July 2nd, 2014
06:00 PM ET
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 23, 2014

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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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June 20th, 2014
05:17 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 20, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 20, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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RARE FRIDAY HEARINGS TURN DRAMATIC ON CAPITOL HILL ...

1. IRS BLASTED OVER LOST HARD DRIVE: ’NOBODY BELIEVES YOU’ ... Congressional outrage over IRS targeting of conservative groups turned into a partisan back-and-forth in the House. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen defended the agency, but he sparked an uproar from Republicans by admitting it destroyed a hard drive that contained emails wanted in the targeting probe. And he did not apologize. "I don't think an apology is owed,” Koskinen told the Ways and Means Committee. One prominent Republican questioned whether Koskinen was being truthful under oath. “Nobody believes you,” House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan said. – Lisa Desjardins

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June 19th, 2014
05:45 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 19, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 19, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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MILITARY ADVISERS HEADED TO IRAQ: Seeking a middle ground between calls for tough military action and none at all, President Barack Obama said Thursday he was sending up to 300 military advisers to Iraq to help the embattled government hold off a lightning advance from the north by Sunni militants. Obama told White House reporters the goal was to prevent a civil war in Iraq that could destabilize the region, and also prevent creation of a terrorist safe haven in northern Iraq and neighboring Syria from which U.S. enemies could plan and launch attacks against American interests.
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