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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

    A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school leaves 20 students injured; Rep. Vance McAllister’s staffer resigns after kissing incident; Police search for a possible serial sniper in Kansas City; and a new breakthrough in paralysis research has occurred. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway put a cabaret spin on some top hip hop songs; Prince George has a play date down under; and Miley discusses her freedom without Disney or Liam Hemsworth.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers, my (Veronica’s) hometown hockey team, on clinching a NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs spot last night. Let’s go Flyers!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: 20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbing: http://rtvote.com/1qqQ250
    At least 20 students have been injured at Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An adult is also being treated for an unspecified medical condition. Four students have been taken to the hospital via helicopter and some students’ injuries are life-threatening. A hallway and a classroom were the setting for the potentially deadly stabbing. All schools are now secure, but the district’s elementary schools are closed for the day. The suspect, a sophomore boy, is now in custody.

    Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’: http://rtvote.com/1qiwa5T
    Neuroscientist Susan Harkema had been running a study to try to learn more about “nerve pathways” by stimulating the spinal cords of paralyzed people through electricity. However, she managed to enable her patients to move their legs. All of her patients have been able to move their toes, move their legs around, sit up on their own, and even do sit ups! Harkema says this is the first time electrical stimulation to the spine and show results. Co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Dr. Barth Green says that “This is a breakthrough. It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.” Scientists hope this will open the door to the possibility of new breakthroughs.

    Staffer caught kissing Rep. McAllister resigns, while Congressman keeps his job: http://rtvote.com/1k3Q4Qr
    Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught on tape Monday kissing a staff member. The Congressman and the staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, are both married. Peacock has since resigned her post as district scheduler to McAllister. McAllister, conversely, says he has “no plans to resign” and insists that he will campaign for reelection this year. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen posted a surveillance video showing the two kissing. McAllister admitted the affair and apologized to his constituents: “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he was “pleased” with the apology, but he has not yet commented on whether McAllister should keep his job.

    Kansas City authorities seek perpetrator after some shootings linked: http://rtvote.com/1kKJBby
    The FBI has joined the hunt for a shooter in Kansas City, Missouri area. So far, thirteen shootings have been reported along parts of Interstate 435 and Interstate 470, most of which are near exit and interchange ramps. No one has been killed, but three people have been wounded; one was shot in the arm, the others were shot in the leg. Law enforcement believes that at least a part of the thirteen shootings are linked. The FBI and ATF have put out a $7000 reward for anyone who might know anything about the shootings or the possible shooter(s).

    UConn Women’s Basketball completes 40-0 season: http://rtvote.com/1k3Y9ED
    UConn’s women’s basketball team has completed their 40-0 season with a 79-58 win over Notre Dame. They are now repeat champions and it is the fifth time the team has gone undefeated under the head coach, Geno Auriemma. Auriemma has won nine National Titles in nine tries after the win. Notre Dame finished 37-1 after the loss.

    CULTURAL

    Paul Rudd joins Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner for some Funny or Die fun: http://rtvote.com/R2X9GB

    Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of…rap songs? http://rtvote.com/1lKl5J3

    Prince George’s royal play date: http://rtvote.com/ODqMfM

    Miley Cyrus talks “being free”: http://rtvote.com/1eks0sJ

    Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer, due to receive double mastectomy: http://rtvote.com/1hsHbR3

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

    The SCOTUS comes to a decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case; a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile; Muriel Bowser defeats incumbent in DC mayoral primary; and bombings hit Cairo University in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Broadway cast of The Lion King does an epic rendition of the “Circle of Life” in an unexpected place; Michael Strahan shares some big news with the TV world; and Anna Kendrick preps for her SNL appearance.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: Justices strike down political donor limits: http://rtvote.com/1dN6htc
    The Supreme Court of the United States has determined the outcome of the McCutcheon v. FEC case.  With a vote of 5-4, individuals are no longer faced with a limit on how much they can donate to political campaigns. The winning argument determined that individual donor limits and regulations violated the First Amendment rights of the donor.

    Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami: http://rtvote.com/1pL0c20
    A massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck directly off the coast of Chile on Tuesday. Fortunately, damage was minimal; landslides wiped out roads in some places and phone and power lines were also knocked out. Tsunami warnings were also in effect as tsunamis hit at various beaches, generating 6 to 7 foot waves. Five people died: two had heart attacks while the others were crushed by debris. People fled to higher ground as soon as the quake was felt, creating some traffic jams. Some are still without any source of power or phones, not knowing if they are able to return to their homes. There is no danger for the United States coastline.

    Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary: http://rtvote.com/1hhuFO7
    DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in yesterday’s mayoral primary. Gray had been hit with scandals and a federal investigation relating to potential monetary felonies that helped him get elected in 2010. The Democratic primary winner has won every official election in Washington because 75% of registered voters in the district are Democrats; however, the Republican challenger, David Catania, is a definite contender. Despite Bowser’s win, many voters were discouraged with the candidates running and the election experienced a low voter turnout.

    Regulators did not properly track complaints on GM switches, inspector general says: http://rtvote.com/1oqcDTM
    According to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general Calvin L. Scovel III, “federal auto safety regulators lacked effective procedures for tracking consumer complaints” about the flaw in the ignition: the issue that has spurred the recall and resulted in thirteen deaths. General Motors’ Chief Executive, Mary T. Barra, says she was unaware of the issue until this year and did not answer questions relating to GM’s failure to fix the flaw. GM has recalled 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts deemed at risk for the ignition switch flaw. According to lawmakers, the ignition switch problem could have been solved by GM for a cost of .57 cents per vehicle.

    Bombings rock area near Cairo University: http://rtvote.com/1mKyRhw
    Two bombs planted outside of Cairo University in Egypt exploded, killing an Egyptian police officer and wounding five other security officers. Violence like this has been prevalent since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last year, and is expected to escalate as Election Day grows closer. The current Egyptian leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to win with almost no contest, as the Muslim Brotherhood, the political party behind Morsi, and Egypt’s most organized party, have been banned. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack, although people speculate that Islamic militants are responsible. 

    CULTURAL

    The Lion King Broadway cast gives an impromptu performance: watch the awesome video! http://rtvote.com/1ft6eRL

    Anna Kendrick’s SNL promos are a thing of beauty & hilarity: http://rtvote.com/1mKFekZ  

    Michael Strahan has some big news: http://rtvote.com/1pQYSc5

    Miley Cyrus grieving over dog’s death: http://rtvote.com/1go46Xp

    Two people debate the How I Met Your Mother finale: http://rtvote.com/1oqkwbV

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 20th, 2014

    Thursday, March 20th, 2014

    Searchers have yet to find the debris captured on a satellite image that could reveal Flight 370’s fate; Obama announces new sanctions against Russia as they move into Crimea; Police find over 100 illegal immigrants in a one-story house in Houston; and the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church has died. Meanwhile, Emilia Clarke talks about an embarrassing audition and Kim Kardashian gets a unique makeover.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    No sign of mystery objects as Australia suspends search for the day: http://rtvote.com/1nGw8XV
    A satellite captured images of what people believed to be debris in the Indian Ocean, prompting a search Thursday by Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and Norway. The satellite captured objects 14 miles apart in a remote part of the Indian Ocean, about 1,500 miles from Australia. Unfortunately, no one was able to find the debris before nightfall. Hishammuddin Hussein, Malaysia’s interim Transportation Secretary said “[The debris] gives us hope. As long as there’s hope, we will continue.” Searches will resume Friday.

    Russian parliament moves to ratify Crimea takeover; Obama announces new sanctions: http://rtvote.com/1jbHywh
    President Obama said Thursday that the United States would be imposing more sanctions against Russia to respond to, in his words, “Crimea’s ‘illegal’ secession referendum and Russia’s ‘illegitimate move’ to annex Crimea.” Obama said that top Russian officials, other individuals, and a bank with ties to Russia will be sanctioned. Despite this, Ukraine’s power in Crimea is waning, with upcoming Ukrainian troop withdrawal, the closure of Ukrainian banks in the region, and the takeover of Ukrainian military bases. The Russian government newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta began printing in the Crimea region and issued passports to Crimea residents.

    Disgraced Army general, Jeffrey A. Sinclair, gets $20,000 fine, no jail time: http://rtvote.com/1dfYnbo
    General Jeffery Sinclair, who admitted to having inappropriate relations with three women (including an affair with one, a military crime), was fined $20,000 by a military judge and will not serve jail time. Sinclair had been charged with sexually assaulting and threatening the woman he had an affair with. The Army ended up dropping the sexual assault charge and agreed to a plea bargain. The monetary outcome could become worse for Sinclair; he will drop down to a lower rank when it comes time for him to retire, which would lower his benefits.

    NJ teen arrested after reaching top of World Trade Center: http://rtvote.com/1eq5rjO
    Weehawken, NJ teen Justin Casquejo managed to bypass security at the World Trade Center in New York City and get all the way to the top. The 16-year-old climbed through a hole in a fence at around 4:10am, climbed the scaffolding, and got into the building. He also managed to steer clear of a guard on the 104th floor, who has been fired. He was arrested inside the WTC at 6am and his cell phone and camera were seized and searched.

    Police find more than 100 immigrants in stash house: http://rtvote.com/1d40sab
    Houston Police found over 100 illegal immigrants living in a one-story stash house in horrendous conditions.  The house had only one toilet (that only half-worked), no hot water, and deadbolts on the doors, preventing the immigrants from leaving until the person responsible for getting them across the boarder was paid more money. The immigrants were made up of 94 adult men, 14 women (including one pregnant woman), and two elementary school-aged children. Police turned the immigrants over to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and arrested 5 smugglers.

    Fred Phelps, fierce campaigner against homosexuality, dies: http://rtvote.com/1g4Yupt
    The leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, Fred Phelps, has died at the age of 84. Phelps and his church followers gained notoriety for picketing military funerals and protesting against gays and Jews, prompting both President Obama and President Bush to sign laws creating a buffer zone for funerals. Phelps also occasionally ran for political office; in 1992, he ran for the US Senate in Kansas but lost in the primary round.

    CULTURAL

    Emilia Clarke talks about her embarrassing audition for her best-known role: http://rtvote.com/1jbZEOR

    Watch the latest Maleficent trailer! http://rtvote.com/1jc03AU

    Kim Kardashian gets a make…under? http://rtvote.com/1pfmKpm

    Leighton Meester takes a turn at Broadway: http://rtvote.com/1r0cgOs

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

    Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

    A new report shows that the CIA edited Susan Rice’s talking points; Iran claims to have captured a U.S. drone; The White House rebuffs the GOP’s “fiscal cliff” proposal; Roger Ailes wanted Gen. David Petraeus to run for president; and the U.S. says there will be “consequences” if chemical weapons are used in Syria’s civil war. Meanwhile, Broadway has its strongest year in history; Obama considers Anna Wintour for an ambassadorship; and a scorned Kardashian takes to Twitter.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Report: Benghazi ‘Talking Points’ Watered Down By CIA, Not White House, http://n.pr/WGJpg4
    The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Susan Rice’s infamous Benghazi talking points were actually heavily edited by the CIA and not The White House. The talking points, which Susan Rice spouted on Sunday talk shows, have become a huge point of contention as Republicans point to the incident when arguing against Rice’s potential Secretary of State nomination. Rice’s 94-word intelligence summary was compiled by two dozen CIA officials who debated for a day on how to phrase it, eventually deciding to not include any mention of al Qaeda.

    Iranian TV shows off ‘captured US ScanEagle drone,’ http://bbc.in/VsFB72
    Iranian state media announced Tuesday that the country had captured a U.S. drone quickly after it entered Iranian airspace. The U.S. Navy immediately responded that all of its drones were accounted for.

    Syrian foreign ministry spokesman ‘defects’, http://aje.me/YHILnX
    Unconfirmed reports have surfaced that Wael Merza, Syria’s foreign ministry spokesman, has defected. The violence in Syria is continuing as a recent rebel attack on a school in Damascus killed 29 students and a teacher. Meanwhile, a Turkish official has said that Russia has agreed to help convince President Bashar al-Assad to step down. On Monday, President Obama warned that there will be “consequences” if chemical weapons come into play in the country’s civil war. “The world is watching,” Obama said. In response, Syrian state media issued a statement saying the government would “never under any circumstances” use chemical weapons—“if such weapons exist.”

    GOP’s $4.6T ‘fiscal cliff’ counterproposal rebuffed, http://usat.ly/QCwtdl
    A White House spokesman has said the WH has rejected the GOP’s counteroffer for the “fiscal cliff,” saying it “does not meet the test of balance.” The proposal created by House Republicans included $800 billion in tax increases, which is half of what President Obama proposed. The plan cuts $4.6 million from the deficit over ten years and saves $600 million from Medicare and other health programs.

    CARBON MONOXIDE SICKENS 42 KIDS AT GA. SCHOOL, http://bit.ly/Vspy9b
    Forty-two students and seven teachers at an elementary school in Atlanta were hospitalized due to carbon monoxide poisoning. Firefighters found high levels of carbon monoxide near a furnace in the school, which did not have detectors installed. Carbon monoxide detectors are not required by Georgia law.

    Fox News chief’s failed attempt to enlist Petraeus as presidential candidate, http://wapo.st/UCPP2a
    According to The Washington Post, in 2011, Fox News chairman Roger Ailes tried to persuade General David Petraeus to run for president. Ailes told Petraeus, who was then commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, that he should reject President Obama’s nomination for CIA director and only accept an offer to be chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff. He went on to suggest that if Petraeus did not receive this appointment, then he should start a presidential campaign, which Ailes was considering stepping down from Fox to run. Rupert Murdoch was also hoping that Petraeus would consider a run for the presidency.

    Who Let This Man Die on the Subway?, http://bit.ly/TDpzoL
    There has been an uproar over today’s New York Post cover photo, which shows a man about to be hit by a subway train in New York City. A panhandler pushed Ki Suk Han, who was killed by the train, on to the tracks of the Times Square station. People are furious that the photographer took a picture of Han instead of helping him. The photographer explains, “I just started running, running, hoping that the driver could see my flash … In that moment, I just wanted to warn the train—to try and save a life.” Other witnesses say they ran to the other side of the platform to avoid the panhandler. Han’s widow said she and her husband had an argument hours before he was killed and that she tried to call him, but he never picked up.

    CULTURAL:

    Kate Middleton: Family Patterns Suggest It Could Be Twins, http://bit.ly/VjykjK

    Broadway has strongest year in history, http://bit.ly/Ysu1dT

    Obama Is Reportedly Considering Anna Wintour for Ambassadorship to UK or France, http://bit.ly/TGoHfT

    Rob Kardashian trashes ex Rita Ora in Twitter tirade, claims he got her pregnant and accuses her of cheating on him with ‘nearly 20 dudes’, http://nydn.us/SDP7RO

    Fleetwood Mac to Release New Music Before Spring Tour, http://bit.ly/R4TU0l

    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, September 8, 2011

    Thursday, September 8th, 2011

    In today’s news, terrorist attacks strike New Dehli; archeologists find important evidence of evolution; DADT will officially be repealed September 20; and GOP supporters are asking if Perry worked for Gore’s campaign. In entertainment news, Ben & Jerry’s comes out with a ‘Schwetty Balls’ flavor; Nick Jonas is taking on Broadway; and Reese Witherspoon has been hit by a car while jogging.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    After Quake, Virginia Nuclear Plant Takes Stock, http://nyti.ms/phGCrB
    A nuclear plant in North Anna, VA has no protocol for determining whether or not it can hold up after an earthquake. The plant shut down when the East Coast earthquake struck two weeks ago. It appears to only have suffered cosmetic damage. However, officials must determine whether it is safe for the plant to reopen.

    Terror Strikes India, http://bit.ly/pGNLQu
    On Wednesday, a suitcase full of explosives went off in a security line outside of the High Court in New Delhi. The explosion killed a dozen people and injured 90. Home Minister P. Chidambaram said that he and his fellow lawmakers are “determined to track down the perpetrators of this horrific crime and bring them to justice.”

    Now Is the Time for All Good Millennials to Come to the Aid of Their Country, http://huff.to/qMrJ08
    In 2012, the people will be able to choose between two radically different candidates, and the Millennial generation will be a strong influence on this decision. In particular, over 61% of Millennials will be able to vote in the 2012 election.


    USW Applauds Sen. Durbin for Hearing on Voter ID Law, http://bit.ly/oaKZJU
    Illinois Senator Richard Durbin has agreed to chair a Congressional hearing on September 8th to review the impact of the new restrictions placed on voters in several states. These laws shorten the number of early voting days, make it more difficult for third party organizations to register voters, and require state identification be shown at the polls.

    (via Young Democrats of America) On Tuesday, September 20, the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) takes effect and the military’s longstanding policy will become history.

    Romney, Perry Pull Ahead at Debate, http://bit.ly/mXSrrv
    Mitt Romney and Rick Perry stole the show at last night’s debate. Ron Paul was left complaining about his lack of questions, while Michele Bachmann spoke only five times in 90 minutes.

    Possible human relative, 2 million years old, a ‘snapshot of evolution in action’, http://wapo.st/qYD6b5
    Researchers have found a male skeleton and a partial female skeleton in a cave 25 miles north of Johannesburg. The skeletons are different from that of humans. The new species has been deemed Australopithecus Sediba, and has been dated back to 1.98 million years ago. The male was built to stand up right and also climb. These skeletons raise a lot of questions as to whether or not they are relatives of humans.

    Rick Perry and Al Gore: What’s the truth?, http://politi.co/r3oDkB

    Supporters of Rick Perry want to know whether or not he worked on Al Gore’s Presidential campaign in 1988. In a posting on Wednesday, PolitiFact said that it was only “half true” or a “legend.”

    CULTURAL:

    It’s True: Ben & Jerry’s Introduces ‘Schweddy Balls’ Ice Cream Flavor, http://n.pr/o7PXi8

    Nick Jonas Heads to Broadway, http://on.mtv.com/oHED2I

    Reese Witherspoon Hit by Car While Jogging, http://bit.ly/pqHKZg
    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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