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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

    Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

    A Ukrainian naval base is taken over in Crimea; data has been deleted from the pilot of the missing Flight 370’s flight simulator; the results of the Illinois primary election are in; and an Icelandic volcano might be close to erupting. Meanwhile, it was a big night for TV on Tuesday: get the scoop on the season finale of Pretty Little Liars and some inside information on Glee’s final season; plus, Mick Jagger talks about the suicide of L’Wren Scott; and celebrities react to L.A.’s earthquake on Twitter- see what they had to say!

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Data deleted from pilot’s simulator, official says: http://rtvote.com/1qUkx6B
    Hishammuddin Hussein, an official looking into the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, noticed that some of the data from the pilot of the flight’s (Captain Zahaire Ahmad Shah) flight simulator had been deleted. This has raised suspicions because the files saved from the flight simulator are not that large and do not take up a lot of room once saved and stored. Also, pilots use the data to track their progress, so to delete parts of it would be unusual. Flight 370 is nearing the 13th day of its disappearance, and the search area spans nearly 3 million square miles. United States officials believe, however, that the plane is probably in the southern part of the search area or at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

    Pro-Russians storm Ukrainian navy base in Crimea: http://rtvote.com/1mhaeso
    Tensions between Russians and Ukrainians in Crimea are readily increasing. On Wednesday, 300 pro-Russian supporters took over the Ukrainian naval post in Sevastopol, Crimea, just a day after Crimea voted to become part of Russia. No shots were fired between the pro-Russian supporters and the Ukrainian naval personnel, but the Ukrainian flags on the naval headquarters were replaced with Russian ones. This occurred one day after a Ukrainian military member was killed, another was injured, and others were captured when gunmen attacked the base in Simferopol, Crimea.

    Bruce Rauner wins close GOP primary in Illinois: http://rtvote.com/1eRGfj2
    Bruce Rauner, the 57-year-old billionaire businessman who set a state campaign finance record by funneling $6 million of his own money into his campaign, defeated state Senator Kirk Dillard in the GOP primary by a pretty close margin. He will contest incumbent governor Pat Quinn in November, who is regarded as one of the most vulnerable Democratic governors in the United States. For Senate, the GOP nominee is Jim Oberweis; however, his chance of winning against Democratic Senator Dick Durbin in November is slim. For election result numbers, click here.

    Iceland’s Hekla volcano could blow soon, claims scientist: http://rtvote.com/1j3DSRF
    A geoscientist from the University of Iceland claims that one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes, dubbed “Hekla,” could erupt in the near future. A sign of a coming eruption is bulging rock and ground on the volcano’s northern side; this means the amount of magma under the volcano is increasing. Apparently, there is more magma under Hekla today than there was in 2000, when it last erupted. Hekla has a reputation for erupting with little or short notice, so geoscientists are keeping a close watch on the volcano for signs of eruption.

    CULTURAL

    Rock legend Mick Jagger talks about the suicide of L’Wren Scotthttp://rtvote.com/1l3TnZT

    The Giver Trailer Premiers: Watch Katie Holmes, Jeff Bridges, and Meryl Streep in Action: http://rtvote.com/Nu7Xe8 

    Read celebrity reactions to the L.A. earthquake: http://rtvote.com/1p472xm

    Pretty Little Liars season 4 episode recap- talk about intense! http://rtvote.com/OwVqI5

    Which beloved characters will remain for Glee’s final season? http://rtvote.com/1fF5Hb3

    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: October 2, 2013

    Wednesday, October 2nd, 2013

    Obamacare’s online market experiences setbacks; the government shutdown continues as Republican hardliners and Senate avoid compromise; and Treasury discusses taking ‘final extraordinary measures’. Meanwhile, famed author Tom Clancy passes away; Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting are engaged; and Jodie Foster dates Ellen DeGeneres’ ex-girlfriend.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Internal Server Error: Scenes from Obamacare’s Glitchy Rollouthttp://rtvote.com/1dUH8Zj Almost as soon as Obamacare’s online marketplace opened, shoppers started encountering technical errors. Glitches within the system were predicted, but nobody thought they would be so widespread. Federal and state governments are working to improve the newly launched system, so patience and understanding from shoppers are much appreciated.

    Jacksonville airport evacuated for ‘suspicious packages’http://rtvote.com/1dW7NF8 Zeljko Causevic, 39, was arrested early Wednesday morning after forcing the shutdown of Jacksonville International Airport for several hours Tuesday morning. Causevic refused to be screened by airport security, and he falsely claimed he had a bomb in his backpack. Two mysterious packages were also found in the airport’s terminal and parking garage. The terminal closed as the bomb squad investigated.

    Collision Course: CR and Debt Ceilinghttp://rtvote.com/1eZR6LS As the October 17th deadline to raise the $16.7 trillion national debt ceiling approaches, the two policy disputes of keeping the government funded and raising the debt ceiling become increasingly connected. If House Republicans don’t accept a Senate plan of reopening the government until mid-November, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is unlikely to accept any budget deal that does not raise the debt ceiling. Obama and Reid remain firm on rejecting any Republican budget bill that will defund or delay Obamacare.

    Treasury Begins ‘Final Extraordinary Measures’ As Debt Ceiling Deadline Loomshttp://rtvote.com/18t8PWS In anticipation of the October 17 deadline, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew wrote House Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, informing him that the Treasury Department has begun using final extraordinary measures. Lew’s letter emphasized the urgency surrounding the proposed increase of the debt ceiling, but he also stated that the government shutdown will probably have little effect when the government hits the debt ceiling. The measures Lew cites are fairly technical.

    Staunch Group of Republicans Outflanks House Leadershttp://rtvote.com/1eZSFcH The government shutdown does not seem like it will be ending anytime soon. The Republican hardliners in the House believe they can end Obamacare, and they have no intention of compromising until they can defund or delay the Affordable Care Act. This group of two dozen or so far right Republicans are angering their fellow moderate and institutional party members. The latter group is pressuring Speaker John Boehner to stand up to hardliners so they can reopen the government and reach bipartisan accommodations.

     

    PUNDITS

    Senators Chris Murphy and Brian Schatz talk about bold reform of federal higher education policy in “Making College Affordable”, http://rtvote.com/1fJagXS

    Cecile Richards discusses House Republicans’ stance against Obamacare and women’s preventive healthcare in “The House’s War on Women”, http://rtvote.com/1fJaTk9

    Thomas Friedman voices concern over the government shutdown and the power of a small minority in Congress in “Our Democracy is at Stake”, http://rtvote.com/1f043Wb

     

    CULTURAL

    Tom Clancy Dies at 66 – Author Remembered for Best-Selling Jack Ryan Novels, Thrillers, http://rtvote.com/1f04Syg

    Jodie Foster Dating Ellen DeGeneres’ Ex-Girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, http://rtvote.com/1dWklwc

    Katie Holmes: “Excited” to Shoot The Giver with Meryl Streep, Taylor Swift, and More, http://rtvote.com/1f05Ydj

    Kaley Cuoco and Ryan Sweeting Step Out Separately After Announcing Engagement, http://rtvote.com/1f07b4m

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, July 10, 2012

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

    The Egyptian Parliament meets despite military orders; North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a mystery woman; and an Indiana abortion law is ruled illegal. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes are officially divorced, and Michael Phelps opens up about his final Olympics.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Egyptian Parliamentary Deputies Defy Court and Military, http://nyti.ms/MXN2xW
    Despite Egyptian judges and military dissolving the country’s legislature last month, Parliament still held a brief session today. The session only lasted long enough to approve a proposal by the speaker, Saad el-Katatni of the Muslim Brotherhood, to refer the matter of Parliament’s dissolution by the military to the Court of Cassation, a high appeals court. The Parliament is supported by President Mohamed Morsi, also of the Muslim Brotherhood, who was elected last month in the country’s first free elections. This is the latest chapter in the power struggle by the dueling claims to Egypt’s emerging politics.

    What Kim’s ‘mystery woman’ says about North Korea, http://bit.ly/LcYsNU
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has a mystery woman. Given the deadly secrecy surrounding the leader, no one knows whether the woman is his sister, wife, lover, or friend. The woman has been seen accompanying the leader to the Pyongyang Theatre, the Kumsusan Palace, and was next to him at the anniversary of Kim Il Sung’s death. One expert believes that this woman is his wife and that her presence is intended to make Kim Jong Un seem more personable.

    Indiana abortion law ruled illegal, http://bit.ly/OtY4al
    Federal Hearing Officer Benjamin Cohen ruled an Indiana law illegal that would have kept low-income women from using Medicaid funding for any preventative health care from Planned Parenthood. Cohen deemed that the law would deny women the freedom to choose health care providers. Federal law already makes it illegal to use Medicaid funds to pay for abortions, but this more-restrictive law would have restricted “access to basic, lifesaving services such as Pap tests, breast exams, STD testing and treatment, and birth control,” according to Planned Parenthood of Indiana President Betty Cockrum.

    CULTURAL:

    Suri Cruise Triggered Divorce Settlement, http://bit.ly/LcXjpB

    Michael Phelps Opens Up About Final Olympics – and That Infamous Pot Photo, http://bit.ly/Miw2zH

    “Fifty Shades of Grey” Movie — The “Social Network” Connection, http://bit.ly/LF3K6

    Kourtney Kardashian, Scott Disick Welcome a Baby Girl! And Her Name Is… http://eonli.ne/NZX7Wh

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

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



    News Round-Up: July 2, 2012

    Monday, July 2nd, 2012

    The Eastern U.S. has been hit by devastating heat and storms; chimps maul a Texas man in South Africa; and four kidnapped European aid workers were freed today. Meanwhile, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise are getting divorced, and Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Beyonce dominate the BET Awards.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Eastern U.S. hit by heat wave, power outages, http://bre.ad/11eawv
    It’s been a rough weekend for the eastern United States. Fatal thunderstorms have killed at least 15 people, more than 3 million have lost power, and the blistering summer heat is relentless. Several cities have hit record high temperatures and some have declared a state of emergency. Some of the hardest-hit areas, like Charlotte, N.C., reached 104 degrees this weekend, and power outages from storms could take up to a week to fix.

    Chimp Attack Victim Was Standing in Restricted Area, http://abcn.ws/N3Zp6w
    Andrew Oberle, a graduate student from Texas, was left with serious injuries to his entire body after being mauled by two chimpanzees at a South Africa chimp sanctuary. Oberle had been studying at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Johannesburg, and was apparently standing in a restricted zone when he was pulled under an electric fence and attacked by the two primates. After six hours of surgery, the 26-year-old is stable but suffered a broken arm and torn ligaments and muscles, and lost fingers, toes, and one testicle.

    Abducted aid workers freed in Kenya, http://bit.ly/MOXTrQ
    Four European aid workers were released today after they were kidnapped from Kenya’s Dadaab refugee complex near the Somali border last week. Two were injured and their Kenyan driver was killed. It is unclear whether their kidnappers were members of Al-Shabaab, an al Qaeda–affiliated group that’s been blamed for other recent kidnappings of tourists and aid workers from Kenya. The Norwegian Refugee Council announced the release of their colleagues on their website, but have given few details about what happened.

    CULTURAL:

    Katie Holmes Afraid Tom Would Ship Suri To Radical Scientology Org, http://bre.ad/150z57

    BET Awards 2012 winners: Jay-Z, Kanye West, Beyonce dominate, http://bit.ly/Moibeq

    Alec Baldwin & Hilaria Thomas Are Married! http://bit.ly/Ne0vOS

    Karen Klein Bullies SLAPPED With One-Year Suspension, http://bit.ly/MojB8E

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

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, March 14, 2011

    Monday, March 14th, 2011
    In today’s news, President Obama is on the offensive. The Washington Post reports that he’s renewing his outreach to young people.The President also weighed in on gun control in an Arizona oped, nearly two months after the shooting that shook the nation. Politico reports that Obama’s healthcare policy still isn’t wildly popular despite anticipation that Americans would learn to love it. Meanwhile, AT&T is putting a cap on bandwidth usage that could mean heavy users might have to pay more for their internet service. 2012 election watch continues to heat up for the GOP, as Sarah Palin must decide soon if she will participate in a FOX-sponsored May GOP debate that would require her to suspend her lucrative $1 million-a-year contract with the network. In culture — Atlas Shrugged fans take note: Researchers claim that the lost city of Atlantis might be found, and March Madness kicked off yesterday with selection Sunday- click here to start making your bracket!

    If you’ve been following The War on Voting , the National Journal today tackles the subject (http://bit.ly/hxF4Nf) and the next battlefronts

    CRUCIAL:

    White House Seeks to Reconnect to Young Votershttp://wapo.st/fTz14Y

    The Obama administration has set out to visit 100 youth roundtables by May in order to hear the youth voice and win back the youth vote for 2012.

    Fukushima Explosion: Japan Nuclear Plant Rocked by Hydrogen Explosionhttp://huff.to/i29WNJ

    Radiation levels remain below the legal limit following several blasts at a nuclear power plant after the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Many have been forced to evacuate the city and about 160 are believed to have been exposed to radiation.

    Heath Care Fight Round 2http://politi.co/fltSQt

    Obama’s heath care plan continues to fall in popularity with the public, making it an easy point of attack for Republicans in 2012.

    President Obama: We Must Seek Agreement on Gun Reformshttp://bit.ly/hjE8Rv

    President Obama writes about gun safety in the wake of the Tucson tragedy, and how we must streamline and unify the system that allows Americans to purchase guns in order to protect both the 2nd amendment and citizen safety.

    AT&T Will Cap DSL and U-Verse Internet, Impose Overage Feeshttp://engt.co/h0ivhX

    AT&T will begin charging customers who use a disproportionate amount of bandwidth each month, approximately 2% of consumers according to AT&T. Letters will go out to customers this week making them aware of the new system and laying out the fees for overuse.

    Cable News Viewership Declines Double Digits in 2010http://bit.ly/eaxxL1

    With online news sources growing in popularity, major cable news channels see a drop in viewers.

    Going Rogue on Ailes Could Leave Palin on Thin Icehttp://bit.ly/fMTgMC

    Palin did not take Foxnews chairman Roger Ailes  advice about lying low after the shootings in Tucson, leaving her in a vulnerable position with the news channel. Palin must decide whether or not she will participate in the May debate, if she does she will join presidential hopefuls Gingrich and Santorum in being intelligible for pay by the network.

    CULTURAL:

    Who should Justin Date Next?, http://bit.ly/gKxoE7

    The lost city of Atlantis may have been found, http://yhoo.it/hB8JkH

    Katie Holmes secret video, http://bit.ly/go4bWJ

    Tyra Banks gets schooled, http://bit.ly/i54XGr

    David and Victoria Beckham expecting their first girl, http://bit.ly/gz3Vd3

    Angela Simmons gets dancing, http://bit.ly/ffpeZn

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

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