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    News Round-Up: September 9, 2013

    Monday, September 9th, 2013

    Tensions remain high in the U.S. over Syria crisis; YouTube confession case close to indictment; a new Van Gogh painting is discovered; and the owner of POLITICO buys Capital New York.  Meanwhile, One Direction star vomits on camera; Kate Winslet shows off her baby bump; and Wentworth Miller opens up about his thoughts of suicide.


    Bashar al-Assad: US will pay price for Syria strikehttp://rtvote.com/1e90D3X
    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has warned that the U.S. would “pay the price” for any strike against Syria. He told a U.S. broadcaster that strikes would increase instability and lead to the spread of terrorism in the region & that there is “no evidence” that government forces used chemical weapons again its own people.

    YouTube confession case going to grand juryhttp://rtvote.com/17Rw3EP
    Twenty-two year old Ohioan, Matthew Cordie will be indicted as early as today on charges of vehicular homicide after his YouTube confession that drew in 1.2 million views. In the video, Cordie admits to driving drunk, crashing into a jeep and killing its driver.

    Trail Life USA, The ‘Other’ Boy Scouts of Americahttp://rtvote.com/1e98j6e
    Three months after the Boy Scouts of America changed its policy to welcome openly gay scouts, a new faith-based organization has emerged as an alternative for young boys. The organization calls itself Trail Life USA, and aims to be the ” premier national character development organization for young men.” Although gay scouts will be allowed to participate, the organization bars youth who are open about their homosexuality.

    POLITICO publisher Buys Capital New York,http://rtvote.com/17REZtM
    POLITICO publisher Robert Allbritton purchased the online news site Capital New York in what he says is an attempt to “do in New York what we did in Washington with POLITICO.” His vision is to use this acquisition to build a space as an essential news source for and about the most powerful people in New York– much like POLITICO does in Washington, D.C.

    Museum Identifies New Van Gogh Painting in Amsterdamhttp://rtvote.com/1e98JcF
    The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced today that it has identified a major new painting by Vincent Van Gogh. The work is entitled “Sunset at Montmajour” and was painted in Arles in 1888. This is the first time in the history of the museum (40 years) that a completely unknown work by the artist has been discovered.


    Hemsworth Brothers Hit the Red Carpet for Rush Premiere in Toronto, http://rtvote.com/17RuKpm

    One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson Vomits After Being Tackled in Charity Soccer Game, http://rtvote.com/1e8Zfhw

    Wentworth Miller Tried to Commit Suicide Before Coming Out: “The First Time I Tried to Kill Myself I was 15”, http://rtvote.com/17Rvbjt

    Carrie Underwood Debuts Sunday Night Football Theme Song, http://rtvote.com/1e8ZUj5

    Kate Winslet Dresses Baby Bump in Curve-Hugging Gown at Toronto Film Festival, http://rtvote.com/17RvudT

    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

    Rockin’ at SXSW 2012

    Friday, March 9th, 2012

    Hi Friends,

    I’m heading to Austin for SXSW and I could not be more excited; will you be there by any chance? Here’s a sneak peak at some of the cool things Rock the Vote will be doing on the ground…

    I’ll be kicking off the week at SXSW Interactive speaking on the panel — “Socializing the Presidency: Digital Politics 2012” — on Sunday at 9:30 am at the AT&T Center -Salon B. The other panelists and I promise a fun and interesting conversation about how social media can shape and transform the 2012 presidential election. Stop by if you can (badge required).

    The Warby Parker Citizens Circus at the French Legation MuseumRock the Vote volunteers will be registering voters and rocking out to good tunes at some of Austin’s hottest venues, Auditorium Shores (March 15-17) and Stubbs (March 13-17). We’ll be showcasing our new and interactive #ScanToVote apparel. The Politico has the exclusive here.

    Lastly, you won’t want to miss our yurt at The Warby Parker Citizen’s Circus at the French Legation Museum on March 12-14. You can register to vote as well as make your own campaign buttons, all while checking out fashionable eye glasses and the Citizen’s Band. Find out more here.

    This is going to be a great week! Make sure you check out our SXSW updates at @rockthevote or on Facebook.

    I’m wheels down on Sunday. Hope to see you around.


    P.S. Help us win! Social sharing platform Mulu will match our funds if we have the most picks and pages on system at SXSW. Get started by making a page at www.mulu.me.

    Heather Smith
    Bio: Heather is President of Rock the Vote.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, December 21, 2011

    Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

    Senate Republicans slam House Republicans for defeating the payroll tax-cut; Kim Jong-un will not have absolute power as leader of North Korea; 8 U.S. troops have been charged in relation to a comrade’s suicide; pundits discuss Ron Paul’s youth appeal; and the most expensive apartment in Manhattan’s history has been purchased by a 22-year-old. Meanwhile, “The Hobbit” trailer has been released, and HBO has cancelled three of its shows.



    Obama, Boehner square off in payroll tax fight, http://bit.ly/vCymnY
    House Republicans have started to leave for their vacations after rejecting a Senate bipartisan compromise for extending the payroll tax-cut. As a result, angry Senate Republicans are slamming their counterparts. “It is harming the Republican Party,” Senator John McCain said on CNN. An anonymous Republican Senator added, “This is a colossal fumble by the House Republicans. Their inability to recognize a win is costing our party our long-held advantage on the key issue of tax relief. It’s time for Boehner and [House Majority Leader Eric] Cantor to look these rookies in the eye and explain how the game is won or lost.”

    8 U.S. soldiers charged in death of comrade in Afghanistan, http://wapo.st/thCRS9
    Eight U.S. soldiers are being charged with counts relating to the alleged suicide of one of their comrades. 19-year-old Pvt. Danny Chen died in Kandahar in October after being mentally and physically abused by his fellow troops. The troops are being charged with dereliction of duty, negligent homicide, and reckless endangerment; they have also been transferred or relieved of their duties. The U.S. military unsealed the charges today but declined to answer whether or not Chen’s death was a suicide.

    Exclusive: North Korea’s military to share power with Kim’s heir, http://reut.rs/sd9YM0
    A source tells Reuters that Kim Jong-il’s heir, Kim Jong-un, will not have absolute power as ruler of North Korea. Instead he will rule with his uncle, Jang Song-thaek, and military leaders. Kim will still head the ruling committee; however, this is the first time since 1948 that North Korea is not led by a single ruler. According to Reuters, Kim Jong-il made these arrangements before his death. Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong-un’s uncle who he will share power with, is married to Kim Jong-il’s sister who has been characterized as a “mean drunk” by her rivals.

    Billionaire’s Daughter Pays Record Sum For NYC Pad, http://onforb.es/vUNS2q
    The most expensive apartment in Manhattan’s history has been sold to a 22-year-old girl. Ekaterina Rybolovleva, the daughter of Russian billionaire, Dmitriy Rybolovlevagary, has paid $88 million for former Citigroup Chairman Sandy Weill’s 6,744-square-foot, 10-room condominium. Rybolovleva is a student at an undisclosed U.S. college and will stay in the condo when she visits New York City.

    Gary Johnson to drop out of GOP primary to run as Libertarian, http://politi.co/suURuM
    Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson has dropped out of the GOP primary to run as a Libertarian instead. Johnson, who has not caught on with voters and appeared in one debate, had stated that “there’s not much hope” for his chances in the Republican race. Johnson has not officially announced his party switch, but the Libertarian Party chairman told POLITICO that Johnson’s decision is “the worst kept secret.” His formal announcement will be made December 28 in Santa Fe.

    Chinese Computer Hackers Hit U.S. Chamber of Commerce, http://fxn.ws/vpPTIZ
    According to the Wall Street Journal, a group of Chinese hackers attacked the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the country’s largest pro-business lobby, in 2009 and 2010. The hackers gained access to everything stored on the lobby’s systems, including information about its 3 million members. Apparently, they were targeting four Chamber employees who worked on Asia policy, stealing six weeks worth of their e-mails. It may even be possible that the hackers had access to the network for more than a year as the breach was finally discovered in May of 2010. The Chamber has since overhauled its network security.

    Wendy’s Stages a Palace Coup, http://on.wsj.com/tv7W3q
    Wendy’s is set to overtake Burger King to become the second largest U.S. fast-food chain in sales. This is the first time Wendy’s has overtaken Burger King since Wendy’s inception in 1969. Wendy’s gains of $8.42 billion in sales this year comes without the chain opening any new restaurants. In fact, it operates 5,800 restaurants while Burger King has 7,200. McDonalds is still the number one U.S. fast-food chain with more restaurants than Wendy’s and Burger King combined and almost four times their sales.


    Tolkien fans get first glimpse of The Hobbit film, http://tgr.ph/v5pw0p

    HBO Cancels ‘How To Make It In America,’ ‘Bored to Death’ And ‘Hung,’ http://bit.ly/uRwnBp

    Prince Harry Heading Back to Afghanistan, http://eonli.ne/sJ7bbT

    David Copperfield outbid for Orson Welles’ Oscar, http://bit.ly/rEGUsJ

    Slim Dunkin Reportedly Murdered After Fight Over Candy, http://on.mtv.com/u6LkOK

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, November 4, 2011

    Friday, November 4th, 2011

    Unemployment dropped to 9% in October; Corzine resigns from MF Global; Boehner says the supercommittee’s deal will include tax increases; Pakistan has been hiding its nuclear weapons to avoid US raids; Cain may sue Politico; and Groupon has successfully gone public. Meanwhile, the mother of Justin Bieber’s alleged child may face rape charges, and GTL no longer? Snooki claims The Situation is broke.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Unemployment rate drops to 9 percent, http://goo.gl/sb2oJ
    Unemployment decreased to 9% in October; despite this, only 80,000 jobs were added in comparison to the 100,000 that were expected. The private sector added 104,000 jobs, which was in line with estimates. The number of jobs added in September was also upped from 103,000 to 158,000.

    As Regulators Pressed Changes, Corzine Pushed Back, and Won, http://goo.gl/VS3Nj
    Jon Corzine has resigned from MF Global, his brokerage firm which has now gone bankrupt. As CEO, Corzine persuaded regulators to allow MF Global to conduct risky trades that ultimately led to the company’s demise. He also pressed regulators to allow a transaction that essentially would allow MF Global to borrow money from its customers. Now officials are looking over the company’s books in order to find the $630 million missing from customers.

    Boehner: Debt deal will include new tax revenues, http://goo.gl/AD2bN
    John Boehner announced yesterday that any bi-partisan debt deal reached by the “supercommittee” will include tax hikes. The Speaker went on to say that the tax increases will only be added if serious reforms to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security are included.

    The Ally From Hell, http://goo.gl/0xGXG
    According to The Atlantic, Pakistan has been continuously shuffling its nuclear weapons between the 15 facilities that hold them in order to make it harder for India or the US to carry out a raid. The moving of the weapons has been done in normal, low-security vehicles in everyday traffic. “The Pakistani government is willing to make its nuclear weapons more vulnerable to theft by jihadists simply to hide them from the United States, the country that funds much of its military budget,” Jeffrey Goldberg and Marc Ambinder write.

    Cain camp considering legal action against Politico, http://goo.gl/Rl1Y2
    An aide to Herman Cain said yesterday that the candidate is considering legal action against Politico for reporting on his past sexual harassment claims. This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective,” the campaign official told The Washington Post. Despite this, Politico is still reporting on the allegations, revealing new details where one of the two women claims Cain made a sexual overture to her at a group event. The woman felt her job would be at risk if she did not comply with Cain in the situation. Meanwhile, Cain’s wife, who was supposed to do her first interview today with Fox News, has since cancelled.

    Groupon shares surge 46 percent in early trading, http://goo.gl/VjUXi
    Groupon has raised $700 million since it went public today. It has sold 35 million shares at $20 each, which is above the original price of $16-$18. This is the largest IPO for an Internet company since Google went public in 2004. Groupon will begin trading on NASDAQ today under the ticket symbol GRPN.

    Judge won’t face charges in videotaped beating, http://goo.gl/rwr4F
    William Adams, the Texas family-court judge who was videotaped beating his 16-year-old daughter with a belt, will not face charges because the statute of limitations has expired. Adams’ daughter, now 23, posted the video to YouTube where it caused an uproar. In a statement, Judge Adams said that his daughter posted the video because she was angry he reduced her financial allowance and took away her Mercedes. He did not apologize for the abuse and noted that the video “looks worse than it is.”


    Police: Bieber sexual tryst may be investigated, http://goo.gl/DodFs

    Jury to get Michael Jackson doctor manslaughter case Friday, http://goo.gl/6IX5L

    ‘Jersey Shore’ star Snooki: ‘The Situation is broke,’ http://goo.gl/eTQiT

    Drew Barrymore, Eddie Murphy Top Forbes Overpaid Actors List, http://goo.gl/uHwox

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


    Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

    In today’s news, according to The New York Times, many corporations pay less than 10% in taxes; Occupy Oakland shuts down the city; poverty levels have hit a record high; Herman Cain is hit with more sexual harassment accusations; and an 83 year-old Iowa man has been arrested for prostitution. In other news, Justin Bieber fans make death threats against the mother of his alleged child, and Kim Kardashian denies getting married for financial gain.

    Coral + Caitlin


    Papandreou ‘to offer to resign’, http://bbc.in/rrDik6
    Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou will resign Thursday after an emergency cabinet meeting. Following the resignation, Greek President Karolos Papoulios will form a coalition government with former central banker Lucas Papademos. Papandreou had called for a vote of confidence to take place on Friday after several members of his party defected. He faced much backlash when he called for a referendum for the debt crisis plan.

    Biggest Public Firms Paid Little U.S. Tax, Study Says, http://nyti.ms/vMLjGN
    A comprehensive study released on Thursday found that 280 of the biggest publicly traded American companies have faced federal income tax bills equal to 18.5% of their profits during the last three years. About a quarter of the companies paid less than 10 percent in taxes over the past three years while 30 companies, including Boeing, Wells Fargo, and GE, appeared to pay no taxes whatsoever. Some companies have disputed the study saying it fails to account for deferred taxes.

    Elisabeth Murdoch ‘wanted James Murdoch to step down’, magazine claims, http://tgr.ph/rWjfdq
    Elisabeth Murdoch allegedly persuaded her father to remove her brother James as chairman of News International because he had allowed the phone hacking scandal to spiral out of control. Rupert almost listened, telling James “maybe you should go” before he changed his mind the next morning. Elisabeth is also said to have pushed for the resignations of Rebekah Brooks and Les Hinton for their roles in the scandal. The Vanity Fair article also claims that Murdoch’s children attended group therapy to help figure out who would eventually take over News Corp.

    Occupy Oakland general strike, http://bit.ly/w1tIXE
    The nation’s first general strike since the 1940s took place last night in Oakland. Labor unions and teachers’ organizations have pledged support. About 360 teachers did not show up for work, and several businesses closed. Protesters also shut down the city’s port. The demonstrations turned violent when protesters took over an abandoned building. Police cleared the building with tear-gas and flashbang grenades. Later, the police raided the protesters’ main camp and arrested between 30 and 40 people.

    Poverty hits record level, http://politi.co/uXzBlo
    The number of Americans below poverty level has hit a new record of 20.5 million people. Defined as individuals living at 50 percent or less of the official poverty level, 6.7 percent of the U.S. population, or one in 15 people now fit that statistic. Neighborhoods in which at least 4 in 10 people are living in poverty have stretched over broader areas and have increased in suburbs twice as fast as in cities.

    Ex-wife of family judge filmed beating his daughter breaks silence as girl reveals her father ‘dared her to post it online’ http://bit.ly/sIVbZm
    23 year-old Hillary Adams posted a video on Youtube of her father, a family law judge, beating her 20 times with a leather belt. Hillary suffers from cerebral palsy and was attacked after being caught downloading music to her computer. She said that she video taped the attack because it had happened before and had been escalating. She told the Today show: ‘I told him I had the video… and he dared me to post it.’

    83 year-old Centerville man arrested for prostitution, http://bit.ly/sBf0wK
    Police in Iowa have arrested Ben Clifford Dawson, an 83 year-old man, on charges of prostitution. Dawson was a candidate for the Canterville, Iowa city council. Police received a complaint that Dawson had offered to perform sex acts on a woman in exchange for repayment of a loan. The woman turned Dawson down and afterwards, he allegedly grabbed her and began kissing her neck. Now, Dawson faces two aggravated misdemeanor charges: prostitution and intent to commit sexual abuse.

    Herman Cain confronts more harassment allegations, http://politi.co/vGXVLw
    Another woman who worked with Cain at the National Restaurant Association in the 90s told The Associated Press that she had considered filing sexual harassment charges against him. The woman says Cain made suggestive remarks and gestures and once invited her back to his apartment. One of Cain’s pollsters also said things had once become very uncomfortable when Cain harassed a waitress. Radio host Steve Deace has also stated that Cain had said awkward and inappropriate things to female station staffers. The Cain campaign has accused Rick Perry’s camp of waging a smear campaign. Perry’s team has turned around and pointed the finger at Mitt Romney.

    (via Politico) Accuser’s attorney asks NRA about issuing statement: The attorney for one of the women accusing Herman Cain of sexual harassment is asking the National Restaurant Association permission to allow her to issue a public statement about her allegations. “This morning I will be emailing to the National Restaurant Association’s attorney a draft public statement requesting permission to issue it without violating the confidential settlement agreement,” Joel Bennett told POLITICO. “I will have no further statement until I hear back from the National Restaurant Association’s attorney.” http://politi.co/fNlMXs

    Fossil Teeth Put Humans in Europe Earlier Than Thought, http://nyti.ms/t7fRu1
    Scientists have discovered the oldest human fossils in existence: two infant teeth from Italy that they estimate to be between 43,000 and 45,000 years old, and a jawbone with three teeth from England that is between 41,500 and 44,200 years old. The teeth were originally found in 1964 but were disregarded as infant Neanderthal teeth. Previously, the oldest human fossil was dated to be between 37,800 and 42,000 years old.


    The Washington Post wants to “Let Herman Cain and his accusers talk” http://wapo.st/v8IRrv

    Ed Rogers says “Watch out for Newt Gingrich” http://wapo.st/vvaOJn

    Dodgers hire Sue Falsone as first female trainer in majors, http://usat.ly/vIfY9Q

    New James Bond film titled “Skyfall” http://apne.ws/tFLpir

    Justin Bieber’s Beliebers Make Death Threats Toward Mariah Yeater, http://fxn.ws/ry60yR

    Kim Kardashian Denies Marriage Money Rumors, http://on.mtv.com/sHdYJQ

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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