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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

    A building in Harlem collapses in an explosion; the White House continues to court Millennials in healthcare enrollment; the missing Malaysian Airline search continues; a Guantanamo Bay prisoner files a lawsuit against President Obama; and Jerry Sandusky’s wife defends her husband’s innocence. Meanwhile, Chris Pine gets arrested for a DUI; the Big Bang Theory is renewed for 3 seasons (Hurrah!); and two mash-up videos will help you giggle your way through Hump-day (they are NSFW though!).

    - Maura + Austin


    1 dead, 15 Hurt Harlem Building Collapse, http://rtvote.com/1nM8hTg
    A deadly explosion Wednesday morning has caused the collapse of two five-story buildings in East Harlem, NY. There were 15 people injured and one person pronounced dead. A witness said that locals have been smelling gas for weeks and when the explosion occurred she saw people flying out of the building.  Con Edison, the NY utilities company, had been called to the area to check a possible gas leak at 9am ET this morning.

    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Including 25% Youth http://rtvote.com/1esr7s9
    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange has reached more than 4.2 million. Of those enrollees, only 25% are between the ages of 18-34, a key demographic that the administration has been targeting. Most recently, the President appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns” to plug the healthcare site to Millennials. If the administration fails to hit its goal of 40% youth enrollment, it fears that insurance costs will increase for the millions of other enrollees. 

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Last Communication Revealed,http://rtvote.com/1iArRi5
    New information released to the public shows that the last moments of communication from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, showed that everything was normal. The China bound plane went missing on Saturday with 239 people on board. As the plane reached the boundary between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi Minh City Control. Minutes later, all contact was lost. The search continues for new information on what happened…

    Sandusky’s Wife Says He’s Innocent, Victims Manipulated,http://rtvote.com/1i6g8Zt
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, insists that her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” that sent him to prison. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to her husband for 47 years, claims that he is innocent, the victims were manipulated, and that the case against him was built on lies. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence for his 2012 conviction on 45 charges of child sexual abuse of young boys for over a period of 15 years.

    Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Files Historic Lawsuit Against Obama Over Force-Feedinghttp://rtvote.com/1hcoCfH
    On Tuesday, a historic lawsuit was introduced against the U.S. military prison’s force-feeding of detainees on hunger strikes, by an inmate of Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni inmate, Emad Abdullah Hassan, contends that he has been “abusively force-fed” more than 5,000 times in the past seven years in an effort to end his hunger strikes, causing him severe internal injuries. The case marks the first legal challenge requiring a federal judge to oversee an inmate’s testimony on Guantanamo prison conditions. 


    Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/1gpXHLL

    Angelina Jolie Plans to Have More Preventative Cancer Surgery,http://rtvote.com/1idBx3u

    The Big Bang Theory Renewed! CBS Orders 3 More Seasons of the Smash Comedy, http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Here is the Wolf of Sesame Street Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For,http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Justin Bieber’s Bratty Deposition Video Gets Remixed by Seth Meyers,http://rtvote.com/1i6ANwA


    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: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    The U.S. Senate sheds new light on the attack in Benghazi; new details are released in the New Mexico middle school shooting; and Governor Chris Christie of NJ addresses “Bridgegate” in his State of the State address. Meanwhile, 2014 gets off to a rocky start for Justin Bieber and Kanye West after two high-profile incidents.

    Veronica + Maura


    Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented: http://rtvote.com/1j7nle7
    The bipartisan report on the 2012 attack on the United States compound in Benghazi, Libya shows that the State Department was warned about the potential for attack but did not increase security around the compound. The report also blames intelligence agencies for not discussing CIA outpost locations within the U.S. military. However, the report does not discuss in depth whether the Obama administration downplayed the attacks, saying that no one knew when the attacks were to occur.

    Shooter may have warned some students: http://rtvote.com/1b39JIV
    The 12-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a New Mexico middle school’s gymnasium yesterday morning may have warned certain students against coming to school early. This discovery is currently being investigated by police, along with other claims. So far, police have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting; however, the shooter is in custody. Two students were injured in the attack.

    Can Christie change the subject? http://rtvote.com/Kj1Nfm
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address yesterday. He acknowledged the mistakes his administration has made recently in regards to the closing of bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee (dubbed “Bridgegate”). After apologizing, Christie tried to change the subject to focus on more pressing policy issues in the state. However, many people believe that Christie’s reputation is now too tarnished to allow a potential presidential bid in 2016.

