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    News Round-Up: Friday, June 14, 2013

    Friday, June 14th, 2013

    More gene tests become available, the U.S. plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels; the Turkish Prime Minister hands over park project decision to court; two are found dead as a result of the Colorado wildfire; many women working for the CIA still encounter a glass ceiling; and a Nazi leader is living in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons cancels their trip to Bonnaroo, and Jack Johnson saves the day by filling in.

    Maura + Alexis


    After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden, http://nyti.ms/1ab7UvC
    The Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and now many laboratories are announcing that they are offering genetic testing for breast cancer risk, making genetic testing more affordable and available. Myriad Genetics, a company that once monopolized the industry of genetics, now has competition, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. Managing director of GeneDx, Sherri Bale, explains, “This is going to make a lot more genetic tests available, especially for rare diseases.”

    U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels, http://nyti.ms/14zMOEx
    After concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to supply the rebels with small arms and ammunition. The CIA is responsible for coordinating this assistance, and it is said that this has been a long discussed approach to helping fight the Syrian civil war.

    Turkish PM to delay Istanbul park project, http://aje.me/16lz9AR
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edorgan has resolved to delay the park project until a court rules on it. Erdogan met with representatives of protest group Taksim Solidarity in addition to actors and artists on Thursday and promised them he would let the court rule whether or not to proceed with the project.

    2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire, http://cbsn.ws/11LcWvh
    Two people’s remains have been found in an area burned by the wildfire that has been sweeping across Colorado. The fire has burnt down at least 360 houses and another 1,000 homes have been evacuated. The fire is currently only five percent contained, and is likely to top the charts as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history.

    Many women in CIA still encounter glass ceiling, agency report says, http://wapo.st/142hj3M
    It is apparent that the glass ceiling still remains in the CIA, one of the governments largest and most powerful agencies. Avril D. Haines was appointed to deputy director of the CIA, a position never before held by a woman. Although women make up 46 percent of the CIA’s work force, only 19 percent were promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service last year. Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus was concerned by these numbers and decided to delve deeper into the CIA’s work culture. It appears that this has been a long-standing issue, one perpetuated by the fact that the CIA does not effectively address work-life balance.

    Commander in SS-led unit living in US, http://bit.ly/14AwG5I
    A chief commander of a Nazi SS-led unit has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II. He apparently lied about his Nazi involvement to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living here ever since. It is unsure whether or not

    Analysis: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, marriage equality faces more legal challenges, http://bit.ly/11ANt3q
    According to Joan Biskupic, no matter what decision the U.S. Supreme Court comes out with this month with regard to gay marriage, there are likely to be many more years of legal debate following the decision. Out of the dozens of cases left for the Supreme Court to decide on however, it seems that the two cases involving gay rights have garnered the most attention.


    Mumford & Sons Cancel 2013 Bonnaroo, Telluride Appearances as Band’s Bassist Released From Hospital, http://eonli.ne/161ibqH

    Joanna Krupa Is Married: Real Housewives of Miami Star Ties the Knot With Romain Zago, http://eonli.ne/161lvSU

    Selena Gomez Has a Baby Sister! Demi Lovato Congratulates Singer and Mom Mandy on New Arrival, http://eonli.ne/1a9kawC

    Jack Johnson At Bonnaroo: Singer Steps In For Mumford & Sons After Cancellation, http://huff.to/17M3tbe

    Matt Damon In ‘Bridesmaids’? Paul Feig Says Cameo Almost Happened, http://huff.to/13IRDJe

    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


    Thursday, February 16th, 2012

    Iran’s leaders react to sanctions; the Greek bailout is starting to unravel; Xi Jinping visits Iowa; unemployment applications continue to drop; Rick Santorum releases his tax returns, and Minnesotans protest voter ID laws. Elsewhere, Buzz Bissinger talks newspaper sales in Philadelphia; New Jersey will fly its flags at half staff in honor of Whitney Houston; and “The Colbert Report” is on temporary hiatus.

    Aaron + Caitlin


    Aggressive Acts by Iran Signal Pressure on Its Leadership, http://nyti.ms/wZuwW7
    Iranian leaders are posturing after the West has tightened sanctions due to Iran’s nuclear strides and its terrorist attacks abroad. In response, Iran will immediately cut off a portion of oil supply to the EU. There has been recent speculation that Israel is prepared to use force in order to wipe out Iran’s nuclear program. Experts are saying that Iran’s recent actions indicate its willingness to fight back if Israel or the United States attacks.

    8 Young Afghans Killed in Strike, NATO Acknowledges, http://nyti.ms/zx5IiU
    Eight Afghan boys have been killed in a bombing in a remote mountainous region of Afghanistan. Afghan officials claim that the boys were unarmed civilians. The families of the deceased have stated that the boys were tending to goats outside of the village. NATO officials have said that they observed the boys with weapons acting in a tactical fashion. Both Afghanistan and NATO agree that there was a search for a weapons cache in the area nearby. According to some of the families, a few of the boys who died were 12 years of age or younger.

    Doubting Greeks’ Resolve, Euro Zone May Hold Back Full Bailout, http://nyti.ms/wEQMvZ
    The EU has yet to hand over the $170 billion that was agreed upon to bail out the Greece. The money was never going to be given in a lump sum because German officials feared that Greece would misuse it and cut back on the austerity measures they insisted on. German economists are voicing their concerns over whether Greek officials can be trustworthy with the bail out. As a result, Greek officials are making incendiary statements towards Germany while protestors burn German flags.

    Xi Jinping visits Iowa, where the diplomatic equivalent of love is in the air, http://wapo.st/x01pzp
    Future Chinese President Xi Jinping is set to return to Iowa, a state he visited as a lowly agricultural official in the 1980s. In 1985, he stayed in Muscatine, Iowa where, with a tiny budget, Jinping slept at the house of a Iowa couple, his bed surrounded by their son’s Star Trek figurines. The visit left a huge mark on Jinping, and he hopes to use his trip to Iowa to show how the US and China need to remain strong partners.

    GM earns highest profit ever in 2011 at $7.6B; union workers to get $7,000 in profit sharing, http://wapo.st/x0GY57
    Strong sales in both the United States and China are responsible for GM’s biggest profit ever in 2011, eclipsing its profits from the late 1990s boom in SUV and Truck sales. The profits have occurred 2 years after the US government bailed out the car manufacturer. However, not all is perfect for GM; the car giant lost money in both Europe and South America which has caused its stocks to not improve as much as it’d like. The US government has a large share of those stocks and is waiting for them to improve before selling them off to recoup money from the bailout.

    Hundreds crowd state Capitol to oppose anti-voting rights amendment http://bit.ly/wQ3ZfH
    Minnesotans are protesting a bill that would rid of same day registration and limit voting to those with who do not have a valid photo ID. According to Minnesota’s Secretary of State, this law would disenfranchise over 200,000 voters, many of whom are elderly, impoverished or homeless. The ruling against same day registration would affect over half a million people who register at the polls. 200 people protested the bill that would force many to cast provisional ballots and would delay many election results.

    Voting rights group files suit over Texas registration practices http://bit.ly/wlgSOp
    Voting for America has filed a federal lawsuit against the state of Texas, alleging that they have suppressed voting. The suit centers around what Voting for America feels are illegal laws that limit who can vote. It also points out instances where voters have been asked for photo IDs even though the law has yet to be implemented. In Galveston, many voters were mistakenly listed as first time voters and then were incorrectly asked to present ID cards. Critics of this lawsuit allege that Voting for America is a front for the scandal ridden ACORN and say that it has ties to the White House.


    Whitney Houston’s funeral to be broadcast online; Gov. Christie defends decision to fly flags half-staff, http://wapo.st/xBdnBk

    Stephen Colbert’s show cancels taping Wednesday night, http://wapo.st/wzxQ5Y

    REGGIE BUSH: I’m NOT Back with Kim Kardashian, http://bit.ly/wAb0E5

    Black Thought and Questlove On Board for GrassROOTS Charity Concert in Philly, http://bit.ly/z57IiI

    Big L Mourned 13 Years Later on Anniversary of Passing, http://bit.ly/wnYSLc

    Aaron Ghitelman

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 8, 2012

    Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

    Rick Santorum makes an unexpected comeback in three state contests; Proposition 8 has been overturned by U.S. Circuit Court; and Obama shows gains over Romney in Virginia. Meanwhile, violence in Syria continues; Russian scientists have reached an Antarctic subglacial lake the size of New Jersey; and Daniel Radcliffe admits to groupie one night stands.

    Kelly + Caitlin


    Syria: Homs under ‘heaviest’ shelling yet, http://bbc.in/AhOpGA
    After President Bashar al-Assad promised yesterday that he would end violence in Syria, 40 people have since died in Homs from heavy shelling. Civilians are hiding inside buildings, running low on food, and unable to travel because of sniper fire in the streets. The continued shelling comes after Russia and China blocked a UN Security Council resolution last week that backed a new Arab League plan for Syria. The plan involved Assad handing power to a deputy who would oversee a transition of power. Syria has become increasingly violent and isolated since the resolution was blocked.

    Russians Claim To Have Punched Through To Antarctic ‘Subglacial Lake,’ http://n.pr/xuaLJX
    Russian scientists announced today that they have successfully drilled through two miles of ice to reach Lake Vostok in Antarctica. The “lake” is roughly the size of New Jersey. Scientists have been drilling to Lake Vostok for about 50 years. The initial spurt of water from the lake, released when scientists finally broke through, has risen up and frozen in the drill hole. Likely contaminated from drilling chemicals, the scientists’ plan is to return next December to draw clean water.

    Prop 8, California’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban, Declared Unconstitutional, http://huff.to/zABLfQ
    Yesterday, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled California’s gay marriage ban unconstitutional, noting that the ban serves no other purpose than to “lessen the status and human dignity” of gay people. Proposition 8 was approved by California voters in 2008 with 52 percent of the vote. The circuit court opinion cited that the law has no other purpose than to single out gay couples exclusively from marriage, since California already grants them all the rights and benefits of marriage if they register as domestic partners. The one dissenting judge wrote that the ban would help ensure that children are raised by married, opposite-sex couples. Gay rights activists were very pleased because the decision allows the controversy over Proposition 8 to move to the Supreme Court, where it is expected that the justices will affirm the trend of the appeals courts’ reversal of the ban.

    White House hinting compromise on birth control, http://bit.ly/AqStxy
    Amid outcry from conservative leaders and the Catholic Church, the Obama Administration is rumored to discuss a compromise on contraception coverage. A White House spokesman confirmed the belief that women working for church-affiliated employers should have access to birth control, but that the White House will also seek to accommodate ways to allay Catholic employer concerns. An option for compromise could include allowing a church-affiliated employer to not cover birth control and instead, refer employees to an insurer who would provide the coverage.  Another would expand the definition of “religious employer” to be affiliated with houses of worship and institutions, which would allow them to be exempt from the healthcare mandate.

    Rick Santorum wins Republican votes in Minnesota, Missouri and Colorado, http://trib.in/z8GU07
    Despite less money and less visibility, Rick Santorum won three states yesterday: the Missouri primary and the Minnesota and Colorado caucuses. Santorum, in total, has won four states, the other being Iowa. The votes in Missouri will not affect awarding delegates at the convention later in the year, but more Republicans participated in the Missouri primary than in Nevada, resulting in a major symbolic victory over Mitt Romney. Ron Paul also edged out Romney in Minnesota, coming in second place.

    Obama leads Romney in Virginia poll, http://bit.ly/zdv2zN
    Virginia, now a famous swing state in presidential elections, is showing that in a hypothetical poll, Obama leads Romney 47 percent to 43 percent. The poll results has Obama at a 5 point increase from December. The poll, conducted by Quinnipiac University, interviewed 1,544 registered Virginia voters. The poll findings also mention that, despite this encouraging state lead, Obama’s overall approval rating is still below 50 percent. Obama won Virginia in 2008, making him the first Democrat to win it in more than 40 years.

