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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, March 7th, 2013

    Thursday, March 7th, 2013

    A top Venezuelan general reveals Hugo Chavez died of a heart attack; the UN Security Council issues new sanctions on North Korea; Rand Paul ends his filibuster at 13 hours; President Obama takes GOP Senators out to dinner; a new study shows processed meats contribute to early deaths; and a Dunkin’ Donuts employee thwarts a robber with a hot cup of coffee to the face. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson lets it slip that she’s having a boy; Valerie Harper has terminal cancer; and LeBron James is set to marry his longtime love.

    Hugo Chavez died of massive heart attack: top general, http://rtvote.com/XVahx8
    On the second of seven days of mourning Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, one of the country’s top Generals, Jose Ornella, revealed that Chavez died of a massive heart attack. “He couldn’t speak, but he said it with his lips … ‘I don’t want to die. Please don’t let me die,’ because he loved his country, he sacrificed himself for his country,” said Ornella. Chavez had been hospitalized with a respiratory infection after his fourth cancer surgery.

    The United Nations Security Council has overwhelmingly voted to implement new sanctions on North Korea in response to its testing of nuclear weapons. The vote came only a few hours after North Korea threatened the United States with nuclear weapons, promising to “engulf Washington in a sea of fire.” An anonymous spokesman for Pyongyang’s Foreign Ministry said that North Korea said it would carry out “preemptive nuclear strikes on the headquarters of the aggressors,” intimating that the country believes the United States is proactively waging nuclear war.

    Paul’s filibuster seizes the day, http://rtvote.com/XVeDnM
    Rand Paul’s filibuster ended yesterday after about 13 hours. Paul’s filibuster was meant to block John Brennan’s confirmation as CIA Director. The Republican from Kentucky spoke for the first three hours, denouncing the Obama’s administration use of drones. Paul was then followed by Utah Republican Mike Lee, Oregon Democrat Ron Wyden, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and four others. At the end of his filibustering, Paul was met with a round of applause.

    G.O.P. Senators Give Obama Dinner Thumbs Up, http://rtvote.com/16bBE9F
    In a continued attempt to mend relations between Democrats and Republicans, President Obama took Senate Republicans out to dinner last night and picked up the bill. After the long meal at the Jefferson Hotel, John McCain and Tom Coburn gave reporters a thumbs up. President Obama has been reaching out to Republicans in an effort to create bipartisanship for easier negotiations around things like the sequester.

    Worker mauled to death at California sanctuary by her favorite lion, http://rtvote.com/ZtWXxQ
    A 26-year-old intern at an exotic-cat sanctuary in California was killed by her favorite lion, to whom she was tending when she was attacked. Before authorities arrived on the scene, other employees attempted to distract the 350-pound lion, but the woman died soon after a sheriff’s deputy killed the feline named Cous Cous. “They are wild animals, end of story,” animal expert Jack Hanna said. “No matter what anyone says, they are wild animals.”

    Dunkin’ Donuts Employee Stops Robbery With Coffee, http://rtvote.com/16bvHtn
    A Dunkin’ Donuts employee in West Haven, Connecticut stopped a robbery Saturday night by throwing a cup of hot coffee in the potential robber’s face. The man attempted to climb through the drive-through window before the employee, only known as Angelica, threw the coffee, causing the man to retract into his vehicle and drive away. Apparently, Angelica celebrated her victory by yelling “Go run on Dunkin’.”

    Processed meat ‘early death’ link, http://rtvote.com/16bAxGU
    A study from medical journal BMC Medicine followed 10 Europeans over 13 years, finding that diets heavy in processed meats, such as bacon, ham, and sausage, caused early deaths specifically linked to cancer and cardiovascular disease. Although people who eat a lot of processed meats usually tend to be smokers, the researchers insist that these meats pose their own health risks.
    Jessica Simpson Having a Boy: Pregnant Star Accidentally Confirms Baby-to-Be’s Gender,http://rtvote.com/XVgnwz
    Valerie Harper reveals she has terminal cancer, http://rtvote.com/XVgAQj

    Kim Kardashian health scare: Doctor orders rest, http://rtvote.com/Zu4vRg

    LeBron James & Savannah Brinson set wedding date, http://rtvote.com/16bGQue

    Taylor Swift Sells Home Near Conor Kennedy for $1M Profit, http://rtvote.com/XVj0iN

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

    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.



