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    News Round-Up: November 25, 2013

    Monday, November 25th, 2013

    A nasty storm is headed East, just in time for Thanksgiving; the US deal with Iran still remains in a delicate balance; and Amazon is under fire for their working conditions. Meanwhile, Miley mocks Gaga, and Catching Fire is actually on fire at the box office!

    -Sandy + Maura

     

    CRUCIAL

    Nasty winter storm could snarl holiday traffic in East,http://rtvote.com/17MOsov
    A strong blast of Arctic air, blamed for eight deaths in the West, will reach the East coast in time for Thanksgiving. The storm has already closed hundreds of flights out of Dallas, and it is expected to reach the mid-Atlantic and New England regions by Tuesday. Heavy rain is to be expected, and snow is likely in Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Syracuse.

    Most of Amtrak train jumps tracks in S.C.http://rtvote.com/1c4PLkl
    Seven cars of a nine-car Amtrak train derailed near Spartanburg County, South Carolina, early this morning. 207 passengers and 11 crew members were on board the train going from New Orleans to New York; no serious injuries were reported, although two people were hospitalized. The seven derailed cars remained upright, and heat and light were quickly restored.

    Pitfall of working for Amazon: Mental illness?http://rtvote.com/17U5oM7
    Who doesn’t love Amazon?! Apparently, some of their workers. BBC launched an investigation into Amazon employees’ working conditions, wherein one of their undercover reporters worked the night shift in a U.K. Amazon warehouse. The reporter said he walked 11 miles in one shift, and an expert claims that such working conditions increase the risk of mental illness.

    After Iran nuclear deal, tough challenges aheadhttp://rtvote.com/182tY8g
    A historic nuclear agreement with Iran has been signed, but don’t celebrate just yet! The situation is still as fragile as ever, as evidenced by the parties’ clash on Sunday over a key element of the deal and congressional skeptics’ threat to strike down the deal. The accord’s conditions include a six-month freeze on Iran’s nuclear program, daily monitoring by international inspectors, and a promise to not finish construction of a heavy-water reactor that could provide Iran with a source of plutonium for a nuclear bomb.

    Rajesh and Nupur Talwar guilty of Aarushi and Hemraj murders,http://rtvote.com/18jsLPD
    In 2008, Aarushi Talwar, 14, and Hemraj, a domestic servant for the Talwar family, were found dead. Aarushi’s throat was slit, and she had also suffered a fatal head injury; Hemraj’s dead body was found on the roof of the Talwar house. After a five-and-a-half-year investigation, the parents of Aarushi have been convicted of the murders. Although Rajesh and Nupur Talwar are still denying guilt, prosecutors claimed the parents killed their child when they found her in a “compromising situation” with Hemraj.

     

    CULTURAL 

    Miley Cyrus Mocks Lady Gaga’s White Horse Entrance at American Music Awards, http://rtvote.com/1c4YLpA

    2013 American Music Awards: 5 Things You Didn’t See on TV,http://rtvote.com/1i8Zrzn

    Macklemore References Trayvon Martin, Racial Profiling in American Music Awards Acceptance Speech, http://rtvote.com/18jzrxs

    Catching Fire Box Office: Hunger Games Sequel Opens to Hot $25.3 Million,http://rtvote.com/19WwFb8

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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: Tuesday, August 27, 2013

    Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

    Forest fires sweep Yosemite; Obama administration considers military action against Syria’s chemical weapon attack; 12 workers killed by the Afghan Taliban; and Zimmerman to claim state funding on legal bills. Meanwhile, the VMAs are still the talk of the town, with ‘NSync and Miley Cyrus performances as big talking points.

    -Maura + Ally

    CRUCIAL

    Crews get first break against Rim firehttp://rtvote.com/1aM6SIo
    Forest fires in Yosemite National Park reach their tenth day, charring nearly 161,000 acres. On top of the already tremendous damage, the fires are threatening groves of giant sequoias and historical structures in the park. Firefighters state that this is the hottest and fastest burning fire in Sierra Nevada history.

    After Syria chemical allegations, Obama considering limited military strike, http://rtvote.com/1aM75eN
    As a punishment for the use of chemical weapons, and as a deterrent, President Obama considers a short-term military strike against Syria, lasting only a few days. This response would keep United States from deep involvement in the Syrian Civil War.

