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    NEWS ROUND-UP: FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2014

    Friday, February 21st, 2014
    A new deal is presented to end bloodshed in Ukraine; the Dalai Lama’s visit to The White House causes reaction from China; and evidence of climate change continues as the Earth experiences its fourth-warmest January on record (despite the snow and chilly temps!). Meanwhile, Christina Aguilera makes a major announcement; U.S. women’s figure skaters talk about returning for 2018 Olympic games; and Kanye West is listed as a headline for Bonaroo for a second time.

    - Austin + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    New deal is signed in Ukraine to end bloodshed http://rtvote.com/1bsPNVM
    After yesterday’s short-lived truce, it seems that violence in Ukraine might finally be settling down. Opposition leaders have signed a deal with government officials that calls for early elections and reductions of presidential power. The deal is thought to be promising because of involvement from high-level European and Russian mediators. Since anti-government protests escalated earlier this week, hundreds of Ukrainian protesters and security officers have been killed.

    China calls Dalai Lama “political exile;” criticizes White House meeting http://rtvote.com/1fFf22L
    The Dalai Lama is known around the world as a spiritual leader. But it turns out he isn’t exactly revered by all. China today posted a statement (on its website of all places!) criticizing the U.S. for meeting with the Dalai Lama. China has considered the Tibetan monk a “political exile” since 1959 because of his advocacy for autonomous rule in Tibet.

    New York reconsiders solitary confinement http://rtvote.com/1dae3XH
    Corrections officials in New York this week indicated a move to reconsider solitary confinement policies. New York has been one of the worst offenders for overusing solitary confinement, a form of punishment that isolates prisoners for as much as 23 hours a day. What’s worse, the average length of stay in solitary confinement for New York prisons is five months. Clearly, the state is in need of reform and this is widely seen as a progressive move towards more humane treatment of prison populations. Kudos to New York.

    Earth has fourth-warmest January on record http://rtvote.com/1l5p2tu
    It’s been pretty cold on the East Coast this year, but this is by no means an indication of global averages. The Earth as a whole experienced its fourth-warmest January on record, marking the 38th straight year that January temperatures have been higher than 20th century averages. This definitely makes you think twice about the existence of climate change!

    German athlete tests positive for doping at Sochi games http://rtvote.com/1jQP28z
    For shame! Germany’s Olympic committee announced that one of Germany’s Olympic athletes has tested positive for illegal performance-enhancing drugs, although they declined to release the athlete’s name. USA Today reports that this is the first positive test of the Sochi games. Germany has won 16 Olympic medals in Sochi so far, including 8 gold.

    CULTURAL

    Lena Dunham: Jezebel’s $10,000 Vogue Retouching Expose “Was Messed Up”, “Felt Gross”, http://rtvote.com/1h5sCQG

    Grace Gold , Ashley Wagner and Polina Edmunds Talk About Figure Skating Results, Eyeing Return for 2018 Olympic Games, http://rtvote.com/1fhw5Ny

    Christina Aguilera Is Pregnant! Newly-Engaged Expecting Second Child, http://rtvote.com/MIEEVz

    Kanye West Headlines Bonaroo, take 2. How’s this going to play out?, http://rtvote.com/1fhwDmw

    SPOILER ALERT: Kate Mara’s Done Lying about House of Cards and That Huge Twist, http://rtvote.com/1jV7PD1

    austin@rockthevote.com
    Bio:
    @austin_estes
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Friday, February 14, 2014

    Friday, February 14th, 2014

    Tens of thousands evacuate Indonesia after volcanic eruption; Facebook adds up to 10 gender pronoun choices; snow hits hard on the East Coast; and President Obama announces a $1 billion climate fund proposal. Meanwhile, the day you’ve been LONG waiting for has arrived—House of Cards Season 2 is on Netflix!; an Olympic skier saves some adorable puppies in Sochi; and in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we have a list of 21 awkward greeting cards that will make your sides hurt with laughter.

    Happy Valentine’s Day Rockers!

