CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 16, 2012 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: The Secret Service has revoked the security clearances of 11 employees accused of bringing prostitutes to a Colombian hotel ahead of President Barack Obama's weekend summit trip, two government officials with knowledge of the investigation told CNN’s John King.
JUST IN: Romney tells Obama to "start packing," as the presumptive Republican presidential nominee criticized the president’s economic policies, in an ABC interview. Ann Romney, who joined her husband for the interview, also sought to clarify her comments last week in which she described the controversy about being a stay at home mother as a “birthday gift.”
“It was a birthday gift to me because I love the fact that we’re talking about this,” Ann Romney told ABC.
Despite pressure from Democrats, the former Massachusetts governor also said he would not be releasing a dozen years worth of tax returns. Romney also said he has begun the process of selecting a vice presidential running mate. Earlier in the day, it became public that Romney had chosen his longtime aide, Beth Myers, to head the search committee.
What former governor of Massachusetts finished in 57th place in the 1951 Boston Marathon?
The nation’s attitude on women in the workplace has changed dramatically over the past 26 years, as an overwhelming majority of Americans now welcome our mothers, daughters, sisters and friends into the workplace.
This is not a political discussion about the role of women in the workplace vs. a decision for women to stay at home and raise a family. That battle played out last week.
Rather, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows that Americans, who were once skeptical about women working in the workplace, are now accepting of it.
· In 1986, only 24% of Americans thought that it was good for children if a mother worked outside of the home. Now, 52% of Americans think it is good for children.
· In 1986, only 45% of Americans thought that a woman working outside the home was good for a marriage. Now, 75% of Americans think it is, in fact, good for a marriage.
· The new CNN/ORC poll, released Monday afternoon, also shows that 88% of Americans think that women working outside of the home is a good thing for the workplace while 81% of Americans say it is good for society.
As we said earlier, these numbers are not meant to pit the stay-at-home mother against the working mother. But this poll does show us that Americans are more accepting of women in the workplace in 2012 than they were in 1986.
But the CNN/ORC poll also offers some very sobering and disturbing news. The survey asked Americans “Who has a better life in the U.S. today, men or women?” Some 49% of men said that men have a better life, while 26% of men said women do. When asked the same question, 63% of women said that men have a better life, while only 17% of women said women do.
A quick look at the race for the White House shows that President Obama holds a 52% to 43% lead over Mitt Romney, according to the CNN/ORC poll. We will take a deeper look into these numbers in Tuesday’s Gut Check.
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Leading CNNPolitics: CNN poll: Obama leads Romney by 9 points
President Obama holds a 9-point lead over Mitt Romney, according to a CNN/ORC International poll released Monday, thanks in part to the perception that the president is more in touch with the problems facing women and middle-class Americans.
Leading Drudge: Obama: ‘Google, Facebook Would Not Exist’ Without Government Funding
President Barack Obama insisted Thursday that without government spending, “Google, Facebook would not exist."
Leading HuffPo: GOP's List Of Latino Candidates Echoes Challenges With Latino Community
The Republican Party is coming face to face with what could, for it, be a demographic calamity. Currently, just 12 percent of Latino registered voters believe the GOP serves them best, compared with 45 percent who prefer the Democratic party, according to a December 2011 poll by the nonpartisan Pew Hispanic Center.
Leading Politico: Courting the White House: Don’t call it lobbying
The strategy: The meetings, with top officials like Cass Sunstein and Jack Lew, are billed as “dialogues.” It’s an approach that plays well with former academics in the administration who prefer a discussion with a special interest groups to a meeting with a hired gun.
Leading The New York Times: Obama Camp, Seeing Shift, Bets on Long Shot in Arizona
President Obama’s re-election campaign is dispatching workers across Arizona’s college campuses and Latino neighborhoods this spring, registering as many new voters as they can in an organized, three-month effort to determine whether they can put this unlikely state into play for Democrats this November.
The political bites of the day
– Dems respond to overheard Romney remarks –
DEMOCRATIC SEN. CHARLES SCHUMER ON A DNC CONFERENCE CALL: “It took some eavesdropping by reporters outside a fundraiser last night in Florida for us to learn for the first time some details about how Mitt Romney would pay for the huge tax cuts he want to give millionaires and billionaires. Apparently mitt Romney only shares details of his economic plan if you donate $50,000 a head to his campaign. Its safe to predict this is a hot mic moment will linger for Governor Romney.”
– ‘Mr. Neely, it stops now’ –
U.S. REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS, D-MARYLAND, AT TODAY’S GSA HEARINGS: “In one e-mail, Mr. Neely [a General Services Administration official] invited personal friends to the conference writing, and I quote – and this is simply incredible – quote: ‘We’ll get you guys a room near us, and we’ll pick up the room tab. Could be a blast.’ End of quote. He then went on and wrote this – ‘I know I’m bad, but as Deb and I often say why not enjoy it while we have it and while we can. Ain’t gonna last forever.’ End of quote. Well, Mr. Neely it stops now.”
– Idea of no risk to president doesn’t hold water, says Issa –
REP. DARRELL ISSA, R-CALIFORNIA, IN AN INTERVEIW WITH CNN’S DANA BASH: “We've been told that when the president, secretaries, when they leave, there's sort of a celebration with the State Department and Secret Service and other people that is pretty common. But of course in this case, it wasn't wheels-up it was pre-wheels down. So the idea that there was no risk to the president just doesn't hold water. More importantly, five or 10 years from now some of these Secret Service agents could well be at the president's side.”
– Secret Service scandal is not partisan politics –
U.S. REP. JASON CHAFFETZ, R-UTAH, ON CNN’S “STARTING POINT”: The Secret Service has to be the best of the best. Their tasked with securing the president and others, Republicans and Democrats. I want to do this in a bipartisan way. This is totally unacceptable and what is deeply concerning, Soledad, is the pervasiveness of this.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Beth Myers (@BethMyers2012) April 16, 2012
Lindsey Graham thinks Romney made a political mistake when campaign said it wouldn't change Lilly Ledbetter law. politi.co/HXuZRg—
Manu Raju (@mkraju) April 16, 2012
David Leonhardt (@DLeonhardt) April 16, 2012
Its DC Emancipation Day. National Archives posts the bill signed by Lincoln 150 years ago today endling slavery in DC. todaysdocument.tumblr.com/post/212084532…—
Mark Knoller (@markknoller) April 16, 2012
Irony alert: GSA is flying Jeff Neely in for today's congressional hearing on excess spending... And he's expected to plead the 5th—
Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN) April 16, 2012
When he was a senior at Brookline High School, Michael Dukakis ran the entire 26.2 miles of the Boston Marathon in three hours and 31 minutes. He came in 57th.
"In those days, they didn't make a running shoe for hard pavement,” Dukakis told The Boston Globe in 2004. “It didn't exist. So I went out and bought a pair of Keds. I ran that damn race, 26 miles, in Keds."
Dukakis would go on to be a three-term governor from Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic presidential nominee.
According to media reports, during presidential race, Dukakis would regularly tell reporters that the campaign reminded him of a marathon.
“Dukakis loves to compare the presidential campaign to a marathon, often mentioning his Greek ancestry and his success in completing the Boston Marathon – he finished 57th – when he was in high school,” read The Boston Globe report in 1988. “‘I have the energy to run this marathon,’ Dukakis said on the day he announced he was a candidate for president.”
Today is Marathon Monday in Boston and though the race features 26,716 entrants, the unusually high temperatures took center stage. The 80-degree temperatures scared off some runners – only 22,426 runners started the race. Kenyan Wesley Korir won the 116 running of the Boston Marathon with a time of 2 hours 12 minutes and 40 seconds. Kenyan Sharon Cherop took home the women’s title with a time of 2 hours 31 minutes and 50 seconds.
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