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    News Round-Up: November 14, 2013

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    President Obama is addressing the nation (AGAIN) on Obamacare; Snapchat (a start-up run by millennials!) turns down billions from Facebook; a notorious Boston mobster gets more than 2 life terms for his crimes; and survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to find necessary resources. Meanwhile, Adam Levine gives a standing-O at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Alec Baldwin’s crazy stalker is getting jail time.
    -Maura + Veronica

    CRUCIAL

    Source: President Obama’s fix will continue current plans, http://rtvote.com/I0VWu5 Aiming to calm the rippling waters among both the Democratic and Republican parties, the president will announce and administrative fix to Obamacare this morning. This will be an attempt to fix the Affordable Care Act to allow Americans to keep their current plans into next year if they want to. This will be in contrast to some Democratic House leaders who have proposed legislative solutions to the problem. Keep your eyes pealed for more details on this story as it develops!

    Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger gets 2 life terms plus 5 years, http://rtvote.com/17VI695 The notorious mobster from Boston, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, was sentenced to two life terms plus 5 years for his crimes during a reign of terror in South Boston in the 1970s and ‘80s. The convictions included murder, money laundering, racketeering, extortion, narcotics distribution, and obstruction of justice. The 84-year-old mobster had been on the run for 16 years before being arrested by the FBI in 2011.

    How it happened: Tracing Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in the Philippines, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wb Just a few days ago a bustling city, now, the city of Tacloban is a place of tragedy and despair as thousands try to restore their lives after Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation on Friday morning. To give context, the storm was 3.5 times more ferocious than Hurricane Katrina and big enough to stretch from Spain to Sweden. The current number of deaths is measured close to 1800, but the final death toll remains unknown. Survivors are now facing life-threating barriers such as access to clean water, food and medical services.

    Snapchat turned down more than $3B from Facebook, http://rtvote.com/HVJixn

    There are no limits when it comes to new technology, and Snapchat seems to know what their worth! The company reportedly turned down a $3 billion dollar deal with Facebook recently (up from their previous offer of $1 billion last year), because they are being courted by a series of other investors. Facebook’s bid for the company comes from their acknowledgement that teens are spending less time on the social media platform and more time using photographs to communicate with their peers. Snapchat is only 2 years old and was founded by 23-year old CEO Evan Spiegel.  Yay Millennials!

    CULTURAL

    Alec Baldwin stalker found guilty: Genevieve Sabourin sentenced to 210 days in jail,  http://rtvote.com/1aVJJnu

    Jennifer Lawrence leaves red carpet to comfort fan in wheelchair, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wa

    Angelina Jolie shows evil side in ‘Maleficent’ poster, http://rtvote.com/1gO9E2B

    Mark Wahlberg lashes out at actors who compare their jobs to being a soldier, http://rtvote.com/18wp3wm
    Adam Levine Gives Behati Prinsloo a Standing Ovation at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, http://rtvote.com/1e5VtSY

    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: Monday, April 11, 2011

    Monday, April 11th, 2011

    In today’s news, President Obama plans to address the nation about the deficit on Wednesday which will keep the subject front and center. In other eye-popping news, everyone’s favorite “Runaway General” McChrystal makes a comeback to public life by leading an initiative that will help the president and Mrs. Obama support military families, meanwhile Tim Pawlenty’s aggressive targeting of potential young voters gets a boost as he hires 28-year-old Nick Ayers for the big job of managing his campaign.

    Elsewhere, Facebook is headed to China (will they experience the same political woes that Google did?), Natalie Portman goes un-vegan, Charl Schwartzel out-puts Tiger et al. to win the Masters, and Rhianna finds another famous collaborator after last week’s American Country Music Awards in Britney Spears.

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama Puts Taxes on Table, http://on.wsj.com/erKwmz

    President Obama will speak about the deficit on Wednesday, after remaining quiet for some time. He plans to lay out his goals of increasing taxes for the wealthy, reducing defense spending, and cutting from both Medicare and Medicaid.

    McChrystal to Lead Program for Military Families, http://nyti.ms/gwVziq

    Obama asked General Stanley A. McChrystal to oversee the support for military families initiative, despite the fact that the General was forced to retire after Rolling Stone “quoted his subordinates as disparaging senior civilian leaders.” The goal of the program is to support our forces who have voluntarily fought during the last decade of war.

    Police Detain Women Protesting on First Day of French Islamic Veil Ban, http://wapo.st/efgoEu

    After the law banning the niqab, a veil worn by a small group of Muslim women that reveals only their eyes, took affect in France today many women came out in protest, and some were taken by the police for participating in an unauthorized protest. Veiled women can be charged up to $215, and people who force women to wear the veil will pay a much heftier fee.

    Facebook Goes to China: A Test of Zuckerberg’s Values, http://bit.ly/gjsIg9

    Zuckerberg has made a deal with China’s largest search engine to develop a a website that will meet censorship laws in China. A number of problems exist with the creation, such as who will monitor posts and status updates, how this will be handled remains to be seen.

    Tim Pawlenty Taps Nick Ayers as Campaign Manager, http://bit.ly/gp6Y4w

    Tim Pawlenty hired a 28 year old with an impressive resume to be the campaign manager for his presidential exploratory committee. Nick Ayers served as the executive director of RGA at age 24.

    Nial Ferguson on when social media goes bad: http://bit.ly/hftKsV

    Andrew Brandt highlights the NFL courtroom showdown: http://huff.to/g1naXi

    CULTURAL:

    Pregnant Natalie Portman quits being vegan: http://bit.ly/hHIcPf

    Queens of Pop Britney and Rihanna team up: http://bit.ly/i4HbEL

    Jersey Short casts gets huge pay raise for Season 4: http://bit.ly/fzl6x7

    NJ Nets fined $50,000 for Jay-Z’s mishap: http://on.mtv.com/fuNOck

    Taylor Lautner talks Twihard tattoos: http://on.mtv.com/fPvQbN

    Charl Schwartzel trounces Tiger to win Masters: http://ti.me/dPXTsz

    Albums art meets book covers: http://bit.ly/i3sg3K

    Heather Reid
    Bio: Heather is Rock the Vote's Field Intern.
    @hkreid
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    Are your ears burning?

    Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

    People are talking about you today, young voters. Seems like there is a lot of polling out there about whether or not you plan to vote in 2010. To wit…

    Check out this story about a recent poll from the Harvard Institute on Politics that found more enthusiasm to vote in 2010 among younger Republicans than younger Democrats. (Of course, there are more young people who self-identify as progressive or Democratic than conservative or Republican, but the only score that matters is who shows up at the polls.) From “Young Republicans are ready to rock the vote” (catchy headline!):

    More young John McCain supporters than Obama supporters are preparing to go to the polls in November, according to the survey. While 44 percent of Obama supporters said they’d “definitely” be voting, 53 percent of Sen. McCain’s (R-Ariz.) supporters said they planned to go to the polls. The poll found 35 percent of Democrats and 41 percent of Republicans intended to vote.

    Or you can take a look at the new Gallup poll, which found that 44 percent of 18 to 29 year olds are not enthusiastic about voting:

    One potential problem for Democrats is the lower enthusiasm about voting among young Americans. Twenty percent of registered voters aged 18 to 29 say they are very enthusiastic about voting this November. That compares with 31% to 39% of older age groups who are very enthusiastic.

    Or you can check out the column by Robert Samuelson (who is often wrong and totally out of touch, in my humble opinion) in the Washington Post, which asks if the Millennials will become the “chump” generation?

    Millennials could become the chump generation. They could suffer for their elders’ economic sins, particularly the failure to confront the predictable costs of baby boomers’ retirement. This poses a question. In 2008, Millennials voted 2 to 1 for Barack Obama; in surveys, they say they’re more disposed than older Americans to big and activist government. Their ardor for Obama is already cooling. Will higher taxes dim their enthusiasm for government?

    OK for now. Carry on.

    Thomas Bates
    Bio: Thomas is Rock the Vote's Vice President of Civic Engagement.
    @BatesThomas
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com