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    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

    CRUCIAL: 

    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.

    CULTURAL 

    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
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

    LA City Councilwoman Janice Hahn wins a House seat, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry receives a Medal of Honor, Senator Mitch McConnell proposes a controversial debt plan, France says Gadhafi will most likely step down, and Pakistan threatens to withdraw troops from its border. Also, Obama’s re-election campaign and the Democratic National Committee have raised a combined $86 million since April, Mitt Romney has rejected the Family Leader’s ‘Marriage Vow’ Pledge, the youth unemployment rate is more than 17%, and Netflix is raising its prices.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    Los Angeles City Councilwoman Janice Hahn, a Democrat, has won the special election to represent a Southern California House seat, the Associated Press reported. Hahn beat Republican Craig Huey 54.56 percent to 45.44 percent, according to the Los Angeles County clerk’s office.

    Army Ranger receives Medal of Honor for Afghanistan heroics,
    http://bit.ly/pTOJt4
    Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry is the second living soldier from the Iraq and Afghan wars to be awarded the Medal of Honor. Petry was shot in both legs and lost a hand after throwing an enemy grenade away from his fellow soldiers. “To be singled out is very humbling. I consider every one of our men and women in uniform to be our heroes,” he said.

    Debt Talk Mired, Leader for G.O.P. Proposes Option,
    http://nyti.ms/osJez0
    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has angered Conservatives with his new debt proposal. McConnell wants Congress to allow President Obama to raise the debt ceiling without its prior approval of spending cuts. While some Conservatives think this plan will place any potential blame on Obama and benefit the GOP, others find it a panicked retreat.

    France Says Gadhafi Aides Hinted at His Exit,
    http://on.wsj.com/nQsuZH
    Negotiations to end Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s 41-year regime in Libya have not yet began; however, emissaries suggest that the leader is “ready to go.” France and other NATO allies are currently conducting airstrikes against his forces. US State Dept. officials are less optimistic about the development, calling the messages “contradictory.”

    Pakistan might withdraw border troops, defense minister says,
    http://wapo.st/pW5VRa
    The US announced earlier this week that it would suspend US military aid to Pakistan. In response, Pakistan’s Defense Minister has threatened to withdraw thousands of troops from the country’s border, which would “undermine Washington interests” in the area.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News)
    President Barack Obama’s reelection campaign and the Democratic National Committee raised a combined $86 million between April and June, blowing past the combined $60 million goal set by both groups at the start of the fundraising quarter. Obama campaign manager Jim Messina announced the total in a video released before dawn Wednesday, touting the 552,462 donors who contributed as “more grassroots support at this point in the process than any campaign in political history.” Of the $86 million raised, Messina said over $47 million went into the coffers of Obama for America and more than $38 million went to the DNC.

    Mitt Romney Rejects The Family Leader’s ‘Marriage Vow’ Pledge,
    http://huff.to/pSfxyP
    After rival presidential candidates, Michelle Bachmann and Rick Santorum signed a controversial Conservative pledge, Romney has decided to reject it. The pledge denounces gay marriage, pornography, gays in the military, and Islamic law.

    The Glum and the Restless,
    http://bit.ly/oveOGx
    More than 17 percent of 16-to-24-year-olds looking for work cannot find a job. Youth unemployment is not only a big issue for the economy, but also for the President as he looks for youth support in 2012

    Netflix raises DVD, streaming plan price by 60 percent,
    http://reut.rs/pZ6cX2
    Netflix might be best known for its DVD mail service, but the company sees video streaming as its future. New subscribers will have to pay extra for a DVD-only plan, and the streaming plans are now sold separately. Many Netflix users are outraged at the 60% price increases.

    CULTURAL:

    Breaking: Ted Danson takes over ‘CSI,’ http://bit.ly/o2oVMQ

    Struggling Oprah Network to Name New CEO: Oprah, http://on.wsj.com/q6AZ9U

    Terrafugia Transition: Flying Car Approved For Road Use By NHTSA, http://huff.to/pNmwI5

    ‘X Factor’ Preview Signals Return Of Simon And Paula, http://on.mtv.com/pJqAsx

    Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to finally marry? http://bit.ly/n1pQVN

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

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