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    News Round-Up: Friday, March 22, 2013

    Friday, March 22nd, 2013

    Three die at a Marine base shooting; Obama travels to Jordan on his last stop in the Middle East; Myanmar riots increase fears of widening sectarian violence; and Colorado legalizes same-sex civil unions. Meanwhile, Ryan Gosling takes an acting break, and John Mayer announces his first tour in three years.

    Caitlin + Liza

    CRUCIAL: 

    Marine base shooting an apparent double murder-suicide, http://cbsn.ws/YJCEui
    Three were killed at Virginia’s Quantico Marine Corps Base Thursday night when a Marine shot a male and female colleague before shooting himself. Authorities have yet to uncover a motive behind the incident, but base commander David Maxwell said a “very lengthy” investigation will ensue. Victims’ names have not been released, but all three were staff members at the base’s Officer Candidates School.

    Obama to shore up ally Jordan on last stop in Mideast, http://reut.rs/WEZEOx
    President Obama will fly to Jordan on Friday after wrapping up the final day of his first official visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories. In Jordan, a key American ally in the Middle East, Obama and King Abdullah are expected to discuss civil war in Syria and prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace. Obama hopes to reassure Jordan of America’s support as the nation deals with an influx of neighboring Syria’s refugees and handles the “Arab Spring” fallout. Jordan is also one of just two Arab states, the other being Egypt, that has signed peace treaties with Israel, and could be a potential American partner in leading Israeli-Palestinean peace talks.

    Colorado Law Allows Same-Sex Civil Unions in ‘Hate State’, http://bloom.bg/10q70Xr
    Colorado passed legislation on Thursday legalizing same-sex civil unions, becoming the 15th state to recognize either same-sex marriage or civil unions. The law marks a dramatic departure for Colorado from its reputation as the “hate state,” a label it gained in 1992 when voters passed a constitutional amendment banning local ordinances to protect gay rights. “The gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual community is part of all of us,” Colorado Governor and Democrat John Hickenlooper said. “There’s no excuse that people shouldn’t have the same rights.” Advocates are expected to continue pushing for legalizing gay marriage in the state.

    Saturday Postal Pullback in Limbo, http://on.wsj.com/Z8WmQg
    The U.S Postal Service says it wants to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting this summer in an effort to offset its financial struggles, sparking disagreement in Congress over a mandate requiring the postal service to deliver mail six days a week. A bill on government spending for the remainder of the 2013 year includes the same six-day mandate that has stood for thirty years, and is expected to pass in Congress. But some Senate Republicans are pushing to change the bill and drop the mandate, allowing the postal service, which dealt with almost $16 billion in losses last year, to stop delivering six days. The postal service is prepared for a showdown if Congress does not drop the mandate.

    Obama in Israel: ‘The Holocaust will never happen again’, http://politi.co/10sqdHS
    President Obama visited Israel’s Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, on Friday, the last day of his visit to the country, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Shimon Peres. The president visited the museum’s memorial site dedicated to the 1.5 million children who died in the Holocaust and delivered a speech at a service held by the museum. “Here on your ancient land, let it be said for all the world to hear,” the president remarked. “The state of Israel does not exist because of the Holocaust, but in the survival of a strong Jewish state of Israel the Holocaust will never happen again.”

    Myanmar riots stroke fears of widening sectarian violence, http://reut.rs/ZQvJSJ
    Myanmar has declared a state of emergency and martial law in four central townships in response to riots between Buddhists and Muslims that broke out on Wednesday. Twenty have been killed and dozens wounded amidst the riots, and two camps have been set up to hold over 2,000 displaced by fighting. Asia’s newest Democratic country, Myanmar became free from 49 years of military rule in 2011, but ethnic conflicts have plagued the nation ever since. Last year, 110 were killed and 110,00 left homeless after conflict between Buddhists and Muslims broke out in western Myanmar.

    CULTURAL: 

    Ryan Gosling On Taking a Break, http://huff.to/14cejFs

    Lindsay Vonn: Tiger Wood’s Past Doesn’t Freak Me Out, http://bit.ly/ZO8p8b

    John Mayer Announces First Tour in 3 Years, http://bit.ly/16MgRtp

    Lil Wayne: I’m More Than Good After Hospitalization for Seizure, http://eonli.ne/ZZNs8L

    Liza Dee
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, March 11th, 2013

    Monday, March 11th, 2013

    Japan observes a moment for silence on the twoyear anniversary of the deadly tsunami; the main suspect in the Delhi gang-rape case commits suicide; South Korea considers creating a nuclear arsenal; and a new test may detect Alzheimers decades in advance. Meanwhile, Justin Bieber cancels his concert in Portugal; Princess Lilian of Sweden dies; and Holly Madison defends naming her daughter Rainbow.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Fukushima Nuclear Cleanup Bogged Down in Bureaucracy, Could Take Decades,http://rtvote.com/ZDtd1B
    At 2:46 pm on Monday, Japan observed a moment of silence on the two year anniversary of the tsunami that killed 16,000 people and caused a nuclear plant meltdown. A 9.0 magnitude earthquake triggered the tsunami that ruined thousands of homes on Japan’s northern Pacific coast, forced 160,000 people to evacuate, and caused the biggest nuclear disaster since Chernobyl.

