CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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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
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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.
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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
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.”
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
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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