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    News Round-Up: November 1, 2013

    Friday, November 1st, 2013

    Food stamp cuts set in; a super-sophisticated secret underground tunnel used for smuggling drugs from Mexico to the U.S. is discovered; and the iPad Air makes its debut. Meanwhile, Heidi Klum officially wins the Most Awesome Celebrity award for her Halloween costume, and Kristin Stewart reunites with Robert Pattinson.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Families brace as billions in food stamp cuts set inhttp://rtvote.com/1ahKIba
    Benefit cuts to food stamp recipients begin today. This comes from Congress’s decision to cut $5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in exchange for increased education funding and school nutrition programs. An increased number of needy Americans will turn to organizations that already provide meals to hungry citizens, like food pantries and the Campaign Against Hunger.

    US discovers huge hi-tech Mexican drug-smuggling tunnelhttp://rtvote.com/1hzxE8o
    Authorities have discovered one of the most sophisticated drug smuggling passages, running from warehouses in Tijuana to San Diego. The secret underground tunnel is the length of almost six football fields and is equipped with lighting, ventilation, and an electric rail system. Upon discovery, authorities found 8.5 tons of marijuana and 327 pounds of cocaine.

    Trick or treat? Canada seizes three cocaine-filled pumpkins at airporthttp://rtvote.com/1f8kcX6
    Canadian officials seized three pumpkins at the Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. Cocaine-filled pumpkins, that is. Authorities found them while searching through a female traveler’s luggage. An investigation is currently underway.

    Internal notes show paltry initial enrollment in Obamacarehttp://rtvote.com/16SO7x0
    Notes from a “war room” meeting at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance revealed that only six Americans successfully enrolled in the federal health care exchange on the first day of the rollout. This number has been gradually increasing, and Joanne Peters, a Health and Human Services spokeswoman, is confident that the pace of enrollment will pick up.

    Best Deals for iPad Airhttp://rtvote.com/HsZRQG
    The new iPad Air debuts today – but before you whip out your wallet, make sure you read through this. Find out where and how to get the best deals on Apple’s latest gimmick.
     

    PUNDITS

    Senator Bernie Sanders discusses how our healthcare system could be more cost-effective without sacrificing programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in “Don’t cut the big benefit programs,”http://rtvote.com/1h614NS

    Facebook users and USA Today readers weigh in on HHS Secretary Sebelius’s apology at Wednesday’s congressional hearing in “Should Sebelius step down for Obamacare woes?” http://rtvote.com/17xwg4F

    CULTURAL

    Heidi Klum goes geriatric for Halloween, http://rtvote.com/1hzs7Pq

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Sue YouTube Cofounder Over Leaked Proposal Footage,http://rtvote.com/1bJBE1x

    Kristen Stewart Spends Time With Robert Pattinson at His House: All the Details and New Photos,http://rtvote.com/17BSr7D

    Pamela Anderson Chops Off Hair, Is Unrecognizable With New Pixie Cut, http://rtvote.com/16SVUuS

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, November 4, 2011

    Friday, November 4th, 2011

    Unemployment dropped to 9% in October; Corzine resigns from MF Global; Boehner says the supercommittee’s deal will include tax increases; Pakistan has been hiding its nuclear weapons to avoid US raids; Cain may sue Politico; and Groupon has successfully gone public. Meanwhile, the mother of Justin Bieber’s alleged child may face rape charges, and GTL no longer? Snooki claims The Situation is broke.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Unemployment rate drops to 9 percent, http://goo.gl/sb2oJ
    Unemployment decreased to 9% in October; despite this, only 80,000 jobs were added in comparison to the 100,000 that were expected. The private sector added 104,000 jobs, which was in line with estimates. The number of jobs added in September was also upped from 103,000 to 158,000.

    As Regulators Pressed Changes, Corzine Pushed Back, and Won, http://goo.gl/VS3Nj
    Jon Corzine has resigned from MF Global, his brokerage firm which has now gone bankrupt. As CEO, Corzine persuaded regulators to allow MF Global to conduct risky trades that ultimately led to the company’s demise. He also pressed regulators to allow a transaction that essentially would allow MF Global to borrow money from its customers. Now officials are looking over the company’s books in order to find the $630 million missing from customers.

    Boehner: Debt deal will include new tax revenues, http://goo.gl/AD2bN
    John Boehner announced yesterday that any bi-partisan debt deal reached by the “supercommittee” will include tax hikes. The Speaker went on to say that the tax increases will only be added if serious reforms to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are included.

    The Ally From Hell, http://goo.gl/0xGXG
    According to The Atlantic, Pakistan has been continuously shuffling its nuclear weapons between the 15 facilities that hold them in order to make it harder for India or the US to carry out a raid. The moving of the weapons has been done in normal, low-security vehicles in everyday traffic. “The Pakistani government is willing to make its nuclear weapons more vulnerable to theft by jihadists simply to hide them from the United States, the country that funds much of its military budget,” Jeffrey Goldberg and Marc Ambinder write.

    Cain camp considering legal action against Politico, http://goo.gl/Rl1Y2
    An aide to Herman Cain said yesterday that the candidate is considering legal action against Politico for reporting on his past sexual harassment claims. This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective,” the campaign official told The Washington Post. Despite this, Politico is still reporting on the allegations, revealing new details where one of the two women claims Cain made a sexual overture to her at a group event. The woman felt her job would be at risk if she did not comply with Cain in the situation. Meanwhile, Cain’s wife, who was supposed to do her first interview today with Fox News, has since cancelled.

    Groupon shares surge 46 percent in early trading, http://goo.gl/VjUXi
    Groupon has raised $700 million since it went public today. It has sold 35 million shares at $20 each, which is above the original price of $16-$18. This is the largest IPO for an Internet company since Google went public in 2004. Groupon will begin trading on NASDAQ today under the ticket symbol GRPN.

    Judge won’t face charges in videotaped beating, http://goo.gl/rwr4F
    William Adams, the Texas family-court judge who was videotaped beating his 16-year-old daughter with a belt, will not face charges because the statute of limitations has expired. Adams’ daughter, now 23, posted the video to YouTube where it caused an uproar. In a statement, Judge Adams said that his daughter posted the video because she was angry he reduced her financial allowance and took away her Mercedes. He did not apologize for the abuse and noted that the video “looks worse than it is.”

    CULTURAL: 

    Police: Bieber sexual tryst may be investigated, http://goo.gl/DodFs

    Jury to get Michael Jackson doctor manslaughter case Friday, http://goo.gl/6IX5L

    ‘Jersey Shore’ star Snooki: ‘The Situation is broke,’ http://goo.gl/eTQiT

    Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy Top Forbes Overpaid Actors List, http://goo.gl/uHwox

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, October 27, 2011

    Thursday, October 27th, 2011

    The EU has agreed on a debt deal; Ruth Madoff reveals how she and her husband attempted suicide; the US deficit supercommittee is at odds; China will implement strict regulations on the country’s television and internet; a group of service members will file a suit against the Defense of Marriage Act; and Blackberry users are suing RIM. Meanwhile, items from Blackbeard’s ship have been uncovered, and Halloween will see a multitude of Nicki Minajs.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Europe crafts debt deal that pleases markets, http://goo.gl/cqq7Y
    European leaders have finally agreed to a deficit deal. The plan focuses on three points: “a significant reduction in Greece’s debts, a shoring up of the continent’s banks, partially so they could sustain deeper losses on Greek bonds, and a reinforcement of a European bailout fund so it can serve as a euro1 trillion ($1.39 trillion) firewall to prevent larger economies like Italy and Spain from being dragged into the crisis.” The Institute of International Finance, which negotiated on behalf of the banks, has said even though it’s committed to working out a deal, it may be difficult to have private bondholders follow suit.

