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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.



    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.


    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

    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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

    Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

    SCOTUS will hear historic marriage equality cases today and tomorrow; Amanda Knox must return to Italy for a new trial; North Korea is putting its military in “combat ready” mode; Yahoo buys a 17-year-old’s app for $30 million; and a state in India is installing armed guards and drones to protect rhinos from poachers. Meanwhile, a NFL player may come out soon; a “Breaking Bad” script is stolen from Bryan Cranston’s car; and Dionne Warwick tells TMZ that she owes $10 million in taxes.



    Amanda Knox’s Acquittal Overturned: What’s Next?, http://rtvote.com/16VIwrV
    Italy’s high court has overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal, forcing her to once again stand trial for murdering her ex-roommate with whom she studied abroad in Italy. Knox’s lawyer says that she’s upset about having to face trial again but is willing to fight to prove her innocence. It’s not yet clear whether Knox will voluntarily return to Italy or whether she’ll be extradited. She may even face trial in absentia. Knox was acquitted for her roommate’s murder in an appeals court in Perugia in October 2011. She is currently studying creative-writing at the University of Washington.

    North Korea issues new threat to U.S. bases, http://rtvote.com/16VKW9Z
    North Korean officials have said that they are putting the country’s military in “combat ready” mode. The country is allegedly preparing to strike U.S. bases that it views as “aggressors,” meaning Hawaii and Guam and other places in the Pacific could be at risk. Meanwhile, the U.S. has responded that it can handle any attacks from Kim Jong-un

    Cyprus banks remain closed to avert run on deposits, http://rtvote.com/16VLD37
    Cyprus’ central bank announced Monday that its banks will not open until Thursday. The announcement came after the government negotiated a bailout deal from the EU in order to avoid bankruptcy. President Nicos Anastasiades said that Cyprus’ second-largest bank, Cyprus Popular, will close and wealthy depositors will lose a great deal of money.

    Boris Berezovsky post-mortem finds hanging is cause of death, http://rtvote.com/11HxQ01
    British police have said that Boris Berezovsky, one of Russia’s first post-Communist oligarchs and a critic of Vladimir Putin, died from causes consistent with a hanging and that there did not seem to be a violent struggle. His death has cast some suspicions on Putin and is seen as more corruption related to his regime.

    Armed Guards, Drones to Protect India’s Rhinos, http://rtvote.com/11Hysmn
    The government of India’s state of Assam has installed armed guards and drones to protect rhinos from poachers in its Kaziranga state park. The new laws even protect the guards if they kill a poacher.

    A historic moment as same-sex marriage arrives before Supreme Court, http://rtvote.com/16VO85x
    The Supreme Court will hear historic cases on marriage equality on Tuesday and Wednesday, including the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. Gay marriage activists will arge that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage and that states should not be able to decide on the issue. Today SCOTUS will hear arguments against Proposition 8, which portends that California has the right to decide if marriage is legal only between a man and woman.

    SCOTUSBLOG, Reuters: ‘Prop 8 Unlikely to Be Upheld’, ‘Roberts Raises Doubts About California Case,’http://rtvote.com/16VJFQl
    The SCOTUS blog is reporting that Proposition 8, an amendment introduced in California that does not legally recognize gay marriage in the state, will most likely not be upheld by the Supreme Court. Today is the first day of oral arguments for the case. While the SCOTUS blog has predicted the striking down of Prop 8, as of 11am, it reported that the court did not have the five votes needed to overturn it. Chief Justice Roberts noted that the case does not address the core issue of same-sex marriage rights, while Justice Kennedy said that he was uncomfortable striking down the measure and would prefer to dismiss the case.

    Summly and its teen founder snapped up by Yahoo, http://rtvote.com/16VMQHD
    British 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio has sold his smartphone app Summly to Yahoo for $30 million. D’Aloisio began working on the app, which shortens content to make it easier to scroll, when he was 15-years-old and released it for iPhone four months ago. He will now be Yahoo’s youngest employee and will work from their London office. In regards to the sale, D’Aloisio has said “If you have a good idea, or you think there’s a gap in the market, just go out and launch it.”


    Pedro’s 2 beers — & $338M ticket, http://rtvote.com/11HxfLW

    Some believe atmosphere is safe for gay NFL player to come out, http://rtvote.com/ZUkeun


    DIONNE WARWICK: I’M BANKRUPT, Owes $10 Mil in Taxes, http://rtvote.com/11HCvzb

    NBC’s ‘Today’ show exposed: Article shares ugly details of NBC’s ratings struggle, http://rtvote.com/11HCECy

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, August 15, 2011

    Monday, August 15th, 2011

    Pakistan lets China sample a US helicopter used in the raid on bin Laden; the Indiana Fair will reopen with a memorial service for those who died in the stage collapse; veteran ID holders cannot use their military IDs at Texas polls; Obama begins his Midwest bus tour despite missing his chance for fried butter; Pawlenty has dropped out of the GOP presidential race; Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll yet still avoids presidential hopeful Rick Perry; and Warren Buffet tells Washington to “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich.” In the plethora of entertainment news from the weekend – Jessica Alba and Tiny Fey have given birth to baby girls; David Copperfield and his girlfriend also have a girl; where did my childhood go? Hilary Duff is pregnant; Tara Reid gets engaged and married in the same day; there will be guaranteed wedding talk on The View today – Sherri Shepherd and Joy Behar both married this weekend; The Game could face charges from Twitter pranking a sheriff’s office; and a very shagadelic ‘Austin Powers 4′ may be in the works.



