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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 15, 2014

    Wednesday, January 15th, 2014

    The U.S. Senate sheds new light on the attack in Benghazi; new details are released in the New Mexico middle school shooting; and Governor Chris Christie of NJ addresses “Bridgegate” in his State of the State address. Meanwhile, 2014 gets off to a rocky start for Justin Bieber and Kanye West after two high-profile incidents.

    Veronica + Maura


    Senate report: Attack on U.S. compound in Benghazi could have been prevented: http://rtvote.com/1j7nle7
    The bipartisan report on the 2012 attack on the United States compound in Benghazi, Libya shows that the State Department was warned about the potential for attack but did not increase security around the compound. The report also blames intelligence agencies for not discussing CIA outpost locations within the U.S. military. However, the report does not discuss in depth whether the Obama administration downplayed the attacks, saying that no one knew when the attacks were to occur.

    Shooter may have warned some students: http://rtvote.com/1b39JIV
    The 12-year-old suspect accused of opening fire in a New Mexico middle school’s gymnasium yesterday morning may have warned certain students against coming to school early. This discovery is currently being investigated by police, along with other claims. So far, police have not been able to determine a motive for the shooting; however, the shooter is in custody. Two students were injured in the attack.

    Can Christie change the subject? http://rtvote.com/Kj1Nfm
    New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered his State of the State address yesterday. He acknowledged the mistakes his administration has made recently in regards to the closing of bridge lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee (dubbed “Bridgegate”). After apologizing, Christie tried to change the subject to focus on more pressing policy issues in the state. However, many people believe that Christie’s reputation is now too tarnished to allow a potential presidential bid in 2016.

    CBS airs video of chaotic scene at Asiana crash site: http://rtvote.com/1hqMYnc
    CBS has recently released video footage of firefighters and emergency personnel tending to survivors and the wreckage of the Asiana plane crash. The crash occurred last summer at San Francisco airport. The story received national attention not only due to the crash, but also because of the death of 16-year-old Ye Meng Yuan, who survived the crash but was struck and killed by a fire truck at the scene.

    Va. Democrat Jim Moran to retire from Congress: http://rtvote.com/1eDrVLC
    After serving twelve Congressional terms, Representative Jim Moran will not run for re-election.  Moran, an occasionally combative and passionate member of Congress, represents Virginia’s 8th District. His retirement could potentially create a heated primary election because of the 8th District’s reputation as being a Democratic stronghold.


    Police raid Justin Bieber’s house after incident: http://rtvote.com/1m7g7nA 

    Are Johnny Depp and girlfriend Amber Heard engaged? http://rtvote.com/K2E17V

    How Harry Connick Jr. can save American Idol: http://rtvote.com/1m7gs9M

    Kanye West allegedly assaults a young man: http://rtvote.com/1aoR914 

    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

    President Addresses Students LIVE

    Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

    President Obama will deliver a welcome back to school message to students from across the country from Philadelphia’s Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School today at 1:00 Eastern. You can watch the address here live and then again on replay after the speech has been delivered.


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

    Florida Community College Rocks

    Thursday, July 15th, 2010

    Young people around Florida face serious obstacles to obtain a higher education degree these days. The state university Board of Governors put into effect a 15% tuition increase at all public universities—the largest hike allowed under the law. The wounded economy caused sparse lending, capped scholarships, and tighter requirements for public funding like the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship Program.

    With the state’s tough job market and steep unemployment stats, the future may seem grim for young people in Florida. Luckily, a glimmer of hope exists in Florida’s vast infrastructure of community colleges. As featured in the Miami Herald, many of Florida’s community colleges have amped up their catalogs by adding four-year degree programs to suit new high-demand careers. Community colleges are now providing opportunities to students unable to take on the major cost of a university education.

    Kristen Bell, who is 22, spent two years at Sante Fe Community College (now Sante Fe College) prior to attending University of Tampa, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude in May. Kristen is by the highest standards a dedicated leader and activist on campus and in her community. She spoke to Rock the Vote about the promise of community colleges and the opportunities they offer to young people in Florida:

    “It is becoming increasingly difficult to afford school and people are simply dropping out to pay the bills. For someone who wants to receive a degree from a major university like I did, a community college is a great way cut the cost significantly.”

    Kristen really likes the quality of education she received at her community college.  ”Community colleges are teaching institutions as opposed to research institutions, like major universities.  It is a professor’s job, first and foremost, to teach.”

    Financially and academically, and socially, Florida community colleges are competing strongly with state universities. Kristen says they’re not all that different:

    “At Santa Fe, there were plenty of student activities, just like a four-year university. We have athletic teams, a newspaper and literary journal, student government, young Democrats and Republicans, theater, and volunteer groups. There are so many other ways to get involved, meet people, and make like-minded friends.”  

    Kristen says she would recommend community college to any Floridian. As young people like her continue to show just how resourceful the millennial generation can be, Rock the Vote wants to make sure you have the resources to participate in your political process. Remember that your vote can make a difference on every issue – from tuition hikes to the oil spill. So if you haven’t already, register to vote here, sign up to volunteer here, and get out to vote this November 2nd.


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