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    News Round-Up: Monday, January 28, 2013

    Monday, January 28th, 2013

    Senators reach a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform; a nightclub fire in Brazil takes the lives of over 230 people; and Obama praises Hillary Clinton in a “60 Minutes” interview marking her departure as Secretary of State. Meanwhile, SAG Awards winners celebrate; Jennifer Lawrence gets over a major wardrobe malfunction; and Barbara Walters comes down with chicken pox.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Senators reach agreement on immigration reform, http://bit.ly/UwahSS
    A bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement on the structure for an overhaul of America’s immigration system. The deal includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants in the nation and also addresses border security, non-citizen “guest” workers, and employee verification. The plan may have trouble receiving backing from the Republican-controlled House, but nonetheless marks the start of the the largest effort in years to seriously reform America’s immigration system. President Obama will offer his own vision for immigration reform in a speech on Tuesday, which officials expect to overlap significantly with the Senate plan. “What’s changed, honestly, is that there is a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle- including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle- that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” said Senator John McCain, who played a central role in shaping the agreement.

    Missteps hiked Brazil night club blaze death toll, http://cbsn.ws/VhQF21
    Over 230 Brazilians were killed on Sunday in a Santa Maria nightclub fire that officials believe started when a band’s pyrotechnic show ignited soundproofing in the ceiling. Many young victims were among the dead, including 101 students of the Federal University of Santa Maria. Bouncers initially assumed partygoers were skipping on paying their bar tabs and tried to prevent them from leaving. There was also only one exit through which people could leave. Police have arrested the nightclub owner, a band member, and a person in charge of stage safety in connection with the fire so far.

    Egypt’s leader declares emergency after clashes, http://reut.rs/X1hrgg
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a 30-day state of emergency and curfew for three Suez Canal provinces where violent protests have killed 49 since Thursday. Hundreds more were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals for 33 Egyptian protesters killed when locals lashed out in response to an unpopular court decision. Anti-government protestors claim that Morsi has failed to defend the revolution that toppled Mubarek and is not representing all Egyptians. Morsi warned of further punishment if protests continue.

    Obama praises Hillary Clinton in joint interview on ’60 minutes’, http://lat.ms/X5qpZQ
    In a ’60 Minutes’ interview to mark Hillary Clinton’s departure as Secretary of State, Clinton and the president recounted their joint foreign policy accomplishments and expressed gratitude for being able to transform their 2008 political rivalry into friendship. “You know, if the roles had been reversed, I would have desperately have wanted him to be in my cabinet,” said Clinton, who was initially reluctant to accept the high-ranking post offered to her by the president. “By the time Hillary joined the administration, I felt very confident in our working relationship. What did evolve was a friendship,” Obama added. In the interview, the two cited winding down the war in Afghanistan, ousting Qaddafi in Libya, and getting rid of core Al Qaeda leaders as a few of their greatest successes.

    Gun control advocates march as nation reels from school shootings, http://bit.ly/TMIpMh
    Thousands demonstrated in Washington on Saturday as part of a “March on Washington for Gun Control,” calling for tougher gun laws. The marchers rallied for a reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, like that used in the Newtown shooting, as well as universal background checks and a ban on sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. Many demonstrators held up the names of victims killed at Newtown and in other school shootings as they took part in the first major demonstration since the Newtown shooting in December. “Only an outraged public can end the gun violence that has enveloped our country,” said U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia). “We the people who did not act before, we the people this time will step forward.”

    Iranian state TV says country has successfully sent monkey into space, http://bit.ly/X3oWSk
    Iran announced today that it successfully launched a monkey into space, bringing the nation one step closer toward its ultimate goal of sending an astronaut into space. According to Iran state TV, the monkey was sent on a rocket 72 miles into space and returned safely. Iran has long hoped to send a man into space as part of its ambitious aerospace program, which also includes plans for a new space center. The U.S. remains skeptical of Iran’s intentions, worrying that space program technology could also be used to develop long-range missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

    CULTURAL: 

    SAG Awards 2013: Complete List of Winners, http://bit.ly/WjmIlg

    Jennifer Lawrence dress rips at SAG Awards 2013, http://bit.ly/110frpq

    Best Dressed at the SAG Awards, http://bit.ly/111ySUH

    Barbara Walters- I’ve Got CHICKEN POX!, http://tmz.me/WsGRWc

    Hugh Hefner’s Long-time Secretary Mary O’Connor Dies, http://bit.ly/T0stV1

     

    Liza Dee
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

    The debt talks continue as parties still fail to reach an agreement, the Afghan president’s brother has been killed, State Sen. Lori Klein sparks controversy by bringing a gun to the Capitol, Foursquare partners with Living Social, and Microsoft will say goodbye to Windows XP.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    Partisan divide on debt talks growing deeper; Obama says he won’t accept stopgap plan, http://wapo.st/mXHP3o
    During yesterday’s debt talks, President Obama offered to trim Social Security and Medicare benefits, and was even open to raising the Medicare eligibility age. Despite this, the Republicans and Democrats still could not reach an agreement.

    Gordon Brown Says Newspaper Hired ‘Known Criminals,’ http://nyti.ms/qsnrWF
    Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown accused The Sunday Times, owned by News Corp, of employing “known criminals” that targeted his financial and legal files. These charges come after other claims about Rupert Murdoch’s media empire; specifically, News of the Word was forced to close after editors bribed police officers for cellphone-tracking technology.

    U.S. Closer to Allowing Wind Farms Off Atlantic, http://on.wsj.com/o6Li2b
    An Interior Department report puts New Jersey, Virginia, Delaware and Maryland one step closer to building wind farms out in the Atlantic Ocean. The preliminary environmental study found little risk to wildlife, commercial fishing or water quality. The review could end this summer, and leases could be sold by the end of the year.

