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    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 20, 2014

    Thursday, February 20th, 2014

    Ukrainian protest deaths climb to 100; DC to push voting rights for congressional representatives; and the death penalty could be the end result for a child kidnapper and murderer. Meanwhile, Leonardo DiCaprio talks about marriage; celebrities duke it out by playing charades; and Lorde talks about her fashion icons.

    - Veronica + Maura


    CRUCIAL

    Truce crumbles amid gunfire in Ukraine; protesters claim 100 dead: http://rtvote.com/1glfTaw
    The truce reached between Ukrainian protesters and their government has fallen apart after another 100 protesters were killed on Thursday. Another 500 were injured. The government has not released its casualty figures, but reports state that 25 police officers have been injured. A doctor who had volunteered to help the wounded protesters believes that the government has been using snipers to target protesters. Ukrainian athletes at the Sochi Olympics wore black bands and held a moment of silence to mourn the fallen.

    DC to push voting rights support in New Hampshire: http://rtvote.com/1eaLppd
    Washington DC councilmember David Catania will travel to New Hampshire to plead his case before a committee from the New Hampshire House of Representatives. Catania plans to get New Hampshire congressmen and women to support voting rights for DC congressional representatives. This would give full congressional representation to the district. The executive director of DC Vote will also testify.

    Homeland Security alerts airlines to possible shoe-bomb threat: http://rtvote.com/MeFqsA
    Homeland Security officials believe that there is a credible threat to passenger jet attacks through use of shoe-bombs. Airlines will now pay even closer attention to shoes of passengers, including “explosive trace detection swabs” to check for explosive material, particularly on flights headed to the United States. Although there is no specific attack planned, nor are the threats particular to any country or airline, Homeland Security believes that there is enough of a threat that travelers should be warned of extra screenings.

    Suspect in killing of MO girl could face death penalty: http://rtvote.com/1oWnpPp
    45-year-old middle school employee Craig Michael Wood has been accused with kidnapping, armed criminal action, and murdering 10-year-old Hailey Owens. Wood was tracked by the help of witnesses and brought to police for questioning. After obtaining a search warrant, authorities found Owens’s body at Wood’s home. Wood may face the death penalty at his trial.

    2 Americans found dead on “Captain Phillips” ship: http://rtvote.com/OeDIt4
    American security officers Mark Kennedy and Jeffrey Reynolds have been found dead on the Maersk Alabama container ship. Both men worked for a Virginia-based security firm. The cause of death for both men is unknown at this time, and a police investigation is ongoing. The Maersk Alabama gained notoriety after being targeted by Somali pirates in 2009; the movie Captain Phillips is named after it.

    CULTURAL 

    That 70s Show star is a dad! http://rtvote.com/OeFMBj

    Celebrity charades showdown on The Tonight Show: http://rtvote.com/1fCrws9

    It’s here! See the Bonnaroo 2014 music festival lineup: http://rtvote.com/1gloSsm

    Leonardo DiCaprio talks marriage: http://rtvote.com/1glpmOZ

    Who are Lorde’s fashion icons? http://rtvote.com/1mehym2

    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: October 1, 2013

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

    The U.S. government shuts down; Obamacare’s online market officially opens; and Wall Street worries about the U.S. defaulting on debt. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’s album reviews are in, and Bruce Jenner talks about his skin cancer surgery.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impassehttp://rtvote.com/18oN0aU After Congress failed to compromise on a new budget Monday night, the U.S. government has shut down. Federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay. National parks and monuments have also been closed for the time being. The Senate rejected the House’s proposal to begin conference committee negotiations, and Congress’s next steps remain uncertain.

    White House shows off Web site to buy health insurance under Obamacarehttp://rtvote.com/18oSXF1 As of today, Americans are able to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal website,www.Healthcare.gov. Those looking to purchase health insurance can log on and see if they qualify for government assistance; search and compare plans by price and coverage level; view each plan’s network doctors; and purchase directly from the insurance company. The plans will take effect January 1, when every American is required to have health insurance or be fined.

    Wall Street Firm Despite U.S. Shutdownhttp://rtvote.com/1fFX4CR Despite the government shutdown, Wall Street carried on calmly and opened its stocks slightly higher today. However, investors and analysts are concerned that the government shutdown will lead to the U.S. defaulting on its debt when it reaches its borrowing limit in about two weeks. If the Treasury Department does not get authorization from Congress on October 17, it will no longer be able to issue new bonds.

    Senate Cancels First Hearing on Navy Yard Shootinghttp://rtvote.com/18p5RTl Because of the government shutdown, the first Congressional hearing related to the Washington Navy Yard shooting on September 16 has been postponed indefinitely. During the hearing, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was supposed to evaluate how the government grants clearance and conducts background checks.

    PUNDITS 

    The New York Times’ Editorial Board discusses the unfair difficulties voter ID laws impose on eligible voters in “The Dishonesty of Voter ID Laws”, http://rtvote.com/1eX6dpz

    Daniel Alpert talks about the economic policy mistakes the U.S. has made in “The Rut We Can’t Get Out Of”,http://rtvote.com/1dUid8i

    CULTURAL

    Miley Cyrus’ First Bangerz Reviews Are In… And They’re Not Great, http://rtvote.com/1dUoalz

    Bruce Jenner on Skin Cancer Scare, http://rtvote.com/1fGhJH6

    Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes Confirm their Coupledom, http://rtvote.com/1dUqhWt

    Whitney Houston’s Death: Detective Accused of Inappropriate Treatment of Singer’s Corpse,http://rtvote.com/1fGiUGr

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