CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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REST IN PEACE: FRANK LAUTENBERG DIES; WAS U.S. SENATE'S LAST WW II VET… Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat associated with major legislative achievements over five terms in the U.S. Senate and the chamber's last surviving World War II veteran, died on Monday of viral pneumonia, his office said. – Dana Bash and Mark Preston
REPRESENTING HIMSELF: A military judge has ruled Major Nidal Hasan can represent himself in the upcoming trial where he is accused of killing 13 people, Ft Hood Public affairs said in a press release. Judge Col. Tara Osborn said Major Hasan was, “physically and mentally capable of defending himself.” – Pam Benson
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher, recovering from Friday's sell-off. Dow climbs 137 points. NASDAQ rises 0.3%, S&P adds 0.6%.
President John Adams was the first president to live in Washington, D.C. What Georgetown establishment did he stay in when he first arrived to the new capitol?
Young people think it is the "O" in GOP – Grand Old Party – that defines Republicans, not principles of state's rights, small government and personal responsibility, according to a comprehensive report released Monday by The College Republican National Committee.
The 95-page report, which shows young voters want the GOP to reframe their arguments on same-sex marriage, immigration and to refocus on economic issues, is quite a Gut Check for the GOP.
But the study sees a silver lining, particularly in the party’s future.
Not only does the study point out that "the GOP absolutely can win over young people again," but it says the proof is in future GOP leaders.
Here is an excerpt from the study:
"During the January 2013 focus group research, respondents in the Columbus group of young men who voted for Obama were asked to name who they viewed as leaders of the Democratic Party. They named prominent former or currently elected officials: Pelosi, the Clintons, Obama, Kennedy, Gore. When those same respondents were asked to name Republican leaders, they focused heavily on media personalities and commentators: Bill O’Reilly, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck."
In short, young voters, including Democrats, view current leaders of the Republican Party as ideological, flame throwing media personalities.
But according to these focus groups, the future of the GOP is different.
"Yet across all six groups, when the topic turned to future leaders of the parties, the GOP was clearly in a stronger position. Asked to name up-and- coming Republican stars, these young Obama voters could point to a number of examples. Marco Rubio, Chris Christie, Paul Ryan, Bobby Jindal, and Rand Paul were all mentioned. On the Democratic side? Few groups could list even one up-and-coming Democratic leader. The young men’s focus group in Columbus named Cory Booker, while another participant said, 'I can’t think of any young people.'"
The point College Republicans make: the GOP may have struggled with young voters in the past, but all hope is not lost.
There are plenty of Democrats who will disagree with the idea that their party has a dearth of young talent. Many would point to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley, Newark Mayor Cory Booker and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as rising stars in the party.
But the mere fact that young voters of all political stripes see a lack of depth with the Democrats bench caught our eye today – especially with 2016 on the political horizon.
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The Internal Revenue Service controversy took a few sharp turns this weekend, with the Cupid Shuffle, lavish hotel expenses, and the head-turning "L-word" finding its way into the mix. Wait, what? – Ashley Killough
Leading Drudge: Ruled: Take Their DNA
A sharply divided Supreme Court on Monday said police can routinely take DNA from people they arrest, equating a DNA cheek swab to other common jailhouse procedures like fingerprinting. – Jesse Holland
Leading HuffPo: On The Upswing: GOP Rebound Poses Stark Challenge For Dems
Republican governors took over statehouses across the country after the 2010 elections and immediately acted on promises to usher in a new era of budget cutting and conservative labor policies. Public backlash followed just as quickly; they watched their popularity drop while Democrats talked of political retribution. – Thomas Beaumont
Leading Politico: Chris Christie has broad sway over Frank Lautenberg succession
Within hours of Sen. Frank Lautenberg’s passing, Democrats, Republicans and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s office were poring over the state’s labyrinthian election laws to figure out what comes next. The short answer? No one agrees. – Maggie Haberman and Ginger Gibson
Leading The New York Times: Lautenberg’s Death Adds to Democrats’ Legislative Difficulties
The death of Senator Frank R. Lautenberg of New Jersey poses new complications for the White House and Democrats on Capitol Hill as they try to push their agenda through a Senate where even a single vote can derail legislation. – Jeremy Peters
The political bites of the day
– Politicians from both parties honor Lautenberg –
NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE IN A SPEECH TO THE NEW JERSEY WOMEN’S CONFERENCE: “It is no mystery that Senator Lautenberg and I didn’t always agree. In fact it probably is more honest to say that we very often didn’t agree and we had some pretty good fights between us over time, battles on philosophy and the role of government. But never was Senator Lautenberg to be under-estimated as an advocate for the causes that he believed in and as an adversary in the political world.”
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “Michelle and I were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Frank Lautenberg, a proud New Jerseyan who lived America’s promise as a citizen, and fought to keep that promise alive as a senator. … Michelle and I extend our deepest condolences to Bonnie, the Lautenberg family, and the people of New Jersey, whom Frank served so well.”
NEWARK MAYOR CORY BOOKER IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “Today, the American people lost a true champion. For three decades, Senator Frank Lautenberg worked to make America a stronger, healthier and safer place to live. His legacy will endure for generations. Senator Lautenberg was a model of leadership and service to me since before I even considered entering elected office.”
– For Carney, the key word has to be ‘legitimate’ –
PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING: “I am not interested in having a back and forth with Issa. I am interested in what the president is interested in in this matter which is we take action to ensure that this activity doesn’t happen again. We take action to hold accountable those who are responsible for it. We cooperate with legitimate congressional oversight.”
– The lasting effects of drone attacks –
AKBAR AHMED, THE ISLAMIC STUDIES CHAIR AT AMERICAN UNIVERSITY, IN AN OPINION EDITORIAL FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES: “Drone strikes like Wednesday’s, in Waziristan, are destroying already weak tribal structures and throwing communities into disarray throughout Pakistan’s tribal belt along the border with Afghanistan. The chaos and rage they produce endangers the Pakistani government and fuels anti-Americanism. And the damage isn’t limited to Pakistan. Similar destruction is occurring in other traditional tribal societies like Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen. The tribes on the periphery of these nations have long struggled for more autonomy from the central government, first under colonial rule and later against the modern state. The global war on terror has intensified that conflict.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Fascinating dilemma for Christie. Does he name interim who reflects his more moderate state, or feed Tea Party for '16?—
David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) June 03, 2013
Saddened by the passing of WWII veteran & US Sen. Frank Lautenberg. Our thoughts & prayers are with his family, friends & the people of NJ.—
Speaker John Boehner (@SpeakerBoehner) June 03, 2013
Schumer on Lautenberg: "We knew he was ill, but his passing is still a gut shot to those of us who knew and loved him."—
jennifer bendery (@jbendery) June 03, 2013
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
President John Adams moved to Washington, D.C., the new capital of the United States, in 1800, after the city was ready to be occupied by the federal government.
To get from Philadelphia, Adams and his party used a western route – through rural Pennsylvania, Maryland and into Washington, D.C. The route was about 200 miles long and the carriage traveled an average of 25 miles a day.
President Adams arrived in Washington, D.C. on June 3rd, where he was met by a large group of citizens and military to escort him into the city.
While the White House was being prepared, Adam stayed at two different taverns in the district. Though he stayed longer at Tunnicliff's Hotel on Capitol Hill, the first place Adams stayed in the district was Union Tavern in Georgetown on June 4, 1800.
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