• Categories

  • Post Archives

    • > Follow us on Twitter
    • Latest Posts

    • Meta

    Posts Tagged
    ‘war crimes’

    News Round-Up: November 21, 2013

    Thursday, November 21st, 2013

    Partisan gridlock continues as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid considers a ‘nuclear option’; Congressman Radel (R-Fla) is busted for cocaine purchase but doesn’t resign; and a volcanic eruption has led to the arrival of a tiny new island in Japan. Meanwhile, Miley is at it again! as she bleaches her eyebrows & posts to Instagram; an O.C. cast member and former Gossip Girl star are set to get hitched; and Jennifer Lawrence gets teased by her Catching Fire co-stars.
    - Maura + Veronica


    Harry Reid may go ‘nuclear’ Thursday, http://rtvote.com/1h50yii
    Tension and dysfunction in Washington, D.C. continues and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is poised to do something about it. After a slew of executive nominations to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals was thwarted by Republicans, Senator Reid may move toward a historic change to the Senate rules that would eliminate the filibuster on most nominations as soon as Thursday. If a second round of votes to choose from the nominees fails, the Senator may move to make a change of rules the Senate based on a majority vote.  Stay tuned for more as this develops.

    Rep. Trey Radel of Florida to take leave of absence after guilty plea to cocaine charge, http://rtvote.com/1ek5Anu
    On Wednesday, the 37-year-old lawmaker and freshman Congressman, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor drug-possession charge in D.C.  Superior Court.  He was arrested last month outside of a restaurant in Washington, D.C. after purchasing cocaine from an undercover officer. In a late night press conference Wednesday, the Congressman apologized to his constituents in Florida, but will not resign from his post.

    Karzai Says Security Pack With U.S. Should Be Signed Next Year, http://rtvote.com/1dkJWT1
    President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan signaled that a security deal with the U.S. may not be finalized until next year, even if it is ratified by a grand council of Afghan leaders this week. He asked the council to place the agreement on hold until after his successor is elected, but was unclear on what that timeline looks like. This would put a final agreement on hold and could keep American and NATO forces in Afghanistan beyond 2014.

    Volcano spawns new Japanese island, http://rtvote.com/1dkMlx3
    Japan is fired up! A recent undersea volcanic eruption has given Japan a tiny new patch of territory that currently measures about 660 feet in diameter and is located just off the coast of Nishinoshima. However, the country will put naming its newest addition on hold until they are sure that the sea will not engulf it.

    LRA leader Joseph Kony ‘in surrender talks’ with CAR, http://rtvote.com/1ixTmtZ
    A spokesperson of the Central African Republic (CAR) has said that it is in talks with Joseph Kony, the infamous Ugandan warlard. His rebellion in northern Uganda began more than 20 years ago and his fighters became known for abducting children to serve as sex slaves and fighters. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for alleged war crimes and the United States government has offered up $5million for any leads that result in his arrest.

    ‘Catching Fire’ stars joke about Jennifer Lawrence’s ego: ‘You can hardly talk to her’, http://rtvote.com/19KDrkq

    Lullaby time: Kelly Clarkson is expecting first baby, http://rtvote.com/1bUmY1U

    Miley Cyrus Bleaches Her Eyebrows, Parties With Miranda Kerr and Lily Allen—See the Pics!, http://rtvote.com/1aTKCab

    Leighton Meester, Adam Brody Are Engaged! Former Gossip Girl Star and O.C. Stud to Wed, http://rtvote.com/19KFepp

    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, May 26, 2011

    Thursday, May 26th, 2011

    Two war-criminal fugitives have been captured, suicide kits are no longer for sale, the Senate lets down Ryan, June 6 is a big day for Santorum lovers everywhere, and are you reading this from Yemen? If so, stop and come home!

    Meanwhile, the 3 S’s are plaguing MSNBC (Schultz, “slut,” and suspension), Scotty is our deep crooning American Idol, E! is probably already scrambling for a Kim & Kris Humphries wedding special, and nineties children rejoice, Pop Up Video is back!

    Maegan + Caitlin


    Serbian President: Ratko Mladic, Europe’s Most Wanted War Crimes Fugitive, Arrested in Serbia, http://yhoo.it/lx3bLd

    Ratko Mladic, the most wanted war-crimes fugitive in Europe, has been arrested. Mladic will be charged at the Hague with the murder of 8,000 Muslims. Serbia is hoping that Mladic’s arrest will expedite its membership into the EU.

    Rwandan Genocide Mastermind Captured in DRC, http://bit.ly/mSxlTo

    Bernard Munyagishari, a leader in the Hutu militias in the Rwandan genocide, has been arrested in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The international tribunal is charging him with leading a group that murdered and raped women in an opposing ethnic group. The Rwandan genocide is responsible for 800,000 deaths.

    Raid on US ‘Suicide Kit’ Seller Sharlotte Hydorn, 91, http://bbc.in/jq5uKt

    Federal authorities raided the home of 91 year old Sharlotte Hydorn yesterday. The authorities confiscated suicide assisting kits that she sold online. The kits became controversial after a 29 year old man used one to kill himself in December. Hydorn insists she sells them to help the terminally ill.

    (via National Journal N2K) SENATE REJECTS RYAN BUDGET. The Senate did what everyone knew it would and rejected the House budget by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., 57-40, with five Republicans opposing the plan to convert Medicare into a subsidy program. But after capitalizing on the potential political threat created by the Medicare plan, Democrats still have to compromise with Republicans on reducing government spending.

    US Withdraws Diplomats from Yemen Amid Clashes, http://bbc.in/l3NbXw

    Due to the civil war conspiring in Yemen, the US is ordering all diplomats and their family members to leave the country. Over the past three days, at least 72 people have died from clashes between rebels and the Yemeni government.

    Rick Santorum to Launch June 6, http://politi.co/mizO5q

    Former Republican Senator Rick Santorum will officially launch his run for presidency June 6 in Pennsylvania.

    Parties Need to Focus on Winning Voter Allegiance at Young Age: Study, http://bit.ly/ljGd3a

    A study from the University of Warwick in the UK has revealed that young voters who registered in the wake of 9/11 registered as Republicans and have not changed political parties. Overall, the study shows that young voters consistently vote for the political party they initially registered as.


    Great Scott! McCreery Wins ‘American Idol,’ http://on.today.com/lM9j7f

    ‘X-Factor’ Judge Replaced by Pussycat Doll, http://bit.ly/liRpzu

    Lindsay Lohan Turns Herself in for House Arrest, http://bit.ly/ly7BIL

    Kim Kardashian’s Massive Engagement Ring Sparkles at LAX, http://bit.ly/mataEZ

    Review: ‘The Hangover Part II,’ Three Men and a Monkey-Baby, http://nyti.ms/klOqls

    (via Cynopsis) The late-90s show, Pop Up Video is making a comeback on VH1 after a ten-year break. VH1 ordered 60 new episodes for this fall and the new version will stick to the original format featuring facts appearing in “bubbles” during current music videos.  Some new elements are added including viewer polling and user-generated information throughout the show.  Pop Up Video originally debuted in 1996 and was on VH1 until 2002.  Woody Thompson, the show’s original co-creator is back as executive producer for Eyeboogie.

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