August 13th, 2014
05:10 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 13, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING … ISRAEL SAYS CEASE-FIRE VIOLATED: For 70 hours, there was relative peace. But - as has proven true time and again in relations between Israel and Hamas-controlled Gaza - it didn't last. Two hours before a 72-hour cease-fire was to expire, and as talks continued in Egypt aimed at extending it, an Israeli military spokesman told CNN that a rocket from "Gaza terrorists" struck in the Hof Ashkelon area of southern Israel on Wednesday night. There were no initial reports of injuries or damage. – Jethro Mullen, Antonia Mortensen and Reza Sayah


RAND PAUL CHOOSES THE HAMPTONS OVER IOWA … Photos of Sen. Rand Paul in the Hamptons on Saturday raised some questions about the Kentucky Republican, who had previously said he couldn't attend a social conservative event in Iowa over the weekend because he had a "family commitment." As it turns out, the likely presidential candidate was photographed in East Hampton at a fundraiser for a public library. The New York Post reported that actor Alec Baldwin co-sponsored the event, and Fox News host Bill O'Reilly and former New York Gov. George Pataki were also at the event. – Ashley Killough

EXCLUSIVE: SEN. MARY LANDRIEU'S CAMPAIGN FLIGHT WAS CHARGED TO TAXPAYERS … CNN’s Chris Frates reports: Sen. Mary Landrieu made headlines last November when she hitched a ride home on Air Force One with President Obama, but chose not to attend his event in New Orleans. Another lesser-known flight Landrieu took that same day mistakenly cost taxpayers more than $3,000. CNN has learned that the vulnerable Louisiana Democrat used government money to charter a private plane to travel to a campaign fundraiser, in violation of federal law.

BILL CASSIDY TWEET: “Senator Landrieu's disregard and abuse of taxpayer money is unacceptable and, reportedly, illegal.”

ROB MANESS STATEMENT: “I am updating my 'Contract with Louisiana' to unequivocally say that 'I will not violate any federal laws in dispensing my duties as your United States Senator.'

310,000 COULD LOSE HEALTH COVERAGE BY SEPTEMBER 30 … Over 300,000 individuals who enrolled in a healthcare plan through the Affordable Care Act could lose their coverage come the end of September if they fail to provide the proper documentation demonstrating legal residency, according to the Obama administration. The issue at hand is not necessarily an immigration status problem, but a data-matching issue. – Elizabeth Hartfield

THE OBAMA DOCTRINE: INARTICULATE OR DISENGAGED? … It sounds like advice offered by parents to teenagers on prom night: Don't do stupid stuff. But it also is an important guiding foreign policy principle of the President of the United States. Ever since the President uttered the phrase during an off-the-record discussion with reporters earlier this year - the actual words were a bit saltier and later confirmed privately by administration officials - foreign policy critics have seized on "DDSS" as a crystallization of the Obama Doctrine. In an interview with CNN, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes insisted that "DDSS" is not the "entire foreign policy" of the Obama administration. But he maintained the expression has substance … Rhodes also said the President did not take the criticism from Hillary Clinton on his foreign policy over the weekend personally. "I think their relationship is very resilient. They've been through so much together," he said. – Jim Acosta

THE BUZZ: EARNEST IS ‘NOT IN A POSITION’ TO STOP YOU FROM LAUGHING AT THIS VIDEO … “I am not in a position’ has quickly become Josh Earnest’s new favorite phrase. The Huffington Post found 100 examples of him saying it already. Watch the video here.

Josh Earnest (‏@PressSec)
Typically, I am not in a position to recommend @HuffingtonPost videos, but this one made me laugh: http://huff.to/1uN5dtg

MARKET WATCH: Stocks finish with solid gains. Dow adds 91 points and is back in positive territory for 2014.

TRAIL TRIVIA
(Answer Below)

Which two presidents did Robin Williams portray during his acting career?
the LEDE

Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Challenge accepted: Chris Christie gets doused in ice water
Wearing a t-shirt and shorts, Gov. Chris Christie accepted the increasingly popular Ice Bucket Challenge and let his two youngest kids dump a large pail of water on the New Jersey Republican. In a video posted on Facebook Tuesday night, Christie said he was nominated by Scott O'Neill of the New Jersey Devils. In return, he challenged Sen. Cory Booker, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and NBC’s “Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. – Ashley Killough

Leading CNNMoney: This is the new USB connector – and it's reversible!
USBs are getting a big makeover - and you're going to like the new look. The universal, ubiquitous computer ports, connectors and cables will soon be reversible. That means no more struggling to figure out which way the plug is supposed to go. – David Goldman

Leading Hartford Courant: Foley Declares Victory, Looks Ahead To Malloy Battle In The Fall
Greenwich business executive Tom Foley roared to victory Tuesday night in a low-turnout Republican gubernatorial primary, setting up a potentially contentious rematch with Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this fall that polls show will start off as a dead heat. – Christopher Keating, Jenny Wilson and Matthew Q. Clarida,

Leading Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: 6th District race still up in air as Grothman leads Leibham by 215 votes
Just 215 votes. That's how close the Republican primary in the 6th Congressional District was on Tuesday, leaving the winner in doubt as state Sen. Glenn Grothman for now holds on to a slim lead over state Sen. Joe Leibham. – Don Behm

Leading Minneapolis Star Tribune: Newcomer McFadden wins big in GOP Senate primary
Republican political newcomer Mike McFadden handily clinched a deciding triumph over insurgent challenger state Rep. Jim Abeler in Tuesday’s primary election, winning the chance for a costly and hard-fought battle against Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken. – Allison Sherry and Ricardo Lopez

Leading National Journal: NRCC Launches Fake News Sites to Attack Democratic Candidates
The National Republican Congressional Committee, which came under fire earlier this year for a deceptive series of fake Democratic candidate websites that it later changed after public outcry, has launched a new set of deceptive websites, this time designed to look like local news sources. The NRCC has created about two dozen of these new faux news sites targeting Democrats, both challengers and incumbents, and is promoting them across the country with localized Google search ads. – Shane Goldmacher

Leading Boston Globe: Warren plans Israel trip after mid-term elections
A Warren aide said the freshman senator is planning to join a congressional trip to Israel, but given her aggressive schedule campaigning on behalf of Senate Democrats it likely will come after the midterm elections in November. That trip could raise speculation that Warren is trying to add to her foreign policy portfolio ahead of a potential presidential run, but it also could be seen as her playing catch up to other freshman senators who have already traveled abroad. – Matt Viser

HOT SOTS
The political bites of the day

– Clinton looking forward to 'hugging it out' with Obama –
REPORTER TO HILLARY CLINTON AT HER BOOK SIGNING ON MARTHA'S VINEYARD: "Are you (and President Obama) going to hug it out?"
CLINTON: "Absolutely. We're looking forward to it."
REPORTER: "Was it a hard call to call the president?"
CLINTON: "No. We agree. We are committed to the values and the interests and the security of our country together. We have disagreements as any partners and friends may as well have."

– White House: Iraq evacuations won’t include a U.S. combat role -
DEPUTY NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER BEN RHODES AT A PRESS BRIEFING: “Our goal here is to work with the Iraqis and with international partners so that these people (Yazidi refugees) can get off that mountain to a safer place. Again, we don’t believe that that involves U.S. troops re-entering a combat role in Iraq.”

– Harf: ISIS threat in Iraq is a ‘direct result’ of Syrian conflict –
STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESWOMAN MARIE HARF: “This, unfortunately, has been a direct result of what we've seen in Syria and the situation there … We've continued to watch it and continue to figure out the best way to go after it. We also … talked a lot about whether this is a threat to the homeland or not. We'll keep watching that.”

– Paul tweaks Christie, again –
RAND PAUL, R-KENTUCKY, WHEN ASKED IN AN INTERVIEW TO DEFINE GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE, R-NEW JERSEY, IN ONE WORD: “Bridges.”

TOP TWEETS
What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Brian Stelter (@brianstelter)
Snowden "said he was nervous that posing with the flag might anger people but that it meant a lot to him." http://cnnmon.ie/1pO9eMo

Eric Kleefeld (@EricKleefeld)
Pro-tip: If you're going to defect to Putin's Russia, manage your PR by appearing on a magazine cover literally cuddling an American flag.

Aaron Blake (@AaronBlakeWP)
The Associated Press might have blown a call in Wisconsin on Tuesday night (from @pbump) http://wapo.st/1mJDuUT pic.twitter.com/WU1gxyxoyi

Matt Mackowiak (@MattMackowiak)
.@GovernorPerry visited national guard personnel training to deploy to southern border today – http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-rel

Dustin Volz (@dnvolz)
.@ggreenwald is probably never going on NPR for an interview now http://firstlook.org/theintercept/2

Philip Rucker (@PhilipRucker)
Wow, @lisamurkowski jumped into freezing Alaska water for ALS & challenged all 99 other senators http://youtube.com/watch?v=j08KBu

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Robin Williams played President Theodore Roosevelt in “Night at the Museum” in 2006 and again in “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” in 2009. He also played President Dwight Eisenhower in “The Butler” in 2013.

Williams was scheduled to play TR for a third time in “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” in 2014.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Israel is looting USA. Quash it.

    August 13, 2014 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  2. it must be said

    THE OBAMA DOCTRINE: INARTICULATE OR DISENGAGED? …
    ---

    Yes, as well as incompetent, inept, idiotic, amateurish, weak, bumbling and chaotic. But you really didn't expect real foreign policy from a community organizer that voted present most of the time, did you?

    August 13, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. Tony D

    EXCLUSIVE: SEN. MARY LANDRIEU'S CAMPAIGN FLIGHT WAS CHARGED TO TAXPAYERS … CNN’s Chris Frates reports: Sen. Mary Landrieu made headlines last November when she hitched a ride home on Air Force One with President Obama, but chose not to attend his event in New Orleans. Another lesser-known flight Landrieu took that same day mistakenly cost taxpayers more than $3,000. CNN has learned that the vulnerable Louisiana Democrat used government money to charter a private plane to travel to a campaign fundraiser, in violation of federal law.
    --–

    Throw this Democrat THEFT OUT Louisiana voters!!

    August 13, 2014 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    it must be said says:
    August 13, 2014 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm
    THE OBAMA DOCTRINE: INARTICULATE OR DISENGAGED? …
    ——-

    Yes, as well as incompetent, inept, idiotic, amateurish, weak, bumbling and chaotic. But you really didn’t expect real foreign policy from a community organizer that voted present most of the time, did you

    You forgot one major thing. He's POTUS something you'll NEVER be.

    Just the facts dude.😙

    August 13, 2014 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Leading National Journal: NRCC Launches Fake News Sites to Attack Democratic Candidates"

    When you can't win fair and square, lie and cheat and try to fool people.

    August 13, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  6. Silence DoGood

    @it must be said
    THE OBAMA DOCTRINE: INARTICULATE OR DISENGAGED? …
    -

    Yes, as well as incompetent, inept, idiotic, amateurish, weak, bumbling and chaotic. But you really didn't expect real foreign policy from a community organizer that voted present most of the time, did you?
    ---------–
    And yet somehow had managed to protect US soil from another Bush 9/11, has captured or killed more terrorists, decreased the uninsured population, stopped insurance companies from cutting off sick people, ended the Bush Invasion War, turned around the Bush depression, and avoided killing 4000 US soldiers like Bush.
    That is quite the Organizer.

    August 13, 2014 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  7. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    @ WUP! salty dog
    We had torrential rains here in Maryland yesterday that were quite incredible.
    Don't know how many inches total but I thought saw Noah telling people to stay inside!
    Glad you guys survived your downpours and are safe and sound...WUP, no more buses for you during heavy rains okay?!

    August 13, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  8. hussein ovomit

    Of course cnn only talks about the muslims stuck on the mountain in iraq obozo cant make a decision on time for anything. He is not capable of being president. No mention of christians being slaughtered boy cut in half kids beheaded women rapped and stoned to death. All that blood on obozos hand because he sits around and doesnt defend the defenseless. Obama is a traitor disgrace to every human on earth

    August 13, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  9. hussein ovomit

    Muslims in america give obozo a 75% approval rating. Africans 93% whats that tell you

    August 13, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  10. Tampa Tim

    "JPM
    Tampa Tim; I don't call income re-distribution in the form of health insurance subsidies "working". But then I am well-educated, hard-working and earn what I get."
    --–
    If you think ACA is income redistribution, I then question your academic credentials.

    August 13, 2014 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Juan Morntyme says:
    August 13, 2014 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm
    But El Presidente promised us free food, free housing, free schooling, free shoes, free phones, free healthcare! Amnesty! Why is he taking it all away!!!

    This entire post is racist from the moniker with the fake Mexican accent to every word in the comment. You people are unbelievable and I'm salivating for the day that you are relegated to minority status.

    August 13, 2014 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  12. Name uche agonsi uche agonsi

    President Obama's lamentations against FOX should not be seen only as a political stunt. Any healthy check/regulations of media outlets should evolve a balance between healthy and harmful viewpoints for long term effects on the people. Its my concern that decimation of irrational absolute falsehood as media consumables would have long term negative political consequences for any group of people. Otherwise why should we design regulators for advertising coys.

    August 14, 2014 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  13. J Anthony

    @it must be dread: there you go again. First of all, there's nothing wrong with being a community organizer. Second, Obama may be a neoliberal centrist like the Clintons, but his foreign policy has been preferrable to any Republican's. The Republican's foreign policy of "do what we want or we'll bomb you" is a sick joke. And so are you

    August 14, 2014 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  14. J Anthony

    @Tony D/Tommy G: you are one and the same it sounds like. You, like many other deluded, seem to think there is a "far-left" contingent in power. There isn't. There is nothing "far-left" about the Clintons or Obamas, which you would know if you actually paid attention to their policies and didn't get all your info from Fox and rightwing-owned AM hate-talk radio. But keep eating up that fear-mongering propaganda, it really seems to help you think for yourself.

    August 14, 2014 07:10 am at 7:10 am |
  15. austin powers

    Tony D, completely ignore the 1.8 billion Christie misappropriated, chump change, you've got your political priorities straight don't ya? Yikes!

    August 14, 2014 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  16. Gurgyl

    -Lee Terry, Rep-Nebraska complains he did not get raise, but can NOT pass minimum wage Raise to millions that need. Are these people USA elects? Nonsense. Remove all this junk. Good lucks.

    August 14, 2014 07:33 am at 7:33 am |
  17. austin powers

    Or, on a more tangible note, fat boys helicopter ride to a soccer game, sound familiar, I'd love to hear you legitimise that, please, I could use a little lift, and hearing you makes me feel smarter by the word, its a small thing, give it to me lord.

    August 14, 2014 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  18. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    "Leading National Journal: NRCC Launches Fake News Sites to Attack Democratic Candidates"

    When you can't win fair and square, lie and cheat and try to fool people.
    ------------------------------------–
    ... and then there are some privately owned sites popping up that spread right wing propaganda: i.e. newsmax.

    August 14, 2014 09:05 am at 9:05 am |
  19. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    hussein ovomit says:
    August 13, 2014 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm
    Of course cnn only talks about the muslims stuck on the mountain in iraq obozo cant make a decision on time for anything. He is not capable of being president. No mention of christians being slaughtered boy cut in half kids beheaded women rapped and stoned to death. All that blood on obozos hand because he sits around and doesnt defend the defenseless. Obama is a traitor disgrace to every human on earth

    hussein ovomit says:
    August 13, 2014 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm
    Muslims in america give obozo a 75% approval rating. Africans 93% whats that tell you

    I get so much pleasure out of these wonderful articulate comments from the RWNJ's. From the wannabe cleaver monikers to the horribly misspelled words. Nothing says Republican like illiteracy. Yee haw!!!

    August 14, 2014 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  20. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Oops that was supposed to be clever not cleaver....

    August 14, 2014 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  21. Chris

    The 300k do not have coverage... Their applications have not been completed as they are most likely illegals form Texas and Florida... Their are thousand of others who have lied about income and not approved. Also thousands how have not paid... Go figure...

    August 14, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am |
  22. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Chris says:
    August 14, 2014 10:07 am at 10:07 am
    The 300k do not have coverage… Their applications have not been completed as they are most likely illegals form Texas and Florida… Their are thousand of others who have lied about income and not approved. Also thousands how have not paid… Go figure…

    How exactly do you know they are illegals from Tx and Fl?

    August 14, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  23. Lynda/Minnesota

    "The NRCC has created about two dozen of these new faux news sites targeting Democrats, both challengers and incumbents, and is promoting them across the country with localized Google search ads. – Shane Goldmacher"

    Still waiting for the right to produce their outrage over such goings on in the NRCC. Who knows, maybe they aren't savvy enough to understand that the NRCC is an acronym for: National Republican Congressional Committee which elects Republican candidates to the U.S. House of Representatives.

    If using such methods produces votes for candidates willing to go this far out on the limb of corruption to get votes, one suspects these same candidates aren't going to look askance at other corruption irregularities once in office.

    August 14, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  24. Lizzie

    Silence DoGood, wrote: and avoided killing 4000 US soldiers like Bush. Under The Bush administration we got a daily report of soldiers killed, under Pres.Obama more than 2000 have been killed in Afghanistan, silence, civilians killed by drone strikes classified as terrorists. But that can't be reported would put a different light on this administration.

    August 14, 2014 10:58 am at 10:58 am |