CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING… RED LINE IN SYRIA: CNN’s Barbara Starr reports that Congress has been notified that the U.S. will acknowledge Syria has used chemical weapons, multiple times, on a small scale and a red line has been crossed, according to congressional sources. Turn to CNN on air for the latest.
GUT CHECK FLASH BACK: President Obama, August 20, 2012, in the White House briefing room… “I have, at this point, not ordered military engagement in the situation. But the point that you made about chemical and biological weapons is critical. That’s an issue that doesn’t just concern Syria; it concerns our close allies in the region, including Israel. It concerns us. We cannot have a situation where chemical or biological weapons are falling into the hands of the wrong people. We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus. That would change my equation.”
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks rally to gain more than 1% after strong economic reports. Dow adds 181 points.
Who said, “I just didn't feel there was any breach of national security” and what was he or she referring to?
A party elder to the GOP: Don’t forget about other minority groups.
That was the message from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who said Thursday it is important for his party to not forget about Asian Americans, especially when talking about immigration reform.
To Bush, Asian Americans are “the canary in the coal mine” for his party.
"Here is a group that has higher intact families, more entrepreneurial, higher than average incomes, higher college graduation rates," Bush said when describing the reasons the Republican Party should be attractive to Asian Americans.
"Asian Americans are actually the canary in the coal mine, I believe, for Republicans," Bush continued. "If we have lost connectivity to emerging voters, not because of our policies so much, but because we are not engaged in issues of importance to them, then I think we pay a price."
The term canary in the coal mine refers to a dated practice in which caged canaries would be brought to the bottom of mines to monitor for toxic gases. The birds were more sensitive to fumes, so miners knew to get out if they died. The term now means a group or idea that is an early signal of trouble.
Why is today’s announcement important?
According to the Census Bureau, Asians are “the nation's fastest-growing race or ethnic group.” According to the Census, the number of Asian Americans grew by 2.9 percent in 2012, to 18.9 million people. The government agency also announced that more than 60 percent of Asian growth came from international immigration.
For more about Bush’s discussion of immigration at the Bipartisan Policy Center, read this.
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Christie passes on conservative event to speak at Clinton forum
A host of Republicans considering 2016 presidential bids, including Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, will attend a conference for religious conservatives starting Thursday, with a notable exception: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. – Peter Hamby
Leading Drudge: You Can Keep Your Genes
The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that human genes cannot be patented, a decision with both immediate benefits for some breast and ovarian cancer patients and long-lasting repercussions for biotechnology research. – Richard Wolf for USA Today
Leading HuffPo: Zero Or Hero? Poll Finds Nation Divided Over NSA Leaker
Americans are divided over whether Edward Snowden did the right thing or the wrong thing in leaking information about top-secret NSA phone and online surveillance programs, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. But those paying the most attention to the story were far more likely to say that Snowden had done the right thing. – Emily Swanson
Leading Politico: Gang of Eight seeks alternative to John Cornyn amendment
Sen. Marco Rubio initially praised a border security proposal from Sen. John Cornyn, helping to make it the leading choice of conservatives demanding tighter enforcement measures. Now others in the Gang of Eight fear Cornyn’s plan could sink their entire immigration deal. – Carrie Budoff Brown and Seung Min Kim
Leading The New York Times: White House Makes Moves to Bolster Gun Safety
The package is intended to add to the nation’s database used for background checks and make it harder for criminals and people with mental illness to get guns. – Jennifer Steinhauer
Leading CNNMoney: The Unaffordable Affordable Care Act?
States are starting to roll out details about health exchanges, providing a look at just how affordable coverage under the Affordable Care Act will be. Some potential participants may be surprised at the figures: $2,000 deductibles, $45 primary care visit co-pays, and $250 emergency room tabs. – Tami Luhby
The political bites of the day
– Legislation Coming –
DEMOCRATIC SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN, CHAIRMAN OF THE SELECT INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, IN STATEMENT TO REPORTERS: “I have tasked Director Clapper to consider the program, to present some changes if he feels it necessary. We will consider changes. We will certainly have legislation which will limit or prevent contractors from handling highly classified technical data. And we will do some other things.”
– In opposition to NSA snooping: No Moral Authority –
REPUBLICAN SEN. RAND PAUL OF KENTUCKY IN A SPEECH TO THE FAITH AND FREEDOM FORUM: “I think it's like the Old MacDonald of Scandals. Here a scandal, there a scandal, everywhere a scandal. And seriously, I think that to lead a country, to lead a nation, you need not only legal authority but you need moral authority, and I think this constellation of scandal shows that the president is losing his moral authority to lead this nation.”
– In defense of NSA snooping: We Need the Dots to Connect Them –
REPUBLICAN REP. MIKE ROGERS, CHAIRMAN OF THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE, IN A STATEMENT TO REPORTERS ON CAPITOL HILL: “If you are going to connect the dots in anything like the Boston bombing to find out if there are other coconspirators; if you are going to connect the dots on a 9-11 style event or hopefully prevent a 9-11 style event, you have to have dots in the box in order to connect. So all of this is, is just that little bit of information they might need – a phone number to a phone number with no names attached.”
REPUBLICAN SEN. BOB CORKER OF TENNESSEE “THANKFUL” FOR NSA, IN COMMENTS TO REPORTERS ABOUT AN NSA BRIEFING: “I can’t imagine any United States senator sitting through a briefing like we just had and not feeling thankful for the efforts that NSA and others put forth. At the same time there is no question that, you know, to keep these things balanced the Senate has to do its job also as it relates to oversight. But I can’t imagine anybody could have left the briefing that I just left and not felt more comfortable and thankful for the efforts that are underway.”
– Boehner questions White House communications efforts –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER IN HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE ON CAPITOL HILL: “I am a little surprised that the White House hasn't stood up and made clear on an ongoing basis over this last week just how important these programs are. For those of us who have been briefed on these programs, are aware of these programs – we are aware of how much safety they have brought us. And we are also aware of many examples where they have helped us eliminate terrorist threats.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
On this day in 1971, the New York Times began publishing the “Pentagon Papers,” a series of top-secret documents that showed the United States government had been lying to the American people about the Vietnam War.
Provided to the times by Daniel Ellsberg, a Defense Department employee, the papers were first ordered by Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara in 1967. When the report came back, the results were clear: the government had lied about the American goals in Vietnam.
After the New York Times published the reports, President Richard Nixon administration asked for and received an injunction, forcing the Times to stop publishing the papers.
In response to the injunction, Times publisher Arthur Ochs Sulzberger said, “Newspapers, as our editorial said this morning, we're really a part of history that should have been made available, considerably longer ago. I just didn't feel there was any breach of national security, in the sense that we were giving secrets to the enemy.”
The New York Times appealed the injunction and the Supreme Court quickly considered the case.
In a landmark decision, the Court decided – 6-3 – that the government did not meet the burden of proof to ask for a prior restraint against the Times. In response, the New York Times continued to publish the Pentagon Papers.
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