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    News Round-Up: October 15, 2013

    Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

    The House GOP’s new plan fails; a ‘zombie’ drug gains popularity; and the Supreme Court has agreed to review the greenhouse gases case. Meanwhile, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will host the Golden Globes for the next two years, and Brad Pitt promotes the importance of 12 Years a Slave.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Republican Leaders Back Off New Planhttp://rtvote.com/194MTlm
    This morning, House Republican leaders tried to devise a new proposal to reopen the government and alter parts of Obamacare, but it failed to garner enough support from the rest of the Republican party. Speaker John Boehner stated that “there are a lot of opinions” in his party. Everyone is aware of the October 17th debt deadline, but Republicans still appear to be unrelenting on the condition of depriving members of Congress and the White House of subsidies when they buy health insurance under the new Obamacare system.

    Florida boy, 6, drowns in Carnival cruise ship poolhttp://rtvote.com/1ghJki7
    A 6-year-old boy, who was in the pool with his 10-year-old brother, drowned aboard cruise ship Carnival Victory. The poolside DJ first saw the child struggling in the water, and a guest pulled him out of the pool. He was pronounced dead after unsuccessful attempts at reviving him. Carnival Cruise pools do not have lifeguards; the cruise line’s policy requires children under 13 to be supervised by parents.

    Flesh-rotting ‘krokodil’ drug emerges in USAhttp://rtvote.com/1fA9uLP
    A cheap heroine knockoff drug, called Krokodil, began gaining popularity in Russia in the early 2000s. The drug has started to be used in the United States. Krokodil gives the user a high, and then rots his or her skin soon after, sometimes even deteriorating the skin all the way down to the bone.

    Supreme Court to Review Greenhouse Gases Casehttp://rtvote.com/1ghMLW2
    The Supreme Court has agreed to review a federal appeals court ruling that upheld the Environmental Protection Agency’s unprecedented regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases. The High Court will determine whether the EPA overstepped its authority and whether the EPA’s ability to regulate automobile emissions of greenhouse gases also applies to power plants and factories.

    Madeleine McCann case: 1,000 responses to new police appealhttp://rtvote.com/194NtiR
    Madeleine McCann was three years old when she was abducted from her family’s holiday villa in Portugal in 2007. The investigation has continued ever since then, but a new TV appeal has triggered almost 1,000 responses. New leads have emerged, as two different people have given the police the same name based on computer-generated sketches of the suspect. London’s Metropolitan Police Service is offering a reward of $32,000 for information that can lead to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of the person who abducted Madeleine.

    PUNDITS

    Steven Bellovin blames Washington politics for HealthCare.gov’s glitches in “Why healthcare.gov has so many problems,” http://rtvote.com/194OW8S

    Journalists weigh in on the upcoming Supreme Court case on Michigan’s Proposal 2 in “Affirmative action vs. voters: Opinionline,” http://rtvote.com/194PJXB

    CULTURAL

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Hosting Golden Globe Awards in 2014 and 2015, http://rtvote.com/1ghSjzL

    Brad Pitt Talks About Turning 50 and the Importance of 12 Years a Slavehttp://rtvote.com/194Qoby

    Natalie Portman Talks Moving to Paris, Dealing with Drunk Fans, and Avoiding Confrontation,http://rtvote.com/1fA4FlJ

    Miley Cyrus Raps With French Montana in “Ain’t Worried About Nothin’” Remix, http://rtvote.com/1eoopFN

    sandywu
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    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
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    THE DOJ Dukes it Out for North Carolina Voters

    Monday, September 30th, 2013

    North Carolina’s Voter ID legislation now faces a lawsuit from the Department of Justice (DOJ). The state’s new voting law, implemented after June when the Supreme Court lifted NC’s preclearance requirement on voting laws and procedures, has become increasingly restrictive in terms of acceptable forms of voter identification at the polls. The new election law also eliminates the first week of the early voting period, bans same-day voter registration during that time, ends pre-registration for 16- and 17-year-olds, and abolishes the option of provisional ballots.

    The DOJ argues that these conditions are clear violations of the Voting Rights Act because they intentionally discriminate against certain races and age groups. Voter ID supporters assert that such laws are necessary to prevent voter fraud, but it’s pretty hard to see how cutting down on voting time will prevent fraud.

    Making it harder for Americans – and only certain Americans at that! – to register, vote, and participate doesn’t sound all too democratic, now does it?

    sandywu
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    News Round-up: Tuesday, July 9 2013

    Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

    The U.S. considers speeding up the removal of Afghan forces; victims stuck in limbo after Asiana Airlines crash-landing on Saturday; Egypt’s interim president names a new prime minister and vice president; confusion over Edward Snowden’s asylum offers increase after a tweet; Ohio kidnapping victims speak out for the first time; New Yorkers ponder forgiveness for Eliot Spitzer; and the ACLU challenges PA same-sex marriage ban. Meanwhile, Amanda Bynes wears a blue wig in court; Elton John gets appendicitis; leaked Selena Gomez track includes Bieber voicemail; and Pink receives a twitter threat.

    - Maura

    CRUCIAL
    U.S. Considers Faster Pullout in Afghanistanhttp://rtvote.com/150hU6z
    President Obama is considering speeding up the removal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan after becoming increasingly frustrated in his dealings with President Hamid Karzai.  The Obama Administration has been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a “residual force” behind. The relationship between the Administration and Karzai began to unravel last month after an effort by the U.S. to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.

    Stuck in Limbo After San Francisco Crashhttp://rtvote.com/150j3Ln
    Tao Liu was one of 5 Chinese teachers who accompanied 29 students from Zhejiang, an affluent coastal province of China, on the Asiana Airlines Flight 214 that crash-landed on July 6. Two of her students were killed in the crash.  Many of the surviving students are in limbo having lost their passports and other important belongings in the crash.

    Egypt’s interim president names new prime minister, vice president,http://rtvote.com/12jlpGX
    One day after security forces gunned down more than 50 of ousted president Mhamed Morsi’s supporters, the interim President Adly Mansour has named a new prime minister and vice president of Egypt. On Tuesday, Gen. Abdel Fatah al-Sissi, chief of Egypt’s armed forces, told the nation that the new president’s constitutional declaration & road map for elections and a new charter provided “more than enough assurance” that the country was moving in the right direction.

    Confusion over Edward Snowden acceptance of Venezuela offer,http://rtvote.com/150suKQ
    Rumors and uncertainties over NSA leaker Edward Snowden increased on Tuesday when a Russian lawmaker tweeted that Snowden accepted an offer to Venezuela for asylum.  The tweet was removed and then replaced with a message that said the claim was based on a report from the state all-news television channel Vesti.

    ‘Thank you:’ Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out for the first time,http://rtvote.com/150uxyz
    For the first time since their rescue two months ago, the three women rescued from Cleveland, Ohio talk about being held captive for over a decade.  Amanda Berry (abducted in 2003 and now has 6 year old daughter who was born during her captivity), Gina DeJesus (kidnapped in 2004), and Michelle Knight  (abducted in 2002) released a YouTube video thanking everyone who has supported them since they were freed.

    Spitzer again makes New Yorkers ponder forgivenesshttp://rtvote.com/150vCGE
    Eliot Spitzer who resigned from New York’s top job in 2008 after it was revealed he patronized prostitutes, announced Sunday he would run for comptroller (the city’s top financial officer). This announcement is only two months after Anthony Weiner, a former NY Congressman who resigned after texting lewd photos of himself to women, joined the race for mayor.  Spitzer said Monday that the public will have to ask itself “Can we forgive him?…I hope the public says yes.”

    Pennsylvania Gay Marriage Ban Faces ACLU Challengehttp://rtvote.com/150xteC 
    Two weeks after the Supreme Court ruled that a federal ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is bringing that decision to the state level.  The group is filing a lawsuit against PA’s same-sex marriage ban. Twenty-three plaintiffs will be part of the lawsuit challenging the Pennsylvania Defense of Marriage Act that defines marriage as between a man and a woman. 

    CULTURAL
    Amanda Bynes Criminal Case For Bong Incident Delayed To Later Date,http://rtvote.com/150yUd5

    Selena Gomez’s ‘Love Will Remember’ Track Leaks With Supposed Justin Bieber Voicemail, http://rtvote.com/150yS4X

    Elton John Postpones Tour Due to Appendicitis, http://rtvote.com/150zhV2

    Pink Bomb Scare: Australian Teen Arrested After Tweeting Alleged Threat at Singer’s Melbourne Concert, http://rtvote.com/18KXVhI

    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, July 2, 2013

    Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013

    President Obama appears with Bush at Tanzania terrorist attack memorial ceremony; Edward Snowden allegedly seeks asylum from 21 countries; Egyptian President Morsi says he was not told of army’s 48-hour ultimatum; 19 firefighters die fighting Yarnell Hill fire; FW de Klerk will undergo surgery to install a pacemaker today; study shows that refined carbohydrates can have similar cravings as drugs; 19 die in a helicopter crash in Siberia; and Prop. 8 supporters ask Supreme Court to stop gay marriages. Meanwhile, Kristen Stewart makes her first appearance since breaking up with Robert Pattinson, and Pierce Brosnan’s daughter dies of cancer.

    Maura + Alexis

    CRUCIAL:

    Obama Appears With Bush at Site of Tanzania Terror Blast, http://rtvote.com/11XfDun
    Seeing two presidents of opposing parties standing together is a rare sight, but President Bush and President Obama stood side by sideTuesday morning at a ceremony in Tanzania to commemorate those who were killed in a terrorist attack 15 years ago. President Bush was in Tanzania accompanying his wife, Laura, who is holding a summit for African first ladies, and Presdient Obama was in Tanzania for the last leg of his trip to Africa.

    Edward Snowden ‘broadens asylum requests’ – Wikileaks, http://rtvote.com/11XgtqN
    According to Wikileaks, Edward Snowden has sent requests for asylum to 21 countries. These countries include China, France, Ireland, and Venezuela. Eight European countries have stated that the requests were invalid.

    Egypt President Morsi warns of army ultimatum ‘confusion’, http://rtvote.com/14KWmL3
    Due to rioting and protests, the Egyptian army declared that it would give people 48-hours to calm down before its troops intervened. According to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, the army did not consult with him before declaring this ultimatum. He vows to stick to his “national reconciliation” plan despite accusations that he is putting the Muslim Brotherhood’s interests before the nation’s as a whole.

    Yarnell Hill Fire: Seeking answers in wake of tragedy, http://rtvote.com/11XiDXv
    Nineteen Prescott hotshot firefighters were killed Sunday in Arizona while tyring to protect homes from the Yarnell Hill Fire. As of Monday morning, the fire was not at all contained and spanned 8,400 acres. Around 500 firefighters have been fighting the blaze, and even more are expected to be called to help out today. This is the worst firefighter tragedy to ever occur in Arizona and one of the deadliest the nation has ever seen.

    South Africa’s De Klerk in hospital for heart procedure, http://rtvote.com/11XkMm0
    FW de Klerk, South Africa’s last white president, will undergo surgery today to install a pacemaker. The 77-year-old was a joint receiver of the Nobel Peace Prize with successor Nelson Mandela in 1993 for overseeing South Africa’s transition away from white-minority apartheid rule.

    Refined carbohydrates can trigger food cravings, study says, http://rtvote.com/11XlIXB
    Scientists have discovered through research that refined carbohydrates cause cravings not dissimilar from cravings drug addicts experience. The spike and crash that follows eating highly processed carbs activates reward and addiction centers of the brain similar to after taking drugs.

    Russia: 19 die in helicopter crash in Siberia, http://rtvote.com/14L0U48
    Russian authorities claim that 19 people have died in a helicopter crash Tuesday  in a remote region of Yakutia in Siberia. The helicopter was carrying 28 people, 11 of them children. The cause of the crash has not yet been disclosed.

    Proposition 8 Proponents Ask Supreme Court To Halt California Gay Marriages, http://rtvote.com/18tcZAt
    Not even 24 hours after California started issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, lawyers against same-sex marriage filed an emergency motion Saturday requesting that the U.S. Supreme Court shut down all weddings in the San Francisco area.

    CULTURAL:

    Pierce Brosnan’s Daughter Dies of Cancer at 41, http://rtvote.com/14L4uex

    Kristen Stewart Makes First Public Appearance Since Split With Robert Pattinson at Paris Chanel Show, http://rtvote.com/18tfrHa

    Breaking Amish’s Kate Stoltzfus Gets Sexy Makeover for Maxim: See Her Skin-Baring Pics!, http://rtvote.com/14L4MC8

    Ruth Wilson On ‘The Lone Ranger’ & Why She Owes Director Gore Verbinski Part Of Her Career, http://rtvote.com/14L538l

    ‘The Lone Ranger’: The Oddest Movie Of The Year?, http://rtvote.com/14L55NB

    alexis.m@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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