CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
— n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING: Legendary film critic Roger Ebert has died at 70.
President Barack Obama in a statement noted Ebert’s contribution to the cinema: “Michelle and I are saddened to hear about the passing of Roger Ebert. For a generation of Americans – and especially Chicagoans – Roger was the movies. When he didn't like a film, he was honest; when he did, he was effusive – capturing the unique power of the movies to take us somewhere magical.”
DEVELOPING: New Secret Service director’s personal information may have been compromised. The FBI and Secret Service are investigating another incident in which a website has posted the Social Security number and financial information of a government official. A website posted information allegedly belonging to Julia Pierson who was recently named the director of the Secret Service. The Secret Service would not comment beyond acknowledging it is looking into the matter.
MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher. Dow gains 56 points. Nasdaq adds 0.2%, S&P rises 0.4%.