CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 29, 2014 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
NBA BANS STERLING FOR LIFE … Basketball Commissioner Adam Silver slapped Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling with a lifetime ban from the sport and a $2.5 million fineTuesday over racist remarks attributed to Sterling. Silver said the National Basketball Association "will begin immediately" the process to force Sterling to sell the team, which he has owned since the 1980s.
Asked about his message to Clippers fans, Silver said, “This league is far bigger than any one owner.” – Steve Almasy and Ashley Fantz
L.A. MAYOR ERIC GARCETTI: “When you get this many Lakers to stand up for this many Clippers, you know something big is happening in L.A.”
CANTOR TO MCALLISTER: LEAVE NOW … House Majority Leader Eric Cantor called Tuesday for Rep. Vance McAllister to resign. A senior aide to the Republican leader confirmed reports that Cantor met with the embattled Louisiana congressman and said he should step down. McAllister, who was caught on video kissing an aide in his office, announced Monday he would not seek re-election in November.
McAllister later said in a statement, Cantor "did ask me to consider resigning, but I respectfully disagree with him and my family is behind my decision." – Deirdre Walsh
GRIMM: I’M NOT LEAVING… One day after being indicted for various charges in a New York federal court, Rep. Michael Grimm returned to Capitol Hill and pledged to stay there. "I'm back to work doing what the people pay me to do: represent them. So that's what's going to continue going forward," the New York Republican told CNN. – Paul Courson and Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough
GOP LEADERS TO GRIMM: DROP DEAD: GOP leaders are considering withdrawing financial and strategic support for Rep. Michael Grimm's re-election bid, Republican sources familiar with the discussions told CNN. By withholding party help, the GOP would likely be effectively ceding the House seat to Democrats, who see the race as one of their top pick up chances this November. – Dana Bash
NEW LOW FOR OBAMA ... According to a new ABC News/Washington Post poll, 41% of Americans say they approve of the job Obama's doing in the White House, an all-time low for the President in. And Obama's approval rating is down five-percentage points from the last ABC News/Washington Post survey, which was conducted in late February and early March. – Paul Steinhauser
CHRISTIE NAMES NEW PORT AUTHORITY CHIEF… New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie on Tuesday nominated former state Attorney General John Degnan, a Democrat, to be the new chairman of the Port Authority Board of Commissioners. Degnan, who served as state AG under Gov. Byrne, has also served as chief counsel at Chubb. Christie praised Degnan for his independence.
THE BUZZ: CLIPPERS MAKE A BOLD STATEMENT
Team website: http://www.nba.com/clippers/one
MARKET WATCH: Stocks close higher ahead of Fed policy announcement. Dow rises 86 points. NASDAQ and S&P gain less than 1%.
Who is the only sitting U.S. senator to be killed in a duel?
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Leading Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Federal judge strikes down Wisconsin's voter ID law
A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Wisconsin's voter ID law, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution. The law had already been blocked by a state judge. For the law to be put back in place, supporters would have to overturn both the state and federal decisions — a possibility that appears unlikely between now and the Nov. 4 election for governor. In Tuesday's decision, U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman in Milwaukee determined the law requiring voters to show one of a narrow set of photo IDs at the polls violated the federal Voting Rights Act and established an unconstitutional burden on the right to vote. He issued an injunction barring the law from being enforced. – Patrick Marley and Jason Stein
Gut Check Full Service: STATEMENT FROM ATTORNEY GENERAL VAN HOLLEN: “I am disappointed with the order and continue to believe Wisconsin’s law is constitutional. We will appeal.”
Leading CNNPolitics.com: Reid says he's receiving "ugly, vile, vulgar" threats
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, acknowledged Tuesday he is receiving what he called “ugly, vile, vulgar” threats after he labeled supporters of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy “domestic terrorists” last week. “Each day that goes by, it's hard for me to comprehend how ugly, vile, vulgar, and threatening people are, sending letters to my home and making other threats,” said Reid, speaking slowly to reporters, with long pensive pauses and even shaking his head. “So I don't know who's mad at me, but it's a long list, I guess,” Reid continued. On Monday the US Capitol police said it was looking into “threatening statements made toward Senator Reid.” – Dana Bash
Leading CNNMoney: The biggest tax breaks in 2014
Lambasting corporate tax "loopholes" makes for a rousing populist speech. But when it comes to how much revenue Uncle Sam gives up every year because of tax breaks, the greatest amount by far goes to individual taxpayers. And "by far," think close to 90%. – Jeanne Sahadi
Leading Drudge: Russia Threatens Astronauts Over Sanctions
Russia warned Tuesday that American astronauts on the International Space Station could be hurt by new US-led sanctions over the escalating crisis in Ukraine, where pro-Moscow militants seized more public buildings in the east. – Anna Smolchenko, with Michel Moutot in Lugansk
Leading HuffPo: John Boehner's Challenger Loses Job Over 'Electile Dysfunction' Ad
Speaker of the House John Boehner's (R-Ohio) primary challenger was dismissed from his adjunct professorship at a small Christian college over a web ad in which he said Boehner suffers from "electile dysfunction." J.D. Winteregg had taught at Cedarville University in Ohio for the past three years. Winteregg's campaign released an ad fashioned after commercials for Cialis, the erectile dysfunction drug. – Smantha Lachman
Leading Politico: DOD under fire for farming out sex-assault survey
Pentagon officials confirmed Tuesday they’ve entered into a deal with the RAND Corp. to take over the biennial study of gender issues for active duty military members — and those results will be sent to President Barack Obama by the end of the year. The last version of that report counted an estimated 26,000 unwanted sexual contacts in 2012 and gave victim advocates a powerful data point as they pushed Congress and the White House to make major changes to the military justice system. – Darren Samuelsohn
Leading New York Times: Ending Asia Trip, Obama Defends His Foreign Policy
While he flatly rejected the Republican portrait of him as feckless in the face of crises like Syria, Mr. Obama seemed to be wrestling with a more nuanced critique, that aside from one or two swings for the fences — the nuclear negotiations with Iran, for example — his foreign policy had become a game of small ball. – Mark Landler
The political bites of the day
– Garcetti gives Silver a thumbs up: –
L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti TO CNN’S Christiane Amanpour ON NBA COMMISSIONER ADAM SILVER’S REMARKS: “Those are exactly the sorts of strong statements we need to stand up against these hateful comments. And again, my sentiments tonight are with those players. And I think this has taken hopefully a burden off their shoulders so they can concentrate on what they do well.”
– Fudge on Sterling’s fate: ‘Best thing that could have happened’ –
Congressional Black Caucus CHAIR Rep. Marcia Fudge: "I think it was the best thing that could have happened – not just for the Clippers, but for the United States of America – to take into consideration that we can’t allow people, whether it be a sports team or head of any other institution – to speak that kind of vile language and get away with it. I'm very pleased."
– Mitch McConnell on Sterling punishment: ‘Sounds good to me’ –
SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL, R-KENTUCKY, TO CNN’S DANA BASH: “It's (an) outrageous, unacceptable comment. Have they now made a recommendation?” BASH: “To ban him for, for life - the harshest possible penalty. Ban him for life from the games. A $2.5 million fine. And Silver is urging him to sell the team.” MCCONNELL: “Sounds pretty good to me.”
– Biden: ‘Kick the crap’ out those who commit sexual assault –
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN releasing A White House Task Force REPORT ON STUDENTS AND Sexual Assault: Where I came from, “if a man raised his hand to a woman, you had the job to kick the crap out of him.”
– Boehner: Up to Obama to pass immigration reform –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT A HILL STAKEOUT: “We're going to continue to work with our members and have discussions to see if there's a way forward. But the president has to take action himself. He's got to show the American people and show the Congress that he can be trusted to implement the law.”
– Lew: Russia’s feeling the economic pinch from sanctions –
TREASURY SECRETARY JACK LEW AT A HEARING ON CAPITOL HILL: “There has been a quite substantial deterioration in Russia's already weak economy. We see it in their stock exchange, we see it in their exchange rate. We see it in a number of important economic indicators. They were downgraded to one notch above junk.”
– Jindal: Democrats don’t think much of Americans –
GOV. BOBBY JINDAL, R-LOUISIANA, IN A CNN OP-ED: “While it is true that we as Republicans need to do a better job articulating our principles and being the party of bold new ideas, the Democrats have a far worse problem. Democrats need to stop being the party that thinks Americans themselves are stupid. … If The Nation, President Obama, or anyone else on the left thinks the American people are too dumb to pick a school or health plan, they should say so publicly — and in so many words.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Vaughn Sterling (@vplus)
JUST IN: Clippers statement: "“We wholeheartedly support & embrace the decision by...Adam Silver today. Now the healing process begins.”
Brian Ries (@moneyries)
Donald Sterling told @FoxNews the LA Clippers are 'not for sale’ before Silver's announcement video.foxnews.com/v/352064361000…
Cory Booker (@CoryBooker)
Too soon man, too soon RT @charlessahm Who wants to buy the #Clippers with me and move them to #Newark? (PS I'm only good for like $1,000)
Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh)
Going the Mark Sanford route RT @dfriedman33: NRCC Won't Back Grimm http://nydn.us/1m6SWLB
DCCC National Press Secretary Josh Schwerin (@JoshSchwerin)
So far "zero tolerance" means not pushing Grimm out and letting him keep his $100k from leadership
The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN)
Newly released Benghazi documents reinforce White House push that video was to blame http://cnn.it/1ixuTHp – @jaketapper reports
Luke Russert (@LukeRussert)
#GOP members in #Louisiana delegation call onVitter & Landrieu to put a hold on Burwell's nomination to HHS http://scalise.house.gov/sites/scalise.house.gov/files/documents/Letter%20to%20Senators%20Landrieu%20and%20Vitter%20on%20Burwell%20Nomination%204_29_14.pdf…
Paul Steinhauser (@psteinhauserCNN)
The new spots announced by the US Chamber of Commerce brings to nearly 20 the # of ads the group's run in '14 cycle http://cnn.it/1jefGd5
Sarah Palin endorses Taylor Griffin in primary against anti-war GOP Rep. Walter Jones. #NC03
Taylor Griffin (@tgriff7)
"I consider Governor Palin to be the epitome of a principled conservative." http://bit.ly/1rJBtMt pic.twitter.com/qQU2eVbZ16
Cassie Cope @cassielcope)
ICYMI: @CondoleezzaRice is coming to South Carolina to campaign for U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham. http://www.thestate.com/2014/04/28/3414976/sc-politics-condoleezza-rice-to.html?sp=/99/132/312/169/#storylink=cpy … #buzz #thestate
David Daniel (@CNNLADavid)
No relation! RT @Tennessean What a coinkydink! Jack R. Daniel runs for #TN House to represent Lynchburg district, home of @JackDaniels_US
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
California Senator David Broderick, the only sitting senator to die in a duel, was killed in September 1859. Broderick, an anti-slavery Democrat, was killed in a duel with the state’s chief justice, David Terry. Terry accused Broderick of betraying the Democratic Party, an assertion which prompted Broderick to call Terry a dishonest judge and a "miserable wretch." Terry then challenged Broderick to a duel.
The two met south of San Francisco at Lake Merced. Terry shot Broderick in the chest. In 1889, Terry himself was gunned down after threatening the life of Supreme Court Justice Stephen Field.
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