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    ‘Gabrielle Giffords’

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

    The Wall Street Journal reveals more about the 23-year-old rape and murder victim in New Dehli; the Bipartisan Policy Center says the U.S. may default on its debt as early as February 15th; an Afghan soldier kills a British soldier and wounds six more; Gabrielle Giffords and Mark Kelly announce their campaign for gun control; Israeli officials are worried about Chuck Hagel’s nominations; and a $1 million lottery winner in Illinois is poisoned. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift and Harry Styles split after two months of dating; David Bowie releases a new single; and Current TV staffers are unhappy about the channel’s sale to Al Jazeera.



    New Delhi Attack: The Victim’s Story, http://on.wsj.com/THNeUD
    The Wall Street Journal is revealing more about the young woman who was raped and murder in New Dehli. The 23-year-old girl, who was only 5 feet 3 and 90 pounds, has been described as a hardworking physiotherapy student who made extra money emceeing recitals and working at a call center. Before her fatal attack, the victim had gone to a mall with a male friend to shop and see “Life of Pi.” Later that day, her attackers went on a “joy ride” on a bus one of them drove and offered to drive the pair home. A few of the suspects posed as passengers before attacking the young woman and her friend.

    U.S. may default on its debt half a month earlier than expected, new analysis shows, http://wapo.st/UG3sws
    Analysis from the Bipartisan Policy Center shows that the U.S government could default on its debt as early as February 15th and as late as March 1st, which is half a month earlier than expected. The government hit its debt limit on December 31st, but the Treasury Department was able to stave it off  by enacting “extraordinary measures.”

    Afghan Soldier Kills British Soldier, Wounds 6, http://abcn.ws/13e4NPT
    In the first insider attack of 2013, an Afghan soldier killed a British soldier and wounded six more at the Patrol Base Hazrat in the Nahri Sarraj district of Helmand province. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the shooting saying that the suspect was killed at a security checkpoint during his escape. Last year, 45 insider attacks claimed the lives of 61 people in Afghanistan.

    Hagel nomination unnerves some in Israel, http://bit.ly/Wr9Xkm
    Israeli officials are reportedly uneasy about President Obama’s decision to nominate Chuck Hagel as the U.S. Secretary of Defense. The former Republican senator’s positions on Iran’s nuclear program, Palestinian relations, and refusal to sign a letter recognizing Hezbollah as a terrorist group is not in agreement with Israel’s stance on these issues.  ”I support Israel, but my first interest is I take an oath of office to the Constitution of the United States, not to a president, not to a party, not to Israel,” Hagel has said. “Because of his statements in the past, and his stance toward Israel, we are worried,” said Reuven Rivlin, the speaker of the Israeli parliament. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office did not comment on the matter.

    Illinois man killed by cyanide poisoning after striking it rich in lottery, http://bit.ly/TINvXf
    Investigators have discovered that one month after Urooj Khan of Illinois won $1 million in the lottery, he was poisoned to death. It was originally determined that Khan died of natural causes; however, a new investigation has found cyanide in body. The Indian immigrant and businessman allegedly jumped for joy after discovering his winnings in June. Police are now looking for suspects in his murder.

    Giffords Ready to Make A Push on Gun Control, http://on.wsj.com/UDzWLE
    Former Representative Gabrielle Giffords and her husband Mark Kelly are expected to announce a fundraising effort and call for stricter gun regulations during on Tuesday. Giffords, who was shot in the head two years ago, has yet to be involved in gun lobbying efforts. However, she and her husband have spoken about gun control on social media and in public. After a visit to Newtown, Kelly wrote on his Facebook page: “This time our response must consist of more than regret, sorrow and condolence.”


    ‘Bama Bashes Notre Dame 42-14 in BCS Title Game, http://abcn.ws/ZlXuRC

    Taylor Swift, Harry Styles split, http://usat.ly/UwN0wV

    David Bowie releases ‘Where Are We Now?’, http://bit.ly/10c2le0

    Current TV staffers rip Al Gore for sale to Al Jazeera, http://fxn.ws/VMMXOk

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Buy $11 Million Mansion, http://eonli.ne/VQtlIB

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    Arizona voters will vote on Gifford’s old seat; Italy is yet another EU country on the brink of economic disaster; and the DOJ will sue Florida over its voter purge. In other news, Siri is coming to the iPad, and the Los Angeles Kings win their first Stanley Cup.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Gabrielle Giffords’ House seat: Final scramble underway, http://politi.co/LQinyl
    Arizona voters head to the polls today in a special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat. Giffords resigned in January, one year after being shot and nearly killed in a shooting spree. The shooting killed six and injured 13, including Democratic hopeful Ron Barber. According to an independent poll, Barber holds a 12-point lead over Tea Party-backed Jesse Kelly.

