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    News Round-Up: Monday, January 13, 2014

    Monday, January 13th, 2014

    In today’s news, Governor Christie of New Jersey is back in the headlines as the Feds investigate the use of Superstorm Sandy relief funds; a Southwest Airlines plane lands at the wrong airport in Missouri; and protestors in Thailand try to shut down the capitol by blocking the streets. Meanwhile, the world is buzzing about the 2014 Golden Globes—the winners, losers, best-dressed, worst-dressed, and the J-Lawrence photo bomb.

    -Maura + Veronica

    CRUCIAL

    Gates Clarifies: Obama didn’t say his opposition to surge was political http://rtvote.com/1d0Qr6z
    Former defense secretary Robert Gates made some clarifications on Monday regarding his book Duty. The book caused controversy for President Obama and Hillary Clinton when it appeared as though Gates was arguing that President Obama opposed the troop surge in Iraq for political purposes. In order to clarify, Gates stated that President Obama’s opposition remained consistent with his opposition to the war and it was not done for political reasons.

    Feds investigating Christie’s use of Sandy relief fundshttp://rtvote.com/1eA96sL
    It seems like Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey cannot escape the front-page news scandals. The newly reelected governor is now being investigated by federal officials on his use of relief funds from Superstorm Sandy, just days after dismissing his two top advisors for their role in the George Washington Bridge Scandal. In the new review, federal auditors will examine New Jersey’s use of $25 million for a tourism ad campaign that starred Christie and his family.

    Southwest Airlines plane lands at wrong Missouri airporthttp://rtvote.com/JVbjWp
    A Southwest Airlines flight from Chicago’s Midway International Airport was scheduled to land Sunday night in a southwest Missouri airport, but instead touched down at an airport 7 miles away with a much shorter runway. Thankfully, no one was injured in the landing of this Boeing 737-700 aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board have launched an investigation to figure out what happened.

    Thai protesters create huge traffic jam to shut down capital http://rtvote.com/JVcXHG
    Peaceful – but large – protests began in Thailand today as anti-government demonstrators seized key intersections across the country’s capital of Bangkok.  The protesters want to derail next month’s elections, overthrow the prime minister, and are accusing the government of corruption. They are vowing to shut down the country of 12 million people and stay in the streets as long as it takes to achieve their goals.

    West Virginians warn of lessons from chemical spill  http://rtvote.com/1dpZDI2
    West Virginia is still cleaning up after a chemical spill last Thursday leaked 7,500 gallons of 4-methylcyclohexane methanol into the public water supply in nine of the state’s counties, affecting 15% of the state’s population. More than 30 people have sought treatment at hospitals for symptoms such as nausea and WV Governor Earl Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency for much of the southwest section of the state where the spill occurred. More than 300,000 residents are without access to clean tap water and are seeking ways to bathe, drink, and cook until the issue is resolved.

    CULTURAL

    2014 Golden Globes Winners: The Complete List, http://rtvote.com/1gAvC6v

    Amy Poehler Breaks Losing Streak at Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1kxSR6K

    Jennifer Lawrence Photobombs Taylor Swift at 2014 Golden Globes, http://rtvote.com/1ce9b2u

    Game of Thrones Season Four Trailer Premiers, http://rtvote.com/1hPA6tw

    True Detective: What Did You Think of Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson’s HBO Detective Drama?, http://rtvote.com/1hiwWeY

    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, June 10, 2011

    Friday, June 10th, 2011

    An ex-NSA executive escapes jail time with a plea deal, the U.S. imposes more sanctions on Iran, and Defense Secretary Robert Gates questions the future of our NATO alliance.  Voter ID laws may become more strict in Maine and North Carolina, Iowa Senator Shawn Hamerlinck tells student leaders to “go home,” Millennials are fighting with Baby Boomers for jobs, and the White House tries to rally youth support with roundtables. Also, Newt Gingrich loses much of his campaign staff, and Mitt Romney won’t be making an appearance at the straw polls in Iowa, Florida, or Michigan.

    Caitlin + Katie

    CRUCIAL:

    Ex-NSA official Thomas Drake takes plea deal, http://politi.co/kT7GvX

    Thomas Drake, the former NSA executive, was supposed to go to trial on Monday for ten felony counts of illegally taking classified information to his home and making false statements to investigators and obstructing justice.  However, in exchange for no jail time and a dismissal of all previous charges, Drake agreed to plead guilty to one misdemeanor count of exceeding his authorized access to government computers.  This plea deal is a setback for the Obama administration’s campaign against leaks.

    U.S. slaps new sanctions on Iran, http://bit.ly/j4JtQE

    The US is imposing more sanctions on Iran in response to the country’s crackdown on protestors. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton noted the regime’s hypocrisy of “applauding protesters abroad,” while arresting and executing those in Tehran without due process. Protests started in Iran after the controversial 2009 re-election of President Ahmadinejad and have followed suit with the wave of “Arab Spring” protests throughout the Middle East.

    Gates blasts NATO, questions future of alliance, http://yhoo.it/mTWSoN

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the future of our NATO alliance with Europe will be “dim, if not dismal” if European nations continue to neglect their share of the military burden. Even though every NATO nation voted for the recent mission in Libya, shrinking European military budgets have left the US with little support. Gates also noted the 850 non-US NATO troops who have died in Afghanistan, many of whom were the first casualties for their home countries since WWII.

    ‘Go home,’ senator tells student leaders, http://bit.ly/ky5ieq

    Shawn Hamerlinck, a State Senator from Iowa, has landed in hot water after he told student leaders at a state budget hearing to “go home.” The Dixon Republican thanked them for their carefully prepared remarks but told the students, who spoke about rising tuition, to “leave the circus to us” and to not “spend your time worrying about what we’re doing up here.” Iowa Democrats called the comments “disrespectful and insulting,” while Hamerlink’s Republican colleagues defended his reaction to the “parade” of students “looking to spend additional taxpayer dollars.”

    NC House OKs blocking low-interest college loans, http://onforb.es/jSh8Uh

    North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue vetoed a bill to end the financial aid requirement at the state’s community colleges. The state legislature is trying to get around that veto by passing four local bills, which Perdue would not be able to veto. The new laws will allow more than two dozen community colleges the option of refusing to offer low-interest student loans.

    Upside Down: Why Millennials can’t start their careers and baby boomers can’t end theirs, http://bit.ly/mG9rLZ

    Current college graduates are attempting to enter the job market despite a youth unemployment rate above 17%.  At the same time, millions of baby boomers have been forced to delay retirement due to the economy.  These opposing trends create less jobs for young people.

    White House reaches out to youth vote with ’roundtables’, http://bit.ly/m9qjEv

    The Obama campaign is hoping to rally the same support from young voters that proved so successful in 2008. They have already hosted 381 roundtables in 47 states. Many of the roundtables have been with administration officials and sometimes even the President himself. The roundtables are said to be less political and more of the administration listening to young people.

    Poll: Generation Y Divided On Abortion, Like Their Parents, http://n.pr/j6TmW1

    A new poll finds that many members of the Millennial Generation, usually thought of as socially tolerant and politically liberal, have similar attitudes to their parents when it comes to the issue of abortion.  The majority of Millennials are pro-choice (about six in ten), but these statistics show a similarity to those of the general public.

    CULTURAL:

    Kim Kardashian Already Calling Dibs on “K” Baby Names With Fiancé Kris Humphries, http://eonli.ne/khAIeV

    Ja Rule To Begin Prison Term Today; Rapper Speaks On Sentence, http://bit.ly/lQNuIR

    MTV’s ‘Skins’ Remake is Officially Dead, http://bit.ly/luGjpH

    Jack White and Karen Elson Are Divorcing – and Throwing a Party, http://bit.ly/jjMUI7

    Tracy Morgan Apologizes for Anti-Gay Comments at Nashville Show, http://bit.ly/kuzutt

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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



    News Round Up: Friday, April 1, 2011

    Friday, April 1st, 2011

    Gates and Clinton take a stance against arming the rebels in Libya, GOP freshman support Boehner on his budget cut stance, and Arizona governor wants to fight fat with a fee. Meanwhile, Google is developing an app using facial recognition that might be better than swapping business cards and the fight is on for who will open for Britney.

    Don’t miss Mike de la Rocha’s article for Global Grind on teaching Democracy Class with Glee’s Darren Criss: http://bit.ly/gp1d0s

    CRUCIAL:

    Freshmen Place Faith in Boehnerhttp://bit.ly/hYN3ZG

    GOP freshman back Boehner’s decisions on the budget, while other conservatives are pushing him not to cave. It remains to be seem whether the freshmen will continue to back him if Boehner must give more than is desired.

    Unemployment Rate Falls to 2-Year Low of 8.8 Pct., Employers Add 216K Jobs in March, http://wapo.st/fXgWQe

    The private sector was responsible for the vast majority of the job creation that occurred in the last month, with 230,000 jobs being added, bringing the unemployment rate to the lowest in two years. If the current pace of adding jobs continues as expected, 2.5 million more people will have employment.

    2 Cabinet Officials Say U.S. Isn’t Likely to Arm Libyanshttp://nyti.ms/h1isgi

    Defense Secretary Robert Gates spoke out against the United States arming the rebel forces in Libya, although he did say that helping the group in other ways would be acceptable. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton agreed with Gates, given that the forces may have ties to Al-Qaeda. France has indicated that they may supply the group with weapons.

    Arizona Proposes Medicaid Fat Freehttp://on.wsj.com/fLL202

    Arizona’s governor Jan Brewer wants to charge obese people who do not follow a plan to get healthy, as well as smokers, a $50 fee for those who wish to enroll in Medicaid. The details of the plan are to be determined, such as how to decide what qualifies as obese, or how to tell if one has followed doctors orders on getting fit.

    Google Making App That Would Identify People’s Faceshttp://bit.ly/hQriU1

    A new Google mobile application would allow users to access a persons name, email address and phone number (if they have agreed to give access to their information) after snapping a picture of them. The product is causing a stir surround privacy issues, which Google has acknowledged, and agrees to tread carefully.

    CULTURAL:

    The Kennedys- toned down: http://bit.ly/gA3D96

    Katy Perry dishes on the tedious makeup process for her new video: http://on.mtv.com/fjN8N2

    Shenae Grimes befriends homeless extras from her new movie: http://bit.ly/fBYPjZ

    Nicki Minaj might be opening for Britney’s tour: http://bit.ly/e9Hp52

    Or even better, will JT be opening for her?: http://bit.ly/etn2v1

    Huffington Post erecting pay wall for NYT employees: http://huff.to/hbnHg0

    A roundup of the best April Fools’ Jokes: http://bit.ly/fn3tEc

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, March 21, 2011

    Monday, March 21st, 2011

    In today’s news, air strikes continue against Gaddafi and his supporters, although Defense Secretary Gates says the US will pass off its lead shortly, Nancy Pelosi is hospitlized during a trip to Italy, a new poll says Latinos have a “widely negative” view of the GOP, AT&T acquires T-Mobile and hopes it can obtain regulatory approval, Arab youth tell the NYT why their generation is different, Andy Selsberg teaches students how write texts and tweets, Wyclef Jean is shot while in Haiti and Jay-Z and Kanye West take Texas by storm.

    CRUCIAL:

    Libya Air Strike Continues, Gaddafi Promises Long Warhttp://huff.to/i0Zosx

    Air attacks from the United States have incresingly damaged Gaddafi’s forces. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says that “in a matter of days” the US will turn the attacks over to Britain, France or NATO to take the lead.

    Nancy Pelosi Hospitalized, then Released, in Romehttp://politi.co/hFvJ3X

    During her trip to Italy to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Italian unification Nancy Pelosi was hospitalized and then released after “feeling unwell.”

    Top Yemen General, Ali Moshen, Backs Oppositionhttp://bbc.in/h3Nn8A

    Many top government officials in Yemen have said that they support the opposition movement. 45 protesters were killed on Friday.

    Health Law Waivers Draw Kudos, and Criticismhttp://nyti.ms/ftHZYO

    After announcing many people for whom the health care laws would be waived, Republicans found more room for criticism, saying that the law if flawed if it requires so many exceptions.

    Why AT&T Bought T-Mobilehttp://on.mash.to/gB2ruF

    AT&T’s 39 billion dollar acquisition of T-Mobile will make it the largest mobile carrier in the US if it can get regulatory approval. The acquisition is said to help with the problems AT&T has experienced after growing beyond its means.

    Poll: Latino Voters Have ‘Widely Negative’ Views of GOPhttp://huff.to/eBzr90

    As the Latino population rapidly grows the GOP must find a way to win over voters that have a traditionally negative view of the party, according to a recent poll. Approximately one third of Latinos said they would never vote for a Republican.

    Andy Selsberg on teaching practical writing, http://nyti.ms/hnlqg9

    Matthew Klein on unemployed college grads, http://nyti.ms/eS74Gr

    CULTURAL:

    Jolie-Pitt family unites: http://bit.ly/gYLHTb

    Jay-Z and Kanye West electrify at SXSW: http://aol.it/iiXB1P

    Lady Gaga…going bald?: http://aol.it/hBRKT6

    Wyclef Jean shot in hand while campaigning in Haiti: http://fxn.ws/ejMHGO

    Selena Gomez plans Britney Spears tribute: http://on.mtv.com/fMB8mn

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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