    Pakistan Lets China See US Helicopter, http://on.ft.com/njVKS7
    Pakistan has let China inspect the tail of a helicopter used in the US raid on Osama bin Laden. US Navy SEALs had destroyed the rest of the helicopter; however, the tail remains in tact and in Pakistan.

    Indiana Fair Reopens with Service for 5 Killed in Stage Collapse, http://bit.ly/pUh01V
    The Indiana State Fair will re-open after a stage collapsed on Saturday, killing 5 and injuring 40. The band Sugarland was set to appear when a 60 to 70 mile gust of wind caused the stage’s scaffolding to fly into the crowd. A memorial service will be held today for those killed.

    Vet ID Holders Cannot Vote?, http://bit.ly/pp6p3m
    Texas Democrats are outraged that the state’s voter ID bill does not allow military photo ID to be used at the polls. Many believe that it is disrespectful to the young and already traumatized veterans. Charlie Jones, head of Texas Democratic Veterans notes, “We have a lot of young vets….We have a lot of vets who are homeless. The only way they interchange with the community is through the (Veteran’s Administration)….They already don’t trust the system. And now they’re being told they can’t vote.”

    Awkward in Iowa: Perry, Bachmann Avoid Each Other at Same Event, http://abcn.ws/q07oi2
    Despite being at the same Iowa fundraiser and sitting a table’s length apart, GOP presidential frontrunners Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry did not speak to each other. Bachmann, the Iowa Straw Poll winner, made a speech where she mentioned her Iowan roots. Perry listened to her speech, for which she asked staff to dim the lights. Perry, a favorite to go up against Obama in 2012, made a speech that Bachmann did not sit through.

    Obama Begins Midwest Bus Tour,
    After a bleak summer in Washington, Obama is hitting the road in the Midwest to speak to small heartland towns. He will do a three-day bus tour that will pass through Alpha, IL, Atkinson, IL, Cannon Falls, MN, Decorah, IA, and Peosta, IA.

    60 Killed as Wave of Violence Rolls Across Iraq, http://apne.ws/9eVe8j
    At least 60 people have been killed in Iraq, as bombs have exploded in more than a dozen cities across the country. In Kut, two bombs killed 34 people; in Baghdad, a car bomb killed 8; and in the Diyala province, seven bombs exploded.

    Warren Buffet says, “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich,” http://nyti.ms/ozF6K8

    (via POLITICO Playbook) –WP A1, below fold “Disconnect proves fatal for Pawlenty,” by Amy Gardner: “‘We were a tortoise – not a camel,’ said Nick Ayers, Pawlenty’s campaign manager. ‘Campaign camels can go a long time without water. Tortoises can’t.’ And Pawlenty didn’t want to go into debt. On Saturday, after the straw poll was done, he told Ayers, ‘I’m not personally wealthy. . . . I don’t want to drag this out for two or four weeks and risk not being able to pay my staff on time.’ With the Ames defeat, in other words, Pawlenty realized what the Republicans were looking for and realized that he wasn’t it. He then asked Ayers if he could borrow his car, and after waking up the next morning and announcing to the world that his campaign was over, he drove his wife, Mary, and two daughters home to Minnesota.” http://wapo.st/nV1Elw


    Breaking Bad Will Call It Quits After 16 More Episodes, http://bit.ly/pr1riV

    Jessica Alba Welcomes Baby Haven Garner, http://bit.ly/pzTvuW

    Kate Hudson Shows Off Adorable Baby Bingham for First Time, http://eonli.ne/mUu5zP

    Hilary Duff ‘Overwhelmed’ by Well Wishes for Her Pregnancy, http://bit.ly/oLwBCO

    Tara Reid Gets Married in Greece, http://bit.ly/n6378R

    Real Housewives Announce Big Tour – But for What, Exactly?, http://eonli.ne/q31oVH

    ‘Austin Powers 4′ Could Be in the Works, http://bit.ly/pDgy4G

    Joy Behar, Brooke Burke, and Sherri Shepherd All Married, http://wapo.st/pwVxUk

    The Game’s Twitter Prank Overwhelms Sheriff’s Office, http://bit.ly/r0qIS6

    Tina Fey Welcomes Baby Girl Penelope, http://bit.ly/reojTr

    Disney Shuts Down Production of Lone Ranger, http://lat.ms/nBbJ0W

    David Copperfield and Girlfriend Have Baby Girl, http://bit.ly/o7gTFb

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