June 13th, 2014
06:05 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 13, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA MULLS IRAQ AIRSTRIKES BUT SAYS NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND ...  No troops to Iraq, but other options are being considered. That was President Barack Obama's message Friday in response to the lightning advance by Sunni militant fighters in Iraq that could threaten the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. In a statement delivered from the White House South Lawn, Obama said the United States "will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," but that he would be reviewing a range of other options in coming days. – Barbara Starr and Tom Cohen
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June 12th, 2014
05:35 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 12, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 12, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA WEIGHS OPTIONS AS MILITANTS THREATEN IRAQ...Iraq is going to need more help from the United States and the international community, President Obama said Thursday as a militant group gained control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is threatening the takeover of more cities, including Baghdad.
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June 11th, 2014
05:46 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 11, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 11, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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CANTOR: THE DAY AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: The day after his stunning primary loss to political novice Dave Brat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill that he will not try for another term in the House, and that he will resign his leadership post on July 31. “While I may have suffered a personal setback last night, I couldn't be more optimistic about the future of this country," Cantor insisted.

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June 10th, 2014
05:08 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 10, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN CLEANUP: Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sought to clarify her "dead broke" comment that generated a critical reaction in social media and energized her detractors, saying simply that she and her husband have known periods in their lives when they struggled financially to pay off debt ... Clinton made the comment in defense of the hefty speaking fees she now commands as she weighs a presidential bid.Clinton told Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she understood the critical reaction to her comments, but remembers that they were "something like $12 million in debt" in the winter of 2001. – Dan Merica
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June 9th, 2014
05:12 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 9, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 9, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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VA AUDIT: OVER 63,000 VETERANS WAITING FOR CARE ... An audit of hundreds of Veterans Affairs facilities released Monday found that more than 63,000 veterans were waiting to be scheduled for care nationwide, and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it was scrapping performance bonuses for all senior management in 2014 as part of its response to the review. According to the audit findings released Monday, a 14-day deadline for providing care to newly enrolled veterans such as those coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan proved "simply not attainable" due to growing demand and a lack of capacity. – Tom Cohen
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2014
June 6th, 2014
04:59 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 6, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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D-DAY: OBAMA, PUTIN MEET IN FRANCE ... A much anticipated encounter between President Barack Obama and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, came on the sidelines of a lunch held Friday to mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day ... During their informal aside, Obama told Putin that to reduce tensions in Ukraine, Russia must recognize Poroshenko as the country's legitimate leader and stop supporting separatists in eastern Ukraine. Obama also told Putin that Russia must stop the flow of weapons across the border into Ukraine, Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes said ... The talk lasted 10 to 15 minutes. – Laura Smith-Spark and Ray Sanchez

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June 5th, 2014
05:19 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 5, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 5, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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LAWMAKERS TOLD BERGDAHL WOULD HAVE BEEN KILLED IF DEAL WAS LEAKED ... Senators were informed at a classified Sen ate briefing on Wednesday with the White House that the U.S. obtained credible information that if anything about the Bergdahl prisoner exchange swap became public, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would be killed. Obama administration officials showed a so-called "Proof of Life" video of Bergdahl at the briefing, but the session failed to convince numerous skeptics that swapping Taliban terror detainees for the captured Army sergeant was the right thing to do. Meanwhile, other senators said they believed that Bergdahl’s health appeared to be in poor condition in the video. (See reactions from both sides in HOT SOTS below.)

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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 4, 2014
June 4th, 2014
05:05 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 4, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 4, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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MISSISSIPPI MUD: PRIMARY HEADED FOR RUNOFF: The race between longtime U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran and conservative challenger Chris McDaniel was too close to call early Wednesday. Both candidates appeared to be just short of the 50% threshold needed to avoid a runoff, making it hard to project a clear winner. If the numbers hold up and neither candidate gets more than half of the vote, Cochran and McDaniel will face off for a second time in a primary runoff on June 24. – Paul Steinhauser, Ashley Killough and Dana Bash

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June 3rd, 2014
05:42 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 3, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 3, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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IT’S PRIMARY DAY: 5 RACES TO WATCH ... Tuesday is the biggest single day of primary voting this year, with eight states holding contests from coast to coast. Here are five contests worth watching:

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June 2nd, 2014
05:48 PM ET
2 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 2, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 02, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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OBAMA’S BIG GREEN GAMBLE: DEMANDING CARBON EMISSIONS CUTS ... President Barack Obama is using his executive authority to take his strongest action yet against climate change – proposing new EPA regulations. The chief of the Environmental Protection Agency will announce a proposal Monday that would require power plants to cut their carbon emissions by 30% by 2030, a source briefed on the matter told CNN. -Josh Levs, Kevin Bohn and Erin McPike

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