CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SNOWDEN VS. OBAMA: A series of blog posts on Monday purportedly by Edward Snowden said he leaked classified details about U.S. surveillance programs because President Barack Obama worsened "abusive" practices instead of curtailing them as he promised as a candidate. LINK
ARIZONA VOTER LAW STRUCK DOWN: The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out an Arizona provision in its voter registration law that required proof of citizenship. LINK
EYES ON SYRIA: The United States and Russia have "differing perspectives on the problem" in Syria, President Barack Obama said Monday, but the two countries share an interest in reducing the violence. "We want to try to resolve the issue through political means if possible," Obama said.
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher, but trim earlier gains, as investors await Fed's economic outlook. Dow adds 110 points.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Snowden gets ‘highest honor’ from Cheney
Former Vice President Dick Cheney on Sunday called Edward Snowden a "traitor." One day later, Snowden – the man who leaked information about the U.S. government's secret surveillance programs – said he felt honored. – Ashley Killough LINK
Leading Drudge: No Papers Required
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that states cannot on their own require would-be voters to prove they are U.S. citizens before using a federal registration system designed to make signing up easier. – Jessie J. Holland, AP LINK
Leading HuffPo: Dems Rebrand Minimum Wage, Sick Leave As Women's Issues To Pressure GOP
Two years ago, a spat between President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) over Planned Parenthood funding sparked a national debate about birth control that helped lead to a historic gender gap in the 2012 elections, with Obama beating Mitt Romney by about 10 points among women voters. Now, Democrats hope to leverage women's support to pressure Republicans on a host of labor reforms, including the minimum wage, paid sick days and fair pay. – Laura Bassett and Dave Jamieson LINK
Leading Politico: With immigration, Marco Rubio risks D.C. insider label
The biggest risk for Marco Rubio in the immigration debate was supposed to be the scarlet “A” of immigration politics: the toxic talk-radio buzzword “amnesty.” Instead, with the conservative phenom of three years ago now neck deep in the muck of immigration reform talks, Rubio’s advisers feel greater anxiety about a different label: Washington. As in, “Marco’s gone Washington.” – Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman LINK
Leading The New York Times: As U.S. Plugs Border in Arizona, Crossings Shift to South Texas
A surge in migrant traffic across the Southwest border into Texas has resulted in a milestone: the front line of the battle against illegal crossings from Mexico has shifted for the first time in over a decade away from Arizona to the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas. – Eric Lipton and Julia Preston LINK
On this day in 1856, the Republican Party held its first presidential nominating convention in Philadelphia. Who was the party’s nominee?
The new CNN/ORC International Poll numbers on President Barack Obama is driving the political conversation today, and here’s what you need to know:
– For the first time ever, more than half the country doesn’t believe Obama is “honest and trustworthy.”
– Obama’s approval rating dropped 8 percentage points in one month.
– Among young people, under 30, Obama’s approval dropped 17 points.
The full CNN/ORC International Poll can be found here. LINK
John King’s analysis here VIDEO
Gloria Borger’s Take: Behind the slide in Obama's poll numbers
“Since President Obama seems to be a reflective soul, he must be reflecting on the irony of his latest predicament: as the man who came into office promising to change everything and who instead seems to have let much of what he promised to fix only get worse.” LINK
The political bites of the day
– John McCain, ISO experienced senator (ouch) –
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN, DESCRIBING GOP COLLEAGUE SEN. MARCO RUBIO TO THE NEW YORKER’S RYAN LIZZA: “I think the work he’s done with conservative radio has been really good. From time to time, his inexperience here shows up. But it’s not a huge deal. Once in a while, you read, ‘Rubio’s gonna do this, or do that!’ Wait a minute, Marco! Let’s all be together.” LINK
– Incoming conservative fire for Rubio –
LATEST NATIONAL REVIEW EDITORIAL: “It is painful to watch Marco Rubio’s maneuverings on immigration. He is refusing to say whether he will vote “yes” on his own Gang of Eight bill after spending months drafting, defending, and helping shepherd it to the floor…This is all very confusing, but perhaps we can help the senator get his story straight: He should vote against the bill.” LINK
– Leaker says Obama broke promises –
EDWARD SNOWDEN, THE LEAKER BEHIND THE GUARDIAN’S NSA SCOOPS, CALLS OUT OBAMA: “He closed the door on investigating systemic violations of law, deepened and expanded several abusive programs, and refused to spend the political capital to end the kind of human rights violations like we see in Guantanamo, where men still sit without charge." LINK
– Peace is not about politics –
PRESIDENT OBAMA, SPEAKING IN BELFAST AHEAD OF A SYRIA-DOMINATED G8 SUMMIT: “If we can't see ourselves in one another, if fear or resentment are allowed to harden - that encourages division. It discourages cooperation. Ultimately, peace is not just about politics, it's about attitudes. It's about a sense of empathy.”
– How to heal a very old wound –
NEWLY ELECTED IRANIAN PRESIDENT HASSAN ROUHANI: “The relation between Iran and the U.S. is complicated and difficult. It’s nothing easy. This has been a very old wound, so we need to think of somehow healing this injury. First we don’t want to see further tension. We don’t want to see more tension.”
GUTCHECK FLASHBACK: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad after being elected in 2005: “Our nation is continuing the path of progress and on this path has no significant need for (relations with) the United States. In foreign policy justice, peace, co-existence and expansion of fair mutual ties have priority.”
– GOP leader on ‘troubling’ numbers for President Obama –
HOUSE MAJORITY LEADER ERIC CANTOR RESPONDING TO CNN’S NEW POLL ON ‘NEW DAY’: “I would think it's troubling for the president in the fact that half the American people now don't think the president is trustworthy and honest. And what they're witnessing is a Washington and a government that has abused its power and, frankly, has lost focus on the issue that most Americans care about, which is getting people back to work.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Mammogram over my lunch hour today. Do this ladies! Especially if you are my age.—
Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) June 17, 2013
Hillary Clinton to be in Grand Rapids tonight - Ready For Hillary Rally at 6:30 @ Calder Plaza!—
Jennifer Granholm (@JenGranholm) June 17, 2013
Did SCOTUS troll us this morning because Obama was out of the country?—
Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) June 17, 2013
So Snowden comes off as arrogant, self-satisfied and occasionally frivolous in that Guardian chat, eh? Maybe he should seek asylum in...DC?—
Jon Ralston (@RalstonReports) June 17, 2013
TRIVIA ANSWER from @KevinLiptakCNN
The tradition of a presidential nominating convention began on this day in 1856, when the Republican Party gathered at the Musical Fund Hall in Philadelphia to select John C. Frémont as its candidate for president. Frémont was an explorer and military officer who went on to lose to James Buchanan in the general election.
Four years later, Republicans nominated their first successful presidential candidate at a convention in Chicago: Abraham Lincoln.
Since then, conventions have become a centerpiece of the presidential nominating process for both political parties. While the outcomes of today’s conventions are known well in advance, conventions are still used to formally introduce candidates to potential voters just tuning in to presidential contests.
In 2012, both parties held their conventions toward the end of the summer. But in 2016, that may change: Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus has said he wants the GOP event to take place in June or July, which would allow the nominee to begin spending funds allocated for the general election.
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