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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

    President Obama and French President Hollande talk global warming; China and Taiwan held their first meeting since the Civil War; and Nevada Government officials decide to no longer back the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. Meanwhile, Shirley Temple dies at 85 and the Duchess Kate Middleton makes fashion news for her trendy jeans.

    CRUCIAL 

    Obama, Hollande Talk Global Warming With Eyes Toward U.N. Summit: http://rtvote.com/1eQWHTM President Obama and French President Francois Hollande have made climate change one of their “four key themes” to discuss in their meetings this week in Washington, DC. President Hollande will be hosting the UN climate conference next year in Paris and both Presidents plan to focus on ambitious targets and outcomes from that summit. President Obama and President Hollande released a joint op-ed saying: “We continue to urge all nations to join us in pursuit of an ambitious and inclusive global agreement that reduces greenhouse gas emissions through concrete actions.”

    Shooting reported inside metro Atlanta supermarket:http://rtvote.com/1iLmHR6
    Two women were reportedly shot in an Atlanta Kroger supermarket on Monday afternoon. Both women have non-threating injuries and Kroger officials have also stated that no employees were hurt during this shooting. The store was evacuated during the shooting and is set to reopen at a later date. 

    China and Taiwan Hold First Official Talks Since Civil War:http://rtvote.com/1eR3rRv
    Can you believe it?! The representatives of Taiwan and China held their first meeting since 1949! Wang Yu-chi, the head of head of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council and Zhang Zhijun, the head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office met on Tuesday to improve and formalize communications between the two sides. The pair also discussed trade and Taiwan’s participation in regional economic agreements. Although this meeting isn’t expected to produce concrete results, the meeting stands as a symbolic development in ending the rivalry between the two sides.


    Nevada State Officials Stop Defending Same-Sex Marriage Ban In Appeal: http://rtvote.com/1iXvBdM
    The Governor and Attorney General offices of Nevada announced on Monday that the state will no longer uphold the amendment banning same-sex couples from marrying. Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto said on Monday that, “After thoughtful review and analysis, the State has determined that its arguments grounded upon equal protection and due process are no longer sustainable.” The recent decision made by Nevada government officials takes a dramatic turn in the Nevada fight for marriage equality and comes as a result to recent decisions from the 9thcircuit.  

    Christie bridge scandal: Recipients of 18 new subpoenas revealed:http://rtvote.com/1iLvzpW
    As a result of Governor Chris Christie’s “Bridge Gate”, the state legislature’s investigating committee will be issuing 18 subpoenas to Gov. Chris Christie’s office, his inner circle and officials at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. 

     

    CULTURAL

    Shirley Temple Dies at 85: http://rtvote.com/LSd9rs

    Soleil Moon Frye Gives Birth, Welcomes Baby Boy:http://rtvote.com/1en2rzY

    Kate Middleton Wears Go-To Navy Jeans in Mustique with Prince George: Get the Look! :http://rtvote.com/1bJ97st

    Well, Look Who Popped Up at Fashion Week!: http://rtvote.com/1lw9Sv3

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

    Tuesday, February 4th, 2014

    The race for the marriage equality in Virginia continues; Web companies release secret government data requests; a new winter storm is looming; and a restaurant’s customer leaves a $15,000 tip. Meanwhile, Olivia Newton John will be headlining a Vegas show; and Taylor Swift talks love.

    -Gianna + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Race on same-sex marriage cases runs through Virginia,http://rtvote.com/1ev4K8A
    The race for marriage equality is beginning to take a sharp turn in the commonwealth of Virginia. As lawsuits are filed on both sides on the issue, many are beginning to wonder if the Virginia fight for equal rights will land in the hands of the Supreme Court. Virginia’s new Attorney General, Mark R. Herring said recently that Virginia’s ban on gay marriage, which was voted on and approved by voters in 2006, is unconstitutional and cannot be defended. Although, many marriage equality cases in Virginia are moving quickly, none of the cases will reach a federal court during the current term and the cases have yet to reach an appellate court.

    Web companies give first look at secret government data requests,http://rtvote.com/1jbG7RW
    As of Monday, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, and Google have all released reports publishing details of government requested data. Microsoft’s General Counsel Brad Smith said on Monday that the information requested by the government is not as vast as many citizens have feared. “We have not received the type of bulk data requests that are commonly discussed publicly regarding telephone records,” Smith said. Smith goes on to cite media reports in regards to Snowden’s leaked documents and finishes his remarks by saying, “Despite the President’s reform efforts and our ability to publish more information, there has not yet been any public commitment by either the U.S. or other governments to renounce the attempted hacking of Internet companies; We believe the Constitution requires that our government seek information from American companies within the rule of law.”

    Restaurant customer leaves $15K for three waitresses, http://rtvote.com/1ipw60F
    Three waitresses were discussing student loans and dreams of completing school when one of their customers walked over and asked for their names. The customer was a God send: she gave each young woman $5,000 dollars. The unnamed customer told the waitresses,“I want you girls to take these to help with school and everything else in life.You put that in your pocket. God sent me here to help you.” What an amazing story and act of kindness!

    Bundle Up: Another Blast of Snow, Nasty Weather Moves In,  http://rtvote.com/1ipOmHd
    Punxsutawney Phil the groundhog was not kidding: there really will be more winter! Another storm is heading in this week after cold weather already caused a few issues on Monday. More than 100 million people in 24 states could be impacted by this week’s looming winter storm. The forecast is said to stretch from the Great Plains to southern New England blanketing parts of the Midwest with up to a foot of snow on Wednesday. Stay warm everyone! 

     

    CULTURAL

    Olivia Newton-John headlining Vegas show, http://rtvote.com/1aZlPbM

    William ‘Bunny Rugs’ Clarke Dead: Lead Singer Of Third World Dies At Age 65, http://rtvote.com/1jbTr8V

    Barbara Walters Defends Woody Allen, Fights With Sherri Shepherd on The View, http://rtvote.com/MXpYlR

    Taylor Swift Talks Love: “Never Give Anyone An Excuse to Say You’re Crazy, http://rtvote.com/1bnwwQ0

    Outkast, Soundgarden to play Sasquatch! Music Festival,http://rtvote.com/1jbVfPh

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: October 23, 2013

    Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

    Dead Boston Marathon suspect, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was allegedly involved in a triple slaying in 2001; a 14-year-old boy is arrested for a teacher’s murder; and this year’s increases in public university tuitions are the lowest they’ve been in three decades. Meanwhile, a man spends major bucks to look like J-Biebs, and Katharine McPhee is caught kissing a married man (uh oh!).

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Dead Boston Marathon suspect tied to 2011 killingshttp://rtvote.com/19v0suo
    Federal prosecutors have filed a report against 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombing suspect shot and killed by police. Authorities allege that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was involved in a triple slaying on September 11, 2011. The filing is prosecutors’ attempt to block Tamerlan’s younger brother, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, from obtaining certain information from authorities, like investigative documents on the triple slaying, also known as the Waltham slayings.

    Obama appeals to backers on health care lawhttp://rtvote.com/1fVgPpj
    President Obama reminds American citizens that the new health care program is “much more than a website.” There are many benefits, including young people being able to stay on their parents’ policies until age 26, the elimination of restrictions on coverage, and the provision of preventive care. The president admitted there are technical issues to overcome with healthcare.gov, but he assures the American people that these problems are being addressed as we speak.

    Colleges see a slowdown in tuition price increaseshttp://rtvote.com/19vd9Wg
    This year, four-year public universities in the U.S. have seen the smallest annual increase in three decades. Tuition and fees rose only 2.9%, but this was offset by recent declines in federal grant aid. Low tuition increases are a reason to rejoice, but don’t expect to see much of this from now on. Economist Sandy Baum says that these small increases serve as reminders of the cyclical nature of price increases.

    Boy held in teacher’s death that closed schools in Danvers, Massachusettshttp://rtvote.com/1eJm2gU
    The body of Colleen Ritzer, a 24-year-old teacher, was found in the woods near Danvers High School in Massachussetts today. A 14-year-old boy was arrested and is being held for Ritzer’s murder. Authorities found the teacher’s body after she failed to return home yesterday; the boy was reported missing yesterday afternoon. Police cannot release the suspect’s name or his connection to Ritzer because of his juvenile status.

    Dolphins killed for shark bait in Peruhttp://rtvote.com/1fVmonK
    The cost of fish bait increases annually in Peru, so shark fishermen have resorted to using dolphins as shark bait. This practice is outlawed in Peru, but that isn’t stopping them. The Peruvian government has promised to investigate whether this is a widespread practice and will take measures if so. More than 10,000 dolphins are being slaughtered every year in Peruvian waters. Shark meat is predominantly consumed in Peru, but the fins are oftentimes shipped to the Far East as well.
     

    PUNDITS 

    James Alan Fox stresses the importance of safer gun policies and technologies in “Nevada school shooting shows limits of security,”http://rtvote.com/1gFegsQ

    Julian Zelizer applauds the gay rights movement for focusing on the marriage issue to garner political support in “Chris Christie ahead of the GOP curve on same-sex marriage,” http://rtvote.com/1eJsh4p

    CULTURAL

    Man Spends $100,000 to Look Like Justin Bieber, http://rtvote.com/1gFfTH1

    Katharine McPhee Caught Kissing Married Smash Director Michael Morris, http://rtvote.com/1eJsS5U

    Rider Strong Marries Alexandra Barreto, http://rtvote.com/1gFgAzX

    Danielle Fishel Slams Critics Calling Her Fat On Wedding Day, http://rtvote.com/1gFgFDU

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-up: Tuesday, July 9 2013

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

    The U.S. considers speeding up the removal of Afghan forces; victims stuck in limbo after Asiana Airlines crash-landing on Saturday; Egypt’s interim president names a new prime minister and vice president; confusion over Edward Snowden’s asylum offers increase after a tweet; Ohio kidnapping victims speak out for the first time; New Yorkers ponder forgiveness for Eliot Spitzer; and the ACLU challenges PA same-sex marriage ban. Meanwhile, Amanda Bynes wears a blue wig in court; Elton John gets appendicitis; leaked Selena Gomez track includes Bieber voicemail; and Pink receives a twitter threat.

    - Maura

    CRUCIAL
    U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistanhttp://rtvote.com/150hU6z
    President Obama is considering speeding up the removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after becoming increasingly frustrated in his dealings with President Hamid Karzai.  The Obama Administration has been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a “residual force” behind. The relationship between the Administration and Karzai began to unravel last month after an effort by the U.S. to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.

    Stuck in Limbo After San Francisco Crashhttp://rtvote.com/150j3Ln
    Tao Liu was one of 5 Chinese teachers who accompanied 29 students from Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province of China, on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crash-landed on July 6. Two of her students were killed in the crash.  Many of the surviving students are in limbo having lost their passports and other important belongings in the crash.

    Egypt’s interim president names new prime minister, vice president,http://rtvote.com/12jlpGX
    One day after security forces gunned down more than 50 of ousted president Mhamed Morsi’s supporters, the interim President Adly Mansour has named a new prime minister and vice president of Egypt. On Tuesday, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, chief of Egypt’s armed forces, told the nation that the new president’s constitutional declaration & road map for elections and a new charter provided “more than enough assurance” that the country was moving in the right direction.

    Confusion over Edward Snowden acceptance of Venezuela offer,http://rtvote.com/150suKQ
    Rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden increased on Tuesday when a Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden accepted an offer to Venezuela for asylum.  The tweet was removed and then replaced with a message that said the claim was based on a report from the state all-news television channel Vesti.

    ‘Thank you:’ Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out for the first time,http://rtvote.com/150uxyz
    For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the three women rescued from Cleveland, Ohio talk about being held captive for over a decade.  Amanda Berry (abducted in 2003 and now has 6 year old daughter who was born during her captivity), Gina DeJesus (kidnapped in 2004), and Michelle Knight  (abducted in 2002) released a YouTube video thanking everyone who has supported them since they were freed.

    Spitzer again makes New Yorkers ponder forgivenesshttp://rtvote.com/150vCGE
    Eliot Spitzer who resigned from New York’s top job in 2008 after it was revealed he patronized prostitutes, announced Sunday he would run for comptroller (the city’s top financial officer). This announcement is only two months after Anthony Weiner, a former NY Congressman who resigned after texting lewd photos of himself to women, joined the race for mayor.  Spitzer said Monday that the public will have to ask itself “Can we forgive him?…I hope the public says yes.”

    Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Faces ACLU Challengehttp://rtvote.com/150xteC 
    Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is bringing that decision to the state level.  The group is filing a lawsuit against PA’s same-sex marriage ban. Twenty-three plaintiffs will be part of the lawsuit challenging the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 

    CULTURAL
    Amanda Bynes Criminal Case For Bong Incident Delayed To Later Date,http://rtvote.com/150yUd5

    Selena Gomez’s ‘Love Will Remember’ Track Leaks With Supposed Justin Bieber Voicemail, http://rtvote.com/150yS4X

    Elton John Postpones Tour Due to Appendicitis, http://rtvote.com/150zhV2

    Pink Bomb Scare: Australian Teen Arrested After Tweeting Alleged Threat at Singer’s Melbourne Concert, http://rtvote.com/18KXVhI

    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 28, 2013

    Friday, June 28th, 2013

    The U.S. Senate passes immigration reform bill; Ex-Pentagon general is the target of a new cyber attack leak investigation; former NFL player, Aaron Hernandez, is linked to two more murders; the U.S. Army restricts access to The Guardian after they leaked classified information on NSA data collection; Chris Christie says he will veto same-sex marriage bill; the president of Chick-fil-A tweets criticism of Supreme Court Ruling on DOMA; and the UK works on creating 3-parent babies. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato talks about nightmares she still has about being bullied as a child, and Alec Baldwin quits Twitter after defending his wife in her latest rant.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Senate Immigration Reform Bill Passes With Strong Majority, http://rtvote.com/17HwrK6
    The U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill Thursday. The bill if it were to pass through the House would grant citizenship to about 11 million undocumented immigrants. The bill passed 68 to 32 in the Senate.

    Ex-Pentagon general target of leak investigation, sources say, http://rtvote.com/11NylVb
    The Justice Department is undergoing an investigation into a leak of classified information about a clandestine U.S. cyber attack on Iran’s nuclear program. Retired Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, former vice chairmen of the Join Chiefs of Staff, has received a target letter informing him of the investigation regarding the leak under his watch. He is the ninth individual to be targeted by the Obama administration for violating the Espionage Act.

    Former Patriots player Aaron Hernandez is probed in two more murders, law enforcement officials say, http://rtvote.com/18kyEuw
    Aaron Hernandez, the former Patriots player charged with murdering friend Odin Lloyd, has been recently linked to two more murders. Officials are investigating the case of a double murder of Daniel Abreu and Safiro Furtado, who were killed in a North Attleborough industrial park June 17. Officials claim that Odin Lloyd may have been able to provide information on this investigation regarding Hernandez’s potential role in the murder.

    Restricted web access to The Guardian is Armywide, officials say, http://rtvote.com/14CaWoi
    The U.S. Army admitted Thursday to restricting access to The Guardian news website. The restriction of access was in response to The Guardian leaking stories on data collection by the NSA. The Army is calling the restriction “network hygiene.”

    Chris Christie says he would still veto gay marriage bill, http://rtvote.com/18kCa83
    Governor Chris Christie said he would veto a same-sex marriage bill if it ever reached his desk. He claims the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday, striking down a ban on federal benefits for same-sex married couples, will have no effect on New Jersey, a state where civil unions already exist. He stands with the idea that we should “let the people decide,” instead of the federal government ruling for them.

    Chick-fil-A CEO: ‘Founding Fathers Would Be Ashamed’ Of Supreme Court Ruling, http://rtvote.com/14CcQoY
    The president of Chick-fil-A Dan Cathy tweeted a message in opposition to the Supreme Court ruling on DOMA Wednesday. He tweeted: “Sad day for our nation; founding fathers would be ashamed of our gen. to abandon wisdom of the ages re: cornerstone of strong societies.” The tweet was later deleted. Chick-fil-A has refused to comment on the statement, claiming that they are “leaving political decisions and discussions to others” and focusing on running their business.

    U.K. may OK creating babies with DNA from 3 people, http://rtvote.com/14Cc7UC
    Britain is on its way to allowing the creation of babies using DNA from three people. This controversial medical technique would prevent passing on rare genetic diseases and disorders to their children. For instance, in Britain one in every 200 babies is born with a mitochondrial disorder from faulty mitochondria in the mothers’ eggs. Some similar research is also taking place in the U.S., but the embryos are not yet being used to produce offspring.

    CULTURAL:

    Have a Nice Visit; Come Save Us Again, http://rtvote.com/14Ce0Rc

    Demi Lovato Still Has “Nightmares” About the Childhood Bullying She Endured, http://rtvote.com/11NDFYD

    The Real Housewives of New Jersey Sneak Peek: Teresa and Rosie Get Into an Explosive Fight, http://rtvote.com/11NDMU8

    Channing Tatum Talks to Chelsea Handler About Witnessing Birth of Baby Daughter: “Men Are Useless”, http://rtvote.com/11NDPza

    Alec Baldwin Quits Twitter Again After Defending Wife Hilaria in Latest Rant, http://rtvote.com/14CfOcR

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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