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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

    The house approves $50.7 billion in Sandy aid; a London helicopter crash kills two; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March; bombers attack an Afghan spy agency; and President Obama will announce sweeping measures on gun reform. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson gets her own sitcom, and Frank Ocean is nominated for a GLAAD award.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    London helicopter crash: Two die in Vauxhall crane accident, http://rtvote.com/WdtTcg
    Two people are dead and another nine injured after a helicopter crashed into a crane Wednesday morning in a busy part of London. The helicopter hit the crane and then several vehicles on the ground before catching fire. “When I heard the explosion—it was like a little earthquake,” eyewitness Sarah-Beth Casey told The Telegraph.Interior Secretary Salazar to leave in March, http://rtvote.com/Wduf2M
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will leave President Obama’s cabinet at the end of March. Salazar, a former Colorado Senator, tried to focus his time on energy issues, but they ended up taking a backseat after the BP oil spill. A replacement has not yet been announced.

    HOUSE APPROVES $50.7B FOR SANDY AID, http://rtvote.com/Wdv4bH
    The House has approved $50.7 billion in aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Political leaders in New York and New Jersey pressured Congress to pass the legislation after House Speaker John Boehner pulled a bill that would provide relief to victims. The Senate will vote on the measure next Tuesday.

    Six bombers attack Afghan spy agency, kill two, http://rtvote.com/13DEUIB
    At least two people were killed and another 22 injured in attacks aimed at the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main spy agency. A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the agency’s building. Shortly after, Afghan officials strapped to explosives fired shots while trying to enter the building. The Taliban sent a text message to the media about the attacks but did not outwardly claim responsibility for them.

    EMERGENCY LANDING GROUNDS BOEING 787 JETS IN JAPAN, http://rtvote.com/13DDhKV
    All Nippon Airways has grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners after experiencing a multitude of problems with the aircrafts. On Wednesday in Japan, one of the flights made an emergency landing after a battery alarm alert went off. Last week, the FAA said it would investigate the 787s.Feds round up 27 in massive metro-area mob sweep, http://rtvote.com/13DqgSv
    The FBI arrested 27 people in a Mafia raid in New York Wednesday morning. The arrests reportedly stemmed from an investigation into the Mafia’s control of the private garbage industry. The suspects are from three out of five mob families in the area.

    President Obama to demand new sweeping restrictions on firearms, http://rtvote.com/13Dn0qg
    In a press conference Wednesday, President Obama will announce gun-reform measures that he hopes to implement. The measures include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as universal background checks. On Tuesday, New York passed its own gun reform laws, which the gun lobby has called “schemes.”
    (via Reuters) Facebook search to generate revenue, no rival to Google – analysts, http://rtvote.com/13DIF0M
    Facebook Inc’s new search tool has strong potential to generate revenue for the social networking company, though it is unlikely to challenge Google Inc as the world’s dominant search engine, Wall Street analysts said on Wednesday. Facebook’s “graph search” tool, rolled out on Tuesday, lets its more than 1 billion users trawl their network of friends to find everything from restaurants to movie recommendations and is the company’s biggest foray into online search.
    CULTURAL:
    Jessica Simpson Sitcom in the Works at NBC, http://rtvote.com/13DEKRz

    Frank Ocean, Chely Wright Up for GLAAD Awards, http://rtvote.com/13DJ0k7

    Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle Reveals He’s HIV Positive, http://rtvote.com/13DutFO

    Jennifer Lawrence Explains Her ‘I Beat Meryl’ Golden Globes Comment, http://rtvote.com/13DJ82U

    Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ headed for huge debut, http://rtvote.com/13DuGcf

    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: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    One dead, four students wounded in a shooting at an Ohio high school; a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin has been revealed; BP may settle its Deepwater Horizon civil suit; Wikileaks and Anonymous go after political company Stratfor; western officials are calling Syria’s reformed constitution a sham; and Mitt Romney takes the lead over Rick Santorum. Meanwhile, ‘The Artist’ wins big at the Oscars, and Kobe Bryant suffers a nasal fracture.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured, http://abcn.ws/y2zxQ8
    At 7:30 a.m. this morning, students at Chardon High School heard gunshots in their school hallways. A fellow student opened fire on his peers, wounding five students. One student has died from their injuries. A suspect is reported to be in custody with only one shooter being spotted. Chardon High School is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland and holds about 1,100 students.

    Start of Trial on Gulf Oil Spill Is Delayed Amid Talk of a Settlement, http://nyti.ms/wlXhX9
    The civil trial over BP’s oil spill in the Gulf last year has been delayed. The delay, issued by the court over “reasons of judicial efficiency to allow the parties to make further progress” in settlement discussions, is seen as unusual because neither party has requested it. With the trial date pushed back, law experts predict that the case will be settled. The BP oil spill was the largest in U.S. history.

