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    News Round-Up: Friday, January 17, 2014

    Friday, January 17th, 2014

    President Obama addresses the nation on NSA spying programs; the $1.1T spending bill will head to the White House; and a harsh Pennsylvania voter ID law is struck down by a state court judge. Meanwhile, FLOTUS turns 50 and fabulous!; Kim K flashes new photos of baby North; and the 2014 Sundance Film Festival commences.

    - Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Obama calls for significant changes in collection of phone records of U.S. citizens, http://rtvote.com/1adj0Ug 
    Addressing the nation Friday morning from the Department of Justice, President Obama called for new reforms to NSA spying programs on U.S. citizens. After a six-month controversy, the president has ordered significant changes to the way the NSA collects & uses telephone records of U.S. citizens. He also advocated to end eavesdropping on many foreign leaders and allies of our country in order to rebuild their trust in the U.S. intelligence community.

    With Senate’s OK, $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill Heads to Obama,http://rtvote.com/1hywNEt
    The massive $1.1 trillion spending bill will now head to President Obama’s desk for a signature. The bill will prevent any gaps in government funding and provide a less harsh effect on automatic spending cuts. The Senate voted 72-26 to pass the spending legislation and reduce the likelihood of a government shutdown, at least for the upcoming election season.

    Putin: Gay people will be safe at Olympics if they ‘leave kids alone’http://rtvote.com/KnCoRK
    During a question and answer session Friday, Russian President Vladimir Putin, offered a statement that was apparently meant to be a reassuring answer for visitors to the Games. After being asked about Russia’s attitude toward gays, a controversial subject surround the upcoming events, Putin said that “one can feel calm and at ease. Just leave the kids alone.” Unfortunately Mr. Putin, I don’t think that’s the reassuring answer that most people were hoping for…

    Members of Congress Introduce New Fix For Voting Rights Act,http://rtvote.com/1m9ngUq
    Last summer the Supreme Court of the United States struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965, when they released their ruling to the Shelby County v. Holder case. This ruling made it much easier for states with a history of discriminatory voting laws to enact new restrictive laws without federal supervision. Yesterday, the first bi-partisan solution was offered when legislation was introduced to help strengthen the Voting Rights Act.

    Pennsylvania Voter ID Law Struck Down, http://rtvote.com/19zLsPB
    Judge Bernard L. McGinley, a state court judge, struck down a controversial voter ID law in Pennsylvania Friday morning. After a twelve-day trial last summer debating the law, Judge McGinley ruled that the law placed an unreasonable burden on people trying to exercise their fundamental right to vote. 

    CULTURAL

    Kim Kardashian Shares New Pics of Baby North West, Talks Summer Wedding With Kanye West, http://rtvote.com/1avSIqX

    Michelle Obama Proudly Shows Off Her AARP Card on 50th Birthday,http://rtvote.com/1fFFqzJ

    Drake, Nina Dobrev, and More Degrassi Alums: Where are they now?,http://rtvote.com/1adbmcs

    Melissa McCarthy Returning to Host Saturday Night Live on February 1,http://rtvote.com/1jbj4GI

    Sundance 2014: Miles Teller Talks Divergent, Getting Naked in That Awkward Moment and His Rock Band Past, http://rtvote.com/KnzLzi

    Michelle Obama Turns 50! Let’s Look Back at FLOTUS’ Best Fashions So Far, http://rtvote.com/1jbjKvL

    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: September 27, 2013

    Friday, September 27th, 2013

    The U.N. Security Council passes a resolution on Syria; U.S.-Iran relations reach highest point since 1979 during nuclear program talks; Senate passes spending bill; and Obama explains the new online health insurance market, which opens on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon-Levitt nails a lip-sync battle with Jimmy Fallon; Miley graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine; and Jimmy Kimmel addresses Kanye West twitter rant on his show.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.N. Deal on Syrian Arms is Milestone after Years of Inertia, http://rtvote.com/1fv3kxr The U.N. makes the most significant move thus far on the Syrian civil war. As a compromise between the U.S. and Russia, the permanent five members of the Security Council have passed a resolution, forcing Syria to eliminate their chemical arms program. Failure to do so would allow the Security Council to take measures under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which could mean imposing economic sanctions or using military action against Syria.

    $300 Million in Detroit Aid, but No Bailout, http://rtvote.com/1avJBr9 The Obama administration offers Detroit $300 million in federal and private aid. The financial package, which has been a divisive topic between the GOP and Democrats, will go toward Detroit’s transportation systems, the police force, and property redevelopment. However, the aid money from Obama’s administration is far from being enough to bail Detroit out of bankruptcy, and Congress is unlikely to pass such legislation due to Republican opposition to Obama’s spending initiatives.

    Suddenly, Great Expectations for U.S.-Iran Relations, http://rtvote.com/1avLV16 Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as well as the foreign ministers of Great Britain, Germany, France, Russia and China to discuss Iran’s nuclear program. Although the U.S. has doubted Iran’s assertion that their nuclear program stood for peaceful purposes, this meeting marks the highest-level talks between the U.S. and Iran since the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

    Senate votes to move ahead on spending bill that House Republics vow to reject, http://rtvote.com/1avS9hN To avoid a federal government shutdown, the Senate passes a short-term spending bill to restore funding for Obamacare. However, House Republicans refuse to support further funding Obama’s healthcare law, as evidenced by their determination to block Speaker John A. Boehner’s attempts at holding a series of deadlines to prevent the nation’s first default. Tensions remain high as the spending bill passes with 54 Democrats voting in favor and 44 Republicans voting against.

    Years after signing it into law, Obama explains Obamacare to the public , http://rtvote.com/1fvoYl8 Obama explains how uninsured Americans can find, compare, and purchase affordable healthcare plans online once the six-month enrollment period opens Tuesday. Although there are still a few glitches in the online system, like small businesses’ inability to apply online until November, the administration is determined to fix these issues as they come. Despite House Republicans’ criticisms and Americans’ weariness of the new system, Obama hopes the wide selection of plans with subsidies and lower premiums will garner support.

    CULTURAL

    The First ‘Glee’ without Cory Monteith Was Blissfully Joyous, http://rtvote.com/1eMQCc2

    This Week in Photos: September 27, 2013, http://rtvote.com/1fv1VH4

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s lip-syncing will put yours to shame, http://rtvote.com/1fv2ctD

    Miley Cyrus Doesn’t Like Cocaine, Thinks “Weed Is the Best Drug On Earth”, http://rtvote.com/1fv2II1

    Jimmy Kimmel Talks Kanye West Twitter Rant: “Finally, I’m in a Rap Feud”, http://rtvote.com/1fv3bd7

    Rock the Vote
    Bio: Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 to organize artists and fight against censorship of musicians. Since then we've evolved to focus on empowering young people to get involved in the political process. We use pop culture, peer-to-peer organizing, and the latest technology to raise visibility of politics and demystify the process of registering to vote.
    @rockthevote
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com