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    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    The death toll in Egypt rises to 525; surge of violence continues in Iraq; torture revealed in California murder & abduction case; Senator Wendy Davis appears in Vogue; and Wimbledon champion abruptly retires from tennis.Meanwhile, Oprah gives away more cars; Stern reacts to Bachelor star suicide; and Justin Timberlake releases track list for 20/20 Experience part 2.



    Morsi supporters call for protest marchers as crackdown death toll rises in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/1a895O9
    Supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi called for protest marches Thursday, after violent government crackdowns have left over 500 people dead and more than 3,700 people injured, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. This has been the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    Officials: Car bombs kill 31 in Iraqi capitalhttp://rtvote.com/1a8enZS
    A month’s long surge of violence continues in Iraq as 31 people are killed and dozens injured in a car bomb attack near the Iraqi capital. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed.

    Affidavits: Hannah Anderson’s mother, brother ‘tortured and killed’,http://rtvote.com/16NoK09
    It has now been revealed that the California man that kidnapped Hannah Anderson after her cheerleading practice, first tortured and killed her mother and brother. Investigators didn’t reveal details of the torture, but believe James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of Hannah’s father, carried out the killings and abduction.

    Wendy Davis in heels and in Voguehttp://rtvote.com/1a8gtJj
    Vogue’s September issue will feature Wendy Davis, Democratic Senator from Fort Worth, Texas who might be making a bid for governor. The magazine feature offers a revealing look at Davis’ personal journey from struggling as a single mother to graduating from Harvard Law School.

    Bartoli’s Retirement Caught Nearly Everyone by Surprise,
    After winning the title of Wimbledon Champion last month, Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis after a loss at the Western & Southern open. Citing physical issues, lack of will, and other goals, the French tennis champion said, “I feel it’s time for me to walk away actually.”



    Oprah Winfrey Gives Away a Car on Jimmy Kimmel Livehttp://rtvote.com/141Xlck

    Justin Timberlake Complete Track List for 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2,http://rtvote.com/1a852RP

    Bachelor Fan Howard Stern Weighs In on Gia Allemand Suicide: “I Was Sad to Hear About it”, http://rtvote.com/16NhPEe

    Orange Is the New Black: Reports of Laura Prepon’s Exit “Inaccurate”, Says Netflix,http://rtvote.com/16NitS6

    Bruce Willis Commercial Gets Banned in Britain, http://rtvote.com/16NiC8b

    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, January 15th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Lance Armstrong admits to doping; Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders the arrest of the prime minister; a woman crashes a stolen train into a Swedish apartment building; New York passes a deal for stricter gun laws; and Wal-Mart announces a veteran hiring program. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s bus tour starts today, and Kim Kardashian talks struggling with infertility.



    Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify, http://rtvote.com/13zjGwu
    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. “We were mesmerized and riveted” said Winfrey about Armstrong’s answers. “He did not come clean in the manner I was expecting.” The former champion cyclist will testify against cycling officials who were aware of his doping. Armstrong also told Winfrey that he admitted his drug use to staff of his charity, Livestrong, and personally called other cyclists to apologize. The interview will air in two parts this Thursday and Friday.

    Pakistan top court orders PM arrest, http://rtvote.com/13zlMMF
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, on Tuesday. The court alleges that Ashraf “violated the principle of transparency” when working on contracts for the purchase of power plants for the government as a federal minister. Authorities have 24 hours to arrest Ashraf and 16 others in connection with the case. In Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, populist cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri organized protests calling for reforms.

    France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up, http://rtvote.com/13zowd1
    French forces bombed the Mali town of Diabaly, which is believed to be under Islamic militant control, on Monday night. French President Francois Hollande said the bomb attacks “hit their targets” and the “deployment of forces on the ground and in the air” will continue. West African defense chiefs will meet in Bamako on Tuesday to quickly deploy 3,300 African troops to Mali. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Guinea have offered to send troops to defend the Mali government, although Nigeria has cautioned about deploying troops too quickly. The U.S. has also pledged to support the Mali government.

    A Swedish woman stole a four-car commuter train in Stockholm Tuesday morning, driving and crashing it into an apartment building in the suburbs. Police say the woman has been seriously injured, while no one in the apartment building was hurt. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the woman is being held for endangering the public and that her motives are unknown. The suspect was born in 1990 and worked for a company contracted to clean for the train operator.

    Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Any Veteran Who Wants a Job, http://rtvote.com/13zrQov
    Wal-Mart will announce Tuesday that it will hire any veteran who needs a job as long as they left the military the year before and were not dishonorably discharged. The program will launch on Memorial Day and will be one of the nation’s biggest hiring commitments for veterans in history. First Lady Michelle Obama has called the superstore’s new program “historic” and that she will work to persuade other corporations to implement something similar. Wal-mart says the commitment will create 100,000 new jobs for veterans in the next five years.

    Gun bill: Ball takes shot at Cuomo, Assembly goes home, http://rtvote.com/W8q6wV
    New York state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have reached a deal regarding gun control, including expanding the state’s assault weapons ban and further restrictions that keep guns away from the mentally ill. New York’s Senate, which has a Republican majority, passed the deal Monday night. The support came from legislators from New York City and Long Island. No Republicans from upstate New York voted for the deal, which will go to the Assembly Tuesday. Nationally, President Obama will most likely support an executive order to expand background checks on gun purchasers.

    Alex Williams explores the difficulty of Millennials transitioning from a technology-fuled “hook-up-culture” in “The End of Courtship,” http://rtvote.com/13zvWNp


    Anna Kendrick’s Ryan Gosling Tweet Should Flatter The Actor, We Think, http://rtvote.com/W8A1m5

    Lady Gaga Pulls Born This Way Ball Into Tacoma For First U.S. Tour Stop, http://rtvote.com/W8GrSd

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian Struggled With Infertility, Talks Kris Humphries Divorce and Marrying Kanye West,http://rtvote.com/W8GzBf

    Bradley Cooper denies dating J. Law: I could be her father, http://rtvote.com/13zxzuA

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


    Monday, April 2nd, 2012

    A fundamentalist Muslim makes moves in the Egyptian
    presidential election; senior citizens find themselves burdened by student
    loan debt; skin cancer is on the rise in the US; Burger King will revamp its
    stores; and Rock the Vote teams up with Insomniac for Spin the Vote.
    Elsewhere, Ashton Kutcher is set to star in a Steve Jobs biopic, and Keith
    Olbermann has been fired by Current TV.


    In Egyptian Hard-Liner’s Surge, New Worries for the Muslim Brotherhood
    As the Egyptian presidential election nears, it is becoming more clear which
    candidates intend on running. One of the most popular candidates is a Salafi
    Muslim who wants to end peace with Israel and sever ties with the United
    States. The candidate, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, is also a traditionalist when
    it comes to the role of women in the family. The support for him is scaring
    both the United States and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood
    originally planned to not runn a presidential candidate so as to not anger
    America, but the rise of Ismail has led them to enter one. Their candidate,
    however, is a respected millionaire who may not strike the same populist
    chord as Ismail.

    Britons Protest Government Eavesdropping Plans http://nyti.ms/HO67LT
    British lawmakers seem to be taking their cues from dystopian author George
    Orwell. The current government is attempting to pass a law that would allow
    the government to surveil anyone’s emails, phone calls or texts without a
    warrant. Those pushing this bill feel that these techniques are necessary to
    foil terrorist plots and keep Britain safe. However, many people find the
    law unnecessary. People who oppose the law believe it’s already easy enough
    to obtain a warrant.

    Self-immolations reflect rising Tibetan anger http://wapo.st/H7ecLB
    Recently, 33 Tibetans set themselves ablaze at a protest against the
    brutality of the Chinese government. China’s Communist ideology strikes a
    sharp contrast to the theocracy that previously governed Tibet. Their
    leader, the Dalai Lama, has been in exile for over 50 years now.
    Additionally, China is working to have Mandarin become the language of Tibet
    and is forcing Tibetan Nomads into government housing. A wave of protests
    started prior to the 2008 Olympics, but they were squashed after the killing
    and injuring of thousands.

    Burger King reinvents itself with new food, new look http://usat.ly/H8buW7
    After falling behind Wendy’s to become McDonald’s number one competitor,
    Burger King is planning on revamping its brand and unveiling about a dozen
    new products, in particular healthier foods like salads and fruit smoothies.
    The decor of the stores will also be changed to a more modern design.

    Nobody Minds Dyeing the Egg, but the Chicken Is Another
    Story http://nyti.ms/H3FLXt
    An American tradition is coming under attack from humane agencies as Florida
    decides whether or not to allow the dyeing of animals. The issue is timely
    as it will affect the dyeing of chicks for Easter – a practice that is legal
    in many states. Dyeing chicks involves injecting dye into the eggs so that
    the chicks are born in an array of colors. Supporters of the practice say it
    does not hurt the animal and that they regain their natural color within
    months. Animal activists say that the act harms the chicks emotionally and
    after the holidays many dyed chicks are given away.

    Melanoma cases rising; young women at greatest risk http://usat.ly/HFDh4R
    According to the Mayo Clinic, more and more women under 40 are being
    diagnosed with Melanoma. The theory is that tanning salons are responsible
    for this epidemic. Melanoma cases have increased by a factor of 8 since
    1970. Tanning salons deny that their product causes cancer and claim that
    scientists have not found a concrete connection between cancer and tanning.
    However, new cases of most types of cancer are decreasing while skin cancer
    is increasing.

    Legal experts debate impact of Pennsylvania’s new voter ID law
    While Pennsylvania lawmakers were discussing a voter ID bill, a request was
    put in for a list of state residents who already had the proper IDs. This
    was to see how many people would be affected by the bill. Unfortunately,
    that type of list does not exist and the bill went into effect without full
    knowledge of who would be affected. Many are criticizing this bill for
    various other reasons and feel that it is too hasty.


    Teen upbeat despite missing date with Taylor Swift, http://usat.ly/HGt6f8

    Oprah Winfrey on OWN: ‘I might have done something else,’

    Ashton Kutcher To Play Steve Jobs In ‘Jobs,’ http://on.mtv.com/HAzHtP

    Earl Scruggs’ funeral honored the legendary banjo
    player, http://bit.ly/HNLG4H

    Keith Olbermann fired from Current TV after complaining that limo driver
    smells, http://bit.ly/H8GyVW

    Aaron Ghitelman

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