CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
HHS HITS BACK, ANNOUNCES TECHNOLOGY ‘SURGE’: Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, announces “a tech surge to continue to improve the consumer experience on HealthCare.gov: “We are bringing management expert and former CEO and Chairman of two publicly traded companies Jeff Zients on board to work in close cooperation with our HHS team to provide management advice and counsel to the project. … We have secured additional staff and commitments from our contractors, including CGI, the lead firm responsible for the federally facilitated marketplace technology. They are providing and directing the additional resources needed for this project within the provisions of their existing contract.”
OBAMA TECHIE: BLAME THE CONTRACTORS: CLAY JOHNSON, IN A BLOG POST: “The contractors who made this website were at best sloppy, and at worst unqualified for the job. … Healthcare.gov got this way not because of incompetence or sloppiness of an individual vendor, but because of a deeply engrained and malignant cancer that's eating away at the federal government's ability to provide effective online services.”
JOHNSON TELLS CNN: “I had a feeling that healthcare.gov wasn't going to go the way that everyone wanted back in February, but the only reason that I had that feeling was because if you look at the history of federal IT projects they almost always result in failure.”
UNPOPULAR: A new CNN/ORC International poll provides more evidence of the political hit the Republican Party, the tea party movement, and House Speaker John Boehner took over the government shutdown. – Paul Steinhauser
- 64% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the GOP, an all-time high dating back to 1992 when CNN first asked the question. Only three in ten say they hold a favorable view of the party.
- 68% of men have an unfavorable view of the GOP
- 66% of people over 65 have an unfavorable view of the GOP
- 56% of Americans say they have an unfavorable view of the tea party movement, another record high in CNN polling.
- The Democratic Party's 51% unfavorable rating is only one point lower than its highest mark ever in a CNN poll, the 52% rating it notched last month.
- Ted Cruz, who led the effort to shut down the government, has an unfavorable rating of 42%, while 23% of Americans view him favorably and 36% have never heard of or have no opinion of the Texas senator.
UNEMPLOYMENT LOWEST LEVEL SINCE OBAMA ELECTED: The unemployment rate fell to its lowest level since November 2008. Employers added 148,000 jobs in September, fewer than the 193,000 jobs added in August, the Department of Labor reported. Still, 11.3 million jobless people continued to look for work. – Annalyn Kurtz
… BUT IT MAY BE FOR THE WRONG REASONS: Less than 78% of people aged 20 to 34 either have jobs or are looking for work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That's down from the peak of 83% in 2000, and the lowest since the 1970s. The biggest thing keeping young people out of work is the weak economy. – Steve Hargreaves
THE BUZZ: MAJORITY OF AMERICANS SUPPORT LEGALIZED MARIJUANA FOR THE FIRST TIME… A Gallup survey released Tuesday shows that 58% of Americans say marijuana should be legalized, while 39% said it should be illegal.
MARKET WATCH: S&P 500 ends at 4th-straight record with tepid jobs report seen keeping Fed stimulus intact. Dow adds 77 points.
Name one former United States senator who also served as the president of another republic.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Rough Obamacare rollout: 4 reasons why
It seems like a long time since Vice President Joe Biden whispered a bit too loudly to President Barack Obama that his imminent signing of the 2010 Affordable Care Act was "a big f-ing deal." Biden was right - it was big then, and is even bigger more than three years later. However, most of the talk today is about problems with Obama's signature health care reforms that are emboldening hyper-partisan critics on the political right and raising public doubts about the system's viability. – Tom Cohen
Leading Drudge: Air Force To Fly Congress to Florida
Congress will shut down on Thursday, and leaders have told lawmakers the Defense Department will fly them to Florida for the funeral of Rep. C.W. Bill Young, who died late last week. – Stephen Dinan for The Washington Times
Leading HuffPo: Majority Threat: Shutdown Leaves Americans Furious
The aftermath of the government shutdown leaves the public angry and profoundly anti-incumbent, according to two polls released Tuesday morning, which confirm that Americans lay much of the blame for the ordeal on the GOP. – Ariel Edwards-Levy
Leading Politico: More female governors expected after 2014
2012 was a banner year for women in Congress, ushering in a record-high number of women to the House and Senate. Next year may be an equally good year for female governors. – Emily Schultheis
Leading The New York Times: Leading New York Times: T.S.A. Expanding Checks Before Passengers Arrive
The agency has at its fingertips a wide range of records to prescreen air passengers, including past travel, property records and vehicle registrations. – Susan Stellin
Gut Check Full Service: TSA tells CNN… "We are not expanding the type of information we use – again we rely on the same security information passengers have been required to submit at time of booking for many years. We are not using car registrations or employment information. We are not using “private databases” – the info we rely on is the same info that passengers have provided for years when they book their flight. TSA does not monitor a passenger’s length of stay in any location."
