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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    UConn wins a victory in the NCAA Tourney; Russia threatens civil war; and a recent study revealed a gender gap in wages at the White House. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is not proud of his extramarital affair; Blake Shelton dissed Brittany Spears; and Erin Andrews responds to rumors of “diva” behavior.

    -Gianna & Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Shabazz Napier, UConn too much for Kentucky, seize national title: http://rtvote.com/1ipKJOX
    Last night, UConn took home an NCAA win. Senior guard Shabazz Napier’s performance of 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists, ultimately led the UConn Huskies to a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky. One key aspect of the 6 point victory was Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws. When UConn’s coach, Kevin Ollie, was asked about his team’s victory he said: “Somebody told me we were Cinderellas, and I was like, no, we’re UConn, This is what we do.”

    As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny: http://rtvote.com/PMe1Rd
    Today, President Obama will call attention to the fact that women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. However, a recent January study has shown that women in the White House only fare slightly better, making 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. As midterm elections are swiftly approaching, this study reveals yet another political sensitivity to a complicated set of gender related issues and gender related policy.

    Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts: http://rtvote.com/1g2x5Ew
    On Tuesday, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities, Russia warned that any use of force in Ukraine’s eastern region could lead to civil war.The Russian government released a statement on their website saying: “We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war.”As this situation progresses, US Navy warship, USS Donald Cook, is due to enter the Black Sea no later than Thursday to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies.

    Katie Couric: LBJ’s Daughters On Civil Rights Act At 50: http://rtvote.com/1eoFcan
    In a recent interview with Katie Couric, former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, discussed the Civil Rights Act in light of the Civil Rights summit to be held at their father’s library this week, which will include civil rights leaders and four living U.S. Presidents. The duo also discussed gay rights and marriage equality as being the civil rights issue of today.

    CULTURAL

    “Simon Cowell “Not Proud” of Lauren Silverman Extramarital Affair”: http://rtvote.com/1lNXERw

    “Blake Shelton Disses Britney Spears at the ACM Awards”: http://rtvote.com/1mZr38L

    “Erin Andrews Responds to Rumors of “Diva” Behavior on Dancing With the Stars”: http://rtvote.com/1kH3JLC

    “16 Things Drake Looked Like When Kentucky Lost The National Championship”: http://rtvote.com/PMBamm

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, May 23, 2013

    Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

    An 80-year-old Japanese man climbs Mount Everest; Obama sets restrictions on drone activity; a UK soldier is beheaded; Oklahoma officials report $2 billion in tornado damage; riots in Sweden continue; Real Bronx Tours stops “Ghetto” tours; Israeli archeologists seek funding to access large underwater structure; and conservative economists endorse immigration reform bill. Meanwhile, Blake Shelton launches a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims, and Darius Rucker alludes to Hootie & the Blowfish reunion tour.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Japanese Octogenarian Becomes Oldest Man to Reach Summit of Mount Everest, http://abcn.ws/11eKFOY
    At 80 years old, Japanese climber Yuichiro Miura reached the peak of Mount Everest. Thursday, Miura became the oldest man recorded to complete the daunting task. Along with a nine-person team, Miura climbed the mountain for the third and last time in his life. With four heart surgeries behind him, it is a tremendous feat that he could make it to the top yet again. In an interview Miura explains his motive for climbing Everest at 80 years old as “hoping to raise even an inch of human possibility.”

    Obama, in a Shift, to Limit Targets of Drone Strikes, http://nyti.ms/18kG3Hh
    President Obama discusses his plan to restrict the use of unmanned drone strikes and shift the control of them away from the C.I.A. and to the military. The Obama administration formally admitted for the first time that four American citizens have been killed in drone strikes outside of Afghanistan and Iraq. They disclosed that although American citizens had been killed, the actions taken had been in an effort to protect the safety of the United States. A new classified policy will impose the same standard for strikes on foreign enemies now only imposed on American citizens suspected to be terrorists.

    UK soldier ‘beheaded’ near barracks by ‘man who praised Allah after cleaver attack’, http://bit.ly/10MbpAl
    Two suspects have been shot after brutally hacking a soldier to death in south east London, 200 yards from an army barracks. According to witnesses, two men approached the victim with a machete and a meat cleaver and beheaded him on the spot. When police arrived the two men started to attack the officers and were shot in the process. The murder is presumed to be terror-related.

    Okla. Tornado Damage: Thousands of Homes, $1.5-$2B, http://bit.ly/18kL5Uo
    Destroying more than 13,000 homes, several schools, and a hospital, the tornado that struck Moore, Oklahoma has produced approximately $2 billion in damage. The twister ran for 17 miles and 40 minutes with winds of around 200 mph on Monday killing 24 people, 10 of them children. Officials gave first detailed account of the disaster Wednesday.

    Swedish riots rage for fourth night, http://bit.ly/1aamsbS
    Youth unemployment and poverty has sparked unrest in Stockholm suburbs in Sweden. A restaurant was burnt to the ground and over 30 cars have been lit on fire just outside the capital on Wednesday. Five people have been arrested for attempted arson, yet hundreds of rioters continue to spread the violence.

    Bronx ‘Ghetto’ Tours Stop Amid Residents’ Outrage, http://bit.ly/10Vr4OV
    A sightseer tour company in New York stops running bus tours in response to protests. Real Bronx Tours, famous for taking mostly European tourists to see the “ghetto” of the South Bronx has reported that they are immediately closing all tour trips to the South Bronx due to Bronx residents’ outrage. Residents say that the tour company portrays the borough in an extremely negative light when in fact, the Bronx is being rebuilt and is on the rise. On Monday, Borough President Ruben Dias Jr. and City Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito sent a letter to the owner of Real Bronx Tours sharing that they were “sickened” the borough was being portrayed in such a way to outsiders.

    Submerged Structure Stumps Israeli Archeologists, http://bit.ly/187vGct
    A massive structure weighing hundreds of tons was discovered in the biblical Sea of Galilee in a sonar scan in 2003 and still begs to be explored. Dani Nadel, an archaeologist at the University of Haifa says “We only know it is there, it is huge and it is unusual.” Teams of archeologists are trying to raise the funds necessary to access the 70-meter-wide structure of stones.

    Conservative economists endorse immigration reform bill, http://lat.ms/120emVx
    Over 100 conservative economists claim immigration reform will prove beneficial to the economic health of the U.S. Through “population growth, labor force growth, housing, and other markets,” it is speculated that the positive impacts of immigration reform are abundant and that they all lead to economic growth in the long-run. Douglas Holtz-Eakin, president of the American Action Forum, looks forward to seeing the federal budget reap the benefits of this positive change.

    CULTURAL:

    HOME SWEET HOME: Catherine Zeta-Jones returns home to normal life after completing treatment for bipolar disorder,http://nydn.us/ayRYXr

    Blake Shelton to launch benefit concert for victims of Oklahoma tornado, http://nydn.us/10Mogmd

    Bono attends daughter Eve Hewson’s NYU graduation at Yankee Stadium, http://nydn.us/16Qe4SI

    Hootie & The Blowfish Reunion Tour: Band Could Commemorate 20th Anniversary Of ‘Cracked Rear View,’ Says Darius Rucker, http://huff.to/10ni2xD

    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