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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 14th, 2014

    Monday, April 14th, 2014

    The man responsible for yesterday’s shooting in Kansas has been arrested; a Utah mom has been arrested after authorities found seven dead babies in her garage; a bus blast in Nigeria kills over 70 people; and President Obama gives his opinion on voter ID laws. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio busts a move at Coachella; the top 5 moments from the MTV Movie Awards have been selected; and a college student’s mispronunciation costs him big time!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Police arrest ‘raging anti-Semite’ in Kansas Jewish center shootings: http://rtvote.com/Rikm7U
    Three people were shot and killed yesterday at a Jewish community center and a Jewish retirement community in Kansas. The shooter, Frazier Glenn Miller (or Frazier Glenn Cross) is in custody. Miller is a life-long anti-Semitist and both the founder and former leader of the Ku Klux Klan party called the Carolina Knights and the White Patriot Party. He also had an online presence and advocated for the killing of Jews. The 73-year-old perpetrator is being charged with premeditated first degree murder. The victims were an elderly woman at the retirement community and a 14-year-old boy and his grandfather. The boy, Reat Griffin Underwood, was going to the community center to audition for a singing competition. His grandfather, Dr. William Lewis Corporon, was driving him there.

    7 dead babies found in Utah mom’s garage: http://rtvote.com/1eqe14n
    The estranged husband of 39-year-old Megan Huntsman was cleaning out his garage when he found the remains of a baby. The police investigated and found the remains of six more, deposited in cardboard boxes. The children had been born between 1996 and 2006. However, no one knew Huntsman was pregnant, despite living with three daughters. The husband also appeared to not know anything about the killings and is not a person of interest. Neighbors never suspected anything, allowing Huntsman to babysit their children and describing her and her family as an average family. One neighbor said “We enjoyed having them as a neighbor. This has just blown us away.” Huntsman is being charged with six counts of murder.

    Nigeria violence: More than 70 killed in Abuja bus blast: http://rtvote.com/1iNlIgW
    A massive explosion occurred at a bus station on the outskirts of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital city, as passengers began to board busses and taxis to get to their jobs in the city. Authorities believe that the attack was carried out by the Boko Haram Islamist militant group. It has staged attacks in Abuja before, but most of its attacks have been in the northeastern part of the country, where poverty is rampant. The Abuja Emergency Relief Agency has confirmed that 71 people are dead and 124 are injured. More than 30 vehicles were destroyed and a 4-foot crater was left in the ground. The bomb is suspected to have been located in a vehicle. The police are on “red alert” and are increasing surveillance at possible targets. Boko Haram has not yet claimed responsibility for the attack; if they do, the Nigerian government worries that it means that the militants are expanding their areas of operation.

    Obama says voter rights threatened from ID laws: http://rtvote.com/1gwdxIQ
    On Friday, President Obama addressed voting rights in a speech to a rights group founded by the Rev. Al Sharpton called the National Action Network. The president said that the right to vote is threatened by increased legislation making it difficult for people to vote, particularly through the voter ID requirement states are passing. The Justice Department has sued both Texas and North Carolina for their voter ID laws, saying that they are discriminatory towards people who don’t have ID’s, particularly minorities. The increase in voting laws are a direct consequence of the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Currently, a bipartisan measure is being passed through the House and Senate that would require states who want to change their voting laws to have their new laws approved by the federal government.

    CULTURAL

    Celeb Coachella sightings! http://rtvote.com/1iND11p

    Watch Leonardo DiCaprio bust a move at Coachella: http://rtvote.com/1hO29nI

    The biggest televised epic fail ever…Wheel of Fortune-style: http://rtvote.com/1iOkFyH

    The top 5 moments from the MTV Movie Awards: http://rtvote.com/1t0OxP8

    The Red Carpet arrivals from the MTV Movie Awards: http://rtvote.com/P0zRPK

    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, July 18, 2012

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

    Nelson Mandela turns 94; Kim Jong Un is named ‘marshal’ of the North Korean military; and the Boy Scouts will continue to ban openly gay people. Meanwhile, Halle Berry is hospitalized after an on-set accident, and Robert Griffin III tweets about signing with the Redskins.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Public service marks Mandela’s birthday, http://bit.ly/Q5OjWl
    Today, South Africans will celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday by participating in nationwide public service in honor of the distinguished statesman. Though he has not made a public appearance since South Africa held the FIFA World Cup in 2010, Mandela maintains popularity amongst South Africans and respect from global leaders. About 14 million students sang “Happy Birthday” in unison nationwide today, and former U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Mandela yesterday for lunch. Mandela, a Nobel peace laureate, spent 27 years in prison as an anti-apartheid activist. He became the nation’s first black president in 1994, four years after he was freed from prison.

    North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun is made ‘marshal’ of the military, http://wapo.st/NxhwX2
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Eun has been named “marshal” of the country’s military, a preeminent job title that analysts say is intended to reinforce Kim’s absolute power and dissuade any senior elites from questioning it. This announcement comes days after Kim dismissed top army leader Ri Yong Ho, and is likely another measure to put his name on the regime that Kim inherited from his father seven months ago.

    Boy Scouts to Continue Excluding Gay People, http://nyti.ms/NMxqZs
    An 11-member committee decided yesterday that Boy Scouts of America would uphold its long-standing policy of barring openly gay boys from membership or gay or lesbian adults from being leaders. Gay rights groups, like the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, say the organization has fallen behind the times: Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, 4-H Clubs, and even the U.S. military forbid discrimination based on sexual orientation. The official BSA policy says the organization will not grant membership to “avowed homosexuals” who may become a distraction to the organization’s mission.

    CULTURAL:

    Robert Griffin III tweets signing with the Redskins, http://usat.ly/Mkdgty

    Halle Berry hospitalized, released after set accident, http://usat.ly/MHRbC1

    From Desert to Cruise Ship: Coachella Heads to Sea, http://nyti.ms/LXjVvM

    ESPN takes a swing at late-night with social-savvy ‘UNITE,’ http://bit.ly/LXt9bE

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

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

    A civil war in Yemen is seeming more and more likely; 55 pounds of Sarah Palin’s e-mails are going straight to the media; Google messed up; and Coachella will bring more music to more ears. Also, if you’re going to the dentist soon, make sure your insurance covers Foreign Accent Syndrome.

    Maegan + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Tribesmen Seize Government Buildings in Sanaa, http://bit.ly/kO6pCj

    Rebellious tribesmen captured a number of Yemeni government buildings yesterday, including the headquarters of the party in power. 41 people died in yesterday’s fighting.

    State Prepares to Release Palin Emails, http://bit.ly/mizbsE

    At the request of several news organizations, Alaska will release 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails from when she was governor.

    A Curious Case of Foreign Accent Syndrome, http://n.pr/jBCU5w

    A woman, who may have suffered a small stroke after receiving anesthesia at a routine dentist appointment, has developed the incredibly rare “Foreign Accent Syndrome.” The syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes people to involuntarily speak with an accent. The woman likes her new accent, which she says is sort of British, Irish, and Eastern European. Another reported case notes a British woman who developed a Chinese accent after a migraine.

    Google Missed ‘Friend’ Thing, http://on.wsj.com/mfFfOP

    Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt admitted yesterday that it was his fault Google missed the boat on utilizing social media.

    Barack Obama ’12: Not Such a Boys’ Club, http://politi.co/lkuwAk

    President Obama’s 2012 campaign has hired Juliana Smoot and Jen O’Malley Dillon to be its deputy campaign managers. Obama’s 2008 campaign consisted of mostly men, and some are decrying the two women’s hire as a stunt to make up for 2008′s gender gap. Others are saying that Smoot and O’Malley Dillon are merely the best in the campaign and fundraising games.

    Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War, http://nyti.ms/jfxZQy

    The Pentagon will reveal a plan for retaliation for cyberattacks. So far, the plan notes that cyberattacks from foreign countries can be considered “acts of war.” Larger details from the strategy have yet to be revealed.

    Twitter E-mails Congress Safety Tips, http://politi.co/kUhMsx

    Twitter’s Adam Sharp e-mailed congress some tips on how to keep Twitter accounts safe from hackers. Sharp’s e-mails comes four days after Rep. Anthony Weiner claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked, causing what some are now calling “Weinergate.”

    CULTURAL:

    Armstrong’s Lawyers Want Apology from ’60 Minutes,’ http://apne.ws/k4Dj1E

    Steve Martin Caught in $130,000 Art Forgery Flap over “Landscape with Horses” Painting, http://nyp.st/iqsosq

    Mitt Romney Admits that He’s a Twihard, http://bit.ly/iy1KoZ

    Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” Highest Selling Album in 6 Years, http://bit.ly/mJtDmY

    It’s a Boy for Real Housewife Kim Zolciak, http://bit.ly/lxVOJ5

    Coachella Expanding to Two Weekends in 2012, http://bit.ly/lGoyFO

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



    News Round-up: Monday, April 18, 2011

    Monday, April 18th, 2011

    REMINDER: File those taxes today if you procrastinated!

    In today’s news, the wealthiest Americans are paying less income tax than ever before, the GOP is gearing up to take down Dems in 2012 with a new strategy and a new RNC chairman, the drug wars in Mexico may see a bump as a new Attorney General is put into place, and The Hill sneaks a peek and Vice President Biden’s bookself. Meanwhile, it’s not just your exes trolling your profile page: Advertisers may be Facebook stalking you to hit their target audiences, college sports fans lobbying recruits to attend their fave colleges may be breaking NCAA rules, and Princess Kate designs her own wedding dress!

    CRUCIAL:

    Super Rich See Federal Taxes Drop Dramatically, http://yhoo.it/g0CUQv

    The richest of America’s taxpayers have seen their tax rates drop significantly over the past several decades, and almost half of US households do not pay income tax at all.  Both Republicans and Democrats are calling for new tax laws to be passed, as President Obama has introduced a plan to raise taxes, generating an additional $1 trillion in revenue in the next 12 years.

    GOP wave reshapes nation’s agenda state by state, http://apne.ws/fEzyHQ

    Since the 2010 midterm elections, Republicans have been moving quickly to enact changes as they take over state legislatures across the country.  Not only are Republicans pushing for fiscal change, they are also moving forward on social issues, leading some to wonder whether they are pushing too far too quickly.

    A Recruit’s Friend, A Team’s Fan, and a Headache for Colleges, http://nyti.ms/evjI3E

    Passionate Duke Fan Chris Grace has a habit of Facebook friending potential athletes to show them just how great their career could be at Duke.  However, the NCAA prohibits using social media to recruit athletes, putting schools in a tough position in having to regulate such use.

    Drug War: Mexico’s weak rule of law, http://lat.ms/goYHfM

    As Mexico’s drug war rages on, President Felipe Calderon has appointed his third Attorney General in four years, Marisela Morales.  Calderon hopes Morales will help to stem the violence, especially as 140 bodies were discovered in one northern Mexican state in the past two weeks.

    Facebook Looks to Cash in on User Datahttp://lat.ms/gdRNSO

    Facebook is using all voluntary user provided data, such as interests, status updates and wall posts to track users and target them with specific advertising. Some users find the advertising invasive, while those advertising have seen a leap in sales after targeting specific demographics on Facebook.

    What’s Donald Trump really after? http://politi.co/hbZQIc

    Even though established Republican figures and the media refuse to take him seriously, Donald Trump remains very serious in taking the first steps toward forming and announcing a presidential campaign. Over the past few weeks, he has interviewed two candidates for a campaign manager position and has been in talks with several well-known media consultants.

    Emily Heil reveals what’s on Vice President Biden’s bookshelf, http://bit.ly/flctqI

    CULTURAL:

    Lady Gaga Reveals Surreal Born This Way Cover: http://on.mtv.com/ijhWxk

    Dog the Bounty Hunter bails Nicolas Cage out of Jail: http://eonli.ne/gDPrDs

    Heidi Klum’s Earth Week tip? Watch your Waste: http://eonli.ne/ehqvlZ

    Say Aloha to Owen Wilson’s Son, Robert Ford!: http://bit.ly/gM1LhI

    Coachella 2011 recap album: http://bit.ly/eB4o9v

    After a trying week, Justin Bieber calls Israel Concert an Amazing Night: http://on.mtv.com/dNBRxg

    Kate Middleton designs her own wedding dress in the style of Lady Diana http://bit.ly/fGoX2K

    Heather Reid
    Bio: Heather is Rock the Vote's Field Intern.
    @hkreid
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Friday, April 15, 2011

    Friday, April 15th, 2011

    The United States may have had more of a hand in the Middle East uprisings than has been previously reported, Georgia may be following in Arizona’s footsteps to pass a law that will allow police to question suspects on their immigration status, and Republican donors are hesitant to back any of the emerging candidates with no superstars having emerged from the GOP. Meanwhile, Facebook wants to promote its relationship with journalists and news outlets in order to compete with twitter, and is going to great lengths to do so, and T-Swift shells out big bucks for a house for mom and pop.

    CRUCIAL:

    U.S. Groups Helped Nurture Arab Uprisingshttp://nyti.ms/i9S3rA

    Many of those who led uprisings across the Middle East were trained by American organizations financed by the government. These groups cause some problems in relations between the US and Middle Eastern nations, as many Middle Eastern leaders felt as though their authority was being threatened.

    Unruly G.O.P. Puts Boehner to a Test in Budget Votehttp://nyti.ms/hdgooo

    59 Republicans opposed the spending cuts Boehner proposed, saying that it simply isn’t enough, making it clear that Boehner has a hard road ahead. Boehner himself said that he agreed the cuts weren’t perfect, but that progress was being made.

    U.S., Allies Raise Ante on Ouster of Gadhafihttp://on.wsj.com/eqxn9v

    Barack Obama, as well as the British Prime Minister and French President have all agreed that action must continue to be taken in Libya until Gadhafi is gone. The city of Misrata, which is being held by Gaghafi and his forces is a major area of concern, as many have been killed.

    Georgia Passes Immigration Bill Similar to Arizona’shttp://lat.ms/fAo6HM

    Under the new Georgia law, Police will be able to allowed to question “check the immigration status of ‘criminal’ suspects.” The law will now make its way to the Georgia Governor, and whether or not it will be signed is not clear. The governor’s campaign centered on the issue, saying that he would pass a law similar to this one, however since election his views have shifted towards protecting businesses.

    Barack Obama Reelect’s First Job: Reconnecthttp://politi.co/ef4R23

    President Obama has set a lofty goal of contacting every person who voted for him in 2008 and is putting together an enormous team of volunteers to aid in the process. Social media will also be a prominent part of the president’s reelection strategy, as was demonstrated by his first video release.

    Many Top Republican Donors on the Sidelines in Presidential Primary Racehttp://lat.ms/efGOZV

    With a lack of a front runner GOP candidate, and a slow start to the 2012 race in general, many of the top donors in 2008 are hesitant to  endorse a candidate.

    Facebook Trying to ‘Friend’ Journalistshttp://bit.ly/gtUb97

    Unlike Twitter, many journalists have not yet started to use Facebook as a platform to spread their work. Facebook wants to turn this around, and has started to make new hires to promote this effort.

    CULTURAL:

    Scarlett Johansson: How a Pregnancy Rumor can start: http://bit.ly/fjwIq4

    The Soap Opera era is officially dead: http://bit.ly/g9czgj

    Taylor Swift bought $1.4 million home for her parents: http://aol.it/gXccJv

    Designer John Galliano fired from his own label after anti-Semitic remarks: http://aol.it/fWukmI

    What’s hot at Coachella?: http://bit.ly/ekHUGZ

    The epic showdown between Anderson Cooper and Snooki: http://bit.ly/dHIBc7

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

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