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    News Round-Up: October 9, 2013

    Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

    Obama begins meeting with congressional caucuses; the World Bank president makes a plea for developing countries; stocks tumble as the shutdown keeps going; and an undercover officer may have been involved in the Alexian Lien incident. Meanwhile, the Sinead-Miley feud continues, and Kanye West is off the hook for anger management classes.

    -Sandy + Maura 

    CRUCIAL

    Obama to meet with congressional caucuseshttp://rtvote.com/18Pd0N8

    Day 9 of the shutdown has arrived. President Obama has announced that he will meet with Republican and Democratic congressional caucuses in the upcoming days. The first session will take place today at 4:30 PM EST with the House Democrats; the government shutdown and the possibility of a debt ceiling default will be discussed. 

    World Bank President: Debt debate could be direhttp://rtvote.com/1fgvYkR

    If the U.S. defaults because of a failure to raise the debt ceiling by October 17th, the consequences could be much more severe than what some Republicans think. The president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, warns of the significant economic setbacks developing countries would experience as a result. Even during these times of uncertainty, these countries could experience a destabilization of stock markets and an increase in borrowing costs.

    Stocks: Nasdaq tumbles 2% as shutdown drags onhttp://rtvote.com/18NhDXW

    It was Day 8 of the government shutdown yesterday, and the stock market started to see numbers drop further and further. Even though the damage to stocks in the first seven days of the shutdown were limited, investors are beginning to become anxious. Many believe a default is avoidable, but the market will continue to fall unless a decision to raise the debt ceiling is made sooner rather than later.

    Official: Off-duty officer allegedly seen pounding SUV in video of attackhttp://rtvote.com/1fgMj9a

    An undercover police officer, who was riding with the motorcyclist gang from the infamous September 29th incident, may have been involved in Alexian Lien’s attack. The officer did not come forward for three days for fear that his cover would be blown. He has been assigned to desk duty, and it remains unclear whether or not he partook in Lien’s vicious beating.

    Taser use on 8-year-old justified, police in S.D. sayhttp://rtvote.com/1e92h23

    An unnamed police officer deployed his Taser at an 8-year-old girl, who was holding a knife to her chest, threatening suicide. Police Chief Bob Grandpre defends the officer’s action as something that may very well have saved the girl’s life. However, her parents are furious, claiming that tasering a young child is unjustifiable. The Taser company’s website describes the shock as mild to moderately painful. The child was not seriously injured.

    PUNDITS 

    Stephen Colbert, Craig Ferguson, David Letterman, and Jay Leno poke some fun at our government’s functionality (or lack thereof) in “Punchlines: Debt ceiling? Shutdown? One comic says bring it on”, http://rtvote.com/18Pu8Cj

    Eric Liu has some words of advice for Obama in “Four ways for Obama to lead U.S. out of crisis”,http://rtvote.com/1g0826q

    CULTURAL

    Sinead O’Connor Slams Miley Cyrus in Fourth Letter to Pop Star, http://rtvote.com/18NmyYJ

    Kanye West Ordered to Stay Away from Photographer, No Anger Management Classes Required,http://rtvote.com/18NmNTD

    Snooki Talks Anorexia Struggle During High School on Dancing with the Stars: “It Got Really, Really Bad”,http://rtvote.com/18NmUyE

    Tom Hanks Reveals Type 2 Diabetes Diagnosis to David Letterman, http://rtvote.com/1fgKjxC

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, September 12, 2013

    Thursday, September 12th, 2013

    Vladimir Putin writes NY Times Op-ed; CIA delivers weapons to Syrian rebels; Colorado flash floods kill 2 people; and a secret Koch brother’s group is revealed to the public. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks has jury duty issues; Lady Gaga talks Miley; JT and Jessica Biel caught smooching; and Prince William leaves the military to be full-time royal.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S weapons reaching Syrian rebels, http://rtvote.com/17Z1gG3
    A flow of materials from the U.S. to Syrian rebels now marks what is being viewed as a major escalation of the U.S. role in Syria’s civil war. The CIA began delivering weapons to rebels ending months of delay in lethal aid promised by the Obama Administration. Other types of aid that includes vehicles, communications equipment, and advanced combat medical kits are also being delivered.

    Vladimir Putin’s comments on American exceptionalism, Syria cause fusshttp://rtvote.com/17Z2jpq
    Vladimir Putin has caught the attention of Americans by writing an opinion piece in today’s New York Times op-ed column, causing a flurry of reactions. Putin says he wrote the article to “speak directly to American people and their political leaders.”

    Flash floods wash away homes, kill at least 2 near Boulder Colorado, http://rtvote.com/17Z3Fk3
    Torrential rains caused at least 2 deaths Thursday in Boulder, Colorado. The National Weather Service described the conditions as “life threatening” in an emergency message issued just after midnight local time for areas around Boulder where 6.5 inches of rain fell in the last 24 hours.

    Exclusive: The Koch brothers’ secret bank, http://rtvote.com/17Z4p8R
    An Arlington, Virginia based conservative group called Freedom Partners, that raised and spent $250 million in 2012 to shape the political and policy debate nationwide, has been revealed. The group served as an outlet for the ideas and funds of the mysterious Koch brothers, cutting checks as large as $63 million to groups promoting conservative causes, according to an IRS document to be filed shortly.

    CULTURAL

    Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel Share Rare PDA at U.S. Open, http://rtvote.com/15mUaMX

    Lady Gaga Talks Miley Cyrus at the VMAs On ‘WWHL’: ‘Lighten Up and Leave Her Alone’, http://rtvote.com/15mS3Jh

    ‘Breaking Bad’ Spinoff: ‘Better Call Saul’ Prequel Happening at AMC, http://rtvote.com/15mT1VU

    Prince William to Leave the Military and Become Full-Time Royal, http://rtvote.com/17YWSH5

    Tom Hanks’ jury duty service leads to misconduct allegation, http://rtvote.com/17Z0Tv6

    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