CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN … CNN POLL: MOST SAY BORDER KIDS COULD STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES TEMPORARILY: According to a CNN/ORC International poll, a bare majority of Americans view migrant youth crossing the southern border as refugees rather than illegal immigrants. Most say they'd be willing to have the federal government temporarily relocate some of them to their communities or their city. – Paul Steinhauser
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U. S.: PROOF THAT RUSSIANS FIRING ON UKRAINE FORCES: The United States says it has proof the Ukrainian military has come under fire from Russia. “We have new evidence that the Russians intend to deliver heavier and more powerful multiple rocket launchers to the separatist forces in Ukraine and have evidence that Russia is firing artillery from within Russia to attack Ukrainian military positions,” State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said. – Barbara Starr
UKRAINE'S PRIME MINISTER, CABINET RESIGN … Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk and his Cabinet resigned after the collapse of the coalition government. They will remain in place until elections in October. – Ivan Watson, Sara Sidner, and Victoria Butenko
IS PUTIN PANICKED? CNN’s Brian Todd reports: Some observers say Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Cabinet are in panic mode. Intelligence suggests Russia bears some responsibility for the downing of MH-17 over eastern Ukraine and new sanctions are possibly imminent.
U.S. LIFTS ISRAEL FLIGHT BAN, NEW INFO PROMPTED CHANGE: Airlines resumed flights to Israel following the FAA’s decision to lift its flight ban on Ben-Gurion airport in Tel Aviv. The State Department said it received new information and intelligence indicating that it is now – “we believe” – safe to restart flights to Israel after a two-day hiatus, spokeswoman Marie Harf said.
SHELTER HIT IN GAZA, KERRY IN SHUTTLE DIPLOMACY … A strike on a school in Northern Gaza on Thursday killed and injured multiple people, a U.N. spokesman said. The facility was serving as a shelter for families. It was unclear who was behind it. Shuttle diplomacy accelerated with Secretary of State John Kerry back in Cairo aiming to forge a truce a day after meeting with Israeli and Palestinian leaders as well as U.N. Secretary-General Ban. Ben Brumfield, Ian Lee and Josh Levs
ANOTHER PLANE DISASTER … MISSING AIR ALGERIE PLANE LIKELY CRASHED IN MALI, FRANCE SAYS … An Air Algerie flight with at least 116 people aboard appears to have crashed in a remote area of Mali after dropping off radar, officials said. It apparently diverted due to bad weather.
PAUL’S PROPOSES POVERTY PLAN … Rep. Paul Ryan spelled out his plan to fight poverty, a pilot program that would combine 11 federal programs into one pool of money for participating states. The Wisconsin Republican detailed it at the American Enterprise Institute. – Ashley Killough
HILLARY CLINTON KNOCKS THE IDEA … “It is not a good idea,” Hillary Clinton said in an interview with NPR. “All one has to look at is nearly half the states that refused to expand Medicaid to realize why it is a bad idea.”
AND SHE STANDS BY 'RUSSIAN RESET' … It worked. That what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said in an interview about her 2009 reset of U.S.-Russia relations. "What I think I demonstrate in the book (Hard Choices), is that the reset worked," Clinton told John Harwood on NPR's “On Point.” "It was an effort to try to obtain Russian cooperation on some key objectives while (Dmitry) Medvedev was president."
FIRST ON CNN: RGA URGED ASTORINO TO AVOID MEETING … Rob Astorino, New York’s GOP candidate for governor, was urged not to attend a Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen this week after publicly clashing with the group’s chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, over support for his underdog campaign, which Christie called “a lost cause.” – Peter Hamby
Evan Dawson (@evandawson)
Astorino on whether he suspects a deal between Christie and Cuomo: "The politicians won't elect me. The people will."
THE BUZZ: INTERN: I AM A FUTURE POTUS… In Washington, confidence is key. For Dylan Ross, self-proclaimed future president, so is a plan. On his website, Ross says he would like to attend law school, become a partner, and then use his salary to set up a campaign fund. He writes, “After serving a couple terms in the Senate, I would like to run for and be elected to the Office of President of the United States. Around the year 2036.”
MARKET WATCH: Mixed day for stocks as S&P 500 ends at a record close and Dow and NASDAQ edge lower
What accident prompted the passage of the 1958 law creating the FAA?
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Leading CNNPolitics: J Street challenges the Israel lobby from within
J Street, which bills itself as a pro-Israel and pro-peace organization, released a statement that reaffirmed its actions over the past six years: challenging the status quo of the pro-Israel lobby. – Jeremy Diamond
Leading CNNMoney: McDonald's stands by rotten meat supplier
McDonald's is standing by a troubled supplier, even after allegations the company processed tainted and expired meat in China.- Sophia Yan
Leading HuffPo: 'Shameful': Congress Stalls Out Trying To Solve Self-declared Crisis
When Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in crafting a bill to restructure the Department of Veterans Affairs, he pleaded with his colleagues to not derail the compromise. – Sam Stein
Leading Drudge: Hollywood Horror: Obama Motorcade Traps Pregnant Woman In Labor
Witnesses say a pregnant woman in labor was prevented by authorities from crossing a Los Angeles street to a hospital Wednesday because the road had been closed for President Barack Obama’s impending motorcade. – The Blaze’s Oliver Dancy
Leading Politico: Obama locks out the press — again
Despite constant complaints from the press corps and promises from White House officials, access to the president continues to be limited. The constantly repeated line that they’re running the “most transparent administration in history” tends to prompt snickers. Halfway through Obama’s West Coast swing, it’s tipping toward outrage. – Edward Isaac-Dovere and Josh Gerstein
Gut Check Full Service: Leading National Journal: How White House reporters can cowboy up and reclaim their beat
Leading New York Times: For Obama, Protectiveness About Daughters Gives Way to Pride
The president is a proud father, musing about his daughters the way all parents do, but he is also a politician who seeks a personal connection between his existence in the White House and the regular lives of the people he governs. More and more, he tries to use his daughters as the bridge. – Michael Shear
The political bites of the day
– New RNC video: Americans voted for ‘Hope & Change,’ what they got was a fundraiser-in-chief –
TEXT IN A NEW RNC VIDEO TO SUPPORTERS POSTED ON THE INDEPENDENT JOURNAL REVIEW: “As tension heightens and turmoil increases, where is our president?”
