CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 14, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING …. CHRISTIE’S STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH STARTS WITH A “TEST”: “The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. We let down the people we're entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better, much better. Now, I'm the governor. And I'm ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch, both good and bad. Without a doubt, we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to make sure that this breach of trust does not happen again.”
EXCLUSIVE … PETER HAMBY ON HILLARY CLINTON’S IOWA PROBLEM: “Iowa has not elected a female governor, senator or member of Congress. In 2016, Clinton could finally put those demons to rest. But beneath the surface here, familiar pitfalls might await Clinton should she decide to run: A restive and emboldened progressive base long suspicious of Clintonian moderation, a hunger for fresh Democratic voices, and a caucus electorate that boasts a cherished tradition of voting with its heart rather than its head.”
IOWA DEMOCRATS ON HILLARY:
"I would say that the top-tier candidates for Democrats are all women, two or three of them in the U.S. Senate. Hillary stands in the way of all of them." –Tom Whitney, a former Democratic Party chairman and gubernatorial candidate who caucused for Obama in 2008
"There is a sentiment among men and women that it's time to have a woman president. And who would be more capable and more experienced than Hillary Clinton?" –Bonnie Campbell, a former Iowa attorney general who served in Bill Clinton's administration and co-founded a blue-chip consulting firm in the trendy East Village district of Des Moines
“I would like to see a second tier of candidates come out here, because Iowa is where upsets are made and where people move on."
–State Rep. Brian Meyer, a Democrat from Des Moines
ANOTHER HOUSE RETIREMENT … Democratic Rep. Bill Owens of New York State announced Tuesday that he won't seek another term, leaving another competitive seat open for the midterms. Nine Republicans and five Democrats in the House have announced they are retiring rather than run for re-election in 2014. That count does not include lawmakers who've already resigned or have died in office. – Paul Steinhauser
PRIMARY DAY IN CRUCIAL HOUSE CONTEST … Tuesday's GOP primary in Florida's 13th congressional district will set the stage for a March special election that some political pundits are billing as barometer for November's midterm elections. The winner of the special election will fill the remainder of the term of Republican Rep. Bill Young of Florida, who died in October.
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher after strong bank earnings. Dow gains 112 points. NASDAQ surges 1.7%, S&P 500 adds 1.1%.
Hillary Clinton was told as a young girl that she was named after which inspirational figure?
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Leading CNNPolitics: Senate fails to advance extended jobless benefits
A Senate bid to extend long-term unemployment benefits failed to clear a pair of procedural votes on Tuesday, leaving the fate of emergency government assistance to more than 1 million people in limbo. The votes came after fits and starts in negotiations involving Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and eight Republican Senators.
Leading Tampa Bay Times: Voters show up early for special GOP primary to replace U.S. Rep. Bill Young
Polls opened at 7 a.m. A voting attendant at the Sunken Gardens polling location, which served precincts 142 and 134, said a line of people were ready to vote when doors opened … The candidates include Mark Bircher, Kathleen Peters and David W. Jolly. The winner will take on Democrat Alex Sink and Libertarian Lucas Overby in the March 11 election.
Leading Drudge: 'SECRET SIDE DEAL' WITH TEHRAN
Key elements of a new nuclear agreement between Iran and six world powers are contained in an informal, 30-page text not yet publicly acknowledged by Western officials, Iran’s chief negotiator said Monday. – Paul Richter
Leading HuffPo: John Boehner On West Virginia Chemical Spill: 'We Have Enough Regulations'
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Tuesday that no new regulations are needed after a chemical spill in West Virginia last week left more than 300,000 people without safe tap water. He suggested the incident was not the result of less environmental and energy regulation but of the Obama administration's failure to enforce existing rules. – Amanda Terkel
Leading Politico: House easily approves 3-day CR
The final product (of the giant omnibus spending bill), totaling $1.1 trillion and filling hundreds of pages, surely contains its flaws and short-sightedness. But it is by far the biggest bipartisan deal written by a committee of Congress — and not in leadership offices — that Washington has seen in some time. – David Rogers
Leading New York Times: Older Pool of Health Care Enrollees Stirs Fears on Costs
People signing up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s federal and state marketplaces tend to be older and potentially less healthy, officials said Monday, a demographic mix that could threaten the law’s economic underpinnings and cause premiums to rise in the future if the pattern persists. – Michael Shear and Robert Pear
The political bites of the day
– Democrat in key Florida race rejects carpetbagger label –
DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATE ALEX SINK IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WASHINGTON POST ON MONDAY IN RESPONSE TO HER MOVE ACROSS TAMPA BAY TO RUN IN FL-13: "It's not like I moved from Miami."
– Rush: Christie and the Clinton model –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: “The polling data on Christie. A majority think that he's dishonest, but 59% approve of his job performance. It's a Monmouth University poll reported in the LA Times. So a majority think he's dishonest and 59% approve of the job performance. You figure that out. Now... (interruption) Well, it did. It did work for the Clintons.”
– Obama looks to bypass Congress: 'I've got a pen'
OBAMA IN A MEETING WITH HIS CABINET ABOUT 2014 GOALS: "We are not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we are providing Americans the kind of help that they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone."
– Obama fighting for respect, like a two-time winning team –
PRESIDENT OBAMA IN A SPEECH WELCOMING THE MIAMI HEAT TO THE WHITE HOUSE: “This group has now won twice, brought to the final three times and sometimes it feels like they are still fighting for a little respect – I can relate to that.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
The Star-Ledger (@starledger)
Our editorial board says a longer school day is needed, but asks where the money will come from http://nj-ne.ws/sArfs
Michael Symons (@MichaelSymons_)
Each of Christie’s 3 past SOTS speeches included references to NJ leading the states, watched nationally or setting example. Not this one
Jon Favreau (@jonfavs)
Christie's real crisis is all the bipartisan cliches he can never use in speeches now: bridge-builder...bridging our differences... Tragic
Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin)
NJ convenes special committee on #Bridgegate. Congress still stalling select committee on #Benghazi. http://www.cbsnews.com/news/nj-pol-no
Chris Christie could become the Tea Party's favorite Republican by making his State of the State just two words: IRS. #Benghazi!
Eric Marrapodi (@EricCNNBelief )
POTUS to meet POPE? "I know that the Holy Father is anticipating the visit of President Obama here..." @JohnKerry says after Vatican mtg
Hawaii Sammy (@HawaiiSammy)
If he had done this during the election, maybe he could've won. "@PoliticalTicker: Mitt Romney dances Gangnam style http://wp.me/p4HKM-1eJE "
Jimmy Vielkind (@JimmyVielkind)
Trump says there are 50/50 odds of him running for governor. Says Ed Cox needs to ask him to do so.
Vaughn Sterling (@vplus)
CNN JUST IN: Investigators looking at whether pilots who landed at wrong airport were distracted by third person in cockpit
Reid Wilson (@PostReid)
WaPo DC Mayor poll: Gray 24, Bowser 12, Evans 11, Wells 11, Orange 9, everyone else way back -
Richard Winton (@LAcrimes)
Cocaine found in 'plain view' at @JustinBieber home during investigation into egging; friend arrested http://lat.ms/1d47B3i
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
Hillary Clinton’s mother, Dorothy Rodham, told her daughter when she was a young girl that she was named after Sir Edmund Hillary, one of the first people to complete the climb to the summit of Mount Everest.
In 2006 Clinton’s campaign spokeswoman revealed that while the story about her mother’s comments to her are true, Sir Edmund Hillary was not actually the inspiration for Hillary’s name. “It was a sweet family story her mother shared to inspire greatness in her daughter - to great results I might add.”
However, Clinton was born in 1947. Sir Edmund Hillary climbed to the peak of Mount Everest in 1953.
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