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    News Round-Up: November 18, 2013

    Monday, November 18th, 2013

    Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin awaits his execution; the Cheney sisters bicker over Facebook; and a father stands trial for leaving his gun loaded and unsecured, which led to his 4-year-old killing their next-door-neighbor. Meanwhile, Jennifer Lawrence talks about her social anxiety, and a VS Angel takes back her slam on Taylor Swift.

    -Sandy + Maura



    Top Syrian rebel commander Abdul Qadir al-Saleh dieshttp://rtvote.com/17Eh9AV
    A top Syrian rebel commander has died of wounds sustained in an air strike on a rebel-held air base in Aleppo province on Thursday. Abdul Qadir al-Saleh was the leader of Liwa al-Tawhid, one of the main rebel forces in Aleppo. BBC Reporter James Reynolds says this is a “big symbolic victory” for Mr. Assad’s forces.

    Serial killer Joseph Paul Franklin prepares to diehttp://rtvote.com/HVf39c
    Joseph Paul Franklin, the man who murdered 22 people between 1977 to 1980, is scheduled to be executed on Wednesday in Missouri. His victims included Jewish people, African-Americans, and interracial couples. His mission was “to get a race war started.”

    D.C. insurance commissioner fired a day after questioning Obamacare fixhttp://rtvote.com/I1kJ2b
    A day after he questioned President Obama’s decision to dismantle a major part of the Affordable Care Act, D.C. insurance commissioner William P. White was fired. White had expressed his opposition to President Obama’s Thursday announcement that those whose plans would be canceled could keep their policies for another year.

    Dispute Over Gay Marriage Erupts in Cheney Familyhttp://rtvote.com/1amp9ea
    Mary and Liz Cheney are no longer the adorably close sisters who tagged along on their father’s campaigns. A feud has erupted between them, and they’ve taken it to social media. Things started yesterday when Liz appeared on “Fox News Sunday” and said she opposed same-sex marriage. Her sister, who is homosexual, fired back at her on Facebook.

    Father of boy, 4, who killed playmate rejects plea dealhttp://rtvote.com/1aBJn2w
    Anthony Senatore’s 4-year-old son got a hold of his father’s loaded rifle on April 8th and shot and killed his 6-year-old neighbor. The gun was unsecured in Senatore’s bedroom, and he now faces five charges of child endangerment. The parents of the six-year-old victim, Brandon Holt, are also filing a lawsuit against Robert and Melissa Senatore, seeking more than $1 million in damages.



    Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield Make First Red Carpet Appearance in Six Months, http://rtvote.com/17hemAH

    Ireland Baldwin Defends Alec Baldwin on Twitter: “Let My Dad Be,” http://rtvote.com/HVpUjy

    Jennifer Lawrence Reveals She Suffered From Social Anxiety, Used Acting to Cope, http://rtvote.com/1gYFkCx

    Victoria’s Secret Angel Jessica Hart Backtracks After Taylor Swift Criticism, http://rtvote.com/1amBHCh


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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

    Edward Snowden possibly allowed to leave airport: NSA seeks to fight anti-surveillance amendment in top-secret meeting; 22 killed in Mexican clashes; Anthony Weiner asks for another chance; guns allowed in North Carolina bars; and gay couple in Cincinnati may be buried together. Meanwhile, the royal baby has left the building; Selena Gomez takes a shot; and The Sandlot crew meets at the field once again.

    Maura + Meron



    Snowden ‘allowed to leave airport’, http://rtvote.com/19i2kZG
    Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has been given an official pass to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Russian airport officials say. However, Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client had not received the documents and would stay in the airport.

    NSA holds emergency hearing to fight off anti-surveillance amendment in Congress, http://rtvote.com/15ISWct
    The National Security Agency has invited certain members of Congress to a top secret, invitation only meeting to discuss a proposed amendment that could end the NSA’s ability to conduct dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans.

    Clashes in Mexico’s Michoacan state leave 22 dead, http://rtvote.com/19i34xX
    At least 20 gang members have died in clashes with police in Mexico’s western Michoacan state, officials say.

    Anthony Weiner: “Give me another chance”, http://rtvote.com/15IXS10
    The sex scandal that led to his 2011 resignation from Congress has become an issue during his mayoral campaign, as a series of lewd texts and photos revealed Tuesday has forced Weiner to ask New Yorkers to “give him another chance.”

    N.C. lawmakers pass sweeping changes to gun laws, http://rtvote.com/1351bAY
    North Carolina lawmakers approved a bill that allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants.

    Cincinnati gay couple wins fight to be buried together, http://rtvote.com/1353yDX
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Cincinnati gay couple can be buried together, recognizing a marriage in Maryland that is not legal in Ohio.



    Royal baby boy, Kate Middleton and Prince William leave Kensington Palace, http://rtvote.com/19i9Rrs

    Selena Gomez talks 21st birthday: “I had a shot of Jack”, http://rtvote.com/15J1XlA

    Rihanna breaks down in tears during concert, http://rtvote.com/15J2DHF

    The Sandlot cast reunites at their old field, http://rtvote.com/19ia1yX




    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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

    In today’s news, gun sales are up in Colorado; women’s soccer begins its Olypmic Games; and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is married. Meanwhile, Batman star Christian Bale visits the victims of the Aurora shooting, and Kristen Stewart allegedly cheats on Robert Pattinson.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy, http://bit.ly/MHT3we
    The weekend after the horrific shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to buy a firearm. These numbers reflect a 43 percent increase from the previous weekend and a 39 percent increase from the first weekend in July. There were 1,216 sales alone on the Friday following Thursday night’s shooting. These background checks do not necessarily reflect the actual number of guns sold, as purchasers may have bought more than one gun or decided not to purchase any at all.

    U.S. women’s soccer opens Olympic Games today, http://on.freep.com/OZDttK
    Women’s soccer Olympic Games open today in Glasgow, Scotland, nearly 400 miles away from the London center stage and two days before the opening ceremonies. Both soccer and archery are the two events that begin early because extra days are needed to play a sufficient slate of games that won’t wear out the players. The United States will play France today after its own version of an opening ceremony: head coach Pia Sundhage sang “Have a little faith in me,” at the historic Hampden Park. The U.S. team, two-time defending champs, are only guaranteed to play in London if they make the gold-medal game. They will not be attending Friday’s Opening Ceremony because they have an afternoon game against Colombia in Glasgow the next day.

    Kim Jong-un Is A Now Married Man, http://read.bi/Qj8y2Z
    North Korean TV just announced that supreme leader Kim Jong-un has married the mystery woman he has been seen with in public. The woman, a singer, has now been identified as “comrade Ri Sol Ju.” This marriage comes as another sign of Kim’s desire to differentiate his regime from his father. It also coincides with a power struggle amongst top officials.


    ‘Dark Knight’ Star Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims, http://bit.ly/M8slAx

    Kristen Stewart Reportedly Cheats on Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, http://bit.ly/Mm1HzL

    ‘Modern Family’ Cast WE WANT OUT, http://bit.ly/NuPJbo

    Sherman Hemsley: A tribute to the great George Jefferson, and more, http://bit.ly/NJERDC

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

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