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    War on Voting Update

    Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

    In Missouri, a judge has ruled that the ballot summary for the voter ID and early voting bill is insufficient and inaccurate and that it must be re-written. This causes a delay in the implementation of the law, which could now be voted on as late as 2013, http://bit.ly/HI5IwL.

    The Nebraska voter ID bill is dead for another year, http://bit.ly/HGWNz1.

    In Connecticut, legislatures are pushing for a bill that, if passed, will allow for same-day registration and online voter registration (http://bit.ly/HaUzaf ). Currently, Connecticut only allows for in person voting on Election Day with very few exceptions that allow people to vote absentee. To fix this, the Secretary of State has issued a statement asking voters to support a bill that would allow for more options and opportunities for casting a ballot, http://bit.ly/HciL7q .

    The South Carolina House has approved a bill that would allow for online voter registration,  http://bit.ly/HQ2MPL.

    The voter ID bill declared unconstitutional by a Wisconsin judge has been passed off by the state Court of Appeals to the Wisconsin Supreme Court, who will decide if the law will stand, http://bit.ly/HGY0WX.

    Make sure you check out Craig Newmark of Craig Connect’s cool and easy to follow infographic on current restrictive voting laws, http://bit.ly/HlQLxA.

    Sarah Wooten
    Bio: Sarah is a Legal Fellow working on projects pertaining to the War on Voting for Rock the Vote.

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2011

    Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

    In today’s news, a government shutdown looms as Congress debates a payroll tax; the U.S. marriage rate is at an all-time low; the protester is Time Magazine‘s Person of the Year; Ron Paul nabs a huge Iowa youth endorsement; the Tea Party’s O’Donnell backs Mitt Romney; and Facebook launches an anti-suicide tool. In entertainment news, Elizabeth Taylor’s jewelry sells at record levels, and “The Help” leads in SAG nominations.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Congress debates payroll tax cut, government funding omnibus, http://wapo.st/vTFSho
    A government shutdown is a possibility once again as debate over a payroll tax extension threatens to derail a separate, government-funding compromise. Even though Republicans and Democrats have pretty much come to a deal on funding the government until September, Democrats are not signing legislation until they come to an agreement over the payroll tax. A few issues also remain to be settled in the government-funding bill, including a ban on Washington D.C.’s use of taxpayer money to provide abortion services, the Obama administration’s decision to make it easier for Americans to visit family in Cuba, and blocking new standards for incandescent light bulbs.

    Alleged sex abuse victims suing Syracuse, Boeheim, http://bit.ly/syTOY9
    Former Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine may be saved from charges of sexual abuse due to the statute of limitations. However, the two men that have accused Fine have filed a defamation lawsuit against Syracuse University and Jim Boeheim, the school’s head basketball coach. Boeheim originally stood by Fine, saying the accusations were “patently false in every respect,” before he later said, “I believe I misspoke very badly in my response to the allegations that have been made.”

    Married couples at a record low, http://wapo.st/v66H0o
    The portion of adult Americans who are married has hit a record low as more people are choosing to live together and get married later. Just 51 percent of Americans over the age of 18 are married, according to the Pew Research Center. That’s a six percent drop from 2000. Nearly two out of three college graduates have tied the knot, while less than half of people with only a high-school education can say the same. The decline is a reflection of a higher median age of marriage, which is older than 26 for women and nearly 29 for men. “I don’t know anyone who doesn’t want to get married someday,” said Kate Shorr, 30, a lawyer and lobbyist in Washington D.C.  “All of us want to meet that special person and marry, but there’s no real rush to do that. Especially in the career-driven society we have here. You don’t move to Washington, D.C., to get married, you move here for your career.”

    Time’s Person of the Year: Protester, http://ti.me/swSEZi
    The Time MagazinePerson of the Year for 2011 is the protester, the magazine announced on Wednesday. The issue notes that protesters are the ones that write history. “No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit stand vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a global wave of dissent.” The magazine mentions uprisings in Tunisia, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Britain, Spain, Greece, and United State’s own Occupy movement. The magazine goes on to profile ten different protesters from movements around the world.

    2.5M young adults gain coverage, http://apne.ws/rOP2Eg
    According to a new analysis the Obama administration is set to release on Wednesday, 2.5 million young American adults will now have medical coverage due to the new health care overhaul law that took effect. That number is 2.5 times the amount of young people that were originally thought to have gained coverage. Under the new health care laws, people are able to remain under their parents’ coverage until they are 26. “The increase in coverage among 19- to 25-year-olds can be directly attributed to the Affordable Care Act’s new dependent coverage provision,” said a draft report from the Health and Human Services Department. “Initial gains from this policy have continued to grow as … students graduate from high school and college.”

    Ron Paul Just Nabbed Iowa’s Biggest Youth Endorsement, http://read.bi/swYpa7
    On Monday The Daily Iowan, the student newspaper at the University of Iowa, gave its endorsement to GOP candidate Ron Paul. This gives the oldest Republican candidate one of the largest youth endorsements in Iowa. The newspaper writes, “Paul is a candidate who appeals to voters across the political spectrum. He has also been exceptionally consistent in his time in Congress. He doesn’t play political games, even with his opponents, and remains truthful to his word. This alone is a redeeming quality in a candidate in today’s political sphere. Despite the mainstream media writing him off as being unable to win Iowa, he is now polling in second place and may even be the most popular candidate in Iowa, given the margin of error.”

    Wisconsin faces lawsuit as civil rights groups cry foul over new voting rules, http://bit.ly/vz7y3m
    A federal lawsuit brought by the ACLU is challenging a tough new law in the state of Wisconsin that requires voters to have a state issued photo ID to cast their ballots. The lawsuit claims that thousands of poor, black, and elderly people could be disenfranchised. Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech yesterday promising to defend the rights of previously marginalized voters.

    Wisconsin Voter ID Law Ensnares Teacher In Rural Part Of State, http://huff.to/rLMZYc
    Rita Platt, a teacher in Wisconsin who moved to the small town of Osceola last year, has gone through FBI background checks in the four states where she has been certified to teach, has her Social Security card, held a Wisconsin driver’s license from 1984-1998 and currently has a driver’s license from Iowa. Despite all of these qualifications, she is currently ineligible to vote in the 2012 elections in Wisconsin. In order to carry out one of her constitutional rights, Platt must pay more than $100, endure bureaucratic headaches and take time off from work in order to obtain an ID so she can vote. Platt is one of many who are facing difficulties caused by the state’s new voter ID law, which requires residents to show a valid photo ID when they go to the polls to vote.

    Holder Signals Tough Review of New State Laws on Voting, http://nyti.ms/rJfUon
    On Tuesday, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. vowed to be a warrior in the war on voting when he spoke at the presidential library of Lyndon B. Johnson, who signed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. He signaled that the Justice Department would be aggressive in reviewing new voting laws that civil rights advocates say will dampen minority participation in next year’s elections. Holder said that ensuring that every eligible American has the ability to vote is not only a legal obligation but a moral imperative that laws should protect.

    Romney blasts Gingrich as ‘extremely unreliable’ conservative leader, http://wapo.st/rPhRvs
    GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney has blasted his opponent Newt Gingrich saying, “He has been an extraordinarily unreliable leader in the conservative world—not 16 or 17 years ago but in the last two to three years. And even during the campaign, the number of times he has moved from one spot to another has been remarkable.” Newt Gingrich has been surging in the polls recently and is currently the Presidential Primary’s frontrunner. Romney also bashed President Obama and his campaign, saying he would not let them portray him as a tool of Wall Street.

    Tea Party’s O’Donnell backs Romney, slams Gingrich, http://usat.ly/vF6Yuo
    Tea Party favorite Christine O’Donnell has endorsed Republican candidate Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. She has also slammed Newt Gingrich calling him “inconsistent and unreliable.” O’Donnell said that she does not understand how people who are in favor of small government could back the former House Speaker for president. She cited Romney’s executive experience as the reason for her bid, saying, “I trust him to do the right thing.” On the issue of Romney’s flip-flopping tendencies she said, “He’s been consistent since he changed his mind.”

    Swing States Poll: Young people say they’re better off, http://usat.ly/t7hIAJ
    Americans under 30 say that they are better off than they were 3 years ago, whereas the older population are less optimistic according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll of key swing states. More than two-thirds of people 18 to 29 years old say they and their families are better off, compared with 36% of people 50 to 64 years old. The results from the young Americans are surprising considering people under 24 have a 16.7% unemployment rate. Fifty-four percent of registered voters in the swing states say they are not better off than they were three years ago.

    Facebook launches tool to report suicidal behavior, http://reut.rs/ujRTbd
    On Tuesday, Facebook launched its new suicide prevention tool. Friends are able to report suicidal behavior by clicking a report option next to any piece of content that could be a suicide warning. Facebook will then send the person in distress a link to a live and private chat room with a counselor from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and a phone number for the organization’s hotline. The person who reports the suicidal behavior will also receive an email saying that Facebook has reached out to the distressed person, but the reporter will have his or her identity kept secret.

    CULTURAL

    Keesha Gaskins says “Voter Deception Conviction Illuminates the Need for Real, Not False Solutions,” http://huff.to/vUfezG

    Daniel Carpenter wants to “Free the F.D.A.,” http://nyti.ms/rR7Sy4

    Elizabeth Taylor jewelry auction fetches $116m, http://bbc.in/ssByb9

    ‘The Help’ Leads Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations, http://bit.ly/vfjlGh

    ‘Glee’-Cap: Christmastime At Klaine’s Bachelor Chalet, http://on.mtv.com/uHLuaX

    Happy Belated Bon Iver Day (Again), http://p4k.in/w3OQ63

    Khloe Kardashian Says It’s ‘Perfect Time’ For Kourtney’s Baby, http://on.mtv.com/tpRITF

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

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2011

    Thursday, December 1st, 2011

    In today’s news, Obama refuses to apologize to Pakistan; a WWII bomb causes the evacuation of a German city; Obama makes a pledge for World AIDS day; and Mitt Romney is gearing up to attack Newt Gingrich. In other news, Adele, Kanye West, and Bruno Mars pick up Grammy nominations, and Katy Perry laughs at divorce rumors.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Islamists Claim Egypt’s Mandate in Early Voting, http://nyti.ms/sun9hq
    Islamists are on track to capture a 65 percent majority in Parliament as early voting results are counted in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood party was predicted to win, and right now it has 40 percent of the vote. However, in a surprising turn, the ultraconservative Islamists have nearly 25 percent. In Egypt, liberal parties and young activists sparked a revolution, but when voting opened to Egypt’s conservative rural areas, the Islamists took in significant numbers. There are two more rounds of voting before January.

    Obama Refrains From a Formal ‘I’m Sorry’ to Pakistan, http://nyti.ms/vJNibB
    President Obama will not formally apologize to Pakistan for NATO airstrikes that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers. The State Department had encouraged Obama to apologize, and the U.S. ambassador argued it would help to defuse growing anger. But the Defense Department said senior defense officials and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had already apologized, so the President does not need to. Members of the Obama administration worried that he would invite Republican attacks by ignoring the Defense Department’s advice.

    Occupy L.A.: 30 tons of debris left behind at City Hall tent city, http://lat.ms/ulYZPM
    Police have been left to clean up after the Occupy L.A. protestors. Those who were evicted on Wednesday left 30 tons of garbage and debris. Most of what was left was personal items including books, mattresses, hygiene products, and other similar items. However, officers will still wear hazmat suits and take the trash to a near by landfill.

    Ex-Sheriff Arrested, Held In Jail That Bears His Name, http://abcn.ws/suiB87
    Patrick Sullivan, the former sheriff of Colorado’s Arapahoe County, was arrested on Tuesday and is now being held in a jail named after him. Sullivan was arrested for allegedly offering a man methamphetamine in exchange for sex and was sent to the Patrick J. Sullivan Jr. Detention Facility. He was the sheriff of the county from 1984 to 2002 and was involved in the department’s methamphetamine-policy task force. There is no word on whether or not the detention facility will be renamed.

    Nearly half German city to evacuate Sunday for defusing of WWII era bomb, http://1.usa.gov/ul1Pj7
    45,000 in Koblenz, Germany were evacuated after officials found one of the largest unexploded bombs in history. The bomb, thought to have been dropped by the British Royal Air Force during World War II, weighs 4,000 pounds – 3,000 of which are explosives. The bomb was found in the Rhine River, and it could cause destruction over a radius of more than 70 yards.

    The Literary Cubs, http://nyti.ms/vxVNtI
    Its been hard for English majors to find work in this economic climate, so a group of literary students have created their own online journal and literary salon modeled after the 1920s Lost Generation. Their monthly journal is called “The New Inquiry” and focuses on their generation’s cultural criticisms, which will be equally concerned with Britney Spears and Dostoevsky. The founders, three idealistic Web-savvy friends, and the 26-year-old editor, Rachel Rosenfelt, had no trouble finding contributors among their over-educated and underemployed friends.

    Obama on AIDS: ‘We can beat this disease’ http://bit.ly/toi03b
    During a Wrold AIDS Day event, President Obama pledged to help six million people in countries hardest hit by the virus, promising them better access to antiretroviral drugs by the end of 2013 and increasing the original goal by two million. “We can beat this disease,” he declared, adding that “countries that haven’t made a pledge need to do so. That includes China and other major economies that are now able to step up as major donors.” His plan builds on former president George W. Bush’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2003. Obama also announced plans to boost spending on HIV treatment in the U.S. by $50 million.

    Students hit by voter ID restrictions, http://politi.co/rGLcBL
    New voter ID laws are hitting college campuses hard and causing students to scramble to comply with the new regulations. “It’s not about being a Democrat or a Republican; it’s about wanting to be able to vote,” said Alejandra Salinas, president of the College Democrats of America. However, members of the College Republicans seem to support the laws and do not think they will deter their peers from casting ballots.

    Mitt Romney preps Newt Gingrich attack, http://politi.co/sThoA4
    To combat thrice married Newt Gingrich, GOP hopeful Mitt Romney plans to stress his strong family values. Gingrich’s recent surge in the polls has shocked Romney whose campaign is now preparing an attack that calls out the former House speaker as a Washington insider and serial flip-flopper. Romney hopes that highlighting Gingrich’s political inconsistencies will distract from his own flip-flops.

    CULTURAL

    Roger Clegg on, “Voting Rights — and Responsibilities” http://nyti.ms/rDcSPX

    Nancy Cantor reports, “Syracuse chancellor: We didn’t know of the tape until Sunday” http://usat.ly/rqRfQy

    Doyle McManus says Romney is, “Slugging it out with Gingrich” http://lat.ms/tI5Pxg

    Henninger wants to, “Bring Back the Smoke-Filled Rooms?” http://on.wsj.com/urwmKV

    Adele, Kanye, Mars pick up Grammy noms, http://bit.ly/vqwXtQ

    Britney Spears’ ‘Slave 4 U,’ ‘Criminal’ In Final Two! http://on.mtv.com/sYKscW

    Katy Perry Laughs Off Divorce Rumors, http://bit.ly/vMtKhY

    ?uestlove Talks Michele Bachmann Fiasco, New D’Angelo Album, http://p4k.in/vwW8LH

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

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2011

    Monday, November 14th, 2011

    In today’s news, the judge who set bail for Jerry Sandusky has been involved in his charity; Herman Cain’s wife sticks by him; and ‘Obamacare’ is going to the Supreme Court. In entertainment news, Lady Gaga splits with her long-time creative director, and Justin Timberlake attends the Marine Corps. ball.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    (via Associated Press) Obama calls waterboarding ‘torture’: ‘President Barack Obama says the interrogation technique known as waterboarding constitutes torturing, disputing Republican presidential candidates who say they would reinstate the practice. Obama called waterboarding “torture” and said it was “contrary to America’s traditions” during a news conference at the Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.’ http://bit.ly/tpLEs2

    Portland police arrest over 50 as protest camps cleared, http://reut.rs/ruc32s
    On Sunday, Portland police arrested more than 50 members of the Occupy movement as they cleared out and blocked off encampments after an eviction notice was issued. Portland’s mayor Sam Adams said that the encampments have been linked to increased crime and drug use, and while he supports the Occupy movements and what they stand for, they need to move beyond encampments to achieve their goals.

    Judge Who Freed Sandusky on Bail Reportedly Volunteered at His Charity, http://fxn.ws/vhrOoe
    Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who ordered former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to be freed on $100,000 unsecured bail, is said to have volunteered for Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile. Dutchcot gave the Second Mile between $500 and $1,000 and lists volunteering for the organization as one of her career achievements. Prosecutors originally asked that Sandusky’s bail to be set at $500,000 and that he be required to wear an ankle monitor. Dutchcot set the bail for $100,000.

    A Disturbing New Dimension of Far-Right Terror, http://bit.ly/u29JgE
    Police in Germany have busted a neo-Nazi ring that may have carried out at least 10 murders over the past 10 years. Police hunted down two members of the ring, Uwe Mundlos and Uwe Böhnhardt, who had recently robbed a bank. The two men took their own lives, but police found the weapons of two officers that were murdered in 2007. When police went to search the apartment where the men had been living, another member of their group blew up the residence before they arrived. Still, police recovered a murder weapon, propaganda videos, and other evidence and have made two arrests.

    Chelsea Clinton to Report for NBC, http://nyti.ms/rKbCz9
    On Monday morning, NBC is announcing that they have hired Chelsea Clinton as a full-time special correspondent. Clinton is supposed to start work promptly on Monday and will report within the “Making a Difference” series, which runs on “NBC Nightly News.” The segment highlights people who make a difference in their communities.

    What Would Gabby Do? http://bit.ly/vTjSbI
    Rep. Gabrielle Giffords returns to the public eye this week, as she and her husband sit down for an interview with ABC News and publish a memoir. She may be doing better than people would have expected, but she is not as well as the media has led people to believe. Apparently, Giffords does not speak as much in the ABC interview as ads suggest. Instead she says just a few words, and the feature is more based on managing Gifford’s image.

    Jordan’s king urges Syria’s Assad to step down, http://apne.ws/evjTAr
    Jordan’s King Abdullah has publicly urged President Bashar al-Assad to step down, making him the first Arab-ruler to issue a statement over the violent handling of the 8-month uprising. Syrian regime supporters reacted to the ouster with violence, storming regional embassies. Meanwhile, the U.N. estimates that 3,500 civilians have died since the beginning of the crackdown. Over the weekend, one activist was shot down in front of his 9-year old son.

    Judge: Norway terror suspect is not insane, http://bit.ly/vJE5tx
    On Monday, District Court Judge Torkjel Nesheim said Norway mass murderer, Anders Behring Breivik is not insane. Breivik confessed to a bombing and a shooting that killed 77 people in Norway this summer. Nesheim said there was no evidence Breivik had any accomplices and ordered his custody be extended for another 12 weeks. The courtroom was packed with over 500 people including survivors of the shootings and family of the victims.

    Court sets 5 1/2-hour hearing on health care, http://bit.ly/vTRfwd
    The Supreme Court is set to review ‘Obamacare.’ On Monday, the justices announced that they will see three cases arguing how constitutionally sound the health care reform is. The court will hold oral arguments sometime in the spring, most likely in March. It is expected to issue a decision by the end of its current term, which is normally in late June.

    College students will be allowed to use stickers on IDs to vote,
    http://bit.ly/vsBMZI
    A Wisconsin law passed in the spring said that students may use college IDs at the polls, but they must expire in two years; however, most IDs issued by Wisconsin schools expire in 4 to 5 years. In response, a law has been passed allowing colleges to issue stickers to validate IDs. The IDs will be required for the February 2012 primary.

    Gloria Cain speaks out about sexual harassment allegations,
    http://wapo.st/vHnqqO
    In her first ever television interview, Gloria Cain disputes the sexual harassment claims made against her husband. She said that Cain would have to posses a split personality to be capable of the acts the five women are accusing him of committing. “To hear such graphic allegations and know that that would have been something that was totally disrespectful of her as a woman and I know that’s not the person he is,” she said. Herman Cain had previously said that his wife supported him during the allegations, and that she knew he would not do anything as silly as what the women claim.

    (via Politico) Herman Cain’s poll numbers slide in POLITICO poll: ‘Among likely Republican voters surveyed Sunday, Nov. 6, Cain led the field with 40 percent. On Monday, he was third with 22 percent. By Wednesday, just 19 percent of those surveyed said they supported Cain for the nomination.’ http://politi.co/t8MAsb

    (via NY Times) Google’s Lab of Wildest Dreams: ‘It’s a place where your refrigerator could be connected to the Internet, so it could order groceries when they ran low. Your dinner plate could post to a social network what you’re eating. Your robot could go to the office while you stay home in your pajamas. And you could, perhaps, take an elevator to outer space.’ http://nyti.ms/sXPpD5

    CULTURAL

    Peter J. Boyer describes “The Wonk Who Slays Washington” http://bit.ly/sn00e5

    Ben Keller on “How Romney Could Win” http://nyti.ms/uOnqDa

    Lady Gaga Splits From Longtime Creative Director Laurieann Gibson, Rep Confirms, http://bit.ly/uEHjNK

    Reality TV’s Instant Stars Populate a Magazine, http://nyti.ms/sYi7Vt

    ‘Hunger Games’ Full Trailer Debuts, http://on.mtv.com/swUMiL

    Justin Timberlake Attends Marine Corps Ball, http://on.mtv.com/sJQ2rb

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

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



    NEWS ROUND-UP: MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011

    Monday, November 7th, 2011

    In today’s news, Iran may have mastered its nuclear capabilities; thousands of activists protested the Keystone pipeline in DC on Sunday; and a fourth Cain accuser may go public today. In entertainment news, Radiohead announces a U.S. tour, and Robert De Niro will play Bernie Madoff.

    Coral + Caitlin

    CRUCIAL

    Greek Leaders Reach Deal to Form a New Government, http://nyti.ms/vDCGXP
    On Sunday, Greek political leaders agreed to form a transitional administration to oversee the country’s EU bailout. The deal will force Prime Minister George Papandreou to resign. The country’s two main parties, the Socialists and the New Democracy party, will govern together, and a non-politician is expected to take over for Papendreou. The new prime minister would govern long enough to see the debt deal to its conclusion and write a budget for 2011.

    IAEA says foreign expertise has brought Iran to threshold of nuclear capability, http://wapo.st/tT62DA
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) states in a bombshell report that Iran is on the brink of nuclear capacity. Allegedly, Iran’s government has mastered the critical steps needed to build a nuclear weapon, receiving assistance from Soviet, Pakistan, and North Korean scientists. Officials believe that Iran did not stop its program in 2003 but instead, money for research was funneled through seemingly harmless civilian institutions.

    Intrigue, betrayal in Rome as Berlusconi fights on, http://reut.rs/sLQRM8
    Silvio Berlusconi’s parliamentary majority could crumble during a budget vote on Tuesday, and a no-confidence vote may come soon after. Italian papers estimate that enough of Berlusconi’s majority may rebel and topple his government. Fears are growing in Europe over Italy’s debt after the yield on Italian bonds rose to a euro-era high of 6.4 percent on Friday.

    In Sexual Abuse Case, a Focus on How Paterno Reacted, http://nyti.ms/sQYgR9
    In 2002, a graduate student at Penn State University witnessed football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually harassing a young boy. Instead of telling the police, the student went to head coach Joe Paterno, who told the university’s athletic director. Law enforcement says Paterno did his duty in reporting the alleged abuse to a higher official, but he is still coming under fire for never following up.

    Amanda Knox’s Ex Says ‘Cruel Injustice’ Crushed Their Love,
    http://abcn.ws/seYElw
    In his first interview since being released from Italian prison, Raffaele Sollecito, Amanda Knox’s ex-boyfriend, blames their split on the “cruel injustices” they endured. “Our love was like a seed that was not allowed to grow because it was brutally stamped on. We were both victims of a cruel injustice and our relationship was overcome,” he said in an interview with Italian television. He added that he still has “affection” for Knox. Sollecito also indicated that he has reached out to the family of the victim, but he “found the doors closed.”

    Thousands protest at White House over pipeline, http://usat.ly/rSTg7Q
    On Sunday, exactly one year before the 2012 presidential election, thousands of activists gathered outside of the White House to protest TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline. Supporters of the pipeline say it will create thousands of jobs and reduce American dependence on foreign oil. Those against the pipeline say it is hazardous for the environment and public health. The founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council said Obama’s “trying to get elected, but there’s also a really important decision that he’s got to make to put us on the right path. That’s what leadership is.”

    Driver’s License Offices Help Residents With New TN Voter ID Laws,
    http://bit.ly/szuX10
    New laws in Tennessee require that all citizens present a valid state issued ID before casting a ballot in the 2012 election. Tennessee drivers licenses offices are trying to help those without the proper ID by staying open the first Saturday of every month. The offices will be open only for people wanting to get a valid photo ID. “I guess it’s ok, I don’t really understand it, I don’t know if the other states have it or not” says Billie Beaver who went to the office for a new photo ID.

    House Democrats Tell States to Fight ‘Disturbing Trend’ Of Voting Laws, http://huff.to/tveLH7
    House Democrats have written a letter to the Secretaries of State asking them to forget partisan politics and stop the trend of voter ID laws in the states. On Thursday, House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) presented the letter at a press conference. The letter called the new laws a “form of voter profiling that makes it difficult for people of certain groups to participate” in the democratic system.

    Hard Economic Times Rob Young Voters of ‘Hope’ http://bit.ly/tufpUV
    With the rate of unemployment for young Americans at a high, Obama might have trouble convincing voters there is “hope” for tomorrow during his 2012 campaign. In September, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported the unemployment rate for adults ages 18 to 34 was 12.1 percent, well above the 9 percent national average. “The State of Young America” says that the economic slowdown has battered Americans ages 18 to 34, both in terms of their current employment prospects and their hopes for tomorrow.

    New Woman Accusing Herman Cain Of Sexual Harassment Hires Gloria Allred, http://bit.ly/sATUBY
    A new woman alleging sexual harassment by presidential hopeful Herman Cain will break her silence at a news conference with her powerhouse attorney Gloria Allred Monday afternoon in New York City. Cain admitted that several woman who were working under him while he was the president of the National Restaurant Association had received settlements, and Politico says that they received them due to sexual harassment claims. The woman, who will be the first to go public on Monday, sought Cain’s help with an employment issue and was allegedly sexually harassed by him.

    CULTURAL

    Nate Silver wants to know is, “Cain: Up, Down or Sideways?” http://bit.ly/rOFldx

    American University Professor Herman Schwartz speaks out against, “GOP’s voter suppression” http://politi.co/rHbKUc

    Lohan released from L.A. jail, http://bit.ly/uMSGOB

    Robert De Niro to star as Bernie Madoff, http://tgr.ph/rw96Kd

    Ai Weiwei China tax bill paid by supporters, http://bbc.in/uYexV0

    Radiohead Announce U.S. Tour, http://p4k.in/tiazcZ

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

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