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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    UConn wins a victory in the NCAA Tourney; Russia threatens civil war; and a recent study revealed a gender gap in wages at the White House. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is not proud of his extramarital affair; Blake Shelton dissed Brittany Spears; and Erin Andrews responds to rumors of “diva” behavior.

    -Gianna & Maura


    Shabazz Napier, UConn too much for Kentucky, seize national title: http://rtvote.com/1ipKJOX
    Last night, UConn took home an NCAA win. Senior guard Shabazz Napier’s performance of 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists, ultimately led the UConn Huskies to a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky. One key aspect of the 6 point victory was Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws. When UConn’s coach, Kevin Ollie, was asked about his team’s victory he said: “Somebody told me we were Cinderellas, and I was like, no, we’re UConn, This is what we do.”

    As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny: http://rtvote.com/PMe1Rd
    Today, President Obama will call attention to the fact that women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. However, a recent January study has shown that women in the White House only fare slightly better, making 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. As midterm elections are swiftly approaching, this study reveals yet another political sensitivity to a complicated set of gender related issues and gender related policy.

    Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts: http://rtvote.com/1g2x5Ew
    On Tuesday, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities, Russia warned that any use of force in Ukraine’s eastern region could lead to civil war.The Russian government released a statement on their website saying: “We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war.”As this situation progresses, US Navy warship, USS Donald Cook, is due to enter the Black Sea no later than Thursday to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies.

    Katie Couric: LBJ’s Daughters On Civil Rights Act At 50: http://rtvote.com/1eoFcan
    In a recent interview with Katie Couric, former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, discussed the Civil Rights Act in light of the Civil Rights summit to be held at their father’s library this week, which will include civil rights leaders and four living U.S. Presidents. The duo also discussed gay rights and marriage equality as being the civil rights issue of today.


    “Simon Cowell “Not Proud” of Lauren Silverman Extramarital Affair”: http://rtvote.com/1lNXERw

    “Blake Shelton Disses Britney Spears at the ACM Awards”: http://rtvote.com/1mZr38L

    “Erin Andrews Responds to Rumors of “Diva” Behavior on Dancing With the Stars”: http://rtvote.com/1kH3JLC

    “16 Things Drake Looked Like When Kentucky Lost The National Championship”: http://rtvote.com/PMBamm

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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


    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

    Skirmishes between the FDA and White House become more public; the US puts a bounty on the man responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks; the head of the General Services Administration has stepped down, and the new World Trade Center has risen to 100 floors. Also, Sarah Palin competes with Katie Couric for morning show viewers, and Levi Johnston will be a dad again.


    White House and the F.D.A. Often at Odds http://nyti.ms/HcDzxb
    During President Obama’s time in office, the White House and FDA have not always agreed. The White House is most concerned with the president’s portrayal during his reelection campaign while the FDA has prioritized with what they feel is sound science and smart policy. Examples of issues on which they have disagreed are the selling of over the counter contraceptives to minors and putting calorie totals on movie theater food. In both situations, the White House overruled the FDA.

    U.S. Offers $10 Million Reward for Pakistani Militant http://nyti.ms/HciLtF
    As a part of the Rewards for Justice program, the US State Department has handed out over $700 million since the 1980s to those who have helped them catch international criminals. Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistani who allegedly orchestrated the Mumbai attacks in 2008, is the most recent man to have an American bounty on his head. Anyone who helps capture Saeed stands to make $10 million, while catching his brother in law would garner $2 million. While the bounties will help US relations with India, they may increase tension with Pakistan.

    GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending http://wapo.st/HQIRgn
    The General Services Administration is in a whole lot of hot water after financial reports from their Las Vegas convention were released. The GSA spent nearly $1 million of taxpayers’ dollars on a conference to help train 300 employees. The White House has been moving swiftly to fire and punish those involved in order to stay ahead of critics. While many Americans are struggling, the GSA spent freely on items like $7,000 sushi.

