CNN's GUT CHECK for January 29, 2014
January 29th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 29, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for  January 29, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

LIBERALS CLAIM MOMENTUM FROM OBAMA ADDRESS ... Two big themes coming out of Tuesday's address are economic populism and a "new willingness to fight" entrenched conservative interests, said Adam Green of the Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Obama is sounding "more and more" like freshman Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a rising star on the left, Green told reporters on a conference call. And that is a "good thing for America" and "great for Democrats." – Alan Silverleib

AND IN RELATED NEWS …. THE RADIOACTIVE PRESIDENT: SEN. MARK BEGICH, D-ALASKA, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S JAKE TAPPER & DANA BASH: "I'm not really interested in campaigning" with Obama if the President came to Alaska. "If he wants to come up there and learn about Alaska, bring it on. I'll drag him around, I'll show him what he ever he wants to see, but I want to show him and convince him some of his policies are not the right direction. I don't need him campaigning for me. I need him to change some of his policies."

SEN. MARK UDALL, D-COLORADO, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S DANA BASH TUESDAY: "We'll see what the President's schedule is, what my schedule is. But Coloradans are going to re-elect me based on my record, not the President's record … Let's see what the schedule allows. I'm running for re-election, not the President."

LIMBAUGH: OBAMA SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THAT SPEECH FIVE YEARS AGO “This was a campaign speech without an election. It was pure denial. The president last night was pretending to run for office in the hopes of winning an election, so at some point in the future he can govern. The whole night I kept saying, ‘Wait a minute. We're five years into this. This speech is a speech that should have been given five years ago.’"

THE STATE OF THE JELLY: CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper asked people on the social media app Jelly to weigh in on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Jelly is a new app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that lets users ask questions using pictures. Replies can be drawn right on top of the image (think Perez Hilton). First, Tapper reached out before the big speech to find out what issues people wanted Obama to touch on. Many Jelly users asked for topics that did indeed make Obama's address but others weren’t mentioned at all. (Click to see pics.)

THE BUZZ: EL PAPA IS A ROLLING STONE
Pope Francis makes the cover of the Rolling Stone: “It's a funny thing, papal celebrity. As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio had never been an especially gifted public speaker. But now that he's Pope Francis, his recognizable humanity comes off as positively revolutionary. Against the absurd, impossibly baroque backdrop of the Vatican, a world still run like a medieval court, Francis' election represents what his friend Elisabetta Piqué, an Argentine journalist who has known him for a decade, calls ‘a scandal of normality.’" – Mark Binelli

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks skid on emerging market fears and Fed stimulus reduction. Dow sheds 183 points. NASDAQ, S&P lose 1%.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer below)
Which three states are represented by two female Senators?

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Leading CNNPolitics: New York Congressmen behaving badly
New York Rep. Michael Grimm’s threat to heave a reporter off a balcony in the Cannon House office building rotunda, caught on a still-hot mic Tuesday night after the State of the Union Address, has only brought more attention to an investigation into his campaign finances. Well done, sir. Here are five other impulsive New Yorkers who sealed their political fates with dumb decisions: – Peter Hamby

Leading Fort Meyers News-Press: Connie Mack won't run for Radel's vacated seat
Connie Mack IV, who served four terms in Congress representing Southwest Florida, said late Tuesday that he would not try to reclaim his seat. Mack said family and business considerations played a major role in his decision. – Bob Rathgeber

Leading Drudge: RESIDENTS TOLD: TWEET FOR POLICE!
Stranded in the winter storm that has paralyzed metro Atlanta? You can stay in touch with loved ones by registering at the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. Below is a running list of resources available in your area.

Leading HuffPo: House Passes Farm Bill Cutting $800 Million From Food Stamps Program
The House has passed an almost $100 billion-a-year, compromise farm bill that would make small cuts to food stamps and continue generous subsidies for the nation's farmers. The vote was 251-166. The five-year bill now goes to the Senate, which is expected to send it to the president's desk. – Mary Clare Jalonick

Leading New York Times: For Christie, Politics Team Kept a Focus on Two Races
His campaign called them “the Top 100,” the swing towns that Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey wanted to win as he prepared for a re-election campaign. Capturing these towns, sometimes referred to as mini-Ohios or mini-Floridas, would validate the governor’s argument that he would be the most broadly appealing Republican choice for president in 2016. – Kate Zernike and David W. Cohen

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Pelosi: GOP indifferent on pay equity –
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI AT A STAKEOUT: “As you saw, the House was divided on this issue; the Democrats very enthusiastic on this issue about pay equity and fair pay. And the Republicans just… sitting there and indifferent.”

– ‘I spent 14 years in the NFL. Here’s why I’m quitting Congress-
REP. JON RUNYAN, R-NEW JERSEY, IN A PIECE FOR POLITICO MAGAZINE: “People are constantly asking me how similar politics is to pro football. I spent more than a decade in the NFL before spending the past three years in Congress, and the truth of the matter is the two occupations are more alike than not. Both are contact sports, and you’d better be ready to play when you step onto either field. While it’s tough to say which is more difficult, there have been plenty of times in the past few years when I’ve thought politics was harder. At least in football you know exactly who your opponent is … Washington is a classic example of guys playing to get to the Pro Bowl rather than the Super Bowl.”

– Congressman threatens to throw reporter off balcony-
REP. MICHAEL GRIMM, R-NEW YORK, TO NEW YORK 1 REPORTER MICHAEL SCOTTO IN RESPONSE TO A QUESTION ABOUT CAMPAIGN FINANCES IN THE CAPITOL ROTUNDA TUESDAY: “"Let me be clear to you: If you ever do that to me again, I'll throw you off this f***ing balcony … I'll break you in half. Like a boy.”

Michael Scotto (‏@mikescotto)
@repmichaelgrimm called to apologize. He said he "overreacted." I accepted his apology.

– Tea Party SOTU response: ‘Obamacare is an inequality Godzilla' –
U.S. SEN. MIKE LEE, R-UTAH, IN HIS TEA PARTY STATE OF THE UNION RESPONSE: “Obamacare – all by itself – is an inequality Godzilla that has robbed working families of their insurance, their doctors, their wages and their jobs … Many Americans are now seeing why some of us fought so hard to stop this train-wreck over the last four years.”

– Sheryl Sandberg’s group praises Obama for equal pay for women comments in his State of the Union address –
“LEAN IN” ORGANIZATION ON THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE LINKED TO A PICTURE OF THE PRESIDENT AND A QUOTE FROM HIS ADDRESS: “Today, we're celebrating President Barack Obama for leaning in.”

– Clapper to Snowden: Turn over all documents now –
DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JAMES CLAPPER AT A SENATE HEARING: “Snowden claims that he has won and that his mission is accomplished. If that is so then I call on him and his accomplices to facilitate the return of the remaining stolen documents that have not yet been exposed to prevent even more damage to U.S. security.”

– Atlanta Mayor: It was a mistake to release people when storm hit –
ATLANTA MAYOR KASIM REED TO CAROL COSTELLO ON CNN’S NEWSROOM: “I said immediately yesterday that releasing all of these folks was not the right way to go,"”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Steve King (@SteveKingIA)
#SOTU All predictable speech. No surprises. Over optimistic on solution for Israel. Ignores spinning centrifuges in Iran.

Senator Bob Casey (‏@SenBobCasey)
I am gratified that the President made #jobs and the #economy the central focus of his #SOTU @… http://instagram.com/p/jvTDMhmCFz/

Google Politics ‏(@googlepolitics)
Top 4 trending terms during the #SOTU: 1) State of the Union 2) John Boehner 3) Speaker of the House 4) Pete Seeger pic.twitter.com/3sYb6S0Pwh

Chloe Sommers ‏(@ChloePalma)
I counted @BarackObama went off script roughly 25 times & the audience applauded roughly 88 times in his #SOTU #CNNSOTU

Kevin Merida (‏@meridak)
Obama and @Costco, the most successful union of politician and supermarket in history. @j_fuller explains why. http://wapo.st/1ffchrB

Deirdre Walsh (‏@deirdrewalshcnn)
Just In: House ethics unable to complete investigation of now fmr FL GOP Rep Radel – panel "no longer has jurisdiction of him"

Jessica Taylor ‏(@JessicaTaylor)
Like Matheson & McIntyre retirements, if Peterson leaves too, that's a near-certain pickup for the GOP http://ow.ly/t4Qgp #MN7

Dan Merica (‏@danmericaCNN)
CBS orders "Madame Secretary" pilot about "life of a maverick female Secretary of State." Hmm. http://bit.ly/1iMrDrx cc: @HillaryClinton

Alex Weprin ‏(@alexweprin)
CNN's "Election Express" bus is parked on 39th and Broadway, will serve as studio hub for Super Bowl coverage http://capi.tl/1i7no79

Ivana Kottasová ‏(@IvanaKottasova)
Atlanta is covered in three fingers deep snow blanket. Or, as we call it in CNN: "It's like a frozen zombie movie" http://cnn.it/LnVc4F

Have a question for President Obama? Tweet @jaketapper using #POTUSLead prior to his intvw with POTUS tmrw. #CNN

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

California, New Hampshire and Washington are all represented by two female Senators.

California is represented by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer. New Hampshire is represented by Republican Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Washington is represented by two Democrats, Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell.

California became the first state in the nation to be represented by two female Senators in 1992 when Sens. Boxer and Feinstein were both elected to the 103rd Senate.

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  1. Donna

    AND IN RELATED NEWS …. THE RADIOACTIVE PRESIDENT: SEN. MARK BEGICH, D-ALASKA, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S JAKE TAPPER & DANA BASH: "I'm not really interested in campaigning" with Obama if the President came to Alaska. "If he wants to come up there and learn about Alaska, bring it on. I'll drag him around, I'll show him what he ever he wants to see, but I want to show him and convince him some of his policies are not the right direction. I don't need him campaigning for me. I need him to change some of his policies."
    --

    WOW!!! "drag him around"??? Hey Obama, how's the view from under that bus?!!! hahahhahaha... How does it feel to be persona nongrata in your own party?

    Of course, all of the people in Alaska know this clown will go back to DC and kiss Obama's backside if they re-elect him. I doubt they are as stupid as Begich thinks they are.

    January 29, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  2. rs

    I suspect the SOTU will be good for Democrats generally- typical Obama speech- good, logical, and once again, very middle-of-the road. No flaming rhetoric, no over-the-top crazy ideas or solutions. There was no picking a fight. He did not even beat up on the GOP, and even threw in humor around their 40 wasted attempts to de-fund the ACA.

    What was bad for the GOP was their vapid response. Here they had a chance to lay out real policies and real ideas, alternative to what the President has and is doing. We got another Jindal speech (at least officially) for the GOP, the TEA Party (technically also from the GOP) response was laughable (Mike Lee sounds like an ill-informed high-school debater), no one I found last night relayed Mr. Paul's pearls of wisdom, and I still don't know who did the 4th resonse on the part of the GOP.

    In short- Obama was measured, even warm and positive. He made great examples regarding his policies by having real-live Americans there as graphic demonstrations of the impact of his actions.The GOP had no clear message and affirmed they still have no plan. Lots of complaints, but also no solutions, oh, and the fake redneck Duck guy-great.
    Too bad. They blew their chance to be grown-ups.

    January 29, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Was there a GOTP rebuttal? I did not hear one. I saw a nice lady talk about her kids and I was hoping she would share her favorite brownie recipe with us. Totally wasted time. No plan, no idea, and no clue. Your GOTP at work. They couldn't even make a excuse for holding the entire nation in limbo for five years. But then.....there is no excuse for them.

    January 29, 2014 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |