CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 7, 2014 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING … WALSH DROPS OUT OF MONTANA SENATE RACE: Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the Senate race in Montana on Thursday amid allegations of plagiarism, a senior Democratic source familiar with the senator's thinking confirmed to CNN. The move further hurts Democratic chances of maintaining control of the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November for that to occur. The Democrat is accused of not properly attributing certain material in a paper to complete his master's degree at the Army War College. – Dana Bash
U. S. CONSIDERS 'OTHER MILITARY OPTIONS' IN IRAQ … The United States is considering "other military options" beyond air drops to aid minorities trapped by fighting in northern Iraq, U.S. officials tell CNN. The Obama administration is talking with officials in Baghdad and Erbil and is looking at options to provide humanitarian support, including but not limited to Iraqi government air drops, one official said. A senior State Department official said the United States also is weighing opening a humanitarian corridor, providing support to Kurdish and Iraqi forces. – Elise Labott and Jim Sciutto
(CNN) - Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the Senate race in Montana on Thursday amid allegations of plagiarism, a senior Democratic source familiar with the senator's thinking confirmed to CNN.
The move further hurts Democratic chances of maintaining control of the Senate. Republicans need a net gain of six seats in November to take the majority.
Washington (CNN) – Embattled former New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine, the man who was at the center of the $1.6 billion MF Global collapse, will be the co-host of a Ready for Hillary fundraiser in the Wainscott, New York later this month.
Corzine will co-sponsor the event along with special guests David Brock, the head of Correct the Record, a pro-Clinton messaging and rapid response group; actress Ashley Judd and Craig Smith, a longtime Clinton friend and Ready for Hillary senior adviser.
(CNN) - New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will travel to Mexico next month to meet with the country's new president, his office announced Thursday.
The trip will focus on building economic relationships and is set to weave in cultural experiences, as well.
Washington (CNN) – Democratic candidates this cycle are working feverishly to exploit their party's edge among female voters, thrusting issues like equal pay, paid sick leave and women's health to the forefront of their campaigns.
Emily's List, the political action committee that backs female Democratic candidates, is stepping into the fray in North Carolina, home to the country's most expensive Senate race.
(CNN) - The Republican primary in Tennessee on Thursday is the tea party's last chance - albeit a distant one - to beat an establishment incumbent this election year.
Longtime GOP Sen. Lamar Alexander is defending his seat against state Rep. Joe Carr.