CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2014
June 6th, 2014
04:59 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 6, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

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 Full Service: Check out CNN’s new @Flipboard Magazine “The Bergdahl Files” for complete coverage of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl's return home

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.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)
What was the code name for the Allied invasion of Normandy 70 years ago?

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

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.

HOT SOTS
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.

TOP TWEETS
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

Crossfire (‏@Crossfire)
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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  1. Gurgyl

    –this president is smart and timely.

    June 6, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "…AS WHITE HOUSE CONTINUES BERGDAHL DEAL DEFENSE ... "

    What kind of ridiculous spin is that? Both were responding to the GOP/Teatrolls continuing their rabid attacks. Let me help you:

    "AS GOP/TEATROLLS CONTINUE THEIR RABID BERGDAHL ATTACKS...."

    FIFY

    Heck, Faux even had one of their ignorant bobbleheads today literally endorse the idea of Bergdahl's platoon murdering him and sending him home in a body bag if they had found him. But no, CNN has to try to spin it back on the administration. We get it, CNN....AFP has deep pockets.

    June 6, 2014 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Chris-E...al

    Vote the dem drug pushers out ! Vote the dems 0ut they gave guns to the drug cartels that support terror groups ! save 0ur kids !

    June 6, 2014 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "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?”"

    CNN's JIM ACOSTA ASKS WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SUSAN RICE: [Insert question deliberately phrased in a way to implicitly accuse the administration of doing something wrong in hopes that it sparks more nontroversy]

    FIFY

    June 6, 2014 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "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?”"

    CNN's JIM ACOSTA ASKS WHITE HOUSE NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISOR SUSAN RICE: [Insert question deliberately phrased in a way to implicitly accuse the administration of doing something wrong in hopes that it sparks more nontroversy]

    FIFY

    You'd never have asked something in that manner of Dubya. And you know what? How freekin stupid is that question anyway in light of all the work that's been put into getting a coalition of nation's together and the crippling sanctions that have been levied against Russia, which has a horrifyingly bad economy to start with and whose people are going to suffer for this? Hmmm? 10-15 minute polite conversations with adversaries somehow undo all of that when the substance of the conversation was essentially "you need to cut the crap, Pooty"? Do you guys even listen to yourselves? It's freekin childish what you do, constantly trying to manufacture something to sensationalize. You're like 12 year old middle school girls gossiping. Grow up.

    June 6, 2014 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "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"

    Pouting GOP/Teatroll jackholes who were hearing and seeing evidence contradictory to what they would rather believe decided that they'd leave the briefing and then tell the MSM that "our questions aren't being answered." #Maturity

    June 6, 2014 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    BTW, you'd never have asked something in that manner of Dubya. And you know what? How freekin stupid is that Jim Acosta question anyway in light of all the work that's been put into getting a coalition of nation's together and the crippling sanctions that have been levied against Russia, which has a horrifyingly bad economy to start with and whose people are going to suffer for this? Hmmm? Is he your new Ed Henry? 10-15 minute polite conversations with adversaries somehow magically undo international teamwork and sanctions even though the substance of the conversation was essentially "you need to cut the crap, Pooty"? Do you guys even listen to yourselves? It's freekin childish what you do, constantly trying to manufacture something to sensationalize, feeding the GOP/Teatrolls while you feed off them. You're like 12 year old middle school girls gossiping...but while on bath salts. Grow up.

    June 6, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  8. ja

    The last two wars were frauds, nothing has changed in Libya, Iraq or Afghanistan

    June 6, 2014 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  9. smith

    @Rudy-First, all the anti-assad fighters are fighting jihad. Second, 1 of 2 common links is all these fighters are Sunni radicals. Third, 2 0f 2 common links is that they are all against Assad. Which is exactly what I said. Your lame attempt to justify giving aid to Sunni radicals is fodder.

    June 6, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  10. don in albuquerque

    Chris-E
    Ahhhh, Fast and Furious was a BUSH program which Obama and the DOJ only continued. Probably because they had no choice due to W committing them already.

    June 6, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  11. Ken

    Putin told Obama,...I'll give you 15 minutes Bonehead...

    June 6, 2014 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  12. Thomas

    It would be fun to see them both play hockey or Basketball together instead of acting stupid .

    Go LA ! Go Spurs !

    June 6, 2014 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  13. Chris-E...al

    s0 they the anti gun .gave guns 4 drugs dems will do any thing to mess up normal . thx.

    June 6, 2014 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  14. Thomas

    @Gurgyl
    –this president is smart and timely.
    =========

    Sounds like that came out of a fortune cookie , I like it !

    June 7, 2014 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  15. Dar

    Obama also told Putin that Russia must stop the flow of weapons across the border into Ukraine
    WOW, Really??? Pretty strong words from our President!! To bad he doesn't have the back bone to back up those words.
    Wait, maybe Putin would take a few of the Taliban from us in trade for Ukraine??? Naw!
    I wonder if Putin's jaws still hurt this morning from laughing so hard at Obama trying to act tough in front of a crowd.
    What a punk. All show and no go Obama. The world is getting tired of his empty words as much as we are here in the USA.

    June 7, 2014 07:06 am at 7:06 am |