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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 26, 2013

    Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

    The Supreme Court deems DOMA unconstitutional and dismisses Prop 8; 20 bodies are found after a rescue helicopter crashes in India; Edward Markey wins Senate seat for Massachusetts; Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups are supposedly changing modes of communication after NSA leaks; Paula Deen appears on the ‘Today’ show to discuss racial slurs she has been accused of using; and Texas renders strict abortion bill moot. Meanwhile, Stacey Dash tweets support for Paula Deen, and Kim Kardashian claims she got baby name idea from brother Rob.

    Maura + Alexis


    Supreme Court DOMA Decision Rules Federal Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional, http://rtvote.com/14xjMDH
    DOMA, the Defense of Marriage Act that once barred the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages legalized by state, was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court this morning. The act was deemed a “violation of the Fifth Amendment” according to Justice Anthony Kennedy who delivered the court’s opinion.

    Prop. 8: Supreme Court clears way for gay marriage in California, http://rtvote.com/18gehOU
    In another ruling today, the Supreme Court dismissed Proposition 8, allowing for same-sex marriages to resume in California. The ruling will send the case back to California.

    20 Bodies Found in India Rescue Helicopter Crash, http://rtvote.com/18geJwS
    20 bodies were recovered today in northern India after a helicopter crashed on a rescue mission to save people stranded in monsoon floods. The helicopter crashed late Tuesday after its rotor blades hit the side of a hill. Using ropes, soldiers pulled 20 bodies, including five air force crew members, from the wreckage.

    Markey looks to build ‘bold and bright future’, http://rtvote.com/14xngGl
    Democratic U.S. Representative ,Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts, won a seat in the U.S. Senate today. Markey beat out competitor Gabriel E. Gomez, claiming 55 percent of the votes. He will fill the seat John F. Kerry left when President Obama appointed him Secretary of State.

    Al-Qaida Said to be Changing its Ways After Leaks, http://rtvote.com/11IfbzP
    Al-Qaida claims to be changing its methods of communication after finding out about NSA spying programs. U.S. intelligence officials are trying to figure out a way to maintain surveillance of Al-Qaida and other terrorist groups.

    Paula Deen on “Today”: I’m not a racist, http://rtvote.com/18ggNVz
    Paula Deen sat down with co-host of the “Today” show Matt Lauer this morning to talk about racial slurs she threw over the past week. When Lauer asked her “Are you a racist?” Deen replied, “No, I am not [...] the day I used that word was a world ago [...] it was 30 years ago.” After a little prying, Deen opened up that she had once uttered the word when a customer entered her office and held a gun to her head.

    Texas Vote Passing Abortion Bill Is Rendered Moot, http://rtvote.com/14xlepx
    An abortion bill, one of the strictest presented in the country, was voted on last night by the State Senate of Texas. The vote came shortly after midnight Tuesday, but at 3 a.m. Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the presiding officer of the Senate and a supporter of the bill, claimed that although the bill passed on a 19-to-10 vote, the bill was unable to be signed and was thus “dead,” blaming the unruly mob in the gallery.


    Celebrities On DOMA & Prop 8: Stars Tweet Reactions During Final Ruling, http://rtvote.com/18ghUV8

    Jennifer Lawrence In ‘Devil You Know’: Lost 2007 Movie Resurrected After Oscar Win, http://rtvote.com/14xqyta

    Stacey Dash Tweets Support For Paula Deen: ‘Only God Can Judge’, http://rtvote.com/14xqF89

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Got Baby-Naming Advice From Rob Kardashian, http://rtvote.com/18giGS5

    Prince Jackson “Ready and Confident” to Take the Stand in Michael Jackson Wrongful Death Trial, http://rtvote.com/14xrA8r

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, June 6, 2013

    Thursday, June 6th, 2013

    The Obama Administration defends NSA’s collection of phone records; Tropical Storm Andrea brings rain to Florida’s west cost; search ends for Philly building collapse; Allen West deems Eric Holder a greater threat than Al-Qaeda; the U.S. condemns Syria’s siege of Qusair; Massachusetts residents sue the New York Post for false accusations; North and South Korea agree to talk about reopening a shared industrial zone; 10-year-old gets the ok to receive adult lung transplant; and the U.S. Senate is set to vote on student loan interest rates today. Meanwhile, Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington dies, and George R.R. Martin makes no apologies for GoT ‘Red Wedding.’

    Maura + Alexis


    US Government Collecting Huge Number of Phone Records, http://bit.ly/185X6QJ
    The Obama Administration defended the National Security Agency’s need to collect telephone records of U.S. citizens on Thursday, but the move is heavily criticized. No immediate on-the-record comment has been issued. According to Britain’s Guardian newspaper, the order was granted by the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on April 25 and will stand until July 19. The Associated Press cannot authenticate the order because of the classified status of the court documents.

    Tropical Storm Andrea drenches Florida’s west coast, http://bit.ly/15DWflf
    Hurricane season is here, and our first storm has touched down on land – Tropical Storm Andrea. This morning, heavy rains and 60 mph winds reached the west coast of south Florida from the Keys to Tampa. According to forecasters, the system does not look like it will have enough time to reach hurricane strength before it reaches the coast north of Tampa. A tornado watch was in effect for central and south Florida until 11 a.m. but is no longer in effect.

    Search halts after 14th survivor found in Philly building collapse, http://cbsn.ws/19KDzDZ
    Rescue workers have ended their search in a Philly building collapse. Fourteen survivors have now been confirmed while 6 have been confirmed dead as a result of the collapse. While under demolition, the building collapsed onto a thrift store next-door Wednesday morning. It is still unsure how many people had been in the thrift store or walking on the sidewalk when the accident occurred.

    Allen West compares Eric Holder to Al Qaeda, http://politi.co/11im8Tq
    Former Representative Allen West has deemed Eric Holder a greater threat to the U.S. than Ayman al-Zawahiri, the leader of Al-Qaeda. In an email, West wrote that he trusts the U.S. military to protect us from Al-Qaeda but that he does not trust that we will be protected against President Obama and his Justice Department. West outright accused Holder of abusing his power as attorney general and trying to radically transform America. He cited scandals involving the IRS, AP, Fox News, and Benghazi as evidence.

    Syria conflict: US condemns siege of Qusair, http://bbc.in/17pxcXb
    The U.S. has condemned Syria’s siege of Qusair. The U.S. has also called upon allies Iran and Hezbollah to take out their fighters who have been assisting government troops. In the meantime, Golan Heights has been taken over by rebels from Syrian forces, and Israeli officials are scared that the civil war that was once confined to Syria’s borders may spill over into Israel.

    Mass. pair sues New York Post over Marathon bombing portrayal, http://b.globe.com/13bCekh
    A 16-year-old and a 24-year-old from Massachusetts have filed a defamation lawsuit against the New York Post Wednesday in Boston. They have accused the tabloid of falsely depicting them as the suspects of the Boston Marathon bombings. The newspaper produced a giant headline “Bag Men” with their picture behind it in an effort to bring attention to yet another story, but as these boys say, one that is not farther from the truth. They are accusing the New York Post of “libel negligent infliction of emotional distress and invasion of privacy.

    North and South Korea tentatively agree to talks on shuttered industrial zone, http://bit.ly/13mWi4P
    North and South Korea tentatively agreed Thursday to discuss reopening the shared manufacturing zone where Pyongyang stopped activity in April. The Kaesong Industrial Zone is a major symbol of cooperation and teamwork between the two rival countries. The venue and date for the talk will be set by the convenience of the south side.

    Sarah Murnaghan’s mother on adult lung transplant for her 10-year-old daughter: “Now we have hope. We have a lot of hope.”http://bit.ly/Zu7dc9
    A Federal judge in Philadelphia decided today to allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan to receive an adult lung transplant. Usually, children under the age of 12 must wait for a pediatric lung, but due to the serious circumstances, a special exception was made for Sarah.

    Student loan fight set in Senate, http://politi.co/11iruxS
    The Senate is set to vote Thursday on two different bills to keep student loan interest rates low. If Congress does not take any action, interest rates on subsidized federal Stafford loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. With immigration on the agenda for next week, action needs to be taken soon with regard to student debt or nothing will get done.


    Jefferson Airplane Drummer Joey Covington Dies in Car Crash, http://eonli.ne/15EbMSi

    Today Show: Man With Knife Cuts Himself on Program’s Rockefeller Plaza Set, http://eonli.ne/19LA0NP

    Justin Bieber Books Trip to Space on Virgin Galactic, Says Richard Branson, http://eonli.ne/19Loli0

    Paris Jackson’s Alleged Suicide Attempt: Teen Felt “Bullied” at School, Says Source, http://eonli.ne/15DMBz7

    George R.R. Martin Makes No Apologies For The ‘Red Wedding’ Massacre On ‘Game Of Thrones’ (VIDEO), http://huff.to/185IqRG

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, February 8, 2013

    Friday, February 8th, 2013

    Authorities hunt down a former LAPD cop accused of killing three; the Northeast braces for a record-breaking blizzard; and a hacker breaks in to the Bush family’s emails and photos. Meanwhile, New York Fashion Week gets under way and Frank Ocean plans to move to Shanghai.

    Caitlin + Liza


    Authorities say ex-LAPD cop accused of killing 3 ‘could be anywhere’ as manhunt spans the West, http://fxn.ws/TS9aO6
    Los Angeles police are hunting down a fugitive former LAPD officer accused of killing three. Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is likely armed and dangerous, posted a Facebook manifesto detailing his plans to wage war against LAPD officers and their families. Dorner is suspected of killing the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and her fiance as well as another officer this week. He also sent a package to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper including a note and memento with a bullet-hole. Authorities believe Dorner’s actions are a retaliation for his 2008 termination from LAPD for making false statements. Police found Dorner’s burning truck on a mountain east of Los Angeles, but Dorner himself is still at large. “He could be anywhere at this point,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

    Northeast braces for massive winter wallop, http://cbsn.ws/WV3XC9
    The Northeast is preparing for what meteorologists are calling a record-breaking blizzard. “Nemo” will hit throughout Friday and Saturday. New England is expecting three feet of snow while New York City predicts about a foot. Blizzard warnings have been issued from Long Island through Maine and more than 3,700 flights have been cancelled in preparation for the storm. Hurricane force winds, power outages, and coastal area flooding threaten the Northeast as the storm approaches. For New England, the blizzard could rank as one of the top ten snowstorms in history. “This storm has the potential to be one of those events that you remember for a lifetime,” said CBS meteorologist Terry Eliasen.

    Bush Family Emails, Photos Apparently Hacked, http://huff.to/12yErth
    A cybercriminal going by the name of “Guccifer” gained access to emails, photos, telephone numbers, and addresses of Bush family members and friends, including emails sent between both former presidents. Some of the emails detailed the elder Bush’s health conditions. The hacker released photos of Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital where he was treated for bronchial infection complications. The website “The Smoking Gun” has published some of the photos, over which the name “Guccifer” was plastered in neon blue. A Bush family spokesperson declined to comment on the investigation.

    Daniel Winslow in for GOP Primary: State rep pledges to be on ballot to replace Kerry, http://bit.ly/11ud9oH
    Massachusetts state representative Daniel Winslow officially declared his candidacy for the Senate on Friday, becoming the first Republican to enter the special election race to replace John Kerry. Republicans have struggled to find a viable candidate for the race since former senator Scott Brown’s decision not to run. U.S. representatives Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey have each declared their candidacy on the Democratic side. Candidates must collect 10,000 signatures from Massachusetts citizens before February 27th to officially get on the ballot. “I’m going to give this everything I’ve got, with all that I have, because the crisis confronting our country demands nothing less. I am confident I am going to be on the Republican ballot,” Winslow said.

    North Dakota Personhood Measure Passes State Senate, http://huff.to/XY7WNu
    Lawmakers in North Dakota passed two bills that would make it harder for women to gain access to abortion care in what is considered the worst state in the nation for women. The Personhood Constitution Amendment Initiative would amend the state’s constitution to grant human embryos legal rights and protections, and would be voted on by North Dakota residents in 2014 should it pass in the House. “We are intending that it be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, since Scalia said the Supreme Court is waiting for states to raise a case,” said Margaret Sitte, Republican state senator and sponsor of the bill. A second proposed bill would shut down North Dakota’s single abortion clinic. Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood claimed the organization would fight against the legislation and defense of “concerned North Dakotans who do not want to see politicians inserting themselves into the private medical decision-making of women and families in our state.

    Todd Hughes Nomination: Obama Picks Openly Gay Judge for Court of Appeals, http://huff.to/127MdFY
    President Obama nominated Todd Hughes, an openly gay Justice Department attorney, to the U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday in a decision that aligns with his open support for the LGBT community. If his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Hughes will be the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal court of appeals in the nation’s history. LGBT groups praised Obama’s decision. “Todd Hughes’ nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president’s respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.


    Stargazing: New York Fashion Week Day 1, http://nyti.ms/VJ5sD6

    Frank Ocean Moving to Shanghai, http://nyti.ms/XT9Twz

    Kim Kardashian Seeks Speedy Divorce for Baby’s Sake, http://bit.ly/XQvzt9

    Kristin Wiig in ‘Anchorman 2′”, http://huff.to/12pUmKf

    Liza Dee

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

    Daily Deadline: Massachusetts + Wisconsin

    Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

    Today is the last day to register to vote in Massachusetts and Wisconsin. Get your voter registration form here. Print it, sign it and get it in to your local election clerk. If you live in Wisconsin, you can register to vote on election day, click here for instructions on that. But just register today. It’s really easy and you only have to do it once…unless you move, then you have to re-register at your new house.


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

    Post Election Day Analysis

    Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

    So much happened in last night’s elections. Tea Party candidates knocked off a few incumbents and establishment candidates, some old faces kept their seats even though there was plenty of pressure. The nation’s capital will have a new mayor in November and Maryland will see a rematch in the Governor’s election. The election season is heating up with interesting races from New Hampshire to California. Here’s a recap of what happened last night:

    Delaware: Tea Party candidate Christine O’Donnell had a sweeping 53% win in the Delaware Republican nomination. Her opponent, former governor and nine-term congressman, Mike Castle joined the growing line of GOP losses to Tea Party candidates; Castle is in the company of fellow Republicans Senators Robert Bennett (R-Utah) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Representative Bob Ingles (R-SC).  This result has major implications for a very moderate state like Delaware and immediate word was the National Republican Senatorial Committee would not spend money on this race (update: NRSC announced they will back O’Donnell). There were also rumblings that Castle might run as a write-in candidate as he will not endorse O’Donnell’s campaign.

    Washington, D.C.: In the country’s most scrutinized mayoral race, 39-year-old Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty lost his re-nomination bid to D.C. Councilman Vincent Gray. The two campaigns have clashed over a number of issues over the past few months, but none more so than the future of D.C. public education. Fenty’s choice to bring in Michele Rhee as public schools chancellor set of sparks in the district because of her controversial approach to teacher’s unions. Yesterday “the people of the District sent a message loud and clear,” according to Gray (Bloomberg). Time will tell what that message is.


    Amanda Pagay

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