CNN's GUT CHECK for August 7, 2014
August 7th, 2014
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 7, 2014

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


OBAMA SIGNS $16 BILLION VA OVERHAUL INTO LAW … The $16 billion measure provides money to build more VA medical facilities and hire more doctors and nurses. It includes more funds so some veterans can get health care in private facilities. It also makes it easier to fire or otherwise discipline senior VA officials. But it doesn’t criminalize anybody. At the bill-signing at Fort Belvoir in northern Virginia, Obama said the package begins the changes needed to keep the nation's promise of caring for its military veterans.

OBAMA: “Over the last few months, we've discovered some inexcusable conduct … It was wrong, outrageous."

2014 WATCH: EMILY'S LIST ATTACKS TILLIS OVER EQUAL PAY IN NORTH CAROLINA … 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. The group is launching a television ad Thursday attacking Republican Senate nominee Thom Tills over equal pay – a topic that President Obama has highlighted as a driving issue for Democrats this midterm election year. – Peter Hamby

PRIMARY DAY IN TENNESSEE … TEA PARTY'S LAST CHANCE IN 2014 … 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. Despite picking up endorsements from conservative powerhouse Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Nation, it's an uphill battle for Carr, who trails the two-term senator in the polls. Not to mention, Alexander handily won his last election with 65% of the vote and has raised significantly more campaign cash. – Dana Davidsen

Gut Check Full Service: Why does Tennessee have Thursday primaries? No one knows.

SOCIAL WATCH: AZERBAIJAN PRESIDENT SENDS POTENTIAL WAR WARNING VIA TWITTER… Azerbaijan’s president has threatened all-out war to reclaim the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh from Armenia, raising fears that the two Caucasus countries could resume long-dormant hostilities after skirmishes over the weekend. – Buzzfeed’s Max Seddon

Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz)
We are not living in peace, we are living in a state of war. Everyone must know this.

Ilham Aliyev (@presidentaz)
The war is not over. Only the first stage of it is. But the second stage may start too.

THE BUZZ: MONKEY SELFIE LEGAL BATTLE … If a monkey snaps a selfie in the forest, does he own it? By now, the legal pseudo-doctrine of “he who takes the selfie owns the selfie” has settled into the collective consciousness. But what happens if an animal takes the photo? British photographer David Slater is locked in a dispute with Wikimedia Commons (and its parent organization the Wikimedia Foundation) over whether a photo taken by an animal with a photographer’s camera becomes part of the public domain or the property of the camera’s owner. – Washington Post Abby Phillip

THE KICKER: D.C. Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry lambasted Fox News reporter Emily Miller for asking about unpaid parking tickets. “You don’t know a damn thing about Washington, D.C.,” he tells her.
Watch the video here.

MARKET WATCH: Stocks end lower on new concerns about Iraq and Russia. Dow drops 75 points.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)
NASA's unofficial scale for measuring motion sickness in space is named after which U.S. senator?

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: African leaders use summit to fight negative perceptions
An unprecedented summit of African leaders in Washington. An Ebola outbreak in West Africa that sparks global fears.The two events this week juxtaposed the best and worst of Africa at a time when its leaders want to move, finally, past perceptions of a "dark continent" rife with war, poverty and disease. – Tom Cohen

Leading CNNMoney: Obama wants to plug tax 'loophole'
The Obama administration is looking at how it could act on its own to stop companies that want to slash their tax bills by moving overseas. President Obama said officials are "reviewing all of our options" to act without congressional approval to stem the wave of so-called tax inversions. The trend has accelerated in recent years, backed by Wall Street enthusiasm for overseas tax rates that are lower than the highest U.S. rate of 35%. – Gregory Wallace

Leading The Hill: Down $38M, but he's likely still the richest lawmaker in Congress
The leader of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee remains, in all likelihood, the richest member of Congress.Though he saw his minimum net worth fall more than $38 million in 2012, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), still had at least $392 million in assets, according to federal disclosure forms. – Megan R. Wilson

Leading Drudge: Russia Bombers Penetrate Us Airspace 16 Times In 10 Days
Russian strategic nuclear bombers conducted at least 16 incursions into northwestern U.S. air defense identification zones over the past 10 days, an unusually sharp increase in aerial penetrations, according to U.S. defense officials. – Washington Free Beacon’s Bill Gertz

Leading HuffPo: Tsk-Tsk
A majority of Americans disapprove of the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama, which charges that he overstepped his authority in failing to enforce the Affordable Care Act in a timely manner, according to a new CBS News poll. – Igor Bobic

Leading Politico: URGENT: Dem emails a fundraising bonanza
House Democrats have their email fundraising down to a science: Cast Speaker John Boehner as the leading villain, use President Barack Obama’s signature (but sparingly) and don’t hesitate to go ALL CAPS with a subject line like this: “BREAKING: IMPEACHMENT.” – Darren Samuelsohn

Leading New York Times: Wooing Hispanic Voters at Home, Republicans Turn to Latin America
Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey will journey to Mexico next month to meet with the country’s new president, court its corporate titans and mingle with its cultural leaders. Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is about to set off for Guatemala, where he will put his ophthalmology training to use by treating local patients with eye disorders. – Michael Barbaro

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Clinton praises Gillibrand in book intro –
HILLARY CLINTON IN AN INTRO FOR SEN. KRISTIN GELLIBRAND’S NEW BOOK IN EXCERPTS OBTAINED BY POLITICO: “The first time I shook Kirsten Gillbrand’s hand, she looked me square in the eyes and said, ‘How can I help?’ … I was running for Senate in New York and Kirsten wanted to do everything she could for the campaign. But there was more to it than that. Kirsten has built her whole life around the question ‘How can I help?’”

– Gutierrez: GOP spreading ‘outright lies’ on border crisis –
LUIS GUTIERREZ, D-ILLINOIS, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH LARRY KING: “The violence is rampant there and little children, toddlers, show up at our borders fleeing as refugees from those countries, and they say they're bringing disease," the outspoken congressman said of GOP members on Ora.tv’s "Politicking" with Larry King. "They say that they're infesting our country with diseases that are incurable. Those are outright lies and exaggerations. That's pretty mean, Larry, when you treat children like that."

– Pryor invokes McCain in latest ad –
NARRATOR IN AN AD ATTACKING REP. TOM COTTON: “Mark Pryor voted the same way as John McCain and many other Republican senators … Secure the border first. Pryor voted no amnesty, 20,000 new border agents, a 700-mile fence and a long-term solution. It's tough but fair. While Congressman Cotton voted to cut funding for border protection and played politics with our security."

Gut Check Flash Back: JOHN MCCAIN ON AUGUST 31, 2013: “Anybody who calls this amnesty either is not being intellectually honest or has not read the legislation … This is a tough path to citizenship. ... It’s not amnesty.”

– Obama notes Maj. Gen. Greene’s death at VA bill signing –
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA AT VA LEGISLATION SIGNING: “It continues to be a difficult and dangerous mission, as we were tragically reminded again this week in the attack that injured a number of our coalition troops and took the life of a dedicated American soldier, Major General Harold Greene. Our prayers are with the Greene family as they are with all the Gold Star families and those who sacrificed so much for our nation.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

jennifer bendery (@jbendery)
People taken away in ambulances outside WH were part of ISIS protest and appear to have fainted/gotten dehydrated. pic.twitter.com/Ardj3ntPJz

Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP)
Rep Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) engaged in multiple affairs and urged women to get abortions. He still might win today http://wapo.st/1lEnOlx

Blake Farmer ‏(@flakebarmer)
Here's a timeline for the Alexander/Carr race, going all the way back to 2009. http://ow.ly/A3B7x

Heather Haddon (‏@heatherhaddon)
Count Branstad, LePage, Haley as governors who can thank Christie for NJ money http://on.wsj.com/1pemDhA  via @WSJNY

Maria Glod (@mariaglod)
What did Jonnie Williams give the McDonells? A rolex, golf outings, plane tickets. A post graphic lays it out. http://washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/special

Steve Krakauer (‏@SteveKrak)
President Obama has been more than 35 HOURS late so far in 2014 – impressive work from @pbump: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/07/in-2014-obama-has-been-late-by-more-than-35-hours/

Susan Glasser (‏@sbg1)
First the press was in the tank FOR Nixon–then it decided to bury him: the long sordid history of Nixon & the media http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2014/08/nixon-and-the-media-109773.html

John Dingell (@john_dingell)
Entering my office on Jan. 5, 1956. 29 years old and ready to get to work. Still at it today. #tbt

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

NASA’s unofficial measurement for space sickness is measured in “Garns” to commemorate the voyage of Sen. Jake Garn of Utah, who admitted to being sick during most of his flight. Garn flew on the Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985 and became the first incumbent U.S. senator to travel to space. The Garn scale is a 1-10 measurement of how sick you feel in space, with one being the best and ten being the worst.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Yes, It is time to raise Minimum Wage. This is a must for progress of this Economy. Congress needs to act on this.

    August 7, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  2. Chris..E.Al

    When the democrats come up for air from the chokehold you just dont have to make things up ? You can see the true colors .

    August 7, 2014 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  3. it must be said

    Oh wonderful!!! Obama is going to do something in Iraq now that the country is almost gone. He's going to air drop last meals to all of them before they are slaughtered by ISIS. I knew we could count on Obama to take action. What a guy!

    August 7, 2014 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  4. Obama's Dead Economy

    Gurgyl
    Yes, It is time to raise Minimum Wage. This is a must for progress of this Economy. Congress needs to act on this.
    ---

    Yes, it should be raised as pretty soon Obama and the Democrats will have us all working for minimum wage, fighting over the few jobs left in the country, as they drive all the US companies overseas with their far left destructive policies.

    August 7, 2014 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Rep Scott DesJarlais (R-Tenn.) engaged in multiple affairs and urged women to get abortions. He still might win today"

    IOKIYAR

    August 7, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  6. Chris..E.Al

    Dems are nothing more than gun runners and human smugglers . You know it

    August 7, 2014 05:04 pm at 5:04 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "House Democrats have their email fundraising down to a science: Cast Speaker John Boehner as the leading villain, use President Barack Obama’s signature (but sparingly) and don’t hesitate to go ALL CAPS with a subject line like this: “BREAKING: IMPEACHMENT.” "

    IOKIYAR

    (I mean really, when have you EVER seen a report in that tone or using that angle to describe what the GOP/Teatrolls did and do in terms of demonizing people...Pelosi and Reid in particular? And come the heck on...has POlitico gone so far as to now pretend that there aren't significant numbers of GOPers/Teatrolls yelling about and demanding impeachment?)

    August 7, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Sen. John Walsh dropped out of the Senate race in Montana on Thursday amid allegations of plagiarism,"

    IOKIYAR...just ask Randroid.

    August 7, 2014 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "Steve Krakauer (‏@SteveKrak)
    President Obama has been more than 35 HOURS late so far in 2014 – impressive work from @pbump:"

    That's some impressively knit-picky garbage. Guess what...when you're the most powerful dude on the planet, people wait for you. And did this mindless hack from WaPo bother to mention just how many hours per week the POTUS works? Of course not. Instead, he's probably busy helping Faux News rewrite their narrative from "OMG Obama's on vacation while Rome is burning" to "OMG Obama is leaving vacation early in order to hatch a nefarious immigration scheme we have no evidence of"...which is precisely what they did all day.

    August 7, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    "A majority of Americans disapprove of the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama"
    When have conservatives, especially the radical right represented the will of the people?
    Last time I saw, the Tea Party was about 10% of the population.

    August 7, 2014 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Where were you when BushW, Reagan sent jobs overseas. Now jobs are coming back–you hate, rant on Obama because he is black. Nonsense talk. Be educated. Mittens sent jobs to china, where were you? Kid.

    August 7, 2014 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  12. Tampa Tim

    Right wingnuts know that Bush would have reacted to the crisis in Iraq, by attacking Kuwait.

    August 7, 2014 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Thomas

    Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Nation ?

    We need more patriots like Rand Paul , Ted Cruz , Rick Perry / Marco Rubio .
    And Mitt Romney and his five sons who all volunteered to go and fight in the trenches for freedom , because corporations are people too !

    Aqua Buddhas for Border Security .

    August 7, 2014 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Marie MD

    @obama's dead economy, (I know you mean the shrub #43 almost economic collapse) you do realize that your first class twit, when he was actually running for president and as owner of a factory in Ohio, sent all that was not nailed down to China to what he calls factories but are really work concentration camps?
    @chris e whatever, you and rick are insignificant mouthpieces for faux news and the oxycodone radio fat boy.

    August 7, 2014 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. jonquil123

    Those toddlers must truly be exceptional, Guieterrez, if they toddled 2,000 miles "unaccompanied".

    August 7, 2014 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  16. rick

    With all the problems of the presidency over the last few decades. Is it a real wonder that every one essentialy went grey haired either in office or soon after? Ronald Reagan admitted to using grecian formula 16 on his hair! No presidency is like the one before. And its also a small consolation that we havnt had one with a major heart attack with the stress. And this term has been like in middle of a gang fight in a closed room. Between congress.. Senate.. Terrorists.. Economy.. And seeing no end to most solutions that make sence being avalable. Think of that next time your kids get into a fight..

    August 8, 2014 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Silence DoGood

    "A majority of Americans disapprove of the House Republican lawsuit against President Barack Obama"
    When have conservatives, especially the radical right represented the will of the people?
    --------------------------
    Uh. Not since the last time one of them said, "The will of the American people is behind us."

    August 8, 2014 08:18 am at 8:18 am |
  18. Lizzie

    Silence DoGood
    Of course this is being blurted out (not reported) by America Rising, whose bold contribution to the political landscape is stalking all Dems in hopes of recording an odd, out of context utterance or nose scratching that they can spin into conspiracy theory raw meat.
    - not a word from you on American Bridge 21Century a democratic opposition group who has 80 people tracking republicans, 43 of them are your so-called stalkers. That's 2x the people they employed in 2012, who will spin everything and anything their way.

    August 8, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  19. Sniffit

    "- not a word from you on American Bridge 21Century a democratic opposition group who has 80 people tracking republicans, 43 of them are your so-called stalkers. That's 2x the people they employed in 2012, who will spin everything and anything their way."

    Who cares? They all do that and of course they do. The difference is that if a Dem farts in line at McDonald's, the GOP/Teatrolls will try to turn it into him harassing the woman who was standing behind him...while the GOP/Teatrolls are glad to provide things like "macaca" and "legitimate rape" and "second amendment remedies" and "47% something something."

    August 8, 2014 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  20. Sniffit

    "Those toddlers must truly be exceptional, Guieterrez, if they toddled 2,000 miles "unaccompanied"."

    It's those cantaloupe calves....just ask Steve King.

    August 8, 2014 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |