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    News Round-Up: Friday, January 31, 2014

    Friday, January 31st, 2014

    Amanda Knox is convicted of murder in an Italian court…again; U.S. is seeking the death penalty against the Boston Marathon Bombings suspect; and Ukraine’s president signs an amnesty agreement after protests become extremely violent and deadly. Meanwhile, one of the NYC Real Housewives gets a divorce; The Amazing Spider-Man 2 teaser trailer is released; and Miley gives some advice to Bieber on getting in trouble.

    - Maura 

    CRUCIAL 

    Amanda Knox: ‘I Will Never Willingly Go Back’, http://rtvote.com/1dSsHCb
    After 11 hours of deliberation, Italian jurors came down with a guilty verdict for American Amanda Knox (26 years old) and Italian born Raffaele Sollecito (29 years old), for the murder of Meredith Kercher in 2007. This is the fourth ruling in the case and the second time that the court has decided to convict them of murder. In an emotional interview Friday, Knox said that she did not expect the verdict and vowed that she would never “willingly go back” to Italy.

    U.S. Is Seeking Death Penalty in Boston Case, http://rtvote.com/1hXDNdD
    On Thursday The Justice Department announced that it would seek the death penalty against Dzhokhar Tzarnaev, the man accused of killing and maiming participants and spectators at the Boston Marathon last April. Citing that Tsarnaev showed no remorse for the attacks and that the youngest victim was 8 years-old, prosecutors argued that the death penalty was warranted.

    Dow Tumbles: Stock Roller Coaster in Dive Mode, http://rtvote.com/1iTViPx
    New worries about the economy emerge as stocks fall sharply on Wall Street wrapping up the month of January. For the first time since 2010 the S&P 500’s might close in the negatives—a poor start that history says could be a bad omen for the rest of the year. When the first month of the year is negative the chances of finishing the full year in the plus column drop to 50-50 according to the Stock Trader’s Almanac. I guess only time will tell!

    Ukraine Activist Says He was Abducted and Tortured, http://rtvote.com/LhRbhj
    After Ukraine’s president Viktor Yanukovych abandoned a trade deal in November with the EU in favor of closer economic ties with Russia, protests against the president spilled into the streets. But, since January 22, protests have turned violent with at least 3 protesters and 3 police officers dead and a leading Ukraine activist who says he was abducted, tortured, and left to die in the cold. Today, President Yanukovych has signed an amnesty for protestors and the repeal of harsh anti-protest-laws.
     

    CULTURAL

    The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Super Bowl Teaser Trailer, http://rtvote.com/1bdTVqc

    Zac Efron Was on a Six-Week Liquid Food Diet After Breaking His Jaw, http://rtvote.com/1edNlTp

    Ramona Singer Slams Jill Zarin: She’s Using My Divorce to “Try to Make Herself Relevant”, http://rtvote.com/1aMSkKi

    Miley Cyrus Gives Justin Bieber Advice: “Pay People to Make Sure You Don’t Get In Trouble”, http://rtvote.com/1kkXtd5

    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: October 1, 2013

    Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

    The U.S. government shuts down; Obamacare’s online market officially opens; and Wall Street worries about the U.S. defaulting on debt. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus’s album reviews are in, and Bruce Jenner talks about his skin cancer surgery.

    -Sandy + Maura

    CRUCIAL

    U.S. Government Shuts Down in Budget Impassehttp://rtvote.com/18oN0aU After Congress failed to compromise on a new budget Monday night, the U.S. government has shut down. Federal workers will be furloughed or forced to work without pay. National parks and monuments have also been closed for the time being. The Senate rejected the House’s proposal to begin conference committee negotiations, and Congress’s next steps remain uncertain.

    White House shows off Web site to buy health insurance under Obamacarehttp://rtvote.com/18oSXF1 As of today, Americans are able to buy coverage under the Affordable Care Act on the federal website,www.Healthcare.gov. Those looking to purchase health insurance can log on and see if they qualify for government assistance; search and compare plans by price and coverage level; view each plan’s network doctors; and purchase directly from the insurance company. The plans will take effect January 1, when every American is required to have health insurance or be fined.

    Wall Street Firm Despite U.S. Shutdownhttp://rtvote.com/1fFX4CR Despite the government shutdown, Wall Street carried on calmly and opened its stocks slightly higher today. However, investors and analysts are concerned that the government shutdown will lead to the U.S. defaulting on its debt when it reaches its borrowing limit in about two weeks. If the Treasury Department does not get authorization from Congress on October 17, it will no longer be able to issue new bonds.

    Senate Cancels First Hearing on Navy Yard Shootinghttp://rtvote.com/18p5RTl Because of the government shutdown, the first Congressional hearing related to the Washington Navy Yard shooting on September 16 has been postponed indefinitely. During the hearing, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs was supposed to evaluate how the government grants clearance and conducts background checks.

    PUNDITS 

    The New York Times’ Editorial Board discusses the unfair difficulties voter ID laws impose on eligible voters in “The Dishonesty of Voter ID Laws”, http://rtvote.com/1eX6dpz

    Daniel Alpert talks about the economic policy mistakes the U.S. has made in “The Rut We Can’t Get Out Of”,http://rtvote.com/1dUid8i

    CULTURAL

    Miley Cyrus’ First Bangerz Reviews Are In… And They’re Not Great, http://rtvote.com/1dUoalz

    Bruce Jenner on Skin Cancer Scare, http://rtvote.com/1fGhJH6

    Ariana Grande and Nathan Sykes Confirm their Coupledom, http://rtvote.com/1dUqhWt

    Whitney Houston’s Death: Detective Accused of Inappropriate Treatment of Singer’s Corpse,http://rtvote.com/1fGiUGr

    sandywu
    Bio:

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



    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    Wednesday, January 9th, 2013

    President Obama is expected to nominate Jack Lew as Treasury Secretary; Syrian rebels release Iranian hostages in exchange for prisoners; 57 are injured in an NYC ferry crash; the U.S. may remove all troops from Afghanistan come 2014; the National Cathedral will host same-sex weddings; and Joe Biden will meet with the NRA today. Meanwhile, “Lincoln” leads the BAFTA nominations; Kate Middleton turns 31; and Glenn Beck will relaunch his media company.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Iranians held by Syria rebels released, http://bbc.in/UAbHbH
    The Free Syrian Army will release 48 Iranian hostages in exchange for 2,130 rebel prisoners being held by the Syrian government. Syrian rebels say the hostages were carrying out a mission for the Syrian government, which is closely allied with Iran. Iranian authorities admit that some of the hostages were former members of the armed forces, but claim that they were only in Syria to visit a shrine. The deal was brokered by Turkey and Qatar, which have both supported the Free Syrian Army.

    Obama Said to Name Jack Lew to Replace Geithner at Treasury, http://bloom.bg/13iqM7s
    President Obama is expected to nominate his chief of staff, Jack Lew, to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. Geithner recently announced that he plans to leave the position at the end of the month. Lew will have to hit the ground running as his next task is working with congress on the debt ceiling.

    More than 50 injured after Seastreak ferry crashes into Pier 11, http://bit.ly/WteCTq
    At least 57 people are reportedly injured after a ferry crashed into a pier near Wall Street early Wednesday morning. The Coast Guard, NYPD, and FDNY rushed to the scene. The extent of the injuries is not yet known.

    U.S. does not rule out removing all troops from Afghanistan, http://reut.rs/XKyV5f
    The White House announced Tuesday that it would consider removing all troops from Afghanistan instead of keeping the recommended 15,000 in the country. The “zero-option” is one “we would consider,” said Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes. There are currently 66,000 troops in Afghanistan with this number being gradually reduced through 2014 when the NATO combat mission ends. The amount of troops removed from the country will depend on whether or not Afghanistan becomes a place to house al Qaeda and if Afghan troops can be successfully trained for defense measures.

    Amid protests, China’s communist censors say their control over media is ‘unshakable’, http://wapo.st/13e1Ajp
    Anti-censorship protests in China’s region of Guangzhou have caused the government to issue an “urgent memo” stating that the Communist Party’s control over the media is “unshakable.” “The party has absolute control over the media,” the Propaganda Department insisted in the memo. The protests in Guangzhou resulted in clashes between “new leftists,” or government supporters who carried photos of Mao Zedong, and anti-censorship demonstrators. The memo also ordered that all media publications and websites “prominently republish” an editorial that reinforces the government’s censorship policies.

    NATIONAL CATHEDRAL TO HOST 1ST SAME-SEX WEDDINGS, http://bit.ly/11eBPzU
    The National Cathedral will become one of the first Episcopal congregations to host same-sex marriages. Same-sex marriage is legal in both Washington, DC and Maryland. “I read the Bible as seriously as fundamentalists do,” the cathedral’s dean Rev. Gary Hall said. “And my reading of the Bible leads me to want me to do this because I think it’s being faithful to the kind of community Jesus would have us be.”

    Biden, NRA to meet on guns, http://bit.ly/11chICE
    As leader of the White House’s newly created gun violence task force, Joe Biden will meet with the NRA Wednesday to discuss stricter gun laws. Biden’s task force has been working on significant changes to current gun laws and will send them to President Obama at the end of the month. The NRA has consistently rejected creating stricter gun laws, but said it would send a representative to the task force’s meeting “to hear what they have to say.”

    CULTURAL:

    Armstrong Set to Appear on Oprah Next Week, as New Allegation Surfaces, http://nyti.ms/10dyQIV

    Singer Amy Winehouse died watching YouTube videos of herself after vodka binge, inquest hears, http://bit.ly/VQeE8n

    Kate Middleton Turns 31: How She’s Celebrating Her Birthday, http://usm.ag/RG18XC

    EE British Academy Film Awards Nominations in 2013, http://bit.ly/ZpeTJ6

    Glenn Beck Relaunching The Blaze As Global Libertarian News Network, http://bit.ly/REGdnJ

    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: Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

    Citigroup will cut 11,000 jobs; Wall Street remains unfazed by the “fiscal cliff;” clashes in Egypt move to the presidential palace; a typhoon kills 283 in the Philippines; and Texas House Rep. Jack Brooks dies at 89. Meanwhile, Fox News is pushing Karl Rove and Dick Morris off the air; Netflix buys exclusive rights to Disney movies; and Frankie Muniz suffers a mini-stroke.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Citigroup to Cut 11,000 Jobs, Take $1 Billion Charge, http://bloom.bg/TFhIaf
    Citigroup has announced that it will pay a $1 billion tax charge for the quarter and that it will cut 11,000 jobs from the company. Citigroup’s CEO said this elimination of jobs is a “logical” step for the bank’s “transformation.” Their plan to reorganize will also include branch closings.

    ‘Fiscal cliff’ warnings yet to faze Wall Street, http://wapo.st/SwhwHW
    Despite warnings about the “fiscal cliff,” Wall Street investors have remained unfazed.The stock market has been fairly static since the election with the exception of a decline the day after Election Day, causing Wall Street to see it as business as usual. “Wall Street and Washington are different worlds and speak in different languages,” said one analyst, Chris Krueger. While most Wall Street investors agree that a recession will take place if President Obama and congress do not come to an agreement, they do not think the short-term consequences will be dire.

    Clashes outside Egypt’s presidential palace, http://aje.me/SJU3mx
    Hundreds camped out and one thousand people protested at the Egyptian presidential palace Wednesday. People started camping out after police fired tear gas at the crowd of demonstrators who tried to break through the palace gates. The Health Ministry said 18 people were wounded in the clash. Protestors are angry that President Mohamed Morsi banned all legal opposition to his power. Morsi said he made the decree to minimize opposition from Hosni Mubarak’s allies in the Cabinet. Eight influential Egyptian newspapers have suspended publication also in protest of Morsi.

    Typhoon kills at least 283 in Philippines, http://reut.rs/YN4DhG
    A deadly typhoon whipped through the Philippines Wednesday killing 283 people. Typhoon Bopha caused landslides and flooding in farming and mining towns as well as the southern Mindanao region.“The waters came so suddenly and unexpectedly, and the winds were so fierce, that compounded the loss of lives and livelihood,” said Arthur Uy, the governor of Compostela Valley in Mindanao. Damage to Mindanao is expected to cost $98 million as the typhoon destroyed 70-80% of plantations in the region. The storm became weaker later on Wednesday as it tore through northern resort towns.

    (via Los Angeles Times) Deal brings end to L.A., Long Beach ports strike, http://lat.ms/11RJQbU
    Clerical workers at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach will return to work Wednesday, ending a strike that crippled America’s busiest shipping hub for more than a week. Leaders of the 800-member International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 63 Office Clerical Unit agreed to a tentative deal after marathon negotiations that ended late Tuesday. The deal will not become final until it is ratified by the full union membership.

    Longtime SE Texas US Rep. Jack Brooks dead at 89, http://bit.ly/SMdE5q
    Jack Brooks, who was a Democratic House Rep. for Southern Texas for 42 years, died Tuesday of a sudden illness at 89. He was one of the powerful Texas Democrats that were proteges of Sam Rayburn. “I’m just an old man like Rayburn,” Brooks said. “Just a Democrat, no prefix or suffix.” He was in the same November 1963 motorcade that John F. Kennedy was killed in.

    CULTURAL:

    Fox News Pushing Karl Rove, Dick Morris Off The Air, http://huff.to/WHTxFu

    Netflix buys exclusive rights to Disney movies, http://lat.ms/Ue50KT

    Royal pregnancy: Hoax call fools Duchess of Cambridge hospital, http://bbc.in/VBQoIb

    Bob Costas says he made a ‘mistake’ while talking about gun control at halftime of Sunday Night Football game,http://nydn.us/VCNWRU

    Frankie Muniz has mini-stroke: ‘I couldn’t say words,’ http://usat.ly/WIZCkV

    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: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2011

    Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

    In today’s news, Boston police have arrested over 100 Occupy Boston protesters; Wall Street will cut 10,000 jobs before the end of 2012; President Obama’s Jobs Act will go to the Senate floor today; and Apple breaks another record with one million iPhone 4s’s sold in 24 hours. In entertainment news, the NBA has canceled the first two weeks of its basketball season, and Hank Williams Jr. has released a song slamming Fox News and ESPN.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Protesters arrested at Greenway, http://b.globe.com/nu5zBc
    Early Tuesday morning, Boston police arrested people who refused to leave the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway. The arrests took place around 1:20am when more than 200 hundred police officers in riot gear flooded into the Greenway. Police entered the park after issuing a warning, put individual protesters on their stomachs, and cable-tied them, as other officers went around tearing down tents. The crowd, energized by the police presence, chanted: ‘‘The people united will never be defeated,’’ “This is a peaceful protest,” and “The whole world is watching.’’

    Wall Street Shrinkage, http://on.wsj.com/pz11m8
    New York’s securities industry could lose 10,000 jobs by the end of 2012. Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli made the prediction, also noting that bonuses could be reduced. If these predictions are true, it would mean a 17% decline in Wall Street’s job force and a major blow to the economy. The Comptroller said one in thirteen jobs in New York, and one in eight jobs in New York City rely on these security firms.

    Obama admin debates releasing Awlaki memo, http://bit.ly/n21sIU
    The Obama administration is debating on whether or not to release the classified memo that authorized the assassination of the terrorist and U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki. The memo allegedly authorized the killing of Awlaki if he could not be captured alive.

    Companies use fuzzy math in job claims; candidates still buy in, http://wapo.st/owm1Pc
    In an ad that hit radio airwaves on Monday, companies promises one million jobs if lawmakers will create lesser regulations and lower taxes on businesses. The new jobs that are promised in the ad would come from expanding oil and gas drilling and building new pipelines, says the American Petroleum Institute, an industry lobbying group that paid for the ad campaign. However, the API ad exaggerates the effect that looser drilling policies would have on employment; more than half of its projected job growth would come between 2015 and 2030. Still, presidential candidates are using these faulty statistics in promising the creation of new jobs.

    Senate GOP poised to kill Obama’s jobs plan, http://bit.ly/pMF911
    President Obama’s American Jobs Act is coming to the Senate floor for a vote today. Even though Obama has been going around the country in a campaign-style promotion of the Jobs Act, it is already in jeopardy. The plan features payroll tax cuts for workers and businesses, $175 billion in spending on roads, school repairs and other infrastructure, as well as unemployment assistance and help to local governments to avoid layoffs of teachers, firefighters and police officers. The President proposes a 5.6% tax bump for incomes of over $1 million dollars.

    Lawmakers Might Spar Again Over Voter ID Bills, http://bit.ly/qUQP2i
    Republicans and Democrats are set to fight again over voter ID laws, this time, in Nebraska. “It’s never a good thing. The more roadblocks you put up to voting the less participation you have,” said UNO Political Science Professor Paul Landow. Early this year, lawmakers tabled a photo ID bill sponsored by State Sen. Charlie Janssen. Douglas County Democratic Party Chairman Mike Leahy said he thinks a bill will go before the full legislature this time around and that it might pass.

    Same-day registration at issue in Maine backlash to trend of restricting voters’ rights, http://wapo.st/nRaVcb
    In Maine, a “people’s veto” referendum is on the ballot. On November 8th, Maine residents will be voting to repeal a new state law that requires voters to register at least two days before an election. A repeal would restore the state’s same-day voter registration which has been available to residents for four decades. Randy Spencer, a Maine guide who divides his time between rural Grand Lake Stream and Holden, says same-day voting saved him on more than one occasion.

    As poll numbers drop, Perry pushed to side of debate stage, http://politi.co/qhA0Xg
    Texas Governor Rick Perry has been pushed out of center stage by Herman Cain in tomorrow night’s New Hampshire Republican presidential debate. The debate organizers usually have the poll leaders sit in the middle of the stage. This time, Perry has been bumped out of one of the middle spots, and Herman Cain is set to replace him. The seating chart also puts Ron Paul towards the middle of the line-up.

    White House used Mitt Romney health-care law as blueprint for federal law, http://on.msnbc.com/qfcBL3
    Newly released records show that seniors in the Obama administration used Mitt Romney’s landmark healthcare law in Massachusetts as a model for the new federal law, even recruiting some of Romney’s own health care advisers and experts to help craft the act that now derided by Republicans as “Obamacare.” “The White House wanted to learn a lot on what we’d done in Massachusetts,” said Jon Gruber, an MIT economist who advised the Romney administration on healthcare. “They really wanted to know how we can take that same approach we used in Massachusetts and turn that into a national model.”

    Disappointment? Apple’s iPhone 4S Breaks Sales Records, http://nyti.ms/pLxDDc
    The new Apple iPhone 4s has already broken records. Apple reported on Monday that the phone was ordered by one million people in 24 hours. The company said that the iPhone 4S has surpassed sales of the iPhone 4, of which 600,000 were sold in the first 24 hours. After the 4s was released, critics everywhere bashed the phone. After seeing the new iPhone 4S announcement, C.K. Lu, an analyst at the research firm Gartner, told Reuters: ”Apple no longer has a leading edge; its cloud service is even behind Android; it can only sell on brand loyalty now.”

    CULTURAL

    The New Yorks Times gives us, “The Myth of Voter Fraud” http://nyti.ms/oPhEkV

    Jon S. Cardin, Ben Cannon and Joe Miklos believe, “Voter ID laws cost much, accomplish little” http://bsun.md/pdbENI

    Kanye West Visits Occupy Wall Street Without Removing Gold Chains, http://bit.ly/pnXc7f

    N.B.A. Cancels First Two Weeks of Season, http://nyti.ms/oFrwIW

    Hank’s song is a ‘hit’, http://nyp.st/pjcFLY

    Dr Pepper Ten: ‘No women allowed’, http://bit.ly/p8DSfI

    ‘World’s oldest car’ sells at auction for $4.6 mn, http://bit.ly/oxZNaI

    coral@rockthevote.com
    Bio: Coral is the Marketing Intern at Rock the Vote

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