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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 16, 2013

    Wednesday, January 16th, 2013

    The house approves $50.7 billion in Sandy aid; a London helicopter crash kills two; Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar will leave the Obama administration in March; bombers attack an Afghan spy agency; and President Obama will announce sweeping measures on gun reform. Meanwhile, Jessica Simpson gets her own sitcom, and Frank Ocean is nominated for a GLAAD award.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    London helicopter crash: Two die in Vauxhall crane accident, http://rtvote.com/WdtTcg
    Two people are dead and another nine injured after a helicopter crashed into a crane Wednesday morning in a busy part of London. The helicopter hit the crane and then several vehicles on the ground before catching fire. “When I heard the explosion—it was like a little earthquake,” eyewitness Sarah-Beth Casey told The Telegraph.Interior Secretary Salazar to leave in March, http://rtvote.com/Wduf2M
    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced that he will leave President Obama’s cabinet at the end of March. Salazar, a former Colorado Senator, tried to focus his time on energy issues, but they ended up taking a backseat after the BP oil spill. A replacement has not yet been announced.

    HOUSE APPROVES $50.7B FOR SANDY AID, http://rtvote.com/Wdv4bH
    The House has approved $50.7 billion in aid for the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Political leaders in New York and New Jersey pressured Congress to pass the legislation after House Speaker John Boehner pulled a bill that would provide relief to victims. The Senate will vote on the measure next Tuesday.

    Six bombers attack Afghan spy agency, kill two, http://rtvote.com/13DEUIB
    At least two people were killed and another 22 injured in attacks aimed at the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan’s main spy agency. A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb near the entrance of the agency’s building. Shortly after, Afghan officials strapped to explosives fired shots while trying to enter the building. The Taliban sent a text message to the media about the attacks but did not outwardly claim responsibility for them.

    EMERGENCY LANDING GROUNDS BOEING 787 JETS IN JAPAN, http://rtvote.com/13DDhKV
    All Nippon Airways has grounded all Boeing 787 Dreamliners after experiencing a multitude of problems with the aircrafts. On Wednesday in Japan, one of the flights made an emergency landing after a battery alarm alert went off. Last week, the FAA said it would investigate the 787s.Feds round up 27 in massive metro-area mob sweep, http://rtvote.com/13DqgSv
    The FBI arrested 27 people in a Mafia raid in New York Wednesday morning. The arrests reportedly stemmed from an investigation into the Mafia’s control of the private garbage industry. The suspects are from three out of five mob families in the area.

    President Obama to demand new sweeping restrictions on firearms, http://rtvote.com/13Dn0qg
    In a press conference Wednesday, President Obama will announce gun-reform measures that he hopes to implement. The measures include a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines as well as universal background checks. On Tuesday, New York passed its own gun reform laws, which the gun lobby has called “schemes.”
    (via Reuters) Facebook search to generate revenue, no rival to Google – analysts, http://rtvote.com/13DIF0M
    Facebook Inc’s new search tool has strong potential to generate revenue for the social networking company, though it is unlikely to challenge Google Inc as the world’s dominant search engine, Wall Street analysts said on Wednesday. Facebook’s “graph search” tool, rolled out on Tuesday, lets its more than 1 billion users trawl their network of friends to find everything from restaurants to movie recommendations and is the company’s biggest foray into online search.
    CULTURAL:
    Jessica Simpson Sitcom in the Works at NBC, http://rtvote.com/13DEKRz

    Frank Ocean, Chely Wright Up for GLAAD Awards, http://rtvote.com/13DJ0k7

    Honey Boo Boo’s Uncle Poodle Reveals He’s HIV Positive, http://rtvote.com/13DutFO

    Jennifer Lawrence Explains Her ‘I Beat Meryl’ Golden Globes Comment, http://rtvote.com/13DJ82U

    Justin Timberlake’s ‘Suit & Tie’ headed for huge debut, http://rtvote.com/13DuGcf

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, March 9, 2012

    Friday, March 9th, 2012

    Syrian opposition rejects talks with President Bashar al Assad; the Taliban has threatened attacks if Pakistan does not release Osama bin Laden’s widows; and the Obama administration comes out in support of Invisible Children’s Kony bill. Meanwhile, Rock the Vote will debut its “Scan to Vote” QR t-shirts at SXSW. Make sure to follow us on Twitter at @Rockthevote and at Facebook.com/rockthevote for updates from the festival.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Syria opposition chief rejects talks, http://bit.ly/wgryD4
    Burhan Ghalioun, the head of the rebel Syrian National Council, has refused Kofi Annan’s suggestion that the opposition hold talks with Syrian president Bashar al Assad. In an interview with the Associated Press, Ghalioun said the request was unrealistic and that Annan had failed the Syrian people. Annan will meet with Assad this weekend.

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The economy added 227,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate held steady at 8.3 percent, the Labor Department reported Friday.

    Pakistan Taliban demand release of bin Laden’s widows, threaten attacks, http://reut.rs/wHwQjm
    The Taliban has vowed to carry out suicide attacks if the Pakistani government, police, and military do not release Osama bin Laden’s three widows from their custody. On Thursday, Pakistan’s government charged the women with entering the country illegally. Pakistan has been interviewing them to find out how bin Laden managed to stay in the country without being discovered. The Tehrik-e-Taliban, the branch of the Taliban that has promised attacks, has executed major assaults against an American consulate and an American naval base.

    U.S. and Afghanistan Agree on Handover of Prisoners, http://nyti.ms/A3rlSB
    The United States has agreed to hand over 3,200 Afghan prisoners, most of them Taliban insurgents, to the Afghan government far sooner than expected. In what some think is an effort to make up for the NATO burning of Q’rans, the United States will allow for a six-month transition period for the prisoners as opposed to releasing them in 2014 as originally planned.

    Kony 2012 campaign gets support of Obama, others, http://wapo.st/A6LKRb
    The Obama administration has come out in support of an online film aimed at drawing attention to Joseph Kony, the Ugandan leader of the Lord Resistance’s Army, a violent and child-kidnapping militaristic group. The film, released by charity Invisible Children, has gone viral, garnering 48 million views on YouTube and Vimeo. Invisible Children has also created a bill to bring aid and peace to Uganda, and The White House has confirmed its support of the bill. Despite this, Invisible Children has been criticized for oversimplifying the situation in Uganda and for also being factually incorrect.

    (via POLITICO) At SXSW, register to vote QR codes, http://politi.co/x6EIp9
    At this year’s South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas, Warby Parker, a hip eyeglass company based out of New York, and Rock the Vote are teaming up on “Scan to Vote” QR code t-shirts that will allow users to register to vote directly from whatever smartphone they use to scan the QR code…. The shirts can be found from March 12 to March 14 at Warby Parker’s Citizen Circus at SXSW, an annual conference that focuses on music, technology, and film.

    CULTURAL:

    Facebook Co-Founder Buys The New Republic, http://bit.ly/AvNqyu

    Smacketology: a tournament to determine The Wire’s greatest character, http://es.pn/xghfsJ

    Jessica Biel Finally Shows Off Her Massive Engagement Ring With Justin Timberlake, http://eonli.ne/yxCb9v

    South by Southwest: Five Things to Know About the Texan Film Festival, http://eonli.ne/yVupNU

    ‘Disco Inferno’ singer Jimmy Ellis dies at age 74, http://bit.ly/x55Fxx

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