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    News Round-Up: Monday, April 7, 2014

    Monday, April 7th, 2014

    The latest lead for missing flight might be the most credible one yet; more major Ukrainian cities fall to Russian protesters; the Ebola virus in Africa has some concern for a worldwide outbreak; and diseases previously eradicated in the United States are making a deadly comeback. Meanwhile, legendary actor Mickey Rooney dies at age 93; the royal family lands “down under”; and Hillary Clinton’s photo with Pussy Riot dominates the web.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Malaysia Flight 370: New signal sounds ‘just like’ one from a plane’s beacon: http://rtvote.com/1hTMVls
    The Ocean Shield, an Australian naval vessel containing a United States pinger locator, found signals in the Indian Ocean that appear to be from an airplane on Sunday. The signals are ones specially designed to be picked up by recorders and are not natural sounds. They were located in a part of the Indian Ocean that’s 14,800 feet deep. Retired Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston said that investigators also have a “visual locator on a screen” as well as the sound data. However, he says searching in deep marine waters could take days, but that “we are encouraged that we are very close to where we need to be.” As of Monday, the search for Flight 370 has lasted 31 days.

    Russia trying to ‘dismember’ Ukraine through protests, Kiev says: http://rtvote.com/1jnRfcq
    Pro-Russian protesters have broken into and seized several important government buildings in Ukrainian cities this weekend, prompting Kiev to accuse Russia of attempting to ‘dismember’ Ukraine and replicate its actions in Crimea. Police said that some of the protesters had seized weapons while invading the cities of Donetsk and Luhansk. The Donetsk People’s Republic, a new self-proclaimed legislative branch, said it would vote May 11th to join Russia. Current Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov said that Russia was starting a “second wave of a special operation against Ukraine intended to overthrow the Kiev government.” Moscow has yet to offer its opinion or rebuttal.

    Anti-vaccine movement is giving diseases a 2nd life: http://rtvote.com/1lFPpoa
    As vaccination rates drop in the United States, diseases once deemed eradicated by the United States government-like whooping cough and measles-are now making a comeback. Measles outbreaks have recently been reported in New York, California, and Texas. Measles is one of the most contagious diseases in the world and has a reputation for being a ruthless killer. Although vaccination rates hold at 90%, some states-like Idaho, Illinois, Michigan, Oregon, and Vermont-have noted that almost 5% of kindergartners have gone completely unvaccinated. The anti-vaccine movement has gained popularity as some celebrities have publicly denounced vaccinating their children. Some people still believe the now-debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, while others feel as though the government and pharmaceutical companies are not “trustworthy.”

    As Ebola spreads in Africa, how worried should West be? http://rtvote.com/1gDy9L1
    The Ebola virus, a deadly, easily contracted virus resulting in widespread outbreaks, has begun to spread throughout Africa. Ebola is almost always fatal, killing about 90% of people infected, and there are no vaccines or treatments. This current outbreak of the virus began in Guinea’s rainforests, moved to its capital city, and has now crossed over into Liberia. Workers in the area, however, have been able to answer definitely that, due to the extreme close contact needed to contract the disease, the likelihood of a worldwide epidemic is slim-to-none. Most people infected are health workers caring for the sick. Ebola is spread through contact with an infected person’s bodily fluids like blood, sweat, or saliva, and can incubate in people for up to 21 days before symptoms are revealed.

    Bus hits student near High Point High School: http://rtvote.com/1h8nX1R
    A bus drifted across a road, hit an 8-year-old boy, and landed in a ditch. The boy was waiting for the bus to come when he was hit. Witnesses reacted quickly and were able to pull the boy out from underneath the bus. For an unknown reason, the bus driver left the bus with nine children on board and apparently did not set the emergency brake. He stayed at the scene of the accident as investigators attempted to determine the reason he left the bus, and is expected to face reckless endangerment charges. Five of the 9 students on the bus, along with the boy who was hit, were transported to the hospital. All children are in stable condition and will recover fully.


    Acting legend Mickey Rooney dies at 93: http://rtvote.com/1ikFbFq

    Hillary Clinton’s picture with Pussy Riot takes over the web: http://rtvote.com/OrXosE

    The Royals rock New Zealand and Australia: http://rtvote.com/1kjvv56

    The ACM’s were last night: see the arrival pictures! http://rtvote.com/PG7NlG

    Game of Thrones Season 4 premiere crashed HBO’s online stream: http://rtvote.com/QXynrC

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, January 13, 2014

    Monday, January 13th, 2014

    In today’s news, Governor Christie of New Jersey is back in the headlines as the Feds investigate the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds; a Southwest Airlines plane lands at the wrong airport in Missouri; and protestors in Thailand try to shut down the capitol by blocking the streets. Meanwhile, the world is buzzing about the 2014 Golden Globes—the winners, losers, best-dressed, worst-dressed, and the J-Lawrence photo bomb.

    -Maura + Veronica


    Gates Clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political http://rtvote.com/1d0Qr6z
    Former defense secretary Robert Gates made some clarifications on Monday regarding his book Duty. The book caused controversy for President Obama and Hillary Clinton when it appeared as though Gates was arguing that President Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq for political purposes. In order to clarify, Gates stated that President Obama’s opposition remained consistent with his opposition to the war and it was not done for political reasons.

    Feds investigating Christie’s use of Sandy relief fundshttp://rtvote.com/1eA96sL
    It seems like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey cannot escape the front-page news scandals. The newly reelected governor is now being investigated by federal officials on his use of relief funds from Superstorm Sandy, just days after dismissing his two top advisors for their role in the George Washington Bridge Scandal. In the new review, federal auditors will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million for a tourism ad campaign that starred Christie and his family.

    Southwest Airlines plane lands at wrong Missouri airporthttp://rtvote.com/JVbjWp
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago’s Midway International Airport was scheduled to land Sunday night in a southwest Missouri airport, but instead touched down at an airport 7 miles away with a much shorter runway. Thankfully, no one was injured in the landing of this Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation to figure out what happened.

    Thai protesters create huge traffic jam to shut down capital http://rtvote.com/JVcXHG
    Peaceful – but large – protests began in Thailand today as anti-government demonstrators seized key intersections across the country’s capital of Bangkok.  The protesters want to derail next month’s elections, overthrow the prime minister, and are accusing the government of corruption. They are vowing to shut down the country of 12 million people and stay in the streets as long as it takes to achieve their goals.

    West Virginians warn of lessons from chemical spill  http://rtvote.com/1dpZDI2
    West Virginia is still cleaning up after a chemical spill last Thursday leaked 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the public water supply in nine of the state’s counties, affecting 15% of the state’s population. More than 30 people have sought treatment at hospitals for symptoms such as nausea and WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for much of the southwest section of the state where the spill occurred. More than 300,000 residents are without access to clean tap water and are seeking ways to bathe, drink, and cook until the issue is resolved.


    2014 Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List, http://rtvote.com/1gAvC6v

    Amy Poehler Breaks Losing Streak at Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1kxSR6K

    Jennifer Lawrence Photobombs Taylor Swift at 2014 Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1ce9b2u

    Game of Thrones Season Four Trailer Premiers, http://rtvote.com/1hPA6tw

    True Detective: What Did You Think of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s HBO Detective Drama?, http://rtvote.com/1hiwWeY

    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: Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Thursday, March 15th, 2012

    Blagjoveich begins day 1 of his 14-year prison stint; the Taliban suspends peace talks with the U.S.; schools will be able to choose whether or not to serve “pink slime;” Goldman Sachs loses $2.2 billion due to ex-employee Greg Smith’s op-ed; and Congress continues to make female legislators angry after it divides over a domestic abuse bill. Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan may be clean, but she’s still a bad driver; Bobbi Kristina Houston is in a relationship with her ‘adopted’ brother; and Charlize Theron adopts a baby boy.



    Blagojevich says goodbye before prison, http://bit.ly/w2l6Sm
    Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich gave a farewell speech yesterday before beginning his 14-year jail sentence in Colorado. Speaking to a crowd that sometimes chanted “Free our governor,” Blagojevich said that “he’s going to follow the law” and “This, as bad as it is, is part of a long and hard journey that will only get worse before it gets better.” The former governor has been found guilty of 17 charges of corruption including allegations that he tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat.

    Karzai demands U.S. troops leave village outposts; Taliban suspends peace talks with U.S., http://wapo.st/ykPWnO
    The Afghan Taliban announced yesterday that it will suspend peace talks due to the U.S.’s “alternating and ever changing position.” The statement did not indicate whether the suspension has anything to do with a U.S. soldier’s killing of 16 civilians or the Quran burning incidents. Meanwhile, Afghan President Hamid Karzai has asked that U.S. troops leave Afghan villages and stay on their bases, essentially ending combat in the country.

    ‘Pink Slime’ Will Be a Choice for Schools, http://yhoo.it/ynfRab
    But is anyone going to opt for “pink slime?” The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that starting this fall, schools will be able to choose whether or not to buy hamburger meat with “pink slime,” or a gelatin-like material made by beef byproducts that is used as filler in 70% of supermarket meat. “Pink slime” was originally only sold to dog food and cooking oil companies; however, the USDA decided that it could be used for human consumption if sprayed with ammonia. Supermarket meat that is not labeled “organic” most likely contains “pink slime.”

    One year later, Syrian unrest still boiling, http://bit.ly/x093am
    Bashar al-Assad is marking the one year anniversary of a terrorist “conspiracy” against his regime by sending Assad supporters into the streets of Damascus. Tanks were also sent into Daraa, where the protests against the Assad regime first began. Meanwhile, several civilians were shot and killed in Idlib yesterday after Syrian troops seized a rebel stronghold there. The opposition claims 82 people died yesterday. The UN estimates that 8,000 people have died since Assad’s crackdown began.

    Goldman Roiled by Op-Ed Loses $2.2B for Shareholders, http://bloom.bg/xrHatY
    Greg Smith, a 12-year Goldman Sachs employee, resigned yesterday in a tell-all scathing New York Times op-ed about the company’s culture of greed. The op-ed caused Goldman Sachs’ market value to decrease by $2.15 billion and its share price to go down by 3.4%. The company sent a memo to employees denying Smith’s allegations. Despite it all, Goldman Sachs’ shares are still up 33% this year.

    Women Figure Anew in Senate’s Latest Battle, http://nyti.ms/yXYRth
    The latest battle in Congress over women’s issues is surprisingly not about contraception. Democrats and Republicans are divided over the Violence Against Women Act, which would offer grant programs to law enforcement and shelters for abused women and also extend free legal assistance to domestic violence victims. Republicans are against the legislation’s allowance of temporary visas for abused illegal immigrants and that the programs would be extended to same-sex couples. Democratic women will march on the Senate floor today and demand that the bill be passed. “I am furious,” said Democratic Senator Maria Cantwell, speaking about the Republican Party’s opposition to contraception and the Violence Against Women Act. “We’re mad, and we’re tired of it.”

    (via The Philadelphia Inquirer) Pa. House passes voter ID bill, http://bit.ly/zKPQa0
    Pennsylvania’s House of Representatives has approved the so-called Voter ID bill, setting the stage for Pennsylvania to become the 16th state to require voters to show photo identification at the polls. The House on Wednesday voted 104-to-88 – and almost strictly along partisan lines — to pass the measure, which would be in effect in time for the fall presidential election. Gov. Corbett has said he will sign it “right away.” Democrats, civil liberties groups, labor unions, the NAACP and others have complained that the bill will disproportionately hurt the elderly, the poor and the disabled, who make up the lion’s share of voters who typically do not have photo IDs. Those groups also tend to vote Democratic.


    HBO Axes Michael Mann/David Milch Drama ‘Luck’, http://bit.ly/zVy9MG

    Jermaine Jones—and Five Other Disqualified American Idol Contestants, http://eonli.ne/A6Icjw

    Cissy Houston Livid over Bobbi Kristina PDA with Whitney’s ‘Adopted’ Son, http://bit.ly/xD7KLz

    Lindsay Lohan finishes community service as witness refutes hit-and-run allegation, http://nyp.st/yJhNRM

    Source: Charlize Theron Wanted to Adopt for a Long Time, http://bit.ly/xm0Q63

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

    Senate Republicans slam House Republicans for defeating the payroll tax-cut; Kim Jong-un will not have absolute power as leader of North Korea; 8 U.S. troops have been charged in relation to a comrade’s suicide; pundits discuss Ron Paul’s youth appeal; and the most expensive apartment in Manhattan’s history has been purchased by a 22-year-old. Meanwhile, “The Hobbit” trailer has been released, and HBO has cancelled three of its shows.



    Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight, http://bit.ly/vCymnY
    House Republicans have started to leave for their vacations after rejecting a Senate bipartisan compromise for extending the payroll tax-cut. As a result, angry Senate Republicans are slamming their counterparts. “It is harming the Republican Party,” Senator John McCain said on CNN. An anonymous Republican Senator added, “This is a colossal fumble by the House Republicans. Their inability to recognize a win is costing our party our long-held advantage on the key issue of tax relief. It’s time for Boehner and [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor to look these rookies in the eye and explain how the game is won or lost.”

    8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan, http://wapo.st/thCRS9
    Eight U.S. soldiers are being charged with counts relating to the alleged suicide of one of their comrades. 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen died in Kandahar in October after being mentally and physically abused by his fellow troops. The troops are being charged with dereliction of duty, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment; they have also been transferred or relieved of their duties. The U.S. military unsealed the charges today but declined to answer whether or not Chen’s death was a suicide.

    Exclusive: North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir, http://reut.rs/sd9YM0
    A source tells Reuters that Kim Jong-il’s heir, Kim Jong-un, will not have absolute power as ruler of North Korea. Instead he will rule with his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and military leaders. Kim will still head the ruling committee; however, this is the first time since 1948 that North Korea is not led by a single ruler. According to Reuters, Kim Jong-il made these arrangements before his death. Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle who he will share power with, is married to Kim Jong-il’s sister who has been characterized as a “mean drunk” by her rivals.

    Billionaire’s Daughter Pays Record Sum For NYC Pad, http://onforb.es/vUNS2q
    The most expensive apartment in Manhattan’s history has been sold to a 22-year-old girl. Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the daughter of Russian billionaire, Dmitriy Rybolovlevagary, has paid $88 million for former Citigroup Chairman Sandy Weill’s 6,744-square-foot, 10-room condominium. Rybolovleva is a student at an undisclosed U.S. college and will stay in the condo when she visits New York City.

    Gary Johnson to drop out of GOP primary to run as Libertarian, http://politi.co/suURuM
    Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has dropped out of the GOP primary to run as a Libertarian instead. Johnson, who has not caught on with voters and appeared in one debate, had stated that “there’s not much hope” for his chances in the Republican race. Johnson has not officially announced his party switch, but the Libertarian Party chairman told POLITICO that Johnson’s decision is “the worst kept secret.” His formal announcement will be made December 28 in Santa Fe.

    Chinese Computer Hackers Hit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, http://fxn.ws/vpPTIZ
    According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of Chinese hackers attacked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest pro-business lobby, in 2009 and 2010. The hackers gained access to everything stored on the lobby’s systems, including information about its 3 million members. Apparently, they were targeting four Chamber employees who worked on Asia policy, stealing six weeks worth of their e-mails. It may even be possible that the hackers had access to the network for more than a year as the breach was finally discovered in May of 2010. The Chamber has since overhauled its network security.

    Wendy’s Stages a Palace Coup, http://on.wsj.com/tv7W3q
    Wendy’s is set to overtake Burger King to become the second largest U.S. fast-food chain in sales. This is the first time Wendy’s has overtaken Burger King since Wendy’s inception in 1969. Wendy’s gains of $8.42 billion in sales this year comes without the chain opening any new restaurants. In fact, it operates 5,800 restaurants while Burger King has 7,200. McDonalds is still the number one U.S. fast-food chain with more restaurants than Wendy’s and Burger King combined and almost four times their sales.


