, saying he believes American lives could have been saved had the president called the government. ” I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” he said.

    Tornado tears through southern Mississippi, http://bit.ly/Wc6ZDM
    At least 12 were injured when a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in four counties. The University of Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, received significant damage to several buildings as a result of the storm, though none were injured there. No one has been killed so far, authorities reported, though many town structures were impacted. “If there is a good thing about this, it happened on a Sunday when most of these structures were vacant,” mayor of Hattiesburg John DuPree said.

    Local Students Want “Traditional Prom”, Gays Banned, http://bit.ly/Y4iRHc
    A group of students, parents, and at least one teacher at a high school in Sullivan, Indiana are advocating for a “traditional” prom that would ban gay students. Sullivan High School insisted that they cannot legally allow such a prom, inspiring the group to organize at a church on Sunday and discuss options for holding a separate prom. “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” one high school student said. Though the movement has garnered support from several local pastors, not all in the community agree with it. “The feeling of being loved and belonging is universal,” said local Jim Davis.

    CULTURAL: 

    Grammy Awards 2013: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Wins Album of the Year, http://lat.ms/YktKnp

    Justin Timberlake Makes Musical Return With Retro Performance, http://bit.ly/Z4kdGS

    Grammy Dresses: The Bold and the Beautiful, http://bit.ly/14MGQ21

    Tiger Woods Dating Lindsay Vonn; Source Says Relationship is New, http://bit.ly/151O43b

    Liza Dee
    Bio:

    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