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    News Round-Up: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    A new CDC study underscores major increases in cases of Autism; appeals court upholds challenged parts of major TX abortion law; Microsoft releases Office products for iPad…finally; and voting rights activists are noticing some positive changes in 2014. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is allegedly served legal papers in regards to Bieber’s recent troubles; The Colbert Report is under fire on Twitter with a #CancelColbert hashtag; and James Van Der Beek admits to doing something illegal for Justin Timberlake.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Dayton Flyers (my alma mater) on making it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament! First time in 30 years. Way to go Flyers!



    Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children, http://rtvote.com/1myqmpv
    Between 2008 and 2010, Autism rates have climbed nearly 30 percent and have more than doubles since the turn of the century according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new study. The study also points out that Autism is now believed to affect 1 of every 68 eight-year-olds—a dramatic increase. What is driving this increase still remains unknown. Some believe it’s a rise in awareness of the disease while other speculate on environmental reasons.

    Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law, http://rtvote.com/1gJFJtd
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld parts of a Texas abortion law which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. Planned Parenthood, which led the lawsuit against the bill, claims the law will cause clinics to shut down because hospitals would refuse doctors admitting privileges. This particular legislation, House Bill No.2, first garnered national attention when Senator Wendy Davis (now gubernatorial candidate), led a 13 hour filibuster to try and prevent the bill’s passage. The ruling of this appeal is considered a victory for anti-abortion activists.

    Obama looks to win back Saudi confidence, http://rtvote.com/1pBw6vO
    Continuing on with his diplomatic duties, President Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure Arab allies that despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and greater energy independence, the United States is not abandoning the Arab world. On his overnight trip there are only two items on his public schedule: a meeting and dinner with King Abdullah at his desert camp.

    Microsoft to Offer Office for iPad, Maybe a Bit Late, http://rtvote.com/QnF8CJ
    It’s finally here! Microsoft introduced the long-awaited suite of applications to the iPad which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The company’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella, announced a commitment to make the software work on all major computing devices, including those made by its competitors. Microsoft’s decision to bring Office to the Apple device comes after years of development and debate inside the company over implications that could occur against their own technology developments.


    Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction, http://rtvote.com/P1u5hq
    The primary election season is just around the corner, and voting rights activists are identifying some notable changes in relation to laws and restrictions around voting.  Although there have been a flurry of new rules, like the party-line vote for the elimination of a week of early voting in Ohio last month, some activists are noticing fewer restrictions and even some bipartisanship progress. Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University remarked that there has been “a lot of real momentum in 2014, thus far, towards improving our elections both at the states and nationally.” On that note, don’t forget to register to vote ! 


    Selena Gomez Served With Legal Papers, http://rtvote.com/1rKLNVD

    The Colbert Report Tweets Racist Joke, Twitter Users Rally to #CancelColbert, http://rtvote.com/1jYCXy1

    Beyoncé Breaks Down in Tears During Final Carter Show Concert: “I’m Giving Y’all an Ugly Cry!”, http://rtvote.com/1maROGX

    Lady Gaga Celebrates 28th Birthday With Macabre “27 Club” Joke, http://rtvote.com/1pijgVc

    James Van Der Beek Let Underage Justin Timberlake Use His ID in the 90’s, http://rtvote.com/1fsBKfb

    Seth Meyers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, http://rtvote.com/P1jwLm

    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: Tuesday, June 12, 2012

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

    Arizona voters will vote on Gifford’s old seat; Italy is yet another EU country on the brink of economic disaster; and the DOJ will sue Florida over its voter purge. In other news, Siri is coming to the iPad, and the Los Angeles Kings win their first Stanley Cup.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Gabrielle Giffords’ House seat: Final scramble underway, http://politi.co/LQinyl
    Arizona voters head to the polls today in a special election to succeed former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ seat. Giffords resigned in January, one year after being shot and nearly killed in a shooting spree. The shooting killed six and injured 13, including Democratic hopeful Ron Barber. According to an independent poll, Barber holds a 12-point lead over Tea Party-backed Jesse Kelly.

    Worry for Italy Quickly Replaces Relief for Spain, http://nyti.ms/KlrytS
    The euro zone isn’t out of hot water yet. Yesterday, Italian officials expressed concern that the recent $125 billion Spanish bailout would not be enough to stop the crisis from spreading—and that Italy could not support such a huge burden. Yesterday, Italy’s main stock index was the worst performing in Europe. Tension continues to build as Cyprus is reportedly considering a bailout, inspired by Spain’s.

    DOJ Plans To Sue Over Florida’s Voter Purge, http://bit.ly/KOSovT
    The Justice Department is planning to sue the state of Florida for purging voters from its rolls in violation of federal law. This process is illegal because it has not been cleared by either the Justice Department or a federal court, and because the purge is too close to Florida’s August primary. Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) still defends the purge and wil sue the government over it.


    In iOS 6, Siri Gets a Whole Lot Smarter — and Comes to the iPad, http://yhoo.it/LGiO27
    New updates will be available to Siri in iOS, with improvements in several categories like sports, dining, movies, and apps. Apple is also working with car manufacturers to include Eyes Free, a button that would allow drivers to use Siri but still keep hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. Siri and these updates will also be available on the new iPad.

    Kings Rule! Los Angeles Powers Way to First Cup, http://bit.ly/LhDpa1

    Carrie Underwood Supports Gay Marriage, http://yhoo.it/Kqa1SB

    ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’: Philip Seymour Hoffman offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee, http://bit.ly/KyhOJx

    Charlize Theron Shaves Her Head for ‘Mad Max,’ http://bit.ly/N8AwwK

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

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


    Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

    The U.S. Department of Justice sues Apple and five other publishers for an alleged monopoly on e-books; George Zimmerman’s attorneys withdraw; an 8.6-magnitude earthquake hits the west coast of Northern Sumatra; Charles Manson is up for parole; and Mitt Romney focuses on the general election after Santorum’s campaign exit. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton responds playfully to the creators of “Texts from Hillary Clinton;” Britney Spears may become a judge on ‘The X Factor,’ and Jennifer Lawrence faces criticism from PETA.

    Kelly + Caitlin


    U.S. Sues Apple, Publishers Over E-Book Pricing, http://on.wsj.com/I2MnGJ
    The U.S. filed an antitrust lawsuit today against Apple, Inc. and five other large publishers, claiming that the companies planned to limit competition for e-books and their pricing. The lawsuit was filed in Manhattan federal court by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The DOJ alleges that an agreement among the companies was made where retail price competition would stop, retail e-book prices would then increase and Apple would agree to a 30 percent “commission” on each sold e-book. Three of the publishers, Hachette Book Group, Simon & Schuster, and HarperCollins Publishers Inc., have agreed to settle. The alleged agreement between the companies took place ahead of the introduction of the iPad in 2010.

    Attorneys say Zimmerman is isolated, stressed out, http://bit.ly/HxbDY6
    George Zimmerman, under intense scrutiny after his fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, is making additional headlines as his physical well-being has deteriorated. Zimmerman has said to have lost significant weight and is suffering from high levels of stress. Two lawyers from Zimmerman’s legal team also reported yesterday that they have “lost contact” with Zimmerman and will no longer be representing him as a result. Despite this, Zimmerman has gone against the advice of his counsel by contacting special prosecutor Angela Corey who will decide if he will face charges.

    Tsunami Watch Canceled In Indian Ocean; Quake Struck Near Indonesia, http://n.pr/Iscybc
    An 8.6-magnitude earthquake and an 8.2-magnitude aftershock hit off the west coast of Northern Sumatra this morning, causing local officials to panic over possible tsunamis from the Indian Ocean. But to the country’s relief, the tsunami watch was canceled shortly before 9 a.m. ET and existing waves were minor. Damage from the actual quakes is also being reported as manageable.

    Mass murderer Charles Manson up for parole, http://abcn.ws/HAM33E
    Today a California parole board will meet to determine if Charles Manson could qualify for parole. Manson has been denied parole 11 times. Due to violating prison rules several times over the past five years, possessing weapons, threatening an officer, and using a contraband cell phone, his chances of parole are slim. Manson is serving a life sentence for an L.A. killing spree he conducted in 1969. Manson has not appeared at his hearings since 1997.

    For Romney, a shift – finally – to the general election, http://cbsn.ws/HBHmnY
    Mitt Romney is now completely shifting focus to the general election after Rick Santorum suspended his campaign yesterday.  Now without significant Republican competition, Romney is directing his fundraising and campaigning against Obama. This month, Romney was prepared to buy $3 million worth of ads to campaign against Santorum in Pennsylvania. Conservative media are now questioning how the GOP will welcome Romney after criticizing his policies as being too liberal.


    Britney Spears Nears Deal For ‘The X Factor,’ http://bit.ly/Iw8Kag

    Texts From Hillary founders meet … Hillary Clinton, http://yhoo.it/Ip8qsq

    Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Jack White to play Lollapalooza, http://cbsn.ws/IBt31d

    PETA targets ‘Hunger Games’ star Jennifer Lawrence for squirrel-skinning, http://thedc.com/HH8kwk

    ‘Hunger Games’: Gary Ross will not direct sequel ‘Catching Fire,’ http://thedc.com/IBQUOu

    Kelly Holleran

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


    Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

    Mitt Romney comes out victorious on Super Tuesday, but Republican commentators are still conflicted; voter ID laws are tested; the United Nations is sending humanitarian chief Valerie Amos to negotiate aid with Syria; and five Anonymous hackers have been charged with cyber assault. Meanwhile, Apple will unveil the new iPad today; celebrity chefs are caught up in court; and Peyton Manning will leave The Colts.

    Kelly + Caitlin


    Mitt Romney Wins 6 of 10 States on Super Tuesday, http://bit.ly/zPVeTx
    Alaska and Ohio, the final Super Tuesday states to report their numbers, were called this morning in favor of Mitt Romney. Romney now has won six out of ten states. Rick Santorum snagged three states: Oklahoma, Tennessee and North Dakota. Newt Gingrich won in his home state of Georgia. With Romney winning Alaska, Ohio, Idaho, Massachusetts, Vermont and Virginia, he has now won significantly more delegates than any other candidate. While Romney holds a nice lead, making it difficult for other candidates to catch up to him, he still did not win enough delegates to end the primary fight. Strategists are now pointing out Romney’s trouble in the South and mid-America.  The primary may continue for another month. Kansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Hawaii, Illinois, Missouri and Louisiana still need to vote.

    Syria crisis: UN humanitarian chief arrives in Damascus, http://bbc.in/ykAnIY
    United Nations humanitarian chief Valerie Amos has arrived in Syria in order convince the government to allow aid to reach damaged cities. According to the Syria officials, the International Committee of the Red Cross has not been allowed to enter Baba Amr due to security concerns. More envoys, including the United Nations Arab League, will also try to enter Syria this week. More than 7,500 people have died during the violence that has erupted in Syria over the past year.

    5 alleged members of Anonymous hacking group charged, http://wapo.st/w9TKaT
    Five members associated with the infamous cyber hacking firm Anonymous have been charged in connection with a string of cyber-assaults on U.S. companies and government web sites. A member of the Anonymous network was “turned” by the FBI and has revealed confidential information on the five members’ activities.  In one of the most recent assaults, involved hackers obtained emails from Stratfor and sent them to Wikileaks.

    Dover mortuary pressed to avoid dumping of 9/11 remains at landfill, official says, http://wapo.st/wNaWKy
    Officials at the U.S. Dover Air Force Base wanted to have the cremated remains of unidentified 9/11 victims buried at sea. But military officials  dumped the ashes in landfills instead. Official William Zwicharowski, in an in-depth interview, regrets not pushing to have the remains placed elsewhere. Lawmakers, victims’ families, and most military officials believed that the unidentified 9/11 remains had been cremated and buried  at Arlington National Cemetery.

