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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    UConn wins a victory in the NCAA Tourney; Russia threatens civil war; and a recent study revealed a gender gap in wages at the White House. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is not proud of his extramarital affair; Blake Shelton dissed Brittany Spears; and Erin Andrews responds to rumors of “diva” behavior.

    -Gianna & Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Shabazz Napier, UConn too much for Kentucky, seize national title: http://rtvote.com/1ipKJOX
    Last night, UConn took home an NCAA win. Senior guard Shabazz Napier’s performance of 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists, ultimately led the UConn Huskies to a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky. One key aspect of the 6 point victory was Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws. When UConn’s coach, Kevin Ollie, was asked about his team’s victory he said: “Somebody told me we were Cinderellas, and I was like, no, we’re UConn, This is what we do.”

    As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny: http://rtvote.com/PMe1Rd
    Today, President Obama will call attention to the fact that women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. However, a recent January study has shown that women in the White House only fare slightly better, making 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. As midterm elections are swiftly approaching, this study reveals yet another political sensitivity to a complicated set of gender related issues and gender related policy.

    Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts: http://rtvote.com/1g2x5Ew
    On Tuesday, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities, Russia warned that any use of force in Ukraine’s eastern region could lead to civil war.The Russian government released a statement on their website saying: “We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war.”As this situation progresses, US Navy warship, USS Donald Cook, is due to enter the Black Sea no later than Thursday to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies.

    Katie Couric: LBJ’s Daughters On Civil Rights Act At 50: http://rtvote.com/1eoFcan
    In a recent interview with Katie Couric, former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, discussed the Civil Rights Act in light of the Civil Rights summit to be held at their father’s library this week, which will include civil rights leaders and four living U.S. Presidents. The duo also discussed gay rights and marriage equality as being the civil rights issue of today.

    CULTURAL

    “Simon Cowell “Not Proud” of Lauren Silverman Extramarital Affair”: http://rtvote.com/1lNXERw

    “Blake Shelton Disses Britney Spears at the ACM Awards”: http://rtvote.com/1mZr38L

    “Erin Andrews Responds to Rumors of “Diva” Behavior on Dancing With the Stars”: http://rtvote.com/1kH3JLC

    “16 Things Drake Looked Like When Kentucky Lost The National Championship”: http://rtvote.com/PMBamm

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: October 16, 2013

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

    An L.A. airport employee is arrested for the dry ice blasts at LAX; two minors are arrested for bullying a 14-year-old into suicide; and Senate resumes control of negotiations with one day to go before the debt deadline hits. Meanwhile, Ke$ha confesses that ghosts haunted her body, and Rihanna’s tweets get a string of people arrested in Thailand.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    L.A. airport employee arrested in dry ice blastshttp://rtvote.com/1er3DFr
    Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, has been taken into custody for allegedly planting plastic bottles of dry ice on a tarmac and in one of the airport’s employee restrooms last week. Nobody was hurt in either incidents, but the blasts could have seriously injured anyone who was in close proximity. Bennett’s motives are unknown.

    Police chief: 64 Cleveland officers broke rules in shootinghttp://rtvote.com/1gklnGU
    More than 60 police officers will be disciplined for a 23-minute police chase that happened November 29, 2012. Police pursued a speeding car and opened fire after they thought they heard a gunshot and saw a gun in the car, although no weapon was ever found. Two unarmed people were shot and killed in the officers’ hailstorm of 137 bullets.

    Thefts from nursing home trust funds target the elderlyhttp://rtvote.com/1gknkmK
    The problem of resident trust funds being stolen or mismanaged is a growing problem. Employees or administrators at U.S. nursing homes or other long-term care institutions have taken large sums of money from trust funds. However, these crimes of trust fund theft are not easy to detect, and they are relatively easy to carry out because of the lack of safeguards in the system.

    Shutdown, Day 16: Can nation avert default?http://rtvote.com/1fCAslM
    Just ONE day away from the debt deadline! So, what’s going on in DC right now? Here are some top highlights: the Senate has resumed control of negotiations after the House GOP pulled their bill yesterday; Fitch Ratings, one of the largest debt-rating companies, has threatened to possibly downgrade the U.S.’s AAA bond rating; the Pew Research Center has released a new poll that says 51% of Americans think that raising the debt limit by tomorrow is essential to avoid economic crisis. Will Congress reach an agreement before it’s too late? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

    Sheriff: Taunting post leads to arrests in Rebecca Sedwick bullying deathhttp://rtvote.com/1erd0oI
    12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month by jumping off the top of an abandoned concrete plant. The bullying Sedwick endured by a 14-year-old girl and another 12-year-old girl allegedly prompted her to end her life. The girls were charged with stalking for allegedly harassing Sedwick at school and online. The 14-year-old posted a taunting Facebook message after Sedwick’s death, prompting police to arrest her.

