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    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
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    News Round-Up: November 18, 2013

    Monday, November 18th, 2013

    Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin awaits his execution; the Cheney sisters bicker over Facebook; and a father stands trial for leaving his gun loaded and unsecured, which led to his 4-year-old killing their next-door-neighbor. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence talks about her social anxiety, and a VS Angel takes back her slam on Taylor Swift.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Top Syrian rebel commander Abdul Qadir al-Saleh dieshttp://rtvote.com/17Eh9AV
    A top Syrian rebel commander has died of wounds sustained in an air strike on a rebel-held air base in Aleppo province on Thursday. Abdul Qadir al-Saleh was the leader of Liwa al-Tawhid, one of the main rebel forces in Aleppo. BBC Reporter James Reynolds says this is a “big symbolic victory” for Mr. Assad’s forces.

    Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin prepares to diehttp://rtvote.com/HVf39c
    Joseph Paul Franklin, the man who murdered 22 people between 1977 to 1980, is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday in Missouri. His victims included Jewish people, African-Americans, and interracial couples. His mission was “to get a race war started.”

    D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fixhttp://rtvote.com/I1kJ2b
    A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to dismantle a major part of the Affordable Care Act, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired. White had expressed his opposition to President Obama’s Thursday announcement that those whose plans would be canceled could keep their policies for another year.

    Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Familyhttp://rtvote.com/1amp9ea
    Mary and Liz Cheney are no longer the adorably close sisters who tagged along on their father’s campaigns. A feud has erupted between them, and they’ve taken it to social media. Things started yesterday when Liz appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and said she opposed same-sex marriage. Her sister, who is homosexual, fired back at her on Facebook.

    Father of boy, 4, who killed playmate rejects plea dealhttp://rtvote.com/1aBJn2w
    Anthony Senatore’s 4-year-old son got a hold of his father’s loaded rifle on April 8th and shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor. The gun was unsecured in Senatore’s bedroom, and he now faces five charges of child endangerment. The parents of the six-year-old victim, Brandon Holt, are also filing a lawsuit against Robert and Melissa Senatore, seeking more than $1 million in damages.

     

    CULTURAL

    Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Make First Red Carpet Appearance in Six Months, http://rtvote.com/17hemAH

    Ireland Baldwin Defends Alec Baldwin on Twitter: “Let My Dad Be,” http://rtvote.com/HVpUjy

    Jennifer Lawrence Reveals She Suffered From Social Anxiety, Used Acting to Cope, http://rtvote.com/1gYFkCx

    Victoria’s Secret Angel Jessica Hart Backtracks After Taylor Swift Criticism, http://rtvote.com/1amBHCh

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    News-Round Up: Thursday, August 25, 2011

    Thursday, August 25th, 2011

    Steve Jobs resigns from Apple; everyone wants to know, who is Tim Cook?; Irene hits the Bahamas and Puerto Rico and causes evacuations in North Carolina; The National Zoo reports on animals predicting the earthquake; Perry passes Romney in the polls; Amazon jumps on the deals wagon; and Vanity Fair takes us through the sartorial splendor of Col. Gaddafi.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Jobs’s Legacy: Changing How We Live, http://on.wsj.com/nET5La
    Steve Jobs announced last night that he will be resigning as CEO of Apple. He will serve as active chairman of the board while his right hand man, Tim Cook, takes over as CEO. Many wonder if Jobs’ announcement is due to the cancer he has fought on and off for seven years. The Wall Street Journal claims that his decision had nothing to do with his health, and that he will be very involved in the development of major products.

    Hurricane Irene to Become Category 4, http://1.usa.gov/13fCnH
    Hurricane Irene is expected to become a Category 4 storm today with winds surpassing 131 mph. Evacuation of Outer Banks, NC has begun in anticipation of Irene hitting on Saturday. This morning, the storm passed through the Bahamas, giving it 15 inches of rain. You can track the storm at the above link.

    Picture: Highway in Ponce, Puerto Rico after Hurricane Irene, http://bit.ly/n3GzQ0

    Rebels Target Gaddafi’s Hometown, http://bbc.in/ruHil1
    While Gaddafi supporters and rebels are still fighting in Tripoli, some rebels have decided to move on to Sirte, Gaddafi’s birthplace and the place where he is allegedly hiding. Once there, rebels hope to negotiate instead of fight.

