June 10th, 2014
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 10, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN CLEANUP: Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sought to clarify her "dead broke" comment that generated a critical reaction in social media and energized her detractors, saying simply that she and her husband have known periods in their lives when they struggled financially to pay off debt ... Clinton made the comment in defense of the hefty speaking fees she now commands as she weighs a presidential bid.Clinton told Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she understood the critical reaction to her comments, but remembers that they were "something like $12 million in debt" in the winter of 2001. – Dan Merica

QUOTE OF THE DAY ... CLINTON ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA: ‘I named the book ‘Hard Choices’ because that’s what a president has to make.”

Gut Check Full Service: Clinton’s memoir hits bookstores today, accompanied by the first official stop of her book tour in New York City. Click here to see more about the book tour, and what Clinton has to say about money, Monica,and Benghazi.

BERGDAHL BRIEFING RESOLVES LITTLE ON HILL ... Lawmakers drew battle lines for a fresh round of sparring over U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after a classified briefing Monday on the prisoner swap that led to his release. Authorities released an update about his condition and more details emerged about his time in captivity. After the briefing, Rep. Peter King, R-New York, told CNN "at least 80 to 90 people in the administration were aware of this proposed deal," setting lawmakers into a frenzy about not being informed about the deal as well.

House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, predicted Americans would die because of the swap of five Taliban detainees in exchange for Bergdahl’s release. "We are going to pay for this. There is not any doubt in my mind that there are going to be costs, lost lives associated with what came out of this," Boehner told reporters Tuesday. – Deirdre Walsh

House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, told CNN that "it would have been much better – (administration officials) would have been better advised - to have picked up the phone and informed the Speaker, the Leader, the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader in the United States Senate.”

Asked by CNN’s Michelle Kosinski if the White House trusts Congress, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said that their trust “only goes so far.”

See more reactions from lawmakers below in Hot Sots

WHAT DOES THE PUBLIC THINK? POLLS SHOW PLURALITY DISAPPROVE OF BERGDAHL SWAP FOR TALIBAN PRISONERS ... Forty-five percent of people questioned in a CBS News poll released Tuesday morning say they disapprove of the deal, while 37% support the exchange. A USA Today/Pew Research survey released Monday had similar findings, with 43% saying the release of five Taliban prisoners held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay in exchange for Berghdal was the wrong thing to do. Thirty-four percent say it was the right thing to do and nearly a quarter are unsure. – Paul Steinhauser

HOUSE UNANIMOUSLY PUSHES VA REFORM ... One day after a new VA audit showed over 63,000 veterans are still waiting for care, the House voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve legislation that would allow veterans experiencing long wait times to get health care from doctors at non-VA medical facilities. The measure is similar to a proposal included in a broader VA reform bill the Senate could vote on later this week. The House measure also would block the VA from giving out any bonuses to staff for the next two years.

…BUT HAS TO VOTE TWICE AFTER BILL’S SPONSOR MISSES FIRST VOTE: When the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee missed the vote on his bill allowing veterans waiting for health care to access non-VA facilities, he got a do-over. "It's on me," Jeff Miller, R-Florida, told reporters Tuesday outside the House chamber, admitting that he was the reason the House was voting twice on his legislation.

THE BUZZ: MAJORITY OF AFRICAN-AMERICANS NOW SAY SIMPSON WAS GUILTY ... Twenty years after the start of the O.J. Simpson murder case, attitudes towards Simpson and towards race relations in the country have dramatically changed, according to a new national poll. Monday night's release of the CNN/ORC International survey comes just a few days before 20th anniversary of the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson, the former football star and actor's ex-wife, and of Ronald Goldman. The case against Simpson and the ensuing more than eight-month-long criminal trial, dubbed the "trial of the century," engrossed the nation. Simpson was eventually acquitted.

Gut Check Flash Back: According to CNN polling in 1994, a large majority of whites thought Simpson was guilty, but six in ten African-Americans believed that the charges against Simpson were not true, a belief that persisted throughout the murder trial and its aftermath.