    PUNDITS

    Bruce Schneier discusses privacy in an information age being fostered by the government and private companies in “Your life, under constant surveillance,” http://rtvote.com/1gktGTb

    LZ Granderson reminds us that before we call the men and women of Congress “idiots”, we should remember we put them there in “We Created – and Deserve – the Idiots in Washington,” http://rtvote.com/1fCPpEB

    CULTURAL

    Ke$ha Reveals Ghosts Haunted Her Body, http://rtvote.com/1erhg7A

    Was Britney Spears’ Body Airbrushed in the “Work Bitch” Music Video? See the Before and After,http://rtvote.com/197kL13

    Ivanka Trump Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, http://rtvote.com/1fCQLis

    Rihanna’s Tweets Leave Trail of Arrests After Thailand Visit, http://rtvote.com/1gkwtMb

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 20, 2013

    Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

    A new pup graces the White House lawns; US cuts military aid to Egypt; Al Jazeera gets ready to launch American channel; and Musharraf is charged in murder of Benazir Bhutto. Meanwhile, NSYNC to reunite at 2013 VMAs; Britney Spears may release new album in September; and new photos of Prince George are revealed.

    - Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Senator: Obama Administration Secretly Suspended Military Aid to Egypt, http://rtvote.com/14gbGSy
    According to a leading US Senator, the US government has secretly treated Egypt’s military takeover as a coup, without publicly announcing it as such. With this private ruling, the Obama administration decided to temporarily suspend most military aid to the country. This action comes weeks after conflict began. The US government has considered cutting aid as a last straw in an effort to retain ties with one of few allies in the Middle East.

    Pakitan ex-leader Musharraf charged over Bhutto murderhttp://rtvote.com/16ZHEB9
    Ex-President of Pakistan, Pervez Musharraf, has been charged in connection to former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. Bhutto was a leader of the opposition. This is also the first time a current or ex-army chief has been charged with a crime in Pakistan.

    Al Jazeera America readies for launce with bold ‘real news’ formulahttp://rtvote.com/16ZIvlm
    The Qatar based network will launch an American division Tuesday, which will reach 50% of all US cable TV subscribers. The network strives for “less opinion, less yelling and fewer celebrity sightings.” The channel, and its popular online site, is a rare resource that provides live, extensive coverage of events in the Middle East.

    Obama Family Welcomes New Dog Sunnyhttp://rtvote.com/14ggJCy
    Sunny, a Portuguese Water Dog, joins the rest of the Obama clan in the White House. Bo is very excited to have a little sister!

    Colleges Costs Increase While More Students Rely On Federal Aid, http://rtvote.com/1ao4JCH
    With rising costs of college, more and more students are turning to federal aid, while state and institutional aid remains stagnant.

    CULTURAL

    Kanye West stops by Kris Jenner’s talk show for interview, http://rtvote.com/14gd1st

    *NSYNC Reunion May Be Planned For MTV’s 2013 Video Music Awards, http://rtvote.com/16ZN8f4

    Britney Spears’ Countdown Clock Promises ‘All Eyes On Me’ On Sept. 17, http://rtvote.com/16ZNylD

    Prince George Photos Released! See Prince William and Kate Middleton With Their Son in New Family Pics, http://rtvote.com/1ao6HDc

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    Thursday, January 10th, 2013

    The NIH reveals Junior Seau suffered a brain disease; Jerry Sandusky appeals his sentence in court; 5 Kurdish activists are murdered in Paris; VA Gov. Bob McDonnell calls for the restoration of felons’ voting rights; 44 states report widespread flu outbreaks; and a new study shows that half of the world’s flue is ‘just thrown away.’ Meanwhile, this year’s Oscar nominations are announced; ‘The Hunger Games’ wins big at the People Choice Awards; and Britney Spears is leaving ‘The X-Factor.’

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    NFL PLAYER JUNIOR SEAU HAD BRAIN DISEASE CTE, http://bit.ly/ZvZTJvAccording to researchers at the National Institutes of Health, former NFL player Junior Seau had been suffering from the degenerative brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy when he committed suicide last May. NIH has found that Seau’s brain had damages similar to those found in autopsies of people “with repetitive head injuries.” Seau’s family had requested his brain be analyzed after his suicide, noting that he was exhibiting strange behavior before his death. “I don’t think any of us were aware of the side effects that could be going on with head trauma when he passed away,” said Seau’s son.

