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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, May 29, 2013

    Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

    A US drone strike kills six; Michele Bachmann announces she will not run for re-election in 2014; The UK is ready to return Afghan detainees; a man is arrested in France for stabbing a soldier Saturday; the mother of the Chinese newborn rescued from a sewer pipe admits she was present during the rescue; an ex al-Qaida member starts his own terrorist group; Obama jokes about a lipstick stain on his shirt collar; French citizens protest the legalization of gay marriage in Paris; and a new virus is on the radar. Meanwhile, pregnant Kate Middleton flaunts her baby belly at the Queen’s garden party, and John Mayer’s sixth album is in the works.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    US drone strike kills six suspected militants in Pakistan, say officials, http://bit.ly/15ioExk
    Today in Pakistan a US drone strike killed at least six suspected militants. This is the first drone strike since President Obama spoke about new C.I.A. drone guidelines last week. According to security sources, a senior Pakistani Taliban commander was among the six killed, but his identity has yet to be confirmed. Six are dead, and two more wounded from this attack.

    Rep. Michele Bachmann says she will not run for re-election in 2014, http://fxn.ws/145jtOP
    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann announces she will not be running for re-election in 2014. After four terms as representative of Minnesota’s sixth congressional district, she is ready for a change of pace. She claims that her decision to not run again has neither anything to do with concerns that she would not be re-elected nor inquiries into her 2012 presidential campaign.

    UK ‘ready to hand over Afghan detainees’, http://bbc.in/11a6v4y
    Around 90 Afghans, who have been held at Camp Bastion for up to 14 months without charge, are set to be released into Afghanistan’s custody. The Ministry of Defense has found a “safe route” by which they can return home without posing as a threat to British troops. Normally, British forces can detain suspects in Afghanistan for only 96 hours, but under “exceptional circumstances” they can detain them for longer.

    France holds man for ‘religiously motivated’ soldier stabbing, http://bit.ly/18sOkLR
    French police arrested a suspect on Wednesday associated with the stabbing of Private First Class Cedric Cordiez in the neck Saturday. The 22-year-old man admitted to stabbing the soldier, and told officers that he had prayed in the street before committing the crime. Officials suspect the attack was motivated by “religious ideology,” because there was nothing that alluded the the young man’s involvement in violent activity.

    Mother of newborn in sewer was present for rescue, http://bit.ly/13YGExu
    The mother of a Chinese newborn baby boy rescued from a sewer pipe was there throughout the entire two-hour long rescue and was the one who called for help in the first place. The police knew something was up after they found baby toys and blood stained toilet paper in the 22-year-old woman’s room in the building where the rescue occured. The woman finally confessed to the police that the baby was indeed hers when they asked her to undergo a medical checkup. She claims she could not afford an abortion and that while delivering the child Saturday afternoon over the toilet, he slipped into the sewer pipeline. It was then that she alerted her landlord of the trapped, crying baby.

    Rise of Al-Qaida Sahara Terrorist, http://bit.ly/1avODCu
    After years of attempts to discipline him, the leaders of al-Qaida’s North African branch sent a final letter to their most difficult to work with employee, Moktar Belmoktar. In the lengthy letter was a list of things he had failed to due, most importantly failing to carry out a single spectacular operation. His response to the letter – he created his own terrorist group in opposition to al-Qaida and has since then been responsible for 101 deaths and one of the largest hostage-takings in history.

    Obama Jokes About Lipstick Stain on Shirt Collar, http://abcn.ws/ZcEhFs
    President Obama donned a spot of red lipstick on his collar at a White House event Tuesday evening. To put everyone, including his wife Michelle, at ease, he called out the woman responsible for the stain in front of everyone there at the Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month celebration. Obama was quoted saying “Where’s Jessica Sanchez? It wasn’t Jessica. It was her aunt. Where is she? Auntie, right there. Look at this. Look at this. I just want everybody to witness,” and then joking that “I do not want to get in trouble with Michelle so I’m calling you out right in front of everybody.”

    Gay Marriage Is Protested in France, http://nyti.ms/Z90zYO
    On Sunday, France’s Mother’s Day, thousands of people marched to protest the recent legalization of gay marriage. The demonstration was mostly peaceful, and police estimate around 150,000 people participated.

    New SARS-like virus is a ‘threat to the entire world’, http://bit.ly/131qmmk
    According to the United Nations’ World Health Organization a new SARS-like virus has been recently discovered in humans. It is unknown where the virus comes from or how to treat and prevent it. The virus belongs to a family called coronaviruses, which cause illnesses that range from the common cold to SARS. As of last week, 44 have been infected by the virus, most of them in the Middle East. 23 of them have died. So far no cases have been reported in the U.S., but infectious disease experts say it will not be surprising if cases start popping up here soon.

    CULTURAL: 

    Pregnant Kate Middleton Flaunts Baby Bump at Queen’s Garden Party,  http://eonli.ne/14RZWDF

    James Marsden Debuts Baby Boy William—See the First Pic!, http://eonli.ne/19kmP6f

    Sam Mendes May Return For James Bond; ‘Skyfall’ Director Could Helm Bond 24, http://huff.to/158VCRi

    Amanda Bynes Slams Chrissy Teigen On Twitter: ‘You’re Just An Ugly Model’ & ‘I Don’t Respect You’, http://huff.to/15iQh9p

    John Mayer’s Sixth Album In The Works As Singer Records In The Studio, http://huff.to/13iP5kW

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    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, January 11th, 2013

    Friday, January 11th, 2013

    The U.S. orders a review of Boeing 787s;  the student that opened fire at CA’s Taft Union High Schol had intended targets; President Obama and President Hamid Karzai will meet to discuss troop levels in Afghanistan; campaign staffers report that Michele Bachmann still has not paid them; and the NYPD will review 800 rape cases due to mishandling of DNA evidence. Meanwhile, Iran will respond to ‘Argo’ with its own film; Justin Bieber’s former bodyguard sues him; and Justin Timberlake is ready to make new music.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Dreamliner investigation: U.S. orders review of Boeing 787s, http://trib.in/VrJlV3
    The FAA will conduct an investigation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after two separate incidents on aircrafts in Japan. The Dreamliner gained a great deal of attention when it was first introduced for its sophistication and technology; however, it has been plagued with mishaps and production delays.

    Taft Union school shooting: Boy had ‘intended targets,’ police say, http://lat.ms/XSPDQ3
    Kern County, CA police say the 16-year-old student who fired a shotgun in a Taft Union High School classroom Thursday had “intended targets.” The suspect burst into the class he was supposed to be attending and shot one student two to four times before trying to shoot another. A teacher and school supervisor talked the student into putting the gun down and evacuated the rest of the classroom safely. “They did a great job of protecting the kids,” said Ed Whiting, the chief of the Taft Police Department. “We can’t thank them enough for what they did today.” One victim is in critical condition while the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to his head.

    Plea decision looms in James Holmes’ Aurora theater shooting case, http://bit.ly/VSApVM
    Colorado Judge William B. Sylvester ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to try James Holmes for the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded 70 in an Aurora, CO movie theater.  The ruling ties Homes to 166 counts of murder, attempted murder, and other weapons charges. As a result, Holmes will be held without bail and arraigned Friday. Defense lawyers have said that they are not ready to plea and will most likely ask for a delay. Holmes’ lawyers have said that he is mentally ill, causing some to believe that he will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

    Afghan troop levels top agenda for Obama-Karzai talks, http://reut.rs/VqqsBH
    President Obama will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday to discuss withdrawing U.S. troops from the country by 2014. The White House has been considering removing all troops with some suggesting that this “zero option” will be an important bargaining chip in Obama’s discussion with Karzai. White House aides say that it’s not likely any decisions will be made during Friday’s talk, and that it could be months before Obama decides how many troops to remove from Afghanistan. Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nomination for Defense Secretary, will most likely support removing as many troops as possible.

    Bachmann still hasn’t paid presidential campaign staffers, http://bit.ly/WxBn8N
    Peter Waldon, the former national field coordinator for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, has said that Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers. Waldon claims that the staffers are owed $5,000 and that Bachmann has $2,000,000 towards her campaign. Bachmann allegedly will not pay the owed funds until the staffers sign a nondisclosure agreement saying they will not tell members of the media about any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” witnessed on the campaign trail.

    New York Examines Over 800 Rape Cases for Possible Mishandling of Evidence, http://nyti.ms/USKQgr
    The NYPD said Friday that it will review 843 cases of rape where a lab technician overlooked or mishandled DNA evidence. According to the medical examiner’s office, supervisors have found 26 cases where the technician did not find biological evidence when it did actually exist. The director of forensic biology at the examiner’s office said that these errors are false negatives instead of false positives and that “nobody was wrongfully convicted” due to the mistakes. The cases in review span from 2001 to 2011, when the technician worked in the examiner’s office.

    BIDEN SEEKS VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY INPUT ON GUNS, http://bit.ly/WHJgYS
    Vice President Biden will meet with representatives from the videogame industry Friday to gauge videogames’ influence on violent behavior. On Thursday, Biden and his gun control task force met with heads of the NRA for more than 90 minutes. The meeting has been described as an open and frank discussion, but neither side came out of it showing signs of negotiating. Biden is set to present his ideas regarding gun laws to President Obama early next week.

    CULTURAL:

    Film to Present Iran’s View of ‘Argo’ Events, http://nyti.ms/VMPqbY

    JUSTIN BIEBER Sued By Ex-Bodyguard: He Punched & Berated Me!, http://tmz.me/10iQhrE

    Inside the Critics Choice Movie Awards: What You Didn’t See on TV, http://bit.ly/WJ8kPi

    Sharon Osbourne Slams Lady Gaga After Kelly Critique, Calls Her “Hypocrite” and “Bully”, http://eonli.ne/ZQ6qn0

    Justin Timberlake is “ready” for new project, http://bit.ly/ZCfN55

    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, May 3rd, 2012

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

    Four are killed in an attack on a Syrian university; Senator Jay Rockefeller wants to know if Rupert Murdoch broke any American laws; Chen Guangcheng asks Hillary to take him to the U.S.; arrests are made in the Florida A&M hazing case; Michele Bachmann will endorse Romney; and Rock the Vote announces its 2012 campaign. Meanwhile, ‘The Scream’ sets the record for most expensive piece of art sold at auction; Ashton Kutcher’s Popchip ad is pulled after being called racist; and Bruce Springsteen honors Levon Helm.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    University protest in Syria ‘turns deadly’, http://aje.me/IYxsMw
    Four people were killed after pro-government Syrian officials raided a university in Aleppo. Students were protesting Bashar al-Assad’s presidency which prompted security officials to fire tear gas and ammunition. Officials then ransacked the school’s dormitories. The attack came hours before the Syrian government was scheduled to meet with Kofi Annan to try and negotiate a cease-fire.

    Senator Jay Rockefeller: Investigate Rupert Murdoch, http://bit.ly/JFeAW2
    Democratic Senator Jay Rockefeller, who is chairman of the powerful Senate committee on commerce, science, and transportation, has asked the British parliament members investigating Rupert Murdoch to see if he has broken any American laws. The British committee has already declared Murdoch “unfit” to run his British entities. If it is found that Murdoch has broken American laws, then there could be implications for his U.S. companies, such as Fox News. In response to the British parliament findings, News Corp’s board stated that it still has confidence in Murdoch.

    Activist Chen Guangcheng: Let Me Leave China on Hillary Clinton’s Plane, http://bit.ly/IYAssm
    Blind Chinese Activist Chen Guangcheng said yesterday that he wants to leave China with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is currently visiting China on unrelated matters. Chinese officials and Chen had previously agreed that he would remain in China and teach at a university; however, he is now claiming that he only agreed to these terms after his wife and family were threatened. Chen is still at a medical facility in Beijing.

    Third person arrested in FAMU hazing death investigation, http://bit.ly/Ixcp75
    A 23-year-old man has turned himself in in connection with the hazing death of a drum major at Florida A&M University. The man is one of 13 people charged with beating the student to death on a bus after the Florida Classic in Orlando. Two others were also arrested on Wednesday. The beating has shed light on Florida A&M’s hazing problem, which the school has said it is implementing policies to change.

    Rock the vote Launches Largest Non-partisan Voter Registration Drive Of 2012 General Election, http://bit.ly/IWdKTd
    Yesterday Rock the Vote, the country’s largest non-partisan voter registration organization, launched a multi-tiered campaign featuring new registration technologies, research, and education initiatives to encourage millions of young Americans to vote in the 2012 elections. At a time when new state voting restrictions threaten the ability of young and first-time voters to cast a ballot this November, Rock the Vote will partner with national and community organizations, technology companies, college campuses and artists to register 1.5 million voters and strive to fuel increased youth turnout for the third presidential election in a row.

    Bachmann to endorse Romney, http://cbsn.ws/Iuj7vP
    Former presidential Republican candidate Michele Bachmann will endorse Mitt Romney today. The two will appear in Virginia, a state that went to President Obama in 2008. Bachmann heavily criticized Romney’s Massachusetts health-care plan while on the campaign-trail, calling it “socialized medicine.” Yesterday, Romney had an “off-the-record” meeting with conservative media outlets.

    Target, Unhappy With Being an Amazon Showroom, Will Stop Selling Kindles, http://nyti.ms/IMeIyV
    Target will stop selling Amazon kindles, marking a new development in the ongoing feud between the two giants. Target became upset with Amazon after they offered a promotion where customers could receive 5% off products scanned at Target but bought on Amazon. Target has said that selling Kindles in their stores is like “Starbucks offering Dunkin’ Donuts gift certificates.”

    CULTURAL:

    Last Look at Munch’s ‘The Scream’ as Painting Is Auctioned for $119M, http://bit.ly/IIOXCR

    Ashton Kutcher’s Popchip ads pulled after called racist, http://cbsn.ws/IHYoo3

    Bruce Springsteen Sings ‘The Weight’ in Levon Helm’s Honor, http://bit.ly/IxfMLi

    Junior Seau Death: His Mother Grieves ‘Take Me,’ http://bit.ly/IHYE6A

    Actor J.R. Martinez welcomes a daughter, http://cbsn.ws/IxfW5l

    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: Tuesday, January 30, 2012

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

    Europe continues to try to reign in its debt; House GOP members propose a transportation bill; Obama has been introduced to Google+; and Joe Nocera has continued his pointed assault on the hypocrisy of the NCAA. Elsewhere, “Key and Peele” debut their much anticipated sketch comedy show, and Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger leave ‘The X-Factor.’

    Aaron + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL: 

    European leaders adopt treaty pledging debt reduction, http://wapo.st/zBExjM
    25 of 27 European Union governments have ratified a treaty intended to limit the growth of national debts. With the backdrop of Greece’s recent bankruptcy and the specter of other defaults, European leaders feel the need to increase confidence in their system. Critics, however, think that the bill is all talk since the EU already has un-enforced debt limits. Additionally, some feel the short term goals of the EU should be to stimulate growth and not work on austerity.

    House Republicans to unveil transportation bill, http://wapo.st/AvYvPK
    Republicans have proposed a transportation bill that would spend roughly $50 billion a year maintaining America’s roads, bridges and highways over the next five years. The plan would give states more jurisdiction on spending while still keeping an eye on states’ budgets. The House bill appropriates about $5 billion less a year than the similar bill bouncing around the Senate. Both bills, however, include no more than one fifth of the spending that transportation experts claim are needed to maintain much of the nation’s infrastructure. Included in this bill is a requirement that drunk drivers use ignition interlock devices for a year after their convictions.

    Federal Election Reform Commission Advocated Voter Photo ID, http://bit.ly/AdN6XT
    The Carolina Journal News is reporting that a bipartisan committee from 2005 both recommended and supported the new voter ID laws that have caused a recent uproar. The committee included Democratic Former President Jimmy Carter and Republican Former Secretary of State James Baker. Both argued that mandating photo IDs would enfranchise more than disenfranchise, but that belief is being questioned by minority rights groups.

    Eye of Newt: Songwriter sues Gingrich for using ‘Eye of the Tiger’ music, http://trib.in/ycHAK7
    Survivor lead guitarist Frankie Sullivan has filed an injunction to block Gingrich’s use of “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song from “Rocky III.” According to Sullivan’s lawyer, the issue is a copyright one and not a political one. Sullivan would have no problem with Gingrich using the song if he were to legally pay for its usage. Infamously, in 1984, New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen requested that Ronald Reagan not use his harsh critique of America’s treatment of veterans, “Born In The USA,” as a campaign song, and earlier this cycle Tom Petty requested that Michelle Bachmann stop using “American Girl” at campaign events.

    Obama Google+ chat gets personal, http://politi.co/wVWfua
    Obama used Google+, America’s newest social media network, on Monday to keep in touch with his constituents. The President has previously held chats on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and is continuing to stay up-to-date by using Google+. One awkward moment during the conversation came when Obama spoke with the wife of an unemployed man. Obama stated that maybe if he were in the engineering field he would have better job prospects, unbeknownst to the president, the woman’s husband was in fact an unemployed semiconductor engineer.

    Joe Nocera again sharply critiques the policies of the NCAA in “Saving Freshman Ryan,” http://nyti.ms/AoRzeW

    CULTURAL:

    Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger Leave The X Factor, http://bit.ly/AkmCpe

    Rumer Willis Was Present During Demi Moore’s Emergency, http://eonli.ne/xa0Sf7

    Jack White announces solo debut album; M.I.A. confirms Super Bowl appearance, releases new single, http://wapo.st/ymofyg

    ‘Key & Peele’ stars talk racial sketch comedy in the Obama era, http://lat.ms/yozuxI

    Aaron Ghitelman
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 25, 2012

    Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

    U.S. Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden save two people in a Somali raid; Obama’s State of the Union address shows poll approval, but commentators are largely critical; and Michelle Bachmann will seek another term in the House while Gabrielle Giffords will not. Meanwhile, Demi Moore has been hospitalized, and Alex Ovechkin pulls out of the NHL All-Star game.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    U.S. military raid in Somalia frees Dane, Americanhttp://usat.ly/yjMnKT
    The same team of U.S. Navy SEALs that killed Osama bin Laden have rescued one American and one Dane hostage in Somalia. Nine Somali kidnappers were killed during the raid and both hostages remained unharmed. Obama, after giving his SOTU, called the American hostage’s father to let him know his daughter was finally safe.

    Gabrielle Giffords bids an emotional farewell to Congresshttp://lat.ms/wrtYga
    Amidst a standing ovation and a heart-felt hug from Obama, Rep. Gabrielle Giffords graced the House floor one last time last night. Giffords was shot in the head one year ago when a gunman opened fire at a public event outside of a Tucson grocery store. Giffords will cast her final vote on a bill that will give the Homeland Security Department greater ability to go after ultralight planes suspected of transporting narcotics from Mexico.

    Bachmann says she’ll seek fourth term in Househttp://usat.ly/A6qjki
    Despite her failed presidential bid, Michelle Bachmann announced that she will seek a fourth term in the U.S. House. Bachmann’s announcement came out during a critical interview over Obama’s State of the Union Speech.

    Christie Wants Voters to Decide on Gay Marriagehttp://nyti.ms/zzWgdy
    Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey announced that he would veto a bill legalizing same-sex marriage and instead has asked NJ’s state legislature to put the issue on the ballot for voters to decide.

    (via ThinkProgress) Missouri House Committee Passes Voter ID Bill, Republicans Hold Near Veto-Proof Majority, Missouri may soon join a growing group of states that have enacted laws requiring citizens to present a certain form of photo identification before being permitted to cast a ballot. On Tuesday, the Missouri House Committee on Elections voted 7-3 in favor of Rep. Shane Schoeller’s (R) voter ID bill. The party line vote now sends the legislation to the floor, where it will almost certainly pass the Republican-controlled House with ease, http://bit.ly/xg9u8p

    Scotland: Let 16-year-olds vote on independencehttp://bit.ly/wTn71C
    Scotland First Minister has announced that 16 and 17-year-olds should be eligible to cast ballots in a referendum on Scottish independence from Britain.

    CULTURAL:

    Demi Moore Rushed to Hopital for Substance Abuse, http://bit.ly/y0Wra9

    Alex Ovechkin pulls out of NHL All-Star game: ‘I got suspended, so why I have to go there?’ http://thedc.com/yiNMGG

    Vanessa Paradis Addresses Johnny Depp ‘Rumors,’ http://bit.ly/xDowak

    Music has a greater presence at Sundance festival, http://bit.ly/xKA4VF

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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