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    News Round-Up: October 28, 2013

    Monday, October 28th, 2013

    President Obama halts NSA programs that have been targeting 35 world leaders; Dr. Conrad Murray is released from prison, after serving two years for his role in the death of the King of Pop; and the NY mayoral debate is postponed out of respect for the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy gets arrested in DC, and Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr call it splits.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Report: President Obama unaware of spyinghttp://rtvote.com/1eZvWv1
    The NSA has been monitoring the communications of 35 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for years. The White House was previously unaware of this, but upon discovery during an internal review of NSA programs this summer, President Obama halted these operations immediately. European allies are upset by the news, and German intelligence officials have been sent to the U.S. for discussions.

    Conrad Murray’s jail time for killing Michael Jackson ends Mondayhttp://rtvote.com/19MRYz4
    Dr. Conrad Murray, the man charged for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, is set to become a free man today after serving only two years of a four-year sentence. He is being let out early because of California prison rules that give an additional day credit for each day served. In 2011, a jury concluded that Dr. Murray’s negligence led to the death of the King of Pop, specifically from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

    Mayoral debate rescheduled to avoid Sandy anniversaryhttp://rtvote.com/19MVc5G
    The Campaign Finance Board has rescheduled New York’s mayoral debate from Tuesday to Wednesday so that it would not conflict with the first anniversary date of Hurricane Sandy. Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota both pushed for the move, saying that Tuesday “should be marked with solemn reflection.”

    N.D. town OKs building ban to deter Aryan enclavehttp://rtvote.com/1eZAr8G
    In Leith, North Dakota, a Canadian hate crimes fugitive has bought a home and twelve other lots. Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi extremist, has invited all who hold white power views to join him in taking control of the small town. City officials have placed a moratorium on any new construction and are currently working on an ordinance that will require Cobb to install water and sewer services in his home; Cobb feels unfairly targeted by these actions.

    Was Beijing crash a planned attack?http://rtvote.com/1gVmU6G
    A Jeep plowed through pedestrians and policemen Monday, crashing in front of the Tiananmen Gate. Three of the car occupants and two bystanders died in the incident. An official investigation is underway, and it is not clear whether the crash was deliberate or accidental. Tiananmen Square has historically been the political heart of China, as evidenced by the infamous 1989 democracy protests.
     

    PUNDITS

    Robert Young voices his concerns on the bad decisions federal and state governments continue to make in the post-Hurricane Sandy effort in “Sandy, a year later, mistakes still made,” http://rtvote.com/1g6XHVs

    Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland discuss how the U.S. needs to do more to fix its drone program in “Did Obama keep his drone promises?” http://rtvote.com/1g6YGoC

    CULTURAL

    Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Assault Outside W Hotel in D.C., http://rtvote.com/19N0P3V

    Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Split Up, http://rtvote.com/1g6Z1aI

    Alfonso Ribeiro, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Star, Welcomes Son Alfonso Lincoln, Jr., http://rtvote.com/19N1an7

    David Beckham Gets in Car Crash in Front of His Home, http://rtvote.com/1gVq9Lk

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    News Round-Up: Friday, February 8, 2013

    Friday, February 8th, 2013

    Authorities hunt down a former LAPD cop accused of killing three; the Northeast braces for a record-breaking blizzard; and a hacker breaks in to the Bush family’s emails and photos. Meanwhile, New York Fashion Week gets under way and Frank Ocean plans to move to Shanghai.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Authorities say ex-LAPD cop accused of killing 3 ‘could be anywhere’ as manhunt spans the West, http://fxn.ws/TS9aO6
    Los Angeles police are hunting down a fugitive former LAPD officer accused of killing three. Christopher Jordan Dorner, who is likely armed and dangerous, posted a Facebook manifesto detailing his plans to wage war against LAPD officers and their families. Dorner is suspected of killing the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and her fiance as well as another officer this week. He also sent a package to CNN anchor Anderson Cooper including a note and memento with a bullet-hole. Authorities believe Dorner’s actions are a retaliation for his 2008 termination from LAPD for making false statements. Police found Dorner’s burning truck on a mountain east of Los Angeles, but Dorner himself is still at large. “He could be anywhere at this point,” said San Bernardino County Sheriff John McMahon.

    Northeast braces for massive winter wallop, http://cbsn.ws/WV3XC9
    The Northeast is preparing for what meteorologists are calling a record-breaking blizzard. “Nemo” will hit throughout Friday and Saturday. New England is expecting three feet of snow while New York City predicts about a foot. Blizzard warnings have been issued from Long Island through Maine and more than 3,700 flights have been cancelled in preparation for the storm. Hurricane force winds, power outages, and coastal area flooding threaten the Northeast as the storm approaches. For New England, the blizzard could rank as one of the top ten snowstorms in history. “This storm has the potential to be one of those events that you remember for a lifetime,” said CBS meteorologist Terry Eliasen.

    Bush Family Emails, Photos Apparently Hacked, http://huff.to/12yErth
    A cybercriminal going by the name of “Guccifer” gained access to emails, photos, telephone numbers, and addresses of Bush family members and friends, including emails sent between both former presidents. Some of the emails detailed the elder Bush’s health conditions. The hacker released photos of Bush during his recent stay in a Houston hospital where he was treated for bronchial infection complications. The website “The Smoking Gun” has published some of the photos, over which the name “Guccifer” was plastered in neon blue. A Bush family spokesperson declined to comment on the investigation.

    Daniel Winslow in for GOP Primary: State rep pledges to be on ballot to replace Kerry, http://bit.ly/11ud9oH
    Massachusetts state representative Daniel Winslow officially declared his candidacy for the Senate on Friday, becoming the first Republican to enter the special election race to replace John Kerry. Republicans have struggled to find a viable candidate for the race since former senator Scott Brown’s decision not to run. U.S. representatives Stephen Lynch and Edward Markey have each declared their candidacy on the Democratic side. Candidates must collect 10,000 signatures from Massachusetts citizens before February 27th to officially get on the ballot. “I’m going to give this everything I’ve got, with all that I have, because the crisis confronting our country demands nothing less. I am confident I am going to be on the Republican ballot,” Winslow said.

    North Dakota Personhood Measure Passes State Senate, http://huff.to/XY7WNu
    Lawmakers in North Dakota passed two bills that would make it harder for women to gain access to abortion care in what is considered the worst state in the nation for women. The Personhood Constitution Amendment Initiative would amend the state’s constitution to grant human embryos legal rights and protections, and would be voted on by North Dakota residents in 2014 should it pass in the House. “We are intending that it be a direct challenge to Roe v. Wade, since Scalia said the Supreme Court is waiting for states to raise a case,” said Margaret Sitte, Republican state senator and sponsor of the bill. A second proposed bill would shut down North Dakota’s single abortion clinic. Sarah Stoesz of Planned Parenthood claimed the organization would fight against the legislation and defense of “concerned North Dakotans who do not want to see politicians inserting themselves into the private medical decision-making of women and families in our state.

    Todd Hughes Nomination: Obama Picks Openly Gay Judge for Court of Appeals, http://huff.to/127MdFY
    President Obama nominated Todd Hughes, an openly gay Justice Department attorney, to the U.S. Court of Appeals on Thursday in a decision that aligns with his open support for the LGBT community. If his appointment is confirmed by the Senate, Hughes will be the first openly gay judge to sit on the federal court of appeals in the nation’s history. LGBT groups praised Obama’s decision. “Todd Hughes’ nomination is a testament to the expanding opportunities for openly LGBT Americans who want to serve their country, and to the president’s respect for the depth of talent and experience within the LGBT community,” said Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and Institute.

