August 11th, 2014
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 11, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HAPPENING NOW … President Obama to speak about Iraq at 4:45pm from Martha’s Vineyard. Tune in live on CNN.

WITH VOCAL SUPPORT OF ISRAEL, CLINTON RANKLES PRO-PALESTINIAN AMERICANS … Hillary Clinton has been upfront about her support for Israel's recent military operations in Gaza. And her outspokenness is infuriating pro-Palestinian supporters in the United States. Since Israel kicked off Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in early July, Clinton has strongly and repeatedly said she backs Israel's right to defend itself. She stepped up that message in a recent interview with The Atlantic, in which she charged Hamas for "stage-managing" the conflict to engender sympathy. – Dan Merica

GOP IGNORING THEIR OWN ADVICE ON IMMIGRATION … Republicans already are steaming about President Barack Obama's expected executive action to potentially allow millions of undocumented workers to remain in the country. But another debate on immigration will refocus on internal GOP splits and raise questions about whether the party is taking any of its own advice about being more open to Hispanics.

Pointing to inaction by Congress, Obama signaled last week that he's done waiting for Republicans to negotiate a compromise on any immigration measures. "I promise you, the American people don't want me just standing around twiddling my thumbs and waiting for Congress to get something done," he said. – Deirdre Walsh

HURRICANE HITS HAWAII, AFFECTS TIGHT SENATE PRIMARY… On Sunday, U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz and U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa were left to consider what to do next when their contest remained too close to call after Saturday's primary. With 99% of the vote in, Schatz was leading Hanabusa by a margin of less than 1%. Meanwhile, storm damage prompted election officials to close two polling places in the Puna district on Hawaii's Big Island. The affected stations were the Hawaiian Paradise Community Center and the Keonepoko Elementary School. Some 8,000 voters were affected. – Shannon Travis

Honolulu Star-Advertiser headline: “Ige triumphs: Abercrombie becomes the first incumbent to lose a gubernatorial primary in Hawaii”

POTENTIAL 2016 GOP WHITE HOUSE CONTENDERS STORM IOWA … Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Texas Gov. Perry all visited Iowa this past weekend to attend a summit of Christian conservative activists. Meanwhile, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul both made trips to the Hawkeye state last week. CNN’s Peter Hamby says Paul may have another trip to Iowa in the works to campaign for GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst in September or October.

WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO IMPROVE GOVERNMENT WEBSITES … The White House is putting the team of technology experts that helped revive the balky HealthCare.gov website to work, improving other government webpages, officials announced Monday. The U.S. Digital Service, comprised of private and public sector technology experts, will help make websites of federal agencies and departments more user-friendly, accommodating the widespread desire among Americans to conduct business online. The team will be led by Mikey Dickerson, a former Google engineer who left the tech giant last year to help improve the health care website after it crashed spectacularly upon its launch in October. – Kevin Liptak

Gut Check Flash Back: July 30: Healthcare.gov cost $840 million, study finds

THE BUZZ: ETHEL KENNEDY DELIVERS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE TO PRESIDENT OBAMA… Mr. President, you've been challenged. Ethel Kennedy, the matriarch of the Kennedy family, challenged President Barack Obama to dump a bucket of ice water on his head as part of the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge campaign to raise money for research into Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis – or Lou Gehrig's disease. In a Facebook video posted by Max Kennedy, the political family got together at their compound in Hyannis Port this weekend to participate in the challenge. – Dan Merica

MARKET WATCH: U.S. markets start the week higher. NASDAQ leads with a 0.7% gain. Tesla rises 4.5% on expansion plans.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)

Who is the longest serving Supreme Court justice in the U.S. history?

the LEDE
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Leading CNNPolitics: Sanders stirs up 2016 speculation, says he's got a 'damn good platform' to run on
Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his brand of liberalism could serve as a "damn good platform" to run for president. In an interview posted Monday to ABC/Yahoo News, Sanders, an independent who aligns himself with the Democratic Party, said income inequality is at its highest point in over eight decades – and the American people are ready to elect someone who's able to close that gap.

Leading CNNMoney: Nike's $200 million bet on McIlroy pays off
Nike has been looking for the next Tiger Woods for years, and Rory McIlroy just might be the answer. McIlroy signed a reported $200 million deal with Nike in January 2013, and for a while that looked like a big mistake. McIlroy went 18 months without a single win wearing the Nike swoosh. – Chris Isidore

Leading Drudge: Unrest In Heartland
A candlelight vigil for a young unarmed black man who was fatally shot by a suburban St. Louis police officer was followed by unrest as crowds looted and burned stores, vandalized vehicles and taunted officers who tried to block access to parts of the city. – AP’s Jim Salter and James Suhr

Leading HuffPo: 'Pretty Dramatic': Scott, Other Rivals Question Crist Flip
It sounds like something Republican Gov. Rick Scott would ask of Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist: "How can the people of Florida trust your recent conversion?" But the words were Crist's, and the question was asked to Tom Gallagher during the 2006 Republican primary for governor. Crist easily won that race in large part because he accused Gallagher of shifting his politics just to win the election. – AP’s Brendan Harrington

Leading Politico: Cuomo’s Slow-Mo Disaster
Andrew Cuomo is in serious trouble. Preet Bharara, the hard-charging U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, has turned up the heat on his administration’s alleged interference with an anti-corruption commission he appointed, and for the first time in the New York governor’s four-year tenure, he’s lost control of a situation. That’s an awful feeling for any politician, but especially for one who so prizes control, and who prides himself on playing political chess while his opponents play checkers. It’s the classic tale of a pol so consumed with avoiding a short-term image hit that he risked his long-term freedom. – Jeff Smith

Leading The Hill: Obama seeks Iraq regime change
The White House on Monday took new diplomatic steps to force Iraq’s prime minister from power as it looked for ways to stop fighters with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) from gaining a deeper foothold in the country. – Justin Sink

Leading New York Times: Midterms Give Parties Chance for Sweeping Control of States
It is not only Nevada. Republicans, who had appeared to hit a high-water mark in control of statehouses in recent years, are seeking to pick off another half-dozen chambers this year, taking advantage of President Obama’s persistent unpopularity, anxiety about the economy, and a history of anemic turnout among Democrats in nonpresidential election years. In addition, the party that controls the White House almost always loses seats in statehouses in those years. – New York Times’ Adam Nagourney

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Gutierrez: Republicans shooting themselves in the foot on immigration –
FORMER BUSH 43 CABINET MEMBER CARLOS GUTIERREZ TO CNN: "Why are Republicans continuing to shoot themselves in the foot? … I think this is one of those 'Nixon goes to China' things - it will be a Republican who reforms immigration. I don't believe that Democrats have the credibility.”

– Harf: We are working with Iraq to help the Kurds –
STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN MARIE HARF AT A PRESS BRIEFING: “We are working with the government of Iraq to accelerate deliveries of badly needed arms to Kurdish forces in the north. The (government of Iraq) has made deliveries from its own stocks and we are working to do the same - deliveries from our own stocks in coordination with all the relevant parties.”

– McCain: The world is in worse shape because Obama pulled back –
SEN JOHN MCCAIN, R-ARIZONA, TO CNN’S CANDY CROWLEY: “There are a number of things that the President has done foreign policy-wise that I have not only approved of, but supported. If I look at the world in January of 2009 and I look at the world today, I can tell you this, Candy. It's very, very different … And I believe that's because, when the United States of America withdraws from leadership from the world, it creates a vacuum, and bad things happen.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Laurie Segall ‏(@LaurieSegallCNN)
Pretty unbelievable footage. 'Heroic' mission rescues desperate Yazidis from ISIS http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/11/world/meast/iraq-rescue-mission/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter

Honolulu Civil Beat (@CivilBeat)
At only 41.4%, the #HIvote turnout was among the lowest in history http://bit.ly/1pkqGJp pic.twitter.com/Y92UFdDV5v

