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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!

    -Maura 

    CRUCIAL 

    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

    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 ! 

    CULTURAL

    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

    Maura
    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 Roundup: Friday, February 28th, 2014

    Friday, February 28th, 2014
    Masked gunmen wearing Russian uniforms seize a Ukrainian airport; the daughter of Sen. Robert Kennedy is acquitted after driving under the influence of drugs on a New York highway; Bitcoin exchange giant Mt. Gox files for bankruptcy after hackers steal half a billion dollars worth of stock; and the Egyptian military claims to have the cure for–not one–but TWO deadly global diseases. Meanwhile Seth Rogen manages to make a CSPAN video go viral; and Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are apparently engaged?!

    - Austin + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Gunmen in Russian Uniforms Sieze Airport in Ukraine http://rtvote.com/1eG8ksC
    Days after violence settled in Ukraine’s capital city of Kiev, masked gunmen in Russian military attire have seized an airport in the Eastern Crimean region of Ukraine. The gunmen refused to respond when questioned about their authority and military status. It is yet unclear if there is any organized force behind the occupation. Though Kiev recently outed pro-Russian President Yanukovich, the Eastern Crimean region has historically been sympathetic to Russian interests.

    Kerry Kennedy Acquitted of Drugged Driving http://rtvote.com/1mKFK3i
    The 54-year old daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy was acquitted after a July 2012 incident in which she mistakenly took a fast-acting sleeping pill before driving along interstate 684. The pill, which she mistook for her thyroid medicine, caused her to speed, swerve dangerously, and hit a tractor trailer. Kennedy’s acquittal means she joins 21 other people (.2% of all cases) who were acquitted of misdemeanor charges in 2012.

    Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files for Bankruptcy http://rtvote.com/1fwgk5q
    After a concerning period of silence, Bitcoin exchange giant Mt. Gox announced it is filing for bankruptcy after hackers stole $480 million worth of its stock. Bitcoin is a newly developed currency available exclusively online. While part of Bitcoin’s appeal is that the currency is not regulated by a central bank, this also leaves the currency vulnerable. Mt. Gox’s bankruptcy has shaken the nascent industry, but users still think there is a future for Bitcoin.

    Day After Governor’s Veto, Arizona Moves Forward with Legislation Targeting Abortion Clinics
    http://bitly.com/1fYNLIM
    Just a day after Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a controversial bill said to permit discriminatory policies against gay Americans, the Arizona legislature has taken up a new bill to regulate abortion clinics in the state. The bill would permit unannounced inspections which, under current law, require a warrant. In the past, Gov Brewer has both supported and opposed conservative policies from the Republican arm of the state legislature; it is unclear whether or not she would support such a bill.

    Egyptian Military Claims to Have Cure for HIV http://rtvote.com/1lpiYw7
    In a surprise announcement yesterday, the Egyptian military claimed to have developed a cure for HIV and Hepatitis C after 22 years of “secret research.” If true, this could be very good news for Egypt, which has the highest global prevalence of Hepatitis C and a 1% infection rate for HIV. However, the international community is highly skeptical that Egypt could have the cure for two deadly epidemics when decades of research across the globe has failed to do so.

    CULTURAL

    Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis are Engaged: A Timeline of the That’s 70′s Show Romance, http://rtvote.com/1dJf35s

    Justin Timberlake Gets His Butt Grabbed During a Philadelphia Concert, http://rtvote.com/1cfLkGD

    Kerry Washington Dresses Baby Bump in Chic Blue Sheath at Essence Lunch, http://rtvote.com/MBxHF9

    Seth Rogen Gives Heartfelt, Yet Hilarious, Speech Before Senate About Alzheimer’s Research, His Mother-in-Law, http://rtvote.com/1dJgoJB

    austin@rockthevote.com
    Bio:
    @austin_estes
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Thursday, September 12th, 2013

    Vladimir Putin writes NY Times Op-ed; CIA delivers weapons to Syrian rebels; Colorado flash floods kill 2 people; and a secret Koch brother’s group is revealed to the public. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks has jury duty issues; Lady Gaga talks Miley; JT and Jessica Biel caught smooching; and Prince William leaves the military to be full-time royal.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S weapons reaching Syrian rebels, http://rtvote.com/17Z1gG3
    A flow of materials from the U.S. to Syrian rebels now marks what is being viewed as a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The CIA began delivering weapons to rebels ending months of delay in lethal aid promised by the Obama Administration. Other types of aid that includes vehicles, communications equipment, and advanced combat medical kits are also being delivered.

    Vladimir Putin’s comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause fusshttp://rtvote.com/17Z2jpq
    Vladimir Putin has caught the attention of Americans by writing an opinion piece in today’s New York Times op-ed column, causing a flurry of reactions. Putin says he wrote the article to “speak directly to American people and their political leaders.”

    Flash floods wash away homes, kill at least 2 near Boulder Colorado, http://rtvote.com/17Z3Fk3
    Torrential rains caused at least 2 deaths Thursday in Boulder, Colorado. The National Weather Service described the conditions as “life threatening” in an emergency message issued just after midnight local time for areas around Boulder where 6.5 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours.

    Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank, http://rtvote.com/17Z4p8R
    An Arlington, Virginia based conservative group called Freedom Partners, that raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape the political and policy debate nationwide, has been revealed. The group served as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.

