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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

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    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Thursday, August 29th, 2013

    U.S. deciding on action in Syria; California uses drones to monitor fires; fast-food workers demand higher wages; and Shellie Zimmerman faces charges. Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas split; FLOTUS gets a new do; and Michael Jackson would celebrate his 55th birthday today.

    -Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Fast-Food Protests Under Way, http://rtvote.com/17oxMku
    Fast-food workers in more than 50 cities nationwide will strike Thursday, in demand of increasing wages to $15 per hour. However, as strikes cleared this morning, business went on as usual, and customers had no idea of the events that had transpired. Though many workers will strike throughout the day, the restaurants will continue to operate largely undisrupted.

    U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syriahttp://rtvote.com/14GFd87
    As evidence rises that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds responsibility for the chemical weapon attack last week, the Obama administration faces a decision on how to respond. While a response, regardless of UN approval, seems likely, concern remains over how it will affect long term US-involvement in the conflict.

    California launches drone to help battle growing Rim Fire, http://rtvote.com/17oy6jd
    A newly launched drone is set to assist firefighters contain the California Rim Fire. The benefit of this aircraft is that it can spot new flare-ups before people can be on the ground, which allows for faster containment. The drone can hover for 22 hours at a time, compared to helicopters which need to be refueled every 2 hours.

    George Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty to perjuryhttp://rtvote.com/14GGaNP
    Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, plead guilty on Wednesday for lying in her husband’s bond hearing. She has been sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

    Painting of Putin in a negligee seized by Russian police; artist flees the country, http://rtvote.com/1du0rMi
    Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has fled after releasing paintings depicting President Vladamir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in female lingerie. Since their release, the police have seized the work. The artist’s work came in conjunction with a letter to the G-20 delegates set to arrive in St. Petersburg next month asking them to discuss issues of censorship with the President.

    CULTURAL

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Split, http://rtvote.com/1dudey9

    Michael Jackson’s Best Singles, In Celebration Of What Would Be The Late Singer’s 55th Birthday, http://rtvote.com/14GSjlL

    Michelle Obama Debuts Highlights, http://rtvote.com/1dufNQO

    Justin Timberlake Defends Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance, http://rtvote.com/14GSb5Z

    Jennifer Garner Says Ben Affleck Could Go Into Politics, http://rtvote.com/17oIZSf

    Rock the Vote
    Bio: Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 to organize artists and fight against censorship of musicians. Since then we've evolved to focus on empowering young people to get involved in the political process. We use pop culture, peer-to-peer organizing, and the latest technology to raise visibility of politics and demystify the process of registering to vote.
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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

    Forest fires sweep Yosemite; Obama administration considers military action against Syria’s chemical weapon attack; 12 workers killed by the Afghan Taliban; and Zimmerman to claim state funding on legal bills. Meanwhile, the VMAs are still the talk of the town, with ‘NSync and Miley Cyrus performances as big talking points.

    -Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Crews get first break against Rim firehttp://rtvote.com/1aM6SIo
    Forest fires in Yosemite National Park reach their tenth day, charring nearly 161,000 acres. On top of the already tremendous damage, the fires are threatening groves of giant sequoias and historical structures in the park. Firefighters state that this is the hottest and fastest burning fire in Sierra Nevada history.

    After Syria chemical allegations, Obama considering limited military strike, http://rtvote.com/1aM75eN
    As a punishment for the use of chemical weapons, and as a deterrent, President Obama considers a short-term military strike against Syria, lasting only a few days. This response would keep United States from deep involvement in the Syrian Civil War.

    Afghan Taliban kill 12 ‘government’ workershttp://rtvote.com/17jzJPa
    The Taliban executed 12 Afghan workers who were seen “cooperating with the government.” These workers were engineers and trainers working on a World Bank-funded program to improve local project management. Negotiations were scheduled, but they were killed before the negotiations could begin.

    George Zimmerman will ask state to cover $200K-$300K of his legal bills, http://rtvote.com/17jAcAU
    Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in his trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, he is allowed by state law to request state coverage of thousands of dollars in legal bills. His motion asking the payments to be authorized “is in the works.”

