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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, February 12, 2014

    Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

    Another massive snowstorm hammers the East; a package bomb kills a former lawyer; Tom Brokaw reveals some shocking news; and a sinkhole opens up at a museum. Meanwhile, Eva Mendes talks Ryan Gosling; Taylor Swift goes through some major hair changes; Shia LaBeouf makes headlines; and a special dinner was held at the White House last night: see the pics! 

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Ice hits South, Northeast is next: http://rtvote.com/1bMy1ro
    Thousands of people are without power as a massive ice and snow storm moves up the East Coast. States including Georgia and Alabama have been pelted by ice. The storm is supposed to drop 4 to 8 inches of snow on Washington, DC and 6 to 10 inches expected in New York City. Transportation has been greatly affected; Amtrak suspended some rail services on Wednesday and more than 2,600 flights have been cancelled. Five people have reportedly been killed due to weather-related accidents.

    Package bomb kills lawyer: http://rtvote.com/1ntYVcO
    John Setzer of Lebanon, Tennessee was killed on Monday after a package exploded in his face. His wife was seriously injured. Setzer was a retired lawyer and pastor, according to his law partner. Neighbors were shocked and are now terrified to look in their mailboxes, even though police officers checked everyone’s during the investigation of the Setzer case. An $8,000 reward will be given to anyone with information about this attack.

    Tom Brokaw says he has cancer: http://rtvote.com/1cwdd7x
    Tom Brokhaw, the former NBC Nightly News anchor is being treated for cancer. Brokhaw, 74, has been diagnosed with “multiple myeloma, a cancer affecting blood cells in the bone marrow” back in August. Doctors are optimistic due to the progress he is making, even though the cancer is serious.

    November trial date set in Boston bombing: http://rtvote.com/1cwf3oO
    The trial date for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the only living suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, has been set for November 3rd. Prosecutors have proposed that Tsarnaev face the death penalty if he is found guilty. The trial is expected to last twelve weeks, and is being done a year earlier than what defense lawyers wanted. Tsarnaev, 20, has been accused (along with his now-deceased older brother) of setting up the bombs at the 2013 Boston Marathon that killed three and injured more than 260 others.

    Sinkhole swallows 8 cars at museum: http://rtvote.com/1eQe4pt
    The National Corvette Museum in Kentucky lost eight of its vintage cars to a sinkhole Wednesday morning. When the police arrived, they found a sinkhole measuring 40 feet wide and 25-30 feet deep. Employees are trying to document which cars fell into the hole to assess the cost of damage. The museum will be open Wednesday, but the Sky Dome (the site of the sinkhole) will be off-limits to visitors.

    CULTURAL

    Sorry everyone: Ryan Gosling is still off the market: http://rtvote.com/ML8Zm2

    Taylor Swift chops off her hair: http://rtvote.com/1kBXDiE

    Julia Roberts’ half-sister found dead: http://rtvote.com/1nu42JK

    What is up with Shia LaBeouf? http://rtvote.com/1eU9STU 

    See the best pics from last night’s State Dinner: http://rtvote.com/1bMGeeU

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, March 22, 2013

    Friday, March 22nd, 2013

    Three die at a Marine base shooting; Obama travels to Jordan on his last stop in the Middle East; Myanmar riots increase fears of widening sectarian violence; and Colorado legalizes same-sex civil unions. Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling takes an acting break, and John Mayer announces his first tour in three years.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Marine base shooting an apparent double murder-suicide, http://cbsn.ws/YJCEui
    Three were killed at Virginia’s Quantico Marine Corps Base Thursday night when a Marine shot a male and female colleague before shooting himself. Authorities have yet to uncover a motive behind the incident, but base commander David Maxwell said a “very lengthy” investigation will ensue. Victims’ names have not been released, but all three were staff members at the base’s Officer Candidates School.

    Obama to shore up ally Jordan on last stop in Mideast, http://reut.rs/WEZEOx
    President Obama will fly to Jordan on Friday after wrapping up the final day of his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. In Jordan, a key American ally in the Middle East, Obama and King Abdullah are expected to discuss civil war in Syria and prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Obama hopes to reassure Jordan of America’s support as the nation deals with an influx of neighboring Syria’s refugees and handles the “Arab Spring” fallout. Jordan is also one of just two Arab states, the other being Egypt, that has signed peace treaties with Israel, and could be a potential American partner in leading Israeli-Palestinean peace talks.

    Colorado Law Allows Same-Sex Civil Unions in ‘Hate State’, http://bloom.bg/10q70Xr
    Colorado passed legislation on Thursday legalizing same-sex civil unions, becoming the 15th state to recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions. The law marks a dramatic departure for Colorado from its reputation as the “hate state,” a label it gained in 1992 when voters passed a constitutional amendment banning local ordinances to protect gay rights. “The gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community is part of all of us,” Colorado Governor and Democrat John Hickenlooper said. “There’s no excuse that people shouldn’t have the same rights.” Advocates are expected to continue pushing for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

    Saturday Postal Pullback in Limbo, http://on.wsj.com/Z8WmQg
    The U.S Postal Service says it wants to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting this summer in an effort to offset its financial struggles, sparking disagreement in Congress over a mandate requiring the postal service to deliver mail six days a week. A bill on government spending for the remainder of the 2013 year includes the same six-day mandate that has stood for thirty years, and is expected to pass in Congress. But some Senate Republicans are pushing to change the bill and drop the mandate, allowing the postal service, which dealt with almost $16 billion in losses last year, to stop delivering six days. The postal service is prepared for a showdown if Congress does not drop the mandate.

    Obama in Israel: ‘The Holocaust will never happen again’, http://politi.co/10sqdHS
    President Obama visited Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, on Friday, the last day of his visit to the country, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. The president visited the museum’s memorial site dedicated to the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust and delivered a speech at a service held by the museum. “Here on your ancient land, let it be said for all the world to hear,” the president remarked. “The state of Israel does not exist because of the Holocaust, but in the survival of a strong Jewish state of Israel the Holocaust will never happen again.”

    Myanmar riots stroke fears of widening sectarian violence, http://reut.rs/ZQvJSJ
    Myanmar has declared a state of emergency and martial law in four central townships in response to riots between Buddhists and Muslims that broke out on Wednesday. Twenty have been killed and dozens wounded amidst the riots, and two camps have been set up to hold over 2,000 displaced by fighting. Asia’s newest Democratic country, Myanmar became free from 49 years of military rule in 2011, but ethnic conflicts have plagued the nation ever since. Last year, 110 were killed and 110,00 left homeless after conflict between Buddhists and Muslims broke out in western Myanmar.

    CULTURAL: 

    Ryan Gosling On Taking a Break, http://huff.to/14cejFs

    Lindsay Vonn: Tiger Wood’s Past Doesn’t Freak Me Out, http://bit.ly/ZO8p8b

    John Mayer Announces First Tour in 3 Years, http://bit.ly/16MgRtp

    Lil Wayne: I’m More Than Good After Hospitalization for Seizure, http://eonli.ne/ZZNs8L

    Liza Dee
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Tuesday, January 15th, 2013

    Lance Armstrong admits to doping; Pakistan’s Supreme Court orders the arrest of the prime minister; a woman crashes a stolen train into a Swedish apartment building; New York passes a deal for stricter gun laws; and Wal-Mart announces a veteran hiring program. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga’s bus tour starts today, and Kim Kardashian talks struggling with infertility.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Armstrong Admits Doping, and Says He Will Testify, http://rtvote.com/13zjGwu
    In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Monday, Lance Armstrong admitted to doping. “We were mesmerized and riveted” said Winfrey about Armstrong’s answers. “He did not come clean in the manner I was expecting.” The former champion cyclist will testify against cycling officials who were aware of his doping. Armstrong also told Winfrey that he admitted his drug use to staff of his charity, Livestrong, and personally called other cyclists to apologize. The interview will air in two parts this Thursday and Friday.

    Pakistan top court orders PM arrest, http://rtvote.com/13zlMMF
    Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of the country’s Prime Minister, Raja Pervez Ashraf, on Tuesday. The court alleges that Ashraf “violated the principle of transparency” when working on contracts for the purchase of power plants for the government as a federal minister. Authorities have 24 hours to arrest Ashraf and 16 others in connection with the case. In Islamabad, Pakistan’s capital, populist cleric Muhammad Tahirul Qadri organized protests calling for reforms.

    France steps up Mali operation, Africans try to catch up, http://rtvote.com/13zowd1
    French forces bombed the Mali town of Diabaly, which is believed to be under Islamic militant control, on Monday night. French President Francois Hollande said the bomb attacks “hit their targets” and the “deployment of forces on the ground and in the air” will continue. West African defense chiefs will meet in Bamako on Tuesday to quickly deploy 3,300 African troops to Mali. Senegal, Burkina Faso, Niger, Nigeria, and Guinea have offered to send troops to defend the Mali government, although Nigeria has cautioned about deploying troops too quickly. The U.S. has also pledged to support the Mali government.

    STOLEN TRAIN CRASHES INTO BUILDING IN SWEDEN, http://rtvote.com/13zqQAH
    A Swedish woman stole a four-car commuter train in Stockholm Tuesday morning, driving and crashing it into an apartment building in the suburbs. Police say the woman has been seriously injured, while no one in the apartment building was hurt. Police spokesman Lars Bystrom said the woman is being held for endangering the public and that her motives are unknown. The suspect was born in 1990 and worked for a company contracted to clean for the train operator.

    Wal-Mart Plans to Hire Any Veteran Who Wants a Job, http://rtvote.com/13zrQov
    Wal-Mart will announce Tuesday that it will hire any veteran who needs a job as long as they left the military the year before and were not dishonorably discharged. The program will launch on Memorial Day and will be one of the nation’s biggest hiring commitments for veterans in history. First Lady Michelle Obama has called the superstore’s new program “historic” and that she will work to persuade other corporations to implement something similar. Wal-mart says the commitment will create 100,000 new jobs for veterans in the next five years.

    Gun bill: Ball takes shot at Cuomo, Assembly goes home, http://rtvote.com/W8q6wV
    New York state legislators and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have reached a deal regarding gun control, including expanding the state’s assault weapons ban and further restrictions that keep guns away from the mentally ill. New York’s Senate, which has a Republican majority, passed the deal Monday night. The support came from legislators from New York City and Long Island. No Republicans from upstate New York voted for the deal, which will go to the Assembly Tuesday. Nationally, President Obama will most likely support an executive order to expand background checks on gun purchasers.

    Alex Williams explores the difficulty of Millennials transitioning from a technology-fuled “hook-up-culture” in “The End of Courtship,” http://rtvote.com/13zvWNp

    CULTURAL:

    Anna Kendrick’s Ryan Gosling Tweet Should Flatter The Actor, We Think, http://rtvote.com/W8A1m5

    Lady Gaga Pulls Born This Way Ball Into Tacoma For First U.S. Tour Stop, http://rtvote.com/W8GrSd

    Pregnant Kim Kardashian Struggled With Infertility, Talks Kris Humphries Divorce and Marrying Kanye West,http://rtvote.com/W8GzBf

    Bradley Cooper denies dating J. Law: I could be her father, http://rtvote.com/13zxzuA

    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: Tuesday, June 19, 2012

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

    Obama and Putin discuss the conflict in Syria; Walgreens buys a UK drugstore chain; and three Democratic leaders will skip the DNC. In other news, Microsoft unveils its Surface tablet, and Roger Clemens is found not guilty in his steroids case.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama and Putin urge end to Syria violence, http://aje.me/Lw9e2g
    After the Group of 20 Summit yesterday, President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, both called for an “immediate” end to the violence in Syria. Another 94 deaths have been added to the 14,000-plus lives already claimed in Syria’s conflict. Putin refused to support the U.S. and U.N.’s efforts to persuade Syrian president Bashar al-Assad to step down from power.

    Walgreens to Buy 45% Stake in Boots for $6.7 Billion, http://bloom.bg/LBM9Xi
    Walgreens, America’s largest drugstore chain, is making its mark in the international market. The company just agreed to pay $6.7 billion for a 45 percent stake in the United Kingdom’s Alliance Boots pharmacy chain. It will have the option to gain full control of Boots drugstores in about three years.

    Manchin, Tomblin, Rahall to skip DNC, http://bit.ly/Kxh0rW
    Three Democratic leaders from West Virginia will not be attending the Democratic National Convention in September. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, Sen. Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall made their decision to stay home amid pressure from state Republican leaders who have called on the Democratic incumbents to declare whether or not they publicly support Obama. All three Democrats face tough re-election battles from these GOP leaders.

    CULTURAL:

    Microsoft unveils Surface tablet to rival iPad, http://cnnmon.ie/LivOKo
    Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled the Surface, a PC tablet that runs the yet-to-be released Windows 8. Surface features a 10.6 inch high-definition touchscreen and front and rear facing cameras, which all fit into a 1.5-pound frame. The device’s cover is magnetic, similar to the iPad’s, but does something more: it flips down to become a full keyboard. It also features a pen that clicks into the tablet and a built-in kickstand.

    Hilary Duff Sued, Accused of Wreaking Range Rover Havoc, http://bit.ly/NLMhcG

    Roger Clemens NOT GUILTY in Steroids Case, http://bit.ly/NMGYsc

    It’s Official: Arsenio Hall Returning to TV With Late-Night Talk Show, http://bit.ly/MaFaFl

    Watch a young Ryan Gosling tear up the dance floor, http://on-msn.com/KhSi9Y

    ‘Hangover 2′ WB Crushes Louis Vuitton in Luggage War, http://bit.ly/KQFCZb

     

    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, APRIL 4, 2012

    Wednesday, April 4th, 2012

    Yahoo will layoff 14 percent of the company; Romney sweeps yesterday’s primaries; 30 people are pepper-sprayed at a Santa Monica College protest; a string of tornadoes hits Texas; a blast at a theater in Somalia kills several Somali sports officials; and the violence in Syria continues despite upcoming cease-fire demands. Meanwhile, Dumb and Dumber 2 is set to film with the original leading cast; Baylor wins the NCAA Women’s National Championship; and Ryan Gosling saves a woman from a potential taxi accident.

    Kelly H. + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    30 people pepper-sprayed at Santa Monica College course fees protest, http://on.msnbc.com/HgyIvs
    Police pepper-sprayed 30 people as students tried to overtake a Santa Monica College trustee board meeting in protest over proposed course fee increases. So far only minor injuries have been reported, with five people seeking further treatment from the spraying. Amid chants of “let us in, let us in,” and “no cuts, no fee, education should be free,” police were said to have released the spray within arm’s length of their targets. The board meeting was scheduled to discuss a highly contested tiered payment program. Students and faculty complain that the program would make basic courses during in-demand summer terms almost four times as expensive.

    Tornado-Wrecked Dallas Begins Assessing Damage, http://n.pr/HTN0ng
    Videos of violently soaring tractor trailers 100 feet in the air are now flooding local weather channels, but residents of Dallas, Texas are relieved that there have been no reported deaths after devastating tornadoes made their way to Fort Worth yesterday. The National Weather Service reports that almost a dozen twisters touched down in the area. Though there is no death toll, and only a few reports of injury, thousands have been left without power and about 650 homes have been seriously damaged. The Weather Channel has issued warnings for most of the Southeast, highlighting parts of Texas, northern Florida, Kansas, and Virginia.

    Somalia sports officials killed in theatre bombing, http://bbc.in/HZ7Mym
    A blast struck a newly re-opened national theatre in Mogadishu, Somalia, killing seven members of Somalia’s Olympic committee and football heads. The militant al-Shabab group has claimed responsibility for the bombing. Somali Prime Minister Abdiweli Mohamed Ali was also subject to the blast, but he has not reported injuries. The president of the Somali Olympic Committee and Somali Football Federation chief were both killed. The group had gathered at the theatre to celebrate the first anniversary of Somalia’s national television station.