    Plot To Assassinate Putin Foiled, State TV Reports, http://n.pr/zdY42h
    Suspects linked to Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov were arrested in an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  The suspects were planning to kill Putin in Moscow after Sunday’s election. The suspects were arrested after an accidental explosion at an apartment where they were trying to manufacture bombs. The Russian special service conducted an investigation that revealed the assassination plans. Despite mass protests over his rule, opinion polls show that Putin will win the presidential vote.

    Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry, http://bit.ly/y4kRq4
    The private intelligence firm Stratfor has been exposed by WikiLeaks. Infiltrated by the hacker group Anonymous in December, Wikileaks has cooperated with them to release a massive amount of Stratfor e-mail correspondence. Stratfor is a company that sells it analyses of global politics to major corporations and government agencies. The leaked emails supposedly show that Stratfor monitored the political group “The Yes Men” on behalf of Dow Chemical; they also show Stratfor’s interest in setting up an investment fund with Goldman Sachs to trade on the information Stratfor collects. Anonymous said that future projects with Wikileaks may involve a series of announced hacks on major companies. The move on Stratfor could be one of the first of this Anonymous/Wikileaks collaboration.

    Syrians Said to Approve New Charter as Battles Continue, http://nyti.ms/ybIBaG
    A new Syrian constitution has been approved by almost 90 percent of voters according to the Syrian Interior Ministry. Nearly 7.5 million voters opted for the constitution that is supposed to offer reform as violence erupts and spreads across the country; however, western officials see the vote as fake, citing unrealistic turnout numbers. As polls opened, the Syrian government continued to shell Homs and other cities.

    Poll: Romney overtakes Santorum nationally, http://bit.ly/xcpgfM
    In a Gallup tracking poll, despite a tumultuous February, Mitt Romney has the support of 31 percent of likely-GOP voters versus Rick Santorum’s 29 percent. The two candidates have gone back and forth in the polls with Santorum holding a 10-point lead in the same survey last week. Newt Gingrich now comes in third with 15 percent of support.  The Gallup poll also shows Romney leading President Obama by four points.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘The Artist’ paints golden picture at Oscars, http://trib.in/xGxCQ1

    Adam Sandler breaks record with 11 Razzie nominations, http://thedc.com/AF7fSX

    Did Jennifer Lopez Have a Wardrobe Malfunction at the Academy Awards? http://bit.ly/wiB1SQ

    Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, http://thedc.com/xLdTYy

    Ben & Jerry’s Boston Apologizes For ‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ Ice Cream With Fortune Cookies And Lychee, http://huff.to/zHs6Ea

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, OCTOBER 17, 2011

    Monday, October 17th, 2011

    In today’s news, Occupy Wall Street protesters have raised $300K; Iran will investigate the plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US; President Obama will engage in a three-day bus tour this week; and Michelle Bachmann and Donald Trump will host a “tele-town hall” tonight. In other news, the St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Texas Rangers in the World Series, and Giuliana Rancic has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Occupy Wall Street Shows Muscle, Raises $300K, http://n.pr/p1OuU9
    As of today, the Occupy Wall Street protests have been going on for one month. And for a month’s work, it has raised close to $300,000 and has also gained storage space filled with donated supplies. The money has been raised through the demonstration’s website and from donations taken in Zucotti Park. The group has also organized a demands committee to determine whether or not they will place concrete demands. So far the group is split; some believe set demands are the ultimate goal while others think they would be futile.

    Kenya sends troops into Somalia to hit al-Shabab, http://bbc.in/o59SSH
    Kenya’s foreign minister has sent troops into neighboring Somalia to target the Islamic insurgent group al-Shabab. Moses Masika Wetangula said Kenya was “defending itself,” after a spate of suspected al-Shabab kidnappings. Eyewitnesses say at least 25 armored Kenyan vehicles were seen in the Somali town of Dhobley, while unidentifiable warplanes struck two al Shabab bases in southern Somalia. Al Shabab has vowed to fight off the Kenyan attackers, while Somalia’s diplomat at the United Nations called the move “a very serious territorial intrusion by a foreign country.”

    Iran says happy to examine US plot allegations, http://reut.rs/pgFXx2
    The US has foiled an alleged Iranian plot to kill the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the US last week in DC. Iran has since asked Washington to send over the evidence of the Iranian plot so officials can investigate it and prove that it is “baseless propaganda.” “We are prepared to examine any issue, even if fabricated, seriously and patiently, and we have called on America to submit to us any information in regard to this scenario,” said Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi.

    BP reaches $4bn settlement over Deepwater Horizon disaster, http://bit.ly/pf182W
    BP has reached a $4 billion dollar settlement with a former partner over claims related to last year’s deadly explosion and oil spill at the offshore drilling platform. The partner, Anadarko, had held a 25-percent stake in the Macondo well when the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded. Andarko filed gross negligence claims against BP after the disaster. However, BP claims it is not solely responsible for the disaster and that this settlement proves it. Anadarko has dropped the negligence suit.

