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    News Round-Up: Monday, January 28, 2013

    Monday, January 28th, 2013

    Senators reach a bipartisan agreement on immigration reform; a nightclub fire in Brazil takes the lives of over 230 people; and Obama praises Hillary Clinton in a “60 Minutes” interview marking her departure as Secretary of State. Meanwhile, SAG Awards winners celebrate; Jennifer Lawrence gets over a major wardrobe malfunction; and Barbara Walters comes down with chicken pox.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Senators reach agreement on immigration reform, http://bit.ly/UwahSS
    A bipartisan group of senators has reached an agreement on the structure for an overhaul of America’s immigration system. The deal includes a pathway to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants in the nation and also addresses border security, non-citizen “guest” workers, and employee verification. The plan may have trouble receiving backing from the Republican-controlled House, but nonetheless marks the start of the the largest effort in years to seriously reform America’s immigration system. President Obama will offer his own vision for immigration reform in a speech on Tuesday, which officials expect to overlap significantly with the Senate plan. “What’s changed, honestly, is that there is a new appreciation on both sides of the aisle- including maybe more importantly on the Republican side of the aisle- that we have to enact a comprehensive immigration reform bill,” said Senator John McCain, who played a central role in shaping the agreement.

    Missteps hiked Brazil night club blaze death toll, http://cbsn.ws/VhQF21
    Over 230 Brazilians were killed on Sunday in a Santa Maria nightclub fire that officials believe started when a band’s pyrotechnic show ignited soundproofing in the ceiling. Many young victims were among the dead, including 101 students of the Federal University of Santa Maria. Bouncers initially assumed partygoers were skipping on paying their bar tabs and tried to prevent them from leaving. There was also only one exit through which people could leave. Police have arrested the nightclub owner, a band member, and a person in charge of stage safety in connection with the fire so far.

    Egypt’s leader declares emergency after clashes, http://reut.rs/X1hrgg
    Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi issued a 30-day state of emergency and curfew for three Suez Canal provinces where violent protests have killed 49 since Thursday. Hundreds more were injured in Port Said on Sunday during the funerals for 33 Egyptian protesters killed when locals lashed out in response to an unpopular court decision. Anti-government protestors claim that Morsi has failed to defend the revolution that toppled Mubarek and is not representing all Egyptians. Morsi warned of further punishment if protests continue.

    Obama praises Hillary Clinton in joint interview on ’60 minutes’, http://lat.ms/X5qpZQ
    In a ’60 Minutes’ interview to mark Hillary Clinton’s departure as Secretary of State, Clinton and the president recounted their joint foreign policy accomplishments and expressed gratitude for being able to transform their 2008 political rivalry into friendship. “You know, if the roles had been reversed, I would have desperately have wanted him to be in my cabinet,” said Clinton, who was initially reluctant to accept the high-ranking post offered to her by the president. “By the time Hillary joined the administration, I felt very confident in our working relationship. What did evolve was a friendship,” Obama added. In the interview, the two cited winding down the war in Afghanistan, ousting Qaddafi in Libya, and getting rid of core Al Qaeda leaders as a few of their greatest successes.

    Gun control advocates march as nation reels from school shootings, http://bit.ly/TMIpMh
    Thousands demonstrated in Washington on Saturday as part of a “March on Washington for Gun Control,” calling for tougher gun laws. The marchers rallied for a reinstatement of the federal ban on the sale of military-style semi-automatic rifles, like that used in the Newtown shooting, as well as universal background checks and a ban on sale of high-capacity ammunition magazines. Many demonstrators held up the names of victims killed at Newtown and in other school shootings as they took part in the first major demonstration since the Newtown shooting in December. “Only an outraged public can end the gun violence that has enveloped our country,” said U.S. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-District of Columbia). “We the people who did not act before, we the people this time will step forward.”

    Iranian state TV says country has successfully sent monkey into space, http://bit.ly/X3oWSk
    Iran announced today that it successfully launched a monkey into space, bringing the nation one step closer toward its ultimate goal of sending an astronaut into space. According to Iran state TV, the monkey was sent on a rocket 72 miles into space and returned safely. Iran has long hoped to send a man into space as part of its ambitious aerospace program, which also includes plans for a new space center. The U.S. remains skeptical of Iran’s intentions, worrying that space program technology could also be used to develop long-range missiles armed with nuclear warheads.

    CULTURAL: 

    SAG Awards 2013: Complete List of Winners, http://bit.ly/WjmIlg

    Jennifer Lawrence dress rips at SAG Awards 2013, http://bit.ly/110frpq

    Best Dressed at the SAG Awards, http://bit.ly/111ySUH

    Barbara Walters- I’ve Got CHICKEN POX!, http://tmz.me/WsGRWc

    Hugh Hefner’s Long-time Secretary Mary O’Connor Dies, http://bit.ly/T0stV1

     

    Liza Dee
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    Ohio: Go Jon Husted!

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    Strange things are afoot in Ohio right now, and Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted is looking like he could be the hero. The elections chief, breaking with the leadership of his party in the General Assembly, just put out a statement blasting the state legislature for trying to impose a rigid photo ID requirement for voting.

    Some background: this week, the photo ID legislation was resurrected in the state Senate and included into a broader elections reform package that the Secretary of State helped put together. Abruptly, the Senate pulled the photo ID language from the bigger reform bill and made it a stand-alone bill. That stand-alone bill is supposed to be voted on next week.

    Secretary Husted has been clear in his opposition to a strict photo ID requirement because he recognizes that it doesn’t prevent fraud and makes it harder for legally registered people to vote. He has said that he would not change the current system which allows voters to prove their identities with a photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or government document with a current name and address.

    His opposition to the photo ID bill came to a boil today as the General Assembly continues to consider the elections bills. Secretary Husted made it clear that he is willing to give up the overall reform package – something he’s been working on for months – over the photo ID issue. Here is Secretary Husted’s full statement:

    “I want to be perfectly clear, when I began working with the General Assembly to improve Ohio’s elections system it was never my intent to reject valid votes. I would rather have no bill than one with a rigid photo identification provision that does little to protect against fraud and excludes legally registered voters’ ballots from counting.

    “It is in the hands of the General Assembly.”

    Strong words. And very important words in this fight. Please share them.

    Thomas Bates
    Bio: Thomas is Rock the Vote's Vice President of Civic Engagement.
    @BatesThomas
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com



    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 17, 2011

    Thursday, March 17th, 2011

    We hope you’ve got your green on; we wouldn’t want you to get pinched! On this Saint Patrick’s Day, the GOP quietly begins rolling back financial reform, Twitter maniac and former CNN-er Rick Sanchez launches his comeback, Hillary Clinton is snubbed by young Egyptian leaders and also tells CNN that she will not seek a second term as Secretary of State (nor will she take another shot at POTUS), the Capitol’s great Styrofoam debate makes its way to the front page of the New York Times; Congress does have other things to do, though, including tackling discussions surrounding NPR’s funding fate and teaching the House to Skype. Meanwhile Michelle Obama is all set to ink a book on the White House garden and healthy eating, and somebody put a ring on it (!) Joe Jonas is single once again.

    CRUCIAL:

    GOP Begins Rollback of Wall St. Reforms, http://politi.co/dZ1nj9

    Republicans are making a move to reform banking without heavily favoring Wall St. The bills that were introduced are intended to repeal parts of the Dodd-Frank Law.

    House to Consider Bill to Defund National Public Radiohttp://aol.it/fY2RTh

    A House Rules Committee held a hearing on Wednesday to determine the fate of NPRs government funding. “Lamborn said his bill would cut all federal money to NPR, but NPR affiliate stations could still use federal dollars for administrative expenses associated with day-to-day operations.”

    Hillary Clinton Snubbed by Young Leaders of Egypt Revolt, http://bit.ly/gKYaH8

    The Revolution Youth Coalition refused to meet with Hillary Clinton during her trip to Egypt due to her outspoken alliance with Mubarak with positive statements about the former leader made as late as 2009.

    Fight Waged With Forks is Rejoined in Congress, http://nyti.ms/ex24R0

    Democrats and Republicans remain in a battle over compostable cups and forks in the capitol, with the New York times even running the great styrofoam debate on the front page. Dems continue to argue that the program started by Pelosi to green the capitol is forward moving and cuts down on waste, while Republicans find the program cost inefficient, and have plans to green the capitol in other ways.

    Put to Rest, And Moving Forward: The Redemption of Rick Sanchezhttp://bit.ly/dXYxGc

    After controversial antisemitic comments Sanchez made on CNN his apology has been accepted by Abe Foxman, who said “in my view, this…should put the matter to rest…I hope that you will now be able to move on with your life.”

    Clinton Say ‘No’ to Second Term, http://bit.ly/fYGIiy

    Secretary of State Clinton won’t be serving a second term in her current job, and she has no current intention of running for president in 2012 or ever.

    NBA star Grant Hill reacts to Jalen Rose and the Fab Five in biting NYT oped: http://nyti.ms/i3CNfX

    Michelle Obama writing a book on healthy eating habits: http://aol.it/gxnQIl

    CULTURAL:

    St. Patrick’s Day fact vs. fiction: http://bit.ly/i7LnMy

    Joe Jonas and Ashely Greene split: http://bit.ly/etgngO

    Malaysia edits ‘Born this Way’ for LGBT content: http://huff.to/gFoECO

    Luck of the Irish brings Rihanna together with Colin Farrell: http://bit.ly/i4teGI

    New makeup brand launches first un-retouched ads: http://bit.ly/eAxKgT

    Royal wedding souvenir makes a major gaffe: http://yhoo.it/ihNLSA

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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