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    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 3, 2014

    Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

    Another shooting hits Fort Hood Military Base; a major aftershock in Chile causes massive evacuations; the US allegedly tried to undermine the Cuban government through the creation of a fake social media account; and a woman in Australia goes missing after being “taken” by a shark. Meanwhile, James Franco allegedly tried to meet up with a teenager via Instagram; a man arrested for trespassing on Selena Gomez’s property is sentenced; and Sarah Palin and “Vladimir Putin” have a phone conversation.

    - Veronica + Maura


    Fort Hood shooting spree: ‘Texans’ hearts are once again very heavy’: http://rtvote.com/1otWpcb
    Specialist Ivan Lopez went on a shooting spree Wednesday at Fort Hood Military Base in Killeen, Texas, wounding 16 and killing four others (including himself). All were army personnel. Lopez had had a history of depression, anxiety, and other psychological disorders. After his 4-month tour in Iraq, Lopez began to undergo treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. Lopez used his own gun in the shooting; it was not registered to the base, making it against the rules to have it on the base. In contrast to the 2010 Fort Hood shooting, authorities do not suspect that terrorism was the driving force behind Lopez’s actions.

    New evacuations in Chile after major aftershock: http://rtvote.com/PmTToC
    A 7.2 magnitude aftershock rocked the northern coast of Chile Wednesday night, just days after an 8.2 magnitude earthquake caused tsunamis and six deaths. After the 7.2 aftershock, the Chilean Emergency Office issued new tsunami warnings and subsequent evacuations of the entire Chilean coast, driving 900,000 people from their homes. Fortunately, no damage, deaths, or injuries have been reported after the aftershock, which is one of over a dozen that have hit Chile over the past few days. The aftershock was felt in Peru as well, once again leaving no damage or injuries in its wake.

    Crowd beats driver who stopped after hitting boy, 11: http://rtvote.com/1lqM7Fd
    On the East Side of Detroit, Michigan, a crowd beat a driver who hit an 11-year-old boy. The child was struck by the driver of a truck while trying to cross an intersection. The driver then got out of the car to check on the boy, at which point a crowd of approximately 30 people came to assist the child. Some members of the crowd then beat the driver, who sustained serious head injuries that could be life-threatening. The boy’s condition has not been released. Both the driver and the child were taken to the hospital.

    US secretly created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to stir unrest: http://rtvote.com/1k3eXhG
    US government official Joe McSpedon, a team of technology contractors, and the Agency for International Development had been planning to undermine the communist government in Cuba by creating a fake social media website. The “Cuban Twitter,” or ZunZuneo, would have breached the information restrictions and bans put in place by the Cuban government. At its peak, the account reached thousands of Cuban citizens, giving many access to information that had previously been denied to them. Due to the financing being linked to a Cayman Islands account, the United State’s name was never connected with the project’s development. Whether the program is legal or not is unclear.

    Woman ‘taken’ by large shark in Australia: http://rtvote.com/1mDUf57
    63-year-old lifeguard Christine Armstrong was swimming in Tathra, Australia with her husband and fellow lifeguards when she disappeared. She headed off to shore alone, leaving her friends in the water, but appeared to never make it. A witness told police that he saw an 11-foot shark attacking something in the water that looked like a swimmer. After an investigation, neither Armstrong nor the shark could be found. Armstrong’s husband and friends who were with her that day are being given counseling to cope.


    British Olympic diver Tom Daley discusses his sexuality: http://rtvote.com/1fOPOzE

    It’s Amanda Bynes’ birthday! Take a look back through her career: http://rtvote.com/1scN1cd 

    James Franco tried to pick up a teenage girl on Instagram: http://rtvote.com/1gqOpyG

    Get the latest details about the guy arrested for trespassing at Selena Gomez’s house: http://rtvote.com/1hkyi5W

    Sarah Palin and “Vladimir Putin” talk: see the video! http://rtvote.com/QIBT8Z

    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: October 14, 2013

    Monday, October 14th, 2013

    Protestors rallied against the shutdown and Obama yesterday; two popular sports supplements are strung with meth-like chemicals; and a U.S. citizen is found dead in an Egyptian prison. Meanwhile, Lauren Conrad is engaged, and Macaulay Culkin makes a rare public appearance, looking like a new man.

    -Sandy + Maura


    Spending Dispute Leaves a Senate Deal Elusivehttp://rtvote.com/192gSdv
    With just three days to go until we hit the debt deadline, there is still no deal to end the shutdown. Senate went into talks yesterday, and although Senate Majority leader Harry Reid and Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell described the meeting as “cordial”, there was still no agreement between the two parties. The main issues center on spending and how long a stopgap measure that would reopen the government should last. Democrats want sequestration to last only through mid-November, while Republicans want them for as long as possible. Negotiations continue, as the rest of the world cringes in fear at the possibility of a disastrous debt default.

    D.C. protestors wave Confederate flag, tell Obama to “put the Quran down”http://rtvote.com/1gePVd2
    Approximately 200 people gathered Sunday morning at D.C.’s World War II memorial to protest a number of grievances, ranging from the closing of the memorial to veterans, an extreme impeachment of President Obama, and the plight of the truckers. The protestors, amongst them Senator Ted Cruz, former Governor of Alaska Sarah Palin, and Republican Senator Mike Lee, participated in rally speeches, the waving of a Confederate flag, calling Obama a Muslim, and encouraging a peaceful uprising against the administration.

    Popular sports supplements contain meth-like compoundhttp://rtvote.com/1geRU1b
    Scientific tests in the U.S. and South Korea reveal that two popular sports supplements, Craze and Detonate, contain a methamphetamine-like compound that could cause health risks. Craze is a pre-workout powder made by Driven Sports. The company has issued repeated statements, protesting this accusation, but a top Driven Sports official, Matt Cahill, is a convicted felon with a long history of selling risky dietary supplements. Detonate, an “all-natural” weight loss supplement, is sold by Gaspari Nutrition.

    As Police Chased Leads About ‘Baby Hope,’ Those Who Knew Her Kept Quiethttp://rtvote.com/1elJpgg
    After 22 years, Baby Hope’s cold case seems to be coming to a close. The young girl’s real name is Anjelica Castillo, and the NYPD have arrested her cousin, Conrado Juarez, for sexually abusing and murdering Anjelica. At the time of the incident, she was living in a Queens apartment with seven other family members – none of whom ever spoke up about what had happened. Mr. Juarez’s lawyer, Michael J. Croce, said his client denied the charges and disputed his previous confession. Police are looking further into other sexual abuse allegations made against Juarez.

    Egypt: U.S. citizen found dead in prisonhttp://rtvote.com/1geXEb9
    American citizen James Lunn was arrested in August by Egyptian authorities for violating curfew. Lunn was in northern Sinai at the time, which has become a dangerous area since the overthrow of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in a July 3rd military coup. Military and security forces have been fighting Islamist militants in this area on a daily basis, and Lunn was arrested on August 27th after a car bomb had gone off near a police station. Authorities suspected him because he had a “computer and maps of vital installations” with him. Lunn was found hanging from a prison door yesterday. There have been allegations from other foreigners of inhuman conditions in Egyptian jails, but the U.S. Embassy in Cairo stated Lunn seemed in good condition when they visited him. The Embassy has ruled it an apparent suicide.


    Andrew Hammond discusses the catastrophic consequences that could result if the U.S. defaults on its debt in three days in “U.S. be warned: Default would cause global crisis,” http://rtvote.com/192uS74

    USA Today readers weigh in on the Army’s development of a program that aims to identify soldiers who are at risk of suicide in “New tactic to stop Army suicides: Your Say,” http://rtvote.com/192wKgj


    Lauren Conrad Is Engaged to William Tell, http://rtvote.com/1fxsrhX

    Macaulay Culkin Looks Happy and Healthy During Rare Public Appearance at New York Comic Con,http://rtvote.com/1fxsCdm

    Pharrell Williams and Helen Lasichanh Are Married, http://rtvote.com/1gf3SaT

    Buckingham Palace Arrest: Man Carrying Knife Nabbed Outside Gates, http://rtvote.com/1gf4n50


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


    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

    Skirmishes between the FDA and White House become more public; the US puts a bounty on the man responsible for the 2008 Mumbai attacks; the head of the General Services Administration has stepped down, and the new World Trade Center has risen to 100 floors. Also, Sarah Palin competes with Katie Couric for morning show viewers, and Levi Johnston will be a dad again.


    White House and the F.D.A. Often at Odds http://nyti.ms/HcDzxb
    During President Obama’s time in office, the White House and FDA have not always agreed. The White House is most concerned with the president’s portrayal during his reelection campaign while the FDA has prioritized with what they feel is sound science and smart policy. Examples of issues on which they have disagreed are the selling of over the counter contraceptives to minors and putting calorie totals on movie theater food. In both situations, the White House overruled the FDA.

    U.S. Offers $10 Million Reward for Pakistani Militant http://nyti.ms/HciLtF
    As a part of the Rewards for Justice program, the US State Department has handed out over $700 million since the 1980s to those who have helped them catch international criminals. Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistani who allegedly orchestrated the Mumbai attacks in 2008, is the most recent man to have an American bounty on his head. Anyone who helps capture Saeed stands to make $10 million, while catching his brother in law would garner $2 million. While the bounties will help US relations with India, they may increase tension with Pakistan.

    GSA chief resigns amid reports of excessive spending http://wapo.st/HQIRgn
    The General Services Administration is in a whole lot of hot water after financial reports from their Las Vegas convention were released. The GSA spent nearly $1 million of taxpayers’ dollars on a conference to help train 300 employees. The White House has been moving swiftly to fire and punish those involved in order to stay ahead of critics. While many Americans are struggling, the GSA spent freely on items like $7,000 sushi.

    New World Trade Center reaches 100 floors http://usat.ly/H9RIhY
    The New World Trade Center, which will be completed next year, has reached its100th floor. Right now, it is a mere feet away from surpassing the Empire State Building as the tallest building in New York City. Before 9/11, The Twin Towers were the tallest buildings in NYC. The memorial at the base of the building is already open, and Conde Nast and the China Center are both signed on to work in the building.


    Palin-Couric morning-show showdown a draw http://usat.ly/HNEYwa

    LEVI JOHNSTON: Gets Another Chick Pregnant http://bit.ly/HdwrkF

    Scotty McCreery Is Picking a College for Fall http://bit.ly/Hetdup

    RUSSELL BRAND TO KATY PERRY: You Can Have the House http://bit.ly/HFsPLF

    Kentucky Holds Off Kansas to Win Eighth National Title http://es.pn/HGTvqE
    Aaron Ghitelman

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, February 17, 2012

    Friday, February 17th, 2012

    Award-winning journalist Anthony Shadid dies in Syria; German President Christian Wulff resigns amidst scandal; the New Jersey Assembly passes the state’s controversial same-sex marriage bill; and the Obama campaign raises $29 million in January. Meanwhile, Sarah Palin deems herself Linsane; Nick Cannon will quit his radio show due to further health problems; and ‘The Colbert Report’ will resume taping next week.


    At Work in Syria, Times Correspondent Dies, http://nyti.ms/zU95IY
    Anthony Shadid, The New York Times’ Beirut bureau chief, died of an apparent asthma attack in Syria yesterday. Tyler Hicks, a photographer accompanying Shadid, carried his body across the border to Turkey. Shadid was one of the journalists reported missing in Libya. He was also the Baghdad bureau chief for The Washington Post before joining the cTimes. Shadid won the Pulitzer for his coverage of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2004 and its withdrawal in 2010.

    German president quits in scandal over favors,
    German President Christian Wulff is resigning over scandals where he allegedly received a loan from a wealthy businessman’s wife and benefits from a German producer while serving as governor of Lower Saxony. Parliament asked that Wulff’s immunity be lifted as German presidents usually act as moral authority for the country.

    Greece: Robbers raid Olympia museum, steal artifacts, http://bit.ly/ynmxQa
    Armed robbers tied and gagged a female guard at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia before stealing 68 small clay and brass statues and a gold ring. The museum is an especially important Greek institution as it is built on the site of the ancient Olympic games. The museum had recently downsized its staff, including its security guards. Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos has already submitted his resignation over the robbery.

    New Jersey assembly OKs gay marriage; veto awaits, http://reut.rs/A4Sjfr
    Three days after the New Jersey Senate approved a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, the state Assembly confirmed the vote 41 to 33. Republican Governor Chris Christie has promised to veto the bill, arguing that it should be decided by voters in a referendum. New Jersey Democrats have made the issue a top priority this year; however, they do not have enough voters to override Christie’s veto.

    Obama raises $29 million for campaign, Democratic Party in January; builds fundraising pace,http://wapo.st/xFtCfk
    President Obama announced on Twitter yesterday that his campaign raised $29.1 million in January. 98% of the donations were $250 or less. Obama has raised $250 million for his campaign so far, averaging $23 million a month in the last quarter of 2011. The $250 million was raised before President Obama decided to utilize his Super PAC for more fundraising.

    Shootout between federal agents kills 1, wounds 1, http://lat.ms/xNoC40
    At the Glenn M. Anderson Federal Building in Long Beach, CA, a federal immigration agent repeatedly opened fire on his supervisor before a third agent intervened and killed the gunman. The agent’s supervisor is being treated for injuries.


    SARAH PALIN: I’m Going LINSANE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, http://bit.ly/xjCOJe

    Whitney Houston funeral to be a star-studded event, http://bit.ly/wSeX1m

    Nick Cannon Quits Radio Show on Doctor’s Orders to Focus on Health: “Even Superman Has to Sleep,”http://eonli.ne/wEcBBP

    Janet Jackson in Talks to Become X Factor Judge, http://bit.ly/zdrIRq

    ‘Colbert Report’ Tapings Still Scheduled for Next Week — So Far, http://reut.rs/yMj9AZ

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


    Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

    In today’s news, the supercommittee’s super fail may help to trim the national debt; the UC Davis Chancellor apologizes for last week’s pepper-spray incident; and a California teenager gets 21 years for killing gay classmate. In entertainment news, ‘Breaking Dawn’ wedding dresses will be available in stores and Justin Bieber took a paternity test.

    Coral + Caitlin


    For Deficit Panel, Failure Cuts Two Ways, http://nyti.ms/vbc6i6
    The failure of the supercommittee to come up with a plan to reduce the government debt could result in a sharp reduction in annual federal deficits. Now, under an agreement reached earlier by Congress, cuts will begin in 2013 with at least half coming from defense spending. Plus the Bush tax cuts will expire in 2012, cutting the annual deficit in half when combined with the new cuts.

    Three Americans arrested in Cairo as unrest enters 4th day, http://wapo.st/roQltr
    Three Americans studying at the American University in Cairo have been arrested and accused of participating in violent demonstrations in the capitol’s Tahrir Square. The students were shown on Egyptian state television as proof that the protests have been led by foreign interference. The broadcast said the arrested Americans were accused of throwing flaming canisters at Egyptian security forces, part of what Egypt’s military generals are calling foreign efforts to stir the anti-government protests.

    Bank of America warned by regulators to get stronger, http://bit.ly/rTAKEV
    U.S. regulators have warned Bank of America that they need to become stronger or face public action. The bank has been working under a memorandum since May 2009 The memorandum, which is not public, identified governance, risk and liquidity management as problems that had to be fixed. Recently regulators warned the bank that if greater progress is not made, the secret movement could become a public action that would place greater restrictions on and bring new scrutiny to the bank.

    UC Davis chancellor apologizes for pepper-spray incident, http://lat.ms/u2dhcG
    On Monday, UC Davis Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi apologized to students for the pepper-spray incident that took place on Friday. However, students were not accepting of her apology, instead the students booed her. “I am here to apologize,” Katehi told a crowd of about 1,000 students. “I feel horrible for what happened.” She spoke shortly after some of the students who were sprayed had just described their ordeal. Katehi has put the campus police chief on administrative leave. Two officers involved in the spraying have also been put on paid leave.

    Sarah Palin Got Scolded by Roger Ailes for Not Announcing Her Non-Candidacy on Fox News, http://bit.ly/uV35a5
    Fox News has always been loyal to Sarah Palin, so when she decided to announce that she wouldn’t be running for president on another network, Fox chief Roger Ailes was so upset he considered pulling her off the air entirely. “I paid her for two years to make this announcement on my network,” Ailes allegedly told Bill Shine, Fox’s executive vice president and Palin’s main point of contact with the network.

    In plea deal, youth gets 21 years for killing gay teen, http://lat.ms/ulxS0z
    The California teenager who shot his gay classmate in the back of the head three years ago pleaded guilty Monday to second degree and voluntary manslaughter, which comes with a 21 year sentence. Brandon McInerney was only 14 when he killed Larry King in a school computer lab. An earlier trial had ended in a hung jury because some jurors felt the district attorney was being too harsh in trying McInerney as an adult.

    A Discipline Problem, http://on.wsj.com/tORKJ2
    Legendary and former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno battled repeatedly with the university’s former chief disciplinarian over how harshly to punish players who got into trouble. Paterno was so protective of his players that a school official once resigned in frustration when she tried to discipline them for poor behavior. The university’s standards and conducts officer, Vicky Triponey, resigned in 2007 after a meeting with Paterno to discuss the recent arrest of six football players for beating up other students. Other incidents include allowing a player to play in a bowl game that was being charged with sexual assault.

    UW will provide students with valid voting ID cards, http://bit.ly/vCcj0B
    On Monday, it was announced that the University of Wisconsin will be issuing voter IDs to students who need them for the upcoming election. A mass deputation organized by members of Student Council was also announced on Monday. The deputation was organized by Associated Students of Madison first year representative Colin Higgins and involved 13 students. These now-official special registration deputies will be able to register other students and community members to vote.


    John Boehner says, “‘I did everything possible’” http://usat.ly/tmPVTr

    Jonah Goldberg is, “Sizing up a Gingrich-Romney showdown” http://lat.ms/vQSUxR

    The Chicago Tribune describes, “An embarrassing failure to govern” http://trib.in/uHj7VI

    Richard Cohen believes, “Iowa GOP caucusers are the real elite” http://wapo.st/tyNSvv

    Gender inequality still has a starring role in Hollywood, USC study finds, http://lat.ms/rXb9rV

    Lil Wayne: Drake Selling 750,000 Not ‘A Problem’ http://on.mtv.com/s8MVUo

    ‘Breaking Dawn’ Official Replica Wedding Gown Available In Stores, http://on.mtv.com/ruSUeu

    Justin Bieber Takes Paternity Test: Report, http://bit.ly/v8J66G

    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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