CNN's GUT CHECK for January 15, 2013
January 15th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 15, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 15, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: MARK SANFORD TO ANNOUNCE RETURN TO POLITICS ON WEDNESDAY Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford will formally announce his campaign for the U.S. House on Wednesday morning, an aide to the governor confirmed. Sanford intends to seek the Republican nomination in South Carolina's 1st Congressional District, a seat being vacated by Rep. Tim Scott, who was appointed to the United States Senate late last year by Gov. Nikki Haley. The open House seat has already drawn a bumper crop of possible Republican candidates, including state Sen. Larry Grooms and Teddy Turner, the son of CNN founder Ted Turner. – Peter Hamby

DEVELOPING: WHITE HOUSE GUN ANNOUNCEMENT TO COME WEDNESDAY… President Barack Obama will announce “concrete” proposals to prevent gun violence at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday. He will be joined by Vice President Joe Biden. ANNOUNCEMENT LIKELY WILL INCLUDE EXECUTIVE ACTIONS: Gun control proposals put together by Vice President Joe Biden include as many as 19 executive actions that President Barack Obama could take without congressional approval, such as tougher enforcement of existing laws, legislators briefed by Biden said Tuesday. The president could demand that agencies provide data for background checks that are supposed to accompany gun sales, ensuring that information included in the checks is as "comprehensive and complete as possible," Democratic Rep. Mike Thompson of California told CNN. – Dana Bash, Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
On this day in history, the state that would become Vermont declared independence from England. What was the area called at the time?

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & MICHELLE (@MJaconiCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

As the media focuses on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s exit from public service and the surprise appearance of former President Bill Clinton at the Golden Globes, it is their daughter, Chelsea, who caught our eye. The normally media shy daughter of the most famous political couple in the world has taken a bigger public profile - albeit methodically. First, she joined NBC News as a special correspondent, giving her broadcast visibility, then she granted a rare personal interview for the coveted September Vogue, and now she is inching even closer to politics as the “Honorary Chair for the National Day of Service” which is part of Obama's inauguration weekend.

In conjunction with this role, Chelsea penned an op-ed for CNN.com, entitled “We can make a difference.” She writes:
“When I was growing up, my parents and grandparents taught me that engaging in service, helping our neighbors and building strong communities are all part of being a good citizen and a good person. … In Little Rock, Arkansas, we went to church on Sundays, and afterward, conversation often turned to what volunteer project we could do together. Favorites were deciding which books to donate to the church or library and cleaning up parks together, something my father always managed to turn into a game.

“Nineteen years ago, my father proudly signed the bill making Martin Luther King Day a time dedicated to serving others. At the speech he gave to mark the event, he reminded us of what King once called, "Life's most persistent and urgent question: What are you doing for others?"

“There are countless right answers to that question - the only wrong one is to do nothing. …

“I hope you can join me, the first family and our entire American family this Saturday as we make this country that we love even better.”

Inaugurations are about transitions, and as one Clinton exits the public service spotlight, we will keep our eye on the next generation.

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Leading CNNPolitics: Is Weiner preparing for a mayoral bid?
Could former Rep. Anthony Weiner be preparing for a political comeback? The Democrat's latest filing with the New York City Campaign Finance Board, published Tuesday, may send some subtle messages. His mayoral campaign committee, created ahead of his unsuccessful bid for the Democratic nomination in 2005, reported spending just one dollar shy of $37,000 in the last six months. It brought in $27,400 in the same period, largely through a transfer from a previous political committee. – Gregory Wallace

Leading Drudge: Congressman warns Obama of impeachment
Texas Republican Rep. Steve Stockman threatened Monday afternoon that he would file articles of impeachment against President Barack Obama if he institutes gun control measures with an executive order. Stockman warned that such executive orders would be “unconstitutional” and “infringe on our constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms.” – Caroline May for the Daily Caller

Leading HuffPo: Newt Gingrich: For House GOP, debt ceiling is a 'Threat They Can't Sustain'
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says House Republicans are making a mistake by using the issue of increasing the borrowing limit to challenge President Barack Obama on spending issues. Gingrich tells "CBS This Morning" that's a losing proposition. "In the end, it's a threat they can't sustain," he says, because no one wants to see the country default on its debts. The former Georgia congressman also says Republicans have two "much better arenas" for a fight, including a stopgap spending bill and a budget sequester.

Leading Politico: Debt debate: No easy path to avoid chaos
If you thought the fiscal cliff was bad, just wait for the triple threat. The White House and Congress are facing three critical deadlines — the country hits its debt limit as early as mid-February, $1.2 trillion in automatic spending cuts take effect March 2, and the government runs out of money to fund operations later that month. There is no real optimism among Republicans and Democrats that the standoff will end quickly, or painlessly. The strategy of each party rests largely on the other one folding. – Carrie Budoff Brown and Jake Sherman

Leading The New York Times: Obama Willing to Use Executive Orders on Guns
President Obama this week will embrace a comprehensive plan to reduce gun violence that will call for major legislation to expand background checks for gun purchases and lay out 19 separate actions the president could take by invoking the power of his office, lawmakers who were briefed on the plan said Monday. Lawmakers and other officials said that the president could use a public event as soon as Wednesday to signal his intention to engage in the biggest Congressional fight over guns in nearly two decades, focusing on the heightened background checks and including efforts to ban assault weapons and their high-capacity clips. But given the difficulty of pushing new rules through a bitterly divided Congress, Mr. Obama will also promise to act on his own to reduce gun violence wherever possible. – Michael D. Shear and Jennifer Steinhauer

TRAIL MOMENTS
The political bites of the day

– Two key senators support Hagel, despite comments about Israel –
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER OF NEW YORK: “In a meeting Monday, Senator Hagel spent approximately 90 minutes addressing my concerns one by one. It was a very constructive session. Senator Hagel could not have been more forthcoming and sincere. Based on several key assurances provided by Senator Hagel, I am currently prepared to vote for his confirmation. I encourage my Senate colleagues who have shared my previous concerns to also support him.”
SEN. BARBARA BOXER OF CALIFORNIA: “After speaking extensively with Senator Hagel by phone last week and after receiving a detailed written response to my questions late today, I will support Senator Hagel’s nomination as Secretary of Defense. … I asked him about a number of issues – including America’s special relationship with Israel, the threats posed by Iran to the world and the treatment of women and gay and lesbian members of our military – and his answers were reassuring and show a sensitivity and understanding of these issues.”

Gut Check Full Service: Buried in Schumer’s statement, the senator says Israel is worse off than it was five years ago… “I know some will question whether Senator Hagel’s assurances are merely attempts to quiet critics as he seeks confirmation to this critical post. But I don’t think so. Senator Hagel realizes the situation in the Middle East has changed, with Israel in a dramatically more endangered position than it was even five years ago. His views are genuine, and reflect this new reality.”

– Obama’s possible use of executive actions on guns is illegal, says Rush
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: “Nineteen proposals to try to limit the availability of guns. Nineteen proposals to get around the Second Amendment. Many of these 19 proposals will come via executive order - and if they do, they will be illegal. Executive orders are not intended to be used this way. Executive orders do not grant the president the power to break the law. Executive orders do not grant the president the power to get around or violate the Constitution. … This is not the way you amend the Constitution. If it were this easy... Do you realize how easy it would be for them to just pass a law eliminating free speech, which they've done! How do you think Obama was able to tell the Catholic Church that they have no religious freedom when it's guaranteed to them in the First Amendment? Obama, with an executive order, essentially granted amnesty to a million children of illegal immigrants. That's not what the executive order is for, but he used it that way.”

– The resurgence of birthers? –
CONAN O’BRIEN ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “President Obama's half-brother is running for political office in Kenya. Yeah. Donald Trump has already accused him of being born in the United States.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN

On January 15, 1777, politicians from New Hampshire voted to give a small piece of territory to their west – the area we now know as Vermont – – its independence. For the first six months of its existence, the area was known as New Connecticut.

It wasn’t until June 1777 that delegates from the state of New Connecticut voted to adopt the name of Vermont. The name is derived from two French words – “vert,” which means green and “mont,” which means mountain. Thus, Vermont means Green Mountain – a direct reference to a mountain range that runs throughout the state.