    New World Trade Center reaches 100 floors http://usat.ly/H9RIhY
    The New World Trade Center, which will be completed next year, has reached its100th floor. Right now, it is a mere feet away from surpassing the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York City. Before 9/11, The Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in NYC. The memorial at the base of the building is already open, and Conde Nast and the China Center are both signed on to work in the building.


    Palin-Couric morning-show showdown a draw http://usat.ly/HNEYwa

    LEVI JOHNSTON: Gets Another Chick Pregnant http://bit.ly/HdwrkF

    Scotty McCreery Is Picking a College for Fall http://bit.ly/Hetdup

    RUSSELL BRAND TO KATY PERRY: You Can Have the House http://bit.ly/HFsPLF

    Kentucky Holds Off Kansas to Win Eighth National Title http://es.pn/HGTvqE
    Aaron Ghitelman

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, June 6, 2011

    Monday, June 6th, 2011

    Some War on Voting updates: as early as this week, Pennsylvania could pass legislation requiring voters to show photo ids at the polls, http://bit.ly/lWc05S. Also, The New York Times has published an editorial addressing the recent wave of restrictive voting legislation, http://bit.ly/kbNk5b.

    Today, the turmoil in Syria heightens; John Edwards was almost a jail bird; Rick Santorum wants to be your president; Katie Couric has gone from NBC to CBS and now to ABC. In tech news, anti-matter matters when studying the universe, and Apple unveils a whole new bunch of shiny, irresistible, Mac stuff.



    Syria Says 40 Police Dead in Ambush in Tense North, http://yhoo.it/ljUj1k

    On their way to aid hurt civilians, 40 Syrian police officers were killed in an ambush by armed groups.

    Prison Sentence Doomed Edwards Plea Deal, http://bit.ly/jhEjlZ

    John Edwards was offered a plea deal of six months in prison for using campaign money to cover up his affair and secret child with Rielle Hunter. Edwards and his team negotiated and considered the deal until turning it down a mere few minutes before his indictment.

    Rick Santorum Will Run for President: ‘We’re in it to Win it,” http://abcn.ws/muzWbP

    Former Pennsylvania Senator, Republican Rick Santorum announced on Good Morning America that he will run for president in 2012. Santorum currently lags behind Romney and Palin in Republican nominee polls.

    For Couric, ABC’s Pitch Proved Best, http://nyti.ms/kwcuEa

    An in demand Katie Couric announced today that she will join the ABC network and host her own syndicated talk show. Couric will be a co-owner of the show and share in part of its profits.

    Scientists Trap and Study Elusive ‘Anti-Matter,’ http://bit.ly/j8rCC7

    In an effort to study the origins of the universe, scientists have used an accelerator to trap and store anti-matter for 16 minutes.

    Apple’s Jobs Takes to WWDC Stage, Unveils iCloud, http://cnet.co/jMeomK

    Steve Jobs announced the content of this year’s WWDC. Jobs unveiled the new Apple syncing program iCloud, its updated desktop operating system: Mac OS X Lion, and a new mobile operating system: iOS5.

    Peter A. Diamond on “When a Nobel Prize Isn’t Enough,” http://nyti.ms/ijd7AC


    MTV Movie Awards 2011: The Complete Winners List, http://bit.ly/iCtQxI

    Facebook Party Spins out of Control, http://apne.ws/mujzWi

    (via POLITICO Playbook) “William and Kate to live in Diana palace” – AFP/London: “Prince William and new bride Catherine will within the coming months move into Kensington Palace, the London residence once shared by the prince and his late mother Diana, St James’s Palace said Sunday. The newly-titled Duke of Cambridge and his brother Prince Harry lived in the palace after Diana and Prince Charles divorced in 1996, but the newlywed couple will move into a different property within the grounds. A spokesman from St James’s Palace said: … ‘A number of options for longer term solutions are still being considered. The couple’s main home will continue to be their house on Anglesey, and their Household Office will continue to be based at St James’s Palace’ … The duke and duchess currently live on the north Wales island of Anglesey, where the prince works as an RAF search and rescue helicopter pilot.”

