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    News Round-Up: November 1, 2013

    Friday, November 1st, 2013

    Food stamp cuts set in; a super-sophisticated secret underground tunnel used for smuggling drugs from Mexico to the U.S. is discovered; and the iPad Air makes its debut. Meanwhile, Heidi Klum officially wins the Most Awesome Celebrity award for her Halloween costume, and Kristin Stewart reunites with Robert Pattinson.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Families brace as billions in food stamp cuts set inhttp://rtvote.com/1ahKIba
    Benefit cuts to food stamp recipients begin today. This comes from Congress’s decision to cut $5 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in exchange for increased education funding and school nutrition programs. An increased number of needy Americans will turn to organizations that already provide meals to hungry citizens, like food pantries and the Campaign Against Hunger.

    US discovers huge hi-tech Mexican drug-smuggling tunnelhttp://rtvote.com/1hzxE8o
    Authorities have discovered one of the most sophisticated drug smuggling passages, running from warehouses in Tijuana to San Diego. The secret underground tunnel is the length of almost six football fields and is equipped with lighting, ventilation, and an electric rail system. Upon discovery, authorities found 8.5 tons of marijuana and 327 pounds of cocaine.

    Trick or treat? Canada seizes three cocaine-filled pumpkins at airporthttp://rtvote.com/1f8kcX6
    Canadian officials seized three pumpkins at the Montreal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport. Cocaine-filled pumpkins, that is. Authorities found them while searching through a female traveler’s luggage. An investigation is currently underway.

    Internal notes show paltry initial enrollment in Obamacarehttp://rtvote.com/16SO7x0
    Notes from a “war room” meeting at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance revealed that only six Americans successfully enrolled in the federal health care exchange on the first day of the rollout. This number has been gradually increasing, and Joanne Peters, a Health and Human Services spokeswoman, is confident that the pace of enrollment will pick up.

    Best Deals for iPad Airhttp://rtvote.com/HsZRQG
    The new iPad Air debuts today – but before you whip out your wallet, make sure you read through this. Find out where and how to get the best deals on Apple’s latest gimmick.
     

    PUNDITS

    Senator Bernie Sanders discusses how our healthcare system could be more cost-effective without sacrificing programs like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in “Don’t cut the big benefit programs,”http://rtvote.com/1h614NS

    Facebook users and USA Today readers weigh in on HHS Secretary Sebelius’s apology at Wednesday’s congressional hearing in “Should Sebelius step down for Obamacare woes?” http://rtvote.com/17xwg4F

    CULTURAL

    Heidi Klum goes geriatric for Halloween, http://rtvote.com/1hzs7Pq

    Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Sue YouTube Cofounder Over Leaked Proposal Footage,http://rtvote.com/1bJBE1x

    Kristen Stewart Spends Time With Robert Pattinson at His House: All the Details and New Photos,http://rtvote.com/17BSr7D

    Pamela Anderson Chops Off Hair, Is Unrecognizable With New Pixie Cut, http://rtvote.com/16SVUuS

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

    In today’s news, gun sales are up in Colorado; women’s soccer begins its Olypmic Games; and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is married. Meanwhile, Batman star Christian Bale visits the victims of the Aurora shooting, and Kristen Stewart allegedly cheats on Robert Pattinson.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Aurora theater shooting: Gun sales up since tragedy, http://bit.ly/MHT3we
    The weekend after the horrific shooting in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for 2,887 people who wanted to buy a firearm. These numbers reflect a 43 percent increase from the previous weekend and a 39 percent increase from the first weekend in July. There were 1,216 sales alone on the Friday following Thursday night’s shooting. These background checks do not necessarily reflect the actual number of guns sold, as purchasers may have bought more than one gun or decided not to purchase any at all.

    U.S. women’s soccer opens Olympic Games today, http://on.freep.com/OZDttK
    Women’s soccer Olympic Games open today in Glasgow, Scotland, nearly 400 miles away from the London center stage and two days before the opening ceremonies. Both soccer and archery are the two events that begin early because extra days are needed to play a sufficient slate of games that won’t wear out the players. The United States will play France today after its own version of an opening ceremony: head coach Pia Sundhage sang “Have a little faith in me,” at the historic Hampden Park. The U.S. team, two-time defending champs, are only guaranteed to play in London if they make the gold-medal game. They will not be attending Friday’s Opening Ceremony because they have an afternoon game against Colombia in Glasgow the next day.

