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    News Round-Up: October 29, 2013

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

    Hawaii is up next to legalize gay marriage; an official review on NSA programs is underway; and social media sites criticize tasteless blackface and Trayvon Martin costumes. Meanwhile, the Jonas Brothers break up, and Julianne Hough receives some intense criticism for her offensive Halloween costume.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Hawaii governor expects gay marriage bill to pass ‘within week’,http://rtvote.com/1f1FWUw
    Hawaii’s legislature is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage “within a week or so.” The state’s House of Representatives will pass the bill on Thursday if it passes Senate; both chambers have Democratic majorities. Governor Neil Abercrombie stated that he hopes the bill will pass before January, at the very latest.

    White House: Review will address global NSA concernshttp://rtvote.com/1gXYp8Q
    As more nations become enraged by NSA’s spying programs, the White House has assured the public that the collection of data on allies will not continue. A review of these programs is currently in the works, and a report on the review will be due by the end of the year. Spain is the latest country that has joined in on protests against the U.S.’s surveillance tactics; others include Germany, France, Brazil, and Mexico.

    Trick-or-treating takes a tasteless turnhttp://rtvote.com/1g9uU2E
    Halloween is right around the corner, and so are some of the most offensive costumes in Halloween history. Some of the more tasteless trick-or-treaters are donning Ariel Castro costumes, blackface costumes, and even Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman costumes. There has been a backlash on social media sites (rightfully so) against such getups, and the Utah Jazz and Julianne Hough have received such criticism.

    5 killed in Dallas-area shootings; suspect arrestedhttp://rtvote.com/1f1LVZx
    Police have arrested Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., 36, for killing five people in a shooting spree in the small town of Terrell, Texas. The murders started at 5 PM Monday, and Brownlow was captured and arrested early Tuesday. The victims have not been officially identified.

    Report: White House knew plans would be canceled under ACA,http://rtvote.com/1gY57eY
    About 50%-75% of 14 million consumers who buy health insurance individually will have their plans cancelled in the next year because their current policies fail to meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Initially, the White House said that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010, could be kept even if they did not meet the requirements of the new healthcare law. The Department of Health and Human Services later narrowed that provision. NBC News reports that the Obama administration has known for three years that people’s insurance would be canceled. The White House has responded that those whose policies are voided will be automatically shifted to plans with better protections. Additionally, they claim that nothing in the Affordable Care Act forces people out of their plans, but the failure of some plans to meet the new minimum standards should be expected.
     

    PUNDITS

    George Clooney and John Prendergast discuss what should be done to stop the chaos in Sudan in “Sudan could become a second Syria,” http://rtvote.com/1f1Puij

    Errol Louis talks about Banksy’s insensitive slam against New Yorkers and Americans in “Banksy’s insult shows he’s clueless about New York,” http://rtvote.com/19PKcV9

    CULTURAL

    Julianne Hough Goes Blackface as Orange is the New Black Character for Halloween Costume, http://rtvote.com/1gY8ouS

    Jonas Brothers Break Up: “It was a Unanimous Decision,” http://rtvote.com/1gY8H8U

    Dax Shepard Doesn’t Have a Wedding Ring, Says It Cost Him $142 to Marry Kristen Bell,http://rtvote.com/1gY9t63

    Adam Levine Says Fiancée Behati Prinsloo Made Him Believe in Marriage,http://rtvote.com/1gY9R4i

    sandywu
    Bio:

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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

    Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

    Greeks panic over political leaders’ inability to form a government; Ratko Mladic’s war crimes trial begins; Syrian rebels receive weapons from outside countries; and the GOP creates a super PAC that targets the youth vote. Meanwhile, Indonesians protest after the government bans Lady Gaga from performing, and Aaaron Sorkin will direct the new Steve Jobs film.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Judge to lead Greece to fateful June 17 vote, http://reut.rs/JqUKOJ
    Panicked Greeks are withdrawing euros out of the bank for fear of their devaluation if Greece changes its currrency. Central bank head George Provopoulos said Greeks had withdrawn at least €700 million ($894 million) on Monday. During talks amongst Greek political leaders, President Karolos Papoulias spoke of a  “fear that could develop into panic” if a government was not formed.

    Ratko Mladic war crimes trial begins, http://bit.ly/JjtKwb 
    The trial of Ratko Mladic, the man accused of the most rampant genocide since World War II, began at The Hague today. Mladic is accused of 11 counts, two of which pertain to genocide. During the Bosnian conflict, Mladic allegedly killed 8,000 Muslims. Family members of Mladic’s victims and survivors filled the courtroom to see him. In response to the crowd, he gave a sarcastic clap and a wave and then slid his finger across his throat to signal that he had to go to the bathroom. Mladic, who is 70-years-old, was captured one year ago.

    Syrian rebels get influx of arms with gulf neighbors’ money, U.S. coordination, http://wapo.st/KfDZS7
    The Syrian rebels have received an influx of weapons and funds from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Gulf states with coordination by the United States. The U.S. has stated that it would not provide the Syrian opposition any weapons and that it’s increasing its “nonlethal assistance” instead.

    (via The Washington Post) Crossroads Generation: New super PAC targets youth vote, http://wapo.st/IY6zYI
    A new super PAC linked to a Karl Rove-founded group aims to target young voters. Crossroads Generation is a joint venture of American Crossroads, the College Republican National Committee, the Young Republican National Federation and the Republican State Leadership Committee. The PAC has $750,000 in startup money and will be run by Iowa’s Derek Flowers.

    (via Reuters) Facebook boosts IPO size by 25 percent, could top $16 billion, http://reut.rs/Jr5FrS
    Facebook Inc increased the size of its initial public offering by almost 25 percent, and could raise as much as $16 billion as strong investor demand for a share of the No.1 social network trumps debate about its long-term potential to make money. Facebook, founded eight years ago by Mark Zuckerberg in a Harvard dorm room, said on Wednesday it will add about 84 million shares to its IPO, floating about 421 million shares in an offering expected to be priced on Thursday.

    Obama Campaign Announces Raising $43.6 Million in April, http://nyti.ms/L6qHrY
    In a new video, Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina announces that the campaign raised $43.6 million in April. While this is less than what the campaign raised in March, it is still more than what the Romney campaign has taken in. The $43.6 million does not include what was raised from George Clooney’s fundraiser as well as recent donations from same-sex marriage supporters.

    Moscow police clear occupied park, http://wapo.st/KteylT
    Russian police invaded a Moscow campsite for OccupyAbai early Wednesday morning. The police arrived at 5:30 AM even though they said they wouldn’t oust the protestors until noon. Police said they were forced to clear out the area due to complaints from neighbors. The protestors did not resist, and 23 were arrested for public intoxication. Demonstrators have since moved to a smaller park.

    CULTURAL:

    Chris Christie jokes about VP talk in ‘I Got This,’ http://yhoo.it/K77wQ6

    Indonesian organisers fight for Lady Gaga gig, http://bit.ly/JTeLgM

    Obama to accept on night of MTV awards, http://bit.ly/KmkBF4

    Gloria Allred representing massage therapist in Travolta sex assault case, http://goo.gl/hcENz

    ‘Social Network’ writer Aaron Sorkin to direct Steve Jobs film, http://goo.gl/kfdQQ

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, May 11th, 2012

    Friday, May 11th, 2012

    An egregious mistake creates huge losses for JPMorgan; Russia’s Foreign Minister says outside countries are responsible for yesterday’s blasts in Damascus; a shoe-thrower interrupts Anders Breivik’s trial; more details are revealed about the double-agent who foiled the Yemeni bomb plot; Mitt Romney tries to side-step gay rights and shift the nation’s focus back to the economy; and President Obama raises $15 million at George Clooney’s fundraiser. Meanwhile, NBC makes some big changes to its line-up; Russell Brand will host the MTV Movie Awards; and Serena Williams has a new rap song.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    JP Morgan sends Wall Street lower, http://reut.rs/Kf9DF6
    Stock index futures are down today after JPMorgan called an emergency conference call with investors to reveal a trading loss of $2 billion due to “egregious mistakes” on a hedging strategy. As a result, the biggest U.S. bank by assets will most likely post a loss of $800 million this quarter; before this error, it was due to post a $200 million profit. The mistake was from a trader called the “London Whale,” who amassed a outsized position that hedge funds bet against.

