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    News Round-Up: October 28, 2013

    Monday, October 28th, 2013

    President Obama halts NSA programs that have been targeting 35 world leaders; Dr. Conrad Murray is released from prison, after serving two years for his role in the death of the King of Pop; and the NY mayoral debate is postponed out of respect for the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy gets arrested in DC, and Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr call it splits.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Report: President Obama unaware of spyinghttp://rtvote.com/1eZvWv1
    The NSA has been monitoring the communications of 35 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for years. The White House was previously unaware of this, but upon discovery during an internal review of NSA programs this summer, President Obama halted these operations immediately. European allies are upset by the news, and German intelligence officials have been sent to the U.S. for discussions.

    Conrad Murray’s jail time for killing Michael Jackson ends Mondayhttp://rtvote.com/19MRYz4
    Dr. Conrad Murray, the man charged for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, is set to become a free man today after serving only two years of a four-year sentence. He is being let out early because of California prison rules that give an additional day credit for each day served. In 2011, a jury concluded that Dr. Murray’s negligence led to the death of the King of Pop, specifically from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

    Mayoral debate rescheduled to avoid Sandy anniversaryhttp://rtvote.com/19MVc5G
    The Campaign Finance Board has rescheduled New York’s mayoral debate from Tuesday to Wednesday so that it would not conflict with the first anniversary date of Hurricane Sandy. Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota both pushed for the move, saying that Tuesday “should be marked with solemn reflection.”

    N.D. town OKs building ban to deter Aryan enclavehttp://rtvote.com/1eZAr8G
    In Leith, North Dakota, a Canadian hate crimes fugitive has bought a home and twelve other lots. Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi extremist, has invited all who hold white power views to join him in taking control of the small town. City officials have placed a moratorium on any new construction and are currently working on an ordinance that will require Cobb to install water and sewer services in his home; Cobb feels unfairly targeted by these actions.

    Was Beijing crash a planned attack?http://rtvote.com/1gVmU6G
    A Jeep plowed through pedestrians and policemen Monday, crashing in front of the Tiananmen Gate. Three of the car occupants and two bystanders died in the incident. An official investigation is underway, and it is not clear whether the crash was deliberate or accidental. Tiananmen Square has historically been the political heart of China, as evidenced by the infamous 1989 democracy protests.
     

    PUNDITS

    Robert Young voices his concerns on the bad decisions federal and state governments continue to make in the post-Hurricane Sandy effort in “Sandy, a year later, mistakes still made,” http://rtvote.com/1g6XHVs

    Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland discuss how the U.S. needs to do more to fix its drone program in “Did Obama keep his drone promises?” http://rtvote.com/1g6YGoC

    CULTURAL

    Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Assault Outside W Hotel in D.C., http://rtvote.com/19N0P3V

    Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Split Up, http://rtvote.com/1g6Z1aI

    Alfonso Ribeiro, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Star, Welcomes Son Alfonso Lincoln, Jr., http://rtvote.com/19N1an7

    David Beckham Gets in Car Crash in Front of His Home, http://rtvote.com/1gVq9Lk

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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

    The house approves $50.7 billion in Sandy aid; a London helicopter crash kills two; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March; bombers attack an Afghan spy agency; and President Obama will announce sweeping measures on gun reform. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson gets her own sitcom, and Frank Ocean is nominated for a GLAAD award.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    London helicopter crash: Two die in Vauxhall crane accident, http://rtvote.com/WdtTcg
    Two people are dead and another nine injured after a helicopter crashed into a crane Wednesday morning in a busy part of London. The helicopter hit the crane and then several vehicles on the ground before catching fire. “When I heard the explosion—it was like a little earthquake,” eyewitness Sarah-Beth Casey told The Telegraph.Interior Secretary Salazar to leave in March, http://rtvote.com/Wduf2M
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will leave President Obama’s cabinet at the end of March. Salazar, a former Colorado Senator, tried to focus his time on energy issues, but they ended up taking a backseat after the BP oil spill. A replacement has not yet been announced.

    HOUSE APPROVES $50.7B FOR SANDY AID, http://rtvote.com/Wdv4bH
    The House has approved $50.7 billion in aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Political leaders in New York and New Jersey pressured Congress to pass the legislation after House Speaker John Boehner pulled a bill that would provide relief to victims. The Senate will vote on the measure next Tuesday.

    Six bombers attack Afghan spy agency, kill two, http://rtvote.com/13DEUIB
    At least two people were killed and another 22 injured in attacks aimed at the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main spy agency. A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the agency’s building. Shortly after, Afghan officials strapped to explosives fired shots while trying to enter the building. The Taliban sent a text message to the media about the attacks but did not outwardly claim responsibility for them.

    EMERGENCY LANDING GROUNDS BOEING 787 JETS IN JAPAN, http://rtvote.com/13DDhKV
    All Nippon Airways has grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners after experiencing a multitude of problems with the aircrafts. On Wednesday in Japan, one of the flights made an emergency landing after a battery alarm alert went off. Last week, the FAA said it would investigate the 787s.Feds round up 27 in massive metro-area mob sweep, http://rtvote.com/13DqgSv
    The FBI arrested 27 people in a Mafia raid in New York Wednesday morning. The arrests reportedly stemmed from an investigation into the Mafia’s control of the private garbage industry. The suspects are from three out of five mob families in the area.

    President Obama to demand new sweeping restrictions on firearms, http://rtvote.com/13Dn0qg
    In a press conference Wednesday, President Obama will announce gun-reform measures that he hopes to implement. The measures include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as universal background checks. On Tuesday, New York passed its own gun reform laws, which the gun lobby has called “schemes.”
    (via Reuters) Facebook search to generate revenue, no rival to Google – analysts, http://rtvote.com/13DIF0M
    Facebook Inc’s new search tool has strong potential to generate revenue for the social networking company, though it is unlikely to challenge Google Inc as the world’s dominant search engine, Wall Street analysts said on Wednesday. Facebook’s “graph search” tool, rolled out on Tuesday, lets its more than 1 billion users trawl their network of friends to find everything from restaurants to movie recommendations and is the company’s biggest foray into online search.
    CULTURAL:
    Jessica Simpson Sitcom in the Works at NBC, http://rtvote.com/13DEKRz

    Frank Ocean, Chely Wright Up for GLAAD Awards, http://rtvote.com/13DJ0k7

    Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle Reveals He’s HIV Positive, http://rtvote.com/13DutFO

    Jennifer Lawrence Explains Her ‘I Beat Meryl’ Golden Globes Comment, http://rtvote.com/13DJ82U

    Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ headed for huge debut, http://rtvote.com/13DuGcf

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    President Obama signs legislation to avert the fiscal cliff; Hillary Clinton is discharged from the hospital; Sandy Hook students return to class; and the 113th congress will be sworn in tonight. Meanwhile, a Senate panel will investigate CIA communications with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers; a script on Hillary Clinton’s life is creating buzz in Hollywood; and Al Jazeera buys Current TV.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Father of Indian gang rape victim calls for hanging of guilty, http://bit.ly/VxeZ0f
    The father of a woman who was gang raped and fatally beaten on a bus in New Dehli is demanding his daughter’s attackers be hanged. Five adult males and a teenager have been arrested in connection with the 23-year-old woman’s rape and death. The victim was a medical student whose boyfriend also sustained injuries in the attack. The young woman died in a Singapore hospital last week.

    Obama signs bill to avert fiscal cliff, via autopen, http://politi.co/W4Qrdh
    President Obama signed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff Wednesday. The deal, which was approved by the Senate and the House, will increase taxes on households that make $450,000 or more a year. Obama signed the legislation via autopen as he has since rejoined his family on vacation in Hawaii.

    Clinton Out of Hospital After Treatment for Clot, http://nyti.ms/136eCyj
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital Wednesday night after being admitted for a blood clot in her head Sunday. Clinton sustained the blood clot after fainting and suffering a concussion. The State Department has said that Clinton’s “medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery.” Chelsea Clinton also tweeted about her mom’s recovery: “Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital & is heading home. Even more grateful her medical team confident she’ll make a full recovery.”

    Pakistan militant Mullah Nazir ‘killed in drone attack’, http://bbc.in/1304Fn4
    Pakistani officials said Thursday that Pakistani militant Mullah Nazir was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Nazir was the leader of one of four major militant groups in Pakistan and was integral in sending fighters to help the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan considered Nazir an important figure for keeping peace in the country. As a result, his death could strain relations even more between the U.S. and Pakistan.

    A Desire for Normalcy as Sandy Hook Students Return to Class, http://nyti.ms/UIyJzQ
    Elementary school classes in Newtown, CT will resume for the first time today since Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 students and 7 adults in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Students will be attending class in Newtown’s former Chalk Hill middle school, which has been converted into an elementary school. Parents were able to tour the new school Wednesday. While classes will try to resume as normally as possible, there will still be police cars parked at Newtown schools. Retired principal Donna Page will replace Dawn Hopsprung, who died trying to protect students from Lanza.

    New Congress takes office Thursday, will tackle old Congress’ leftovers, http://bit.ly/130qrXO
    The 113th congress will be sworn in on Thursday. Once they are confirmed, they will vote on $9 billion in immediate aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. The vote was delayed until the new congress was sworn in; the congress will vote on a remaining $51 billion in aid by January 15th. It will also face votes on the sequester, which are huge spending cuts coming up in February.

    100 billion alien planets fill our galaxy: study, http://nbcnews.to/Uq7ngB
    NASA released a new study Thursday that suggests our Milky Way galaxy holds at least 100 billion alien planets or one planet per star. Researchers came to the conclusion after studying a five-planet system called Kepler-32. “I usually try not call things ‘Rosetta stones,’ but this is as close to a Rosetta stone as anything I’ve seen,” says John Johnson, one of the study’s authors. “It’s like unlocking a language that we’re trying to understand—the language of planet formation.”

    CULTURAL:

    Senate panel to examine CIA contacts with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers, http://yhoo.it/W3HLns

    Hillary Clinton script has Hollywood buzzing, http://politi.co/TIS9n8

    Justin Bieber calls for paparazzi crackdown, http://lat.ms/YVnPps

    Julianne Hough: I was abused ‘mentally, physically’ as a child while training in England, http://nydn.us/Vl19hJ

    Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore’s Current TV, http://aol.it/Vl6hT5

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

    Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

    Egyptian protests of President Morsi continue; GOP Senators criticize Susan Rice after meeting with her; Cyber Monday brings in a record $1.5 billion in sales; scientists and doctors exhume Yasser Arafat’s body; House and Senate Republicans are split on how to handle the “fiscal cliff”; and NJ Governor Chris Christie will run for re-election. Meanwhile, China’s Communist paper publishes an ‘Onion’ story; Angus T. Jones says ‘Two and a Half Men’ is “filth”; and Gabriel Aubry publishes photos of himself post-altercation with Halle Berry’s fiance.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Mursi opponents clash with police in Cairo, http://reut.rs/QHM8Js
    Hundreds of Egyptians are protesting in Tahrir Square for the fifth straight day. The protests are in response to President Mohamed Morsi’s elimination of a legal check on his presidency, although he recently announced that he would scale back his power. Hundreds have been wounded and one has died in the demonstrations. “We don’t want a dictatorship again,” said one protester, Ahmed Hussein, 32.

    (via USA Today) GOP senators criticize Susan Rice after meeting, http://usat.ly/UZsiVo
    After meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice on Tuesday, three GOP lawmakers say their concerns have only grown about the diplomat’s misleading statements she made about the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya that left the ambassador and three other Americans dead. The meeting with Sens. John McCain, Lindsay Graham and Kelly Ayotte on Capitol Hill came as the White House has signaled it may nominate Rice to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton as secretary of State. McCain, R-Ariz., has said he may oppose her nomination because she should have known her statements on the Sept. 11 attack were false.

    Cyber Monday bargains click with shoppers, http://nydn.us/TqdyTv
    According to Internet analytical firm comScore, this year’s Cyber Monday sales were up 20% from 2011, bringing in a record $1.5 billion. The number of shoppers on Thanksgiving was also up with 32% more people hitting the stores this holiday. Many retailers started their Cyber Monday sales early, causing Black Friday’s e-commerce shopping to top $1 billion for the first time.

    Yasser Arafat’s body exhumed in Ramallah, http://aje.me/Reonss
    Former Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat’s body was exhumed Tuesday. Arafat died of a stroke in 2004; although, many believe that he was poisoned. Palestinian doctors, with with help from scientists from France, Switzerland, and Russia, are collecting samples from Arafat’s body in order to find a more conclusive cause of death. According to Al Jazeera, Arafat’s body was reburied right after exhumation and Palestinians will not be able to hold a full military funeral.

    House, Senate Republicans split over next moves on ‘fiscal cliff’, http://bit.ly/U99J2u
    According to The Hill, House and Senate Republicans cannot agree on how to handle the “fiscal cliff.” Some GOP Senators want to strike a compromise before the January deadline, while House Republicans prefer to wait in order to revise the tax-code and implement entitlement cuts. Republican Senator Bob Corker has gone on record saying that he has already drafted legislation for the “fiscal cliff” and “it’s only a matter of doing it.” However, House GOP members say that five weeks is not enough time to make the legislative changes they want, especially regarding Medicare.

    NJ Gov. Christie’s Focus: Rebuilding, Re-electionhttp://bit.ly/VaF4X1
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced Monday that he will seek reelection in 2013. Christie, who wants more time to rebuild New Jersey after Hurricane Sandy, said “We have a job to do. This job won’t be finished by next year.” The governor has been considered a presidential candidate for the 2016 election, although some Republicans blame Mitt Romney’s loss on his embrace of President Obama in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.

    DR Congo rebels set conditions before pullout,
     http://aje.me/Upbpaq
    Congolese rebels, known as M23, refuted reports that they’ve retreated from Goma, stating that they will not leave until their demands are met. Congo’s government said they will not entertain peace talks with the rebels until they leave Goma. 500,000 people have fled Goma, Congo’s largest city, due to its current violence. The United Nations has accused Rwanda and Uganda of backing M23, noting that Rwanda’s government and the rebels are ethnic Tutsi. Both countries have denied the claims.

    CULTURAL:

    People’s Daily Quotes the Onion: Kim Jong Eun ‘Sexiest Man Alive’, http://on.wsj.com/ToeXXi

    Angus T. Jones blasts ‘Two and a Half Men,’ calls the hit series ‘filth’, http://nydn.us/TgUFyv

    Chris Brown returns from his Twitter timeout, declaring victory, http://lat.ms/TfJfuT

    Gabriel Aubry says he was badly beaten at Halle Berry’s home, http://lat.ms/Y0kM4f

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the New Batman After All?, http://bit.ly/VaMwS6

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