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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, April 2, 2014

    Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

    The SCOTUS comes to a decision in the McCutcheon v. FEC case; a powerful earthquake strikes off the coast of Chile; Muriel Bowser defeats incumbent in DC mayoral primary; and bombings hit Cairo University in Egypt. Meanwhile, the Broadway cast of The Lion King does an epic rendition of the “Circle of Life” in an unexpected place; Michael Strahan shares some big news with the TV world; and Anna Kendrick preps for her SNL appearance.

    -Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    DEVELOPING STORY: Justices strike down political donor limits: http://rtvote.com/1dN6htc
    The Supreme Court of the United States has determined the outcome of the McCutcheon v. FEC case.  With a vote of 5-4, individuals are no longer faced with a limit on how much they can donate to political campaigns. The winning argument determined that individual donor limits and regulations violated the First Amendment rights of the donor.

    Powerful earthquake strikes off Chile, triggers tsunami: http://rtvote.com/1pL0c20
    A massive, 8.2 magnitude earthquake struck directly off the coast of Chile on Tuesday. Fortunately, damage was minimal; landslides wiped out roads in some places and phone and power lines were also knocked out. Tsunami warnings were also in effect as tsunamis hit at various beaches, generating 6 to 7 foot waves. Five people died: two had heart attacks while the others were crushed by debris. People fled to higher ground as soon as the quake was felt, creating some traffic jams. Some are still without any source of power or phones, not knowing if they are able to return to their homes. There is no danger for the United States coastline.

    Muriel Bowser defeats Gray in DC mayoral primary: http://rtvote.com/1hhuFO7
    DC Councilmember Muriel Bowser defeated incumbent Mayor Vincent Gray in yesterday’s mayoral primary. Gray had been hit with scandals and a federal investigation relating to potential monetary felonies that helped him get elected in 2010. The Democratic primary winner has won every official election in Washington because 75% of registered voters in the district are Democrats; however, the Republican challenger, David Catania, is a definite contender. Despite Bowser’s win, many voters were discouraged with the candidates running and the election experienced a low voter turnout.

    Regulators did not properly track complaints on GM switches, inspector general says: http://rtvote.com/1oqcDTM
    According to the Department of Transportation’s inspector general Calvin L. Scovel III, “federal auto safety regulators lacked effective procedures for tracking consumer complaints” about the flaw in the ignition: the issue that has spurred the recall and resulted in thirteen deaths. General Motors’ Chief Executive, Mary T. Barra, says she was unaware of the issue until this year and did not answer questions relating to GM’s failure to fix the flaw. GM has recalled 2.6 million Chevy Cobalts deemed at risk for the ignition switch flaw. According to lawmakers, the ignition switch problem could have been solved by GM for a cost of .57 cents per vehicle.

    Bombings rock area near Cairo University: http://rtvote.com/1mKyRhw
    Two bombs planted outside of Cairo University in Egypt exploded, killing an Egyptian police officer and wounding five other security officers. Violence like this has been prevalent since the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi last year, and is expected to escalate as Election Day grows closer. The current Egyptian leader, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is expected to win with almost no contest, as the Muslim Brotherhood, the political party behind Morsi, and Egypt’s most organized party, have been banned. No one has claimed responsibility for this attack, although people speculate that Islamic militants are responsible. 

    CULTURAL

    The Lion King Broadway cast gives an impromptu performance: watch the awesome video! http://rtvote.com/1ft6eRL

    Anna Kendrick’s SNL promos are a thing of beauty & hilarity: http://rtvote.com/1mKFekZ  

    Michael Strahan has some big news: http://rtvote.com/1pQYSc5

    Miley Cyrus grieving over dog’s death: http://rtvote.com/1go46Xp

    Two people debate the How I Met Your Mother finale: http://rtvote.com/1oqkwbV

    Veronica Barger
    Bio: Veronica is currently studying communications, law, economics, and government at American University in Washington, DC. Originally from New Jersey, she has held an interest in politics since the 2008 presidential election. Being a newly registered voter, she understands how important it is for young people to register to vote and have their voices heard. She looks to spread that message with Rock the Vote.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Thursday, April 7th, 2011

    Will the government shut down tomorrow? Talks are growing more serious with still no agreement to be seen. Tragically, another strong aftershock earthquake hits Japan, and a tsunami is expected to follow. Meanwhile, Matt Lauer and Meredith Viera are expected to leave their respective positions on The Today Show, YouTube is planning a site overhaul and Tina Fey announces baby number two.

    CRUCIAL:

    With No Sign of a Deal, Barack Obama Turns Up Heat on Congresshttp://politi.co/eMJwbB

    After what some thought was failing to be involved enough in budget talks, Obama invited both Senate and House leadership to work towards a deal in the Oval Office last night.  He has become more vocal in recent days about the urgency of the budget crisis, saying there is “no reason why we should have a government shutdown”.  However, Congress has as of yet failed to reach a deal for the budget proposal.

    Wisconsin Judge Race Heads for Recounthttp://on.wsj.com/ehcMGi

    In one of the most highly publicized judicial races in recent memory, the Democratic-backed JoAnne Kloppenburg seems to have won victory by a slim margin of 204 votes.  This election is important because it may influence whether or not the Wisconsin Supreme Court to overturn the state’s new collective bargaining law.  The opposition has 3 days to decide whether to ask for a recount.

    Magnitude 7.4 Earthquake Hits Japan, Tsunami Expectedhttp://bit.ly/gj5lqH

    The latest earthquake hit Japan is being called a strong aftershock and hit near Honshu. Waves of up to 2 meters have been spotted, and a Tsunami is expected to follow.

    Australia requiring grim pictures to replace logos on cigarette boxeshttp://bit.ly/e3zAFf

    Tobacco companies in Australia will be forced to strip all logos from their cigarette packages and replace them with graphic images such as cancer-riddled mouths and sickly children under legislation unveiled Thursday, which the government says will make Australia the world’s toughest country on tobacco advertising.

    YouTube Recasts for New Viewershttp://on.wsj.com/i9wGKi

    In order to compete with television streaming sites that seem to be on the rise, YouTube will create original programing and post it to its new and improved home page.

    Glenn Beck to transition off his daily programming with Fox Newshttp://fxn.ws/eeI0mT

    Fox News and Glenn Beck announced Wednesday that they will team up to produce a slate of new projects for Fox News Channel and its digital spaces. ABC is speculating replacements.

    Matt Lauer Leaving the Today Show, http://bit.ly/hWQw40

    Matt Lauer has said he will be leaving the show in December 2012 when his contract is set to end. This follows yesterday’s news that Meredith Viera would also be leaving the program.

    CULTURAL:

    Tina Fey announces she is pregnant with her second child: http://bit.ly/g9lnK7

    Hangover 2 trailer pulled for being too offensive: http://bit.ly/f6ekmQ

    Lady Gaga confronts anti-gay protester: http://bit.ly/fPRpEz

    Flashback! Photos of 90s girl groups and boy bands: http://bit.ly/hWL5D7

    LeBron James’ mother arrested in Miami: http://bit.ly/eKJccV

    New TLC show tracks the behavior of extreme couponers: http://bit.ly/fUKED2

    J.J. Abrams to release a novel in 2012…if the world doesn’t end first: http://bit.ly/e36lh2

    ‘Atlas Shrugged’ becomes first movie to target Tea Party: http://bit.ly/g9J6XL

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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



    News Round-Up: Friday, March 11, 2011

    Friday, March 11th, 2011

    Many are left many dead and missing after a massive earthquake and tsunami hit the Japan, Secretary of State Clinton will meet with rebel leaders in Libya, the race to develop the best group chat is on, and after Timberlake and Biel split could our dreams of Britney and Justin live on?

    Don’t forget to turn your clocks ahead on Sunday!

    CRUCIAL:

    Huge Quake and Tsunami Hit Japan, http://nyti.ms/eKCPkf

    An earthquake measuring 8.9 hit Japan today, marking the worst earthquake in the countries history. 200-300 have been found dead, with many more missing. The quake triggered tsunamis which cause warnings as far the west coast of the United States.

    U.S. to Send Aid Team to Eastern Libya; Clinton to Meet Rebel Representatives, http://wapo.st/fSvs3S

    While the U.S. still does not recognize the rebel group in Libya as a legitimate government, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will meet with rebel leaders in order to get a better idea of what is happening in the country.

    Giffords to Attend Shuttle Launch Next Month, http://nyti.ms/hg2oBT

    Representative Giffords will see her husband off into space next month, taking a break from her rehabilitation. She has not been seen in public since the shooting.

    What’s So Wrong With Young Voters, http://huff.to/gLMARL

    David D. Burstein of Generation18 speaks out about why denying young people their right to vote because they are not as experienced is not a good argument.

    Start-Ups Are in a Rush to Bring the Chatroom to the Smartphone, http://nyti.ms/fQwAi6

    An assortment of new group text messaging companies have popped up in preparation for SXSW.

    Charlie Sheen’s Death Hoax Spreads Malware Through Facebook, http://on.mash.to/eyzJBy

    Rumors that Charlie Sheen has died is the newest scam to attack your computer. Clicking on a link about the rumor will take you to a fake youtube page that will then attack your facebook.

    Lynn Sweet on presents for the president, http://aol.it/fN5Dv3

    Paul Krugman breaks down the deficit, http://nyti.ms/eBitaF

    CULTURAL:

    Is there hope for Justin and Britney?: http://bit.ly/hTMXKz

    The top 5 wealthiest hip hop stars: http://bit.ly/hB9ddb

    Martha Stewart is a grandma: http://eonli.ne/e2Fmk9

    Julianne Moore as Sarah Palin: http://bit.ly/fmQ7jF

    Kelsey Grammer’s daughter pregnant: http://huff.to/gAYwaK

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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