The political bites of the day
– Rush: Obamacare website failures desired, may lead to single-payer health care –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: "My belief is that the details, the minutia of any of this, do not interest Obama. I don't think he really cares. I don't think he cares if people are gonna have trouble signing up. I don't think he cares what it's gonna end up costing anybody. That's not what this is about… This is his signature deal. This is what he's really wanted. This. Universal single-payer health care."
– Bloomberg-backed group spends $1.1 million in support of McAuliffe –
STU LOESER, SPOKESMAN FOR NEW YORK MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG, IN A STATEMENT TO CNN: “Virginians have a choice between a candidate who is supported by the NRA because he opposes gun background checks for criminals and the dangerously mentally ill and a candidate who wants to protect families by closing the gun show loophole.”
Gut Check Full Service: Will Bloomberg's money help? An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released earlier this year found a majority of Virginia voters support stricter gun laws. Fifty-five percent said their wanted stricter regulations of firearms, while 36% wanted them to stay the same.
– Widow to Charlie Crist: Don't come to my husband's funeral –
BEVERLY YOUNG, WIDOW OF CONGRESSMAN BILL YOUNG, IN AN EMAIL TO REPUBLICAN-TURNED INDEPENDENT-TURNED-DEMOCRAT CHARLIE CRIST: “This e-mail is to officially advise you that your presence at my husband's memorial services will be unacceptable. I have watched over the years, as Bill had, your transparent attempts to manipulate the political arena. I don't want my husband's memorial service to be another opportunity for that and I will not tolerate anyone turning this into a platform for political gain.”
– Saudis disappointed US not in Syria–
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY AT A FRIENDS OF SYRIA PRESS CONFERENCE IN LONDON: “We know that the Saudis were obviously, you know, disappointed that the strike didn’t take place and have questions about some of the other things that may be happening in the region. It is our obligation to work closely with them as I am doing. The president asked me to come and have the conversations that we have had.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
U.S. Capitol (@uscapitol)
Restoration of the #CapitolDome begins in November. Dome will be scaffolded for 2 yrs. How it will look: pic.twitter.com/wKFcpF7AAa
Nu Wexler (@wexler)
Column idea: Capitol dome restoration as a metaphor for addressing Washington dysfunction
Emily Schultheis (@emilyrs)
Yikes: .@AlanGrayson sent out a fundraising email with a burning cross as the "T" in "Tea Party" http://politi.co/1fT2VE9 (h/t @davelevinthal)
Rakesh Kochhar (@RakeshKochhar)
Unemployment rate for Latinos falls to 9% in Sept but decline in labor force participation seems to be the reason why http://1.usa.gov/2eziqI
Mark Joyella (@standupkid)
In Texas, San Antonio judge cites anti-LGBT bigotry, govt shutdown as reasons he's quitting the GOP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtPdKjkcZCU … @Judge_Key
Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN)
"Sirius XM Radio announced today that Jon Huntsman ... will launch 'No Labels Radio with Jon Huntsman'" http://investor.siriusxm.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=799018 …
Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP)
Jon Stewart On Obamacare Rollout: "How Are Democrats Going To Spin This Turd?" http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/10/22/jon_stewart_on_obamacare_rollout_how_are_democrats_going_to_spin_this_turd.html#.UmaMNmSAaH8.twitter
Tyran Johnson (@The_Oracle_Mag)
"The President's Devotional": Joshua DuBois Reveals Obama Urged Him to Get Married http://ning.it/1fSkrII
David Pogue (@Pogue)
New iPad Air: thinner, lighter (1 pound), A7 chip for better speed, smaller bezel. Available Nov 1 for $500.
Alec Ross (@AlecJRoss)
30 years ago today, a suicide bomber from Islamic Jihad blew up the U.S. Marines Barracks in Beirut, killing 241 people. #NeverForget
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
Sam Houston was a United States senator from Texas serving from 1846 to 1860. As a senator, he was known for his unwavering support of the Mexican-American War.
But prior to his career as a lawmaker in Washington, Houston was a president of a different Republic, the Republic of Texas.
During the outbreak of the Texas Revolution in 1835, Houston, a commander in the Texas Army, quickly rose as a military hero, leading the Lone Star state to gain its independence from Mexico as a war general in 1835.
Shortly after independence, on this day in 1836, the independent Republic of Texas elected Houston as its first president. When the independent Republic rejoined the union eleven years later as the state of Texas, Houston ran for office in the United States Senate and won.
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