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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

    The SCOTUS comes to a decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case; a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile; Muriel Bowser defeats incumbent in DC mayoral primary; and bombings hit Cairo University in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Broadway cast of The Lion King does an epic rendition of the “Circle of Life” in an unexpected place; Michael Strahan shares some big news with the TV world; and Anna Kendrick preps for her SNL appearance.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: Justices strike down political donor limits: http://rtvote.com/1dN6htc
    The Supreme Court of the United States has determined the outcome of the McCutcheon v. FEC case.  With a vote of 5-4, individuals are no longer faced with a limit on how much they can donate to political campaigns. The winning argument determined that individual donor limits and regulations violated the First Amendment rights of the donor.

    Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami: http://rtvote.com/1pL0c20
    A massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck directly off the coast of Chile on Tuesday. Fortunately, damage was minimal; landslides wiped out roads in some places and phone and power lines were also knocked out. Tsunami warnings were also in effect as tsunamis hit at various beaches, generating 6 to 7 foot waves. Five people died: two had heart attacks while the others were crushed by debris. People fled to higher ground as soon as the quake was felt, creating some traffic jams. Some are still without any source of power or phones, not knowing if they are able to return to their homes. There is no danger for the United States coastline.

    Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary: http://rtvote.com/1hhuFO7
    DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in yesterday’s mayoral primary. Gray had been hit with scandals and a federal investigation relating to potential monetary felonies that helped him get elected in 2010. The Democratic primary winner has won every official election in Washington because 75% of registered voters in the district are Democrats; however, the Republican challenger, David Catania, is a definite contender. Despite Bowser’s win, many voters were discouraged with the candidates running and the election experienced a low voter turnout.

    Regulators did not properly track complaints on GM switches, inspector general says: http://rtvote.com/1oqcDTM
    According to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general Calvin L. Scovel III, “federal auto safety regulators lacked effective procedures for tracking consumer complaints” about the flaw in the ignition: the issue that has spurred the recall and resulted in thirteen deaths. General Motors’ Chief Executive, Mary T. Barra, says she was unaware of the issue until this year and did not answer questions relating to GM’s failure to fix the flaw. GM has recalled 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts deemed at risk for the ignition switch flaw. According to lawmakers, the ignition switch problem could have been solved by GM for a cost of .57 cents per vehicle.

    Bombings rock area near Cairo University: http://rtvote.com/1mKyRhw
    Two bombs planted outside of Cairo University in Egypt exploded, killing an Egyptian police officer and wounding five other security officers. Violence like this has been prevalent since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last year, and is expected to escalate as Election Day grows closer. The current Egyptian leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to win with almost no contest, as the Muslim Brotherhood, the political party behind Morsi, and Egypt’s most organized party, have been banned. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack, although people speculate that Islamic militants are responsible. 

    CULTURAL

    The Lion King Broadway cast gives an impromptu performance: watch the awesome video! http://rtvote.com/1ft6eRL

    Anna Kendrick’s SNL promos are a thing of beauty & hilarity: http://rtvote.com/1mKFekZ  

    Michael Strahan has some big news: http://rtvote.com/1pQYSc5

    Miley Cyrus grieving over dog’s death: http://rtvote.com/1go46Xp

    Two people debate the How I Met Your Mother finale: http://rtvote.com/1oqkwbV

    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: December 9, 2013

    Monday, December 9th, 2013

    Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War vet, has been released from North Korea after six weeks; Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Yahoo have joined forces to fight the NSA; and local police agencies have started copying the NSA’s spying habits. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez throws a hissy fit on stage, and the mystery surrounding Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles’ relationship remains ongoing.

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Merrill Newman has been deported from North Korea: reporthttp://rtvote.com/1gSBDfd
    The 85-year-old Korean War veteran, Merrill Newman, has finally been released after being detained in North Korea for six weeks. Newman had been held on charges of “hostile acts” against the state for his role in the war. North Korea released him because Newman apologized and also because of his age and medical condition. VP Joe Biden met Newman in Beijing to welcome him on his way home.

    Tech giants band together in anti-snooping coalitionhttp://rtvote.com/19c6WA0
    Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo have come together to form what is essentially an anti-NSA coalition. Dubbed the Reform Government Surveillance Coalition, these popular tech companies are determined to limit the federal government’s authority to collect user information. The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google have written an open letter to the federal government.

    Meet Mort Crim: The inspiration for Will Ferrell’s ‘Anchorman’http://rtvote.com/19wbw8G
    As theaters prepare for ‘Anchorman 2’, Ron Burgundy has been popping up on talk shows and sports events around the country. Even though the hilarious news anchor is a fictional character, he is based on someone very real. Meet the man who inspired Will Ferrell’s perfectly mustached character.

    Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSAhttp://rtvote.com/1dhAdbx
    The NSA is not the only one spying on people. Local police are now using new technologies to secretly collect data from people’s cellphones. About 1 in 4 law enforcement agencies have used a tactic known as a “tower dump”, and at least 25 police departments own a Stingray, a device that acts as a fake cell tower. 36 other police agencies refuse to say whether they’ve used either tactic.

    ‘127 Hours’ author arrested in Denverhttp://rtvote.com/1gSNw4F
    The man who James Franco portrayed in ‘127 Hours’ was arrested for assault and wrongs to minors in Denver on Saturday night. Aron Lee Ralston, 38, is due in court this afternoon. Ralston is best known for amputating his own arm with a dull blade after being trapped by a boulder for five days in a Utah canyon.

     

    CULTURAL

    Selena Gomez Curses During Performance, Walks Off Stage After Technical Difficulties, http://rtvote.com/1jEeZJQ

    Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles Leave NYC Hotel Together, http://rtvote.com/J7kByw

    One Direction Joins Paul Rudd and His Anchorman 2 Costars on SNL, Debut “Through the Dark,”http://rtvote.com/IXIWGn

    Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Attend Her Brother’s Wedding, http://rtvote.com/1cwnaVd

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: October 7, 2013

    Monday, October 7th, 2013

    Al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al-Libi is captured by U.S. troops; bikers are charged with assault in SUV incident; Boehner won’t budge without negotiations; Indy winner Dario Franchitti suffers injuries from brutal crash; and police investigate a possible hate crime against a U.S. soldier. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus spoofs the government shutdown, and Kate Moss reunites with Topshop.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S. Said to Hold Qaeda Suspect On Navy Shiphttp://rtvote.com/1fUILe1

    A suspected Al Qaeda operative, Abu Anas al-Libi, was captured by American troops in Libya over the weekend. He is currently under military custody on a Navy ship rumored to be heading to New York for criminal prosecution. Abu Anas is likely to hold significant intelligence information on Al Qaeda.

    Biker who swung helmet in New York SUV attack ‘overreacted’ but didn’t beat driver, lawyer says,http://rtvote.com/18JYjuv

    On September 29, Alexian Lien accidentally bumped a biker and stopped his vehicle. Angry bikers soon surrounded his SUV, which also seated Lien’s wife and 2-year-old daughter. Lien plowed through three more bikers, which prompted the gang of motorcyclists to pursue and beat Lien. Reginald Chance, 37, is being charged with first-degree assault and gang assault after being caught on video smashing his helmet through Lien’s car window. Two other bikers were charged, and police wish to find and question two others.

    Boehner vows no deal on budget or debt limit without spending talks with Obamahttp://rtvote.com/18K4vmr

    It is Day 7 of the government shutdown, and we have ten days until a government debt default. President Obama has demanded Congress raise the debt ceiling without any conditions, but House Speaker John Boehner said in a statement Sunday that there would be no such action and no end to the government shutdown unless Obama and Senate Democrats negotiate with House Republicans. Boehner wants spending cuts through entitlement reform. Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew warns of the dangers that would result if the debt ceiling is not raised.

    Indy winner Dario Franchitti, 13 others hurt in Houston race wreckhttp://rtvote.com/1fd17pk

    Three-time Indy winner Dario Franchitti, 40, suffered a concussion and fractures to his spine and ankle after a serious crash on Sunday’s Grand Prix of Houston. Fellow driver Takuma Sato bumped Franchitti’s car, hurdling it into the protective fencing. 13 spectators were hurt; 3 of them were sent to the hospital but are listed in good condition.

    Police: Black man kills white soldier in possible hate crimehttp://rtvote.com/1e4c9tL

    Spc. Tevin A. Geike, a 20-year-old Caucasian soldier, died after being stabbed by an unidentified African-American man in his mid-20s. Geike was on his way to celebrate his upcoming discharge from the Army with two fellow soldiers when someone in a passing car directed racist comments toward them. The car stopped, and five black men engaged in a verbal confrontation with the three white soldiers. They returned to the car, but one of the black men fatally stabbed Geike before leaving. Investigators suspect this was a racially charged hate crime.

     

    PUNDITS

    E.J. Dionne, Jr. points to the government shutdown as the potential end of the tea party in “Shutdown: The tea party’s last stand”, http://rtvote.com/1fVcX8L

    Ruth Marcus voices concern over the potential consequences of the McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission case in “Eroding the checks on campaign contributions”, http://rtvote.com/1fdsXSg

     

    CULTURAL

    Miley Cyrus Spoofs The Government Shutdown With A Remake Of “We Can’t Stop” On SNL,http://rtvote.com/1e4np9C

    Kate Moss Teams Up With Topshop Again, http://rtvote.com/1fVejjU

    Miley Cyrus on Today: Singer Addresses Nude Picture Controversy, Sinead O’Connor Feud, and More,http://rtvote.com/18Kyomv

    Charlize Theron Recovering After Neck Surgery: Doing “Fine,” Says Source, http://rtvote.com/18KyScn

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Thursday, July 25th, 2013

    Former Chinese Communist Party leader indicted on bribery charges; federal charges brought against SAC hedge fund; details emerge about the fatal train crash in Spain; Eric Holder protects Texas voters; and the House votes ‘No’ on defunding domestic NSA wiretapping program. Meanwhile, President George H.W. Bush shaves head to honor cancer patient; Jason Sudeikis announces departure from ‘SNL’; and new Elijah Wood film is banned in New Zealand.

    - Ally + Maura

    CRUCIAL
    Fallen Leader Is Indicted in China, 
    http://rtvote.com/15MKZD3

    Former Chinese Communist Party leader, Bo Xilai, has been indicted for charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power. This comes over a year after Mr. Bo was removed from office after accusations “of taking about $3.3 million in bribes, [and] embezzling almost $1 million.” His wife also murdered British business executive Neil Heywood in 2011, for which she was given a suspended death sentence.

    U.S. files criminal charges against famed hedge fund, SAC, http://rtvote.com/13808QN

    Federal prosecutors Thursday, announced criminal charges against SAC Capital, citing “institutional practices” that allowed employee insider-trading to take place. The government charged the famed hedge fund with wire fraud and four counts of securities fraud. Charges against the firm could mark the end of SAC, which has already seen investors steadily pull out their money after previous legal troubles.

    AP analysis of video shows Spanish train was speeding when it derailed, killing dozens, http://rtvote.com/15MIbFT

    After a train derailment in Spain on Wednesday killed 80 passengers, analysis of video footage shows that the train was travelling between 40 and 70 mph above the 50mph speed limit.

    Plan to defund NSA phone collection program defeated, http://rtvote.com/137MNbc

    In a 217-205 vote on Wednesday, the House of Representatives decided against a plan to end the wiretapping program leaked by Edward Snowden. The plan would have allowed the NSA to collect phone records only for individuals connected to ongoing investigations.

    Eric Holder Wants Texas Voting Law Changes To Be Cleared By U.S., http://rtvote.com/137GqEN

    In light of last month’s Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act, Attorney General Eric Holder takes steps to protect voters in Texas against voting discrimination. Holder announced to the Urban League in Philadelphia that the Justice department will ask a federal court in San Antonio to mandate the state to obtain pre-approval before making changes to voting laws.

    CULTURAL

    Paula Deen’s Cook Tells of Slights, Steeped in History, http://rtvote.com/15MQoK9

    George H.W. Bush Shaves His Head in Honor of 2-year-old Cancer Patient, http://rtvote.com/137YyOY

    Elijah Wood’s Slasher Film Maniac Banned in New Zealand, http://rtvote.com/15N8hbN

    See Jason Sudeikis announce he’s leaving ‘SNL’ on ‘Late Show,’ http://rtvote.com/137YVc4

    Anthony Weiner’s Wife, Huma Abedin, Gives Props to Him in Harper’s Bazaar Days Before New Sexting Scandal, http://rtvote.com/137ZeE0

     

    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: Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

    Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

    Russia detains a C.I.A. agent; a suspect is named in the New Orleans Mother’s Day shooting; nearly 200 are killed in a boat accident off the coast of Myanmar; phone records are seized from the Associated Press; Pakistan’s prime minister sends the US mixed messages; and Minnesota legalizes gay marriage. Meanwhile, Angelina Jolie discusses her double mastectomy ,and the mother on “How I Met Your Mother” is revealed.

    Caitlin + Alexis
    CRUCIAL:
    Russia Detains American, Saying He Is C.I.A. Agent, http://nyti.ms/19nstBR
    Russia’s Federal Security Service publicly announced today that it has detained a CIA officer in an attempt to recruit a Russian agent. The officer has been identified as Ryan Christopher Fogle. He was arrested on charges of carrying written instructions for a Russian recruit. U.S. Ambassador Michael A. McFaul has been asked to respond to the accusation on Wednesday.

    Mother’s Day second-line shooting suspect is named, sought, http://bit.ly/17pAOIs
    The New Orleans Police Department has identified one suspect in the Mother’s Day second-line shooting. Nineteen people, including two ten-year-olds, were injured in the shooting this past Sunday. Akein Scott, 19 is the current suspect at large sought after by the NOPD.

    Nearly 200 killed in Myanmar boat accident, http://aje.me/10n0n8K
    Around 200 Rohingya Muslims, who were trying to evacuate a storm by boat, capsized off of the coast of Western Myanmar. According to Barbara Manzi, head of the Myanmar office at the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, the boat sank late on Monday.

    AP: Justice Department seizure of phone records an unprecedented intrusion, http://bit.ly/14iB9bs
    The Obama administration is accused of seizing phone records from the Associated Press in an attempt to uncover the source of a Yemen terrorist plot story. It was disclosed on Monday that the justice department had in fact obtained these two months’ worth of phone records of calls without informing the Obama administration.

    Marriage equality in Minnesota: A gay-rights victory in the Midwest, http://on.msnbc.com/13tOrmD
    On Monday the Minnesota Senate voted to approve same-sex marriage. Cheers filled the Capital as the bill was passed by a vote of 37-30 in the state Senate. Twelve states as well as the District of Columbia now deem same-sex marriage as lawful.
    CULTURAL:
    TV Psychologist Dr. Joyce Brothers Dies At 85, http://n.pr/10TzYv9

    HIMYM’ unveils the mother! The creators answer your burning questions — EXCLUSIVE, http://bit.ly/127um2F

    In Barbara Walters’s Highlight Reel, TV’s Rise and Fade, http://nyti.ms/19mY72a

    Bill Hader to Leave ‘Saterday Night Live,’ http://nyti.ms/14kolBy

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