    (via Cynopsis) The cast of Jersey Shore traveled to Florence, Italy to film its fourth season now slated to premiere on MTV August 4 at 10p.  Even before the fourth season opens, Jersey Shore begins production on season five this month going back to where it all began, on the beach at Seaside Heights. MTV also airs a one-hour Jersey Shore special on July 28 at 10p documenting the rise of the show and its cast into a pop culture phenomenon.

    (via Cynopsis) After some back and forth, it now appears Cheryl Cole will be joining the cast of The X Factor here in the US.  It was reported just a week ago she was dropped from the show – reasons included her accent may be difficult for Americans to understand, and that she would be returning to the UK version of the show. None of those reports were officially confirmed. Simon Cowell’s camp told the BBC News website he was in talks with the US producers Fox and FremantleMedia to bring Cole back. She is expected to return to the show later this week, joining her fellow judges in New Jersey for auditions.

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, May 5, 2011

    Thursday, May 5th, 2011

    The White House is choosing their words carefully to avoid continuing controversies over what actually happened when SEALs invaded Osama bin Laden’s compound, Fox gave Huckabee a hard deadline for making his decision to run for prez, the iPhone now allows those who don’t want to be stalked to discontinue being tracked, and Glee is making its way to box offices.

    Civics education continues to be a hot topic in the news, with an article in the Christian Science Monitor about the shortcomings of high school civics ed, featuring Democracy Class: http://bit.ly/mBJFj9. Rock the Vote continues to confront this problem, and the New Boyz are teaching Democracy Class at high schools in three cities across the nation. Read more about our Detriot program yesterday here:http://bit.ly/jBUjte

    Additionally, the War on Voting continues to be a big battle, and recent University of Florida/former RTV FLA State Coordinator Molly Benoit explains why her voting rights are under attack in the Gainseville Sun: http://bit.ly/ixyQbf


    White House goes Silent on bin Laden Raidhttp://wapo.st/m2I5r1

    No new information about the mission to raid Osama bin Laden’s compound will be released, and the final decision to withhold the photos has been made as well. Because the information about the mission was released so quickly, many points of clarification have been made since the initial reports, including the day the attack was made, and which of Osama’s sons were killed.

    Fukushima Workers Re-enter Reactor for First Timehttp://bit.ly/mjfRzi

    Workers are going into the plant today to install a “radiation-lowering ventilation system in Unit 1 and, if all goes well, will then install cooling systems to stabilize the overheated reactor.” The safety level for humans was deemed acceptable by robots who measured the radiation levels.

    You Can Stop iPhones from Spying on You, But not Androidshttp://bit.ly/mDhOQH

    Apple fix the tracking problem that outraged many users, and deleted the location information that was saved if users turn off the location tracker. Android users, however, are still being tracked, and the process to fix is moving a bit more slowly.

    Fox Gives Huckabee a Deadline: May 31http://bit.ly/lAA2Sx

    After making more clear steps towards running for President, Fox has told Huckabee he must a decision by the end of May. Huckabee has held fundraising events and is setting up a campaign team while still receiving a salary from Fox.

    Katie Couric on the Verge of $20 Million ABC Dealhttp://bit.ly/iSe6EB

    Couric is close to a deal with ABC which would give her a one hour five days a week talk show, as well as guest anchoring, appearances on 20/20 and specials.


    Mariah Carey & Nick Cannon Name Twins Moroccan Scott and Monroe: http://bit.ly/kiUE1C

    Glee Heading to the Big Screen in 3-D: http://eonli.ne/jhTJYn

    Neil Patrick Harris to Host Tony Awards Again: http://eonli.ne/jG4Yg3

    Nick Jonas Loving Brother Joe’s Solo Album: http://on.mtv.com/lFzCum

    First Clip Released From Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides: http://bit.ly/lNgEej

    Ben Folds Covers Ke$ha: http://bit.ly/iwvHYF

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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

    News Round-Up: Monday, April 4, 2011

    Monday, April 4th, 2011

    President Obama announced his reelection campaign via digital media, while perhaps his most charismatic and moderate GOP challenger, Jon Huntsman, scores an amusing profile in Politico that details his years as a keyboardist in a rock band. Politico also outlines the Dem plot to take back the house in 2012, and New York mag considers whether Eric Cantor is positioning himself at the helm of a Tea Party House takeover that could undermine John Boehner. Jeffery Toobin weighs in on Supreme Court rulings over campaign finance laws http://nyr.kr/i27ozB that will shape this election.

    Qaddafi’s sons want to take over in Libya, a large hacking job this weekend left enormous number of customers email addresses exposed, a CBS exec confirmed Katie Couric’s farewell, the Daily Beast has all the details you need about the people’s princess, Kate, and country bumpkin Taylor Swift won entertainer of the year at the ACM Awards last night.


    Obama Launches Reelection Campaign With Videohttp://politi.co/esmMCb

    Obama launched his campaign for 2012 today, and is scheduled to begin fundraising in Chicago on April 14th. Obama is currently focused on using grassroots support to start up his campaign and he launched a video featuring supporters who give their reasons for backing the president. Obama does not appear in the initial video.

    Jon Huntsman, The Rock and Roll Yearshttp://politi.co/geImZv

    Jon Huntsman’s unconventional past consists of dropping out of high school and playing in a band, which makes him a unique potential candidate for either the 2012 or 2016 race. His brother and the Horizon PAC are laying the groundwork for a run while he fulfills his time as Ambassador to China.

    Dems Plot House 2012 Comebackhttp://bit.ly/eaMmFs

    In districts that usually vote Democratic during election years, Democrats are hoping to take back many of the 14 seats currently occupied by Republicans.

    2 Qaddafi Sons Are Said to Offer Plan to Push Father Outhttp://nyti.ms/h0SmV7

    In a plan proposed by two of Qaddafi’s sons, one son Seif al-Islam el-Qaddafi, would take over the country and help its transformation to a constitutional democracy. It seems as if Qaddafi may be ready to end the fighting in Libya, and agree to transitioning power to his son, although he has not agreed to step down.

    More Customers Exposed as Big Data Breach Grows,  http://reut.rs/gLHh3Y

    A variety of companies using Epsilon, which is an “online marketing unit of Alliance Data Systems” were hacked, and email addresses of tons of people were exposed. No other information, such as social security numbers or credit card information seems to have been taken.

    Report: Katie Couric Leaving Anchor Chair According to Anonymous CBS Executivehttp://bit.ly/fswdAU

    With many recent hints that Couric might be leaving CBS, an executive has confirmed that Couric plans to move on, although no official word has been given. It is rumored that Couric will be hosting her own talk show.

    James Surowiecki on how to handle internet distractions at work: http://nyr.kr/dPdfb9

    John Heilemann on Boehner’s Tea Party troubles: http://bit.ly/h94ttM


    Behind the scenes of Kate and William’s relationship: http://bit.ly/fRB1Ww

    The Kennedy’s series considered a snooze: http://bit.ly/fkIwbB

    Witherspoon’s wedding photos: http://bit.ly/eWcHL1

    Charlie Sheen gets standing ovation in Chicago post-Detroit flop: http://huff.to/eoAtme

    American Country Music Awards gets a new face this year by incorporating rock and pop: http://on.mtv.com/eoaNBk

    Kids Choice Awards slimes Heidi Klum, Snoop Dogg, Josh Duhamel, Russell Brand, and Johnny Depp: http://bit.ly/gP8aeS

    Most Americans will be rooting for Butler tonight: http://ti.me/gVSYaq

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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