CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 29, 2013| 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
NEW CNN/ORC POLL: ON BLACK FRIDAY, A PESSIMISTIC VIEW OF THE ECONOMY … Americans view on the state of the economy is turning increasingly sour, according to a new CNN/ORC International Poll. The survey indicates that less than a quarter of the public says that economic conditions are improving, while nearly four in ten say the nation's economy is getting worse.
CLEAR GOP FRONTRUNNER: CHRISTIE LEADS POSSIBLE 2016 GOP CONTENDERS IN NEW CNN/ORC POLL … A new CNN/ORC International Poll indicates that for the first time there may be an early frontrunner in the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination: Chris Christie. And according to the survey, if Hillary Clinton decides against making another bid for the White House, Vice President Joe Biden would be the initial favorite to capture the Democratic nomination. – Paul Steinhauser
Leading Republicans: Chris Christie 24%, Rand Paul 13%, Paul Ryan 11%, Ted Cruz 10%, Marco Rubio 9%; Rick Perry 7; Jeb Bush 6; Rick Santorum 6
Leading Democrats: Hillary Clinton 63%, Joe Biden 12%, Elizabeth Warren 7%, Andrew Cuomo 5%, Martin O’Malley 2% (If Clinton decides not to run: Joe Biden 43%, Elizabeth Warren 17%, Andrew Cuomo 15%, Martin O’Malley 6%)
TOMORROW: November 30th is the target deadline for healthcare.gov website improvements.
Gut Check Full-Service: Julie Bataille, spokeswoman for the federal unit in charge of administering the rollout of the health care reforms says, “There will be times after November 30th when HealthCare.gov does not function properly."
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks retreat from record highs in shortened session. Dow and S&P 500 slip. NASDAQ closes at 13-year high.
Which city first used the term "Black Friday" to describe the day after Thanksgiving?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: The Obamacare question: Can the website handle the volume?
Obama and officials in charge of HealthCare.gov say the "vast majority" of people who go to the website to sign up at the end of the month will have a much improved experience than the crashes, error messages and delays users faced when it launched October 1. – Tom Cohen
Leading Drudge: WHACK FRIDAY
Wal-Mart Black Friday fight for TV 2013
Leading HuffPo: Jeb Bush Perpetuates Myth That Obama Is Closing The Vatican Embassy
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush (R) called out President Barack Obama for closing the U.S. embassy to the Vatican, questioning whether the decision was political "retribution" for Catholic opposition to the Affordable Care Act. – Mollie Reilly
Leading Politico: Obama's goal: Avoid 'Mission Accomplished' moment
Here’s the scenario the Obama administration wants to avoid at all costs on Saturday: It declares the Obamacare website fixed, a bunch of cable news network anchors try to log on again on live TV, and they get more error messages. And suddenly, everyone’s showing that clip of George W. Bush standing on the USS Abraham Lincoln in front of the “Mission Accomplished” banner. – David Nather
Leading The New York Times: Medicaid Growth Could Aggravate
Doctor Shortage Dr. Ted Mazer is one of the few ear, nose and throat specialists in this region who treat low-income people on Medicaid, so many of his patients travel long distances to see him. But now, as California’s Medicaid program is preparing for a major expansion under President Obama’s health care law, Dr. Mazer says he cannot accept additional patients under the government insurance program for a simple reason: It does not pay enough. – Abby Goodnough
The political bites of the day
– WalMart on Black Friday PR offensive –
WALMART’S U.S. CEO BILL SIMON ON CNN’S NEW DAY DISCUSSING NATION-WIDE PROTESTS AGAINST THE COMPANY ON BLACK FRIDAY: "Black Friday, millions and millions of people out shopping is the big stage, and WalMart’s a big player on the big stage. And as there are those that want to change a service industry like retail, it's not unexpected that they would be out on Black Friday at Wal-Mart with something to say about that."
– Walker under Tea Party Pressure –
TEA PARTY CONSERVATIVE GROUPS IN AN OPEN LETTER TO GOV. SCOTT WALKER RE: COMMON CORE STANDARDS: “You have the ability to be the hero in this story. The question is, will you choose to rise to the opportunity? Or, will you instead tacitly allow the children of Wisconsin to founder on the rocks of abridged knowledge, empty skill sets, and data mining?”
– Obama hints that the first family may stay in DC after presidency –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH ABC'S BARBARA WALTERS: "Obviously they (Sasha and Malia) and Michelle have made a lot of sacrifices on behalf of my cockamamie ideas, the running for office and things ... Sasha will have a big say in where we are."
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Josh Romney (@joshromney)
Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful. pic.twitter.com/j8aDzFZwla
Christiane Amanpour (@camanpour)
The @refugees report on state of #Syria's children is out. They say now 1 million+ child refugees. Report is here: http://unhcr.org/FutureOfSyria
Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar)
Coalition apologizes for killing Afghan child; Karzai warns security deal in jeopardy http://ow.ly/2BSx7n
Vaughn Sterling (@vplus)
Obama: "..good thing about when you're down is that usually you got nowhere to go but up." http://abcn.ws/1816ztm
Jim Acosta (@JimAcostaCNN)
RT @sahilkapur: Photo of the President and First Lady speaking now to fasting immigration reform protesters. pic.twitter.com/e2gTJZ0gpF
Jon Baker (@JonBaker)
Really surprised #WalmartFights is trending, given that the first AND second rules are you're not supposed to talk about Walmart Fight Club.
Zach Braff (@zachbraff)
I think it was Colonel Mustard in the Walmart with his feet.
Washington Times: Ten Years Later, Few Regret Spreading Phony Bush 'Turkeygate' Scandal from His Iraq Visit http://ow.ly/2BSYBj
Wesley Heights Moxie (@WesleyHeightsMX)
Photos: The White House Christmas Tree Arrives: The 18-and-a-half-foot tree will be on display in th... http://n.hashtagdc.com/IwUy3B #dcNews
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
The term “Black Friday” was first coined in the 1960’s by police in the city of Philadelphia. Black represents businesses moving from the “red” symbolizing debt in written records, to the “black” symbolizing profit.
Police in the city of Philadelphia complained about the crowded streets the day following Thanksgiving with travelers flocking to the downtown area to shop and travel after Thanksgiving. Officers also complained of working 12-hour shifts, mostly to direct traffic. The term has been used ever since to describe the Friday immediately following Thanksgiving to kick off the holiday shopping season.
According to the National Retail Foundation, 152 million people are expected to spend money this Black Friday weekend.
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