    Opposition: Syrian regime orchestrated bombings, http://bit.ly/JIB32d
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in Beijing on Friday that “outside forces” executed the twin blasts that killed at least 40 in Damascus yesterday. “Some countries are inciting outside forces to interfere into the Syrian situation, which is unacceptable,” Lavrov said, although he would not specify the countries he believed responsible. The Syrian government has blamed “terrorists” for the attacks, while the opposition says the government is responsible.

    (via USA Today) Shoe-thrower interrupts Norway killing trial, http://usat.ly/KMIGJS
    The trial of Anders Behring Breivik was interrupted briefly Friday when the brother of one of his 77 victims hurled a shoe at the confessed mass killer and yelled, “Go to hell,” before being escorted from the court room, police and witnesses said. It was the first outburst from the normally subdued crowd watching the terror trial in Oslo’s district court since the proceedings began in mid-April. Breivik — a self-styled, anti-Muslim militant — has been charged with terrorism, admitting he carried out a bomb-and-shooting rampage that stunned Norway on July 22

    Saudi agent in bomb plot held UK passport, source says, http://bit.ly/Jj705T
    More details have been revealed about the CIA double-agent who foiled the Yemeni underwear bomb plot. The agent is Arabic with a British passport and has lived in the UK for many years. He was recruited by Saudi antiterrorist agencies after he had become involved with a group of jihadists and had the ability to pass for a terrorist.

    (via The Seattle Times) NAACP launches voter registration push in Georgia, http://bit.ly/JjajXZ 
    Saying it won’t let recently enacted voter ID laws suppress turnout, the NAACP on Wednesday launched a nationwide drive to register thousands of mostly minority, student and elderly voters before the Nov. 6 elections. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People says these groups could be the ones most affected by laws requiring them to show identification before they can exercise their right to vote.

    Los Angeles event brings $15 million to Obama campaign, http://lat.ms/K6igR4
    In what may be the largest campaign haul to come from one night, George Clooney’s soiree at his Hollywood home garnered the Obama campaign $15 million. For $40,000 a plate, the likes of Diane Von Furstenberg, Robert Downey Jr, and James Brolin were able to rub shoulders with the president and listen to him speak.  ”Obviously yesterday we made some news,” Obama told the crowd.  ”But the truth is it was a logical extension of what America is supposed to be.”

    Romney to shift focus from gay rights to economy, http://apne.ws/INV8CV 
    Mitt Romney is trying to shift the nation’s focus back to the economy after President Obama historically endorsed same-sex marriage. Romney has his work cut out for him as his next campaign stop is in North Carolina, where voters recently decided to ban gay marriage in their state’s constitution. He also will be delivering the commencement address at Liberty University, which was founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell, a strong opposer of gay rights.

    CULTURAL:

    NBC Announces Renewal of Parenthood, 30 Rock, http://bit.ly/JpeT6r

    “Milk” screenwriter warms to Obama after gay marriage announcement, http://trib.in/J5hdMY

    Russell Brand To Host 2012 MTV Movie Awards, http://on.mtv.com/K6wMrR

    Reese Witherspoon’s mom sues her father for bigamy, http://on.msnbc.com/IQMusj

    Serena Williams Make Her Rap Debut With New Song, http://on.mtv.com/KQpQMr

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011

    Thursday, October 6th, 2011

    In today’s news, the world mourns the loss of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs; 13 more people are suing News International for hacking their phones; Sarah Palin will not run for president in 2012; and a team of scientists at Duke University may have built an exoskeleton to help paralyzed people walk. In other news, the producers of “The Simpsons” agree to take pay cuts, and Occupy Wall Street protester Jeanne Mansfield relays a first hand account of being maced by the NYPD.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    World Mourns Loss of Steve Jobs, http://fxn.ws/rfHLHI
    Apple co-founder Steve Jobs died last night after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Jobs inspired the Macintosh computer, iPod, iPhone and iPad, and today he is mourned by millions. At Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, flags are flying at half mast as admirers gather on the lawn to pay condolences. In New York City last night, people gathered outside of a 24-hour Apple store on Fifth Avenue making an impromptu memorial out of fliers, apples, and flowers.

    Occupy Wall Street: Video Allegedly Shows NYPD Officer Striking Protesters With Baton, http://huff.to/qR1c10
    A new video shows the New York Police Department beating Occupy Wall Street protesters with a baton. The video shows a police officer nudge someone then it appears that the officer backs up and starts swinging at the protester. It is unclear from the video what provoked the officer’s actions, but The Huffington Post’s Matt Sledge, who was at the scene, reports the baton swinging took place after a handful of people had been arrested for attempting to cross a police barricade. The NYPD also arrested 28 more demonstrators on the same night.

    (via Independent Online) Re-trial for Bahrain medics, http://bit.ly/nI4UaG: Bahrain Public Prosecutor Ali al-Boainain has ordered the re-trial of 20 Shi’a medics handed jail terms by a military court of up to 15 years on sedition charges. “After reviewing the file of the case, the public prosecutor has decided that the ruling issued by the National Security Court on September 28 should be reconsidered in the civilian courts,” a statement from the prosecutor’s office said.

    Swedish poet Tomas Transtromer wins Nobel literature prize for ‘condensed, translucent’ works, http://wapo.st/oVKNbf
    Poet Tomas Transtromer of Sweden has been awarded the Nobel literature prize. Transtromer is said to be the most influential Scandinavian poet of recent decades. His most famous work is 1966’s “Windows and Stones.” The poet is said to be a master of imagery and metaphor: “Waking up is a parachute jump from dreams. Free of the suffocating turbulence the traveler sinks toward the green zone of morning,” reads the prelude to “The Great Enigma.”

    Derrick Bell, Law Professor and Rights Advocate, Dies at 80, http://nyti.ms/pKuwhT
    On Wednesday Derrick Bell, a legal scholar who worked to expose the persistence of racism in America through his books, articles and provocative career moves, died at age 80. Bell had given up a Harvard Law School professorship to protest the school’s hiring practices. He died of carcinoid cancer.

    96-year-old Chattanooga resident denied voting ID, http://bit.ly/oPXWfn
    96-year-old Dorothy Cooper was denied a voter ID in Tennessee because she did not have a marriage license. After Cooper learned she needed a new ID to vote in the state, she went to the Cherokee Boulevard Driver Service Center to retrieve one. She took documents with her to prove her identity, including her rent receipt, a copy of her lease, her voter registration card and her birth certificate. However, her birth certificate had her maiden name on it, and the clerk denied Cooper an ID because she did not have a marriage license to prove her married name.

    Gessler Attacks Troops’ Right To Vote: Act Now!, http://bit.ly/qHSlis
    Soldiers registered to vote in Colorado and serving overseas will not be mailed ballots if they did not vote in 2010, according to an order by Colorado Secretary of State Gessler. The County Clerk objected to this policy and after doing so, Gessler sued in court to confirm the measure. “Skip an Election – Lose Your Ballot – and Thank You For Your Service!” said Gessler.

    Sarah Palin’s Die Hard Supporters ‘Stunned,’ ‘Disappointed’, http://abcn.ws/ovuNCE
    On Wednesday, Alaska’s former Governor Sarah Palin announced she will not be entering the 2012 presidential race. Palin released a statement to ABC News and also told radio host Mark Levin that she will not run. Palin told Fox News correspondent Greta Van Susteren that she apologizes to her die hard supporters and hopes they understand that “you don’t need a title to make a difference in this country.”

    (via ABC News) The 2012 Field Is Set, But The Calendar Isn’t, http://abcn.ws/qnUUEd: Nevada has set their 2012 primary for January 14th. This could move the New Hampshire primary as far up as Tuesday, Jan. 3. And if New Hampshire goes with that date, that means a December date for the Iowa Caucuses would be inevitable.

    Body suit may soon enable the paralyzed to walk, http://lat.ms/n4GYpe
    Scientists at Duke University may be able to build a prosthetic exoskeleton which will allow paralyzed people to walk. This full-body prosthetic suit would provide sensory information straight to the brain and has been proven to work on monkeys. The scientists’ goal is to have a young quadriplegic walk into midfield at the beginning of the 2014 World Cup of soccer in Brazil.

    Steve Jobs 1955-2011: The Father of Digital Music, and His Legacy, http://bit.ly/qGKlig
    Not only was Steve Jobs a co-founder of Apple, he is also revered as the father of the digital music business. He was the one who ended the Beatles’ digital embargo, convinced Dr. Dre to release his tracks digitally, and negotiated with Bono to create the U2 iPod in 2004. Jobs not only made this music available digitally, but also took a major role in creating the iPod and iTunes. iTunes began as a music management software, but today is a retail store with millions of songs available at the click of a mouse.

    CULTURAL

    Jeanne Mansfield tells us, “Why I Was Maced at the Wall Street Protests” http://bit.ly/oKNI3e

    LA Times is, “Putting pot in its place” http://lat.ms/pnAXr7

    Are Disney’s 3D Re-Releases Helping People Change Their Minds About 3D?, http://bit.ly/orLeLl

    Producers of Simpsons to Take Pay Cuts, http://bit.ly/q7QhrT

    George Clooney Takes His Parents to Ides of March Premiere, http://bit.ly/pbRpfg

    Snoop Dogg Gets NBC Sitcom Deal, http://on.mtv.com/qjzfju

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011

    President Barack Obama announces his plans for Afghanistan tonight at 8 PM, Jacob Zuma tells Michelle Obama he is too busy to meet with her, Gore accuses Obama of failing to address climate issues, and the House will vote on President Obama’s war powers.

    Furthermore, student loans are detrimental to students with health problems, and Wisconsin is expected to defund much of its family planning services. Also, Google gets 1 billion unique visitors, and Hulu may be for sale.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce his intention to withdraw 33,000 U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan as part of a surge in U.S. forces by the end of 2012, with at least 5,000 personnel due to leave by the end of this year, according to administration officials. Obama, who has yet to determine the precise pace of withdrawal, will make the announcement Wednesday night at 8 in a televised address from the White House.

    Jacob Zuma snubs Michelle Obama during First Lady’s South Africa visit, http://tgr.ph/jLZ4fe

    Michelle Obama is visiting South Africa this week, and the country’s president, Jacob Zuma has said he is too busy to meet her. The visit comes after Zuma criticized the way the US and UN have acted towards Libya. The first lady and her daughters met with former president Nelson Mandela.

    Obama has failed to lead on climate: Gore,
    http://bit.ly/l8GpqQ

    Al Gore says he understand the difficulties of getting anything through congress, but warns that failing to address climate changes puts “the survival of our civilization” at risk. He notes that President Obama has failed to push the issue, even though 9 of the hottest years in recorded history were in the last 13.

    House to vote on President Obama’s war powers, http://politi.co/mvtcag

    The Obama Administration has insisted that actions in Libya do not qualify as war, meaning the War Powers Act does not apply and he does not need congressional approval to continue the mission. Some House Republicans and Democrats disagree and are introducing resolutions calling for an end to hostilities.

    Illness or injury can cause ‘ruinous’ consequences for those with student loan debt, http://usat.ly/iU3ZTy

    With severe medical aliments, student loans can seem impossible to pay off.  Two ill students, highlighted in the article, are what the author calls, “indentured educated citizen[s],” as they both have top college educations but will forever be attempting to pay off their school and medical loans.

    Wisconsin Set To Defund Planned Parenthood, Slash Family Planning, http://huff.to/jiOm4f

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is expected to sign a new state budget that eliminates all state and federal funding for nine of the Planned Parenthood centers in the state. The budget also cuts men out of BadgerCare (a Medicaid-funded family planning program).

    Google Notches One Billion Unique Visitors Per Month,
    http://on.wsj.com/iFfwld

    More than one billion people used Google last month out of the 6.7 billion people on the planet. Despite this being the most of any company, advertisers are shifting focus from simple page views to time spent on websites. Facebook is best in that category with users spending 250 billion minutes on the social networking site.

    AP Sources: Hulu mulls putting itself up for sale, http://onforb.es/km5v67

    After a large offer to takeover Hulu, the online video service is considering putting itself up for sale and is seeking other bids.

    CULTURAL:

    George Clooney and Elisabetta Canalis Split, http://bit.ly/mBGuDd

    Harry Potter to live on in internet treasure hunt game, http://bit.ly/janGgo

    Pink’s Daughter Willow Sage’s First Photo, http://bit.ly/igzO9e

    HBO in ring with ‘Brick’, http://bit.ly/igdPJN

    Jimmy Henchman Pleads Not Guilty; Denied Bail, Vows to Fight, http://bit.ly/jWiIdH

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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