    Afghan Taliban kill 12 ‘government’ workershttp://rtvote.com/17jzJPa
    The Taliban executed 12 Afghan workers who were seen “cooperating with the government.” These workers were engineers and trainers working on a World Bank-funded program to improve local project management. Negotiations were scheduled, but they were killed before the negotiations could begin.

    George Zimmerman will ask state to cover $200K-$300K of his legal bills, http://rtvote.com/17jAcAU
    Since George Zimmerman was acquitted in his trial for the death of Trayvon Martin, he is allowed by state law to request state coverage of thousands of dollars in legal bills. His motion asking the payments to be authorized “is in the works.”

    At Charter Schools, Short Careers by Choice, http://rtvote.com/17jDSmn
    As a new generation of teachers enters the classroom, we are finding that they stay for shorter time periods. This is especially true in charter schools. Education professionals have mixed opinions on this trend. While turnover means more passionate, less burnt out teachers, longtime teachers are also better able to build ties to communities, which is equally important.

    CULTURAL

    Madonna Tops Forbes 2013 List Of The Top-Earning Celebrities, http://rtvote.com/17jA3NO

    ‘N Sync Reunion Tour? “I’m Not Gonna Say It’s Never Gonna Happen,” Says Chris Kirkpatrick, http://rtvote.com/1aM9w15

    Paula Patton, Robin Thicke’s Wife, Was Fine With Miley Cyrus’ Twerking, But His Mom Wasn’t, http://rtvote.com/1aMc2UV

    Glee’s Cory Monteith Tribute Brings Back Some Original Cast Member, http://rtvote.com/1aMroZJ

    Ally.f@rockthevote.com
    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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



    News Round-up: Tuesday, July 16, 2013

    Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

    Protests kill 7 in Cairo; Mexican drug cartel leader captured; Juror from Zimmerman trial discusses verdict; freight trains to the U.S. border are more closely examined; Senate reaches tentative deal to avoid party-line vote; Virginia state officials move forward in restoring voting rights to nonviolent felons. Meanwhile, we can now find Carmen Sandiego, Prince Harry look-alike sneaks in to see Kate, and Carly Rae Jepsen proves no hand-eye coordination is necessary to sing.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL
    Egypt turmoil: Seven killed in Cairo clashes, http://rtvote.com/15ioEwQ

    Seven people have been killed in Cairo in overnight clashes between security forces and supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi. The clashes came as a senior US envoy visited Egypt and remarked that it had been given a “second chance” at democracy.

    Leader of Mexico’s Zetas drug cartel captured, http://rtvote.com/12D5y5X
    Miguel Angel Trevino Morales, the notoriously brutal leader of the feared Zetas drug cartel was captured on Monday by Mexican Marines who intercepted a pickup truck with $2 million in cash. Trevino Morales was taken into custody along with a bodyguard, an accountant, and 8 guns. He is now charged with the kidnapping and killing of 265 migrants.

    Juror: ‘No doubt’ that George Zimmerman feared for his life, http://rtvote.com/15ipZnr
    One of the female jurors who acquitted George Zimmerman, identified in CNN’s interview as Juror B37, is the first juror to speak publically about the case. She said she believes Zimmerman’s “heart was in the right place” the night he shot Trayvon Martin, but that he didn’t use “good judgment” in confronting the Florida teen.

    In Mexico, rails are risky crossing for a new wave of Central American migrants, http://rtvote.com/12D7hYZ
    Central Americans have been catching freight trains to the U.S. border for years, risking injury or worse for a free ride and a path clear of Mexican government checkpoints. Although illegal immigration to the U.S. is at its lowest point in four decades, the number of Central Americans going north has soared, placing new attention on the rail system taking thousands to the boarder each year.

    Senate reaches tentative deal on nuclear option, http://rtvote.com/15iDTWy
    Senators have reached a tentative deal to avert the “nuclear option” on filibuster rules. The proposal is not yet agreed upon by the White House but Senate Majority leader Harry Reid said, “ it is a compromise.”

    In VA, Bid to Restore Rights to Nonviolent Felons, http://rtvote.com/15irQIX
    “For past offenders, our goal is to grant civil rights back to as many as possible” said Governor Bob McDonnell. On Monday, state officials in VA outlined steps for thousands of nonviolent felons to regain their right to vote.  Myrna Perez, Deputy Director of the Brennan Center for Justice, said the move by VA is part of a national trend as states recognize that the denial of basic rights to offenders serves little societal good.

