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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
    David Cameron says he will let the British people decide whether or not to remain in the EU; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before congress on Benghazi; a student opens fire at Lone Star College; Gen. John Allen is cleared of any misconduct; and President Obama says he will not oppose suspending the debt limit until May. Meanwhile, Kelly Osborne is engaged; lip readers weigh in on what caused Michelle Obama’s eye roll; and “Mad Men” will return in April.
    Caitlin
    CRUCIAL:
    David Cameron: I will settle the Europe question with EU referendum, http://rtvote.com/SBIekY
    British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that he will let the British people decide whether or not Britain should remain in the European Union. “It is time to settle this European question in British politics,” Cameron said. “I say to the British people: this is your decision.” While Cameron would personally prefer that the country stay in the EU, he has decided it’s best to bring the decision to a referendum. He also called on Britain to improve its relationship with Brussels. EU members are unhappy with his decision, saying Britain cannot “cherry-pick” EU membership.Suspect charged in Lone Star College shooting, http://rtvote.com/SBJAMO
    Lone Star College student Carlton Berry, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault after opening fire on his Houston campus. Berry injured a student with whom he had an altercation as well as a janitor. He is also being treated for injuries after mishandling the gun and shooting himself.

    Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack, http://rtvote.com/SBKw3O
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress on the Benghazi attack Wednesday. Clinton took responsibility for the attack and choked up while saying, “For me, this is not just a matter of policy, this is personal.” Clinton said that when she was told of the attack she, “instructed our senior department officials and diplomatic security to consider every option—to break down the doors to the Libyan officials to get as much security support as we could.” She has since recommended that future Secretary of States participate in meetings regarding additional security and also suggested that heightened security has been installed at the Benghazi site.

    Israel coalition talks begin after election deadlock, http://rtvote.com/144ZKSq
    Tuesday’s early results from Israel’s election show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party losing a quarter of its seats in government. In a surprising twist, Netanyahu will now have to create a coalition government with the new Yesh Atid party, which won 19 seats. There will have to be a great deal of compromise as Yesh Atid, led by former TV presenter Yair Lapid, has called for overturning the law that exempts ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students from serving in the military. Lapid has also demanded that the government commit to a peace plan with Palestine.

    Gen. John Allen cleared in misconduct inquiry, http://rtvote.com/XzNXoO
    General John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has been cleared of wrongdoing regarding an allegedly inappropriate e-mail exchange with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Kelley, who was blackmailed by General Petraeus’ mistress, has recently publicly denied any inappropriate contact with Allen.

    Obama ‘will not oppose’ House GOP plan to suspend debt limit until May, http://rtvote.com/1451ATk
    The House GOP has proposed suspending the implementation of the federal debt limit until May 19. The measure would help delay or avoid another confrontation between President Obama and congress regarding the debt limit. President Obama has responded that he will not oppose the proposal, which would cause the government’s legal borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion to remain the same until May.

    CULTURAL:
    The Mystery of Michelle Obama’s Eye Roll Has (Possibly) Been Solved, http://rtvote.com/SBPcXt
    Shakira Gives Birth to Baby Boy Milan, http://rtvote.com/XzOWFl“Mad Men” to return in April with a two-hour premiere, http://rtvote.com/WLnNQI

    Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez defend Beyonce in lip sync scandal, http://rtvote.com/WLnTI4

    Kelly Osbourne Engaged to Marry Matthew Mosshart, http://rtvote.com/1455xqX

    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