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    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Thursday, September 12th, 2013

    Vladimir Putin writes NY Times Op-ed; CIA delivers weapons to Syrian rebels; Colorado flash floods kill 2 people; and a secret Koch brother’s group is revealed to the public. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks has jury duty issues; Lady Gaga talks Miley; JT and Jessica Biel caught smooching; and Prince William leaves the military to be full-time royal.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S weapons reaching Syrian rebels, http://rtvote.com/17Z1gG3
    A flow of materials from the U.S. to Syrian rebels now marks what is being viewed as a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The CIA began delivering weapons to rebels ending months of delay in lethal aid promised by the Obama Administration. Other types of aid that includes vehicles, communications equipment, and advanced combat medical kits are also being delivered.

    Vladimir Putin’s comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause fusshttp://rtvote.com/17Z2jpq
    Vladimir Putin has caught the attention of Americans by writing an opinion piece in today’s New York Times op-ed column, causing a flurry of reactions. Putin says he wrote the article to “speak directly to American people and their political leaders.”

    Flash floods wash away homes, kill at least 2 near Boulder Colorado, http://rtvote.com/17Z3Fk3
    Torrential rains caused at least 2 deaths Thursday in Boulder, Colorado. The National Weather Service described the conditions as “life threatening” in an emergency message issued just after midnight local time for areas around Boulder where 6.5 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours.

    Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank, http://rtvote.com/17Z4p8R
    An Arlington, Virginia based conservative group called Freedom Partners, that raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape the political and policy debate nationwide, has been revealed. The group served as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.

    CULTURAL

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Share Rare PDA at U.S. Open, http://rtvote.com/15mUaMX

    Lady Gaga Talks Miley Cyrus at the VMAs On ‘WWHL’: ‘Lighten Up and Leave Her Alone’, http://rtvote.com/15mS3Jh

    ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff: ‘Better Call Saul’ Prequel Happening at AMC, http://rtvote.com/15mT1VU

    Prince William to Leave the Military and Become Full-Time Royal, http://rtvote.com/17YWSH5

    Tom Hanks’ jury duty service leads to misconduct allegation, http://rtvote.com/17Z0Tv6

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up Monday, June 3, 2013

    Monday, June 3rd, 2013

    A fire in a Chinese slaughterhouse kills 119; Senator Lautenberg dies at 89; a suicide bomber kills 13 people in Afghanistan; Al-Qaeda sets up complaint departments; Turkey’s Prime Minister blames Twitter for protests; Central Europe experiences major flooding; and a wildfire in southern California destroys six homes. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie makes her first appearance since her mastectomy announcement, and Kim Kardashian announces she is having a baby girl.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Blaze at locked Chinese poultry slaughterhouse kills 119: state media, http://reut.rs/18IoSjh
    A fire in a poultry slaughterhouse in northeast China killed at least 119 people on Monday. More than 500 firefighters and 270 doctors and nurses were sent to the scene who evacuated 3,000 nearby residents. There are still many more unaccounted for. This tragedy has brought the issue of fire safety to the forefront of domestic concern for China.

    Frank Lautenberg Dead: New Jersey Senator Dies At 89, http://huff.to/15xXcfw
    Senator Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey died Monday of viral pneumonia. He was 89 years old and had been battling health issues most of this year, missing more than six weeks in the Senate. He was the last remaining World War II veteran serving in the Senate. He left behind his wife along with his six children and 13 grandchildren. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will fill the vacant Senate seat.

    Afghan children die as suicide bomber targets soldiers, http://bbc.in/ZGu4DN
    A suicide bomber detonated explosives at a market in eastern Afghanistan killing 13 people, 10 of whom were children. About 20 other people were injured as a result of the bombings. It is still unclear exactly how old the school children were, but a witness claims they were under the age of 12. Recently Nato and Afghan forces have been battling the Taliban and other militants, and this attack is thought to be associated with this larger resistance. Another attack on Monday left seven dead by a roadside bomb in the eastern province of Laghman.

    Al-Qaeda sets up complaints department, http://bit.ly/12Z0iXC
    Al-Qaeda has posted a new notice his week stating that it is open to receiving complaints from members of the public. Written in the notice were instructions that “anyone who might have a complaint against any element of the Islamic state, whether the Emir or an ordinary solider, can come and submit there complain in any headquarters building of the Islamic state. Also, “the complaint should be in writing provide details and give evidence.”

    Social media and opposition to blame for protests, says Turkish PM, http://bit.ly/13dPPsX
    Thousands of protestors have taken over Istanbul’s main square yet again after two days of violent clashes with riot police. Meanwhile Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, vowed to press on with the controversial redevelopment that provoked the clashes in the first place. Erdogan blames Twitter for the protests, claiming the social media site to be the “worst menace to society.” What started last Monday as a small, peaceful protest to save an Istanbul park from being destroyed to build a shopping center, soon became the largest and most violent anti-government protest Turkey has seen in years.

    Central Europe on alert for flooding, http://bbc.in/11b0u3i
    Four people are dead and at least eight more missing due to torrential rains in central Europe. Emergency action is being taken in Austria, Germany, and the Czech Republic. Thousands of homes have been evacuated and even animals from Prague’s zoo were evacuated. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas called a special cabinet session on Sunday to coordinate emergency response. In Germany, the cities of Passau and Rosenheim have both declared a state of emergency.

    California wildfire explodes in size as it burns down homes, threatens widespread damage, http://fxn.ws/19y7HSN
    A wildfire that burnt six homes to the ground and threatened hundreds of people in the mountains north of Los Angeles grew quickly Sundayand inspired yet 3,000 more evacuations. The fire burned about 40 square miles of dry brush in the Angeles National Forest mountains and canyons.

    Student Loan Debt Is a Beast. Here Are Elizabeth Warren’s, President Obama’s, and the GOP’s Plans to Fix It, http://bit.ly/15vyQmQ
    On July 1, interest rates on federal student loans are set to rise to 6.8 percent – double the current rate. The fast-approaching deadline has lawmakers grappling to find a alternative solution to this scary imminent decision. Since 2004, student loan debt in the U.S. has tripled. Student loan debt recently surpassed both credit card and auto loan debt. It looks like the final plan will be a compromise between Obama’s plan and the House Republican proposal, but we will have to wait and see.

    CULTURAL:

    Angelina Jolie: First Appearance Since Mastectomy Announcement, http://tmz.me/19zDJxC

    Bynes booted from apt., http://bit.ly/15uvLTb

    ‘Game of Thrones’ showrunners interview: The Red Wedding — EXCLUSIVE, http://bit.ly/11cluqF

    Kim Kardashian’s Baby Girl: Reality Star, Kanye West Reveal Baby’s Sex, http://huff.to/18LsRy7

    Sharon Jones Tour & Album Canceled After Cancer Diagnosis, http://huff.to/15ymkTr

    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