    CULTURAL

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Share Rare PDA at U.S. Open, http://rtvote.com/15mUaMX

    Lady Gaga Talks Miley Cyrus at the VMAs On ‘WWHL’: ‘Lighten Up and Leave Her Alone’, http://rtvote.com/15mS3Jh

    ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff: ‘Better Call Saul’ Prequel Happening at AMC, http://rtvote.com/15mT1VU

    Prince William to Leave the Military and Become Full-Time Royal, http://rtvote.com/17YWSH5

    Tom Hanks’ jury duty service leads to misconduct allegation, http://rtvote.com/17Z0Tv6

    Maura
    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: Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Thursday, August 29th, 2013

    U.S. deciding on action in Syria; California uses drones to monitor fires; fast-food workers demand higher wages; and Shellie Zimmerman faces charges. Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas split; FLOTUS gets a new do; and Michael Jackson would celebrate his 55th birthday today.

    -Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Fast-Food Protests Under Way, http://rtvote.com/17oxMku
    Fast-food workers in more than 50 cities nationwide will strike Thursday, in demand of increasing wages to $15 per hour. However, as strikes cleared this morning, business went on as usual, and customers had no idea of the events that had transpired. Though many workers will strike throughout the day, the restaurants will continue to operate largely undisrupted.

    U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syriahttp://rtvote.com/14GFd87
    As evidence rises that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds responsibility for the chemical weapon attack last week, the Obama administration faces a decision on how to respond. While a response, regardless of UN approval, seems likely, concern remains over how it will affect long term US-involvement in the conflict.

    California launches drone to help battle growing Rim Fire, http://rtvote.com/17oy6jd
    A newly launched drone is set to assist firefighters contain the California Rim Fire. The benefit of this aircraft is that it can spot new flare-ups before people can be on the ground, which allows for faster containment. The drone can hover for 22 hours at a time, compared to helicopters which need to be refueled every 2 hours.

    George Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty to perjuryhttp://rtvote.com/14GGaNP
    Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, plead guilty on Wednesday for lying in her husband’s bond hearing. She has been sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

    Painting of Putin in a negligee seized by Russian police; artist flees the country, http://rtvote.com/1du0rMi
    Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has fled after releasing paintings depicting President Vladamir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in female lingerie. Since their release, the police have seized the work. The artist’s work came in conjunction with a letter to the G-20 delegates set to arrive in St. Petersburg next month asking them to discuss issues of censorship with the President.

    CULTURAL

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Split, http://rtvote.com/1dudey9

    Michael Jackson’s Best Singles, In Celebration Of What Would Be The Late Singer’s 55th Birthday, http://rtvote.com/14GSjlL

    Michelle Obama Debuts Highlights, http://rtvote.com/1dufNQO

    Justin Timberlake Defends Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance, http://rtvote.com/14GSb5Z

    Jennifer Garner Says Ben Affleck Could Go Into Politics, http://rtvote.com/17oIZSf

    Rock the Vote
    Bio: Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 to organize artists and fight against censorship of musicians. Since then we've evolved to focus on empowering young people to get involved in the political process. We use pop culture, peer-to-peer organizing, and the latest technology to raise visibility of politics and demystify the process of registering to vote.
    @rockthevote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    The death toll in Egypt rises to 525; surge of violence continues in Iraq; torture revealed in California murder & abduction case; Senator Wendy Davis appears in Vogue; and Wimbledon champion abruptly retires from tennis.Meanwhile, Oprah gives away more cars; Stern reacts to Bachelor star suicide; and Justin Timberlake releases track list for 20/20 Experience part 2.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Morsi supporters call for protest marchers as crackdown death toll rises in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/1a895O9
    Supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi called for protest marches Thursday, after violent government crackdowns have left over 500 people dead and more than 3,700 people injured, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. This has been the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    Officials: Car bombs kill 31 in Iraqi capitalhttp://rtvote.com/1a8enZS
    A month’s long surge of violence continues in Iraq as 31 people are killed and dozens injured in a car bomb attack near the Iraqi capital. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed.

    Affidavits: Hannah Anderson’s mother, brother ‘tortured and killed’,http://rtvote.com/16NoK09
    It has now been revealed that the California man that kidnapped Hannah Anderson after her cheerleading practice, first tortured and killed her mother and brother. Investigators didn’t reveal details of the torture, but believe James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of Hannah’s father, carried out the killings and abduction.

    Wendy Davis in heels and in Voguehttp://rtvote.com/1a8gtJj
    Vogue’s September issue will feature Wendy Davis, Democratic Senator from Fort Worth, Texas who might be making a bid for governor. The magazine feature offers a revealing look at Davis’ personal journey from struggling as a single mother to graduating from Harvard Law School.

    Bartoli’s Retirement Caught Nearly Everyone by Surprise,
    http://rtvote.com/1a8ajsP
    After winning the title of Wimbledon Champion last month, Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis after a loss at the Western & Southern open. Citing physical issues, lack of will, and other goals, the French tennis champion said, “I feel it’s time for me to walk away actually.”

     

    CULTURAL

    Oprah Winfrey Gives Away a Car on Jimmy Kimmel Livehttp://rtvote.com/141Xlck

    Justin Timberlake Complete Track List for 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2,http://rtvote.com/1a852RP

    Bachelor Fan Howard Stern Weighs In on Gia Allemand Suicide: “I Was Sad to Hear About it”, http://rtvote.com/16NhPEe

    Orange Is the New Black: Reports of Laura Prepon’s Exit “Inaccurate”, Says Netflix,http://rtvote.com/16NitS6

    Bruce Willis Commercial Gets Banned in Britain, http://rtvote.com/16NiC8b

    Maura
    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