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    News Round-Up: November 13, 2013

    Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

    A popular Washington Post columnist and India’s top policeman find themselves in boiling hot water after making some controversial remarks (on separate topics); Haiyan’s survivors are struggling to get food and water, despite international aid; and Healthcare.gov will probably not reach its November 30th deadline. Meanwhile, Zac Efron broke his jaw (ouch), and a Beyonce fan dishes on trying out one of Queen Bey’s scary-intense diets.

    -Sandy + Maura



    India’s Top Policeman Draws Fire With Rape Remarkhttp://rtvote.com/HTOr97
    Someone please nominate this man for the Stupidest Comment of the Year award. At a conference about illegal sports betting and gambling, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation chief Ranjit Sinha said that if the state could not stop gambling, then it could at least make some revenue by legalizing it. He then proceeded to say, ‘If you cannot enforce the ban on betting, it is like saying, “If you can’t prevent rape, you enjoy it.” Activists are outraged, seeing as this man is in charge of several rape investigations and that protests in India have grown rapidly since the fatal gang rape of a student this past year.

    Controversy over Richard Cohen’s comments on the de Blasio family,http://rtvote.com/HY7r5z
    Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen, 72, has been under intense scrutiny for his Tuesday column, which sounds a lot like Cohen has something against interracial marriages and homosexuals. Cohen insists that he was not expressing his personal views, but those of Tea Party conservatives. As news outlets continue to condemn him, Cohen’s boss at the Post defends one of his most popular columnists.

    Lawlessness, damage leave Filipinos strugglinghttp://rtvote.com/19kpb1l
    Food and water are still struggling to reach the typhoon’s survivors as roads and ports are destroyed, and trucks have no fuel to run on. Mobs of people have begun looting warehouses for food. Even though massive amounts of supplies have arrived on nearby islands and parts of Leyte, they cannot be moved into the city in large amounts. Most Filipinos have been left homeless, and the city of Tacloban will be without power for three months.

    Troubled HeathCare.gov unlikely to work fully by end of November,http://rtvote.com/1buISII
    It doesn’t look like HeathCare.gov will be ready by the end of November, like the Obama administration has promised. Software problems seem to be more difficult to resolve than expected. Government workers and technical contractors have advised people to use other means to enroll in healthcare plans so the website is not overburdened.

    Ryan Ferguson Update: Mo. man jailed for nearly 10 years released,http://rtvote.com/HRksyj
    Ryan Ferguson, 29, was released from custody after being jailed for almost ten years for a crime he claims he did not commit. Originally convicted in 2005 for the murder of Columbia Daily Tribune sports editor Kent Heitholt, an appeals court threw out the conviction last week because Boone County prosecutors violated federal law by failing to share several pieces of evidence that pointed to Ferguson’s innocence in 2005.



    Zac Efron’s Broken Jaw: “He’s Going to Be OK,” Says Pal Michael B. Jordan,http://rtvote.com/1hG0t5U

    Demi Lovato: People Would Be “Shocked” to Hear My Drug and Alcohol Abuse Stories, http://rtvote.com/1dqhDhQ

    Beyonce Fan Tries Singer’s Diet, Loses 10 Pounds in 10 Days,http://rtvote.com/1bDQAP0

    Alec Baldwin’s Alleged Stalker Genevieve Sabourin Gets 30 Days in Jail for Courtroom Interruptions, http://rtvote.com/1aTEYe2


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    News Round-Up: November 6, 2013

    Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

    Results from the 2013 elections are analyzed after victors are announced—with wins by Christie, McAuliffe, and De Blasio capturing the headlines; talks of gay marriage being legal in Illinois emerge; and the mayor of Toronto publically admits to smoking crack. Meanwhile, excitement brews around the 2013 CMA’s and a Hunger Games star cuts off their hair (can you guess who?).

    - Sandy + Maura

    Christie wins re-election; seen as prelude to 2016http://rtvote.com/1cEFYEh
    Last night, Republican incumbent Chris Christie won re-election in New Jersey’s governor race with the help of female and Hispanic voters, beating out Democratic Senator Barbara Buono with over 60% of the total votes. This sets Governor Christie up as a very possible Republican candidate to run for president in 2016. However, Christie has yet to reveal his plans for a presidential candidacy.

    De Blasio Is Elected New York City Mayor in Landslidehttp://rtvote.com/1cEG0fz
    Bill de Blasio won NYC’s mayoral race, defeating his opponent, Joseph J. Lhota, by a margin of 49 percentage points, with 99 percent of the votes counted. De Blasio, a supporter of very liberal change, won over many New Yorkers by acknowledging rising frustrations with income inequality, aggressive policing tactics, and lack of affordable housing. The new mayor will become the first Democrat to lead NY in a generation.

    Why Terry McAuliffe barely wonhttp://rtvote.com/19DNkV2
    In the days leading up to Election Day, public opinion polls showed that Democrat Terry McAuliffe had a very good lead on Republican Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia’s governor race. The final results pegged McAuliffe as the winner, but only by less than 3 percentage points leaving the race much closer than expected.

    Lawmakers approve gay marriage in Illinoishttp://rtvote.com/1hNol4Q
    Will Illinois be the 15th state to legalize gay marriage? It sure seems like it! Lawmakers approved a bill that extended the right to wed to same-sex couples yesterday. Governor Pat Quinn plans to sign the bill, which would go into effect on June 1, 2014.

    Toronto Mayor Admits Crack Use, as Wild Ride in Office Continueshttp://rtvote.com/1baaqkI
    Mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford, 44, is no stranger to public acts of drunken belligerence and other inappropriate behavior. In May, Ford denied smoking crack cocaine when questioned, but yesterday he officially admitted to using the drug. However, don’t expect him to be stepping down anytime soon. Up until this point, his right-of-center, suburban supporters have remained loyal. However, this most recent scandal may have been too much for his core constituency.


    Jennifer Lawrence Cuts Off Hair—See Pixie Cut on Hunger Games Star, http://rtvote.com/18ZxEHe

    Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour Kicks Off on Valentine’s Day 2014, http://rtvote.com/17F8UtU

    CMA Awards Ballot: Who should/will win?, http://rtvote.com/HxFMIB

    Lady Gaga to Sing In Space in 2015, http://rtvote.com/1arWPT8

    Kris Jenner Celebrates 58th Birthday with Family, Given Cake with Her Face on it, http://rtvote.com/17N1zGz


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    News Round-Up: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

    Tuesday, August 6th, 2013

    George W. Bush recovers from surgery; tensions increase as people are told to evacuate Yemen; and the Washington Post gets sold to Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com. Meanwhile, ‘Glee’ begins Season 5 production; Lohan appears on Chelsea Lately; and Rihanna may soon top a Madonna record.

    -Ally + Maura


    George W. Bush has heart surgeryhttp://rtvote.com/16rSuzs
    Former President George W. Bush is recovering from surgery Tuesday morning, after doctors found blockage in an artery on Monday. A stent has been placed to ease the blockage. The event came as a shock since the President was physically active and often seen biking or golfing regularly.

    U.S. and Britain Withdraw Personnel from Yemen, http://rtvote.com/19KYFDW
    Amidst a security and travel threat around the Middle East, many government personnel have been removed from Yemen, where Al Qaeda leaders are allegedly planning an attack. Travelers have also been advised to leave the country and reschedule travel plans to the area.

    Turkish Court Gives 19 Life Sentenceshttp://rtvote.com/16rSGif
    In a ruling decided Monday, 19 Turks were sentenced to life in prison for plotting to overthrow the government. All 19 have pleaded innocence. The case represents a broader conflict between “the Islamist-rooted government and the secularist-dominated opposition.”

    Washington Post Staffers ‘Stunned’ By Sale To Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Hopeful About Futurehttp://rtvote.com/16rSKys
    Staff and the public alike were shocked by the news on Monday that the Washington Post would be sold to Jeff Bezons, the owner of Amazon.com. The transition will be sentimental, as the Graham family has operated the Post for the past 80 years. However, Bezos’ $25 million net worth keeps staffers hopeful that he will maintain the paper’s integrity rather than “tinker the editorial product.”

    U.S., other envoys meet with detained Muslim Brotherhood official in Egypthttp://rtvote.com/16rSP5g
    U.S. government officials attempted, on Monday, to ease tensions between the interim Egyptian government and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood. While the U.S. aims to improve relations between the two groups, they also made clear that they would like to be distanced from Morsi. Meanwhile, Egyptians express anger over the lack of U.S. support during the crisis.


    Lindsay Lohan, Spectacular of ‘Chelsea Lately,’ Is Alive Again, http://rtvote.com/19KZtJ0

    Brawl outside Hamptons nightclub with Justin Bieber’s bodyguards stirs police probe, http://rtvote.com/19KZwV6

    Glee Starts Production on Season 5, http://rtvote.com/19KZBrP

    Kim Kardashian Makes First Post-Baby Appearance on Kris Jenner’s Talk Show, http://rtvote.com/16rTxzo

    Rihanna’s ‘Right Now’ Gives Her A Shot At Breaking Madonna’s Dance Chart Record, http://rtvote.com/19KZFYH

    Bio: My name is Ally Filler and I am a Field Intern at RTV this summer! I recently graduated from McGill University where I studied Linguistics. In addition to marveling at the linguistic hotspot that is Montreal and eating many croissants, I assisted hundreds of American students in their quest to vote from abroad. I'm excited to be a part of such an amazing team here at Rock the Vote!

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, October 4th, 2012

    Thursday, October 4th, 2012

    Pundits and voters are abuzz as Romney is named the victor of last night’s debate; Turkish parliament launches an attack on Syria; sensitive documents may have been left behind in Benghazi; 18 schoolchildren are buried by a landslide in China; two suspects are arrested in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent; and Facebook registers its one billionth user. Meanwhile, Miguel Cabrera wins the Triple Crown; Chris Brown and Rihanna are spotted together at the Jay-Z concert; and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame reveals its latest nominees.



    Turkish Parliament authorizes military operations in Syria, http://wapo.st/QJ94pc
    Turkey’s parliament has approved an emergency bill that allows the country to attack Syria for what is now the second day in a row. The military action is in response to a shell fired in Syria that toppled a house in a Turkish village, causing the death of two women and three children. Turkey immediately responded after the attack, firing artillery deep into Syria. The country’s retaliation is not an official declaration of war; however, the Turkish parliament has shown no sign of withdrawing their offense. NATO has since condemned Syria’s attack calling it a “flagrant violation of international law.”

    Sensitive documents left behind at U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, http://wapo.st/QK8m8e
    U.S. personnel fled Benghazi, leaving behind what seems to be some sensitive documents after the September 11th attacks that killed four Americans. A Washington Post reporter has since found the documents that detail the consulate’s security plans amongst the rubble at the bombing site. The U.S. consulate building was locked up a few days after the attack; however, during the days prior, anyone was able to access the site. As a result, it seems some of the sensitive documents have gone missing.

    Bodies found after landslide buries 18 schoolchildren in China, http://bit.ly/OEE3o1
    18 schoolchildren, who were attending a make-up class on a public holiday, have been buried in a landslide brought on by recent earthquakes in China. One villager was also killed in the disaster while a family of three managed to escape. Four bodies have since been recovered. The earthquakes struck the area on September 7th, killing 80 people.

    Mexican troops arrest two in killing of U.S. border agent: officials, http://reut.rs/QH46cK
    A Mexican Army officer says that two suspects in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent have been arrested and are now in a Mexican military facility. Three Border Patrol agents responded to an alert from a ground sensor when they were believed the be ambushed, leaving one dead, one injured, and the other to have escaped.

    Poll: Uncommitted voters say Romney wins debate, http://cbsn.ws/SyXsFW
    According to a CBS flash poll, 46% of 500 uncommitted voters surveyed immediately after last night’s presidential debate said that Romney was the winner; 32% said that the two candidates tied while 22% said that President Obama won. 56% of those polled said that the debate caused them to have a more favorable view of Romney while 11% claimed to have a less favorable opinion; 32% said their impression of the former governor remains unchanged.

    Obama and Romney, in First Debate, Spar Over Fixing the Economy, http://wapo.st/QJ94pc
    During last night’s debate, President Obama and Mitt Romney went head-to-head over the economy. Romney called Obama’s economic plan from the past four years “trickle-down government” while Obama said Romney had “top-down economic policies.” Romney has widely been named as the winner of the debate, speaking clearly and aggressively about Obama’s economic plans. Obama, instead, looked down at his lectern seemingly taking notes and responded with hesitancy at some points during the discussion.

    Facebook’s ‘Next Billion’: A Q&A With Mark Zuckerberg, http://buswk.co/SH855O
    In an interview with Mark Zuckerberg, published today, the Facebook founder said that the social media platform registered its one billionth user on September 14th. The news was not immediately made public as it took some time to pinpoint this milestone user.  “It’s really humbling to get a billion people to do anything,” Zuckerberg told Businessweek, going on to say that the Facebook team watched the countdown together in their office. He also noted that Facebook has only 1,000 engineers, meaning each engineer is responsible for one million users.


    Miguel Cabrera wins Triple Crown, http://es.pn/Re1row

    Chris Brown and Rihanna Hit Up Jay-Z Concert Together a Day After Club Hookup, http://eonli.ne/Uhg0h1

    ‘American Idol’ Feud: Keith Urban Weighs in on Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey’s Fight, http://bit.ly/QTpzQ4

    Julianne Moore, Victim in Jewelry Heist?, http://tmz.me/PcwRPI

    N.W.A, Rush, Donna Summer among new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, http://bit.ly/PAjHqv

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, February 24, 2012

    Friday, February 24th, 2012

    Dust may have caused the deadly helicopter collision at a Yuma military base; Friends of Syria meets in Tunisia to discuss aid for Syrian opposition; same sex marriage has been approved in Maryland; Rick Santorum sees growing support from GOP women; global warming could cause humans to shrink; and scientists believe that drought killed the Mayans. Meanwhile, Bill Maher has given $1 million to Obama’s Super PAC; Gerard Butler checks into rehab; and Zac Efron shows his scandalous side on “The Lorax” red carpet.



    Syrian rebels get arms from abroad: source, http://reut.rs/yj5SW5
    Today, 50 countries calling themselves the Friends of Syria are meeting in Tunisia to demand that Syria allow international aid for civilians wounded in President Bashar al-Assad’s violent crackdowns on protestors. 2,000 Assad supporters tried to storm the meeting, but they were thwarted by police with truncheons. At the meeting, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Assad that the opposition will arm itself and overthrow him if he continues the violence. Clinton said Assad will “pay a heavy cost’ if he continues to block aid and that the Syrian leader will have “more blood on his hands.” There have been some reports from Syrian opposition that they’ve received military aid, but Western officials have yet to confirm this. 11 people died in the continued crackdown on Homs today.

    Midair helicopter collision kills 7 Marines, http://bit.ly/yvZy4A
    Two helicopters collided in Yuma, AZ Wednesday night killing seven Marines. Six of the dead were from Camp Pendleton in California while one was from a base in Yuma. Although the skies were clear, the accident may be attributed to a “brown out,” which is when dust limits visibility after a helicopter’s take-off and landing.

    Same-sex marriage bill approved by Maryland Senate, http://wapo.st/wOQaNH
    Maryland’s state Senate has pass a measure that will legalize same-sex unions. Governor Martin O’Malley has promised to sign the bill, making Maryland the eighth state to legalize gay marriage. Maryland’s legislation has one of the largest Democratic majorities in the country. Despite this, the bill still faced opposition from lawmakers with Catholic and evangelical ties as well as from African-Americans legislators.

    Global warming could shrink the human race, http://bit.ly/x7tze2
    In a study published in Science, American scientists discovered that Sifrhippus, the first horse, shrank from twelve pounds to eight and a half when the climate warmed up about 56 million years ago. Scientists have conjectured that mammals shrink from global warming; however, this discovery provides the first data on the hypothesis.

    Rick Santorum winning more support from Republican women, http://wapo.st/w40Ky5
    According to a new Washington Post and ABC poll, 57% of Republican women hold a favorable view of Rick Santorum – a statistic that has spiked 13 points since January. Rick Santorum has been very vocal about his anti-contraception and anti-abortion views. Among GOP women, Mitt Romney has a 61% favorability rating.

    Maya collapse coincided with drought, http://usat.ly/A9tpVZ
    In past years, archaeologists have said that warfare killed off the Mayans. However, a new report published in Science says that the Mayan collapse was due to drought. It was previously conjectured that a severe drought killed off the society, but this new report says a 25%-40% drop in rainfall was enough to dry out their crops.


    Maher puts one-million dollars behind pro-Obama Super PAC, http://bit.ly/xFISPZ

    Chris Brown Accused Of Stealing Fan’s Cell Phone, http://on.mtv.com/y7WeEk

    Gerard Butler in Rehab, http://bit.ly/zRpO1Y

    Zac Efron Drops a Condom on the Red Carpet, http://bit.ly/zA3zzd

    Prince Charles Drives a London Tube Train, http://bit.ly/yO1HK2


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