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    News Round-Up: November 5, 2013

    Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

    NJ mall shooter is found dead; nine skydivers survive a crazy plane collision midair; and Election Day 2013 has arrived with major elections in New Jersey, Virginia, NYC as well as other cities & states across the country. Meanwhile, Drew Barrymore is pregnant again (yippee!) and Lea Michele dedicates a song to her late love, Cory Monteith, on her new album.

    -Sandy + Maura
     

    CRUCIAL

    New Jersey Mall Shooter Found Dead With Self-Inflicted Gunshot Wound, Police Say,http://rtvote.com/1hK7rEn
    Richard Shoop, 20, opened fire in New Jersey’s Westfield Garden State Plaza Mall ten minutes before closing time last night. Shoop fired at least six shots, none of which were aimed at people; witnesses described Shoop’s demeanor as extraordinarily calm. His body was found in a back area of the mall at 3:20 AM this morning. There have been no other reported injuries at this time. Stay tuned as this story continues to develop.

    Watch nine skydivers survive fiery two-plane collision in midairhttp://rtvote.com/HEmNNg
    As if skydiving weren’t terrifying enough. Skydivers in Wisconsin pulled off the stunt of their lives last weekend as they found themselves in the middle of something that looks straight from a James Bond movie. Two planes collided 12,000 feet in the air on Saturday, and a group of skydivers, along with the pilot, jumped from the exploding wreckage. The second plane was landed safely by another pilot, despite damage to the wing and the propeller.

    Obama: ENDA vote in Senate an ‘opportunity’http://rtvote.com/1hKcfcW
    At a dinner for top Organizing for Action donors, President Obama praised Senate’s 61-30 vote to advance the Employment Non-Discrimination Act on Monday. The bill forbids employers from firing employees on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. However, it is still too soon to celebrate since the bill has yet to pass in the House.

    Takoma Park 16-year-old savors his history-making moment at the pollshttp://rtvote.com/1aCoAyi
    Ben Miller, 16, will step into a voting booth today and cast his ballot, along with 350 other 16- and 17-year-olds, who were granted the right to vote in municipal elections by the Takoma City Council in May. Montgomery County, Maryland, is the nation’s first community to lower the voting age from 18 to 16 in municipal elections; council member Tim Male said this was intended as a way to boost voter turnout. It seems to be working, as young Ben Miller proudly exercises his newfound civic duty.
     

    ELECTION DAY 2013

    Election Day 2013: Five things to watch todayhttp://rtvote.com/HEmxhb
    Today, voters in Virginia and New Jersey will elect their new governors, while new mayors are chosen in New York, Boston, Detroit, and a heck of a lot of other cities. Important issues are at stake on many of these ballots. Here are five things to keep an eye out for.
     

    PUNDITS

    The New York Times Editorial Board discusses the ENA decision in “Toward Ending Workplace Discrimination”, http://rtvote.com/1aCD1m7

    Rocker Austin Estes tells us why young voters are a force to be reckoned with in “Young Americans Will Help Change History This Election Day – If They Vote,” http://rtvote.com/1a5stsW

    Writers respond to the increased incidents in gun violence in “LAX shooting heats up gun debate: Opinionline,”http://rtvote.com/177qaYc

    CULTURAL

    Teen Mom’s Amber Portwood Released From Jail, http://rtvote.com/1hgnV9B

    Drew Barrymore Is Pregnant, Expecting Second Child With Husband Will Kopelman, http://rtvote.com/1hKirlf

    Lea Michele Recorded a Song About Cory Monteith For Her Debut Album, http://rtvote.com/1bVBzrt

    Chris Pratt Was an Amateur Stripper at Age 18, http://rtvote.com/1a5vk5b

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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

    Wednesday, June 6th, 2012

    Scott Walker is the projected winner of Wisconsin’s recall election; Greece may be completely broke by July; Egyptians protest Mubarak’s appointee in Tahrir Square; 30 unpaid workers were forced to sleep under the London Bridge during the Queen’s jubilee; Mitt Romney’s e-mail may have been hacked; and Clinton breaks with Obama on Bush tax-cuts. Meanwhile, Miley Cyrus is engaged; Sheryl Crow reveals her brain tumor diagnosis; and Amanda Bynes asks President Obama to intervene in her DUI.

    Caitlin

    CRUCIAL:

    Greece Warns of Going Broke as Tax Proceeds Dry Up, http://nyti.ms/NhnqMA
    Members of the Greek government said Wednesday that the country could run out of its $161.7 billion bailout money by July. If this is the case, the government may have to temporarily stop paying salaries and pensions as well as halt fuel, food, and pharmaceutical imports. The European Central Bank met Wednesday in Paris and it’s expected that it will keep interest rates at 1%. Also on Wednesday, Moody’s downgraded six of Germany’s banks.

    Walker Wins Wisconsin Recall Election, http://bit.ly/L9SKYO
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has been projected the winner of the state’s recall election. Walker beat out Tom Barrett, the Democratic Mayor of Milwaukee, whom he was victorious against in 2010. Mitt Romney called Walker Wednesday night to congratulate him.

    Egypt’s Tahrir protesters take on Mubarak’s man, http://on.msnbc.com/M8dakA
    Egyptian protestors took to Tahrir Square Tuesday night to protest the presidential candidacy of Ahmed Shafiq, Hosni Mubarak’s appointed prime minister during last year’s military crackdown. Protestors say they hold Shafiq responsible for the 800 people killed during last year’s 18 days of violence. “If Shafiq wins, we will overturn everything into fire and destruction,” said demonstrator Amr Sayed. Many demonstrators plan on voting for the Muslim Brotherhood’s candidate in order to prevent Shafiq’s win. Egypt’s current rulers have created a 48-hour deadline for political parties to form an 100 member panel that will draft the country’s new constitution. If the deadline is not met, then lawmakers have threatened to write the constitution themselves.

    Call for inquiry into use of unpaid jobseekers as jubilee stewards, http://bit.ly/LqDOIq
    A report surfaced on Tuesday, that security firm Close Protection UK had broken the law by forcing 30 unpaid diamond jubilee workers to sleep under the London Bridge. Former deputy prime minister John Prescott has asked Home Secretary Theresa May to investigate the claims; he is also demanding the government review CPUK’s contract for the Olympic games. In response to the report, CPUK issued a “sincere apology” for the “London Bridge incident,” which they said was meant to provide work experience.

    Have they no Seamus? Tipster claims hack of Romney email, http://lat.ms/Kx0yc0
    A hacker has claimed to have accessed Mitt Romney’s email simply by answering the security question, “What is your favorite pet?” The anonymous hacker revealed to Gawker that he changed the account password, although he did not provide screenshots as proof. He also did not say whether or not the answer to the security question was Seamus, Romney’s dog whom he crated and tied to the roof of his car during family vacations. A spokeswoman for the campaign said that “proper authorities are investigating this crime.”

    Clinton breaks with Obama over Bush tax cuts, http://politi.co/LqD2eo
    In an interview with CNBC last night, former president Bill Clinton said that extending the Bush tax-cuts is “probably the best thing to do right now” in order to stimulate the economy – a notion that President Obama strongly disagrees with. He continued that Republicans want a permanent extension of the tax-cuts, which he agrees that Obama should not support. The Bush tax-cuts will expire next year, most likely causing a partisan battle in Congress.

    (via The Washington Post) New map, new rules shake up California primaries, http://wapo.st/MFlK0k
    Primary voters in California on Tuesday began to remake the face of Congress as a redrawn electoral map and new balloting rules promised a significant overhaul of the state’s delegation, which accounts for about 12 percent of the House of Representatives. Even before Tuesday’s competitive and expensive primary contests, the changes drove eight veterans of the House into retirement and rattled what had been one of the most stable rosters of lawmakers sent to Washington by any state. Democrats think this could make Rep. Nancy Pelosi speaker of the House again. They contend that they could pick up five seats in California on their way to the 25 they need to retake the majority next year. In California, Republicans say the changes, over the long term, have the potential to transform to GOP into a more competitive party, because the new map and the new voting system may force it to nominate centrist candidates who can appeal to the state’s burgeoning population of minority voters.

    CULTURAL:

    Miley Cyrus, Liam Hemsworth Are Engaged, http://bit.ly/JLKHQW

    Amanda Bynes Charged with DUI, Asks President Obama to Fire Cop, http://bit.ly/KQGlvG

    Sheryl Crow Reveals Brain Tumor Diagnosis, http://eonli.ne/KhTWK5

    Drew Barrymore: Wedding Picture with Will Kopelman, http://bit.ly/NJ6L22

    John Mayer: Taylor Swift ‘humiliated me’ with ‘cheap’ song, http://on.msnbc.com/JLOeyG

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