CNN's GUT CHECK for December 16, 2013
December 16th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 16, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
- n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST ADDED TO THE PRESIDENT’S TUESDAY SCHEDULE …. BIGGEST NAMES IN TECH HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, PER JAKE TAPPER: “President Barack Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service. The meeting will also address the national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

Attendees: Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter, Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy, Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix, Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox, Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!, Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce, Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga, Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global, Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast, Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn, Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft, Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T

JUDGE: NSA DOMESTIC PHONE DATA-MINING UNCONSTITUTIONAL
A federal judge said Monday that he believes the government's once-secret collection of domestic phone records is unconstitutional, setting up likely appeals and further challenges to the data mining revealed by classified leaker Edward Snowden. – By Bill Mears and Evan Perez,

ON THE VERGE OF PASSAGE: It was smooth sailing in the House, but things are looking much tighter in the Senate for a bipartisan budget proposal that aims to avert another government shutdown and relax sweeping forced spending cuts. Still, despite strong opposition to the compromise from Republicans, supporters are within striking distance of rounding up the votes they need to pass it in the Senate by the end of this week. – Ted Barrett

THE BUZZ BLOOMBERG NEWS REPORTS SCOTT BROWN PLANS TO MOVE TO NEW HAMPSHIRE: “Former Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown is selling his home and plans to move to New Hampshire, the latest sign that he’s considering a U.S. Senate bid from that state.” – Annie Linskey

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher as investors await word from the Fed on its tapering plans. Dow adds 129 points.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
What does the “Tea” in Tea Party stand for?

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Leading CNNPolitics: NSA official: Snowden amnesty 'worth having a conversation about'
The top NSA official tasked with assessing the damage from Edward Snowden's leaks says he would consider amnesty for the former contractor in exchange for a halt to the flow of top secret information about U.S. spying. – Kevin Liptak

Leading Montgomery Advertiser: Bradley Byrne hopes to complete political comeback by winning 1st Congressional District seat Tuesday
Byrne, the Republican nominee, leads Democratic nominee Burton Leflore in campaign funds, endorsements and political experience. But Democrats are hoping that a low turnout could give Leflore a chance in the southwest Alabama district that has elected Republicans since 1964. – Phillip Rawls

Leading Drudge: George P. takes baby steps away from Bush name
George P. Bush, Jeb Bush's 37-year-old son who is a grandson of one former president and nephew of another, is launching his political career by running for Texas' little-known but powerful land commissioner post.

Leading HuffPo: Kathleen Sebelius: Darrell Issa Attempting To 'Stifle, Intimidate' Obamacare Navigators
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is accusing Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), who chairs the House oversight committee, of attempting to "stifle, intimidate and impugn the reputation" of Obamacare navigators, the individuals tasked with helping others sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. – Mollie Reilly

Leading New York Times: G.O.P. Firebrands Tone Down Their Message and Run Again
Republican candidates who benefited from the Tea Party in 2010, but lost two years later, hope to rebound next year by focusing on the health care law. – Jennifer Steinhauer

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Limbaugh: Tea Party growing –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: "I think the on-the-ground things that are happening in Washington, this budget, Obamacare, that body of thought represented by the Tea Party, I think is actually expanding. I think the number of Americans who are literally, in an informed way, totally opposed to what's happening in Washington almost every day is a growing number of people. Now, it's a different matter how to coalesce 'em, put 'em together in a voting bloc in the political sense. But strictly as a body of thought, they exist, they are huge, they are growing. Many of them were apolitical and are not involved in the political system at all, but they are terribly frightened inside the Beltway in both parties of the Tea Party.”

– Cuomo remains ambiguous about Christie bridge controversy –
N.Y. GOV. ANDREW CUOMO TO A REPORTER AT THE N.Y. CAPITOL IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT WHETHER HE BELIEVED CHRISTIE CLOSED THE G.W. BRIDGE FOR A TRAFFIC STUDY: "Tis the season of loaded questions!”

– Trump says NY gubernatorial bid isn’t something he ‘wanted to do’–
BUSINESSMAN DONALD TRUMP ON FOX & AND FRIENDS: “A lot of the Republican leaders from New York came to see me last week and they want me to do that (run for governor) and I’ll make a decision at some time pretty soon I think. But it was not what I had in mind. They came and they very strongly wanted me to do it so let’s see what happens … I had something else in mind. This is not something that I wanted to do. I love the state. I love the country, but they feel very strongly about it so at some point I’ll make a decision.”

– Quinn still thinking about mayoral loss –
NYC CITY COUNCIL SPEAKER AND FORMER MAYORAL CANDIDATE CHRISTINE QUINN TO NEW YORK DAILY NEWS: “I’m not done thinking about it … I’m very, very annoyed and disappointed that my plan wasn’t God’s plan. I really want to know what the reason is. I’m not interested in waiting 10 years and being like, ‘Oh, my God, that’s the reason why it happened!’ I’d like to know now.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Jonathan Weisman‏ (@jonathanweisman)
Orrin Hatch comes out for the Murray-Ryan budget deal. The budget now has the 60 votes it will need to break filibuster, win final passage

Washington Post (‏@washingtonpost)
Conservative group targets Boehner, accuses him of declaring "war on conservatives" by supporting compromise http://wapo.st/1jc7Vq4

James Hohmann (@jameshohmann)
War over trackers: NH GOP announces they will ban American Bridge from their events after they sent a tracker to a memrl. service this wknd.

Jim Sciutto‏ (@jimsciutto)
Losses to US tech companies abroad due to #NSA surveillance estimated at $35 Billion

Russell Schaffer (‏@RussOnPolitics)
Congressman Peter King will launch his American Leadership Now PAC tomorrow at an event in New Hampshire. http://ow.ly/rMR7X

John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico)
(1/2) Ryan Loskarn, former Lamar Alexander aide arrested on child porn charges, will be released on his own recognizance, per federal judge

John Bresnahan (@BresPolitico)
(2/2) Loskarn will be under "high-intensity supervision," no internet access, no contact with minors. DOJ had argued he was a suicide risk

Rachel Smith‏ (@rachelholliday)
Bloomberg on #theview: greatest accomplishment is lowered crime. greatest disappointment is not getting certain things done (like soda ban)

The Info‏ (@birdieinmyear)
White House Crasher, Michaele Salahi, & Journey Guitarist Neal Schon Get Married In SF. http://eonli.ne/Js19vS

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

The “Tea” in the name “Tea Party” stands for “Taxed Enough Already.” The abbreviation also references the Boston Tea Party, which occurred 240 years ago today.

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  1. Stuffit

    I guess I am a bit confused again. I read a story last week that said that the organization George Soros runs and funds for the DNC had destroyed Fox News, and then I read today that FNC has more viewers tha all of the cable news organizations, combined. Media Matters must be run by Obama fans that championed OBOZOCARE. More viewers watch Fox than all of the liberaLy biased media combined!

    December 16, 2013 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. Marie MD

    Has Brown made up his mind which state he lives in or is he still flip flopping in the wind.

    December 17, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |