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    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


    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.


    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

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 10, 2011

    Thursday, March 10th, 2011

    Yesterday was a big day in the War on Voting, as a New Hampshire bill making it hard for students to vote was killed (read about it here: http://bit.ly/gcCoXM).

    In today’s news, Wisconsin managed to pass the hotly debated bill without Democrats making an appearance, the Dalai Lama will transition his political power away, Republicans and Democrats can’t see eye to eye on net neutrality, and Teen Nick brings back many 90s favorites.


    Republican Wisconsin Senators Bypass Democrats in Vote on Collective Bargaining, http://wapo.st/ehAgmI

    Republicans were able to pass the bill that takes away union workers’ collective bargaining rights without the return of the Democrats who fled. The bill will now move to the state assembly which previously passed a version of the bill.

    Dalai Lama Will Give Up Political Role in Tibetan Government-in Exile, http://huff.to/eKXdca

    The Dalai Lama will transition his power to an elected official by proposing amendments to the constitution of the government-in-exile.

    No Neutrality in Internet Access Hearing, http://bit.ly/fn5mDC

    Republicans and Democrats are battling as to whether net neutrality rules are necessary. Republicans do not support the FCC regulating the internet, saying that the rules would fix a problem that does not exist.

    Starbucks Offering Rewards for Foursquare Checkins Today, http://on.mash.to/fNVmux

    As part of Starbucks’ promotion for its 40th anniversary the company has teamed up with foursquare to give away 500 $40 gift cards to those who check in at Starbucks.

    Jason Linkins on the NPR scandals, http://huff.to/f7fME7

    Jonathan Atler on how Muslim talks are helping terrorists, http://bit.ly/gR2Vij

    Gail Collins on guns at college campuses, http://nyti.ms/guQ5sP

    David Paul Kuhn wonders if gas prices will keep Obama out of office is 2012, http://bit.ly/hbkU2K


    #Winning in the kitchen: http://bit.ly/gO1tgu

    Trump gets roasted: http://bit.ly/eOAX7A

    New animatronic costumes at Disney World: http://huff.to/dZcdaJ

    Teen Nick dusting off the 90s programming: http://bit.ly/e5obKa

    John Stamos looking to settle down on a TV show: http://bit.ly/iknBuC

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

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