    CULTURAL

    Carly Rae Jepsen’s Hilariously Bad First Pitch- Watch!, http://rtvote.com/15iBuvd

    Prince Harry Look-Alike (and a Bear!) Visit Kate Middleton’s Hospital Ahead of Royal Baby’s Birth, http://rtvote.com/12Djddp

    ‘Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?’ Returning To PBS?, http://rtvote.com/15iD14d

    Tom Cruise’s upcoming sci-fi film gets a Comic-Com panel and a new title, http://rtvote.com/190Qkf1

    Dave Matthews hitchhikes to his own concert, http://rtvote.com/190QsuR

     

    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: Monday, July 15, 2013

    Monday, July 15th, 2013

    ‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith found dead; George Zimmerman found not-guilty; people in LA protest in response to verdict in George Zimmerman murder trial; Snowden has docs that outline how the NSA works; U.S. embassy reopens in Cairo; and trial begins today over controversial PA voter ID law. Meanwhile, Kelly Osbourne gets engaged; Selena Gomez pays tribute to friend, Cory Monteith; and celebrities ‘tweet’ about Zimmerman not guilty verdict.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    ‘Glee’ Star Cory Monteith Found Dead, http://rtvote.com/18Yb6Mi
    Saturday afternoon, Cory Monteith, star of the Fox show “Glee”, was found dead in his Vancouver, Canada hotel room. When Monteith didn’t check out at his scheduled time, staff went to his room and discovered his body. The cause of death is unknown, but police have ruled out foul play in the death of the 31-year old actor.  An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

    Zimmerman not-guilty verdict unlikely to be the end of Trayvon Martin saga in court, http://rtvote.com/18YbNVX
    On Saturday night, George Zimmerman was able to shed the GPS device that had monitored his movements before he was acquitted of manslaughter and second-degree murder charges in the death of teenager Trayvon Martin. But, drama over the case continues with demonstrations across the country, debate about wrongful-death lawsuits, and Web-site-crashing demands for filing of federal civil rights charges.

    Police declare unlawful assembly in Hollywood; make arrests, http://rtvote.com/18YdVNu
    In response to the verdict in the Trayvon Martin murder case, about 80 protestors gathered in front of the CNN building in Hollywood on Sunset Boulevard shortly after midnight Monday, chanting “No Justice, No Peace.” More than 100 LA police officers in riot gear converged on the crowd and began making arrests. Some of the protestors were carrying signs that said “We Are All Trayvon Martin.” Protestors also amassed in San Francisco, Oakland, and New York City.

    ‘Guardian’ journalist: Snowden docs contain NSA ‘blueprint’, http://rtvote.com/15fIDwg
    Edward Snowden has highly sensitive documents on how the National Security Agency (NSA) is structured and operates that could harm the U.S. government, but has insisted they not be made public. Glenn Greenwald, a columnist with The Guardian newspaper who first reported on the leaks, said the disclosure would allow “somebody who read them to know exactly how the NSA does what it does.”

    U.S. reopens Egypt embassy as envoy arrives in Cairo, http://rtvote.com/15fJuwY
    The U.S. Embassy in Cairo reopened Monday as a senior Washington official was due to hold talks with the nation’s military-supported leaders. The embassy was closed to the public for two weeks amid widespread unrest and mass protests in Tahrir Square, which is very close to the embassy.

    Trial to measure lawfulness of PA voter ID law, http://rtvote.com/15fHlRV

    A trial is set to begin Monday on the constitutionality of Pennsylvania’s voter identification law. The case represents a major step toward a judicial ruling on whether the photo requirement should be enforced at polling places statewide or thrown out as unconstitutional. Officials on both sides say that they expect the state Supreme Court to ultimately decide the case.

    CULTURAL

    Dina Lohan: Oprah Winfrey Will Be Lindsay Lohan’s “Mentor”, http://rtvote.com/12AyWK5

    Kelly Osbourne Is Engaged to Matthew Mosshart, http://rtvote.com/18YcA9i

    Selena Gomez Pays Tribute to Cory Monteith, Posts Affectionate Photo on Twitter, http://rtvote.com/15fGwZf

    David Beckham to Kate Middleton and Prince William: Name the Royal Baby David!, http://rtvote.com/15fGEb2

    Celebrities React To George Zimmerman Not Guilty Verdict, http://rtvote.com/15fH1T8

    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