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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

    CRUCIAL 

    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.

    CULTURAL
    ‘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



    News Round-Up: Friday, July 12, 2013

    Friday, July 12th, 2013

    Zimmerman’s defense makes its final pitch; Snowden seeks asylum in Russia; hunger strikes occur in California prisons; Democrats move to limit filibusters; royal birth raises questions of abdication; and a humanoid robot makes its debut. Meanwhile, Justin Beiber talks to Bill Clinton; Kate Middleton enjoys a 5-star hospital suite; and Demi Lovato reveals the secret to fame.

    -Maura + Meron

     

    CRUCIAL

    Zimmerman defense team makes its final pitch to jury, http://rtvote.com/18RVgCR
    George Zimmerman’s attorneys  began making their final arguments this morning in the hopes of convincing the jury that their client killed unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin in self-defense. After the arguments end, the jury could decide as soon as today what the outcome of this high-profile case will be.

    Activist: Snowden will accept asylum in Russia, http://rtvote.com/157RkIK
    Fugitive document-leaker Edward Snowden met with human rights activists and lawyers today and said he would apply for political asylum in Russia, where he has been stranded since June 23. Human Rights Watch activist Tatyana Lokshina said “he feels it is impossible to travel anywhere, so for the time being he is asking for asylum here.” She added that eventually, he hopes to be granted asylum in Latin America.

    California warns prisoners over hunger strike, http://rtvote.com/157Z1Pp
    Over 12,000 inmates in California jails began a hunger strike against solitary confinement. Prison authorities are threatening to discipline them. California’s prison chief, Jeffrey Beard, says that inmates are unlikely to be offered concessions.

    Democrats Poised to Limit Filibusters, Angering G.O.P., http://rtvote.com/157S68G
    On Thursday the Senate moved toward imposing historic limits on how the filibuster can be used, as majority leader, Senator Harry Reid, set in motion a series of votes on Obama administration nominees, which could force a long-festering fight with Republicans.  Senator Reid remarked that, “the American people know the dysfunction we have here. And all we’re asking is let the president have his team.”

    In Britain, pending royal birth puts spotlight on aging monarch, http://rtvote.com/157SRyx
    With Queen Elizabeth II now 87 after 67 years on the throne, perhaps its not surprise that the word “abdication” is floating around. There is no sign of her leaving just yet but with a third direct heir on the way, chatter about a royal retirement has rarely been louder.

    Modest debut of atlas may foreshadow age of ‘robo sapiens’, http://rtvote.com/157XxVi
    A Pentagon-financed humanoid robot named Atlas made its first public appearance on Thursday. Atlas is being designed to perform rescue functions in situations where humans cannot survive, and is seen as a new tool that can come to humanity’s aid in the face of natural and man-made disasters.

     

    CULTURAL

    Justin Bieber Talks to Bill Clinton, Apologizes for Dissing Ex-President While Peeing in a Bucket, http://rtvote.com/18RTDoE

    ‘Arrested Development’ Season 5? Netflix In Talks With Producers, http://rtvote.com/157P83W

    Justin Timberlake’s ‘Take Back The Night’ Teased In New Promo: Is The Singer Ushering In Part 2 Of ‘20/20 Experience’, http://rtvote.com/18RTW2T

    Kate Middleton’s $15,000 Hospital Suite: “It’s Like a 5-Star Hotel!”, http://rtvote.com/18RUQMX

    Demi Lovato Talks Fame, “If You Want To Be Famous, Make a Sex Tape!”, http://rtvote.com/157QmfP

     

     

    meron.w@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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