    CULTURAL: 

    Stargazing: New York Fashion Week Day 1, http://nyti.ms/VJ5sD6

    Frank Ocean Moving to Shanghai, http://nyti.ms/XT9Twz

    Kim Kardashian Seeks Speedy Divorce for Baby’s Sake, http://bit.ly/XQvzt9

    Kristin Wiig in ‘Anchorman 2′”, http://huff.to/12pUmKf

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    News Round-Up: Monday, June 27, 2011

    Monday, June 27th, 2011

    The celebrations continue after gay marriage was legalized in New York on Friday, the Dodgers file for bankruptcy, Obama is trying to raise the debt ceiling, and the Souris River has flooded to new records in North Dakota.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News from Jun 25, 2011 at 12:15 AM)
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the bill legalizing gay marriage in the Empire State, more than doubling the population of Americans for whom same-sex nuptials are available. The law will go into effect in New York in 30 days, and when it does, gay marriage will be legal in six states and Washington, D.C.

    TSA stands by officers after pat-down of elderly woman in Florida, http://bit.ly/ih3ADH

    The TSA is defending its officers after a 95-year-old Florida woman was required to take off her adult diaper to get through airport security. According to the TSA, the officers acted “according to proper procedure,” but the woman’s daughter argued that “if this is your procedure…your procedure needs to be changed.”

    Dodgers Owner Files for Team Bankruptcy,
    http://on.wsj.com/j5lCuC

    The Los Angeles Dodgers filed for bankruptcy in order to not be taken over by Major League Baseball.  Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig rejected a 17-year $2.7 billion deal with Fox Sports because Dodgers owner Frank McCourt planned to use $150 million to settle his divorce with his former wife and pay outstanding debts.

    Congressional Week Ahead: Obama Enters Budget Talks,
    http://nyti.ms/iriwsE

    President Obama is meeting with the Majority and Minority leaders of the Senate this week to try and work out a deal to raise the debt ceiling before August 2nd, when the Treasury says the country will default for the first time in history. Republicans in the House refuse to raise taxes, but any package with only budget cuts will likely fail in the Democratic Senate.

    Global arrest warrant issued for Qaddafi, son, http://bit.ly/jSVKHG

    Arrest warrants are out for Libyan leader Muammar al Qaddafi, his son Saif al Islam Qaddafi, and Qaddafi’s brother-in-law and Libya’s head of intelligence, Abdullah Al-Senussi, for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The International Criminal Court has stated that all 116 nations of the Court are obliged, under the Rome Statute, to arrest Qaddafi and turn him over to the court.

    Souris River crests in North Dakota, surging past 1881 mark, http://usat.ly/k9lf5s

    The Souris River in North Dakota flooded this weekend, peaking at 1,562 feet above sea level. That’s 4 feet higher than the previous record, which was set in 1881. Over ten thousand residents have bee evacuated, and four thousand homes have been swamped. According to the Army Corps of Engineers, the slow-moving river could take a “long long time” to return to normal and allow the community to recover.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    Rep. Michele Bachmann formally launched her presidential campaign Monday morning. “My name is Michelle Bachmann, I stand here among my family and many friends to announce formally my candidacy for president of the United States,” she told a crowd of supporters in Waterloo, Iowa. The three-term Minnesota congresswoman, who’s running in a dead-heat with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney in Iowa according to Saturday’s Des Moines Register poll, is launching an announcement tour that will also include stops in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

    Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop, http://nyti.ms/iv6g10

    There are 160 million DVRs in America and according to a new report, those little boxes use more energy than refrigerators. Some even use more power than AC systems, since the boxes’ drives are running 24 hours a day, even when nobody is watching the TV. This means that they waste 66% of the $3 billion in energy they cost to run.

    CULTURAL:

    Michael Jackson’s Thriller jacket sells for $1.8m at auction, http://bit.ly/iwe0GQ

    Chris Brown & Rihanna In BET Awards Screw-Up, http://bit.ly/iQT7Mb

    William & Kate Feel the Love at Wimbledon, http://bit.ly/kDYkFU

    ‘Cars 2′ Parks At #1 For Weekend Box-Office Debut, http://on.mtv.com/jFysk4

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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