    -Maura

     

    CRUCIAL 

    D.C. Region Begins Digging Out After Major Snowstorm Finally Moves On, http://rtvote.com/MRS1m3 Grab your snow boots and watch out for the ice! Another snowstorm swept through the region yesterday, blanketing major parts of the East Coast. The wintry onslaught left at least 21 people dead, including a pregnant woman who was struck by a snowplow in New York City. On Wednesday and Thursday, the snowstorm moved up from the South and left 1.2 million utility customers without power. And, as for snow coverage, the Northeast region near Pennsylvania got more than 22 inches and parts of upstate New York got 27!

    Indonesia Volcano Erupts; 76,000 Evacuated, Most of Java’s Airport Shut, http://rtvote.com/1dsISL8
    The Mount Kelud volcano, located in the province of East Java in Indonesia, erupted Thursday night sending 10 miles of ash into the air. Over 76,000 people have now fled their homes and flights across most of Java, Indonesia’s densely populated island, were grounded. Mount Kelud is one of 130 active volcanoes in the world’s fourth most populous country, which sits along the “Ring of Fire” volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

    Vladimir Putin Visits Team USA in Sochi, http://rtvote.com/1nyRPUd
    Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the USA House, which is a meeting place for the athletes and their families. The visit had been kept low key, and visitors at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters were stunned when he appeared. Mr. Putin has been making his rounds sporadically at national organizing committee spotlights.

    Facebook Opens Up LBGTQ-Friendly Gender Identity And Pronoun Options, http://rtvote.com/1bRXkIm Facebook recently updated gender options for their users.  Aside from the usual “male” and “female” options, users can choose up to 10 different gender definitions to describe themselves out of more than 50 options.  Some of those options include, “cisgender”, “transgender”, and “intersex.” Not only will the gender choice show up on the user’s About page, but it will show up in all other pronouns on the site that refer to that user.

    Obama to propose $1 billion climate fund, http://rtvote.com/1kHD0Se
    In an effort to bring climate change to the forefront, President Obama is preparing to ask Congress to set up a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” in his proposed budget next month. According to the White House, the fund would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects, and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.” On Friday, the President will travel to Fresno, California to discuss the impact of drought in the Western U.S. and to announce his climate fund proposal.

    CULTURAL

    Skier Gus Kenworthy Proves His Heart of Gold By Saving Puppies in Sochi, http://rtvote.com/MPtvlE

    The Coolest Teachers Ever Announce Snow Day With Hilarious Rap,http://rtvote.com/1btlluR

    21 Awkward Valentine’s Day Cards For Your Confusing Modern Relationship, http://rtvote.com/1c3KhHg

    Bethenny Frankel’s Daytime Talk Show Cancelled, Not Renewed for Second Season, http://rtvote.com/1dPCppi

    President Obama’s Twitter Account: No ‘House of Cards’ Spoilers,http://rtvote.com/1gAmTly

    Maura
    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: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    President Obama and French President Hollande talk global warming; China and Taiwan held their first meeting since the Civil War; and Nevada Government officials decide to no longer back the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, Shirley Temple dies at 85 and the Duchess Kate Middleton makes fashion news for her trendy jeans.

    CRUCIAL 

    Obama, Hollande Talk Global Warming With Eyes Toward U.N. Summit: http://rtvote.com/1eQWHTM President Obama and French President Francois Hollande have made climate change one of their “four key themes” to discuss in their meetings this week in Washington, DC. President Hollande will be hosting the UN climate conference next year in Paris and both Presidents plan to focus on ambitious targets and outcomes from that summit. President Obama and President Hollande released a joint op-ed saying: “We continue to urge all nations to join us in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through concrete actions.”

    Shooting reported inside metro Atlanta supermarket:http://rtvote.com/1iLmHR6
    Two women were reportedly shot in an Atlanta Kroger supermarket on Monday afternoon. Both women have non-threating injuries and Kroger officials have also stated that no employees were hurt during this shooting. The store was evacuated during the shooting and is set to reopen at a later date. 

