CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
CONFIDENCE IN HOLDER: President Barack Obama said Thursday that he has “complete confidence in Eric Holder” and that “he is an outstanding Attorney General” during a news conference. Holder has been under fire since it was learned that the Justice Department obtained phone records from Associated Press reporters as part of an investigation of classified leaks.
‘SIMPLY UNACCEPTABLE’: Obama also used his joint press conference with the Turkish prime minister to address the fact that the IRS was prejudice against tea party and conservative groups that applied for non-profit status. “My main concern is fixing a problem,” Obama said. “We will be putting in new leadership that will be able to make sure that - following up on the IG audit - that we gather up all the facts, that we hold accountable those who have taken these outrageous actions.”
Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama named Danny Werfel, an official in his budget office, as the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, the White House announced Thursday.
Obama demanded the previous acting commissioner resign Wednesday after revelations the tax agency was applying extra scrutiny to conservative groups asking the government for tax exempt status.
Washington (CNN) - The Internal Revenue Service's softball team, the "Cheetahs," were scheduled to play Republican Senator John Cornyn's softball on Friday. The Cheetah's backed out.
"We contacted them to confirm our game which was scheduled for tomorrow night, and they said they needed to reschedule," Cornyn's Press Secretary Drew Brandewie said. "Guess they needed an extension."
(CNN) - The Senate on Thursday confirmed Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Ernest Moniz to be the next Secretary of Energy, replacing Steven Chu.
The vote was 97-0, with three senators (Roy Blunt, R-Missouri; Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma; and Jerry Moran, R-Kansas) missing the vote.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama called on Congress Thursday to fully fund administration requests for additional diplomatic security measures in the wake of the 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
The requests include increasing the number of Marine guards dispatched to protect facilities around the world, Obama said.FULL STORY
(CNN) – It's not a sight you'll see very often: two Marines holding umbrellas above President Barack Obama and Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
After sprinkles turned into a steady shower of rain midway through his Rose Garden press conference, Obama called over two Marines to hold the umbrellas aloft.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama said Thursday that he "did not know anything" about an IRS inspector general's report prior to media reports on it in recent days that focused public attention on the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama called Thursday for Congress to fully fund his administration's budget requests to increase security at diplomatic facilities in the aftermath of the terrorist attack last year in Benghazi, Libya, that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans.
Washington (CNN) - Thomas Perez, President Obama's nominee to be labor secretary, was approved by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (H.E.L.P) committee on Thursday on a straight party line vote.
Perez has come under heavy fire from Republicans for his actions when he headed the Civil Rights Division at the Department of Justice earlier in the Obama administration.
Washington (CNN) – The way President Barack Obama's administration is handling itself amid parallel points of outrage displays a "remarkable arrogance" that could decay public trust of government, House Speaker John Boehner asserted Thursday.
And he predicted that when all the facts emerge on the targeting of conservative groups by the Internal Revenue Service, employees at higher levels than those in the field office where the targeting occurred will be implicated.