    Competing supercommittee plans reveal chasm, http://goo.gl/1fg4A
    Republicans and Democrats on the deficit supercommittee have exchanged plans, and their dissimilarities are causing some worry. The supercommittee’s goal is to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit. The Democrats have proposed a plan that cuts $3 trillion through tax increases and cuts to programs like Medicare and Medicaid. The Republicans’ plan decreases the deficit by $2.2 trillion through cuts to programs and increased government fees for Medicare.

    China Reins in Liberalization of Culture, http://goo.gl/j4oY9
    As part of the Communist Party’s new efforts to cut down on “excessive entertainment and vulgar tendencies,” China will regulate television stations to two 90-minute entertainment shows per week. The government will also be monitoring social networks, including punishing people who perpetuate “harmful information.” Authorities may also force microbloggers to register accounts with their legal names and identification numbers.

    Ponzi Scheme Perpetrator Bernie Madoff and Wife Attempted Suicide, http://goo.gl/Yp7bm
    On October 30, “60 Minutes” will air an interview with Bernie Madoff’s wife, Ruth. In the interview, Madoff details how she and her husband attempted suicide together by mixing sleeping pills and anti-anxiety medication.  “I don’t know whose idea it was, but we decided to kill ourselves because it was so horrendous what was happening,” Madoff tells 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer. Ruth and Bernie Madoff’s son, Mark, committed suicide in 2010.

    Gay troops to file suit challenging Defense of Marriage Act, http://goo.gl/Lj6dJ 
    A group of gay service members is filing a suit against the Defense of Marriage Act in a Boston federal district court today. The service members are claiming that the federal ban on gay marriage prevents them from receiving benefits from the Pentagon and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The court where they are filing the suit ruled last year that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

    RIM hit with consumer lawsuits over BlackBerry outage, http://goo.gl/KNTEs
    A group of Blackberry users are suing RIM, on behalf of all Blackberry users, for the four-day service outage that occurred earlier this month. The suit charges RIM with breach of contract, negligence, and unjust enrichment. It claims that RIM makes $3.4 million a day in service revenue.

    Blackbeard’s cannon salvaged from North Carolina shipwreck, http://goo.gl/KNTEs
    Researchers have uncovered a 2,000 pound cannon from a ship that belonged to the pirate Blackbeard. Other discovered items include gold dust, prisoner shackles, African jewelry, and small weaponry. The ship was originally meant to be a slave-trading vessel, but Blackbeard had stolen it before running it aground near North Carolina. The cannon will be studied at East Carolina University lab, where scientists will research the weapon and barnacles covering it.

    CULTURAL:

    Nicki Minaj Is Most-Searched Celeb Halloween Costume, http://goo.gl/hDlYE

    Michael Lohan tries to flee cops, jumps off balcony, lands in tree, http://goo.gl/fnlkS

    Steven Tyler talks tumble: Fall in the shower or fall off the wagon?, http://goo.gl/IVhV6

    Bruce Willis and Wife Are Expecting!, http://goo.gl/19yVm

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, October 21, 2011

    Friday, October 21st, 2011

    The ICC will further investigate Gaddafi’s death; Wal-Mart cuts healthcare for part-time employees; News Corp investors will try to oust the Murdochs at today’s annual shareholder meeting; College Republicans make a comeback; and keep talking, a new study shows cellphones do not cause cancer. In entertainment news, NBA talks break down again, and President Obama does not approve of Sasha and Malia keeping up with the Kardashians.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Gadhafi’s burial delayed for further investigation, goo.gl/hAJzc
    The burial of Muammar Gadhafi will be postponed so that the International Criminal Court can determine his exact cause of death. The cause is convoluted as conflicting videos show him either alive, wounded, or dead. One video shows Gadhafi struggling amongst a group of NTC soliders, begging for mercy. Another shows his body being paraded through Misrata, and The New York Times has released a video where the dictator has bullet wounds in head, raising the possibility that he was executed.

    Senate rejects big piece of Obama jobs bill, goo.gl/hAJzc
    The Senate has not passed the portion of Obama’s jobs bill that would have secured jobs for teachers and firefighters. The bill called for $30 billion to hire teachers and other school staffers. The bill also included an extra $5 billion for paying firefighters, police officers, and other first responders. The president had heavily pushed his jobs bills to the people, even embarking on a three-day bus tour to advocate for it.

    Wal-Mart Cuts Some Health Care Benefitsgoo.gl/wIZ6h
    Wal-Mart, the largest private employer in the United States, is cutting healthcare coverage for its part-time employees, citing high healthcare costs. A few years ago, Wal-Mart allowed coverage for its part-time employees after many complained that they could not afford coverage and were eligible for Medicaid. Now, those who work fewer than 24 hours a week will not be eligible for insurance, and new employees who work 24 to 33 hours a week cannot cover spousal dependents on their plan. Also, employees who smoke cigarettes will be docked $10 to $90 from their paychecks if they want coverage.

    News Corp to be challenged by Tom Watson over ‘surveillance,’ goo.gl/kNrwk
    20% of News Corp’s shareholders are expected to oppose Rupert Murdoch and his sons’ reappointment at the company’s annual shareholder meeting today. The investors are bringing in Tom Watson, “the Labour MP who has been a leading figure in parliament’s investigation into the News of the World phone-hacking scandal,” to make allegations against the Murdochs. “I want to leave investors in no doubt that News Corporation is not through the worst of this yet and there are more questions for the Murdochs to answer,” said Watson. The investors’ efforts to oust the Murdochs will most likely fail as Rupert Murdoch himself owns 40% of the voting shares.

    Wisconsin Voter ID Law Faces Court Challenge, goo.gl/l5mLq
    The League of Women Voters of Wisconsin Education Network is filing a lawsuit over the state’s new voter identification law. The group is claiming that the law violates Wisconsin’s constitution in determining who can vote. Lester Pines, an attorney working on the case, stated: “The Wisconsin Constitution only allows the legislature to exclude the two named classes from voting — felons and people ruled incompetent,” he said in a statement. “The new law creates a third class of citizens who may not vote — people who do not have ID. This lawsuit challenges the legislature’s authority to enact such a law.”

    Largest study on cellphones, cancer finds no link, goo.gl/2WYKU
    Danish scientists have found that there is actually no direct correlation between cellphones and cancer. In the largest study yet on the topic, the researchers surveyed 350,000 people, finding that there was no difference in cancer rates between people who have been using a mobile device for a decade and people who have not. Last year, a study found that heavy cell phone use could lead to a rare type of brain tumor. The study was not large enough to be considered scientific proof, but it still led the International Agency for Research on Cancer to categorize cellphones as “possibly carcinogenic,” alongside such items as coffee and gasoline.

    College Republicans base comeback on economy, goo.gl/mhsWM
    In the three years since Obama took office, there has been an increase in the number of College Republicans on campuses. “’Our biggest recruiting tool over the last four years has been President Obama,’ said Anton Dirnberger, president of the University of Michigan College Republicans. Dirnberger said regular meeting attendance has jumped from 20 members before the 2008 elections to 80 to 100 members this year, and total membership has jumped from 1,000 to 1,500 in the past three years.” Young people, who once heavily rallied for Obama, are now handicapped by student loan debt and high unemployment. “The story line among young people is ‘jobs, jobs, jobs,” said Rock the Vote spokeswoman Chrissy Faessen. “Money and politics, but also how it’s directly affecting young people in terms of them being able to get a job and pay their bills, is absolutely going to be on the top of [young people’s] minds.”