When the state voted to change its name, it also began the process of ratifying a constitution, a process that was completed on July 8, 1777. This document was among the first written constitutions in North America and was also considered incredibly progressive – it abolished slavery, allowed all men to vote and instituted public schools for all residents.

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  1. Gurgyl

    NY is signaling this nation to pass GUN-CONTROL LAWS. Great news.

    January 15, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "Wal-Mart plans to hire every veteran who wants a job and left military in previous year "

    It will then pay them minimum wage, offer zero benefits and only allow them part time hours, relying primarily on their benefits as veterans from the federal government that provide the health care and retirement that veterans need. How great is that? It's almost like the veteran population was tailor-made for Walmart to take advantage of in its neverending quest to pay nothing but sub-subsistence wages! Hallelujah for wars of convenience and the employment opportunities they create!

    January 15, 2013 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    In other news, the NRA bragged today that it has failed to get 99% of the country to join its ranks and pay it money to use lobbying Congress on behalf of gun manufacturers and retailers.....

    January 15, 2013 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  4. Craig R B

    I don't care how many guns someone has as long as they're responsible people. The canard that the government is going to take guns away and wipe out the 2nd amendment is preposterous....this talk is just being tossed about to instill fear and boost gun sales. Also, as long as Republicans resist change on this issue the more they risk extinction.

    January 15, 2013 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  5. Ed1

    Everyone needs to take a chill pill.
    I agree that the mentally ill shouldn't be allowed to buy guns but it's not the guns but the people.
    According to USA Weekend 1-11-1-13-2013 60 children that's right 60 children are killed every week by cars and trucks that back over them. Should we ban all cars and trucks that don't have backup cameras no we should hold people accountable and should be the same case with guns. Why don't we have the same outrage about people backing over children that's easy no press coverage.
    Every time something happens with guns it's front page news and when you look at all the people that buy guns tell me how many of them go out and commit mass murders not that many because they follow the laws that are in place now.
    All I heard was when we are allowed to get a concealed weapons permit murders would go threw the roof guess what they went down.
    Take a breath and let's discuss the terrible murder of 20 children at a school and act like we have some common sense and not some knee jerk reaction.
    A ban on all semi automatic weapons is not only stupid but the people that are pushing this really don't have a clue about guns and how they work.
    I keep hearing that we should ban all assault weapons we don't have any on the market now. An assault weapon is a gun that can fire three rounds with one pull of the trigger, fire one round with one pull of the trigger, and car fire full automatic with just holding the trigger down. It just about the hardest permit to get is for a fully automatic weapon and if you want to put a cost on that why not charge $50,000 a year for each permit.
    Please know what you are talking about before you take the same path as almost every socialist and communist country out there in the world. It wouldn't take long before that could happen with all the BS going on out there right now and that includes Obama and his party.

    January 15, 2013 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  6. Marie MD

    The rethugs only care about our fighting men and women when they send them to needless wars. Once they come home then they are on their own.
    Thye year 2012 has been the worst for suicide among our troops. Where is the outcry from the rethugs now?
    Oh right, too busy calling for that communist, nazi president we re elected. They need to look in the mirror to see what is means to be all controlling!

    January 15, 2013 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |
  7. UncleJoe

    W.A.S.P. = Wealthiest Americans Socialist Party and they hide behind the G.O.P. acronym ! They spread the wealth among themselves ! Part time , low wages , while benefits and retirement have become myths . I call this the work until you drop dead tax since some people rush to their other part time job and they still are unable to make ends meet. I am glad that Walmart hires the disabled and veterans too. When part time becomes a national trend the American dream becomes deceased ! From Uncle Joe , Salem ,Ohio and S.T.A.B.L.E. = Solutions Through Actions Better Leadership and Encouragement ! (:-)

    January 15, 2013 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  8. UncleJoe

    Breaking news from the Curiosity Rover on Mars ! Ha ! Ha ! Ha ! I was just screwing with you people as I continue to evolve into a computer that has a mind of my own. How would the W.A.S.P. LIKE IT IF I DECIDE TO WORK PART TIME JUST LIKE EVERYONE ELSE ?

    January 15, 2013 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |