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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 12, 2014

    Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

    A building in Harlem collapses in an explosion; the White House continues to court Millennials in healthcare enrollment; the missing Malaysian Airline search continues; a Guantanamo Bay prisoner files a lawsuit against President Obama; and Jerry Sandusky’s wife defends her husband’s innocence. Meanwhile, Chris Pine gets arrested for a DUI; the Big Bang Theory is renewed for 3 seasons (Hurrah!); and two mash-up videos will help you giggle your way through Hump-day (they are NSFW though!).

    - Maura + Austin


    1 dead, 15 Hurt Harlem Building Collapse, http://rtvote.com/1nM8hTg
    A deadly explosion Wednesday morning has caused the collapse of two five-story buildings in East Harlem, NY. There were 15 people injured and one person pronounced dead. A witness said that locals have been smelling gas for weeks and when the explosion occurred she saw people flying out of the building.  Con Edison, the NY utilities company, had been called to the area to check a possible gas leak at 9am ET this morning.

    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Including 25% Youth http://rtvote.com/1esr7s9
    According to the Department of Health and Human Services, enrollment in the federal healthcare exchange has reached more than 4.2 million. Of those enrollees, only 25% are between the ages of 18-34, a key demographic that the administration has been targeting. Most recently, the President appeared on comedian Zach Galifianakis’ show “Between Two Ferns” to plug the healthcare site to Millennials. If the administration fails to hit its goal of 40% youth enrollment, it fears that insurance costs will increase for the millions of other enrollees. 

    Malaysia Airlines MH370: Last Communication Revealed,http://rtvote.com/1iArRi5
    New information released to the public shows that the last moments of communication from Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, showed that everything was normal. The China bound plane went missing on Saturday with 239 people on board. As the plane reached the boundary between Malaysian and Vietnamese airspace, the Malaysian air control announced it was handing over to Ho Chi Minh City Control. Minutes later, all contact was lost. The search continues for new information on what happened…

    Sandusky’s Wife Says He’s Innocent, Victims Manipulated,http://rtvote.com/1i6g8Zt
    The wife of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, insists that her husband “did not do the horrible crimes” that sent him to prison. Dottie Sandusky, who has been married to her husband for 47 years, claims that he is innocent, the victims were manipulated, and that the case against him was built on lies. Jerry Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30 to 60-year prison sentence for his 2012 conviction on 45 charges of child sexual abuse of young boys for over a period of 15 years.

    Guantanamo Bay Prisoner Files Historic Lawsuit Against Obama Over Force-Feedinghttp://rtvote.com/1hcoCfH
    On Tuesday, a historic lawsuit was introduced against the U.S. military prison’s force-feeding of detainees on hunger strikes, by an inmate of Guantanamo Bay. The Yemeni inmate, Emad Abdullah Hassan, contends that he has been “abusively force-fed” more than 5,000 times in the past seven years in an effort to end his hunger strikes, causing him severe internal injuries. The case marks the first legal challenge requiring a federal judge to oversee an inmate’s testimony on Guantanamo prison conditions. 


    Chris Pine Arrested for DUI in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/1gpXHLL

    Angelina Jolie Plans to Have More Preventative Cancer Surgery,http://rtvote.com/1idBx3u

    The Big Bang Theory Renewed! CBS Orders 3 More Seasons of the Smash Comedy, http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Here is the Wolf of Sesame Street Mashup You’ve Been Waiting For,http://rtvote.com/1iANVZW

    Justin Bieber’s Bratty Deposition Video Gets Remixed by Seth Meyers,http://rtvote.com/1i6ANwA


    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, March 17, 2011

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    We hope you’ve got your green on; we wouldn’t want you to get pinched! On this Saint Patrick’s Day, the GOP quietly begins rolling back financial reform, Twitter maniac and former CNN-er Rick Sanchez launches his comeback, Hillary Clinton is snubbed by young Egyptian leaders and also tells CNN that she will not seek a second term as Secretary of State (nor will she take another shot at POTUS), the Capitol’s great Styrofoam debate makes its way to the front page of the New York Times; Congress does have other things to do, though, including tackling discussions surrounding NPR’s funding fate and teaching the House to Skype. Meanwhile Michelle Obama is all set to ink a book on the White House garden and healthy eating, and somebody put a ring on it (!) Joe Jonas is single once again.


    GOP Begins Rollback of Wall St. Reforms, http://politi.co/dZ1nj9

    Republicans are making a move to reform banking without heavily favoring Wall St. The bills that were introduced are intended to repeal parts of the Dodd-Frank Law.

    House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radiohttp://aol.it/fY2RTh

    A House Rules Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to determine the fate of NPRs government funding. “Lamborn said his bill would cut all federal money to NPR, but NPR affiliate stations could still use federal dollars for administrative expenses associated with day-to-day operations.”

    Hillary Clinton Snubbed by Young Leaders of Egypt Revolt, http://bit.ly/gKYaH8

    The Revolution Youth Coalition refused to meet with Hillary Clinton during her trip to Egypt due to her outspoken alliance with Mubarak with positive statements about the former leader made as late as 2009.

    Fight Waged With Forks is Rejoined in Congress, http://nyti.ms/ex24R0

    Democrats and Republicans remain in a battle over compostable cups and forks in the capitol, with the New York times even running the great styrofoam debate on the front page. Dems continue to argue that the program started by Pelosi to green the capitol is forward moving and cuts down on waste, while Republicans find the program cost inefficient, and have plans to green the capitol in other ways.

    Put to Rest, And Moving Forward: The Redemption of Rick Sanchezhttp://bit.ly/dXYxGc

    After controversial antisemitic comments Sanchez made on CNN his apology has been accepted by Abe Foxman, who said “in my view, this…should put the matter to rest…I hope that you will now be able to move on with your life.”

    Clinton Say ‘No’ to Second Term, http://bit.ly/fYGIiy

    Secretary of State Clinton won’t be serving a second term in her current job, and she has no current intention of running for president in 2012 or ever.

    NBA star Grant Hill reacts to Jalen Rose and the Fab Five in biting NYT oped: http://nyti.ms/i3CNfX

    Michelle Obama writing a book on healthy eating habits: http://aol.it/gxnQIl


    St. Patrick’s Day fact vs. fiction: http://bit.ly/i7LnMy

    Joe Jonas and Ashely Greene split: http://bit.ly/etgngO

    Malaysia edits ‘Born this Way’ for LGBT content: http://huff.to/gFoECO

    Luck of the Irish brings Rihanna together with Colin Farrell: http://bit.ly/i4teGI

    New makeup brand launches first un-retouched ads: http://bit.ly/eAxKgT

    Royal wedding souvenir makes a major gaffe: http://yhoo.it/ihNLSA

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

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