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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 9, 2014

    Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

    A stabbing at a Pennsylvania high school leaves 20 students injured; Rep. Vance McAllister’s staffer resigns after kissing incident; Police search for a possible serial sniper in Kansas City; and a new breakthrough in paralysis research has occurred. Meanwhile, Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway put a cabaret spin on some top hip hop songs; Prince George has a play date down under; and Miley discusses her freedom without Disney or Liam Hemsworth.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Philadelphia Flyers, my (Veronica’s) hometown hockey team, on clinching a NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs spot last night. Let’s go Flyers!

    - Veronica + Maura


    DEVELOPING STORY: 20 injured in Pittsburgh-area high school stabbing: http://rtvote.com/1qqQ250
    At least 20 students have been injured at Franklin Regional Senior High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. An adult is also being treated for an unspecified medical condition. Four students have been taken to the hospital via helicopter and some students’ injuries are life-threatening. A hallway and a classroom were the setting for the potentially deadly stabbing. All schools are now secure, but the district’s elementary schools are closed for the day. The suspect, a sophomore boy, is now in custody.

    Spinal cord work is unexpected shocker: ‘This is a breakthrough’: http://rtvote.com/1qiwa5T
    Neuroscientist Susan Harkema had been running a study to try to learn more about “nerve pathways” by stimulating the spinal cords of paralyzed people through electricity. However, she managed to enable her patients to move their legs. All of her patients have been able to move their toes, move their legs around, sit up on their own, and even do sit ups! Harkema says this is the first time electrical stimulation to the spine and show results. Co-founder of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis Dr. Barth Green says that “This is a breakthrough. It shows you can have a living spinal cord under the layer of their injury.” Scientists hope this will open the door to the possibility of new breakthroughs.

    Staffer caught kissing Rep. McAllister resigns, while Congressman keeps his job: http://rtvote.com/1k3Q4Qr
    Rep. Vance McAllister (R-LA) was caught on tape Monday kissing a staff member. The Congressman and the staffer, Melissa Anne Hixon Peacock, are both married. Peacock has since resigned her post as district scheduler to McAllister. McAllister, conversely, says he has “no plans to resign” and insists that he will campaign for reelection this year. On Monday, the Ouachita Citizen posted a surveillance video showing the two kissing. McAllister admitted the affair and apologized to his constituents: “I’m asking for forgiveness from God, my wife, my kids, my staff, and my constituents who elected me to serve.” House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said he was “pleased” with the apology, but he has not yet commented on whether McAllister should keep his job.

    Kansas City authorities seek perpetrator after some shootings linked: http://rtvote.com/1kKJBby
    The FBI has joined the hunt for a shooter in Kansas City, Missouri area. So far, thirteen shootings have been reported along parts of Interstate 435 and Interstate 470, most of which are near exit and interchange ramps. No one has been killed, but three people have been wounded; one was shot in the arm, the others were shot in the leg. Law enforcement believes that at least a part of the thirteen shootings are linked. The FBI and ATF have put out a $7000 reward for anyone who might know anything about the shootings or the possible shooter(s).

    UConn Women’s Basketball completes 40-0 season: http://rtvote.com/1k3Y9ED
    UConn’s women’s basketball team has completed their 40-0 season with a 79-58 win over Notre Dame. They are now repeat champions and it is the fifth time the team has gone undefeated under the head coach, Geno Auriemma. Auriemma has won nine National Titles in nine tries after the win. Notre Dame finished 37-1 after the loss.


    Paul Rudd joins Billy on the Street’s Billy Eichner for some Funny or Die fun: http://rtvote.com/R2X9GB

    Jimmy Fallon and Anne Hathaway sing Broadway versions of…rap songs? http://rtvote.com/1lKl5J3

    Prince George’s royal play date: http://rtvote.com/ODqMfM

    Miley Cyrus talks “being free”: http://rtvote.com/1eks0sJ

    Samantha Harris diagnosed with breast cancer, due to receive double mastectomy: http://rtvote.com/1hsHbR3

    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: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

    Senate Republicans slam House Republicans for defeating the payroll tax-cut; Kim Jong-un will not have absolute power as leader of North Korea; 8 U.S. troops have been charged in relation to a comrade’s suicide; pundits discuss Ron Paul’s youth appeal; and the most expensive apartment in Manhattan’s history has been purchased by a 22-year-old. Meanwhile, “The Hobbit” trailer has been released, and HBO has cancelled three of its shows.



    Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight, http://bit.ly/vCymnY
    House Republicans have started to leave for their vacations after rejecting a Senate bipartisan compromise for extending the payroll tax-cut. As a result, angry Senate Republicans are slamming their counterparts. “It is harming the Republican Party,” Senator John McCain said on CNN. An anonymous Republican Senator added, “This is a colossal fumble by the House Republicans. Their inability to recognize a win is costing our party our long-held advantage on the key issue of tax relief. It’s time for Boehner and [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor to look these rookies in the eye and explain how the game is won or lost.”

    8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan, http://wapo.st/thCRS9
    Eight U.S. soldiers are being charged with counts relating to the alleged suicide of one of their comrades. 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen died in Kandahar in October after being mentally and physically abused by his fellow troops. The troops are being charged with dereliction of duty, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment; they have also been transferred or relieved of their duties. The U.S. military unsealed the charges today but declined to answer whether or not Chen’s death was a suicide.

    Exclusive: North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir, http://reut.rs/sd9YM0
    A source tells Reuters that Kim Jong-il’s heir, Kim Jong-un, will not have absolute power as ruler of North Korea. Instead he will rule with his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and military leaders. Kim will still head the ruling committee; however, this is the first time since 1948 that North Korea is not led by a single ruler. According to Reuters, Kim Jong-il made these arrangements before his death. Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle who he will share power with, is married to Kim Jong-il’s sister who has been characterized as a “mean drunk” by her rivals.

    Billionaire’s Daughter Pays Record Sum For NYC Pad, http://onforb.es/vUNS2q
    The most expensive apartment in Manhattan’s history has been sold to a 22-year-old girl. Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the daughter of Russian billionaire, Dmitriy Rybolovlevagary, has paid $88 million for former Citigroup Chairman Sandy Weill’s 6,744-square-foot, 10-room condominium. Rybolovleva is a student at an undisclosed U.S. college and will stay in the condo when she visits New York City.

    Gary Johnson to drop out of GOP primary to run as Libertarian, http://politi.co/suURuM
    Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has dropped out of the GOP primary to run as a Libertarian instead. Johnson, who has not caught on with voters and appeared in one debate, had stated that “there’s not much hope” for his chances in the Republican race. Johnson has not officially announced his party switch, but the Libertarian Party chairman told POLITICO that Johnson’s decision is “the worst kept secret.” His formal announcement will be made December 28 in Santa Fe.

    Chinese Computer Hackers Hit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, http://fxn.ws/vpPTIZ
    According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of Chinese hackers attacked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest pro-business lobby, in 2009 and 2010. The hackers gained access to everything stored on the lobby’s systems, including information about its 3 million members. Apparently, they were targeting four Chamber employees who worked on Asia policy, stealing six weeks worth of their e-mails. It may even be possible that the hackers had access to the network for more than a year as the breach was finally discovered in May of 2010. The Chamber has since overhauled its network security.

    Wendy’s Stages a Palace Coup, http://on.wsj.com/tv7W3q
    Wendy’s is set to overtake Burger King to become the second largest U.S. fast-food chain in sales. This is the first time Wendy’s has overtaken Burger King since Wendy’s inception in 1969. Wendy’s gains of $8.42 billion in sales this year comes without the chain opening any new restaurants. In fact, it operates 5,800 restaurants while Burger King has 7,200. McDonalds is still the number one U.S. fast-food chain with more restaurants than Wendy’s and Burger King combined and almost four times their sales.


    Tolkien fans get first glimpse of The Hobbit film, http://tgr.ph/v5pw0p

    HBO Cancels ‘How To Make It In America,’ ‘Bored to Death’ And ‘Hung,’ http://bit.ly/uRwnBp

    Prince Harry Heading Back to Afghanistan, http://eonli.ne/sJ7bbT

    David Copperfield outbid for Orson Welles’ Oscar, http://bit.ly/rEGUsJ

    Slim Dunkin Reportedly Murdered After Fight Over Candy, http://on.mtv.com/u6LkOK

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, July 29, 2011

    Friday, July 29th, 2011

    President Obama says that Democrats and Republicans are not far apart on a debt ceiling agreement, there has been no vote on Boehner’s deficit reduction plan, a soldier admits to planning another attack on Fort Hood, the U.S. believes that Iran has an alliance with al Qaeda, conservatives are angry over the Pell Grant funding in Boehner’s debt bill, and the 2012 London Olympic medals have been unveiled. Also, Tiger Woods will return to the green, and the Seattle Police Department tweeted nearly every emergency call it received this past Tuesday.

    In Rock the Vote news: today is Katie and Perry’s, our wonderful interns, last day! Everyone at RTV wants to thank them for doing such a great job on the press clips all summer!

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    President Barack Obama said Friday that Democrats and Republicans are not far apart on an agreement to raise the debt ceiling, but they must work together to forge a bipartisan compromise that can win approval in both the House and Senate. “There are plenty of ways out of this mess, but we are almost out of time,” Obama said in a brief statement at the White House.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    There [was no] vote [last night] in the House on Speaker John Boehner’s deficit reduction plan, as Republicans were unable to come up with the votes to pass the bill after hours of arm twisting and vote whipping.

    AWOL Soldier Condemned ’09 Fort Hood Shootings,
    After previously condemning the ’09 Fort Hood shootings, it’s been revealed that Pfc. Naser Abdo had planned an attack on Fort Hood. After a tip from a gun shop where he bought 6 pounds of smokeless gunpowder, three boxes of shotgun ammunition and a magazine for a semi-automatic pistol, Abdo was found and arrested. He had a bomb in his backpack and weapons stashed in his motel room.

    U.S. Sees Iranian, al Qaeda Alliance,
    The U.S. believes that Iran has an alliance with al Qaeda. Specifically, the U.S. suspects Iran of allowing al Qaeda to use its land to move money, arms, and fighters to Pakistan and Afghanistan. Officials at the Iranian mission in New York called the allegations “totally baseless,” but the U.S. has suspected an alliance for years.

    Eric Cantor’s glaring conflict of interest,
    The No. 2 Republican in the House, and the GOP’s chief debt ceiling negotiator has thousands of dollars invested in a fund that would skyrocket if those negotiations failed. The trust “aggressively” shorts Treasury bonds, essentially betting against the country’s debt.

    Conservatives angry over Pell Grant funding in Boehner debt bill,
    One of the reasons Speaker Boehner’s debt ceiling bill had been unceremoniously postponed last night was the supplemental Pell Grant funding it preserved. Some Republicans called the college aid money “welfare” for people who “don’t have to graduate from college.”

    2012 London Olympic medals unveiled,
    In exactly one year, the Olympic opening ceremonies will begin in London. The Olympic committee has marked the occasion by unveiling the medals, which are the biggest ever at 400 grams. The front of the medal has the traditional image of the Greek goddess of Nike; the back shows the controversial 2012 logo over a ribbon that represents the River Thames.

    It’s back to work for Tiger Woods,
    The ups and downs of the world’s best golfer have been widely publicized; he’s had affairs, undergone knee surgery, fired his caddie, missed tournaments and plummeted in the rankings. But yesterday Woods tweeted that after an 11-week break, he will return for the Bridgestone Invitational.

    Twitter as Police Scanner Draws Feedback in Seattle,
    For 12 hours this past Tuesday, the Seattle Police Department tweeted nearly every emergency call it received. The 478 tweets, or 40 an hour, were meant to show the public what an average day was like for the city’s police force. The wave of tweets made some Twitter users angry enough to unfollow @SeattlePD.


