CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING … NO G8 IN SOCHI: The leaders of the G7 countries met in The Hague Monday and condemned the actions of Russia in Crimea. The White House released a statement from the G7 countries: “We will suspend our participation in the G8 until Russia changes course and the environment comes back to where the G8 is able to have a meaningful discussion and will meet again in G7 format at the same time as planned, in June 2014, in Brussels, to discuss the broad agenda we have together.”
SEARCHING: 8 DEAD, 108 MISSING IN WASHINGTON STATE LANDSLIDE … The landslide covered about a square mile and was caused by groundwater saturation tied to heavy rain in the area over the past month. It affected the towns of Oso, a remote community of about 180, and Darrington, a town of about 1,350.
MYSTERY FLIGHT 370 …“ENDED IN SOUTHERN INDIAN OCEAN” … Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went down over the southern Indian Ocean, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said Monday, citing a new analysis, and apparently ending hopes that anyone survived.
FAMILIES FROM FLIGHT 370 NOTIFIED “ALL LIVES ARE LOST” VIA TEXT FROM MALAYSIA AIRLINES: The text message read: “Malaysia Airlines deeply regrets that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board survived. As you will hear in the next hour from Malaysia’s Prime Minister, we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
Sara Sidner (@sarasidnerCNN)
With #MH370 families. Bed being wheeled into briefing, sobbing, woman in wheeled chair, ambulance arrived. #inconsolable #heartbreaking
TOMORROW: JUSTICES TO HEAR 'HOBBY LOBBY' CASE ON OBAMACARE BIRTH CONTROL RULE … The court will review provisions in the Affordable Care Act requiring for-profit employers of a certain size to offer insurance benefits for birth control and other reproductive health services without a co-pay. At issue is whether certain companies can refuse to do so on the sincere claim it would violate their owners' long-established personal beliefs. – Bill Mears
THE RUB: WHO PAYS THE MOST INCOME TAXES? ANSWER: PEOPLE 45 AND UP. Nearly half of all tax filers are over 45. And they are paying the lion's share of federal income tax revenue - 74% in 2011. That's up from 61% in 1997, according to an analysis of IRS data by the Tax Foundation. – CNN Money’s Jeanne Sahadi.
THE BUZZ … ANTHONY WEINER, POLITICAL COLUMNIST: “Business Insider is very pleased to announce former New York City mayoral candidate and Congressman Anthony Weiner will be contributing a new monthly column to our politics page … The new column, which will be titled "Weiner!," will run on the last Friday of each month beginning this week. We believe the unique combination of brashness and wonkiness that made Weiner one of last year's most memorable candidates and one of the most high-profile advocates for health care reform during his time in Congress will make him a perfect fit for Business Insider.”
MARKET WATCH: Tech stocks end lower, sending the NASDAQ down 1.2%. Dow slips 25 points. S&P 500 drops 0.5%.
Who turned down the vice presidency twice, only to have both presidents who offered him the spot die while they were in office?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics.com: House Democrats to try to force a vote on immigration
Hoping to galvanize attention on a hot issue in an election year, House Democrats will launch a formal petition on Wednesday aimed at forcing a vote on comprehensive immigration reform, according to multiple senior Democratic aides. – Lisa Desjardins
Leading New Hampshire Union Leader: In Kiev, NH Sen. Ayotte backs sanctions against Russia
In a telephone interview with the New Hampshire Union Leader from Kiev on Sunday, N.H. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who supports the sanctions bill, called for broader and deeper measures. But the Republican said economic penalties are not a step toward American involvement in the crisis in Ukraine.
Leading Huffpo: Wendy Davis To Greg Abbott: 'Stop Hiding Behind Your Surrogates' On Equal Pay
Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis delivered a strong message to Republican opponent Greg Abbott on equal pay for women Monday morning, telling him to "act like a Texan" and stop letting his surrogates speak for him on the issue. "I have a message for Greg Abbott today," Davis said at a speech in Austin. "Stop hiding behind your staff members. Stop hiding behind your surrogates. This Texas gal is calling you out. Act like a Texan and answer this question for yourself: What on earth is going on at your attorney general's office?” – Laura Bassett
Leading Politico: Norquist, Koch group take on Tennessee Republicans for tax sin
Grover Norquist and the Koch brothers’ advocacy machine are taking on Tennessee Republicans — including the governor himself. Their sin? Opposing a bill to repeal investment taxes. The no-tax preachers at Americans for Tax Reform and Americans for Prosperity are pushing hard against the unexpected roadblock of GOP Gov. Bill Haslam and a small group of Republicans who say now is not the time to go cutting taxes. – Rachel Bade
Leading New York Times: Inquiry Is Said to Clear Christie, but That’s His Lawyers’ Verdict
After 70 interviews and at least $1 million in legal fees to be paid by state taxpayers, that review is set to be released, and according to people with firsthand knowledge of the inquiry, it has uncovered no evidence that the governor was involved in the plotting or directing of the lane closings. – Michael Barbaro
Leading Washington Post: Condoleezza Rice defends Alaska Senate candidate Sullivan in new TV ad
Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice comes to the defense of Alaska Senate candidate Dan Sullivan (R) in a new TV ad from the GOP-aligned super PAC American Crossroads, marking the first time in this election cycle she has appeared in a campaign commercial. In the spot, Rice defends the former state attorney general, who has come under attack from Democratic and Republican opponents over his residency history.– Sean Sullivan
The political bites of the day
– New video ties Shaheen to President Obama –
MAN TO SHAHEEN IN A VIDEO SPONSORED BY THE NEW HAMPSHIRE GOP: “Would you like him (Obama) to come here, though?“
SHAHEEN: “I, I think we don’t know whether he’ll come here or not.”
MAN IN VIDEO: “Well the reason it might become a problem for you: Some say, the Republicans say, is because Obamacare is unpopular up here and they say, ‘If it weren’t for you, there would be no Obamacare.’ To which you say…”
SHAHEEN: “Well, the Affordable Care Act was passed by 60 votes so…”
– Obama: Congress is responsible for high deportation rates –
PRESIDENT OBAMA ON UNIVISION RADIO: “The reason that the (deportation) numbers are high is because Congress doubled the number of ICE agents and custom border patrol. It’s not because this is something that I think is necessarily a kind thing or a helpful thing for many of these families. And that’s why I, knowing how painful it is for many people, want to make sure that we get comprehensive immigration reform done.”
– FLOTUS gets political –
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA SPEAKING TO STUDENTS AT THE STANFORD CENTER AT PEKING UNIVERSITY ON CHINA’S MEDIA CENSORSHIP ON SATURDAY: "When it comes to expressing yourself freely and worshipping as you choose and having open access to information, we believe…they are universal rights that are the birthright of every person on this planet."
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Steve Brusk (@stevebruskCNN)
Hillary Clinton praises Jeb Bush for his commitment to education, as she speaks at higher education summit he's co-hosting outside Dallas
Elizabeth Titus (@emtitus)
Like in Philly, Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush hobnobbed today in Dallas but avoided shared podium time: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/03/hillary-clinton-education-jeb-bush-event-104950.html …
Hannah Allam (@HannahAllam)
State: Kerry/Lavrov met. Kerry expressed 'strong concern about the massing" of Russian troops on #Ukraine border; updated him on Kiev steps
Ali Weinberg (@AliABCNews)
.@dansenor, who advised Romney, says Romney would have carried more of a "deterrent" against "bad actors" like Russia abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics…
Rep. Cory Gardner (@repcorygardner)
Today is Aerospace Day at the Colorado State Capitol. Did you know that the aerospace industry supports 169,810 jobs in CO? #COSpaceDay
Laura Chapin (@LauraChapin)
Fun fact: on Sat, @repcorygardner called Jefferson County key to his campaign effort. Personhood lost in JeffCo 74%-26% in 2010. #copolitics
Kaili Joy Gray (@KailiJoy)
It's ok, Cory Gardner, Romney was all over the place on personhood too, and it worked out fine for him.
Tasha Diakides (@TashaCNN)
#InsidePolitics: Romney talks about the Obama’s naiveté in regards to Russia on his “I told you so” tour http://cnn.it/1hf7pAR
Press covering Michelle Obama shoved, screamed at, blocked from events in China washex.am/1fb15dj
Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs)
Nate Silver gives Iowa Dems 75% chance for US Senate seat. Good for Braley; bad for Ernst, Clovis, Whitaker, Jacobs. dmreg.co/1iUmJay
Peter Hamby (@PeterHambyCNN)
Nate Silver's brand has a 45% chance of surviving the tournament
Alex Leary (@learyreports)
Rubio, traveling via Uber, talks of company being fought in Miami. He used Uber last nt to take fam to dinner in DC. pic.twitter.com/WuxBeyjVBz
David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker)
Alternate @marcorubio headline from @Uber_DC visit: Rubio punishes middle class taxi drivers to protect Town Car service for the rich.
Jeff Bercovici (@jeffbercovici)
.@Quora introduces verified accounts. First up: @BarackObama. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jeffbercovici/2014/03/24/quoras-first-verified-user-is-president-obama/ …
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
Sen. Daniel Webster, W-Massachusetts, twice turned down an invitation to serve on the ticket as vice president, and both times the presidents died in office. Wishing to be president himself, the prominent Whig did not accept President William Henry Harrison’s offer in 1840 or President Zachary Taylor’s in 1848, saying “I do not propose to be buried until I am really dead and in my coffin.”
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