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    News Round-Up: November 21, 2013

    Thursday, November 21st, 2013

    Partisan gridlock continues as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid considers a ‘nuclear option’; Congressman Radel (R-Fla) is busted for cocaine purchase but doesn’t resign; and a volcanic eruption has led to the arrival of a tiny new island in Japan. Meanwhile, Miley is at it again! as she bleaches her eyebrows & posts to Instagram; an O.C. cast member and former Gossip Girl star are set to get hitched; and Jennifer Lawrence gets teased by her Catching Fire co-stars.
    - Maura + Veronica


    Harry Reid may go ‘nuclear’ Thursday, http://rtvote.com/1h50yii
    Tension and dysfunction in Washington, D.C. continues and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is poised to do something about it. After a slew of executive nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was thwarted by Republicans, Senator Reid may move toward a historic change to the Senate rules that would eliminate the filibuster on most nominations as soon as Thursday. If a second round of votes to choose from the nominees fails, the Senator may move to make a change of rules the Senate based on a majority vote.  Stay tuned for more as this develops.

    Rep. Trey Radel of Florida to take leave of absence after guilty plea to cocaine charge, http://rtvote.com/1ek5Anu
    On Wednesday, the 37-year-old lawmaker and freshman Congressman, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug-possession charge in D.C.  Superior Court.  He was arrested last month outside of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. after purchasing cocaine from an undercover officer. In a late night press conference Wednesday, the Congressman apologized to his constituents in Florida, but will not resign from his post.

    Karzai Says Security Pack With U.S. Should Be Signed Next Year, http://rtvote.com/1dkJWT1
    President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan signaled that a security deal with the U.S. may not be finalized until next year, even if it is ratified by a grand council of Afghan leaders this week. He asked the council to place the agreement on hold until after his successor is elected, but was unclear on what that timeline looks like. This would put a final agreement on hold and could keep American and NATO forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

    Volcano spawns new Japanese island, http://rtvote.com/1dkMlx3
    Japan is fired up! A recent undersea volcanic eruption has given Japan a tiny new patch of territory that currently measures about 660 feet in diameter and is located just off the coast of Nishinoshima. However, the country will put naming its newest addition on hold until they are sure that the sea will not engulf it.

    LRA leader Joseph Kony ‘in surrender talks’ with CAR, http://rtvote.com/1ixTmtZ
    A spokesperson of the Central African Republic (CAR) has said that it is in talks with Joseph Kony, the infamous Ugandan warlard. His rebellion in northern Uganda began more than 20 years ago and his fighters became known for abducting children to serve as sex slaves and fighters. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and the United States government has offered up $5million for any leads that result in his arrest.

    ‘Catching Fire’ stars joke about Jennifer Lawrence’s ego: ‘You can hardly talk to her’, http://rtvote.com/19KDrkq

    Lullaby time: Kelly Clarkson is expecting first baby, http://rtvote.com/1bUmY1U

    Miley Cyrus Bleaches Her Eyebrows, Parties With Miranda Kerr and Lily Allen—See the Pics!, http://rtvote.com/1aTKCab

    Leighton Meester, Adam Brody Are Engaged! Former Gossip Girl Star and O.C. Stud to Wed, http://rtvote.com/19KFepp

    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


    Thursday, October 13th, 2011

    In today’s news, Congress passes free-trade agreements; the NYPD admits to fabricating charges to fill arrest quotas; the Tea Party goes after Occupy Wall Street; and Barack Obama has raised 70 million dollars this quarter. In other news, Ron Paul loses an eyebrow during Tuesday night’s GOP debate, and Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello will play at Occupy Wall Street.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Obama gets win as Congress passes free-trade agreements, http://wapo.st/rfTk3U
    On Wednesday, Congress passed free-trade agreements with South Korea, Columbia, and Panama. The deals with Columbia and Panama will have limited impact; however, the deal with South Korea is the biggest agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement between America, Canada, and Mexico in 1994. This agreement has the potential to create as many as 280,000 American jobs and boost exports by more than $12 million. “Tonight’s vote, with bipartisan support, will significantly boost exports that bear the proud label ‘Made in America,’ support tens of thousands of good-paying American jobs and protect labor rights, the environment and intellectual property,” President Obama said.

    We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies, http://nydn.us/quUcjV
    A former NYPD narcotics detective, Stephen Anderson, has admitted to planting drugs on innocent people in order to fill arrest quotas. Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was arrested for planting cocaine on four men in a Queens bar in 2008. Anderson said he did so to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose arrest activity had been low.

