CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 12, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
DEVELOPING… $1,700,000,000 PRICE TAG: Hillary Clinton supporters are bracing for an expensive presidential campaign should the former secretary of State run again for the Democratic nomination. Craig Smith, a senior adviser for Ready for Hillary, has made an “educated estimate” that a 2016 campaign could cost $1.7 billion including spending by outside groups, a source confirmed. – Rachel Streitfeld
(CNN) – The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a package of loans and aid for Ukraine along with sanctions against Russia for its military intervention in Crimea.
The measure also includes approval of long-delayed reforms at the International Monetary Fund, which are opposed by many Republicans and could complicate final congressional passage of the bill.
(CNN) – It's not clear who might try to succeed Jan Brewer as governor of Arizona next year, but chances are good that whoever it is won't be quite as flamboyant.
The finger-wagging, gun-loving politician, known as a firebrand who exhibits flashes of moderation, announced on Wednesday that she would "pass the torch of leadership" and not run for reelection. Her term ends in January.
Washington (CNN) – Nearly three months after extended unemployment benefits expired, Democrats tried to ratchet up pressure on the issue with dozens of lawmaker signatures and a line of Congressmen marching together into the House Chamber.
“Do the right thing, Mr. Speaker: give us a vote,” Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California told reporters Wednesday, as she and dozens of her party members prepared to file a discharge petition in the House, aimed at forcing a House vote on an unemployment insurance extension.
(CNN) - Roughly 24 hours after a video was posted Tuesday morning of President Obama sitting down for an appearance on comedian Zach Galifianakis' show "Between Two Ferns," more than 13 million people have watched the interview and some 54,000 of them have taken the President's advice and checked out the government-run insurance exchange HealthCare.gov.
"I think what it says is that gone are the days when your broadcasts, or yours, or yours, can reach everybody that we need to reach," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, pointing to representatives from various major television news outlets at his briefing on Tuesday.
(CNN) – Ben Carson, a renowned neurosurgeon and a popular figure among conservatives, compared the United States to the Third Reich in an interview.
Updated 5:55 p.m. ET, 3/12/14
(CNN) – The attorney for a former top aide to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday demanded that state officials investigating a political scandal roiling his administration turn over additional emails they have uncovered.
The move comes a day after the attorney representing the state legislative investigative committee, Reid Schar, asked a judge to enforce a subpoena seeking documents from the ex-aide, former Christie campaign manager Bill Stepien, and another former official, Bridget Kelly, who was the governor's deputy chief of staff.
Washington (CNN) - With every passing month, the campaign to encourage Hillary Clinton to run for president grows.
And supporters at the Ready for Hillary Super PAC say they're turning up the heat.
Updated 3:06 p.m. ET, 3/12/2014
(CNN) – Republican Gov. Jan Brewer of Arizona announced Wednesday she will not run for reelection.
"There does come a time to pass the torch of leadership," she said at a school in Glendale. "After completing this term in office, I will be doing just that."