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    News Round-Up: December 11, 2013

    Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

    The Nevada family that never returned from playing in the snow has been found and rescued; Senator Ted Cruz walks out on Cuban President Raul Castro’s speech at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service; and a family struggles to get people to help those with mental illnesses. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about her struggles with cocaine addiction, and Kate Winslet gives birth to her first child!

    -Sandy + Maura



    Meteor explodes over Arizona; big meteor shower begins,http://rtvote.com/IPLo1k
    A tremendous boom rattled the houses of residents in Tucson, Arizona. The largest meteor shower of the year, Geminid, seemed to be giving them a sneak preview. A dash cam caught the spectacular meteor on video. The Geminid meter shower officially starts Thursday.

    Senator’s chief of staff under investigation involving child porn allegations,http://rtvote.com/1jOt0od
    Senator Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Tuesday that law enforcement officials were searching the home of his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, regarding allegations involving child pornography. The Senator has placed Mr. Loskarn on administrative leave without pay. His office is fully cooperating with the investigation.

    Lost Nevada family warmed rocks by fire to survive snow for 2 days,http://rtvote.com/18C9iV8
    The Nevada family that went out to play in the snow and never returned has finally been found and rescued. James Glanton, 34, and his girlfriend, Christina McIntee, remained calm after their jeep overturned and slid down an embankment, trapping them in the cold weather. Glanton and McIntee cleverly warmed rocks to start a fire to keep the children, 3 to 10, warm at night. The hospital says they are stable with no frostbite, just some exposure issues.

    Sen. Cruz walks out on Castro speech at Mandela memorial,http://rtvote.com/18mkKcz
    Senator Ted Cruz, R-Texas, part of a Congressional delegation at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service, walked out of the service when Cuban President Raul Castro took to the stage and delivered his speech. A spokesperson for Cruz stated they he hopes that Castro can learn from the lessons of Mandela by releasing his political prisoners and holding free elections for the Cuban people. Before eulogizing Mandela, President Obama shook Raul Castro’s hand – a remarkable gesture between the leaders of two nations that have not shared diplomacy in over half a century.

    ‘My Son is Mentally Ill’ So Listen Uphttp://rtvote.com/1iXk16p
    Stephanie Escamilla and her 14-year-old son tell their powerful story of having a family member who has a mental illness. They urge this nation and its people to stop neglecting those who are mentally ill. 1 in 4 American adults suffer from mental illness; 1 in 5 children have a mental disorder. Something has to be done for those who are oftentimes bullied, ignored, and marginalized in society for their condition.



    LeAnn Rimes Breaks Down in Tears Singing at American Country Awards,http://rtvote.com/1iXmKwx

    Demi Lovato Talks Past Drug Use: “I Couldn’t Go 30 Minutes to an Hour Without Cocaine,” http://rtvote.com/1gpHuev

    Kate Winslet Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, Her First child With Husband Ned Rocknroll, http://rtvote.com/1h0kjot

    Katy Perry: Russell Brand Wanted Me to Have Children as a Way of Control,http://rtvote.com/18mnd6H


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

    News Round-Up: Friday, March 8th, 2013

    Friday, March 8th, 2013

    February’s jobs numbers has unemployment at a 4-year-low; North Korea ends its peace treaty with South Korea; Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law is arraigned in New York City; flight attendants and pilots resist a new TSA policy that would allow small knives on planes; political leaders head to Venezuela for Hugo Chavez’s funeral; John Brennan has been confirmed as CIA Director; the Senate Judiciary Committee has approved a bill that would impose stricter laws on gun trafficking; and Information Week tells us the five coolest changes to Facebook’s news feed. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber is making headlines after being hospitalized AND attacking a paparazzo; Joy Behar will leave ‘The View’; and Kelly Osborne suffers a seizure on-set.



    After Sanctions Vote, 2 Koreas Ratchet Up Attack Threats, http://rtvote.com/Zx5SP3
    In response to new UN Security Council sanctions, North Korea has ended its peace treaty with South Korea. The country has threatened nuclear attacks on the United States, saying it will send Washington into a “sea of fire.” A top general has confirmed that Pyongyang has nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles that are ready to be fired at any time. South Korea has warned North Korea about its nuclear ambitions, saying that if the country does attack then Kim Jong-un’s regime “will be erased from the earth.”

    Homeland Chair: Osama bin Laden’s Son-in-Law ‘Cooperating’, http://rtvote.com/Y0ixe9
    Osama bin Laden’s son-in-law, Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, has been indicted and will be arraigned in New York City on Friday. Abu Ghaith has appeared in al Qaeda videos after 9/11 and is being charged with conspiring to kill Americans. He is one of the highest ranked al Qaeda officials to stand trial in New York.

    The Flight Attendants Union Coalition, which is made up of five unions and 90,000 flight attendants, has created a petition demanding to reverse the TSA’s new policy that small knives, golf clubs, and baseball bats be allowed on planes. “Our nation’s aviation system is the safest in the world thanks to multilayered security measures that include prohibition on many items that could pose a threat to the integrity of the aircraft cabin,” said the coalition. The pilots association has also denounced the measures, saying terrorism is still a “real threat.” If the policy is not overturned it will go into effect on April 25th.

    (via The New York Times) Unemployment at 4-Year-Low as U.S. Hiring Gains Steam,http://rtvote.com/XXRDVf
    Bolstered by a healthier private sector, the United States economy gained 236,000 jobs in February, well above what had been expected, while the unemployment rate fell to 7.7 percent, its lowest level since December 2008. The gains were broad-based, the Labor Department said Friday, with sectors ranging from manufacturing to business services turning in healthy results. Construction was especially strong, adding 48,000 jobs, a sign that the recovery in the housing market is beginning to translate into new jobs.

    A FUNERAL, AND A SWEARING IN, FOR VENEZUELA, http://rtvote.com/Y0hquU
    At least 30 political leaders have traveled to Venezuela for Hugo Chavez’s funeral. Cuban President Raul Castro, Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, New York Democratic Rep. Gregory Meeks, former Massachusetts congressman William Delahunt, and many others will be in attendance as Chavez’s week of mourning continues. Vice President Nicolas Maduro, whom Chavez chose as a replacement, will be sworn in today as well.

    (via The Washington Post) With Brennan as CIA chief, Obama puts in place 3rd key member of his national security team, http://rtvote.com/Y0p60h
    John Brennan took over Friday as director of the CIA, the finishing touch on President Barack Obama’s national security team for his second term.The White House said Vice President Joe Biden swore Brennan in during a private ceremony in the Roosevelt Room, the morning after he won Senate confirmation amid a contentious debate. Republicans had blocked his nomination but lifted their delay after the administration bowed to their requests for clarification about the president’s power in using drones.

    (via Information Week) Facebook News Feed: 5 Coolest Changes, http://rtvote.com/XXS2ah



    Joy Behar Departing ‘The View’, http://rtvote.com/Y0pCeV

    Justin Bieber Lunges at Paparazzi, Gets Restrained by His Own Bodyguard, http://rtvote.com/XXSeX5

    Kelly Osbourne recovering after on-set seizure, http://rtvote.com/XXShSH


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


    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


    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.


    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

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