    Tea party goes after Occupy Wall Street, http://politi.co/r2fRNp
    Big Tea Party organizations are unhappy about Occupy Wall Street being called the left-wing Tea Party. As a result, it has launched an attack on the Occupy protests. Some members are looking for evidence of extremists or bad behavior such as evidence of union ties, fringe rhetoric, arrests, recordings of incendiary speeches, tales of littering, drug use and debauchery. Tea Party members have started posting their “evidence” on the internet. “The left is trying to create a counter force to the tea party, but it’s almost laughable that anyone is comparing the two, because they’re totally different,” said Sal Russo, chief strategist for the Tea Party Express.

    Prosecutors drop attempted rape complaint against former IMF head, http://bit.ly/qk8Oqq
    International Monetary Fund head Dominique Strauss-Kahn was accused of attempting to rape a French journalist when she went to his home for an interview; however, the charges have been dropped because the prosecutors say they do not have enough evidence. The journalist pressed charges after Strauss-Kahn faced charges for sexually assaulting a hotel maid in New York City.

    Gunman kills 8 at Seal Beach salon, http://lat.ms/oeXZ17
    On Wednesday, a gunman who was apparently enraged by a recent custody battle, entered a Seal Beach, CA hair salon where his former wife worked and opened fire. He killed 8 people and critically wounded another person in the deadliest shooting in Orange County’s history. The attacker peppered Salon Meritage with gunfire and continued his rampage outside where he shot one man who apparently tried to flee in a Range Rover.

    (via Bloomberg) Pandit Says He’d Be Happy to Talk With Wall Street Protesters, http://buswk.co/o8cxgK: Vikram Pandit, chief executive officer of Citigroup Inc., said he would be happy to talk with Occupy Wall Street protesters, calling their sentiments “completely understandable.” “Trust has been broken between financial institutions and the citizens of the U.S., and that is Wall Street’s job, to reach out to Main Street and rebuild that trust,” Pandit said. Pandit said he would tell the protesters how Citigroup, the third-biggest U.S. bank, is trying to increase lending to small businesses.

    Warren Buffett brings tax fight to supercommittee, http://yhoo.it/rfXhwD
    Warren Buffett is offering to release his federal tax return if other uber rich Americans do the same. “If you could get other ultra rich Americans to publish their returns along with mine, that would be very useful to the tax dialogue and intelligent reform,” Buffett wrote in a letter sent Tuesday to Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Kan. Buffett did reveal new information about his own earnings last year. He wrote that his adjusted gross income, which can exclude some income and expenses, was $62,855,038. Of that, $39,814,784 was taxable. Buffett ended up paying $6,938,744 in taxes.

    (via Associated Press) Obama blames plot to kill Saudi diplomat on Iran, http://apne.ws/mX4wr8: President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. will make sure that Iranian officials are held accountable for “reckless behavior” in what he said was their direct role in an alleged assassination plot against the Saudi Arabian ambassador in the United States. Obama said the U.S. will be able to support all of its allegations of Iranian involvement. “Those facts are there for all to see,” he told a joint White House news conference with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak.

    Barack Obama Raised $70 Million Over the Summer, http://bit.ly/n7GsCZ
    On Thursday morning, President Obama’s campaign announced that it had “raised more than $70 million combined for his re-election and the Democratic party” in the quarter that ended in September. Though the amount is less than the $86 million he brought in the second quarter, it still surpasses the combined total of all GOP presidential candidates’ fundraising. It’s also more than the $55 million target that his campaign staffers set as a goal.

    (via PPP) Cain leads nationally, http://bit.ly/qkFeu0: Cain is up 30-22 on Romney with Newt Gingrich sneaking past Rick Perry for 3rd place at 15% to Perry’s 14% with Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul tied for 5th at 5%, Jon Huntsman 7th at 2%, Rick Santorum 8th at 1%, and Gary Johnson 9th with less than 1%. With non-Tea Party Republicans Romney actually leads Cain 29-27. But with the Tea Party crowd Cain is getting 39% with Gingrich at 16%, Perry at 14%, and Romney in 4th place at 13%.


    Raising Eyebrows, http://nyti.ms/oFSyjQ

    Tom Morello Set To Perform At Occupy Wall Street, http://on.mtv.com/qpM6kp

    Scarlett Johansson Nude Photo Hacker Arrested, http://on.mtv.com/nFPkOA

    Miranda Kerr models 2.5 million dollar bra, http://bit.ly/q0Glg0

    Whitney Houston Loses Cool on Delta Flight, http://bit.ly/q3HVze

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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