June 19th, 2014
05:45 PM ET
1 month ago

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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June 18th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 18, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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CONFIRMED: BAGHDAD REQUESTS U.S. AIR SUPPORT ... Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that the United States has received a request from the Iraqi government to use air power to help roll back gains won by Sunni militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It’s in America’s "national security interest to counter (ISIS) where we find them," Dempsey said. – Laura Smith-Spark, Ashley Fantz and Nic Robertson
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June 17th, 2014
04:06 PM ET
1 month ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for June 17, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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HAPPENING NOW: 5 THINGS TO WATCH IN HILLARY CLINTON'S CNN TOWN HALL ... CNN Chief International Correspondent Christiane Amanpour moderates a CNN town hall meeting with Clinton and takes questions from the audience and Tumblr at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday. Here are five things to watch for:

1. Talk of Iraq, the capture of a key Benghazi suspect, and other danger zones ... 2. Mention of marijuana and what else she hasn't been asked ... 3. Whether she is as open as she says she is ... 4. Her tone with the media ... 5. Questions from people all over the world – Dan Merica
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June 16th, 2014
05:09 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 16, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 16, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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UNLIKLEY ALLY: COULD THE U.S. WORK WITH IRAN IN IRAQ? The United States could end up cooperating with Iran to stop militant gains in Iraq, Secretary of State John Kerry suggested Monday in an interview with Yahoo!News. But Kerry didn't indicate that cooperation with Iran is under active discussion inside the administration.
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June 14th, 2014
07:39 PM ET
2 months ago

King: Obama wrong to hold news conference on Iraq

(CNN) – Rep. Peter King, a member of the House Homeland Security Committee, says the President shouldn’t have announced that the United States will not be sending troops to Iraq.

“I don’t think you should ever tell the enemy what you are going to do and what you’re not going to do,” King, R-New York, told CNN on Saturday, a day after the President Barack Obama made remarks at the White House. “I would have thought that with a crisis like this, he should not have called the (news) conference to announce he will look at it.”
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June 13th, 2014
06:05 PM ET
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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
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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
2 months 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
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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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