    Worry for Italy Quickly Replaces Relief for Spain, http://nyti.ms/KlrytS
    The euro zone isn’t out of hot water yet. Yesterday, Italian officials expressed concern that the recent $125 billion Spanish bailout would not be enough to stop the crisis from spreading—and that Italy could not support such a huge burden. Yesterday, Italy’s main stock index was the worst performing in Europe. Tension continues to build as Cyprus is reportedly considering a bailout, inspired by Spain’s.

    DOJ Plans To Sue Over Florida’s Voter Purge, http://bit.ly/KOSovT
    The Justice Department is planning to sue the state of Florida for purging voters from its rolls in violation of federal law. This process is illegal because it has not been cleared by either the Justice Department or a federal court, and because the purge is too close to Florida’s August primary. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) still defends the purge and wil sue the government over it.


    In iOS 6, Siri Gets a Whole Lot Smarter — and Comes to the iPad, http://yhoo.it/LGiO27
    New updates will be available to Siri in iOS, with improvements in several categories like sports, dining, movies, and apps. Apple is also working with car manufacturers to include Eyes Free, a button that would allow drivers to use Siri but still keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Siri and these updates will also be available on the new iPad.

    Kings Rule! Los Angeles Powers Way to First Cup, http://bit.ly/LhDpa1

    Carrie Underwood Supports Gay Marriage, http://yhoo.it/Kqa1SB

    ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, http://bit.ly/KyhOJx

    Charlize Theron Shaves Her Head for ‘Mad Max,’ http://bit.ly/N8AwwK

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

    U.S. Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden save two people in a Somali raid; Obama’s State of the Union address shows poll approval, but commentators are largely critical; and Michelle Bachmann will seek another term in the House while Gabrielle Giffords will not. Meanwhile, Demi Moore has been hospitalized, and Alex Ovechkin pulls out of the NHL All-Star game.

    Kelly + Caitlin


    U.S. military raid in Somalia frees Dane, Americanhttp://usat.ly/yjMnKT
    The same team of U.S. Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden have rescued one American and one Dane hostage in Somalia. Nine Somali kidnappers were killed during the raid and both hostages remained unharmed. Obama, after giving his SOTU, called the American hostage’s father to let him know his daughter was finally safe.

    Gabrielle Giffords bids an emotional farewell to Congresshttp://lat.ms/wrtYga
    Amidst a standing ovation and a heart-felt hug from Obama, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords graced the House floor one last time last night. Giffords was shot in the head one year ago when a gunman opened fire at a public event outside of a Tucson grocery store. Giffords will cast her final vote on a bill that will give the Homeland Security Department greater ability to go after ultralight planes suspected of transporting narcotics from Mexico.

    Bachmann says she’ll seek fourth term in Househttp://usat.ly/A6qjki
    Despite her failed presidential bid, Michelle Bachmann announced that she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House. Bachmann’s announcement came out during a critical interview over Obama’s State of the Union Speech.

    Christie Wants Voters to Decide on Gay Marriagehttp://nyti.ms/zzWgdy
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced that he would veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and instead has asked NJ’s state legislature to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

    (via ThinkProgress) Missouri House Committee Passes Voter ID Bill, Republicans Hold Near Veto-Proof Majority, Missouri may soon join a growing group of states that have enacted laws requiring citizens to present a certain form of photo identification before being permitted to cast a ballot. On Tuesday, the Missouri House Committee on Elections voted 7-3 in favor of Rep. Shane Schoeller’s (R) voter ID bill. The party line vote now sends the legislation to the floor, where it will almost certainly pass the Republican-controlled House with ease, http://bit.ly/xg9u8p

    Scotland: Let 16-year-olds vote on independencehttp://bit.ly/wTn71C
    Scotland First Minister has announced that 16 and 17-year-olds should be eligible to cast ballots in a referendum on Scottish independence from Britain.


    Demi Moore Rushed to Hopital for Substance Abuse, http://bit.ly/y0Wra9

    Alex Ovechkin pulls out of NHL All-Star game: ‘I got suspended, so why I have to go there?’ http://thedc.com/yiNMGG

    Vanessa Paradis Addresses Johnny Depp ‘Rumors,’ http://bit.ly/xDowak

    Music has a greater presence at Sundance festival, http://bit.ly/xKA4VF

    Kelly Holleran

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


    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    In today’s news, President Obama is preparing for a supercommittee failure; Penn State coach Mike McQueary claims he went to the police about Sandusky; shots were fired at the White House late last week; the Occupy Seattle movement turns violent; and GOP candidate Newt Gingrich received $1.6 million from Freddie Mac. In entertainment news, Justen Bieber’s paternity suit has been dropped, and Duke’s Coach K wins a record 903 games.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Supercommittee on the brink, http://politi.co/u7WxKF
    The November 23rd deadline for the supercommittee’s deficit plan is quickly approaching, and it seems the powerful panel will not have anything ready by then. Speculation started when it became clear that no one has seen any plan language. The Washington Post says the Obama administration is quietly preparing for the debt-reduction supercommittee to fail, while The Wall Street Journal says the panel is turning to accounting gimmicks to reach its goal of $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years. On Tuesday, John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met, causing some to speculate that they are also worried about the committee’s inaction.

    Jolted, Wall St. Protesters Face Challenge for Future, http://nyti.ms/uJ65yn
    Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to Zuccotti Park on Tuesday. The demonstrators showed up without tents after a judge upheld that portion of Bloomberg administration’s Monday-night eviction. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he OK’d the eviction after hearing from an EMT who injured his ankle while trying to assist a mentally disturbed man last week but according to The New York Times, the raid had been in the works for more than two weeks.

    McQueary email: I stopped Sandusky, went to police, http://nyp.st/s2417K
    In an email sent on November 8th, Penn State coach Mike McQueary told a friend that he stopped Jerry Sandusky from the alleged rape of a ten-year old boy and then phoned the police. “I did not stop it, physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left the locker room.” McQueary goes on to say that he “discussed” the situation with the police and the university official in charge of the police. The email contradicts McQueary’s testimony to the grand jury where he said that he did not stop Sandusky and also did not phone the police.

    Secret Service says bullet hit exterior window of White House, http://nydn.us/uwLXc9
    The Secret Service discovered two bullets on the White House grounds Tuesday, one of which hit a window and was stopped by ballistic glass. On Friday, witnesses reported hearing gunfire near the White House; they said they saw two speeding cars, and an AK-47 was eventually recovered. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Oscar Ortega-Hernandez in relation to the incident.

    Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms, http://wapo.st/uLUvWt
    The Obama administration, which gave Solyndra a half-billion dollar loan, asked the company to delay announcing layoffs until after the 2010 midterm election. The company waited until November 3rd to make the announcement, but it is not clear if this was due to pressure from the administration. The White House declined to comment, but said the emails had been taken out of context by House Republicans.

    Giffords’s husband scolds Boehner for not visiting wounded lawmaker, http://bit.ly/tlYDUT
    Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, has slammed Speaker John Boehner for not visiting Giffords while she was recovering, even though he attended the NCAA tournament in Houston where she was rehabilitating. “Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing,” Kelly writes. “Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”

    Obama: U.S. to expand military in Australia, http://bit.ly/tPgBTW
    Seen as a response to China’s growing aggression, President Obama announced that the U.S. will expand its military presence in Australia at the beginning of his Asia visit. Obama said the U.S. is “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific,” and that 250 Marines will be stationed in northern Australia starting next year, with 2,500 personnel eventually staffing the region. Obama said the decision will send a message to China saying “with their rise comes increased responsibility. It is important for them to play by the rules of the road.” China is wary of the decision, saying it may not be appropriate and requires further review.

    Pregnant woman pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle, http://bit.ly/svInbO
    The Occupy Seattle movement has turned violent as police pepper sprayed the crowd on Tuesday night. The incident reportedly injured an 84 year-old woman and sent a pregnant woman to the hospital. Protesters denounced the use of force and said that police used the spray on a peaceful protest. Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said that pepper spray is not harmful and is not age specific. That it is no more dangerous to someone who is 10 or someone who is 80.

