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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

    UConn wins a victory in the NCAA Tourney; Russia threatens civil war; and a recent study revealed a gender gap in wages at the White House. Meanwhile, Simon Cowell is not proud of his extramarital affair; Blake Shelton dissed Brittany Spears; and Erin Andrews responds to rumors of “diva” behavior.

    -Gianna & Maura


    Shabazz Napier, UConn too much for Kentucky, seize national title: http://rtvote.com/1ipKJOX
    Last night, UConn took home an NCAA win. Senior guard Shabazz Napier’s performance of 22 points, six rebounds, and three assists, ultimately led the UConn Huskies to a 60-54 victory over the University of Kentucky. One key aspect of the 6 point victory was Kentucky’s 11 missed free throws. When UConn’s coach, Kevin Ollie, was asked about his team’s victory he said: “Somebody told me we were Cinderellas, and I was like, no, we’re UConn, This is what we do.”

    As Obama Spotlights Gender Gap in Wages, His Own Payroll Draws Scrutiny: http://rtvote.com/PMe1Rd
    Today, President Obama will call attention to the fact that women make on average only 77 cents for every dollar that a man earns. However, a recent January study has shown that women in the White House only fare slightly better, making 88 cents for every dollar that a man earns. As midterm elections are swiftly approaching, this study reveals yet another political sensitivity to a complicated set of gender related issues and gender related policy.

    Russia warns of civil war if Ukraine uses force to quell eastern revolts: http://rtvote.com/1g2x5Ew
    On Tuesday, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities, Russia warned that any use of force in Ukraine’s eastern region could lead to civil war.The Russian government released a statement on their website saying: “We are calling for the immediate cessation of any military preparations, which could lead to civil war.”As this situation progresses, US Navy warship, USS Donald Cook, is due to enter the Black Sea no later than Thursday to demonstrate support for Eastern European allies.

    Katie Couric: LBJ’s Daughters On Civil Rights Act At 50: http://rtvote.com/1eoFcan
    In a recent interview with Katie Couric, former President Lyndon B. Johnson’s daughters, Luci Baines Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson Robb, discussed the Civil Rights Act in light of the Civil Rights summit to be held at their father’s library this week, which will include civil rights leaders and four living U.S. Presidents. The duo also discussed gay rights and marriage equality as being the civil rights issue of today.


    “Simon Cowell “Not Proud” of Lauren Silverman Extramarital Affair”: http://rtvote.com/1lNXERw

    “Blake Shelton Disses Britney Spears at the ACM Awards”: http://rtvote.com/1mZr38L

    “Erin Andrews Responds to Rumors of “Diva” Behavior on Dancing With the Stars”: http://rtvote.com/1kH3JLC

    “16 Things Drake Looked Like When Kentucky Lost The National Championship”: http://rtvote.com/PMBamm

    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: Friday, March 28, 2014

    Friday, March 28th, 2014

    A new CDC study underscores major increases in cases of Autism; appeals court upholds challenged parts of major TX abortion law; Microsoft releases Office products for iPad…finally; and voting rights activists are noticing some positive changes in 2014. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez is allegedly served legal papers in regards to Bieber’s recent troubles; The Colbert Report is under fire on Twitter with a #CancelColbert hashtag; and James Van Der Beek admits to doing something illegal for Justin Timberlake.

    Shameless Plug Alert: Congratulations to the Dayton Flyers (my alma mater) on making it to the Elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament! First time in 30 years. Way to go Flyers!



    Autism rates soar, now affects 1 in 68 children, http://rtvote.com/1myqmpv
    Between 2008 and 2010, Autism rates have climbed nearly 30 percent and have more than doubles since the turn of the century according to the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new study. The study also points out that Autism is now believed to affect 1 of every 68 eight-year-olds—a dramatic increase. What is driving this increase still remains unknown. Some believe it’s a rise in awareness of the disease while other speculate on environmental reasons.

    Appeals court upholds challenged parts of Texas abortion law, http://rtvote.com/1gJFJtd
    On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld parts of a Texas abortion law which requires doctors performing abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital less than 30 miles away. Planned Parenthood, which led the lawsuit against the bill, claims the law will cause clinics to shut down because hospitals would refuse doctors admitting privileges. This particular legislation, House Bill No.2, first garnered national attention when Senator Wendy Davis (now gubernatorial candidate), led a 13 hour filibuster to try and prevent the bill’s passage. The ruling of this appeal is considered a victory for anti-abortion activists.

    Obama looks to win back Saudi confidence, http://rtvote.com/1pBw6vO
    Continuing on with his diplomatic duties, President Obama is visiting Saudi Arabia to reassure Arab allies that despite troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan and greater energy independence, the United States is not abandoning the Arab world. On his overnight trip there are only two items on his public schedule: a meeting and dinner with King Abdullah at his desert camp.

    Microsoft to Offer Office for iPad, Maybe a Bit Late, http://rtvote.com/QnF8CJ
    It’s finally here! Microsoft introduced the long-awaited suite of applications to the iPad which includes Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. The company’s new chief executive, Satya Nadella, announced a commitment to make the software work on all major computing devices, including those made by its competitors. Microsoft’s decision to bring Office to the Apple device comes after years of development and debate inside the company over implications that could occur against their own technology developments.


    Voting Rights Fight Takes New Direction, http://rtvote.com/P1u5hq
    The primary election season is just around the corner, and voting rights activists are identifying some notable changes in relation to laws and restrictions around voting.  Although there have been a flurry of new rules, like the party-line vote for the elimination of a week of early voting in Ohio last month, some activists are noticing fewer restrictions and even some bipartisanship progress. Myrna Perez of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University remarked that there has been “a lot of real momentum in 2014, thus far, towards improving our elections both at the states and nationally.” On that note, don’t forget to register to vote ! 


    Selena Gomez Served With Legal Papers, http://rtvote.com/1rKLNVD

    The Colbert Report Tweets Racist Joke, Twitter Users Rally to #CancelColbert, http://rtvote.com/1jYCXy1

    Beyoncé Breaks Down in Tears During Final Carter Show Concert: “I’m Giving Y’all an Ugly Cry!”, http://rtvote.com/1maROGX

    Lady Gaga Celebrates 28th Birthday With Macabre “27 Club” Joke, http://rtvote.com/1pijgVc

    James Van Der Beek Let Underage Justin Timberlake Use His ID in the 90’s, http://rtvote.com/1fsBKfb

    Seth Meyers: 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me, http://rtvote.com/P1jwLm

    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 Round-Up: Monday, July 23, 2012

    Monday, July 23rd, 2012

    Iraq sees its deadliest day in two years; NCAA implements heavy sanctions on Penn State; and James Holmes will appear in court today. Meanwhile, MTV aired the Teen Choice Awards last night, and The Bachelorette Emily gets engaged.

    Maureen + Caitlin


    Coordinated Iraq bombings, shootings kill 103 in 13 cities, deadliest day this year, http://wapo.st/QrJpSt
    Iraqis have witnessed their deadliest day in two years as bombings and shootings killed at least 103 and injured nearly 200 on Monday. Though no one has immediately claimed responsibility, Iraq’s al-Qaida leader declared yesterday that the group has launched a new offensive aimed at generating instability across the country. These types of attacks have increased since the U.S. pulled military support out of the country in December. Today’s attacks have the mark of al-Qaida: all of the violence took place within a few hours of each other and targeted mostly security forces and government offices.

    NCAA Hands Down Ruling On Penn State Case, http://bit.ly/MDTSK4
    The NCAA has delivered heavy consequences to the Penn State athletic department two weeks after the FBI released a report accusing former head football coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse allegations in order to avoid bad publicity. The Nittany Lions’ sanctions include a $60 million fine, as well as a four-year ban from bowl and postseason games. All 112 of Penn State’s football wins from 1998 to 2011 will be vacated, and the entire athletic department will serve a five-year probation period. The school must cut 10 scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year and 20 more in the following four years. Any entering or returning Penn State player can transfer and play immediately at another school.

    Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: Suspect James Holmes to Appear in Court, http://abcn.ws/PAk5Zd
    James Holmes, the suspected Colorado movie theater shooter, will make his first court appearance today. Holmes killed 12 people and left 58 injured during last week’s premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. He will be brought to court from his jail cell at Arapahoe County Jail through an underground tunnel. President Obama visited Aurora, Colorado yesterday and met with the victims and families for over two and a half hours. Obama also visited Colorado Springs late last month to console homeowners and victims of devastating wildfires.


    Five Jaw-Droppers From the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, http://eonli.ne/M5Hhj8

    The Bachelorette Finale: Emily Maynard Picks Jef Holm, http://bit.ly/LHAxBR

    Woods ready to wait for 15th major, http://reut.rs/MDSxDc

    ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set to Rake in $160 MILLION, http://bit.ly/Oj7FlF

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

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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 30, 2012

    Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

    Europe continues to try to reign in its debt; House GOP members propose a transportation bill; Obama has been introduced to Google+; and Joe Nocera has continued his pointed assault on the hypocrisy of the NCAA. Elsewhere, “Key and Peele” debut their much anticipated sketch comedy show, and Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger leave ‘The X-Factor.’

    Aaron + Caitlin


    European leaders adopt treaty pledging debt reduction, http://wapo.st/zBExjM
    25 of 27 European Union governments have ratified a treaty intended to limit the growth of national debts. With the backdrop of Greece’s recent bankruptcy and the specter of other defaults, European leaders feel the need to increase confidence in their system. Critics, however, think that the bill is all talk since the EU already has un-enforced debt limits. Additionally, some feel the short term goals of the EU should be to stimulate growth and not work on austerity.

    House Republicans to unveil transportation bill, http://wapo.st/AvYvPK
    Republicans have proposed a transportation bill that would spend roughly $50 billion a year maintaining America’s roads, bridges and highways over the next five years. The plan would give states more jurisdiction on spending while still keeping an eye on states’ budgets. The House bill appropriates about $5 billion less a year than the similar bill bouncing around the Senate. Both bills, however, include no more than one fifth of the spending that transportation experts claim are needed to maintain much of the nation’s infrastructure. Included in this bill is a requirement that drunk drivers use ignition interlock devices for a year after their convictions.

    Federal Election Reform Commission Advocated Voter Photo ID, http://bit.ly/AdN6XT
    The Carolina Journal News is reporting that a bipartisan committee from 2005 both recommended and supported the new voter ID laws that have caused a recent uproar. The committee included Democratic Former President Jimmy Carter and Republican Former Secretary of State James Baker. Both argued that mandating photo IDs would enfranchise more than disenfranchise, but that belief is being questioned by minority rights groups.

    Eye of Newt: Songwriter sues Gingrich for using ‘Eye of the Tiger’ music, http://trib.in/ycHAK7
    Survivor lead guitarist Frankie Sullivan has filed an injunction to block Gingrich’s use of “Eye of the Tiger,” the theme song from “Rocky III.” According to Sullivan’s lawyer, the issue is a copyright one and not a political one. Sullivan would have no problem with Gingrich using the song if he were to legally pay for its usage. Infamously, in 1984, New Jersey rocker Bruce Springsteen requested that Ronald Reagan not use his harsh critique of America’s treatment of veterans, “Born In The USA,” as a campaign song, and earlier this cycle Tom Petty requested that Michelle Bachmann stop using “American Girl” at campaign events.

    Obama Google+ chat gets personal, http://politi.co/wVWfua
    Obama used Google+, America’s newest social media network, on Monday to keep in touch with his constituents. The President has previously held chats on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, and is continuing to stay up-to-date by using Google+. One awkward moment during the conversation came when Obama spoke with the wife of an unemployed man. Obama stated that maybe if he were in the engineering field he would have better job prospects, unbeknownst to the president, the woman’s husband was in fact an unemployed semiconductor engineer.

    Joe Nocera again sharply critiques the policies of the NCAA in “Saving Freshman Ryan,” http://nyti.ms/AoRzeW


    Paula Abdul & Nicole Scherzinger Leave The X Factor, http://bit.ly/AkmCpe

    Rumer Willis Was Present During Demi Moore’s Emergency, http://eonli.ne/xa0Sf7

    Jack White announces solo debut album; M.I.A. confirms Super Bowl appearance, releases new single, http://wapo.st/ymofyg

    ‘Key & Peele’ stars talk racial sketch comedy in the Obama era, http://lat.ms/yozuxI

    Aaron Ghitelman

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

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, August 24, 2011

    Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

    Gaddafi announces he has left his Tripoli compound; D.C. recounts yesterday’s unexpected earthquake; famed coach, Pat Summitt has been diagnosed with early onset dementia; Sprint will get the iPhone 5; and Facebook changes its privacy settings. Meanwhile, OK GO puts out another viral music video; Kim Kardashian’s People wedding cover has been released; and The Daily Beast has compiled some earthquake “destruction” photos.



    Sniper’s Fight on at Gaddafi’s Compound, http://aje.me/qiEGMV
    Gaddafi spoke on the Libyan airwaves last night, admitting that he has left his Tripoli compound. He said that his move was not of defeat, but “tactic.” He also said that he will fight to the death, claiming “martyrdom or victory.” Some believe he may be in his hometown of Sirte, which the rebels have yet to take control of.

    Earthquake Hits D.C. Area,
    Yesterday, the D.C. area experienced a 5.8 magnitude earthquake that started in Mineral, VA and was “felt from Atlanta to New England, and as far west as Ohio and Michigan.” The earthquake was not deadly, but it caused the Washington Monument to close indefinitely due to cracking. Three of the National Cathedral’s towers were also damaged.

    Pat Summitt Diagnosed with Early Onset Dementia, http://bit.ly/nkR0d4
    Pat Summitt, famed University of Tennessee women’s basketball coach, has announced that she has an early onset of Alzheimer’s. Summitt is 59-years-old and is the winningest coach in the NCAA. She will coach her upcoming 39th season.

    (via POLITICO Playbook) –WashPost A3, “On executions, Perry easily holds the record: TEXAS GOVERNOR HAS OVERSEEN 234: Issue likely to be debated in 2012 race,” by Robert Barnes: “Texans and their representatives give governors little room to slow down the process. … Perry’s lone clemency decision – aside from halting executions of the mentally retarded and juveniles dictated by the Supreme Court – came in the case of a man who drove the getaway car and was not the triggerman in a murder. Perry called for the legislature to reexamine the law, but it has not been changed.” http://wapo.st/qOOX6T

    Sprint to Get iPhone 5, http://on.wsj.com/r2idnU
    Sprint will be selling the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 come October. It will join AT&T and Verizon, who will also start selling the iPhone 5 in October.

    Facebook Aims to Simplify Its Privacy Settings, http://nyti.ms/qZeVho
    Facebook will introduce its new privacy settings on Thursday. The settings allow users to choose who can see each piece of content added to their pages. The privacy options will be next to the content instead of on a separate page. The changes come after Google+ allows users to share content with specific “circles” of people.

    Irene Strengthens to a Category 3 Hurricane, http://bit.ly/p2b5v6
    An earthquake and hurricane in the same week? CNN is reporting that Hurricane Irene has already been boosted to a Category 3 storm. It will hit North Carolina on Saturday and then move up the Northeast Coast. Contrary to earlier reports, it will miss Florida almost completely.


    Twitter’s Newest Meme: Earthquake “Destruction” Photos, http://bit.ly/njUE08

    Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith Not Separating, http://bit.ly/rtje8p

    Kim Kardashian, ‘It Was Like We Were in Heaven,’ http://bit.ly/qFQQeW

    Winehouse Was Drug-Free, http://bit.ly/pOxfCu

    Paul McCartney’s ‘Ocean Kingdom’ Ballet Score Out in October, http://usat.ly/pyPmd6

    OK GO and the Muppets Star in New Music Video, Internet Explodes, http://ti.me/pmd7e5

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