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    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Thursday, March 27th, 2014

    President Obama holds his first meeting with Pope Francis; at least 90 people are missing as a result of the Washington mudslide; POTUS says that the government should stop holding phone data; and Northwestern University athletes are legally allowed to unionize. Meanwhile, Psych ended its 8-season run last night; the trailer for Jupiter Ascending has been released; and Joan Rivers has some harsh criticism for Lena Dunham.

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Obama has first audience with Pope Francis: http://rtvote.com/1jyS19L
    President Obama and Pope Francis had their first meeting with one another on Thursday in Italy. The meeting was cordial and people hoped that the meeting would bring attention to important issues both leaders support. Much of the meeting was about the church’s role in current issues in the United States, international conflict, and human rights protection according to a statement from the Vatican. President Obama extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit the United States in 2015.

    Ukraine military dolphins to switch nationalities, join Russian navy: http://rtvote.com/1j9eoQt
    Russia is planning on taking control of Ukraine’s military dolphins. These dolphins are highly trained and specialize in detecting hazards to Ukraine like sea mines or enemy scuba divers trying to enter the country’s waters. Dolphins can detect noises and objects in the ocean that humans can’t, making them effective for security. A Russian news agency reported Thursday that “the combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy.”

    Obama says government should stop collecting, holding bulk phone data: http://rtvote.com/1pcb9JM
    The United States expressed outrage when former contractor to the National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government collected data from people’s telephones. President Obama said Thursday that the government is trying to stop collecting phone records and wants to leave that up to phone carriers, who would then provide suspicious activity to counterterrorism agencies. Other changes include the requirement that a federal judge give its approval before the government can collect phone data.

    Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers: http://rtvote.com/OY2H42
    Firefighters and volunteer rescuers in Washington are coming to the grim reality that some people missing in the mudslide might never be found. In the beginning, there was a list of people thought to be missing after the massive mudslide leveled Oso, Washington six days ago. 140 people have since been eliminated from that list, leaving 90 people missing and 35 others who were not confirmed to be in the area when the mudslide occurred. 25 bodies have been discovered, but searchers expect that number to increase. However, due to dangerous conditions like quicksand-like mud 30-40 feet deep, ice, rain, fallen trees, and other hazards, many bodies may never be found.

    Northwestern University football players can unionize: http://rtvote.com/1g4cxai
    Athletes at Northwestern University won the right to unionize after the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago recognized the athletes as employees of the university. Northwestern plans to appeal the decision, saying that the athletes are students, not employees. However, the board saw enough evidence to believe that the students were employees; they work between 20 and 50 hours a week, get paid through scholarships, and bring millions of dollars in revenue to the university. The students filed the petition to “get a seat at the bargaining table in college sports,” receive better medical coverage and concussion tests, be offered full four-year scholarships, and potentially get paid.

    CULTURAL

     Get the scoop on the Psych series finale: http://rtvote.com/1g4fs2O

    Zac Efron punched in the face during a fight: http://rtvote.com/1pA3pPY

    Joan Rivers attacks Lena Dunham’s weight: is a celebrity feud brewing? http://rtvote.com/1rFLueK

    The reviews for Noah are in! See what the critics are saying: http://rtvote.com/1o4x5cI 

    Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum steal the show in their Jupiter Ascending trailer: http://rtvote.com/1jRq3BL

    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: Tuesday, July 2, 2013

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    President Obama appears with Bush at Tanzania terrorist attack memorial ceremony; Edward Snowden allegedly seeks asylum from 21 countries; Egyptian President Morsi says he was not told of army’s 48-hour ultimatum; 19 firefighters die fighting Yarnell Hill fire; FW de Klerk will undergo surgery to install a pacemaker today; study shows that refined carbohydrates can have similar cravings as drugs; 19 die in a helicopter crash in Siberia; and Prop. 8 supporters ask Supreme Court to stop gay marriages. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart makes her first appearance since breaking up with Robert Pattinson, and Pierce Brosnan’s daughter dies of cancer.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama Appears With Bush at Site of Tanzania Terror Blast, http://rtvote.com/11XfDun
    Seeing two presidents of opposing parties standing together is a rare sight, but President Bush and President Obama stood side by sideTuesday morning at a ceremony in Tanzania to commemorate those who were killed in a terrorist attack 15 years ago. President Bush was in Tanzania accompanying his wife, Laura, who is holding a summit for African first ladies, and Presdient Obama was in Tanzania for the last leg of his trip to Africa.

    Edward Snowden ‘broadens asylum requests’ – Wikileaks, http://rtvote.com/11XgtqN
    According to Wikileaks, Edward Snowden has sent requests for asylum to 21 countries. These countries include China, France, Ireland, and Venezuela. Eight European countries have stated that the requests were invalid.

    Egypt President Morsi warns of army ultimatum ‘confusion’, http://rtvote.com/14KWmL3
    Due to rioting and protests, the Egyptian army declared that it would give people 48-hours to calm down before its troops intervened. According to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the army did not consult with him before declaring this ultimatum. He vows to stick to his “national reconciliation” plan despite accusations that he is putting the Muslim Brotherhood’s interests before the nation’s as a whole.

    Yarnell Hill Fire: Seeking answers in wake of tragedy, http://rtvote.com/11XiDXv
    Nineteen Prescott hotshot firefighters were killed Sunday in Arizona while tyring to protect homes from the Yarnell Hill Fire. As of Monday morning, the fire was not at all contained and spanned 8,400 acres. Around 500 firefighters have been fighting the blaze, and even more are expected to be called to help out today. This is the worst firefighter tragedy to ever occur in Arizona and one of the deadliest the nation has ever seen.

    South Africa’s De Klerk in hospital for heart procedure, http://rtvote.com/11XkMm0
    FW de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president, will undergo surgery today to install a pacemaker. The 77-year-old was a joint receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize with successor Nelson Mandela in 1993 for overseeing South Africa’s transition away from white-minority apartheid rule.

    Refined carbohydrates can trigger food cravings, study says, http://rtvote.com/11XlIXB
    Scientists have discovered through research that refined carbohydrates cause cravings not dissimilar from cravings drug addicts experience. The spike and crash that follows eating highly processed carbs activates reward and addiction centers of the brain similar to after taking drugs.

    Russia: 19 die in helicopter crash in Siberia, http://rtvote.com/14L0U48
    Russian authorities claim that 19 people have died in a helicopter crash Tuesday  in a remote region of Yakutia in Siberia. The helicopter was carrying 28 people, 11 of them children. The cause of the crash has not yet been disclosed.

    Proposition 8 Proponents Ask Supreme Court To Halt California Gay Marriages, http://rtvote.com/18tcZAt
    Not even 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers against same-sex marriage filed an emergency motion Saturday requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court shut down all weddings in the San Francisco area.

    CULTURAL:

    Pierce Brosnan’s Daughter Dies of Cancer at 41, http://rtvote.com/14L4uex

    Kristen Stewart Makes First Public Appearance Since Split With Robert Pattinson at Paris Chanel Show, http://rtvote.com/18tfrHa

    Breaking Amish’s Kate Stoltzfus Gets Sexy Makeover for Maxim: See Her Skin-Baring Pics!, http://rtvote.com/14L4MC8

    Ruth Wilson On ‘The Lone Ranger’ & Why She Owes Director Gore Verbinski Part Of Her Career, http://rtvote.com/14L538l

    ‘The Lone Ranger’: The Oddest Movie Of The Year?, http://rtvote.com/14L55NB

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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