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    News Round-Up: Wednesday, January 29, 2014

    Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

    The State of the Union Address was delivered last night; southern states are caught completely unprepared for snowfall; Congressman threatens reporter; and reading gap due to wealth increases. Meanwhile, Bieber returns to the States; Miley and Madonna sing a duet on MTV; a possible real-life love triangle surfaces in Hollywood; and a famous rock and roll band calls it quits.

    - Veronica + Maura


    State of the Union: Obama calls for action, with or without Congress: http://rtvote.com/1fwyC2L
    Last night marked the delivery of President Obama’s fifth State of the Union Address. The address called for changes to the tax code, investment in alternative energy, and equal pay for women. President Obama received a standing ovation when he encouraged Congress to work alongside him instead of against him, and brought tears to the eyes of many Americans when telling the story of Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg, an injured war veteran. Overall, a majority of viewers believed that the policies listed in the address will help the economy, and the address was generally well-received.

    Stranded, cold motorists spend nights on freeways after rare snow in South: http://rtvote.com/1k7ijfI
    Travelers in Alabama and Georgia were left in traffic, stranded on the roads- sometimes 16 hours after leaving work or school. Light snow, sleet, and freezing rain are wreaking havoc on Southern states unaccustomed to dealing with this type of weather. At the first sign of snow, people left their jobs, thinking they could deal with the weather. They couldn’t, resulting in spin-outs, accidents, and traffic jams miles long. Currently, people are trying to help stranded travelers while the government is telling its citizens to stay home.

    Rep. Grimm on why he threatened reporter: http://rtvote.com/1jJcxTW
    Representative Michael Grimm (R-NY), threatened a NY1 reporter, Michael Scotto, after last night’s State of the Union Address. Scotto tried to ask Grimm about a federal investigation pertaining to his campaign finances. This question sparked the threat. Grimm said in an email to NY1 and other news stations that Scotto took a “disrespectful and cheap shot” at the interview’s end, discussing a topic that was unrelated to the State of the Union Address, which was what Grimm was being interviewed about. Bob Hardt, NY1’s political director, was appalled by Grimm’s actions and wants a full apology.

    Reading gap between wealthy, poor students widens: http://rtvote.com/1jJfEv1
    A new report shows that 80% of fourth graders from low-income families do not read at their grade level, compared to 49% of their wealthier counterparts. Overall, 66% of all fourth graders do not read at their grade level, a figure regarded as shocking. Researchers believe that 8-year-olds, especially those living in low-income families, are not developed enough to be successful. To keep kids from falling behind, fewer children have to start kindergarten with undetected and untreated learning disabilities.


    Famous rock band Mӧtley Crüe to dissolve: http://rtvote.com/1aHIjOC

    Justin Bieber leaves Panama for LA: http://rtvote.com/1mXGEnZ

    Miley and Madonna finally duet! http://rtvote.com/1cuEE5p

    A real-life love triangle? http://rtvote.com/1fn3AMC



    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: Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

    Protests erupt in Brazil; new information leads to yet another search for the remains of Jimmy Hoffa; a 98-year-old Hungarian man is charged with military crimes from WWII; the U.S. military releases plans to allow women in almost all combat jobs by 2016; North Korea looks at Hitler’s Third Reich for ideas; the U.S. House of Representatives writes new abortion legislation; and new research has made 3-D printers capable of creating prosthetic hands. Meanwhile, Cher is working on a new album, and Bernie Sahlins dies.

    Maura + Alexis


    Brazil protests: violence erupts during nationwide marches, http://bit.ly/11IfKoM
    Mass protests broke out in Brazil Monday evening. Around 200,000 people upset about high costs and poor public services stormed the streets. Protestors in Rio de Janeiro burned cars and robbed buildings while police fought back with teargas and rubber bullets. These rallies are some of the largest Brazil has ever seen.

    Source: ‘Highly credible’ info led to new Hoffa dig; murder put on Detroit mob, http://bit.ly/11IUBuG
    The FBI is digging in Detroit in a search for the remains of former Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa. The hunt for Jimmy Hoffa has been going on for about four decades now, but according to the FBI, new information provided by alleged mobster Tony Zerilli is what brought the search back to the surface.

    98-year-old charged with ‘unlawful execution, torture’ of Jews during World War II, http://nbcnews.to/19MoMKu
    A 98-year-old man has been charged with war crimes, having helped deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II. Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in 1948 and was sentenced to death at that time. He has lived on the run for decades, however, until last July when Hungarian authorities detained him and put him under house arrest in Budapest. According to a spokeswoman for the Budapest Chief Prosecutor’s Office, Csatary’s case will most likely go to trial within the next three months.

    Military Plans Would Put Women in Most Combat Jobs, http://apne.ws/19MeMRj
    The glass ceiling in the military is about to be shattered. By mid 2015 it is expected that women will be able to train as Army Rangers and by mid 2016 as Navy SEALs. According to plans released today, there will soon be one common standard for men and women for each job in the military. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reviewed the plans and given U.S. military services the green light.

    North Korea looks towards Hitler and the Third Reich, http://bit.ly/11jJeh3
    One of Kim Jong-un’s gifts to North Korea’s high-ranking officials this year was a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf. Kim Jong-un chose this book with the idea that he and his country could simulate Hitler’s simultaneous construction of a strong military and a strong economy. He has “issued an order for the Third Reich to be studied in depth and that practical applications be drawn from it.”

    House Takes Up Far-Reaching Anti-Abortion Bill, http://apne.ws/10txCJU
    House Republicans Tuesday make an effort to change federal abortion law. New legislation would ban almost all abortions after the fetus reaches 20 weeks old. The “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” is expected to pass the House Tuesday. Whether or not it will be passed on further than that is uncertain, however.

    3-D Printer Brings Dexterity To Children With No Fingers, http://n.pr/18VKc8q
    Richard Van As was working out of his home in South Africa in May of 2011 when he suffered a severe injury after losing control of his table saw. He lost two fingers and mangled two more, all on his right hand. He was determined to find a way to use his hand again and eventually came up with the idea of creating a mechanical hand using a 3-D printer. Even a lower jaw has been created using the technology but never before was a hand created, due to its complexity. After much research and travel, he helped create a mechanical hand for a 5-year-old named Liam. He then returned to the U.S. and partnered with MakerBot, a 3-D printing company to create such prosthetic pieces from a 3-D printer.


    Cher’s ‘Closer To The Truth’ Album Announced As Singer’s Next Project, http://huff.to/12SVJDe

    ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’ Delayed: Sequel’s Release Date Pushed Back To August 2014, http://huff.to/11MgJVX

    Bernie Sahlins, Second City Theater Legend, Leaves Huge Legacy, http://huff.to/13Qqi9E

    Nigella Lawson’s Husband, Charles Saatchi, Admits To Assault Charges, http://huff.to/13QqlCe

    James Franco’s ‘Palo Alto’ Movie Project Launches Indiegogo Campaign To Raise $500,000, http://huff.to/15ggRya

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Friday, June 14, 2013

    Friday, June 14th, 2013

    More gene tests become available, the U.S. plans to send weapons to Syrian rebels; the Turkish Prime Minister hands over park project decision to court; two are found dead as a result of the Colorado wildfire; many women working for the CIA still encounter a glass ceiling; and a Nazi leader is living in the U.S. Meanwhile, Mumford and Sons cancels their trip to Bonnaroo, and Jack Johnson saves the day by filling in.

    Maura + Alexis


    After Patent Ruling, Availability of Gene Tests Could Broaden, http://nyti.ms/1ab7UvC
    The Supreme Court recently ruled that human genes cannot be patented, and now many laboratories are announcing that they are offering genetic testing for breast cancer risk, making genetic testing more affordable and available. Myriad Genetics, a company that once monopolized the industry of genetics, now has competition, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling. Managing director of GeneDx, Sherri Bale, explains, “This is going to make a lot more genetic tests available, especially for rare diseases.”

    U.S. Is Said to Plan to Send Weapons to Syrian Rebels, http://nyti.ms/14zMOEx
    After concluding that Syria has been using chemical weapons, the Obama administration has decided to supply the rebels with small arms and ammunition. The CIA is responsible for coordinating this assistance, and it is said that this has been a long discussed approach to helping fight the Syrian civil war.

    Turkish PM to delay Istanbul park project, http://aje.me/16lz9AR
    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Edorgan has resolved to delay the park project until a court rules on it. Erdogan met with representatives of protest group Taksim Solidarity in addition to actors and artists on Thursday and promised them he would let the court rule whether or not to proceed with the project.

    2 found dead in area burned by Colo. wildfire, http://cbsn.ws/11LcWvh
    Two people’s remains have been found in an area burned by the wildfire that has been sweeping across Colorado. The fire has burnt down at least 360 houses and another 1,000 homes have been evacuated. The fire is currently only five percent contained, and is likely to top the charts as the most destructive blaze in Colorado history.

    Many women in CIA still encounter glass ceiling, agency report says, http://wapo.st/142hj3M
    It is apparent that the glass ceiling still remains in the CIA, one of the governments largest and most powerful agencies. Avril D. Haines was appointed to deputy director of the CIA, a position never before held by a woman. Although women make up 46 percent of the CIA’s work force, only 19 percent were promoted to the Senior Intelligence Service last year. Former CIA Director David H. Petraeus was concerned by these numbers and decided to delve deeper into the CIA’s work culture. It appears that this has been a long-standing issue, one perpetuated by the fact that the CIA does not effectively address work-life balance.

    Commander in SS-led unit living in US, http://bit.ly/14AwG5I
    A chief commander of a Nazi SS-led unit has been living in Minnesota since shortly after World War II. He apparently lied about his Nazi involvement to American immigration officials to get into the United States and has been living here ever since. It is unsure whether or not

    Analysis: Whatever the Supreme Court decides, marriage equality faces more legal challenges, http://bit.ly/11ANt3q
    According to Joan Biskupic, no matter what decision the U.S. Supreme Court comes out with this month with regard to gay marriage, there are likely to be many more years of legal debate following the decision. Out of the dozens of cases left for the Supreme Court to decide on however, it seems that the two cases involving gay rights have garnered the most attention.


    Mumford & Sons Cancel 2013 Bonnaroo, Telluride Appearances as Band’s Bassist Released From Hospital, http://eonli.ne/161ibqH

    Joanna Krupa Is Married: Real Housewives of Miami Star Ties the Knot With Romain Zago, http://eonli.ne/161lvSU

    Selena Gomez Has a Baby Sister! Demi Lovato Congratulates Singer and Mom Mandy on New Arrival, http://eonli.ne/1a9kawC

    Jack Johnson At Bonnaroo: Singer Steps In For Mumford & Sons After Cancellation, http://huff.to/17M3tbe

    Matt Damon In ‘Bridesmaids’? Paul Feig Says Cameo Almost Happened, http://huff.to/13IRDJe

    Bio: My name is Alexis Macdermott and I will be starting my third year at Duke University this fall. I am currently pursuing a major in psychology and a minor in economics. I am a native of Southwest Florida and am an avid runner and film enthusiast. I look forward to joining the Marketing and Communications team for the summer here at RTV!

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

    News Round-Up: Thursday, October 21, 2010

    Thursday, October 21st, 2010

    Hey Rockers,

    In today’s news we have Senate races tightening, the effect of the recession on women, and Beyonce is pregnant. 


    Key Senate Battles Tighten: http://bit.ly/aKOyrk

    Senate races across the country look like they may come down to the wire.

    White House focuses on recession’s effect on women: http://bit.ly/9bvLTH

    The report cites administration initiatives created to help women during the recession, including tax and education credits under the Recovery Act and the Education Jobs and Medicaid Assistance Act.

    Obama Tries to Shore Up the Party Base With a Western Campaign Swing: http://nyti.ms/cpNTif

    Obama is at the University of Washington today rallying young voters with incumbent Democratic Senator Patty Murray.

    With early voting ending in some states, trends emerge: http://bit.ly/boooeR

    Consistent with patterns of past elections, it appears that Democrats still have the edge in early voting, but Republicans are making gains.

    What are students saying about the midterm elections?: http://bit.ly/brFo46

    A college division of FOX News speaks to young voters about their concerns heading into the midterm elections.


    Beyonce Is Pregnant!: http://bit.ly/dCWEEZ

    Apparently Beyonce was surprised by the news herself.

    Man wanted to ruin A-Rod’s relationship with Cameron Diaz: http://bit.ly/d9lL4u

    A crazed fan who rushed onto the field during a Yankees/Rangers playoff game is jealous of A-Rod’s relationship with Cameron Diaz.

    ‘Teen Mom’ Under Investigation for Domestic Abuse in Front of Child: http://bit.ly/as1mrE

    Amber of Teen Mom is in serious trouble after hitting her husband in front of their young child.

    Tom Yarnell
    Bio: Tom is a former Rock the Vote communications team member who now works for an intellectual property law firm in DC. He loves sports and coming back to blog for RTV!
    Email the author at: blog(at)rockthevote.com