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    News Round-Up: Thursday, February 27, 2014

    Thursday, February 27th, 2014

    Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoes SB 1062; Michelle Obama supports the FDA’s new rules for food labels; President Obama unveils “My Brother’s Keeper”; and NASA discovers 715 new planets. Meanwhile, Seth Rogan goes to Washington; Fast & Furious 7 resumes production soon; and it’s almost Oscar Night: see the nominees one more time!

    - Veronica + Maura

     CRUCIAL

    Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoes anti-gay bill: http://rtvote.com/1hshIoc
    Governor Jan Brewer vetoed SB 1062, the highly controversial Arizona bill that would have allowed businesses to deny service to or turn away members of the LGBT community based on religious beliefs. Brewer said in a statement: “I sincerely believe that Senate Bill 1062 has the potential to create more problems than it purports to solve.” Opponents to the bill praised Brewer, while supporters of the bill believed the veto was a shot to religious freedom.

    Obama to detail program to help minority youth: http://rtvote.com/1fLN6xW
    President Obama will announce details on his “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative on Thursday. The initiative is a partnership between businesses, organizations, and the government that will hopefully help “high risk” minority men stay out of jail through skills training. Several philanthropic groups have already pledged to funnel $200 million over the next five years into the program. The Obama administration and the organizations involved will analyze the effectiveness of existing programs that have similar aims as “My Brother’s Keeper” does and figure out how they can be reformed or maintained to improve effectiveness.

    Nutrition labels getting a makeover: http://rtvote.com/1ccfA5d
    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed changing the nutrition labels found on every packaged food and drink. New labels would put a heavier focus on calories per serving and percent daily value, and the serving sizes will be changed to reflect the average amount of the product people consume. First Lady Michelle Obama is vehemently supporting the changes, saying in a press release that the new labels will “make a big difference for families all across the country.”

    Seoul: N. Korea fired short-range missiles into sea: http://rtvote.com/1ftGjum
    South Korean officials report that North Korea fired four short-range missiles into the sea on Thursday in an apparent protest of military exercises occurring between the United States and South Korea. Pyongyang believes that these exercises are a “rehearsal for invasion”. The launch could also be a plea for international attention in order to obtain more aid negotiations from foreign countries.

    NASA discovers 715 new planets: http://rtvote.com/1gEUNE6
    NASA announced Wednesday that they have found 715 new planets, making it the largest planetary discovery in history. To put this in perspective, before the announcement, there had been 1,000 planets discovered in the Milky Way galaxy. Four of these planets, scientists believe, have the potential to support life. The four are each about twice the size of Earth, and one orbits a star half the size of the sun every 30 days. The planets were discovered using the Kepler space observatory’s telescope. Launched in 2009, these 715 planets are only from Kepler’s first two years in space, meaning there could be more to come.

    CULTURAL

    Watch Seth Rogan in Congress! http://rtvote.com/1jDz3v7

    More Bieber drama after police release footage: http://rtvote.com/1jDzrKf

    Are Matthew Bellamy and Kate Hudson breaking up? http://rtvote.com/1cq4nZk 

    Fast & Furious 7 scheduled to resume production in April: http://rtvote.com/1eqa9OS

    Quick refresher before Oscars Sunday: see the nominees! http://rtvote.com/1mIZq7C

    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: Friday, January 17, 2014

    Friday, January 17th, 2014

    President Obama addresses the nation on NSA spying programs; the $1.1T spending bill will head to the White House; and a harsh Pennsylvania voter ID law is struck down by a state court judge. Meanwhile, FLOTUS turns 50 and fabulous!; Kim K flashes new photos of baby North; and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival commences.

    - Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Obama calls for significant changes in collection of phone records of U.S. citizens, http://rtvote.com/1adj0Ug 
    Addressing the nation Friday morning from the Department of Justice, President Obama called for new reforms to NSA spying programs on U.S. citizens. After a six-month controversy, the president has ordered significant changes to the way the NSA collects & uses telephone records of U.S. citizens. He also advocated to end eavesdropping on many foreign leaders and allies of our country in order to rebuild their trust in the U.S. intelligence community.

