CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
HOLY MARKET WATCH: NASDAQ trading suspended for 3 hours due to a “trading glitch.” In the second significant trading glitch this week, most major exchanges were forced to halt trading in more than 2,700 Nasdaq-listed stocks for several hours Thursday. … It's yet another black eye for a stock market that has become increasingly automated. It's also another blow to NASDAQ, which has been under intense scrutiny since trading issues at its exchange marred the initial public offering of Facebook. NASDAQ attributed the problems to technical issues at a central clearinghouse known as the "UTP SIP," which is the security information process where 13 public exchanges send bid and offer prices on NASDAQ -listed stocks.
FILNER WATCH: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexually harassing women, will resign if the San Diego City Council accepts a proposed mediation agreement, local TV stations reported Thursday.
Gut Check DVR: President Barack Obama sits down in an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo for CNN’s “New Day.” Watch CNN Friday at 6 a.m. ET.
Who was the last sitting president to speak at the University of Buffalo?
MARK (@PrestonCNN), MICHELLE (@mjaconiCNN) & DAN (@DanMericaCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics
Note to all Catholic lawmakers: expect to be getting a call from your local archdiocese.
With the goal of urging the House to pass a comprehensive immigration reform bill, the Catholic Church is pushing immigration reform in the pews and targeting Catholic lawmakers – particularly Republicans – who may be on the fence over the politically tenuous bill.
The movement, which was first reported in The New York Times, (LINK) will include coordinated immigration reform sermons on September 8, as well as targeted messaging of Catholic lawmakers, including House Speaker John Boehner and Rep. Paul Ryan, the GOP’s 2012 vice presidential candidate. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/22/us/politics/catholic-leaders-to-take-immigration-push-to-the-pews.html?pagewanted=all
“It is a critical time for the fate of the bill,” Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops told Gut Check. “The House is dragging its feet and a lot of those who are on the fence are Catholic. They need to hear the message of the church on this.”
After the Senate passed an immigration reform bill, the House left Washington for vacation in July after not bringing up the plan. Furthermore, many Republicans cast doubt on any immigration bill passing.
The Catholic Church on the other hand has been vocal on this issue. “We pray for a heart which will embrace immigrants. God will judge us upon how we have treated the most needy,” Pope Francis tweeted in July.
For the church, embracing immigration reform serves two purposes, said Appleby: supporting the gospel and responding to “the institutional issues of the church.”
Hispanics – a group widely associated with immigration reform – make up nearly 40 percent of Catholic Church. And according to church figures, since 1960, 71% of the U.S. Catholic population growth has been due to the growth in the number of Hispanics in the U.S. population overall.
“We would be derelict in our duties,” said Appleby, “if we didn’t respond to people in our pews that need our help.”
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Leading CNNPolitics: McConnell sees 'tipping point' on Egypt aid
Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a “tipping point” because of the Egyptian military's behavior and predicted a vote soon to block US military aid even though a proposal to do just that was roundly defeated only weeks ago. – John King
Leading Drudge: Desperate Retailers Start Xmas Sales In August!
Even before the school bells are ringing for many families, retailers are sounding sleigh bells. Yes, that's right. With 120-plus shopping days left, stores are already talking up their holiday offers. – Kelli B. Grant for CNBC
Leading HuffPo: The Hostage Takers
Seemingly conceding that shutting down the government in order to defund the president's health care law would be a dangerous political gamble, House Republican leadership is now looking at the idea of using the debt ceiling as a pressure point instead. – Sam Stein
Leading Politico: DOJ to sue Texas over voter ID law
Attorney General Eric Holder will sue to challenge the Texas voter ID law, the Justice Department announced Thursday. The Justice lawsuit will allege that the Texas law violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, which was among the elements of the law that remains in effect after the Supreme Court invalidated the preclearance requirements in June. – Reid Epstein
Leading The New York Times: Obama Vows to Shame Colleges Into Keeping Costs Down
Promising to eventually use federal student aid as leverage, President Obama said, “We can’t price the middle class and everybody working to get into the middle class out of college.” – Michael Shear
The political bites of the day
– ‘I am Chelsea Manning’ –
BRADLEY MANNING, ON NBC’s TODAY SHOW: “I want everyone to know the real me. I am Chelsea Manning. I am a female. Given the way that I feel, and have felt since childhood, I want to begin hormone therapy as soon as possible.” LINK
NOT ON UNCLE SAM’S DIME: “The Army does not provide hormone therapy or sex-reassignment surgery,” Lt. Col. Justin Platt told CNN on Thursday.
– Obama: School loan debt may not get paid back –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN A SPEECH AT THE UNIVERSITY AT BUFFALO: “Our economy can’t afford the trillion dollars in outstanding student loan debt, much of which may not get repaid because students don’t have the capacity to pay it. We can’t price the middle class and everybody working to get into the middle class out of a college education. We are going to have to do things differently.”
– Climate change ‘denialists,’ alcoholic fathers and Al Gore –
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT AL GORE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WASHINGTON POST: “The conversation on global warming has been stalled because a shrinking group of denialists fly into a rage when it’s mentioned. It’s like a family with an alcoholic father who flies into a rage every time a subject is mentioned and so everybody avoids the elephant in the room to keep the peace. … Many Republicans who’re still timid on the issue are now openly embarrassed about the extreme deniers.”
– ‘My name is David Dewhurst, I'm the lieutenant governor of the state of Texas’ –
LT. GOV. DAVID DEWHURST OF TEXAS IN AN ALLEN POLICE DEPARTMENT 911 CALL: “I want to talk to the most senior police officer you have where you are right now. My name is David Dewhurst. I'm the lieutenant governor of the state of Texas and you have incarcerated my sister-in-law. … I would like to find out what I need to do to get her out of jail, post bond, whatever.”
– ‘Prison Break’ actors turns Russia down –
ACTOR WENTWORTH MILLER IN A LETTER TO THE ST. PETERSBURG INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: “Thank you for your kind invitation. However, as a gay man, I must decline. I am deeply troubled by the current attitude toward and treatment of gay men and women by the Russian government. The situation is in no way acceptable, and I cannot in good conscience participate in a celebratory occasion hosted by a country where people like myself are being systematically denied their basic right to live and love openly.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Beau Biden (@BeauBiden)
On our way home! Can't wait to get back. Thank you, Houston. -bb pic.twitter.com/PePcFS7Rru
Gregory Wallace (@gregorywallace)
Trayvon Martin, Paula Deen and stop and frisk all rolled into one Law and Order episode, show's EP says- http://insidetv.ew.com/2013/08/21/law-and-order-svu-trayvon-martin/
Bill Postmus (@billpostmus)
NY Daily News endorses Christine Quinn for #NYC mayor, blasts an ineffective Bill de Blasio http://nydn.us/175em5Z #nyc2013 #tcot
Arwa Damon (@arwaCNN)
The one video from Syria’s alleged chemical weapons attack that everyone should watch http://wapo.st/183YU7
Samantha Power (@AmbassadorPower)
Reports devastating: 100s dead in streets, including kids killed by chem weapons. UN must get there fast & if true, perps must face justice.
David Mark (@PolitixDavid)
Conservatives Praise Ashton Kutcher Speech on Value of Hard Work http://po.st/R5RFJq via @TopixPolitix @PolitixDain
Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph)
I DON'T UNDERSTAND why conservatives all love Ashton Kutcher now. Watch him on '12 campaign trail praising ObamaCare: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GwIAYSF69M …
Carolina Jimenez (@carolinajimenez)
Yahoo defeats Google in US web traffic for first time since 2011. However, mobile viewers weren't counted. http://money.cnn.com/2013/08/21/technology/yahoo-traffic-google/index.html … @CNNMoney
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
President Barack Obama addressed an audience of students at the University at Buffalo today – and in doing so, became the first president to speak there since Millard Fillmore in 1853.
Fillmore, the 13th president and possibly the most forgotten, traces a great deal of his pre-presidential history to Buffalo. As a young lawyer born in New York, Fillmore learned about being a lawyer while working – and studying for the bar – at a firm in Buffalo.
Years later, in 1846, Fillmore founded the school. At the time, it was started as a private institution but is now the largest school in the New York state university system.
Fillmore served as its chancellor from 1846-1874 – a period that included his vice presidency (1849-1850) and the three years of his presidency (1850-1853).
In 1853, shortly before being succeeded by Franklin Pierce, Fillmore spoke at the university.
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"Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday he sensed a “tipping point” because of the Egyptian military's behavior "
Oh whatever. Alarmists and demagogues need not apply. It's especially irritating watching these RWNJs yammer about the "coup" in Egypt when they're the same people all but promising one to their Teatroll constituents at townhalls across the country right now. They think the impeachment clauses are a license to coup....and they're talking about it at their townhalls right now in order to send the message that "if we win and you give us both the Senate and the House, then we'll try to overthrow him." Coburn was at it himself today. It's disgusting...and not one of them can even articulate what the charges should be based on.
CNN, where's the NRA story that they keep a database of gun owners? I guess they are okay with their slobbering fool following their every gun move?
"It's disgusting...and not one of them can even articulate what the charges should be based on."
They don't need to; their base is lazy and ignorant, overflowing with hate ever since the black guy won the White House. All the GOP needs to do is keep throwing them red meat, so they'll keep donating to the party.
No idea, no successful policies, no nothing, no nada, no zip: That's today's GOP.
In many sphere of life, like education, when you 'play the piper you dictate the tune'.
Why are the townhall meetings being hidden by CNN? Americans are jumping down the GOBP politicians throats saying" You have healthcare ,Why can't we"? Not following the Koch Brothers script like they did the last time.