CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 18, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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CONFIRMED: BAGHDAD REQUESTS U.S. AIR SUPPORT ... Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that the United States has received a request from the Iraqi government to use air power to help roll back gains won by Sunni militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It’s in America’s "national security interest to counter (ISIS) where we find them," Dempsey said. – Laura Smith-Spark, Ashley Fantz and Nic Robertson
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... AS HILL LEADERS WEIGH POSSIBLE OPTIONS IN IRAQ … Ahead of a White House meeting on Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, called on President Obama to lay out a "broader strategy" for how to deal with sectarian violence in Iraq. But Boehner said the United States should "absolutely not" talk to Iranians about the crisis. Rep. Buck McKeon, R-California, replied sarcastically when asked if there should be any effort to discuss any response with Iran. "Talking to Iran? Well let's see. We got Russia to help us out in Syria, and now we're going to have Iran help us out in Iraq?" Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, spoke out forcefully against sending U.S. service members into the middle of sectarian strife. “This is an Iraqi civil war and it is time for Iraqis to resolve it themselves,” he said on the Senate floor. – Deirdre Walsh and Ted Barrett
... AND AMERICANS SOUR ON OBAMA’S HANDLING OF FOREIGN POLICY: It's a new low for President Obama. Facing numerous international challenges, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll indicates just 37% of Americans say they approve of how the President's handling foreign policy.– Paul Steinhauser
INSIDE POLITICS: CLINTON’S SPLIT STANCE ON IMMIGRATION ... During her book tour, Clinton has come out firmly in support of immigration reform. She’s blasted opponents of comprehensive reform legislation, calling them people who "don't seem to understand one of our strongest and most important attributes is that we are still a nation of immigrants.” And at CNN’s Tuesday Townhall at the Newseum, Clinton said undocumented workers who are already in the United States and not doing anything wrong should be able to stay. But when addressing the recent crisis of children flooding detention centers along the southern border, the potential 2016 presidential candidate took a tougher stance.
“We have so to send a clear message,” Clinton said. “Just because your child gets across the border, that doesn't mean the child gets to stay. So, we don't want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey."
THE BUZZ: REDSKINS TRADEMARKS SACKED ... The U.S. Patent Office has canceled six trademarks belonging to the Washington Redskins football team, saying they are offensive to Native Americans. In a decision released Wednesday, the office's Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that "these registrations must be canceled because they [are] disparaging to Native Americans." – Ben Brody
Rush’s headline: Obama Regime Strips Redskins Trademark
Gut Check Full Service: Polls conducted over the past few years tend to indicate that most Americans don’t think Native American names for sports teams, such as the Washington Redskins, should be changed. – CNN Polling Director Keating Holland and CNN Political Editor Paul Steinhauser
MARKET WATCH: S&P 500 ends at record high after Fed indicates an improving job market. NASDAQ close is highest in 14 years.
Which former Washington Redskins player ran against Nancy Pelosi for the position of minority leader in 2010?
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Immigrant children tread treacherous political landscape
The thousands of immigrant children pouring across the nation's southern border from Central America braved predators and harsh elements only to arrive in the United States and walk right into one of the most toxic issues in Washington ... The debate over what the White House calls "a humanitarian crisis" is pouring fuel on a raging fire, judging by the rhetoric. – Halimah Abdullah
Leading CNNMoney: The winner from Iraq crisis: Energy stocks
The chaos in Iraq is understandably distressing many, but in a weird twist, investors who own energy stocks are benefiting from the unfortunate situation. In fact, violence in the Middle East and Vladimir Putin's use of withholding natural gas as an economic weapon against Ukraine are actually lifting the energy sector to record levels. – Matt Egan
Leading New Orleans Times-Picayune: Bobby Jindal announces plans to get Louisiana out of Common Core
Gov. Bobby Jindal announced his plans Wednesday (June 18) to roll back Louisiana and the nation's largest educational change in a generation: the Common Core academic standards and a related standardized test. Jindal said he had contacted the Common Core organization and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers to remove Louisiana from both. – Julia O'Donoghue
Leading Drudge: Todd Turns: Obama ‘Over’
President Obama's approval rating has dropped to 41 percent, a majority of Americans disapprove of his handling of foreign policy issues, he has lost support from the Hispanic community and Americans actually think his administration is less competent than the Bush White House post-Hurricane Katrina, according to a new survey from the Wall Street Journal and NBC News ... The survey would appear to be so bad, in fact, that NBC News' Chuck Todd said Tuesday that the poll basically means the public has declared the Obama presidency to be over.
Leading HuffPo: Liz And Dick Cheney Launch Anti-Obama Group
Former Vice President Dick Cheney and his daughter, former Senate candidate Liz Cheney, are launching a "grassroots organization that will advocate for a restoration of American strength and power," according to a release about their new organization, The Washington Post reports. – Paige Lavender
Leading Politico: The dark side of the oil boom
Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight.- Kathryn Wolfe and Bob King
Leading New York Times: Push Polls, Defined
Push polling is so incompatible with authentic polling that the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the American Association of Political Consultants (A.A.P.C.), the Council for Marketing and Opinion Research (CMOR) and the National Council on Public Polls (N.C.P.P.) have all denounced the practice. – Marjorie Connelly
The political bites of the day
– Cheney: Obama is ‘so wrong about so much’ –
FORMER VICE PRESIDENT DICK CHENEY AND LIZ CHENEY IN A WALL STREET JOURNAL OP-ED: “Rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many. Too many times to count, Mr. Obama has told us he is ‘ending’ the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan—as though wishing made it so. His rhetoric has now come crashing into reality. Watching the black-clad ISIS jihadists take territory once secured by American blood is final proof, if any were needed, that America's enemies are not ‘decimated.’ They are emboldened and on the march.”
– Reid: America shouldn’t take foreign policy advice from Cheney –
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID ON THE SENATE FLOOR: “This morning there was an op-ed piece in the wall Street Journal. Now who would write that? How about Dick Cheney? Just to remind everyone - the former vice president of the United States who clearly was the chief architect of the (Iraq) war. If there is one thing this country does not need, (it is to) be taking advice from Dick Cheney on wars. Being on the wrong side of Dick Cheney is being on the right side of history.”
– Reid: ‘The writing is on the wall’ for the Redskins –
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID ON THE SENATE FLOOR:
“Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this, but it's just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing and change the name ... It's racist. Daniel Snyder says it's about tradition. I ask, what tradition? A tradition of racism. That's all that that name leaves in its wake. The writing is on the wall. It's on the wall in giant, blinking, neon lights.”
– Obama: There’s no 'e' at the end of 'faire' in America –
OBAMA AT THE “MAKER FAIRE” AT THE WHITE HOUSE: “Welcome to the first ever White House Maker Faire, which is pretty exciting. Let me start by saying the only thing that I asked my staff about is why is there an 'e' at the end of 'faire.’ I wasn't sure. Is there jousting? Do we all have to get dressed up? So I'm just warning you - next year the 'e' may be gone. I don't know exactly who came up with that. This is America.”
– Cruz and King swap insults –
TEXAS GOP SEN. TED CRUZ TO CNN’S ERIN BURNETT ON MONDAY: “I don't know Mr. King. I've never met him. To be honest, I don't think I'd ever heard of him until he started getting on television, attacking me. He's welcome to express his opinion.”
NEW YORK GOP REP. PETER KING TO CNN’S WOLF BLITZER ON TUESDAY: “Ted Cruz decided to be the center of his own universe, to live in his own world. To not know who the other members of Congress are, the other members of the Senate. Maybe if he had listened to me over the years, he'd be a little smarter.”
– Clinton reveals details on famous Bin Laden Situation Room photo –
HILLARY CLINTON AT A BOOK TOUR EVENT IN CANADA: “The day of the attack we crowded into a small room ... You’ll see me with my hand over my mouth because my heart was in my mouth. I was trying to prevent it leaping out of my mouth.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Rebecca Shabad (@RebeccaShabad)
Scary stuff - Iraq's ambassador to US warns of 'ethnic cleansing' if Obama doesn't act http://thehill.com/policy/international/209776-iraqi-envoy-to-us-warns-of-ethnic-cleansing-if-obama-doesnt-act#.U6HCcpXSwxU.twitter …
Tim Mak (@timkmak)
Fascinating story on the Twitter account that is divulging secrets from within ISIS http://thebea.st/1r4lcRQ via @Jacob__Siegel
Tyler Bass (@TylerBass)
The particularly vulnerable Sen. Landrieu says the new Iraq crisis is a good reason to move forward on Keystone.
Sally Kohn (@sallykohn)
Yes, Hillary Clinton is boring but I'm guessing she'd rather be president than be exciting - ICYMI: http://edition.cnn.com/2014/06/18/opinion/kohn-clinton-town-hall/index.html?c=opinion…
James Pethokoukis (@JimPethokoukis)
Love this WSJ quote from disillusioned Obama supporter (30, female, NYCer): "It's time for somebody new," she said, "like Hillary."
Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto)
Surprisingly hopeful words from @algore: we have reached a turning point in climate crisis @RollingStone essay: http://ow.ly/y9Cmt ”
Mike Briercliffe (@mikejulietbravo)
FBI Crafts 83-Page Report On What Things Like 'LOL' And 'BRB' Mean http://ift.tt/1ilwvoD #mjbRSSselect
Christine Delargy (@CADelargy)
Standing room only in WH briefing room for @PressSec's last briefing- even Bill Plante @jaketapper can't get seats politico.com/live
Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush)
Politifact? MT @jbendery: Jay Carney's last day as WH press sec. Says he'll never have gig with "the potential to more good for more people'
Abby Livingston (@RollCallAbby)
The smartest thing I've read about softball and the underlying tension of being on Team Congress: http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/17/politics/congressional-softball/index.html … via @LACaldwellDC
John Dingell (@john_dingell)
Twitter now supports GIFs? Well, alright. http://twitter.com/john_dingell/status/479310661630304256/photo/1pic.twitter.com/4W1gUF6uZP
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
Former Redskins quarterback turned politician Rep. Heath Shuler, D-North Carolina, challenged Nancy Pelosi for the House minority leader post in 2010. Shuler, then a member of the Democrats’ diminished centrist "Blue Dog" faction, lost to Pelosi a 150-43 vote.
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