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    News Round-Up: Monday, February 11, 2013

    Monday, February 11th, 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign since 1415, the search for an ex-cop at the center of an LAPD revenge plot widens, and sources predict an aggressive State of the Union address from Obama. Meanwhile, Grammy winners celebrate their awards, Justin Timberlake makes his musical return with a retro Grammy performance, and Tiger Woods may be dating Lindsay Vonn.

    CRUCIAL: 

    Pope Benedict XVI To Resign, http://huff.to/VPiqiC
    Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papacy on February 28, citing health concerns and old age. The pope, who is 85, will the be the first pope to resign since 1415. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to a certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” said Pope Benedict. Benedict had already been the oldest pope elected in nearly 300 years when he was elected in 2005 at age 78. Since there will be no need for the mourning period that traditionally follows the death of a pope, the Vatican will hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March.

    Search for ex-cop at center of LAPD revenge plot widens, http://bit.ly/Y4Icz7
    Authorities are entering the second week of a manhunt for former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who released an online manifesto targeting police officers and their families. Dorner says he is seeking revenge for being fired from the police department and is so far accused of killing three, including the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and another former cop. The search for Dorner has widened to become one of the largest in the history of Southern California. Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward on Sunday for help in catching Dorner.

    Obama’s State of the Union 2013: Aggressive, http://politi.co/WEATlU
    Democrats close to Obama hint that the president plans to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to challenge the Republican Party and put his opposition on the defensive. West Wing leaks suggest viewers should expect an address much more aggressive than his 2009 SOTU, in which he called for peaceful, bipartisan collaboration. The address is likely to build upon Obama’s progressive Inauguration speech and supposedly will center on jobs creation, the middle class, and infrastructure projects, all key areas for partisan debate. The speech will also mark the debut of Cody Keenan, who wrote for Ted Kennedy, as Obama’s new chief speechwriter. Florida Senator and rising Republican star Marco Rubio will likely generate buzz when he delivers the GOP’s rebuttal speech.

    Graham on Brennan, Hagel: ‘No confirmation without information,’ http://bit.ly/12mIT9R
    Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would hold up Obama’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department until he gets more information about the administration’s response to September’s Benghazi attack. “No confirmation without information,” Graham said, addressing whether he would allow the nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel to go forward. Graham specifically asked whether Obama had called Libyan officials and asked them to allow a rescue team to go to the consulate that night, saying he believes American lives could have been saved had the president called the government. ” I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” he said.

    Tornado tears through southern Mississippi, http://bit.ly/Wc6ZDM
    At least 12 were injured when a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in four counties. The University of Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, received significant damage to several buildings as a result of the storm, though none were injured there. No one has been killed so far, authorities reported, though many town structures were impacted. “If there is a good thing about this, it happened on a Sunday when most of these structures were vacant,” mayor of Hattiesburg John DuPree said.

    Local Students Want “Traditional Prom”, Gays Banned, http://bit.ly/Y4iRHc
    A group of students, parents, and at least one teacher at a high school in Sullivan, Indiana are advocating for a “traditional” prom that would ban gay students. Sullivan High School insisted that they cannot legally allow such a prom, inspiring the group to organize at a church on Sunday and discuss options for holding a separate prom. “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” one high school student said. Though the movement has garnered support from several local pastors, not all in the community agree with it. “The feeling of being loved and belonging is universal,” said local Jim Davis.

    CULTURAL: 

    Grammy Awards 2013: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Wins Album of the Year, http://lat.ms/YktKnp

    Justin Timberlake Makes Musical Return With Retro Performance, http://bit.ly/Z4kdGS

    Grammy Dresses: The Bold and the Beautiful, http://bit.ly/14MGQ21

    Tiger Woods Dating Lindsay Vonn; Source Says Relationship is New, http://bit.ly/151O43b

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: TUESDAY, MARCH 27, 2012

    Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

    Al Jazeera has decided to not air video of the shootings in Toulouse; Congress will not vote on a short term highway bill; the Pope is visiting Cuba; and South Sudan accuses North Sudan of bombing them. Also, Bobby Brown was set to re-marry Whitney Houston, and Mitt Romney says he enjoyed ‘The Hunger Games.’

    Aaron + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Al Jazeera Will Not Air French Rampage Video http://nyti.ms/GVQVuS
    Al Jazeera’s Paris bureau has video copy taken by the Toulouse gunman during his last murders. The station has announced it will not run the video, as it sheds no new light on the matter and would be in poor taste. Nicolas Sarkozy has publicly come out against any stations running film of the shootings. French prosecutors said they would allow stations to air the footage, but Al Jazeera still decided against it.

    Short-term highway funding bill scrapped http://wapo.st/GSJpWF
    House Republicans were unable to obtain the two thirds majority needed to pass their temporary highway budget. If the current highway bill lapses then the government won’t be able to collect millions in gas taxes, and many construction workers will be out of a job. John Boehner pushed a short term bill that did not get much support from Democrats. Democrats, on the other hand, are pushing to vote on the bill that already passed in the Senate and would be more of a permanent fix.

    Syria accepts U.N. envoy Kofi Annan’s peace plan http://usat.ly/GTbi2K
    Both China and Syria have agreed to Kofi Annan’s peace plan in Syria. The plan calls for a temporary cease fire and political talks led by the Assad regime. The United States and many western nations have argued that Assad has lost all legitimacy and should step down. However, China feels that the situation can be worked out through talks.

    Pope Benedict XVI Visits Cuba http://abcn.ws/H8uNnA
    Cuba is going through its second Papal visit since its revolution. Pope Benedict is hoping that he can help spur change on the communist island. Although only 10% of Cubans regularly attend mass, many more Cubans view themselves as Catholics. Benedict is set to meet with Raul Castro in a meeting of octogenarians. Benedict has made comments against Marxism but will not be hypercritical of the island’s politics. He’s hoping to strike a balance and actually gain the ear of their leaders.

    Democrats release budget to compete with Ryan plan http://wapo.st/GTDwKW
    House Democrats have come out with a rival budget to the Paul Ryan plan. Written by Maryland Rep Chris Van Hollen, this budget would not touch big entitlement spending but instead, would use a mix of tax hikes on the wealthy and other budget cuts to curtail the deficit. While Ryan’s plan leaves the federal budget balanced by 2040, the Van Hollen plan doesn’t have an exact date as to when the deficit would cease to exist. Also, this budget would increase the debt even though it would slow down deficit increases.

    South Sudan accuses North of bombing oil fields http://f24.my/GVbv5Q
    South Sudan claims that Sudan bombed oil fields on their poorly demarcated border. These claims were backed by Chinese oil corporations who were doing business in the region at the time. Because of this, the President of Sudan will put his visit to the South on hold. The visit would have included a discussion regarding the two nations’ border and how to divide oil profits. Oil fields are all in the South, but the South is landlocked causing the pipes to travel through the north.

    Despite more college grads, U.S. workforce needs even more http://usat.ly/H83DbY
    More and more Americans are earning college degrees. However the rates are not occurring fast enough for the growing economy. By 2025, employers will need millions more college graduates than the amount US colleges will have produced. For the first time ever, over 30% of Americans have earned their bachelors degrees. Unfortunately, America still places 16th on the proportion of citizens with a college degree.

    CULTURAL:

    PETA Backs Khloé Kardashian Odom Despite Quitting Group, Wishes She “Had More Influence” Over Kim, http://eonli.ne/Hhhuym

    Bobby Brown Planned To Re-Marry Whitney Houston In Vegas? http://bit.ly/HeDTd5

    Miley Cyrus: “I’m not engaged” to Liam Hemsworth http://cbsn.ws/HgceK3

    Mitt Romney: I liked ‘The Hunger Games’ http://politi.co/Hds35K

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