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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    The U.S. Senate sheds new light on the attack in Benghazi; new details are released in the New Mexico middle school shooting; and Governor Chris Christie of NJ addresses “Bridgegate” in his State of the State address. Meanwhile, 2014 gets off to a rocky start for Justin Bieber and Kanye West after two high-profile incidents.

    Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented: http://rtvote.com/1j7nle7
    The bipartisan report on the 2012 attack on the United States compound in Benghazi, Libya shows that the State Department was warned about the potential for attack but did not increase security around the compound. The report also blames intelligence agencies for not discussing CIA outpost locations within the U.S. military. However, the report does not discuss in depth whether the Obama administration downplayed the attacks, saying that no one knew when the attacks were to occur.

    Shooter may have warned some students: http://rtvote.com/1b39JIV
    The 12-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a New Mexico middle school’s gymnasium yesterday morning may have warned certain students against coming to school early. This discovery is currently being investigated by police, along with other claims. So far, police have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting; however, the shooter is in custody. Two students were injured in the attack.

    Can Christie change the subject? http://rtvote.com/Kj1Nfm
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address yesterday. He acknowledged the mistakes his administration has made recently in regards to the closing of bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee (dubbed “Bridgegate”). After apologizing, Christie tried to change the subject to focus on more pressing policy issues in the state. However, many people believe that Christie’s reputation is now too tarnished to allow a potential presidential bid in 2016.

    CBS airs video of chaotic scene at Asiana crash site: http://rtvote.com/1hqMYnc
    CBS has recently released video footage of firefighters and emergency personnel tending to survivors and the wreckage of the Asiana plane crash. The crash occurred last summer at San Francisco airport. The story received national attention not only due to the crash, but also because of the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who survived the crash but was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene.

    Va. Democrat Jim Moran to retire from Congress: http://rtvote.com/1eDrVLC
    After serving twelve Congressional terms, Representative Jim Moran will not run for re-election.  Moran, an occasionally combative and passionate member of Congress, represents Virginia’s 8th District. His retirement could potentially create a heated primary election because of the 8th District’s reputation as being a Democratic stronghold.

    CULTURAL 

    Police raid Justin Bieber’s house after incident: http://rtvote.com/1m7g7nA 

    Are Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard engaged? http://rtvote.com/K2E17V

    How Harry Connick Jr. can save American Idol: http://rtvote.com/1m7gs9M

    Kanye West allegedly assaults a young man: http://rtvote.com/1aoR914 

    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: Monday, July 29, 2013

    Monday, July 29th, 2013

    Obama set to back student loan deal; Israel-Palestine peace talks to resume; 51 are dead in Iraqi car bombings; and Pope Francis says he will not judge gay priests. Meanwhile, Diane Lane to play Hillary Clinton in new miniseries; and Johnny Depp discusses ending acting career.

    -Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    At least 51 dead in Iraq car bombingshttp://rtvote.com/15ZvrvV

    Monday morning rush hour saw a series of car bombings in central and southern Iraq. The attacks were reportedly led by “insurgents determined to undermine the government.” Since April of this year, similar events have killed over 3,000, reviving fear from the violence of the last decade.

    Thief Gets Away With Estimated $50 Million in Jewelry at a French Riviera Hotel, http://rtvote.com/15Zw5JQ

    An armed thief stirred the Carlton InterContinental Hotel in Cannes on Sunday, following the escape of an imprisoned member of the Pink Panther gang of jewel thieves in Switzerland. The jewels were exhibited in the hotel by the Leviev diamond house.

    Israeli-Palestinian peace talks set to resume Monday, http://rtvote.com/15ZwewB

    The U.S. State Department has announced that peace talks will resume this evening, with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yitzhak Molcho representing Israel, and Chief Negotiator Saeb Erekat and Mohammad Shtayyeh for Palestine. In anticipation of the talks, Israel released 104 Palestinian prisoners. These actions suggest hope for fruitful negotiations.

    Pope Francis says he won’t ‘judge’ gay priests, http://rtvote.com/13gRu2z

    Following a visit to Brazil’s World Youth Day, his first foreign trip as Pope, Francis says he will not judge gay priests. “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?” This view is in stark contrast to his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.

    White House Muted in Response to New Mass Killing of Egyptian Protesters, http://rtvote.com/19sN24y 

    Sunday marked the second mass killing of Egyptians in three weeks. The Obama administration remains quiet on the event, while Western diplomats work to calm tensions. The event revives the question as to whether Congress should suspend its aid to Egypt.

    Obama backs student loan bill, http://rtvote.com/13gUZpE

    After the Senate passed a bipartisan agreement to reverse the immediate doubling of student loan rates, linking rates to the interest rates, the bill will be brought to vote today in the House. The House is also expected to pass the bill, and President Obama signaled he would follow suit.

    CULTURAL

    Diane Lane to Play Hillary Clinton in NBC Miniseries, http://rtvote.com/13gYiNJ

    Johnny Depp to Quit Acting? “It’s Probably Not Too Far Away,” http://rtvote.com/13gXR5S

    Box office report: ‘The Wolverine’ earns $55 million; Plus ‘Despicable Me 2’ crosses $300 million mark, http://rtvote.com/19sO9Ba

    Lady Gaga Unveils ‘Applause’ Single Name, Artwork, http://rtvote.com/13gXaJR

    Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury Duets To Reportedly See Release This Fall, http://rtvote.com/15ZEcWM

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

    A suicide bomber kills 28 in Afghanistan; former Egyptian president Mubarak’s condition worsens; and Romney says Rubio is being vetted as a potential Vice Presidential candidate. In other news, Kristen Stewart is the highest paid actress in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp is single again.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    3 U.S. soldiers, 26 Afghan troops and civilians killed in bomb attacks, http://wapo.st/MwZhMa
    Officials report that a suicide bomber targeting an Afghan-NATO checkpoint in Khost killed 18 Afghans and three American troops. The governor of the eastern town, on the border of Pakistan, said the suicide bomber used a motorcycle to stage his attack on the checkpoint.

    Confusion Over Mubarak Adds to Tension in Egypt, http://nyti.ms/PseGSe
    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been moved from the prison where he was serving his life sentence to a military hospital yesterday. His condition worsened severely after he went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke. Security officials today report that Mubarak is alive and breathing on his own. However, many Egyptians wonder if the reports of his declining condition are a hoax.

    Romney Says Rubio Is Being Examined as Possible Running Mate, http://nyti.ms/MfTpsv
    In response to a contradictory report yesterday, Mitt Romney has stated, “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.” The original report from ABC News has caused Romney and Beth Myers, supervisor of Romney’s search for a running mate, to break their silence about their vetting process.

    CULTURAL:

    Miami Heat’s Victory Over OKC Thunder in Game 4 Signals Shorter Series, http://bit.ly/KTo2DZ

    Kristen Stewart Tops Our List Of The Highest-Paid Actresses, http://onforb.es/LfhKDo

    ‘Sesame Street’ Movie in the Works from Fox, http://bit.ly/Ps1jRZ

    Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis split, http://bit.ly/LBrLak

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

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

    U.S. Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden save two people in a Somali raid; Obama’s State of the Union address shows poll approval, but commentators are largely critical; and Michelle Bachmann will seek another term in the House while Gabrielle Giffords will not. Meanwhile, Demi Moore has been hospitalized, and Alex Ovechkin pulls out of the NHL All-Star game.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    U.S. military raid in Somalia frees Dane, Americanhttp://usat.ly/yjMnKT
    The same team of U.S. Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden have rescued one American and one Dane hostage in Somalia. Nine Somali kidnappers were killed during the raid and both hostages remained unharmed. Obama, after giving his SOTU, called the American hostage’s father to let him know his daughter was finally safe.

    Gabrielle Giffords bids an emotional farewell to Congresshttp://lat.ms/wrtYga
    Amidst a standing ovation and a heart-felt hug from Obama, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords graced the House floor one last time last night. Giffords was shot in the head one year ago when a gunman opened fire at a public event outside of a Tucson grocery store. Giffords will cast her final vote on a bill that will give the Homeland Security Department greater ability to go after ultralight planes suspected of transporting narcotics from Mexico.

    Bachmann says she’ll seek fourth term in Househttp://usat.ly/A6qjki
    Despite her failed presidential bid, Michelle Bachmann announced that she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House. Bachmann’s announcement came out during a critical interview over Obama’s State of the Union Speech.

    Christie Wants Voters to Decide on Gay Marriagehttp://nyti.ms/zzWgdy
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced that he would veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and instead has asked NJ’s state legislature to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

    (via ThinkProgress) Missouri House Committee Passes Voter ID Bill, Republicans Hold Near Veto-Proof Majority, Missouri may soon join a growing group of states that have enacted laws requiring citizens to present a certain form of photo identification before being permitted to cast a ballot. On Tuesday, the Missouri House Committee on Elections voted 7-3 in favor of Rep. Shane Schoeller’s (R) voter ID bill. The party line vote now sends the legislation to the floor, where it will almost certainly pass the Republican-controlled House with ease, http://bit.ly/xg9u8p

    Scotland: Let 16-year-olds vote on independencehttp://bit.ly/wTn71C
    Scotland First Minister has announced that 16 and 17-year-olds should be eligible to cast ballots in a referendum on Scottish independence from Britain.

    CULTURAL:

    Demi Moore Rushed to Hopital for Substance Abuse, http://bit.ly/y0Wra9

    Alex Ovechkin pulls out of NHL All-Star game: ‘I got suspended, so why I have to go there?’ http://thedc.com/yiNMGG

