CNN's GUT CHECK for March 26, 2014
March 26th, 2014
05:11 PM ET
4 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 26, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 26, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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DEVELOPING …. PRESIDENT OBAMA PREPARES FOR MEETING WITH POPE FRANCIS: Bloomberg’s Margaret Talev reports: “Obama will meet Thursday with Pope Francis at the Vatican as the American leader struggles with declining influence at home and abroad. He’s also trying to gain favor with two of the pope’s main constituencies in the U.S.: the working poor and Hispanics.”


QUOTE OF THE DAY:
SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER REACTS TO LATEST OBAMACARE EXTENSION AT A GOP PRESSER: 'What the hell is this, a joke?'

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 25, 2014
March 25th, 2014
06:17 PM ET
4 weeks ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 25, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 25, 2014| 5 p.m.
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HOBBY LOBBY: COURT MAJORITY HARSHLY CRITICAL OF OBAMACARE CONTRACEPTION MANDATE … CNN’s Bill Mears reports: The Supreme Court justices hearing the two cases on the hotly contested issue testing the limits of government-mandated contraception coverage appeared divided along ideological lines in a 90-minute oral argument.

"How does a corporation exercise religion?" asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor, summarizing perhaps the key constitutional question at hand.

"This is a religious question," said Justice Samuel Alito, suggesting the businesses have such a right. "You want us to provide a definitive secular answer."

A ruling expected by late June could clarify whether businesses have a religious liberty right, or whether such constitutional protections apply only to individuals.

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March 24th, 2014
05:47 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 24, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING … NO G8 IN SOCHI: The leaders of the G7 countries met in The Hague Monday and condemned the actions of Russia in Crimea. The White House released a statement from the G7 countries: “We will suspend our participation in the G8 until Russia changes course and the environment comes back to where the G8 is able to have a meaningful discussion and will meet again in G7 format at the same time as planned, in June 2014, in Brussels, to discuss the broad agenda we have together.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 21, 2014
March 21st, 2014
04:48 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 21, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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BREAKING … CNN’s Jake Tapper reports: Intelligence from the field has WH 'very concerned' about Russia invading more of #Ukraine – possibly soon.

DEVELOPING ON THE LEFT …. BIDEN HEADS TO NEW HAMPSHIRE
As Vice President Joe Biden leaves open the door to another presidential run, his trip next week to New Hampshire will likely fuel more speculation about his interest in the job. The White House announced Friday that Biden will travel to the Granite State next Tuesday for an event highlighting workforce development and job training. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will join him. – Ashley Killough

Scott P. Brown (@SenScottBrown)
Vice President Biden is coming to Nashua on Tuesday. Good opportunity for Senator Shaheen to join him & discuss ObamaCare. #NHpolitics

Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg)
Sen. Shaheen will not join VP Biden in NH next week #NHsen

Ashley Killough (@KilloughCNN)
During Biden's trip to NH, Sen. Shaheen's camp says she'll be in DC next week chairing subcom. hearing. They also point to Ukraine votes.

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March 20th, 2014
05:45 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 20, 2014

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DEVELOPING …. BARACK OBAMA TWEAKS SCOTT BROWN …. President Barack Obama's weighing in on what could turn into the hottest U.S. Senate battle this year. When asked during an interview Wednesday with New England Cable News whether former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown - who's taken an important step towards running for the Senate this year in neighboring New Hampshire - is the kind of moderate Republican needed on Capitol Hill, the President said he'll wait to comment until Brown formally announces his candidacy. – Paul Steinhauser

"I'd be happy if Scott Brown wants to move down to Texas. You know, we could always use some moderate Republicans in other parts of the country."

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 19, 2014
March 19th, 2014
04:56 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 19, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 19, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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RAND PAUL BACK IN THE SPOTLIGHT: IN BERKELEY TO TALK PRIVACY … Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, rips the intel community in prepared remarks Wednesday at the liberal hotbed of UC Berkeley.

In his speech, Paul mentions the recent controversy surrounding claims that the CIA has been spying on computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee. "I don't know about you, but I'm worried. If the CIA is spying on Congress, who exactly can or will stop them? I look into the eyes of senators and I think I see real fear," Paul says, according to a prepared text confirmed by CNN and first reported by Politico. – Ashley Killough

CIA Director John Brennan has denied any wrongdoing.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 18, 2014
March 18th, 2014
04:51 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 18, 2014

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DEVELOPING … RNC PREDICTS 2014 “TSUNAMI” … The head of the Republican Party has a prediction about November's midterm elections. "I think we're in for a tsunami-type election in 2014," Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Preibus said Tuesday at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor.

"My belief is, it's going to be a very big win, especially at the U.S. Senate level, and we may add some seats in congressional races. … I think among youth and women, we're gonna see the greatest increase in 2014 because of, number one, Obamacare," Priebus said.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 17, 2014
March 17th, 2014
05:30 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 17, 2014

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FIRST ON CNN: PUTIN TO RELEASE HIS OWN SANCTIONS LIST THAT WILL INCLUDE U.S. SENATORS … Hours after President Barack Obama authorized sanctions on Russian officials over the Crimea vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to release his own sanctions list tomorrow targeting U.S. officials and politicians, the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin told Brooke Baldwin on CNN’s Newsroom Monday.

Rogin reports that Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is confirmed to be included on the list. Other potentials include Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

President Obama told reporters Monday that the United States wants to make it clear to Russia "that further provocation (in Ukraine) will do nothing" except diminish Russia's standing in the world.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov addressed the nation from Kiev on Parliament TV: “We will never accept the annexing of our territory.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 14, 2014
March 14th, 2014
06:33 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 14, 2014

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THE MIDTERM MAP JUST GOT BIGGER …

EX-MASS. SEN. SCOTT BROWN TO RUN FOR N.H. SENATE SEAT …
After months of toying with the idea, Scott Brown announced late Friday that he would explore a run for Senate in New Hampshire – the state where he was born and just recently moved back to late last year. Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, sought to highlight his Granite State roots in his afternoon speech noting how New Hampshire brought him happiness during a rough upbringing. And he pledged to hit the New Hampshire roads Saturday and start talking to voters.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2014
March 13th, 2014
05:10 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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TROUBLE FOR THE MIDTERMS? The state that launched then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Iowa, is not looking so favorably on him now, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released today. The Q-poll shows that Obama has a dismal 39% approval rating among Iowans. At this point, though, Obama does not appear to be dragging down the Democratic candidate for Senate, Bruce Braley, who the Q-poll said is viewed favorably by 35%, and unfavorably by 18% of Iowans. Still, Democratic strategists tell CNN’s Mark Preston that they are very much concerned about the President’s stagnant poll numbers as they nervously head into November.

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