CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 28 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING … CHENEY TO TAPPER: THE GOP IS IN TROUBLE – IT NEEDS MY DAUGHTER: “The Republican Party is in trouble. You know, we've lost the last two presidential elections. And we badly need, I think, to bring along a new generation of talent, new leaders, recruit new folks into the party,” former Vice President Dick Cheney told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired on The Lead.
The proud father added, “Liz does exactly that - a mom with five kids, a university degree from the University of Chicago, two tours in the State Department. Bright, capable, talented.”
From Cheney’s thoughts about the NSA to his thoughts on heaven, read the full story here.
GRAHAM DEMANDS PROOF ON BENGHAZI, THREATENS TO HOLD ALL APPOINTMENTS: REPUBLICAN SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM ON FOX AND FRIENDS: "Where are the survivors? Fourteen months later, the survivors, the people that survived the attack in Benghazi have not been made available to the U.S. Congress for oversight purposes. So I’m going to block every appointment in the United States Senate until the survivors are being made available to the Congress. I’m tired of hearing from people on TV and reading about stuff in books."
CARNEY ON DEFENSE: WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT WHITE HOUSE BREIFING: "When it comes to oversight in Benghazi, as you know, the administration has made extraordinary efforts to works with seven different congressional committees investigating what happened before, during and after the Benghazi attacks. That includes testifying at 13 congressional hearings, participating in 40 staff briefings and providing over 25,000 pages of documents."
HEALTHCARE.BLAME GAME: JOANNE PETERS, A SPOKESWOMAN FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES ON THE WEBSITE GLITCHES: Peters said a vendor networking issue at Verizon subsidiary Terremark was to blame for healthcare.gov not working. Peters said the vendor had "experienced a failure in a networking component," and the attempted fix crashed the system.
THE BUZZ: It appears Republican Sen. John Barrasso is a loyal viewer of "Saturday Night Live." The Wyoming Republican referred to the NBC comedy staple as he called Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius the "laughingstock of America" on Sunday morning, a day after the show parodied the glitch-fraught launch of the online federal health care exchange. This all adds to the feisty rhetoric leading up to the Hill hearing on Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET when Sebelius is set to testify before the House.
NUMBER OF THE DAY: McAuliffe outspends Cuccinelli in DC market 2:1. See Washington Post Charts.
MARKET WATCH: S&P edges higher to a new record. Stocks little changed ahead of Fed policy meeting this week.
What is the only father and daughter pair in U.S. history to have both been elected as state governors in the United States?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: What's really behind Hillary Clinton's latest wave of speeches?
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is starting to look a lot like someone who is picking up the pace of a presidential campaign - complete with the perks and the challenges that come with it. – Erin McPike
Leading Drudge: NSA: HE DIDN'T KNOW!
The release of further allegations of National Security Agency surveillance efforts caused the Spanish government to summon the U.S. ambassador Monday, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the White House ordered a halt to some eavesdropping on foreign leaders after learning of it this summer. – Al Goodman and David Simpson
Leading HuffPo: Republican Party Continues To Struggle One Year After Mitt Romney Loss
A year after losing a presidential race many Republicans thought was winnable, the party arguably is in worse shape than before. The GOP is struggling to control tensions between its tea party and establishment wings and watching approval ratings sink to record lows. -Charles Babington
Leading Politico: Marco Rubio wants series of immigration bills
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, a key congressional Republican advocate of an immigration overhaul, is now calling for reform bills that are less sweeping than the comprehensive legislation he authored this year with a bipartisan group of senators. -Seung Min Kim
Leading The New York Times: Health Site’s Woes Could Dissuade Vital Enrollee: the Young and Healthy
Sean Jackson, like tens of thousands of other Americans, has had trouble signing up for medical coverage using the HealthCare.gov insurance marketplace, despite several attempts. -Annie Lowrey
The political bites of the day
- Obama ex-aide: Private sector would've done better -
FORMER WHITE HOUSE CIO VIVEK KUNDRA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN MONDAY: “At the White House level, the president was clear from day number one where he issued executive orders and actually pushed very hard to make sure that new technologies and best practices from the private sector were being embraced. At agency level unfortunately, this is a case where decisions were made to actually implement and custom build everything rather than saying, “You know, who does this best on the planet? Whether it’s companies like Amazon, or Salesforce.com or Google that can scale with billions of users. And unfortunately what the status quo favors is people who have a PHD in how the procurement process works rather than innovation.”
–Carney defends healthcare.gov fiasco -
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY AT WHITE HOUSE BRIEFING MONDAY: “We have several teams, many teams of highly qualified experts who are addressing the identified and isolated problems that do exist and have existed with the website and they are fixing them incrementally as Jeff Zients and others have talked about. That work continues and the improvements are happening every day and the consumer experience on the website will continue to improve every day.”
- Clinton surprised by Obama offer -
FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE CLINTON ADDRESSING THE KERSCHNER FAMILY GLOBAL LEADERS SERIES AT COLGATE UNIVERISITY ON FRIDAY: "Yes, I was surprised when the president asked me to serve. But he made that offer. After thinking about it and discussing it with him and a few close advisors, I said yes. Because when a president asks you to serve your country, the presumption should be to say yes. He asked me. I agreed, because we both love our country. And that was the subtext. People struggling where elections are held and there’s mayhem and conflict and violence. They look at us and they think, you run against each other. You say terrible things. And then you work together. How can that happen? So I wish we would get back to problem solving which we’re better at than anybody else in the world."
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Brian Ries (@moneyries)
Syrian Electronic Army spox tells me: "We hacked OFA emails (@barackobama.com)/accounts on http://shortswitch.com " re: today's URL attack.
patti davis (@patti_davis)
Could the president please explain why I and others are losing our health ins. plans? Wasn't supposed to happen!
Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf)
First Patti Davis, now Suzanne Somers... feels like the entire 1980s have turned on Obamacare.
Democratic Governors (@DemGovs)
Big win for Wendy Davis! RT @nytimes: Judge Blocks Part of Texas Abortion Law http://nyti.ms/1gW32QU
Katie Lyndia (@bluelyndia)
Wendy Davis Taps Karin Johanson For Gubernatorial Campaign http://ift.tt/Hl5WyH
Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
.@shaq & I told the kids at @BGCCamden yday something we learned at a young age: "dream big & work hard" http://bit.ly/1hIiQBK
A FitzpatrickOrTreat (@AlexJamesFitz)
My latest in @TIME: The one stat that explains why @instagram is adding ads -> http://ti.me/1g6NdWb
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
John "Jack" Gilligan, the 62nd Governor of Ohio, and Kathleen Sebelius, the 44th Governor of Kansas, are the only father and daughter pair in U.S. history to have both been elected as state governors.
Gilligan served as governor of the “Buckeye State” for one term from 1971 to 1975. His daughter, Kathleen Sebelius, who currently serves as the Secretary of Health and Human Services, served as governor of the “Sunflower State” for two terms, from 2002 to 2010.
After Sebelius was chosen by the Democratic Party in 2008 to give the party's official response to George W. Bush's 2008 State of the Union Address, there was some thought she would be a strong vice presidential running mate.
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