CNN's GUT CHECK for November 7, 2013
November 7th, 2013
06:03 PM ET
1 year ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for November 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … BIPARTISAN PUSH TO DELAY OBAMACARE FOR ONE YEAR: Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Illinois, and Sen. Joe Manchin, D-West Virginia, “introduced legislation to delay the implementation of the individual mandate under the ‘Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act’ from January 1, 2014 to January 1, 2015.”

#RICH: It's official. Wall Street #hearts Twitter. Shares of Twitter soared more than 75% from their offering price in the first hour after it began trading. – Julianne Pepitone

MARKET WATCH: Twitter closed the day up 73% at $44.90, with more 117 million shares exchanging hands on the first day of trading. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1%, while the S&P 500 dropped 1.3%. The NASDAQ was down nearly 2%.

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FDA AIMS TO BAN ARTIFICIAL TRANS FAT: The Food and Drug Administration Thursday took a first step toward potentially eliminating most trans fat from the food supply, saying it has made a preliminary determination that a major source of trans fats - partially hydrogenated oils - is no longer "generally recognized as safe."

If the preliminary determination is finalized, according to the FDA, then partially hydrogenated oils will become food additives that could not be used in food without approval. Foods with unapproved additives cannot legally be sold.

ENDA PASSES: For the first time, the U.S. Senate approved legislation that would protect gay, lesbian and transgender employees from discrimination in the workplace. – Leigh Ann Caldwell

LGBT anti-discrimination bill going nowhere in the House – Deirdre Walsh

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)

Who loaned the Clintons over $1 million to help them secure their mortgage to buy their house in NY?

the LEDE
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Leading CNNPolitics: Jimmy Carter's grandson to run for Georgia Gov.
The grandson of former President Jimmy Carter is hoping to follow in his famous grandfather's footsteps, as he launches a bid for Georgia governor.

Leading San Jose Mercury News: Twitter IPO: Outside S.F. headquarters, a mix of happy employees and angry protesters
While Twitter executives and founders celebrated the company's initial public offering Thursday morning on Wall Street, employees held their own party inside headquarters while passers-by opined and activists protested outside the social network's doors.

Leading Drudge: #WHOWANTSTOBEABILLIONAIRE
Twitter is a young company generating large losses as it competes in a highly uncertain sector of the economy. And that is exactly why investors clamored for a piece of its initial public offering, which closed on Wednesday evening. – Peter Eavis

Leading HuffPo: Poll Finds Anger At Congress Hasn't Died Away Since Shutdown Ended
Anti-incumbent sentiment aimed at Congress is still running as high as it was in the middle of the government shutdown last month, according to a new HuffPost/YouGov poll. – Emily Swanson

Leading Politico: Virginia triggers GOP circular firing squad
The politics of the matter seem virtually beyond dispute: A GOP candidate with more mainstream appeal than Ken Cuccinelli would have beaten Democrat Terry McAuliffe and given Republicans control of the Virginia governorship. All it would have taken was a shift of 27,610 votes out of more than 2.2 million cast. – John F. Harris and Anna Palmer

Leading The New York Times: Despite Fumbles, Obama Defends Health Care Law
As Democrats get jittery over the troubled rollout of the health care law, President Obama traveled to Texas to defend it, in the largest state to refuse to participate. – Jackie Calmes and Jonathan Wiesman

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Limbaugh on Christie’s Latino vote –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS RADIO SHOW: “While the GOP establishment is understandably happy that Governor Christie won the Hispanic vote in New Jersey, if it ever came down to a presidential race between Hillary and Governor Christie, who's going win the Hispanic vote? Hillary is. And not just in New Jersey, but everywhere. That's the problem with this. We all know this. Maybe the Republicans could do something to reach out to Hispanics, but amnesty's not the answer. I mean, if you're going do that, that's just going Democrat light.”

– GOP candidate a victim of ill-devised GOP strategy –
KARL ROVE IN AN OP-ED IN THE WALL STREET JOURNAL ABOUT LESSONS FOR 2014 FROM A VIRGINIA DEFEAT: "Mr. Cuccinelli was an electoral victim of the ill-devised strategy some Republicans employed to shut down the federal government unless ObamaCare was defunded. Virginia has more than 300,000 federal employees and retirees, plus a large military presence, making it particularly sensitive to a shutdown."

– Rove, wanting Robust primaries - ROVE: "Mr. Cuccinelli also made a mistake in engineering a last-minute change to have the GOP's gubernatorial candidate chosen in a convention rather than a primary. … Mr. Cuccinelli won more than 92% of Republicans who turned out Tuesday – but the GOP's share of the electorate dropped to roughly 32% this year from 37% four years ago. Part of the reason is that the party was deprived of a primary that would have energized activists and donors."

- Reid to Republicans: Beware the threat of executive branch –
SEN. HARRY REID ON THE SENATE FLOOR IN RESPONSE TO BEING ASKED IF SENATORS WOULD URGE THE PRESIDENT TO ACT IF THE HOUSE DIDN'T VOTE TO PASS ENDA: "I don't know what authority and power he has, but I'm sure he's exercised his administrative authority in previous occasions when we had legislative log jams. And that's what the Senate Republicans and certainly the Republicans in the House better come to realize. There's more than one way of skinning a cat, and they've just got to stop stopping everything that comes along."

– Senate candidate compares Tea Party to Taliban –
FORMER LT. GOV. JOHN BOHLINGER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BILLINGS GAZETTE ANNOUNCING HIS RUN FOR SENATE: "“We need to challenge the Tea Party representatives who like the Taliban shut our country down. . .We need to elect someone to the U.S. Senate who can speak to Montana veterans. We need someone to speak to the need of building the middle class.”

– #Ouch –
JAY LENO ON THE TONIGHT SHOW ON OBAMA APPROVAL RATINGS DECLINE: "President Obama saw gravity today. Not the film, his poll numbers. Not good. The latest polls show President Obama approval rating down to 39% and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's approval rating went up to 49%. How does this make Obama feel, huh? He’s better off smoking crack than passing Obamacare. He would have been up 10 points. He would have been 10 points higher.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative)
Here are the undocumented Dems who voted for ENDA- Ayotte Collins Flake Hatch Heller Kirk McCain Murkowski Portman Toomey

Sam Stein‏ (@samsteinhp)
ENDA about to end-a on the agenda. it's a mind benda. i need splenda

Ben Smith‏ (@BuzzFeedBen)
More Instances Of Plagiarism In Rand Paul’s Book http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/more-instances-of-plagiarism-in-rand-pauls-book-lets-duel … via @BuzzFeedAndrew

Dave Jamieson (‏@jamieson)
Plagiarism stories are hilariously boring. You read one super boring quote, then read the identical boring quote bolded.

HuffPost Politics (‏@HuffPostPol)
Embattled CEO resigning after scandal involving Virginia's governor...two days after election to replace him http://huff.to/1dQjbCH

TIME.com (@TIME)
Behind the cover: How we chose our Christie headline ti.me/1hnlHoS

Tasha Diakides (@TashaCNN)
.@CrowleyTIME to @jaketapper on Christie cover:"This is the guy who is figuratively,it's also literally true,the biggest player in the room"

Josh Kraushaar ‏(@HotlineJosh)
GOP Rep. Howard Coble, often a retirement possibility, steps aside. His Gboro district safe - R+10, 58% Romney.

Reince Priebus‏ (@Reince)
“ObamaCare by morning, over 6 people served.” @CarrieUnderwood @BradPaisley at least it’s ready for CMA primetime http://bit.ly/17GLdkW

Adam Tuss ‏(@AdamTuss)
Total of 1.7 million fewer trips on Metro because of the government shutdown. #wmata

Social Reader‏ (@socialreader)
The typhoon threatening the Philippines is one of the strongest ever recorded on the planet, say meteorologists: http://bit.ly/1beuRNj

Office of the VP ‏(@VP)
Another VP #ThrowbackThursday – any other Marty Walshes out there? We’d love to hear from you… #tbt pic.twitter.com/iu0b8ElQ76

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Virginia Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe, a close friend of the Clintons, loaned Hillary and Bill Clinton money to help finance a mortgage for their house in Chappaqua, NY in 1999.

CNN’s John King filed a story at the time under the headline, “First Family Buys a House.” King explained the financing: “because the family's present income is not large enough to get such a big loan, the mortgage will be guaranteed by long time Clinton fundraiser Terry McAuliffe, a Syracuse, New York native.”

The move to New York in 2000 was a vital step in Hillary Clinton’s ability to declare residency in New York State, which would make her eligible to run for U.S. Senate representing New York.

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Congrats to Steve Liguori (‏@SteveL3877) and Kelly Bastos for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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