CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
THE APOLOGY: The Obama administration offered its first formal apology to Americans and Congress for the botched rollout of the website for people to enroll in the president's signature health care plan. "I want to apologize to you that the website does not work as well as it should," Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Marilyn Tavenner said at a House Ways and Means Committee Hearing. She added that HealthCare.gov "can and will be fixed." –Tom Cohen
THE PROMISE? … If you like your plan, you can keep it?
Many Americans finding out under Obamacare, they cannot keep current insurance plans. –The Lead with Jake Tapper
THE POUNCE … Speaker Boehner tweets: POTUS “really didn't mean it” when he said you could keep your plan, says @CBSNews: http://j.mp/HdQqnR #trainwreck
SECURITY HOLE: Until the Department of Health and Human Services fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your Healthcare.gov password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account. –Jose Pagliery
LOOK AHEAD: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, watch it live on CNN.
THE CASABLANCA DEFENSE: DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JAMES CLAPPER AT THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE HEARING ABOUT SPYING ON OUR ALLIES: “I have to say Chairman Rogers that some of this reminds me a lot of the movie Casablanca, `My God there is gambling going on around here.’ It’s the same thing I think.”
Dow ends at record high after 114-point gain. S&P 500 sets third-straight record close.
Which U.S. city inspired the board game Monopoly?
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Leading CNNPolitics: Gloria Borger: Does Obama still have faith in government?
Irony is a part of life, the cliché goes. And right now, President Barack Obama is living the part, in a big way: He's the civil libertarian defending an activist drone program. He's the liberal with a spy agency caught eavesdropping on the private conversations of friendly leaders. And he's the high-tech health care reformer whose website got stuck at Go.
Leading Drudge: MYSTERY: GOOGLE 'FLOATING STRUCTURES' ON BOTH COASTS
After KPIX 5 reported on Google’s mysterious project on a barge off Treasure Island, reports have surfaced of the tech giant building similar floating structures outside of the Bay Area.- Allen Martin
Leading HuffPo: Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid 'An Absolute A**hole'
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) found it "disgraceful" that some members of his party - including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) - were fundraising in New York on the Hurricane Sandy anniversary, having voted in January against recovery funding for the disaster. – Ashley Alman
Leading Politico: Lamar Alexander: Time for Sebelius to resign
The top Republican on the Senate’s health panel is calling on Kathleen Sebelius to quit, putting fresh pressure on the Health and Human Services secretary as concerns grow over Obamacare. – Manu Raju
Leading The New York Times: Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net
In his grand Statehouse office beneath a bust of Lincoln, Gov. John R. Kasich let loose on fellow Republicans in Washington. -Trip Gabriel
The political bites of the day
– Enzi: Defends “relationship thing” with Dick Cheney –
WYOMING SEN. MIKE ENZI IN A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH POLITICO: "I anchored the One Fly Fishing Contest with him one time, and I was asked to speak at his induction in the fly fishing Hall of Fame. And we’ve talked about fishing when we’ve been together. When I was mayor [of Gillette, Wyo.], he was my U.S representative. We have a relationship thing.”
– Drama at hearing: Dem Asks Why aren’t GOPers helping? —
REP. BILL PASCRELL (D-NJ) AT THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING ON OBAMACARE: "We lost the policy fight, and what did we do? We went back to our districts and we told our seniors although we voted no, we personally believe - and will work with the Bush administration to make it work. That's what we did. And how many of you stood up to do that? None. Zero. Zero."
– Remembering Ike Skelton—
U.S. SEN. MARTIN HEINRICH (D-N.M.) STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER REP. IKE SKELTON: "Ike Skelton was a devoted public servant, an unparalleled advocate for our men and women in uniform, and someone I always looked up to when I was a young man growing up in his district. For more than three decades, Mr. Skelton served the people of Missouri well and was an effective and principled leader on the Armed Services Committee. Serving with him on that Committee was one of my life's greatest honors."
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
The Star-Ledger (@starledger)
How our front page looked a year ago today, when #Sandy was still en route: http://nj-ne.ws/qi34x
Melanie Parker (@parkerml)
@GovChristie as Savannah Guthrie for halloween-"I figure if I pick her, I'll endear myself 2 the people of my state bc they love her here"
Byron Tau (@ByronTau)
Worse than healthcare dot gov? MT @Messina2012 Intuit has the worse customer support I have ever seen.
Quinnipiac Poll (@QuinnipiacPoll)
NJ poll – Run, Christie, Run, New Jersey Voters Tell Governor; With Huge Reelection Lead, White House Beckons http://bit.ly/17okpG1
Vietnamese blogger sentenced for Facebook post – http://cpj.org/x/575e
The Hill (@thehill)
.@RosLehtinen becomes second Republican to back #immigration bill http://j.mp/1aENprJ by @RebeccaShabad
Larry Shaughnessy (@ShaughnessyCNN)
Bigger, Faster, Deadlier! Navy launches new stealth destroyer – CNN Security Clearance http://security.blogs.cnn.com/2013/10/29/bigger-faster-deadlier-navy-launches-new-stealth-destroyer/ … Elmo would be proud.
Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN)
Romney aide on POTUS Obamacare event in Boston tomorrow: "No, the Governor will not be at the speech tomorrow."
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
The famous board game Monopoly is modeled after Atlantic City, New Jersey. Today, New Jersey commemorates the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated many towns along the New Jersey coast, including Atlantic City.
Monopoly was created in 1935 and became immensely popular during the Great Depression because players could pretend to become rich and buy property.
Board games were one of many ways people commiserated during the Great Depression, an era triggered by the infamous "Black Tuesday" Stock Market crash which occurred 84 years ago today.
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