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    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Thursday, March 27th, 2014

    President Obama holds his first meeting with Pope Francis; at least 90 people are missing as a result of the Washington mudslide; POTUS says that the government should stop holding phone data; and Northwestern University athletes are legally allowed to unionize. Meanwhile, Psych ended its 8-season run last night; the trailer for Jupiter Ascending has been released; and Joan Rivers has some harsh criticism for Lena Dunham.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Obama has first audience with Pope Francis: http://rtvote.com/1jyS19L
    President Obama and Pope Francis had their first meeting with one another on Thursday in Italy. The meeting was cordial and people hoped that the meeting would bring attention to important issues both leaders support. Much of the meeting was about the church’s role in current issues in the United States, international conflict, and human rights protection according to a statement from the Vatican. President Obama extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit the United States in 2015.

    Ukraine military dolphins to switch nationalities, join Russian navy: http://rtvote.com/1j9eoQt
    Russia is planning on taking control of Ukraine’s military dolphins. These dolphins are highly trained and specialize in detecting hazards to Ukraine like sea mines or enemy scuba divers trying to enter the country’s waters. Dolphins can detect noises and objects in the ocean that humans can’t, making them effective for security. A Russian news agency reported Thursday that “the combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy.”

    Obama says government should stop collecting, holding bulk phone data: http://rtvote.com/1pcb9JM
    The United States expressed outrage when former contractor to the National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government collected data from people’s telephones. President Obama said Thursday that the government is trying to stop collecting phone records and wants to leave that up to phone carriers, who would then provide suspicious activity to counterterrorism agencies. Other changes include the requirement that a federal judge give its approval before the government can collect phone data.

    Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers: http://rtvote.com/OY2H42
    Firefighters and volunteer rescuers in Washington are coming to the grim reality that some people missing in the mudslide might never be found. In the beginning, there was a list of people thought to be missing after the massive mudslide leveled Oso, Washington six days ago. 140 people have since been eliminated from that list, leaving 90 people missing and 35 others who were not confirmed to be in the area when the mudslide occurred. 25 bodies have been discovered, but searchers expect that number to increase. However, due to dangerous conditions like quicksand-like mud 30-40 feet deep, ice, rain, fallen trees, and other hazards, many bodies may never be found.

    Northwestern University football players can unionize: http://rtvote.com/1g4cxai
    Athletes at Northwestern University won the right to unionize after the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago recognized the athletes as employees of the university. Northwestern plans to appeal the decision, saying that the athletes are students, not employees. However, the board saw enough evidence to believe that the students were employees; they work between 20 and 50 hours a week, get paid through scholarships, and bring millions of dollars in revenue to the university. The students filed the petition to “get a seat at the bargaining table in college sports,” receive better medical coverage and concussion tests, be offered full four-year scholarships, and potentially get paid.


     Get the scoop on the Psych series finale: http://rtvote.com/1g4fs2O

    Zac Efron punched in the face during a fight: http://rtvote.com/1pA3pPY

    Joan Rivers attacks Lena Dunham’s weight: is a celebrity feud brewing? http://rtvote.com/1rFLueK

    The reviews for Noah are in! See what the critics are saying: http://rtvote.com/1o4x5cI 

    Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum steal the show in their Jupiter Ascending trailer: http://rtvote.com/1jRq3BL

    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: Monday, March 24, 2014

    Monday, March 24th, 2014

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announces where they think Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 is; a Chicago train derailment injures over 30 people; Ukraine orders troop removal from Crimea; dozens are still missing in Washington; and over 500 Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to death in Egypt. Meanwhile; That ‘70s Show engaged costars Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher have some exciting news; a Disney fan theory rocks the internet; and Jimmy Kimmel creates another awesome selfie with political help.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Flight 370 passenger’s relative: ‘All lives are lost’: http://rtvote.com/1diyqYr
    On Monday, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said that missing Flight 370 has gone down over the southern part of the Indian Ocean, ending all hopes that some people on the flight might have survived. The prime minister has asked reporters to give the families their privacy. British satellites analyzed the data captured over the southern Indian Ocean that led to this conclusion. Both Australian and Chinese officials had spotted debris earlier Monday in the same area. Satellites and searches continued to be trained in that area until more leads to the missing flight are found.

    Chicago train derailment at O’Hare Airport injures at least 32: http://rtvote.com/1iupZbO
    At around 2:55am this morning, a, eight-car passenger train derailed at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. The train was pulling into the station and apparently failed to stop because it was going faster than it should have been; it then jumped off of the rails and hit the escalator. Larry Langford, a spokesman for the Chicago Fire Department, said that six people were seriously injured and twenty-six other passengers suffered lesser injuries.  

    Dozens remain missing in Washington mudslide: http://rtvote.com/NKbzsS
    Eight people have been confirmed to have been killed in the mudslide that hit Snohmish County, a rural county in Washington State, on Saturday. Dozens more are missing as the chance of rescue crews pulling more survivors has dwindled. 30 homes have been destroyed and the numbers of critically injured people are also increasing. Rescuers had hope Saturday night when they heard voices coming from the debris field, but darkness coupled with dangerous conditions forced rescue workers to forfeit efforts; the next morning, the voices had stopped. Searches will continue until all missing people are accounted for.

    Ukraine orders Crimea troop withdrawal as Russia seizes naval base: http://rtvote.com/1h1BKXv
    Oleksndr Turchynov, the temporary interim Ukrainian president, ordered Ukrainian military forces to leave the Crimea region, believing that Russian forces in the region could potentially harm or threaten Ukrainian troops and their relatives. Russia has conquered most of the military bases in the region after annexing Crimea last week. Military personnel and their families will be evacuated. NATO is beginning to express concern over the growth of Russian military presence on the boarder of Ukraine, believing it could threaten other areas in the region.

    528 Muslim Brotherhood supporters sentenced to death in Egypt: http://rtvote.com/1hg3zYj
    On Monday, 528 (or 529, as reported by some Egyptian media) Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been sentenced to death by an Egyptian court. The charges include violent riots in Minya, a city in Egypt, that occurred in August 2013 and included the death of a police officer. Ousted President Mohammed Morsey’s supporters had staged sit-ins that turned into riots after security forces got involved. These death sentences make up the most death sentences handed out in one set in modern Egyptian history according to the news site Ahram Online.


    Jackie and Kelso (I mean, Mila and Ashton) are PREGNANT! http://rtvote.com/1dHc2D4

    To Disney fans and fan theorists: check this out! http://rtvote.com/1roickA

    The Good Wife shocker that no one saw coming (spoilers): http://rtvote.com/Q7MWZg

    A political take on the Oscars’ infamous selfie: Kimmel/Clinton style! http://rtvote.com/1gRO5cc

    Either it’s a new iconic picture or a disgrace to a legend- your choice: http://rtvote.com/1hgdo8F

    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, June 26, 2012

    Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

    SCOTUS’ ruling raises uncertainty amongst Arizona police; SCOTUS affirms Citizens United; and Jerry Sandusky is removed from a Penn State mural. Meanwhile, Mac users may see higher price options on Orbitz, and Facebook pulls its so-called “Stalker” app.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Arizona police face questions after court rulinghttp://bit.ly/Nwj5kh
    Arizona police were hoping that yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling might clarify their role in immigration enforcement; however, they remain as confused as ever. The Supreme Court upheld the state’s “show me your papers” law, but deemed laws that would allow local police to arrest people for federal immigration violations or detain those who do not have proper immigration documents unconstitutional. Police are now left unclear on what justifies suspicion that someone is in the country illegally. To make matters even more murky, White House officials announced that the federal government will not enforce the “show me your papers” law.

    Artist replaces image of Sandusky on mural at Penn State; ex-coach insists he’s not guilty, http://wapo.st/LNvMZo
    Artist Michael Pilato has finished removing an illustration of disgraced former football coach Jerry Sandusky that was featured on a mural across from the street from the Penn State campus. The likeness of Sandusky has been replaced by an image of Dora McQuaid, a Penn State graduate who is a poet and advocate for victims of domestic and sexual abuse. Two red handprints, one belonging to a juror who convicted Sandusky and one to a sexual-abuse victim, also replaced the Sandusky image.

    (via Philadelphia Inquirer) Decision on Montana case affirms ‘Citizens United,’ http://bit.ly/NwMQBv
    A narrowly divided Supreme Court on Monday reaffirmed its landmark 2010 decision allowing corporations to spend unlimited money on elections, deciding 5 to 4 that a state court was wrong to uphold Montana’s century-old ban on political spending by businesses. The curt decision – two paragraphs issued without hearings or debate – further inflamed a national argument over the role of big money in politics, which has become a central feature of the expensive race for the White House between President Obama and Mitt Romney.


    Mac Users May See Pricier Options on Orbitz, http://abcn.ws/LoD1nM
    Orbitz has been experimenting with showing Mac users higher hotel prices than PC users. They do not charge different prices for the same room; but the first results a Mac user sees after a hotel search may be pricier than those seen by a PC user. Orbitz discovered that Mac users spend up to 30 percent more per night than Windows users.

    Facebook Pulls So-Called ‘Stalker App’ Hours After It Quietly Launched, http://bit.ly/MPgDIn
    Just after its launch yesterday, Facebook pulled its most recent app, “Find Friends Nearby.” Perhaps the reason Facebook yanked it off the market was its news report nickname, “The Stalker App.” The app allowed mobile users to locate Facebook users who were near their geographic location, whether they were actually friends with them or not. A spokesman for the social network said: “This wasn’t a formal release—this was just something that a few engineers were testing. With all tests, some get released as full products; others don’t.”

    Uggie the dog plants paw prints in Hollywood, http://reut.rs/MUXiSu

    Dylan McDermott’s Mother Was Murdered in 1967, http://bit.ly/MV1dhX

    Zach Galifianakis Is Engaged, http://bit.ly/NwpeNe

    50 Cent Hospitalized After Crash with Mack Truck, http://bit.ly/MxJP7p

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

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, February 18, 2011

    Friday, February 18th, 2011

    Obama backs protests in the Badger State, Congress continues the fiscal fights, and Glee takes down the King of Rock-n-Roll.


    Obama Joins Wisconsin Budget Battle, Opposing Republican Anti-Union Bill, http://wapo.st/ft99OT

    The President backs protesters in Wisconsin after Republicans planned to cut public worker benefits, among other things, saying that the Governor “assulted” unions.

    Popular Rage is Met With Violence in Mideast, http://nyti.ms/e8sCw3

    Governments try to put a stop to the protests that have errupted across the Middle East have become more and more violent.

    Facebook Adds LGBT-Friendly Relationship Status Options, http://on.mash.to/dZfILp

    Civil Union and Domestic Partnership are now two of the options for US Facebook users relationship status.

    Is Social Search the Future of the Internet?, http://bit.ly/ezz9Ea

    Google will allow users to connect their YouTube, Twitter and Flickr accounts in order to personalize search results, adding a social element.

    Totes Votes: Targeting Chicago’s Young Voters, http://bit.ly/e43bcP

    Although young voters make up a large percentage of the eligible voting population, they still do not feel as though candidates are addressing them or their issues of concern. In Chicago, Rock the Vote and Rockit Bar and Grill hosted a Mayoral Debate after party   to bring candidates and young voters together.

    BP Says Spill Settlement Terms Are Too Generous, http://nyti.ms/idttTF

    Many of those filing for reimbursements after the BP disaster don’t feel as though they are getting enough, however, BP feels differently, arguing that too much compensation is being given.

    Meet Their Backyard Backstabbers, http://politi.co/eUxUvw

    Politicians from the same state attack each other shamelessly in hopes of destroying presidential hopefuls.

    Congress Finally Earns its Pay, http://on.wsj.com/gHXfH1

    The debating over the 2011 budget this week has shown democracy at its finest, allowing for the minority to be heard and for each member of the parties to assert their own opinions.


    Seyfried and Phillippe officially over: http://bit.ly/gmgEWh\

    Former TV star and father of 8, working on the rooftops: http://bit.ly/fqVANc

    A new beer named after princess-to-be: http://bit.ly/fbxf9I

    Elvis Presley toppled by Glee: http://bit.ly/h6R2zN

    Vick not ready to talk to Oprah: http://yhoo.it/i4W9Fj

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

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

    Lookin’ Back on Lolla

    Tuesday, August 10th, 2010

    What could be better than rocking out to artists like Lady Gaga and Green Day at Lollapalooza? How about rocking out while exercising your right to vote?! This past weekend, Rock the Vote partnered with our friends at HeadCount to make sure the 240,000 eligible young voters at Lollapalooza could do just that. (To see what cool concerts we’re hitting up next, check here.)

    We were pumped up about the enthusiasm attendees showed towards voter registration, and they were not alone in wanting to get involved. Throughout the weekend, artists and actors like Ke$ha and David Arquette stopped by to record public service announcements and talk about why they are voting in 2010. With the October voter registration deadline and November election approaching, you can expect to see these PSAs and hear from some more of your favorite artists.

    All in all, Lollapalooza, an already incredible weekend of music, was only made better by the combination of artists and their fans rallying around  civic engagement and voting.  If the 240,000 young people 153 bands in attendance were any indication, enthusiasm around the 2010 election is at an all-time high and this should be a big year for the youth vote!

    Eric Zoberman
    Bio: Eric is Rock the Vote's Field Director.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com