CNN's GUT CHECK for July 24, 2014
July 24th, 2014
06:06 PM ET
3 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 24, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 24, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

JUST IN … CNN POLL: MOST SAY BORDER KIDS COULD STAY IN THEIR COMMUNITIES TEMPORARILY: According to a CNN/ORC International poll, a bare majority of Americans view migrant youth crossing the southern border as refugees rather than illegal immigrants. Most say they'd be willing to have the federal government temporarily relocate some of them to their communities or their city. – Paul Steinhauser
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Flight ban ‘could go back into place’
July 24th, 2014
06:01 PM ET
3 days ago

Flight ban ‘could go back into place’

(CNN) – Even as the Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights to and from Tel Aviv, two U.S. officials say the facts on the ground in Israel are the same as they were before the FAA freeze was put into place.

A State Department official says, "The circumstances in Tel Aviv from 72 hours ago are no different than the circumstances now."

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CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration
July 24th, 2014
05:01 PM ET
3 days ago

CNN Poll: Border crisis impacting public opinion on immigration

Washington (CNN) - The current crisis on the nation's southern border appears to be fueling a notable shift in American attitudes toward immigration policy with border security growing in importance, according to a new national survey.

A CNN/ORC International poll released on Thursday also indicates that a majority of those surveyed support making it easier for the United States to return migrant youth from Central America who have surged across the U.S. border with Mexico this year.

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Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad
July 24th, 2014
03:20 PM ET
4 days ago

Michelle Kwan stars in husband's political ad

(CNN) – U.S. figure skating legend Michelle Kwan has been featured in endorsements for Coca-Cola, Chevrolet and Campbell's Soup.

Now she's promoting something else: Her husband's political campaign.

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Filed under: 2014 • Rhode Island
Hillary Clinton stands by 'Russian reset' in face of recent events
July 24th, 2014
12:35 PM ET
4 days ago

Hillary Clinton stands by 'Russian reset' in face of recent events

Washington (CNN) - It worked.

That is the argument former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton made during a Thursday interview about her much talked about 2009 reset of U.S.-Russia relations.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Russia
July 24th, 2014
11:55 AM ET
4 days ago

Do you want the drinking age lowered?

(CNN) - When it comes to the drinking age, the vast majority of Americans don't want to go back to the future.

Thirty years after 21 became the minimum age to drink alcohol in all 50 states, a new national poll indicates that nearly three-quarters of the public opposes lowering the age to 18.

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First on CNN: RGA urged Astorino to avoid meeting after Christie clash
July 24th, 2014
11:46 AM ET
4 days ago

First on CNN: RGA urged Astorino to avoid meeting after Christie clash

Washington (CNN) — Rob Astorino, New York’s GOP candidate for governor, was urged not to attend a Republican Governors Association meeting in Aspen this week after publicly clashing with the group’s chairman, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, over support for his underdog campaign, which Christie called “a lost cause.”

Astorino rebuffed the request — which was made by an unidentified RGA staffer who said the group wanted to “avoid conflict” at the meeting — and went ahead with an overnight trip to the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen to meet with donors and other governors, GOP sources familiar with incident told CNN.

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Filed under: 2014 • Chris Christie • New York • RGA
Clinton polling well in key presidential battleground
July 24th, 2014
10:19 AM ET
4 days ago

Clinton polling well in key presidential battleground

(CNN) – Hillary Clinton is the clear 2016 frontrunner in the nation's largest presidential battleground state, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey of Florida voters indicates the former secretary of state, who's seriously considering a second bid for the White House, has leads from seven to 21 percentage points over potential GOP presidential candidates in possible 2016 showdowns.

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Filed under: 2016 • Florida • Hillary Clinton • Poll • President Obama
July 24th, 2014
09:33 AM ET
4 days ago

Report: Montana Senator plagiarized grad school paper

updated at 3:25pm ET

(CNN) - A significant portion of a paper Montana Sen. John Walsh had to complete to obtain his Master’s degree was taken directly from two sources and given no attribution, according to the New York Times.

At least one-quarter of the 14-page paper, “The Case for Democracy as a Long Term National Strategy,” from the United States Army War College was copied from a Carnegie Endowment for International Peace report and a 1998 Harvard scholar's essay, the Times reported.

Walsh, an Iraq War veteran and former head of Montana’s National Guard, completed the paper in 2007. He was 46.

Nearly 24 hours after the story broke, his re-election campaign released a full-bore defense, laying out more than a dozen accomplishments and awards from his 33-year military career. The campaign didn’t deny the plagiarism but said it wasn’t deliberate.

"He acknowledges the citations were not all done correctly, but that it was an unintentional mistake," the statement said.

Walsh separately told the Associated Press that he was suffering from post-traumatic stress after his Iraq deployment. His office said he commanded an infantry battalion in 2004-05.

His office said the difficult period was not an excuse for the plagiarized portions of the paper.

The damning report could impact not only Walsh’s election chances this November, but also the Democrats’ odds of maintaining control of the Senate.

Walsh stepped down as Montana's lieutenant governor after he was appointed to the Senate in February to replace longtime Democratic Sen. Max Baucus, who was appointed Ambassador to China. Walsh is running in November's midterm election for a full six year term in Senate.

In the conservative state of Montana, Republicans pegged the race as winnable. The GOP must win six seats currently in Democratic hands to win back control of the Upper Chamber.

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Even before the plagiarism allegations broke, two of the top non-partisan political handicappers gave the edge in the race to the GOP candidate, Rep. Steve Daines. The Cook Report listed the race as “lean Republican” and the Rothenberg Report rated the contest as “toss up/tilt Republican.”

In a statement, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee defended Walsh.

"John Walsh is a decorated war hero and it’s disgusting that Steve Daines and Washington Republicans are going to try denigrate John’s distinguished service after multiple polls show him gaining. Steve Daines should immediately denounce these latest smears and call for an end to all attacks on John Walsh’s record protecting Montana and serving his country," said DSCC press secretary Justin Barasky.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


Filed under: 2014 • Montana
Paul Ryan lays out new poverty plan
July 24th, 2014
08:06 AM ET
4 days ago

Paul Ryan lays out new poverty plan

Washington (CNN) – Rep. Paul Ryan spelled out his plan Thursday to fight poverty, a pilot program that would combine 11 federal programs into one pool of money for participating states.

According to the plan, which the Wisconsin Republican detailed at the American Enterprise Institute, states would voluntarily submit their own anti-poverty proposals in order to get money.

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