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    News Round-Up: Friday, February 14, 2014

    Friday, February 14th, 2014

    Tens of thousands evacuate Indonesia after volcanic eruption; Facebook adds up to 10 gender pronoun choices; snow hits hard on the East Coast; and President Obama announces a $1 billion climate fund proposal. Meanwhile, the day you’ve been LONG waiting for has arrived—House of Cards Season 2 is on Netflix!; an Olympic skier saves some adorable puppies in Sochi; and in celebration of Valentine’s Day, we have a list of 21 awkward greeting cards that will make your sides hurt with laughter.

    Happy Valentine’s Day Rockers!




    D.C. Region Begins Digging Out After Major Snowstorm Finally Moves On, http://rtvote.com/MRS1m3 Grab your snow boots and watch out for the ice! Another snowstorm swept through the region yesterday, blanketing major parts of the East Coast. The wintry onslaught left at least 21 people dead, including a pregnant woman who was struck by a snowplow in New York City. On Wednesday and Thursday, the snowstorm moved up from the South and left 1.2 million utility customers without power. And, as for snow coverage, the Northeast region near Pennsylvania got more than 22 inches and parts of upstate New York got 27!

    Indonesia Volcano Erupts; 76,000 Evacuated, Most of Java’s Airport Shut, http://rtvote.com/1dsISL8
    The Mount Kelud volcano, located in the province of East Java in Indonesia, erupted Thursday night sending 10 miles of ash into the air. Over 76,000 people have now fled their homes and flights across most of Java, Indonesia’s densely populated island, were grounded. Mount Kelud is one of 130 active volcanoes in the world’s fourth most populous country, which sits along the “Ring of Fire” volcanic belt around the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

    Vladimir Putin Visits Team USA in Sochi, http://rtvote.com/1nyRPUd
    Russian President Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the USA House, which is a meeting place for the athletes and their families. The visit had been kept low key, and visitors at the U.S. Olympic Committee headquarters were stunned when he appeared. Mr. Putin has been making his rounds sporadically at national organizing committee spotlights.

    Facebook Opens Up LBGTQ-Friendly Gender Identity And Pronoun Options, http://rtvote.com/1bRXkIm Facebook recently updated gender options for their users.  Aside from the usual “male” and “female” options, users can choose up to 10 different gender definitions to describe themselves out of more than 50 options.  Some of those options include, “cisgender”, “transgender”, and “intersex.” Not only will the gender choice show up on the user’s About page, but it will show up in all other pronouns on the site that refer to that user.

    Obama to propose $1 billion climate fund, http://rtvote.com/1kHD0Se
    In an effort to bring climate change to the forefront, President Obama is preparing to ask Congress to set up a $1 billion “Climate Resilience Fund” in his proposed budget next month. According to the White House, the fund would go to research on the projected impacts of climate change, help communities prepare for climate change’s effects, and fund “breakthrough technologies and resilient infrastructure.” On Friday, the President will travel to Fresno, California to discuss the impact of drought in the Western U.S. and to announce his climate fund proposal.


    Skier Gus Kenworthy Proves His Heart of Gold By Saving Puppies in Sochi, http://rtvote.com/MPtvlE

    The Coolest Teachers Ever Announce Snow Day With Hilarious Rap,http://rtvote.com/1btlluR

    21 Awkward Valentine’s Day Cards For Your Confusing Modern Relationship, http://rtvote.com/1c3KhHg

    Bethenny Frankel’s Daytime Talk Show Cancelled, Not Renewed for Second Season, http://rtvote.com/1dPCppi

    President Obama’s Twitter Account: No ‘House of Cards’ Spoilers,http://rtvote.com/1gAmTly

    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: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

    Another massive snowstorm hammers the East; a package bomb kills a former lawyer; Tom Brokaw reveals some shocking news; and a sinkhole opens up at a museum. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes talks Ryan Gosling; Taylor Swift goes through some major hair changes; Shia LaBeouf makes headlines; and a special dinner was held at the White House last night: see the pics! 

    -Veronica + Maura


    Ice hits South, Northeast is next: http://rtvote.com/1bMy1ro
    Thousands of people are without power as a massive ice and snow storm moves up the East Coast. States including Georgia and Alabama have been pelted by ice. The storm is supposed to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow on Washington, DC and 6 to 10 inches expected in New York City. Transportation has been greatly affected; Amtrak suspended some rail services on Wednesday and more than 2,600 flights have been cancelled. Five people have reportedly been killed due to weather-related accidents.

    Package bomb kills lawyer: http://rtvote.com/1ntYVcO
    John Setzer of Lebanon, Tennessee was killed on Monday after a package exploded in his face. His wife was seriously injured. Setzer was a retired lawyer and pastor, according to his law partner. Neighbors were shocked and are now terrified to look in their mailboxes, even though police officers checked everyone’s during the investigation of the Setzer case. An $8,000 reward will be given to anyone with information about this attack.

    Tom Brokaw says he has cancer: http://rtvote.com/1cwdd7x
    Tom Brokhaw, the former NBC Nightly News anchor is being treated for cancer. Brokhaw, 74, has been diagnosed with “multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow” back in August. Doctors are optimistic due to the progress he is making, even though the cancer is serious.

    November trial date set in Boston bombing: http://rtvote.com/1cwf3oO
    The trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the only living suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been set for November 3rd. Prosecutors have proposed that Tsarnaev face the death penalty if he is found guilty. The trial is expected to last twelve weeks, and is being done a year earlier than what defense lawyers wanted. Tsarnaev, 20, has been accused (along with his now-deceased older brother) of setting up the bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260 others.

    Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at museum: http://rtvote.com/1eQe4pt
    The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky lost eight of its vintage cars to a sinkhole Wednesday morning. When the police arrived, they found a sinkhole measuring 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep. Employees are trying to document which cars fell into the hole to assess the cost of damage. The museum will be open Wednesday, but the Sky Dome (the site of the sinkhole) will be off-limits to visitors.


    Sorry everyone: Ryan Gosling is still off the market: http://rtvote.com/ML8Zm2

    Taylor Swift chops off her hair: http://rtvote.com/1kBXDiE

    Julia Roberts’ half-sister found dead: http://rtvote.com/1nu42JK

    What is up with Shia LaBeouf? http://rtvote.com/1eU9STU 

    See the best pics from last night’s State Dinner: http://rtvote.com/1bMGeeU

    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, July 22, 2011

    Friday, July 22nd, 2011

    An explosion occurred in downtown Oslo, Norway knocking out all the windows of the 17-story building where the Prime Minister’s office is located, the massive heat wave continues across the U.S, the Senate rejected the “Cut, Cap and Balance” deficit reduction plan, but House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have already moved on to negotiations on a different deficit reduction plan, NFL owners approved a new CBA, and Russia now classifies beer as alcoholic.

    A 101-year-old woman in Wisconsin who has voted in every federal, state and local election for 83 years must now prove her identity with a photo ID, New York City expects to meet the demand for same-sex marriages on Sunday, and 1 million copies of OS X Lion have already sold.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    At least one person reported killed in Oslo blast,
    USA Today has live updates on the explosion in downtown Oslo, Norway that reportedly injured 8 people and killed one. The explosion knocked out all the windows of the 17-story building where the Prime Minister’s office is located, but Norweigian news agencies report that he is safe.

    East Coast broils as temps soar, air quality plummets,
    A massive heat wave is continuing to wreak havoc across the United States. High temperatures have already killed 22 people, and 29 states are still under a heat advisory today. The heat caused a “code red” air quality advisory in DC and Baltimore, and left cattle in drought-ravaged Oklahoma starving.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    The Senate has blocked the conservative version of a deficit reduction plan known as “Cut, Cap and Balance” on a party line 51-46 vote. The procedural vote was to “table” the bill, meaning a “yes” vote would yank the bill from the Senate floor. The House passed the same plan earlier this week, and the Senate rejection comes as House Speaker John Boehner and President Barack Obama have already moved on to negotiations on a different deficit reduction plan.

    Boehner and Obama Nearing Deal on Cuts and Taxes,
    President Obama and Republican House speaker, John Boehner, are closing in on a package calling for as much as $3 trillion in savings from spending cuts. The White House wants a trigger that would raise taxes on the wealthy, and some Democrats are frustrated with all of Mr. Obama’s concessions.

    NFL lockout: Owners approve proposed labor agreement,
    NFL owners voted 31-0, with the Oakland Raiders abstaining, to approve a new collective bargaining agreement through the 2020 season. The new agreement gives players 47% of revenue, cutting salaries for rookies. The lockout could end tomorrow if the players vote to accept the agreement.

    Russia classifies beer as alcoholic,
    Before Russian President Medvedev signed a new bill into law this week, the country considered anything with less than 10% alcohol content to be “foodstuff.” Beer has seen a huge increase in popularity in Russia, with sales growing 40% while vodka sales dropped by 30%.

    Plain Talk: 101-year-old disgusted with Walker’s voter ID law,
    With the new Wisconsin law, a 101-year-old woman who has voted in every federal, state and local election for 83 years must prove identity with a photo ID.

    In Marriage Lottery, City Expects to Meet Demand,
    823 same-sex couples in New York entered a lottery for the chance to get married on Sunday, the the first day that same-sex marriage will be permitted in the state.  All 823 couples will be accommodated, although 74 couples who had hoped to marry in Manhattan will be asked to go to another borough. City Council speaker Christine C. Quinn said in a statement, “Everybody wins.”

    1 million copies of OS X Lion already sold,
    The $30 update to Apple’s operating system only went on sale Wednesday morning, but two days was enough time for a million Mac users to upgrade. Despite being sold only as a digital download and not on a disk, it’s the fastest sales rate ever for Apple.


    “Glee’s” Darren Criss may take over ‘How to Succeed,’ http://bit.ly/pPcSc0

    Kate’s Wedding Dress Goes on Display! http://bit.ly/mQBbab

    Arnold & Maria’s Son Hospitalized After Surfing Accident, http://bit.ly/pkzf3g

    Five Reasons You Need To See ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ http://bit.ly/neKChG

    Why Did the Glee Kids Have to Learn of Their Termination Via Twitter? http://eonli.ne/pKOvFt

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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