CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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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
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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.
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
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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
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."
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/476370213668012032 … http://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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