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    News Round-Up: December 2, 2013

    Monday, December 2nd, 2013

    Amazon leads the way in the ultimate futuristic shopping experience; friends, family, and fans mourn the tragic deaths of Paul Walker and Roger Rodas; and a train flies off the tracks in the Bronx. Meanwhile, Tom Daley and Maria Bello both proudly come out about their homosexuality.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Amazon testing delivery by drone, CEO Bezos sayshttp://rtvote.com/1htdgaD
    Awesome, futuristic tech AND the perfect online shopping experience? If Amazon can pull this off, then “bravo!”. The commerce company’s CEO, Jeff Bezos, said they are testing the delivery of packages using drones. The idea is to have small, unmanned aircrafts, dubbed octocopters, pick up packages at Amazon’s fulfillment centers and then deliver them to customers 30 minutes or less after they hit the “Buy” button. The service will be called Prime Air, and Bezos estimates it will take off in as little as three or four years.

    LA coroner can’t ID Paul Walker’s bodyhttp://rtvote.com/1fZuVXa
    Rest in peace, Paul and Roger. Our hearts and condolences go out to their friends and family. Paul Walker, 40, and Roger Rodas, 38, passed away Saturday in a tragic car accident. The friends took a Porsche out for a test-run after Rodas’s employees said there was something wrong with the stalling vehicle. While troubleshooting the car, it crashed and was so badly engulfed in flames that the coroner cannot ID Paul’s body without his dental records.

    New York train derails; “gravel came flying up,” survivor says,http://rtvote.com/IoLRIi
    A train derailed in the Bronx Sunday morning, killing four and injuring at least 67. About 150 people were on board, and many are traumatized from the violent incident. The train came off the tracks, twisted, and turned rubble and smoke into the passenger cars.

    Walmart’s Black Friday Going About As Badly As You’d Expect,http://rtvote.com/1fZDeC4
    People need to chill. It’s always sad to hear about people assaulting one another… but when they’re doing so over a discounted television, that’s when you know there’s something wrong. The Instagram videos in this article display some of the aggression that played out in Walmart stores during BlackFriday. And, believe it or not, they weren’t limited to just one Walmart!

    Obama’s solution helps bring peace to military conflict,http://rtvote.com/18VcyhK
    A new White House policy, which went into effect on November 15, allows the undocumented spouses, children, and parents of military personnel to be “paroled” into the United States. Once paroled, these relatives will be able to apply for green cards without having to first return to their home countries. Military officials approve the policy because they say it lessens the stress that combat personnel may experience when trying to balance serving their country and helping their relatives navigate the immigration system.

     

    CULTURAL

    Paul Walker’s Daughter Meadow “Still in Shock” Over Actor’s Death: How the 15-Year-Old Is Coping, http://rtvote.com/IFXwTj

    Tom Daley Comes Out in Video Revealing He Is in Gay Relationship,http://rtvote.com/1k2fKtq

    Maria Bello is Gay: Actress Reveals Longtime Relationship With a Woman, Writes That She Considers Herself a “Whatever,” http://rtvote.com/1c79SuD

    Zac Efron Skateboards in L.A. – See the First Pic Since Actor Broke His Jaw,http://rtvote.com/1jcztsO

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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

    Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

    Egyptian protests of President Morsi continue; GOP Senators criticize Susan Rice after meeting with her; Cyber Monday brings in a record $1.5 billion in sales; scientists and doctors exhume Yasser Arafat’s body; House and Senate Republicans are split on how to handle the “fiscal cliff”; and NJ Governor Chris Christie will run for re-election. Meanwhile, China’s Communist paper publishes an ‘Onion’ story; Angus T. Jones says ‘Two and a Half Men’ is “filth”; and Gabriel Aubry publishes photos of himself post-altercation with Halle Berry’s fiance.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Mursi opponents clash with police in Cairo, http://reut.rs/QHM8Js
    Hundreds of Egyptians are protesting in Tahrir Square for the fifth straight day. The protests are in response to President Mohamed Morsi’s elimination of a legal check on his presidency, although he recently announced that he would scale back his power. Hundreds have been wounded and one has died in the demonstrations. “We don’t want a dictatorship again,” said one protester, Ahmed Hussein, 32.

    (via USA Today) GOP senators criticize Susan Rice after meeting, http://usat.ly/UZsiVo
    After meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Tuesday, three GOP lawmakers say their concerns have only grown about the diplomat’s misleading statements she made about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that left the ambassador and three other Americans dead. The meeting with Sens. John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Kelly Ayotte on Capitol Hill came as the White House has signaled it may nominate Rice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. McCain, R-Ariz., has said he may oppose her nomination because she should have known her statements on the Sept. 11 attack were false.

    Cyber Monday bargains click with shoppers, http://nydn.us/TqdyTv
    According to Internet analytical firm comScore, this year’s Cyber Monday sales were up 20% from 2011, bringing in a record $1.5 billion. The number of shoppers on Thanksgiving was also up with 32% more people hitting the stores this holiday. Many retailers started their Cyber Monday sales early, causing Black Friday’s e-commerce shopping to top $1 billion for the first time.

    Yasser Arafat’s body exhumed in Ramallah, http://aje.me/Reonss
    Former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat’s body was exhumed Tuesday. Arafat died of a stroke in 2004; although, many believe that he was poisoned. Palestinian doctors, with with help from scientists from France, Switzerland, and Russia, are collecting samples from Arafat’s body in order to find a more conclusive cause of death. According to Al Jazeera, Arafat’s body was reburied right after exhumation and Palestinians will not be able to hold a full military funeral.

    House, Senate Republicans split over next moves on ‘fiscal cliff’, http://bit.ly/U99J2u
    According to The Hill, House and Senate Republicans cannot agree on how to handle the “fiscal cliff.” Some GOP Senators want to strike a compromise before the January deadline, while House Republicans prefer to wait in order to revise the tax-code and implement entitlement cuts. Republican Senator Bob Corker has gone on record saying that he has already drafted legislation for the “fiscal cliff” and “it’s only a matter of doing it.” However, House GOP members say that five weeks is not enough time to make the legislative changes they want, especially regarding Medicare.

    NJ Gov. Christie’s Focus: Rebuilding, Re-electionhttp://bit.ly/VaF4X1
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Monday that he will seek reelection in 2013. Christie, who wants more time to rebuild New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, said “We have a job to do. This job won’t be finished by next year.” The governor has been considered a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, although some Republicans blame Mitt Romney’s loss on his embrace of President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    DR Congo rebels set conditions before pullout,
     http://aje.me/Upbpaq
    Congolese rebels, known as M23, refuted reports that they’ve retreated from Goma, stating that they will not leave until their demands are met. Congo’s government said they will not entertain peace talks with the rebels until they leave Goma. 500,000 people have fled Goma, Congo’s largest city, due to its current violence. The United Nations has accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing M23, noting that Rwanda’s government and the rebels are ethnic Tutsi. Both countries have denied the claims.

    CULTURAL:

    People’s Daily Quotes the Onion: Kim Jong Eun ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, http://on.wsj.com/ToeXXi

    Angus T. Jones blasts ‘Two and a Half Men,’ calls the hit series ‘filth’, http://nydn.us/TgUFyv

    Chris Brown returns from his Twitter timeout, declaring victory, http://lat.ms/TfJfuT

    Gabriel Aubry says he was badly beaten at Halle Berry’s home, http://lat.ms/Y0kM4f

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the New Batman After All?, http://bit.ly/VaMwS6

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