CNN's GUT CHECK for July 7, 2014
July 7th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
4 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 7, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 7, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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COCHRAN CHALLENGER BUILDING EVIDENCE TOWARDS LEGAL ACTION AGAINST MISSISSIPPI GOP RUNOFF RESULTS: The campaign of the tea party-backed challenger who narrowly lost a Republican primary runoff in Mississippi to longtime Sen. Thad Cochran said it's building the evidence needed to legally contest those results. "The evidence we have found so far, which will in part serve as the basis for a challenge, is promising," Noel Fritsch, spokesman for state Sen. Chris McDaniel, told CNN Monday. Fritsch spoke to CNN as attorneys for the campaign told reporters at a news conference at the Hinds County courthouse in Jackson, Mississippi that they will go through ballot boxes, including absentees, before taking legal action.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 3, 2014
July 3rd, 2014
06:30 PM ET
4 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 3, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 3, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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PERRY VS. POTUS: THE BATTLE OVER THE BORDER ... The White House responded Thursday to Rick Perry’s statement on Fox News that if President Barack Obama doesn’t travel to the southern border to deal with the ongoing immigration crisis, “it’s a real reflection of his lack of concern” of what’s happening there.
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July 2nd, 2014
06:00 PM ET
4 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 2, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 2, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN ... U.S. TIGHTENING AVIATION SECURITY: The Obama administration is stepping up security for some flights headed to the United States, reflecting heightened concern that terrorists are developing more sophisticated explosives designed to avoid airport screening.
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July 1st, 2014
06:44 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 1, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 1, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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LAWMAKERS TRIPPIN’: HOUSE ETHICS CHANGE ON TRAVEL REPORTING SPARKS CONTROVERSY ... Watchdogs and even some members of Congress raised alarms Tuesday after learning that the House quietly changed how lawmakers report privately funded travel worth millions of dollars a year, removing those trips from one of the most high-profile reports that members must file. But as the change sent out ripples of outrage, it was not clear how wide-ranging the effect would be because the trip information remains easily accessible in a separate report. – Lisa Desjardins
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June 30th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 30, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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POTUS VOWS TO TAKE EXECUTIVE ACTION ON IMMIGRATION ... President Barack Obama said Monday he was starting "a new effort to fix as much of our immigration system as I can on my own, without Congress," adding that he directed his team to recommend steps he can take this summer and that he would then act on those steps "without delay." Obama said he would act because House Speaker John Boehner told him last week the chamber wouldn’t vote on a comprehensive bill this year. – Tom Cohen and Cassie Spodak

HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER IN A STATEMENT: “It is sad and disappointing that … President Obama won't work with us, but is instead intent on going it alone."
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June 27th, 2014
05:20 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 27, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 27, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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ONE YEAR LATER: IS IMMIGRATION REFORM DEAD? Both sides in the heated debate are marking the year anniversary of Senate passage of major immigration reform legislation. Proponents of a comprehensive overhaul vow a weekend of activities trying to put pressure on the House, which has not followed the Senate’s lead, while opponents of that bill are promising to keep up their fight. – Kevin Bohn
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June 26th, 2014
05:03 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 26, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 26, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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SCOTUS SLAPS DOWN POTUS ON RECESS APPOINTMENTS ...The Supreme Court unanimously sided with Congress on Thursday in the high-stakes power struggle over presidential recess appointments, in which officials are placed in top government jobs temporarily without Senate approval. The justices' unanimous ruling on the narrowest of grounds against the Obama administration could invalidate hundreds of decisions by the National Labor Relations Board, the federal agency at the center of this legal fight.
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June 25th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 25, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 25, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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COCHRAN’S STRATEGY: GOOD OR BAD FOR GOP? ... A number of high-profile conservative activists are steamed over Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran’s decision to court traditionally Democratic voters – including African-Americans – in his primary runoff victory over tea party-backed challenger Chris McDaniel.

“I wonder what the campaign slogan was in Mississippi the past couple days,” Rush Limbaugh said on his nationally syndicated radio show. “Uncle Toms for Thad?”
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June 24th, 2014
05:41 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 24, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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TONIGHT: FINAL CHAPTER IN MISSISSIPPI SHOWDOWN ... State Sen. Chris McDaniel narrowly edged out six-term incumbent Sen. Thad Cochran in the primary three weeks ago, but with neither man cracking 50%, the contest has moved on to a competitive runoff that will be decided tonight. Mississippi law allows anyone to vote in the runoff, meaning Democrats can go to the polls so long as they didn't vote in the Democratic primary and they don't plan to support their party candidate in the general election. The question is whether Cochran can shore up enough support to beat back the tea party wave against him. McDaniel got about 1,400 more votes than Cochran in the primary, and national conservative groups have actively rallied around the challenger. – Dana Bash and Ashley Killough
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June 23rd, 2014
05:47 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 23, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 23, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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KERRY TO IRAQIS: WE’VE GOT YOUR BACK IF YOU UNITE AGAINST MILITANTS ... U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met Iraqi leaders Monday as radical Sunni militants continue their march toward Baghdad during the country's tensest time since the U.S. withdrawal of troops in 2011. "The future of Iraq depends on decisions made in the next few days and weeks," Kerry said after meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, the man who some observers say needs to step down ... “Our support will be intense, sustained," and will be effective if Iraqi leaders unite to face the militant threat, he said. – CNN’s Chelsea J. Carter, Hamdi Alkhshali and Susanna Capelouto

Gut Check Full Service: Half the public says the U.S. doesn't have a responsibility to do something about escalating bloodshed in Iraq, according to a new national poll.
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