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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Lance Armstrong admits to doping; Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders the arrest of the prime minister; a woman crashes a stolen train into a Swedish apartment building; New York passes a deal for stricter gun laws; and Wal-Mart announces a veteran hiring program. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s bus tour starts today, and Kim Kardashian talks struggling with infertility.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify, http://rtvote.com/13zjGwu
    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. “We were mesmerized and riveted” said Winfrey about Armstrong’s answers. “He did not come clean in the manner I was expecting.” The former champion cyclist will testify against cycling officials who were aware of his doping. Armstrong also told Winfrey that he admitted his drug use to staff of his charity, Livestrong, and personally called other cyclists to apologize. The interview will air in two parts this Thursday and Friday.

    Pakistan top court orders PM arrest, http://rtvote.com/13zlMMF
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, on Tuesday. The court alleges that Ashraf “violated the principle of transparency” when working on contracts for the purchase of power plants for the government as a federal minister. Authorities have 24 hours to arrest Ashraf and 16 others in connection with the case. In Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, populist cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri organized protests calling for reforms.

    France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up, http://rtvote.com/13zowd1
    French forces bombed the Mali town of Diabaly, which is believed to be under Islamic militant control, on Monday night. French President Francois Hollande said the bomb attacks “hit their targets” and the “deployment of forces on the ground and in the air” will continue. West African defense chiefs will meet in Bamako on Tuesday to quickly deploy 3,300 African troops to Mali. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Guinea have offered to send troops to defend the Mali government, although Nigeria has cautioned about deploying troops too quickly. The U.S. has also pledged to support the Mali government.

    STOLEN TRAIN CRASHES INTO BUILDING IN SWEDEN, http://rtvote.com/13zqQAH
    A Swedish woman stole a four-car commuter train in Stockholm Tuesday morning, driving and crashing it into an apartment building in the suburbs. Police say the woman has been seriously injured, while no one in the apartment building was hurt. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the woman is being held for endangering the public and that her motives are unknown. The suspect was born in 1990 and worked for a company contracted to clean for the train operator.

    Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Any Veteran Who Wants a Job, http://rtvote.com/13zrQov
    Wal-Mart will announce Tuesday that it will hire any veteran who needs a job as long as they left the military the year before and were not dishonorably discharged. The program will launch on Memorial Day and will be one of the nation’s biggest hiring commitments for veterans in history. First Lady Michelle Obama has called the superstore’s new program “historic” and that she will work to persuade other corporations to implement something similar. Wal-mart says the commitment will create 100,000 new jobs for veterans in the next five years.

    Gun bill: Ball takes shot at Cuomo, Assembly goes home, http://rtvote.com/W8q6wV
    New York state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have reached a deal regarding gun control, including expanding the state’s assault weapons ban and further restrictions that keep guns away from the mentally ill. New York’s Senate, which has a Republican majority, passed the deal Monday night. The support came from legislators from New York City and Long Island. No Republicans from upstate New York voted for the deal, which will go to the Assembly Tuesday. Nationally, President Obama will most likely support an executive order to expand background checks on gun purchasers.

    Alex Williams explores the difficulty of Millennials transitioning from a technology-fuled “hook-up-culture” in “The End of Courtship,” http://rtvote.com/13zvWNp

    CULTURAL:

    Anna Kendrick’s Ryan Gosling Tweet Should Flatter The Actor, We Think, http://rtvote.com/W8A1m5

    Lady Gaga Pulls Born This Way Ball Into Tacoma For First U.S. Tour Stop, http://rtvote.com/W8GrSd

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian Struggled With Infertility, Talks Kris Humphries Divorce and Marrying Kanye West,http://rtvote.com/W8GzBf

    Bradley Cooper denies dating J. Law: I could be her father, http://rtvote.com/13zxzuA

    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: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    In today’s news, President Obama is preparing for a supercommittee failure; Penn State coach Mike McQueary claims he went to the police about Sandusky; shots were fired at the White House late last week; the Occupy Seattle movement turns violent; and GOP candidate Newt Gingrich received $1.6 million from Freddie Mac. In entertainment news, Justen Bieber’s paternity suit has been dropped, and Duke’s Coach K wins a record 903 games.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Supercommittee on the brink, http://politi.co/u7WxKF
    The November 23rd deadline for the supercommittee’s deficit plan is quickly approaching, and it seems the powerful panel will not have anything ready by then. Speculation started when it became clear that no one has seen any plan language. The Washington Post says the Obama administration is quietly preparing for the debt-reduction supercommittee to fail, while The Wall Street Journal says the panel is turning to accounting gimmicks to reach its goal of $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years. On Tuesday, John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met, causing some to speculate that they are also worried about the committee’s inaction.