    U.S. Senate panel agrees to look at Florida’s new voting law, http://bit.ly/rquuPo
    A U.S. Senate panel tasked with overseeing civil rights will hold a hearing in Florida regarding the state’s new election law. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D – Fla., requested the hearing, and fellow Democrat Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, supported the request.

    Ohio’s election law foes fall short on signatures, http://bit.ly/vsG3qM
    Opponents of Ohio’s new election law have fallen short in their efforts to get a ballot repeal question before voters next fall; however, they still have time to get more signatures. The law would shorten the number of early voting days in the swing state, and the Monday ruling by Secretary of State Jon Husted comes after election officials reviewed the more than 333,000 signatures that opponents submitted in late September.

    Gingrich Said to Be Paid $1.6M by Freddie Mac, http://bloom.bg/vzkzES
    Newt Gingrich might not be leading in the polls for much longer. Bloomberg reports that Gingrich received between $1.6 million and $1.8 million from Freddie Mac for consulting fees. The dollar amount is significantly more than Gingrich was questioned about during the GOP CNBC debate. He was asked what he did to earn $300,000, and he responded that he gave advice on what the company didn’t do, noting that its lending processes were “insane.” Freddie Mac executives, however, disagree. Since he ended his retainer in 2008, Gingrich has been quite vocal in his criticism of Freddie Mac.

    (via CNN) Facebook: Attack identified, most spammed porn removed: ‘Facebook says a hack that exploited some Web browsers was responsible for a flood of porn, violent images and other graphic content that spread across the site over the past couple of days. Spokesman Frederic Wolens said Facebook’s security team had been working to identify the cause of the spam and that, by Tuesday afternoon, “we have eliminated most of the spam caused by this attack.”‘ http://bit.ly/vTalN7


    Andrew Rosenthal says “Maine Republicans Want to Get There (Vote Suppression) From Here (Vote Turnout),” http://nyti.ms/t8NThV

    Erwin Chemerinsky asks “Will partisanship shape the healthcare ruling?,” http://lat.ms/sVLVgU

    Ross Douthat discusses “The Second Coming of Gingrich,” http://nyti.ms/sWiTPY

    The Washington Post says “U.S. foreign policy turns toward Asia,” http://wapo.st/tZKmHS

    Justin Bieber Alleged Baby Mama DISMISSES Paternity Lawsuit, http://bit.ly/sBMBVi

    Coach K alone atop Division I list, http://apne.ws/veLa3x

    Bradley Cooper Named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, http://on.mtv.com/tj1BqS

    Russell Simmons, ?uestlove React To Zuccotti Park Raid, http://on.mtv.com/u9K9L8

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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


    Monday, November 14th, 2011

    In today’s news, the judge who set bail for Jerry Sandusky has been involved in his charity; Herman Cain’s wife sticks by him; and ‘Obamacare’ is going to the Supreme Court. In entertainment news, Lady Gaga splits with her long-time creative director, and Justin Timberlake attends the Marine Corps. ball.

    Coral + Caitlin


    (via Associated Press) Obama calls waterboarding ‘torture’: ‘President Barack Obama says the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torturing, disputing Republican presidential candidates who say they would reinstate the practice. Obama called waterboarding “torture” and said it was “contrary to America’s traditions” during a news conference at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.’ http://bit.ly/tpLEs2

    Portland police arrest over 50 as protest camps cleared, http://reut.rs/ruc32s
    On Sunday, Portland police arrested more than 50 members of the Occupy movement as they cleared out and blocked off encampments after an eviction notice was issued. Portland’s mayor Sam Adams said that the encampments have been linked to increased crime and drug use, and while he supports the Occupy movements and what they stand for, they need to move beyond encampments to achieve their goals.

    Judge Who Freed Sandusky on Bail Reportedly Volunteered at His Charity, http://fxn.ws/vhrOoe
    Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who ordered former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail, is said to have volunteered for Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. Dutchcot gave the Second Mile between $500 and $1,000 and lists volunteering for the organization as one of her career achievements. Prosecutors originally asked that Sandusky’s bail to be set at $500,000 and that he be required to wear an ankle monitor. Dutchcot set the bail for $100,000.

