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    News Round-Up: Friday, June 28, 2013

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

    The U.S. Senate passes immigration reform bill; Ex-Pentagon general is the target of a new cyber attack leak investigation; former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, is linked to two more murders; the U.S. Army restricts access to The Guardian after they leaked classified information on NSA data collection; Chris Christie says he will veto same-sex marriage bill; the president of Chick-fil-A tweets criticism of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA; and the UK works on creating 3-parent babies. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about nightmares she still has about being bullied as a child, and Alec Baldwin quits Twitter after defending his wife in her latest rant.

    Maura + Alexis


    Senate Immigration Reform Bill Passes With Strong Majority, http://rtvote.com/17HwrK6
    The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill Thursday. The bill if it were to pass through the House would grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. The bill passed 68 to 32 in the Senate.

    Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say, http://rtvote.com/11NylVb
    The Justice Department is undergoing an investigation into a leak of classified information about a clandestine U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, former vice chairmen of the Join Chiefs of Staff, has received a target letter informing him of the investigation regarding the leak under his watch. He is the ninth individual to be targeted by the Obama administration for violating the Espionage Act.

    Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is probed in two more murders, law enforcement officials say, http://rtvote.com/18kyEuw
    Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots player charged with murdering friend Odin Lloyd, has been recently linked to two more murders. Officials are investigating the case of a double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a North Attleborough industrial park June 17. Officials claim that Odin Lloyd may have been able to provide information on this investigation regarding Hernandez’s potential role in the murder.

    Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say, http://rtvote.com/14CaWoi
    The U.S. Army admitted Thursday to restricting access to The Guardian news website. The restriction of access was in response to The Guardian leaking stories on data collection by the NSA. The Army is calling the restriction “network hygiene.”

    Chris Christie says he would still veto gay marriage bill, http://rtvote.com/18kCa83
    Governor Chris Christie said he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it ever reached his desk. He claims the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday, striking down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples, will have no effect on New Jersey, a state where civil unions already exist. He stands with the idea that we should “let the people decide,” instead of the federal government ruling for them.

    Chick-fil-A CEO: ‘Founding Fathers Would Be Ashamed’ Of Supreme Court Ruling, http://rtvote.com/14CcQoY
    The president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy tweeted a message in opposition to the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA Wednesday. He tweeted: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was later deleted. Chick-fil-A has refused to comment on the statement, claiming that they are “leaving political decisions and discussions to others” and focusing on running their business.

    U.K. may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people, http://rtvote.com/14Cc7UC
    Britain is on its way to allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people. This controversial medical technique would prevent passing on rare genetic diseases and disorders to their children. For instance, in Britain one in every 200 babies is born with a mitochondrial disorder from faulty mitochondria in the mothers’ eggs. Some similar research is also taking place in the U.S., but the embryos are not yet being used to produce offspring.


    Have a Nice Visit; Come Save Us Again, http://rtvote.com/14Ce0Rc

    Demi Lovato Still Has “Nightmares” About the Childhood Bullying She Endured, http://rtvote.com/11NDFYD

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sneak Peek: Teresa and Rosie Get Into an Explosive Fight, http://rtvote.com/11NDMU8

    Channing Tatum Talks to Chelsea Handler About Witnessing Birth of Baby Daughter: “Men Are Useless”, http://rtvote.com/11NDPza

    Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter Again After Defending Wife Hilaria in Latest Rant, http://rtvote.com/14CfOcR

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 25, 2013

    Tuesday, June 25th, 2013

    Zimmerman’s prosecutor fights to reveal calls to dispatcher upon encountering Martin; the Supreme Court rules on key provision of Voting Rights Act; John Kerry asks Russia to ‘Do the right thing’; President Obama will meet today with Congressional leaders on immigration reform and student loans; Turkish police arrest 20 protestors in Ankara; and President Obama will speak on climate change at Georgetown University. Meanwhile, George Lucas gets married, and Mariah Carey’s new album is delayed.

    Maura + Alexis


    Essential or irrelevant? Zimmerman prosecutor fights to reveal previous calls to cops, http://nbcnews.to/17yYkUK
    Today, a Florida judge will decide whether or not calls George Zimmerman made to a police dispatcher before killing Trayvon Martin will be admitted as evidence. Prosecutors have said the calls would provide the jury with insight into Zimmerman’s mental state when he first encountered Martin.

    High Court Voids Key Point of Voting Rights Act, http://rtvote.com/14uVZnO
    In a 5-4 vote, the Supreme Court justices ruled that a key Provision of the Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced unless Congress can come up with an up-to-date formula for deciding which states and localities should require federal monitoring. The justices in favor of this ruling decided that the 40-year-old data doesn’t reflect racial progress in the United States.

    Kerry to Russia: ‘Do the right thing’ and return NSA leaker, http://nbcnews.to/14ltmsS
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry asked Russia on Monday to “do the right thing” and keep Edward Snowden from fleeing Moscow and return him to the United States. Kerry talked about upholding “standards” and maintaining the “important” relationship we have with Russia.

    Obama to meet with Congressional leaders on immigration reform, http://bit.ly/178R9PB
    Today President Obama will meet with a bipartisan group of congressional leaders to garner support for a comprehensive immigration reform package and to discuss student loans. The meeting will be attended by House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Vice President Biden.

    Turkish police detain 20 over anti-government protests, http://reut.rs/15BgNcq
    Special Turkish anti-terrorism police arrested and detained 20 protestors in Ankara today. The Prime Minister of Turkey has targeted 30 addresses in the capital, claiming that the demonstrators were manipulated by “terrorists.”

    Rapid Reaction: Blackhawks 3, Bruins 2, http://es.pn/1a9fs3u
    With less than two minutes left in the game, the Blackhawks were down by one goal, yet they managed to score twice in the final 1:16 minutes granting them the victory – and the Stanley Cup. Bryan Bickell was responsible for tying the game with 1:16 minutes to go, and Dave Bolland was responsible for the winning goal.

    Obama planning to sidestep Congress for next phase in climate change agenda, http://fxn.ws/11E8AGP
    President Obama will give a speech today at Georgetown University outlining his plan to address climate change. Obama plan to combat climate change includes the first-ever federal regulations on carbon dioxide emissions of existing power plants. The president is expected to announce today in his speech that he will be issuing a presidential memorandum to implement these new regulations. In other words, no congressional approval will be necessary.


    George Lucas ties the knot, http://bit.ly/120SOC7

    Mariah Carey Album Delayed: ‘The Art Of Letting Go’ Pushed To ‘Give It Justice’, http://huff.to/11KytRJ

    P.O.D. On Kanye West: Sonny Sandoval Slams ‘Yeezus’ Rapper, http://huff.to/14oNRFg

    ‘Encyclopedia Brown’ Movie Adaptation Eyed By Warner Bros., http://huff.to/12n6bvA

    2013 Cannes Film Festival Fake Gunman Sentenced to 18 Months in Jail for Firing Blanks, http://eonli.ne/11Kobkx

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 12, 2013

    Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

    Fires scorch Colorado; Ariel Castro pleads not guilty to all 329 charges; Snowden is seeking legal help in Hong Kong; riots in Turkey finally come to an end; Jiroemon Kimura dies as the oldest man in the world at 116; riot police arrest 57 as a result of anti-G8 protests in London; bipartisan legislation on immigration reform keeps moving; and major tech companies are sharing their opinions on NSA scandal. Meanwhile, 2 Chainz was arrested for drug possession at LAX, and Carey Mulligan turns down role to play Hillary Clinton.

    Maura + Alexis


    Colorado fires scorch state; thousands evacuated, http://bit.ly/ZISA4T
    Wildfires in Colorado have forced thousands out of their homes and have scorched around 12,000 acres of brush and timber. The most worrisome fire out of the five burning was the Black Forest Fire. At least 7,500 acres were burnt by Tuesday evening. Firefighters along with members of the National Guard have been battling these fires with water and flame retardant dropped from the air.

    Ariel Castro pleads not guilty to charges of kidnapping, rape and murder, http://bit.ly/12m04xw
    Ariel Castro, the man accused of kidnapping and raping three women in his West Side home in Cleveland, Ohio, pleads not guilty. He pleaded not guilty on all 329 crimes he has been accused of, two of which are aggravated murder charges. Castro is currently being held in isolation at the Cuyahoga County Jail on $8 million bond.

    Snowden Seeking Legal Help in Hong Kong, Oriental Daily Reports, http://bloom.bg/16c9dri
    Edward Snowden, the U.S. contractor who allegedly leaked details of the NSA’s surveillance program is suspected of seeking legal help in Hong Kong. The Oriental Daily News reported today that Snowden is indeed contacting Hong Kong-based human rights organizations and lawyers for help.

    Turkish police force protesters out of square, http://aje.me/19nGsvJ
    After a night of violent riots between protestors and policemen, and eerie calm has washed over Istanbul’s Taksim Square. Just hours after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s demands that the two-week long dissent end immediately, water cannons and tear gas were used to control the public. The square is now reopened for traffic and the city is attempting to settle back into its normal routine.

    Oldest man in the world, Jiroemon Kimura, dies aged 116, http://bit.ly/171VSWx
    The world’s oldest man, Jiroemon Kimura died this morning at the age of 116. He leaves behind seven children, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-five great-grandchildren, and fourteen great-great grandchildren. His life motto was “to eat light and live long.”

    G8 summit protest: riot police arrest 57 in raid of London HQ, http://bit.ly/169pai6
    Riot police responded Tuesday to a group protesting next week’s G8 summit. Tuesday was the Stop G8 group’s Carnival against Capitalism campaign in which they were preparing to target banks, hedge funds, mining, and oil firms in central London in addition to Claridge’s hotel and Boodle’s private club. Oxford Circus and PIcaadilly Circus housed the majority of the protests. Fifty-seven arrests have been made so far as a result of the protests.

    Senate votes to begin historic immigration reform debate, http://nbcnews.to/169Si8S
    The Senate voted yesterday 82-15 in favor of bipartisan legislation for immigration reform. This vote shows strong initial support for the legislation as it moves forward. A vote on the motion to proceed also passed with a strong majority of 84-15. A final vote on the legislation is not expected until around July 4.

    Tech titans go on NSA offensive, http://politi.co/14TQ8XU,
    Tech titans, with Google leading the way, went on the offensive Tuesday in response to criticism about the government’s surveillance programs. Google has written the government asking to make federal requests for national security information more transparent in the future. Soon after, Facebook, Microsoft and Twitter became active in expressing their opinions on the issue as well.


    Pretty Little Liars Season 4 Premiere Recap: [Spoiler] Dies and Trunk Mystery Revealed!, http://eonli.ne/1a2A63G

    American Horror Story: Will Zachary Quinto Return?, http://eonli.ne/15UWFEb

    Eric Clapton Sidelined With “Severe” Back Pain, Cancels Shows, http://eonli.ne/1a3OSXR

    2 Chainz Arrested for Drug Possession at LAX, http://eonli.ne/15WDqtT

    Carey Mulligan & Hillary Clinton: Actress Turns Down ‘Rodham’ Role, http://huff.to/194ruba

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

    The journalist who exposed the NSA claims there is still more news to come; Plan B is on its way to becoming an over-the-counter drug; a French prosecutor encourages dropping charges on Strauss-Kahn; the White House postpones its annual picnic; the Patriots sign Tim Tebow; a violent background provides some explanation for the Santa Monica gunman’s violent actions; and the full Senate will vote today on a bipartisan immigration bill;. Meanwhile, Amanda Bynes might be pursuing a rap career, and ‘Man of Steel’ is coined “best Superman movie.”

    Maura + Alexis


    Journalist who wrote of NSA spying: More stories to comehttp://cbsn.ws/18r5Ukn
    The journalist who exposed the NSA surveillance programs, Glenn Greenwald, said Tuesday that there are still more “significant revelations” to come. The Associated Press will make the ultimate decision on when to release the next story.

    U.S. Drops Bid to Limit Sales of Morning-After Pillhttp://nyti.ms/14uuRHn
    The Obama administration has backed down in its efforts to block over-the-counter availability of the morning-after pill. Soon any woman will be able to buy the bill, Plan B One-Step, from a drugstore without a prescription. The FDA will certify the drug for nonprescription use before the drug is made available over-the-counter.

    French prosecutor urges dropping Strauss-Kahn sex chargehttp://reut.rs/1a06q7a
    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is at risk for being charged of “aggravated pimping.” It is up to judges investigating the case to decide whether or not the prosecution is dropped. Strauss-Kahn was placed under formal investigation in March with regard to the “Carlton affair.” An original charge of gang rape was dropped, but his involvement in sex parties attended by prostitutes is still being construed as “pimping.”

    White House postpones annual congressional picnichttp://bit.ly/1bqkDIA
    Every June the White House holds a picnic for Senate and House members and their families. This year, however, the picnic has been cancelled. It is unsure whether or not the White House will host the event in September. The cancellation of the event is said to be “schedule-related”, not “sequester-related.”

    Patriots sign Tim Tebowhttp://es.pn/16XWoF1
    Terms of the contract have not been officially disclosed, but ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter got the news Tuesday, that the New England Patriots have signed Tim Tebow. Allegedly, Tim Tebow signed to be a quarterback and is expected to participate Tuesday in the Patriots’ minicamp.

    Santa Monica shooter’s background steeped in trauma, violencehttp://lat.ms/19juhzW
    John Zawahri, 23 identified as the gunman in Friday’s shooting at Santa Monica College, apparently has a history of violence. Zawahri attended Olympic High, Santa Monica’s alternative school for students who struggle in traditional programs. Monday, his high school English teacher recalled catching him searching the Internet for assault weapons back in high school. At that point the teacher knew there was something wrong. It wasn’t until seven years later, however, that this piece of information became evidence.

    First Thoughts: Full Senate holds its first immigration votehttp://nbcnews.to/13xCIRP
    This afternoon, the full U.S. Senate will hold its first vote on bipartisan immigration legislation. This legislation seeks to strengthen border security as well as establish a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. For the motion to proceed, 60 votes are necessary, although even more are expected. This is just the first full Senate vote. The vote for final passage will likely take place around July 4.


    Kanye’s Listening Party Features ‘Yeezus’ Tracks, Lots Of Laughs & Some Very Famous Friends, http://huff.to/18qNDnk

    ‘Dumb And Dumber 2′ In Trouble After Farrelly Brothers’ Film Gets Dropped By Warner Bros., http://huff.to/11wFEww

    J. Cole On ‘Born Sinner’ And Having ‘Done A Lot For Hip-Hop’, http://huff.to/17EOkbu

    Amanda Bynes Offered Rap Deal With Chinga Chang Records, http://huff.to/14T3AeD

    ‘Man of Steel’: Is This The Best Superman Movie? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions),http://huff.to/115UhdP

    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: Friday, June 7, 2013

    Friday, June 7th, 2013

    The U.S. declassifies phone program details; the U.S. economy adds 175K jobs; Prince Philip enters hospital for surgery; the U.S. mines data from 9 domestic internet companies; Turkey’s Prime Minister says protests need to stop; the president of France calls for the release of two French journalists in Syria; the U.S. and China meet in California for an informal summit; and immigration reform could provide economic growth according to the National Hispanic Real Estate Professionals. Meanwhile, Mel Brooks is honored with the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, and Justin Bieber cancels tour stop in Venezuela.

    Maura + Alexis


    US Declassifies Phone Program Details After Uproar, http://apne.ws/13pev1y
    Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denounced Thursday the leaks of highly classified documents that revealed the programs and warned that America’s security will suffer. He claimed, “The unauthorized disclosure of a top secret U.S. court document threatens potentially long-lasting and irreversible harm to our ability to identify and respond to the many threats facing our nation.” He said that this clandestine practice would alter the behavior of U.S. enemies and make it more difficult to understand their intentions.

    US Employers add 175K Jobs, Rate up to 7.6 pct.,
    The U.S. economy was responsible for adding 175,000 jobs in May. Despite spending cuts and higher taxes, the job market maintains a healthy outlook. Unemployment rose from 7.5 percent to 7.6 percent in April, according to the records of the Labor Department; however, the increase in unemployment was due to the fact that more people have begun looking for work – a good sign.

    Prince Philip Enters Hospital in London for Surgery,
    Just a day after attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace, Prince Philip was admitted to a hospital in London Friday for surgery. Reports say the 92-year-old prince is in “very good health,” and that the surgery was planned long in advance.

    U.S., British intelligence mining data from nine U.S. Internet companies in broad secret program, http://wapo.st/1888aNr
    The National Security Agency as well as the FBI are tapping into the central servers of nine, big, U.S. internet companies. The program, provided with the code name “PRISM”, is just now being made public. The program was launched from the remains of President George W. Bush’s domestic surveillance program in 2007. The approved program works primarily with foreign communications traffic that frequently flows through U.S. servers.

    Turkey’s Erdogan says he won’t yield ground to protesters,
    Turkey’s Prime Minister returned Friday from his trip to Africa and immediately addressed his people saying that he has no tolerance for the protests going on and that they all must stop. He has promised to move forward with plans to raze Gezi Park despite all objections.

    French president urges release of 2 journalists believed at risk in Syria,  http://fxn.ws/11oufPq
    French President Francois Hollande called Friday for the release of two French journalists that went missing in Syria. Hollande is visiting Tokyo on a state visit, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to help him resolve the crisis and bring the journalists home safely.

    US-Chinese summit aimed at building a ‘new type of great power relationship’,
    President Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping will meet Friday and Saturday at Sunnylands, a retreat in California, for an informal summit to promote U.S.-China relations. The summit is meant to be informal so that issues of protocol do not get in the way. President Xi’s willingness to forgo formality shows the relaxed style that he has subscribed to since becoming head of state in March. The summit is expected to be “groundbreaking in U.S.-China relations.”

    Awaiting Immigration Reform, http://nyti.ms/192OREK
    According to the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals, immigration reform has the potential to benefit the real estate and mortgage markets in the U.S. If Congress approves legislation that would grant citizenship to undocumented immigrants, it is expected that the number of homebuyers will increase by three million. This increase in home purchases would generate about $500 billion in new mortgages. This change would be expected over the next 5 to 10 years.


    Paris Jackson: Prince Michael Steps Out in Wake of Sister’s Alleged Suicide Attempt as Marilyn Manson Dedicates Song to Her, http://eonli.ne/19P9TW8

    Taylor Swift, Tim McGraw and Keith Urban Perform “Highway Don’t Care” at CMA Fest 2013—Watch Now, http://eonli.ne/15H3JnE

    Mel Brooks Honored With AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, http://eonli.ne/19OXbH2

    Child Stars Who Quit Acting, http://huff.to/12veRae

    Justin Bieber’s Venezuelan Fans Upset Over Tour Snub, http://huff.to/12wpABx

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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