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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

    A building in Harlem collapses in an explosion; the White House continues to court Millennials in healthcare enrollment; the missing Malaysian Airline search continues; a Guantanamo Bay prisoner files a lawsuit against President Obama; and Jerry Sandusky’s wife defends her husband’s innocence. Meanwhile, Chris Pine gets arrested for a DUI; the Big Bang Theory is renewed for 3 seasons (Hurrah!); and two mash-up videos will help you giggle your way through Hump-day (they are NSFW though!).

    - Maura + Austin

    CRUCIAL

    1 dead, 15 Hurt Harlem Building Collapse, http://rtvote.com/1nM8hTg
    A deadly explosion Wednesday morning has caused the collapse of two five-story buildings in East Harlem, NY. There were 15 people injured and one person pronounced dead. A witness said that locals have been smelling gas for weeks and when the explosion occurred she saw people flying out of the building.  Con Edison, the NY utilities company, had been called to the area to check a possible gas leak at 9am ET this morning.

    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Including 25% Youth http://rtvote.com/1esr7s9
    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange has reached more than 4.2 million. Of those enrollees, only 25% are between the ages of 18-34, a key demographic that the administration has been targeting. Most recently, the President appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns” to plug the healthcare site to Millennials. If the administration fails to hit its goal of 40% youth enrollment, it fears that insurance costs will increase for the millions of other enrollees. 

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Last Communication Revealed,http://rtvote.com/1iArRi5
    New information released to the public shows that the last moments of communication from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, showed that everything was normal. The China bound plane went missing on Saturday with 239 people on board. As the plane reached the boundary between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi Minh City Control. Minutes later, all contact was lost. The search continues for new information on what happened…

    Sandusky’s Wife Says He’s Innocent, Victims Manipulated,http://rtvote.com/1i6g8Zt
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, insists that her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” that sent him to prison. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to her husband for 47 years, claims that he is innocent, the victims were manipulated, and that the case against him was built on lies. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence for his 2012 conviction on 45 charges of child sexual abuse of young boys for over a period of 15 years.

    Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Files Historic Lawsuit Against Obama Over Force-Feedinghttp://rtvote.com/1hcoCfH
    On Tuesday, a historic lawsuit was introduced against the U.S. military prison’s force-feeding of detainees on hunger strikes, by an inmate of Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni inmate, Emad Abdullah Hassan, contends that he has been “abusively force-fed” more than 5,000 times in the past seven years in an effort to end his hunger strikes, causing him severe internal injuries. The case marks the first legal challenge requiring a federal judge to oversee an inmate’s testimony on Guantanamo prison conditions. 

    CULTURAL 

    Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/1gpXHLL

    Angelina Jolie Plans to Have More Preventative Cancer Surgery,http://rtvote.com/1idBx3u

    The Big Bang Theory Renewed! CBS Orders 3 More Seasons of the Smash Comedy, http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Here is the Wolf of Sesame Street Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For,http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Justin Bieber’s Bratty Deposition Video Gets Remixed by Seth Meyers,http://rtvote.com/1i6ANwA

     

    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: November 26, 2013

    Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

    The Supreme Court will hear Hobby Lobby’s case that challenges Obamacare’s birth control coverage requirement; Hollywood partakes in animal cruelty; and the CIA has turned Guantanamo Bay prisoners into double agents. Meanwhile, Seth Rogen and James Franco make a painfully funny spoof of Kim and Kanye’s “Bound 2” video, and Kendall Jenner puts some Harry Styles rumors to rest.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Supreme Court to take up Obamacare contraception casehttp://rtvote.com/1aVZJTO
    The Supreme Court has accepted an Obamacare law appeal over contraception coverage. The court justices will review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring employers of a certain size to offer insurance coverage for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay. The issue of focus is whether private companies and non-profits can refuse this, based on the claim that it violates their religious beliefs. Hobby Lobby, Inc. is one of the plaintiffs.

    ‘Pretty Woman’ producer says he was Israeli spyhttp://rtvote.com/1bl239I
    The Israeli-born producer behind Hollywood hits, like Pretty WomanFight Club, and L.A. Confidential, has revealed that he used to serve as an Israeli spy for years. Arnon Milchan said he helped buy technologies and arms on Israel’s behalf to operate nuclear bombs. The producer also said other big Hollywood names were connected to his covert affairs.

    Sandy Hook killer took motive to his gravehttp://rtvote.com/194lkGA
    Connecticut authorities have released a 44-page summary of their investigation on Adam Lanza – the shooter behind Newton’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. Lanza’s motive behind the atrocious crime remains a mystery, and he gave “no clear indication” that he planned the Sandy Hook killings. Lanza’s mental illness, reclusion, and obsession with school shootings are detailed in the report.

    Animals Were Harmed: Hollywood’s Nightmare of Death, Injury, and Secrecy Exposed,http://rtvote.com/1exhrP2
    Too many Hollywood films and television shows, including Life of PiThe Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, HBO’sLuck, and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (the list goes on), have caused the brutal injuries and deaths of animals on set. The “No Animals Were Harmed” trademark accreditation in the ending credits means nothing anymore. It’s time to own up to animal cruelty, Hollywood… and it’s time for us to stop it.

    Penny Lane: Gitmo’s other secret CIA facilityhttp://rtvote.com/1hfZdVQ
    After 9/11, the CIA made double agents out of some Guantanamo Bay prisoners. They trained them and sent them home to help the U.S. kill former and current terrorists. The prisoners/double agents were promised freedom, the safety of their families, and some very hefty bags of money from the CIA’s secret accounts. The program was carried out in a secret facility, nicknamed Penny Lane, located yards away from the Guantanamo Bay prison. This has some heavy-duty controversy written all over it.

     

    CULTURAL

    Kim Kardashian Thinks Seth Rogen and James Franco’s “Bound 2” Parody Is…, http://rtvote.com/17QURPH

    Demi Lovato: “I Would Rather Sacrifice My Privacy to Help People,” http://rtvote.com/1bSyasn

    Kendall Jenner Breaks Her Silence About Harry Styles Dating Rumors: “We’re Friends,” http://rtvote.com/Il8pd3

    Kristen Bell Had to Make “Pretend Love” to Her Best Friend’s Husband Hours After Getting Married,http://rtvote.com/Il97Hu

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

    Oklahoma crews continue to search for survivors; Tumblr’s founder never graduated high school; a University of Rhode Island student is missing; two FBI agents fall to their deaths; Guantanamo Bay’s force-feeding faces scrutiny; the former IRS Commissioner claims he was unaware of inappropriate targeting; Apple is accused of taking advantage of tax loop-holes; and research shows a link between ADHD and obesity. Meanwhile, Eva Longoria jokes about her wardrobe malfunction, and Eminem faces a lawsuit.

    Caitlin + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Crews Search for Survivors in Oklahoma After Tornadohttp://nyti.ms/ZaeVKN
    Emergency crews in Oklahoma continue their search for survivors. Most of the tornado damage was in Moore, where a mile-wide tornado ripped destroyed everything in its path, including a hospital and two schools. As of this morning, a medical examiner has confirmed 24 deaths, nine of those dead are children. President Obama has declared a federal disaster in five Oklahoma counties and has said that “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away.”

    University of Rhode Island Student Disappears on Way Home for Summer Vacation, http://abcn.ws/1a1mOBE
    Matthew Royer, a student at the University of Rhode Island, has been missing since May 16. He was last seen on the university’s campus. A junior, he had moved out of his apartment, returned his keys, and was on his way home to Skippack Township, PA when he went missing. With his family anxiously awaiting his return, he sent his mother a text message around 6 p.m. on Thursday saying he had overslept but was “about to leave.” Royer’s mother reported him missing the next day.

    FBI agents killed in training exercises belonged to elite hostage rescue team, http://wapo.st/18ZOpp4
    Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen Shaw, died Friday off the coast of Virginia Beach during an FBI training session. The two members of the FBI’s paramilitary counterterrorism Hostage Rescue Team were rappelling form a helicopter onto a ship.  The helicopter experienced difficulties and sent them falling a significant distance.

    Physician dismisses force-feeding concerns, http://aje.me/16IbttN
    Thirty of the 103 Guantanamo prisoners who have been on hunger strikes since February are now being forcce-fed a nutritional supplement. The president of the American Medical Association (AMA), who is not in favor of this practice, says that force-feeding “violates core ethical values of the medical profession.”

    Former IRS Chief: Can’t say how targeting happened, http://bit.ly/14Mqlmb
    Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified today before the Senate Finance Committee on the IRS’ practice of targeting Tea Party applicants for tax-exempt status. Shulman claims he knew little about what was happening when he was Commissioner. He admits to having knowledge of what was going on but was unaware of the “scope and severity of the activity.”

    Senate investigators: Apple sheltered $44 billion from taxeshttp://politi.co/10IE9Kc
    Senate investigators are accusing Apple of designing a system to protect billions of dollars in international profits from both U.S. and foreign tax collectors. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, will appears on Capitol HIll today to defend his company against claims that Apple failed to pay taxes on $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012.

    Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood, http://bit.ly/19TZl5m
    Research has indicated that there are some unfortunate long-term outcomes for people with ADHD. A study in Pediatrics reports that men who had ADHD as children are twice as likely to be obese in middle age. Approximately 6.8 percent of U.S. children ages three to 17 live with ADHD. Research has shown that medications used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, may be helpful in the short run but can lead to increased risk for obesity in the long run.

    Before Tumblr, Founder Made Mom Proud. He Quit School, http://nyti.ms/12JyiZg
    Tumblr founder David Karp took his mother’s advice and dropped out of high school at age 14. Karp’s mother could tell that he needed time and space to follow his passion of computers. Now Karp is 26 years old and has just sold his company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.

    CULTURAL:

    Eva Longoria jokes after wardrobe malfunction at Cannes, http://bit.ly/16GzOAb

    Bradley Cooper Shares a Tender Moment With James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, http://eonli.ne/14NIRKZ

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Not a Big Fan of Their PDA, http://eonli.ne/14NJg08

    Oklahoma Tornado: Celebs React to Devastation, Tweet Condolences and Ways to Help, http://eonli.ne/190iEw2

    Eminem’s Facebook Lawsuit: Artist’s Publisher Upset By Company’s Song Usage, http://huff.to/17ZrJqa

    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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

    Oklahoma crews continue to search for survivors; Tumblr’s founder never graduated high school; a University of Rhode Island student is missing; two FBI agents fall to their deaths; Guantanamo Bay’s force-feeding faces scrutiny; the former IRS Commissioner claims he was unaware of inappropriate targeting; Apple is accused of taking advantage of tax loop-holes; and research shows a link between ADHD and obesity. Meanwhile, Eva Longoria jokes about her wardrobe malfunction, and Eminem faces a lawsuit.

    Caitlin + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Crews Search for Survivors in Oklahoma After Tornado, http://nyti.ms/ZaeVKN
    Emergency crews in Oklahoma continue their search for survivors. Most of the tornado damage was in Moore, where a mile-wide tornado ripped destroyed everything in its path, including a hospital and two schools. As of this morning, a medical examiner has confirmed 24 deaths, nine of those dead are children. President Obama has declared a federal disaster in five Oklahoma counties and has said that “Oklahoma needs to get everything it needs right away.”

    University of Rhode Island Student Disappears on Way Home for Summer Vacation, http://abcn.ws/1a1mOBE
    Matthew Royer, a student at the University of Rhode Island, has been missing since May 16. He was last seen on the university’s campus. A junior, he had moved out of his apartment, returned his keys, and was on his way home to Skippack Township, PA when he went missing. With his family anxiously awaiting his return, he sent his mother a text message around 6 p.m. on Thursday saying he had overslept but was “about to leave.” Royer’s mother reported him missing the next day.

    FBI agents killed in training exercises belonged to elite hostage rescue team, http://wapo.st/18ZOpp4
    Christopher W. Lorek and Stephen Shaw, died Friday off the coast of Virginia Beach during an FBI training session. The two members of the FBI’s paramilitary counterterrorism Hostage Rescue Team were rappelling form a helicopter onto a ship.  The helicopter experienced difficulties and sent them falling a significant distance.

    Physician dismisses force-feeding concerns, http://aje.me/16IbttN
    Thirty of the 103 Guantanamo prisoners who have been on hunger strikes since February are now being forcce-fed a nutritional supplement. The president of the American Medical Association (AMA), who is not in favor of this practice, says that force-feeding “violates core ethical values of the medical profession.”

    Former IRS Chief: Can’t say how targeting happened, http://bit.ly/14Mqlmb
    Former IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified today before the Senate Finance Committee on the IRS’ practice of targeting Tea Party applicants for tax-exempt status. Shulman claims he knew little about what was happening when he was Commissioner. He admits to having knowledge of what was going on but was unaware of the “scope and severity of the activity.”

    Senate investigators: Apple sheltered $44 billion from taxes, http://politi.co/10IE9Kc
    Senate investigators are accusing Apple of designing a system to protect billions of dollars in international profits from both U.S. and foreign tax collectors. The CEO of Apple, Tim Cook, will appears on Capitol HIll today to defend his company against claims that Apple failed to pay taxes on $44 billion in offshore, taxable income between 2009 and 2012.

    Childhood ADHD Linked to Obesity in Adulthood, http://bit.ly/19TZl5m
    Research has indicated that there are some unfortunate long-term outcomes for people with ADHD. A study in Pediatrics reports that men who had ADHD as children are twice as likely to be obese in middle age. Approximately 6.8 percent of U.S. children ages three to 17 live with ADHD. Research has shown that medications used to treat ADHD, such as Ritalin and Adderall, may be helpful in the short run but can lead to increased risk for obesity in the long run.

    Before Tumblr, Founder Made Mom Proud. He Quit School, http://nyti.ms/12JyiZg
    Tumblr founder David Karp took his mother’s advice and dropped out of high school at age 14. Karp’s mother could tell that he needed time and space to follow his passion of computers. Now Karp is 26 years old and has just sold his company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion.

    CULTURAL:

    Eva Longoria jokes after wardrobe malfunction at Cannes, http://bit.ly/16GzOAb

    Bradley Cooper Shares a Tender Moment With James Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio, http://eonli.ne/14NIRKZ

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Daughter Not a Big Fan of Their PDA, http://eonli.ne/14NJg08

    Oklahoma Tornado: Celebs React to Devastation, Tweet Condolences and Ways to Help, http://eonli.ne/190iEw2

    Eminem’s Facebook Lawsuit: Artist’s Publisher Upset By Company’s Song Usage, http://huff.to/17ZrJqa

    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