CNN's GUT CHECK for July 16, 2014
July 16th, 2014
04:52 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
2 months 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 months 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
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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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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 9, 2014
July 9th, 2014
05:12 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 9, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 9, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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THE RETURN OF RICK PERRY… Two years removed from his disastrous 2012 presidential bid, Rick Perry is fully recovered from back surgery, sporting new glasses, reengaging with the Republican conservative base, and showing signs that he's considering another run for the White House. Immigration policy helped sink the Texas governor's previous bid, but it has now put him back in the spotlight. – Dana Bash and Paul Steinhauser

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July 8th, 2014
05:51 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 8, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 8, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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CLEVELAND WINS! The Republican National Committee announced Tuesday that their Site Selection Committee has picked Cleveland to host the 2016 Republican National Convention. The full membership of the RNC is expected to ratify the Site Selection Committee's recommendation at its early August meeting in Chicago. – Mark Preston and Paul Steinhauser
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 7, 2014
July 7th, 2014
05:33 PM ET
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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
2 months 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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