    Delhi gang-rape case accused commits ‘suicide’, http://rtvote.com/12IbL2g
    The main suspect in the Delhi gang-rape case that killed a 23-year-old woman was found dead after an apparent suicide in his high-security prison cell. Prison authorities say the 33-year-old man hanged himself using just his clothes. At the time, inmates and a guard were present causing some to blame the prison for a lack of security. The suspect’s father says his son was murdered as he was threatened numerous times in prison.

    South Korea Flirts With Nuclear Ideas as North Blusters, http://rtvote.com/15HMaEm
    South Korea, which normally ignores North Korea’s threats, has a heightened sense of anxiety after North Korea claimed the countries’ peace treaty to be invalid. A recent poll shows that two-thirds of South Koreans want to create their own nuclear weapons in response to North Korea’s increasingly belligerent warnings against the U.S. and South Korea. On Monday, the U.S. and South Korea conducted military drills in case North Korea executes any of its threats.

    Syria: the story behind one of the most shocking images of the war, http://rtvote.com/ZDx9iX
    A shocking photo from Syria has gone viral on the Internet. The picture shows the executed bodies of men laying in a dried out river; their eyes are covered and their hands are bound. The Guardian has investigated the depiction, revealing that 110 young men had been executed and had vanished from regime areas or while traveling to regime areas. Syrian officials claim that a terrorist group carried out the executions and that they are not responsible.

    (via The New York Times) Ex-Mayor of Detroit Convicted in Corruption Case, http://rtvote.com/15HS5td
    Kwame M. Kilpatrick, a former mayor of Detroit, was found guilty on Monday of a range of charges, including corruption and fraud, at the completion of a five-month trial. Jurors reached consensus on 40 of the 45 charges leveled against Mr. Kilpatrick and his co-defendants, the judge in the trial said. The verdicts brought to a close a trial in which prosecutors laid out a complex case against Mr. Kilpatrick and his co-defendants — including his father, Bernard, and a city contractor, Bobby W. Ferguson — arguing that they had used the mayor’s office to enrich themselves for years through shakedowns, kickbacks and bid-rigging schemes.

    Alzheimer’s blood test could give early diagnosis, http://rtvote.com/15HQyDo
    British researchers are developing a new test that can reveal a person’s chances of developing Alzheimers later in life. The test looks for proteins normally associated with the disease and can better target treatments for those who have a chance of developing it.

    CULTURAL:

    Tiger’s all-around game shines in win, http://rtvote.com/12IkfX3

    JUSTIN BIEBER Cancels Concert Because of Empty Seats, http://rtvote.com/ZDAgY8

    Barbara Walters: Elisabeth Hasselbeck Is Not Being Fired from The View, http://rtvote.com/ZDCzum

    Welsh-born Princess Lilian of Sweden dies, aged 97, http://rtvote.com/16m8XH9

    Holly Madison: Daughter Rainbow Won’t Be “Traumatized” by Her Name — Is She Right?,http://rtvote.com/16m8Zi1

    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: Monday, February 11, 2013

    Monday, February 11th, 2013

    Pope Benedict XVI becomes the first pope to resign since 1415, the search for an ex-cop at the center of an LAPD revenge plot widens, and sources predict an aggressive State of the Union address from Obama. Meanwhile, Grammy winners celebrate their awards, Justin Timberlake makes his musical return with a retro Grammy performance, and Tiger Woods may be dating Lindsay Vonn.

    CRUCIAL: 

    Pope Benedict XVI To Resign, http://huff.to/VPiqiC
    Pope Benedict XVI announced today that he will resign the papacy on February 28, citing health concerns and old age. The pope, who is 85, will the be the first pope to resign since 1415. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to a certainty that my strengths due to an advanced age are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” said Pope Benedict. Benedict had already been the oldest pope elected in nearly 300 years when he was elected in 2005 at age 78. Since there will be no need for the mourning period that traditionally follows the death of a pope, the Vatican will hold a conclave to elect a new pope by mid-March.

    Search for ex-cop at center of LAPD revenge plot widens, http://bit.ly/Y4Icz7
    Authorities are entering the second week of a manhunt for former LAPD cop Christopher Dorner, who released an online manifesto targeting police officers and their families. Dorner says he is seeking revenge for being fired from the police department and is so far accused of killing three, including the daughter of a former LAPD police chief and another former cop. The search for Dorner has widened to become one of the largest in the history of Southern California. Los Angeles announced a $1 million reward on Sunday for help in catching Dorner.

    Obama’s State of the Union 2013: Aggressive, http://politi.co/WEATlU
    Democrats close to Obama hint that the president plans to use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to challenge the Republican Party and put his opposition on the defensive. West Wing leaks suggest viewers should expect an address much more aggressive than his 2009 SOTU, in which he called for peaceful, bipartisan collaboration. The address is likely to build upon Obama’s progressive Inauguration speech and supposedly will center on jobs creation, the middle class, and infrastructure projects, all key areas for partisan debate. The speech will also mark the debut of Cody Keenan, who wrote for Ted Kennedy, as Obama’s new chief speechwriter. Florida Senator and rising Republican star Marco Rubio will likely generate buzz when he delivers the GOP’s rebuttal speech.

    Graham on Brennan, Hagel: ‘No confirmation without information,’ http://bit.ly/12mIT9R
    Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that he would hold up Obama’s nominees to head the CIA and Defense department until he gets more information about the administration’s response to September’s Benghazi attack. “No confirmation without information,” Graham said, addressing whether he would allow the nominations of John Brennan and Chuck Hagel to go forward. Graham specifically asked whether Obama had called Libyan officials and asked them to allow a rescue team to go to the consulate that night, saying he believes American lives could have been saved had the president called the government. ” I don’t think we should allow Brennan to go forward for the CIA directorship, Hagel to be confirmed secretary of defense until the White House gives us an accounting,” he said.

    Tornado tears through southern Mississippi, http://bit.ly/Wc6ZDM
    At least 12 were injured when a tornado touched down in Hattiesburg, Mississippi on Sunday, prompting the governor to declare a state of emergency in four counties. The University of Mississippi, located in Hattiesburg, received significant damage to several buildings as a result of the storm, though none were injured there. No one has been killed so far, authorities reported, though many town structures were impacted. “If there is a good thing about this, it happened on a Sunday when most of these structures were vacant,” mayor of Hattiesburg John DuPree said.

    Local Students Want “Traditional Prom”, Gays Banned, http://bit.ly/Y4iRHc
    A group of students, parents, and at least one teacher at a high school in Sullivan, Indiana are advocating for a “traditional” prom that would ban gay students. Sullivan High School insisted that they cannot legally allow such a prom, inspiring the group to organize at a church on Sunday and discuss options for holding a separate prom. “We want to make the public see that we love the homosexuals, but we don’t think it’s right nor should it be accepted,” one high school student said. Though the movement has garnered support from several local pastors, not all in the community agree with it. “The feeling of being loved and belonging is universal,” said local Jim Davis.

    CULTURAL: 

    Grammy Awards 2013: Mumford & Sons’ ‘Babel’ Wins Album of the Year, http://lat.ms/YktKnp

    Justin Timberlake Makes Musical Return With Retro Performance, http://bit.ly/Z4kdGS

    Grammy Dresses: The Bold and the Beautiful, http://bit.ly/14MGQ21

    Tiger Woods Dating Lindsay Vonn; Source Says Relationship is New, http://bit.ly/151O43b

    Liza Dee
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Monday, July 23, 2012

    Monday, July 23rd, 2012

    Iraq sees its deadliest day in two years; NCAA implements heavy sanctions on Penn State; and James Holmes will appear in court today. Meanwhile, MTV aired the Teen Choice Awards last night, and The Bachelorette Emily gets engaged.

    Maureen + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Coordinated Iraq bombings, shootings kill 103 in 13 cities, deadliest day this year, http://wapo.st/QrJpSt
    Iraqis have witnessed their deadliest day in two years as bombings and shootings killed at least 103 and injured nearly 200 on Monday. Though no one has immediately claimed responsibility, Iraq’s al-Qaida leader declared yesterday that the group has launched a new offensive aimed at generating instability across the country. These types of attacks have increased since the U.S. pulled military support out of the country in December. Today’s attacks have the mark of al-Qaida: all of the violence took place within a few hours of each other and targeted mostly security forces and government offices.

    NCAA Hands Down Ruling On Penn State Case, http://bit.ly/MDTSK4
    The NCAA has delivered heavy consequences to the Penn State athletic department two weeks after the FBI released a report accusing former head football coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials of concealing former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse allegations in order to avoid bad publicity. The Nittany Lions’ sanctions include a $60 million fine, as well as a four-year ban from bowl and postseason games. All 112 of Penn State’s football wins from 1998 to 2011 will be vacated, and the entire athletic department will serve a five-year probation period. The school must cut 10 scholarships for the 2012-2013 school year and 20 more in the following four years. Any entering or returning Penn State player can transfer and play immediately at another school.

    Colorado Movie Theater Shooting: Suspect James Holmes to Appear in Court, http://abcn.ws/PAk5Zd
    James Holmes, the suspected Colorado movie theater shooter, will make his first court appearance today. Holmes killed 12 people and left 58 injured during last week’s premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. He will be brought to court from his jail cell at Arapahoe County Jail through an underground tunnel. President Obama visited Aurora, Colorado yesterday and met with the victims and families for over two and a half hours. Obama also visited Colorado Springs late last month to console homeowners and victims of devastating wildfires.

    CULTURAL:

    Five Jaw-Droppers From the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, http://eonli.ne/M5Hhj8

    The Bachelorette Finale: Emily Maynard Picks Jef Holm, http://bit.ly/LHAxBR

    Woods ready to wait for 15th major, http://reut.rs/MDSxDc

    ‘Dark Knight Rises’ Set to Rake in $160 MILLION, http://bit.ly/Oj7FlF

    Maureen Dolan
    Bio: Maureen is the Marketing & Communications intern for Rock the Vote.

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