    Romney: GOP must reach out more to young people, goo.gl/kEHLf
    Speaking at Iowa’s Morningside College yesterday, Mitt Romney told the audience that the Republican party has to do a better job reaching out to youth. His statement was in response to a student’s question about how Republicans could improve outreach to young people. Romney noted, “Most young people, most college students, don’t vote for us. We’re not getting our message across. We haven’t been very good at communicating our message. We’ve been out-messaged by our Democratic friends. Ours is the party of trying to protect opportunity, and making America’s economy so strong that you get great jobs when you get out of school. Theirs is the party of benefits and hand-outs, and that doesn’t create the opportunity you want in your life.”

    CULTURAL:

    NBA Talks Break Down, With Sides Far Apart, goo.gl/dve2h

    Lindsay Lohan expected at county morgue at 8 a.m., http://goo.gl/eCvzV

    Bon Jovi in his own words, bringing Soul to those in need, http://goo.gl/jI8Nq

    Barack Obama Not A Fan Of The Kardashians, Michelle Says, http://goo.gl/6LymD

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 14, 2011

    Thursday, April 14th, 2011

    President Obama stood with his party in budget talks yesterday, declaring that he will increase taxes on the wealthy and maintain Medicare and Medicaid, leading Karl Rove to believe that his strong stance will benefit the Republican party. Meanwhile, the FAA announced that the 5th time’s the charm and after many have snoozed on the job they will no longer have just one air traffic controller on overnight shifts, CA Representative Karen Bass is upping her techie street cred by bring QR codes to the capital, Oprah might not be outright endorsing Obama, but he will appear on one of her final shows and last but certainly not least, Rebecca Black’s Friday is coming to GLEE.

    Obama’s Speech Defends Liberal Principles, http://nyti.ms/g2NVJi

    President Obama took a clearly partisan stance in his proposed alternative to the budget presented by Republicans. His plan would utilize spending cuts, tax increases and changes to welfare programs, although he defended Medicare and Medicaid along party lines, to reduce the federal budget deficits by $4 trillion over 12 years.

    FAA Ends Single-Controller Overnight Shifts After Alleged Sleeping Incident at Nevada Airporthttp://wapo.st/ebXH9h

    After five incidents of air traffic controllers sleeping on the job, federal authorities have stopped allowing just one controller to work the overnight shift.

    Heard on the Hill: A Techie Throwdownhttp://bit.ly/guk9Sf

    Representative Karen Bass is using the latest social media to effectively communicate with her constituents. Not only does the Congresswoman Tweet and  Facebook herself, she is using QR codes that link to a message from the Representative.

    Google to Sentence YouTube Violators to ‘Copyright School’http://politi.co/frdLkn

    Users who are found to be posting copy-written material  on YouTube will be forced to attend ‘copyright school,’ which entails watching a video and passing a quiz over copyright laws.

    Obama Set to Appear on One of Oprah’s Last Showshttp://bit.ly/etYTqJ

    Despite the fact that Oprah will not be publicly supporting President Obama, she will be interviewing the president one last time before her show ends in May.

    Jon Bershad on why a mock slave auction isn’t always wrong: http://bit.ly/ebj3Oz

    Maeve Coyle on why college students should care about retirement: http://huff.to/eliq1n

    Karl Rove on how Republicans will benefit from Obama’s budget stance: http://bit.ly/hJhZOF

    CULTURAL:

    Rebecca Black’s ‘Friday’ is about to get Glee’d: http://bit.ly/dH9pBP

    Barry Bond’s verdict: http://bit.ly/gpuFsA

    LeBron James reclaims best-selling jersey: http://bit.ly/ghjl6I

    Alicia Keys celebrates 10th anniversary of ‘Songs in A Minor’: http://on.mtv.com/fQXgDg

    Sneak Peek of People Magazines’s Most Beautiful 2011: http://bit.ly/gHA5Pe

    Lifetime’s TV movie ‘William & Kate’ depicts their romance with unintentional hilarity: http://bit.ly/hqJ8Y9

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

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