July 21st, 2014
06:02 PM ET
2 days ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 21, 2014

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 21, 2014 | 5 p.m.
—  n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA TO REBELS: WHAT ARE YOU HIDING? Obama called on Russia to rein in rebel fighters in Ukraine believed by many international leaders to be responsible for downing Malaysia Air Flight 17. He said Russia has failed to stop them from impeding investigators and accused rebels of treating remains poorly and removing evidence. "What exactly are they trying to hide?" he said. Obama said Russia must exert its "enormous influence" over the rebels. "It's the least they can do," he said. – Michael Pearson, Faith Karimi and Phil Black

SECURITY COUNCIL WEIGHS IN ON MH 17 CRASH ... The U.N. Security Council unanimously approved a resolution demanding international access to the eastern Ukraine crash site. The vote was 15-0.
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CNN Poll: Majority of Americans side with Israel in Gaza fighting
July 21st, 2014
05:01 PM ET
1 day ago

CNN Poll: Majority of Americans side with Israel in Gaza fighting

Washington (CNN) - A majority of Americans say Israel's military actions in Gaza are justified, with only four in 10 saying that Israel has used too much force, according to a new national poll.

But a CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also indicates that favorable opinions of Israel have edged down since earlier this year.

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Filed under: CNN/ORC International poll • CNN/ORC poll • Gaza
Perry sending National Guard troops to border
July 21st, 2014
04:40 PM ET
2 days ago

Perry sending National Guard troops to border

(CNN) – Texas Gov. Rick Perry will immediately send up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help secure the southern border, where tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America have crossed into the United States this year in a surge that is deemed a humanitarian crisis.

Perry also wants President Barack Obama and Congress to hire an additional 3,000 border patrol agents for the Texas border, which would eventually replace the temporary guard forces.

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Filed under: Immigration • Rick Perry • Texas
July 21st, 2014
04:01 PM ET
2 days ago

CNN poll: Favorable views of Russia drop following Malaysian airliner crash

Washington (CNN) - Most Americans say Russia is directly or indirectly responsible for the downing of a Malaysia Airlines jetliner over eastern Ukraine, and unfavorable opinions of Russia have surged, according to a new national poll.

A CNN/ORC International survey conducted Friday through Sunday also indicates that nearly nine in 10 say that Moscow and pro-Russian rebels that control the area where Flight 17 crashed last week will try to cover something up in any international investigation.

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Obama offers rules for success as he expands program for young minority men
July 21st, 2014
01:19 PM ET
2 days ago

Obama offers rules for success as he expands program for young minority men

Washington (CNN) - Setting daily goals. Keeping an open mind. Separating honest criticism from blind "hating."

Those were a few pieces of advice President Barack Obama offered young men of color on Monday as he announced an expansion of his program meant to improve the future prospects of African-American and Hispanic boys.

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History of marijuana in America
July 21st, 2014
09:30 AM ET
2 days ago

Poll: Coloradans say no to pot in bars and clubs

(CNN) - Voters in the first state to allow the sale of recreational marijuana say pot use should be limited to the home or members-only clubs, with no lighting up in bars or clubs, according to a new poll.

A Quinnipiac University survey released Monday also indicates that a majority of Colorado voters still support legal marijuana sales, six months after the law kicked in.

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Poll: Cuomo with 37 point lead
July 21st, 2014
08:33 AM ET
2 days ago

Poll: Cuomo with 37 point lead

(CNN) - You don't see poll numbers like this very often.

With three and a half months until Election Day, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York has a 37-percentage point lead over his GOP opponent, according to a new Siena College survey.

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Filed under: 2014 • Andrew Cuomo • New York
Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?
July 20th, 2014
02:40 PM ET
3 days ago

Kerry caught on hot mic: Was he criticizing Israel?

(CNN) - Secretary of State John Kerry raised eyebrows Sunday following comments, caught on an open mic, that left some wondering whether he was criticizing Israeli assurances that its ground offensive in Gaza would be limited?

Kerry's comments occurred between multiple television interviews. He was heard in a phone conversation with a State Department deputy, Jonathan Finer, discussing the deaths of Israeli soldiers killed overnight.

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Filed under: Gaza • Israel • John Kerry • Middle East • Palestine
Lawmakers: Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears
July 20th, 2014
02:30 PM ET
3 days ago

Lawmakers: Ukraine tensions prompt Cold War fears

(CNN) - Deadly violence, ongoing tensions and the deliberate downing of a passenger airplane. Though that turbulence is happening far away from American streets - in Eastern Ukraine - why should Americans worry?

One reason: renewed fears of a return to Cold War relations between the United States and Russia.

Two powerful members of Congress spoke on the matter during separate interviews on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Congress • Dianne Feinstein • Mike McCaul • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
July 20th, 2014
12:37 PM ET
3 days ago

Senate Intel chief: Putin should 'man up' on plane disaster

(CNN) - Russian President Vladimir Putin should "man up" and offer clear explanations amid important questions about the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday.

"I think the nexus between Russia and the separatists have been established very clearly. So the issue is, where is Putin?" Feinstein said in an interview on CNN's "State of the Union."

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Filed under: Dianne Feinstein • Russia • Ukraine • Vladimir Putin
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