    Amy Winehouse family fear she was killed by giving up alcohol, http://bit.ly/pSmHcM

    Movie Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love All Kinds of Crazy, Stupid Fantastic, http://eonli.ne/prNl2q

    The Good, the Bad, and the Slimy, http://slate.me/qM5o6q

    Teen Moms’ Graduation Triumph, http://bit.ly/rl0mcO

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

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 14, 2011

    Thursday, July 14th, 2011

    The US women’s soccer team advances to the World Cup final, Obama stands strong behind a long-term debt deal, a Brooklyn man has murdered and dismembered an 8 year-old boy, the U.S. may lose its Aaa debt rating, and Minnesota is currently a dry state. Also, two studies show that certain pills can prevent H.I.V. infection, Spotify is coming to the U.S., and Amazon is creating an iPad competitor.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    Abby Wambach header breaks tie; United States advances to World Cup final,
    The US women’s soccer team played a challenging nail-biter against France yesterday.  In the end, Abby Wambach and goalie, Hope Solo pulled through to win the game. The Americans will play Japan in the World Cup final on Sunday.

    (via National Journal N2K) CONGRESS TAKES AIM AT MURDOCH. A bipartisan chorus of lawmakers is calling for a federal investigation into Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., amid reports that journalists employed by Murdoch’s empire may have hacked the phones of 9/11 victims. Homeland Security Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., sent a letter Wednesday to FBI Director Robert Mueller calling for an investigation. “It is my duty to discern every fact behind these allegations,” wrote King, noting that he lost 150 constituents in the attacks. Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-N.Y., echoed King’s call for an investigation as well as congressional hearings: “These latest allegations demand a swift and immediate inquiry by the appropriate agencies into whether any U.S. laws were broken.”

    Obama: ‘This May Bring My Presidency Down, but I Will Not Yield’ on No Short-Term Extensions,
    “Don’t call my bluff,” President Obama said to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. “I am not afraid to veto and I will take it to the American people.” Obama’s sternness was in response to Cantor’s repeated suggestions that they pass a short-term debt-ceiling increase instead of the grand bargain that the President wants. Republicans have accused the President of storming out of the talks, while the White House says the meeting had simply ended.

    House votes to block EPA on water pollution, http://politi.co/q5tDpN
    In what was a largely party-line vote, the House of Representatives voted 239-184 to strip the EPA of its authority to regulate state water quality. If the measure were to somehow make it through the Democratic majority in the Senate, then President Obama would veto it.

    Brooklyn boy Leiby Kletzky, 8, murdered and dismembered,
    Leiby Kletzky, an 8-year-old boy in Brooklyn, was murdered and dismembered while walking home from summer camp. The man, a stranger whom Kletzky had asked for directions, had no excuse for why he killed the boy. The police found Kletzky’s severed feet in the freezer and the rest of his body in a trash bin two miles away.

    Shutdown Hits Happy Hour,
    In Minnesota, more than 300 bars and liquor stores cannot buy beer, wine, or liquor due to their buyers’ cards having expired. The state usually renews these licenses; however, the renewal departments are closed due to Minnesota’s government shut down.

    Treasuries, Dollar Weaken on Moody’s Rating Warning,
    Could the United States really default on its loans? With debt ceiling negotiations going poorly, Moody’s Investors Service warns that the country could lose its Aaa debt rating. The rating allows the US to have more credit to borrow money. The warning  hashad a ripple effect today, weakening both the dollar and treasuries.

    Two Studies Show Pills Can Prevent H.I.V. Infection,
    Scientists report that modern antiretroviral drugs work to not only treat HIV/AIDS, but prevent it as well. Two new studies show that taking a daily pill in combination with certain AIDS drugs can keep uninfected people from catching the virus. “This is an extremely exciting day for H.I.V. prevention,” said Dr. Kevin Fenton, director of AIDS prevention at the CDC.

