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    News Round-Up: September 9, 2013

    Monday, September 9th, 2013

    Tensions remain high in the U.S. over Syria crisis; YouTube confession case close to indictment; a new Van Gogh painting is discovered; and the owner of POLITICO buys Capital New York.  Meanwhile, One Direction star vomits on camera; Kate Winslet shows off her baby bump; and Wentworth Miller opens up about his thoughts of suicide.


    Bashar al-Assad: US will pay price for Syria strikehttp://rtvote.com/1e90D3X
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the U.S. would “pay the price” for any strike against Syria. He told a U.S. broadcaster that strikes would increase instability and lead to the spread of terrorism in the region & that there is “no evidence” that government forces used chemical weapons again its own people.

    YouTube confession case going to grand juryhttp://rtvote.com/17Rw3EP
    Twenty-two year old Ohioan, Matthew Cordie will be indicted as early as today on charges of vehicular homicide after his YouTube confession that drew in 1.2 million views. In the video, Cordie admits to driving drunk, crashing into a jeep and killing its driver.

    Trail Life USA, The ‘Other’ Boy Scouts of Americahttp://rtvote.com/1e98j6e
    Three months after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to welcome openly gay scouts, a new faith-based organization has emerged as an alternative for young boys. The organization calls itself Trail Life USA, and aims to be the ” premier national character development organization for young men.” Although gay scouts will be allowed to participate, the organization bars youth who are open about their homosexuality.

    POLITICO publisher Buys Capital New York,http://rtvote.com/17REZtM
    POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton purchased the online news site Capital New York in what he says is an attempt to “do in New York what we did in Washington with POLITICO.” His vision is to use this acquisition to build a space as an essential news source for and about the most powerful people in New York– much like POLITICO does in Washington, D.C.

    Museum Identifies New Van Gogh Painting in Amsterdamhttp://rtvote.com/1e98JcF
    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced today that it has identified a major new painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The work is entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” and was painted in Arles in 1888. This is the first time in the history of the museum (40 years) that a completely unknown work by the artist has been discovered.


    Hemsworth Brothers Hit the Red Carpet for Rush Premiere in Toronto, http://rtvote.com/17RuKpm

    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson Vomits After Being Tackled in Charity Soccer Game, http://rtvote.com/1e8Zfhw

    Wentworth Miller Tried to Commit Suicide Before Coming Out: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I was 15”, http://rtvote.com/17Rvbjt

    Carrie Underwood Debuts Sunday Night Football Theme Song, http://rtvote.com/1e8ZUj5

    Kate Winslet Dresses Baby Bump in Curve-Hugging Gown at Toronto Film Festival, http://rtvote.com/17RvudT

    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: Monday, July 1, 2013

    Monday, July 1st, 2013
    Edward Snowden asks 15 countries for asylum; Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19; protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Egypt; transit workers in San Francisco go on strike; Texas lawmakers resume debate on abortion bill; Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card; and Serena Williams loses at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx wears another Trayvon Martin shirt, Jennifer Lopez performs for the leader of Turkmenistan, Demi Lovato criticizes music about drugs, Jay-Z talks about fatherhood, and Carrie Underwood enjoys blocking Twitter trolls.
    Maura + Meron
    Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says, http://rtvote.com/11UsDRm
    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum. The official did not disclose the countries that were on the list, but Kirill Kabanov, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, said he believes Russia may be one of those countries.
    ‘Perfect storm’ wildfire raging in Arizona claims 19 men in elite unit, http://rtvote.com/11UvOZn
    A wildfire in Arizona took out all but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team known for its extensive training and
    demanding fitness regimen. 19 men were killed about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, near the town of Yarnell. Though they are still
    investigating, Mary Rasmussen, a spokeswoman for Prescott National Forest, said it appeared the 19 were engaged in a “direct attack” — getting close to the fire and trying to create a break to starve it of fuel.
    Egypt protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, http://rtvote.com/14IGs3Y
    Anti-government protesters in Egypt have stormed the national headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, Cairo. Officials say eight people have been killed in clashes outside since Sunday, while eight others have died elsewhere.
    Protesters across Egypt accuse the president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since being elected a year ago.
    BART workers on strike – no service Monday,  http://rtvote.com/14IHhJX
    Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union are going on their first strike since 1997. There will be no service on Monday, with the transit system’s workers and management agreeing only on the fact that the two sides remain far apart in contract negotiations. Frustrated by a lack of progress, union bargaining teams had previously walked away from negotiations in the Kaiser Center, which houses BART headquarters, on Saturday afternoon, saying a strike was all but inevitable.
    Texas lawmakers resume debate Monday on abortion bill derailed by Wendy Davis filibuster, http://rtvote.com/18r1U2N
    Texas lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday to resume debate on proposed abortion restrictions. Less than a week after a Democratic filibuster killed a far-reaching abortion bill on the Senate floor, the Legislature will answer Gov. Rick Perry’s call to try again to pass the GOP-backed measure over vigorous objections from Democrats and abortion rights groups. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet high standards of surgical centers, impose new requirements on use of abortion-inducing pills and require that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.
    Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card,  http://rtvote.com/11UBEKf
    An American man in Florida and his husband, who is from Bulgaria, have become the first same-sex married couple to be approved for a permanent resident visa, an immigration milestone that comes after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law against same-sex marriage. The notice of approval of a permanent visa, known as a green card, was issued by e-mail late Friday to Traian Popov, a Bulgarian immigrant who lives with his American spouse, Julian Marsh, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Sabine Lisicki upsets Serena, http://rtvote.com/18r1idr
    Sabine LIsicki ended Serena Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak, eliminating her from Wimbledon.It was the latest in a string of upsets that has jolted the tournament, with defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the first three days — along with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal on the women’s side. Williams gave credit to Lisicki’s dominant serve, which she said consistently reached 120 mph.
    Jamie Foxx Rocks Another Trayvon Martin T-Shirt, http://rtvote.com/14IMK3w
    Jennifer Lopez & Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow: Singer Performs For Turkmenistan Leader, http://rtvote.com/11UFeUw
    Demi Lovato: People Who Party Or Rap About Drugs Are ‘Giant P—ies’, http://rtvote.com/14IN0iW
     ’Jay-Z Blue’ Commercial Sees Rapper Talking Fatherhood, ‘Magna Carter Holy Grail’, http://rtvote.com/14IN5TU
    Carrie Underwood’s Twitter: Politics, Ag Gag And Supporting Soldiers, http://rtvote.com/11UFtz0
    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: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    Arizona voters will vote on Gifford’s old seat; Italy is yet another EU country on the brink of economic disaster; and the DOJ will sue Florida over its voter purge. In other news, Siri is coming to the iPad, and the Los Angeles Kings win their first Stanley Cup.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Gabrielle Giffords’ House seat: Final scramble underway, http://politi.co/LQinyl
    Arizona voters head to the polls today in a special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat. Giffords resigned in January, one year after being shot and nearly killed in a shooting spree. The shooting killed six and injured 13, including Democratic hopeful Ron Barber. According to an independent poll, Barber holds a 12-point lead over Tea Party-backed Jesse Kelly.

    Worry for Italy Quickly Replaces Relief for Spain, http://nyti.ms/KlrytS
    The euro zone isn’t out of hot water yet. Yesterday, Italian officials expressed concern that the recent $125 billion Spanish bailout would not be enough to stop the crisis from spreading—and that Italy could not support such a huge burden. Yesterday, Italy’s main stock index was the worst performing in Europe. Tension continues to build as Cyprus is reportedly considering a bailout, inspired by Spain’s.

    DOJ Plans To Sue Over Florida’s Voter Purge, http://bit.ly/KOSovT
    The Justice Department is planning to sue the state of Florida for purging voters from its rolls in violation of federal law. This process is illegal because it has not been cleared by either the Justice Department or a federal court, and because the purge is too close to Florida’s August primary. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) still defends the purge and wil sue the government over it.


    In iOS 6, Siri Gets a Whole Lot Smarter — and Comes to the iPad, http://yhoo.it/LGiO27
    New updates will be available to Siri in iOS, with improvements in several categories like sports, dining, movies, and apps. Apple is also working with car manufacturers to include Eyes Free, a button that would allow drivers to use Siri but still keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Siri and these updates will also be available on the new iPad.

    Kings Rule! Los Angeles Powers Way to First Cup, http://bit.ly/LhDpa1

    Carrie Underwood Supports Gay Marriage, http://yhoo.it/Kqa1SB

    ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, http://bit.ly/KyhOJx

    Charlize Theron Shaves Her Head for ‘Mad Max,’ http://bit.ly/N8AwwK

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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


    Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

    In today’s news, Jerry Sandusky’s eight victims will testify against him; Newt Gingrich surges in the polls; and scientists have developed a vaccine for the deadly Ebola virus. In other news, Amanda Knox may land a book deal, and Andrew Bird announces new album.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Russia election protests: Putin plays down losses, http://bbc.in/u8Shqz
    Yesterday in Russia, 300 protesters were arrested in one of the biggest opposition rallies the country has seen in years. Protestors came out against Russia’s recent election’s alleged voter fraud. In response, thousands of troops were deployed to the demonstrations and two opposition leaders were arrested. A judge has already sentenced the leader of the Solidarity movement, Ilya Yashin, to 15 days in prison for organizing an unauthorized rally. Meanwhile,  Russia’s Interior Minister Vasily Panchenkov said the troops were meant “to ensure the security of the citizens.”

    BP accuses Halliburton over Gulf of Mexico oil spill, http://bit.ly/rsExd2
    In a court filing on Tuesday, BP accused Halliburton of intentionally destroying incriminating evidence related to last year’s devastating Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP says that Halliburton trashed records of faulty cement slurry it made for the Macondo well off the coast of Lousiana. It’s also accusing Halliburton of deleting a computer model, and asked a court to hire a team of computer experts to dig it up. Eleven people died when the well blew out and the rig exploded, and BP has had to take most of the financial penalties. Halliburton is denying the accusations.

    Shias targeted in deadly Afghan shrine blasts, http://bit.ly/vntU3m
    At Abu-Ul Fazil, a Shiite shrine in the Afghan capital Kabul, at least 54 people were killed and 100 more injured after a suicide attack. Hundreds of people had gathered there to mark the holiday of Ashoura, a holiday that Shia were banned from celebrating under the Taliban. Also, four people were killed in a bombing near a mosque in the northern city of Mazar e Sharif. Attacks on Shiites had been rare in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban; most targets have been Western groups and military.

    Alpha to pay $200 million in UBB safety deal, http://bit.ly/vAPZ5M
    Federal prosecutors are supposed to announce on Tuesday that Alpha Natural Resources, the owners of the Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia, have reportedly agreed to pay $200 million in fines, restitution, and mine-safety enforcements relating to a 2010 explosion. The “global settlement” will cover civil penalties for Performance Coal Company, the operators of the mine, but the deal does not resolve any potential criminal violations.

    All Eight of Jerry Sandusky’s Alleged Victims Will Testify Against Him, http://abcn.ws/rKiywO
    All eight of the boys who were allegedly sexually abused by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky are coming forward to testify against him. Sandusky’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, had said that one of the boys, named Victim 2 in the grand-jury report, had denied he was abused. “The kid is … now grown up, he’s in his 20s. He’s adamant that nothing sexual occurred,” Amendola said last month. The cases are alleged to have happened over 15 years. On Saturday, The New York Timespublished an interview with Sandusky where he says that former football coach Joe Paterno never confronted him about the accusations.

    Nashville homeless man says he got voter ID runaround, http://tnne.ws/v48NdE
    A Nashville homeless man, says he got the runaround from the Department of Safety when he attempted to apply for a free state identification to vote. Only after he made a call to an aide of U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper did he receive the ID. “She felt that I was homeless, which I am, and she didn’t want to help me with anything with the government,” he said about a clerk working at the Department of Safety’s office in the Snodgrass. “She acted like, ‘Look at this, nobody’s going to help him out anyway, because he’s homeless.’”

    Is it time to stop voting on Tuesdays? http://bit.ly/tOwooc
    The reason for voting on Tuesdays dates back to 1845 when law was written stating election day was to be held on the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. Law makers added the “after the first Monday” clause so the election would never be held on the Catholic Holiday of All Saints Day. Tuesday was decided upon in order to give people a full day to travel after the day of rest. However, now these reasons are out of date, and people are having trouble getting out of work to make it to the polls. Some want to move Election Day to the weekend in order to promote a higher voter turn out. A bill called the Weekend Voting Act seeks to move Election Day to the first weekend in November, allowing voters to cast ballots on either Saturday or Sunday.

    Romney staff spent nearly $100,000 to hide records, http://reut.rs/u3NXxv
    Before leaving the post of the Governor of Massachusetts in 2007, Mitt Romney spent nearly $100,000 in state funds replacing the computers in his office in order to keep records private. State officials say the move was legal, but acknowledge laws are vague when it comes to technology. Before he left office, Romney’s staff had emails deleted from state servers, erasing much of the internal documentation from his four-year tenure as governor.

    Newt Gingrich surges in new polls, http://usat.ly/u4KDFL
    Newt Gingrich appears to be pulling ahead in the polls. The Washington Post/ABC News survey in Iowa shows Gingrich with 33% of support among likely GOP caucus-goers, while Mitt Romney and Ron Paul have 15%. In South Carolina, another key early voting state, the former House speaker leads Romney by nearly 17 percentage points. Texas Gov. Rick Perry comes in well behind Gingrich and Romney.

    (via NY Times) Fund-Raising Gains New Urgency for Gingrich Camp: ‘With just four weeks to go until the Republican primary season begins, Newt Gingrich  spent his Monday not on the hustings of Iowa, New Hampshire or South Carolina, but in Midtown Manhattan, prospecting for what his newly resurgent campaign needs most desperately: money. Bolstered by strong debate performances and top billing in some recent Republican polls, Mr. Gingrich cruised into the Union League Club for a fund-raiser and news conference, followed by private meetings with potential high-dollar donors around Manhattan.’  http://nyti.ms/rTVeKC

    Vaccine developed against Ebola, http://bbc.in/saCwy0
    Scientists has developed a vaccine that protects mice from a deadly form of the Ebola virus. Ebola kills 90% of the people that it infects. Previous vaccines, relying on crippled viral particles, degraded too quickly to be useful. The new vaccine, however, is made from a synthetic viral protein and can be stored long term. The vaccine protected 80 percent of mice from the virus. The next step is to test the vaccine on a strain of the virus more similar to the one that infects humans.

    South Korean robot prison guards: R2-D2 maybe, not the Terminator, http://lat.ms/vaUmIf
    In South Korea, a 5-foot-tall, four-wheeled prison guard robot will patrol the behind-bars hallways of penal institutions and even assess the mental states of prisoners. “The robots are not terminators,” according to one scientist who helped design them. The boxy yellow and white robots have been hired for night patrols at a jail in the city of Pohang. They will scoot around the prison corridors and scan inmate cells for suspicious activity and injured or hostile inmates. Their month-long trial begins in March.


    Rex W. Huppke says “We need electronic gadgets with opinions — our own, of course,” http://trib.in/v79GdS

    Spike Dolomite Ward presents “‘Obamacare’ to the rescue,” http://lat.ms/rK0Wpa

    The Wall Street Journal believes “Fortuño Favors the GOP,” http://on.wsj.com/uO05Gx

    Frederick M. Hess and Linda Darling-Hammond describe “How to Rescue Education Reform,” http://nyti.ms/uO2sd6

    Amanda Knox  Signs with Book Agent  Who Repped Barack Obama, http://bit.ly/sHZVXj

    Kim Richards’ Rehab Stay Is “a Step in the Right Direction,” Says Adrienne Maloof, http://bit.ly/sVJgAL

    Carrie Underwood Wins Big At American Country Awards, http://on.mtv.com/rADIc2

    Andrew Bird Announces New Album, http://p4k.in/v3RcWy

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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