July 11th, 2014
05:27 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 11, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

WHITE HOUSE: GOP LAWSUIT IS CASE OF HYPOCRISY ...White House officials are scratching their heads over House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Thursday that Republicans would sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision last year to delay the health care law's employer mandate. That's because, as one senior administration official pointed out on Friday, those same lawmakers voted to do the exact same thing - defer until 2015 the Obamacare requirement aimed at making businesses provide health coverage to their workers, or pay a penalty. – Jim Acosta


Gut Check Full Service: Majority are happy with Obamacare

BUSINESS TITAN TRIO URGES IMMIGRATION REFORM ... SHELDON ADELSON, WARREN BUFFETT AND BILL GATES IN AN OP-ED FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES: “It's time for the House to draft and pass a bill that reflects both our country's humanity and its self-interest ... They are telling us that immigration reform – long overdue – is now hopeless. Americans deserve better than this ... You don't have to agree on everything in order to cooperate ... It's time that this brand of thinking finds its way to Washington."

Dan Pfeiffer (@pfeiffer44)
Come on now House GOP, you have even lost Sheldon Adelson on immigration nyti.ms/1kJxMl2

GUT CHECK DVR: Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tennessee, Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, Rep. Aaron Schock, R-Illinois, and Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, will join Candy Crowley on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday at 9am and again at noon to discuss the current immigration crisis. The four House representatives will also discuss Speaker Boehner’s Obama lawsuit.

ISSA SUBPOENAS WHITE HOUSE POLITICAL AIDE ... House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, announced Friday that he will subpoena David Simas, director of the White House's Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, to testify at a hearing next week. The hearing, Issa says, “will examine abuses of taxpayer funds for political gain and the level of White House commitment to preventing them.”

WHITE HOUSE REACTION: THERE’S NO EVIDENCE ... “The fact is that there's not really any evidence to indicate that there's a reason for Mr. Simas to appear before Congress. But for years there have been efforts between members of Congress and the White House to resolve these kinds of differences and to allow the legislative branch to perform the necessary function of oversight,” White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told reporters Friday.

GUT CHECK DVR: Can Obama and the GOP find common ground?CNN’s John King discusses the trust deficit between the president and congressional Republicans on Inside Politics this Sunday at 8:30am with guests Robert Costa, Molly Ball, Adrian Carrasquillo, and Olivier Knox.

ROCKETS FIRED IN ISRAEL, WOLF BLITZER TAKES COVER ... The option of an Israeli ground invasion into Gaza remained on the table Friday, as Hamas militants fired rockets into Israel for another day. CNN’s Wolf Blitzer was on the ground reporting live from the Israel-Gaza border Friday morning when he and his crew were forced to take shelter in a nearby safety bunker. Alarms also signaled rocket fire into Israel from Lebanon. The rocket launched from Lebanon landed near the northern Israeli town of Metula. No damage or injuries were reported. It was not immediately clear who fired the rocket.

THE BUZZ ... LEBRON JAMES: “I’M COMING HOME” TO CLEVELAND ... After four years away, LeBron James is taking his talents back to Cleveland. James told Sports Illustrated in a story published Friday that he'll leave the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers - a bombshell return to his home region that he devastated when he left via free agency in 2010. See more from James in Hot Sots.

Cleveland Cavaliers Owner Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan)
Welcome Home @kingjames. I am excited for the fans and people of Cleveland and Ohio. No fans and people deserve a winner more than them.....

Gut Check Flash Back: GILBERT IN A JULY 2010 OPEN LETTER AFTER JAMES ANNOUNCED HIS MOVE TO MIAMI:  "The good news is that this heartless and callous action can only serve as the antidote to the so-called ‘curse’ on Cleveland, Ohio. The self-declared former ‘King’ will be taking the ‘curse’ with him down south. And until he does ‘right’ by Cleveland and Ohio, James (and the town where he plays) will unfortunately own this dreaded spell and bad karma.”

SOCIAL WATCH: INSTA NEWS: Prior to the release of the Sports Illustrated piece, James took to Instagram to unofficially break the news, posting a picture of him in a Cavaliers jersey with the words “I’M COMING HOME.”

MARKET WATCH: S&P 500 down 1% for the week in worst decline since April. Tech stocks take a beating, sending NASDAQ down 1.6%. The Dow declined 0.7%.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)
Which was the last city to host both the Republican and Democratic national conventions in the same year?

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Leading CNNPolitics: Spies, GOP and Chris Christie: Menendez prostitute story theories
If Cuban intelligence didn't do it, then Sen. Robert Menendez's legal team has a list of other theories about who was behind a prostitution smear that surfaced in 2012 as the powerful senator ran for re-election. – Evan Perez and Pamela Brown

Leading Tampa Bay Times: Judge invalidates two Florida congressional districts
A judge threw out Florida's congressional map late Thursday, ruling that the Legislature allowed for a "secret, organized campaign" by partisan operatives to subvert the redistricting process in violation of the state Constitution. – Mary Ellen Klas

Leading CNNMoney: LeBron's road to becoming a billionaire
LeBron James is signing his most lucrative pro basketball contract, one that will pay him more than $22 million a year to play for his original team, the Cleveland Cavaliers. But the contract will be only a small part of his eventual goal: becoming a billionaire. – Chris Isidore

Leading HuffPo: House Votes For Tax Breaks To Add $287 Billion More To Deficit
The GOP-led House of Representatives embraced a former stimulus measure Friday, voting to make it and another related tax cut permanent, adding $287 billion to the deficit over the next 10 years. – Michael McAuliffe

Leading Politico: Verdict is in: ACA lowers uninsured
The evidence is piling up now: Obamacare really does seem to be helping the uninsured. Survey after survey is showing that the number of uninsured people has been going down since the start of enrollment last fall. The numbers don’t all match, and health care experts say they’re not precise enough to give more than a general idea of the trend. But by now, the trend is unmistakable: Millions of people who didn’t have health insurance before the Affordable Care Act have gained it since last fall. – David Nather

Leading New York Times: In Senate, Even Bipartisan Legislation Is Felled by Election Maneuvering
Very little is happening in the Senate these days, but what passes for action has a lot to do with re-electing Democrats — or blocking their re-election. – Jonathan Weisman

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Bloomberg: I owned a rifle once –
FORMER NEW YORK CITY MAYOR MICHAEL BLOOMBERG IN AN INTERVIEW WITH ROLLING STONE:“I had a .22-caliber rifle when I was a Boy Scout. I used to target shoot at camp in New England. You know, the usual things you do. I actually had built a little target in the basement, two-by-fours filled with sand. I don't know what the law is today on a 14-year-old owning a .22-caliber rifle. It may be that it's against the law today, because you're a minor, but it wasn't in those days. … (But) I'm not a hunter.I certainly haven't killed anything with a gun.”

– Hispanic Democrat: Border crisis children could be our grandchildren –
REP. RUBEN HINOJOSA, D-TEXAS, AT A CONGRESSIONAL HISPANIC CAUCUS NEWS CONFERENCE: “For our Hispanic Caucus, this is an issue that is especially concerning because these are our kids. The children coming from our neighboring Latin American countries could be our nieces. They could be our nephews. They could be our grandkids.”

– Portman: People approach me about gay marriage position all the time –
SEN. ROB PORTMAN, R-OHIO, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH POLITICO’S MIKE ALLEN: “It actually happens all the time. I mean, a week does not go by when someone doesn't come up to me and say something. Sometimes people disagree with me, and that's fine. I respect their point of view. But for the most part, people come up to me and say that my willingness to talk about this has been helpful to them and their families. More and more people, because like me they had a family member or a friend or a colleague who was gay, (and came) to understand that this is not a choice. This is who people are.”

– James: ‘My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball’ –
LEBRON JAMES IN A SPORTS ILLUSTRATED PIECE ANNOUNCING HIS RETURN TO CLEVELAND: “Before anyone ever cared where I would play basketball, I was a kid from Northeast Ohio ... It’s where I walked. It’s where I ran. It’s where I cried. It’s where I bled. It holds a special place in my heart. People there have seen me grow up. I sometimes feel like I’m their son. Their passion can be overwhelming. But it drives me. I want to give them hope when I can. I want to inspire them when I can. My relationship with Northeast Ohio is bigger than basketball. I didn’t realize that four years ago. I do now.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Paul Steinhauser (@psteinhauserCNN)
Another new poll sparks more speculation about Mitt Romney in 2016. A look at what's behind the feeding frenzy at: http://cnn.it/1qrIYXh

R.Saddler ‏(@Politics_PR)
The Koch Brothers’ creepy ‘Uncle Sam’ ads might have boosted Obamacare enrollment http://ow.ly/z1Lle   #p2 #tcot pic.twitter.com/7NaAJT42HM

Marc Fortier ‏(@MarcNECN)
ICYMI: @KellyAyotte to officiate wedding of @SenScottBrown's daughter. Brown family dog to wear tux: http://ow.ly/z2HLW

James Hohmann ‏(@jameshohmann)
Republican Party of FL just sent out graphic w/ pics of Crist & LeBron. "What do these 2 have in common? They both ran away." #FreeMedia

Steve Schale ‏(@steveschale)
@daveramba Brother, as we know @FLGovScott loves to take credit for things started under @CharlieCrist like @KingJames and the Heat!

Evan Pérez (@evanperez)
Taking one's talents to Lake Erie is now a thing...

Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown)
"In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have." – @KingJames Welcome home, LeBron.

Steve Israel (@RepSteveIsrael)
Well that was a first: my interview on @msnbc got interrupted by @KingJames! Think I should take it up with him on the court?

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

In 1972, Miami became the last city to host both the Republican and Democratic national conventions during the same year. Richard Nixon went on to crush George McGovern that November.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Law suit for what? Don't they know ACA is a Law? Nonsense, GOP is big trouble in next election, just get rid off all these republican junk.

    July 11, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  2. Chris..E.al

    Maybe 0bama can go to the border and high five some illegals for a good photo op after the movie is over so they all want be upset with him ?

    July 11, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    "Can Obama and the GOP find common ground?"

    Oh brother. More John King smirking while his bobbles loosely about on his shoulders.

    No, dimwit, they can't find common ground. Every time the POTUS steps anywhere near it, the GOP/Teatrolls quickly moves more to the right. It's the grandest game of goal post moving ever committed to by any political party of any age. They even gone so far as to take diametrically opposing positions, self-contradict, engage in doublespeak and sow as much cognitive dissonance as possible as long as it allows them to disagree with whatever Obama is saying or doing at that given moment.

    July 11, 2014 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "House Votes For Tax Breaks To Add $287 Billion More To Deficit"

    That's because June 2014 actually had a $71B surplus and they absolutely can't let that continue while a Dem is in the WH.

    July 11, 2014 06:13 pm at 6:13 pm |
  5. Thomas

    A former White House lawyer in both Bush administrations was convicted Friday of attempted murder and other charges in the beating of his wife at their Connecticut home four years ago.

    John Michael Farren, 61 forgot he no longer has juice card !

    July 11, 2014 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Didn't GW Bush sign the child immigration law ?

    July 11, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  7. anthony

    Everyone knew ACA is a law and everyone skso knows the President cant change the law except the Congress and you are the only one not knowing stupid

    July 11, 2014 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  8. Sip That Kool Aid, It's All You're Good For.

    Here's a message to all politicians: Some day you'll point a finger at someone, and you're going to be fed your ass. Believe it or not, you are not better than anyone else. Many of you are not as good as the people you are supposed to represent.

    July 11, 2014 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  9. Scott Maming

    BHO is a clown and proves it every time he offs another EXCUSE for his INABILITY to Make a DECISION and ACT on it for the GOOD of the Country!

    July 11, 2014 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  10. Stuffitu

    I keep hearing from the most incompetent, inept, corrupt president in history and the democrat liberal toads that the Republicans are obstructionist. What do they call it when dingy Harry zeroed holds up all those bills thr House passes in the Senate. Oh liberal,now you are hypocritical liars

    July 11, 2014 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  11. smith

    @Tom P-Take a look at Rudy's comment and notice he says no one and y'all.Rudy NYC

    "I would say that Todd Akin's comments were not reflective of the Republican Party and the Republican message,"
    ------------–
    If that's the case, then how come no one quickly came out and spoke against the man back in 2012? Took y'all a while

    This statement is clearly directed at the Republican party and it is not true. Your silly defense that his statement was directed at one person is beyond dumb and and shows denial and a dismissal of the facts.

    July 11, 2014 09:26 pm at 9:26 pm |
  12. Susan

    I say we let everyone from a poor country in and just up our taxes and pay for their services and healthcare. We should make sure everyone has a cell phone, Cable, Food Stamps and every social service. I think we should do all these things for free....then we can be out of money and we can find a country to flee to. Great leadership Obama We are truly the Land of the Free we just need to add Services at the end of that statement.

    July 11, 2014 10:23 pm at 10:23 pm |
  13. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    @Chris..E.al
    Maybe 0bama can go to the border and high five some illegals for a good photo op after the movie is over so they all want be upset with him ?

    Uh, yeah... Ok?

    July 11, 2014 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  14. Rusty Krus

    This guy is in way over his head. Maybe all the booze he swills has killed his ability to reason?

    July 11, 2014 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  15. Mrs. Mondello

    This glassy eyed, word slurring imbecile is the Speaker of the House? Shame on anyone who votes Republican.

    July 11, 2014 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  16. rs

    So the GOP is now going to try to use their frivolous lawsuit to kill the ACA? And just do they intend to do with the 11 million Americans who have insurance under the ACA? Have they seen the approval rate for the ACA-74% of REPUBLICANS are happy with their ACA insurance. The ACA is law, it time the GOP respect that.
    Can you say "fool's gambit"?

    Seriously- you want pathetic? I present you with Speaker Boehner and his TEA Party minions.

    July 11, 2014 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    This nonsense continue, and we have to set and watch the dumb stuff. When will this end. A law suite on our dime again, are this people for real. They need to get their behinds busy doing something for the people. Pass some law that will create jobs, raise the minimum wage, get going with immigration reform, etc.,etc. No more of this clown show that those people keep performing. The performance is old, I don't want to spend any more money on this stuff . Get busy the election year will bring you fool to a new day.

    July 12, 2014 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  18. J.V.Hodgson

    Big surprise Republicans want to sue the president relating to PPACA.
    The answer or reason is Boehner knows impeachment would fail Its actually the technically and more correct legal way to go... but a political disaster.
    On the other hand by suing the president thru the courts he can pursue it all the way up the Republican leaning supreme court and hope he gets a Citizens united or hobby lobby republican biased decision.
    It is a sick, sick, political maneuver to keep negativity toward PPACA all the way thru to the 2016 presidential elections.
    The only thing republicans have practically done is to oppose in one way or another anything that this president and his party supports or wants to do. Despite all that the economy is better and any plan to restore reasonable wages and salaries to the middle class and dignity to low income earners VIA EITC and Medicaid ( not implemented at state level by Republican governors) which would 5.2m more poor AMERICANS health care, wont approve the senate VA bill( 93/3 in favor!!) or minimum wage increase.
    The vets have " paid their price" now our government must pay the cost of their health care..... buy say 10 -20 less F35's to cover the cost, that saves billions and we can do without them.
    Regards,
    Hodgson

    July 12, 2014 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  19. otlset

    Impeach Obama now! The nation can stand no more of his malfeasance.

    July 12, 2014 09:06 am at 9:06 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    --did you know it pres. Obama regime that deported maximum number of Illegals? Nonsense talk you make out of nothing. It is Bush harbored more illegals, issued more visas. Know this truth, please.

    July 12, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |