CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 23, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
SHE SPEAKS: HUMA ABEDIN STANDS BY HER MAN… AND ADDRESSES THE CAMERAS FOR THE FIRST TIME… The wife of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner backed her husband Tuesday after sexually charged online chats were published by a gossip website. “What I want to say is: I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him and as I have said from the beginning, we are moving forward," Abedin said.
WEINER STAYS IN RACE, ADMITS SEXTING AFTER RESIGNATION: “Some of these things happened before my resignation, some happened after,” Weiner said at his press conference.
JUST ANOTHER DAY FOR WEINER: “I'm responsible for this behavior that led us to be in this place, but in many ways things are not that much different than they were yesterday,” Weiner said.
CALLS TO WITHDRAW: Three other mayoral hopefuls used Twitter to call on Weiner to withdraw from the race in light of his recent admission:
Bill de Blasio (@deBlasioNYC)
Enough is enough. I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race — for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us.
John Catsimatidis (@JCats2013)
Anthony Weiner should do what is right for his family and our city and drop out of the race for mayor so we can end this soap opera.
Sal Albanese (@SalAlbanese2013)
New Yorkers deserve a Mayor's race driven by substance, not scandal: http://salalbanese2013.com/statement-on-anthony-weiner … #nyc2013
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: 49 days until the New York City mayoral primary – September 10.
MARKET WATCH: Dow closes at a record high of 15568, while the S&P and NASDAQ both end slightly lower.
What is the least populous state to produce a president?
MARK (@PrestonCNN), MICHELLE (@mjaconiCNN) & DAN (@DanMericaCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics
That was the question a recent Harvard University study - highlighted this week in The New York Times - tried to answer. The top line was straight forward: Because of factors such as "education, family structure and the economic layout … the odds of rising to another income level are notably low in certain cities, like Atlanta and Charlotte, and much higher in New York and Boston."
But what about Gettysburg, South Dakota?
According to the study, Gettysburg – a small, rural community of about 1,100 in northern South Dakota - provides children with some of the best odds in America at upward mobility. While cities such as Boston and New York saw 10% of children born into the bottom 5% income bracket eventually rise to the top 5% income bracket, Gettysburg saw a whopping 34.8% do the same.
“It is pretty amazing isn't it,” Nathaniel Hendren, assistant professor of economics and a researcher on the study, told CNN. “We think a lot of this has to do with the energy boom in the Upper Midwest. North Dakota was notable for how well it survived the recession, but I don't think people knew it was raising all boats, like we have seen.”
Gettysburg is primarily a farming town where Tim Hagedorn, the school system's superintendent, said many families trace their history to the “beginning of this area.”
Economically, the town has fared well, the superintendent said. While some adults travel to North Dakota to work in the oil fields, the area is primarily focused on grain and corn production and high prices have kept the farming industry economically stable.
As for why Gettysburg gives children so much opportunity? Hagedorn said “these kids really have a good work ethic and I think that is the biggest part of it. They may not live the high style, but their work leads them to being very successful.”
And the town is humble. When Gut Check called to talk to the mayor, a woman who answered the phone suggested that we had the wrong number. “Are you sure you didn't mean to call Gettysburg, Pennsylvania?”
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: McDonnell Repays Loan Money Amid Federal Investigation
Embattled Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday he was paying back more than $120,000 in loans amid federal and state investigations into gifts and financial contributions he received from a wealthy executive. He apologized for the “embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens.”
Gut Check Full Service: Virginia Governor Resignation Would Solve Gop Problem, Create Another… No Virginia governor has resigned, or been impeached, in the last century. But there's another reason some Virginia political watchers are buzzing about the hypothetical: McDonnell's resignation, however unlikely, would elevate his lieutenant governor, Republican Bill Bolling, to the state's highest office. – Peter Hamby
Leading Drudge: Shutdown Looms Over Obamacare
ObamaCare is at the center of a rapidly escalating fight that threatens to shut the government down this fall. Senate Republicans, including two members of the leadership, are coalescing around a proposal to block any government funding resolution that includes money for the implementation of the 2010 Affordable Care Act. – Alexander Bolton
Leading HuffPo: Ouch: Reid Hurls Tea Party Jab At McConnell
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) took a jab at Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday, appearing to be entertained by the possibility that McConnell may face a tea party favorite in 2014. “He tried to make love to the tea party and they didn't like it,” Reid said of McConnell at an Organizing for Action event, Politico reported. – Ashley Alman
Leading Politico: A lot on the line in 'Obama phone' fight
TracFone, a prepaid service provider led by one of the world’s richest men, longs to cut the “Obama phone” line of attacks to save a program for the poor — and its bottom line. The company, controlled by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, has launched a lobbying ground war to promote the controversial phone subsidy initiative known as Lifeline. And in the wake of congressional blasts, the program’s largest participant has found backhanded support from an unlikely coalition of rights groups and industry advocates pushing for the same goal: to spare it. – Jessica Meyers
Leading The New York Times: Obama Seeking to Take Credit and Set Course for Economy
A new effort, which begins with a major policy address by the president on Wednesday, is intended to restart an economic conversation with the American public. – Michael Shear and Jonathan Weisman
The political bites of the day
– Boehner welcomes Obama back to jobs conversation –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT A PRESS CONFERENCE ON CAPITOL HILL: “The president says he's going to go out and pivot back to jobs. Well, welcome to the conversation Mr. President, we've never left it.”
– FLOTUS says immigration debate is particularly hard –
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA IN A SPEECH AT THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF LA RAZA IN NEW ORLEANS: “Your president and his administration are going to keep working with you and fighting with you every step of the way. I know these debates are hard, particularly on immigration, but do not give up because I promise you my husband won't give up until a good bill gets on his desk.”
– Prosecutor backs up Cuccinelli on Crimes Against Nature law –
LISA CARUSO, VIRGINIA ATTORNEY FOR DINWIDDIE COUNTY, IN A STATEMENT TO CNN: “As a mother and a prosecutor, I’ve been using this law to protect minors from predatory adults, and it would be a travesty for this tool to no longer be available to prosecutors to keep our children safe.”
– Franken: We need transparency on domestic surveillance –
DEMOCRATIC SEN. AL FRANKEN IN A PIECE FOR CNN.com/OPINION: “The government must give proper weight to both keeping America safe from terrorists and protecting Americans' privacy. But when Americans lack the most basic information about our domestic surveillance programs, they have no way of knowing whether we're getting that balance right. This lack of transparency is a big problem.”
– The real cost of a royal baby –
CONAN O’BRIEN ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “The royal baby is eight pounds - then again you can't really put a price on a child.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner)
Rep. Steve King: For Every Valedictorian DREAMer, 100 Are 'Hauling 75 Pounds Of Marijuana' http://livewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/entry/ia-gop-rep-for-every-dreamer-brought-to
Callie Schweitzer (@cschweitz)
If you’re younger than 28, you’ve never experienced a month of below average global temperature http://j.mp/134cYuN
Jessica Yellin (@JessicaYellin)
Using the leverage they have – WH still won't say whether @BarackObama will or won't visit Moscow, with Snowden travel status up in the air.
Richard N. Haass (@RichardHaass)
Wrong to cancel #Russia trip because of disagreement w/ Putin. Diplomacy not a reward but a means to press positions. http://nyti.ms/16LYIZH
Greg Giroux (@greggiroux)
Congressional tax writers 8x more likely to have mortgaged 2nd homes @RichardRubinDC http://bloom.bg/15DEulV
Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh)
Death knell of Gang of 8 immig reform? New ABC/WaPo poll shows 46% support, 44% oppose. Intensity on opposition side. http://www.langerresearch.com/uploads/1150a2PoliticsImmigrationHealthCare.pdf …
Pew Research Center (@pewresearch)
32% of Hispanics in 2012 got their news exclusively in English, up from 22% in 2006 http://pewrsr.ch/13U6z5e pic.twitter.com/qjXoOBXRhS
TIME NewsFeed (@TIMENewsFeed)
Monica Lewinsky turns 40 today. Here's what she's been up to since the Clinton scandal | http://ti.me/1327kha
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
Leaders of the free world have come from a number of small states. Dwight D. Eisenhower was from Kansas, the 34th most-populous state, according to the 2010 census, and Bill Clinton is from Arkansas, the 32nd most-populous state.
But no state that has produced a president is as small as New Hampshire – the 42nd most-populous state according to the census.
Franklin Pierce, the nation's 14th president, was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, and is now buried in Concord.
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I feel for his wife , Anthony Weiner needs therapy !