    Picture: The “decoration” of Gaddafi, http://bit.ly/dMJMQS

    Zoo Mystery: How Did Apes and Birds Know Quake Was Coming?, http://wapo.st/piIjSW
    The National Zoo in D.C. recorded its animals’ behaviors before, during, and after Tuesday’s earthquake. It seems that many of the animals predicted the earthquake. For example, the apes stopped eating and climbed up their tree-like structure seconds before it started. The flamingos huddled into a group before the quake began and then remained in the same formation during it. 15 minutes before, the red ruffed lemurs let out a warning call and then once more, right before the shaking started. Not all the animals were so prepared. According to the zoo, “the black-and-rufous giant elephant shrew hid in his habitat and refused to come out for afternoon feeding.”

    (via POLITICO Playbook) SNEAK PEEK – - OBAMA CAMPAIGN launches “Project Vote,” a campaign-within-a-campaign aimed at increasing registration and participation among base constituencies – including young voters, seniors, African Americans and Hispanics, plus Native Americans and gay and lesbian voters. This effort — what used to be called base-constituency campaigns — melds field, political, outreach and communications, with a special focus on voter registration among groups that have historically under-participated, and base voters who have recently moved into a state or a community. An Obama 2012 official said: “The big goal here it to expand the electorate. That’s how we won in 2008, and we think that’s the path to victory again in 2012. There’s a registration component, and a turnout component for sporadic voters.”

    Steve Jobs 2.0, http://bit.ly/qCcvGv
    Everyone is buzzing about Steve Jobs’s replacement, Tim Cook. Cook started with Apple in 1998 and successfully revamped its manufacturing strategies and demand estimations. Recently named the most powerful gay person in America by Out Magazine, Cook wakes up at 4:30 am to work out and seems to eat only energy bars. Acquaintances have called him “calm, quiet – and deadly.”

    Steve Jobs’s Resignation Letter, http://on.mash.to/riHhfo

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) AMAZON DEALS HIT NYC: The retail giant is expected to announce today its daily deals offerings in Manhattan and Brooklyn, The NYT reports. http://nyti.ms/ov9AxX

    CULTURAL:

    Orioles: Former Pitcher Flanagan Found Dead, http://bsun.md/nJIDMb

    Colonel Gaddafi – A Life in Fashion, http://vnty.fr/105aFX

    ‘Treme’ Actor Michael Showers is Dead at 45, http://lat.ms/mRoaaI

    Jim Carrey Launches Website, Professes Love for Emma Stone, http://reut.rs/qcOAvN

    Russell Armstrong’s Funeral Held in Hollywood Hills, Not Filmed by Bravo, http://bit.ly/o42SEh

    Picture: “Would Not Recommend,” http://imgur.com/kwfcc

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, September 17, 2010

    Friday, September 17th, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have Ohio voters seeking equal access to mail-in ballots, Obama naming Wall Street critic Elizabeth Warren as an adviser, and Lady Gaga asks the Senate to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

    CRUCIAL:

    BP completes relief well in Gulf of Mexico: http://bit.ly/aHmQOz

    The completion of this well should allow BP to permanently seal the well at the heart of the spill.

    Obama to name Wall Street critic Warren to consumer job: http://bit.ly/bfioWr

    Elizabeth Warren will serve as an adviser in setting up the new U.S. consumer financial watch dog.

    Pennsylvania voters facing ads barrage from Joe Sestak and Pat Toomey: http://bit.ly/ardcR5

    The candidates for Senate in Pennsylvania are taking to the airwaves to cast each other as extremists.

    Lawsuit seeks end to Cuyahoga voters’ edge in casting ballot by mail: http://bit.ly/cfwazg

    Some Ohio voters have gone to court saying that all counties should encourage mail-in ballots the same way, or none at all.

    CULTURAL:

    Lady Gaga to Senate: ‘Repeal ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”: http://bit.ly/9shkEK

    In a YouTube video, Gaga says “”It is my belief that no one person is more valuable than another.” Click the link to see it for yourself.

    Movie review: ‘Easy A’ makes the grade: http://lat.ms/dj4UVI

    The new movie starring Emma Stone is getting some very positive reviews.


    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    @thomasyarnell
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