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    News Round-Up: December 9, 2013

    Monday, December 9th, 2013

    Merrill Newman, the 85-year-old Korean War vet, has been released from North Korea after six weeks; Google, Facebook, Twitter, Microsoft, and Yahoo have joined forces to fight the NSA; and local police agencies have started copying the NSA’s spying habits. Meanwhile, Selena Gomez throws a hissy fit on stage, and the mystery surrounding Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles’ relationship remains ongoing.

    -Sandy + Maura



    Merrill Newman has been deported from North Korea: reporthttp://rtvote.com/1gSBDfd
    The 85-year-old Korean War veteran, Merrill Newman, has finally been released after being detained in North Korea for six weeks. Newman had been held on charges of “hostile acts” against the state for his role in the war. North Korea released him because Newman apologized and also because of his age and medical condition. VP Joe Biden met Newman in Beijing to welcome him on his way home.

    Tech giants band together in anti-snooping coalitionhttp://rtvote.com/19c6WA0
    Google, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter, and Yahoo have come together to form what is essentially an anti-NSA coalition. Dubbed the Reform Government Surveillance Coalition, these popular tech companies are determined to limit the federal government’s authority to collect user information. The CEOs of Twitter, Facebook, and Google have written an open letter to the federal government.

    Meet Mort Crim: The inspiration for Will Ferrell’s ‘Anchorman’http://rtvote.com/19wbw8G
    As theaters prepare for ‘Anchorman 2’, Ron Burgundy has been popping up on talk shows and sports events around the country. Even though the hilarious news anchor is a fictional character, he is based on someone very real. Meet the man who inspired Will Ferrell’s perfectly mustached character.

    Cellphone data spying: It’s not just the NSAhttp://rtvote.com/1dhAdbx
    The NSA is not the only one spying on people. Local police are now using new technologies to secretly collect data from people’s cellphones. About 1 in 4 law enforcement agencies have used a tactic known as a “tower dump”, and at least 25 police departments own a Stingray, a device that acts as a fake cell tower. 36 other police agencies refuse to say whether they’ve used either tactic.

    ‘127 Hours’ author arrested in Denverhttp://rtvote.com/1gSNw4F
    The man who James Franco portrayed in ‘127 Hours’ was arrested for assault and wrongs to minors in Denver on Saturday night. Aron Lee Ralston, 38, is due in court this afternoon. Ralston is best known for amputating his own arm with a dull blade after being trapped by a boulder for five days in a Utah canyon.



    Selena Gomez Curses During Performance, Walks Off Stage After Technical Difficulties, http://rtvote.com/1jEeZJQ

    Kendall Jenner and Harry Styles Leave NYC Hotel Together, http://rtvote.com/J7kByw

    One Direction Joins Paul Rudd and His Anchorman 2 Costars on SNL, Debut “Through the Dark,”http://rtvote.com/IXIWGn

    Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis Attend Her Brother’s Wedding, http://rtvote.com/1cwnaVd


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

    Enter for a Chance to Win “The Campaign” on Blu-ray™!

    Friday, October 19th, 2012

    America. Liberty. Freedom. Candidates Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) and Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis) care about none of these as they race for the North Carolina congressional seat in this laugh-out-loud farce. As voting day approaches, the two literally pull no punches in the dirtiest and funniest political fight of all time…or at least until the next election.

    At Rock the Vote, we know that political campaigns can get a little stressful. Lighten the mood this election season and enter for a chance to win your copy of The Campaign on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with UltraViolet™ * or own it 10/30 on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack.

    Keep on rocking!
    Rock the Vote
    Bio: Rock the Vote was founded in 1990 to organize artists and fight against censorship of musicians. Since then we've evolved to focus on empowering young people to get involved in the political process. We use pop culture, peer-to-peer organizing, and the latest technology to raise visibility of politics and demystify the process of registering to vote.
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com

    News Round-Up: Wednesday, May 4, 2011

    Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

    Young people took center stage in many national news stories today. Rock the Vote prez Heather Smith wrote on the healing and patriotism experienced by the 9/11 generation after the demise of Osama bin Laden (http://huff.to/msDL3M). National news outlets have also caught on to this outpouring of emotion by young people, with the LA times dedicating a front page story to the subject, which examined how Osama bin Laden’s death impacted the Millenial generation. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews also spoke with former FOX news White House reporter Major Garrett, who argued that young people now see President Obama as tougher on terror than President Bush.

    There was also big news in the War on Voting: A group of young people joined Rock the Vote in arguing against a new law proposed in Florida that would force voter registration volunteers to take an oath and be financially liable for forms, among a host of other restrictive measures (http://bit.ly/mIIYg9).

    In other news, CBS continues to make changes to its morning show, even looking into the possibility of hiring “Morning Joe’s” Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski, Julian Assage calls Facebook a tool for spying and Selena Gomez wants to share her feelings about the Biebs.


    Osama bin Laden’s Death Removes a Cloud That Enveloped a Generationhttp://lat.ms/jv0smm

    The millennial generation hardly remembers a time before Osama bin Laden, and the celebrations on Sunday night were filled with young people, who had little experience with a peaceful time. Osama bin Laden’s influence on the millennials has been vast, and his death was even said to “‘mark the end of…childhood’” for some.

    Bush Declines Obama’s Invitation to Ground Zerohttp://nyti.ms/m5IxOV

    On Thursday President Obama will make a trip to ground zero to “mark the killings of Osama bin Laden”. President Bush, who was invited to the event according to his spokesperson, declined to attend. The former president has led a private life post his time in office.

    Security on Higher Alert Across U.S.http://nyti.ms/inlzGK

    Although there have not been any new threats, the security level across the country remains high. In cities across the country police are on high alert, especially near tourist attractions, places of woriship and other places where crowds gather.

    Rock the Vote, Other National Groups Blast Florida Legislature’s ‘Assault on Young Voters’http://bit.ly/mIIYg9

    Rock the Vote, along with several other groups are fighting back against the Florida Senate which will vote on a bill that could disenfranchise young voters. The bill would make it harder for groups to register other people without first taking an oath, as well as a shortened early voter period, or update their information at the polling place.

    Julian Assange: Facebook is ‘Appalling Spy Machine’http://huff.to/lcUE4p

    The Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, said that facebook is “the world’s most comprehensive database about people, their relationships, their names, their addresses, their locations, their communications with each other, their relatives, all sitting within the United States, all accessible to U.S. intelligence.”

    CBS Attemps to Recruit Morning Joe and Mika for Morning Showhttp://bit.ly/k7LGSI

    As the morning show landscape continue to shuffle, CBS is looking to acquire Chris Licht to take the senior spot on the Early Show, as well as Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski to host. The shuffle doesn’t seem to worry CBS as they “demonstrated that they could change the entire morning anchor team without really changing the ratings so they may decide that with a bold move like this, they really have nothing to lose.”


    Rob Lowe flew on 9/11 terrorist dry run flight: http://huff.to/k2jzPn

    Katy Perry’s ‘Last Friday Night (TGIF)’ Remix Cover Art Goes Geek: http://huff.to/jj8Cg4

    How Jesse James Confessed Affair to Sandra Bullock: http://bit.ly/mnbNV3

    NY Subway Gets a Dining Car: http://nyti.ms/m6deSL

    Does Soulja Boy Have The ‘Juice’ To Take On Tupac’s Prized Role?: http://bit.ly/l0kbSj

    Selena Gomez On Relationship With Justin Bieber, ‘I Don’t Like Hiding’: http://on.mtv.com/jJdOkX

    Will Ferrell and Zack Galifianakis to star in political comedy: http://politi.co/igYWP4

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, March 31, 2011

    Thursday, March 31st, 2011

    C.I.A. agents have been sent to Libya to track Qaddafi and meet with rebels leaders, Biden says a newly proposed budget looks promising but we aren’t holding our breath, Gabrielle Giffords staff is gearing up in the event that she might run, and a new Harvard poll shows Millienial support of Obama is on the rise. Meanwhile, the scare of ‘Facebook depression’ has passed, The Governator is now available in cartoon form, some celebs are quitting twitter, and Perez Hilton writes a children’s book.


    C.I.A. Agents in Libya Aid Airstrikes and Meet Rebels#mce_temp_url#

    Groups of CIA agents have been in Libya tracking Qaddafi’s whereabouts and meeting with the rebel groups. While no ground troops will be brought into Libya the president did authorize shipments of weapons to be sent to the rebels, although the order has not yet gone through as much debate continues.

    Budget Compromise Talks Continue as Tea Party Watcheshttp://huff.to/flwzW3

    A congressional proposal to cut $33 billion dollars over the next six months seems to be on the right track, according to Biden, despite demands for more cuts by Tea Party supporters.

    An Arizona Senate Race Waits to See if Giffords Emerges to Runhttp://nyti.ms/h8hgpZ

    Despite Representative Giffords still recovering in the hospital, some of her staff have begun preparing for her race in the event she is able to and wanting to run. Whether or not Giffords decides to run will have a major impact on the other candidates in the race, as some Democrats have said they would not compete with Giffords.

    Obama Approval Ratings on the Rise, Especially on College Campuses, Harvard Poll Findshttp://bit.ly/fiBIsI

    A poll conducted by Harvard University reveals that four-year college students job approval rating for the president is at 60%, Additionally, the economy remains the top issue with Millennials.

    ‘Facebook Depression’: A Nonexistent Conditionhttp://huff.to/gD95IN

    Despite a recent report, Facebook Depression is not a new from of Depression. Dr. O’ Keeffe explained that ”Facebook is really a magnifier. You’re not going to catch something on Facebook, but Facebook tends to amplify any of our insecurities.”

    The New York Times ponders whether this tech boom will bust too: http://nyti.ms/fdM615

    Jessica Levinson weighs in on the Supreme Court and public campaign finance programs: http://huff.to/fL9h6s


    Schwarzenegger now in cartoon format: http://bit.ly/gi4aKZ

    Will Ferrell to be a permanent addition to The Office?: http://bit.ly/h7Je5m

    Did Chris Brown’s outburst up his sales?: http://nyti.ms/hESnGr

    Will George Clooney testify in Italian Prime Minister’s trial?: http://on.wsj.com/gD9Tpn

    Details on a possible fourth Dragon Tattoo novel: http://bit.ly/huI1Zm

    Celebrity Twitter quitters: http://aol.it/fSermR

    Perez Hilton pens a children’s book: http://ti.me/fVhDag

    Kristin Andrews
    Bio: Kristin is Rock the Vote's Communications Intern

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