    Tolkien fans get first glimpse of The Hobbit film, http://tgr.ph/v5pw0p

    HBO Cancels ‘How To Make It In America,’ ‘Bored to Death’ And ‘Hung,’ http://bit.ly/uRwnBp

    Prince Harry Heading Back to Afghanistan, http://eonli.ne/sJ7bbT

    David Copperfield outbid for Orson Welles’ Oscar, http://bit.ly/rEGUsJ

    Slim Dunkin Reportedly Murdered After Fight Over Candy, http://on.mtv.com/u6LkOK

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, August 3, 2011

    Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

    The U.S. credit rating is stabilized…for now; an intruder breaks into a Sydney home, leaving a ransom note and a bomb strapped to an 18-year-old; Hosni Mubarak arrives to court in a hospital bed; what happened to the days when only handbags were knocked off? China is now creating copy-cat stores; speaking of China, someone there has hacked 72 government and private organizations. Meanwhile in the entertainment world, Alfred Hitchcock’s first movie has been unearthed in New Zealand, and the rent Faye Dunaway pays is actually unfair.


    Moody’s Affirms U.S. Rating, Warns of Downgrades, http://bloom.bg/qi7T1H
    Rating agencies Moody and Fitch have conserved the U.S.’ triple-A credit rating. Moody, Fitch, and Standard and Poor have warned that the U.S. must continue to put forth deficit reduction plans in order to maintain its good standing.

    Police Try to Defuse Bomb ‘Strapped to Teenage Girl’ in Sydney, http://tgr.ph/p4HkuI
    An intruder broke into a Sydney, Australia home, leaving an 18-year-old girl strapped to a bomb. He also left a ransom note for the girl’s father, a wealthy businessman. Cops were on the scene for 10 hours before defusing the bomb.

    Egypt’s Mubarak in Hospital Bed at Historic Trial
    , http://yhoo.it/oLvI7m
    Hosni Mubarak’s trial started yesterday. The former Egyptian president laid in a hospital bed during the proceedings. The bed was kept behind a wire and iron cage, which Mubarak’s sons also stayed behind. A large group of protestors, some in support of Mubarak and some not, stayed outside the courthouse.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) MADE IN CHINA: A copycat IKEA store, Subway sandwich shop and Dairy Queen are just a few of the imitation stores found in the same country that made headlines last month for fake Apple shops, the WSJ reports. http://on.wsj.com/rpQr4U

    President Obama Headed to Chicago for Birthday-Themed Fundraiser, http://abcn.ws/npVCTq
    President Obama, who turns 50 on Thursday, will be celebrating his birthday with a fundraiser in Chicago Wednesday night. About 1,000 people will be in attendance; there will be performances by Jennifer Hudson, OK Go, Herbie Hancock, and a speech by the President. The President will have a conference call with thousands of campaign volunteers before the costly event.

    Report on ‘Operation Shady RAT’ Identifies Widespread Cyber-Spying, http://wapo.st/qJUstX
    Computer security firm, McAfee has discovered that more than 70 government organizations and businesses have been hacked from a single server. The server has been traced back to a location in China. The cyber-attacks, the biggest bout in history, were carried out on The U.S. Department of Energy Lab, the Associated Press, the International Olympic Committee, and more.

    Disturbing Video Shows Jaycee Duggard Kidnapper Nancy Garrido Luring Young Girl into Van, http://nydn.us/pQdtTP
    A new video has been released showing Nancy Garrido, wife of fellow Jaycee Duggard kidnapper: Phil Garrido, luring a young girl into a van and asking her to do splits. The video is one of twenty and was made two years after Duggard’s kidnapping. The evidence is part of a report demonstrating the justice’s system inadequacy when dealing with Phil Garrido, who had already been convicted of kidnapping and rape. It is also said that Garrido passed drug tests by using a prosthetic penis and pouring Mountain Dew into a cup.


    ‘Two and a Half Men’ Premiere to Feature Charlie Harper’s Funeral, His Girlfriends Back & His House for Sale, http://bit.ly/pAjnur

    Alfred Hitchock’s Earliest Surviving Film Found, http://bit.ly/nJTNLP

    Two New Actors Join ‘Game of Thrones’ Season 2, http://bit.ly/osYKIT

    Faye Dunaway May Be Evicted from $1,048-a-Month Apartment, http://bit.ly/oz1nYW

    Linda Evangelista Asking for $46,000 in Monthly Child Support, http://bit.ly/rqDkqO

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