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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


    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.


    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 18, 2013

    Friday, January 18th, 2013

    Algerian special forces have freed 650 of the hostages seized by Islamists; Lance Armstrong admits to doping in an interview with Oprah; and speculation surrounds Notre Dame football star Manti Te’O and his fake girlfriend. Meanwhile, the Onion will release an “autobiography” on Vice President Biden, and Michelle Obama debuts a new haircut.

    Caitlin + Liza


    650 hostages freed by Algerian special forces, http://bit.ly/Xhf5In
    Algerian special forces have freed 650 hostages taken by Islamists after attacking a gas field in eastern Algeria on Wednesday. Over half of the 132 foreign workers taken hostage have been freed. 10 to 20 Americans are being evacuated, while some remain unaccounted for. U.S. officials have not specified the exact number of Americans involved in the attack. “This incident will be resolved–we hope–with a minimum loss of life. But when you deal with these relentless terrorists, life is not in any way precious to them,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said.

    Lance Armstrong Confession: Cyclist Admits Doping During Oprah Interview, http://huff.to/13Kj8CW
    Lance Armstrong opened up about doping Thursday night in the first installment of a two-part interview with Oprah Winfrey. Armstrong openly admitted to using banned substances in all seven of his Tour de France victories. Earlier on Thursday, he was stripped of his bronze medal from the 2000 Olympics. Armstrong noted that he was committed to restoring his reputation. “I’ll spend the rest of my life trying to earn back trust and trying to apologize to people…for the rest of my life,” he said.

    Behind Manti Te’O hoax about girlfriend lies a deep desire to believe, http://wapo.st/XinJqA
    Following a Deadspin.com report published Wednesday, questions are circulating about the dead girlfriend of Manti Te’O, the star linebacker and Heisman Trophy runner-up who helped lead Notre Dame to the BCS Champion Bowl. Te’O's supposed girlfriend, Lennay Kekua, who was said to have died of leukemia, was a media fixation central to his personal story. Te’O claims the pair carried out their relationship online, and now says he was the victim of an online prank. However, controversy remains over whether the fake girlfriend may have been a publicity stunt created by Te’O himself.

    ‘Obama for America’ to morph into ‘Organizing for Action’, http://bit.ly/13LRSFd
    President Obama’s “Obama for America” re-election campaign will be relaunched as “Organizing for Action”, a non-profit organization with a mission to advocate for his second-term agenda. Organizing for Action will push for agreements on the president’s priority issues by using powerful tools from the re-election campaign including grassroots organization, social media outreach, and a large voter database. Jim Messina, who directed the 2012 campaign, will chair Organizing for Action.

    One to beam up: NASA uses a laser to send Mona Lisa to the moon, http://nbcnews.to/XimYxX
    NASA will use a laser-tracking system to make the Mona Lisa the first digital image to be transmitted via laser to the moon. NASA has previously sent laser pulses and strings of numbers to its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, the laser-tracking system that has been circling the moon for the past three and a half years, but this is the first time they will transmit a far more visual painting. NASA said this type of laser communication could serve in the future as a backup for the radio communication currently used by satellites, potentially allowing higher data rates of communication.


    Biden Getting an Autobiography From the Onion (Whether He Wants It or Not), http://nyti.ms/WL5Tfh

    New ‘Do Alert: Michelle Obama Debuts Bangs, http://bit.ly/XeucCi

    Selena Gomez Talks Justin Bieber Pre-Split and Taylor Swift Friendship, http://eonli.ne/XjhJ0j

    “Django Unchained” Slave Toys Discontinued, http://tmz.me/VOHz0m

    Jennifer Lawrence: I Should Have Been in “Zero Dark Thirty”!, http://eonli.ne/SJmBAC 



    Liza Dee

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

    President Obama signs legislation to avert the fiscal cliff; Hillary Clinton is discharged from the hospital; Sandy Hook students return to class; and the 113th congress will be sworn in tonight. Meanwhile, a Senate panel will investigate CIA communications with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers; a script on Hillary Clinton’s life is creating buzz in Hollywood; and Al Jazeera buys Current TV.



    Father of Indian gang rape victim calls for hanging of guilty, http://bit.ly/VxeZ0f
    The father of a woman who was gang raped and fatally beaten on a bus in New Dehli is demanding his daughter’s attackers be hanged. Five adult males and a teenager have been arrested in connection with the 23-year-old woman’s rape and death. The victim was a medical student whose boyfriend also sustained injuries in the attack. The young woman died in a Singapore hospital last week.

    Obama signs bill to avert fiscal cliff, via autopen, http://politi.co/W4Qrdh
    President Obama signed legislation to avoid the fiscal cliff Wednesday. The deal, which was approved by the Senate and the House, will increase taxes on households that make $450,000 or more a year. Obama signed the legislation via autopen as he has since rejoined his family on vacation in Hawaii.

    Clinton Out of Hospital After Treatment for Clot, http://nyti.ms/136eCyj
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was discharged from New York-Presbyterian/Columbia hospital Wednesday night after being admitted for a blood clot in her head Sunday. Clinton sustained the blood clot after fainting and suffering a concussion. The State Department has said that Clinton’s “medical team advised her that she is making good progress on all fronts, and they are confident she will make a full recovery.” Chelsea Clinton also tweeted about her mom’s recovery: “Grateful my Mom discharged from the hospital & is heading home. Even more grateful her medical team confident she’ll make a full recovery.”

    Pakistan militant Mullah Nazir ‘killed in drone attack’, http://bbc.in/1304Fn4
    Pakistani officials said Thursday that Pakistani militant Mullah Nazir was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Nazir was the leader of one of four major militant groups in Pakistan and was integral in sending fighters to help the Taliban in Afghanistan. Pakistan considered Nazir an important figure for keeping peace in the country. As a result, his death could strain relations even more between the U.S. and Pakistan.

    A Desire for Normalcy as Sandy Hook Students Return to Class, http://nyti.ms/UIyJzQ
    Elementary school classes in Newtown, CT will resume for the first time today since Adam Lanza, 20, killed 20 students and 7 adults in a mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Students will be attending class in Newtown’s former Chalk Hill middle school, which has been converted into an elementary school. Parents were able to tour the new school Wednesday. While classes will try to resume as normally as possible, there will still be police cars parked at Newtown schools. Retired principal Donna Page will replace Dawn Hopsprung, who died trying to protect students from Lanza.

    New Congress takes office Thursday, will tackle old Congress’ leftovers, http://bit.ly/130qrXO
    The 113th congress will be sworn in on Thursday. Once they are confirmed, they will vote on $9 billion in immediate aid to Hurricane Sandy victims. The vote was delayed until the new congress was sworn in; the congress will vote on a remaining $51 billion in aid by January 15th. It will also face votes on the sequester, which are huge spending cuts coming up in February.

    100 billion alien planets fill our galaxy: study, http://nbcnews.to/Uq7ngB
    NASA released a new study Thursday that suggests our Milky Way galaxy holds at least 100 billion alien planets or one planet per star. Researchers came to the conclusion after studying a five-planet system called Kepler-32. “I usually try not call things ‘Rosetta stones,’ but this is as close to a Rosetta stone as anything I’ve seen,” says John Johnson, one of the study’s authors. “It’s like unlocking a language that we’re trying to understand—the language of planet formation.”


    Senate panel to examine CIA contacts with “Zero Dark Thirty” filmmakers, http://yhoo.it/W3HLns

    Hillary Clinton script has Hollywood buzzing, http://politi.co/TIS9n8

    Justin Bieber calls for paparazzi crackdown, http://lat.ms/YVnPps

    Julianne Hough: I was abused ‘mentally, physically’ as a child while training in England, http://nydn.us/Vl19hJ

    Al Jazeera Buys Al Gore’s Current TV, http://aol.it/Vl6hT5

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 13, 2012

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

    Car bombs in Iraq kill 65; Casey Anthony speaks out; and Ron Barber wins Rep. Gibson’s former seat. In other news, rural towns are offering to pay off your student loans and NASA launches an X-ray telescope.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Car bombs targeting Shiites kill 65 in Iraq, http://bit.ly/NewtPq
    In one of the deadliest attacks since U.S. troops withdrew from Iraq last year, a series of coordinated car bombs beginning early this morning has killed 65 in Iraq and injured dozens more. The first bomb struck at 5 a.m. just north of Baghdad. The bombs are targeting hundreds of thousands of Shiites participating in their annual holy pilgrimage to Baghdad.

    Casey Anthony: ‘I didn’t kill my daughter,’ http://bit.ly/MBhY1z
    Casey Anthony, the Florida mother acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter, Caylee, last summer, finally broke her silence yesterday to CNN’s Pierce Morgan. She told Morgan that Caylee was her “greatest accomplishment” and that she “obviously” didn’t kill her. Anthony also revealed that she will not be signing any book or movie deals any time soon.

    Cities Offering to Pay Debt to Gain Young Residents, http://abcn.ws/LTGtrY
    Rural towns are capitalizing on the student debt situation—which is now topping $1 trillion with 94 percent of students facing some amount of debt—in order to attract young minds to their cities. Niagra Falls will be offering the opportunity for graduates who have earned a 2- or 4-year degree within two years to apply for up to $3,500 a year (for up to two years) towards repayment of their student loans. This program will be available to 2013 graduates. Other cities in Kansas and Nebraska will be implementing similar programs.

    Democrat Ron Barber Retains Gabby Giffords’s Arizona Congressional Seat, http://bit.ly/LkbiqV
    National attention turned to Arizona yesterday as voters returned to the polls to decide former Rep. Gabby Gifford’s open Congressional seat. Southern Arizona voters overwhelmingly supported Gifford’s former aide, Ron Barber, over Tea Party-backed Jesse Kelly. Democrats take this election as a positive sign for November, as this election was less about local issues and more about the candidates acting in place of their respective parties’ presidential candidate. Republicans believe their defeat was due to the sympathy vote for Gifford and Barber’s tragedy experienced last year.

    NASA to launch X-ray telescope from Pacific island, http://usat.ly/LyVfY3
    NASA will launch NuStar, a refrigerator-sized $170 million telescope, off a remote Pacific island today. On it’s two-year journey, NuStar will focus high-energy X-rays to look for black holes, supernovas (remnants of exploded stars), and other exotic celestial objects.


    Lindsay Lohan set for full frontal nudity as leading lady… to porn star James Deen in new Bret Easton Ellis movie, http://bit.ly/M2h6m3

    Justin Bieber will have a date with police when he gets back to US, experts say, http://fxn.ws/MMnx1u

    Matthew McConaughey, Camila Alves Wedding, http://bit.ly/LlUPky

    7-Year-Old Who Played Darth Vader in Commercial Set for Open-Heart Surgery, http://bit.ly/LlWC9g

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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


    Monday, September 19th, 2011

    In today’s news, Yemeni officers kill 26 protesters; Obama’s jobs plan aims to cut our debt by $3 trillion; and Netflix announces Qwikster. Meanwhile, Ted Kennedy’s daughter has died at age 51, and William and Kate are opening a Children’s Cancer Center.

    Coral + Caitlin


    At least 26 killed in anti-Saleh march in Yemen, http://reut.rs/oWfwI4
    For eight months, thousands have camped out to protest Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh. On Sunday, officers shot at the protestors. Water cannons and tear gas were also used to keep back the tens of thousands of demonstrators. 26 were killed.

    British Tourist, Kidnapped in Kenya, May Be in Central Somalia, http://nyti.ms/qL0tjq
    Last weekend, a British woman was kidnapped at a Kenyan resort by Somalian pirates who are now thought to be in Central Somalia. The woman’s husband tried to fight off the attackers but was shot and killed. The British government has asked reporters not to reveal the exact location of the woman for fear it could create more danger for her.

    India Earthquake: Death Toll Exceeds 50, http://bit.ly/o4UmoZ
    On Sunday night, a 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit Sikkim, India. The death toll has now reached 53. The quake struck near the India-Nepal border. Rescuers and military troops are working to find survivors, while the Indian Air Force is dropping food into villages and are evacuating the injured.

    Obama to Offer Plan to Cut Deficit by Over $3 Trillion, http://nyti.ms/rgx8BU
    Today, President Obama is revealing a plan to reduce the deficit by 3 trillion dollars. He plans to do this by raising taxes on those who make more than one million dollars a year and by pulling troops out of Afghanistan. The proposal also includes $580 billion in adjustments to health and entitlement programs, including $248 billion to Medicare and $72 billion to Medicaid.

    Young Voters challenge Voter ID law, http://bit.ly/r88vCa
    The Justice Department is reviewing Texas’ Voter ID laws to ensure that it does not disenfranchise minority voters. Young Voters Education Fund has joined in in the objection against the laws. The new laws do not allow students to vote with a government issued state ID and at colleges such as Prairie View A&M University, students rarely have any other form of identification.

    Troy Davis’ life in board’s hands, http://bit.ly/rg02AL
    On Wednesday, Troy Davis is set for execution. Davis was convicted of killing a police officer and given the death penalty. However, seven of the nine witnesses in his trial have since changed their testimony. Today, a board will review his case to determine whether or not he will receive lethal injection on Wednesday.

    Netflix separates streaming, renames DVD business Qwikster, http://usat.ly/n407Le
    Even though the instant streaming service is still called Netflix, the company’s DVD-mail component will now called Qwikster. Qwikster will have a separate website and separate harges. The CEO of Netflix sent out an e-mail saying that the DVD service will be the same as before and will now include video games. He says that since the instant streaming service and DVD service are becoming two distinctive markets, they need to be marketed as such.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) FACEBOOK LAUNCHES MEDIA PLATFORM: The social networking giant is scheduled to announce this week a new platform that will allow users to share music, TV shows and movies, the NYT reports. http://nyti.ms/p1HOZO

    6.5-Ton Defunct Satellite Falling to Earth Faster Than Expected, NASA Says, http://fxn.ws/oQUBj7
    On Friday, a satellite is said to fall to earth. NASA says at least 26 large pieces of debris will make contact with the surface of the earth. The satellite is apparently falling faster than initially expected, and NASA believes there’s a very slim chance of someone being hit by a piece of it


    John Heilemann tells us about “The Tsuris”, http://bit.ly/nnXys0

    Ross Kaminsky notices, “There Goes the Youth Vote”, http://bit.ly/nw8TIA

    Julianna Margulies, Kyle Chandler win Emmys, http://ti.me/nDkrOk

    Emmys 2011: Three top moments — and their back stories, http://lat.ms/o21AWB

    William & Kate Opening a Children’s Cancer Center, http://bit.ly/rqMWvE

    Kara Kennedy, Ted Kennedy’s Daughter, Dies at 51, http://bit.ly/nzsjfu

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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