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    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Thursday, April 28th, 2011

    Storms tear across the country, tragically leaving almost 200 dead, some early Facebook investors try to get out, President Obama’s decision to confront the birthers head on points to the changes in strategy that social media have brought, and Jessica Simpson claims her wedding dress will beat Kate Middleton’s!

    CRUCIAL:

    Severe Storms Continue to Rip Through the South, Causing Multiple Fatalities, http://huff.to/jsq07r

    Storm spanning across the nation left at least 194 people dead in four states, with 128 of those deaths in Alabama which was hit the hardest.

    A New Era of Accusation and Innuendo, http://politi.co/kFtl40
     
    Obama’s decision to directly confront the birthers by releasing his birth certificate and speaking to the American public contrasts with previous presidents decisions to keep quiet and let the rumors swirl. With the rapid rise of social media leading to increased speed of news, Obama’s advisers said it was necessary to address the rumors head on.

    Syria Crackdown: Hundreds Resign From Ba’ath Party, http://bit.ly/kHOkGM
     
    With more than 500 democracy supporters killed, many members of the Syrian president’s party have resigned. The UN security council remains divided on how to handle the violence in Syria, and not international intervention has been made. 
     
    As Facebook Values Soar, Early Investors Seek to Cash Out, http://bit.ly/ks9jm8

    Investors have grown wary that the value of Facebook cannot continue to rise at its current rate, with one group trying to drop $90 billion worth of shares. Its worth in 2011 was said to be about $50 billion dollars.

    For Students, What is the “Facebook Effect” on Grades?, http://on.mash.to/mseBdF

    Social media has many positive and negative effects on the lives of students, ranging from feeling more connected to students and peers, to lower grades. Mashable outlines these pros and cons in a chart, finding the results to be inconclusive.

    Obama on Oprah: Birth Certificate Issue Raised During Interview, http://huff.to/kapdu0

    President Obama explains to Oprah that he asked the state of Hawaii to allow the disclosure of his birth certificate in hopes that the birther controversies would stop. The episode will air on May 2nd.

    CULTURAL:
     
    Jessica Simpson: My Wedding Dress Will ‘Out-Do’ Kate Middleton’s: http://yhoo.it/kF9i2e
     
    MTV launches ‘Geordie Shore,’ Britain’s version of ‘Jersey Shore’: http://bit.ly/l3sPSy
     
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Trailer Is Here: http://eonli.ne/kvyDSi
     
    Justin Bieber, Mark Wahlberg Eying Basketball Movie: http://aol.it/krUKl5
     
    Summer Movie Sneak Preview: http://bit.ly/hCDvKu
     
    Taylor Swift’s $3.5 Million Beverly Hills Digs: http://bit.ly/es4Vsm

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 27, 2011

    Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

    BIG NEWS in the War on Voting: The mighty New York Times editorial board has weighed in on the issue. READ HERE: http://nyti.ms/fSAmjN

    President Obama released his full birth certificate to shut down birther talk (hopefully!) once and for all, Petraeus and Panetta will do some shuffling around with new top positions at the CIA and Pentagon, and Keith Olbermann’s “Countdown” will debut on CurrentTV on June 20. Meanwhile, MySpace is up for sale, plus both Blake Lively and Jake Gyllenhaal get new ‘dos, and voters have until Thursday to help Obama decide where to speak on Graduation Day (http://on.mtv.com/fCXlbX)

    CRUCIAL:

    Panetta to Take Over Pentagon, Petraeus Picked for CIA Chief, http://usat.ly/f5jwk8

    President Obama will nominate General David Petraeus for CIA Chief, he is currently the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Leon Panetta will be named the secretary of the defense, leaving his current position of CIA director.

    Obama Birth Certificate Released by White House, http://huff.to/e93sFY

    The white house posted a copy of Obama’s birth certificate on its website today to end the controversies surrounding Obama’s place of birth. The president addressed the matter this morning, saying that the nations has more important issues to worry about.

    Afghan Officer Fires on US Troops, Kills Nine, http://yhoo.it/hWpgJG

    An Afghan military officer shot and killed 9 people, and injured several others after an argument during a meeting in Kabul. All of the people killed were Americans. No names, or the branch of the military they were a part of have been released.

    Latino Turnout Squanders Chance at Being Key Voting Bloc
    , http://wapo.st/f5mF3Y

    As the Latino population continues to be the fastest growing group in the United States, Latinos make up a disproportionally small amount of the vote. A contributing factor to the low turnout is that many are under voting age, although those we are elligable vote at much lower rates than other groups. Of those who can vote about 1/3 are between 18 and 30.

    MySpace For Sale: The Bidding Begins, http://on.mash.to/hshVvT

    News Corp., the company that owns MySpace hopes to sell the site for at least $100 million, after purchasing the site for $580 million. The creation and popularity of Facebook cause a number of users to ditch their MySpace, and the site was never able to recover.

    Sony Comes Clean: Playstation Network Hackers Have Stolen Personal Data, http://bit.ly/gkmoue

    Sony announced that the Playstation network was hacked and personal information, such as email addresses, phone numbers, and addresses, was obtained. Sony does not believe that credit card numbers were taken, however it has not out ruled this possibility.

    The New ‘Countdown With Keith Olbermann’ Coming to Current TV June 20th, http://bit.ly/hmOe9b

    Keith Olbermann’s new show is keeping the same name as it moves to its new home on Current TV, the channel founded by Al Gore and Joel Hyatt. Olbermann commented on the name saying, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

    CULTURAL:

    Blake Lively debuts a new ‘do for possible new role as Glinda the Good Witch: http://aol.it/dMeCs0

    As does a newly bald Jake Gyllenhaal: http://bit.ly/htz6Cn

    Aflac duck gets a new voice: http://bit.ly/fdy3uX

    See Prince William and Kate Middleton’s Royal Wedding Favors: http://bit.ly/fYmEr9

    Arnold Schwarzenegger ready to play Terminator again: http://bit.ly/e2cvZo

    Kate Hudson engaged: http://bit.ly/gruFPz

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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