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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    UConn wins a victory in the NCAA Tourney; Russia threatens civil war; and a recent study revealed a gender gap in wages at the White House. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is not proud of his extramarital affair; Blake Shelton dissed Brittany Spears; and Erin Andrews responds to rumors of “diva” behavior.

    -Gianna & Maura


    Shabazz Napier, UConn too much for Kentucky, seize national title: http://rtvote.com/1ipKJOX
    Last night, UConn took home an NCAA win. Senior guard Shabazz Napier’s performance of 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists, ultimately led the UConn Huskies to a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky. One key aspect of the 6 point victory was Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws. When UConn’s coach, Kevin Ollie, was asked about his team’s victory he said: “Somebody told me we were Cinderellas, and I was like, no, we’re UConn, This is what we do.”

    As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny: http://rtvote.com/PMe1Rd
    Today, President Obama will call attention to the fact that women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. However, a recent January study has shown that women in the White House only fare slightly better, making 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. As midterm elections are swiftly approaching, this study reveals yet another political sensitivity to a complicated set of gender related issues and gender related policy.

    Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts: http://rtvote.com/1g2x5Ew
    On Tuesday, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities, Russia warned that any use of force in Ukraine’s eastern region could lead to civil war.The Russian government released a statement on their website saying: “We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war.”As this situation progresses, US Navy warship, USS Donald Cook, is due to enter the Black Sea no later than Thursday to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies.

    Katie Couric: LBJ’s Daughters On Civil Rights Act At 50: http://rtvote.com/1eoFcan
    In a recent interview with Katie Couric, former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, discussed the Civil Rights Act in light of the Civil Rights summit to be held at their father’s library this week, which will include civil rights leaders and four living U.S. Presidents. The duo also discussed gay rights and marriage equality as being the civil rights issue of today.


    “Simon Cowell “Not Proud” of Lauren Silverman Extramarital Affair”: http://rtvote.com/1lNXERw

    “Blake Shelton Disses Britney Spears at the ACM Awards”: http://rtvote.com/1mZr38L

    “Erin Andrews Responds to Rumors of “Diva” Behavior on Dancing With the Stars”: http://rtvote.com/1kH3JLC

    “16 Things Drake Looked Like When Kentucky Lost The National Championship”: http://rtvote.com/PMBamm

    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: Friday, January 17, 2014

    Friday, January 17th, 2014

    President Obama addresses the nation on NSA spying programs; the $1.1T spending bill will head to the White House; and a harsh Pennsylvania voter ID law is struck down by a state court judge. Meanwhile, FLOTUS turns 50 and fabulous!; Kim K flashes new photos of baby North; and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival commences.

    - Maura


    Obama calls for significant changes in collection of phone records of U.S. citizens, http://rtvote.com/1adj0Ug 
    Addressing the nation Friday morning from the Department of Justice, President Obama called for new reforms to NSA spying programs on U.S. citizens. After a six-month controversy, the president has ordered significant changes to the way the NSA collects & uses telephone records of U.S. citizens. He also advocated to end eavesdropping on many foreign leaders and allies of our country in order to rebuild their trust in the U.S. intelligence community.

    With Senate’s OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads to Obama,http://rtvote.com/1hywNEt
    The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill will now head to President Obama’s desk for a signature. The bill will prevent any gaps in government funding and provide a less harsh effect on automatic spending cuts. The Senate voted 72-26 to pass the spending legislation and reduce the likelihood of a government shutdown, at least for the upcoming election season.

    Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’http://rtvote.com/KnCoRK
    During a question and answer session Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, offered a statement that was apparently meant to be a reassuring answer for visitors to the Games. After being asked about Russia’s attitude toward gays, a controversial subject surround the upcoming events, Putin said that “one can feel calm and at ease. Just leave the kids alone.” Unfortunately Mr. Putin, I don’t think that’s the reassuring answer that most people were hoping for…

    Members of Congress Introduce New Fix For Voting Rights Act,http://rtvote.com/1m9ngUq
    Last summer the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when they released their ruling to the Shelby County v. Holder case. This ruling made it much easier for states with a history of discriminatory voting laws to enact new restrictive laws without federal supervision. Yesterday, the first bi-partisan solution was offered when legislation was introduced to help strengthen the Voting Rights Act.

    Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down, http://rtvote.com/19zLsPB
    Judge Bernard L. McGinley, a state court judge, struck down a controversial voter ID law in Pennsylvania Friday morning. After a twelve-day trial last summer debating the law, Judge McGinley ruled that the law placed an unreasonable burden on people trying to exercise their fundamental right to vote. 


    Kim Kardashian Shares New Pics of Baby North West, Talks Summer Wedding With Kanye West, http://rtvote.com/1avSIqX

    Michelle Obama Proudly Shows Off Her AARP Card on 50th Birthday,http://rtvote.com/1fFFqzJ

    Drake, Nina Dobrev, and More Degrassi Alums: Where are they now?,http://rtvote.com/1adbmcs

    Melissa McCarthy Returning to Host Saturday Night Live on February 1,http://rtvote.com/1jbj4GI

    Sundance 2014: Miles Teller Talks Divergent, Getting Naked in That Awkward Moment and His Rock Band Past, http://rtvote.com/KnzLzi

    Michelle Obama Turns 50! Let’s Look Back at FLOTUS’ Best Fashions So Far, http://rtvote.com/1jbjKvL

    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: November 15, 2013

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

    San Francisco turns into Gotham City for a day; Toronto’s city council strips notorious mayor, Rob Ford, of some power after another public embarrassment; and one of the largest child pornography schemes has been busted. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy is out of rehab, and RiRi and Drake drop $17,000 at a strip club together.

    -Sandy + Maura



    San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish to be Batkid come true,http://rtvote.com/HXc0ht
    San Francisco is no more. The City by the Bay is officially Gotham City… at least for today. The city-wide transformation is all for Miles, a five-year-old who has successfully battled leukemia since he was only a year old. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the power of social media, Miles’s dreams will come true as he fights villains alongside Batman as “Batkid”. Thanks for keeping Gotham City safe, Batkid!

    Toronto’s City Council votes to strip embattled mayor of some powerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAbMHq
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford just can’t help himself. After adding to his list of missteps with some very vulgar comments about oral sex on live Canadian television, Toronto’s city council decided Friday to strip Ford of his ability to appoint and dismiss his senior staff. Even though his power on the political stage is shrinking, don’t expect to see any less of him. Mayor Ford and his brother, Doug, will begin their new “Ford Nation” television show on Monday (No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was.).

    Woman sells wedding ring for tickets to Chiefs-Broncos gamehttp://rtvote.com/1dyLTqX
    A woman found a buyer on Craigslist who traded his football game tickets for her wedding ring. Don’t stress – she claims the ring was from a previous marriage. The buyer will be using his new ring to propose to his girlfriend this Sunday. Smart trade, guys. The ex-wife gets to see some men with tight butts play a good game of football, and Mr. Buyer gets a happy fiancée. What could be better?

    Canada Says 386 Kids Rescued in Child Porn Busthttp://rtvote.com/HQpZor
    Canadian police have released the details on one of the largest child porn busts they’ve seen to date. The investigation, dubbed the Project Spade operation, has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people. 108 of those arrests were made in Canada, and 76 in the United States. The remaining arrests were made in other countries. Amongst the perpetrators were school teachers, doctors, and actors.

    China easing 1-child policy amid elderly bloomhttp://rtvote.com/1j9xH99
    The ruling Communist Party of China has said they will loosen its decades-old one-child policy. Labor camps, which are currently used by local officials to deal with people who challenge their authority on issues including land rights and corruption, will also be abolished.



    R&B singer Chris Brown out of rehab, working on community service requirement,http://rtvote.com/HULoNE

    Adam Levine Plays Coy About People’s Sexiest Man Alive Rumor, Reveals Wedding Details onTodayhttp://rtvote.com/17yAvwH

    Rihanna and Drake Drop More Than $17,000 Together at Strip Club in Houston: Exclusive Details,http://rtvote.com/1aXNHfa

    Pregnant Megan Fox Covers Baby Bump During Lunch Outing With Hubby Brian Austin Green,http://rtvote.com/18ACSdl


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

    News Round-Up: Monday, May 20, 2013

    Monday, May 20th, 2013

    A fatal tornado in Oklahoma leaves one dead; Iraq endures multiple car bomb attacks; Obama’s Counsel was informed of IRS Audit findings in April; the Syrian army pushes farther into Qusayr; Yahoo buys Tumblr; and China asks North Korea to return a seized boat and its 16-man crew. Meanwhile, Drake and Kanye West will guest star in ‘Anchorman 2,’ and Justin Bieber is booed at the Billboard Music Awards.

    Caitlin + Alexis


    Tornadoes hit Plains, Midwest; 1 dead in Okla., http://usat.ly/12FRcQP
    A 79-year-old man was killed Sunday night when a tornado hit his mobile home in Shawnee, Oklahoma. The tornado was part of a larger severe weather system made up of many different tornadoes. At least twenty more people in Oklahoma were injured. Storms are expected to continue today.

    Car bomb attacks kill dozens in Iraqi cities, http://bbc.in/12FYtQG
    A string of car bomb attacks in central and southern Iraq has left at least 54 dead and many more injured. Baghdad experienced the worst of the attacks, enduring nine explosions in many Shia Muslim districts of the city.

    Obama’s Counsel Was Told of IRS Audit Findings Weeks Ago, http://on.wsj.com/17RmAQR
    During the week of April 22, the Treasury Department attorneys informed the Office of the White House Counsel and its head, Kathryn Ruemmler, that an inspector general’s report was nearing completion. Ms. Ruemmler had been told that a few IRS employees had targeted conservative groups labeling them with terms such as ‘tea party’ and ‘patriot.’ Many have argued that the president should have been notified of the scandal as soon as it surfaced.

    Syrian offensive on Qusayr deepens, http://aje.me/14EWQ5Y
    In Syria, 13 Hezbollah fighters and more than 52 opposition activists have died as the Syrian Army continues to push deeper into Qusayr near the Lebanese border. Amidst rumors that President Bashar al-Assad has recruited soldiers from outside of the Syrian borders, he claims that the Syrian military “needs no support form any Arab or foreign state.”

    China asks North Korea to free seized boat, http://bbc.in/Z6JT6r
    On May 5th, North Korea captured a Chinese fishing boat and its 16-man crew, which it has since been holding captive. China has asked North Korea to free the boat and crew. The North Korean captors has called the boat owner, Mr. Yu, eight times demanding a 600,000 yuan ransom. Chinese diplomats in Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, have been working on the issue since May 10th.

    Gay marriage: Downing Street pleads with Labour to save bill, http://bit.ly/12MJ9jU
    Prime Minister of Britain David Cameron faces opposition in his own party around the issue of gay marriage. On Monday, up to 150 Conservative M.P.s threatened to vote against legalizing same-sex marriage throughout the country. The bill is being tabled by former Tory minister, Tim Loughton, who does not not support gay marriage. He has proposed a bill to allow for civil unions for same-sex couples, instead. Loughton has waged an argument with an unsupported claim that same-sex marriage would cost taxpayers £4 billion in ‘new “survivors” pensions.’ If Labor leader Ed Milibrand can turn the tables and pass the bill legalizing same-sex marriage, he is on his way to gaining serious political capital.

    Yahoo Deal Shows Power Shift, http://on.wsj.com/18VzXP1
    It was announced Monday that Yahoo Inc. has agreed to buy Tumblr for $1.1 billion. Yahoo brings staying power and money to the table, while Tumblr offers Yahoo a fast-growing community of users. CEO and founder of Tumblr, David Karp, will remain chief executive throughout the shift in ownership, and Tumblr will continue to be operated as an independent business.


    ‘Anchorman 2’: New trailer released as Will Ferrell, Christina Applegate spotted filming sequel in New York City, http://nydn.us/15WjsU9

    Justin Bieber booed at 2013 Billboard Music Awards, http://cbsn.ws/13Bvknm

    A Parking Lot With a Beat, http://nyti.ms/17RIV0w

    Decisions, Decisions: Taking Over for Vonnegut, http://nyti.ms/1151Gej

    An English actress, transformed by Washington, http://wapo.st/10Dr1Gh

    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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, June 14, 2012

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012

    An Air Force Osprey crashes injuring five; the U.S. is increasing security presence at foreign airports; and Obama and Romney head to Ohio. In other news, Solar Mosaic gets $2 million from the Dept. of Energy, and “Game of Thrones” apologizes featuring a severed head resembling former President George W. Bush.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Air Force Osprey crash at Florida base injures five, http://bit.ly/Kq1fTs
    An Air Force CV-22 Osprey crashed yesterday during a routine training mission north of Navarre, Florida. All five crewmembers were injured. The tilt-rotor aircraft can fly like an airplane and land like a helicopter, but its safety has been questionable. Thankfully the last crash was not as dire as those in 1992 and 2000—crashes that claimed more than 20 military and civilian lives.

    U.S. Security Expands Presence at Foreign Airports, http://nyti.ms/Mtjp5B
    The Obama administration has implemented new Customs and Border Control procedures at airports in Ireland, Madrid, Panama, and Japan. Visitors to the U.S. and those returning from abroad will now undergo U.S. clearance before boarding the plane in addition to the security of the respective countries’ airports. These new measures are the newest line of defense against terrorist attacks against the U.S.

    Dept. of Energy throws millions at a startup trying to make solar energy mainstream, http://wapo.st/Nl8oXf
    The U.S. Department of Energy just granted $2 million to Solar Mosaic, a company that will help normal Americans to start using solar energy in their everyday lives. Though it is still in its pre-launch period, the first five projects have collectively generated 73kW of clean solar energy—more than half a million dollars’ worth of energy—and added over 2,700 job hours for workers in areas such as Oakland, Calif., and the Navajo Nation in Arizona.

    In dueling Ohio events, Obama, Romney to sell economic visions, http://cbsn.ws/LnTsS9
    President Obama and Mitt Romney both head to Ohio, one of the election’s key battleground states, today to discuss the economy. Romney will be speaking in Cincinnati, and has predicted that Obama will use his speech to “change course” after his comments last week that the private sector was “doing fine.” Obama, speaking at a community college in Cleveland, will be sure to underscore the dire economic situation he inherited upon taking office in 2009.


    HBO apologizes after ‘Game of Thrones’ scene featured severed head resembling former President George W. Bush, http://nydn.us/KEiblK

    Chris Brown Injured In BAR FIGHT with Drake’s Entourage, http://bit.ly/LbQIvO

    R. Kelly I Believe I Can … NOT PAY MY TAXES, http://bit.ly/LNce9R

    ‘Magic Mike’ red band trailer rewind warning! http://bit.ly/LWOBrG


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

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