    With Senate’s OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads to Obama,http://rtvote.com/1hywNEt
    The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill will now head to President Obama’s desk for a signature. The bill will prevent any gaps in government funding and provide a less harsh effect on automatic spending cuts. The Senate voted 72-26 to pass the spending legislation and reduce the likelihood of a government shutdown, at least for the upcoming election season.

    Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’http://rtvote.com/KnCoRK
    During a question and answer session Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, offered a statement that was apparently meant to be a reassuring answer for visitors to the Games. After being asked about Russia’s attitude toward gays, a controversial subject surround the upcoming events, Putin said that “one can feel calm and at ease. Just leave the kids alone.” Unfortunately Mr. Putin, I don’t think that’s the reassuring answer that most people were hoping for…

    Members of Congress Introduce New Fix For Voting Rights Act,http://rtvote.com/1m9ngUq
    Last summer the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when they released their ruling to the Shelby County v. Holder case. This ruling made it much easier for states with a history of discriminatory voting laws to enact new restrictive laws without federal supervision. Yesterday, the first bi-partisan solution was offered when legislation was introduced to help strengthen the Voting Rights Act.

    Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down, http://rtvote.com/19zLsPB
    Judge Bernard L. McGinley, a state court judge, struck down a controversial voter ID law in Pennsylvania Friday morning. After a twelve-day trial last summer debating the law, Judge McGinley ruled that the law placed an unreasonable burden on people trying to exercise their fundamental right to vote. 

    CULTURAL

    Kim Kardashian Shares New Pics of Baby North West, Talks Summer Wedding With Kanye West, http://rtvote.com/1avSIqX

    Michelle Obama Proudly Shows Off Her AARP Card on 50th Birthday,http://rtvote.com/1fFFqzJ

    Drake, Nina Dobrev, and More Degrassi Alums: Where are they now?,http://rtvote.com/1adbmcs

    Melissa McCarthy Returning to Host Saturday Night Live on February 1,http://rtvote.com/1jbj4GI

    Sundance 2014: Miles Teller Talks Divergent, Getting Naked in That Awkward Moment and His Rock Band Past, http://rtvote.com/KnzLzi

    Michelle Obama Turns 50! Let’s Look Back at FLOTUS’ Best Fashions So Far, http://rtvote.com/1jbjKvL

    Maura
    Bio: Maura graduated from the University of Dayton in 2011 with a BA in International Studies and French. During the course of her studies she was elected Student Body Vice President where she worked to make student activity funding more affordable & fair to the campus community. Following graduation, Maura joined the 2012 Obama Campaign as grassroots Field Organizer in Ohio (the battleground of all battleground states). She now continues her passion of engaging and building political power for young people with Rock the Vote.

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



    News-Roundup: Tuesday January 14th,2014

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

    Nigeria says NO to gay rights; a man was shot in a movie theater over a text message; and congressional negotiators revealed a $1.1 trillion dollar bipartisan compromise. Meanwhile, Downtown Abbey’s new episode creates controversy; Gabourey Sidibe silences her critics with a witty response; and Beyoncé writes an essay on gender equality.

     

    CRUCIAL

     Nigeria says No to gay rightshttp://rtvote.com/L04P9c
    Nigeria’s President Goodluck Johnson signs an unusually harsh anti-gay rights bill. The new bill includes 14 years in prison and bans all citizens from gay marriage and homosexual relationships. The bill was passed by the national assembly last May, but was only signed into law recently according to the President’s spokesperson Reuben Abati.

    Egyptians vote on a two-day referendum on a revised constitutionhttp://rtvote.com/1d0uzM7
    Egypt’s top military officer General Sisi has cast a precursor to bid for the presidency. General Sisi has emerged as Egypt’s dominant force to the overthrow of President Mubarak and President Morsi. The Muslim brotherhood has called for a boycott of the vote and, as a result, the size of this two day turn out is crucial. The proposed constitutional changes include broader language protection of religious freedom and women’s rights.

    $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill revealed in bipartisan compromise-http://rtvote.com/1dnDYyD
    The new compromise would ease the stress from the largely unpopular sequester and restore cuts to many federal programs, such as: Head Start, Medical research and job training. The bill also gives federal workers a 1 percent raise. White house officials and leaders of both parties are pleased due to the bill which funds the rest of the fiscal year and ends threat of a government shutdown previously scheduled for the current bill’s expiration midnight on Wednesday.

    Man shot in movie theater over text message http://rtvote.com/1fuJmDh
    A couple in a theater just north of Tampa were texting during the theater previews when a retired police officer, Curtis Reeves, began a dispute with the couple over the text messages.Reeves fatally shot the man, and the woman is currently at a hospital recovering from her injuries after trying to shield her husband from that fatal shot.

    FBI investigators clear suspicion of IRS crimes against conservative groups- http://rtvote.com/1kA5jD3
    FBI investigators do not believe that the IRS did any wrong in regards to the unusually heavy scrutiny against conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status. Although, the matter still has to go up against the Department of Justice, charges against the IRS seem unlikely due to the conclusion of the FBI investigators.

     CULTURAL
    Gabourey Sidibe’s witty response to Golden Globes wardrobe disaster - http://rtvote.com/1m54gGD

    New Outkast album in the works for 2014- http://rtvote.com/1dsMFsY
    It’s official, Christine McVie has rejoined the Fleetwood Mac band - http://rtvote.com/1hTxgnh

    Vogue editor in chief : Anna Wintour, is coming to a TV near you soon with new show: “The Fashion Fund” - http://rtvote.com/1iOgrIb

    Did you miss Sunday’s episode? Catch up on the Downtown Abbey Season 4 shocker here - http://rtvote.com/1dnslaX
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown will be at the Smithsonian, AGAIN - http://rtvote.com/JYzF1v
    Beyoncé writes Essay on gender equality- http://rtvote.com/1m57rhH

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 29, 2013

    Thursday, August 29th, 2013

    U.S. deciding on action in Syria; California uses drones to monitor fires; fast-food workers demand higher wages; and Shellie Zimmerman faces charges. Meanwhile, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Michael Douglas split; FLOTUS gets a new do; and Michael Jackson would celebrate his 55th birthday today.

    -Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Fast-Food Protests Under Way, http://rtvote.com/17oxMku
    Fast-food workers in more than 50 cities nationwide will strike Thursday, in demand of increasing wages to $15 per hour. However, as strikes cleared this morning, business went on as usual, and customers had no idea of the events that had transpired. Though many workers will strike throughout the day, the restaurants will continue to operate largely undisrupted.

    U.S. Facing Test on Data to Back Action on Syriahttp://rtvote.com/14GFd87
    As evidence rises that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad holds responsibility for the chemical weapon attack last week, the Obama administration faces a decision on how to respond. While a response, regardless of UN approval, seems likely, concern remains over how it will affect long term US-involvement in the conflict.

    California launches drone to help battle growing Rim Fire, http://rtvote.com/17oy6jd
    A newly launched drone is set to assist firefighters contain the California Rim Fire. The benefit of this aircraft is that it can spot new flare-ups before people can be on the ground, which allows for faster containment. The drone can hover for 22 hours at a time, compared to helicopters which need to be refueled every 2 hours.

    George Zimmerman’s wife pleads guilty to perjuryhttp://rtvote.com/14GGaNP
    Shellie Zimmerman, wife of George Zimmerman, plead guilty on Wednesday for lying in her husband’s bond hearing. She has been sentenced to one year of probation and 100 hours of community service.

    Painting of Putin in a negligee seized by Russian police; artist flees the country, http://rtvote.com/1du0rMi
    Russian artist Konstantin Altunin has fled after releasing paintings depicting President Vladamir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in female lingerie. Since their release, the police have seized the work. The artist’s work came in conjunction with a letter to the G-20 delegates set to arrive in St. Petersburg next month asking them to discuss issues of censorship with the President.

    CULTURAL

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones Split, http://rtvote.com/1dudey9

    Michael Jackson’s Best Singles, In Celebration Of What Would Be The Late Singer’s 55th Birthday, http://rtvote.com/14GSjlL

    Michelle Obama Debuts Highlights, http://rtvote.com/1dufNQO

    Justin Timberlake Defends Miley Cyrus’ VMA Performance, http://rtvote.com/14GSb5Z

    Jennifer Garner Says Ben Affleck Could Go Into Politics, http://rtvote.com/17oIZSf

    Rock the Vote
    Bio: Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 to organize artists and fight against censorship of musicians. Since then we've evolved to focus on empowering young people to get involved in the political process. We use pop culture, peer-to-peer organizing, and the latest technology to raise visibility of politics and demystify the process of registering to vote.
    @rockthevote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Thursday, August 1st, 2013

    US set to resume negotiations with Pakistan; Snowden finds a new home; fast-food workers demand higher pay; and Uruguay in line to becoming first country to regulate the Marijuana market. Meanwhile, is Michelle Obama is no longer best dressed?; Simon Cowell to become a dad; and Jimmy McMillan endorses Weiner for NYC mayor.

    - Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Ariel Castro apologizes to victims at sentencing hearing, http://rtvote.com/19zGukq
    Castro entered the courtroom Thursday morning, beginning with an apology to his victims. Until today, Castro had justified his actions, recalling mental illness, and personal history as a sexual assault victim, but had never expressed feelings of remorse.

    US, Pakistan To Resume High-Level Negotiations, http://rtvote.com/19zwacq
    US and Pakistani Secretaries of State will resume negotiations over security issues, including border control and counterterrorism. Negotiations between the two countries were hindered by the U.S. raid to kill Osama bin Laden, and by the accidental shooting of two Pakistanis by a CIA worker. The resumption indicates that the relationship between the countries is improving.

    Uruguay MPs back marijuana legalization, http://rtvote.com/13pBZW4
    Uruguay’s House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize marijuana, backed by the country’s President. If the Senate also passes the bill, marijuana sales would be conducted solely by the government, making it the first country to regulate sales of the substance.  Supporters are hopeful that the measure will reduce the tens of thousands of deaths caused by drug trafficking in the country.

    Edward Snowden receives temporary asylum in Russia, leaves Moscow airport, http://rtvote.com/19zxxaQ
    After over a month in the airport’s transit zone, and nearly a week after false reports of asylum in the country, Edward Snowden has been granted a 1 year asylum in Russia. His destination and plans in the country are unknown.

    A Day’s Strike Seeks to Raise Fast-Food Pay, http://rtvote.com/13pBo6G
    Fast–food employees nationwide are conducting one-day strikes to demand higher pay. The strikers are demanding a $15 hourly wage. Meanwhile, restaurant officials say this demand is unreasonable, and would drive restaurant owners to higher fewer workers or turn to automation. The events are part of a larger movement to increase the federal minimum wage.

    House passes student loan rate fix, http://rtvote.com/19zyPTi
    Since loan rates were doubled on July 1, the Senate, and now the House have passed a new bill to tie interest rates on federal student loans to the 10-year Treasury note.  Once President Obama signs the bill, which is expected, rates will be set at 3.86 percent for undergraduates. The rates, however, can fluctuate with the market, but are capped at 8.25 percent.

     

    CULTURAL

    MLB prepared to ban A-Rod for life, suspend eight others, http://rtvote.com/13pClMq

    Michelle Obama Snubbed From Vanity Fair’s Best Dressed List, http://rtvote.com/16aCGBd

    Simon Cowell Expecting a Baby With Friend’s Wife Lauren Silverman, http://rtvote.com/16aGPFl

    Jimmy McMillan: Anthony Weiner for mayor, http://rtvote.com/16aGfar

    Try Out Facebook’s Fun ‘On This Day’ Feature—But You May Not Like What You See, http://rtvote.com/16aI4UW

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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