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    News Round-Up: October 30, 2013

    Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

    HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius apologizes at a hearing; retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiates a gay marriage ceremony; and a wine shortage hits the world (oh, say it ain’t so). Meanwhile, Chris Brown returns to rehab, and Ashton Kutcher expands his ever-growing resumé with Lenovo.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Health chief Sebelius apologizes for botched websitehttp://rtvote.com/1gciabr
    At today’s hearing with the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Kathleen Sebelius, the Health and Human Services Secretary, formally apologized for the technical problems Healthcare.gov has been experiencing. More Republicans are calling for her resignation, and the panel intensely scrutinized Sebelius and the sub par performance of the healthcare website. The Obama administration has vowed to fix these issues by the end of November.

    After Retired Justice O’Connor Performs Their Wedding, Gay Couple Celebrates “Wonderful Day”,http://rtvote.com/1gcl146
    Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor officiated the wedding of Jeff Trammell and Stuart Serkin. She is the second official of the High Court to have officiated a gay marriage ceremony; the first was current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Once considered a conservative justice, O’Connor was nominated to the bench by President Reagan and retired in 2006.

    Thirsty? There’s a global wine shortagehttp://rtvote.com/1h0vXmS
    Brace yourselves. There’s a wine shortage in the world. Global production fell by more than 5% last year, the lowest it’s been since the 1960s, while demand continues to increase. The main cause for the decrease in production was bad weather in France and Argentina. The French consume the most wine, followed by Americans and then the Chinese. Although the U.S. wine making industry is growing, don’t expect global wine production to improve anytime soon.

    Brazilian Footballer’s Decapitated Head Reportedly Sent to Wife by Drug Lordshttp://rtvote.com/1gcpnZ6
    Former pro Brazilian soccer player Joao Rodrigo Silva Santos was kidnapped and decapitated by suspected drug traffickers in Rio de Janeiro. His head was sent to his wife’s residence on the morning of October 29. Police are unsure why Santos was targeted. Brazilian soccer is often linked to gang activity.

    Baylor students seek to remove gay ban from student codehttp://rtvote.com/1h0AMfN
    The student senate of Baylor University, a private Baptist school, voted to propose that university officials remove “homosexual acts” from the school’s sexual misconduct code. The proposal will go on to the Baylor University Board of Regents for review. Seems like a win for progress and equality? Not quite. One Baylor student says this rewording does not mean they are advocating homosexuality; they are simply not pinpointing homosexuals anymore: “It is saying homosexual acts are wrong but heterosexual acts committed outside of marriage are also wrong.”
     

    PUNDITS

    Joanne Bamberger discusses how certain voting models are compromising the rights of married or divorced women in “Voter ID laws threaten women’s rights,” http://rtvote.com/1gcv2hO

    Sally Kohn explains why losing your current healthcare plan under Obamacare is not something to cry over in “A canceled health plan is a good thing,” http://rtvote.com/1f482P4

     
    CULTURAL

    Chris Brown Kisses Karrueche Tran Before Heading to Rehab, http://rtvote.com/1f48cWG

    Kristin Cavallari Pregnant with Baby No. 2, http://rtvote.com/1h0PUtI

    Former Full House Child Star Blake McIver Now a Sexy Go-Go Dancer, http://rtvote.com/1h0Qec0

    Ashton Kutcher Hired as a Product Engineer to Help Design Tablets for Lenovo, http://rtvote.com/1f48Lj7

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 24, 2012

    Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

    Arab League observers will soon leave Syria; secret tapes from JFK’s last day have been released; and Mitt Romney’s tax returns are revealed. Meanwhile, 2012 Oscar nominations are out; Tracy Morgan is back at work; and Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler were pleasantly surprised by their pregnancy news.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Gulf Arab states to pull observers from Syria, http://bbc.in/zLYu8K
    The Gulf Cooperation Council is preparing to withdraw from Syria causing the Arab League to lose six more observers. The withdrawal comes after Syrian President Bashar al-Assad refused the observers’ proposal that he relinquish power to a deputy and add opposition to the government. Assad called the proposition “flagrant interference.” The head of the observers says their mission is succeeding; however, a Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that the GCC does not want to be “false witnesses to crimes committed against civilians.” The members of the council, which include Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, are urging the U.N. Security Council to to take “all needed measures … to press Syria to implement the Arab League and the Arab initiative on Syria.”

    Secret tapes of JFK’s last days released, http://on.msnbc.com/yF68SC
    President John F. Kennedy’s library has released the last 45 hours of his secret tapes that include conversations between him and others regarding Vietnam, Soviet relations, the space race, and his reelection. The tapes are part of 260 hours of private meetings and phone conversations that JFK had recorded. In these last 45 hours, which took place during the final months of his life, Kennedy worries about the disconnect between Washington and the rest of America and discusses reaching young voters. At one point, he introduces Soviet Foreign Minister Andrei Gromyko to his children, Caroline and John Jr.

    (via The Los Angeles Times) Texas’ attorney general announced Monday that the state has sued in federal court for permission to enforce its controversial voter identification law. “The U.S. Supreme Court has already ruled that voter identification laws are constitutional,” Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott said in a statement released to The Times. “Texas should be allowed the same authority other states have to protect the integrity of elections. To fast-track that authority, Texas is taking legal action in a D.C. court seeking approval of its voter identification law.” http://lat.ms/zhRXa7

    Mitt Romney’s tax returns shed some light on his investment wealth, http://wapo.st/z2bklG
    Mitt Romney has released a preview of his tax returns to The Washington Post showing  that he made $20.9 million from profits, dividends, and investment interests in 2011. In 2010, Romney paid a 13.9 percent tax rate or $3 million, and in 2011, he paid 15.4 percent. The documents also show that Romney has a Swiss bank account and foreign investments in Luxembourg, Ireland, and the Cayman Islands, all of which are legally taxed and bring in little income. His overall net worth is between $190 million and $250 million.

    Julian Assange says he’s launching TV talk show, http://apne.ws/ziJ3ud
    According to a statement from Wikileaks, founder Julian Assange is launching a TV talk show that will  “draw together controversial voices from across the political spectrum – iconoclasts, visionaries and power insiders—each to offer a window on the world tomorrow.” The statement did not mention how the TV show will be produced or distributed.

    Costa Concordia: oil salvage operation under way, http://tgr.ph/yrZFIO
    Salvage operations have begun on the Costa Concordia. The crew is inspecting the ship from the inside while another team pumps oil on to an outside barge. It will take four to six weeks to completely empty the fuel. Two more bodies were discovered yesterday, bringing the death toll to 15. 20 people are still missing.

    Strongest solar storm since 2005 hitting Earth, http://yhoo.it/w7ZnLs
    Earth is currently in the strongest solar storm since 2005. The solar flare began Sunday night and will most likely continue through tomorrow. Radiation from the storm may cause satellite disruptions or communication problems for polar-travelling airplanes. However, effects on earth will not be felt. In 1989, a solar storm caused a blackout in Quebec, and last year a freak storm caused auroras to be seen as far south as Alabama.

    CULTURAL:

    Oscars nominations 2012: ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Artist’ dominate the field, http://lat.ms/wD56V5

    Disney changes dress code to allow employees to grow beards, http://lat.ms/zaWw1i

    ‘The Boss’ to perform at Jazz Fest, http://bit.ly/zKJ35B

    Tracy Morgan: Out of Hospital, Back at Work on ’30 Rock,’ http://reut.rs/wumpQP

    Kristin Cavallari, Jay Cutler reportedly surprised by pregnancy, http://bit.ly/A3p2KA

     

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

    Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

    400 have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the uprising, and the conflict is far from over, the tech world is buzzing with Facebook creating a deals program to rival Groupon and launching a new “send” button, the State Department is trying to implement new paperwork that would make obtaining a passport difficult, and Barbour’s decision not to run shakes up the GOP field. Meanwhile, Alex Eichler predicts the disappearance of law schools, Lollapalooza announces its summer lineup (http://bit.ly/fYEvEu), and a ‘Twilight’ spinoff might be in the works.

    CRUCIAL:

    NFL Players Can go Back to Work– for Now, http://yhoo.it/hXCOo2

    A US District Judge has allowed NFL players to begin working out again, saying that their careers are too short and monetary compensation would not cover the effects. NFL owners are not pleased with the decision and will appeal to a higher court.

    State Dept. Wants to Make it Harder to Get a Passport, http://bit.ly/e4bPFK

    The State Department has created a new form for some applicants hoping to obtain a passport that would require very detailed information from a lifetime of employment history including supervisors names, phone and addresses down to details about your siblings. It is unclear who will be required to fill out the form.

    Grim Numbers from Syria: 400 Civilians Killed in Uprising, http:/bit.ly/hGneZ1

    An estimated 400 have been killed since the beginning of the uprisings in Syria, along with the arrest of 500 democracy supporters. Syrian troops and tanks have been rolled out, the reasons for which remain unclear.

    Facebook’s New Deals Product Coming to Five Cities Tuesday, http://on.mash.to/hw5PRb

    Facebook launched a competitor to Groupon today in five cities across the US. The deals come as people check in to different locations using the Places feature on Facebook, even allowing users to purchase deals with Facebook credits.

    Facebook Launches Send Button, Replaces Email to a Friend, http://on.mash.to/hXpMpi

    The new send button Facebook created has replaced the email button and allows users to share content on other sites more easily. Additionally, when a page is shared using the feature it gets counted in the total likes.

    How Haley Barbour’s Move Shakes up 2012, http://politi.co/fAjY0w

    When the Mississippi governor announced that he will not run for president in 2012, he left many donors and lobbyists open to other GOP presidential hopefuls. Mitch Daniels, the Governor of Indiana, and a close friend of Barbour would have infinitely more resources should he choose to enter the race.

    Alex Eichler on the disappearance of law schools: http://bit.ly/eA7MNk

    CULTURAL:

    Stephanie Meyer considering writing a ‘Twilight’ spinoff: http://bit.ly/e4D2CP

    ‘Law & Order’ making a Gabrielle Giffords episode: http://bit.ly/dF5QWd

    Kristin Cavallari and Jay Cutler engaged over the weekend: http://bit.ly/egfQBo

    Orlando Bloom likely to return to ‘The Hobbit’: http://on.mtv.com/fGOE8x

    A peek inside celeb homes: http://aol.it/hZD8i8

    A royal wedding overdose?: http://bit.ly/ghnDjh

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

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