CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 6, 2014| 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
ENZI SAYS THE CHENEYS ARE IN HIS PRAYERS AFTER LIZ CHENEY ABANDONS SENATE BID TO COPE WITH FAMILY HEALTH ISSUES… SEN. MIKE ENZI, R-WYOMING, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I appreciate that Liz gave me a call and we had a brief conversation. I'm leaving the details up to her. My wife and I do believe that family comes first, and think that respect her decision on that. She's in our prayers, she and her family are in our prayers. I'm going to continue to campaign. I want to be reelected to this office. It's a critical time for our country and I'm positioned to be able to do the job."
DEVELOPING … UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS VOTE TONIGHT...
CNN’s Ted Barrett reports, “a razor close but uncertain outcome” is expected Monday on a key procedural vote in the Senate on extending benefits for the long-term unemployed, according to senior aides from both parties.
“The vote, expected about 6 p.m. ET, is whether to take up a bill to extend those benefits for three months. All 55 members of the Democratic caucus are expected to vote in favor but it remains unclear if enough Republicans will join them to get the 60 votes required to succeed.
… Democrats see themselves in a win-win position with Monday’s vote. They could build momentum for the bill if Republicans back it; they get a political weapon if Republicans don’t.
One non-political item factored into the vote count Monday. Weather-related flight delays threatened the travel of numerous senators but it was not clear how many might miss the vote.”
TUESDAY’S AGENDA SETTER: Si, SE PUEDE: Gov. Chris Christie will hold a ceremonial bill signing on the New Jersey Dream Act, and deliver remarks at a school in Union City, NJ, Tuesday at 11:15 a.m. ET. CNN’s Peter Hamby who will be at the event, sets the stage: “Having won re-election last November with a majority of Hispanic voters, Christie's support for the so-called tuition equality bill is another notch in his belt as he cultivates an image as a Republican who can appeal to independent voters and nontraditional constituencies. He is, his supporters believe, a GOP candidate who can actually win a national election. But in the hothouse context of a Republican primary, which he must win to get to a national election, signing the tuition bill seems like yet another example of Christie unfurling a giant middle finger to the very voters whose support he will need once the presidential race begins in earnest this November.” FULL STORY: http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/06/politics/christie-immigration-2016/index.html?hpt=po_c2
QUOTE OF THE DAY: FORMER RNC CHAIRMAN ED GILLESPIE ON A POSSIBLE RUN FOR VIRGINIA SENATE AGAINST INCUMBENT SEN. MARK WARNER: "I have concluded it is a winnable race.”
THE BUZZ: CARNEY DEBUTS NEW BEARD: Things looked a little different at the White House Monday. The formerly clean-shaven Press Secretary Jay Carney returned from vacation, unveiling new stubble at the press briefing, much to the delight of the White House press corps who teased the spokesman for his more trendy look.
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end slightly lower as investors tread water in the run up to the December jobs report.
Liz Cheney once pleaded with her father to help her daughters meet which famous singers?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Moderate House Republican announces retirement
Moderate Pennsylvania Republican Rep Jim Gerlach announced on Monday that he will not run for re-election in November presenting House Democrats with a potential opportunity to pick up the seat this fall. – Deirdre Walsh
Leading Star-Ledger: Documents show GWB lane closures originated outside Port Authority, lawmaker says
The Democratic lawmaker leading an investigation into September’s George Washington Bridge lane closures said subpoenaed documents demonstrate that the idea for the closings came from outside the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. – Steve Strunsky
Leading Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: Beebe appears in 1st television ad for Mike Ross
Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross turned to a familiar face for his first television ad in his race for Arkansas governor. Gov. Mike Beebe, who is term-limited and cannot run for re-election this year, urges voters to support fellow Democrat Ross in the 30-second ad that began airing statewide Sunday.
Leading Drudge: AVG TEMP IN USA 14.8°F
Leading Politico: Hillary Clinton's shadow campaign
Early last summer in her Georgian-style home near Washington’s Embassy Row, Hillary Clinton met with a handful of aides for a detailed presentation on preparing for a 2016 presidential campaign. – Maggie Haberman
Leading New York Times: Popular Voice in the Capitol? It’s the Pope’s
Shortly before leaving the Capitol for the holiday recess, Senate Democrats gathered behind closed doors to lay out an agenda for 2014. When the majority leader, Harry Reid, exhorted colleagues to “deal with the issue of income inequality,” the talk took a spiritual turn. – Sheryl Gay Stolberg
The political bites of the day
- Wyoming Republican Party: Cheney is a ‘stalwart supporter’ -
THE WYOMING REPUBLICAN PARTY IN A STATEMENT: “The Wyoming Republican Party wishes the best to Liz Cheney and her family as they deal with difficult family health issues. Liz has been a stalwart of our party raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for our candidates and county parties. Liz is a rising star in Wyoming and national politics and we look forward to her return when the time is right for her and her family.”
- Pro-Enzi super PAC calls Cheney bid a “fool’s errand” all along -
‘WYOMING’S OWN’ SUPER PAC CO-FOUNDER BILL CUBIN IN A STATEMENT TO TALKING POINTS MEMO: "I am happy [that] Mike Enzi is going to be re-elected … I also hope whatever medical issue came up gets resolved quickly with a good outcome. I respect Liz’s decision, but she was on a fool’s errand anyway so it looks like everyone wins; Liz’s family, Mike Enzi, and Wyoming. Now, if the Denver Broncos would just win the Super Bowl, you couldn’t get a better start to the year."
- King: Rand Paul is creating hysteria -
REP. PETER KING, R-NEW YORK, REACTING TO SEN. RAND PAUL’S LAWSUIT OVER NSA OVERREACH ON “MORNING JOE”: “Rand Paul is creating this hysteria … He’s trying to create all this paranoia that the NSA is spying on all Americans … He’s playing on some sort of scaremongering, isolationism. Rather than using intelligent arguments as people could well do, he’s resorting to fear. He’s appealing to the lowest common denominator
- Kerry: No boots on the ground -
SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY IN A STATEMENT TO THE PRESS IN JERUSALEM ON SUNDAY: “We are not, obviously, contemplating returning. We're not contemplating putting boots on the ground. This is their fight, but we're going to help them in their fight.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis)
Sperling says 14 of last 17 UI extensions have been no strings attached, including all 5 under George W Bush
Equality Utah (@EqualityUtah)
Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor granted the state of Utah the stay. Freedom to marry in our state reaches a stand still. 😦
Manu Raju (@mkraju)
Reid in response to Ron Johnson's lawsuit: "It would take away the insurance of the people who are working here in this body."
Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDCNN)
Johnson lawsuit missed fact: The suit is largely technical on OPM process and equal prtctn, does not challenge executive power directly.
maggie haberman (@maggiepolitico)
Tidbit that didn't make it here, Clinton campaign (if it happens) is almost certain 2 be located in New York State http://www.politico.com/story/2014/01/hillary-clinton-2016-shadow-campaign-101762.html?hp=t1 …
Haley Viccaro (@AlbBizHaley)
Event tomorrow w/ VP Joe Biden and #Cuomo will be at 11:30am in the Capitol's Red Room, focusing on infrastructure investments post-#Sandy.
West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport)
Also...and wow! Happy anniversary to the longest-married couple in presidential history: George and Barbara Bush. 69 years.
Lauren Hepler (@SVBizLauren)
Snapchat hires first D.C. lobbyists amid data-hack damage control http://www.bizjournals.com/sanjose/news/2014/01/06/snapchat-hires-first-dc-lobbyist.html?ana=twt … via @svbizjournal
Brian Stelter (@brianstelter)
Mashable is taking on outside investors for the first time - to the tune of $13.3 million: http://cnnmon.ie/1dqzG5G
Reed Hasting's announces that "House of Cards" will be one of the first TV shows available to stream in 4K http://cnet.co/LGLiveBlog #CES2014
Who will win the BCS championship game tonight? Reply now with Auburn or FSU using #Crossfire pic.twitter.com/C8NgqB2mqy
TOP TWEETS, JAY CARNEY’S BEARD EDITION
CNN's Gut Check (@GutCheckCNN)
Does @PressSec Jay Carney have @wolfblitzer envy? Reply with your own captions using #Carneysbeard pic.twitter.com/VJyF4VOq6R
Jay's Beard (@PressSecBeard)
@EricWeisbrod @GutCheckCNN @PressSec @wolfblitzer it's the other way around, friend
jennifer bendery (@jbendery)
"Your beard has a Twitter handle already." - @AprilDRyan to @PressSec as the WH briefing wraps up.
@GutCheckCNN @CNNPolitics @PressSec @wolfblitzer That shaver Dad got me for Christmas requireded batteries. #Carneysbeard
@GutCheckCNN @WolfBlitzer @CNNPolitics @PressSec Jay Carney is incognito because he needs to change his imaage!
Stephen Green (@VodkaPundit)
Dear @PressSec: I shave off more beard than that every morning at 6.
Trendsmap DC (@TrendsDC)
'beard' & 'gayest' are now trending in #DC http://trendsmap.com/us/washington
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
In August 2008 Liz Cheney urged Dick Cheney help her to get his granddaughters access to meet the Jonas Brothers while they were taping a public service announcement at the White House.
“Trust me,” she told the former Vice President, “If you get your granddaughters a meeting with the Jonas Brothers, they’ll think you’re the coolest grandfather in history.”
Cheney, who wrote about the request in his memoir “In My Time,” explains that his daughter Liz called him and begged him to call the first lady’s office, after her request for access to the closed-set event fell through. The next day, Cheney toured his granddaughters and the Jonas Brothers through the West Wing. He later described the teen heartthrobs as “polite young men.”
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