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    News Round-Up: Friday, July 26, 2013

    Friday, July 26th, 2013

    Halliburton Energy Services admits to destroying evidence; Judge refuses to acquit Manning; Senate threatens Snowden-aiding countries with sanctions; pesticides kill America’s honeybees; Weiner’s favorability drops 20 percent; and Spanish train crash driver flaunts his need for speed. Meanwhile, Shia LaBeouf debuts his inner nympho; Frank Ocean has a tear in his vocal cords; and Selena protects Bieber from the haters.

    Meron + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Halliburton to pay $200k fine for destroying evidence in 2010 Gulf oil spill, http://rtvote.com/15QzjiE
    Halliburton Energy Services is to pay a maximum $200,000 fine for destroying evidence related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in addition to agreeing to donate $55 million towards wildlife protection. This has become the third guilty plea by a company over the spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Judge refuses to acquit Manning on theft charges, http://rtvote.com/13ag0SP
    A military judge said early Thursday that she would not dismiss charges of theft against Army Private first class Bradley Manning. The soldier is expected to be sentenced next week for the largest intelligence leak in US history.

    Senate threatens to sanction countries that aid Snowden, http://rtvote.com/13aho82
    A hearing held by the 30 member, bi-partisan Senate committee Thursday afternoon in Washington ended with a unanimous decision to move towards sanctioning countries coming to the aid of the former intelligence analyst.

    Scientists confirm: Pesticides kill America’s honey bees, http://rtvote.com/19mxcIo
    New research shows that bees exposed to common agricultural chemicals while pollinating US crops are less likely to resist a parasitic infection.

    Weiner’s lead disappears in NYC mayor’s race, http://rtvote.com/13ajqoG
    Anthony Weiner has lost his lead in the New York City mayor’s race after it was revealed last week that he continued sending lewd messages to women even following his 2011 resignation from Congress.

    Spanish train crash driver wrote on Facebook about high speed, http://rtvote.com/19myeEu
    The driver of the Spanish train that crashed at high speed had previously posted on Facebook about going so fast that he was on the brink of getting a fine.

     

    CULTURAL

    New ‘Nymphomaniac’ clip features Shia LaBeouf far removed from the ‘Transformers’ world, http://rtvote.com/13albCr

    Frank Ocean cancels shows after tear in vocal cords, http://rtvote.com/13alkFO

    Sir Mick Jagger turns 70: We say ‘Happy Birthday’ and ask, what’s this rolling stone’s secret?, http://rtvote.com/13alrkB

    Selena: I’ll ‘always protect’ Bieber from haters, http://rtvote.com/13alQ6R

     

     

    meron.w@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, December 16, 2011

    Friday, December 16th, 2011

    Bradley Manning will appear in court for the first time; the ICC has concerns that Gaddafi’s death is a war crime; a Tea Party co-founder has been arrested at La Guardia airport; Rick Perry aspires to be Tim Tebow; Gov. Nikki Haley endorses Mitt Romney; and Rock the Vote, LOWV FL, and FL PIRGs have filed a federal lawsuit over Florida’s new voter registration laws. Meanwhile, Russell Brand comes to late night TV, Christian Bale is accosted after trying to visit a Chinese activist, and Madonna reveals a stellar Super Bowl setlist.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Accused Army document leaker faces hearing, http://goo.gl/pAmf8
    Pfc. Bradley Manning, the Army intelligence analyst accused of leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks, will appear in court for the first time today (one day before his 24th birthday). His charges include aiding the enemy, which could earn him life in prison. The pre-trial hearings could run through December 23. Supporters of Manning and WikiLeaks are planning to protest against the charges.

    ICC prosecutor: Concerns over Gaddafi’s death, http://goo.gl/aJ0EJ
    Luis Moreno, the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, said yesterday that Muammar Gaddafi’s death may be considered a war crime. Moreno’s comments come after Gaddafi’s daughter, Aisha, demanded the ICC investigate her father’s death. The ICC prosecutor has sent a letter to Libya’s new government inquiring about its plans for investigating possible war crimes at the hand of Gaddafi loyalists and rebels.

    Tea Party Leader Mark Meckler Arrested With Handgun At Airport, http://goo.gl/5YXBq
    Tea Party Leader Mark Meckler was arrested after trying to check in his handgun at La Guardia airport today. Meckler’s Glock 27 is registered in California but not New York, causing it to be an illegal weapon. The Tea Party co-founder could face up to 15 years in prison for second-degree possession of an illegal weapon.

    Voter registration groups sue over new Florida election law, http://goo.gl/gcqvm
    The League of Women Voters of Florida, Rock the Vote and Florida Public Interest Research Group Education Fund are filing a lawsuit in a federal Tallahassee court over Florida’s newly implemented laws that restrict community voter registration. Attorneys for the group “argue the law is unconstitutional and violates the ‘motor voter’ law by imposing burdensome regulations on volunteers and steep penalties for mistakes, such as not turning in voter registration applications within 48 hours. The window used to be 10 days.” The League of Women Voters has been registering voters in Florida since 1972 but had to stop its efforts after Gov. Rick Scott signed these registration restrictions into law. See the full press release announcing the lawsuit here: http://goo.gl/ebEzr.

    Young voters, once enthusiastic, disenchanted with Obama, http://goo.gl/hwXMc
    According to a Harvard University poll released yesterday, young voters are disenchanted with Obama with 36% of them believing he will not be re-elected. While less than half of the 18-29 year-olds polled approved of Obama’s job as president, they said they would still support him over any other Republican candidate. “They are not particularly inspired by Romney, Gingrich or anyone else,” Trey Grayson, director of Harvard’s Institute of Politics, said of former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney and former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich.

    Nikki Haley Endorses Mitt Romney, http://goo.gl/4v5bV
    On Fox and Friends today, Governor of South Carolina Nikki Haley endorsed Mitt Romney despite Newt Gingrich’s leading surge in her state. Haley was elected with help from Tea Party constituents, which could help bolster Romney in states where he is trailing Gingrich. “What I wanted was someone who knew what it was like to turn broken companies around,” Haley reasoned.

    Christopher Hitchens Dies: His Best Writing, Photos, and More, http://goo.gl/L8oMX
    Journalist and essayist Christopher Hitchens died last night after an almost two year-long battle with esophageal cancer. Hitchens, best known for his columns in Vanity Fair, had taken on any and every authority figure. In his columns, he denounced Mother Theresa as a fanatic and fraud, Henry Kissinger as a war criminal, and Bill Clinton as corrupt. To most people’s surprise, he also supported the War in Iraq. “He took on Mother Teresa, Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, Gore Vidal, Noam Chomsky, and even God, but always with a rush of wrathful passion for justice and the truth. He was our generation’s George Orwell,” says The Daily Beast.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘Batman’ star Bale punched, stopped from visiting blind Chinese activist, http://goo.gl/OTR6c

    Katy Perry named MTV’s 2011 artist of the year, http://goo.gl/qE6lj

    Russell Brand Lands FX Talk Show, http://goo.gl/CU73o

    The Biebs Set For X Factor Finale, http://goo.gl/5MzWJ

    Madonna’s Super Bowl Setlist!, http://goo.gl/fg4Am

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