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NewsBreakerOct 24 '12

Host @DavidBegnaud delivers breaking news and today's trending buzz in 45 seconds. WashingtonPost.com: 1960s teen idol Lesley Gore leads charge in ‘You Don’t Own Me’ video In 1964, Lesley Gore belted out “You Don’t Own Me” and a feminist song was born. It’s still resonating in the 21st century as debate over women’s issues bubbles in the United States before Nov. 6. On Monday, a video hit YouTube with Gore introducing her song saying, ­“I’m Lesley Gore and I approve this message.” The video features many women, girls and a few indie stars of all ages lip-syncing the song, and, at times, holding signs about their reproductive freedom. “My body is not a battleground,” read one. Another said, “Get Your Rosaries Off My Ovaries.” The video, labeled as “YouDon’tOwnMePSA,”is the mastermind of Sarah Sophie Flicker, a law school graduate, filmmaker, trapeze artist, mother and leader of New York’s The Citizens Band, a cabaret collective that makes political statements. She writes in an e-mail to PAPER magazine about the video: “Personally, I’m struck by the fact that we are teetering dangerously close to a situation where my daughter won’t have the same rights I’ve enjoyed my entire life and that scares the heck out of me. Women constituted 60% of last elections voters. We can win this thing. We just have to agitate, motivate, and get out the darn vote!” She asked several friends including Carrie Brownstein, a guitarist and vocalist in Wild Flag and star of “Portlandia,” teen fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson, creator of the website “Rookie,” who recently asked for an interview with President Obama, and Miranda July, a popular performance artist. It’s that kind of rhetoric “You Don’t Own Me” protests. The women starring in the video obviously endorse Obama and encourage other women to do the same: “Our vote alone can win this election…A vote for Obama sends a message: This war on women must end. We will not go backwards.” The gender gap has narrowed in recent weeks, and that’s what scares women like Gore. At the video’s end, the former 1960s teen idol, now 66, says, “It’s hard for me to believe but we’re still fighting for the same things we were then. Yes, ladies, we’ve got to come together and get out there and vote and protect our bodies. They’re ours. Please vote.” Ad watch: Clint Eastwood stars in pro-Romney ad What it says: In his first political foray since the Republican National Convention, Clint Eastwood declares, “In the last few years, America’s been knocked down … Obama’s second term would be a rerun of the first and our country just couldn’t survive that. We need someone who can turn it around fast, and that man is Mitt Romney.” What it means: Despite his odd and likely damaging turn at the RNC, Eastwood is still a hugely popular icon. Here, he sticks to the GOP message but adds a little of his personal charm. It’s an interesting contrast with the Super Bowl ad he shot for Chrysler earlier this year, which some saw as boosting President Obama. Who will see it: Voters in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Virginia.

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