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    News Round-Up: October 29, 2013

    Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

    Hawaii is up next to legalize gay marriage; an official review on NSA programs is underway; and social media sites criticize tasteless blackface and Trayvon Martin costumes. Meanwhile, the Jonas Brothers break up, and Julianne Hough receives some intense criticism for her offensive Halloween costume.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Hawaii governor expects gay marriage bill to pass ‘within week’,http://rtvote.com/1f1FWUw
    Hawaii’s legislature is expected to pass a bill legalizing gay marriage “within a week or so.” The state’s House of Representatives will pass the bill on Thursday if it passes Senate; both chambers have Democratic majorities. Governor Neil Abercrombie stated that he hopes the bill will pass before January, at the very latest.

    White House: Review will address global NSA concernshttp://rtvote.com/1gXYp8Q
    As more nations become enraged by NSA’s spying programs, the White House has assured the public that the collection of data on allies will not continue. A review of these programs is currently in the works, and a report on the review will be due by the end of the year. Spain is the latest country that has joined in on protests against the U.S.’s surveillance tactics; others include Germany, France, Brazil, and Mexico.

    Trick-or-treating takes a tasteless turnhttp://rtvote.com/1g9uU2E
    Halloween is right around the corner, and so are some of the most offensive costumes in Halloween history. Some of the more tasteless trick-or-treaters are donning Ariel Castro costumes, blackface costumes, and even Trayvon Martin/George Zimmerman costumes. There has been a backlash on social media sites (rightfully so) against such getups, and the Utah Jazz and Julianne Hough have received such criticism.

    5 killed in Dallas-area shootings; suspect arrestedhttp://rtvote.com/1f1LVZx
    Police have arrested Charles Everett Brownlow, Jr., 36, for killing five people in a shooting spree in the small town of Terrell, Texas. The murders started at 5 PM Monday, and Brownlow was captured and arrested early Tuesday. The victims have not been officially identified.

    Report: White House knew plans would be canceled under ACA,http://rtvote.com/1gY57eY
    About 50%-75% of 14 million consumers who buy health insurance individually will have their plans cancelled in the next year because their current policies fail to meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Initially, the White House said that policies in effect as of March 23, 2010, could be kept even if they did not meet the requirements of the new healthcare law. The Department of Health and Human Services later narrowed that provision. NBC News reports that the Obama administration has known for three years that people’s insurance would be canceled. The White House has responded that those whose policies are voided will be automatically shifted to plans with better protections. Additionally, they claim that nothing in the Affordable Care Act forces people out of their plans, but the failure of some plans to meet the new minimum standards should be expected.
     

    PUNDITS

    George Clooney and John Prendergast discuss what should be done to stop the chaos in Sudan in “Sudan could become a second Syria,” http://rtvote.com/1f1Puij

    Errol Louis talks about Banksy’s insensitive slam against New Yorkers and Americans in “Banksy’s insult shows he’s clueless about New York,” http://rtvote.com/19PKcV9

    CULTURAL

    Julianne Hough Goes Blackface as Orange is the New Black Character for Halloween Costume, http://rtvote.com/1gY8ouS

    Jonas Brothers Break Up: “It was a Unanimous Decision,” http://rtvote.com/1gY8H8U

    Dax Shepard Doesn’t Have a Wedding Ring, Says It Cost Him $142 to Marry Kristen Bell,http://rtvote.com/1gY9t63

    Adam Levine Says Fiancée Behati Prinsloo Made Him Believe in Marriage,http://rtvote.com/1gY9R4i

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    News Round-Up: October 28, 2013

    Monday, October 28th, 2013

    President Obama halts NSA programs that have been targeting 35 world leaders; Dr. Conrad Murray is released from prison, after serving two years for his role in the death of the King of Pop; and the NY mayoral debate is postponed out of respect for the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy. Meanwhile, Chris Breezy gets arrested in DC, and Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr call it splits.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    Report: President Obama unaware of spyinghttp://rtvote.com/1eZvWv1
    The NSA has been monitoring the communications of 35 world leaders, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for years. The White House was previously unaware of this, but upon discovery during an internal review of NSA programs this summer, President Obama halted these operations immediately. European allies are upset by the news, and German intelligence officials have been sent to the U.S. for discussions.

    Conrad Murray’s jail time for killing Michael Jackson ends Mondayhttp://rtvote.com/19MRYz4
    Dr. Conrad Murray, the man charged for involuntary manslaughter in Michael Jackson’s death, is set to become a free man today after serving only two years of a four-year sentence. He is being let out early because of California prison rules that give an additional day credit for each day served. In 2011, a jury concluded that Dr. Murray’s negligence led to the death of the King of Pop, specifically from an overdose of the surgical anesthetic propofol.

    Mayoral debate rescheduled to avoid Sandy anniversaryhttp://rtvote.com/19MVc5G
    The Campaign Finance Board has rescheduled New York’s mayoral debate from Tuesday to Wednesday so that it would not conflict with the first anniversary date of Hurricane Sandy. Democrat Bill de Blasio and Republican Joe Lhota both pushed for the move, saying that Tuesday “should be marked with solemn reflection.”

    N.D. town OKs building ban to deter Aryan enclavehttp://rtvote.com/1eZAr8G
    In Leith, North Dakota, a Canadian hate crimes fugitive has bought a home and twelve other lots. Craig Cobb, the neo-Nazi extremist, has invited all who hold white power views to join him in taking control of the small town. City officials have placed a moratorium on any new construction and are currently working on an ordinance that will require Cobb to install water and sewer services in his home; Cobb feels unfairly targeted by these actions.

    Was Beijing crash a planned attack?http://rtvote.com/1gVmU6G
    A Jeep plowed through pedestrians and policemen Monday, crashing in front of the Tiananmen Gate. Three of the car occupants and two bystanders died in the incident. An official investigation is underway, and it is not clear whether the crash was deliberate or accidental. Tiananmen Square has historically been the political heart of China, as evidenced by the infamous 1989 democracy protests.
     

    PUNDITS

    Robert Young voices his concerns on the bad decisions federal and state governments continue to make in the post-Hurricane Sandy effort in “Sandy, a year later, mistakes still made,” http://rtvote.com/1g6XHVs

    Peter Bergen and Jennifer Rowland discuss how the U.S. needs to do more to fix its drone program in “Did Obama keep his drone promises?” http://rtvote.com/1g6YGoC

    CULTURAL

    Chris Brown Arrested for Felony Assault Outside W Hotel in D.C., http://rtvote.com/19N0P3V

    Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr Split Up, http://rtvote.com/1g6Z1aI

    Alfonso Ribeiro, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Star, Welcomes Son Alfonso Lincoln, Jr., http://rtvote.com/19N1an7

    David Beckham Gets in Car Crash in Front of His Home, http://rtvote.com/1gVq9Lk

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