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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    The U.S. Senate sheds new light on the attack in Benghazi; new details are released in the New Mexico middle school shooting; and Governor Chris Christie of NJ addresses “Bridgegate” in his State of the State address. Meanwhile, 2014 gets off to a rocky start for Justin Bieber and Kanye West after two high-profile incidents.

    Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented: http://rtvote.com/1j7nle7
    The bipartisan report on the 2012 attack on the United States compound in Benghazi, Libya shows that the State Department was warned about the potential for attack but did not increase security around the compound. The report also blames intelligence agencies for not discussing CIA outpost locations within the U.S. military. However, the report does not discuss in depth whether the Obama administration downplayed the attacks, saying that no one knew when the attacks were to occur.

    Shooter may have warned some students: http://rtvote.com/1b39JIV
    The 12-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a New Mexico middle school’s gymnasium yesterday morning may have warned certain students against coming to school early. This discovery is currently being investigated by police, along with other claims. So far, police have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting; however, the shooter is in custody. Two students were injured in the attack.

    Can Christie change the subject? http://rtvote.com/Kj1Nfm
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address yesterday. He acknowledged the mistakes his administration has made recently in regards to the closing of bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee (dubbed “Bridgegate”). After apologizing, Christie tried to change the subject to focus on more pressing policy issues in the state. However, many people believe that Christie’s reputation is now too tarnished to allow a potential presidential bid in 2016.

    CBS airs video of chaotic scene at Asiana crash site: http://rtvote.com/1hqMYnc
    CBS has recently released video footage of firefighters and emergency personnel tending to survivors and the wreckage of the Asiana plane crash. The crash occurred last summer at San Francisco airport. The story received national attention not only due to the crash, but also because of the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who survived the crash but was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene.

    Va. Democrat Jim Moran to retire from Congress: http://rtvote.com/1eDrVLC
    After serving twelve Congressional terms, Representative Jim Moran will not run for re-election.  Moran, an occasionally combative and passionate member of Congress, represents Virginia’s 8th District. His retirement could potentially create a heated primary election because of the 8th District’s reputation as being a Democratic stronghold.

    CULTURAL 

    Police raid Justin Bieber’s house after incident: http://rtvote.com/1m7g7nA 

    Are Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard engaged? http://rtvote.com/K2E17V

    How Harry Connick Jr. can save American Idol: http://rtvote.com/1m7gs9M

    Kanye West allegedly assaults a young man: http://rtvote.com/1aoR914 

    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, March 5, 2012

    Monday, March 5th, 2012

    President Obama will hold his first 2012 press conference on Super Tuesday; the POTUS will also meet today with Israel’s Prime Minister to talk about Iran; Attorney General Eric Holder discusses the justification of killing American terrorists; San Francisco has been rattled by a 4.0 earthquake early this morning; and Romney and Santorum wage interesting battles in Ohio and Tennessee. Meanwhile, Kim Kardashian will donate twice the amount of her wedding gifts to charity; Ashton Kutcher assists a local police force; and Vanessa and Nick Lachey are expecting a baby.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    (via Fox News) Obama to hold press conference on Super Tuesday: President Barack Obama will hold his first news conference of the year Tuesday, the same day his Republican rivals face off in 10 voting contests. White House spokesman Jay Carney announced the Tuesday afternoon news conference on Twitter. Obama held his last full news conference in November during the APEC summit in Hawaii. Tuesday’s news conference comes amid an uptick in the U.S. economy. But the Obama administration has found itself dealing with several pressing foreign policy concerns, including the violent government crackdown in Syria and rising tensions in the Middle East over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, http://fxn.ws/xm6ob7

    Holder expected to explain rationale for targeting U.S. citizens abroad, http://wapo.st/z6jUuM
    Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. will reveal details today on the Obama administration’s legal process for killing U.S. citizens abroad. The prime example in this case is New Mexico-born Anwar al Awlaki, who joined an al-Qaeda operative in Yemen and was killed in an airstrike this past September. Holder is expected to argue that killing an American terrorist is legal under the 2001 congressional authorization of the use of military force and that America’s self-defense is not only within traditional enemy battlefields.

    Barack Obama and Benajamin Netanyahu in Iran talks, http://bbc.in/wS1y2K
    Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet at the White House  with President Obama this morning to “discuss a range of strategic issues of mutual concern.” Obama said yesterday at a pro-Israel conference that there has been too much “loose talk” of starting war with Tehran. Israel believes that Iran is developing nuclear weapons despite the Iranian government’s denial, leading Israel to discuss possible preemptive strikes against Iran’s nuclear development.

    Bay Area Wakes Up To Magnitude 4.0 East Bay Quake, http://cbsloc.al/Ajvf3H
    A 4.0 magnitude earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay Area at 5:33 a.m. this morning. The quake was felt across much of the East bay, North Bay, and San Francisco, and only lasted a few seconds. The shallow quake was centered 13 miles from San Francisco City Hall. So far there are no major reports of damage, injuries, or power outages.

    Mitt Romney has the momentum in Ohio: Poll, http://wapo.st/w2BprE
    Quinnipiac University is giving Ohio to candidate Mitt Romney, showing him leading Rick Santorum by 34 to 31 percent. The poll cites that the lead is significant compared to Romney’s 10-point deficit last week. However, as always, another poll conflicts, with NBC/Marist projecting a dead heat between the candidates. Quinnipiac University surveyed a total of 753 likely Ohio Republican voters. Former House speaker Newt Gingrich comes in third with 15 percent; Texas Rep. Ron Paul follows with 12 percent. If Romney wins Ohio, strategists say the primary is over.

    (via CNN) Poll: All tied up in Tennessee: An American Research Group survey released Sunday indicates that 35% of likely GOP primary voters in the state are backing former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, with 31% supporting former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, 20% backing former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and 9% supporting Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. Santorum’s four point advantage is within the poll’s sampling error, which means it’s basically all tied up. Fifty-five delegates are up for grabs Tuesday in Tennessee, one of 10 states to hold contests on Super Tuesday, http://bit.ly/yof70f

    CULTURAL:

    Egypt’s Islamist party sacks MP for getting a nose job, http://bit.ly/A57eOY

    Kim Kardashian will donate twice the value of her wedding gifts to charity, http://thedc.com/w87s2p

    Box Office: ‘The Lorax’ posts year’s biggest opening with $70.7 million, http://lat.ms/zX7KCc

    Ashton Kutcher: Child Porn Avenger, http://bit.ly/z6U6LM

    ‘Grey’s Anatomy’: Patrick Dempsey And Ellen Pompeo’s Future In Question, http://huff.to/zeNEHc

    Vanessa Lachey Is Pregnant!, http://bit.ly/wehWKj

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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



    Daily Deadline: Illinois and New Mexico

    Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

    Today is the last day to register to vote in Illinois and New Mexico. Click this link, fill out the form (it takes about three minutes), print it, sign it and send it. It’s so easy. Do it right now.

    Know anyone in these states? Get them to fill out the form (here’s the link so you can send it http://bit.ly/aCD3DJ) and get their stuff in ASAP.

    Jason
    Bio:

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