CNN's GUT CHECK for March 4, 2013
March 4th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 4, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING: BIDEN ON IRAN: 'OBAMA IS NOT BLUFFING' Vice President Joe Biden stressed the importance of a nuclear free Iran in a speech before AIPAC… “We have a shared strategic commitment. Let me make clear what that commitment is. It is to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon. Period. Period. End of discussion. Period. Prevent not contain. Prevent. … Big nations can't bluff and Presidents of the United States cannot and do not bluff and President Barack Obama is not bluffing. He is not bluffing. We are not looking for war. We are looking to and ready to negotiate peacefully but all options, including military force, are on the table but as I made clear at the Munich Security Conference … the world's preference is for a diplomatic solution.

ATHEISTS APOLOGIZE TO PALIN: BUT STAND BY BILLBOARD’S INTENT… An atheist group that misquoted former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin in a billboard in Texas is apologizing to the Republican and correcting the mistake. But it continues to defend the “intent and context” of the effort.

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Romney: 'My heart said we were going to win'
March 3rd, 2013
01:22 PM ET
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Romney: 'My heart said we were going to win'

(CNN) – Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney looked back to the moment on election night that he knew he had lost.

"It was a slow recognition, until ultimately when the Ohio numbers began coming in and they were disappointing, I said, 'Look, this looks like we lost.' Wasn't certain. Some people said 'Oh, look, if this number comes in you could win,' but by 8 or 9 o'clock it was pretty clear that we were not going to win."
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013
March 1st, 2013
03:49 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013

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ROMNEY HITS OBAMA FOR CAMPAIGNING INSTEAD OF GOVERNING In his first post-election interview, Mitt Romney tells Fox News Sunday: “Well, no one can think that's been a success for the president. He didn't think the sequester would happen. It is happening. But to date, what we've seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans. And blaming and pointing. Now what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and fight back. It's a very natural human emotion.”

SEQUESTRATUS INEVITABILIS: President Barack Obama blamed Congress for failing to prevent $85 billion in forced government spending cuts that take effect tonight, saying that the sharp reduction will harm economic recovery. The president met with congressional leaders at the White House prior to briefing reporters, but no agreement emerged to avert the automatic austerity that both sides oppose. … The cuts involve roughly 9% for a broad range of non-defense programs and 13% for the Pentagon over the rest of the current fiscal year. They officially take effect just before midnight tonight. – Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen

THE NEXT DEADLINE: House Speaker John Boehner said after meeting Friday with President Barack Obama that the House will take up a measure next week to authorize federal funding beyond a March 27 deadline to prevent a potential partial government shutdown.

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Romney: Campaign was a 'roller coaster'
February 28th, 2013
07:58 PM ET
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Romney: Campaign was a 'roller coaster'

(CNN) - Mitt Romney compared his presidential run to the highs and lows of a roller coaster ride - and, like all rides, it must come to an end.

"We were on a roller coaster, exciting and thrilling ups and downs, but the ride ends and then you get off," he said in an interview with Fox News.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 28, 2013
February 28th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 28, 2013

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BREAKING: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION URGES HIGH COURT TO OVERTURN GAY MARRIAGE BAN IN CALIFORNIA The Obama administration has formally expressed its support of same sex marriage in California, saying in a legal brief Thursday that gay and lesbian couples there have the same "equal protection" rights to wed, and that voters in the state were wrong to ban it, according to an administration official. An appeal in the so-called Proposition 8 case will be formally filed later Thursday with the Supreme Court, which will hear the issue next month. – Bill Mears

SENATE PASSES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT: Struggling again with an issue important to women and minority groups, House Republicans on Thursday failed to pass their version of a new Violence Against Women Act and then split over a Senate version that won approval with unanimous Democratic support. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama, who said in a statement that it was "an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear.” – Tom Cohen

POPE NO MORE: The papacy of Benedict XVI is over, ending a pontificate in retirement rather than death for the first time in nearly 600 years. The Throne of St. Peter is vacant. The Catholic Church has no pope.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2013
February 27th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2013

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‘BE READY TO TALK SOLUTIONS’: An Obama administration official tells CNN that President Barack Obama spoke briefly with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said they need to be “ready to talk solutions” at their White House meeting on Friday.