    Kim Jong-un Is A Now Married Man, http://read.bi/Qj8y2Z
    North Korean TV just announced that supreme leader Kim Jong-un has married the mystery woman he has been seen with in public. The woman, a singer, has now been identified as “comrade Ri Sol Ju.” This marriage comes as another sign of Kim’s desire to differentiate his regime from his father. It also coincides with a power struggle amongst top officials.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘Dark Knight’ Star Christian Bale Visits Colorado Shooting Victims, http://bit.ly/M8slAx

    Kristen Stewart Reportedly Cheats on Robert Pattinson with Rupert Sanders, http://bit.ly/Mm1HzL

    ‘Modern Family’ Cast WE WANT OUT, http://bit.ly/NuPJbo

    Sherman Hemsley: A tribute to the great George Jefferson, and more, http://bit.ly/NJERDC

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 27, 2012

    Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

    Colorado wildfires displace 32,000 people; Egypt’s new president will choose a female VP; and the Senate reaches a compromise on student loans. Meanwhile, writer and director Nora Ephron has died, and BCS college football institutes a playoff.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Colorado wildfire of ‘epic proportions’ displaces 32,000; tests firefighters, http://bre.ad/15ii5y
    Wildfires continue to devastate Colorado. As of this morning, only five percent of the 6,200-acre blaze has been contained. Yesterday, 65 mph winds blew the fire through containment lines into northwest Colorado Springs. Officials say it is exhibiting “extreme fire behavior.” Over 32,000 residents have been evacuated from the area so far. Colorado Springs reached a record 101 degrees yesterday and these conditions are expected to continue.

    Egypt’s new president to pick woman, Christian VPs, http://bit.ly/MwmMIR
    Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, plans to appoint a female vice president. This will be the first time in Egyptian history that a woman will take hold this position. Morsi had wanted to ban women from the presidency, but before the election, he ran on a platform of protecting and promoting women’s rights.

    Senate Agreement on Student Loans, http://bre.ad/19x7zb
    Senate Republican and Democrat leaders finally reached a $6.7 billion compromise yesterday to extend the current 3.4% interest rate for subsidized Stafford loans. $5.5 billion would come from how private pension interest payments are calculated and from higher premiums for companies participating in the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation. The other $1.2 billion would come from limiting how long a student could receive Stafford loans to 150 percent of the average time it takes to complete a degree (there is currently no limit). The agreement puts pressure on House Republicans to affirm the plan before July 1st.

    CULTURAL:

    Writer And Director Nora Ephron Dead at 71, http://bre.ad/18tx9d

    Justin Bieber’s ‘Believe’ is year’s top-selling debut so far, http://bre.ad/187dt

    Robert Pattinson SHUT OUT of Justin Bieber and Katy Perry’s Party Bus, http://bit.ly/MpGrME

    BCS presidents approve four-team major college playoff, http://usat.ly/L1U1qf

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 1, 2011

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

    A civil war in Yemen is seeming more and more likely; 55 pounds of Sarah Palin’s e-mails are going straight to the media; Google messed up; and Coachella will bring more music to more ears. Also, if you’re going to the dentist soon, make sure your insurance covers Foreign Accent Syndrome.

    Maegan + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Tribesmen Seize Government Buildings in Sanaa, http://bit.ly/kO6pCj

    Rebellious tribesmen captured a number of Yemeni government buildings yesterday, including the headquarters of the party in power. 41 people died in yesterday’s fighting.

    State Prepares to Release Palin Emails, http://bit.ly/mizbsE

    At the request of several news organizations, Alaska will release 24,000 pages of Sarah Palin’s e-mails from when she was governor.

    A Curious Case of Foreign Accent Syndrome, http://n.pr/jBCU5w

    A woman, who may have suffered a small stroke after receiving anesthesia at a routine dentist appointment, has developed the incredibly rare “Foreign Accent Syndrome.” The syndrome is a neurological disorder that causes people to involuntarily speak with an accent. The woman likes her new accent, which she says is sort of British, Irish, and Eastern European. Another reported case notes a British woman who developed a Chinese accent after a migraine.

    Google Missed ‘Friend’ Thing, http://on.wsj.com/mfFfOP

    Former Google CEO, Eric Schmidt admitted yesterday that it was his fault Google missed the boat on utilizing social media.

    Barack Obama ’12: Not Such a Boys’ Club, http://politi.co/lkuwAk

    President Obama’s 2012 campaign has hired Juliana Smoot and Jen O’Malley Dillon to be its deputy campaign managers. Obama’s 2008 campaign consisted of mostly men, and some are decrying the two women’s hire as a stunt to make up for 2008′s gender gap. Others are saying that Smoot and O’Malley Dillon are merely the best in the campaign and fundraising games.

    Pentagon to Consider Cyberattacks Acts of War, http://nyti.ms/jfxZQy

    The Pentagon will reveal a plan for retaliation for cyberattacks. So far, the plan notes that cyberattacks from foreign countries can be considered “acts of war.” Larger details from the strategy have yet to be revealed.

    Twitter E-mails Congress Safety Tips, http://politi.co/kUhMsx

    Twitter’s Adam Sharp e-mailed congress some tips on how to keep Twitter accounts safe from hackers. Sharp’s e-mails comes four days after Rep. Anthony Weiner claimed that his Twitter account had been hacked, causing what some are now calling “Weinergate.”

    CULTURAL:

    Armstrong’s Lawyers Want Apology from ’60 Minutes,’ http://apne.ws/k4Dj1E

    Steve Martin Caught in $130,000 Art Forgery Flap over “Landscape with Horses” Painting, http://nyp.st/iqsosq

    Mitt Romney Admits that He’s a Twihard, http://bit.ly/iy1KoZ

    Lady Gaga’s “Born this Way” Highest Selling Album in 6 Years, http://bit.ly/mJtDmY

    It’s a Boy for Real Housewife Kim Zolciak, http://bit.ly/lxVOJ5

    Coachella Expanding to Two Weekends in 2012, http://bit.ly/lGoyFO

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 6, 2011

    Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

    The budget war wages on as the DNC gets a new chairwoman. Elsewhere, more students are being educated online and it’s causing a controversy over the motive behind the method, Bristol Palin makes bank for her nonprofit work advocating for teen abstinence, Facebook moves to a campus that will surely rival Google’s, Angelina Jolie’s new tat is causing a stir and everyone’s favorite Twilight stars could be headed for splits-ville.

    CRUCIAL:

    Budget Wars: Down to the Wirehttp://politi.co/i6zmxC

    Boehner discussed a possibility of $40 billion in cuts, a smaller number than ever before. President Obama has made it clear that he will not sign a stopgap bill until the 2011 budget has been resolved, meaning a government shutdown on Friday is still a possibility.

    Debbie Wasserman Schultz Will Be New DNC Chairhttp://abcn.ws/e2PQBn

    Joe Biden announced that Wasserman Schultz will replace the current chair Tim Kaine as he runs for Senate in Virginia. Wasserman Schultz will be “the first woman elected by the full membership to serve as chair” assuming she passed the election, which is considered “a formality.”

    Members to Limit Staff Furloughshttp://bit.ly/gVmIMu

    In the event that the government does shut down, many congressional leaders have said they will still report to work on Monday with their staff, and most hope not to furlough anyone. The effects of a shutdown would be felt throughout the capital, with even the tour guides worried about the outcome.

    More Pupils Are Learning Online, Fueling Debate on Qualityhttp://nyti.ms/eGoBM8

    There is much debate over whether online classes are beneficial for students or are simply a money saving technique. Being able to offer Chinese classes even when a school cannot afford a Chinese teacher is one example of how these classes can benefit students, but the ease of cheating and other factors that remain to be seen make some question the reason for online courses.

    Bristol Palin’s Nonprofit Paid Her Seven Times What it Spent on Actual Teen Pregnancy Prevention, http://bit.ly/haM6gs

    Bristol Palin was paid $262,500 in 2009 for her role at a nonprofit geared towards preventing teen pregnancy. Exuberant  amounts of money was also spent on ads, including one with “The Situation” of MTVs Jersey Shore. Minimal money went directly toward the cause of the nonprofit.

    Kristin Neff: Why We Should Stop Chasing Self Esteem and Start Developing Self Compassionhttp://huff.to/i9AXUz

    Neff explains how self esteem implies that one must think they are better than everyone else, but self compassion is what we should really be seeking. Self compassion leads individuals to love themselves  and “doesn’t demand that we evaluate ourselves positively or that we see ourselves as better than others. Rather, the positive emotions of self-compassion kick in exactly when self-esteem falls down; when we don’t meet our expectations or fail in some way.”

    A Corporate Campus Made to Mirror Facebookhttp://nyti.ms/hOBQKj

    Facebook will be making its new home outside of San Fransisco, in a 57 acre campus. The space is being modified to add bike paths and walking trails, as well as update the cafeterias and other parts of the existing space. The town of Menlo Park has a population of 30,000, and it expects that Facebook will draw a bigger crowd to the town, despite the fact that workers have little reason to leave the site given the services provided by Facebook.

    CULTURAL:

    Angelina Jolie caught in the middle of rough crowd in Tunisia: http://bit.ly/hZOI2t

    And her new tattoo sparks adoption rumors: http://aol.it/eFoMLv

    Darren Criss talks ‘Glee’ Reality Show, New Warblers Album, and Possible ‘Glee’ Spin-Off: http://bit.ly/fDUmI2

    Rumors of Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart breakup: http://bit.ly/g8YWXv

    Tiger Mom’s tactics work, daughter accepted to Harvard: http://bit.ly/guB0Ny

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

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