    At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice, http://rtvote.com/17jDSmn
    As a new generation of teachers enters the classroom, we are finding that they stay for shorter time periods. This is especially true in charter schools. Education professionals have mixed opinions on this trend. While turnover means more passionate, less burnt out teachers, longtime teachers are also better able to build ties to communities, which is equally important.

    CULTURAL

    Madonna Tops Forbes 2013 List Of The Top-Earning Celebrities, http://rtvote.com/17jA3NO

    ‘N Sync Reunion Tour? “I’m Not Gonna Say It’s Never Gonna Happen,” Says Chris Kirkpatrick, http://rtvote.com/1aM9w15

    Paula Patton, Robin Thicke’s Wife, Was Fine With Miley Cyrus’ Twerking, But His Mom Wasn’t, http://rtvote.com/1aMc2UV

    Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute Brings Back Some Original Cast Member, http://rtvote.com/1aMroZJ

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, July 15, 2013

    Monday, July 15th, 2013

    ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead; George Zimmerman found not-guilty; people in LA protest in response to verdict in George Zimmerman murder trial; Snowden has docs that outline how the NSA works; U.S. embassy reopens in Cairo; and trial begins today over controversial PA voter ID law. Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne gets engaged; Selena Gomez pays tribute to friend, Cory Monteith; and celebrities ‘tweet’ about Zimmerman not guilty verdict.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    ‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead, http://rtvote.com/18Yb6Mi
    Saturday afternoon, Cory Monteith, star of the Fox show “Glee”, was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada hotel room. When Monteith didn’t check out at his scheduled time, staff went to his room and discovered his body. The cause of death is unknown, but police have ruled out foul play in the death of the 31-year old actor.  An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

    Zimmerman not-guilty verdict unlikely to be the end of Trayvon Martin saga in court, http://rtvote.com/18YbNVX
    On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was able to shed the GPS device that had monitored his movements before he was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. But, drama over the case continues with demonstrations across the country, debate about wrongful-death lawsuits, and Web-site-crashing demands for filing of federal civil rights charges.

    Police declare unlawful assembly in Hollywood; make arrests, http://rtvote.com/18YdVNu
    In response to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case, about 80 protestors gathered in front of the CNN building in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard shortly after midnight Monday, chanting “No Justice, No Peace.” More than 100 LA police officers in riot gear converged on the crowd and began making arrests. Some of the protestors were carrying signs that said “We Are All Trayvon Martin.” Protestors also amassed in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City.

    ‘Guardian’ journalist: Snowden docs contain NSA ‘blueprint’, http://rtvote.com/15fIDwg
    Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency (NSA) is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted they not be made public. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who first reported on the leaks, said the disclosure would allow “somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does.”

    U.S. reopens Egypt embassy as envoy arrives in Cairo, http://rtvote.com/15fJuwY
    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo reopened Monday as a senior Washington official was due to hold talks with the nation’s military-supported leaders. The embassy was closed to the public for two weeks amid widespread unrest and mass protests in Tahrir Square, which is very close to the embassy.

    Trial to measure lawfulness of PA voter ID law, http://rtvote.com/15fHlRV

    A trial is set to begin Monday on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. The case represents a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional. Officials on both sides say that they expect the state Supreme Court to ultimately decide the case.

    CULTURAL

    Dina Lohan: Oprah Winfrey Will Be Lindsay Lohan’s “Mentor”, http://rtvote.com/12AyWK5

    Kelly Osbourne Is Engaged to Matthew Mosshart, http://rtvote.com/18YcA9i

    Selena Gomez Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith, Posts Affectionate Photo on Twitter, http://rtvote.com/15fGwZf

    David Beckham to Kate Middleton and Prince William: Name the Royal Baby David!, http://rtvote.com/15fGEb2

    Celebrities React To George Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict, http://rtvote.com/15fH1T8

    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: 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