CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 25, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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ISRAEL REJECTS PROPOSED CEASE-FIRE ... Israel's security cabinet unanimously rejected a proposed one-week humanitarian cease-fire with Hamas. The United States and Egypt were moving closer to an agreement with Israel and the Palestinians on a temporary truce, starting Sunday, but Israel turned it down and asked for modifications. – Elise Labott
KERRY: NEVER BEEN A FORMAL TRUCE PROPOSED … Secretary of State John Kerry said no formal truce proposal has been submitted yet, just a framework. Kerry called leaks that Israel rejected the proposal “mischief.”
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HOUSE REPUBLICANS EXPECT BORDER BILL VOTE NEXT WEEK … House Republicans are fashioning a scaled-down bill to address the southern border crisis that would provide less than $1 billion and include an immigration policy change that most Democrats strongly oppose. There is increasing concern from members that they cannot leave town next week for their August recess without showing they have a solution to the surge of migrant youth from Central America overwhelming immigration services. - Deirdre Walsh and Dana Bash
OBAMA MEETS WITH CENTRAL AMERICAN LEADERS ON BORDER CRISIS … President Barack Obama met with the presidents of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador to discuss the border crisis. As John King explains on ‘Inside Politics,’ the White House is trying to avoid dealing with immigrant children when they get to the border at overcrowded facilities, and instead send personnel to these countries to see if children there can qualify for refugee status.
Gut Check DVR: Catch Inside Politics this Sunday at 8:30am with John King and guests Julie Pace, Manu Raju, Juana Summers and Robert Costa.
NO IMPEACHMENT, NO LAWSUIT, SAYS MAJORITY … There’s not a lot of public appetite for a Republican push to sue President Barack Obama, or for calls by some conservatives to impeach him, according to a new national survey. The CNN/ORC International poll only 35% want Obama impeached, with nearly two-thirds saying he should not be removed from office. By a 57%-41% margin, Americans say House Republicans shouldn't file a lawsuit against him over allegations he’s exceeded the powers of his office.– Paul Steinhauser
QUOTE OF THE DAY: Dan Pfeiffer, speaking at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast, said he would not “discount the possibility” of Republicans trying to impeach President Barack Obama. “I think that if the President enacted immigration reform, that would certainly up the likelihood that they would contemplate impeachment.”
HOUSE WARNS OBAMA ON IRAQ … In an unusual bipartisan vote, the House approved a resolution demanding that President Barack Obama get congressional authorization for any use of ground troops in Iraq for a “sustained combat role.” Obama has said he’s not planning on deploying ground forces again in Iraq, but he has sent military advisers there size up the deteriorating security situation.- Dana Bash
THE BUZZ: POntifF to philLy … Pope Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, the Catholic News Service reported Friday. It would be his first visit to the United States as Pope. – Daniel Burke
MARKET WATCH: Amazon and Visa drag stocks lower Friday. All three major indexes end the week little changed.
Which president has traveled to Israel the most times while in office?
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Leading CNNPolitics: Why many liberals don't trust Hillary Clinton
Many liberal and progressive activists don't trust Hillary Clinton because they think she sides with big banks and big money instead of the middle class, and they're wary of her on national security. – Dan Merica
Leading CNNMoney: Russians pay higher price for isolation
Russia is paying an ever higher price for its growing isolation over the crisis in Ukraine. The country's central bank jacked up interest rates for the third time since March, taking them up to 8%. – Mark Thompson
Leading HuffPo: Crushing Dreams
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Thursday called on the Obama administration to "wind down" a policy that has helped more than 550,000 undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, an action that would restart deportations of young people who have lived here for years.- Elise Foley
Leading Drudge: Riots Hit West Bank
Israeli security forces have been put on heightened alert after two Palestinians were killed during a massive protest in the West Bank. The victims were among an estimated 10,000 people who clashed violently with soldiers and border police at a checkpoint in Qalandiya, between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
Leading Politico: Obama's immigration flip flop
Obama’s pledge to use his executive powers by the end of the summer marked both a dramatic reversal in rhetoric and a major strategic shift on immigration. The president is no longer emphasizing his own powerlessness but rather his determination “to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress.” – Carrie Budoff Brown
Leading New York Times: National Guard in Texas Could Get Arrest Power
When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to help with the border crisis, it came with a power unexpected by some. By deploying them himself rather than through Washington, he has the power to order the troops to make arrests and apprehensions, something Guard troops in past border deployments have been prohibited from doing.- Manny Fernandez
The political bites of the day
– Clinton: No doubt Putin bears responsibility for downed airline –
FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FAREED ZAKARIA AIRING SUNDAY: “First, I think if there were any doubt, it should be gone by now, that Vladimir Putin, certainly indirectly, through his support of the insurgents in Eastern Ukraine and the supply of advanced weapons and, frankly, the presence of Russian special forces and intelligence agents, bears responsibility for what happened to the shoot down of the airline.”
