CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 18, 2013 | 5 p.m. – n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: The New Jersey Supreme Court has denied the state’s motion for a stay in the same sex-marriage case and as a result, same-sex couples can get married as soon as Monday in New Jersey. New Jersey is now the 14th state to allow legal same-sex marriage.
MOVEOVER SHUTDOWN, HELLO HEARINGS: THE FIGHT OVER OBAMACARE TURNS TO WEBSITE WOES… One venue that Republicans are turning to for leverage, starting next week: Congressional oversight hearings, beginning with some tough questions about why the rollout of the website for enrolling in health care exchanges is having so many problems. “The American people deserve to know what caused this mess,"” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. – Dugald McConnell and Brian Todd
THE PROVERBIAL CAN: NEXT DEFAULT RISK COULD COME AS EARLY AS MARCH… The budget deal brokered by Congress this week allows Treasury to keep borrowing until February 7 to pay the country's obligations, and by doing so, avert default. After that point, Treasury will be able to use special accounting maneuvers, called "extraordinary measures," to keep paying bills without going over the debt limit. – Jeanne Sahadi
UNDERCOVERED: IRANIAN OFFICIALS OPTIMISTIC AFTER GENEVA TALKS… Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the so-called P5+1 - the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, all countries with permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany - "has accepted the overall framework of Tehran's new proposal to settle differences but said we should wait for their practical measures," IRNA reported Thursday. – Laura Smith-Spark and Jim Sciutto
RIP: FORMER HOUSE SPEAKER TOM FOLEY DEAD AT 84… Foley was a Democrat who represented Washington state in the House for 30 years and served as speaker from 1989 to January 1995. – Paul Courson and Ashley Killough
MARKET WATCH: Tech stocks rally as Google hits $1,000. Nasdaq ends 1.3% higher. S&P sets closing record. Dow gains 25 points.
TRAIL TRIVIA (Answer below) What U.S. boundary was agreed upon on this day in history?
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Leading CNNPolitics: Longing for pork: Could earmarks help Congress get things done? Getting a deal done on the government shutdown was ugly, divisive and controversial. And it has left a few people missing earmarks – those legislative nuggets that get embedded into bigger bills directing funds to specific pet projects. – Dan Merica
Leading Drudge: Sick: Obamacares woes widen as insurers get wrong data Insurers say the federal health-care marketplace is generating flawed data that is straining their ability to handle even the trickle of enrollees who have gotten through so far, in a sign that technological problems extend further than the website traffic and software issues already identified. – Christopher Weaver and Louise Radnofsky
Leading HuffPo: More War: Trouble For McConnell The GOP primary challenger to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) received an endorsement Friday from the Senate Conservatives Fund, a PAC founded by former Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). The endorsement of Kentucky businessman Matt Bevin escalates the effort by outside conservative groups to back primary challenges next year against those congressional lawmakers who finally voted for the bipartisan budget deal. On Thursday, the Senate Conservatives Fund, the Club for Growth and the Madison Project all endorsed Mississippi state Sen. Chris McDaniel, a primary challenger to Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.). The Madison Project had already endorsed Bevin. – Luke Johnson
Leading Real Clear Politics: Brian Schweitzer Mulling 2016 Presidential Bid Add another name to the short list of Democrats seriously considering a run for president in 2016. In an interview with RealClearPolitics, former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer indicated that he may launch a White House bid, even if front-runner Hillary Clinton also enters the race. – Scott Conroy
Leading New York Times: Two Parties Start Work to Avoid Repeat Crisis The need for a bipartisan breakthrough, even a modest one, was amplified by the economic costs wrought by the 16-day shutdown and near-default on government obligations. – Jonathan Weisman and Jackie Calmes
HOT SOTS The political bites of the day
– Reid bashed Republican colleagues – SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH UNIVISION: “In an effort to help him run for President, he has done some stuff that’s really damaging to our country. And who has he hurt? He’s been attempting to raise money. And who has he hurt? He has hurt average Americans. The government being shut down for 14 or 15 days, that has been very hurtful to people. Not only the people that work for government, but the people who work around government. The people who work for government, 6 million people weren’t getting paid. They couldn’t buy clothes. They couldn’t buy gasoline. They couldn’t go to movies. What he has done to our country will go down in the history books as one of the most negative approaches to trying to change America that we’ve ever seen. What he did was absolutely wrong.” SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH HUFFINGTON POST: "David Vitter is a, um… he just is not playing with a full deck. Something is wrong there."
– Explaining the GOP split – ERICK ERICKSON, EDITOR OF THE CONSERVATIVE PUBLICATION RED STATE, IN A BLOG POST: "We all share the same goal of Republicans taking back the Senate. But we deviate in that I refuse to settle for just any Republicans taking back the Senate. I do not want another Republican majority to give us No Child Left Behind, Medicare Part D, and unchecked domestic spending hiding behind a war in Iraq. I do not want a Republican majority that whores itself to K Street and ignores Main Street. In the primaries I intend to do my best to defeat a select list of Republicans in the House and Senate and, in some open seats, to find a good conservative to fill those spots."
– RNC continues to keep pressure on Sebelius – SEAN SPICER, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR OF THE REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “You had three years, hundreds of millions of dollars, and it took CNN 14 days to be able to log on this site. The administration likes to point and say well it's just like an apple rollout, but when apple had a bad rollout for their mapping service, they fired the guy. It was called the most significant shakeup in apple history, because apple says that's unacceptable. And this administration says, we have the full confidence of that person. That's just unbelievable.”
– Anthony Weiner, the gift that keeps on giving – JIMMY KIMMEL ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “Anthony Weiner is back in the news. GQ just had a big profile on Mr. Weiner. He said an interesting thing. He said if the internet didn't exist he would probably be mayor of New York. All right. I would be flying right now if gravity didn't exist. Before the internet he would have been a regular guy in a trench coat hiding behind a tree in a park.”
TOP TWEETS What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Adrian Carrasquillo (@RealAdrianC) Exclusive: Zuckerberg Will Join Tech CEOs At “Dreamer” Hackathon To Put Attention Back On Immigration http://www.buzzfeed.com/adriancarrasquillo/mark-zuckerberg-will-join-linkedin-dropbox-founders-at-dream … via @buzzfeed
Shane Goldmacher (@ShaneGoldmacher) IA's Bob Vander Plaats tells @Alex_Roarty "If the Iowa caucuses were held today...Ted Cruz would walk away with it:" http://bit.ly/1c21Ucd
Cathy Lynn Grossman (@CLGrossman) #RandPaul tells med students he never cheated. "But I would sometimes spread misinformation. This is a great tactic." http://buff.ly/H81nXG
Elise Foley (@elisefoley) One good idea is to never start a sentence with "I’m not saying she deserved to be raped, but…" http://huff.to/1gRk9Rc
Satmar Nation (@SatmarNation) Fla. releases 2 murder prisoners sentenced to life, on forged court order and DA documents http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/16/us/florida-inmates-mistakenly-freed/index.html …
Clinton Yates (@clintonyates) I mean what on earth is going on in your correctional system that allows that to even get close to happening? Forged papers? Unreal.
Reid Wilson (@PostReid) Tom Foley made it higher in the Prez order of succession than any other Washingtonian.
Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) Incredible- @BobMcDonnell has an approval rating significantly higher than either of the men who hope to replace him: http://bit.ly/H1NsTJ
Gut Check DVR: The man at the center of the government shutdown, Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, exclusively joins Candy Crowley on State of the Union this Sunday. Is he a conservative hero, or the “laughing stock” of the Senate? State of the Union airs at 9 a.m. ET on Sunday.
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
The Mason-Dixon Line symbols a number of divisions.
First, it divides the border of Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. When Pennsylvania abolished slavery, the line symbolized the U.S. split on legalized slavery. And – in the mind of some – the Mason-Dixon line symbolizes the split between the Northeast and the South (though there are many who would argued that Maryland and Virginia are not southern states).
Whatever the boundary symbolizes, on this day in 1767, Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon finished their survey of the area and completed the Mason-Dixon Line. Originally the line was drawn to settle a dispute between the colonies and the British colonizers, however, the line has become much more over time.
During the Civil War, the Mason-Dixon line also became a symbol for Southern generals as the area they hoped to breach in their quest to victory. After the South’s defeat at Gettysburg – an area north of the Mason-Dixon – that quest eventually failed.
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"“The American people deserve to know what caused this mess,"” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. "
No doubt said in a officious, self-important tone of voice that implied the GOP/Teatrolls' nationwide effort to break the ACA, particularly the refusal to implement their own state-based exchanges, had nothing at all to do with it. Take a trip over to Freedomworks' website or some of the other rabid anti-ACA websites, however, and you'll see that they don't just acknowledge that red states refusing to set up their exchanges would cause all sorts of problems, they set it all forth as part of the plan for sabotaging the law, admitting everything from the fact that it would cause implementation to cost more to the fact that it would introduce systemic problems. Out of one side of their mouths, they pretend they had nothing to do with problems occurring....and yet the paper trail shows that out of the other side of their mouths, they literally planned and then carried out their plans that were specifically designed to cause problems. Shenanigans.
Regarding the Obama Care website glitches... “The American people deserve to know what caused this mess,"” said Rep. Fred Upton, R-Michigan, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
OMG! Where is the smoking gun? BENGHAZI! IRS SCANDAL! VINCE FOSTER! NSA SNOOPING! THE LINDBERG BABY!!!!!
"“You had three years, hundreds of millions of dollars, and it took CNN 14 days to be able to log on this site. The administration likes to point and say well it's just like an apple rollout, but when apple had a bad rollout for their mapping service, they fired the guy."
We had a clean Continuing Resolution that would have passed the House within a matter of minutes, and it took the House GOP/Teatrolls 16 days and $24B wasted dollars to realize that nobody was going to reward them for throwing a tantrum. We like to point and say, well, it's all because Obama wouldn't cave to our demands, but when Obama caved to our demands in 2011, it harmed the economy and set us up for harming it once again with these shenanigans this year.
When the calendar nears January 15th will we be treated again to Ted Cruz? I think he is a small man with a very big face operated by pulleys and knobs and fan belts and all manner of frenetic machinations by a little charlatan from behind a curtain. The Wizzard of Cruz. Can't wait.
" Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said the so-called P5+1 – the United States, Russia, China, France and Britain, all countries with permanent seats on the U.N. Security Council, plus Germany – "has accepted the overall framework of Tehran's new proposal to settle differences but said we should wait for their practical measures," IRNA reported Thursday"
Basically the most important story in the list.