    Delhi gang rape suspects ‘tortured to force confession’, http://bbc.in/UXN5we
    Manohar Lal Sharma, a lawyer expected to represent three of the New Dehli gang-rape suspects, says the men confessed to the rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman because they were “tortured.” The court ruled Thursday that the charges against the five suspects needed further investigation and that the case will not be fast-tracked to a trial. A sixth suspect in the case is a minor and will be tried separately.

    SANDUSKY ARRIVES FOR HEARING ON FAIRNESS OF TRIAL, http://bit.ly/13iO0v3
    Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky will appear in court Thursday in order to appeal his conviction for 45 charges of sexual abuse of young boys. He has been sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for abusing 10 boys over 15 years. Sandusky will allege that his lawyers were not given sufficient time to prepare for the trial. The prosecution has responded that Sandusky and his lawyers knew as early as 2008 that he had been accused of sexual abuse.

    5-Female Kurdish activists including former guerrilla shot in Paris, http://reut.rs/VjWaAy
    Five Kurdish women were found shot to death in Paris Thursday morning. The bodies were discovered at the Information Center of Kurdistan. Police are launching a murder investigation and say the crime were politically motivated. One of the victims was a founding member of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) while another was the Paris representative of the Kurdistan National Congress. The PKK has been recognized as a terrorist group by the U.S., Turkey, and the European Union, and has been involved in a 28-year war for independence from Turkey.

    (via Daily Press) McDonnell calls for automatic restoration of voting rights for felons, http://bit.ly/10gIdHF
    Gov. Bob McDonnell used his annual State of the Commonwealth Wednesday to tout his transportation funding package, unveil additional education reform proposals, and call for the automatic restoration of voting rights for nonviolent felons. McDonnell said he supports proposed legislation for a constitutional amendment that would automatically restore civil rights, such as voting rights, to felons convicted of nonviolent offenses who have served their time. Currently applications for rights restoration must be made directly to the governor who then decides whether to restore rights on an individual basis.

    Biden, NRA set to meet, http://cbsn.ws/WuUBf9
    Vice President Biden, as leader of the president’s gun task force, will meet with the NRA, Comcast, other broadcasters, and movie-theater owners Thursday. The meeting is meant to discuss the enforcement of stricter gun laws and the use of gun violence for entertainment value. On Wednesday, Biden said that “executive action” will most likely circumvent Congress in order to take action on guns. NRA president David Keene has called the White House’s task force “disingenuous,” adding that it’s “going after the Second Amendment.”

    National flu outbreak widens, http://cbsn.ws/WB7zI6
    A total of 44 states are reporting widespread flu outbreaks. On Wednesday, Boston issued a public health emergency after 18 people were killed and 700 more were affected by the virus. At this time last year, only 70 cases of the flu had been reported. According to the Center for Diseases Control, the number of people admitted to the hospital with the virus has doubled in the past month. Officials strongly recommend flu vaccinations for everyone 6-months or older.

    Half of the world’s food ‘is just thrown away’, http://ind.pn/VR015h
    According to a new study, half of the world’s food, up to 2 billion tons, is “just thrown away.” Between 30 and 50 percent of food is not eaten due to poor infrastructure and storage facilities, expiration dates, “buy one get one free” offers, and pickiness from consumers. The study also states that the demand for water for food production could reach 10 to 13 million cubic meters a year by 2050 – more than triple the amount of fresh water humans use today.

    CULTURAL:

    OSCAR NOMINATIONS 2013: ‘ARGO,’ ‘LINCOLN’ & MORE (PHOTOS), http://thebea.st/RI1T2k

    Rapper Freddy E tweets final moments before shooting himself, http://on.today.com/10g3u4j

    People’s Choice Awards 2013: ‘The Hunger Games’ Takes Home 5 Awards, http://abcn.ws/VMaNwf

    Queen Elizabeth: William & Kate’s Daughter Will Be Called ‘Princess’, http://bit.ly/13kUJnl

    Britney Spears Leaving Simon Cowell’s The X Factor, http://eonli.ne/UNzs1y

    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: Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    Thursday, May 10th, 2012

    At least 40 are dead after twin blasts in Damascus; prosecutors wrap up their case against John Edwards; wreckage from this week’s Russian plane crash is discovered; Democrats demand that the national convention be moved from Charlotte; and after coming out in support of same-sex marriage, President Obama asks for donations and calls out Mitt Romney for ‘backwards’ views. In the entertainment world, Anna Faris and husband Christ Pratt are expecting; Blink 182 cancels tour dates; Rihanna is hospitalized after the Met Gala; and Britney Spears signs a $15 million ‘X-Factor’ deal.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Dozens dead in twin Damascus blasts, http://aje.me/K5ms0T
    Two explosions left 40 people dead and 170 injured in Damascus Thursday. The attacks took place near an intelligence building for security forces and could be heard throughout Syria’s capital city. No one will take responsibility for the blasts; the Syrian government blames the opposition while the opposition claims security forces have carried out attacks near government buildings before.

    Prosecutors won’t call Rielle Hunter in John Edwards trial, http://bit.ly/K1RnNY
    Federal prosecutors will wrap up their case against John Edwards today. They are not expected to call Edwards’ mistress and mother of his four-year-old daughter, Rielle Hunter, to the stand. Legal experts say that it’s not in the prosecutors’ best interest to do so unless Hunter can directly link money she received to two wealthy campaign donors. Edwards’ attorneys will ask the judge presiding over the case to dismiss the charges.

    (via The Associated Press) All passengers feared dead after Russian plane on demo flight crashes in Indonesia,http://fxn.ws/ISRlrQ
    Rescuers discovered the shattered wreckage of a new Russian-made passenger plane Thursday that smashed into the side of an Indonesian volcano during a flight to impress potential buyers. All 45 people on board were feared dead.Due to the remoteness of the crash site and the steep, rugged terrain, the bodies will be placed in nets and lifted by ropes to a hovering chopper, national search and rescue agency spokesman Gagah Prakoso said. Heavy mist was hampering visibility, however, forcing the postponement of evacuations until Friday. “So far we haven’t found any survivors, but we are still searching,” he said as teams of soldiers, police and volunteers continued to troop up the slopes.

    Angry opponents of N.C. amendment call for moving Democratic convention from Charlotte, http://bit.ly/KSPQGn
    Close to 20,000 Democrats have signed a petition to move the Democratic National Convention from Charlotte after North Carolina voters decided to pass Amendment One, which bans same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution. The petition, called “Move the Convention,” is from Gay Marriage USA and demands that the convention be in a “state that upholds equality and liberty, and treats ALL citizens equally.” Democratic officials said yesterday that the convention will not be moved to a new location.

    After marriage announcement, Obama makes money pitch, http://bit.ly/JAi0tp
    A little while after President Obama told ABC News that he supports same-sex marriage, his campaign sent out an e-mail asking for donations. “Today, I was asked a direct question and gave a direct answer: I believe that same-sex couples should be allowed to marry,” the email said. “More than 1.9 million people like you power this campaign. If you can, please donate today.”

    (via Christian Science Monitor) New Obama video slams Romney as ‘backwards’ on gay marriage,http://bit.ly/IWaKsM
    President Barack Obama’s campaign moved quickly Thursday to capitalize on his newly announced support for gay marriage, releasing an Internet video that calls his Republican challenger backward on the highly divisive social issue. Obama broke from his long-claimed indecision on the issue to express outright support for the right of homosexual couples to marry. He spoke during an ABC television interview Wednesday. On Thursday morning, his campaign released an Internet video titled “Mitt Romney: Backwards on Equality.” It opens with Obama saying same-sex couples should have the right to marry, then shows a clip of Romney saying Wednesday that he opposes gay marriage and favors rolling back some rights for same-sex couples.

    (via USA Today) Obama campaign helps supporters with new election laws, http://usat.ly/KcEMJl
    New voter ID and registration rules are on the books in 17 states and more are in the pipeline, so the Obama campaign is giving volunteer organizers and voters a crash course on the new election laws. Experts say these new rules could diminish participation among young and minority voters — two groups that are key to President Obama’s re-election strategy. In Florida, where a new law requires political parties to certify organizers registering voters and turn over signed forms within 48 hours or face steep fines, the campaign has begun training volunteers on the details. In Wisconsin, where — barring a successful legal challenge — a new photo ID rule will be in effect, Obama volunteers have hosted talks over sandwiches at private homes and public libraries about the new requirements…. Heather Smith, executive director of Rock the Vote, a non-partisan voter advocacy group targeting young people, said the rules could be a significant roadblock for young voters. About 50% of eligible young voters cast ballots in the 2008 election and voted for Obama by 2-to-1.

    CULTURAL:

    London 2012 Olympics: torch lighting ceremony – as it happened, http://bit.ly/Jg6NAs

    Rihanna hospitalized for exhaustion after Met Gala, http://nyp.st/LXUOXT

    Travis Barker’s Emergency Surgery Forces Blink-182 to Cancel Tour Dates, http://eonli.ne/IWcimI

    Celebrity stylist Vidal Sassoon dead at 84, http://trib.in/IF5dTS

    Anna Faris & Chris Pratt Expecting First Child, http://bit.ly/J3e8Nb

    Britney Spears signs $15 million X Factor deal, http://bit.ly/KcID8Y

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