    A Disturbing New Dimension of Far-Right Terror, http://bit.ly/u29JgE
    Police in Germany have busted a neo-Nazi ring that may have carried out at least 10 murders over the past 10 years. Police hunted down two members of the ring, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, who had recently robbed a bank. The two men took their own lives, but police found the weapons of two officers that were murdered in 2007. When police went to search the apartment where the men had been living, another member of their group blew up the residence before they arrived. Still, police recovered a murder weapon, propaganda videos, and other evidence and have made two arrests.

    Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC, http://nyti.ms/rKbCz9
    On Monday morning, NBC is announcing that they have hired Chelsea Clinton as a full-time special correspondent. Clinton is supposed to start work promptly on Monday and will report within the “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.” The segment highlights people who make a difference in their communities.

    What Would Gabby Do? http://bit.ly/vTjSbI
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the public eye this week, as she and her husband sit down for an interview with ABC News and publish a memoir. She may be doing better than people would have expected, but she is not as well as the media has led people to believe. Apparently, Giffords does not speak as much in the ABC interview as ads suggest. Instead she says just a few words, and the feature is more based on managing Gifford’s image.

    Jordan’s king urges Syria’s Assad to step down, http://apne.ws/evjTAr
    Jordan’s King Abdullah has publicly urged President Bashar al-Assad to step down, making him the first Arab-ruler to issue a statement over the violent handling of the 8-month uprising. Syrian regime supporters reacted to the ouster with violence, storming regional embassies. Meanwhile, the U.N. estimates that 3,500 civilians have died since the beginning of the crackdown. Over the weekend, one activist was shot down in front of his 9-year old son.

    Judge: Norway terror suspect is not insane, http://bit.ly/vJE5tx
    On Monday, District Court Judge Torkjel Nesheim said Norway mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik is not insane. Breivik confessed to a bombing and a shooting that killed 77 people in Norway this summer. Nesheim said there was no evidence Breivik had any accomplices and ordered his custody be extended for another 12 weeks. The courtroom was packed with over 500 people including survivors of the shootings and family of the victims.

    Court sets 5 1/2-hour hearing on health care, http://bit.ly/vTRfwd
    The Supreme Court is set to review ‘Obamacare.’ On Monday, the justices announced that they will see three cases arguing how constitutionally sound the health care reform is. The court will hold oral arguments sometime in the spring, most likely in March. It is expected to issue a decision by the end of its current term, which is normally in late June.

    College students will be allowed to use stickers on IDs to vote,
    A Wisconsin law passed in the spring said that students may use college IDs at the polls, but they must expire in two years; however, most IDs issued by Wisconsin schools expire in 4 to 5 years. In response, a law has been passed allowing colleges to issue stickers to validate IDs. The IDs will be required for the February 2012 primary.

    Gloria Cain speaks out about sexual harassment allegations,
    In her first ever television interview, Gloria Cain disputes the sexual harassment claims made against her husband. She said that Cain would have to posses a split personality to be capable of the acts the five women are accusing him of committing. “To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is,” she said. Herman Cain had previously said that his wife supported him during the allegations, and that she knew he would not do anything as silly as what the women claim.

    (via Politico) Herman Cain’s poll numbers slide in POLITICO poll: ‘Among likely Republican voters surveyed Sunday, Nov. 6, Cain led the field with 40 percent. On Monday, he was third with 22 percent. By Wednesday, just 19 percent of those surveyed said they supported Cain for the nomination.’ http://politi.co/t8MAsb

    (via NY Times) Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams: ‘It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.’ http://nyti.ms/sXPpD5


    Peter J. Boyer describes “The Wonk Who Slays Washington” http://bit.ly/sn00e5

    Ben Keller on “How Romney Could Win” http://nyti.ms/uOnqDa

    Lady Gaga Splits From Longtime Creative Director Laurieann Gibson, Rep Confirms, http://bit.ly/uEHjNK

    Reality TV’s Instant Stars Populate a Magazine, http://nyti.ms/sYi7Vt

    ‘Hunger Games’ Full Trailer Debuts, http://on.mtv.com/swUMiL

    Justin Timberlake Attends Marine Corps Ball, http://on.mtv.com/sJQ2rb

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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