    American “elated” in NZ after South Pole rescue, http://bit.ly/rgFSPp
    On Monday, an American who was working in the South Pole was rescued and taken to New Zealand before falling ill. Renee-Nicole Douceur, 58, of Seabrook., N.H., landed in Christchurch, which was the closest location with a treatment center. Doucer asked her employer, Raytheon Polar Services, to airlift her out in August after having what doctors think was a stroke. However, her request was denied due to weather conditions. Speaking by phone, Douceur said on “The Early Show” she’s “elated” to be in New Zealand and is feeling great, but is still experiencing visual impairment and difficulty speaking.

    Voters may have to wait at least a minute per person in line, http://bit.ly/nGLm6Q
    Following the mock election last Tuesday, the Madison, WI city clerk’s office put together statistics that show voters will have to wait at least one minute per person in line. The mock election was held to give voters and poll workers an idea of how the 2012 presidential election will run with Wisconsin’s new voting laws. Traditionally, Madison has two election officials stationed at each polling booth. In the mock election, there were more poll workers stationed. If Madison continues to use two election officials, voters could wait up to four minutes times the number of people in line.

    In swing state tour, Obama to urge Congress to get to work this week on pieces of jobs bill, http://wapo.st/qb7jA7
    President Barack Obama is combining campaigning for his jobs bill with campaigning for his re-election. This week, the President will urge Congress to get to work on his jobs bill with a three-day bus tour through North-Carolina and Virginia, two states that will be critical in his re-election. Later, he will travel west to Colorado, Nevada, and New Mexico. Campaigning in these regions is meant to reduce Obama’s need to win Ohio and Florida, two states his team fears they cannot pull this election.

    (via TPM) Bachmann And Trump Now Taking Your Phone Calls, http://bit.ly/nfVLcT: Donald Trump is scheduled to join Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) on Monday night for a “tele-town hall” meeting to talk about economic issues. Voters can call in from anywhere in the nation to ask the pair questions. Even though Trump hasn’t officially endorsed a candidate, this is the first time that he is participating in an event with any candidate. You may visit the link to find out where to go to sign up to call in to the pair tonight.

    Amazon Signs Up Authors, Writing Publishers Out of Deal, http://nyti.ms/nxkCYu
    Amazon is beginning to make publishing companies obsolete. The company is set to publish 122 books this fall in both physical and e-book form. Publishing veteran Laurence Kirshbaum was hired to help pull in big names in fiction and non-fiction. “Publishers are terrified and don’t know what to do,” said Dennis Loy Johnson of Melville House. Amazon signed its first deal with the self-help author Tim Ferriss, and last week it announced a memoir by the actress and director Penny Marshall.

    Wireless Users Will Get Alerts on Excess Use, http://nyti.ms/rjpYKw
    Under an agreement reached by carriers and the Federal Communications Commission, cell phone users who are nearing their usage limits will now be alerted so they do not rack up overage charges. The agreement is meant to help customers save money since companies usually charge high fees for going over minutes and data usage. Within 12 months, the companies will begin delivering alerts for free either by text or voice.

    CULTURAL

    Michael Tomasky brings up “Romney’s Worst Nightmare,” http://bit.ly/nUW96k

    Charles Krauthammer discusses “Dibs on the Rich,” http://trib.in/pu0Oo8

    Pujols, Cardinals take wild ride to World Series, http://bit.ly/omuudF

    Dan Wheldon was an engaging young champion, http://lat.ms/q0Mop0

    Giuliana Rancic reveals she has breast cancer, http://bit.ly/raWuRo

    Lady Gaga Does Marilyn Monroe At President Clinton B’Day, http://on.mtv.com/pwJ6Qp

    Jay-Z and Kanye Expand Tour Again, http://p4k.in/o6dQxX

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, September 17, 2010

    Friday, September 17th, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have Ohio voters seeking equal access to mail-in ballots, Obama naming Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren as an adviser, and Lady Gaga asks the Senate to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    CRUCIAL:

    BP completes relief well in Gulf of Mexico: http://bit.ly/aHmQOz

    The completion of this well should allow BP to permanently seal the well at the heart of the spill.

    Obama to name Wall Street critic Warren to consumer job: http://bit.ly/bfioWr

    Elizabeth Warren will serve as an adviser in setting up the new U.S. consumer financial watch dog.

    Pennsylvania voters facing ads barrage from Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey: http://bit.ly/ardcR5

    The candidates for Senate in Pennsylvania are taking to the airwaves to cast each other as extremists.

    Lawsuit seeks end to Cuyahoga voters’ edge in casting ballot by mail: http://bit.ly/cfwazg

    Some Ohio voters have gone to court saying that all counties should encourage mail-in ballots the same way, or none at all.

    CULTURAL:

    Lady Gaga to Senate: ‘Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: http://bit.ly/9shkEK

    In a YouTube video, Gaga says “”It is my belief that no one person is more valuable than another.” Click the link to see it for yourself.

    Movie review: ‘Easy A’ makes the grade: http://lat.ms/dj4UVI

    The new movie starring Emma Stone is getting some very positive reviews.


    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    @thomasyarnell
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com