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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 10, 2014

    Monday, February 10th, 2014

    Iranian warships head towards the United States; a top NFL prospect comes out; a Danish zoo kills a healthy giraffe and sparks internet outrage; Julia Mancuso wins another medal; and a young girl is rescued from Lake Michigan. Meanwhile, Anna Kendrick talks about Pitch Perfect 2; Kristen Stewart defends her past; Matt Damon starts a conga line; and…wait…are these stars actually related?

    - Veronica + Maura 


    Iranian warships headed close to US borders: http://rtvote.com/1bFgPUz
    Iran is sending warships to US maritime borders in response to the ongoing American presence near Iranian borders. The vessels are equipped with navy cadets and a regular crew and include a destroyer and supply ship carrying helicopters. They are intent upon carrying out a three-month mission following a push from the Iranian government to “project its power”.

    Top NFL prospect says he’s gay: http://rtvote.com/1fZ7cVf
    Former college football star Michael Sam, one of the top NFL draft picks this year, came out to ESPN’s Chris Connelly Sunday night. Sam will be the first openly gay draft pick and, subsequently, since most high draft picks enter the NFL, the first openly gay football player in NFL history. The 2014 NFL Draft will be a test to see if the NFL is truly open to players of differing sexualities.

    Danish zoo kills healthy giraffe, feeds body to lions: http://rtvote.com/1h4c3Yn
    The online petition, dubbed “Save Marius”, garnered 27,000 signatures but made no difference. The Copenhagen Zoo euthanized a 2-year-old male giraffe, named Marius, to prevent inbreeding. After the giraffe’s death, an autopsy was performed outside in front of a crowd of people (including children). Marius’s body was then fed to the zoo’s lions, tigers, and leopards. Other zoos and the online petition encouraged the Copenhagen Zoo to find Marius a different hope, but to no avail.

    Mancuso wins her fourth Olympic medal: http://rtvote.com/1dCfTQq
    Julia Mancuso won her fourth Olympic medal on Monday in the super combined event, becoming the record-holder for most Olympic medals won by an American female skier. Only four other women skiers in history have won more Olympic medals than Mancuso. The super combined event begins with a downhill run and concludes with a slalom run. Despite not training for slaloms as heavily, Mancuso still managed to walk away with the bronze. 

    Firefighters rescue autistic girl from Lake Michigan ice: http://rtvote.com/1h4hRRQ
    A 13-year-old girl was rescued from Lake Michigan after jumping over a fence and walking onto the ice. She was not wearing shoes, and tried to fight off firefighters during her rescue. She was suffering from hypothermia at the time of her rescue and was transported to Saint Joseph Hospital in stable condition.


    Anna Kendrick talks Pitch Perfect 2: http://rtvote.com/1aO3u1a

    Kristen Stewart has no regrets: http://rtvote.com/1bO5Wmu

    Are these celebrities really related to each other? You be the judge! http://rtvote.com/1f9RRgX

    Celebrity conga line starring Matt Damon: http://rtvote.com/1eNUZmj

    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: November 15, 2013

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

    San Francisco turns into Gotham City for a day; Toronto’s city council strips notorious mayor, Rob Ford, of some power after another public embarrassment; and one of the largest child pornography schemes has been busted. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy is out of rehab, and RiRi and Drake drop $17,000 at a strip club together.

    -Sandy + Maura



    San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish to be Batkid come true,http://rtvote.com/HXc0ht
    San Francisco is no more. The City by the Bay is officially Gotham City… at least for today. The city-wide transformation is all for Miles, a five-year-old who has successfully battled leukemia since he was only a year old. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the power of social media, Miles’s dreams will come true as he fights villains alongside Batman as “Batkid”. Thanks for keeping Gotham City safe, Batkid!

    Toronto’s City Council votes to strip embattled mayor of some powerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAbMHq
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford just can’t help himself. After adding to his list of missteps with some very vulgar comments about oral sex on live Canadian television, Toronto’s city council decided Friday to strip Ford of his ability to appoint and dismiss his senior staff. Even though his power on the political stage is shrinking, don’t expect to see any less of him. Mayor Ford and his brother, Doug, will begin their new “Ford Nation” television show on Monday (No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was.).

    Woman sells wedding ring for tickets to Chiefs-Broncos gamehttp://rtvote.com/1dyLTqX
    A woman found a buyer on Craigslist who traded his football game tickets for her wedding ring. Don’t stress – she claims the ring was from a previous marriage. The buyer will be using his new ring to propose to his girlfriend this Sunday. Smart trade, guys. The ex-wife gets to see some men with tight butts play a good game of football, and Mr. Buyer gets a happy fiancée. What could be better?

    Canada Says 386 Kids Rescued in Child Porn Busthttp://rtvote.com/HQpZor
    Canadian police have released the details on one of the largest child porn busts they’ve seen to date. The investigation, dubbed the Project Spade operation, has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people. 108 of those arrests were made in Canada, and 76 in the United States. The remaining arrests were made in other countries. Amongst the perpetrators were school teachers, doctors, and actors.

    China easing 1-child policy amid elderly bloomhttp://rtvote.com/1j9xH99
    The ruling Communist Party of China has said they will loosen its decades-old one-child policy. Labor camps, which are currently used by local officials to deal with people who challenge their authority on issues including land rights and corruption, will also be abolished.



    R&B singer Chris Brown out of rehab, working on community service requirement,http://rtvote.com/HULoNE

    Adam Levine Plays Coy About People’s Sexiest Man Alive Rumor, Reveals Wedding Details onTodayhttp://rtvote.com/17yAvwH

    Rihanna and Drake Drop More Than $17,000 Together at Strip Club in Houston: Exclusive Details,http://rtvote.com/1aXNHfa

    Pregnant Megan Fox Covers Baby Bump During Lunch Outing With Hubby Brian Austin Green,http://rtvote.com/18ACSdl


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

    News Round-Up: Friday, June 28, 2013

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

    The U.S. Senate passes immigration reform bill; Ex-Pentagon general is the target of a new cyber attack leak investigation; former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, is linked to two more murders; the U.S. Army restricts access to The Guardian after they leaked classified information on NSA data collection; Chris Christie says he will veto same-sex marriage bill; the president of Chick-fil-A tweets criticism of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA; and the UK works on creating 3-parent babies. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about nightmares she still has about being bullied as a child, and Alec Baldwin quits Twitter after defending his wife in her latest rant.

    Maura + Alexis


    Senate Immigration Reform Bill Passes With Strong Majority, http://rtvote.com/17HwrK6
    The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill Thursday. The bill if it were to pass through the House would grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. The bill passed 68 to 32 in the Senate.

    Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say, http://rtvote.com/11NylVb
    The Justice Department is undergoing an investigation into a leak of classified information about a clandestine U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, former vice chairmen of the Join Chiefs of Staff, has received a target letter informing him of the investigation regarding the leak under his watch. He is the ninth individual to be targeted by the Obama administration for violating the Espionage Act.

    Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is probed in two more murders, law enforcement officials say, http://rtvote.com/18kyEuw
    Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots player charged with murdering friend Odin Lloyd, has been recently linked to two more murders. Officials are investigating the case of a double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a North Attleborough industrial park June 17. Officials claim that Odin Lloyd may have been able to provide information on this investigation regarding Hernandez’s potential role in the murder.

    Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say, http://rtvote.com/14CaWoi
    The U.S. Army admitted Thursday to restricting access to The Guardian news website. The restriction of access was in response to The Guardian leaking stories on data collection by the NSA. The Army is calling the restriction “network hygiene.”

    Chris Christie says he would still veto gay marriage bill, http://rtvote.com/18kCa83
    Governor Chris Christie said he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it ever reached his desk. He claims the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday, striking down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples, will have no effect on New Jersey, a state where civil unions already exist. He stands with the idea that we should “let the people decide,” instead of the federal government ruling for them.

    Chick-fil-A CEO: ‘Founding Fathers Would Be Ashamed’ Of Supreme Court Ruling, http://rtvote.com/14CcQoY
    The president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy tweeted a message in opposition to the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA Wednesday. He tweeted: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was later deleted. Chick-fil-A has refused to comment on the statement, claiming that they are “leaving political decisions and discussions to others” and focusing on running their business.

    U.K. may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people, http://rtvote.com/14Cc7UC
    Britain is on its way to allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people. This controversial medical technique would prevent passing on rare genetic diseases and disorders to their children. For instance, in Britain one in every 200 babies is born with a mitochondrial disorder from faulty mitochondria in the mothers’ eggs. Some similar research is also taking place in the U.S., but the embryos are not yet being used to produce offspring.


    Have a Nice Visit; Come Save Us Again, http://rtvote.com/14Ce0Rc

    Demi Lovato Still Has “Nightmares” About the Childhood Bullying She Endured, http://rtvote.com/11NDFYD

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sneak Peek: Teresa and Rosie Get Into an Explosive Fight, http://rtvote.com/11NDMU8

    Channing Tatum Talks to Chelsea Handler About Witnessing Birth of Baby Daughter: “Men Are Useless”, http://rtvote.com/11NDPza

    Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter Again After Defending Wife Hilaria in Latest Rant, http://rtvote.com/14CfOcR

    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

    News Round-Up: Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

    The journalist who exposed the NSA claims there is still more news to come; Plan B is on its way to becoming an over-the-counter drug; a French prosecutor encourages dropping charges on Strauss-Kahn; the White House postpones its annual picnic; the Patriots sign Tim Tebow; a violent background provides some explanation for the Santa Monica gunman’s violent actions; and the full Senate will vote today on a bipartisan immigration bill;. Meanwhile, Amanda Bynes might be pursuing a rap career, and ‘Man of Steel’ is coined “best Superman movie.”

    Maura + Alexis


    Journalist who wrote of NSA spying: More stories to comehttp://cbsn.ws/18r5Ukn
    The journalist who exposed the NSA surveillance programs, Glenn Greenwald, said Tuesday that there are still more “significant revelations” to come. The Associated Press will make the ultimate decision on when to release the next story.

    U.S. Drops Bid to Limit Sales of Morning-After Pillhttp://nyti.ms/14uuRHn
    The Obama administration has backed down in its efforts to block over-the-counter availability of the morning-after pill. Soon any woman will be able to buy the bill, Plan B One-Step, from a drugstore without a prescription. The FDA will certify the drug for nonprescription use before the drug is made available over-the-counter.

    French prosecutor urges dropping Strauss-Kahn sex chargehttp://reut.rs/1a06q7a
    Former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is at risk for being charged of “aggravated pimping.” It is up to judges investigating the case to decide whether or not the prosecution is dropped. Strauss-Kahn was placed under formal investigation in March with regard to the “Carlton affair.” An original charge of gang rape was dropped, but his involvement in sex parties attended by prostitutes is still being construed as “pimping.”

    White House postpones annual congressional picnichttp://bit.ly/1bqkDIA
    Every June the White House holds a picnic for Senate and House members and their families. This year, however, the picnic has been cancelled. It is unsure whether or not the White House will host the event in September. The cancellation of the event is said to be “schedule-related”, not “sequester-related.”

    Patriots sign Tim Tebowhttp://es.pn/16XWoF1
    Terms of the contract have not been officially disclosed, but ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter got the news Tuesday, that the New England Patriots have signed Tim Tebow. Allegedly, Tim Tebow signed to be a quarterback and is expected to participate Tuesday in the Patriots’ minicamp.

    Santa Monica shooter’s background steeped in trauma, violencehttp://lat.ms/19juhzW
    John Zawahri, 23 identified as the gunman in Friday’s shooting at Santa Monica College, apparently has a history of violence. Zawahri attended Olympic High, Santa Monica’s alternative school for students who struggle in traditional programs. Monday, his high school English teacher recalled catching him searching the Internet for assault weapons back in high school. At that point the teacher knew there was something wrong. It wasn’t until seven years later, however, that this piece of information became evidence.

    First Thoughts: Full Senate holds its first immigration votehttp://nbcnews.to/13xCIRP
    This afternoon, the full U.S. Senate will hold its first vote on bipartisan immigration legislation. This legislation seeks to strengthen border security as well as establish a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants. For the motion to proceed, 60 votes are necessary, although even more are expected. This is just the first full Senate vote. The vote for final passage will likely take place around July 4.


    Kanye’s Listening Party Features ‘Yeezus’ Tracks, Lots Of Laughs & Some Very Famous Friends, http://huff.to/18qNDnk

    ‘Dumb And Dumber 2′ In Trouble After Farrelly Brothers’ Film Gets Dropped By Warner Bros., http://huff.to/11wFEww

    J. Cole On ‘Born Sinner’ And Having ‘Done A Lot For Hip-Hop’, http://huff.to/17EOkbu

    Amanda Bynes Offered Rap Deal With Chinga Chang Records, http://huff.to/14T3AeD

    ‘Man of Steel’: Is This The Best Superman Movie? (And 24 Other Urgent Questions),http://huff.to/115UhdP

    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: Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

    Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

    SCOTUS will hear historic marriage equality cases today and tomorrow; Amanda Knox must return to Italy for a new trial; North Korea is putting its military in “combat ready” mode; Yahoo buys a 17-year-old’s app for $30 million; and a state in India is installing armed guards and drones to protect rhinos from poachers. Meanwhile, a NFL player may come out soon; a “Breaking Bad” script is stolen from Bryan Cranston’s car; and Dionne Warwick tells TMZ that she owes $10 million in taxes.



    Amanda Knox’s Acquittal Overturned: What’s Next?, http://rtvote.com/16VIwrV
    Italy’s high court has overturned Amanda Knox’s acquittal, forcing her to once again stand trial for murdering her ex-roommate with whom she studied abroad in Italy. Knox’s lawyer says that she’s upset about having to face trial again but is willing to fight to prove her innocence. It’s not yet clear whether Knox will voluntarily return to Italy or whether she’ll be extradited. She may even face trial in absentia. Knox was acquitted for her roommate’s murder in an appeals court in Perugia in October 2011. She is currently studying creative-writing at the University of Washington.

    North Korea issues new threat to U.S. bases, http://rtvote.com/16VKW9Z
    North Korean officials have said that they are putting the country’s military in “combat ready” mode. The country is allegedly preparing to strike U.S. bases that it views as “aggressors,” meaning Hawaii and Guam and other places in the Pacific could be at risk. Meanwhile, the U.S. has responded that it can handle any attacks from Kim Jong-un

    Cyprus banks remain closed to avert run on deposits, http://rtvote.com/16VLD37
    Cyprus’ central bank announced Monday that its banks will not open until Thursday. The announcement came after the government negotiated a bailout deal from the EU in order to avoid bankruptcy. President Nicos Anastasiades said that Cyprus’ second-largest bank, Cyprus Popular, will close and wealthy depositors will lose a great deal of money.

    Boris Berezovsky post-mortem finds hanging is cause of death, http://rtvote.com/11HxQ01
    British police have said that Boris Berezovsky, one of Russia’s first post-Communist oligarchs and a critic of Vladimir Putin, died from causes consistent with a hanging and that there did not seem to be a violent struggle. His death has cast some suspicions on Putin and is seen as more corruption related to his regime.

    Armed Guards, Drones to Protect India’s Rhinos, http://rtvote.com/11Hysmn
    The government of India’s state of Assam has installed armed guards and drones to protect rhinos from poachers in its Kaziranga state park. The new laws even protect the guards if they kill a poacher.

    A historic moment as same-sex marriage arrives before Supreme Court, http://rtvote.com/16VO85x
    The Supreme Court will hear historic cases on marriage equality on Tuesday and Wednesday, including the overturning of the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8. Gay marriage activists will arge that the Constitution allows for same-sex marriage and that states should not be able to decide on the issue. Today SCOTUS will hear arguments against Proposition 8, which portends that California has the right to decide if marriage is legal only between a man and woman.

    SCOTUSBLOG, Reuters: ‘Prop 8 Unlikely to Be Upheld’, ‘Roberts Raises Doubts About California Case,’http://rtvote.com/16VJFQl
    The SCOTUS blog is reporting that Proposition 8, an amendment introduced in California that does not legally recognize gay marriage in the state, will most likely not be upheld by the Supreme Court. Today is the first day of oral arguments for the case. While the SCOTUS blog has predicted the striking down of Prop 8, as of 11am, it reported that the court did not have the five votes needed to overturn it. Chief Justice Roberts noted that the case does not address the core issue of same-sex marriage rights, while Justice Kennedy said that he was uncomfortable striking down the measure and would prefer to dismiss the case.

    Summly and its teen founder snapped up by Yahoo, http://rtvote.com/16VMQHD
    British 17-year-old Nick D’Aloisio has sold his smartphone app Summly to Yahoo for $30 million. D’Aloisio began working on the app, which shortens content to make it easier to scroll, when he was 15-years-old and released it for iPhone four months ago. He will now be Yahoo’s youngest employee and will work from their London office. In regards to the sale, D’Aloisio has said “If you have a good idea, or you think there’s a gap in the market, just go out and launch it.”


    Pedro’s 2 beers — & $338M ticket, http://rtvote.com/11HxfLW

    Some believe atmosphere is safe for gay NFL player to come out, http://rtvote.com/ZUkeun


    DIONNE WARWICK: I’M BANKRUPT, Owes $10 Mil in Taxes, http://rtvote.com/11HCvzb

    NBC’s ‘Today’ show exposed: Article shares ugly details of NBC’s ratings struggle, http://rtvote.com/11HCECy

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