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    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


    Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

    In today’s news, more unions are joining the Occupy Wall Street protesters; ESPN pulls Hank Williams Jr.’s Monday night football intro after his controversial comments; Chris Christie has officially announced that he is not running for president; and Apple is set to release the iPhone 5 today. In entertainment news, Zach Baron retraces Hunter S. Thompson’s footsteps 40 years after Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, and Florence and the Machine release their new music video.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Protesters Drawing Labor Support, http://on.wsj.com/qrUW1b
    The Occupy Wall Street protesters are receiving support from local labor unions. On Monday, health-care workers union 1199SEIU agreed to help the protesters, saying it would help feed those camped out in the park, send nurses to train those providing first aid and set up a task force to figure out more plans of action. The union represents 200,000 health-care workers in New York and Long Island and 100,000 more employees located on the East Coast.

    Truck Bomb Kills Dozens in Somalia’s Capital,
    Tuesday morning, a truck bomb exploded on a busy street in central Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, killing more than 70 people. The event may signal the comeback of the Shabab militant group, who had lost territory in recent months. The bomb also killed students who were registering for scholarships to study in Turkey, which has become a major aid donor to Somalia. Local health officials said 70 were killed and many more were injured. Witnesses reported that the bomber was driving a large truck piled high with scrap metal, apparently to conceal the explosives. The target was a building used by Somalia’s transitional government.

    ESPN pulls intro after Williams’ Obama comments, http://onforb.es/qg3om4
    In an interview Monday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” Hank Williams Jr., unprompted, said of Obama joining a golf outing with House Speaker John Boehner: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with (Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin) Netanyahu.” When asked to clarify he said, “They’re the enemy,” meaning President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. These comments prompted ESPN to pull Williams’ intro song for Monday night football and the line “Are you ready for some football?”

    Contraceptive Used in Africa May Double Risk of H.I.V.,
    According to a study published on Monday, a hormone shot given every three months mostly in Africa may double the risk of contracting HIV. In many countries where the rate of pregnancy is highest, the percentage of those infected with HIV is also high. For this reason, doctors find it troubling that the injectable contraceptive has biological properties that may make women and men more vulnerable to HIV infection.

    2 Severed Heads Found in Mexico City With Message, http://fxn.ws/nUCjby
    On Monday, police in Mexico City found two severed heads outside of a major military base. This is a popular tactic used by warring drug gangs. Mexico City Attorney General Miguel Mancera was quoted by local news media as saying that the heads were accompanied by a note referring to the “Mano con Ojos” or “Hand with Eyes” drug gang. The organization has been active in the State of Mexico, which borders Mexico City, and in some southern districts of the capital.

    Foreign Aid Set to Take a Hit in U.S. Budget Crisis, http://nyti.ms/ngTpZW
    The American budget crisis may cause foreign aid to take a hit which some say is a sign of America’s diminishing world influence. Lawmakers are scrambling to lower the national debt, and the House and Senate have both proposed cutting finances in the State Department and its related agencies. The proposals would make deep cuts in food and medicine for Africa, in relief for disaster-affected places like Pakistan and Japan, in political and economic assistance for the new democracies of the Middle East, and even for the Peace Corps.

    Rick Perry slips, Herman Cain rises in bid for GOP nomination, poll finds, http://wapo.st/pdljCy
    After a few uneven performances during the GOP debates, Rick Perry has lost half of his support over the past month. Perry’s slide has allowed Mitt Romney to claim the top spot in the race for the GOP presidential nomination. However, the biggest change in popularity goes to Herman Cain who is now tied with Perry for second place.

    More aides leave Bachmann presidential campaign, http://onforb.es/rdC5L8
    Pollster Ed Goeas and senior adviser Andy Parrish have left the Bachmann campaign which raises questions about her chances of getting into the White House. Parrish is returning to the Minnesota congresswoman’s office where he was chief of staff. He moved to Iowa this summer to build support before the state’s leadoff caucuses.

    (via National Journal) Christie Is Not Running for President, http://bit.ly/qWazDz: At 1pm New Jersey governor Chris Christie is set to make a public announcement of his decision to run for the presidency. However, according to the National Review Online, Christie has already made his decision, and he is not entering the race.

    Apple May Unveil Voice Technology With IPhone, http://bloom.bg/p10YyV
    Apple Inc. is set to unveil its new phone today, and the new rumor is voice recognition. New voice commands will let users make appointments in their calendars, send text messages or e-mails, and surf the Web on Apple’s new phone. The current iPhone has basic voice command abilities. The trick will be to get people to use the new product, and venture capitalist Larry Marcus said Apple can, “make it exciting and make people think about it in different ways. Voice controls are a very fundamental way to interact with your device.”

    Studies of Universe’s Expansion Win Physics Nobel, http://nyti.ms/oEfFwi
    On Tuesday, three American physicists won the Nobel prize for discovering that the universe is apparently being blown apart by a mysterious force that cosmologists now call dark energy. Saul Perlmutter, Brian Schmidt, and Adam Riess discovered in the 1990s that the light from 50 supernovas was weaker than expected which showed signs of the universe expanding at an accelerated rate.


    Mike McCurry wants to “Improve civics education” http://politi.co/psKM5h

    The New Yorks Times shows us, “Alabama’s Shame” http://nyti.ms/qnOlmA

    Fear and Loathing 40 Years Later, http://bit.ly/pWdxOl

    Beyoncé & Jay-Z Raise $1 Million for Charity, http://bit.ly/qK51CY

    Sherri Shepherd Blasts Barbara Walters over N-Word Use on The View, http://bit.ly/ozlYpk

    Florence and the Machine: “Shake It Out”, http://p4k.in/mSX1YX

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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