    HuffPo Report: “Voter ID Laws May Still Be Discriminatory Despite High Voter Turnout In Super Tuesday Primaries,” http://huff.to/A1jQoE

    (via Wisconsin State Journal) Judge grants temporary injunction barring enforcement of voter ID law in April election: A Dane County judge on Tuesday barred the enforcement of the state photo ID law at polling places during the general election on April 3, calling it an “extremely broad and largely needless” impairment of the right to vote. Circuit Judge David Flanagan said the Milwaukee Branch of the NAACP and Voces de la Frontera had demonstrated that their lawsuit against Gov. Scott Walker and the state Government Accountability Board would probably succeed on its merits and had demonstrated the likelihood of irreparable harm if the photo ID law is allowed to stand. Flanagan granted a temporary injunction ordering Walker and the GAB to “cease immediately any effort to enforce or implement the photo identification requirements” of the law, pending a trial on a permanent injunction scheduled before him on April 16, http://bit.ly/x312KP

    (via Hot Air) WW2 vet fails voter ID test in Ohio: A Portage County World War II veteran was turned away because his driver’s license had expired in January and his new Veterans Affairs ID did not include his home address. “My beef is that I had to pay a driver to take me up there because I don’t walk so well and have to use this cane and now I can’t even vote,” said Paul Carroll, 86, who has lived in Aurora nearly 40 years, running his own business, Carroll Tire, until 1975. “I had to stop driving, but I got the photo ID from the Veterans Affairs instead, just a month or so ago. You would think that would count for something. I went to war for this country, but now I can’t vote in this country,” http://bit.ly/yuOGVv

    Apple Expected To Unveil New iPad, http://n.pr/AulOtX
    Apple will unveil the new iPad this afternoon in San Francisco. Apple has kept the details mum, only showing a picture of an iPad and saying “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” Tech experts suspect the new iPad will have a very sharp resolution screen and faster network speeds. Other rumors cite that Apple also may announce their exploration into TV. Since the iPad’s 2010 debut, Apple has sold 55 million iPads.


    Paula Deen’s Attorneys: Sexual Harassment Charges Are Baseless, Inflammatory, http://huff.to/xyGdbf

    Mario Batali Settles Tip Lawsuit For $5.25 Million, http://huff.to/zRxKFD

    Uma Thurman Expecting A Baby Girl, http://huff.to/wACHmX

    Source: Colts to release Peyton Manning, http://es.pn/AnikFn

    Justin Bieber’s mom to write a memoir, http://thedc.com/x9l1oW

    He’s back! You may not like it, but Maria Shriver is giving Ahhnold a second chance, http://trib.in/znNNs8

    Kelly Holleran

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


    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

    In today’s news, today is the 70 year anniversary of Pearl Harbor; the Romney campaign is gearing up to attack Gingrich; and Apple may not be able to sell the iPad under its name in China. In entertainment news, Stephen Colbert vows to hold his own GOP debate, and the world’s oldest dog has died.

    Coral + Caitlin


    (via POLITICO Playbook) Good Wednesday morning. PEARL HARBOR, 70 YEARS ON — USA Today, “A day that changed America: Shock of sneak attack recalled in books, History Channel show,” by Bob Minzesheimer : “They had been assured by aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, a leader of the isolationist, anti-war movement, that ‘the Japanese had such bad eyesight that they could not fly aircraft effectively.’ Yet without declaring war, Japan had launched a massive air attack on the ill-prepared U.S. naval forces in Hawaii. The damage — 2,402 Americans killed, four battleships sunk, 188 aircraft destroyed –wouldn’t be known publicly for weeks. But the idea that the USA was headed to war – an unpopular position on Dec. 6 – had become an undisputed reality.

    U.S. Made Covert Plan to Retrieve Iran Drone, http://on.wsj.com/uRAuDv
    The United States considered a series of plans to recover a stealth drone that crashed in Iran last week, including launching an airstrike to destroy the remaining parts and sending commandos in to retrieve them. It was ultimately decided that none of the plans would be successful. The U.S. said it did not want to risk confrontation with Iran and wwas hoping it would just not notice the drone. However, the Iranian media has since announced that the craft had been shot down by Tehran.

    Defiant Assad Denies Ordering Bloody Syrian Crackdown, http://abcn.ws/tjQv93
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied that the demonstrations in his country are in protest against his rule; instead, he is calling them armed uprisings. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Assad pointed to the many reports of civilians being tortured and murdered.

    Police clear Occupy SF in early morning raid, http://bit.ly/uy1wwy
    Police cleared out the last of the Occupy San Francisco encampments early Wednesday morning, arresting at least 70 people. There were no reports of violent clashes between police and protester. Protesters said they awoke around 1 a.m. to find police circling the camp and announcing a five-minute warning that it would be cleared out. Police Chief Greg Suhr said the raid came after talks broke down between occupiers and the city about moving the encampment to an abandoned elementary school nearby.

    Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a new vote in Russia, http://yhoo.it/taZuda
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said that Russian authorities should throw out the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new election. This comes Wednesday as resentment grew over allegations of election fraud. “More and more people are starting to believe that the election results are not fair,” Gorbachev said. “I believe that ignoring public opinion discredits the authorities and destabilizes the situation.”

    Mexico says Gadhafi son tried to enter country, http://apne.ws/vuODlM
    Mexican officials have discovered a plot by Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator, to sneak into Mexico using false documents. The plan involved opening bank accounts and buying properties in Mexico that would serve as safe houses for Gaddafi and his family. Two Mexicans, a Canadian, and a Dane have been implicated in the scheme and are under house arrest. Gaddafi is also under house arrest in Niger.

    Indian Government Halts Foreign Retail Plan, http://nyti.ms/vu27t4
    The Indian government has suspended a plan to allow overseas retailers, such as Walmart, to open stores in the country after protests from opposition parties. The government had announced on Nov. 24 that it would allow foreign companies to own 51 percent of supermarkets and 100 percent of single-brand stores, which appeared to be good news for companies looking to enter the Indian market. But opposition parties disputed that the move would kill mom-and-pop stores. Now Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says foreign retail is “suspended until a consensus is developed through consultations with various stakeholders.”

    Thomas Haynesworth fully exonerated by Va. appeals court, http://wapo.st/uMeCcB
    A court in Virginia declared on Tuesday that Thomas Haynesworth is innocent of the rape charges that had him in jail for the past 27 years. Haynesworth had been arrested on his way to the grocery store when he was only 18 after a woman that had been raped identified him as her attacker. Haynesworth’s break came after authorities did a DNA test on semen from the 1984 case. “I am very happy,” said Haynesworth. “Me and my family can finally put this behind us, and I can go on with my life. And I can finally vote.”

    Roadside bomb kills 19 civilians in south Afghanistan, http://bbc.in/vkTBpV
    At least 19 Afghan civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb in the southern Helmand province just a day after at least 63 Shiites were killed in multiple bombings. The incident occurred in the province’s volatile Sangin district, a Taliban stronghold, Helmand spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. The dead are said to include women and children, many from the same family.

    Newt Gingrich poll vault prompts Mitt Romney reboot, http://politi.co/ulIivM
    Since Newt Gingrich started to surge in the polls if key states, Mitt Romney has decided to become more aggressive when campaigning the few weeks before the Republican Primary. “We’re going to make sure that the differences in our experience and our perspective and our views on issues are well aired and people can make a choice,” Romney said about Gingrich. “You can be sure I will not be quiet.”

    Obama whacks Republican economics, http://usat.ly/sqFsAV
    On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas where he attacked Republican economics. “Their philosophy is simple,” Obama said in a high school gym. “We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. I am here to say they are wrong.”

    Facebook glitch reveals private photos — including Zuckerberg’s, http://bit.ly/v06Lxe
    A Facebook glitch that was meant to report inappropriate pictures briefly allowed users to view others’ private photos. Users were even able to see Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s photos.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) APPLE LOSES iPAD FIGHT IN CHINA: Apple might have to sell the iPad under a different name in China or shell out $1.6 billion after a court Wednesday rejected the company’s lawsuit against a local firm for infringing on the tablet’s trademark, PC World reports. http://bit.ly/trQZ0z

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) MICROSOFT APP STORE: The company plans to up the ante with rival Apple when it emulates the app store concept in personal computers with the February launch of Windows 8, the WSJ reports. http://on.wsj.com/tVEOPW


    The NY Times writes about “Obama in Osawatomie,” http://nyti.ms/vaP0Dq

    Dana Milbank says “Republicans color the abortion debate,” http://wapo.st/vb8HvR

    Stephen Colbert Vows To Hold His Own Republican Presidential Debate, http://n.pr/uqMzk5

    Game addiction costs Alec Baldwin his airline seat, http://bit.ly/ul8bl0

    World’s oldest dog dies — aged 182, http://bit.ly/v6aNRq

    Nicki Minaj, LMFAO Join ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, http://on.mtv.com/sum4g4

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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