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    News-Roundup: Tuesday January 14th,2014

    Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

    Nigeria says NO to gay rights; a man was shot in a movie theater over a text message; and congressional negotiators revealed a $1.1 trillion dollar bipartisan compromise. Meanwhile, Downtown Abbey’s new episode creates controversy; Gabourey Sidibe silences her critics with a witty response; and Beyoncé writes an essay on gender equality.

     

    CRUCIAL

     Nigeria says No to gay rightshttp://rtvote.com/L04P9c
    Nigeria’s President Goodluck Johnson signs an unusually harsh anti-gay rights bill. The new bill includes 14 years in prison and bans all citizens from gay marriage and homosexual relationships. The bill was passed by the national assembly last May, but was only signed into law recently according to the President’s spokesperson Reuben Abati.

    Egyptians vote on a two-day referendum on a revised constitutionhttp://rtvote.com/1d0uzM7
    Egypt’s top military officer General Sisi has cast a precursor to bid for the presidency. General Sisi has emerged as Egypt’s dominant force to the overthrow of President Mubarak and President Morsi. The Muslim brotherhood has called for a boycott of the vote and, as a result, the size of this two day turn out is crucial. The proposed constitutional changes include broader language protection of religious freedom and women’s rights.

    $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill revealed in bipartisan compromise-http://rtvote.com/1dnDYyD
    The new compromise would ease the stress from the largely unpopular sequester and restore cuts to many federal programs, such as: Head Start, Medical research and job training. The bill also gives federal workers a 1 percent raise. White house officials and leaders of both parties are pleased due to the bill which funds the rest of the fiscal year and ends threat of a government shutdown previously scheduled for the current bill’s expiration midnight on Wednesday.

    Man shot in movie theater over text message http://rtvote.com/1fuJmDh
    A couple in a theater just north of Tampa were texting during the theater previews when a retired police officer, Curtis Reeves, began a dispute with the couple over the text messages.Reeves fatally shot the man, and the woman is currently at a hospital recovering from her injuries after trying to shield her husband from that fatal shot.

    FBI investigators clear suspicion of IRS crimes against conservative groups- http://rtvote.com/1kA5jD3
    FBI investigators do not believe that the IRS did any wrong in regards to the unusually heavy scrutiny against conservative groups who applied for tax-exempt status. Although, the matter still has to go up against the Department of Justice, charges against the IRS seem unlikely due to the conclusion of the FBI investigators.

     CULTURAL
    Gabourey Sidibe’s witty response to Golden Globes wardrobe disaster - http://rtvote.com/1m54gGD

    New Outkast album in the works for 2014- http://rtvote.com/1dsMFsY
    It’s official, Christine McVie has rejoined the Fleetwood Mac band - http://rtvote.com/1hTxgnh

    Vogue editor in chief : Anna Wintour, is coming to a TV near you soon with new show: “The Fashion Fund” - http://rtvote.com/1iOgrIb

    Did you miss Sunday’s episode? Catch up on the Downtown Abbey Season 4 shocker here - http://rtvote.com/1dnslaX
    First Lady Michelle Obama’s inaugural gown will be at the Smithsonian, AGAIN - http://rtvote.com/JYzF1v
    Beyoncé writes Essay on gender equality- http://rtvote.com/1m57rhH

    Gianna Judkins
    Bio: My name is Gianna Judkins& I'm a proud Angeleno. I'm also a Political Science Major at Howard University. I pride myself in being Michelle Obama's biggest fan and always being "FLOTUS Inspired”! As a Political Science major, my ultimate goal is to one day call 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue my office. I'm a very determined young woman who understands the power of education and value of hard work while striving to achieve my goal of being one of the nation's next great leaders. I'm not that serious all the time though, for fun I enjoying singing in the choir and hanging out with friends.

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



    News Round-Up: Thursday, August 15, 2013

    Thursday, August 15th, 2013

    The death toll in Egypt rises to 525; surge of violence continues in Iraq; torture revealed in California murder & abduction case; Senator Wendy Davis appears in Vogue; and Wimbledon champion abruptly retires from tennis.Meanwhile, Oprah gives away more cars; Stern reacts to Bachelor star suicide; and Justin Timberlake releases track list for 20/20 Experience part 2.

    -Maura

    CRUCIAL

    Morsi supporters call for protest marchers as crackdown death toll rises in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/1a895O9
    Supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi called for protest marches Thursday, after violent government crackdowns have left over 500 people dead and more than 3,700 people injured, according to the Egyptian Health Ministry. This has been the deadliest day in Egypt since the 2011 uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

    Officials: Car bombs kill 31 in Iraqi capitalhttp://rtvote.com/1a8enZS
    A month’s long surge of violence continues in Iraq as 31 people are killed and dozens injured in a car bomb attack near the Iraqi capital. More than 3,000 people have been killed in violence during the past few months raising fears Iraq could see a new round of widespread sectarian bloodshed.

    Affidavits: Hannah Anderson’s mother, brother ‘tortured and killed’,http://rtvote.com/16NoK09
    It has now been revealed that the California man that kidnapped Hannah Anderson after her cheerleading practice, first tortured and killed her mother and brother. Investigators didn’t reveal details of the torture, but believe James Lee DiMaggio, a friend of Hannah’s father, carried out the killings and abduction.

    Wendy Davis in heels and in Voguehttp://rtvote.com/1a8gtJj
    Vogue’s September issue will feature Wendy Davis, Democratic Senator from Fort Worth, Texas who might be making a bid for governor. The magazine feature offers a revealing look at Davis’ personal journey from struggling as a single mother to graduating from Harvard Law School.

    Bartoli’s Retirement Caught Nearly Everyone by Surprise,
    http://rtvote.com/1a8ajsP
    After winning the title of Wimbledon Champion last month, Marion Bartoli has announced her retirement from tennis after a loss at the Western & Southern open. Citing physical issues, lack of will, and other goals, the French tennis champion said, “I feel it’s time for me to walk away actually.”

     

    CULTURAL

    Oprah Winfrey Gives Away a Car on Jimmy Kimmel Livehttp://rtvote.com/141Xlck

    Justin Timberlake Complete Track List for 20/20 Experience: Part 2 of 2,http://rtvote.com/1a852RP

    Bachelor Fan Howard Stern Weighs In on Gia Allemand Suicide: “I Was Sad to Hear About it”, http://rtvote.com/16NhPEe

    Orange Is the New Black: Reports of Laura Prepon’s Exit “Inaccurate”, Says Netflix,http://rtvote.com/16NitS6

    Bruce Willis Commercial Gets Banned in Britain, http://rtvote.com/16NiC8b

    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: Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

    Wednesday, March 13th, 2013

    Another day of voting continues for the papal conclave; Venezuelan officials claim Hugo Chavez was poisoned; the Steubenville High School students stand trial; and Google admits that its Street View data violates user’s privacy. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth split; Anna Wintour adds Artistic Director to her resume; and tons of Taylor Swift’s fan mail is found in a Nashville dumpster.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Black Smoke Emerges From Sistine Chapel as Cardinals Fail to Elect New Pope,http://rtvote.com/16rUF7W
    Wednesday marked day two of the conclave voting on a new pope; however, many were disappointed to see black smoke emitted from the chapel’s smoke shaft. The smoke indicated that the 115 voting cardinals did not come to the 77 votes needed to elect a new pope. Earlier on Wednesday, feminists from the Ukraine took over St. Peter’s Square protesting the election by writing “Pope no more” on their bare chests. Many cardinals, including New York’s Cardinal Dolan, have said a new pope will most likely be elected on Thursday.

    Venezuela to probe Chavez cancer poisoning accusation, http://rtvote.com/12Prug5
    On Tuesday night, it was revealed that many close to Hugo Chavez believed him to have been poisoned. The announcement has since launched an investigation into Chavez’s cause of death. Newly appointed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro confirmed that he also believed the conspiracy saying, “We have the intuition that our commander Chávez was poisoned by dark forces that wanted him out of the way.”

    GOP sends mixed signals on Obama’s outreach effort, http://rtvote.com/12Ppqo5
    For the first time since 2011, President Obama will meet with the House Republican conference. The meeting is another example of the president’s efforts to create bipartisanship between parties and ultimately, work together for a deficit-reduction bargain by this summer. In today’s meeting, Obama will most likely reveal his complete second-term agenda, which includes stricter gun laws and immigration reform.

    Case Already Tried in Social Media Heads to Court, http://rtvote.com/16rWO3n
    Two former high school football players will stand trial today for raping a 16-year-old girl in Steubenville, Ohio. The alleged crime gained national attention after the hacking group Anonymous, who believed the case was intentionally being covered up by Steubenville officials, brought the sexual assault to light and caused it to go viral on the Internet. As a result, defendants Trenton Mays and Ma’lik Richmond have already been condemned on social media.

    Google Concedes That Drive-by Prying Violated Privacy, http://rtvote.com/16rTfu3
    On Wednesday, Google admitted that their methods of collecting data for Street View “violated people’s privacy.” Thirty-eight states had brought a court case against the search-engine claiming that its data collection was unethical. Google decided to settle the case today, agreeing to pay a $7 million fine and promise to “police its own employees on privacy issues” through a privacy program that must be created within six months. Richard Blumenthal, one of the attorneys on the case, said the most monumental part of the settlement is Google’s admission that they violated privacy rights.

    CULTURAL:

    Condé Nast Adds to Job of Longtime Vogue Editor, http://rtvote.com/12Pssc9

    Mitch Seavey becomes oldest-ever winner of the Iditarod, http://rtvote.com/15MBwMD

    It’s over for Liam and Miley, http://rtvote.com/ZIiyTf

    SXSW 2013: ‘Short Term 12′ wins feature prize, http://rtvote.com/ZIiByy

    Taylor Swift’s Fan Mail Discovered In Dumpster, http://rtvote.com/15MDwo5

    Caitlin Maguire
    Bio: Caitlin is the Marketing & Operations Manager for Rock the Vote
    @caitlinmagu
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com