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    News Round-Up: November 14, 2013

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    President Obama is addressing the nation (AGAIN) on Obamacare; Snapchat (a start-up run by millennials!) turns down billions from Facebook; a notorious Boston mobster gets more than 2 life terms for his crimes; and survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to find necessary resources. Meanwhile, Adam Levine gives a standing-O at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Alec Baldwin’s crazy stalker is getting jail time.
    -Maura + Veronica

    CRUCIAL

    Source: President Obama’s fix will continue current plans, http://rtvote.com/I0VWu5 Aiming to calm the rippling waters among both the Democratic and Republican parties, the president will announce and administrative fix to Obamacare this morning. This will be an attempt to fix the Affordable Care Act to allow Americans to keep their current plans into next year if they want to. This will be in contrast to some Democratic House leaders who have proposed legislative solutions to the problem. Keep your eyes pealed for more details on this story as it develops!

    Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger gets 2 life terms plus 5 years, http://rtvote.com/17VI695 The notorious mobster from Boston, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, was sentenced to two life terms plus 5 years for his crimes during a reign of terror in South Boston in the 1970s and ‘80s. The convictions included murder, money laundering, racketeering, extortion, narcotics distribution, and obstruction of justice. The 84-year-old mobster had been on the run for 16 years before being arrested by the FBI in 2011.

    How it happened: Tracing Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in the Philippines, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wb Just a few days ago a bustling city, now, the city of Tacloban is a place of tragedy and despair as thousands try to restore their lives after Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation on Friday morning. To give context, the storm was 3.5 times more ferocious than Hurricane Katrina and big enough to stretch from Spain to Sweden. The current number of deaths is measured close to 1800, but the final death toll remains unknown. Survivors are now facing life-threating barriers such as access to clean water, food and medical services.

    Snapchat turned down more than $3B from Facebook, http://rtvote.com/HVJixn

    There are no limits when it comes to new technology, and Snapchat seems to know what their worth! The company reportedly turned down a $3 billion dollar deal with Facebook recently (up from their previous offer of $1 billion last year), because they are being courted by a series of other investors. Facebook’s bid for the company comes from their acknowledgement that teens are spending less time on the social media platform and more time using photographs to communicate with their peers. Snapchat is only 2 years old and was founded by 23-year old CEO Evan Spiegel.  Yay Millennials!

    CULTURAL

    Alec Baldwin stalker found guilty: Genevieve Sabourin sentenced to 210 days in jail,  http://rtvote.com/1aVJJnu

    Jennifer Lawrence leaves red carpet to comfort fan in wheelchair, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wa

    Angelina Jolie shows evil side in ‘Maleficent’ poster, http://rtvote.com/1gO9E2B

    Mark Wahlberg lashes out at actors who compare their jobs to being a soldier, http://rtvote.com/18wp3wm
    Adam Levine Gives Behati Prinsloo a Standing Ovation at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, http://rtvote.com/1e5VtSY

    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: Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Thursday, April 28th, 2011

    Storms tear across the country, tragically leaving almost 200 dead, some early Facebook investors try to get out, President Obama’s decision to confront the birthers head on points to the changes in strategy that social media have brought, and Jessica Simpson claims her wedding dress will beat Kate Middleton’s!

    CRUCIAL:

    Severe Storms Continue to Rip Through the South, Causing Multiple Fatalities, http://huff.to/jsq07r

    Storm spanning across the nation left at least 194 people dead in four states, with 128 of those deaths in Alabama which was hit the hardest.

    A New Era of Accusation and Innuendo, http://politi.co/kFtl40
     
    Obama’s decision to directly confront the birthers by releasing his birth certificate and speaking to the American public contrasts with previous presidents decisions to keep quiet and let the rumors swirl. With the rapid rise of social media leading to increased speed of news, Obama’s advisers said it was necessary to address the rumors head on.

    Syria Crackdown: Hundreds Resign From Ba’ath Party, http://bit.ly/kHOkGM
     
    With more than 500 democracy supporters killed, many members of the Syrian president’s party have resigned. The UN security council remains divided on how to handle the violence in Syria, and not international intervention has been made. 
     
    As Facebook Values Soar, Early Investors Seek to Cash Out, http://bit.ly/ks9jm8

    Investors have grown wary that the value of Facebook cannot continue to rise at its current rate, with one group trying to drop $90 billion worth of shares. Its worth in 2011 was said to be about $50 billion dollars.

    For Students, What is the “Facebook Effect” on Grades?, http://on.mash.to/mseBdF

    Social media has many positive and negative effects on the lives of students, ranging from feeling more connected to students and peers, to lower grades. Mashable outlines these pros and cons in a chart, finding the results to be inconclusive.

    Obama on Oprah: Birth Certificate Issue Raised During Interview, http://huff.to/kapdu0

    President Obama explains to Oprah that he asked the state of Hawaii to allow the disclosure of his birth certificate in hopes that the birther controversies would stop. The episode will air on May 2nd.

    CULTURAL:
     
    Jessica Simpson: My Wedding Dress Will ‘Out-Do’ Kate Middleton’s: http://yhoo.it/kF9i2e
     
    MTV launches ‘Geordie Shore,’ Britain’s version of ‘Jersey Shore’: http://bit.ly/l3sPSy
     
    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 Trailer Is Here: http://eonli.ne/kvyDSi
     
    Justin Bieber, Mark Wahlberg Eying Basketball Movie: http://aol.it/krUKl5
     
    Summer Movie Sneak Preview: http://bit.ly/hCDvKu
     
    Taylor Swift’s $3.5 Million Beverly Hills Digs: http://bit.ly/es4Vsm

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

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