June 18th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
3 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 18, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

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


... 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.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)
Which former Washington Redskins player ran against Nancy Pelosi for the position of minority leader in 2010?

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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

HOT SOTS
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.”

TOP TWEETS
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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  1. Kevin

    Ted Tea pooty is a BORE. He Teddy rufskin you will never ever become the President of the United States and you will never ever become President of Canada.

    I don't even know if Canada has a President or not but little Teddy you will not be it. Teddy you can be the man who love to read children book, but I would keep my twin boys far far away from you. Teddy look like he hate kids.

    June 18, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. drake mallard

    The administration's harshest critics from across the aisle are being dishonest with the way the have been rewriting the history of the War in Iraq. Critics blame Pres. Obama for withdrawing forces from Iraq in 2011. What they are not telling you is that Pres. Obama was complying with the 2008 SOFA agreement signed by Pres. Bush, which was an agreement to withdraw U.S. combat troops from Iraq by 2011.

    At the time of the withdrawal, critics howled that we should not be leaving. Unfortunately, the agreement that Bush had signed required us to do so, and the Iraqis were pretty resistant to extending our stay. Critics at the time said that the SOFA agreement didn't matter, and that we should stay anyway. These are the same critics who are rewriting history by blaming Pres. Obama for our withdrawal from Iraq, which I am glad we did. That religious civil war is not our fight.

    June 18, 2014 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  3. tom l

    Ol' Yeller

    yolanda

    Hey Tom I. It is entertaining to observe the double standard....god forbid that one has the audacity to question what this administration does and not expect to be labeled a Rethuglican/teabagger/etc. by the usual open minded, tolerance demanding, objective gang of posters that lives here. No room for discussion, just ridicule.

    Oh no... someone has joined tom I in his victim game! The gang is going to get us, oh my... The gang is going to get us, oh my... the awful, awful gang!
    I noticed neither of you were posting on the thread involving cheney as you wisely saw your usual defense of the war criminals would not have played well there (and the awful gang... and a MOB would have really tore you a new one).

    You two make a good couple... victimdee and victimdumb.
    Oooohhh, that awful gang.
    =======

    Too, too funny (and oh so igonorant). It shows how little you know of me because I have said countless times that I was against going in to Iraq so that "argument" of yours makes no sense (but what else is new). I find Bush/Cheney to be very similar to Obama/Biden. Divisive. Full of rhetoric. Full of contradictions. And just looking for more power. On the other hand, you actually feel like you're better than others simply because you vote for democrats – and that's your prerogative. I'd rather think for myself rather than follow one single political party.

    And, I don't consider myself a victim of anything. It's not even in my mindset but I know it's in yours because you feel everyone is a victim if they don't succeed. I just call it as I see it. You are projecting, as someone like me wouldn't ever feel as a "victim". Liberals feel there are "victims"; I am responsible for myself and my actions and what others do or say about me does not make me feel to be a "victim". The gang is literally like a 5th grade classroom full of bullies who berate and denigrate anyone that isn't part of their club. I love it! It is something I embrace to be a free thinker and not beholden to one political party – unlike you. It is entirely obvious to anyone who isn't as partisan as you or the rest of the gang. But keep living in your fantasy world where you think you re better than everyone else (as demonstrated by your comments about inbreds in states like Alabama). Kudos to you and I accept your apology for completely misrepresenting (and stating incorrectly that I supported the war in Iraq). See how that works? I can actually be for something that most democrats are for while I can also be for something that most republicans are for. It's a very liberating and free feeling rather than having to defend things like a "computer crash" or a "video made them do it" or "IYLYPYCKI" or "Either your with us or your with the terrorists" or "let's do Medicare Part D but have no means to pay for it!" See, I'm against all of those and some fall on the repub side and some fall on the dem side which is far different from you who can only only be on the side of dems. A sad way to go through life, but alas...

    June 18, 2014 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  4. Chris-E...al

    @tom 1 . Thanks for the truth and honesty and tuff love . It works ?

    June 18, 2014 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  5. The Republican Party Is Dead To Me

    He's just another example of someone with no clue, bound and determined to be heard. Trouble is, too many people seem to enjoy his brand of stupidity. Most of them have low opinions of others, but are severely lacking in self esteem themselves.

    June 18, 2014 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  6. WOW

    "I love it! It is something I embrace to be a free thinker and not beholden to one political party – unlike you. It is entirely obvious to anyone who isn't as partisan as you or the rest of the gang."

    Are you hanging out on the internet looking for merit badges or what? You speak of liberals this and liberals that and gangs this and gangs that without ever once paying attention to your own arguments filled with criticism, and yet you dare critique those who call YOU out as somehow being protagonists ganging up against YOUR free thinking opinions. A true "free thinker" doesn't generally demand attention by throwing personal insults and then sit back and sulk when the insults are defended by those whom you insulted. Your comments show a sense of falseness and insecurity, and that can only be attributed to your inability to not play partisan politics yourself. By suggesting you are not one or the other, you've spent a good amount of time in your above comment detaching yourself from the insults you yourself hurled at
    the "gang" - whoever they may be.

    June 18, 2014 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @freedom
    Ted Cruz has his own mind and is a brilliant lawyer and senator and patriot – which is why he was elected. If King can't handle it – tough.
    ====

    brilliant lawyer and senator and patriot , Cruz ?
    Ok , Green Eggs and Ham is American ?

    Both Cruz and King are as entertaining as Mexican wrestlers wearing masks in a border town on a school night .

    June 19, 2014 12:29 am at 12:29 am |
  8. Gyrgyl

    Let us not spend dime on Iraq. Restrict immigration at home first.

    June 19, 2014 02:08 am at 2:08 am |