VOICE OF REPORTER: “While he’s collecting checks, there are lots of things happening around the world that demand the attention of the commander-in-chief.”
– Boehner: POTUS flip-flopped –
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT A NEWS CONFERENCE: "The administration started earlier this month by signaling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to accelerate the process of returning these children to their home countries. The President called for this change, the secretary of homeland security called for this change, and other administration officials have called for this change. Now the President and his team have apparently flip-flopped. Now they want billions of new spending, with no commitment to actually solving the problem.”
– Clinton: I enjoyed working with the media -
HILLARY CLINTON IN AN INTERVIEW WITH NPR: "I do sometimes expect more than perhaps I should. ... I had an excellent relationship with the State Department press. And enjoyed working with them. Whatever I do in the future, I look forward to having the same kind of opportunity."
– Harman defends airport from Israeli Finance Minister attacks –
ISRAELI MINISTER OF FINANCE TO CNN’S WOLF BLITZER: “Listen, LAX is 10 times more dangerous than the Israeli Ben-Gurion airport … Because the traffic there is so big comparing to us.” BLITZER: “But there are no rockets flying around LAX.” YAIR LAPID: “There are no rockets flying around the Ben Gurion airport.” BLITZER: “There was one landed....” LAPID: “There was one (rocket) that landed more than a mile away. Listen, the minute we presented the FAA with the details and the facts of the matter, they say, ok, you can go back and fly there. It's totally safe to fly to Israel, and I recommend it by the way to everyone who wants to come in.”
FORMER CONGRESSWOMAN JANE HARMAN, WHO REPRESENTED THE AREA AROUND LAX FOR YEARS, ON CNN:“I just want to mention one other thing. Since I am from Los Angeles, I want Minister Lapid in Israel to know that LAX. is a safe airport. I did represent it for 17 years and I live right nearby right now.”
– Congressman to Chamber: I don’t need your award –
REPUBLICAN REP. KERRY BENTIVOLIO CHIEF OF STAFF IN A STATEMENT: "The Chamber of Commerce is beholden to special interests and has long since forgotten the Main Street businesses that struggle every day to make payroll and keep their company afloat … It is with great pride that I reject their award, and call on them to stand on the side of America, instead of on the side of China and corporate interests seeking to exploit people for profit."
– DCCC defends Sen. Walsh amidst plagiarism report –
DCCC SPOKESMAN JUSTIN BARASKY: "John Walsh is a decorated war hero and it’s disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate John’s distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining. Steve Daines should immediately denounce these latest smears and call for an end to all attacks on John Walsh’s record protecting Montana and serving his country.”
JOHN WALSH RE-ELECTION CAMPAIGN IN A STATEMENT: “He acknowledges the citations were not all done correctly, but that it was an unintentional mistake.”
– Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad –
FORMER U.S. OLYMPIC FIGURE SKATER MICHELLE KWAN IN AN AD FOR HUSBAND CLAY PELL RUNNING FOR GOVERNOR IN RHODE ISLAND: One of the reasons I'm so excited about my husband Clay Pell's candidacy is because Clay is committed to a women's-equality agenda.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Ivan Watson (@IvanCNN)
At least 432 people killed since March by civil war in Donetsk region, including 36 women & 6 kids– Ukrainian government
Gregory Wallace (@gregorywallace)
a journalist working for CNN in Ukraine has been abducted by pro-Russian separatists: cnn.com/2014/07/24/wor…\
Noah Pollak (@NoahPollak)
Hamas making death threats to journalists in Gaza who report on rocket fire http://jpost.com/Operation-Prot … cc @rudoren, @ABarnardNYT
Mark Knoller (@markknoller)
Pres Obama greets patrons at Canter's Deli in L.A. before his lunch with letter writers. (Photo by @marykbruce) pic.twitter.com/8wwHJVd7wX
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell)
Immigration reform is already happening. It's just happening on the state and local level. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2014/07/11/immigration_reform_states_cities_undocumented_immigrants_mexico …
Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN)
admin gave @SenFeinstein ideas for tweaks to 2008 immig law, but she told me its too complicated to tackle in next week b/f august break
Jacob Fischler (@ItsFischy)
For a small fee of $1,000 a week you can work unpaid on a campaign and get a free training seminar from Obama vets http://www.buzzfeed.com/evanmcsan/270-strategies
Philip Bump (@pbump)
Some 11,000 people claim Obama campaign experience on LinkedIn. The marketing value of 2008 and 2012. http://j.mp/1sZI3lh
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
In 1956, a TWA Lockheed Super Constellation collided with a United Air Lines Douglas DC-7 about 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon, killing all 128 people aboard the two flights. Following the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision, Congress was prompted to act to create the FAA.
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