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    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 10, 2014

    Thursday, April 10th, 2014

    A possible norovirus outbreak cripples a cruise ship; an arrest warrant is out for the man responsible for a day care center crash; new details emerge on yesterday’s Pennsylvania high school stabbing; and healthcare enrollment reaches 7.5 million. Meanwhile, Naya Rivera and Big Sean split; Jimmy Fallon performs a Tom Petty classic with a special guest; and BREAKING NEWS: Stephen Colbert has been chosen to replace David Letterman as the host of The Late Show!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Stomach illness hits 83 on cruise ship; may be norovirus: http://rtvote.com/1qkWzAd
    Princess Cruises spokeswoman Karen Candy says that 66 passengers and 17 crewmembers on the Crown Princess cruise ship came down with a “quickly-spreading digestive bug.” All of the illnesses have been isolated in their cabins, and the ship has undergone extensive sanitation procedures. Princess Cruises believe that norovirus, a quickly-spreading stomach virus that is highly contagious, is the cause. Norovirus has plagued a few cruise ships over the past few months. Norovirus affects many people on land, but is more reported via cruise ships because heath officials from cruise lines track the disease. The close quarters on a cruise ship make it easy for the disease to spread.

    Authorities issue arrest warrant in deadly Florida day care center crash: http://rtvote.com/1lMZwrf
    On Thursday, police issued an arrest warrant for Robert Corchado. Authorities believe that his SUV hit another car and cashed it into a Florida day care center, killing one child and injuring 14 others. Corchado’s car was found abandoned after he fled the scene. Police also believe that Corchado was trying to flee the area when the accident occurred. The driver of the car that crashed into the day care center due to Corchado’s actions was not injured and remained at the scene.

    After PA school stabbing, authorities and community ask: ‘Why?’: http://rtvote.com/1sGqa9i
    Although new details about yesterday’s school stabbing in Murrysville near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have emerged, authorities are still trying to determine a motive. The perpetrator, 16-year-old Alex Hribal, has been described as “quiet” and “having few friends,” but was also thought to be a “really nice kid.” Murrysville Police Chief Tom Seefeld believes that the stabbing was a random act of violence since, at this point, no one was known to be targeted. Hribal also is stated to come from a good, solid, normal family with no history of abuse or violence. Hribal is being charged with four counts of attempted murder and 21 counts of aggravated assault and is being held without bail. Four of the 21 people injured were injured seriously; one of the four’s injuries are so grave that he or she is not expected to survive.

    UConn sorority suspended for alleged hazing: http://rtvote.com/1edNkQd
    The University of Connecticut chapter of the Delta Zeta sorority has been put under an interim suspension after reports of hazing reached school officials. Among other things, members of the sorority have been accused of forcing men in a UConn fraternity to “consume alcohol and eat dog treats,” according to the reports in The Hartford Courant, a local newspaper. Both the national and UConn chapters of Delta Zeta have not commented on the alleged offences, which occurred in a UConn residence hall. This is the third Greek organization to be suspended over the last few months for hazing reports.

    Health exchange enrollment reaches 7.5 million: http://rtvote.com/1iy56JT
    As of Thursday, 7.5 million people have enrolled for health insurance. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told the Senate panel Thursday that since last week, 400,000 additional people have signed up for the Affordable Care Act. 11.7 million people have also been found to be eligible for Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The official closure of enrollment was on March 31st, but enrollment continues because thousands of people had started the enrollment process but hadn’t been able to finish enrolling by the deadline.

    CULTURAL

    No more wedding bells for Big Sean and Naya Rivera: http://rtvote.com/1kNZiyN

    Jennifer Lawrence’s Mystique might be the next X-Men spinoff: http://rtvote.com/1lTaHkK

    Jimmy Fallon (aka Tom Petty) and Stevie Nicks perform a classic: http://rtvote.com/1lN7ErN

    DEVELOPING: David Letterman to be replaced by… Stephen Colbert! http://rtvote.com/1iAIvxv

    Kendall and Kylie Jenner react to a prank gone wrong! http://rtvote.com/1hllwsR

    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 4th, 2014

    Friday, April 4th, 2014

    Two journalists are killed after an Afghan police officer opens fire; David Letterman announces his retirement after 22 years on the Late Show; the March jobs report shows 192K new jobs were added last month; Mozilla’s CEO resigns over same-sex marriage controversy; and scientists say there might be water on one of Saturn’s moons! Meanwhile, Kristen Bell proves her awesomeness and sings all of Anna’s voices from Frozen live (see the magic!); Emily Blunt talks about how amazing motherhood is; and James Franco admits to flirting with a 17 year-old.

    - Austin + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Foreign Journalists Killed in Afghanistan http://rtvote.com/1q09VQk
    Photographer Anja Niedringhaus (48) and reporter Kathy Gannon (60) were in eastern Afghanistan on assignment to cover preparations for the country’s upcoming elections. Both knew the country well and had spent several years reporting from in-country. Earlier this morning, the two journalists were traveling with a convoy of elections administrators when an Afghan police officer, who was part of the convoy, pointed his AK-47 into their vehicle and opened fire. This is believed to be the first time an Afghan police officer has intentionally killed a foreign journalist. The police officer in question is being held in custody.

    David Letterman Announces his Retirement After a 22 Year Run http://rtvote.com/1hIW8No
    On the Late Show last night, David Letterman announced that he will be retiring soon from the CBS network show that he has hosted since 1993. In a statement to his audience, he said “I think it will be at least a year or so, but sometime in the not too distant future, 2015 for the love of God.” The announcement came as a surprise to CBS. As Letterman announced on last night’s show, he phoned Leslie Moonves, the network chief executive, just before stepping out on stage.

    March Jobs Report Shows 192K New Jobs http://rtvote.com/1k7wqW4
    It’s the first Friday of the month, which means… *drum roll*… the BLS Jobs numbers are out! The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 192K jobs were added in March, which, though less than had been hoped for, still comes in 37K jobs higher than expected. The unemployment rate remains at 6.7%, mostly due to an increase of half-a-million people in the labor force (which is a good sign– more people looking for more jobs means more growth. Learned that one in Econ 101).

    Mozilla Co-Founder Resigns Over Gay-Rights Controversy http://rtvote.com/1dXXHrb
    Mozilla is learning a tough lesson this week: don’t poke the internet because it fights back. After news broke of CEO Brendan Eich’s opposition to same-sex marriage (the techie had donated $1000 to a campaign in support of California’s Prop 8), the tech world rose up in protest. The popular dating website OK Cupid banned users from accessing its website through the Mozilla Firefox web browser, urging “that our users not use Mozilla software to access OkCupid.” Eich has since resigned from his position, and Mozilla released a statement yesterday saying “we haven’t stayed true to ourselves.”

    Scientists Find Water on Saturn’s Moon http://rtvote.com/QLakfr
    All eyes are on Saturn’s moon Enceladus this week as scientists report the likelihood of a massive underwater ocean the size of Lake Superior. Enceladus is only 300 miles wide, which makes its diameter approximately the same width as the state of Arizona. So does this mean life could exist there? The jury is still out, but scientists say that life could “happen quickly” if conditions are right.

    CULTURAL

    Kristen Bell Sings “Do You Want to Build A Snowman?” Live, Proves How Awesome She Really Is, http://rtvote.com/1hcpBQZ

    Snookie Reveals She’s Pregnant, Expecting Second Baby With Fiance Jionni LaValle, http://rtvote.com/1i7Benp

    James Franco Admits to Flirting With 17-Year-Old: “I used bad judgment and I learned my lesson”, http://rtvote.com/OhG21r

    Emma Stone Reveals She Still Gets Starstruck , Shares a Hidden Talent Inspired by the Spice Girls, http://rtvote.com/1jaBrtl

    Emily Blunt: Motherhood “Is Really the Coolest Thing That’s Ever Happened to Me”, http://rtvote.com/1mPLGHb

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



    News Round-Up: October 9, 2013

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    Obama begins meeting with congressional caucuses; the World Bank president makes a plea for developing countries; stocks tumble as the shutdown keeps going; and an undercover officer may have been involved in the Alexian Lien incident. Meanwhile, the Sinead-Miley feud continues, and Kanye West is off the hook for anger management classes.

    -Sandy + Maura 

    CRUCIAL

    Obama to meet with congressional caucuseshttp://rtvote.com/18Pd0N8

    Day 9 of the shutdown has arrived. President Obama has announced that he will meet with Republican and Democratic congressional caucuses in the upcoming days. The first session will take place today at 4:30 PM EST with the House Democrats; the government shutdown and the possibility of a debt ceiling default will be discussed. 

    World Bank President: Debt debate could be direhttp://rtvote.com/1fgvYkR

    If the U.S. defaults because of a failure to raise the debt ceiling by October 17th, the consequences could be much more severe than what some Republicans think. The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, warns of the significant economic setbacks developing countries would experience as a result. Even during these times of uncertainty, these countries could experience a destabilization of stock markets and an increase in borrowing costs.

    Stocks: Nasdaq tumbles 2% as shutdown drags onhttp://rtvote.com/18NhDXW

    It was Day 8 of the government shutdown yesterday, and the stock market started to see numbers drop further and further. Even though the damage to stocks in the first seven days of the shutdown were limited, investors are beginning to become anxious. Many believe a default is avoidable, but the market will continue to fall unless a decision to raise the debt ceiling is made sooner rather than later.

    Official: Off-duty officer allegedly seen pounding SUV in video of attackhttp://rtvote.com/1fgMj9a

    An undercover police officer, who was riding with the motorcyclist gang from the infamous September 29th incident, may have been involved in Alexian Lien’s attack. The officer did not come forward for three days for fear that his cover would be blown. He has been assigned to desk duty, and it remains unclear whether or not he partook in Lien’s vicious beating.

    Taser use on 8-year-old justified, police in S.D. sayhttp://rtvote.com/1e92h23

    An unnamed police officer deployed his Taser at an 8-year-old girl, who was holding a knife to her chest, threatening suicide. Police Chief Bob Grandpre defends the officer’s action as something that may very well have saved the girl’s life. However, her parents are furious, claiming that tasering a young child is unjustifiable. The Taser company’s website describes the shock as mild to moderately painful. The child was not seriously injured.

    PUNDITS 

    Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman, and Jay Leno poke some fun at our government’s functionality (or lack thereof) in “Punchlines: Debt ceiling? Shutdown? One comic says bring it on”, http://rtvote.com/18Pu8Cj

    Eric Liu has some words of advice for Obama in “Four ways for Obama to lead U.S. out of crisis”,http://rtvote.com/1g0826q

    CULTURAL

    Sinead O’Connor Slams Miley Cyrus in Fourth Letter to Pop Star, http://rtvote.com/18NmyYJ

    Kanye West Ordered to Stay Away from Photographer, No Anger Management Classes Required,http://rtvote.com/18NmNTD

    Snooki Talks Anorexia Struggle During High School on Dancing with the Stars: “It Got Really, Really Bad”,http://rtvote.com/18NmUyE

    Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis to David Letterman, http://rtvote.com/1fgKjxC

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

    Monday, March 12th, 2012

    Afghan relations with the U.S. deteriorate after 16 civilians are killed by an American soldier; SCOTUS will soon hear arguments on health care law; the Justice Department tackles Texas’s voter ID law; and rumors are abound that CNN is poised to buy Mashable. Meanwhile, Richard Nixon’s love letters show his softer side; Louis C.K. pulls out of his Congressional Correspondence Dinner speech; Jon Hamm calls out Kim Kardashian; and Peyton Manning visits the Arizona Cardinals.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Taliban Vow Revenge For Alleged U.S. Attack On Civilians, http://n.pr/wvZ6BH
    After the arrest and detainment of a U.S. solider responsible for killing 16 Aghan civilians, nine of them children, the Taliban has vowed retaliation for the shooting spree. The Army staff sergeant responsible for the attacks surrendered himself immediately afterwards, but residents of the village report that there was more than one solider acting. The hostility between Afghanistan and the United States came shortly after U.S. troops had burned copies of the Quran. A new poll by The Washington Post and ABC News reveals that a majority of Americans no longer support the U.S. presence in Afghanistan, with 60 percent saying they feel it is “not worth fighting” there.

    Health Care Act Offers Roberts a Signature Case, http://nyti.ms/y2VMEV
    In two weeks, the Supreme Court of the United States will begin hearing arguments on the Obama administration’s signature health care law. The case may have the largest impact on Americans’ lives since Chief Justice John Roberts’s joined the Supreme Court. SCOTUS is allowing for six hours of testimony and arguments; the last case to have arguments longer than six hours was in 1966 when deciding the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act. Citizens United is the most famous case the Roberts court has decided so far. The decision will not be handed down until June.

    (via Washington Post) Justice Dept objects to Texas voter ID law because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued ID: The Justice Department’s civil rights division on Monday objected to a new photo ID requirement for voters in Texas because many Hispanic voters lack state-issued identification. Texas is the second state in recent months to become embroiled in a court battle with the Justice Department over photo ID requirements for voters.The Justice Department said Texas officials failed to show that the newly enacted law has neither a discriminatory purpose nor effect. In a letter to Texas officials that was also filed in the court case in Washington, the Justice Department said Hispanic voters in Texas are more than twice as likely than non-Hispanic voters to lack a driver’s license or personal state-issued photo ID. The department said that even the lowest estimates showed about half of Hispanic registered voters lack such identification, http://wapo.st/A4zmn4

    CNN to buy Mashable for around $200 million, report says, http://cnet.co/wmxKaN
    Rumors are circulating at the South by Southwest conference that CNN will pay more than $200 million to buy the social media blog Mashable. Founded in 2005 by Pete Cashmore, Mashable draws about 20 million unique visitors a month. So far reports only confirm that talks are being made but no deal has been reached yet.

    CULTURAL:

    Love letters reveal Nixon’s sensitive side, http://apne.ws/ws98kx

    F. Sherwood Rowland dies at 84; UC Irvine professor won Nobel Prize, http://apne.ws/ws98kx

    Michelle Obama To Appear On Letterman Show, http://huff.to/wLuSkL

    Louis C.K. Pulls Out of Radio & Television Congressional Correspondence Dinner Speech, http://bit.ly/y2GWTX

    Jon Hamm calls Kim Kardashian a ‘f**king idiot, http://thedc.com/yToEX9’

    Mitt Romney’s Spotify Playlist, http://huff.to/wOQC2p

    Rare Movie Posters Found In An Attic Expected To Fetch $250,000, http://huff.to/AfvUpC

    Courtney Love’s Ex-Assistant Tell-All Book: She’s a Delusional Drug Addict, http://bit.ly/zuWJSp

    Injury Forces Woods To Withdraw From Tournament, http://bit.ly/zZehcK

    Peyton Manning visits Cardinals, http://es.pn/z8v5zG

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 23, 2011

    Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

    Rebels heavily withdraw from Tripoli; Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, is safe and talking to reporters; the US braces for Hurricane Irene; Paul Ryan will not run for president; and Apple will make a less expensive 8GB iPhone 4. Meanwhile, celebrities are also superheroes: Ryan Gosling breaks up a street fight and Kate Winslet saves Richard Branson’s mother from a fire.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Fighting Erupts in Tripoli, http://on.wsj.com/qIdlPDG
    Muammar Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam is speaking to journalists despite yesterday’s reports that the rebels had captured him. He told reporters that Gaddafi is still “in control….We broke the back of the rebels. It was a trap.” The rebels have now substantially withdrew from Tripoli, controlling just a small section of it.

    Libya: the Hunt is on for Col. Gaddafi, http://tgr.ph/p0QUes
    Now that Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam has confirmed that his father is “safe,” NATO and others are looking for him in Libya. NATO is patrolling the air space around Tripoli, in case Gaddafi tries to leave by plane. U.S. spy airplanes are also monitoring land line and mobile phone use.

    Lawsuit Charges Wisconsin Voter ID Law Violates State Constitution, http://bit.ly/n0xeNi
    Wisconsin’s League of Women Voters is filing a suit against the state’s voter id law, reasoning that it violates the “right to vote” provision in the state’s constitution. Specifically, WI’s constitution says “that ‘every United States citizen age 18 or older who is a resident of the state may vote in their district.’” Republicans have fired back that they were careful not to violate the WI constitution, and that the LOWV is only suing within the state because it knows its case is not strong enough for a federal suit.

    Pipeline Foes Arrested in D.C., http://bit.ly/nJWp8B
    Six Nebraskans were arrested outside of the White House for protesting the Keystone XL pipeline, which would carry tar sands from Canada to Texas and pass through Nebraska. Protestors say the pipeline is environmentally unsafe and would “lead to a significant increase in greenhouse gas emissions and that potential oil spills from the pipeline would pose a danger to the aquifer.” Supporters of the pipeline argue that “the project would boost the country’s energy supplies, bring down gas prices and foster economic development and jobs.”

    (via POLITICO Playbook) –PAUL RYAN, the House Budget Committee chairman, issued a statement acknowledging that he had been tempted anew by the idea of running, but had rejected it. TPM’s cheeky lead: “The dream is dead.” From Ryan’s statement: “While humbled by the encouragement, I have not changed my mind, and therefore I am not seeking our party’s nomination for President. I remain hopeful that our party will nominate a candidate committed to a pro-growth agenda of reform that restores the promise and prosperity of our exceptional nation.”

    Apple Suppliers Building Cheaper, 8GB iPhone, http://reut.rs/n8Bpd4
    Apple is building a less expensive, 8GB iPhone 4 that will be released within weeks. The iPhone 5 is still set to launch at the end of September.

    CULTURAL:

    Letterman Responds to Death Threats in Monologue, http://nyti.ms/n8rmVO

    Angel Pagan Delayed in Bathroom While on Deck, http://nydn.us/qszOqa

    Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries Leave for Honeymoon, http://on.mtv.com/nHiP1G

    Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck Expecting Third Baby, http://on.mtv.com/oTbiKP

    Ryan Gosling Breaks Up NY Street Brawl, http://bit.ly/nK6aWV

    Winslet Helped Rescue Branson’s Mother from Fire, http://bo.st/oyDoNS

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