CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
ASYLUM REQUEST: Edward Snowden has applied for asylum in Russia, the state-run RIA/Novosti news agency reported Monday, quoting a consular official at the Moscow airport.
AS PUTIN ISSUES ULTIMATUM: Russian President Vladimir Putin said that NSA leaker Edward Snowden “must stop his work aimed at harming our American partners” if he wants to stay in the country. - Tom Cohen
‘FOR NOW, WE MOURN’: ARIZONA GOV. BREWER SAYS LOSS OF 19 FIREFIGHTERS IS ‘UNBEARABLE’… They were killed Sunday while fighting the Yarnell Hill fire, northwest of Phoenix. It was the deadliest day for firefighters since the 9/11 attacks. – Holly Yan and Eliott C. McLaughlin
EYES ON THE EGYPTIAN MILITARY: Appearing to throw its enormous weight behind protesters demanding the ouster of President Mohamed Morsy, the Egyptian military told the country's leaders on Monday that they have 48 hours to "meet the demands of the people" or it will step in to restore order after days of chaos. – Salma Abdelaziz, Reza Sayah and Ben Wedeman
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks start the second half of 2013 with gains. Dow adds 64 points. NASDAQ climbs 0.9%, S&P rises 0.5%.
How many presidents served in the Civil War?
“Ultimately history will judge the decisions that I made.” – Former President George W. Bush in an exclusive CNN interview.
As his favorability rating begins to climb, former President George W. Bush appears comfortable with his place in history, telling CNN’s Robyn Curnow that he “couldn't care less” about what polls say about his eight years in office.
Curnow interviewed the former president and his wife, Laura, in Zambia, where they are renovating a health clinic that they hope will save the lives of thousands of women. The former president, who just opened his presidential library in Dallas, said he has no regrets about the Iraq War. “I made decisions that were the right decisions,” Bush said. “History will ultimately judge.”
Regarding domestic surveillance – an issue that is currently dogging President Barack Obama – Bush said, “You know, ultimately history will judge the decisions that I made, and I won’t be around, because it will take a while for the objective historians to show up. So I’m pretty comfortable with it, I did what I did. I know the spirit in which I did it.”
Last month, a Gallup Poll showed that for the first time since 2005, more Americans had a favorable view of Bush than an unfavorable view:
49% have a positive opinion of the two-term president, while 46% feel the opposite.
Bush has kept a low profile since leaving office, focusing on projects such as his presidential library and his work in Africa. On Tuesday, Bush and Obama will attend a wreath laying commemorating the U.S. Embassy attack in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Texas abortion battle heads into second special session
Less than a week after a one-woman filibuster and a raucous crowd stymied new abortion legislation that would have been among the most restrictive in the nation, Texas lawmakers will return Monday for a second special session. – Ed Payne
Leading Drudge: Sniff Screening: TSA Goes To The Dogs!
TSA confirms it is using canines to pre-screen passengers and if they pass they may be able to go through an expedited security line. The change is a Transportation Security Administration program, but DIA officials say they are very supportive of it. It won’t apply to all passengers — only those using the “A” bridge security check point and it will run at different times.
Leading HuffPo: 'They Just Don't Understand'
After Texas state Sen. Wendy Davis' 11-hour filibuster helped defeat a controversial anti-abortion bill aimed at severely cutting access to abortion services across Texas, even her Republican colleagues had to express their admiration. – Jason Cherkis
Leading Politico: GOP could pay price for gerrymandering
No one disputes Republicans used the once-a-decade redistricting process to lock in their House majority — almost certainly through 2014 and possibly until the next round of line-drawing in 2020. But the party could pay a steep price for that dominance. – Alex Isenstadt
Leading The New York Times: Job Title Key to Inner Access Held by Snowden
Intelligence officials refer to Edward J. Snowden’s job as a National Security Agency contractor as “systems administrator” — a bland name for the specialists who keep the computers humming. But his last job before leaking classified documents about N.S.A. surveillance, he told the news organization The Guardian, was actually “infrastructure analyst.” – Scott Shane and David E. Sanger
The political bites of the day
– Everyone is doing it –
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN BRUNEI: “I will say that every country in the world that is engaged in international affairs of national security undertakes lots of activities to protect its national security, and all kinds of information contributes to that. And all I know is that is not unusual for lots of nations. But beyond that, I'm not going to comment any further until I have all of the facts and find out precisely what the situation is.”
Gut Check Full Service: The Guardian: New NSA leaks show how US is bugging its European allies… US intelligence services are spying on the European Union mission in New York and its embassy in Washington, according to the latest top secret US National Security Agency documents leaked by the whistleblower Edward Snowden. One document lists 38 embassies and missions, describing them as "targets". It details an extraordinary range of spying methods used against each target, from bugs implanted in electronic communications gear to taps into cables to the collection of transmissions with specialized antennae. – Ewen MacAskill and Julian Borger
– Obama confirms high level talks on Snowden –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN TANZANIA: “I can confirm... that we have gone through regular law enforcement channels in enforcing the extradition request that we've made with respect to Mr. Snowden. And that's been true with all the countries that have been involved, including Russia. So there have been high level discussions with the Russians about trying to find a solution to the problem.”
– Jeb Bush leans on House GOP to pass immigration reform –
FORMER FLORIDA GOV. JEB BUSH AND CLINT BOLICK IN A WALL STREET JOURNAL OPINION PIECE: “Now that the Senate has passed comprehensive immigration reform, the action shifts to the House of Representatives. Here the GOP's informal ‘Hastert Rule’ requires Speaker John Boehner to have majority support among Republicans before he will bring legislation to the floor for a vote. That means an immigration bill will need a far greater share of Republican House members than the Senate version received (where fewer than one-third of Republicans voted "aye"). This is a tall order. But it is one to which House Republicans should respond.”
– Rush’s attempt to court student voters –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: “Look, the truth is the truth and facts are facts, and you students need to understand that it's the Democrat Party doing this. This is a Democrat Party idea. It's a Democrat administration, which is eagerly embracing the increase in the loan rates so they get more money to fund Obamacare.”
Gut Check Full Service: Student loan rates doubling on Monday… Students preparing to take subsidized government loans will see their interest rates double to 6.8% from current levels, starting Monday, July 1. But hope isn't lost yet. Lawmakers are working hard behind the scenes trying to strike a deal to save the seven million college students who are slated to take the subsidized federal Stafford loans this year. – Jennifer Liberto
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
A total of eight presidents served in the military during the Civil War. They are: Andrew Johnson, Ulysses Grant, Rutherford Hayes, James Garfield, Chester Arthur, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Millard Fillmore.
One of those presidents – Fillmore – saw no combat.
On this day in 1863, the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg, began in the hills and fields surrounding the small town in Southern Pennsylvania. Over three days, nearly 8,000 soldiers were killed, with tens of thousands more wounded or captured.
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