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    News Round-Up: October 8, 2013

    Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

    The government shutdown continues even with enough votes to end it; Higgs and Englert are awarded the Nobel Prize for the Higgs boson; a salmonella outbreak hits 18 states; and North Korea is rumored to have restarted their plutonium reactor. Meanwhile, The Walking Dead premiere approaches fast, and Prince Harry is ready to get hitched!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Votes are there to break shutdown, but not the willhttp://rtvote.com/1ffKvgu

    According to an ongoing CNN survey, there are enough votes in the House to pass a clean continuing resolution (CR); the minimum number of votes needed is 217. However, the 18 Republicans who would vote to pass the clean CR are not pressuring Speaker John Boehner to bring the bill to the floor for a vote. They are still hoping to use the government shutdown as a way to defund or delay Obamacare.

    Peter Higgs, Francois Englert win Nobel Prize in Physicshttp://rtvote.com/1e69LCX

    The Swedish Royal Academy of Sciences awarded the Nobel Prize in physics to Peter Higgs, 84, and Francois Englert, 80, for the discovery of the Higgs boson. Also known as the “God particle”, the Higgs boson is associated with an invisible field that is part of the basic infrastructure of the cosmos.

    Salmonella outbreak in 18 states linked to raw chickenhttp://rtvote.com/18MEfry

    Raw chicken contaminated with a strain of bacteria, called salmonella Heidelberg, has affected about 278 people 18 states. The USDA has released a public health alert, indicating three facilities operated by Foster Farms as the likely sources. An outbreak of the same strain of salmonella was also linked to Foster Farms chicken in 2012. The USDA and Foster Farms assure consumers that cooking chicken to an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees will kill any harmful bacteria.

    S. Korea spy agency says N. Korea restarts reactorhttp://rtvote.com/1e6dgcA

    North Korea is being accused of restarting a plutonium reactor at its main nuclear facility. The reactor can be weaponized to produce one or two atomic bombs a year; it already has enough plutonium to produce 4-8 crude weapons. South Korea, the U.S., and Japan are performing routine maritime drills this week; in response, North Korea’s military gave its troops an emergency order to re-examine operational plans and be ready to launch them if anything comes of these drills.

    5 Things to Know about Government Shutdown on Tuesdayhttp://rtvote.com/1fXd6Za

    As an update on the government shutdown, some Republicans are still skeptical on the dangers of not raising the debt ceiling as the October 17th deadline approaches; Pentagon employees returned to work this week, but many other federal workers remain at home; stocks are falling; and although almost everyone is mad at the White House and/or Congress, the Republicans seem to be receiving most of the blame.

     

    PUNDITS

    Richard Haass asserts that the U.S. must begin to govern properly and end the shutdown for the sake of its reputation and security in “The Real Threat to U.S. National Security”, http://rtvote.com/18MKz2i

    Mark A. Patterson explains why there is only one (difficult) solution out of the debt limit in “One way out on the debt ceiling”, http://rtvote.com/1fXeYBm

     

    CULTURAL 

    The Walking Dead Countdown: Why Norman Reedus Likes It Dirty – and Why Season Four is the “Best So Far”,http://rtvote.com/1fg1Cia 

    Miley Cyrus Is “Happiest She’s Ever Been” Without Liam Hemsworth, Says Dad Billy Ray Cyrus,http://rtvote.com/1e6gXPt

    Drew Barrymore Wants to Have Another Baby “Right Away”, http://rtvote.com/1fXfXBn

    Prince Harry Ready to Marry Cressida Bonas, http://rtvote.com/18MMlk2

    sandywu
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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, September 11, 2013

    Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

    Reflection & remembrance unfold on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks; President Obama addresses the nation on Syria; new Apple iPhone price stirs concerns; and the NYC Democratic primary declares Bill de Blasio as the winner. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus gets naked; Emily Blunt is expecting her first child; and celebrities step out for the 2013 Toronto Film Festival.

