July 30th, 2014
06:55 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 30, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BOEHNER LAWSUIT ADVANCES … The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. The vote was 225-201.

GAO: HEALTHCARE.GOV COST $840 MILLION … The cost of developing the initially-troubled website HealthCare.gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to the Government Accountability Office.- Rachel Streitfeld.
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Kansas Senate opponents come face-to-face ahead of GOP primary
July 30th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
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Kansas Senate opponents come face-to-face ahead of GOP primary

(CNN) - You don't see this every day on the campaign trail.

With less than a week to go until primary day in Kansas, Republican challenger Milton Wolf confronted Sen. Pat Roberts in hopes of debating him.

They crossed paths on a sidewalk in downtown Emporia as the three-term senator was meeting local business owners.

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Filed under: 2014 • Kansas • Pat Roberts
Michelle Obama evokes personal story to inspire young African leaders to pay it forward
July 30th, 2014
05:32 PM ET
3 hours ago

Michelle Obama evokes personal story to inspire young African leaders to pay it forward

Washington (CNN) -- Speaking before a packed ballroom of young African leaders and innovators, first lady Michelle Obama advocated Wednesday for female empowerment through education.

“I imagine that for some of you here today, getting your degree might have meant disobeying or disappointing your families,” she said, specifically addressing the girls in the room.

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Healthcare.gov cost $840 million, study finds
July 30th, 2014
05:23 PM ET
3 hours ago

Healthcare.gov cost $840 million, study finds

Washington (CNN) - The cost of developing the initially-troubled website Healthcare.Gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to a report by the Government Accountability Office released Thursday.

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Filed under: Health care • Obamacare
CIA interrogation report could be released publicly next week
July 30th, 2014
04:09 PM ET
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CIA interrogation report could be released publicly next week

Washington (CNN) – A Senate Intelligence Committee report detailing the CIA’s controversial interrogation and detention program following the 9/11 terror attacks could be released to the public as soon as next week, congressional sources in each party said Wednesday.

The document that will be released is a nearly 700 page summary of the full 6,800 page report that was approved a year and a half ago by a committee sharply divided along party lines.

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Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error
July 30th, 2014
03:57 PM ET
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Oops. Senate makes $2 billion error

Washington (CNN) - Senators trying to mount a head-on battle with the House over highway funding may have doomed their own bill with a $2 billion mistake.

“We are working to address this technical error,” wrote Tara DiJulio, spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who cosponsored the legislation along with two Democrats.

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Filed under: 2014 • Department of Transportation • Senate
Obama administration expands push against voter laws
July 30th, 2014
03:47 PM ET
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Obama administration expands push against voter laws

Washington (CNN) -- The Obama administration is expanding its push to stop what it calls "restrictive state laws" over the ability of voters to cast ballots.

The Justice Department said it was filing legal briefs in support of separate, private lawsuits against Wisconsin and Ohio.

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Filed under: Obama administration • Voter Problems • Wisconsin
Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate
July 30th, 2014
03:45 PM ET
3 hours ago

Climate group attacks Ernst on tax pledge, not climate

Updated 4:40 p.m. ET, 7/30/2014

(CNN) - NextGen Climate, a Super PAC backed by liberal billionaire Tom Steyer, is dedicated to "act politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity."

But its latest attack ad is all about taxes.

The group says the television commercial, which was released Wednesday, will air in three major media markets across Iowa. But the spot never once mentions climate change or the environment. Instead the ad focuses on the Americans for Tax Reform's "no new taxes" pledge Iowa GOP Senate nominee Joni Ernst signed.

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Filed under: Iowa • Joni Ernst
Dodging 2016 questions, Paul Ryan meets the press
July 30th, 2014
03:30 PM ET
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Dodging 2016 questions, Paul Ryan meets the press

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, chairman of the House Budget Committee, is known to glide through the hallways of Capitol Hill with headphones in his ears. It's a tactic he employs to avoid pesky reporters. But the Republican faced down a flurry of questions on Wednesday at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast with journalists.

The potential White House contender offered up his views on a range of topics, like climate change, immigration reform, and his newly-released plan to overhaul federal poverty programs.

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Emails show Lerner dissing conservatives
July 30th, 2014
02:31 PM ET
4 hours ago

Emails show Lerner dissing conservatives

(CNN) – Conservative Republicans have been pretty tough on Lois Lerner over the IRS targeting scandal.

And now, it appears, the former tax official at the center of the controversy, was none too fond of a particular brand of conservatives, either.

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Filed under: Dave Camp • House Republicans • IRS • Tea Party
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