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    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 27, 2014

    Thursday, March 27th, 2014

    President Obama holds his first meeting with Pope Francis; at least 90 people are missing as a result of the Washington mudslide; POTUS says that the government should stop holding phone data; and Northwestern University athletes are legally allowed to unionize. Meanwhile, Psych ended its 8-season run last night; the trailer for Jupiter Ascending has been released; and Joan Rivers has some harsh criticism for Lena Dunham.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Obama has first audience with Pope Francis: http://rtvote.com/1jyS19L
    President Obama and Pope Francis had their first meeting with one another on Thursday in Italy. The meeting was cordial and people hoped that the meeting would bring attention to important issues both leaders support. Much of the meeting was about the church’s role in current issues in the United States, international conflict, and human rights protection according to a statement from the Vatican. President Obama extended an invitation to Pope Francis to visit the United States in 2015.

    Ukraine military dolphins to switch nationalities, join Russian navy: http://rtvote.com/1j9eoQt
    Russia is planning on taking control of Ukraine’s military dolphins. These dolphins are highly trained and specialize in detecting hazards to Ukraine like sea mines or enemy scuba divers trying to enter the country’s waters. Dolphins can detect noises and objects in the ocean that humans can’t, making them effective for security. A Russian news agency reported Thursday that “the combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy.”

    Obama says government should stop collecting, holding bulk phone data: http://rtvote.com/1pcb9JM
    The United States expressed outrage when former contractor to the National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden revealed that the federal government collected data from people’s telephones. President Obama said Thursday that the government is trying to stop collecting phone records and wants to leave that up to phone carriers, who would then provide suspicious activity to counterterrorism agencies. Other changes include the requirement that a federal judge give its approval before the government can collect phone data.

    Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers: http://rtvote.com/OY2H42
    Firefighters and volunteer rescuers in Washington are coming to the grim reality that some people missing in the mudslide might never be found. In the beginning, there was a list of people thought to be missing after the massive mudslide leveled Oso, Washington six days ago. 140 people have since been eliminated from that list, leaving 90 people missing and 35 others who were not confirmed to be in the area when the mudslide occurred. 25 bodies have been discovered, but searchers expect that number to increase. However, due to dangerous conditions like quicksand-like mud 30-40 feet deep, ice, rain, fallen trees, and other hazards, many bodies may never be found.

    Northwestern University football players can unionize: http://rtvote.com/1g4cxai
    Athletes at Northwestern University won the right to unionize after the National Labor Relations Board in Chicago recognized the athletes as employees of the university. Northwestern plans to appeal the decision, saying that the athletes are students, not employees. However, the board saw enough evidence to believe that the students were employees; they work between 20 and 50 hours a week, get paid through scholarships, and bring millions of dollars in revenue to the university. The students filed the petition to “get a seat at the bargaining table in college sports,” receive better medical coverage and concussion tests, be offered full four-year scholarships, and potentially get paid.


     Get the scoop on the Psych series finale: http://rtvote.com/1g4fs2O

    Zac Efron punched in the face during a fight: http://rtvote.com/1pA3pPY

    Joan Rivers attacks Lena Dunham’s weight: is a celebrity feud brewing? http://rtvote.com/1rFLueK

    The reviews for Noah are in! See what the critics are saying: http://rtvote.com/1o4x5cI 

    Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum steal the show in their Jupiter Ascending trailer: http://rtvote.com/1jRq3BL

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 2 2012

    Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

    Facebook readies for its IPO, Leon Panetta will speed up the withdrawal of NATO combat troops in Afghanistan, and Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow. Also, Susan G Komen distances itself from Planned Parenthood while Virginia will require women to get an ultrasound before an abortion. Elsewhere, Joan River experiments with medical marijuana, and K’Naan criticizes Mitt Romney’s use of his song.

    Aaron + Caitlin


    Panetta: U.S., NATO will seek to end Afghan combat mission next year http://wapo.st/zWZrSJ
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says The United States and NATO are aiming to end their combat role in Afghanistan by mid-to-late 2013. The previous plan called for a shift away from the combat role in 2014, but Panetta is prepared to do this a full year ahead of schedule. This change may be modeled after the shift and withdrawal of American troops from Iraq that has proven successful in terms of not harming national security. Additionally, both Barack Obama and Nicolas Sarkozy of France are running for re-election, and shortening the War in Afghanistan will be a popular move for both of them.

    U.S. no-fly list doubles in one year http://usat.ly/xpNTWo
    In the last year, the secret government no-fly list has ballooned from 10,000 listed suspects to over 21,000 suspects. This growth has taken place since the failed bombing that occurred on an Christmas Day flight in 2009. The ACLU has sued the government on behalf of individuals who believe they are mistakenly being prevented from flying for business or personal reasons. Included among people who have been inconvenienced by this list is the late Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA). In 2004, the list included around 20,000 people, but a major difference between then and now is that the government checks the list instead of airlines and has allegedly made fewer mistakes.

    Uproar as Breast Cancer Group Ends Partnership With Planned Parenthood http://nyti.ms/A1Uyfe
    The Susan G Komen for the Cure foundation, the largest cancer advocacy group in the nation, has decided to cease giving Planned Parenthood $700,000 in grants. Komen’s decision has come after a congressional investigation into Planned Parenthood started. Komen fears that aligning with a group under federal investigation will hurt its fundraising. However, Planned Parenthood views this as a partisan decision, claiming the investigation itself is uncalled for and citing Komen’s new senior vice president for public policy, Karen Handel, who when running for Governor of Georgia wrote, “Since I am pro-life, I do not support the mission of Planned Parenthood.”

    Washington State Senate Passes Gay Marriage Bill http://nyti.ms/ABxrAy
    Washington is on track to become the seventh state to allow for same-sex marriage. Supports of the bill feared the State Senate would be the tougher of the two chambers to get the bill past, but those worries proved to be for naught as the State Senate passed by the margin of 28-21. The bill is very similar to the New York bill which does not require religious groups that object to the marriages to officiate them. The House will vote on the bill within the week, and the governor has indicated she will sign it.

    Indiana may soon be Rust Belt’s first right-to-work state http://usat.ly/wnkR1z
    A right-to-work law, which states companies can no longer negotiate with unions that require non-members to pay representation fees, has passed in the Hoosier state. Governor Mitch Daniels signed the bill while thousands of union members protested outside the statehouse. Daniels initially ran as a candidate against right-to-work laws but has since changed his mind because of businesses that allegedly refuse to open shop in states without these laws. Opponents of the bill fear that this will lead to a drop in the salary of workers throughout the state.

    Twitter’s New Censorship Policy: Up with Free Speech? http://ti.me/yp4yOq
    Twitter announced a new policy that would withhold content from users in specific countries. But this censorship will not be particularly draconian. It will only be used reactively, as a way of protecting Twitter itself from lawsuits. Additionally, a Twitter official explained to Talking Points Memo that it will not govern retweets and there should be multiple ways around the withheld content.

    Samuel Collins talks about the importance of Black History Month on College Campuses in “Celebrate black history month at GW,”  http://bit.ly/ADkNhf


    Super Bowl Ads Aim For Your ‘Second Screen,’ http://bit.ly/z4epnS

    Joan Rivers, 78, gets stoned in a carpark and is unable to drive home… and its all filmed for her reality show, http://bit.ly/y7H5n6

    ‘No!’ – Snooki denies pregnancy rumors, http://bit.ly/ytSNxz

    Chuck D’s Thoughts on Black History Month and “On The Shoulders Of Giants” Documentary, http://bit.ly/yzj9bU

    Rapper K’Naan Lashes Out At Mitt Romney For Using “Waving Flag,” http://bit.ly/Awwgz1


    Aaron Ghitelman

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