Gut Check DVR: Hillary Clinton will join CNN’s ‘Fareed Zakaria GPS” on Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
– Pfeiffer: Rand Paul an “intriguing” potential presidential candidate –
WHITE HOUSE ADVISER DAN PFIEFFER AT A CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR BREAKFAST IN WASHINGTON: On Sen. Ted Cruz: "I think that Senator Cruz would be an interesting candidate for Democrats. He is deeply out of step with the country on a variety of issues." On Sen. Rand Paul: "I don't know if this individual has the organization to pull it off, but I think that one of the most intriguing candidates would be Senator Paul. He’s the only Republican I think who has articulated a message that is potentially appealing to younger Americans. Every other Republican running is basically just Romney-lite when it comes to younger Americans." On Paul's chances: “There's a germ of something there."
– Pelosi: ‘Infrastructure has never been a partisan issue – until now ‘ –
HOUSE MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI AT A WEEKLY NEWS CONFERENCE: “Republicans keep harping on their anti-Obama agenda. But it's not just against the President, it's against the interest of the American people. We know that we can work together. Building infrastructure has never been a partisan issue – until now.”
Gut Check DVR: Tune into State of the Union with Candy Crowley on Sunday at 9am and again at noon for exclusive interviews with Nancy Pelosi and Lindsey Graham on President Obama’s handling of escalating chaos from Gaza to Ukraine.
– Issa on White House official missing hearing: ‘I gave him a second chance’–
HOUSE OVERSIGHT CHAIR DARRELL ISSA AT AN IRS HEARING: “(David) Simas was invited to testify to give committee members and the American people the opportunity to hear from the head of an office that has under several previous administrations misused government resources for political purposed. Despite being under subpoena, Mr. Simas failed to appear at the hearing on July 16. I gave him a second chance to fulfill his obligation under a lawful subpoena.”
Gut Check Flashback: OFFICE OF SPECIAL COUNSEL IN A LETTER TO REP. ELIJAH CUMMINGS THURSDAY: “OPSO (Office of Political and Strategic Outreach) appears to be operating in a manner that is consistent with the Hatch Act.”
– Chris Christie: ‘You have to be pro-life when they get out of the womb’ –
THE NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR AT THE ASPEN INSTITUTE: “I’m pro-life and if you’re pro-life you have to be pro-life when they get out of the womb also.”
– Rand Paul: ‘Enough’s enough’ –
THE KENTUCKY SENATOR ON HIS BILL TO REFORM SENTENCING POLICIES HE SAYS ADVERSELY IMPACTS MINORITIES: ”There is a cycle of poverty that often leads to drugs, to debt, and to prison. In prison, child support can accumulate into the thousands of dollars. Release from prison then finds that employers don't want to hire a convicted felon. With few options of real work, the cycle begins again. I say enough's enough.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
Barak Ravid (@BarakRavid)
BREAKING: Israel official says feeling among Cabinet ministers is that Kerry's ceasefire proposal is closer to Hamas's demands than Israel'
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell)
Is John Kerry bad at shuttle diplomacy or is it just a really hard problem?
Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell)
Henry Kissinger didn't have to contend with so many moving parts, for instance. But Kerry ain't no Kissinger.
Chad Pergram (@ChadPergram)
Hoyer exasparated w/McCarthy on flr about schedule: I'm not going to ask the ML any more questions because I'm not going to get any answers
Jake Sherman (@jakesherman)
When @EricCantor did colloquy w @WhipHoyer, he consistently engaged with Hoyer. @kevinomccarthy doesn’t spar at all. Fascinating to watch
Meredith Shiner (@meredithshiner)
Admin has warned Congress the price per child at border ranges from $250 to $1000/day depending on if it acts swiftly http://yhoo.it/1qE8OLZ
Peter Suderman (@petersuderman)
In January 2012, Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber said that subsidies were limited to state-run exchanges: http://reason.com/blog/2014/07/24/watch-obamacare-architect-jonathan-grube …
BREAKING: Jonathan Gruber of 2014 denounces Jonathan Gruber of 2012 for attempting to destroy Obamacare
FRANCESCA HAYES (@Franoutthebox)
HOT OFF THE W!RE: Hillary Clinton hosted daughter Chelsea Clinton's baby shower in Chappaqua, New York, on July... http://fb.me/1GPFzGSt8
Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald)
Among the guests at Chelsea Clinton's baby shower was Lynn Forester de Rothschild. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/chelsea-clinton-feted-intimate-baby-shower-chappaqua-article –
Lauren Pratapas (@LPratapas)
Congrats to @jaketapper and the entire team at #TheLead->The 12 Best Shows on Cable News http://www.mediaite.com/tv/the-12-best-shows-on-cable-news/ … via @mediaite
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
Barack Obama, Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush all traveled to Israel as president. Clinton went four times, leading the pack.
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