    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.

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

    Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

    Twin blasts kill 34 in Syria; Obama will embark on campaign-style events to promote his “fiscal cliff” plan; NYC’s “killer nanny” pleads not guilty; Mitt Romney will meet President Obama at the White House tomorrow; and China re-considers it’s one-child-per-family rule. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson is pregnant again; Angus T. Jones apologizes for his “Two and a Half Men” rant; and Kim Kardashian was the most-searched person on Bing in 2012.



    Deadly blasts rock Syrian capital, http://aje.me/Y42n6S
    At least 34 people were killed and dozens more injured in two blasts that hit a Druze and Christian area of Damascus, Syria. “When people gathered to try to rescue those injured in the first explosion, another explosion took place,” said Al Jazeera’s Rula Amin, reporting from Damascus. Syrian state television blamed “terrorists” for the explosions, while rebels said the Syrian government orchestrated the attack to turn the Christians and Druzes against each other. The two minority groups have not yet joined the rebel uprising. Also in Syria, government planes allegedly bombed a rebel stronghold in the Damascus suburb of Daraya.

    Obama public relations effort aims to avoid ‘fiscal cliff’, http://wapo.st/QoPcZw
    The White House announced on Tuesday that President Obama will travel the country on a series of campaign-style events in order to persuade Americans to back his “fiscal cliff” plan. On Tuesday, Democrats said that President Obama’s plan must include a demand that Republicans agree to raise the $16.4 trillion debt limit. If Republicans and Democrats do not agree on a “fiscal cliff” deal, then the start of the new year will see the implementation of severe spending cuts and the expiration of the Bush tax cuts; if these cuts are put into place then the country could go over the “fiscal cliff.”

    Romney to meet with Obama at the White House, http://politi.co/Tt85LG
    Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that Mitt Romney will have lunch with President Obama tomorrow at the White House. In Obama’s victory speech, he invited Mitt Romney “to talk about where we can work together to move this country forward.” Carney did not elaborate on what would be discussed at the meeting.

    NYC nanny pleads not guilty in child deaths, http://bit.ly/10Wahh1
    Yoselyn Ortega has pleaded not guilty to her charges of fatally stabbing two children she nannied for in Manhattan. Ortega made the plea through her lawyer, who spoke on her behalf in the hospital room where she is being treated for self-inflicted stab wounds. The nanny had reportedly been having family and financial troubles and resented the Krum family, who employed her, for having her work overtime.

    China considers easing family planning rules, http://reut.rs/YprU9r
    According to a former family-planning official in China, the country may be working to change its one-child-per-family rule. The current policy allows family in urban areas of China only one child, while families in rural parts can have more than one. Demographers have said that the rule, enacted in 1979, creates a rapidly aging population that could cause China to not compete in the global economy. The policy has also been harshly criticized as a reason for forced abortions.

    Bob Dole at Walter Reed, http://politi.co/TnkQnb
    Former Senate Republican Leader and 1996 GOP presidential candidate Bob Dole, 90, has reportedly checked in to Walter Reed Hospital. “He is at Walter Reed not for a checkup,” said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. “He is there because he is infirm. He is sick.” An aide to Dole has responded that he is just at the hospital for a “routine procedure.” Dole has been hospitalized a number of times in the past few years. During WWII, he was seriously injured in Italy, causing him to spend more than three years in the hospital.

    Apple’s Cue Seeks Overhaul of Maps Amid Duel With Google, http://buswk.co/Spg4IJ
    Apple fired the creator of its new Maps application, Robert Williamson, on Tuesday. The application, which is on all iPhone software updates and iPhone 5s, has been widely panned as incomparable to Apple’s previous Google Maps app. Apple Senior vice president Eddie Cue fired Williamson in an effort to re-do the software and has been consulting with map-technology experts and TomTom Navigation. In September, Apple CEO Tim Cook made a rare public apology for Apple Maps.
    Jessica Simpson Is Pregnant Again!, http://usm.ag/TsHZZg
    ‘That 70s Show’ Star Arrested for Assault, http://tmz.me/UpDsGB

    Angus T. Jones Breaks Silence About Controversial ‘Two And A Half Men’ Remarks, http://bit.ly/10RQJdL

    Kim Kardashian beats Justin Bieber as Bing’s most-searched for person of 2012, http://fxn.ws/X0z43B

    Vito Schnabel: Demi Moore’s new boyfriend is almost half her age, http://bit.ly/V6sWAF

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

    Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

    Charles Taylor faces 50 years in prison; Turkey is the thirteenth country to expel its Syrian diplomats; Julian Assange may be extradited to Sweden; a 4.1 earthquake hits near Los Angeles; and a typo in Mitt Romney’s iPhone app goes viral. Meanwhile, Doc Watson has died; Bob Dylan is awarded the Medal of Freedom; Bono presents the Amnesty Award to Suu Kyi; and a Florida county library lifts its ban on ‘Fifty Shades of Grey.’



    Liberia’s Charles Taylor jailed for 50 years over ‘heinous and brutal crimes,’ http://on.msnbc.com/LTcYsh
    The International Criminal Court has found former Liberian head of state Charles Taylor guilty of aiding and abetting rebels in Sierra Leone in return for blood diamonds. This is the first time since World War II that a head of state has been convicted of war crimes. The 64-year-old Taylor faces 50 years in prison. Presiding Judge Richard Lussaick said Taylor is “in a class of his own” and is responsible for “some of the most heinous and brutal crimes in recorded human history.” More than 50,000 people died in Sierra Leone’s civil war.

    Syria crisis: Turkey expels diplomats – live updates, http://bit.ly/JMXsAw
    Russia and China re-confirmed Wednesday that they are opposed to the United Nations intervening in Syria. Russia’s deputy foreign minister added that the country is “categorically against” outside intervention in Syria as it would be “premature.” Russia and China have veto power on the UN Security Council which could squash any progress to quell violence in Syria. Kofi Annan’s meeting with Assad earlier this week reportedly went nowhere despite Annan stating that Syria is at a “tipping point.” Meanwhile, Turkey has become the 13th country to expel its Syrian diplomats.

    (via The Christian Science Monitor) Court rules WikiLeaks Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden,http://bit.ly/NeaX9O
    Britain’s Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange can be extradited to Sweden over alleged sex crimes, leaving the Australian with few legal options after an 18-month legal battle. Judges at Britain’s highest court rejected by a majority of 5-2 Assange’s argument that a European arrest warrant for his extradition was invalid.However, the court gave his lawyers two weeks to contest their ruling, and any extradition has been put on hold until Assange decides whether to challenge the judges’s decision.

    With Records Gone, Odds of Finding Boy’s Remains Are Even Slimmer, http://nyti.ms/NdWgUj
    Pedro Hernandez, who confessed to killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979, said that he strangled the boy in the basement of a neighboring bodega and left the body in a trash bag. There may be no hope for finding Patz’s body, however; the New York City Sanitation Department only has landfill records dating back to 1989. Despite Hernandez’s confession, police are still uncertain if he actually killed Patz given his history of mental illness. There is also no evidence connecting Hernandez to the murder except a statement from Hernandez’s sister where she says he “confessed to killing a little boy in Manhattan.”

    (via CNN) Words at medal ceremony cause trouble with Poland, http://bit.ly/NeauEG
    The Polish prime minister on Wednesday reacted strongly to what the White House said was a mistake by President Barack Obama during Tuesday’s Medal of Freedom ceremony. The trouble came Tuesday when Obama paid tribute to Jan Karski, the former Polish officer who escaped Nazi imprisonment and provided firsthand accounts to the Western Allies of atrocities. Karski received the award posthumously. “Before one trip across enemy lines, resistance fighters told him that Jews were being murdered on a massive scale, and smuggled him into the Warsaw Ghetto and a Polish death camp to see for himself. Jan took that information to President Franklin Roosevelt, giving one of the first accounts of the Holocaust and imploring to the world to take action,” Obama said. The president’s use of the term “Polish death camp,” rather than Nazi death camp sparked outrage in Poland.

    Earthquake: 4.1 quake strikes near Malibu, http://lat.ms/JA5z1Y
    A 4.1 earthquake struck 30 miles off the coast of Malibu and 50 miles from the Los Angeles Civic Center last night. Residents said that they felt tremors, but no damage has been reported.

    Amercia! Epic Mitt Romney App Gaffe Goes Viral Online, http://on.mash.to/KI6Lyp
    Mitt Romney’s campaign released its new iPhone app yesterday without doing some spell-check. The app’s slogan misspelled “America,” stating “A Better Amercia.” The typo has gone viral, trending on Twitter and Tumblr. The app, which was released to coincide with Romney’s clinching of the nomination, allows users to upload their photos into “I’m With Mitt” banners.


    Doc Watson, Folk Musician, Dies at 89, http://nyti.ms/KT7eyv

    Bono to present Amnesty award to Suu Kyi in Dublin, http://bit.ly/NebsRc

    Fifty years on, Dylan awarded Medal of Freedom, http://bit.ly/KZr9cM

    ‘Blissful’ mom Jessica Simpson shares first look at baby Maxwell, http://on.msnbc.com/KWnAm0

    Rihanna Dating New York Knicks Player J.R. Smith?, http://bit.ly/LToDay

    Florida county library lifts ban on “Fifty Shades of Grey,” http://bit.ly/LG9WnG

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


    Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

    The Taliban attacks eastern Afghanistan and announces its “spring offensive;” Chen Guangcheng safely retreats to a medical facility in China; April’s U.S. job growth does not meet expectations; vandals violently disrupt May Day protests in Seattle; and Newt Gingrich will announce the end of his campaign at 3 pm today; Meanwhile, Tyler Perry’s studio catches fire in Atlanta;  Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus Rumored For ‘X Factor’ Judge Spot; and Jessica Simpson welcomes a new baby girl.

    Kelly H. + Caitlin


    Violence mars May Day protests in Seattle, http://bit.ly/IuX6tX
    Violence erupted during Seattle May Day social-justice rallies that were supposed to be peaceful. 75 vandals created havoc by shattering glass, attacking police and vandalizing financial institutions in the area. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn issued an emergency order that gave police the power to seize anything that could be used as a  weapon. So far eight people have been arrested, with at least one dozen businesses and government buildings damaged. Most of the vandals, who wielded long black poles, have disappeared.

    Blind Chinese Dissident Leaves U.S. Embassy for Medical Treatment, http://nyti.ms/Imee4c
    Chen Guangcheng has left the American Embassy in Beijing after confirmation from the Chinese government that he would be safe. He left the embassy to seek treatment at a medical facility. According to American officials, negotiations will allow Guangcheng the opportunity to pursue higher education in a safe environment. Guangcheng suffered an injury to his foot while escaping from his house last week. He was able to reunite with his wife and family at the hospital.

    ADP: U.S. Added Only 119,000 New Jobs In April; Stocks Double Early Losses, http://onforb.es/IT5IJp
    The labor market is rumored to weaken for a second straight month after companies hired far less people than anticipated. Employment only increased by 119,000 after a 183,000 gain was expected. Small and medium-sized businesses contributed to the majority of new jobs, whereas large companies had only a 3.3% increase. Analysts theorize that job growth from March will lead to cut-backs later this year.

    Eleven killed in Egypt clashes over army rule, http://reut.rs/JMTpPx
    Eleven were killed and more than 160 wounded in Egypt after armed men assaulted protesters demanding an end to army rule. The protesters included ultraconservative Salafi Islamists who gathered near Egypt’s Defense Ministry. The demonstrators were angry at the exclusion of their candidate from the upcoming vote. Two Islamist candidates have also now suspended their presidential election campaigns. The election set for May 23 and 24 is causing high tensions and is evidence of a fragile transition to democracy in Egypt.

    Taliban announces start of annual Afghan offensive, http://usat.ly/ITBshk
    The Taliban announced today that it will begin its annual “spring offensive” in Afghanistan this week, calling it “Al-Farouk,” which is the name of the second Muslim caliph. The offensive is targeting “all those people who work against the Mujahedeen, toil to pave ground for the occupation of Afghanistan and become the cause for the strength of the invaders.” The announcement came after a car bomb attack in a private compound in eastern Afghanistan that killed seven and injured seventeen; the attack took place hours after President Obama’s surprise visit to the country. During his visit, Obama and President Hamid Karzai signed a strategic partnership agreement that will serve for future relations between the two nations.

    (via NBC Montana) Justice Department Unveils New Details In Missoula Civil Rights Investigation: The US Department of Justice has unveiled new details about its civil rights investigation into Missoula police, prosecutors and the University of Montana. The two-prong investigation is focused on allegations of a pattern of gender discrimination in relation to reported sex assaults. NBC Montana reporters attended a news conference with top-level US Attorneys from the department’s civil rights department, Montana’s US Attorney, Missoula’s Mayor, Police Chief and the President of the University of Montana. The Justice Department reports over 80 alleged rapes in Missoula over the last three years, with at least 11 in an 18 month period involving University of Montana students. Officials say the federal investigation will look at sexual assaults alleged by all women in Missoula, not just students. The Justice Department also says its Civil Rights team has uncovered patterns of gender discrimination in the New Orleans Police Department as well as two others, http://bit.ly/IpND7h

    PA Voter ID Law Would Keep 93-Year-Old Who Marched With Martin Luther King From Voting, http://bit.ly/JoUATa
    Pennsylvania’s Viviette Applewhite is one of the star plaintiffs in a new lawsuit that opposes PA’s voter ID law. Applewhite has voted in almost every election since 1960 and is an activist who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. Under PAs voter ID law, Applewhite will not be able to vote because she does not have an identification card that would be required at the polls. She does not drive and her purse containing her identification card was stolen; she is also unable to register for a card because the 93-year-old cannot locate her birth certificate. Applewhite is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit filed Tuesday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania, the Advancement Project, the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (PILCOP) and the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP. The suit is seeking injunction to stop the law’s enforcement before the November election.

    Gingrich poised to embrace bitter rival Romney, http://cbsn.ws/ImGnYN
    Newt Gingrich is planning to suspend his campaign for the Republican presidential nomination later today. In an interview with USA Today, he said he will endorse Romney’s candidacy. Gingrich’s campaign, despite winning two primary contests, has become saddled in massive debt. The announcement is set for 3 p.m. EST in Arlington, Virginia. Neither Mitt Romney nor Rick Santorum is scheduled to be there. Santorum has not yet decided if he will endorse a candidate.


    Tyler Perry’s studio catches fire in Atlanta, http://cbsn.ws/Jp3Kio

    ‘Hunger Games,’ ‘Bridesmaids’ top MTV Movie Awards, http://bit.ly/JNvlvG

    Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus Rumored For ‘X Factor’ Judge Spot, http://on.mtv.com/IA7mVc

    Jessica Simpson’s Dad Joe Says New Granddaughter Is a ‘Miracle,’ http://bit.ly/IAERa1

    Rosario Dawson On Election 2012, The Latino Vote And Endorsing Presidential Candidates, http://huff.to/ITENwR

    Kelly Holleran

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