CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: The president intends to nominate Jeh Johnson, former General Counsel for the Department of Defense, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, sources tell CNN. Obama will nominate Johnson on Friday.
NUMBER OF THE DAY: 2,168. That is the number of hours until the next government funding bill will be needed on January 15, 2013.
MCCONNELL PROMISES NO MORE SHUTDOWNS: “One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid 1990s and the second kick was over the last 16 days,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Hill. “There is no education in the second kick of a mule. There will not be a government shutdown.” “I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is,” he said. – Alexander Bolton
CNN’s JOHN KING on OBAMA’S WASTED YEAR: “It began with high hopes and lofty rhetoric. But 2013 will hardly be remembered as a great chapter of Obama. Instead, even with Wednesday's debt ceiling and government funding deal, this is a wasted year in Washington, one of more Band-Aid budgeting, polarized partisanship and Republican chaos.” – John King
MARKET WATCH: Google beats Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts. Stock soars above all-time high in after-hours trading.
Who was the last African American elected to the US Senate?
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Lede of the Day: Al Gore Tried to Buy Twitter
Al Gore may not have invented the Internet, but he did try to buy one of its most popular social networks. – David Goldman for CNN Money
Leading CNNPolitics: McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling. And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare. – Z. Byron Wolf
Leading Drudge: Salsa Overtakes Ketchup In U.S.
Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.
Gut Check Full Service: Evan McMorris-Santoro tweets, “Here's a story about all the times ppl have talked about salsa outselling ketchup in us, beginning in 1992”
Leading HuffPo: Back In Business
Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown. Among the sites reopening were Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Institution's network of popular museums, and World War II memorial in Washington, which had been the scene of protests over the shutdown. – David Crary and Jessica Gresko
Leading Politico: What have we learned?
The day after any blowout fight is never pretty. As Washington’s dysfunctional political family awoke to the soft purr of the government engine Thursday morning for the first time this month, everyone looked worse for wear. While President Barack Obama declared in a Thursday speech that there are no winners from the shutdown and debt ceiling fight, the October mess wasn’t without its lessons. – Jonathan Allen
Leading The New York Times: Federal Employees Return to Jobs After 16-Day Standoff
Hundreds of thousands of employees streamed back to work Thursday after President Obama and Congress ended the shutdown with a deal that paved the way for another series of budget negotiations in the weeks ahead. – Michael Shear
The political bites of the day
– Obama targets Congressional Republicans in remarks –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN REMARKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: “We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy but nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises. … The same folks who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed to get America back on the right track. To make sure we're strong. Probably nothing has done more damage to America's credibility in the world, our standing with our countries than the spectacle that we've seen these past several weeks. It's encouraged our enemies. It's emboldened our competitors and depressed our friends who look to us for steady leadership.”
– The GOP response to the shutdown: Not on the Same Page –
WE WOULD HAVE WON IF THERE WERE MORE TED CRUZES: RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS RADIO SHOW: “One of the things that we learned out here in flyover country, and actually something we already knew, is that one guy with some supporters, one guy standing up can change everything. We learned that one guy standing up can stop the status quo in its tracks. Can you imagine in this last five years, if we would've had five or ten Ted Cruzes?”
WE MESSED UP: REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN ABOUT THE STATE OF THE GOP: “Look at what the American people's view of us is. You know, I have this line that I use all the time. We’re down to blood relatives and paid staffers. Well, I got a call from my mother who's 10. I even lost my mother.”
WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: REPUBLICAN REP. MICK MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “Anytime you fight for something you believe in and something you think is important, then the fight will be worth it. We fought, although the message didn't get out as effectively as we wanted it to, we fought for fairness. We wanted our families to be treated the same as large corporations under Obamacare.”
WE ARE HEROES! FORMER REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “Out here in the real world, outside of New York and Washington, D.C., these people think Ted Cruz is a hero. They think that those Republicans in the House are heroes. And they think that Obama is destroying this country. And what they saw yesterday is more destruction of this country by Obama.”
– Pelosi’s response: Your “Temper Tantrum” cost taxpayers –
MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI AT PRESS AVAILABILITY ON CAPITOL HILL: “I don't know whether the Republican members of the caucus don't know or don't care about the consequences of their actions. I have to assume they do care. So now I hope that they will know. Don't take it from me. Standard & Poor's says, ‘To date the shutdown has shaved at least 0.6 percent off annualized fourth quarter 2013 GDP growth,’ or taken, in other words, $24 billion out of the economy. Was their temper tantrum worth $24 billion? I don't think so.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf)
.@CoryBooker tells @jaketapper he's not going to vote for @GovChristie. In case you were wondering.
Gut Check Full Service: Watch the video
Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
.@corybooker Today is another example of how people of different parties can work together and accomplish big things. pic.twitter.com/sd2iGRtKTM
NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard)
We're back, Earth! #WelcomeBackNASA pic.twitter.com/oot9b9QK6c
Elizabeth Cherneff (@echerneff)
"Panda cam returns as government reopens," h/t @CNNMoney http://ow.ly/pUHIK
Daniel Ari (@NewsDan)
#TheShutdownTaughtME that having a "PandaCam" is something that every American needs now and then. It's like a federal internet hug.
Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis)
Capitol Police interviewed the House stenographer but did not arrest her. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation. http://roll.cl/19RT8do
Bryan Koenig (@bkoenig94)
Drunk dialing Congress lives on past shutdown – CNN Political Ticker
Ronald K. OBrien II (@rko2milk)
Rising milk prices are prompting dairy companies to expand their product offerings http://goo.gl/fahlpl
Texas Rangers (@Rangers)
Texas Rangers Chief Executive Officer Nolan Ryan today announced his retirement, effective October 31. pic.twitter.com/HgzVI2ojot
Chris Lazo (@lazochris)
OJ Simpson, influenced by the prosperity theology of Fred Price, plans on televangelism after prison http://bit.ly/1hZW2h3 (ht: @joecarter)
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
Newark Mayor Cory Booker defeated his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election. With 99% of precincts reporting, Booker beat Lonegan 55%-44%. In winning, Booker became the second African American in the U.S. Senate.
If you think the answer to our question was Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the other African American in the Senate, or former Sens. Roland Burris of Illinois or Mo Cowan of Massachusetts – you would be wrong.
All three of those men were not elected to the Senate. Instead, all three were appointed to fill vacancies for other senators.
The last African American elected to the U.S. Senate is, in fact, the current president of the United States, Barack Obama. Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004.
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