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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

    The biggest snowstorm of the winter season covers the Northeast; two shootings occur on two college campuses; countries receive Olympic terror threats; and President Obama’s Commission on Election Administration releases a report offering solutions to shorten voter lines & modernize the registration process. Meanwhile, TV is taking over the entertainment headlines today as a Seattle Seahawks player goes on a postgame rant and The Bachelor’s ratings remain steady regardless of Juan Pablo’s controversial remarks.

    - Veronica + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Northeast buried under heavy snow: http://rtvote.com/1msuR0A
    The heaviest snowfall of the season pummeled the Northeastern United States and was accompanied by plunging temperatures. Cities like Philadelphia, Washington, and New York will see temperatures in the single digits and have wind chill numbers in the negatives. Meanwhile, states like New Jersey, Delaware, and New York are declaring states of emergency based on weather conditions. Thousands of flights have been canceled as travelers try to change their travel plans. The kicker? It’s currently warmer in Alaska!

    Two universities rocked by shootings: http://rtvote.com/1ezw7gN
    Two colleges were affected by shootings this weekend. At Purdue University, a student shot and killed another student before surrendering to police on Tuesday. The shooter has been identified as 23-year-old Cody Cousins. The victim, 21-year-old Andrew Boldt, was a teaching assistant at the school. This shooting followed up reports of another school shooting at Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania (a city outside of Philadelphia) where the victim is in critical condition, and the shooter is still at large.

    Countries receive terrorist threats for Olympics: http://rtvote.com/1hLAaYS
    Hungary is the latest country to receive terroristic threats towards their Olympic athletes. The message, formatted as an email, is threatening the Hungarian athletes with violence if they attend the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next month. The nation’s security forces have been informed, as have Sochi organizers. However, officials believe that the message is random and contains no threat, something that is common before every Olympics.

    N.Y. 8-year-old saved 6 in fire, died trying to save 7th: http://rtvote.com/1ins77l
    An 8-year-old boy saved six of his family members after the trailer they were sleeping in caught on fire. The boy, identified as 8-year-old Tyler Doohan, then ran back into the home to rescue a disabled relative. The two of them were found dead in a back bedroom, and a third relative was found in a front room. Doohan warned his family about the fire and died trying to help everyone else escape.

    Cuccinelli: Chris Christie should step down from RGA post: http://rtvote.com/1in6vrP
    Virginia Republican Ken Cuccinelli said Tuesday that New Jersey governor Chris Christie should step down from chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Cuccinelli believes that the investigations and scandals surrounding Christie are preventing the Republican Party from focusing on their election year goals. The scandals include the now-infamous “Bridgegate” incident and the latest from Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, who claims Christie’s administration threatened to not provide Hurricane Sandy relief money to Hoboken unless she agreed to a real estate deal.

    Presidential Commission Offers Ways to Shorten Voting Lines: http://rtvote.com/19NYHMK
    After long lines continued at the polls during the 2012 election, President Obama announced the launch of a bi-partsian panel of election and management experts following his State of the Union speech last year. The Presidential Commission on Election Administration released their report & findings to President Obama and Vice President Biden today with recommendations on how to shorten voting lines and modernize the voter registration system. Rock the Vote is proud to announce their support of the Commission’s recommendations & their role in providing testimony and technology highlighted in the report. This is a big win for American voters!

    CULTURAL

    Seattle Seahawks corner Richard Sherman loses his cool in a pre-Super Bowl interview: http://rtvote.com/1kXQb2q

    Juan Pablo Galavis’s remarks don’t dent The Bachelor‘s ratings: http://rtvote.com/1kXQDh6

    Murder, She Wrote reboot scrapped by NBC: http://rtvote.com/19NNCeB

    Jersey Shore‘s former cast member Jenni “JWoww” Farley is having a girl: http://rtvote.com/1msKDIW

    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: Friday, January 11th, 2013

    Friday, January 11th, 2013

    The U.S. orders a review of Boeing 787s;  the student that opened fire at CA’s Taft Union High Schol had intended targets; President Obama and President Hamid Karzai will meet to discuss troop levels in Afghanistan; campaign staffers report that Michele Bachmann still has not paid them; and the NYPD will review 800 rape cases due to mishandling of DNA evidence. Meanwhile, Iran will respond to ‘Argo’ with its own film; Justin Bieber’s former bodyguard sues him; and Justin Timberlake is ready to make new music.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Dreamliner investigation: U.S. orders review of Boeing 787s, http://trib.in/VrJlV3
    The FAA will conduct an investigation of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner after two separate incidents on aircrafts in Japan. The Dreamliner gained a great deal of attention when it was first introduced for its sophistication and technology; however, it has been plagued with mishaps and production delays.

    Taft Union school shooting: Boy had ‘intended targets,’ police say, http://lat.ms/XSPDQ3
    Kern County, CA police say the 16-year-old student who fired a shotgun in a Taft Union High School classroom Thursday had “intended targets.” The suspect burst into the class he was supposed to be attending and shot one student two to four times before trying to shoot another. A teacher and school supervisor talked the student into putting the gun down and evacuated the rest of the classroom safely. “They did a great job of protecting the kids,” said Ed Whiting, the chief of the Taft Police Department. “We can’t thank them enough for what they did today.” One victim is in critical condition while the teacher suffered a minor pellet wound to his head.

    Plea decision looms in James Holmes’ Aurora theater shooting case, http://bit.ly/VSApVM
    Colorado Judge William B. Sylvester ruled Thursday that there is enough evidence to try James Holmes for the shooting that killed 12 people and wounded 70 in an Aurora, CO movie theater.  The ruling ties Homes to 166 counts of murder, attempted murder, and other weapons charges. As a result, Holmes will be held without bail and arraigned Friday. Defense lawyers have said that they are not ready to plea and will most likely ask for a delay. Holmes’ lawyers have said that he is mentally ill, causing some to believe that he will plead not guilty by reason of insanity.

    Afghan troop levels top agenda for Obama-Karzai talks, http://reut.rs/VqqsBH
    President Obama will meet with Afghan President Hamid Karzai Friday to discuss withdrawing U.S. troops from the country by 2014. The White House has been considering removing all troops with some suggesting that this “zero option” will be an important bargaining chip in Obama’s discussion with Karzai. White House aides say that it’s not likely any decisions will be made during Friday’s talk, and that it could be months before Obama decides how many troops to remove from Afghanistan. Chuck Hagel, Obama’s nomination for Defense Secretary, will most likely support removing as many troops as possible.

    Bachmann still hasn’t paid presidential campaign staffers, http://bit.ly/WxBn8N
    Peter Waldon, the former national field coordinator for Michele Bachmann’s presidential campaign, has said that Bachmann has refused to pay five staffers. Waldon claims that the staffers are owed $5,000 and that Bachmann has $2,000,000 towards her campaign. Bachmann allegedly will not pay the owed funds until the staffers sign a nondisclosure agreement saying they will not tell members of the media about any “unethical, immoral, or criminal activity” witnessed on the campaign trail.

    New York Examines Over 800 Rape Cases for Possible Mishandling of Evidence, http://nyti.ms/USKQgr
    The NYPD said Friday that it will review 843 cases of rape where a lab technician overlooked or mishandled DNA evidence. According to the medical examiner’s office, supervisors have found 26 cases where the technician did not find biological evidence when it did actually exist. The director of forensic biology at the examiner’s office said that these errors are false negatives instead of false positives and that “nobody was wrongfully convicted” due to the mistakes. The cases in review span from 2001 to 2011, when the technician worked in the examiner’s office.

    BIDEN SEEKS VIDEO GAME INDUSTRY INPUT ON GUNS, http://bit.ly/WHJgYS
    Vice President Biden will meet with representatives from the videogame industry Friday to gauge videogames’ influence on violent behavior. On Thursday, Biden and his gun control task force met with heads of the NRA for more than 90 minutes. The meeting has been described as an open and frank discussion, but neither side came out of it showing signs of negotiating. Biden is set to present his ideas regarding gun laws to President Obama early next week.

    CULTURAL:

    Film to Present Iran’s View of ‘Argo’ Events, http://nyti.ms/VMPqbY

    JUSTIN BIEBER Sued By Ex-Bodyguard: He Punched & Berated Me!, http://tmz.me/10iQhrE

    Inside the Critics Choice Movie Awards: What You Didn’t See on TV, http://bit.ly/WJ8kPi

    Sharon Osbourne Slams Lady Gaga After Kelly Critique, Calls Her “Hypocrite” and “Bully”, http://eonli.ne/ZQ6qn0

    Justin Timberlake is “ready” for new project, http://bit.ly/ZCfN55

    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, June 24, 2011

    Friday, June 24th, 2011

    The House rejects a resolution to formally authorize a U.S. military intervention in Libya, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walks out of debt negotiations, three men are arrested before carrying out a terrorist plot in Seattle, and Qaddafi is ‘seriously considering’ fleeing Tripoli.

    Also, the Ohio Senate and Pennsylvania House have passed legislation requiring voters to show photo ids at the polls, while North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue has vetoed a photo ID bill.

    Caitlin, Katie, + Perry

    CRITICAL:

    (via POLITICO Breaking News) The House has rejected a resolution that would have formally authorized the U.S. military intervention in Libya, a rebuke of President Barack Obama’s policy in the north African country. The vote was 123-295. The House will also vote later Friday to cut off funding for the Libya conflict.

    Cantor’s exit leaves debt talks up to Boehner, Obama to get deal, http://bit.ly/kjPC1q

    House Majority Leader Eric Cantor walked out on Vice President Biden’s negotiations over the debt yesterday.  Leaders on both sides say the impasse is due to Republicans’ opposition to all tax hikes.

    Accused Seattle attackers wanted media attention,
    http://bit.ly/mrCtJm

    “Three Muslim Males Walk Into MEPS Building, Seattle, Washington, And Gun Down Everybody.” That’s the headline a pair of would-be-terrorists envisioned on the newspaper stands, had they not been arrested before they could carry it out. Seattle police foiled the plot after a third partner alerted the authorities.

    Qaddafi ‘Seriously Considering’ Fleeing Tripoli, U.S. Officials Say, http://fxn.ws/il0th2

    NATO forces have Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi on the ropes, with sources saying the leader is “seriously considering” fleeing Tripoli.

    Pennsylvania House backs photo-ID bill for voters, http://bit.ly/igLSoC

    After almost 10 hours of debate over three days, a bill passed in the Pennsylvania House that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls. Rep. Daryl Metcalfe says the bill will cut down voter fraud; yet Democrats argue that voter fraud is not a problem, and that the bill will instead disfranchise thousands of eligible voters.

    Perdue vetoes ID bill for N.C. voters,
    http://bit.ly/lsnIN3

    North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue vetoed a photo ID bill yesterday, saying that “North Carolinians who are eligible to vote have a constitutionally guaranteed right to cast their ballots, and no one should put up obstacles to citizens exercising that right.” Her fellow Democrats argued that the Republican-passed measure would decrease voter participation.

    Senate OKs elections revamp, http://bit.ly/j0Q9ME

    The Ohio Senate has passed a bill that requires voters to show photo ID before casting a ballot. This bill will also shorten early voting, prohibit Franklin County and others from mailing unsolicited absentee ballots to all registered voters, and move the presidential primary from March to May.

    Presidential Candidate Huntsman Opens Up HQ in Orlando,
    http://bit.ly/kS7yDO

    GOP Presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman isn’t taking the usual route to the nomination. He skipped the straw pole in first-in-the-nation Iowa, and is looking to New Hampshire to make his mark. He also opened a headquarters in Orlando, focusing his energies on the Florida primary. The presidential hopeful has said that he wants to target young voters.

    Arrest Puts Spotlight on Brazen Hacking Group LulzSec, http://nyti.ms/iLIDTp

    19-year-old Ryan Cleary of the UK has been accused of being a “young criminal mastermind” behind the actions of his hacking group “Lulz Security.” He reportedly has hacked British organized crime agency websites in an effort to protest and antagonize his targets.

    CULTURAL:

    Cavaliers make Irving No. 1 pick; Timberwolves take Williams No. 2,  http://bit.ly/kK36mO

    Oprah Winfrey Gets Schooled in South Africa, http://eonli.ne/kJqz7s

    Hugh Hefner: Anna Sophia Berglund Is ‘One in a Million,’ http://bit.ly/mrRIae

    The White House Pulls Colbert’s Naturalization Ceremony, http://bit.ly/m8WjKm

    Supreme Court Rules Against Anna Nicole Smith Estate, http://aol.it/kdlgXn

    Katie Scholick
    Bio: Duke University, Class of 2013 Majoring in Psychology, Certificate in Markets and Management.

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



    Transparency is a BFD

    Monday, July 26th, 2010

    The White House announced today that the President and Vice President’s public schedules will be published online and via RSS feed. That means you can get a real-time update on where the president and VP are during their day.

    Why is this important? It’s important because the President and VP (and all elected officials) work for the people. We have a right to know where elected officials are and how they are spending their time.

    Do you know how much money it takes to run for elected office? Tons! Many elected officials are busier raising money for their next campaign than doing the job that their trying to keep. What President Obama and Vice President Biden are doing is a step in the right direction because we the voters must hold our elected officials responsible to the people and the people have a right to know how much time their representatives are spending doing the work of the people versus working on their own behalf.

    Read what the White House has to say about transparency and how you can  subscribe to the President and VP’s schedule.

    Jason
    Bio:

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