    CBS airs video of chaotic scene at Asiana crash site: http://rtvote.com/1hqMYnc
    CBS has recently released video footage of firefighters and emergency personnel tending to survivors and the wreckage of the Asiana plane crash. The crash occurred last summer at San Francisco airport. The story received national attention not only due to the crash, but also because of the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who survived the crash but was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene.

    Va. Democrat Jim Moran to retire from Congress: http://rtvote.com/1eDrVLC
    After serving twelve Congressional terms, Representative Jim Moran will not run for re-election.  Moran, an occasionally combative and passionate member of Congress, represents Virginia’s 8th District. His retirement could potentially create a heated primary election because of the 8th District’s reputation as being a Democratic stronghold.


    Police raid Justin Bieber’s house after incident: http://rtvote.com/1m7g7nA 

    Are Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard engaged? http://rtvote.com/K2E17V

    How Harry Connick Jr. can save American Idol: http://rtvote.com/1m7gs9M

    Kanye West allegedly assaults a young man: http://rtvote.com/1aoR914 

    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, August 10, 2011

    Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

    Republicans maintain control in the Wisconsin Senate, a Missouri mom flies an angry message to the S&P, a Maryland woman has gone missing in Aruba, and riots are spreading to other UK towns. In the tech world, hacking group Anonymous has vowed a Facebook apocalypse, and get your sling shots ready – Angry Birds is taking over. In entertainment, CBS is twitching its nose and producing a “Bewitched” remake, and is there anything he hasn’t done? James Franco confesses to making a sex tape.



    Republicans Hold Off Dems in Recalls, Win Enough Seats to Keep Majority in Senate, http://bit.ly/qaupXy
    Wisconsin Republicans have maintained the Senate majority after yesterday’s recall elections. The Democrats won only two seats. At 63%, voter turnout was higher than usual.

    Kirkwood Mom Lucy Nobbe Sends Message to DC by Plane, http://bit.ly/ptXK2k
    Lucy Nobbe, a financial broke in Missouri, hired a plane to fly above Standard & Poor in Manhattan. The plane carried a banner that read, “Thanks for the downgrade–you should all be fired.” The flight cost $900 and was originally supposed to fly above DC; Nobbe changed her plan when she discovered the capital has a no-fly zone.

    Maryland Woman Goes Missing in Aruban Resort Town – Six Years After Natalee Holloway Vanished from Same Place, http://bit.ly/ptwGl9
    Robyn Gardner, a 35-year-old Maryland woman, has gone missing from the same Aruban resort town from which Natalee Holloway disappeared. The crimes are most likely not related. Gardner was vacationing with a man she had met on the internet. The man has been detained, as his story regarding Gardner’s disappearance has changed several times.

    Birmingham Riots: Murder Investigation after Three Killed in Crash During Night of Violence, http://bit.ly/n8EL1n
    Despite the London riots dying down a bit, violence is still rampant in the cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham. Three men have been killed in a hit and run accident after defending Birmingham shops from looters. A 32-year-old man has been arrested and may be charged with murder.

    Former Teacher Offers Rides to DMV for IDs, http://bit.ly/rrbCqE
    Charlotte Riley of Dell Prairie, WI is offering to drive people to the DMV so they can obtain the proper photo id now needed to vote. Riley sees this as her way of helping those put out by the new voter law: “A person is a person as far as I’m concerned, and I think that they should be able to exercise their voting rights. This is one way I can help them do that.”

    S.F. Gay Married Couple Loses Immigration Battle, http://bit.ly/ozLHVI
    The Obama administration is deporting Anthony John Makk, a citizen of Australia who currently takes care of his AIDS ridden husband in San Francisco. Makk and his husband have been married for seven years; despite this, the Obama administration will not allow Makk permanent residency.

    GOP Chasing Young Voters for 2012, http://bit.ly/oeslcL
    A Pew research poll released July 22 shows that youth support for the Democrats has narrowed from 28 points to 13. The GOP is taking advantage of this by inviting young people to youth oriented political conferences in DC and speaking to them about their economic worries, such as unemployment.