    -Maura

    NEWS

    9/11 anniversary a time of remembrance, reflection, http://rtvote.com/17WQe4d
    Today the United States steps back from the brink of conflict with Syria to reflect and remember the nearly 3,000 victims from the terrorist attacks of 9/11.  In New York, hundreds of friends and families of the victims stood silently as bagpipes played in the background. President Obama marked the anniversary with a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House.

    The Story of an Unsung 9/11 Hero, http://rtvote.com/17WQRe0
    On the anniversary of 9/11 the country is taking time to reflect on the many heroes that emerged from the crowd on that terrible day. One of those heroes was Benjamin Cark, a chef who saved hundreds of lives in the South Tower.

    Planned as Call to Act, Obama’s Speech Became a Plea for Time, http://rtvote.com/1ei7sQP
    President Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday evening from the East Room of the White House to discuss the U.S. response to the crisis in Syria. In his speech he postponed a vote in Congress that would have decided whether or not the U.S. takes military action in Syria. This delay was announced in order to allow more time to pursue diplomatic options.

    Apple falls on concern about iPhone pricing, http://rtvote.com/1ei6t2P
    Apple revealed two new iPhones on Tuesday that will cost a cool $549 without a two-year cell phone contract. Apple shares dropped more than 5% in afternoon trading on Wednesday over concerns that the new iPhone 5c is priced too high.  Analysts believe that it is too pricy to have appeal in emerging markets.

    ELECTIONS
    New York City

    DeBlasio tops NYC mayoral race; Spitzer loses, http://rtvote.com/15kl1JH
    With 98 percent of precincts reporting, de Blasio had 40.2 percent of the vote with former Comptroller Bill Thompson in second place at 26.2 percent. He easily topped his field of competitors in the Democratic primary to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

    ENTERTAINMENT

    Miley Cyrus’ Wrecking Ball Breaks Record for VEVO’s Most View Video, http://rtvote.com/17WNBz7

    Emily Blunt Pregnant, Expecting First Child With John Krasinski, http://rtvote.com/1ehZjM4

    2013 Toronto Film Festival: Star Sightings, http://rtvote.com/1ehZzL9

    Prince Harry and Prince William Broker 25 Billion Euro Deal During Fundraiser, http://rtvote.com/1ei09sh

    Sharon Osbourne Reveals Pre-Ozzy Fling With…Jay Leno, http://rtvote.com/17WPLyN

    Maura
    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, July 16, 2013

    Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

    Protests kill 7 in Cairo; Mexican drug cartel leader captured; Juror from Zimmerman trial discusses verdict; freight trains to the U.S. border are more closely examined; Senate reaches tentative deal to avoid party-line vote; Virginia state officials move forward in restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons. Meanwhile, we can now find Carmen Sandiego, Prince Harry look-alike sneaks in to see Kate, and Carly Rae Jepsen proves no hand-eye coordination is necessary to sing.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL
    Egypt turmoil: Seven killed in Cairo clashes, http://rtvote.com/15ioEwQ

    Seven people have been killed in Cairo in overnight clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The clashes came as a senior US envoy visited Egypt and remarked that it had been given a “second chance” at democracy.

    Leader of Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel captured, http://rtvote.com/12D5y5X
    Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel was captured on Monday by Mexican Marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash. Trevino Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard, an accountant, and 8 guns. He is now charged with the kidnapping and killing of 265 migrants.

    Juror: ‘No doubt’ that George Zimmerman feared for his life, http://rtvote.com/15ipZnr
    One of the female jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, identified in CNN’s interview as Juror B37, is the first juror to speak publically about the case. She said she believes Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” the night he shot Trayvon Martin, but that he didn’t use “good judgment” in confronting the Florida teen.

    In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants, http://rtvote.com/12D7hYZ
    Central Americans have been catching freight trains to the U.S. border for years, risking injury or worse for a free ride and a path clear of Mexican government checkpoints. Although illegal immigration to the U.S. is at its lowest point in four decades, the number of Central Americans going north has soared, placing new attention on the rail system taking thousands to the boarder each year.

    Senate reaches tentative deal on nuclear option, http://rtvote.com/15iDTWy
    Senators have reached a tentative deal to avert the “nuclear option” on filibuster rules. The proposal is not yet agreed upon by the White House but Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said, “ it is a compromise.”

    In VA, Bid to Restore Rights to Nonviolent Felons, http://rtvote.com/15irQIX
    “For past offenders, our goal is to grant civil rights back to as many as possible” said Governor Bob McDonnell. On Monday, state officials in VA outlined steps for thousands of nonviolent felons to regain their right to vote.  Myrna Perez, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center for Justice, said the move by VA is part of a national trend as states recognize that the denial of basic rights to offenders serves little societal good.

    CULTURAL

    Carly Rae Jepsen’s Hilariously Bad First Pitch- Watch!, http://rtvote.com/15iBuvd

    Prince Harry Look-Alike (and a Bear!) Visit Kate Middleton’s Hospital Ahead of Royal Baby’s Birth, http://rtvote.com/12Djddp

    ‘Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ Returning To PBS?, http://rtvote.com/15iD14d

    Tom Cruise’s upcoming sci-fi film gets a Comic-Com panel and a new title, http://rtvote.com/190Qkf1

    Dave Matthews hitchhikes to his own concert, http://rtvote.com/190QsuR

     

    Maura
    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: Friday, February 22, 2013

    Friday, February 22nd, 2013

    Oscar Pistorius is granted bail set at $113,000; Russia accuses the U.S. of holding double standards with Syria; U.S. troops set up a drone base in Niger; and Google introduces a touch screen laptop. Meanwhile, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z announce the dates of their summer tour; Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose welcome their newborn son; and Prince Harry and his girlfriend come out as a couple.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Oscar Pistorius granted bail ahead of murder trial, http://nbcnews.to/VALzkz
    Oscar Pistorius was granted bail set at $113,000 on Friday, despite protests from the prosecution. Pistorius, the double amputee and former Olympic track star, is accused of “premeditated murder” of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, but maintains he mistook Steenkamp for a robber in his home. Though prosecutors had worried Pistorius would flee the country if granted bail, defense lawyers maintained he is not a “flight risk.” “What kind of life would Pistorius lead if he flees, given his protheses?” questioned Chief Magistrate Desmond Nair.

    Russia accuses U.S. of double standards over Syria, http://reut.rs/W7xYnq
    Russia accused the United States of having double standards on Syria, citing that the U.S. had blocked a UN Security Council statement condemning Thursday’s car bomb attack in Damascus as terrorist action. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the U.S. was threatening international unity in the “war on terror” by blocking a statement about the “terrorist attacks”. A U.S. representative at the United Nations denied that the U.S. had blocked the statement. The U.S.’s relationship with Russia has worsened since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency last May, and new Secretary of State John Kerry will have his first meeting with Lavrov next week.

    U.S. troops arrive in Niger to set up a drone base, http://wapo.st/UR7ftz
    President Obama announced on Friday the creation of a drone base in the West African nation of Niger, where 100 American troops will be deployed to spy on members of al-Qaeda in the Sahara. The opening of the Niger drone base marks the addition of another U.S. military operation against al-Qaeda to join those in Afghanistan, Yemen, and Somalia. U.S. troops in Niger will also support the France’s military operation in Mali, where al-Qaeda members and other militants have founded a refuge. “This is purely an intelligence gathering mission,” a U.S. defense official said.

    Las Vegas Strip Shooting Launches Multi-State Manhunt, http://abcn.ws/W6Gpzj
    Three people were killed in a drive-by shooting on the Las Vegas strip on Friday, launching a multi-state manhunt for a group of men in a black Range Rover responsible for initiating the attack. Following an argument at the Aria resort and casino, the group of men shot at two people in a Maserati, prompting a multi-car crash resulting in a taxi exploding. The driver of the Maserati died from gunshot wounds, as did a driver and passenger who were inside the taxi. Nevada, Utah, California, and Arizona have all put authorities on alert for the Range Rover, which is carrying an unclear number of men and is considered armed and dangerous. “Clearly the suspects in this shooting have no regard for the lives and and safety of others,” Las Vegas Metropolitan Sheriff Doug Gillespie said.

    FBI battling ‘rash of sexting’ among its employees, http://bit.ly/VzqYx9
    CNN obtained FBI reports detailing a variety of misconducts inside the agency including sending nude pictures, paying for sex, and a “rash of sexting cases.” The incidents were detailed in a quarterly report issued to FBI employees as a way to deter such behavior in the future. Employees were found to have used government-issued devices to send many of the lurid messages. “We’re hoping (that) getting the message out in the quarterlies is going to teach people… you can’t do this stuff,” FBI assistant director Candice Will said. “When you are given an FBI Blackberry, it’s for official use.” Between 2010 and 2012, the FBI disciplined 1,045 employees for various violations.

    Obama: Voting Rights Act Provision Should Be Kept, http://huff.to/13twcLc
    The Supreme Court is set to hear a challenge on Wednesday to a key section of the voting rights law which requires local and state governments with a history of racial discrimination to get Justice Department approval before they make changes affecting elections. The Alabama appellate will argue that such a requirement is no longer necessary because areas with histories of racism have made such progress. President Obama defends the law, holding that ending federal oversight would make it harder to help people who believe their voting rights have been violated.

    Google Introduces a Touch-Screen Laptop, http://nyti.ms/157OjJh
    Google moved further into the laptop business on Thursday with the introduction of the Pixel, the newest version of Google’s Chromebook laptops, which store everything online in the cloud. The Pixel’s trademark will be a touch screen that is brighter, taller, and of a higher resolution than most other laptop screens. Analysts say the big question for the Pixel will be whether buyers are ready to do the majority of their computing in the cloud, using Google Docs and Gmail rather than software like Microsoft Word. The introduction of the Pixel marks a major shift by Google toward competition with Apple and Microsoft to sell high-end devices.

    CULTURAL: 

    Justin Timberlake, Jay-Z Tour to Launch This Summer, http://bit.ly/W86zld

    Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose Welcome Son Sebastian Taylor, http://bit.ly/WW9Ocu

    Prince Harry Let Secret Out After Heavy Night, http://thebea.st/12VLug5

    Megan Fox, Michael Bay Team for ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’, http://huff.to/XunWYu

    Oscars 2013: And the Winners Will Be…?, http://bit.ly/135H6uI

     

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, May 8, 2012

    Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

    The U.S. foils a Yemeni terrorist bomb plot; hundreds of Russians protest Putin’s inauguration; China expels Al Jazeera; a Thai man imprisoned for insulting the queen via text message dies in jail; North Carolinians vote on a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage; and Santorum endorses Romney. Meanwhile, legendary children’s author Maurice Sendak has died; Prince Harry woos DC; and Andre 3000 will star as Jimi Hendrix in a new biopic.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Bomb plot shows new level of sophistication, lawmaker says, http://bit.ly/Jnvf0D
    U.S. officials have thwarted a Yemeni terrorist plot that involved a sophisticated bomb that was crafted to pass through airport security and board a plane to the United States. In response to the foiled terrorist plot, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said that “terrorists keep trying” to kill Americans and as a result, we must remain “vigilant.” The FBI has seized the bomb and is analyzing it. Officials have stated that no Americans are at risk from the foiled plot and that the terrorists could have been retaliating on the one-year anniversary of Osama bin Laden’s death.

    Russian protest leaders held as Putin, Medvedev swap, http://reut.rs/JPK0oy
    Hundreds of Russians took to the streets to protest Vladimir Putin’s presidential inauguration yesterday. The demonstrations saw the arrest of two of the highest-profile opposition leaders and some of the biggest protests since the days of the Soviet Union. The controversial election has named Putin as Russia’s new president after spending four years as the country’s prime minister. Dmitry Medvedev will serve as prime minister now that Putin has taken his place as president. The switch has caused many to call the elections a sham. Since Sunday, close to 700 protestors have been arrested after clashing with police as they tried to clear the streets for Putin’s elaborate inauguration.

    China Expels Al Jazeera Channel, http://nyti.ms/JUmNWu
    China has forced Al Jazeera to shut down “its China news operations of its English-language channel.” The Chinese government will not say why it has refused to renew reporter Melissa Chan’s journalist visa or press credentials. The government has also refused to allow another correspondent to replace her. The last time Chinese officials banned a reporter was in 1998.

    Thai man dies during 20-year jail term for insulting queen, http://bit.ly/JtsacR
    A man in Thailand who had been sentenced to 20 years in jail after sending text messages deemed insulting to the queen died in prison yesterday. Amphon Tangnoppakul, known as “Uncle SMS,” was arrested in 2010. He denied sending the messages but was still given one of the harshest sentences on record for insulting the queen. The cause of Tangnoppakul’s death is not clear. On Friday, he complained of stomach pains and was sent to a correctional-facility prison for treatment.

    NC in the national spotlight as voters weigh in on gay marriage ban in state’s constitution, http://wapo.st/JdoyLp
    Voters in North Carolina will go to the polls today to decide on a controversial decree that would ban same-sex marriage in the state’s constitution. The law has drawn criticism and comments from Bill Clinton and Billy Graham, leaving the state divided. 500,000 people have voted early on the amendment. Early results show that there is a generational divide regarding the issue. Voters 65 and over favor the ban 2 to 1. In Winston-Salem, the city council voted to oppose the amendment.

    Santorum endorses Romney: ‘All hands on deck,’ http://politi.co/JtpEDx
    In an e-mail to supporters Monday, Rick Santorum endorsed Mitt Romney for president saying, “Governor Romney will be that nominee and he has my endorsement and support to win this the most critical election of our lifetime.” Santorum and Romney had recently met in Pittsburgh where Santorum outlined “the issues most important to conservatives.” Santorum also added that he “strongly encouraged Romney that he add more conservative leaders as an integral part of his team.”

    Mom, daughter found dead; 2 sisters still missing, http://bit.ly/KZISlw
    The FBI is looking for a man who is suspected of kidnapping a Tennessee mother and her three daughters. Adam Mayes was a family friend to Jo Ann Bain and her 14, 12, and 8 year-olds. Bain’s body and that of her eldest daughter has been found behind a house that belongs to Mayes in Northern Mississippi. Mayes is believed to be armed and dangerous and to have the youngest daughters still with him.

    CULTURAL:

    Maurice Sendak, Author of Splendid Nightmares, Dies at 83, http://nyti.ms/JnBLEr

    Harry Charms Pants Off DC Crowd As Colin Powell Makes Bizarre Diana Reference, http://bit.ly/Jbi6tw

    Matthew Fox Popped for DUI, http://bit.ly/IVT1MJ

    Alessandra Ambrosio Welcomes a Baby Boy, http://eonli.ne/IZ7JGo

    Andre 3000 set to shoot Jimi Hendrix biopic, http://bit.ly/IHR6kw

    Charlize Theron Steps Out with Jackson, http://bit.ly/JbkSix

    Beyonce Dazzles At Met Fashion Gala, http://on.mtv.com/IHRpMh

    Investors buy CBGB name, plan NYC music festival, http://cbsn.ws/Jbl2GJ

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