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    News Round-Up: November 14, 2013

    Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    President Obama is addressing the nation (AGAIN) on Obamacare; Snapchat (a start-up run by millennials!) turns down billions from Facebook; a notorious Boston mobster gets more than 2 life terms for his crimes; and survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan struggle to find necessary resources. Meanwhile, Adam Levine gives a standing-O at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, and Alec Baldwin’s crazy stalker is getting jail time.
    -Maura + Veronica

    CRUCIAL

    Source: President Obama’s fix will continue current plans, http://rtvote.com/I0VWu5 Aiming to calm the rippling waters among both the Democratic and Republican parties, the president will announce and administrative fix to Obamacare this morning. This will be an attempt to fix the Affordable Care Act to allow Americans to keep their current plans into next year if they want to. This will be in contrast to some Democratic House leaders who have proposed legislative solutions to the problem. Keep your eyes pealed for more details on this story as it develops!

    Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger gets 2 life terms plus 5 years, http://rtvote.com/17VI695 The notorious mobster from Boston, James ‘Whitey’ Bulger, was sentenced to two life terms plus 5 years for his crimes during a reign of terror in South Boston in the 1970s and ‘80s. The convictions included murder, money laundering, racketeering, extortion, narcotics distribution, and obstruction of justice. The 84-year-old mobster had been on the run for 16 years before being arrested by the FBI in 2011.

    How it happened: Tracing Typhoon Haiyan’s havoc in the Philippines, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wb Just a few days ago a bustling city, now, the city of Tacloban is a place of tragedy and despair as thousands try to restore their lives after Super Typhoon Haiyan’s devastation on Friday morning. To give context, the storm was 3.5 times more ferocious than Hurricane Katrina and big enough to stretch from Spain to Sweden. The current number of deaths is measured close to 1800, but the final death toll remains unknown. Survivors are now facing life-threating barriers such as access to clean water, food and medical services.

    Snapchat turned down more than $3B from Facebook, http://rtvote.com/HVJixn

    There are no limits when it comes to new technology, and Snapchat seems to know what their worth! The company reportedly turned down a $3 billion dollar deal with Facebook recently (up from their previous offer of $1 billion last year), because they are being courted by a series of other investors. Facebook’s bid for the company comes from their acknowledgement that teens are spending less time on the social media platform and more time using photographs to communicate with their peers. Snapchat is only 2 years old and was founded by 23-year old CEO Evan Spiegel.  Yay Millennials!

    CULTURAL

    Alec Baldwin stalker found guilty: Genevieve Sabourin sentenced to 210 days in jail,  http://rtvote.com/1aVJJnu

    Jennifer Lawrence leaves red carpet to comfort fan in wheelchair, http://rtvote.com/1bH78Wa

    Angelina Jolie shows evil side in ‘Maleficent’ poster, http://rtvote.com/1gO9E2B

    Mark Wahlberg lashes out at actors who compare their jobs to being a soldier, http://rtvote.com/18wp3wm
    Adam Levine Gives Behati Prinsloo a Standing Ovation at Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, http://rtvote.com/1e5VtSY

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: November 13, 2013

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

    A popular Washington Post columnist and India’s top policeman find themselves in boiling hot water after making some controversial remarks (on separate topics); Haiyan’s survivors are struggling to get food and water, despite international aid; and Healthcare.gov will probably not reach its November 30th deadline. Meanwhile, Zac Efron broke his jaw (ouch), and a Beyonce fan dishes on trying out one of Queen Bey’s scary-intense diets.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL 

    India’s Top Policeman Draws Fire With Rape Remarkhttp://rtvote.com/HTOr97
    Someone please nominate this man for the Stupidest Comment of the Year award. At a conference about illegal sports betting and gambling, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha said that if the state could not stop gambling, then it could at least make some revenue by legalizing it. He then proceeded to say, ‘If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.” Activists are outraged, seeing as this man is in charge of several rape investigations and that protests in India have grown rapidly since the fatal gang rape of a student this past year.

    Controversy over Richard Cohen’s comments on the de Blasio family,http://rtvote.com/HY7r5z
    Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, 72, has been under intense scrutiny for his Tuesday column, which sounds a lot like Cohen has something against interracial marriages and homosexuals. Cohen insists that he was not expressing his personal views, but those of Tea Party conservatives. As news outlets continue to condemn him, Cohen’s boss at the Post defends one of his most popular columnists.

    Lawlessness, damage leave Filipinos strugglinghttp://rtvote.com/19kpb1l
    Food and water are still struggling to reach the typhoon’s survivors as roads and ports are destroyed, and trucks have no fuel to run on. Mobs of people have begun looting warehouses for food. Even though massive amounts of supplies have arrived on nearby islands and parts of Leyte, they cannot be moved into the city in large amounts. Most Filipinos have been left homeless, and the city of Tacloban will be without power for three months.

    Troubled HeathCare.gov unlikely to work fully by end of November,http://rtvote.com/1buISII
    It doesn’t look like HeathCare.gov will be ready by the end of November, like the Obama administration has promised. Software problems seem to be more difficult to resolve than expected. Government workers and technical contractors have advised people to use other means to enroll in healthcare plans so the website is not overburdened.

    Ryan Ferguson Update: Mo. man jailed for nearly 10 years released,http://rtvote.com/HRksyj
    Ryan Ferguson, 29, was released from custody after being jailed for almost ten years for a crime he claims he did not commit. Originally convicted in 2005 for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, an appeals court threw out the conviction last week because Boone County prosecutors violated federal law by failing to share several pieces of evidence that pointed to Ferguson’s innocence in 2005.

     

    CULTURAL

    Zac Efron’s Broken Jaw: “He’s Going to Be OK,” Says Pal Michael B. Jordan,http://rtvote.com/1hG0t5U

    Demi Lovato: People Would Be “Shocked” to Hear My Drug and Alcohol Abuse Stories, http://rtvote.com/1dqhDhQ

    Beyonce Fan Tries Singer’s Diet, Loses 10 Pounds in 10 Days,http://rtvote.com/1bDQAP0

    Alec Baldwin’s Alleged Stalker Genevieve Sabourin Gets 30 Days in Jail for Courtroom Interruptions, http://rtvote.com/1aTEYe2

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    News Round-Up: November 12, 2013

    Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

    Typhoon Haiyan wreaks total havoc on the Philippines; North Korea publicly executes 80 people; and a bionic suit gives the gift of walking back to a paralyzed veteran. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen joins the cast of Avengers, and Kelly Clarkson may be pregnant!!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL 

    Typhoon Haiyan: Ships head to Philippines amid devastation,http://rtvote.com/1eHTU0x
    It has been five days since Haiyan struck the Philippines, and the super typhoon’s victims need help now more than ever. The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said 1,774 people have been reported dead, 2,487 reported injured, and 82 are missing. More than 580,000 people have been displaced, and 41,000 houses have been damaged. However, there are still many areas that cannot be reached; people fear the death toll has reached at least 10,000 people, and that number is expected to increase within the next few days. Survivors have lost family, friends, and now struggle to find food and clean water. International aid and relief efforts are being organized.

    North Korea executes 80, some for minor offenses, newspaper says,http://rtvote.com/1hCVxi8
    The daily JoongAng Ilbo, one of South Korea’s largest newspapers, has reported on the gruesome public executions of 80 people in North Korea. Authorities in Wonsan, North Korea, gathered more than 10,000 residents in a stadium and forced them to watch officials brutally execute the “condemned” with sprays of machine-gun fire. The 80 people were hooded and tied to poles as they awaited their impending deaths on stage. The minor offenses that led to these fatal punishments included watching South Korean entertainment videos, possessing a Bible, or disseminating pornography.

    A wounded warrior, walking tallhttp://rtvote.com/1cRwCFu
    Former Army special ops officer Gary Linfoot has been paralyzed below the waist since 2008 and has been in a wheelchair ever since. On Veterans Day, Linfoot stood tall and took a walk around the Statue of Liberty, thanks to a bionic suit created by Ekso Bionics. Linfoot is the first vetertan to receive the suit, which acts like a wearable robot, for personal use.

    Toronto Mayor Says ‘I’m Not Going Anywhere’http://rtvote.com/1j20i02
    Despite mounting pressure from Toronto’s City Council, Mayor Rob Ford refuses to step down from office. A City Council member, Denzil Minnan-Wong, has filed a motion that asks the province of Ontario to pass legislation to remove the mayor if he doesn’t agree to take a leave of absence. If the motion fails, which seems likely, then Ford will continue to govern so long as he is not convicted of a crime.

    Details emerge in shooting death of woman seeking help,http://rtvote.com/1fz1nfX
    Renisha McBride, 19, was seen speeding down a street before she struck a parked vehicle, got out of her car, and fled the scene. More than two hours later, she was shot in the face by a man, 54, who told police he thought someone was breaking into his Dearborn Heights home. He claims his 12-gauge shotgun discharged accidentally. McBride’s family believes she was seeking help and was racially profiled. Dearborn Heights police said last week that there is no indication that race has anything to do with the shooting. The investigation is ongoing.

     

    CULTURAL 

    Justin Bieber walks off stage – again, http://rtvote.com/1bmIUz1

    Kate Upton Up for Entourage Movie Role: Report, http://rtvote.com/1ank7gn

    Elizabeth Olsen Joins Cast of Avengers Sequel, Age of Ultron,http://rtvote.com/1hDaf8A

    Kelly Clarkson Hints She May Be Pregnant on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno,http://rtvote.com/1dm9c7d

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: November 8, 2013

    Friday, November 8th, 2013

    October tells a surprisingly positive story of job growth; the strongest tropical cyclone in history hits the Philippines; and Toronto mayor Rob Ford keeps finding himself in trouble. Meanwhile, Johnny Galecki finally spills on the secret relationship he shared with Kaley Cuoco, and Renee Zellweger shoots down anorexic rumors like a boss.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    U.S. added surprisingly strong 204,000 jobs in October, http://rtvote.com/1bieyPr
    Despite the 16-day government shutdown, the U.S. economy added 204,000 jobs in October. The Labor Department said the unemployment rate rose from 7.2% to 7.3% in September, but that was most likely due to the temporarily furloughed federal workers. October’s surprising job growth was an encouraging sign that many companies just shrugged off the shutdown and continued to accelerate their activity.

    Obama says he is sorry for ‘You can keep it’ declaration, http://rtvote.com/HD0GWV
    In a NBC interview Thursday, President Obama apologized that some Americans were forced to lose their current healthcare plan as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Previously, the president assured Americans that they could keep their current plans if they did not change since the passing of the ACA. After receiving heavy criticism for that statement, Obama reminded us that those whose plans would be cancelled will be receiving much better healthcare policies at the same or cheaper rates.

    Super Typhoon Haiyan, perhaps strongest ever, plows across Philippineshttp://rtvote.com/1cIzKTT
    Super Typhoon Haiyan is a Category 5 hurricane that first hit Samar, Philippines, at 4:30 AM Friday. It may be the strongest tropical cyclone to hit land anywhere in recorded history. Officials are trying to determine the extent of the damage Haiyan has done thus far, but what they do know for sure is that Haiyan poses a very real danger. Three people have been reported dead, and seven are injured. Among the most vulnerable are people living in tents on the island of Bohol, where a 7.1-magnitude earthquake hit last month. As Haiyan continues on its path, Rock the Vote sends its warmest wishes to those being affected by the storm. Stay safe, everyone.

    Toronto Mayor Rob Ford in video murder ranthttp://rtvote.com/18diPkJ
    And it just keeps getting worse. A video has been leaked, showing infamous mayor Rob Ford making threats to murder an unknown person. Ford has apologized, but this latest incident comes after he admitted to smoking crack cocaine earlier this week. On Sunday, he acknowledged on his radio show that he has a drinking problem. Nonetheless, he will not step down from office; councilors are increasing their calls for Ford to resign.

    Satellite falling to Earthhttp://rtvote.com/17jsT0T
    Watch where you’re going! A European satellite has run out of fuel, and fragments of the disintegrating, 2000-pound spacecraft will strike Earth’s surface within the next few days. The only problem? Nobody really knows where or when they will hit. The European Space Agency said the parts are likely to hit the ocean or unpopulated areas. In case they’re wrong, I would advise you to keep an eye out for any objects hurdling through the sky this weekend (and get out of the way).

     

    CULTURAL

    Johnny Galecki Talks About Secret Romance With Kaley Cuoco: “She’s Part of My Life,”http://rtvote.com/1fp4sz0

    Renee Zellweger Is Not Anorexic, Goes to the Gym to Keep Her “Sanity,” http://rtvote.com/16N2aHC

    Selena Gomez Says She’s Single and Having the “Best Year” Ever, http://rtvote.com/16N2hTB

    Justin Bieber Filmed Sleeping in Bed by Brazilian Girl, http://rtvote.com/1acCULt

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    News Round-Up: Monday, February 6, 2012

    Monday, February 6th, 2012

    The U.S. closes its embassy in Syria due to security concerns; Egypt criminally charges 19 Americans despite U.S. warnings; Obama is ahead of Romney in a hypothetical election poll; a 6.9-magnitude quake hits in the Philippines; and internet censorship expands to India. Meanwhile, Netflix now faces competition after a Red Box and Verizon merger; Giants claim victory in the Super Bowl, and Gisele Bundchen has choice words for Patriot receivers. Also, ‘Will & Grace’ is rumored to return.

    Kelly + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Rescuers dig to reach trapped in Philippines quake, http://apne.ws/ApBjzx
    A 6.9-magnitude quake hit off the Negros Island in the Philippines, killing at least 13 people with 40 believed missing. As many as 30 houses were buried with rescuers furiously digging to save people trapped in their homes. Philippine seismologists have issued a tsunami alert for the central islands as huge waves washed over a beach resort in La Libertad. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was centered 44 miles north of Dumaguete city on Negros and hit at a depth of 29 miles. The area is about 400 miles southeast of the capital, Manila.

    Egypt Defies U.S. by Setting Trial for 19 Americans on Criminal Charges, http://nyti.ms/wLMs55
    19 Americans and two dozen others are being put on trial by Egypt’s government in a criminal investigation into the foreign financing and licensing of their nonprofit groups. The prosecutions come as Egypt has received staunch warnings from Washington military officials on continuing the criminal investigation. The tension could jeopardize the $1.55 billion Egypt expects in aid from the United States. While there is a broader Egyptian investigation into as many as nine nonprofit groups, the primary targets are American-financed groups, specifically, the National Democratic Institute and International Republican Institute. Of the 43 people facing charges, 19 are American, 16 are Egyptian, and 8 are of other nationalities. All 43 people have been banned by the Egyptian government to travel, though no arrests have been reported yet.

    U.S. closes embassy in Syria, senior State Department officials say, http://bit.ly/AmEPfd
    After the Syrian government refused to address security concerns, the U.S. State Department has pulled remaining staff out of the U.S. embassy, which is located off of a busy street in Damascus. All 17 employees have left the country after Syrian authorities refused to restrict traffic and secure barriers around the embassies. Officials cite that the turmoil and violent situation in the country made it impossible for operations to continue and for staff to remain. Concerns rose about security last month after deadly car bombings at the offices of two Syrian security branches in Damascus. During the intermission, Poland will serve as the U.S. protecting power in Syria.

    Obama holds edge over Romney in general election matchup, poll finds, http://wapo.st/Ac1kCN
    In a hypothetical general-election matchup poll, Obama comes out on top of GOP frontrunner Romney, 52 to 43 percent amongst all Americans, and 51 to 45 percent amongst registered American voters. Romney is coming off a second consecutive victory in the Nevada caucuses. The poll was conducted in between Obama’s State of the Union address and as Republicans were in the middle of campaigning for primaries. 55 percent of those who closely followed the Republican races say they disapprove of GOP candidates’ negative campaigning. By 2 to 1, Americans say the more they learn about Romney, the less they like him.

    Verizon, Redbox combine to start streaming video service, http://usat.ly/ydCu5U
    Redbox and Verizon Communications are teaming up to start a video streaming service later this year that will directly challenge Netflix. The online service will further bolster Verizon’s presence in home entertainment as it continues the expansion of its FiOS cable services. So far, no prices or details of the service have been announced. The merger looks to capitalize not only on the gravitation to online streaming, but also Netflix’s alienation when it started charging separately for DVDs-by-mail service. Redbox is arguably one of the biggest DVD rental services in the country, with more than 28,000 kiosks in drugstores and supermarkets.

    Google, Facebook remove content on India’s order, http://apne.ws/sz7wS9
    Indian political and religious leaders acted on weeks of government pressure for 22 Internet giants to remove photographs, videos, or text considered “anti-religious” or “anti-social.” Google India removed several web pages today when a New Delhi court announced that Facebook, Google, Youtube and Blogspot, among many other sites, had two weeks to present further plans for regulating their networks. India is Facebook’s third-fastest growing market, after the U.S. and Indonesia. The censorship in India follows as Twitter adopted a new policy that would allow tweets to be deleted in countries where the content breaks local law.

    CULTURAL:

    Giants Edge Out Patriots For Super Bowl Win, http://n.pr/xXOFVb

    Gisele Consoles Brady, Rips Bleepin’ Patriots Receivers After Loss, http://cbsloc.al/zLzEng

    The Best and Worst Super Bowl Commercials of 2012, http://ti.me/x0lnZO

    Keck’s Exclusives: Will & Grace Reunited! http://bit.ly/zsBUOy

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