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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 26, 2014

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

    Arizona’s governor has yet to make a decision on the latest controversial bill; secession fears emerge in Ukraine; and a California couple finds $10 million worth of Gold Rush-era coins. Meanwhile, another celebrity couple splits; more controversy emerges for Justin Bieber; and Kanye West talks music.

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Arizona governor takes time on anti-gay bill: http://rtvote.com/1mHkU4T
    Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona has been pressured for days to take a stance on bill SB1062, that would allow businesses and restaurants to refuse to serve gays based on religious beliefs. People from all professions and belief systems have called on Brewer to veto the bill including: the LGBT community, former presidential candidate Mitt Romney, religious leaders, business giants like Apple, and Arizona’s two senators, John McCain and Jeff Flake. The NFL is also watching the bill’s progress; if it passes, the 2015 Super Bowl’s Arizona location might be challenged. Brewer has until Saturday at 11:59pm to make her decision, but her inaction so far has drawn criticism.

    Tensions rise in Ukraine’s pro-Russian Crimea amid secession fears: http://rtvote.com/1fHdjOg
    Pro-Russian protesters faced off with pro-Ukrainian protesters in Simferopol, a city within Ukraine’s Crimea region. Some fear that Crimea, due to its extreme loyalty to Russia, will secede from Ukraine, although parliament speaker Volodimir Konstantinov has denied that there are secession plans in the works. Currently, eastern and southern Ukraine has a heavier Russian influence, while Western Ukraine favors the majority of Europe. Currently, Ukraine is trying to create a new government in the midst of the continuing political instability throughout the country.

    No bluff: US planning possible withdrawal of all troops from Afghanistan: http://rtvote.com/1gCjscp
    If no security agreement is signed, the Obama administration told Afghanistan that they would withdrawal all of the United States troops that remain by the end of the year. This comes after Afghanistan’s President, Hamid Karzai, refused to sign the security agreement, which would keep American troops in Afghanistan after combat operations end this year. A Pakistani official believes that if the United States leaves Afghanistan completely, a civil war will ensue. Presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah said he would sign the deal if elected.

    UAE Islamic affairs authority warns Muslims against a mission to Mars: http://rtvote.com/1ewcRhg
    The General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (GAIAE) has issued a ruling telling Muslims not to travel to Mars, despite supporting space travel in general. The GAIAE is against travel to Mars because they believe people won’t come back: that they’ll die in space. This, they say, is similar to committing suicide because the traveler willingly went to Mars knowing he or she may not return. Suicide is strictly against Islamic principles. Mars One, the Dutch nonprofit planning the first tourist mission to outer space (through Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic) this year, issued a statement saying that human lives would not be at risk for tourism-based space travel and that the GAIAE should revoke the ruling.

    California couple unearths Gold Rush coins worth $10 million: http://rtvote.com/1jAakb3
    Two Californians stumbled upon 1,427 gold coins buried by a tree on their property while walking their dog. The discovery is believed to be “one of the greatest buried treasures ever unearthed in the United States” says the trade journal Coin Update. The coins worth $5, $10, and $20 were in mint condition and had never been circulated, though they have been dated from 1897 to 1894. Most of the coins are $20 coins minted between 1855 and 1894. Some experts say some coins could be auctioned for $1 million. No one has any idea who might have buried them. The couple plans to sell the majority of the coins on Amazon and plan on using the proceeds to help their community.

    CULTURAL

    Katy Perry and John Mayer hit splitsville: http://rtvote.com/1pthPUZ

    Justin Bieber’s security guard and driver arrested: http://rtvote.com/1llFOoy

    Kanye West to make “kid-friendly” music? http://rtvote.com/1khb5pg

    Miley Cyrus debunks some rumors: http://rtvote.com/N3mGgH

    Paul Rudd vs. Jimmy Fallon…at lip syncing: http://rtvote.com/1bM4aEN

    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, June 24, 2011

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    The House rejects a resolution to formally authorize a U.S. military intervention in Libya, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walks out of debt negotiations, three men are arrested before carrying out a terrorist plot in Seattle, and Qaddafi is ‘seriously considering’ fleeing Tripoli.

    Also, the Ohio Senate and Pennsylvania House have passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ids at the polls, while North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a photo ID bill.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The House has rejected a resolution that would have formally authorized the U.S. military intervention in Libya, a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s policy in the north African country. The vote was 123-295. The House will also vote later Friday to cut off funding for the Libya conflict.

    Cantor’s exit leaves debt talks up to Boehner, Obama to get deal, http://bit.ly/kjPC1q

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on Vice President Biden’s negotiations over the debt yesterday.  Leaders on both sides say the impasse is due to Republicans’ opposition to all tax hikes.

    Accused Seattle attackers wanted media attention,
    http://bit.ly/mrCtJm

    “Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody.” That’s the headline a pair of would-be-terrorists envisioned on the newspaper stands, had they not been arrested before they could carry it out. Seattle police foiled the plot after a third partner alerted the authorities.

    Qaddafi ‘Seriously Considering’ Fleeing Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say, http://fxn.ws/il0th2

    NATO forces have Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi on the ropes, with sources saying the leader is “seriously considering” fleeing Tripoli.

    Pennsylvania House backs photo-ID bill for voters, http://bit.ly/igLSoC

    After almost 10 hours of debate over three days, a bill passed in the Pennsylvania House that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says the bill will cut down voter fraud; yet Democrats argue that voter fraud is not a problem, and that the bill will instead disfranchise thousands of eligible voters.

    Perdue vetoes ID bill for N.C. voters,
    http://bit.ly/lsnIN3

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a photo ID bill yesterday, saying that “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.” Her fellow Democrats argued that the Republican-passed measure would decrease voter participation.

    Senate OKs elections revamp, http://bit.ly/j0Q9ME

    The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot. This bill will also shorten early voting, prohibit Franklin County and others from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to all registered voters, and move the presidential primary from March to May.

    Presidential Candidate Huntsman Opens Up HQ in Orlando,
    http://bit.ly/kS7yDO

    GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman isn’t taking the usual route to the nomination. He skipped the straw pole in first-in-the-nation Iowa, and is looking to New Hampshire to make his mark. He also opened a headquarters in Orlando, focusing his energies on the Florida primary. The presidential hopeful has said that he wants to target young voters.

    Arrest Puts Spotlight on Brazen Hacking Group LulzSec, http://nyti.ms/iLIDTp

    19-year-old Ryan Cleary of the UK has been accused of being a “young criminal mastermind” behind the actions of his hacking group “Lulz Security.” He reportedly has hacked British organized crime agency websites in an effort to protest and antagonize his targets.

    CULTURAL:

    Cavaliers make Irving No. 1 pick; Timberwolves take Williams No. 2,  http://bit.ly/kK36mO

    Oprah Winfrey Gets Schooled in South Africa, http://eonli.ne/kJqz7s

    Hugh Hefner: Anna Sophia Berglund Is ‘One in a Million,’ http://bit.ly/mrRIae

    The White House Pulls Colbert’s Naturalization Ceremony, http://bit.ly/m8WjKm

    Supreme Court Rules Against Anna Nicole Smith Estate, http://aol.it/kdlgXn

    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: Thursday, August 19, 2010

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010

    Hey Rockers!

    In today’s news we see Arizona candidates engaging young people at happy hour, Florida voters eager to cast ballots early, and Facebook entering the location check-in market.

    CRUCIAL:

    Arizona Candidates meet young voters for drinks: http://bit.ly/cYAD12

    A recap of Obama’s visit to Ohio: http://bit.ly/ayCdSp

    Colorado GOP lawmakers trek to Arizona for guidance on immigration: http://bit.ly/bSEEjv

    Poll shows nearly 20% of Americans think President Obama is Muslim: http://bit.ly/buuhTL

    Caller who heard Dr. Laura’s  rant speaks out: http://bit.ly/9pDnYL

    CULTURAL:

    Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler to be judge on ‘American Idol’?: http://bit.ly/aLtcti

    Chelsea Handler to Host VMAs: http://bit.ly/bcp4na

    Facebook checking in to location based social media: http://bit.ly/ditKMf

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    @thomasyarnell
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com