    Violence as Syrian gov’t claims troop pullout, http://cbsn.ws/HTmmMm
    Even though the Syrian government announced it would withdraw troops from some cities in accordance with an international demand for cease-fire, explosions still continued across Homs as more clashes were reported. Syrian troops have been spotted carrying out raids and arrests in the suburbs of the Damascus capital. A Syrian government official stated Tuesday evening that Syrian troops had started pulling out from “calm” cities and were headed back to their bases. The announcement of the pull-out started a week ahead of a deadline given by the U.N.-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan. Annan’s plan requires regime forces to withdraw from towns and cities and observe a cease-fire by April 10, with rebel fighters immediately following the same action.

    Romney Adds 3 Victories and Clashes With Obama, http://nyti.ms/HmvXWI
    Mitt Romney swept the primary contest yesterday, winning Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia. However, news experts were more intrigued by the words exchanged between Romney’s campaign and President Obama. At a meeting in Washington, President Obama mocked Romney for using the word “marvelous” to describe a proposed budget, and Romney ripped into Obama, saying “President Obama thinks he’s doing a good job — I’m not kidding.” Among Romney’s wins, Wisconsin seemed the most notable since Romney was able to garner the more conservative voters that align with candidate Rick Santorum, namely evangelical Christians. Santorum said he would continue campaigning in the upcoming primaries, looking ahead to his home state of Pennsylvania on April 24.

    (via Yahoo News) Santorum says GOP contest only at halftime: Republican Rick Santorum said Tuesday night his presidential campaign would continue despite triple losses to rival Mitt Romney in primaries in Wisconsin, Maryland and the District of Columbia.”There are no marching bands. We’re hitting the field. The clock starts tonight,” Santorum told a sparsely attended election night party outside Pittsburgh. Santorum said the GOP contest had only reached halftime, with half of the 1,144 delegates needed for the nomination having been selected. However, The Associated Press count of delegates showed Romney leading the race for delegates with at least 646 delegates. Santorum had just 272. Santorum’s defiance did little to mask his poor showing Tuesday, particularly in Wisconsin, where he campaigned heavily for several days and where an allied independent group spent nearly $900,000 on television ads. Exit polls taken for the AP and the television networks found Romney winning blue-collar and very conservative voters in Wisconsin, http://yhoo.it/HnFYCs

    Yahoo Announces Layoffs: 2,000 Jobs Cut, http://huff.to/Hq1LcS
    As new CEO Scott Thompson settles in, Yahoo is laying off 2,000 employees, which is about 14 percent of the company. The layoff is the sixth of its kind in the past four years. The last largest Yahoo layoff was only comprised of 1,500 workers in 2008. This layoff is projected to save Yahoo $375 million per year. Before coming to Yahoo, CEO Thompson ran online payment service PayPal.

    CULTURAL:

    ‘Dumb and Dumber 2′: Director says sequel filming this year, with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels, http://bit.ly/HbEzFl

    Olbermann: ‘I Screwed Up,’ But Current TV Had Problems, http://n.pr/HpWjXl

    Baylor Wins NCAA Women’s National Championship: Notre Dame Comes Up Short Again, http://huff.to/HLLnc3

    Brittney Griner taunts upset Baylor coach, http://bit.ly/Hg8cX1

    Mattel to Create Bald Barbie for Kids Dealing with Hair Loss, http://bit.ly/HXRLbN

    Breaking: Ryan Gosling Saves British Woman From Taxi Collision on 6th Ave, http://bit.ly/Hf1b4M

    Ryan Seacrest to Join NBC for Summer Olympics Coverage, http://eonli.ne/Hg2AHV

    Kutcher offends country stars at ACMA’s, http://thedc.com/HUrNaz

    Kelly Holleran
    Bio:

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