CNN's GUT CHECK for November 22, 2013
November 22nd, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 22, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 22, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CNN EXCLUSIVE: KEY PART OF HEATHCARE.GOV PASSED TEST, BUT ANONYMOUS SHOPPER SHELVED ANYWAY: When the troubled federal health care website came online, the key "Anonymous Shopper" function was nowhere to be found - even though it passed a key test almost two weeks before HealthCare.gov launched. – Brianna Keilar

OBAMACARE SIGNUP DELAYED – FOR 2015
After the many bumps, ruts and roadblocks the Affordable Care Act has run into, health officials in Washington have decided to delay open enrollment in Obamacare – not this year, but a year down the road. – Kevin Bohn and Ben Brumfield


CNN POLL: JFK TOPS PRESIDENTIAL RANKINGS FOR LAST 50 YEARS
A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday indicates that 90% of all Americans approve of how Kennedy handled his job as President. No other President of the last half century even comes close.

KENNEDY IN A SPEECH AT AMHERST COLLEGE ON OCTOBER 26, 1963: “I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.”

WHO WAS INVOLVED IN THE KENNEDY ASSASSINATION? According to a new CNN/ORC Poll: CIA, 33%; Mafia, 30%; Soviet Union, 22%; Lyndon Johnson, 21%; Cuban government, 20%

JACKIE KENNEDY’S FORMER SECRET SERVICE AGENT CLINT HILL ON TWITTER … Clint Hill ‏(@ClintHill_SS)
@gbevss 3 shots. All from 6th floor of TX Schoolbk Depository. 1 gun. 1 shooter named LHO. I was there. Case closed.

DEEDS RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL
Virginia state Sen. Creigh Deeds was discharged from the hospital Friday morning, after being stabbed several times by his son, who committed suicide. – Greg Clary

Creigh Deeds (‏@CreighDeeds)
I am alive so must live. Some wounds won't heal. Your prayers and your friendship are important to me

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
Which U.S. senator warned President John F. Kennedy not to travel to Texas, deeming it “too dangerous”?

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Florida poll: Clinton, Bush neck-and-neck
In the crucial swing state of Florida, former Gov. Jeb Bush appears to be the top contender among a crop of potential GOP presidential candidates, while former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the overwhelming favorite for Democratic voters, according to a new poll. – Ashley Killough

Leading Drudge: Partisan Fever in Senate Likely to Rise
President Obama will get a short-term lift for his nominees, judicial and otherwise, but over the immediate horizon, the strong-arm move by Senate Democrats on Thursday to limit filibusters could usher in an era of rank partisan warfare beyond even what Americans have seen in the past five years. – Jonathan Weisman

Leading Politico: In the post-nuclear landscape, uncharted terrain
Liberals are hoping President Barack Obama uses the dramatic Senate rules change Thursday to put more sharply left-leaning lawyers on the federal bench — but the jury’s still out on whether there will be any big shift in the president’s future picks. – Josh Gerstein

Leading the Los Angeles Times: Obama data, ad team alliances offer glimpse of future political ads
A partnership announced Thursday between the data analyzers who found Americans who might be persuaded to vote for President Obama and the ad creators who successfully pushed them... – Cathleen Decker

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Gov. Walker: Make legal immigration easier –
WISCONSIN GOV. SCOTT WALKER AT A BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON DC: "If you want to come into America today legally, it is very, very difficult, from my point of view, to do so on a timely basis … We should be finding a way for that to be easier to do in the United States … "So often in this city, people look at the symptoms, not at the larger problem. The symptom is whatever the number of people who are currently in this country illegally. The larger problem is there is not an effective way to come in the front door."

– Cuomo: Tim Russert was right after all about Buffalo politics –
GOV. ANDREW M. CUOMO IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE BUFFALO NEWS: “Russert used to say that Buffalo had the most complicated politics in the state. I disagreed, and we had this running argument. Thirty years later I can say he was right.”

– Biden during JFK’s assassination: ‘This can’t be happening’ –
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN AT “FAST FOR FAMILIES” EVENT ON THE NATIONAL MALL EXPLAINING WHERE HE WAS DURING JFK’S ASSASSINATION: “I can remember exactly where I was sitting. I was sitting on the steps of Hullihen Hall. I was a sophomore at the University of Delaware, in stark disbelief. Going out to a car parked in the parking lot with a bunch of my fellow students, half of whom I didn't know, and thinking, 'this can't be happening.'”

– Boehner described his family as ‘Kennedy Democrats’ –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER IN A COLUMN FOR LIFE MAGAZINE: “Ours was a family of Kennedy Democrats. Not politically – we were conservative – but personally. People liked Kennedy. World War II guy, young family, optimistic. Had gotten us through the Cuban Missile Crisis. So that’s how people took the loss: personally, like a death in the family. There was shock, but great camaraderie. Everyone came together, especially in terms of grieving for Jackie and the kids. I never thought I’d live to see another day like that. Then 9/11 happened

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Kasie Hunt ‏(@kasie)
The original AP wire on John F. Kennedy's death, showing the edits - #history http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/11/as-it-happened-ap-wire-copy-of-the-jfk-assassination/100633/

David Braun (‏@dbraun8)
RT "The year 2000 will see men still arguing & writing about the president's death." - NY Times editor, 1 hour after JFK was shot”

Carroll Doherty (@CarrollDoherty)
#JFK's death was a mass TV event. An astounding 81% had sets on as Kennedy's body arrived at Arlington Nat'l. http://pewrsr.ch/19OFV19

Ron Fournier (‏@ron_fournier)
Hypocrisy on both sides on filibuster fight is mind boggling, even for DC. Nuke option not cause of polarization. It's a symptom. #headhurt

WSJ Washington Wire ‏(@WSJwashington)
September tests showed http://HealthCare.gov able to handle only about 1,200 users at same time http://on.wsj.com/I7yb4n via @CorbettDooren

The Bear News (@feedblaster)
Report:Typhoon Haiyan death toll jumps to 5209 in Philippines – CNN: Sky News AustraliaReport: Typhoon Haiyan... http://bit.ly/1fqIMFw

Elan (‏@mosbacher)
Once cell phones are allowed on planes, talking businessmen may be dreaded more than crying babies. #TablesHaveTurned

CNN Reliable Sources ‏(@CNNReliable)
Ron Burgundy defended Toronto Mayor Rob Ford and more in #WhatWereReading this week: http://reliablesources.blogs.cnn.com/2013/11/22/what-were-reading-this-week-47/

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Sen. J. William Fulbright, D-Arkansas, urged President John F. Kennedy not to go to a luncheon in Dallas fifty years ago, calling Texas “dangerous.” Many know Fulbright today for establishing the prestigious Fulbright scholarship program, granted to only 8,000 people worldwide annually.

Sen. Fulbright was not the only person to warn the President about his trip to Texas. According to Discovery, President Kennedy’s office received multiple warnings, including a letter written to the President from a Dallas resident saying, “Don't let the President go to Texas. Texas is too dangerous."

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the president’s death, CNN will be airing a documentary titled, “The Sixties: The Assassination of JFK,” tonight at 10 PM EST.

GUT CHECK WINNER’S CIRCLE
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Congrats to Steve Liguori (@SteveL3877) and Kaitlin Bressler (@KJBressler) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. Thomas

    “I look forward to a great future for America – a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.”

    JFK
    Great Men whom inspire our humanity have great dreams and visions .

    November 22, 2013 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. Donna

    CNN EXCLUSIVE: KEY PART OF HEATHCARE.GOV PASSED TEST, BUT ANONYMOUS SHOPPER SHELVED ANYWAY: When the troubled federal health care website came online, the key "Anonymous Shopper" function was nowhere to be found – even though it passed a key test almost two weeks before HealthCare.gov launched
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    And an Obama adimistration official testified before Congress that it had failed. Can you say perjury?

    The lies and decit just never stop coming from the Obama administration. They pullled this part, probably the ONLY part that was working, because people would have gotten heart attacks had they seen the cost of the policies and high deductibles. ANd these liars claim to be transparent?! Ifr you believe that then you believe in the Easter bunny as well.

    November 22, 2013 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  3. ladies first

    China seems to enjoy American Military Black Opts Practice in US I heard this from the news they were here on American land just the other day watching our Protocol BLACK OPTS

    November 22, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  4. just asking

    Wire Palladin, S.F.
    Majority will rule in the senate, what a brilliant idea. Of course the RWNJs will call this communism.
    -–

    actually our founders called it mob rule, which is why the senate was designed differently than the house. but if the leftists want mob rule then so be it. just don't complain when you are the minority and get told to go take a hike for a few years.

    November 22, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Once cell phones are allowed on planes, talking businessmen may be dreaded more than crying babies."

    Indeed. They're the bane of any subway ride already...gotta love how they talk extra loud so you can hear about how important they think they are. However, nothing ruins a morning commute better than the dreaded cellphone airhead who talks about her boyfriends, love life, shoes, and catty gossip about the other girls in a super loud, overexcited voice, using "like" every third word and inflecting every sentence as though it's a question, even when it's not. Nothing. I'll take the crying baby and conceited suit over that any day.

    November 22, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Yup, I was picking the last apples, clearing the backyard tree, when I heard about the shooting.

    November 22, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "actually our founders called it mob rule, which is why the senate was designed differently than the house. but if the leftists want mob rule then so be it. just don't complain when you are the minority and get told to go take a hike for a few years."

    Actually, our founding fathers specifically designed the Senate without the filibuster, leaving it out of the Constitution and believing they had provided sufficient checks and balances to thwart mob rule without it. If the GOP/Teatrolls think they now have the excuse they were trying to force the Dems to give them for getting rid of the filibuster entirely, then please proceed. Extremely limited rules changes to prevent nullification of the POTUS's constitutional powers of appointment were justified in light of the flagrant abuse of the filibuster the GOP/Teatrolls were engaged in. Whole-hog rollback of the entire filibuster as "revenge" may cause priapism among the RWNJ base, but it's not going to be popular whatsoever with independents and the rest of the country. Believe me or not, I don't care. Please proceed...

    November 22, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "And an Obama adimistration official testified before Congress that it had failed. Can you say perjury?"

    Can you say it can pass one day and fail the next after additional changes had been made?

    November 22, 2013 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  9. Data Driven

    @Donna,

    "And an Obama adimistration official testified before Congress that it had failed. Can you say perjury?"

    No. If you read the article, and I know you did (feverishly, no doubt), then you know that the service still failed 12 tests, if not quite 20. Even your copy/paste here refers to "a key test" passing, not all key tests.

    Both you and CNN are making mountains out of molehills, I fear.

    November 22, 2013 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    just – It is a shame that all you RWNJs set out to make Obama a one term president and obstruct every initiative that will help Americans. Sadly, I am accustomed to republican rule, under Little Bush, and it sucked, but I survived.

    November 22, 2013 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  11. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    At no time did our founding father's require a supermajority to pass legislation in the senate. RWNJs may be wrong on that, but that is to be expected.

    November 22, 2013 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  12. Rick McDaniel

    The real gut check?

    Why do NBC, CBS, ABC, and CNN..........all block posts from anyone other than Dems???????

    Could it possibly be, because all of them are under the total control of the WH, and the Democratic Party?????? YES!

    They all block the other viewpoint..........so the masses will be easily deceived.

    November 22, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  13. Silence DoGood

    @Donna,
    "They pullled this part, probably the ONLY part that was working, because people would have gotten heart attacks had they seen the cost of the policies and high deductibles. "

    You have no proof one way or the other but are convinced they lied.
    This is the same as saying "I am convinced there is a dragon in my backyard because there might be and I haven't looked yet and have no proof there isn't one there."

    November 22, 2013 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |