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    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Thursday, September 12th, 2013

    Vladimir Putin writes NY Times Op-ed; CIA delivers weapons to Syrian rebels; Colorado flash floods kill 2 people; and a secret Koch brother’s group is revealed to the public. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks has jury duty issues; Lady Gaga talks Miley; JT and Jessica Biel caught smooching; and Prince William leaves the military to be full-time royal.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S weapons reaching Syrian rebels, http://rtvote.com/17Z1gG3
    A flow of materials from the U.S. to Syrian rebels now marks what is being viewed as a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The CIA began delivering weapons to rebels ending months of delay in lethal aid promised by the Obama Administration. Other types of aid that includes vehicles, communications equipment, and advanced combat medical kits are also being delivered.

    Vladimir Putin’s comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause fusshttp://rtvote.com/17Z2jpq
    Vladimir Putin has caught the attention of Americans by writing an opinion piece in today’s New York Times op-ed column, causing a flurry of reactions. Putin says he wrote the article to “speak directly to American people and their political leaders.”

    Flash floods wash away homes, kill at least 2 near Boulder Colorado, http://rtvote.com/17Z3Fk3
    Torrential rains caused at least 2 deaths Thursday in Boulder, Colorado. The National Weather Service described the conditions as “life threatening” in an emergency message issued just after midnight local time for areas around Boulder where 6.5 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours.

    Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank, http://rtvote.com/17Z4p8R
    An Arlington, Virginia based conservative group called Freedom Partners, that raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape the political and policy debate nationwide, has been revealed. The group served as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.

    CULTURAL

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Share Rare PDA at U.S. Open, http://rtvote.com/15mUaMX

    Lady Gaga Talks Miley Cyrus at the VMAs On ‘WWHL’: ‘Lighten Up and Leave Her Alone’, http://rtvote.com/15mS3Jh

    ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff: ‘Better Call Saul’ Prequel Happening at AMC, http://rtvote.com/15mT1VU

    Prince William to Leave the Military and Become Full-Time Royal, http://rtvote.com/17YWSH5

    Tom Hanks’ jury duty service leads to misconduct allegation, http://rtvote.com/17Z0Tv6

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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



    A DJ strapped to the top

    Thursday, July 1st, 2010

    The Fourth of July generally means picnics, parades, BBQs, and fireworks. Rock the Vote Colorado will be making an appearance at all these summer staples but with a special guest: the large blue New Era Colorado Bus complete with a DJ strapped to the top!

    We will be kicking off America’s birthday weekend by registering voters at Denver’s First Friday Art Walk in the Santa Fe art district.

    Now, an art walk sounds and might just be a tad too mundane for Rock the Vote and New Era Colorado, two organizations that pride themselves on making politics fun, but fear no more.  Enter the bus. The sight of this silver and blue retro 1989 Van Hool sporting a killer mountain goat hood ornament will be sure to get the party started.  Strap a DJ on top.  Add some roller skating volunteers and we’re looking at one hell of a night.

    We won’t be stopping at the Sante Fe art district.  On Saturday. we’ll be hitting up some of Greeley and Denver’s big Fourth of July events, and on Sunday we’ll be in Boulder at the Folsom Field fireworks show.  Make sure to keep a lookout for our awesome bus which will make an appearance at many of our events!

    If you want to have some fun and do the most patriotic thing imaginable this Fourth, come out this weekend to help us register voters in Colorado. We will be going all weekend and have a great time doing it so click HERE to see where you can volunteer.

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