    Sprint sells 1.8 million iPhones but posts huge loss, http://cnnmon.ie/zOlkBB
    Joining AT&T and Verizon as the third national carrier to sell Apple’s iPhone last quarter, Sprint announced that while it sold 1.8 million iPhones, it is posting its biggest quarterly loss in three years. For the quarter, Sprint posted a $1.3 billion loss, 40 percent larger than the $929 million loss it recorded a year earlier. Sprint spokespeople remain hopeful, citing the company’s biggest customer growth in six years and average revenue per user rising by the highest rate in Sprint’s history. Apple sold 40 percent of iPhone products to Sprint customers, much above Verizon and AT&T.


    ‘It has happened!’ Squeaky clean Daniel Radcliffe implies he’s had one-night stands with groupies, http://bit.ly/waKhZh

    Adele’s Health Crisis and Comeback, http://bit.ly/xQPhjx

    Justice Sotomayor Appears On Sesame Street, http://bit.ly/AfQt7e

    2.1 million viewers live stream Super Bowl online, http://bit.ly/ws8T3m

    Ellen Degeneres addresses Prop 8 and J.C. Penney controversy, http://bit.ly/AjFHrs 

    Kelly Holleran

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 21, 2011

    Thursday, July 21st, 2011

    In today’s news, Obama considers a short-term hike in the debt ceiling, nearly half of the U.S. population is facing extreme heat, some non-News Corp tabloids may have utilized phone hacking, Al-Qaeda is planning an animated film to recruit kids, and Quiznos may be going out of business. Also, student body presidents speak out on the debt, social media use may haunt job applicants, the space shuttle Atlantis is on the verge of its final landing, and Anonymous claims a breach of NATO security.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    As Debt Talks Intensify, Obama Opens Door to Short-Term Hike in Debt Ceiling,
    President Obama is considering a short-term debt deal if it will ultimately lead to a larger, more long-term plan. Obama’s willingness to bargain stems from Republicans’ continuous refusal to raise taxes. With no debt deal in sight, Wall Street has started planning for a debt default.

    Nearly Half of U.S. Population Facing Extreme Heat,
    It’s no news that it’s hot outside. However, some may be unaware that the triple digit temperatures are due to a deadly heat wave already responsible for 22 deaths. The heat wave has caused it to be 129 degrees in Iowa and 123 in Minnesota. It’s moving East this weekend, with heat advisories already in effect.

    In Court, Suggestions of Hacking Beyond the News of the World,
    More phone hacking incidents may have occurred, and this time it seems News Corp is not responsible. Former reporters from British tabloids, “The People” and “The Sunday Mirror,” have come out saying their respective papers used phone hacking and private detectives to dig up dirt on subjects.

    Al-Qaeda Plans Cartoon Recruiting Film for Kids,
    Al-Qaeda is working on a “Disney-like” animated film to recruit children to join the terrorist group. The film would depict boys taking part in killings and terror plots. Some believe the propaganda may fail, as adults could disapprove of the blatant attempt to recruit their children.

    House Dems say state voter-ID laws a GOP plan to suppress minority votes,
    While Republicans support voter-identification laws as a way of ensuring that only legal U.S. citizens vote, several House Democrats are arguing that these laws are a coordinated attempt to suppress minority and elderly votes.

    (via POLITICO Playbook)
    FIRST LOOK – National Press Club, 1:30 p.m., “Student Body Presidents Speak Out on Debt: 116 Student Body Presidents representing nearly 2 million college students from 40 states”: “A coalition of nearly 120 collegiate student body presidents [will release] a letter today calling on President Obama and Congressional leaders to reach a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling … The student-led initiative … began on Georgetown University’s campus last week.”

    Social Media History Becomes a New Job Hurdle,
    Social Intelligence, a year-old start-up, provides companies with a detailed report of potential employees’ past social media activity. Proving background checks may be a thing of a past, Social Intelligence scours job applicants’ Facebooks, Twitters, Tumblrs, and Myspaces, reporting any scandalous pictures or opinions to potential employers.

    Space Shuttle on Verge of Final Landing,
    The U.S. space shuttle, Atlantis has made its final landing at Kennedy Space Center today. The landing marks the end of NASA’s space shuttle program, which launched 135 shuttles and 355 astronauts into space.

    Anonymous Hacking Group Claims Breach of NATO Security, Access to Restricted Material, http://wapo.st/qEF4zo
    The hacking group, Anonymous has hacked NATO’s cyber system. The group announced on Twitter that it would be “irresponsioble [sic]” to post any of the confidential information. However, the group seems to have had a change of heart as it has just announced it will post some of the restricted files in the coming days.


    Sarah Palin Is Going to Be a Grandmother Again, http://gaw.kr/rhOaPD

    Sofia Vergara’s next role: Politician’s wife? http://bit.ly/nu2lI2

    Lindsay Lohan Facing New Lawsuit — Assault & Battery, http://bit.ly/r2DG5m

    Bruno Mars Tweets Excitement About VMA Nominations, http://on.mtv.com/ot1Wnt

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, July 15, 2011

    Friday, July 15th, 2011

    Minnesota’s government has come to an agreement to end the state’s shut down, Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell are working on a back-up plan to prevent a default, Rebekah Brooks resigns from Murdoch’s British subsidiary, a woman dies after a volcano in Indonesia erupts, and the California governor signs a bill requiring schools to teach LGBT history. Also, Levi Aron is pleading not guilty to charges of kidnapping and murdering 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky, and Michele Bachmann raised $2 million in 3 weeks.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry


    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    Following a three-hour meeting at the statehouse on Thursday, an agreement has been reached to end Minnesota’s government shutdown, now in its 14th day. The Republican leaders in the state legislature appeared at an evening press conference with Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to announce they’ve reached a framework for a deal. Dayton said he will call a special session to pass a budget, which should allow the government to reopen in a “few days.”

    Plan B Emerges on Debt,
    Senators Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell have held quiet meetings on a plan to avoid a default. The backup plan would include spending cuts and McConnell’s idea to give the president power to raise the debt ceiling. The deal would also have a committee to scope out further cuts, and per Republican demands, would probably not include any tax increases.

    Rebekah Brooks Resigns From Murdoch’s British Subsidiary, http://nyti.ms/r6X8lv
    Rebekah Brooks, the Chief Executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British news operation, announced her resignation Friday. Reports came out that while Brooks was editor, News of the World ordered the cell-phone hacking of a 13-year-old murder victim and terrorism victims from 9/11.

    Woman dies as Indonesian volcano erupts again, http://on.msnbc.com/nxmxOv
    Rescuers, along with soldiers and police, evacuated Indonesian residents living near a 5,741-foot volcano called Mount Lokon. 6,000 were moved into shelters and 27,000 more will be displaced. One woman died of a heart attack while fleeing from the lava.

    California governor signs bill requiring schools to teach gay history,
    California students are used to learning about the historic contributions of Native Americans, African-Americans, Mexican-Americans, and Asian-Americans; now they’ll also learn the history of LGBT and disabled Americans. Gov. Jerry Brown justified the additions to the curriculum, noting that “history should be honest.”

    Sudan Strikes Could Be War Crimes, Report Says, http://nyti.ms/poRMJX
    South Sudan, which was recently admitted to the United Nations after seceding from the North, might be charged with possible war crimes. A report suggests that the northern government based in Khartoum has carried out human rights violations that could be considered war crimes in South Kordofan State.

    Obama Said Ready to Move on South Korea Trade Bill, http://nyti.ms/nL6VmI
    Business leaders and President Obama are eager to see a free trade pact approved with South Korea. Republicans are threatening to vote against the bill since it includes an extension to the 50-year-old TAA job training program.

    Michele Bachmann reportedly raised $2 million in 3 weeks,
    Since she announced her candidacy three weeks ago, the Minnesota Congresswoman has doubled her campaign’s budget. While this is an impressive amount in such a short period of time, rival Mitt Romney is still well ahead of her total.


    Harry Potter shatters sales records as millions say one final goodbye, http://bit.ly/qPAjv7

    Sarah Palin Movie Debuts to Empty Theater in Orange County, http://bit.ly/mZtoIj

    Chris Colfer learned he’s leaving ‘Glee’ from Twitter, http://bit.ly/nQT7Al

    Does Lindsay Lohan Really Think She Deserved Natalie Portman’s Oscar?! http://eonli.ne/oeRzbw

    Pharrell Williams Launches ‘Qream’, New Drink for Women, http://bit.ly/r9HIGm

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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