Ted Bridis (‏@tbridis)
If US gov't offered you $854,460 for your company's confidential customer list, would you sell it? Amtrak insider did http://bigstory.ap.org/article/dea-improperly-paid-854460-passenger-lists

Chuck Schumer (@chuckschumer)
Bet JayZ would agree, we have an ideal venue MT @barclayscenter pic.twitter.com/GCwHxQWx45

Chris Murphy (‏@ChrisMurphyCT)
My pickles. It's 10am, and I've already accomplished more today than the Senate does many weeks. pic.twitter.com/mECoF5B725

Nancy Pelosi (@NancyPelosI)
.@CakeBossBuddy as dark chocoholic myself I was honored to guest judge Next Great Baker! Look fwd to tomorrow's show! http://goo.gl/Ggt45N

Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake)
At home in Arizona doing Jury Duty. Wondering how many people will answer when they call "Flake" pic.twitter.com/QnsOnp2fh4

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Justice William O. Douglas is the longest serving Supreme Court justice. Douglas served on the Court for 36 years, from 1939 until 1975.

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  1. Sniffit

    "You clowns throw around your made up numbers, all of which are different and are totally meaningless. How many of the 20 million already had Medicaid and were NOT new enrollees because of Obamacare? Nobody knows or they won't report it. How many millions of the exchange enrollees were forced into the exchanges because Obamacare cancelled their old healthcare policies? Nobody knows or they won't report it. Let me know when you get an ACCURATE Obamacare enrollment number instead of some inflated pile of steamy dog poop.

    So where are the rest of the law breakers? At least 30 million using YOUR highly inflated figures. Is the IRS busy tracking them down or are they too busy targeting TEA Party groups because of the upcoming election?"
    ===

    Why don't you read the New England Journal of Medicine article and inform yourself instead of acting like a rabid dillhole? Yes, some already had insurance. No, not even remotely near to it being most of them. The articles explains the methodology and how they arrived at the numbers and it's pretty straight-forward, unamazing math that's pretty darn hard to argue with. No tricks, no gimmicks. Moreover, insurance giants are all reporting that high percentages of their new enrollments, anywhere from 80% to 95%+, have been people without insurance before they enrolled. They do know, because they can ask their customers and are generally privy to their customers' insurance histories as part of the application process. The whole idea that most or "almost all" the people who signed up through the exchanges were people who lost insurance first has been thoroughly debunked with cold hard numbers. That you don't know that...or more accurately, simply don't want to admit it....and are refusing to go and read the information for yourself, just proves you to be willfully ignorant and culpable for the misinformation that comes out of your face. So yeah, no excuses, Jethro. You're. Just. Plain. Wrong.

    August 11, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    "WITH VOCAL SUPPORT OF ISRAEL, CLINTON RANKLES PRO-PALESTINIAN AMERICANS …

    Because, of course, you can't be critical of Israel without also being "pro-Palestinian"? Grow up, CNN. You quite obviously tried to use that article as a means of dichotomizing the public on the issue. Here's a frickin hint: The majority of the pubic wants both sides of that conflict to grow the frack up and get it resolved.

    At least they're from different countries and cultures. Here is 'Murika, we've got the makings of the same kind of entrenchment within our own borders. And yes, the Birth Certificate Rocket was the first shot fired.

    August 11, 2014 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  3. Tom l

    Fair is Fair
    "I'm not mischaracterizing anything. GOPers/Teatrolls are largely driven by white fright, race resentment over dwindling white power and privilege and existential partisan angst over demographic shifts."
    ---
    Teatroll Rosetta something something demographic armageddon blah blah something something...

    August 11, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
    --–

    Awesome. Sometimes I am taken aback by heir lack of self awareness.

    By the way, you forgot "browning of America" (as if, for some reason, that's not an offensive term). IOIYAD

    August 11, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  4. Tampa Tim

    John McCain is still bitter about getting beaten like a rented mule in 2008.

    August 11, 2014 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. Marcus (from...?)

    Sniffit – Numbers don't matter, math don't matter. If I am right, then everybody else is wrong, regardless of what proofs they might have that they are right.
    That's the logic of some folks around here, it gets annoying after a while bt that's it.
    Annoying.

    PS: New England Journal of Medicine, but which issue?

    August 11, 2014 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    "By the way, you forgot "browning of America" (as if, for some reason, that's not an offensive term)."

    It's a perfectly legitimate way of describing how the GOP/Teatrolls perceive the demographic shifts that have had them freaking out so badly for 6 years. The browning of 'Murikkka = the browning of the GOP/Teatrolls' pants. Throw more fits though please...you amuse me.

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

    Tom l

    Fair is Fair
    "I'm not mischaracterizing anything. GOPers/Teatrolls are largely driven by white fright, race resentment over dwindling white power and privilege and existential partisan angst over demographic shifts."
    -
    Teatroll Rosetta something something demographic armageddon blah blah something something...

    August 11, 2014 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
    ––

    Awesome. Sometimes I am taken aback by heir lack of self awareness.

    By the way, you forgot "browning of America" (as if, for some reason, that's not an offensive term). IOIYAD
    ________________________
    And I am amazed at yours Tom- Look up the last election and see the demographic groups Mr. Romney lost: Youth, Hispanics, Native Americans, Blacks, Orientals and women. The Right is facing a demographic crisis- one of its own making by pushing hyper-radical agendas that effect each of the groups they are losing support from.

    August 11, 2014 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "The Right is facing a demographic crisis- one of its own making by pushing hyper-radical agendas that effect each of the groups they are losing support from."

    And let's not beat around the bush here: IT WAS DELIBERATE. Atwater wasn't kidding when he talked about "school busing" and "welfare queens" and other code-speak becoming surrogate issues for yelling "N-bomb n-bomb n-bomb!!!!!" all the time.....then pretending "but it's all about economics and fiscal responsibility...it's just an itty bitty coinkydink that everything we propose and talk about as economics and fiscal responsibility would have massively disparate effects on n-bombs n-bombs n-bombs...excuse me, I mean our fellow African American citizens and minorities...."

    GUESS. WHO. WASN'T. FOOLED.

    August 11, 2014 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    "PS: New England Journal of Medicine, but which issue?"

    Googlez this: "Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act — A Progress Report"

    I think it's from July 17, 2014.

    August 11, 2014 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "PS: New England Journal of Medicine, but which issue?"

    Googlez this: "Health Care Coverage under the Affordable Care Act — A Progress Report"

    I think it's from July 17, 2014. Written and done, of course, by people with more random letters after their names than Palin can put together in one of her quasi-sentences. Anyone see her new website and the video she made attempting to create a rebuttal video for the video and speeches Elizabeth Warren has about income inequality and minimum wage etc. that contained her so-called "11 commandments"? I mean, the Jabberwocky was on full display...broken sentences, no grammar, half-thoughts, messing up lines, incoherent and tangential "reasoning"...it is truly a bit of Palin insanity that is must-watch for anyone who considers her a frightening artifact of 'Murika's ignorance-worship culture. Plus, it's hilarious...I challenge anyone to make any sense of the word salad she vomits in that video.

    And yes, CNN, we know...it's THAT bad, which is why you didn't glom onto it instantly like you usually do with anything she says...this time there was just no hiding that she's a grow woman with a 4th grader's brain.

    August 11, 2014 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    Israel is a real problem to USA.

    August 11, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  12. Marcus (from...?)

    Sniffit – Yep, right on the date!
    Cue to the (R) claiming that the New England Journal of Medicine is a leftist/elitist/government propaganda machine or the likes in 5... 4... 3... 2.. 1....

    August 11, 2014 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Tom l, its become increasingly apparent that, once again, you seem to use all your analytical skills in criticizing the Left while ignoring the Right's glaring problems. They have been doing everything to appeal to a shrinking base, while ignoring their own advice on reaching out to explain their views to people long since skeptical of the Right, and for good reason. If you cannot be honest about that because of your zeal to attack Sniffit and Co., than the only thing you come across as is a fraud. No attacks on it must be said,no critiques of just saying, or Gunderson, or any of the others, AS USUAL. Fair is reasonable, but even she lurches into the patented Rightie-speak when she's frustrated or tired. Never seen you take her to task, or raise a mild objection about anything that she says, which only leads the regulars on here to conclude that you really believe the more outrageous crap your fellow travelers spew out, but you have a better vocabulary.

    August 11, 2014 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  14. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    "Written and done, of course, by people with more random letters after their names than Palin can put together in one of her quasi-sentences."

    The Quitta reminds me of Santorum in their ridicule of educated people – without whom their own special needs children would be in very dire straits, indeed.

    August 11, 2014 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  15. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    "The Right is facing a demographic crisis- one of its own making by pushing hyper-radical agendas that effect each of the groups they are losing support from."

    Not to mention Karl Rove introducing illegal immigration as a wedge issue around 2006. The righties knew their economic policies were about to blow up the economy – AGAIN – and needed a scapegoat in place to absorb the blowback.

    What I don't get is how people can continue to vote for those RWNJ yahoos over and over and over again. Guess it's easier than admitting you've been played for a fool.

    August 11, 2014 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  16. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    And a tight shirt to distract people from listening to her babble.

    August 11, 2014 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  17. aaron

    Whoever invents a pill to cure Obamacaramania should have no problem finding far gone test subjects to try and give their lives back to them. That has got to be the most rampant mental illness affecting Americans today.

    August 12, 2014 12:00 am at 12:00 am |
  18. Thomas

    Sarah Palin warned us about muslim radical fundamentalism taking away our right to buy junk food and big gulps at gas stations .

    Death to these non artistic , non believer porkofiles dogs.

    Why won't just compassion muslims stand up against these true believers of false promises ?

    August 12, 2014 12:32 am at 12:32 am |
  19. rick

    Who cares if she offended. THEY ARE TERRORISTS.! No different than a gang that shoots up a neighborhood to try and make people who own their homes for decades trying to force them to move out. And its NOT WORKING nor ever will. And they are NOW wanting to negotiate. After their big bottle rockets fizzled. Nobody came to help. And are going to spend next 10 years scooping up the piles of rubble because NOBODY CAME. Millions of dollars in aid that was supposed to have went to improve conditions were used to wage war. Now they demanding free access to more weapons. That wont happen. So for one of the rare and few times Hilary actualy got it right.!

    August 12, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  20. rick

    I know this is political section. But the tragic loss of Robin Williams to what is described as suicide. Should affect everyone from all walks of life. From the darkness of One Hour Photo. To flying as Peter Pan. From the problems of family.. To the love of another. And to joke about himself and lighthearted look at being a parent. There will always be questions that will have no answers. He put all of us in the light and the humor made all laugh. The song tears of a clown.. Ring true. Take a moment today. Forget the turmoil of the world. Because thats what he tried to do for everyone..

    August 12, 2014 04:42 am at 4:42 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine

    Tom l, its become increasingly apparent that, once again, you seem to use all your analytical skills in criticizing the Left while ignoring the Right's glaring problems. They have been doing everything to appeal to a shrinking base, while ignoring their own advice on reaching out to explain their views to people long since skeptical of the Right, and for good reason. If you cannot be honest about that because of your zeal to attack Sniffit and Co., than the only thing you come across as is a fraud. No attacks on it must be said,no critiques of just saying, or Gunderson, or any of the others, AS USUAL. Fair is reasonable, but even she lurches into the patented Rightie-speak when she's frustrated or tired. Never seen you take her to task, or raise a mild objection about anything that she says, which only leads the regulars on here to conclude that you really believe the more outrageous crap your fellow travelers spew out, but you have a better vocabulary.
    -------------------------
    I see that Thomas Paine has added a new chapter to "Common Sense".

    August 12, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  22. just asking

    shouldn't the headline instead be, democrats ignoring our laws, ignoring our border security, encouraging illegal alien invasion of the usa???

    August 12, 2014 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  23. Longtimer

    The GOP wants to be more appealing to minorities? Maybe they could set their white sheets and hoods on fire.

    August 12, 2014 10:41 am at 10:41 am |