    Hacker Group Vows to ‘Kill Facebook,’ http://bit.ly/q8DYav
    The hacker group Anonymous has posted a Youtube video vowing to destroy Facebook with a cyberattack on November 5, which is England’s Guy Fawkes Day. Facebook has not commented on the threat, and some Anonymous members have tweeted that they do not agree with the attack.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) ANGRY BIRDS CASHES IN: The developer of one of the most popular mobile apps plans to turn the game into an entertainment franchise that includes books, toys and a movie, according to the WSJ. http://on.wsj.com/qCtBiR


    (via POLITICO Playbook) AMY HOLMES JOINS GLENN BECK: “GBTV, Glenn Beck’s live streaming video network announced … that former CNN contributor Amy Holmes will be The News Anchor For The Blaze, joining a previously announced line-up for Glenn’s show including S.E. Cupp, Brian Sack and Raj Nair. In her new role with the network, Holmes will anchor news and information segments during Glenn Beck’s two-hour program from 5p to 7p on GBTV, as well as, news and information updates throughout the day.

    ‘Bewitched’ Reboot in the Works at CBS, http://bit.ly/nEbKFG

    James Franco Confesses to Making Sex Tape, http://on.mtv.com/pYOWZ1

    Jennifer Lopez Returning for Another Season of ‘American Idol,’ http://bit.ly/nRB3Mw

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 4, 2011

    Thursday, August 4th, 2011

    Say goodbye to the tiger costumes – Rep. David Wu has formally resigned from Congress. Also, Timothy Geithner isn’t going anywhere if Obama has anything to do it; D.B. Cooper’s niece comes forward; flying out of Newark? expect delays; Huntsman’s campaign is beginning to look a lot like Gingrich’s; hungry? maybe forgo the Cargill ground turkey; and the survey says, 1/3 of cell phone users would rather give up sex than their mobile devices (they probably have an app for that, anyway). Lastly, a very happy 50th birthday to President Obama!



    Rep. David Wu Formally Resigns from House, http://bit.ly/ps4azV
    Democratic Oregon Rep. David Wu resigned from Congress last night. Wu was accused of an “unwanted” sexual encounter with the young daughter of a campaign donor, and also turned heads when he sent staffers pictures of himself in a tiger costume. Wu waited until a debt deal passed before resigning.

    D.B. Cooper Exclusive: Did Niece Provide Key Evidence?, http://abcn.ws/n94hcu
    The anonymous source who came forward with new evidence in the D.B. Cooper hijacking case has been revealed. The niece of Lynn Doyle Cooper, or L.D. Cooper, says she remembers her two uncles planning something very suspect around Thanksgiving in 1971. Marla Cooper notes that her uncle was gone on the same day of the crime; he apparently returned bruised and bloodied from what he claimed was a car accident. L.D. Cooper died in 1999.

    Pressed by White House, Treasury Secretary is Expected to Stay at Post, http://nyti.ms/niNKwf
    Timothy Geithner, the Treasury secretary and last remaining member of Obama’s economic team, will stay in his current positions. Geithner has said he would make the decision once a debt deal had been reached. Sources say Obama has heavily pressured Geithner, his good friend, to stay.

    The One Airport to Avoid Is…, http://on.wsj.com/pD1hFT
    Newark International Airport has the most delayed flights out of any airport in the country. 40 of the 100 most-delayed flights come out of the New Jersey airport. Many Newark flights pass through Washington DC, which is heavily trafficked.

    Inside the Huntsman ‘Drama,’ http://bit.ly/oxKtQa
    David Fischer, a confidant of Jon Hunstman, has told POLITICO that the presidential hopeful’s campaign has gone awry. Fischer is blaming the campaign’s chief strategist, John Weaver, for the sinking ship. Apparently, four aides have quit due to Weaver’s antics, which Huntsman’s wife and father are also worried about. The strategist also insists on keeping the campaign staff so small that Huntsman does not even have a policy director.

    Cargill Recalls 36 Million Lbs. of Ground Turkey, http://bit.ly/pIdSPf
    A recent salmonella outbreak in the U.S. has caused one death and 76 illnesses. It looks like Cargill is to blame, as the meat company is now recalling 36 million pounds of its ground turkey. Salmonella outbreaks have also infiltrated Europe, the cause of which is said to have come from Africa.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) AND THE SURVEY SAYS: A new survey shows one-third of U.S. cellphone users would prefer to give up sex for a week over their mobile device, Mashable reports. http://on.mash.to/ntZrxH


    CBS President: What I Learned from Charlie Sheen, http://bit.ly/pEEZMb

    Farrell Looks Back to Lollapalooza 1991, http://bit.ly/qA4wB5

    ‘Police Academy’ Actor ‘Bubba’ Smith Dies, http://bit.ly/noClR8

    Sean Kingston Almost Died Twice Following Jet Ski Accident, http://bit.ly/nYKtE0

    Marg Helgenberger Leaving ‘CSI’ in January, http://bit.ly/rkmZOF

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

    Young people took center stage in many national news stories today. Rock the Vote prez Heather Smith wrote on the healing and patriotism experienced by the 9/11 generation after the demise of Osama bin Laden (http://huff.to/msDL3M). National news outlets have also caught on to this outpouring of emotion by young people, with the LA times dedicating a front page story to the subject, which examined how Osama bin Laden’s death impacted the Millenial generation. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews also spoke with former FOX news White House reporter Major Garrett, who argued that young people now see President Obama as tougher on terror than President Bush.

    There was also big news in the War on Voting: A group of young people joined Rock the Vote in arguing against a new law proposed in Florida that would force voter registration volunteers to take an oath and be financially liable for forms, among a host of other restrictive measures (http://bit.ly/mIIYg9).

    In other news, CBS continues to make changes to its morning show, even looking into the possibility of hiring “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Julian Assage calls Facebook a tool for spying and Selena Gomez wants to share her feelings about the Biebs.


    Osama bin Laden’s Death Removes a Cloud That Enveloped a Generationhttp://lat.ms/jv0smm

    The millennial generation hardly remembers a time before Osama bin Laden, and the celebrations on Sunday night were filled with young people, who had little experience with a peaceful time. Osama bin Laden’s influence on the millennials has been vast, and his death was even said to “‘mark the end of…childhood’” for some.

    Bush Declines Obama’s Invitation to Ground Zerohttp://nyti.ms/m5IxOV

    On Thursday President Obama will make a trip to ground zero to “mark the killings of Osama bin Laden”. President Bush, who was invited to the event according to his spokesperson, declined to attend. The former president has led a private life post his time in office.

    Security on Higher Alert Across U.S.http://nyti.ms/inlzGK

    Although there have not been any new threats, the security level across the country remains high. In cities across the country police are on high alert, especially near tourist attractions, places of woriship and other places where crowds gather.

    Rock the Vote, Other National Groups Blast Florida Legislature’s ‘Assault on Young Voters’http://bit.ly/mIIYg9

    Rock the Vote, along with several other groups are fighting back against the Florida Senate which will vote on a bill that could disenfranchise young voters. The bill would make it harder for groups to register other people without first taking an oath, as well as a shortened early voter period, or update their information at the polling place.

    Julian Assange: Facebook is ‘Appalling Spy Machine’http://huff.to/lcUE4p

    The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said that facebook is “the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. intelligence.”

    CBS Attemps to Recruit Morning Joe and Mika for Morning Showhttp://bit.ly/k7LGSI

    As the morning show landscape continue to shuffle, CBS is looking to acquire Chris Licht to take the senior spot on the Early Show, as well as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to host. The shuffle doesn’t seem to worry CBS as they “demonstrated that they could change the entire morning anchor team without really changing the ratings so they may decide that with a bold move like this, they really have nothing to lose.”


    Rob Lowe flew on 9/11 terrorist dry run flight: http://huff.to/k2jzPn

    Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ Remix Cover Art Goes Geek: http://huff.to/jj8Cg4

    How Jesse James Confessed Affair to Sandra Bullock: http://bit.ly/mnbNV3

    NY Subway Gets a Dining Car: http://nyti.ms/m6deSL

    Does Soulja Boy Have The ‘Juice’ To Take On Tupac’s Prized Role?: http://bit.ly/l0kbSj

    Selena Gomez On Relationship With Justin Bieber, ‘I Don’t Like Hiding’: http://on.mtv.com/jJdOkX

    Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis to star in political comedy: http://politi.co/igYWP4

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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