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    NEWS ROUND-UP: FRIDAY, APRIL 18th, 2014

    Friday, April 18th, 2014

    In today’s news, prosecutors seek justice against captain of capsized South Korean ferry; the White House announces 8 million healthcare registrations; a Mount Everest avalanche kills 12; and Chelsea Clinton officially announces that she is expecting her first child. Meanwhile, Lindsay Lohan opens up on Watch What Happens Live; Victoria Beckham posts a cozy 40th birthday photo with her hubby; and Idris Elba welcomes a baby boy.

    - Austin + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Chelsea Clinton Announces Child on the Way http://rtvote.com/1f2a4xQ
    Yup, it’s true! Chelsea Clinton, only daughter to former President Bill Clinton and Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton, is expecting a child with husband Marc Mazvinsky. She said “I certainly feel all the better, whether it’s a girl or a boy, that she or he will grow up in a world full of so many strong female leaders.” Both Bill and Hillary Clinton expressed their excitement via twitter.

    Prosecutors Seek Arrest for Captain of Capsized Ferry http://rtvote.com/1jd91xk
    After a South Korean ferry transporting high school students capsized on Tuesday, prosecutors are seeking criminal charges against Captain Lee Jun-seok. Jun-seok has been accused of abandoning the ship prematurely. In what is fast becoming one of South Korea’s worst tragedies in decades, 28 deaths were confirmed and 268 were unaccounted for as of Friday, April 18th.

    Obama Announces 8M Enrollments Through Health Exchange http://rtvote.com/1f2aHaL
    The Obama administration is now claiming the open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act a success. In a press conference yesterday, President Obama announced that more than 8 million people have registered for health insurance through the exchange. Of those, 35% are in the critical 18-35 age group needed for the law’s success. Republican leaders responded to yesterday’s announcement by challenging the President to release numbers of the newly insured (the report includes individuals who were previously insured and switched policies through the exchange).

    12 Killed in Mt. Everest Avalanche http://rtvote.com/1jd9saX
    An unexpected avalanche early Friday morning killed at least 12 Nepalese guides and left 3 missing. The guides were stationed at “Camp 2,” located at 17,380 feet, and had left early in the morning to fasten ropes for hundreds of climbers. Agence France-Presse is calling it one of the deadliest avalanches to strike the mountain in recent history.

    Deal Reached to Ease Tension in Ukraine http://rtvote.com/1lfRV3b
    After weeks of tension, Eastern Ukraine is moving to scale down tensions in the region. The Geneva agreement, the result of a six-hour meeting between officials from Ukraine, the U.S., the European Union, and Russia, calls for illegal armed groups to disarm themselves and vacate occupied buildings in Eastern Ukraine. The agreement, however, is noteworthy for what it does not include. The agreement fails to require Russia to remove its troops from the region and does not address the recent Russian annexation of Crimea, which many in the West have yet to acknowledge as legitimate.

    CULTURAL

    Victoria Beckham Gets Cozy With Shirtless David Beckham on Her 40th Birthday, http://rtvote.com/RuW4rl

    Lindsay Lohan Defends Her Mom Dina, Explains Coachella Partying and More on Watch What Happens Live, http://rtvote.com/1hThvfJ

    Casting the Magic Mike Sequel: Ryan Gosling, Zac Efron, Taye Diggs and More!, http://rtvote.com/1lgd8Ks

    Idris Elba Welcomes Baby Winston, http://rtvote.com/RuWFtl

    austin@rockthevote.com
    Bio:
    @austin_estes
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    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
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    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