CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 6, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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D-DAY: OBAMA, PUTIN MEET IN FRANCE ... A much anticipated encounter between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, came on the sidelines of a lunch held Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day ... During their informal aside, Obama told Putin that to reduce tensions in Ukraine, Russia must recognize Poroshenko as the country's legitimate leader and stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine. Obama also told Putin that Russia must stop the flow of weapons across the border into Ukraine, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said ... The talk lasted 10 to 15 minutes. – Laura Smith-Spark and Ray Sanchez
…AS WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES BERGDAHL DEAL DEFENSE ...
SUSAN RICE:President Obama's national security adviser said Friday that her full-throated praise of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was appropriate given the former Taliban prisoner's willingness to go to war for his country - despite questions about whether or not he deserted his Army colleagues. – Jim Acosta
JOHN PODESTA: White House adviser John Podesta told a group of reporters Friday at a breakfast organized by the Christian Science Monitor that, regarding the Bergdahl decision, you "just don't get the choice to say, ‘I am sorry. I am going to wait until after November to bring one of our young soldiers home who has been captured by the Taliban’…You have to make a decision right there." – Kevin Bohn
Gut Check DVR: Tune into CNN’s Jake Tapper’s special half hour documentary on Bowe Bergdahl tonight at 10pm ET.
MARKET WATCH: Solid week for stocks ends with Dow, S&P 500 at record highs. NASDAQ finishes at highest level in nearly 3 months.
What was the code name for the Allied invasion of Normandy 70 years ago?
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Leading CNNPolitics: 'Hard Choices': A book rollout or a campaign tune up?
Instead of surrounding herself with the regular PR flacks and publicists in preparation to sell her book, Clinton has brought on seasoned campaign veterans and political communicators. Sources close to Clinton are talking about "war rooms" and "surrogate operations" instead of book signings. – Dan Merica
Leading CNNMoney: Apple to be 'cheap' Monday. Will you buy?
Starting on Monday, one share of Apple (AAPL, Tech30) will go from costing close to $647.50 to about $92.50 - give or take a few iCents. That's because the company is doing what's known as a stock split. It is issuing more shares to existing investors in order to bring down the price of the stock. – Paul R. La Monica
Leading Drudge: AWKWARD
Obama publicly ignores Putin at state leaders' photo... but White House confirms pair had lengthy 'informal conversation' at D-Day lunch. – Lydia Warren
Leading HuffPo: Exodus
Obama administration officials held a closed-door, classified briefing on Wednesday in which they spent more than two hours detailing to senators the trade of five senior Taliban leaders for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, but many lawmakers decided to leave early. – Igor Bobic
Leading Politico: Dems prep Mississippi war plan
National Democrats have begun to take steps toward contesting the Mississippi Senate race, channeling money to their cash-strapped underdog challenger and preparing a deep research file on tea party candidate Chris McDaniel as Republicans duke it out in a runoff primary. – Alexander Burns and Burgess Everett
Leading New York Times: Brooklyn Will Vie to Host 2016 Democratic National Convention, de Blasio Says
Brooklyn, a nexus of the new Democratic left that has morphed from working-class enclave to a gritty, global arbiter of cool, will vie to host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York City said on Friday. – Mihcael M. Grynbaum
Nick Confessore (@nickconfessore)
Brooklyn had something like 4,000 hotel rooms as of 2013. 35,000 people attended the Charlotte convention. This'll be fun.
The political bites of the day
- Rice: Despite encounter with Obama, Putin not off the hook -
CNN’S JIM ACOSTA ASKS WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SUSAN RICE: By meeting with Vladimir Putin, is Obama “letting the Russian president off the hook here?”
RICE: “Absolutely not. We have rallied the countries of the world to impose costly sanctions on Russia for its actions. And we continue to make clear that if they are actively involved going forward in destabilizing Ukraine, there's a very real prospect of additional sanctions and pressure.”
- State Dept. may release Bergdahl “proof of life” video –
STATE DEPARTMENT DEPUTY SPOKESWOMAN MARIE HARF AT A PRESS BRIEFING: “We’re looking into whether it might be possible of release the “proof of life” video. Obviously members of Congress have now seen it.”
- Harkin: Hillary doesn’t have 2016 locked up -
SEN. TOM HARKIN, D-IOWA, TO THE DES MOINES REGISTER: “I think Hillary would be the first to say no one ever has something all locked up. This is not a coronation or anything like that ... And you never know. Sometimes a dark horse can come up the inside track on this and surprise people. You never know."
- Rand Paul: Kentucky law won't stop him from dual runs in 2016 -
SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KENTUCKY, TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS THURSDAY: “We do think about it, but ultimately it's not something that will probably deter the process.”
Gut Check DVR: Watch Inside Politics at 8:30am E.T. Sunday with CNN’s John King and guests Steve Inskeep, Maeve Reston, Jackie Kucinich, and Laura Meckler. And catch State of the Union at 9:00am E.T. Sunday with CNN’s Candy Crowley for an exclusive interview with Secretary of State John Kerry and guests Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Maj. Gen. Paul Eaton, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin, Gen. James Mattis, Donna Brazile, Jackie Calmes, and Ana Navaro.
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Hadas Gold (@Hadas_Gold)
"much like divorced parents at a child’s graduation." @peterbakernyt w/ best description of Obama/Putin http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/07/world/europe/obama-and-putin-join-other-leaders-to-honor-d-day.html …
Kevin Liptak (@kevinliptakcnn)
Host TV throws up an Obama-Putin split screen. @camanpour says it drew a big reaction from crowd at Sword Beach pic.twitter.com/RRgpoyV54G
Barney Keller (@barneykeller)
The Travis Childers record: opposes ObamaCare repeal, late on property taxes 221 (!) times, gave $2K to John Kerry. #MSSen
Jonathan Weisman (@jonathanweisman)
Wow, if Club For Growth is going after Travis Childers in Miss., before GOP runoff, do they think he has a chance against @CMForUSSenate?
Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg)
New: Mitch McConnell will host a "run-off reception" fundraiser for Thad Cochran at the NRSC on June 10. http://washIngtonexaminer.com/mitch-mcconnel
Paul Steinhauser (@psteinhauserCNN)
With trips to South Carolina, North Carolina, Iowa and a cattle call in DC – there's no weekends off for Bobby Jindal http://cnn.it/1oAoLNT
Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman)
The Secret Service is onto your sarcasm. RT @CIA: We can neither confirm nor deny that this is our first tweet.
Dana Davidsen (@danadavidsenCNN)
Bush 41 socks rake in the dough for the RNC ... $1million http://cnn.it/1lbu4Uv
CNN Tech (@cnntech)
Holy $$$$ ... Uber valued at $17 billion in latest funding round http://cnnmon.ie/1pfBA1x via @DavidGoldmanCNN pic.twitter.com/coPbv4JOs2
Could it be? No more @Uber & @lyft inVirginia? Why?! Time for a #Crossfire outrage: http://cnn.it/1p0IyK3 cc: @newtgingrich
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
The Normandy invasion that took place 70 years ago today was known by the code name "Operation Overlord." There was no guarantee of success for the massive, unprecedented undertaking as Allied troops crossed the English Channel with the goal of smashing Hitler’s Atlantic Wall and liberating Europe from Nazi tyranny.
Today, President Obama honored the sacrifice of those troops at ceremonies in France. The president stopped to shake hands and thank some of the 1,000 D-Day veterans present for the occasion.
See more: D-Day: By the numbers
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