MARKET WATCH: Dow turns positive in final moments to set record closing high. Stocks finish little changed.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)
Which current senator became his sister’s legal guardian after their parents passed away?

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Leading CNNPolitics:Another showdown for Lindsey Graham
With the most recent poll indicating Sen. Lindsey Graham close to the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff, he spent the day before the primary on a bus tour through the conservative, voter-rich upstate region. – Paul Steinhauser

Gut Check Full Service: South Carolina, Virginia, Maine, Nevada and North Dakota will all hold primaries on Tuesday, though the marquee race is in South Carolina. In Virginia, Rep. Eric Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House and potential speaker, has been hitting back at a primary challenger who accuses him of abandoning GOP principles. In Maine, Rep. Mike Michaud leaves his seat open for a contested Democratic primary as he runs for governor. In Nevada, a GOP primary will determine who faces off against Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford in November. Catch all of CNN’s live online coverage of the primaries on our midterm elections pageor follow us on Twitter @GutCheckCNN and @CNNPolitics.

Leading CNNMoney:Truckers' rest is issue after Tracy Morgan crash
An effort to ease the rules regarding the rest a truck driver gets will likely get more scrutiny following the New Jersey accident involving comedian Tracy Morgan. – Aaron Smith

Leading Drudge: Slashed
Drudge links to Tweet below

Toby Harnden ‏(@tobyharnden)
40% discount on @HillaryClinton book at @booksamillion. Manager: "very unusual" >20% for new book, "really threw me" pic.twitter.com/KaLEeXRZX2

Leading HuffPo: Bitter Irony: How Dems Are Accidentally Helping The Kochs
Over the past two years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has repeatedly wrestled with factions of his own party as he tries to bring traditionally uncontroversial bills to the floor, only to see a legislative war break out between tea party hard-liners and old-guard conservatives. But Cantor is currently prepping a bill that will incite a different kind of floor fight - this time among Democrats. – Zach Carter and Paul Blumenthal

Leading Politico:The House GOP's top recruit
She’s the first female Air Force fighter pilot to fly in combat, a retired colonel who once sued the Pentagon over a policy on Muslim dress, and a self-described moderate who rails against government overreach. Republicans consider Arizona’s Martha McSally their top House recruit of 2014, and few have generated as much excitement in GOP circles. – Alex Isensdadt

Leading New York Times: Democrats See Winning Issue in Carbon Plan
The E.P.A. proposal to reduce carbon pollution from power plants was deemed a political gift from the Obama administration to Republicans running for Senate seats in the coal-producing states of Kentucky and West Virginia, and an anchor around the necks of their Democratic opponents. Elsewhere, the threat of higher electricity bills and Republican attacks about another federal power grab were supposed to send Democrats scurrying for cover and distance from the White House. – Carl Hulse and Michael D. Shear

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– McKeon: WH trying to pin Bergdahl decision, political fallout on Hagel –
HOUSE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN BUCK MCKEON, R-CALIFORNIA, ON FOX NEWS: “When I first heard about it, I saw the president with the Bergdahls on television (but) I didn’t see Secretary Hagel. It sounded like it was a presidential program all the way. Now that there’s been a little pushback yesterday in our briefing, the briefers from the various departments were asked who made the final decision, and they said Secretary Hagel. So I hope they’re not just pushing him out to be a fall guy for this.”

– Schiff: Leaks come from the administration, not Congress –
HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE MEMBER ADAM SCHIFF, D-CALIFORNIA, TO CNN: “I think it would have been wiser, far wiser, for the administration to have notified, certainly the leadership of Congress, in the interest of having good relations and comity with a co-equal branch of government ... It was a mistake that they didn’t. … One other fact I’ll raise is that most of the leaks that have taken place have come from the administration and not from Congress. So they really should have brought at least the leadership within their confidence, and I think that was a mistake.”

– Manchin: Bergdahl swap wasn’t a good deal –
SENATE ARMED SERVICES COMMITTEE MEMBER JOE MANCHIN, D-WEST VIRGINIA, AT A STAKEOUT: “My main concern is the five – these five released prisoners. Was it a good deal or a bad deal? In my mind it is still a bad deal. I can’t explain it back home to my fellow West Virginians why these five, who they have tried repeatedly to get some type of an exchange release in the last ten years, and why all of a sudden the five went at one time. That is a hard one to explain. That is a hard one for me to understand.”

– RNC to DNC: Name a Democrat other than Hillary who can win in 2016 –
RNC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR KIRSTEN KUKOWSKI TO DNC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR MO ELLEITHEE ON CNN'S NEWSROOM: “I can name ten Republican candidates who can win the White House in two years. I think that what we've learned over the last couple of days with Hillary Clinton is they are all in on Hillary, and I would wonder if Mo could actually name a couple other Democrat candidates who could win the presidency in two years."

– DNC to RNC: Our bench is better than your bench –
DNC COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR MO ELLEITHEE RESPONDS: “I like the Democratic bench a whole lot more than the Republican bench, and there are a number of potential candidates who I feel very confident we (can) put them up head to head against any of the potential Republican candidates and (they) will win."

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Alex Castellanos (‏@alexcast)
new @ReadyForHillary slogan: "be it ever so humble, there is no place like homes." @HillaryClinton @HillaryBook @PaulBegala @New_GOP

America Rising PAC ‏(@AmericaRising)
#HillaryIsSoPoor that she only hangs out with millionaires #TheStruggle https://twitter.com/AmericaRising/status/476370213668012032http://twitpic.com/e5t2r6   #HillaryonABC

Nick Confessore ‏(@nickconfessore)
Righty #HillaryIsSoPoor tweets rapidly converging with lefty #checkyourprivilege tweets.

David Chalian ‏(@DavidChalian)
Preliminary numbers show 6 million viewers for HRC interview last night. 11 years ago, 13.5 million tuned in for her first book interview.

Greg Sargent ‏(@ThePlumLineGS)
Dem Senator briefed on Bergdahl swap tells me WH still withholding info that would persuade public: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2014/06/10/more-will-come-out-about-bowe-bergdahl-swap/

Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN)
"to accuse them of swiftboating is unacceptable" – john mccain on men who served w #Bergdahl who are criticizing him

Aaron Blake (‏@AaronBlakeWP)
The Bergdahl situation is a lot like Obamacare: Motivated opposition, few strong allies for Obama http://wapo.st/1kMP4RW

John Boehner ‏(@johnboehner)
“Even on my most pain-filled days, I remember there’s still a better way than Obamacare” http://bit.ly/1qnBrsM cc @thehill

Steven Dennis ‏(@StevenTDennis)
Presuming Cantor wins tonight, worth rereading WH hopes for immigration post-primaries http://blogs.rollcall.com/white-house/commitment-john-boehner-immigration-reform/?dcz= …

Jake Tapper (@jaketapper)
The time I caused an awkward moment between @sethmeyers and his now-wife > http://t.co/PwUdrLaFIK

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-South Carolina, adopted his 13-year-old sister after losing both of his parents in a 15-month span. At the time, he was a junior at the University of South Carolina on his way to becoming the first in his family to graduate from college.

In a recent campaign ad, Graham’s sister discusses being cared for by her brother after their parents passed away. “It was hard when we lost my mom and my dad,” Darlene Graham Nordone says in the ad. “Lindsey assured me that he was going to take care of me. He was going to be there for me. He never let me down. Never.”

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  1. rs

    John Boehner ‏(@johnboehner)
    “Even on my most pain-filled days, I remember there’s still a better way than Obamacare”
    _________________________
    Still waiting on the Republican Health Care Plan for America- Please, don't tell me it's Mr. Carson's "market-based solutions" the Koch Brothers ads tout... that's what brought us to needing the ACA in the first place. 11 MILLION new enrollees and the biggest drop in the uninsured in history. Keep reminding us Mr. Boehner.....

    June 10, 2014 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. bassman

    Mrs. Clinton writes in her book candidate Obama wanted her to attack Palin. Clinton responded 'Attack her for what, for being a woman? Who knew it was Barrack Obama that launched the "war on women".

    June 10, 2014 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    “I can name ten Republican candidates who can win the White House in two years."

    Gold star for delusion of the day.
    '

    June 10, 2014 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "“Even on my most pain-filled days, I remember there’s still a better way than Obamacare”"

    Oh? Then detail what that is.

    *6 YEARS OF CRICKETS AND COUNTING*

    June 10, 2014 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Mrs. Clinton writes in her book candidate Obama wanted her to attack Palin. Clinton responded 'Attack her for what, for being a woman? Who knew it was Barrack Obama that launched the "war on women".

    Get your talking points straight. You just completely mangled that one, not only misrepresenting what Clinton said and what she said Obama's campaign said, but also what Palin said, which is the person you got the talking point from in the first place. So yeah, golfclaps for you...you got all three wrong.

    June 10, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    @bassman: "Mrs. Clinton writes in her book candidate Obama wanted her to attack Palin. Clinton responded 'Attack her for what, for being a woman? Who knew it was Barrack Obama that launched the "war on women".

    Are you one of those folks claiming to have read all 656 pages already and have posted a scathing review? Please cite the page on which this exchange appears and the complete excerpt.

    June 10, 2014 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  7. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    John Boehner ‏(@johnboehner)
    “Even on my most pain-filled days, I remember there’s still a better way than Obamacare”

    Easy for him to say, since he's got taxpayer-subsidized healthcare for himself and his family; he'll be covered for the rest of his life, too. Talk about a waste of money! And think of how much we'll be paying when he gets that melanoma diagnosis!

    June 10, 2014 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    @bassman
    Mrs. Clinton writes in her book candidate Obama wanted her to attack Palin. Clinton responded 'Attack her for what, for being a woman? Who knew it was Barrack Obama that launched the "war on women".
    ------------
    One out-of-context quote form a book you haven't read is way more significant than the years of conservative bias and moral judgement and laws against women. Is it any wonder conservative rants are often met with rolled eyes?

    June 10, 2014 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    So is the daily quota for Hillary Clinton stories on the Ticker 3 or 4??? Has CNN put Chelsea Clinton in charge of the Ticker? I missed the announcement.

    June 10, 2014 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Are you one of those folks claiming to have read all 656 pages already and have posted a scathing review? Please cite the page on which this exchange appears and the complete excerpt."

    To be fair, he can probably do that because when Palin started that idiotic talking point, she threw up a photo of the page.

    June 10, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    @vo ner, even in you most pain filled days, pain for what?, you probably had very expensive Scotch holding your hand.

    June 10, 2014 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  12. Sniffit

    "The difference is the prisoners GWB released not nearly as high on the totem pole as the five Obama released. Also, no one objected to the ones Bush released.
    @Wake up- The Bush Admin. didn`t throw out a fake BS story about terror attacks. That`s the difference.

    =====
    Agreed. Clearly there is a difference unless you are on the I-have–to-defend-Obama-100% Team.'
    =====
    You want to point out differences, eh? Name what Dubya got in return for releasing any of those 300+ detainees, 171 of which return to the "battlefield." Name it.

    Oh, and BTW, that 171 included Ibrahim Sen, who was later arrested in Turkey while leading an active al Qaeda cell, and Abdullah Mahsud, whom Pakistan government officials accuse of directing a suicide attack in April 2007 that killed 31 people.

    So again, tell me what Dubya got in return for releasing the man who orchestrated the end of those 31 lives? Anything?

    June 10, 2014 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Gurgyl

    –Eric a Cantor losing and Mitch MConnoll losing is good for USA.

    June 10, 2014 08:22 pm at 8:22 pm |
  14. Thomas

    The First woman president of the United States Of America .

    Sound good !

    June 10, 2014 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. CryBabies

    "Who knew it was Barack Ob ama that launched the "war on women"? Dana Perinos response to Hillary Clintons excerpt about what the Obama campaign wanted HC to do to attack SP. Pretty much right on. BO.... so much the hypocrite.

    June 11, 2014 01:02 am at 1:02 am |
  16. CryBabies

    Sure, i'll do that for you Think a Thunk... Seeing how important facts are to you when it convienences your narrative. GaL.

    June 11, 2014 01:06 am at 1:06 am |