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    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


    (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,
    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,
    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


    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

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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


    Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

    In today’s news, Herman Cain leads in the polls after last night’s GOP debate; Occupy Wall Street’s ‘hipster cop’ is revealed; police are hunting exotic animals that have been let loose in Ohio; and scientists demonstrate that the number of Facebook friends you have is directly related to the size of your brain. In other news, Naomi Wolf has been arrested at an Occupy Wall Street rally, and Mariska Hargitay adopts her second son in six months.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Greek protesters clash with police at austerity strike, http://reut.rs/qucm1q
    On Wednesday, at an anti-austerity demonstration outside of the Greek Parliament, protesters and police butted heads. The protesters threw stones and fire bombs at the police who were forced to retaliate with tear gas. “We have no future here. All young people want to go abroad and they are right to do so,” said Anastasia Kolokotsa, 17.

    Revealed: The Officer Behind the Skinny Tie, http://nyti.ms/o1TmjA
    Occupy Wall Street does not have many recognizable faces; however, one cop is getting a lot of blog and social media attention. Known as the “hipster cop,” Rick Lee has become a local celebrity amongst the OWS protesters. “I will reveal that I wear skinny jeans off-duty,” he said, adding that the department frowns upon wearing them on-duty. Detective Lee is causing some controversy as some protesters don’t trust him for being a cop. However, Lee has been one of the police department’s main liaisons between the police and the demonstrators since the protests began.

    Turkish troops enter Iraq after PKK attacks, http://aje.me/pJmxeF
    Turkish forces have launched an incursion into the mountains of northern Iraq following simultaneous deadly attacks by Kurdish separatists in southeastern Turkey. The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK), which has waged a decades-long separatist struggle against Ankara, has claimed responsibility for the attacks.

    Kidnapped French woman dies in Somalia, http://aje.me/oDyw7k
    Marie Dedieu, a handicapped French woman who was kidnapped by Somalians from her beach front home at a Kenyan resort island, has died. The time and circumstances of her death are unknown. The French foreign ministry said that the kidnappers “probably refused to give her the medication we sent.” Kenya’s government blamed the attack on Somali fighters from the al-Shabab group.

    Julian Barnes wins the 2011 Man Booker Prize, http://tgr.ph/rnPvef
    After trying four times, Julian Barnes has finally won the 2011 Man Booker Prize for his novel, The Sense of Dying. Accepting the award, Barnes said, “I would like to thank the judges—who I won’t hear a word against—for their wisdom, and the sponsors for their check.”

    Police seek escaped exotic animals in Ohio, http://yhoo.it/p49Rw4
    On Monday, Ohio’s Muskingum County Animal Farm owner Terry Thompson was found dead, and the exotic animals he looked after were let loose. Schools in the area have been closed, and police have warned motorists to stay in their vehicles since there is a range of wildlife on the loose including lions, bears, and other beasts. Authorities are looking into the possibility that Thompson opened the animals’ cages to free them before committing suicide.

    SC voter ID law hits black precincts, http://apne.ws/qZrWLX
    South Carolina’s new voter ID laws appear to be hitting the minority populations the hardest. Nearly half of the students who attend Benedict College, the historically black college in Columbia, do not own a state-issued photo ID and could face problems voting in the upcoming 2012 presidential election. The United States Department of Justice has been reviewing the laws for months to determine whether or not they are discriminatory. Among the state’s 2,134 precincts, there are 10 where nearly all of the law’s effects fall on nonwhite voters who don’t have a state-issued driver’s license or ID card, a total of 1,977 voters.

    (via NBC) Cain leads in S.C.; tight Fla. race with Romney, http://on.today.com/olzPYF: These two states have played pivotal roles in past Republican presidential nominating contests: Since 1980, the winner of South Carolina’s GOP primary has gone on to win the party’s nomination, while Florida ultimately decided the party’s pick in 2008. Former businessman Herman Cain holds a narrow lead in South Carolina’s Republican primary, and he’s running neck and neck in Florida with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, according to two new NBC News-Marist polls.

    In rare miss, Apple 4Q earnings disappoint, http://yhoo.it/rrqlwo
    Apple stumbled last quarter which caused its stock to go down 7 percent; however, this mishap can be attributed to the late release of the iPhone 4S. Tim Cook has promised that sales would come roaring back in the current quarter when the iPhone 4S went on sale. Even so, iPhone sales were up 21 percent from last year at 17.1 million, a remarkable achievement considering that the flagship model at the time, the iPhone 4, was more than a year old.

    More Facebook friends linked to bigger brain areas, http://reut.rs/qCp0N6
    Scientists have found a direct link between number of Facebook friends and brain size, which may be evidence that social media might change our brain. However, it has yet to be determined whether or not having more Facebook friends makes particular parts of the brain larger or whether some people are simply pre-disposed, or “hard-wired,” to have more friends.


    Rich Lowry shows us how, “Mitt Gets Flustered, Cain Gets Shelled,” http://bit.ly/nb83EF

    Peter J. Boyer wants to know, “What’s Wrong With Rick,” http://bit.ly/q2bZNU

    Clarence Page explains, “When chaos can be a plus for Occupiers,” http://trib.in/oAlXyW

    Ruth Marcus believes, “Cain’s 9-9-9 plan doesn’t add up,” http://wapo.st/mVdtW5

    Naomi Wolf Arrested as Occupy Confronts Cuomo, http://bit.ly/nZuAd7

    Shia LaBeouf urged to try anger management after bar brawl, http://bit.ly/r2Eygh

    Coldplay’s Mylo Xyloto: Their Best Album Yet? http://on.mtv.com/mVMrOA

    Mariska Hargitay Adopts Son Andrew, http://bit.ly/quj3sb

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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