CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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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
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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%.
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
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.”
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
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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