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    News Round-Up: Monday, February 3, 2014

    Monday, February 3rd, 2014

    A man was arrested for threatening a former President; a Super Bowl commercial sparks controversy; a convicted murderer escapes a Michigan prison, a man lost at sea for over a year is found; and a new report sheds light on the controversial Keystone Pipeline. Meanwhile, actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was found dead in his NYC apartment; J.K. Rowling drops a Harry Potter bombshell; and the Super Bowl spawned some decent commercials and social media moments.

    - Veronica + Maura 

    CRUCIAL

    Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill George W. Bush: http://rtvote.com/LrGlW4
    A New York man threatened to kill former President George W. Bush on Friday. Allegedly, the man, Benjamin Smith, had an interest in one of Bush’s daughters, Barbara. Smith’s mother alerted police after she found a note discussing his plans and discovered that a rifle was missing from their home. Police found Smith in Manhattan with a loaded rifle, ammunition boxes, gasoline, and a machete and arrested him.

    Coca-Cola “America” ad sparks strong reactions: http://rtvote.com/1gGGPqa
    The Coca-Cola Super Bowl ad featuring “America the Beautiful” sung in eight different languages has sparked controversy around the Internet. People took to Twitter and Facebook to express their opinions. Some criticized the linguistic diversity, saying basically that “in America, we speak English.” Others, however, praised the commercial, saying it was an accurate portrayal of American diversity. Coca-Cola plans to air a longer version of the commercial during the Sochi Olympics. 

    Killer escapes Michigan prison, briefly abducts woman: http://rtvote.com/1ekLPPv
    A search that began in Michigan has become nationwide after a Michigan prisoner had escaped on Sunday. The man, 40-year-old Michael David Elliot allegedly escaped from Iona Correctional Facility by escaping through a hole in the fence. He then kidnapped a woman; she escaped and called police when he stopped to buy gas.

    Marshall Islands castaway details fishing trip gone awry: http://rtvote.com/1nIT1as
    Jose Salvador Alvarenga was found on the Marshall Islands a year after his disappearance. He said after his rescue that he and his traveling partner were blown off course when the fishing boat they were in lost engine power. His traveling companion starved to death after four months, but Alvarenga survived on fish, rainwater, and turtles, among other things. Police are trying to confirm his story while he seeks medical attention.

    Report: Keystone pipeline would have minimal environmental impact: http://rtvote.com/1lx7B6x
    According to a new State Department report, the highly controversial Keystone Pipeline will not have significant environmental effects. This could cause more pressure for President Obama to approve it. Republicans and moderate Democrats are excited, calling on the President to approve the pipeline for the jobs it could create. Environmentalists and Democrats, however, say that the report has failed to recognize the environmental impact of the initial oil extraction. If President Obama approves the pipeline, he could garner more support from the GOP House.

    CULTURAL

    The 10 best social media moments from Super Bowl XLVIII: http://rtvote.com/1dmjzpl

    Philip Seymour Hoffman, dead at age 46: http://rtvote.com/1eN7FpJ

    J.K. Rowling drops a Harry Potter bombshell: http://rtvote.com/1esTf1A

    Super Bowl recap- see the best commercials here: http://rtvote.com/1k49yWi

    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: Friday, April 6, 2012

    Friday, April 6th, 2012

    The US added a disappointing number of jobs in March; Malawi’s president has died; Coke and Pepsi leave Koch-funded ALEC; and violence continues in Syria despite an agreed upon ceasefire. Meanwhile, Kim and Kanye may be an item; Matt Lauer will stay on ‘Today’; and a MD woman somehow loses her winning Mega Millions ticket.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Unemployment Rates for March, http://1.usa.gov/Hjsai8
    After producing 200,000 jobs for three months straight, the US added a disappointing 120,000 jobs in March. According to the Bureau Labor of Statistics, the unemployment rate dropped from 8.3% to 8.2% due to less people looking for work as opposed to them actually finding jobs.

    Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika ‘dead’, http://bbc.in/HmcAl7
    Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has died from a heart attack. Cabinet officials reported his death to the BBC although an official announcement has yet to be made. The 78-year-old was a former World Bank official. He was blamed for Malawi’s recent economic downturn and had been accused of trouncing on the country’s democratic rights.

    (via CBS News) ALEC under fire as Coke drop its membership, http://cbsn.ws/IcaXTg
    An influential group known for pushing conservative laws at the state level — including voter ID laws and Florida’s controversial “Stand Your Ground” law — is under fire for its views, and at least one of its major backers has dropped its membership in the organization. Coke said Wednesday it was withdrawing from the American Legislative Exchange Council, a non-partisan organization working to promote free markets and limited government through state legislators after a liberal leaning group started a petition to urge ALEC’s member companies to drop their financial support of the group.

    With sights set on Romney, Obama says eager for campaign, http://reut.rs/I6ExhR
    At a fundraiser in Washington last night, President Obama said that he cannot wait to publicly compare his plan for America to that of the Republicans’ this election cycle. Since Romney seems the most likely GOP candidate, the president has begun calling him out directly, especially for backing a GOP budget that bears consequences for the lower classes: “It’s good to have the truth on your side,” Obama said.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) MICROSOFT’S PAY FOR PLAY: Microsoft is paying apps-makers to design the popular products for Windows phones, according to The New York Times. http://nyti.ms/IaUz4R

    Erika Wood says “Florida. How Soon We Forget.,” http://nyti.ms/HedOMD

    Board seeks Marine’s dismissal in Facebook case, http://apne.ws/I1llOK
    A military board is asking that Marine Sgt. Gary Stein be dismissed after he criticized President Obama on his “Armed Forces Tea Party” Facebook page. Stein superimposed the president’s face on a ‘Jackass’ movie poster as well as a movie poster for ‘The Incredibles,’ changing the title to ‘The Horribles.’ The Marine Corps administrative board said that Stein is guilty of misconduct and deserves a less-than-honorable discharge. A general will make the final decision.

    CULTURAL:

    Matt Lauer to Stay With NBC’s ‘Today’ Show, http://nyti.ms/I1Mv8q

    Possible Mega Millions lottery winner says she lost ticket, http://bsun.md/Iep0at

    Kim Kardashian Plays Coy About Dating Kanye West, http://bit.ly/Hlxvql

    “Bully” gets a PG-13 rating after profanity edits, http://cbsn.ws/HjAXAO

    Hunger Games Sequel Catching Fire Could Be Delayed, http://bsun.md/HlxKSk

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