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    News Round-Up: November 15, 2013

    Friday, November 15th, 2013

    San Francisco turns into Gotham City for a day; Toronto’s city council strips notorious mayor, Rob Ford, of some power after another public embarrassment; and one of the largest child pornography schemes has been busted. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy is out of rehab, and RiRi and Drake drop $17,000 at a strip club together.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    San Francisco transforms into Gotham to make 5-year-old’s wish to be Batkid come true,http://rtvote.com/HXc0ht
    San Francisco is no more. The City by the Bay is officially Gotham City… at least for today. The city-wide transformation is all for Miles, a five-year-old who has successfully battled leukemia since he was only a year old. Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation and the power of social media, Miles’s dreams will come true as he fights villains alongside Batman as “Batkid”. Thanks for keeping Gotham City safe, Batkid!

    Toronto’s City Council votes to strip embattled mayor of some powerhttp://rtvote.com/1bAbMHq
    Toronto mayor Rob Ford just can’t help himself. After adding to his list of missteps with some very vulgar comments about oral sex on live Canadian television, Toronto’s city council decided Friday to strip Ford of his ability to appoint and dismiss his senior staff. Even though his power on the political stage is shrinking, don’t expect to see any less of him. Mayor Ford and his brother, Doug, will begin their new “Ford Nation” television show on Monday (No, I’m not kidding. I wish I was.).

    Woman sells wedding ring for tickets to Chiefs-Broncos gamehttp://rtvote.com/1dyLTqX
    A woman found a buyer on Craigslist who traded his football game tickets for her wedding ring. Don’t stress – she claims the ring was from a previous marriage. The buyer will be using his new ring to propose to his girlfriend this Sunday. Smart trade, guys. The ex-wife gets to see some men with tight butts play a good game of football, and Mr. Buyer gets a happy fiancée. What could be better?

    Canada Says 386 Kids Rescued in Child Porn Busthttp://rtvote.com/HQpZor
    Canadian police have released the details on one of the largest child porn busts they’ve seen to date. The investigation, dubbed the Project Spade operation, has led to the rescue of 386 children around the world and the arrest of 348 people. 108 of those arrests were made in Canada, and 76 in the United States. The remaining arrests were made in other countries. Amongst the perpetrators were school teachers, doctors, and actors.

    China easing 1-child policy amid elderly bloomhttp://rtvote.com/1j9xH99
    The ruling Communist Party of China has said they will loosen its decades-old one-child policy. Labor camps, which are currently used by local officials to deal with people who challenge their authority on issues including land rights and corruption, will also be abolished.

     

    CULTURAL

    R&B singer Chris Brown out of rehab, working on community service requirement,http://rtvote.com/HULoNE

    Adam Levine Plays Coy About People’s Sexiest Man Alive Rumor, Reveals Wedding Details onTodayhttp://rtvote.com/17yAvwH

    Rihanna and Drake Drop More Than $17,000 Together at Strip Club in Houston: Exclusive Details,http://rtvote.com/1aXNHfa

    Pregnant Megan Fox Covers Baby Bump During Lunch Outing With Hubby Brian Austin Green,http://rtvote.com/18ACSdl

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    News Round-Up: October 16, 2013

    Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

    An L.A. airport employee is arrested for the dry ice blasts at LAX; two minors are arrested for bullying a 14-year-old into suicide; and Senate resumes control of negotiations with one day to go before the debt deadline hits. Meanwhile, Ke$ha confesses that ghosts haunted her body, and Rihanna’s tweets get a string of people arrested in Thailand.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    L.A. airport employee arrested in dry ice blastshttp://rtvote.com/1er3DFr
    Dicarlo Bennett, a 28-year-old employee for the ground handling company Servisair, has been taken into custody for allegedly planting plastic bottles of dry ice on a tarmac and in one of the airport’s employee restrooms last week. Nobody was hurt in either incidents, but the blasts could have seriously injured anyone who was in close proximity. Bennett’s motives are unknown.

    Police chief: 64 Cleveland officers broke rules in shootinghttp://rtvote.com/1gklnGU
    More than 60 police officers will be disciplined for a 23-minute police chase that happened November 29, 2012. Police pursued a speeding car and opened fire after they thought they heard a gunshot and saw a gun in the car, although no weapon was ever found. Two unarmed people were shot and killed in the officers’ hailstorm of 137 bullets.

    Thefts from nursing home trust funds target the elderlyhttp://rtvote.com/1gknkmK
    The problem of resident trust funds being stolen or mismanaged is a growing problem. Employees or administrators at U.S. nursing homes or other long-term care institutions have taken large sums of money from trust funds. However, these crimes of trust fund theft are not easy to detect, and they are relatively easy to carry out because of the lack of safeguards in the system.

    Shutdown, Day 16: Can nation avert default?http://rtvote.com/1fCAslM
    Just ONE day away from the debt deadline! So, what’s going on in DC right now? Here are some top highlights: the Senate has resumed control of negotiations after the House GOP pulled their bill yesterday; Fitch Ratings, one of the largest debt-rating companies, has threatened to possibly downgrade the U.S.’s AAA bond rating; the Pew Research Center has released a new poll that says 51% of Americans think that raising the debt limit by tomorrow is essential to avoid economic crisis. Will Congress reach an agreement before it’s too late? Guess we’ll have to wait and see…

    Sheriff: Taunting post leads to arrests in Rebecca Sedwick bullying deathhttp://rtvote.com/1erd0oI
    12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick committed suicide last month by jumping off the top of an abandoned concrete plant. The bullying Sedwick endured by a 14-year-old girl and another 12-year-old girl allegedly prompted her to end her life. The girls were charged with stalking for allegedly harassing Sedwick at school and online. The 14-year-old posted a taunting Facebook message after Sedwick’s death, prompting police to arrest her.

    PUNDITS

    Bruce Schneier discusses privacy in an information age being fostered by the government and private companies in “Your life, under constant surveillance,” http://rtvote.com/1gktGTb

    LZ Granderson reminds us that before we call the men and women of Congress “idiots”, we should remember we put them there in “We Created – and Deserve – the Idiots in Washington,” http://rtvote.com/1fCPpEB

    CULTURAL

    Ke$ha Reveals Ghosts Haunted Her Body, http://rtvote.com/1erhg7A

    Was Britney Spears’ Body Airbrushed in the “Work Bitch” Music Video? See the Before and After,http://rtvote.com/197kL13

    Ivanka Trump Gives Birth to a Baby Boy, http://rtvote.com/1fCQLis

    Rihanna’s Tweets Leave Trail of Arrests After Thailand Visit, http://rtvote.com/1gkwtMb

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    News Round-Up: September 30, 2013

    Monday, September 30th, 2013

    A government shutdown is looming; the U.N. votes to eliminate Syria’s chemical weapons; and President Hassan Rouhani of Iran is greeted by angry protests, following his positive meeting with President Obama. Meanwhile, Rihanna has a new reality show, and Heather Morris gives birth to a baby boy.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    House GOP votes to delay Obamacare for one yearhttp://rtvote.com/1dS3N8u House Republicans voted on a stopgap spending measure to delay the implementation of the Affordable Care Act for one year. The bill will be sent back to the Senate, but it faces certain defeat, as the Senate and President Obama have both stated that they will not accept any bill that will delay or defund Obamacare. If Congress cannot overcome this impasse, a government shutdown will be announced tomorrow.

    NSA Gathers Data on Social Connections of U.S. Citizenshttp://rtvote.com/18klFXE In November 2010, the National Security Agency (NSA) lifted restrictions on examining Americans’ social network activity for foreign intelligence purposes. NSA policy had previously prohibited this practice because of concerns about American citizens’ privacy. The spy agency can now collect information ranging from a citizen’s record of phone calls and emails to his or her Facebook profile, bank codes, and GPS locations.

    House GOP moves to protect military pay in a shutdownhttp://rtvote.com/18koGad In the event of a government shutdown, many federal workers will be staying at home without pay. On Saturday, however, House Republicans proposed a bill that would ensure military service members continued to be paid if Congress is unable to avoid a government shutdown come end of business today. Although the House passed the bill on military pay unanimously, Democrats complained that this overlooked the value of many other federal workers, who would be forced to go without pay during this time.

    UN votes to eliminate Syria’s chemical weaponshttp://rtvote.com/1eU7WvF The U.N. Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to secure and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons. All 15 council members signed on as co-sponsors to the resolution. This marks the first breakthrough decision that the council has agreed upon since the Syrian civil war began. It also sends a zero-tolerance message to all countries on the use of chemical weapons.

    Hassan Rouhani’s return to Iran marked by ‘death to America’ chantshttp://rtvote.com/1fCVhOW After what seemed like a constructive visit to the U.N. general assembly to discuss Iran’s nuclear program, many American politicians and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani left in high spirits. Obama and Rouhani even had a 15-minute telephone call afterwards, marking the first interaction between an American and Iranian president in more than three decades. However, Rouhani’s return to Iran was greeted with angry protests, as hardliners opposed the president’s pro-American meeting.

    PUNDITS

    Julian Zelizer discusses the implications of a looming government shutdown in “Government shutdown threat is getting very old, very fast”, http://rtvote.com/1dSbdsn

    Peter Bergen talks about social media and terrorism in “Are mass murderers using Twitter as a tool?”, http://rtvote.com/1dSbwU 

    CULTURAL

    Rihanna’s New Reality Show: First Look Trailer for Styled to Rockhttp://rtvote.com/18kvxAs

    Khloe Kardashian Odom and Lamar Odom “Are Staying Strong,” LaLa Anthony Says, http://rtvote.com/1dSa97U

    Miss Teen USA Cassidy Wolf Has “Mixed Emotions” About Sextortion Photos Scandal, http://rtvote.com/1dSaojo

    Heather Morris Gives Birth to Baby Boy Elijah, http://rtvote.com/18kxgWx

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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

    George W. Bush recovers from surgery; tensions increase as people are told to evacuate Yemen; and the Washington Post gets sold to Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. Meanwhile, ‘Glee’ begins Season 5 production; Lohan appears on Chelsea Lately; and Rihanna may soon top a Madonna record.

    -Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    George W. Bush has heart surgeryhttp://rtvote.com/16rSuzs
    Former President George W. Bush is recovering from surgery Tuesday morning, after doctors found blockage in an artery on Monday. A stent has been placed to ease the blockage. The event came as a shock since the President was physically active and often seen biking or golfing regularly.

    U.S. and Britain Withdraw Personnel from Yemen, http://rtvote.com/19KYFDW
    Amidst a security and travel threat around the Middle East, many government personnel have been removed from Yemen, where Al Qaeda leaders are allegedly planning an attack. Travelers have also been advised to leave the country and reschedule travel plans to the area.

    Turkish Court Gives 19 Life Sentenceshttp://rtvote.com/16rSGif
    In a ruling decided Monday, 19 Turks were sentenced to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government. All 19 have pleaded innocence. The case represents a broader conflict between “the Islamist-rooted government and the secularist-dominated opposition.”

    Washington Post Staffers ‘Stunned’ By Sale To Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Hopeful About Futurehttp://rtvote.com/16rSKys
    Staff and the public alike were shocked by the news on Monday that the Washington Post would be sold to Jeff Bezons, the owner of Amazon.com. The transition will be sentimental, as the Graham family has operated the Post for the past 80 years. However, Bezos’ $25 million net worth keeps staffers hopeful that he will maintain the paper’s integrity rather than “tinker the editorial product.”

    U.S., other envoys meet with detained Muslim Brotherhood official in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/16rSP5g
    U.S. government officials attempted, on Monday, to ease tensions between the interim Egyptian government and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood. While the U.S. aims to improve relations between the two groups, they also made clear that they would like to be distanced from Morsi. Meanwhile, Egyptians express anger over the lack of U.S. support during the crisis.

    CULTURAL

    Lindsay Lohan, Spectacular of ‘Chelsea Lately,’ Is Alive Again, http://rtvote.com/19KZtJ0

    Brawl outside Hamptons nightclub with Justin Bieber’s bodyguards stirs police probe, http://rtvote.com/19KZwV6

    Glee Starts Production on Season 5, http://rtvote.com/19KZBrP

    Kim Kardashian Makes First Post-Baby Appearance on Kris Jenner’s Talk Show, http://rtvote.com/16rTxzo

    Rihanna’s ‘Right Now’ Gives Her A Shot At Breaking Madonna’s Dance Chart Record, http://rtvote.com/19KZFYH

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    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 24, 2013

    Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

    Edward Snowden possibly allowed to leave airport: NSA seeks to fight anti-surveillance amendment in top-secret meeting; 22 killed in Mexican clashes; Anthony Weiner asks for another chance; guns allowed in North Carolina bars; and gay couple in Cincinnati may be buried together. Meanwhile, the royal baby has left the building; Selena Gomez takes a shot; and The Sandlot crew meets at the field once again.

    Maura + Meron

     

    CRUCIAL

    Snowden ‘allowed to leave airport’, http://rtvote.com/19i2kZG
    Fugitive U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has been given an official pass to leave Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, Russian airport officials say. However, Snowden’s lawyer, Anatoly Kucherena, said his client had not received the documents and would stay in the airport.

    NSA holds emergency hearing to fight off anti-surveillance amendment in Congress, http://rtvote.com/15ISWct
    The National Security Agency has invited certain members of Congress to a top secret, invitation only meeting to discuss a proposed amendment that could end the NSA’s ability to conduct dragnet surveillance on millions of Americans.

    Clashes in Mexico’s Michoacan state leave 22 dead, http://rtvote.com/19i34xX
    At least 20 gang members have died in clashes with police in Mexico’s western Michoacan state, officials say.

    Anthony Weiner: “Give me another chance”, http://rtvote.com/15IXS10
    The sex scandal that led to his 2011 resignation from Congress has become an issue during his mayoral campaign, as a series of lewd texts and photos revealed Tuesday has forced Weiner to ask New Yorkers to “give him another chance.”

    N.C. lawmakers pass sweeping changes to gun laws, http://rtvote.com/1351bAY
    North Carolina lawmakers approved a bill that allows concealed-carry permit holders to take firearms into bars and restaurants.

    Cincinnati gay couple wins fight to be buried together, http://rtvote.com/1353yDX
    A federal judge ruled Tuesday that a Cincinnati gay couple can be buried together, recognizing a marriage in Maryland that is not legal in Ohio.

     

    CULTURAL

    Royal baby boy, Kate Middleton and Prince William leave Kensington Palace, http://rtvote.com/19i9Rrs

    Selena Gomez talks 21st birthday: “I had a shot of Jack”, http://rtvote.com/15J1XlA

    Rihanna breaks down in tears during concert, http://rtvote.com/15J2DHF

    The Sandlot cast reunites at their old field, http://rtvote.com/19ia1yX

     

     

     

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    Bio: My name is Meron Werkneh and I am a rising senior at Duke University. I study English and Political Science, and plan to go into entertainment law as my career. I'm from Washington D.C. and love books, oldies soul music, and getting closer to God every day! I'm excited to become a part of the Rock the Vote team.

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