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    News Round Up: Monday, July 1, 2013

    Monday, July 1st, 2013
    Edward Snowden asks 15 countries for asylum; Arizona wildfire claims the lives of 19; protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters in Egypt; transit workers in San Francisco go on strike; Texas lawmakers resume debate on abortion bill; Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card; and Serena Williams loses at Wimbledon. Meanwhile, Jamie Foxx wears another Trayvon Martin shirt, Jennifer Lopez performs for the leader of Turkmenistan, Demi Lovato criticizes music about drugs, Jay-Z talks about fatherhood, and Carrie Underwood enjoys blocking Twitter trolls.
    Maura + Meron
    CRUCIAL
    Edward Snowden asking 15 countries for asylum, Russian official says, http://rtvote.com/11UsDRm
    Edward Snowden, the former National Security Agency contractor who leaked U.S. security secrets and is now a fugitive, met Monday morning with Russian diplomatic officials and handed them an appeal to 15 countries for political asylum. The official did not disclose the countries that were on the list, but Kirill Kabanov, a member of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, said he believes Russia may be one of those countries.
    ‘Perfect storm’ wildfire raging in Arizona claims 19 men in elite unit, http://rtvote.com/11UvOZn
    A wildfire in Arizona took out all but one member of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, a team known for its extensive training and
    demanding fitness regimen. 19 men were killed about 85 miles northwest of Phoenix, near the town of Yarnell. Though they are still
    investigating, Mary Rasmussen, a spokeswoman for Prescott National Forest, said it appeared the 19 were engaged in a “direct attack” — getting close to the fire and trying to create a break to starve it of fuel.
    Egypt protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood headquarters, http://rtvote.com/14IGs3Y
    Anti-government protesters in Egypt have stormed the national headquarters of President Mohammed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, Cairo. Officials say eight people have been killed in clashes outside since Sunday, while eight others have died elsewhere.
    Protesters across Egypt accuse the president of failing to tackle economic and security problems since being elected a year ago.
    BART workers on strike – no service Monday,  http://rtvote.com/14IHhJX
    Members of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) union are going on their first strike since 1997. There will be no service on Monday, with the transit system’s workers and management agreeing only on the fact that the two sides remain far apart in contract negotiations. Frustrated by a lack of progress, union bargaining teams had previously walked away from negotiations in the Kaiser Center, which houses BART headquarters, on Saturday afternoon, saying a strike was all but inevitable.
    Texas lawmakers resume debate Monday on abortion bill derailed by Wendy Davis filibuster, http://rtvote.com/18r1U2N
    Texas lawmakers return to the Capitol on Monday to resume debate on proposed abortion restrictions. Less than a week after a Democratic filibuster killed a far-reaching abortion bill on the Senate floor, the Legislature will answer Gov. Rick Perry’s call to try again to pass the GOP-backed measure over vigorous objections from Democrats and abortion rights groups. The bill would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, require abortion clinics to meet high standards of surgical centers, impose new requirements on use of abortion-inducing pills and require that doctors performing abortions have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their clinic.
    Gay married man in Florida is approved for green card,  http://rtvote.com/11UBEKf
    An American man in Florida and his husband, who is from Bulgaria, have become the first same-sex married couple to be approved for a permanent resident visa, an immigration milestone that comes after the Supreme Court struck down a federal law against same-sex marriage. The notice of approval of a permanent visa, known as a green card, was issued by e-mail late Friday to Traian Popov, a Bulgarian immigrant who lives with his American spouse, Julian Marsh, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
    Sabine Lisicki upsets Serena, http://rtvote.com/18r1idr
    Sabine LIsicki ended Serena Williams’ career-best 34-match winning streak, eliminating her from Wimbledon.It was the latest in a string of upsets that has jolted the tournament, with defending champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal knocked out in the first three days — along with Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka’s withdrawal on the women’s side. Williams gave credit to Lisicki’s dominant serve, which she said consistently reached 120 mph.
    CULTURAL
    Jamie Foxx Rocks Another Trayvon Martin T-Shirt, http://rtvote.com/14IMK3w
    Jennifer Lopez & Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow: Singer Performs For Turkmenistan Leader, http://rtvote.com/11UFeUw
    Demi Lovato: People Who Party Or Rap About Drugs Are ‘Giant P—ies’, http://rtvote.com/14IN0iW
     ’Jay-Z Blue’ Commercial Sees Rapper Talking Fatherhood, ‘Magna Carter Holy Grail’, http://rtvote.com/14IN5TU
    Carrie Underwood’s Twitter: Politics, Ag Gag And Supporting Soldiers, http://rtvote.com/11UFtz0
    meron.w@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

    Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

    Obama will announce the withdrawal of 34K troops from Afghanistan in his State of the Union address; North Korea conducts its most powerful nuclear test yet; a new report reveals that Pope Benedict XVI had secret heart surgery; a blast on Turkey and Syria’s border kills 14; ex-LAPD cop Steve Dorner may have had an accomplice; the Philippines hope for Asia’s first pope; and Twitter and Amex allow customers to buy items via hashtags. Meanwhile, wrestling will no longer be an Olympic sport; Adele’s Grammy crasher is arrested; and Rihanna takes a sad bath in her new music video.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    AP SOURCE: OBAMA TO ANNOUNCE THAT 34K US TROOPS TO BE HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN A YEAR FROM TODAY,http://rtvote.com/Y9S0cV
    According to the Associated Press, President Obama will announce the withdrawal of 34,000 troops from Afghanistan one year from today. He is set to reveal these plans during tonight’s State of the Union address. Yesterday, Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Clinton L. Romesha, who fought to save his fellow soliders during an insurgent attack orchestrated by al Qaeda. During the State of the Union, President Obama will most likely address the economy, the middle class, and his presidency. The address begins at 9:00 PM E.T.

    North Korea Confirms It Conducted 3rd Nuclear Test, http://rtvote.com/XGxbGa
    North Korea conducted its most powerful nuclear test yet last night, defying U.N resolutions. The test has caused strong condemnation from other countries, including China which is the country’s only major ally. President Obama called the detonation “highly provocative” and said that it “undermines regional stability.”  U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon condemned the test as a “clear and grave violation” of the U.N.’s resolutions. North Korea is working to enhance its nuclear systems, yet it is a long time away from miniaturizing devices for missiles.

    Pope Benedict Had Heart Surgery Three Months Ago, Il Sole Says, http://rtvote.com/XGE6Pw
    The newspaper Il Sole is reporting that Pope Benedict XVI, who announced his retirement yesterday, had heart surgery and a new pacemaker put in three months ago. The Vatican confirmed that the pope has been using a pacemaker for a long time, but that he is in good health. The surgery, which was kept secret, had no complications but made the pope reconsider whether he is well enough for the post.

    Deadly bus blast hits Turkey’s Syria border, http://rtvote.com/159elNc
    At least 14 were killed and 26 wounded after a minibus exploded near Turkey and Syria’s border Tuesday. The explosion took place at a popular crossing for Syrian refugees. A spokesman for the Turkish government said that Syrian forces were behind the “powerful explosion.”  He went on to add that, “The information that we have for now is that a minibus with Syrian number plates coming from the other side exploded.”

    Dorner may have had help in trying to flee to Mexico, http://rtvote.com/XGySn2
    Authorities are considering the possibility that Steve Dorner, the ex-LAPD cop who is wanted for the murder of three, may have had an accomplice that helped him escape to Mexico. A report detailing Dorner’s path after the murders was released in court records Monday. It highlights Dorner’s efforts to steal a boat and subdue its captain in San Diego. There is a $1 million reward for Dorner’s capture. Murder and attempted-murder charges have already been filed against him.

    Busted toilets, hot rooms, headaches after fire strands cruise ship in Gulf, http://rtvote.com/159az6t
    A Carnival cruise ship is currently stranded off of the Gulf of Mexico with 3,143 passengers on board. An engine fire caused the ship to become immobile on Sunday. Passengers are facing a shortage of running water, electricity, and food. One passenger reported “sewage running down the walls and floors” and that those on board were being asked to defecate in bags and urinate in showers. Lines for food surpass 3.5 hours, and many passengers are sleeping outside due to the lack of air conditioning.

    Philippines Catholics hope, pray for Asia’s first pope, http://rtvote.com/11E1eog
    The Philippines’ Catholics, the largest Christian community in Asia, are hoping that their own Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will replace Pope Benedict XVI when he resigns on February 28th. “The announcement also brought sadness to us. We felt like children clinging to a father who bids them farewell,” said Tagle regarding the pope’s retirement. While his election is far from certain, Tagle has a reputation as a lively Vatican insider and former adviser to the pope.

    Twitter and Amex to let you pay with a hashtag, http://rtvote.com/11DYuY5
    Twitter and American Express have teamed up to allow customers to purchase items via a hashtag. Users who sign up to buy items will be able to tweet an Amex related hashtag when ready to purchase. The customers will know their purchase has gone through once they’ve received a confirmation hashtag from Amex. The new initiative will begin Wednesday morning.

    CULTURAL:

    IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics, http://rtvote.com/11DYpne

    Adele’s Grammy Speech Crasher Arrested After Getting Stink-Eye From Jennifer Lopez, http://rtvote.com/Ya2MQh

    Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ Video, Featuring Mikky Echo: The Saddest Bath In The World, http://rtvote.com/11E3Ja7

    ABC, Univision unveil joint venture’s name: Fusion, http://rtvote.com/XGJdiN

    Justin Timberlake Calls New Album ‘The Best Stuff I’ve Ever Done’, http://rtvote.com/XGJhiy

    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: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

    Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
    David Cameron says he will let the British people decide whether or not to remain in the EU; Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before congress on Benghazi; a student opens fire at Lone Star College; Gen. John Allen is cleared of any misconduct; and President Obama says he will not oppose suspending the debt limit until May. Meanwhile, Kelly Osborne is engaged; lip readers weigh in on what caused Michelle Obama’s eye roll; and “Mad Men” will return in April.
    Caitlin
    CRUCIAL:
    David Cameron: I will settle the Europe question with EU referendum, http://rtvote.com/SBIekY
    British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that he will let the British people decide whether or not Britain should remain in the European Union. “It is time to settle this European question in British politics,” Cameron said. “I say to the British people: this is your decision.” While Cameron would personally prefer that the country stay in the EU, he has decided it’s best to bring the decision to a referendum. He also called on Britain to improve its relationship with Brussels. EU members are unhappy with his decision, saying Britain cannot “cherry-pick” EU membership.Suspect charged in Lone Star College shooting, http://rtvote.com/SBJAMO
    Lone Star College student Carlton Berry, 22, has been charged with aggravated assault after opening fire on his Houston campus. Berry injured a student with whom he had an altercation as well as a janitor. He is also being treated for injuries after mishandling the gun and shooting himself.

    Clinton testifies on Benghazi attack, http://rtvote.com/SBKw3O
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before Congress on the Benghazi attack Wednesday. Clinton took responsibility for the attack and choked up while saying, “For me, this is not just a matter of policy, this is personal.” Clinton said that when she was told of the attack she, “instructed our senior department officials and diplomatic security to consider every option—to break down the doors to the Libyan officials to get as much security support as we could.” She has since recommended that future Secretary of States participate in meetings regarding additional security and also suggested that heightened security has been installed at the Benghazi site.

    Israel coalition talks begin after election deadlock, http://rtvote.com/144ZKSq
    Tuesday’s early results from Israel’s election show Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party losing a quarter of its seats in government. In a surprising twist, Netanyahu will now have to create a coalition government with the new Yesh Atid party, which won 19 seats. There will have to be a great deal of compromise as Yesh Atid, led by former TV presenter Yair Lapid, has called for overturning the law that exempts ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students from serving in the military. Lapid has also demanded that the government commit to a peace plan with Palestine.

    Gen. John Allen cleared in misconduct inquiry, http://rtvote.com/XzNXoO
    General John Allen, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has been cleared of wrongdoing regarding an allegedly inappropriate e-mail exchange with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. Kelley, who was blackmailed by General Petraeus’ mistress, has recently publicly denied any inappropriate contact with Allen.

    Obama ‘will not oppose’ House GOP plan to suspend debt limit until May, http://rtvote.com/1451ATk
    The House GOP has proposed suspending the implementation of the federal debt limit until May 19. The measure would help delay or avoid another confrontation between President Obama and congress regarding the debt limit. President Obama has responded that he will not oppose the proposal, which would cause the government’s legal borrowing limit of $16.4 trillion to remain the same until May.

    CULTURAL:
    The Mystery of Michelle Obama’s Eye Roll Has (Possibly) Been Solved, http://rtvote.com/SBPcXt
    Shakira Gives Birth to Baby Boy Milan, http://rtvote.com/XzOWFl“Mad Men” to return in April with a two-hour premiere, http://rtvote.com/WLnNQI

    Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Lopez defend Beyonce in lip sync scandal, http://rtvote.com/WLnTI4

    Kelly Osbourne Engaged to Marry Matthew Mosshart, http://rtvote.com/1455xqX

    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: MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012

    Monday, February 27th, 2012

    One dead, four students wounded in a shooting at an Ohio high school; a plot to assassinate Vladimir Putin has been revealed; BP may settle its Deepwater Horizon civil suit; Wikileaks and Anonymous go after political company Stratfor; western officials are calling Syria’s reformed constitution a sham; and Mitt Romney takes the lead over Rick Santorum. Meanwhile, ‘The Artist’ wins big at the Oscars, and Kobe Bryant suffers a nasal fracture.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Chardon High School Shooting: One Dead, Four Injured, http://abcn.ws/y2zxQ8
    At 7:30 a.m. this morning, students at Chardon High School heard gunshots in their school hallways. A fellow student opened fire on his peers, wounding five students. One student has died from their injuries. A suspect is reported to be in custody with only one shooter being spotted. Chardon High School is located about 30 miles east of Cleveland and holds about 1,100 students.

    Start of Trial on Gulf Oil Spill Is Delayed Amid Talk of a Settlement, http://nyti.ms/wlXhX9
    The civil trial over BP’s oil spill in the Gulf last year has been delayed. The delay, issued by the court over “reasons of judicial efficiency to allow the parties to make further progress” in settlement discussions, is seen as unusual because neither party has requested it. With the trial date pushed back, law experts predict that the case will be settled. The BP oil spill was the largest in U.S. history.

    Plot To Assassinate Putin Foiled, State TV Reports, http://n.pr/zdY42h
    Suspects linked to Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov were arrested in an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.  The suspects were planning to kill Putin in Moscow after Sunday’s election. The suspects were arrested after an accidental explosion at an apartment where they were trying to manufacture bombs. The Russian special service conducted an investigation that revealed the assassination plans. Despite mass protests over his rule, opinion polls show that Putin will win the presidential vote.

    Wikileaks Pairs with Anonymous to Publish Intelligence Firm’s Dirty Laundry, http://bit.ly/y4kRq4
    The private intelligence firm Stratfor has been exposed by WikiLeaks. Infiltrated by the hacker group Anonymous in December, Wikileaks has cooperated with them to release a massive amount of Stratfor e-mail correspondence. Stratfor is a company that sells it analyses of global politics to major corporations and government agencies. The leaked emails supposedly show that Stratfor monitored the political group “The Yes Men” on behalf of Dow Chemical; they also show Stratfor’s interest in setting up an investment fund with Goldman Sachs to trade on the information Stratfor collects. Anonymous said that future projects with Wikileaks may involve a series of announced hacks on major companies. The move on Stratfor could be one of the first of this Anonymous/Wikileaks collaboration.

    Syrians Said to Approve New Charter as Battles Continue, http://nyti.ms/ybIBaG
    A new Syrian constitution has been approved by almost 90 percent of voters according to the Syrian Interior Ministry. Nearly 7.5 million voters opted for the constitution that is supposed to offer reform as violence erupts and spreads across the country; however, western officials see the vote as fake, citing unrealistic turnout numbers. As polls opened, the Syrian government continued to shell Homs and other cities.

    Poll: Romney overtakes Santorum nationally, http://bit.ly/xcpgfM
    In a Gallup tracking poll, despite a tumultuous February, Mitt Romney has the support of 31 percent of likely-GOP voters versus Rick Santorum’s 29 percent. The two candidates have gone back and forth in the polls with Santorum holding a 10-point lead in the same survey last week. Newt Gingrich now comes in third with 15 percent of support.  The Gallup poll also shows Romney leading President Obama by four points.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘The Artist’ paints golden picture at Oscars, http://trib.in/xGxCQ1

    Adam Sandler breaks record with 11 Razzie nominations, http://thedc.com/AF7fSX

    Did Jennifer Lopez Have a Wardrobe Malfunction at the Academy Awards? http://bit.ly/wiB1SQ

    Kobe Bryant suffers nasal fracture, http://thedc.com/xLdTYy

    Ben & Jerry’s Boston Apologizes For ‘Taste The Lin-Sanity’ Ice Cream With Fortune Cookies And Lychee, http://huff.to/zHs6Ea

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 1, 2011

    Thursday, September 1st, 2011

    In today’s news, Libya’s rebel leadership outlines a new government; August marks the first month since 2003 where there have been no US casualties in Iraq; Rock the Vote is mentioned in a new Rolling Stone article on the “war on voting;” Facebook will launch a music component; and history repeats itself – an iPhone 5 prototype has been lost in a California bar. Meanwhile, Steven Seagal has killed a puppy; Marc Anthony goes on record about J.Lo; and Alyssa Milano has given birth.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Iraq War Marks First Month with No U.S. Military Deaths, http://nyti.ms/oNOLbw
    August is the first months that no U.S. fatalities have taken place in Iraq since the war began in 2003. On the contrary, June was the deadliest month for U.S. solders in Iraq. Army officials attribute the fatality-free month to U.S. strikes and the new Iraqi offensive against Shiite militia. In Afghanistan, August was the deadliest month for U.S. soldiers.

    Libya’s Rebel Leadership to Outline Goals at Paris Conference,
    http://bit.ly/ojrJ4o
    Libya’s rebel leadership will go to Paris today to work with 60 nations on outlining a new government for the country. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be in attendance. Gaddafi’s son, Saif al-Islam, has said that Gaddafi loyalists will continue to fight for Tripoli; however, sources say he is in secret talks with the rebels to surrender.

    The GOP War on Voting, http://bit.ly/r4wHja
    In a Rolling Stone article from the September 15th issue, Ari Berman outlines the GOP plan to disenfranchise Democratic voters in the 2012 elections. Berman explains that the Republicans’ coordinated efforts to use photo identification requirements, end early voting, and take away felons’ voting rights are meant to discourage students, African Americans, and the elderly from voting Democrat.

    Facebook to Launch Music Platform with Spotify, MOG, & Rdio, http://on.mash.to/nUqBb1
    On September 22, Facebook will launch its music listening service. According to Mashable, the music will be accessible on Facebook but will stream from Spotify, MOG, & Rdio.

    iDeja Vu: iPhone Prototype Lost at a California Bar, http://bit.ly/pSLArX
    Last year, an iPhone 4 prototype was leaked after an Apple employee left it at a bar. This week, an iPhone 5 prototype was also left at a bar, although no images of it have been leaked. A man suspected of taking the phone has been searched and Apple has offered him a large sum of money; however, nothing was found on him and he declined the cash.

    Irene Reveals More Cracks in Washington Monument, http://on.today.com/pf8zbG
    The National Park Service has found water inside the Washington Monument, which means the structure has more cracks than originally thought. The initial cracks were due to last week’s earthquake and then more were created by Hurricane Irene.

    Solyndra Solar Company Fails After Getting Controversial Federal Loan Guarantees, http://wapo.st/nSXAbw
    Solyndra, a solar panel manufacturer that President Obama had deemed a leader in the energy field, has filed for bankruptcy. The White House had given Solyndra loan guarantees, which the Republicans have been investigating for some time now. Solyndra’s closing leaves 1,100 people unemployed and taxpayers left to pay $535 million in its federal loans.

    CULTURAL:

    Steven Seagal: Legal Threats Over Deadly Cockfight Raid, http://bit.ly/o98A1a

    Cher Slams “Stupid Bigots” for Dissing ‘DWTS’ Pick Chaz Bono, http://bit.ly/oLUSnf

    Marc Anthony: Why My Marriage to J.Lo Ended, http://bit.ly/nEYAoY

    Kim Kardashian: I Want to Be Pregnant with Kourtney, http://eonli.ne/r6foOo

    Mel Gibson’s Ex Turns Down $15 Million in Support, Ends Up with $750,000, http://read.bi/qVeWOd

    Alyssa Milano Ready for Another Pregnancy Sooner than Later, http://bit.ly/q3by5n

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