CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
FAA FURLOUGHS TO END: The House on Friday approved a measure already passed by the Senate to end air traffic control furloughs that have caused widespread flight delays. The legislation gives the FAA flexibility to deal with budget pressures stemming from government-wide spending cuts that took effect in March. President Barack Obama will sign the legislation.
LATEST FROM BOSTON: Investigators are searching a New Bedford landfill specifically looking for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's laptop, a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation tells CNN’s Susan Candiotti. The landfill is near the suspected Boston Marathon bomber’s UMass-Dartmouth dorm room, where he was spotted after the April 15 attack. - Ben Brumfield and Greg Botelho
MONEY FOR BOSTON. NOT FOR TEXAS: Disaster donations: Texas lags way behind Boston… As millions of dollars flood into relief efforts for the Boston bombing victims, donations to devastated West, Texas, are lagging far behind. More than $26 million has been raised in the wake of the April 15 Boston blasts. And it appears that donations for West total is well under $1 million. – Blake Ellis
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end the week higher, with the Dow, NASDAQ and S&P 500 adding between 1% and 2%.
At what elementary school did Jonas Salk's polio vaccine first undergo tests on this day in history?
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton knows what it is like to run for president. So does Vice President Joe Biden. Clinton is deeply connected to Democratic fundraisers and party operatives. So is Biden.
And Clinton ran for president in 2008 and ended up working for a man she challenged. So did Biden.
The similarities between Clinton and Biden may be the reason political pundits have them as the two most likely contenders for the Democratic nomination.
With an eye on 2016 for this week’s fantasy politics, Gut Check would like to know who is more likely to win the 2016 Democratic nomination – Joe Biden or Hillary Clinton?
We reached out to our followers on Facebook and Twitter and the overwhelming response was in favor of Clinton.
Jonathan M. Williams: At this very early stage, Hillary would have the nomination for the asking. But then again, time has a way of shifting a politician's electability. As for Biden, I believe only drastic circumstances could propel him to the nomination ... despite the fact that he may be the most qualified.
Jacob Tovar: Democrats might have to pull the Woman card this coming election cause Republicans likely will try and nominate a Hispanic. I'll vote for Hillary though cause you know Bill Clinton will be there to give advice!!
Joyce Carrasco: Hillary! Not because she is female but because she would bring presidential class and depth of experience to the job.
Irene Norcross: They're both winners, but I think Hillary would get it and that's a good thing.
While Biden wasn’t shut out, those who supported the current vice president were few and far between.
Moh'd Fundi: Biden! Biden!
Mohamed Osman: Probably Biden. Don't get me wrong, I have lots of respect for Hilary Clinton though.
And then – as always – there is this:
Carlos Tello: RAND PAUL 2016!!
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Leading CNNPolitics: Obama: 'Planned Parenthood is not going anywhere'
President Barack Obama on Friday chided recent state efforts to enact tougher abortion laws and became the first sitting president to address Planned Parenthood when he spoke at a gala for the group. “When you read about some of these laws, you want to check the calendar. You want to make sure you're still living in 2013,” he said at the event held in Washington. – Ashley Killough
Leading Drudge: Obama: Abortion Foes Want To Return To 1950s
President Barack Obama vowed Friday to join Planned Parenthood in fighting against what he said were efforts across the country to turn women's health back to the 1950s. Obama's comments were the first by a sitting president before the abortion-rights group. He lauded its nearly 100 years of service to women, providing cancer screenings, contraceptives and other health services. – Darlene Superville
Leading HuffPo: 48 Shots
The shell casings were discovered on the Haven Avenue overpass for Interstate 210 West heading toward Los Angeles. It was dark, but the cops had no trouble finding the brushed aluminum-colored 9 mm husks. Police drew uneven moats of blue or white chalk around the casings and marked each one with a tiny yellow evidence cone. Each cone had a number. There were 48 casings. The crime scene photos, taken at a distance, show the pinky-sized casings lying zig-zagged in clusters, spreading from the left turning lane, across the double-yellow lines and through one lane and into another. From above, they resemble a school of fish. – Jason Cherkis
Leading Politico: Clinton on the speech circuit: 5 takeaways
Hillary Clinton’s words on the speaking circuit may be closed press, but there’s still plenty to learn about her quick pivot from popular secretary of state to well-paid speaker. She delivered her first post-Cabinet paid speech this week and plans another next week in Florida. These speeches aren’t usually the safest way to make money in advance of a potential campaign. And Clinton, of course, has yet to say whether she plans to run in 2016 (people close to the Clintons say she truly doesn’t know). – Maggie Haberman
Leading The New York Times: House Joins Senate in Passing Bill to Ease Flight Delays
The House gave quick and overwhelming approval Friday to legislation to give the secretary of transportation enough financial flexibility to bring the nation’s air traffic control system back up to full strength and end the mounting flight delays that had become a political headache for Congress. The vote came despite objections from some lawmakers that the nation’s air travel was being given special treatment. – Jonathan Weisman
The political bites of the day
– House Republicans hawkish on Chechnya –
REPUBLICAN REP. ED ROYCE OF CALIFORNIA, CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE, IN A HEARING: “The mosque that the older brother attended in Chechnya is one of the most radicalized. … We see Chechnya fighters killing troops in Afghanistan, carrying out attack attacks in Pakistan.”
REPUBLICAN REP. DANA ROHRABACHER OF CALIFORNIA AT A COMMITTEE HEARING: “Let us just note that Central Asia, as we are describing in the Caucuses, represent a huge chunk of the planet and if that area comes under the domination of radical Islam, that makes its job to attack the United States or to attack other countries, not just the United States, but other non-Muslim people, that will be a disaster for every person on this planet. That will usher us into an era – of violence and mayhem that will be hard to get out of so we need to pay attention to the Caucuses and we need to work with those people who will work with us to see that does not happen.”
– Obama heralds Planned Parenthood –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN A SPEECH AT THE PLANNED PARENTHOOD GALA: “Somewhere there's a woman who just received a new lease on life because of a screening that you provided that helped catch her cancer in time. Somewhere there's a woman who's breathing easier today because of the support and counseling she got at her local Planned Parenthood health clinic. Somewhere there's a young woman starting a career who, because of you, is able to decide for herself when she wants to start a family.”
– Duffy: Where is the outrage over Philly abortion doctor? –
REPUBLICAN REP. SEAN DUFFY OF WISCONSIN IN A SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: “Poor, minority immigrant goes to this clinic for an abortion and she loses her life. And so I think we have to ask where is NARAL? Where is NOW? Where is Mrs. Barbara Boxer standing up for poor minority women who are losing their lives in Philadelphia at the hands of an abortion provider? Where are they? The silence is deafening.”
– ‘If we fail, Obama's second term is over in terms of being able to do anything’ –
REPUBLICAN SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM OF SOUTH CAROLINA AT AN IMMIGRATION FORUM: “If it (immigration reform) passes and we can prove to the world that the broken Congress is beginning to repair itself and we can create a new immigration system that's tough, fair, humane, and logical, business friendly. … If we're successful, everything is possible. If we fail, Obama's second term is over in terms of being able to do anything. And from an immigration point of view, who in their right mind would pick this up again anytime soon?”
– WH: Chemical weapons under control in Syria –
PRESS SECERTARY JAY CARNEY AT THE WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING: “We still believe - based on the information that we have - that the stockpiles of chemical weapons in Syria are under the control of the Syrian regime. Two, because of that, Assad is responsible for the disposition of those chemical weapons and it is his responsibility first and foremost not to use them or to transfer them to terrorist groups, but to secure them and make sure that they are not used by anybody else.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Obama asked about Syria use of chemical weapons during mtg with King Abdullah II: "what we have right now is an intelligence assessment."—
Jim Acosta (@jimacostacnn) April 26, 2013
"For the Syrian Government to use chemical weapons on its people will change my calculus," Obama said, via pool report.—
jennifer bendery (@jbendery) April 26, 2013
Lots of conservatives voting yes on FAA. Fiscal austerity is all fun and games until tsa puts a line out the door—
john r stanton (@dcbigjohn) April 26, 2013
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
In total, 1.8 million field trials were conducted to validate physician Jonas Salk's polio vaccine.
Those field trials were started in 1954 at Franklin Sherman Elementary School in McLean, Virginia.
Almost a year later, researchers announced that the vaccine was safe and could be used on every child in the United States.
President Franklin Roosevelt, who was diagnosed with polio in 1921 and spent the rest of his life in a wheelchair, was an influential proponent of Salk's research. Roosevelt helped found that National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, the organization that funded Salk's groundbreaking findings.
For his work alone, Salk was considered a medical hero. But when he refused to patent his findings, making them more available to the general public, his standing skyrocketed to that of a scientific celebrity.
"There is no patent," Salk once said in a television interview. "Could you patent the sun?"
Some estimates say Salk walked away from roughly $7 billion by not patenting his vaccine.
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