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    NEWS ROUND-UP: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2011

    Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

    In today’s news, today is the 70 year anniversary of Pearl Harbor; the Romney campaign is gearing up to attack Gingrich; and Apple may not be able to sell the iPad under its name in China. In entertainment news, Stephen Colbert vows to hold his own GOP debate, and the world’s oldest dog has died.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    (via POLITICO Playbook) Good Wednesday morning. PEARL HARBOR, 70 YEARS ON — USA Today, “A day that changed America: Shock of sneak attack recalled in books, History Channel show,” by Bob Minzesheimer : “They had been assured by aviation hero Charles Lindbergh, a leader of the isolationist, anti-war movement, that ‘the Japanese had such bad eyesight that they could not fly aircraft effectively.’ Yet without declaring war, Japan had launched a massive air attack on the ill-prepared U.S. naval forces in Hawaii. The damage — 2,402 Americans killed, four battleships sunk, 188 aircraft destroyed –wouldn’t be known publicly for weeks. But the idea that the USA was headed to war – an unpopular position on Dec. 6 – had become an undisputed reality.

    U.S. Made Covert Plan to Retrieve Iran Drone, http://on.wsj.com/uRAuDv
    The United States considered a series of plans to recover a stealth drone that crashed in Iran last week, including launching an airstrike to destroy the remaining parts and sending commandos in to retrieve them. It was ultimately decided that none of the plans would be successful. The U.S. said it did not want to risk confrontation with Iran and wwas hoping it would just not notice the drone. However, the Iranian media has since announced that the craft had been shot down by Tehran.

    Defiant Assad Denies Ordering Bloody Syrian Crackdown, http://abcn.ws/tjQv93
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has denied that the demonstrations in his country are in protest against his rule; instead, he is calling them armed uprisings. In an interview with Barbara Walters, Assad pointed to the many reports of civilians being tortured and murdered.

    Police clear Occupy SF in early morning raid, http://bit.ly/uy1wwy
    Police cleared out the last of the Occupy San Francisco encampments early Wednesday morning, arresting at least 70 people. There were no reports of violent clashes between police and protester. Protesters said they awoke around 1 a.m. to find police circling the camp and announcing a five-minute warning that it would be cleared out. Police Chief Greg Suhr said the raid came after talks broke down between occupiers and the city about moving the encampment to an abandoned elementary school nearby.

    Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a new vote in Russia, http://yhoo.it/taZuda
    Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said that Russian authorities should throw out the results of the parliamentary vote and hold a new election. This comes Wednesday as resentment grew over allegations of election fraud. “More and more people are starting to believe that the election results are not fair,” Gorbachev said. “I believe that ignoring public opinion discredits the authorities and destabilizes the situation.”

    Mexico says Gadhafi son tried to enter country, http://apne.ws/vuODlM
    Mexican officials have discovered a plot by Saadi Gaddafi, the son of the former Libyan dictator, to sneak into Mexico using false documents. The plan involved opening bank accounts and buying properties in Mexico that would serve as safe houses for Gaddafi and his family. Two Mexicans, a Canadian, and a Dane have been implicated in the scheme and are under house arrest. Gaddafi is also under house arrest in Niger.

    Indian Government Halts Foreign Retail Plan, http://nyti.ms/vu27t4
    The Indian government has suspended a plan to allow overseas retailers, such as Walmart, to open stores in the country after protests from opposition parties. The government had announced on Nov. 24 that it would allow foreign companies to own 51 percent of supermarkets and 100 percent of single-brand stores, which appeared to be good news for companies looking to enter the Indian market. But opposition parties disputed that the move would kill mom-and-pop stores. Now Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee says foreign retail is “suspended until a consensus is developed through consultations with various stakeholders.”

    Thomas Haynesworth fully exonerated by Va. appeals court, http://wapo.st/uMeCcB
    A court in Virginia declared on Tuesday that Thomas Haynesworth is innocent of the rape charges that had him in jail for the past 27 years. Haynesworth had been arrested on his way to the grocery store when he was only 18 after a woman that had been raped identified him as her attacker. Haynesworth’s break came after authorities did a DNA test on semen from the 1984 case. “I am very happy,” said Haynesworth. “Me and my family can finally put this behind us, and I can go on with my life. And I can finally vote.”

    Roadside bomb kills 19 civilians in south Afghanistan, http://bbc.in/vkTBpV
    At least 19 Afghan civilians have been killed by a roadside bomb in the southern Helmand province just a day after at least 63 Shiites were killed in multiple bombings. The incident occurred in the province’s volatile Sangin district, a Taliban stronghold, Helmand spokesman Daud Ahmadi said. The dead are said to include women and children, many from the same family.

    Newt Gingrich poll vault prompts Mitt Romney reboot, http://politi.co/ulIivM
    Since Newt Gingrich started to surge in the polls if key states, Mitt Romney has decided to become more aggressive when campaigning the few weeks before the Republican Primary. “We’re going to make sure that the differences in our experience and our perspective and our views on issues are well aired and people can make a choice,” Romney said about Gingrich. “You can be sure I will not be quiet.”

    Obama whacks Republican economics, http://usat.ly/sqFsAV
    On Tuesday, President Obama gave a speech in Osawatomie, Kansas where he attacked Republican economics. “Their philosophy is simple,” Obama said in a high school gym. “We are better off when everybody is left to fend for themselves and play by their own rules. I am here to say they are wrong.”

    Facebook glitch reveals private photos — including Zuckerberg’s, http://bit.ly/v06Lxe
    A Facebook glitch that was meant to report inappropriate pictures briefly allowed users to view others’ private photos. Users were even able to see Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s photos.

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) APPLE LOSES iPAD FIGHT IN CHINA: Apple might have to sell the iPad under a different name in China or shell out $1.6 billion after a court Wednesday rejected the company’s lawsuit against a local firm for infringing on the tablet’s trademark, PC World reports. http://bit.ly/trQZ0z

    (via POLITICO Morning Tech) MICROSOFT APP STORE: The company plans to up the ante with rival Apple when it emulates the app store concept in personal computers with the February launch of Windows 8, the WSJ reports. http://on.wsj.com/tVEOPW

    CULTURAL

    The NY Times writes about “Obama in Osawatomie,” http://nyti.ms/vaP0Dq

    Dana Milbank says “Republicans color the abortion debate,” http://wapo.st/vb8HvR

    Stephen Colbert Vows To Hold His Own Republican Presidential Debate, http://n.pr/uqMzk5

    Game addiction costs Alec Baldwin his airline seat, http://bit.ly/ul8bl0

    World’s oldest dog dies — aged 182, http://bit.ly/v6aNRq

    Nicki Minaj, LMFAO Join ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve, http://on.mtv.com/sum4g4

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    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 2011

    Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

    In today’s news, police raid Occupy protests in L.A. and Philadelphia; a fourth victim may accuse Syracuse coach Fine of sexual molestation; Newt Gingrich denies being a lobbyist; and Ginger White says her relationship with Cain was a casual affair. In entertainment news, Kourtney Kardashian is pregnant, and Darren Criss performs during the final stops of the StarShip tour.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Public sector strike to be ‘largest for a generation’ http://bbc.in/sT7Nhd
    Two million public-sector workers in the UK are set to go on a 24-hour strike over the pension system. The strike could be the biggest walkout for a generation. Thousands of schools are closed and hospitals have canceled their operations. Unions are objecting to the government’s plan to make their members pay more and work longer to receive their pensions. Meanwhile, Downing Street has rejected the movement, saying that it will “achieve nothing.”

    Police clear Occupy camps in Los Angeles, Philly, http://bit.ly/rPOPUD
    Two of America’s largest Occupy encampments in L.A. and Philadelphia were dismantled early Wednesday morning. In L.A., police used bomb-sniffing dogs and a cherry picker to get protesters down from trees. L.A. Chief of Police Charlie Beck sent out 1,400 police officers to arrest 200 protestors. In Philadelphia, 40 protesters were arrested and two police officers sustained minor injuries.

    Clinton to review reform in historic trip to Myanmar, http://bit.ly/u5mXv4
    On Wednesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton landed in Burma, marking the country’s first visit from a U.S. secretary of state in 50 years. Before the trip, Clinton said she plans to assess recent reforms by the country’s ruling junta, including the release of Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and other political protesters. “I will obviously be looking to determine for myself what the intention is of the current government with respect to continued reforms,” said Clinton. She is scheduled to have a private dinner with Suu Kyi.

    Victims’ advocate says fourth alleged victim may emerge in Bernie Fine-Syracuse child sex abuse case, http://nydn.us/vYarr7
    A fourth victim may step forward to accuse former Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine of molestation. Robert Hoaston, the president of victims-support group Road to Recovery, says he’s spoken with a family member of a possible new victim who has reported the alleged abuse to Syracuse police. Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim is still defending himself for standing by Fine when the accusations first surfaced. “I supported a friend,” he said. “I think it’s important what I did. I’m proud I did that. I’ve known him for 46 years.”

    Ho Ho Hmm. Gun Club Offers Photos With Santa, http://n.pr/txnWB6
    A Scottsdale, Arizona gun club is offering members a chance to have their picture taken with Santa and military style guns. One image shows a sitting Santa with snowflakes and a Christmas tree behind him flanked by an $80,000 machine gun and a tripod-mounted rifle. The club’s general manager said the idea came to him last year when a Santa impersonator came in and members were eager to get their pictures taken with him holding their guns. “Our members have been looking for a fun and safe way to express their holiday spirit and passion for firearms,” the manager said.

    UK to expel all Iranian diplomats over embassy attack, http://bbc.in/uqIfve
    On Wednesday, British Foreign Secretary William Hague announced that Iranian diplomats in London will be expelled effective immediately. Hague’s announcement came just one day after Iranian students attacked the British Embassy in Tehran as a result of  Britain backing harsher U.S. sanctions against Iran. Hague said relations between Britain and Iran were now at their lowest level, but that Britain will not sever ties with Iran entirely. Iran condemned the attack describing it as a “unacceptable behavior by a small number of protesters.”

    Young teen pepper-sprays classmates at Harlem high school, http://nydn.us/tE3cNV
    A 14 year-old girl from Harlem pepper-sprayed her peers Tuesday, sending eight of them to the hospital with minor injuries. Police have issued a summons to the student, who attends the Academy for Social Action in Harlem. According to the city’s 2011 survey, only 73% of students said they felt safe in schools’ hallways and bathrooms.

    Gingrich says he didn’t lobby because he didn’t need the money, http://bit.ly/utrkXG
    On Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said the reason he did not lobby after leaving Congress was because he was charging such a high price to give speeches. “I did no lobbying of any kind, period,” Gingrich said at a campaign stop in South Carolina. “For a practical reason – and I’m going to be really direct, ok? I was charging $60,000 a speech and the number of speeches was going up not down.” Gingrich also referred to himself as a celebrity during his address. However, the Gingrich Group consulting firm and the Center for Health Transformation have netted $55 million in 10 years while helping clients boost sales and gain access to government officials.

    Cain accuser describes ‘very casual affair’ http://bit.ly/v93fHM
    Ginger White, the woman who is claiming to have had a 13 year long affair with GOP presidential hopeful Herman Cain, said on Wednesday that their relationship was very casual. She said that it was on and off again for years and admits that she has been receiving gifts from Cain for the past two and a half years. White also noted that going public with the affair has caused her to be embarrassed and humiliated, and that there is no way she would have went public if her allegations were untrue.

    Facebook May Be Forced to Go Public Amid Market Gloom, http://nyti.ms/uh6ZXP
    Facebook may not have a choice about going public in this weakened economy. Federal regulations are kicking in because the company has given out so many shares. Laws say companies with more than 500 shareholders must file reports, including financial audits, to the SEC. The social media giant likely passed the 500 limit this year due to longtime employees selling their shares to private investors. The company has also sold $1.5 billion shares to private investors through Goldman Sachs.

    CULTURAL

    Nick Schulz gives “Three inconvenient truths for Occupy Wall Street,” http://lat.ms/ueRhE5

    Kathleen Parker goes “Behind Romney’s change of heart on abortion,” http://wapo.st/uCbiiG

    Jennifer Rubin says “Once again, voters must reassess Herman Cain’s character,” http://wapo.st/uq46nj

    Kourtney Kardashian: I’m Pregnant! http://bit.ly/v8nu7D

    Darren Criss Proves He’s Still A StarKid! Performs On Final Stops Of The StarShip Tour! http://bit.ly/tUvUtD

    The 2012 Grammy Nominees Revealed … Possibly, http://on.mtv.com/rzewnW

    Justin Bieber baby mama drama twist: Mariah Yeater’s ex-boyfriend Robbie Powell says he’s the father, http://nydn.us/u1nQfu

    Watch Kanye, Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj Perform on “Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show” http://p4k.in/rRwqBb

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2011

    Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

    In today’s news, President Obama is preparing for a supercommittee failure; Penn State coach Mike McQueary claims he went to the police about Sandusky; shots were fired at the White House late last week; the Occupy Seattle movement turns violent; and GOP candidate Newt Gingrich received $1.6 million from Freddie Mac. In entertainment news, Justen Bieber’s paternity suit has been dropped, and Duke’s Coach K wins a record 903 games.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Supercommittee on the brink, http://politi.co/u7WxKF
    The November 23rd deadline for the supercommittee’s deficit plan is quickly approaching, and it seems the powerful panel will not have anything ready by then. Speculation started when it became clear that no one has seen any plan language. The Washington Post says the Obama administration is quietly preparing for the debt-reduction supercommittee to fail, while The Wall Street Journal says the panel is turning to accounting gimmicks to reach its goal of $1.2 trillion in savings over 10 years. On Tuesday, John Boehner and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid met, causing some to speculate that they are also worried about the committee’s inaction.

    Jolted, Wall St. Protesters Face Challenge for Future, http://nyti.ms/uJ65yn
    Occupy Wall Street protesters returned to Zuccotti Park on Tuesday. The demonstrators showed up without tents after a judge upheld that portion of Bloomberg administration’s Monday-night eviction. Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he OK’d the eviction after hearing from an EMT who injured his ankle while trying to assist a mentally disturbed man last week but according to The New York Times, the raid had been in the works for more than two weeks.

    McQueary email: I stopped Sandusky, went to police, http://nyp.st/s2417K
    In an email sent on November 8th, Penn State coach Mike McQueary told a friend that he stopped Jerry Sandusky from the alleged rape of a ten-year old boy and then phoned the police. “I did not stop it, physically … but made sure it was stopped when I left the locker room.” McQueary goes on to say that he “discussed” the situation with the police and the university official in charge of the police. The email contradicts McQueary’s testimony to the grand jury where he said that he did not stop Sandusky and also did not phone the police.

    Secret Service says bullet hit exterior window of White House, http://nydn.us/uwLXc9
    The Secret Service discovered two bullets on the White House grounds Tuesday, one of which hit a window and was stopped by ballistic glass. On Friday, witnesses reported hearing gunfire near the White House; they said they saw two speeding cars, and an AK-47 was eventually recovered. Police have issued an arrest warrant for Oscar Ortega-Hernandez in relation to the incident.

    Solyndra: Energy Dept. pushed firm to keep layoffs quiet until after midterms, http://wapo.st/uLUvWt
    The Obama administration, which gave Solyndra a half-billion dollar loan, asked the company to delay announcing layoffs until after the 2010 midterm election. The company waited until November 3rd to make the announcement, but it is not clear if this was due to pressure from the administration. The White House declined to comment, but said the emails had been taken out of context by House Republicans.

    Giffords’s husband scolds Boehner for not visiting wounded lawmaker, http://bit.ly/tlYDUT
    Representative Gabrielle Giffords’s husband, Mark Kelly, has slammed Speaker John Boehner for not visiting Giffords while she was recovering, even though he attended the NCAA tournament in Houston where she was rehabilitating. “Considering that she was a member of Congress and he was the highest-ranking member, we thought he’d ask to visit Gabby or at least give a call to see how she was doing,” Kelly writes. “Our only contact with him had been a simple get-well card he’d sent a few days after Gabby was injured.”

    Obama: U.S. to expand military in Australia, http://bit.ly/tPgBTW
    Seen as a response to China’s growing aggression, President Obama announced that the U.S. will expand its military presence in Australia at the beginning of his Asia visit. Obama said the U.S. is “stepping up its commitment to the entire Asia-Pacific,” and that 250 Marines will be stationed in northern Australia starting next year, with 2,500 personnel eventually staffing the region. Obama said the decision will send a message to China saying “with their rise comes increased responsibility. It is important for them to play by the rules of the road.” China is wary of the decision, saying it may not be appropriate and requires further review.

    Pregnant woman pepper sprayed at Occupy Seattle, http://bit.ly/svInbO
    The Occupy Seattle movement has turned violent as police pepper sprayed the crowd on Tuesday night. The incident reportedly injured an 84 year-old woman and sent a pregnant woman to the hospital. Protesters denounced the use of force and said that police used the spray on a peaceful protest. Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel said that pepper spray is not harmful and is not age specific. That it is no more dangerous to someone who is 10 or someone who is 80.

    U.S. Senate panel agrees to look at Florida’s new voting law, http://bit.ly/rquuPo
    A U.S. Senate panel tasked with overseeing civil rights will hold a hearing in Florida regarding the state’s new election law. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D – Fla., requested the hearing, and fellow Democrat Dick Durbin, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee Constitution, Civil Rights, and Human Rights, supported the request.

    Ohio’s election law foes fall short on signatures, http://bit.ly/vsG3qM
    Opponents of Ohio’s new election law have fallen short in their efforts to get a ballot repeal question before voters next fall; however, they still have time to get more signatures. The law would shorten the number of early voting days in the swing state, and the Monday ruling by Secretary of State Jon Husted comes after election officials reviewed the more than 333,000 signatures that opponents submitted in late September.

    Gingrich Said to Be Paid $1.6M by Freddie Mac, http://bloom.bg/vzkzES
    Newt Gingrich might not be leading in the polls for much longer. Bloomberg reports that Gingrich received between $1.6 million and $1.8 million from Freddie Mac for consulting fees. The dollar amount is significantly more than Gingrich was questioned about during the GOP CNBC debate. He was asked what he did to earn $300,000, and he responded that he gave advice on what the company didn’t do, noting that its lending processes were “insane.” Freddie Mac executives, however, disagree. Since he ended his retainer in 2008, Gingrich has been quite vocal in his criticism of Freddie Mac.

    (via CNN) Facebook: Attack identified, most spammed porn removed: ‘Facebook says a hack that exploited some Web browsers was responsible for a flood of porn, violent images and other graphic content that spread across the site over the past couple of days. Spokesman Frederic Wolens said Facebook’s security team had been working to identify the cause of the spam and that, by Tuesday afternoon, “we have eliminated most of the spam caused by this attack.”‘ http://bit.ly/vTalN7

    CULTURAL

    Andrew Rosenthal says “Maine Republicans Want to Get There (Vote Suppression) From Here (Vote Turnout),” http://nyti.ms/t8NThV

    Erwin Chemerinsky asks “Will partisanship shape the healthcare ruling?,” http://lat.ms/sVLVgU

    Ross Douthat discusses “The Second Coming of Gingrich,” http://nyti.ms/sWiTPY

    The Washington Post says “U.S. foreign policy turns toward Asia,” http://wapo.st/tZKmHS

    Justin Bieber Alleged Baby Mama DISMISSES Paternity Lawsuit, http://bit.ly/sBMBVi

    Coach K alone atop Division I list, http://apne.ws/veLa3x

    Bradley Cooper Named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, http://on.mtv.com/tj1BqS

    Russell Simmons, ?uestlove React To Zuccotti Park Raid, http://on.mtv.com/u9K9L8

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011

    Monday, November 14th, 2011

    In today’s news, the judge who set bail for Jerry Sandusky has been involved in his charity; Herman Cain’s wife sticks by him; and ‘Obamacare’ is going to the Supreme Court. In entertainment news, Lady Gaga splits with her long-time creative director, and Justin Timberlake attends the Marine Corps. ball.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    (via Associated Press) Obama calls waterboarding ‘torture’: ‘President Barack Obama says the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torturing, disputing Republican presidential candidates who say they would reinstate the practice. Obama called waterboarding “torture” and said it was “contrary to America’s traditions” during a news conference at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.’ http://bit.ly/tpLEs2

    Portland police arrest over 50 as protest camps cleared, http://reut.rs/ruc32s
    On Sunday, Portland police arrested more than 50 members of the Occupy movement as they cleared out and blocked off encampments after an eviction notice was issued. Portland’s mayor Sam Adams said that the encampments have been linked to increased crime and drug use, and while he supports the Occupy movements and what they stand for, they need to move beyond encampments to achieve their goals.

    Judge Who Freed Sandusky on Bail Reportedly Volunteered at His Charity, http://fxn.ws/vhrOoe
    Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who ordered former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail, is said to have volunteered for Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. Dutchcot gave the Second Mile between $500 and $1,000 and lists volunteering for the organization as one of her career achievements. Prosecutors originally asked that Sandusky’s bail to be set at $500,000 and that he be required to wear an ankle monitor. Dutchcot set the bail for $100,000.

    A Disturbing New Dimension of Far-Right Terror, http://bit.ly/u29JgE
    Police in Germany have busted a neo-Nazi ring that may have carried out at least 10 murders over the past 10 years. Police hunted down two members of the ring, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, who had recently robbed a bank. The two men took their own lives, but police found the weapons of two officers that were murdered in 2007. When police went to search the apartment where the men had been living, another member of their group blew up the residence before they arrived. Still, police recovered a murder weapon, propaganda videos, and other evidence and have made two arrests.

    Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC, http://nyti.ms/rKbCz9
    On Monday morning, NBC is announcing that they have hired Chelsea Clinton as a full-time special correspondent. Clinton is supposed to start work promptly on Monday and will report within the “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.” The segment highlights people who make a difference in their communities.

    What Would Gabby Do? http://bit.ly/vTjSbI
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the public eye this week, as she and her husband sit down for an interview with ABC News and publish a memoir. She may be doing better than people would have expected, but she is not as well as the media has led people to believe. Apparently, Giffords does not speak as much in the ABC interview as ads suggest. Instead she says just a few words, and the feature is more based on managing Gifford’s image.

    Jordan’s king urges Syria’s Assad to step down, http://apne.ws/evjTAr
    Jordan’s King Abdullah has publicly urged President Bashar al-Assad to step down, making him the first Arab-ruler to issue a statement over the violent handling of the 8-month uprising. Syrian regime supporters reacted to the ouster with violence, storming regional embassies. Meanwhile, the U.N. estimates that 3,500 civilians have died since the beginning of the crackdown. Over the weekend, one activist was shot down in front of his 9-year old son.

    Judge: Norway terror suspect is not insane, http://bit.ly/vJE5tx
    On Monday, District Court Judge Torkjel Nesheim said Norway mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik is not insane. Breivik confessed to a bombing and a shooting that killed 77 people in Norway this summer. Nesheim said there was no evidence Breivik had any accomplices and ordered his custody be extended for another 12 weeks. The courtroom was packed with over 500 people including survivors of the shootings and family of the victims.

    Court sets 5 1/2-hour hearing on health care, http://bit.ly/vTRfwd
    The Supreme Court is set to review ‘Obamacare.’ On Monday, the justices announced that they will see three cases arguing how constitutionally sound the health care reform is. The court will hold oral arguments sometime in the spring, most likely in March. It is expected to issue a decision by the end of its current term, which is normally in late June.

    College students will be allowed to use stickers on IDs to vote,
    http://bit.ly/vsBMZI
    A Wisconsin law passed in the spring said that students may use college IDs at the polls, but they must expire in two years; however, most IDs issued by Wisconsin schools expire in 4 to 5 years. In response, a law has been passed allowing colleges to issue stickers to validate IDs. The IDs will be required for the February 2012 primary.

    Gloria Cain speaks out about sexual harassment allegations,
    http://wapo.st/vHnqqO
    In her first ever television interview, Gloria Cain disputes the sexual harassment claims made against her husband. She said that Cain would have to posses a split personality to be capable of the acts the five women are accusing him of committing. “To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is,” she said. Herman Cain had previously said that his wife supported him during the allegations, and that she knew he would not do anything as silly as what the women claim.

    (via Politico) Herman Cain’s poll numbers slide in POLITICO poll: ‘Among likely Republican voters surveyed Sunday, Nov. 6, Cain led the field with 40 percent. On Monday, he was third with 22 percent. By Wednesday, just 19 percent of those surveyed said they supported Cain for the nomination.’ http://politi.co/t8MAsb

    (via NY Times) Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams: ‘It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.’ http://nyti.ms/sXPpD5

    CULTURAL

    Peter J. Boyer describes “The Wonk Who Slays Washington” http://bit.ly/sn00e5

    Ben Keller on “How Romney Could Win” http://nyti.ms/uOnqDa

    Lady Gaga Splits From Longtime Creative Director Laurieann Gibson, Rep Confirms, http://bit.ly/uEHjNK

    Reality TV’s Instant Stars Populate a Magazine, http://nyti.ms/sYi7Vt

    ‘Hunger Games’ Full Trailer Debuts, http://on.mtv.com/swUMiL

    Justin Timberlake Attends Marine Corps Ball, http://on.mtv.com/sJQ2rb

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    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2011

    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

    In today’s news, the UN has concerns about Libya’s weapon surplus; Hillary Clinton’s mother has passed away at age 92; Bachmann’s former campaign manager says she is out of money and ideas; Cain vaguely explains the sexual harassment charges against him; and Google will release a Gmail app for iPhone. In entertainment news, Jessica Simpson announces her pregnancy, and O Music Awards set a Guinness World Record.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Greek referendum deepens euro zone crisis, http://reut.rs/umKfDE
    World markets took a dive today when fear arose that Europe’s debt deal could disintegrate. Prime Minister George Papandreou has decided to let the Greek people vote on the bailout package, saying it’s up to the constituents to decide whether or not to adopt the deal. The move has stunned markets, throwing Greece’s euro zone membership into question. A survey Saturday showed that nearly 60 percent of Greeks see the new EU bailout as negative or probably negative.

    Mergers Open ‘Golden Parachutes’ http://on.wsj.com/u7Pdi6
    Due to corporate mergers, at least four CEOs are currently looking at payouts of more than $50 million. Former Nabor Industries CEO Eugene Isenberg is set to make $100 million. Motorola’s chief, Sanjay Jha, could make $65.7 million after Google’s take over of the company. And an additional four CEOs could make more than $30 million from deals that have already been completed or are pending.

    UN Security Council concern over Libya arms stockpile, http://bbc.in/tGU2OM
    The United Nations Security Council has expressed concerns over the massive weapon collection that has built up in Libya under Gaddafi. The Council is worried that the weapons could fall into the hands of militant groups such as al-Qaeda. Many were destroyed in the NATO operations that ended Monday, however, no one knows how many have actually been left in circulation.

    (via CNN) Hillary Clinton’s mother dies at 92, http://bit.ly/tVJ2OT: ‘U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, died Tuesday at the age of 92, the Clinton Foundation announced. Rodham’s death came a day after the State Department said Clinton had canceled a scheduled trip to Britain and Turkey because Rodham was ill.’

    (via NY Times) Regulators Investigating MF Global for Missing Money, http://nyti.ms/ttROM1: ‘Federal regulators have discovered that hundreds of millions of dollars in customer money has gone missing from MF Global in recent days, prompting an investigation into the brokerage firm, which is run by Jon S. Corzine, the former New Jersey governor, several people briefed on the matter said on Monday.’

    Va Republican party condemns Loudoun GOP e-mail with an image of Obama shot in the head, http://wapo.st/rFOM1r
    Loudoun County’s GOP committee in Virginia has sent out an e-mail featuring an image of a zombie Obama with a bullet in his head. The Republican Party of Virginia was quick to condemn the image. “The disgusting image used today on a mass e-mail has no place in our politics. Ever,’’ said Pat Mullins, chairman of the state party. “The Republican Party of Virginia condemns the image and its use in the strongest possible terms.”

    At least 6 shot on Halloween night in D.C. http://wapo.st/vo4Np6
    On Halloween night, at least six people were shot in D.C. including one person in Georgetown near the scene of its traditional Halloween revelry. The Georgetown shooting occurred just before 11 p.m. on M Street. The victim appeared to be a teenager and was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Sofiene Ben Mansour, owner of George’s falafel restaurant at 28th and M streets, said he heard three gunshots at about 10:50 p.m.

    Judge tells Tennessee to stop arresting Occupy protesters, http://bit.ly/upO711
    On Monday, a judge in Tennessee told officials to stop enforcing new rules, such as curfews, that have been used to contain Occupy protesters in Nashville. “Political expression deserves the highest level of protection and it was unacceptable for the state to suddenly shut down protesters’ speech and forcibly oust them from the Legislative Plaza that has long been used as a place for peaceful expression,” said Hedy Weinberg, executive director at the ACLU of Tennessee.

    FBI releases video on Anna Chapman, other Russian spies, http://on.today.com/uwvH4A
    On Monday, the FBI released videotapes, documents, and photos taken during surveillance of Anna Chapman and 10 other Russian spies. The FBI released the material to The Associated Press after they filed a Freedom of Information Act request. An FBI agent also admitted that the spies were getting very close to United States policy making circles.

    Cain details gesture that led to sex accusation, http://bit.ly/sOacXC
    Presidential hopeful Herman Cain has finally described why he was accused of sexual harassment after continuously dodging the question over the weekend. Cain has stated that one of the two female accusers made a baseless claim after he measured her height. Cain says the woman, whose name he does not remember, was in his office, and that he made a gesture noting that she was the same height as his wife. He said he brought his hand to his chin and said “My wife comes up to my chin.” Cain said he was completely unaware of the charges by the second woman.

    Bachmann ‘Out of Money and Ideas’ in Iowa, Says Former Campaign Manager, http://abcn.ws/stA4hW
    On Monday Ed Rollins, who left the Bachmann campaign in September, said that Michele Bachmann has run out of money and ideas, and she can no longer expect to win Iowa. Rollins said Bachmann would not listen to her council’s advice to focus mainly on Iowa since she lacked the finances, campaign structure, and ideas to win the “must-win” caucus state. “She’s still saying the same things she said in the first the debate. There’s no substance. She says, ‘I’m going to repeal Obamacare.’ But she’s been saying that from Day 1. I told her: That’s your Tea Party speech, now you have to say what you’re going to do next.”

    Incoming: A Native Gmail iPhone App. Finally. http://bit.ly/tvJCO2
    The iPhone is said to finally be getting a native Gmail app. The new app will allow for Push Notification, and you will no longer have to hack it through Exchange where you lose functionality.

    CULTURAL

    Eleanor Clift reports “LaHood: GOP Doesn’t Care About Jobs,” http://bit.ly/vzdbD4

    Frank Bruni discusses “Race, Religion and Same-Sex Marriage,” http://nyti.ms/v8fkae

    Jessica Simpson: I’m Pregnant! http://bit.ly/vXkFqo

    ‘Glee’ singer Charice Pempengco’s dad killed in Philippines, http://bit.ly/tJrkKX

    Kim Kardashian’s Siblings Speak Out About Divorce, http://on.mtv.com/rtnkeX

    O Music Awards Dance Marathon Sets Guinness Record, http://on.mtv.com/tltHiu

    Watch: The Flaming Lips Pay Tribute to Steve Jobs at MTV O Music Awards, http://p4k.in/shNAaS

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