DEADLINE: The president is required by law to issue the sequestration order by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 1, an official from the Office of Management and Budget told CNN’s Jessica Yellin. OMB would transmit the order to Congress.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 26, 2013
February 26th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 26, 2013

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CABINET TAKING SHAPE…

HAGEL CONFIRMED: The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary after a bruising political fight. The final 58-41 vote fell nearly down party lines, with only four Republicans voting yes – Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Richard Shelby of Alabama. Hagel, a former Nebraska senator and a Republican, will succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

LEW ON THE VERGE: The Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary. The full Senate could vote on his nomination as early as tomorrow.

DIPLOMACY, HILL STYLE: BOEHNER SAYS SENATE SHOULD GET OFF ITS ‘ASS’... “We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” House Speaker John Boehner said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 25, 2013
February 25th, 2013
05:37 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 25, 2013

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BREAKING: Former Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop died in his home in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982-1989, under then-Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was outspoken on public health issues and did much to elevate the office of the surgeon general.

FORCED BUDGET CUTS WATCH: ‘THESE CUTS DO NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN,’ OBAMA SAYS In his latest push to pressure Congress before automatic, government-wide spending cuts kick in on Friday, President Barack Obama is bringing state governors into the conversation. The president spoke on Monday before the National Governors Association at the White House, where he urged the state executives to weigh in on the matter. – Ashley Killough

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 22, 2013
February 22nd, 2013
05:24 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 22, 2013

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AIR SCARE: LAHOOD WARNS OF 90 MINUTE FLIGHT DELAYS... Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood at Friday’s White House Press Briefing: “Over $600 million of these cuts will need to come from the Federal Aviation Administration the agency that controls and manages our nation's skies. As a result of these cuts the vast majority of FAA's nearly 47,000 employees will be furloughed for approximately one day per pay period until the end of the fiscal year and in some cases as many as two days. … Flights to major cities like New York, Chicago, San Francisco and others could experience delays of up to 90 minutes during peak hours because we have fewer controllers on staff. Delays in these major airports will ripple across the country.”

CHANGE HE CAN BELIEVE IN: PAUL RYAN CHANGES COURSE ON DREAM ACT? As some prominent Republicans change their position on immigration, look no further than tweaks to Rep. Paul Ryan's website for examples of the evolving stance. While the House Budget Committee chairman's congressional site previously displayed clear opposition to the DREAM Act, it now states that immigration reform must include "finding a way forward" for children brought to the country illegally.

LEGACY WATCH: OBAMA SPLIT ON LOCATION OF PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY On Wednesday, President Barack Obama said he's still not sure which location – Chicago or Honolulu – would be the home of his presidential library. “Honolulu is my birthplace,” Obama said in an interview with Honolulu station KITV. “It's the place where I grew up and I've got so many friends and fond memories and it helped to shaped me. I'd like to find a way after my presidency that connection remains, but I live in Chicago now and that's where I grew up professionally.” – Kevin Liptak

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2013
February 21st, 2013
05:24 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 21, 2013

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JUST IN: OBAMA CHARGES GOP IS ‘DUG IN’ ON RAISING TAXES… Seeking to rally the Democratic base, President Barack Obama said the ball is now in the GOP’s court. “Whether or not we can move Republicans at this point to do the right thing is what we are still trying to gauge,” Obama said in an interview on Al Sharpton’s radio program.

THEY TALKED: SPEAKER BOEHNER AND PRESIDENT OBAMA TALKED ON THE PHONE TODAY... No readout was given of the phone call.

"ASHAMED" OF HIS COUNTRY: RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW… “Ladies and gentlemen, for the first time in my life, I am ashamed of my country. Seriously man, here we get worked up over $44 billion. That’s the total amount of money that will not be spent that was scheduled to be spent this year. … We have the media playing along with all of this. The ruling class – both parties play along with all of this. It’s insulting. I don’t know how else to describe it. I’m in my 25th year. Nothing ever changes. We just keep spending more money. We create more dependency. We get more and more irresponsible, one crisis to the next — all of them manufactured, except for the real crisis which nobody ever addresses, which is we can’t afford any of this.

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