    Vanessa Paradis Addresses Johnny Depp ‘Rumors,’ http://bit.ly/xDowak

    Music has a greater presence at Sundance festival, http://bit.ly/xKA4VF

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, August 15, 2011

    Monday, August 15th, 2011

    Pakistan lets China sample a US helicopter used in the raid on bin Laden; the Indiana Fair will reopen with a memorial service for those who died in the stage collapse; veteran ID holders cannot use their military IDs at Texas polls; Obama begins his Midwest bus tour despite missing his chance for fried butter; Pawlenty has dropped out of the GOP presidential race; Bachmann wins the Iowa Straw Poll yet still avoids presidential hopeful Rick Perry; and Warren Buffet tells Washington to “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich.” In the plethora of entertainment news from the weekend – Jessica Alba and Tiny Fey have given birth to baby girls; David Copperfield and his girlfriend also have a girl; where did my childhood go? Hilary Duff is pregnant; Tara Reid gets engaged and married in the same day; there will be guaranteed wedding talk on The View today – Sherri Shepherd and Joy Behar both married this weekend; The Game could face charges from Twitter pranking a sheriff’s office; and a very shagadelic ‘Austin Powers 4′ may be in the works.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Pakistan Lets China See US Helicopter, http://on.ft.com/njVKS7
    Pakistan has let China inspect the tail of a helicopter used in the US raid on Osama bin Laden. US Navy SEALs had destroyed the rest of the helicopter; however, the tail remains in tact and in Pakistan.

    Indiana Fair Reopens with Service for 5 Killed in Stage Collapse, http://bit.ly/pUh01V
    The Indiana State Fair will re-open after a stage collapsed on Saturday, killing 5 and injuring 40. The band Sugarland was set to appear when a 60 to 70 mile gust of wind caused the stage’s scaffolding to fly into the crowd. A memorial service will be held today for those killed.

    Vet ID Holders Cannot Vote?, http://bit.ly/pp6p3m
    Texas Democrats are outraged that the state’s voter ID bill does not allow military photo ID to be used at the polls. Many believe that it is disrespectful to the young and already traumatized veterans. Charlie Jones, head of Texas Democratic Veterans notes, “We have a lot of young vets….We have a lot of vets who are homeless. The only way they interchange with the community is through the (Veteran’s Administration)….They already don’t trust the system. And now they’re being told they can’t vote.”

    Awkward in Iowa: Perry, Bachmann Avoid Each Other at Same Event, http://abcn.ws/q07oi2
    Despite being at the same Iowa fundraiser and sitting a table’s length apart, GOP presidential frontrunners Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry did not speak to each other. Bachmann, the Iowa Straw Poll winner, made a speech where she mentioned her Iowan roots. Perry listened to her speech, for which she asked staff to dim the lights. Perry, a favorite to go up against Obama in 2012, made a speech that Bachmann did not sit through.

    Obama Begins Midwest Bus Tour,
    http://nyti.ms/pFsp0j
    After a bleak summer in Washington, Obama is hitting the road in the Midwest to speak to small heartland towns. He will do a three-day bus tour that will pass through Alpha, IL, Atkinson, IL, Cannon Falls, MN, Decorah, IA, and Peosta, IA.

    60 Killed as Wave of Violence Rolls Across Iraq, http://apne.ws/9eVe8j
    At least 60 people have been killed in Iraq, as bombs have exploded in more than a dozen cities across the country. In Kut, two bombs killed 34 people; in Baghdad, a car bomb killed 8; and in the Diyala province, seven bombs exploded.

    Warren Buffet says, “Stop Coddling the Super-Rich,” http://nyti.ms/ozF6K8

    (via POLITICO Playbook) –WP A1, below fold “Disconnect proves fatal for Pawlenty,” by Amy Gardner: “‘We were a tortoise – not a camel,’ said Nick Ayers, Pawlenty’s campaign manager. ‘Campaign camels can go a long time without water. Tortoises can’t.’ And Pawlenty didn’t want to go into debt. On Saturday, after the straw poll was done, he told Ayers, ‘I’m not personally wealthy. . . . I don’t want to drag this out for two or four weeks and risk not being able to pay my staff on time.’ With the Ames defeat, in other words, Pawlenty realized what the Republicans were looking for and realized that he wasn’t it. He then asked Ayers if he could borrow his car, and after waking up the next morning and announcing to the world that his campaign was over, he drove his wife, Mary, and two daughters home to Minnesota.” http://wapo.st/nV1Elw

    CULTURAL:

    Breaking Bad Will Call It Quits After 16 More Episodes, http://bit.ly/pr1riV

    Jessica Alba Welcomes Baby Haven Garner, http://bit.ly/pzTvuW

    Kate Hudson Shows Off Adorable Baby Bingham for First Time, http://eonli.ne/mUu5zP

    Hilary Duff ‘Overwhelmed’ by Well Wishes for Her Pregnancy, http://bit.ly/oLwBCO

    Tara Reid Gets Married in Greece, http://bit.ly/n6378R

    Real Housewives Announce Big Tour – But for What, Exactly?, http://eonli.ne/q31oVH

    ‘Austin Powers 4′ Could Be in the Works, http://bit.ly/pDgy4G

    Joy Behar, Brooke Burke, and Sherri Shepherd All Married, http://wapo.st/pwVxUk

    The Game’s Twitter Prank Overwhelms Sheriff’s Office, http://bit.ly/r0qIS6

    Tina Fey Welcomes Baby Girl Penelope, http://bit.ly/reojTr

    Disney Shuts Down Production of Lone Ranger, http://lat.ms/nBbJ0W

    David Copperfield and Girlfriend Have Baby Girl, http://bit.ly/o7gTFb

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