    Afghan president’s half brother killed in south, http://bit.ly/r5TIf3
    Ahmed Wali Karzai, half-brother to the Afghan president, was head of the Kandahar provincial council and had much influencl in the southern part of Afghanistan. The Taliban claimed responsibility for shooting him in his home; however, some officials think an internal feud is the more likely cause for his murder.

    Robinson Cano wins Home Run Derby, http://es.pn/nQibTq
    With his father pitching to him, Robinson Cano hit a record 12 home runs to win the 2011 Home Run Derby. Cano, who plays for the New York Yankees, beat out Boston Red Sox rival Adrian Gonzalez.

    Guns in Arizona: Legislator’s gun highlights debate, http://bit.ly/pt36Ef
    State Sen. Lori Klein of Arizona sparked an interesting discussion about gun control when she carried a loaded weapon into the state Capitol. Klein has carried a gun since 2000 after someone rattled the door to her home. She feels that people should only carry a weapon if they are comfortable doing so, and that she needs to be able to protect herself and her children.

    Foursquare Partners Up,
    http://on.wsj.com/nu3evE
    Foursquare, the service that lets users share their location with friends by “checking in,” is valued at $600 million. The only problem is that the company isn’t making any money. Foursquare hopes to change this by partnering with Living Social.

    Microsoft Plans to Say Goodbye to Windows XP, http://bit.ly/mWeBTW
    In the 10 years that Windows XP has been present, many people have switched to Apple or have upgraded to a newer version of Windows. Believe it or not though, XP is still installed on 51% of PCs, and Microsoft maintains the software with security updates.  The company has just announced that 1,000 days from today, XP maintenance will end. This means any remaining XP users will be on their own.

    CULTURAL:

    Marine Scores Date With Mila Kunis! http://bit.ly/p4UbNs

    The Black Eyed Peas Take An Indefinite Break, http://huff.to/obEIgr

    ‘Harry Potter’s’ Tom Felton Denies He’s Pursing a Rap Career, http://bit.ly/n5kkUn

    Halle Berry’s Creeper Finally Arrested After Third Attempt at Break-In, http://eonli.ne/pqecfI

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

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, March 14, 2011

    Monday, March 14th, 2011
    In today’s news, President Obama is on the offensive. The Washington Post reports that he’s renewing his outreach to young people.The President also weighed in on gun control in an Arizona oped, nearly two months after the shooting that shook the nation. Politico reports that Obama’s healthcare policy still isn’t wildly popular despite anticipation that Americans would learn to love it. Meanwhile, AT&T is putting a cap on bandwidth usage that could mean heavy users might have to pay more for their internet service. 2012 election watch continues to heat up for the GOP, as Sarah Palin must decide soon if she will participate in a FOX-sponsored May GOP debate that would require her to suspend her lucrative $1 million-a-year contract with the network. In culture — Atlas Shrugged fans take note: Researchers claim that the lost city of Atlantis might be found, and March Madness kicked off yesterday with selection Sunday- click here to start making your bracket!

    If you’ve been following The War on Voting , the National Journal today tackles the subject (http://bit.ly/hxF4Nf) and the next battlefronts

    CRUCIAL:

    White House Seeks to Reconnect to Young Votershttp://wapo.st/fTz14Y

    The Obama administration has set out to visit 100 youth roundtables by May in order to hear the youth voice and win back the youth vote for 2012.

    Fukushima Explosion: Japan Nuclear Plant Rocked by Hydrogen Explosionhttp://huff.to/i29WNJ

    Radiation levels remain below the legal limit following several blasts at a nuclear power plant after the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Many have been forced to evacuate the city and about 160 are believed to have been exposed to radiation.

    Heath Care Fight Round 2http://politi.co/fltSQt

    Obama’s heath care plan continues to fall in popularity with the public, making it an easy point of attack for Republicans in 2012.

    President Obama: We Must Seek Agreement on Gun Reformshttp://bit.ly/hjE8Rv

    President Obama writes about gun safety in the wake of the Tucson tragedy, and how we must streamline and unify the system that allows Americans to purchase guns in order to protect both the 2nd amendment and citizen safety.

    AT&T Will Cap DSL and U-Verse Internet, Impose Overage Feeshttp://engt.co/h0ivhX

    AT&T will begin charging customers who use a disproportionate amount of bandwidth each month, approximately 2% of consumers according to AT&T. Letters will go out to customers this week making them aware of the new system and laying out the fees for overuse.

    Cable News Viewership Declines Double Digits in 2010http://bit.ly/eaxxL1

    With online news sources growing in popularity, major cable news channels see a drop in viewers.

    Going Rogue on Ailes Could Leave Palin on Thin Icehttp://bit.ly/fMTgMC

    Palin did not take Foxnews chairman Roger Ailes  advice about lying low after the shootings in Tucson, leaving her in a vulnerable position with the news channel. Palin must decide whether or not she will participate in the May debate, if she does she will join presidential hopefuls Gingrich and Santorum in being intelligible for pay by the network.

    CULTURAL:

    Who should Justin Date Next?, http://bit.ly/gKxoE7

    The lost city of Atlantis may have been found, http://yhoo.it/hB8JkH

    Katie Holmes secret video, http://bit.ly/go4bWJ

    Tyra Banks gets schooled, http://bit.ly/i54XGr

    David and Victoria Beckham expecting their first girl, http://bit.ly/gz3Vd3

    Angela Simmons gets dancing, http://bit.ly/ffpeZn

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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