    News Round Up: Monday, July 1, 2013

    Monday, July 1st, 2013
    Edward Snowden asks 15 countries for asylum; Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19; protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Egypt; transit workers in San Francisco go on strike; Texas lawmakers resume debate on abortion bill; Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card; and Serena Williams loses at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx wears another Trayvon Martin shirt, Jennifer Lopez performs for the leader of Turkmenistan, Demi Lovato criticizes music about drugs, Jay-Z talks about fatherhood, and Carrie Underwood enjoys blocking Twitter trolls.
    Maura + Meron
    CRUCIAL
    Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says, http://rtvote.com/11UsDRm
    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum. The official did not disclose the countries that were on the list, but Kirill Kabanov, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, said he believes Russia may be one of those countries.
    ‘Perfect storm’ wildfire raging in Arizona claims 19 men in elite unit, http://rtvote.com/11UvOZn
    A wildfire in Arizona took out all but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team known for its extensive training and
    demanding fitness regimen. 19 men were killed about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, near the town of Yarnell. Though they are still
    investigating, Mary Rasmussen, a spokeswoman for Prescott National Forest, said it appeared the 19 were engaged in a “direct attack” — getting close to the fire and trying to create a break to starve it of fuel.
    Egypt protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, http://rtvote.com/14IGs3Y
    Anti-government protesters in Egypt have stormed the national headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, Cairo. Officials say eight people have been killed in clashes outside since Sunday, while eight others have died elsewhere.
    Protesters across Egypt accuse the president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since being elected a year ago.
    BART workers on strike – no service Monday,  http://rtvote.com/14IHhJX
    Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union are going on their first strike since 1997. There will be no service on Monday, with the transit system’s workers and management agreeing only on the fact that the two sides remain far apart in contract negotiations. Frustrated by a lack of progress, union bargaining teams had previously walked away from negotiations in the Kaiser Center, which houses BART headquarters, on Saturday afternoon, saying a strike was all but inevitable.
    Texas lawmakers resume debate Monday on abortion bill derailed by Wendy Davis filibuster, http://rtvote.com/18r1U2N
    Texas lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday to resume debate on proposed abortion restrictions. Less than a week after a Democratic filibuster killed a far-reaching abortion bill on the Senate floor, the Legislature will answer Gov. Rick Perry’s call to try again to pass the GOP-backed measure over vigorous objections from Democrats and abortion rights groups. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet high standards of surgical centers, impose new requirements on use of abortion-inducing pills and require that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.
    Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card,  http://rtvote.com/11UBEKf
    An American man in Florida and his husband, who is from Bulgaria, have become the first same-sex married couple to be approved for a permanent resident visa, an immigration milestone that comes after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law against same-sex marriage. The notice of approval of a permanent visa, known as a green card, was issued by e-mail late Friday to Traian Popov, a Bulgarian immigrant who lives with his American spouse, Julian Marsh, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Sabine Lisicki upsets Serena, http://rtvote.com/18r1idr
    Sabine LIsicki ended Serena Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak, eliminating her from Wimbledon.It was the latest in a string of upsets that has jolted the tournament, with defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the first three days — along with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal on the women’s side. Williams gave credit to Lisicki’s dominant serve, which she said consistently reached 120 mph.
    CULTURAL
    Jamie Foxx Rocks Another Trayvon Martin T-Shirt, http://rtvote.com/14IMK3w
    Jennifer Lopez & Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow: Singer Performs For Turkmenistan Leader, http://rtvote.com/11UFeUw
    Demi Lovato: People Who Party Or Rap About Drugs Are ‘Giant P—ies’, http://rtvote.com/14IN0iW
     ’Jay-Z Blue’ Commercial Sees Rapper Talking Fatherhood, ‘Magna Carter Holy Grail’, http://rtvote.com/14IN5TU
    Carrie Underwood’s Twitter: Politics, Ag Gag And Supporting Soldiers, http://rtvote.com/11UFtz0
    meron.w@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 14th, 2013

