July 22nd, 2014
05:33 PM ET
13 hours ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 22, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 22, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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FAA BANS U.S. FLIGHTS TO ISRAEL, CITING ROCKET ATTACKS … The FAA has told U.S. airlines that they are prohibited from flying to or from Israel's Ben-Gurion Airport for a period of up to 24 hours. "The notice was issued in response to a rocket strike which landed approximately one mile from" the airport on Tuesday morning, the FAA said.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: ALBRIGHT: ISRAEL ‘OVER-DOING’ IT … Former Secretary of State Madeline Albright told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday that Israel was “hurting” its “moral authority” with its response to the attacks in Gaza.
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July 21st, 2014
06:02 PM ET
22 hours ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 21, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA TO REBELS: WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? Obama called on Russia to rein in rebel fighters in Ukraine believed by many international leaders to be responsible for downing Malaysia Air Flight 17. He said Russia has failed to stop them from impeding investigators and accused rebels of treating remains poorly and removing evidence. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" he said. Obama said Russia must exert its "enormous influence" over the rebels. "It's the least they can do," he said. – Michael Pearson, Faith Karimi and Phil Black

SECURITY COUNCIL WEIGHS IN ON MH 17 CRASH ... The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding international access to the eastern Ukraine crash site. The vote was 15-0.
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July 18th, 2014
06:54 PM ET
4 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 18, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 18, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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‘UNSPEAKABLE’ OUTRAGE’: OBAMA ON DOWNING OF JET … President Barack Obama called the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jet in eastern Ukraine an "outrage of unspeakable proportion." U.S. officials believe it was likely hit by a surface-to-air missile operated from a rebel-held area. Obama said pro-Russian rebels have received a "steady flow" of arms and training from Russia, including anti-aircraft weapons. He called for a "credible international investigation" and an immediate ceasefire. He also said one U.S. citizen was aboard the doomed 777. – Laura Smith-Spark and Nic Robertson
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July 17th, 2014
04:50 PM ET
4 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 17, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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HAPPENING NOW … ISRAEL LAUNCHES GROUND OPERATION INTO GAZA … The Israeli military launched a ground operation into Gaza late Thursday, the government said. The much-anticipated operation follows some of the most intense fighting in the 10 days of bombings and airstrikes between Israel and Hamas. Palestinian medical and security sources say 240 people have been killed in Gaza, including at least seven children who died Thursday, and about 1,800 injured. Israel says one of its citizens has died. – Ralph Ellis, Ben Wedeman, Michael Pearson and Jethro Mullen

IDF (@IDFSpokesperson)
BREAKING NEWS: A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip. A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 16, 2014
July 16th, 2014
04:52 PM ET
6 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 16, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 16, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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GOP ALLEGES EX-OBAMA OFFICIAL BROKE LAW ON POLITICAL ACTIVITY ... Ramping up his investigation of the White House and whether it illegally used government staff for political purposes, House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa released audio of a 2012 voicemail message that his office says depicts then-Labor Secretary Hilda Solis asking an employee working for her to contribute money and recruit others to attend a fundraiser for the pro-Obama Organizing For America. In a release, the committee called the phone message a clear violation of the Hatch Act, which limits political activity for government officials. – Lisa Desjardins
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July 15th, 2014
05:45 PM ET
7 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 15, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 15, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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2016 WATCH: READY FOR WARREN: SUPPORTERS OFFICIALLY LAUNCH CAMPAIGN ... Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says she's not seeking the White House. But she sure is acting like a potential 2016 contender. She's traveling around the country, introducing herself to voters, testing her message - the sort of thing that candidates do. That's what former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is doing on her book tour. And like Clinton, Warren now has an organized group supporting her and encouraging her to run. Ready for Warren also has a petition as well as a Facebook campaign and a Twitter feed to rally support. - Leigh Ann Caldwell.
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July 14th, 2014
06:02 PM ET
1 week ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 14, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 14, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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PERRY VS. PAUL: ROUND TWO ... Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky is firing back at Gov. Rick Perry of Texas, in an escalation of a war of words between two potential 2016 Republican presidential contenders over U.S. foreign policy and the country's role in the bloody outbreak of fighting in Iraq.
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Cheney: Iraq invasion was the ‘absolute right thing to do’
July 14th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
1 week ago

Cheney: Iraq invasion was the ‘absolute right thing to do’

Washington (CNN) – Former Vice President Dick Cheney defended the Bush Administration’s decision to invade Iraq more than a decade ago on Monday, saying, “I believed in it then. I look back on it now - it was absolutely the right thing to do.”

A few minutes into a Politico event in Washington, where Cheney, his wife Lynne and his daughter Liz were speaking, protesters began to heckle the three members of the Cheney family. The protesters called the former Vice President a “war criminal” while holding signs reading “Arrest Cheney.”

Cheney’s wife Lynne brushed off the interruption, joking, “I wondered why the line (to the event) was so long.”

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July 11th, 2014
05:27 PM ET
2 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 11, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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WHITE HOUSE: GOP LAWSUIT IS CASE OF HYPOCRISY ...White House officials are scratching their heads over House Speaker John Boehner's announcement Thursday that Republicans would sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision last year to delay the health care law's employer mandate. That's because, as one senior administration official pointed out on Friday, those same lawmakers voted to do the exact same thing - defer until 2015 the Obamacare requirement aimed at making businesses provide health coverage to their workers, or pay a penalty. – Jim Acosta
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July 10th, 2014
04:42 PM ET
2 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 10, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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PERRY: ‘HE SHOWED UP AT SANDY. WHY NOT TEXAS?’ ... Texas Gov. Rick Perry and others are lashing out at President Barack Obama's decision not to tour border facilities overwhelmed by a flood of undocumented children, saying he was shirking a fundamental duty. "The American people expect to see their President when there is a disaster," he told CNN's Kate Bolduan in an interview that aired Thursday, citing Obama's trip to the East Coast to tour damage caused by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. "He showed up at Sandy. Why not Texas?"
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