    China and Taiwan Hold First Official Talks Since Civil War:http://rtvote.com/1eR3rRv
    Can you believe it?! The representatives of Taiwan and China held their first meeting since 1949! Wang Yu-chi, the head of head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council and Zhang Zhijun, the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office met on Tuesday to improve and formalize communications between the two sides. The pair also discussed trade and Taiwan’s participation in regional economic agreements. Although this meeting isn’t expected to produce concrete results, the meeting stands as a symbolic development in ending the rivalry between the two sides.


    Nevada State Officials Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Appeal: http://rtvote.com/1iXvBdM
    The Governor and Attorney General offices of Nevada announced on Monday that the state will no longer uphold the amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said on Monday that, “After thoughtful review and analysis, the State has determined that its arguments grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable.” The recent decision made by Nevada government officials takes a dramatic turn in the Nevada fight for marriage equality and comes as a result to recent decisions from the 9thcircuit.  

    Christie bridge scandal: Recipients of 18 new subpoenas revealed:http://rtvote.com/1iLvzpW
    As a result of Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridge Gate”, the state legislature’s investigating committee will be issuing 18 subpoenas to Gov. Chris Christie’s office, his inner circle and officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

     

    CULTURAL

    Shirley Temple Dies at 85: http://rtvote.com/LSd9rs

    Soleil Moon Frye Gives Birth, Welcomes Baby Boy:http://rtvote.com/1en2rzY

    Kate Middleton Wears Go-To Navy Jeans in Mustique with Prince George: Get the Look! :http://rtvote.com/1bJ97st

    Well, Look Who Popped Up at Fashion Week!: http://rtvote.com/1lw9Sv3

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 23, 2013

    Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

    Six people die in ongoing protests in Egypt; the Royal Baby is born; US military officer suggests against intervention in Syria; and crash landing in New York leads to injuries. Meanwhile, Beyonce’s hair gets caught in a fan; Amanda Bynes is accused of trespassing; and J.J. Abrams talks about Star Wars 7 movie.
    -Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL
    6 Die in Egypt as Morsi Supporters Continue Protests
    http://rtvote.com/15F6s0B
    Six people were killed Tuesday near a sit-in in Cairo, bringing the 24-hour death toll to 9 and making this the most fatal period since July 8, 2013. The current event was marked by street violence, indicating a shift from July 8 when most civilians were killed by soldiers and police officers.

    Southwest’s LaGuardia Airport Landing Gear Collapse Results in Injuries, http://rtvote.com/15F9kdZ
    The malfunctioned front landing gear of a Southwest Airlines flight from Nashville to New York led to a crash Monday evening. There were no fatalities, but at least 22 passengers and crew were given medical attention on the scene or at the hospital. The event was given heightened attention following the Asiana crash-landing in San Francisco about 2 weeks ago.

    World awaits first glimpse of Kate and William’s royal baby boy, http://rtvote.com/15Fc4b6
    Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William have welcomed a baby boy as the new royal heir, who will be third in line for the British throne. The prince was born at 4:24 PM on Monday, weighing 8 pounds and 6 ounces. A name has not yet been announced.

    US military intervention in Syria would create ‘unintended consequences,’ http://rtvote.com/131Vd3M
    General Martin Dempsey, a top U.S. military officer, suggested that involving US troops in Syria would likely lead to deeper involvement and “unintended consequences.” He also suggests that without viable opposition to the Syrian regime, we could “inadvertently empower extremists or unleash the very chemical weapons we seeks to control.”

    Due to Global Warming, End Is Virtually Certain for NYC, Boston, Miami, Holland, http://rtvote.com/19fLz1o
    Carbon emission reports predict a rise in sea levels anywhere from 8 inches to 7 feet in the next 100 years. By the end of the century, reports say there will be at least a 4-degree Fahrenheit temperature rise on Earth.
    CULTURAL

    Beyonce: My Hair is Stuck in the Fan!, http://rtvote.com/15FjmM1

    Amanda Bynes: Accused of Trespassing, Cops Called to Old Folks Home, http://rtvote.com/19fL9YE

    Supernatural’s Jensen Ackles Talks Human Castiel, Fatherhood and Playing Batman: “It Would Be a Dream Come True,”http://rtvote.com/15Fl8gc

    Miley Cyrus Calls Justin Bieber ‘Stupid,’ Suggests He Take a Break, http://rtvote.com/15Fv3Cs

    J.J. Abrams NOT Leaving Star Wars 7, Says Lucasfilm, http://rtvote.com/15Fvf4D

    Maura
    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: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

    Zimmerman’s prosecutor fights to reveal calls to dispatcher upon encountering Martin; the Supreme Court rules on key provision of Voting Rights Act; John Kerry asks Russia to ‘Do the right thing’; President Obama will meet today with Congressional leaders on immigration reform and student loans; Turkish police arrest 20 protestors in Ankara; and President Obama will speak on climate change at Georgetown University. Meanwhile, George Lucas gets married, and Mariah Carey’s new album is delayed.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Essential or irrelevant? Zimmerman prosecutor fights to reveal previous calls to cops, http://nbcnews.to/17yYkUK
    Today, a Florida judge will decide whether or not calls George Zimmerman made to a police dispatcher before killing Trayvon Martin will be admitted as evidence. Prosecutors have said the calls would provide the jury with insight into Zimmerman’s mental state when he first encountered Martin.

    High Court Voids Key Point of Voting Rights Act, http://rtvote.com/14uVZnO
    In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court justices ruled that a key Provision of the Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress can come up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities should require federal monitoring. The justices in favor of this ruling decided that the 40-year-old data doesn’t reflect racial progress in the United States.

    Kerry to Russia: ‘Do the right thing’ and return NSA leaker, http://nbcnews.to/14ltmsS
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Russia on Monday to “do the right thing” and keep Edward Snowden from fleeing Moscow and return him to the United States. Kerry talked about upholding “standards” and maintaining the “important” relationship we have with Russia.

    Obama to meet with Congressional leaders on immigration reform, http://bit.ly/178R9PB
    Today President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to garner support for a comprehensive immigration reform package and to discuss student loans. The meeting will be attended by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Vice President Biden.

    Turkish police detain 20 over anti-government protests, http://reut.rs/15BgNcq
    Special Turkish anti-terrorism police arrested and detained 20 protestors in Ankara today. The Prime Minister of Turkey has targeted 30 addresses in the capital, claiming that the demonstrators were manipulated by “terrorists.”

    Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2, http://es.pn/1a9fs3u
    With less than two minutes left in the game, the Blackhawks were down by one goal, yet they managed to score twice in the final 1:16 minutes granting them the victory – and the Stanley Cup. Bryan Bickell was responsible for tying the game with 1:16 minutes to go, and Dave Bolland was responsible for the winning goal.

    Obama planning to sidestep Congress for next phase in climate change agenda, http://fxn.ws/11E8AGP
    President Obama will give a speech today at Georgetown University outlining his plan to address climate change. Obama plan to combat climate change includes the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions of existing power plants. The president is expected to announce today in his speech that he will be issuing a presidential memorandum to implement these new regulations. In other words, no congressional approval will be necessary.

    CULTURAL:

    George Lucas ties the knot, http://bit.ly/120SOC7

    Mariah Carey Album Delayed: ‘The Art Of Letting Go’ Pushed To ‘Give It Justice’, http://huff.to/11KytRJ

    P.O.D. On Kanye West: Sonny Sandoval Slams ‘Yeezus’ Rapper, http://huff.to/14oNRFg

    ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ Movie Adaptation Eyed By Warner Bros., http://huff.to/12n6bvA

    2013 Cannes Film Festival Fake Gunman Sentenced to 18 Months in Jail for Firing Blanks, http://eonli.ne/11Kobkx

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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