    Thursday, February 14th, 2013

    American Airlines and US Airways announce an $11 billion merger; Oscar Pistorius is arrested after allegedly shooting his girlfriend; a Clinton donor says Hillary will run in 2016; the Carnival Triumph finally docks in Mobile, AL; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says Republicans plan to block Chuck Hagel’s nomination; and Gen. John Allen may retire. Meanwhile, in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, love letters between LBJ and Ladybird are released; a new report says the ‘The Bachelor’ is celibate; and celebrities and environmentalists are arrested protesting the Keystone pipeline.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    AMERICAN, US AIRWAYS ANNOUNCE $11 BILLION MERGER, http://rtvote.com/15feZsB
    US Airways and AMR, the owner of American Airlines, will take part in an $11 billion merger that will combine the two companies into the largest airline in the world. The company will keep the American Airlines name and be headed up US Airways CEO Doug Parker. In a statement Thursday Parker said, “The combined airline will have the scale, breadth, and capabilities to compete more effectively and profitably in the global marketplace.” 72% of ownership will go to AMR creditors with the rest going to US Airways shareholders.

    PISTORIUS ARRESTED AFTER WOMAN SHOT AT HIS HOME, http://rtvote.com/XOV525
    South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius was arrested Thursday after allegedly shooting his girlfriend in his home. Pistorius, who is a double-amputee, had reportedly mistaken Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her with a 9 mm. The athlete, known as Blade Runner, will appear in court later today.

    Big donor claims Bill Clinton told him Hillary’s running for prez in 2016, http://rtvote.com/XOWvKf
    Angelo Tsakopoulos, a Greek-American real-estate mogul, said Thursday that Bill Clinton had revealed to him in a private conversation that Hillary would run for president in 2016. Tsakopoulos alleges a close relationship with the couple and has been one of the biggest donors to Clinton’s political campaigns.

    Passengers count hours on ‘floating petri dish’ of a cruise ship as it limps to port, http://rtvote.com/15fjrax
    The Carnival Triumph will dock in Mobile, AL today after an engine fire caused its systems to go down five days ago. The ship became a “floating petri dish” after electricity failure caused sanitary systems to go down and sewage to seep down the walls. Passengers were forced to defecate in bags and urinate in showers, as well as wait close to four hours for food. Carnival will refund passengers for the trip and compensate them an extra $500. The ship will no longer be in service moving forward.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that Republicans are planning to block the nomination of Chuck Hagel to be secretary of Defense, and aides said Democrats don’t yet have the 60 votes to break a GOP filibuster on the nomination. That would leave the nomination in limbo as the Senate heads into a week-long recess.

    Source: Gen. Allen may retire, http://rtvote.com/15flgEq
    Rumors are circulating that Marine Gen. John Allen may retire as he feels he’s “being pushed out for a variety of reasons,” primarily the e-mail scandal between him and Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Although Allen was cleared of wrongdoing in the situation that entwined him with General David Petraeus’ own scandal, he fears that it will taint his new post as NATO’s supreme allied commander in Brussels.

    5.8M women have used ‘morning after’ pill, http://rtvote.com/Ygstib
    The National Center for Health Statistics has conducted a survey of 12,279 women between 2006 and 2010 that shows 11% or 5.8 million American women ages 15 to 44 have used emergency contraception or “the morning after pill.” Half of the women used the pill because they feared their method of birth-control had failed, while the rest of the women surveyed had unprotected sex. 23% of women ages 20 to 24 said they had used the pill, while only 5% of women ages 30 to 44 fell into the same category.

    CULTURAL:

    LBJ AND LADY BIRD COURTSHIP LOVE LETTERS RELEASED, http://rtvote.com/15fk5Vw

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West touch off security breach at JFK Airport, http://rtvote.com/15fkcAv

    ‘The Bachelor’ star Sean Lowe is celibate, report says, http://rtvote.com/XP49nC

    ‘Die Hard’ lives on in fifth installment released Valentine’s Day, http://rtvote.com/11IIuUE

    Celebs, enviros arrested at WH pipeline protest, http://rtvote.com/11IIyDO

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