CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BIDEN TO UKRAINE … Vice President Joe Biden arrived in Ukraine on Monday for a brief and symbolic show of support for the government in Kiev. The trip comes at a troubled time. There are complaints on all sides about the framework reached last week among Russia, the United States and European Union to reduce tensions in the region. – Zach Wolf
HOUSE MEMBERS GO #BOSTONSTRONG … Reps. Joe Kennedy, D-Massachusetts, Stephen Lynch, D-Massachusetts, and Kyrsten Sinema, D-Arizona, ran in Monday’s Boston Marathon. Kennedy and Sinema ran for the “One Fund” charity team in honor of Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who was killed in last year's bombing. Before the race, the representatives wished each other good luck via Twitter.
SPRINGTIME IN DC: THE WH EASTER EGG ROLL … President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama joined the Easter Bunny to welcome a crowd of children, parents and volunteers to the White House South Lawn on Monday for the 136th annual Easter Egg Roll … During the celebration, there was a stage with live bands and singers performing, like internet pop-star Cam Anthony. There was also a story time stage, where the first couple took turns reading passages from various children's books. The President read from the classic "Where the Wild Things Are," while Mrs. Obama read passages from a children's book titled, "My Garden." – Matthew Hoye
THE BUZZ: BUSH 41’S FASHIONABLE FUNDRAISER … The RNC is fundraising off of a pair of striped yellow, orange, green and blue socks it created under George H.W. Bush’s name. The 41st president has gained bipartisan admiration for his trend of wearing nontraditional socks. And now, with the RNC's help, Bush basically has his own brand … Donors can get the colorful pair if they contribute $35 or more. The socks are embroidered with the Republican elephant symbol and the 89-year-old’s signature.
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher as investors await the coming wave of corporate results. Dow gains 38 points.
In what year were women officially allowed to enter the Boston Marathon?
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Leading CNNPolitics.com: How many variations of Hillary Clinton 2016 can you think of?
It's a serious question for those organizing super PACs around a possible Clinton run at the presidency in 2016. Here’s a partial list of what is already taken: HillaryPAC, Hillary For The Win, Time for Hillary, Ready for Hillary, Madam Hillary 2016 and Hillary Clinton Super PAC. Now add another to the list: Hillary 2016 PAC. – Dan Merica
Leading CNNMoney: $100,000 income: Three very different tax bills
There are a lot of differences between Queens, Topeka and Seattle. One that stands out: People making the same money in each of those places can face very different tax bills. CNNMoney asked the Tax Institute of H&R Block to compare the combined federal, state and local income tax bill on a gross household income of $100,000 in each of the three cities. – Jeanne Sahadi
Leading Drudge: Police Throng Boston
A record number of athletes are racing — and wheelchair competitor Ernst Van Dyk just broke the tape to claim his 10th title — under a crystalline sky and unprecedented security precautions for the 118th running of the Boston Marathon this morning. – Laurel J. Sweet, Antonio Planas, Richard Weir and Priyanka McCluskey
Leading HuffPo: Here Comes Trouble: Perry Tussle Could Put Him On Life Support For 2016
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has spent a record 14 years in office vanquishing nearly all who dared confront him: political rivals, moms against mandatory vaccines for sixth graders, a coyote in the wrong place at the wrong time. But with eight months left on the job and a decision to make about the 2016 presidential race, the long-serving governor known for his Texas swagger is now the focus of a grand jury investigation that could cause more difficulty than any adversary has.
Leading Politico: Napster billionaire’s next mission: Conquer politics
By any standard, Sean Parker is a very cool donor indeed. And this year, the 34-year-old co-founder of Napster is poised to bring his considerable fortune into the political world with fresh intensity, retaining advisers to bring new focus and sophistication to his political enterprises and preparing to make a significant investment in the 2014 election cycle. – Alexander Burns and Alex Byers
Leading New York Times: Jeb Bush’s Rush to Make Money May Be Hurdle
Mr. Bush left public office seven years ago with a net worth of $1.3 million and an unapologetic determination to expand his wealth, telling friends that his finances had suffered during his time in government. But his efforts to capitalize on his résumé and reputation have thrust him into situations that may prove challenging to explain should he mount a Republican campaign for the White House. – Michael Barbaro
Leading Los Angeles Times: Conservation League backs two rivals for Waxman's House seat
The California League of Conservation Voters has endorsed two rival Democrats in the crowded race to succeed Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Beverly Hills). State Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance and former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel both won the backing of the league, their campaigns announced this week. – Jean Merl
The political bites of the day
– Boston Mayor: Tsarnaev brothers failed –
BOSTON MAYOR MARTY WALSH TO THE WASHINGTON POST: “Whatever the intended effects were, whatever the Tsarnaevs thought was supposed to happen by bringing that terror to Boston, it had the complete opposite effect. I mean, look around. This place is booming; it has been all day today, all weekend. Ten thousand people ran the 5K today.”
