CNN's GUT CHECK for August 16, 2013
August 16th, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 16, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CLINTON GOES ON THE OFFENSIVE: Former President Bill Clinton hits back at the New York Times reporting on his foundation… “The New York Times recently reported that the Foundation ran a deficit of $40 million in 2007 and 2008 and $8 million in 2012. The reporting requirements on our tax forms, called 990s, can be misleading as to what is actually going on. Here’s why. When someone makes a multi-year commitment to the Foundation, we have to report it all in the year it was made. In 2005 and 2006 as a result of multi-year commitments, the Foundation reported a surplus of $102,800,000 though we collected nowhere near that.” NYT STORY FULL LETTER

DEVELOPING: GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE SENDS BACK MEDICAL MARIJUANA BILL The governor signaled that he would sign the bill if the Legislature made two changes: that edible forms of marijuana would be available to qualified minors only, not for everyone and that both a pediatrician and a psychiatrist should sign off on a child's prescription.

EGYPT REMAINS IN TURMOIL: Thousands of protesters defied a government-imposed curfew Friday evening, staying put at Cairo's Ramses Square and in the streets. Already Friday, 17 people had been killed and more than 40 wounded in clashes between Morsy supporters and security forces, state-run Nile TV reported.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks finish a second straight week in the red. Dow and Nasdaq lose about 2%.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
Elvis Presley died on this day in 1977 at age 42. What other Americana legend died on this day in history?

MARK (@PrestonCNN) & DAN (@DanMericaCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s female empowerment movement around her recent bestseller “Lean In” is admirably asking women to lean in at their jobs and demand equal pay. That message gets muddled, however, when you seek unpaid, yet “HIGHLY” skilled, interns.

That is the problem Sandberg’s “Lean In Foundation” ran into this week when Jessica Bennett, the group’s editor-at-large, posted a job description for an unpaid internship on her Facebook page. “Part-time, unpaid, must be HIGHLY organized with editorial and social chops,” read the post. “HIT ME UP. Start date ASAP.”

As one might expect, the hypocrisy in offering an unpaid internship at the organization that urges women to have “the confidence and know-how to achieve their goals” was roundly pointed out on countless websites and on Facebook.

“To not pay your intern for an organization and job like this is not only laughable, but mostly pathetic. Do better,” Adrienne Allen posted on the “Lean In” job posting.

And a sarcastic Natasha Chart read between the lines on the job post and wrote: “Social ‘movement’ started by a millionaire seeks young person who can afford to engage in skilled labor for free, in hopes of opportunities not afforded people too broke to work here.”

Ouch.

Unpaid internships are nothing new. Congress, the White House and countless other organizations have been called to the carpet on the practice. But the reaction to “Lean In” was something different.

“Revealed: Sheryl Sandberg's Unpaid Intern Disgrace,” wrote Gawker. “Leaning In, And Over, Unpaid Interns,” wrote Fortune Magazine.

Sandberg even rose to Redditt fame when a picture of her was up-voted to near the top of the popular internet’s site homepage. “Wrote bestselling book about how women should demand fair pay, makes $100 million,” reads the text over the edited photo of Sandberg holding wads of cash. “Demands experience and full time schedules from interns, pays them zero.”

The reaction got “Lean In” to change their plans. In a statement posted on Facebook, Rachel Thomas, the president of LeanIn.Org, wrote that “moving forward” the organization plans to pay their interns. “We support equality – and that includes fair pay – and we’ll continue to push for change in our own organization and our broader community,” the post read.

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: RNC moves to freeze out networks on debate
The Republican National Committee approved a resolution Friday vowing to sideline CNN and NBC from the presidential primary debate process in 2016 unless the networks abandon plans to produce programs about Hillary Clinton. – Peter Hamby

Also at the RNC in Boston: GOP urges schools to emphasize 'founding principles'… Members of the Republican National Committee backed a resolution Friday calling on state legislatures to pass legislation "supporting the changing and teaching" of American history to put a greater emphasis on the country's "founding principles." – Peter Hamby

Leading Drudge: Another 'Day Of Rage'
Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood to stage "Friday of anger" mass march, with the government warning it would not shy away from using violence again. – The Telegraph

Leading HuffPo: Under Review: Move Puts Perry In Hot Water
A Texas judge said Thursday he plans to have a special prosecutor review allegations that Gov. Rick Perry abused the powers of his office and broke the law over a veto that cut funding for state public corruption investigators. – Paul J. Weber

Leading Politico: With Clinton vote, RNC pushes back on debates
The Republican National Committee passed a resolution Friday to bar NBC and CNN from hosting GOP primary debates in 2016 if the networks move forward with their Hillary Clinton projects. But the vote was not just about Clinton. – James Hohmann

Leading The New York Times: Puzzle Awaits the Capital: How to Solve 3 Fiscal Rifts
Though a government shutdown seems relatively unlikely, President Obama and his Republican interlocutors face a challenge in bridging seemingly irreconcilable goals in a fiscal deal. – John Harwood

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

Jenny Sanford eyes (college) presidency
FORMER SOUTH CAROLINA FIRST LADY JENNY SANFORD IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE CHARLESTON CITY PAPER: “I would certainly welcome the opportunity to be involved in that process. … I am, right now, just waiting to see what the formal process is. I understand I would be a long shot, but it certainly is something I would consider looking at.”

Democratic nominee for governor of Virginia explains business ties
TERRY MCAULIFFE SEEKING TO EXPLAIN GREENTECH IN AND OPINION PIECE FOR THE WASHINGTON POST: “This week, The Post editorial board posed some questions about my time as chairman of GreenTech Automotive. Let me offer some answers. … My opponent, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II, has since devoted much of his energy to misleading attacks based on that story. … In a free-market economy, some businesses succeed and some fail. Businesses are risky, and start-up businesses are even riskier. But risk-taking and investing in our No. 1 asset — our workforce — are what drive our economy in a global marketplace. Virginia needs a governor who understands that."

– Athletes speak out against Russia’s anti-gay propaganda law –
U.S. OLYMPIC RUNNER NICK SYMMOND IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “As an American who believes in freedom of speech and freedom of assembly I take huge offense that the Russian government is limiting their people in that way. … This is the defining civil rights movement of our time. I just want to say in 100 years when people look back on this moment, the people who are against equality and against love are going to be remembered on the wrong side of history.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Ashley Powers (@ashleypowers)
Was a rodeo clown's anti-Obama act racist? (Did I really just type that sentence?) WP's @philiprucker: http://bit.ly/15OBcds

Steve King (@SteveKingIA)
Mr. President: Invite the rodeo clown 2 the White House 4 a beer summit. Take the temperature down, have a laugh, relax. It's not about race

Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN)
New Orleans, Salt Lake City and Las Vegas also interested 2016 GOP convention. Nola would be emceed by @timodc and @blakewilly

Mike Murphy (@murphymike)
Hey RNC convention, why not Detroit ‘16? Just like 80. Tell a story, start the comeback.

Tom Fitzgerald (@tomfitzgerald)
RNC bans CNN Espanol y Telemundo from hosting GOP '16 debates. There's a word for that: estupido.

Amy Walter (@amyewalter)
Solution for better debates: stronger candidates.

Toby Harnden (@tobyharnden)
Hillary Clinton's memoir to be published next June 1st, cover price a hefty $40 http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/style-blog/wp/2013/08/15/hillary-rodham-clintons-upcoming-memoir-priced-at-40/

NESN (@NESN)
Report: Alex Rodriguez's 'Inner Circle' Leaked Documents Implicating Ryan Braun in Biogenesis Scandal http://wp.me/p2AlCJ-Ux6

Stefan Becket (@stefanjbecket)
AOL boss Tim Armstrong says 40% of Patch workforce will be laid off http://jimromenesko.com/2013/08/16/aol-boss-tim-armstrong-says-40-of-patch-workforce-will-be-laid-off/

TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN

Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll, died on this day in 1977 at his Memphis, Tennessee Graceland home. The rock icon died of a heart attack, which doctors said was likely brought on by his addiction to prescription barbiturates.

But August 16 also saw the death of another American icon.

Baseball slugger Babe Ruth died on August 16, 1948 at the age of 53. Ruth, who died of cancer, was a baseball legend by the time of his death - a slugger known for both his pitching and hitting ability, as well as his gregarious personality.

After his death, Ruth’s body lay in state at Yankee stadium where thousands of fans stood in line to honor their baseball hero.

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Congrats to Doug Curdgelss (@douglasdugless) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check trivia question. Happy Friday, all.

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  1. Just a thought

    @Steveo
    "Do you get out there and say to other conservatives that we are to love all of God's children (everybody), Black, White, Gay, straight, no matter one's religion or creed. We are love each other as Christ loved us – right? You must really be conflicted"

    Did you bother to ask the NAACP, the CBC, Jesse or Al to speak up about that kid who got beat up on that school bus? They spoke up about Zimmerman, as they should have BUT where are they now? In short, you might just want to reconsider the throwing of stones my way!
    ----
    Steveo, I honestly feel that you are very sincere about your faith but a bit of hypocrit as it relates to your political beliefs. I do admire your intelligence, but your fear and the statement above is petty and self serving. Yes....you have the praises of "Lynda/Minn" someone I have long since admired for her politics, grace and demeanor. But you shouldn't hide behind that. Let me say this in response; I am yet to see the NAACP, the Urban League, Jesse Jackosn or Al Sharpton or any other black leader organize against a person inciting violence and hatred simply because of their color, race, religion or political affiliation. Remember, the party to which you are a loyal member said before Pres. Obama even had a chance to warm his seat in the WH, "...we are going to make this guy a one-termer" Think about that; what else could it of been except race? Pres. Obama had not even as much as changed the letterhead before they were against him...and to the credit or discredit (depending one's view) every GOP/Conservative stood in line in criticizing our current President....we've seen birther movements, name calling, disrespectful displays of behavior during SOU addresses that HAVE NEVER BEEN seen afforded past presidents. And here you say "the other side does it,?" Your usual "both sides do it" yet again???? Really Steveo? I take you for better than that and think you ought to give back all that praise from Ms. Lynda

    August 16, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP conservatives,the garbage of America.

    I guess the NRC bafoons and rancid pubic want to brain wash children because they can't get anybody to vote for them any other way , kind of like North Korea , GOP losers, don't bring up your children in a GOP control state!!!!!!

    August 16, 2013 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  3. Just a thought

    @Steveo
    "Do you get out there and say to other conservatives that we are to love all of God's children (everybody), Black, White, Gay, straight, no matter one's religion or creed. We are love each other as Christ loved us – right? You must really be conflicted"

    Did you bother to ask the NAACP, the CBC, Jesse or Al to speak up about that kid who got beat up on that school bus? They spoke up about Zimmerman, as they should have BUT where are they now? In short, you might just want to reconsider the throwing of stones my way!
    ----
    Steveo, as I said you seem very intelligent, sincere in your faith, but I think under false pretenses have earned the respect of Lynda/Minn. Contrary to your approach, I call out family members and friends during the years when Bush was in office as I believe something that you seem to forget "....judge not less ye be judged , refl the woman found in an adulterous act" Yes...to some degree have to agree with your patent statement "both parties do it" But NEVER EVER would I have allowed myself to be member of a party that advocate hatred and disrespect to a president of this great nation. My father fought and died for this country and to see the disrespect perpetrated by the GOP for Pres. Obama is nauseating, and here you are riding the accolaides of someone I have always admired reading her posts...Ms. Lynda/Minn. I just don't think you've some how earned such high praise with all your fence straddling. My bible says: "Be hot or cold but lukewarm, I spew you out of my mouth" So if you are a Conservative, you need to get off the fence and in line with your fellow members and continue to lie about President Obama...because that's all your party has. Now if that serves your faith, I just say WOW, that type of pretzeled faith must leave you extremely uncomfortable.

    August 16, 2013 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    GOP is gone dead, defunct at least for a decade or two.

    August 16, 2013 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Mr. President: Invite the rodeo clown 2 the White House 4 a beer summit. Take the temperature down, have a laugh, relax. It's not about race"

    Haha. Just the fact that Captain Cantaloupe says "it's not about race" should clue you in that it was VERY MUCH about race. Read the WaPo story on the people they interviewed from the area and the insanely racist crap they spew all in the context of explaining to the reporter why it's not racist. They. Just. Don't. Get. It.

    August 16, 2013 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Malory Archer

    Did you bother to ask the NAACP, the CBC, Jesse or Al to speak up about that kid who got beat up on that school bus? They spoke up about Zimmerman, as they should have BUT where are they now? In short, you might just want to reconsider the throwing of stones my way!

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Why? It was a retaliation assault on a school bus, and unlike Zimmerman making racially-tinged remarks to the 911 operator (we've all heard the recording of the call so don't even try to deny it) after he got out of car and started following Martin, there were no racial connotations in the beating on the bus. I realize your ilk is disparate to label the incident a hate crime, so perhaps you should look up the definition of hate crime and explain what about the bus attack fits that definition.

    August 16, 2013 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "Invite the rodeo clown 2 the White House 4 a beer summit. Take the temperature down, have a laugh, relax. It's not about race"

    Right...white guy puts on black person mask, plays with cartoonishly exaggerated lips, pretends to have a broomstick stuck up his ass (something the KKK used to do to black people they caught for a beating) while another clown/announcer cheers for him being stomped and run down by a bull and the crowd cheers angrily for it, spouting racial epithets to one another. Nope...no racial overtones at all. What Slobodan King and Peggy Noonan are really saying is "show us you know your place and are willing to take it without talking back or getting uppity."

    August 16, 2013 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |