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    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



    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.



    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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    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

    In today’s news, the supercommittee’s super fail may help to trim the national debt; the UC Davis Chancellor apologizes for last week’s pepper-spray incident; and a California teenager gets 21 years for killing gay classmate. In entertainment news, ‘Breaking Dawn’ wedding dresses will be available in stores and Justin Bieber took a paternity test.

    Coral + Caitlin


    For Deficit Panel, Failure Cuts Two Ways, http://nyti.ms/vbc6i6
    The failure of the supercommittee to come up with a plan to reduce the government debt could result in a sharp reduction in annual federal deficits. Now, under an agreement reached earlier by Congress, cuts will begin in 2013 with at least half coming from defense spending. Plus the Bush tax cuts will expire in 2012, cutting the annual deficit in half when combined with the new cuts.

    Three Americans arrested in Cairo as unrest enters 4th day, http://wapo.st/roQltr
    Three Americans studying at the American University in Cairo have been arrested and accused of participating in violent demonstrations in the capitol’s Tahrir Square. The students were shown on Egyptian state television as proof that the protests have been led by foreign interference. The broadcast said the arrested Americans were accused of throwing flaming canisters at Egyptian security forces, part of what Egypt’s military generals are calling foreign efforts to stir the anti-government protests.

    Bank of America warned by regulators to get stronger, http://bit.ly/rTAKEV
    U.S. regulators have warned Bank of America that they need to become stronger or face public action. The bank has been working under a memorandum since May 2009 The memorandum, which is not public, identified governance, risk and liquidity management as problems that had to be fixed. Recently regulators warned the bank that if greater progress is not made, the secret movement could become a public action that would place greater restrictions on and bring new scrutiny to the bank.

    UC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incident, http://lat.ms/u2dhcG
    On Monday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi apologized to students for the pepper-spray incident that took place on Friday. However, students were not accepting of her apology, instead the students booed her. “I am here to apologize,” Katehi told a crowd of about 1,000 students. “I feel horrible for what happened.” She spoke shortly after some of the students who were sprayed had just described their ordeal. Katehi has put the campus police chief on administrative leave. Two officers involved in the spraying have also been put on paid leave.

    Sarah Palin Got Scolded by Roger Ailes for Not Announcing Her Non-Candidacy on Fox News, http://bit.ly/uV35a5
    Fox News has always been loyal to Sarah Palin, so when she decided to announce that she wouldn’t be running for president on another network, Fox chief Roger Ailes was so upset he considered pulling her off the air entirely. “I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network,” Ailes allegedly told Bill Shine, Fox’s executive vice president and Palin’s main point of contact with the network.

    In plea deal, youth gets 21 years for killing gay teen, http://lat.ms/ulxS0z
    The California teenager who shot his gay classmate in the back of the head three years ago pleaded guilty Monday to second degree and voluntary manslaughter, which comes with a 21 year sentence. Brandon McInerney was only 14 when he killed Larry King in a school computer lab. An earlier trial had ended in a hung jury because some jurors felt the district attorney was being too harsh in trying McInerney as an adult.

    A Discipline Problem, http://on.wsj.com/tORKJ2
    Legendary and former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno battled repeatedly with the university’s former chief disciplinarian over how harshly to punish players who got into trouble. Paterno was so protective of his players that a school official once resigned in frustration when she tried to discipline them for poor behavior. The university’s standards and conducts officer, Vicky Triponey, resigned in 2007 after a meeting with Paterno to discuss the recent arrest of six football players for beating up other students. Other incidents include allowing a player to play in a bowl game that was being charged with sexual assault.

    UW will provide students with valid voting ID cards, http://bit.ly/vCcj0B
    On Monday, it was announced that the University of Wisconsin will be issuing voter IDs to students who need them for the upcoming election. A mass deputation organized by members of Student Council was also announced on Monday. The deputation was organized by Associated Students of Madison first year representative Colin Higgins and involved 13 students. These now-official special registration deputies will be able to register other students and community members to vote.


    John Boehner says, “‘I did everything possible’” http://usat.ly/tmPVTr

    Jonah Goldberg is, “Sizing up a Gingrich-Romney showdown” http://lat.ms/vQSUxR

    The Chicago Tribune describes, “An embarrassing failure to govern” http://trib.in/uHj7VI

    Richard Cohen believes, “Iowa GOP caucusers are the real elite” http://wapo.st/tyNSvv

    Gender inequality still has a starring role in Hollywood, USC study finds, http://lat.ms/rXb9rV

    Lil Wayne: Drake Selling 750,000 Not ‘A Problem’ http://on.mtv.com/s8MVUo

    ‘Breaking Dawn’ Official Replica Wedding Gown Available In Stores, http://on.mtv.com/ruSUeu

    Justin Bieber Takes Paternity Test: Report, http://bit.ly/v8J66G

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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