    Jolted, Wall St. Protesters Face Challenge for Future, http://nyti.ms/uJ65yn
    Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to Zuccotti Park on Tuesday. The demonstrators showed up without tents after a judge upheld that portion of Bloomberg administration’s Monday-night eviction. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he OK’d the eviction after hearing from an EMT who injured his ankle while trying to assist a mentally disturbed man last week but according to The New York Times, the raid had been in the works for more than two weeks.

    McQueary email: I stopped Sandusky, went to police, http://nyp.st/s2417K
    In an email sent on November 8th, Penn State coach Mike McQueary told a friend that he stopped Jerry Sandusky from the alleged rape of a ten-year old boy and then phoned the police. “I did not stop it, physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left the locker room.” McQueary goes on to say that he “discussed” the situation with the police and the university official in charge of the police. The email contradicts McQueary’s testimony to the grand jury where he said that he did not stop Sandusky and also did not phone the police.

    Secret Service says bullet hit exterior window of White House, http://nydn.us/uwLXc9
    The Secret Service discovered two bullets on the White House grounds Tuesday, one of which hit a window and was stopped by ballistic glass. On Friday, witnesses reported hearing gunfire near the White House; they said they saw two speeding cars, and an AK-47 was eventually recovered. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Oscar Ortega-Hernandez in relation to the incident.

    Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms, http://wapo.st/uLUvWt
    The Obama administration, which gave Solyndra a half-billion dollar loan, asked the company to delay announcing layoffs until after the 2010 midterm election. The company waited until November 3rd to make the announcement, but it is not clear if this was due to pressure from the administration. The White House declined to comment, but said the emails had been taken out of context by House Republicans.

    Giffords’s husband scolds Boehner for not visiting wounded lawmaker, http://bit.ly/tlYDUT
    Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, has slammed Speaker John Boehner for not visiting Giffords while she was recovering, even though he attended the NCAA tournament in Houston where she was rehabilitating. “Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing,” Kelly writes. “Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”

    Obama: U.S. to expand military in Australia, http://bit.ly/tPgBTW
    Seen as a response to China’s growing aggression, President Obama announced that the U.S. will expand its military presence in Australia at the beginning of his Asia visit. Obama said the U.S. is “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific,” and that 250 Marines will be stationed in northern Australia starting next year, with 2,500 personnel eventually staffing the region. Obama said the decision will send a message to China saying “with their rise comes increased responsibility. It is important for them to play by the rules of the road.” China is wary of the decision, saying it may not be appropriate and requires further review.

    Pregnant woman pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle, http://bit.ly/svInbO
    The Occupy Seattle movement has turned violent as police pepper sprayed the crowd on Tuesday night. The incident reportedly injured an 84 year-old woman and sent a pregnant woman to the hospital. Protesters denounced the use of force and said that police used the spray on a peaceful protest. Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said that pepper spray is not harmful and is not age specific. That it is no more dangerous to someone who is 10 or someone who is 80.

    U.S. Senate panel agrees to look at Florida’s new voting law, http://bit.ly/rquuPo
    A U.S. Senate panel tasked with overseeing civil rights will hold a hearing in Florida regarding the state’s new election law. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D – Fla., requested the hearing, and fellow Democrat Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, supported the request.

    Ohio’s election law foes fall short on signatures, http://bit.ly/vsG3qM
    Opponents of Ohio’s new election law have fallen short in their efforts to get a ballot repeal question before voters next fall; however, they still have time to get more signatures. The law would shorten the number of early voting days in the swing state, and the Monday ruling by Secretary of State Jon Husted comes after election officials reviewed the more than 333,000 signatures that opponents submitted in late September.

    Gingrich Said to Be Paid $1.6M by Freddie Mac, http://bloom.bg/vzkzES
    Newt Gingrich might not be leading in the polls for much longer. Bloomberg reports that Gingrich received between $1.6 million and $1.8 million from Freddie Mac for consulting fees. The dollar amount is significantly more than Gingrich was questioned about during the GOP CNBC debate. He was asked what he did to earn $300,000, and he responded that he gave advice on what the company didn’t do, noting that its lending processes were “insane.” Freddie Mac executives, however, disagree. Since he ended his retainer in 2008, Gingrich has been quite vocal in his criticism of Freddie Mac.

    (via CNN) Facebook: Attack identified, most spammed porn removed: ‘Facebook says a hack that exploited some Web browsers was responsible for a flood of porn, violent images and other graphic content that spread across the site over the past couple of days. Spokesman Frederic Wolens said Facebook’s security team had been working to identify the cause of the spam and that, by Tuesday afternoon, “we have eliminated most of the spam caused by this attack.”‘ http://bit.ly/vTalN7

    CULTURAL

    Andrew Rosenthal says “Maine Republicans Want to Get There (Vote Suppression) From Here (Vote Turnout),” http://nyti.ms/t8NThV

    Erwin Chemerinsky asks “Will partisanship shape the healthcare ruling?,” http://lat.ms/sVLVgU

    Ross Douthat discusses “The Second Coming of Gingrich,” http://nyti.ms/sWiTPY

    The Washington Post says “U.S. foreign policy turns toward Asia,” http://wapo.st/tZKmHS

    Justin Bieber Alleged Baby Mama DISMISSES Paternity Lawsuit, http://bit.ly/sBMBVi

    Coach K alone atop Division I list, http://apne.ws/veLa3x

    Bradley Cooper Named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, http://on.mtv.com/tj1BqS

    Russell Simmons, ?uestlove React To Zuccotti Park Raid, http://on.mtv.com/u9K9L8

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

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, May 26, 2011

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    Two war-criminal fugitives have been captured, suicide kits are no longer for sale, the Senate lets down Ryan, June 6 is a big day for Santorum lovers everywhere, and are you reading this from Yemen? If so, stop and come home!

    Meanwhile, the 3 S’s are plaguing MSNBC (Schultz, “slut,” and suspension), Scotty is our deep crooning American Idol, E! is probably already scrambling for a Kim & Kris Humphries wedding special, and nineties children rejoice, Pop Up Video is back!

    Maegan + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Serbian President: Ratko Mladic, Europe’s Most Wanted War Crimes Fugitive, Arrested in Serbia, http://yhoo.it/lx3bLd

    Ratko Mladic, the most wanted war-crimes fugitive in Europe, has been arrested. Mladic will be charged at the Hague with the murder of 8,000 Muslims. Serbia is hoping that Mladic’s arrest will expedite its membership into the EU.

    Rwandan Genocide Mastermind Captured in DRC, http://bit.ly/mSxlTo

    Bernard Munyagishari, a leader in the Hutu militias in the Rwandan genocide, has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The international tribunal is charging him with leading a group that murdered and raped women in an opposing ethnic group. The Rwandan genocide is responsible for 800,000 deaths.

    Raid on US ‘Suicide Kit’ Seller Sharlotte Hydorn, 91, http://bbc.in/jq5uKt

    Federal authorities raided the home of 91 year old Sharlotte Hydorn yesterday. The authorities confiscated suicide assisting kits that she sold online. The kits became controversial after a 29 year old man used one to kill himself in December. Hydorn insists she sells them to help the terminally ill.

    (via National Journal N2K) SENATE REJECTS RYAN BUDGET. The Senate did what everyone knew it would and rejected the House budget by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., 57-40, with five Republicans opposing the plan to convert Medicare into a subsidy program. But after capitalizing on the potential political threat created by the Medicare plan, Democrats still have to compromise with Republicans on reducing government spending.

    US Withdraws Diplomats from Yemen Amid Clashes, http://bbc.in/l3NbXw

    Due to the civil war conspiring in Yemen, the US is ordering all diplomats and their family members to leave the country. Over the past three days, at least 72 people have died from clashes between rebels and the Yemeni government.

    Rick Santorum to Launch June 6, http://politi.co/mizO5q

    Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum will officially launch his run for presidency June 6 in Pennsylvania.

    Parties Need to Focus on Winning Voter Allegiance at Young Age: Study, http://bit.ly/ljGd3a

    A study from the University of Warwick in the UK has revealed that young voters who registered in the wake of 9/11 registered as Republicans and have not changed political parties. Overall, the study shows that young voters consistently vote for the political party they initially registered as.

    CULTURAL:

    Great Scott! McCreery Wins ‘American Idol,’ http://on.today.com/lM9j7f

    ‘X-Factor’ Judge Replaced by Pussycat Doll, http://bit.ly/liRpzu

    Lindsay Lohan Turns Herself in for House Arrest, http://bit.ly/ly7BIL

    Kim Kardashian’s Massive Engagement Ring Sparkles at LAX, http://bit.ly/mataEZ

    Review: ‘The Hangover Part II,’ Three Men and a Monkey-Baby, http://nyti.ms/klOqls

    (via Cynopsis) The late-90s show, Pop Up Video is making a comeback on VH1 after a ten-year break. VH1 ordered 60 new episodes for this fall and the new version will stick to the original format featuring facts appearing in “bubbles” during current music videos.  Some new elements are added including viewer polling and user-generated information throughout the show.  Pop Up Video originally debuted in 1996 and was on VH1 until 2002.  Woody Thompson, the show’s original co-creator is back as executive producer for Eyeboogie.

    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: Wednesday, April 13, 2011

    Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

    In DC politicians are still focused on the country’s budget and our approach to the debt ceiling with President Obama making a speech today at George Washington University. This debate will continue for months, but will the country follow along with it voraciously after a shut down was averted Friday?

    Team Obama, led by ’08 top campaign strategist and former Senior White House Advisor David Axelrod, is bolstering its presence in Chicago in hopes that they’ll be able to stay in touch with the pulse of the nation outside the capital. On the other side, the squabbles and positioning for the presidency continue, but statistician extraordinaire Nate Silver breaks down the GOP field by analyzing the prospects of what he’s calling the Fairifax Five (“legit” contenders) and the Factional Five (uber-conservative primary contenders).

    Meanwhile, after a high-profile launch of the White House’s new program to support military families Michelle Obama and Jill Biden are under fire for excluding gay soldiers from participating until Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is formally obsolete. Commercial rates for Oprah’s last show rival the Super Bowl, Emma Watson feels Princess Kate’s pain as the world awaits the Royal Wedding this wknd, and Ashton + Demi launch the ‘Real Men Don’t Buy Girls’ campaign with help from Justin Timberlake, Drake and Bradley Cooper.

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama Debt Reduction Plan to Be Outlined in Wednesday Speechhttp://huff.to/i6ygIe

    Obama will jump into the debt-reduction debate today at 1:30 PM EDT today. It is expected to be a call for a balanced approach of shared burdens, and will tackle entitlement programs, defense spending, and taxes. This follows Rep. Paul Ryan’s plan to cut more than $5 trillion in spending over the next decade.

    A Mafia Boss Breaks A Code in Telling Allhttp://nyti.ms/hxi83s

    Joseph Massino, 68, has become the only official boss of a NY crime family to ever cooperate with federal authorities by testifying against a former confederate and spilling all the details of his mafia work. For nearly five hours in a Brooklyn Federal District Courthouse, Mr. Massino cataloged his misdeeds of murder and other criminal activity to the courtroom.

    White House Visitor Logs Riddled With Holeshttp://bit.ly/fCgoVI

    The White House website proudly boasts making “1,000,000 records of everyone who’s come through the doors of the White House” available via a searchable database. However, an investigation by the Center for Public Integrity has found that these logs are incomplete for thousands of visitors to the White House, including celebrities, lobbyists, government employees, campaign donors, policy experts, and friends of the first family. The logs routinely omit or cloud key details about the identity of visitors, who they met with, and the nature of the visit. These are critical gaps that raise doubts about their historical accuracy and utility at a time when people are demanding more transparency in the government.

    U.S. Plans New Push on Arab-Israeli Peace: Clintonhttp://reut.rs/eNuDEC

    The United States will begin pushing new plans to promote Arab-Israeli peace according to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, which suggests that the US will have a stronger hand in trying to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Obama is also expected to lay out US policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the coming weeks.

    Mubarak and Sons Detained in Probe on Wealth, Egypt State Television Sayshttp://wapo.st/i3RcJ8

    Egypt’s state-run media reported today that the country’s top prosecutor has ordered former Egyptian President Mubarak and his sons to be detained for two weeks to question the origin of the family’s wealth and on the government suppression of the protests pushed from Mubarak’s office.

    White House Bars Gay Groups From Military Families Eventhttp://bit.ly/igm9Qa

    Servicemembers United, which respresents gay and lesbian military members, complained that the White House barred representatives from gay and lesbian servicemembers from attending the launch of the “Joining Forces” program.  However, the White House says that while Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has been repealed, it is still the law and must be followed until the repeal goes into effect.

    CULTURAL:

    Emma Watson sympathetic for Kate Middleton: http://aol.it/eX6Tsq

    Justin Bieber’s meeting with Israeli PM called off: http://bit.ly/hZOInT

    JT, Drake, Bradley Cooper support ‘Real Men’ campaign: http://on.mtv.com/g2wfbx

    Commercials on Oprah’s final show going for how much?!: http://eonli.ne/hLa8Dr

    Is there a Kardashian movie in the works?: http://aol.it/i8j7Jq

    Chris Brown and Joe Jonas team up on new album: http://bit.ly/eQJ6za

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

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