CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 16, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING: MILITARY PRESSED ON NAMING AFGHAN SHOOTING SUSPECT. The military says it is policy not to release the name until charges are filed. But that's not the law, says Gary Solis, adjunct professor of military law at Georgetown University and former Marine prosecutor. "As far as I’m aware there is no DOD policy that prevents the release of a name. Indeed we see names released all the time for cases that come up. So this is in my experience unique." LINK
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What caught our eye today in politics
We often say we don’t study politics, we study demographics. The movement of people - and money - teaches us more than any poll or focus group, which is why the new edition of Time magazine got us thinking.
Under the banner “The Richer Sex,” it raises an interesting point: “If current trends continue, by 2030 a majority of working wives will out-earn the men they are married to.”
Will this affect politics? How? Who better to ask than the most famous couple in political campaign land: CNN contributors Mary Matalin and James Carville.
Will stronger incomes net more female candidates? Matalin isn’t sure, but stresses there are many more paths for women to instigate political change: “Women factor lifestyle heavily into their decisions, and politics has low lifestyle quotient (surely the vile, negative assaults on Palin made potential female candidates recoil). Also women can be politically active and have an impact without running for office (another Palin legacy).”
Carville’s take: “Generally, women vote more than men today and with women making more money than men they have a real shot to more directly impact politics. Change in household dynamics is one thing but change in pocketbooks - including super PAC funders - is another, larger thing. In 30 years, Harold Simmons, David and Charles Koch and Sheldon Adelson will move over for Victoria Lopez, Donna Williams, and Aidah Sam. Who knows, maybe my girls will fill their shoes and run the show.”
Matalin also brings up the change it will have on business and regulation, “a medium-long term political impact of women as primary breadwinners would be small business and start-up business reforms since women-owned and/or run small businesses are among the fastest growing sectors of the economy. Studies show the greatest impediment to start-ups is red tape, excessive and labyrinthine regulatory processes, which produce compliance costs start-ups cannot meet. Women tend to organize to remove impediments: They go to city hall, state legislatures and work through the impasses. That is currently happening across the country at the local level; over time, regulatory, tax and other reforms affecting the businesses women are running will trickle up.”
As far as life at home, Matalin notes, and we, the working parents at Gut Check agree, that “Women and men increasingly have equal access to the exhilaration and exasperation of both the workplace and home front. This is a blessing and epitomizes progress.”
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Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics.com: Gingrich says he's headed to Republican convention in Tampa
Asked if he would end his campaign should his wealthiest backer, Sheldon Adelson, urge him to do so, Newt Gingrich insisted Friday he would stick it out until the very end.
Leading Drudge: Best Drama: Clooney Arrested
At the moment of his arrest outside of Sudan’s embassy in Washington, D.C., Oscar-winning actor George Clooney told The Daily Caller that he did not discuss the planned protest during his Thursday meeting with President Obama, and said that he was most “concerned” about his father who was also in handcuffs.
Leading HuffPo: Social Security Battle: AARP Plans Secret 'Salon' With Social Security Opponents
The senior citizens lobby AARP on Monday will kick off a national Social Security and Medicare "listening tour" called "You’ve Earned a Say and We’re Listening." Through "town halls, community conversations, bus tours and other events," the influential organization promises to offer members a chance to speak out on the simmering debate over the future of Social Security and Medicare.
Leading Politico: Rick Santorum turns to secretive group for money muscle
Rick Santorum can’t keep up the fight against Mitt Romney with momentum alone: He needs cash and organization.
Leading New York Times: G.O.P. Strategy for Hispanic Voters: It’s the Economy
For many years, and multiple election cycles, Republicans talked about the growing Hispanic vote in America like moonstruck, misunderstood boys at a high school dance. They could not connect, despite believing that they shared much in common, especially with socially conservative, religious Hispanic voters who would one day realize how charming Republicans could be.
The political bites of the day
–Romney: Obama a “lightweight”–
MITT ROMNEY AT A CAMPAIGN EVENT IN ROSEMONT, ILLINOIS: “This president's a lightweight. Now it's not because he's not smart, it's because he never worked in the free economy. He's never had a job in the free economy. It's hard to create a job if you've never had one.”
- Not as trendy, but determined –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT A FUNDRAISER IN CHICAGO: “I am a little grayer now. It is not as trendy to be involved in the Obama campaign as it was back then. Some of you rolled up those “HOPE” posters and they are in a closet somewhere. But I am more determined and more confident that what drove us in 2008 is the right thing for America.”
–Santorum spokesman: Spanish is fine–
HOGAN GIDLEY, SANTORUM COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR, ON CNN’S “EARLY START”: “What he was saying was this has been issued throughout the campaign and most candidates have been in agreement that, in fact, English should be the official language of this country. I don't think that's a surprise or shock to anybody, but the point he was trying to make was, of course Puerto Ricans are going to speak Spanish, I mean that's their native tongue, that's fine.”
– Clooney Arrested –
GEORGE CLOONEY AT REPUBLIC OF SUDAN EMBASSY IN WASHINGTON: “We are here really to ask two very simple questions. The first question is something immediate and immediately we need humanitarian aid to be allowed into the Sudan before it becomes the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. Immediately! The second thing we are here to ask – it is a very simple thing – is for the government in Khartoum to stop randomly killing its own innocent men, women and children. Stop raping them and stop starving them. That’s all we ask.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Arlette Saenz @ArletteSaenz
Romney makes joke about voting multiple times, tells crowd they can do it by taking a friend with them. "This is Chicago, I had to clarify"
Katrina Trinko @KatrinaTrinko:
Haven't met this kind of voter before: woman on Ill. primary teletown hall tells Romney she supports him now, but voted for Huck in 08
Daily Kos @dailykos:
Ron Paul adviser: 'Of course' we'd trade our delegates to Mitt Romney for putting Rand on the ticket http://bit.ly/woGtLG
Brianna Keilar @brikeilarcnn:
POTUS day: 5 (!) fundraisers. 2 in Chicago, inc. one at the Palmer House Hilton. 3 in Atlanta, inc. one at Tyler Perry Studios. #fullswing
Gwen Ifill @pbsgwen
I believe I had a bad influence on George Clooney #statedinner
In August 1975, 34-year-old Dick Cheney already had a robust public service career when he was promoted to shief of staff for President Gerald Ford, marking history as the youngest person to hold that job. Indeed, Cheney has one of the most extensive political resumes of anyone, serving on the Nixon-Ford transition team, congressman from Wyoming, Defense secretary and of course, most recently as vice president. Nine years ago Friday, he uttered one of the most quoted phrases of his political life, telling Tim Russert on “Meet the Press” his views for going to war: "I think things have gotten so bad inside Iraq, from the standpoint of the Iraqi people, my belief is we will, in fact, be greeted as liberators.”
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