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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 13, 2013

    Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

    President Obama advocates for bipartisanship and economic reforms in his State of the Union speech; Marco Rubio responds with a now infamous swig of water; Christopher Dorner is presumed dead from a fire; the pope gives his last public mass before his retirement; the Senate Armed Services Committee approves Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense; and a New York Times reporter finds that calorie listings on foods can be highly inaccurate. Meanwhile, a rare Affenpinscher named Banana Joe wins the Westminster Dog Show; Justin Bieber says The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney should be ‘slapped around;’ and more revealing pictures of Kate Middleton are set to be released.



    Obama Pivots Left on Economy in State of the Union Speech, http://rtvote.com/11GAtzA
    In his State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama advocated for bipartisanship within the government and economic reforms. “It’s not a bigger government we need, but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad-based growth,” he said. Obama went on to call for an increased minimum wage, a reformed pre-school education system, carbon regulation, immigration reform, and stricter gun laws.

    Did the police start fire that killed Christopher Dorner?, http://rtvote.com/15cBX3i
    The search for Christopher Dorner is over as a cabin he barricaded himself in was burned to the ground last night. Unconfirmed audio for a police scanner points to police starting the fire, which most likely killed Dorner. The ex-LAPD officer stole a car and shot two officers, killing one, during a shootout where he escaped into the cabin.

    Marco Rubio Winsome in Response to Obama, Rand Paul Mostly Feisty, http://rtvote.com/YdwJz2
    On Tuesday night, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio responded to President Obama’s State of the Union speech on behalf of the Republican party. Rubio attacked the president for his stance on taxes and government spending. A particularly memorable moment was when Rubio paused to drink from a water bottle in the middle of speaking. The moment immediately went viral on the Internet. On Good Morning America, Rubio said in regard to the sip, “God has a funny way of reminding us we’re human.”

    Pope Says Exit Is for ‘Good of the Church’, http://rtvote.com/11GF7O3
    In what is most likely his last public Mass as pope, Benedict XVI said that he is resigning for the “good of the church.” He also went on to thank his followers for their “love and support.” He cited his health as the reason for his retirement, explaining that he could no longer carry out his responsibilities effectively. The pope’s resignation will take effect February 28.

    Senate Armed Services Committee approves Hagel 14 to 11, http://rtvote.com/YdxW9u
    The Senate Armed Services Committee approved Chuck Hagel as the president’s Secretary of Defense. Hagel was barely approved with the committee voting 14 to 11 to have his nomination go to a vote in the Senate.

    Thai insurgents attack army base, troops kill 16, http://rtvote.com/11GE0Ol
    Sixteen Muslim insurgents were killed by Thai troops in a raid on Wednesday morning. The insurgents were trying to invade a military base in northern Thailand when Thai marines opened fire. The attack indicates the increased number of Muslim insurgents entering Thailand, which is a Buddhist-controlled country.

    Casey Neistat finds that calorie listings on foods can be highly inaccurate in “Calorie Detective,” http://rtvote.com/15cHxTz


    “30 Rock” star Alec Baldwin expecting child with new wife, http://rtvote.com/11GDMa3

    Lady Gaga suffers ‘show injury,’ postpones tour for a week, http://rtvote.com/XLmUZl

    Want a Dog Like Banana Joe? There Are 7 For Sale in America, http://rtvote.com/11GG1tU

    Chi Magazine Defends Kate Middleton Baby Pics: U.K. Channel ITV Apologizes for Showing Unblurred Cover,http://rtvote.com/11GG6he

    Justin Bieber Responds to Black Keys’ Drummer Grammy Diss, http://rtvote.com/11GG8Wg

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

    Egypt’s Defense Minister warns of a government collapse; the White House will resume its nomination of Gen. John Allen; the U.S. will expand its role in Mali; President Obama will announce his plan for immigration reform; and Google reveals its map of North Korea. Meanwhile, a Miami clinic is busted for supplying drugs to sports stars; Surfer Garrett McNamara rides a world record 100 foot wave; and Frank Ocean may press charges against Chris Brown.

    Egyptians Defy Curfew as Army Warns of ‘Collapse,’ http://rtvote.com/TS5TQ7
    Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel Fattah al-Sisi posted on Facebook  that there will be “grave repercussions if the political forces do not act” in Egypt. “The continuing conflict between political forces and their differences concerning the management of the country could lead to a collapse of the state and threaten future generations,” wrote Sisi. His warning comes after five days of clashes  that left 52 people dead and hundreds wounded. President Mohamed Morsi issued a state-sanctioned curfew in response to the protests, causing thousands to demonstrate and chant on Monday, “Down, down with Mohamed Morsi.”

    Obama proceeds with Allen nomination as NATO commander in Europe, http://rtvote.com/Xe0X4p
    The White House will go ahead as planned and nominate Gen. John Allen for Europe’s NATO commander. Officials decided to resubmit the nomination to Congress after the Pentagon cleared Allen of any misconduct with Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. In other White House news, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has announced that he will leave his cabinet post.

    Delhi Gang Rape Trial Will Be Held in Delhi, Supreme Court Rules, http://rtvote.com/Xe50Ob
    India’s Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that it will not move the trial of five men convicted of gang-rape and murder out of Dehli. An advocate for the suspects said that the trial should take place in a new location as the media around the case has created a bias. The case, which has caused public outrage in India, charges five men with the gang-rape and murder of a 23-year-old woman on a bus. The men could face the death penalty. The court made its ruling based on the decision that the advocate who filed the claim, M.L. Sharma, did not have the authority to represent the suspects — not because his claim was invalid.

    U.S. to Expand Role in Africa, http://rtvote.com/Xe6acq
    On Monday, the U.S. signed an agreement with Niger that allows American military to be stationed on its border with Mali. Mali is currently fighting off Islamist rebels with the help of the French military. The U.S. will create an intelligence-gathering hub in Niger, as well as use drones to monitor militants, in an attempt to help France.

    President Obama, John McCain, Marco Rubio begin immigration dance, http://rtvote.com/Xe1ZgI
    President Obama will reveal his plan for immigration reform today in Las Vegas. On Monday, John McCain and Marco Rubio announced their own bipartisan plan for reform. White House officials say that Obama’s plan will address more of the details relating to immigration form rather than the larger principals found in the Senators’ bipartisan plan.
    Father of Newtown victim heckled at hearing, http://rtvote.com/Xe2Y0y
    Neil Heslin, the father of a 6-year-old Newtown shooting victim, was heckled while testifying at the Connecticut State Legislature on Tuesday. Heslin asked during his testimony why Bushmaster assault-style weapons, like the one shooter Adam Lanza used, were legal in Connecticut, prompting pro-gun advocates to shout “the Second Amendment!.”  Close to 1,500 people — both pro and anti-gun advocates — attended the hearings at the Connecticut capitol.
    Google rolls out detailed map of North Korea – with gulags, http://rtvote.com/14s6MAV
    On Monday, Google announced detailed maps of North Korea. Previously, Google was not able to map North Korea due to limited information. Specifically, North Korean officials would not provide the proper information due to the country’s notorious penchant for secrecy and the fact that only hundreds of citizens have access to the Internet. Google’s map of the country shows hospitals, subways, and schools in the capital of Pyongyang. Maps of the countryside are harder to decipher and some parts show gray zones where 200,000 people are imprisoned in reeducation camps.
    A Miami Clinic Supplies Drugs to Sports’ Biggest Names, http://rtvote.com/Xe3OKG
    Surfer Garrett McNamara ‘rides world record 100ft wave’ in Portugal, http://rtvote.com/Xe49x3

    Singer Frank Ocean wants Chris Brown charged over brawl, http://rtvote.com/TSbAO1

    Girl Meets World Casts Its Star, Cory and Topanga’s Daughter, http://rtvote.com/TSbLJg

    Rick Ross Advised To Increase Security After Escaping Drive-By Shooting, http://rtvote.com/Xe9wwf

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 20, 2012

    Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

    A suicide bomber kills 28 in Afghanistan; former Egyptian president Mubarak’s condition worsens; and Romney says Rubio is being vetted as a potential Vice Presidential candidate. In other news, Kristen Stewart is the highest paid actress in Hollywood, and Johnny Depp is single again.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    3 U.S. soldiers, 26 Afghan troops and civilians killed in bomb attacks, http://wapo.st/MwZhMa
    Officials report that a suicide bomber targeting an Afghan-NATO checkpoint in Khost killed 18 Afghans and three American troops. The governor of the eastern town, on the border of Pakistan, said the suicide bomber used a motorcycle to stage his attack on the checkpoint.

    Confusion Over Mubarak Adds to Tension in Egypt, http://nyti.ms/PseGSe
    Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak has been moved from the prison where he was serving his life sentence to a military hospital yesterday. His condition worsened severely after he went into cardiac arrest and suffered a stroke. Security officials today report that Mubarak is alive and breathing on his own. However, many Egyptians wonder if the reports of his declining condition are a hoax.

    Romney Says Rubio Is Being Examined as Possible Running Mate, http://nyti.ms/MfTpsv
    In response to a contradictory report yesterday, Mitt Romney has stated, “Marco Rubio is being thoroughly vetted as part of our process.” The original report from ABC News has caused Romney and Beth Myers, supervisor of Romney’s search for a running mate, to break their silence about their vetting process.


    Miami Heat’s Victory Over OKC Thunder in Game 4 Signals Shorter Series, http://bit.ly/KTo2DZ

    Kristen Stewart Tops Our List Of The Highest-Paid Actresses, http://onforb.es/LfhKDo

    ‘Sesame Street’ Movie in the Works from Fox, http://bit.ly/Ps1jRZ

    Johnny Depp, Vanessa Paradis split, http://bit.ly/LBrLak

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

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, March 16, 2011

    Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

    The Obama administration pushes for a privacy bill to keep your information safe online, the GOP is divided over budget cuts, but Marco Rubio won’t back down, Amy Wilentz writes about Artistide’s not so welcome return to Haiti, Nate Dogg passes away at age 41, O fills out his NCAA bracket and Hollywood alters films to say on China’s good side??


    Democrats Look at Ted Strickland for DNC Job, http://politi.co/g9FCeN

    Should DNC Chairmain Tim Kaine decide to run for senator many are looking to Ted Strickland, the former Ohio Governor, to replace him as he “has an array of strengths that will be important to the party going into President Obama’s reelection.

    Marco Rubio Starts Building a National Brand, http://politi.co/h6Uwwr

    Marco Rubio breaks out of his quiet freshman shell and takes a solid stance on spending, saying that the short term cuts simply won’t do. Many Republicans support his decision to stand firm.

    Some in GOP Grow Tired of Right Wing, http://politi.co/dOEqRJ

    There is a division in the GOP over how much to cut during budget cut talks with some Republicans pushing for deeper cuts and social policy riders and others working to compromise

    Most Vulnerable U.S. Nuclear Plants, http://bit.ly/dEOZUm

    The Daily Beast assessed the vulnerability of all 65 of the United States nuclear plants based on the most dangerous physical locations, those that have the weakest relative operating conditions, and those that would affect the greatest number of people. The top three most vulnerable plants are in New York, California and Pennsylvania.


    SCOOP: BOEHNER LAUNCHES NEW HOUSE TECH TEAM – Speaker Boehner will announce the creation of the House Technology Operations Team today, which will be led by Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz. The team will work with the Office of the Chief Administrative Officer to create new ways for constituents to communicate with lawmakers via tech tools. Although the new group will be bipartisan, its current members so far are all Republicans: Reps. Dan Lungren, Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Sean Duffy, Michael McCaul and Bob Latta – though we ‘re told to expect news of other adds in the coming weeks.

    Administration to Push Privacy Bill, http://on.wsj.com/i88U1r

    The Obama administration plans to ask Congress to pass a bill that protects Americans from having their information collected and shared for a something other than what it was originally intended for.

    Amy Wilentz on why Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide haunts Hatians, http://nyti.ms/gtaUao


    Hollywood tries to get on China’s good side by altering films, the LA Times reports: http://lat.ms/gI5I4n

    Hip-hop star Nate Dogg dead at 41: http://bit.ly/gTEtii

    Could Mattel’s new dolls be the worst role models ever?: http://bit.ly/dMsskd

    Obama’s NCAA bracket picks: http://es.pn/eJzOun

    Bill Clinton on Basketball: http://sbn.to/fFuglN

    Gilbert Gottfried apologizes for Japan jokes: http://bit.ly/fK0Iz0

    Cartoon characters protest Macy’s Parade change: http://bit.ly/hVFtyc

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

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, October 20, 2010

    Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have a controversial ad aimed at Latino voters, the Justice Department is expected to appeal the order lifting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and Bristol Palin dances in a gorilla costume.


    Controversial ad urges Latinos not to vote: http://bit.ly/aPFoc5

    A Republican group called Latinos for Reform aired an ad in Nevada urging Latino voters to stay home because both parties have let them down. Some Spanish-language networks refused to air the ad and Democrat Harry Reid is trying to link it to the campaign of his opponent Sharron Angle.

    U.S. expected to appeal order lifting ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ policy: http://bit.ly/9Fjnea

    As the military begins taking gay recruits, the Justice Department prepares to appeal the order lifting “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

    Anita Hill: No apology coming for Thomas testimony: http://bit.ly/c21INZ

    Anita Hill responds to a voicemail she received from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, which attempted to make peace over Hill’s 1991 sexual harassment allegations against Thomas.

    Florida Senate candidates sharpen their attacks in fourth debate: http://bit.ly/bnaA1v

    Crist, Meek, and Rubio were on the attack in their fourth debate

    Colorado judge won’t reinstate 6,000 purged voters: http://bit.ly/cZoGIS

    If a voter registration card in Colorado is non-deliverable to the given mailing address on the voter registration form, the voter’s registration is deemed inactive within 20 days. The law has been contested in court, though not yet successfully.

    Teachers, students, everyone!: 45 ways you can engage young people before the midterm elections: http://huff.to/arvSOz

    A great list of ways to get involved and engage your friends too.


    Bristol Palin Dancing On National TV In A Gorilla Suit: http://bit.ly/9NqDPi

    Palin and her partner donned the costumes for a monkey-themed song on Dancing with the Stars.

    Stephen Colbert challenges Michael Steele to freestyle rap battle: http://bit.ly/9N2P7O

    Colbert challenged Steele to “a frank discussion of core conservative principals in the form of freestyle rap.”

    Meg Whitman’s Campaign learns the hazards of bit.ly: http://bit.ly/azZKHH

    Twitter followers of one of Whitman’s campaign strategists were led to a very unexpected video due to a typo in the tweet’s shortened link.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com