– State Sen. Jason Carter (D) backs Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on gun bill –
GEORGIA GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE JASON CARTER ON MSNBC: “There’s not an issue that I know of that’s more geographically polarizing than guns. And there are some communities in my state that will feel safer if their school districts are allowed to make those decisions. And there are other communities where they won’t. And those communities will get to decide for themselves.”
– RGA: ‘Vincent Sheheen Protects Criminals, Not South Carolina’ –
NARRATOR IN A NEW RGA AN AD TARGETING VINCENT SHAHEEN FOR SOUTH CAROLINA GOV.: “Trial lawyer Vincent Sheheen made money off criminals. Got a sex offender out of jail time. Defended a child abuser. And represented others charged with violent acts. … So next time Sheheen says he'll protect women from violent criminals, ask him: What about the ones who paid him? Vincent Sheheen protects criminals. Not us.”
– Maryland AG says opponent’s military service not a ‘real job’ –
DOUG GANSLER AT A GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE’S FORUM: “You know I’m running against somebody (Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown) who has never managed anybody, never run anything. You know his ads are about how he was a lawyer in Iraq, and that’s all fine and good, but this is a real job.”
– Gansler clarifies comments –
MARYLAND ATTORNEY GENERAL DOUG GANSLER LATER IN A STATEMENT: "I want to clarify comments I made in the middle of a forum today about Maryland's failed rollout of the Affordable Care Act and Lt. Governor Brown's leadership. I have the utmost respect for his military service and for veterans. The point I was trying to make is that Anthony Brown's only attempt to lead as Lieutenant Governor was the unmitigated debacle of the health exchange website that denied Marylanders access to health care and cost taxpayers nearly $200 million."
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Sara Taylor Fagen (@sarafagen2)
President picks W. Neil Eggleston as new White House counsel http://politi.co/Qsqh9S #1 No one better #2 WH expects major investigations
Patricia Zengerle (@ReutersZengerle)
Biden is the highest ranking US official to visit Ukraine since the crisis erupted. by @jeffmason1 http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/04/21/ukraine-crisis-biden-idUKL2N0ND0BQ20140421 …
jennifer bendery (@jbendery)
Biden meeting with lawmakers in Ukraine today, per pool: Reps. Royce, Engel, Cicilline, Frankel, Gerlach, Quigley, Lowenthal and Poe.
Maggie Haberman (@maggiepolitico)
Bill Clinton headlining Gabby Giffords' group fundraiser in NYC on Wednesday http://www.politico.com/story/2014/04/bill-clinton-gabrielle-giffords-gun-group-event-105866.html?hp=l5 …
Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP)
Christie Campaign Has Spent At Least $314,000 in Legal Fees in Bridge Scandal http://on.wsj.com/QAnGdI
Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
Happy Birthday to our 48th Gov, Tom Kean – a dedicated and tireless public servant on behalf of the people of NJ .
Nick Corasaniti (@NYTnickc)
Sen. Blumenthal was nearly hit by an Amtrak train Friday, while giving a presser on train safety, via @HuffPostPol https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ircHCzcg3WY …
Nia-Malika Henderson (@NiaWaPo)
Why some Kansas students, parents are petitioning against Michelle Obama's planned attendance at school graduation http://wapo.st/1jqStlG
Boston Marathon (@bostonmarathon)
For the first time since 1983 an American man has won the Boston Marathon! Congratulations Meb Keflezighi!
John Kerry (@JohnKerry)
Proud to see runners & Bostonians reclaim #MarathonMonday. Triumph for all those tested by tragedy last year. #WeRunTogether #BostonStrong
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon, beginning in 1897, but women weren’t acknowledged officially until 1972 during the 76th running of the race.
That year, America’s Nina Kuscsik won the women’s race, finishing the course in 3 hours, 10 minutes and 26 seconds. This year’s fastest woman was Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, who finished the race in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 57 seconds - setting a new course record.
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