CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 14, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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THE MIDTERM MAP JUST GOT BIGGER …
EX-MASS. SEN. SCOTT BROWN TO RUN FOR N.H. SENATE SEAT …
After months of toying with the idea, Scott Brown announced late Friday that he would explore a run for Senate in New Hampshire – the state where he was born and just recently moved back to late last year. Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, sought to highlight his Granite State roots in his afternoon speech noting how New Hampshire brought him happiness during a rough upbringing. And he pledged to hit the New Hampshire roads Saturday and start talking to voters.
“Starting tomorrow morning, and for the next several weeks, Gail and I will be traveling around the state to introduce ourselves, to ask questions, to speak with everyone of every background – Republicans, independents and Democrats alike – and above all to listen to them and learn of their concerns,” Brown said, according to remarks provided by his campaign. It is unlikely that Brown would have an uncontested primary that will take place Sept. 9. The winner of the GOP primary will face off against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a Democrat, in November.
TERMINATED …“Scott Brown’s contributor agreement was officially terminated today once he notified FOX News of his intention to form an exploratory committee to run for U.S. Senate in New Hampshire.” - Bill Shine, Executive Vice President, Programming for FOX News
HILLARY DOC DUMP… part deux: The William J. Clinton Presidential Library on Friday released another batch of confidential memos, notes and other papers from the Clinton White House that had previously been sealed…
From health care wars to “nasty” palace politics, here are some of the highlights.
CNN POLL: MOST SEE RUSSIA AS A THREAT TO U.S.
As the crisis in the Ukraine continues, a new national poll indicates that for the first time in more than a decade, more than half of Americans see Russia as a serious threat to the U.S. A CNN/ORC International survey released Friday also indicates that Russian President Vladimir Putin's unfavorable rating among Americans has soared over the past month. And the poll indicates that the vast majority of the public says Moscow's actions in neighboring Ukraine break international law, and half of those questioned say a new Cold War between the U.S. and Russia is likely.
THE BUZZ: OBAMA CALL HIS “MOM JEANS” EPISODE AN ABERRATION President Barack Obama in an interview with radio host Ryan Seacrest: “I’ve been unfairly maligned about my jeans…The truth is, generally I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing some loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitcher’s mound and I didn’t want to feel confined while I was pitching, and I think I’ve paid my penance for that. I got whacked pretty good. Since that time, my jeans fit very well.”
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks finish lower. Major indexes lose about 2% for the week, plagued by global economic concerns.
Hillary Clinton has said she tried to join which branch of the armed forces?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Inside Politics: GOP debate over policy and personalities
It's getting personal on all fronts as Republicans debate the wisdom of their leaders - present and future. Two leading GOP 2016 contenders, the freshmen Sens. Rand Paul and Ted Cruz, are in a public spat over foreign policy that quickly became framed around what seems to be the perennial GOP question: Who is the heir to Ronald Reagan? – John King
Leading Drudge: Thousands sign up at pot job fair
If there was any doubt that the “green rush” is on in Colorado, the scene outside a marijuana industry career fair in Denver on Thursday looked like a throwback to the Great Recession. Thousands of people waited for hours with resumes in hand in a line that stretched several blocks. The O.penVAPE Cannabis Job Fair featured 15 different businesses associated with recreational marijuana sales, and it had turn people away by the day’s end. – CBS4 Denver
Leading HuffPo: John McCain Unloads On Senate Republicans: 'I Haven't Been Embarrassed This Way'
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) took to the Senate floor Thursday to castigate fellow Republicans for holding up aid to Ukraine over provisions boosting funding for the International Monetary Fund. "What has happened? Where are our priorities? Is the IMF, no matter whether it's fixed or not fixed with this legislation, more important than the lives of thousands of people? Is that what we're talking about here?" he said. – Luke Johnson
Leading Politico: Big business takes on tea party over Common Core
Tea party activists have been waging war for months against the Common Core academic standards. Now, in a coordinated show of muscle, Big Business is fighting back — and notching wins. The urgent effort stems from a sense among supporters that this is a make-or-break moment for the Common Core, which is under siege all over the country. – Stephanie Simon
The political bites of the day
–Sen. John McCain Calls out His Party over Ukraine–
SEN. JOHN MCCAIN ON THE SENATE FLOOR THURSDAY: "I will say to my friends who were objecting to this - and there are a number of them on my side - you can call yourself Republicans. That's fine, because that's your voter registration. Don't call yourself Reagan Republicans. Ronald Reagan would never, would never let this kind of aggression go unresponded to by the American people."
–White House: ‘No fix’ on immigration without legislation–
PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: “There is no fix here that does not include legislation. That is why it is so important for the House to move forward, to continue the progress that we saw earlier when leaders announced that they had settled on a set of standards and principles that would guide them in the effort to reform the immigration system comprehensively.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Marion Barry (@marionbarryjr)
Have to admit, watching #Scandal is much more fun than living scandal.
Amy Walter (@amyewalter)
In the wake of FL13, @Redistrict revises House outlook to GOP gain of 2-12 seats on @CookPolitical
Sam Feist (@SamFeistCNN)
Maybe Mitt Romney was right: CNN-ORC poll says 69% of Americans view Russia as a serious threat to US. Up from 44% in 2012.
Dave Catanese (@davecatanese)
. kellyayotte stokes #Benghazi at #NRLC: 'I want to say to hillaryclinton, It does matter.' @… http://instagram.com/p/lh-USViu60/
Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS)
Important advice for Ds from @PaulBegala. Here's how to flip the script & go on offense on Ocare: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/03/14/how-democrats-can-flip-the-script-on-obamacare/ …
Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell)
Rand Paul: GOP Must 'Agree to Disagree' on Social Issues in Order to Expand Party http://bit.ly/1cG3pgV
Maeve Reston (@MaeveReston)
Other takeaway from #ClintonDocs. Advice is best when given orally. I finally understand why everyone at WH is always in mtgs #LeaveNoTrace
Michael Crowley (@CrowleyTIME)
You may find Vladimir Putin less intimidating after watching him sing "Blueberry Hill": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_5AjzQhr6Bc …
Jen Buesinger Sperry (@jenbuesinger)
Sun 9aET on #CNNSotu: @SenJohnMcCain returns from #Ukraine and heads straight to our studios to speak with Candy @crowleyCNN exclusively
TRIVIA ANSWER from @danadavidsen
Hillary Clinton, who opposed the Vietnam War, said she tried to join the Marines after the conflict ended but was rejected.
In this gem of an article from the 1996 New York Times archives, Maureen Dowd writes that Clinton, at a luncheon honoring military women, said she once visited a recruiting office in Arkansas because she was interested in joining the Marines.
Clinton told the group, gathered at the Dirksen Office Building on Capitol Hill, that she became interested in the military in 1975, the year she married Bill.
Clinton said she was turned down because of her age at the time - 27 - as well as her poor eyesight.
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