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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 10, 2014

    Monday, February 10th, 2014

    Iranian warships head towards the United States; a top NFL prospect comes out; a Danish zoo kills a healthy giraffe and sparks internet outrage; Julia Mancuso wins another medal; and a young girl is rescued from Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick talks about Pitch Perfect 2; Kristen Stewart defends her past; Matt Damon starts a conga line; and…wait…are these stars actually related?

    - Veronica + Maura 

    NEWS 

    Iranian warships headed close to US borders: http://rtvote.com/1bFgPUz
    Iran is sending warships to US maritime borders in response to the ongoing American presence near Iranian borders. The vessels are equipped with navy cadets and a regular crew and include a destroyer and supply ship carrying helicopters. They are intent upon carrying out a three-month mission following a push from the Iranian government to “project its power”.

    Top NFL prospect says he’s gay: http://rtvote.com/1fZ7cVf
    Former college football star Michael Sam, one of the top NFL draft picks this year, came out to ESPN’s Chris Connelly Sunday night. Sam will be the first openly gay draft pick and, subsequently, since most high draft picks enter the NFL, the first openly gay football player in NFL history. The 2014 NFL Draft will be a test to see if the NFL is truly open to players of differing sexualities.

    Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions: http://rtvote.com/1h4c3Yn
    The online petition, dubbed “Save Marius”, garnered 27,000 signatures but made no difference. The Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a 2-year-old male giraffe, named Marius, to prevent inbreeding. After the giraffe’s death, an autopsy was performed outside in front of a crowd of people (including children). Marius’s body was then fed to the zoo’s lions, tigers, and leopards. Other zoos and the online petition encouraged the Copenhagen Zoo to find Marius a different hope, but to no avail.

    Mancuso wins her fourth Olympic medal: http://rtvote.com/1dCfTQq
    Julia Mancuso won her fourth Olympic medal on Monday in the super combined event, becoming the record-holder for most Olympic medals won by an American female skier. Only four other women skiers in history have won more Olympic medals than Mancuso. The super combined event begins with a downhill run and concludes with a slalom run. Despite not training for slaloms as heavily, Mancuso still managed to walk away with the bronze. 

    Firefighters rescue autistic girl from Lake Michigan ice: http://rtvote.com/1h4hRRQ
    A 13-year-old girl was rescued from Lake Michigan after jumping over a fence and walking onto the ice. She was not wearing shoes, and tried to fight off firefighters during her rescue. She was suffering from hypothermia at the time of her rescue and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital in stable condition.
     

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Anna Kendrick talks Pitch Perfect 2: http://rtvote.com/1aO3u1a

    Kristen Stewart has no regrets: http://rtvote.com/1bO5Wmu

    Are these celebrities really related to each other? You be the judge! http://rtvote.com/1f9RRgX

    Celebrity conga line starring Matt Damon: http://rtvote.com/1eNUZmj

    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, June 28, 2012

    Thursday, June 28th, 2012

    SCOTUS upholds the Affordable Care Act; The Washington Post refuses to retract its article on Romney and Bain; and SCOTUS strikes down the Stolen Valor Act. Meanwhile, Google showcases its Nexus 7, and Anthony Davis trademarks his brow.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Supreme Court Upholds Obamacare, http://bre.ad/1bs9md
    The Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s individual health-care mandate earlier this morning, giving support to President Obama. The law had been challenged in several states due to a provision of the law that requires all Americans to buy health insurance. This morning, SCOTUS upheld this mandate as a tax. Four justices dissented, but Chief Justice John Roberts joined the majority opinion to rule that the mandate is constitutional.

    High court tosses law making it a crime to lie about military medals, http://bit.ly/LwtWte
    The Affordable Care Act ruling wasn’t the only decision the Supreme Court made today. The Chief Justices also ruled 6-3 that the Stolen Valor Act violates freedom of speech. The court struck down the controversial law, which made it a crime to lie about winning military honors. In its decision, the court added that the act did have “substantial justification,” and could be rewritten by Congress in a narrower fashion that wouldn’t violate the First Amendment.

    Washington Post declines Romney request to retract article on Bain Capital, http://bit.ly/MsFKlD
    Despite a request from the Mitt Romeny campaign, a spokesperson for The Washington Post confirms that the newspaper will not retract a controversial report about Romney’s tenure at Bain Capital. Published earlier this month, the article found that the venture capital firm Romney helmed invested in firms that specialized in outsourcing American jobs.

    CULTURAL:

    Google showcase Nexus 7 tablet at I/O 2012 launch event, http://bit.ly/MVDWQy
    Apple’s iPad has some new competition. Google unveiled its first tablet computer, Nexus 7, at its annual developer conference yesterday. The 7-inch device, built and co-branded in partnership with hardware maker Asus, costs only $199. It features the new version of Google Android, a front-facing camera, a 1280×800 resolution screen, and an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor.

    ‘Vampire Diaries’ star Kat Graham rocks the vote at Pure, http://bit.ly/NRFiwF

    NBA Draft Stud Anthony Davis BROW Down To My Trademark, http://bit.ly/MsuYM8

    Teary Ann Curry says farewell to ‘Today,’ http://bit.ly/Qs4BoU

    Matt Damon could join Jeremy Renner in ‘Bourne 5,’ producer says,“ http://bre.ad/1c7efb

    David Beckham Fails to Make British Olympic Team, http://bit.ly/Ozllfy

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

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, March 4, 2011

    Friday, March 4th, 2011

    Things are looking up as the unemployment rate is down, the NFL took a cue from the goverment and has postponed a shutdown by extending talks, Hillary Clinton advocates for Al Jazeera News while Fox news suspends employment agreements with presidential hopefuls and Ke$ha writes for Britney that will have everyone dancing.

    CRUCIAL:

    Employment Data Signal Economic Improvement, http://on.wsj.com/hneNc3

    Unemployment is down to 8.9%, falling below 9% for the first time in two years. More than 220,000 jobs were created in the private sector.

    NFL, Union Extends Labor Talks,  http://on.wsj.com/fgaIpe

    Although the collective bargaining agreement was set to expire at 12:01 am on Friday, the two parties have agreed on a 24 hour extension buying more time to reach an agreement.

    Judge Orders Protesters to be Removed from Wisconsin Capitol, http://huff.to/eOVsNj

    A judged ruled in Wisconsin that protesters must leave the capitol upon closing time each night, but he also ruled that the state could not limit access to the capitol to the protesters during the day by only allowing a certain number in at a time.

    Hillary Clinton Calls Al Jazeera ‘Real News,’ Criticizes U.S. Media, http://huff.to/h5QIM9

    Clinton argued that Al Jazeera News should be brought to the United States as it is growing in popularity because of its “real news” feel. She went on to discuss how U.S. news does not possess the same feel, and that we are “losing the ‘information war’.”

    Counteroffer in Budget Talks, http://politi.co/fW5yUB

    Budget talks continue as cuts from agriculture, the EPA, and FEMA state and local grants are discussed.

    Terror Quiets Libya Capitol as Friday Prayers Approach, http://nyti.ms/eQfFAA

    Rebels in Libya are staging sit ins at Mosques today, as violence towards those who protest has increased. The rebels now control the east, but Qaddafi remains in control of Tripoli.

    Apple Trying to Negotiate Unlimited iTunes Music Downloads,  http://on.mash.to/egmCjw

    In order to be more competitive with music streaming sites, Apple is talking with record companies about the possibility of unlimited downloads.

    Police Chiefs Wary of Immigration Role, http://nyti.ms/eBphui

    Police officers want a clear line to be drawn between their job and the role of immigration officials. Some police officers fear that if they are brought in as immigration enforcers many crimes will go unreported and people will be less likely to cooperate for fear of deportation.

    Matt Damon not pleased with President Obama’s job in office: http://bit.ly/gp1OuQ

    Fox news suspends employment agreements with presidential hopefuls: http://bit.ly/f3yak7

    Meet the man behind Twitter: http://bit.ly/gOBpIp

    Attention given to Lara Logan met by opposition by Egyptian women: http://bit.ly/gGJEZA

    Karl Rove points fingers on who’s to blame for the budget crisis: http://on.wsj.com/dXbUqJ

    CULTURAL:

    What can’t Shaun White do?: http://bit.ly/h5uBA1

    William Shatner recording a heavy metal album: http://bit.ly/grWiKM

    Miley misses Hannah: http://bit.ly/f6JOEW

    Ellen puts Charlie Sheen’s co-star, John Cryer, to work: http://eonli.ne/h3utnA

    Ke$ha writes Britney’s new single: http://on.mtv.com/gQ8OZp

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

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