    Spotify Wins Over Music Pirates With Labels’ Approval,
    Spotify, the music service that lets users stream any song they want in its entirety at no cost, is coming to America. Started in Sweden as something of an experiment to combat piracy with convenience, the iTunes and Pandora competitor is hugely popular in Europe. Americans can now sign up for paid premium accounts or wait for invites to the free, ad-supported version.

    Amazon to Battle Apple iPad With Tablet, http://on.wsj.com/pxJcwm
    Amazon plans to release a tablet to rival the Apple iPad by October. Amazon’s tablet will run on Google’s Android platform, and it will not have a camera.


    Emmy Nominations are Announced, http://nyti.ms/qrUQJ8

    These Three Will Be Out Of Glee For Season 4, http://bit.ly/oNFbgj

    Lady Gaga to intern with Philip Treacy, http://bit.ly/pe9Ix8

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 (2011), http://nyti.ms/nOgO7L

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

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, June 24, 2011

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    The House rejects a resolution to formally authorize a U.S. military intervention in Libya, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walks out of debt negotiations, three men are arrested before carrying out a terrorist plot in Seattle, and Qaddafi is ‘seriously considering’ fleeing Tripoli.

    Also, the Ohio Senate and Pennsylvania House have passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ids at the polls, while North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a photo ID bill.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The House has rejected a resolution that would have formally authorized the U.S. military intervention in Libya, a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s policy in the north African country. The vote was 123-295. The House will also vote later Friday to cut off funding for the Libya conflict.

    Cantor’s exit leaves debt talks up to Boehner, Obama to get deal, http://bit.ly/kjPC1q

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on Vice President Biden’s negotiations over the debt yesterday.  Leaders on both sides say the impasse is due to Republicans’ opposition to all tax hikes.

    Accused Seattle attackers wanted media attention,

    “Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody.” That’s the headline a pair of would-be-terrorists envisioned on the newspaper stands, had they not been arrested before they could carry it out. Seattle police foiled the plot after a third partner alerted the authorities.

    Qaddafi ‘Seriously Considering’ Fleeing Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say, http://fxn.ws/il0th2

    NATO forces have Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi on the ropes, with sources saying the leader is “seriously considering” fleeing Tripoli.

    Pennsylvania House backs photo-ID bill for voters, http://bit.ly/igLSoC

    After almost 10 hours of debate over three days, a bill passed in the Pennsylvania House that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says the bill will cut down voter fraud; yet Democrats argue that voter fraud is not a problem, and that the bill will instead disfranchise thousands of eligible voters.

    Perdue vetoes ID bill for N.C. voters,

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a photo ID bill yesterday, saying that “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.” Her fellow Democrats argued that the Republican-passed measure would decrease voter participation.

    Senate OKs elections revamp, http://bit.ly/j0Q9ME

    The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot. This bill will also shorten early voting, prohibit Franklin County and others from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to all registered voters, and move the presidential primary from March to May.

    Presidential Candidate Huntsman Opens Up HQ in Orlando,

    GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman isn’t taking the usual route to the nomination. He skipped the straw pole in first-in-the-nation Iowa, and is looking to New Hampshire to make his mark. He also opened a headquarters in Orlando, focusing his energies on the Florida primary. The presidential hopeful has said that he wants to target young voters.

    Arrest Puts Spotlight on Brazen Hacking Group LulzSec, http://nyti.ms/iLIDTp

    19-year-old Ryan Cleary of the UK has been accused of being a “young criminal mastermind” behind the actions of his hacking group “Lulz Security.” He reportedly has hacked British organized crime agency websites in an effort to protest and antagonize his targets.


    Cavaliers make Irving No. 1 pick; Timberwolves take Williams No. 2,  http://bit.ly/kK36mO

    Oprah Winfrey Gets Schooled in South Africa, http://eonli.ne/kJqz7s

    Hugh Hefner: Anna Sophia Berglund Is ‘One in a Million,’ http://bit.ly/mrRIae

    The White House Pulls Colbert’s Naturalization Ceremony, http://bit.ly/m8WjKm

    Supreme Court Rules Against Anna Nicole Smith Estate, http://aol.it/kdlgXn

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

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