CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 13, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
ALL EYES ON ISRAEL: Israel began releasing more than two dozen Palestinian prisoners late Tuesday, a gesture on the eve of new peace talks that have been complicated by plans for new Israeli housing in East Jerusalem.
Israeli officials approved the release of 26 Palestinian prisoners ahead of the Wednesday talks. The move came after Israel said it would forge ahead with a plan to build 900 housing units in East Jerusalem, which the Palestinians hope will be the capital of their future state. Israeli and Palestinian negotiators are set to resume long-stalled direct talks on Wednesday. – Samira Said
WEINER WHO? Bill de Blasio leads the most recent poll in the New York City mayor’s race with 30% of the Democratic electorate. The Quinnipiac University Polling Institute poll finds 24 percent of likely Democratic voters support City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, while 22 percent support former Comptroller William Thompson. Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, whose run has dominated attention on the race, is in fourth at 10 percent. Voters go to the polls in four weeks for each party primary.
MAURICE CARROLL, DIRECTOR OF THE QUINNIPIAC UNIVERSITY POLLING INSTITUTE, IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “A few weeks ago, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio looked like an also-ran. Today, he's the leader of the pack, and a winner in the runoffs. Follow the bouncing ball, folks. This line-up keeps changing.”
MARKET WATCH: Apple gains 5%, pulling broader market higher. Dow adds 32 points. NASDAQ climbs 0.4%, S&P rises 0.3%.
How many presidents – all of whom have wanted him out of power – has Cuban leader Fidel Castro outlasted?
The lead of this CNNMoney story on women in the workforce instantly caught our eye today:
"Sixty years ago, American women began heading off to the workplace in droves. But in the last couple of decades, that trend has completely stalled out."
CNNMoney's Annalyn Kurtz writes the reason why: 26% of U.S. women still choose not to work.
In 1990, 74% of American women 25-54 participated in the labor force – meaning they had a job or were looking for one. That number has remained largely unchanged in the past 23 years.
Here are some key findings from the story:
"As of last year, America ranked 27th out of 37 developed countries for women's labor force participation, according to the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development."
"The United States remains the only major industrialized country in the world that doesn't mandate some sort of paid parental leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, entitles workers to 12 weeks of unpaid leave, but only applies to about 58% of American workers."
In the age of Sheryl Sandberg's "Lean In" and triumphant stories about female CEOs leading some of the nation's biggest companies, it certainly caught our eye that the number of women in the workplace hasn't gone up since Sinead O'Connor was rocking the billboard charts.
To read all of Kurtz's story, and we think you should, click here.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Adding fuel to the fire: Hillary Clinton speech fans 2016 speculation
The early favorite to win the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination walks a tightrope. Hillary Clinton has said she is in no hurry to decide whether she'll seek the White House. But the former secretary of state, first lady and senator stokes the assumption that she's in the game for a second time with every move she makes. – Dan Merica
Leading Drudge: Obamacare Cost Caps Delayed Until 2015
First, there was the delay of Obamacare’s Medicare cuts until after the election. Then there was the delay of the law’s employer mandate. Then there was the announcement, buried in the Federal Register, that the administration would delay enforcement of a number of key eligibility requirements for the law’s health insurance subsidies, relying on the “honor system” instead. Now comes word that another costly provision of the health law—its caps on out-of-pocket insurance costs—will be delayed for one more year. – Avik Roy for Forbes Magazine
Leading HuffPo: Or Else… Rubio Warns GOP Against Obama Risk
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) claimed on Tuesday that President Barack Obama might allow undocumented immigrants to stay in the U.S. by executive order if Congress doesn't act on reform. It's a move that immigration activists would like to see, but that Republicans argue would be a massive abuse of power. – Elise Foley
Leading Politico: Clinton's next act: The family foundation
Hillary Clinton’s next phase of life — the co-leader of a family foundation — has officially begun. – Maggie Haberman
Leading The New York Times: 50 Years Later, Fighting the Same Civil Rights Battle
Representative John Lewis, the sole surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, is working on a new version of the Voting Rights Act. – Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The political bites of the day
– Jeb Bush hits Obama on the Economy, calls it a 'phony’ recovery –
REPUBLICAN JEB BUSH, FORMER GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA, AND JUSTIN VELEZ-HAGAN, IN AN OPINION EDITORIAL FOR POLITICO: "Amid mounting evidence, stacking confessions, and officials pleading the fifth, many find it hard to understand why the Obama administration’s best retort is to shrug off so-called scandals as “fabricated” and “phony.” The truth may be more ingenious than most of us realize. Continued bickering serves as a distraction from what should be the biggest scandal of all: the phony recovery."
– Cheney hits Enzi for Congress’ Obamacare deferrals –
REPUBLICAN SENATE CANDIDATE LIZ CHENEY OF WYOMING IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “The hypocrisy is stunning but all too typical of how Congress works. Members cut special deals for themselves so they don’t feel the pain their laws inflict on the general public. That’s one of the reasons I’m running for the Senate—to end this self-serving, behind the scenes deal-making.”
– Councilman: 'Bob Filner needs to resign now' –
MARK KERSEY, SAN DIEGO COUNCILMAN, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: "His record in office is really kind of irrelevant at this point. My heart goes out to the women who have come forward, more than a dozen now, as well as all those who have not yet come forward. As well as the 10,000 city workers who should not have to come to work every day under this cloud of controversy. Bob Filner needs to resign now."
– Coulda, shoulda, woulda –
CONAN O'BRIEN ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: "The executives at Blackberry are considering selling off the company. That's right. It’s being called a very lucrative move by 'six years ago' magazine"
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer)
amazing, I think, how Booker was able to skate through this entire election basically untouched by his dem rivals http://www.buzzfeed.com/rubycramer/cory-booker-stays-untouchable …
Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN)
Stu Stevens on Booker: "dangerously close to falling into the celebrity trap of being famous for being famous" http://thebea.st/13fZdjc
Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance)
MT @ProPublica: CIA repeatedly denied collecting info on Noam Chomsky. Memo reveals they did—then destroyed his file http://propub.ca/16Njnjo
Peter Ubertaccio (@ProfessorU)
NC GOP: voter fraud "is both rampant and undetected" / How can you know former if latter is true? http://www.politico.com/story/2013/08/pat-mccrory-voting-law-north-carolina-95462.html#.UgobVYdtZFE.twitter … via @POLITICO
Marco Rubio (@marcorubio)
"Commerce & entrepreneurial capitalism take more people out of poverty than aid." BONO h/t @DRUDGE @DRUDGE_REPORT http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=u4_F3L2C4GU&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3Du4_F3L2C4GU …
Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf)
The answer is yes, Ted Cruz is "natural born." Should Orrin Hatch dust off effort to strip req. from Constitution? http://bit.ly/1cxXjOO
Sam Stein (@samsteinhp)
In which @realDonaldTrump sends a hand written note in response to a tweet i posted pic.twitter.com/I2MSz4qG1u
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
Cuban leader Fidel Castro turns 87 today.
Castro was born on this day in 1926. He came to power in 1959 after Gen. Fulgencio Batista fled to the Dominican Republic. Castro led Cuba through the Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962 - as well as years of embargo from the United States.
Castro transferred acting presidential powers to his brother Raul in 2006.
In total, Castro outlasted 10 U.S. presidents - Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush - before he stepped down from power in Cuba.
GUT CHECK WINNER’S CIRCLE
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Congrats to Scot Shumski (@3kidsiseasy) for winning today's trivia. Although he got the number correct – 10 – he got the list of presidents wrong. Eisenhower was in power when Castro came to power and Castro “stepped down” before the Obama presidency.
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