CNN's GUT CHECK for June 17, 2013
June 17th, 2013
05:45 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 17, 2013

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for June 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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SNOWDEN VS. OBAMA: A series of blog posts on Monday purportedly by Edward Snowden said he leaked classified details about U.S. surveillance programs because President Barack Obama worsened "abusive" practices instead of curtailing them as he promised as a candidate. LINK

ARIZONA VOTER LAW STRUCK DOWN: The Supreme Court on Monday tossed out an Arizona provision in its voter registration law that required proof of citizenship. LINK
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013
March 1st, 2013
03:49 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ROMNEY HITS OBAMA FOR CAMPAIGNING INSTEAD OF GOVERNING In his first post-election interview, Mitt Romney tells Fox News Sunday: “Well, no one can think that's been a success for the president. He didn't think the sequester would happen. It is happening. But to date, what we've seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans. And blaming and pointing. Now what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and fight back. It's a very natural human emotion.”

SEQUESTRATUS INEVITABILIS: President Barack Obama blamed Congress for failing to prevent $85 billion in forced government spending cuts that take effect tonight, saying that the sharp reduction will harm economic recovery. The president met with congressional leaders at the White House prior to briefing reporters, but no agreement emerged to avert the automatic austerity that both sides oppose. … The cuts involve roughly 9% for a broad range of non-defense programs and 13% for the Pentagon over the rest of the current fiscal year. They officially take effect just before midnight tonight. – Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen

THE NEXT DEADLINE: House Speaker John Boehner said after meeting Friday with President Barack Obama that the House will take up a measure next week to authorize federal funding beyond a March 27 deadline to prevent a potential partial government shutdown.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013
March 1st, 2013
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

ROMNEY HITS OBAMA FOR CAMPAIGNING INSTEAD OF GOVERNING In his first post-election interview, Mitt Romney tells Fox News Sunday: “Well, no one can think that's been a success for the president. He didn't think the sequester would happen. It is happening. But to date, what we've seen is the president out campaigning to the American people, doing rallies around the country, flying around the country, and berating Republicans. And blaming and pointing. Now what does that do? That causes the Republicans to retrench and then put up a wall and fight back. It's a very natural human emotion.”

SEQUESTRATUS INEVITABILIS: President Barack Obama blamed Congress for failing to prevent $85 billion in forced government spending cuts that take effect tonight, saying that the sharp reduction will harm economic recovery. The president met with congressional leaders at the White House prior to briefing reporters, but no agreement emerged to avert the automatic austerity that both sides oppose. … The cuts involve roughly 9% for a broad range of non-defense programs and 13% for the Pentagon over the rest of the current fiscal year. They officially take effect just before midnight tonight. – Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen

THE NEXT DEADLINE: House Speaker John Boehner said after meeting Friday with President Barack Obama that the House will take up a measure next week to authorize federal funding beyond a March 27 deadline to prevent a potential partial government shutdown.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 28, 2013
February 28th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 28, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION URGES HIGH COURT TO OVERTURN GAY MARRIAGE BAN IN CALIFORNIA The Obama administration has formally expressed its support of same sex marriage in California, saying in a legal brief Thursday that gay and lesbian couples there have the same "equal protection" rights to wed, and that voters in the state were wrong to ban it, according to an administration official. An appeal in the so-called Proposition 8 case will be formally filed later Thursday with the Supreme Court, which will hear the issue next month. – Bill Mears

SENATE PASSES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT: Struggling again with an issue important to women and minority groups, House Republicans on Thursday failed to pass their version of a new Violence Against Women Act and then split over a Senate version that won approval with unanimous Democratic support. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama, who said in a statement that it was "an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear.” – Tom Cohen

POPE NO MORE: The papacy of Benedict XVI is over, ending a pontificate in retirement rather than death for the first time in nearly 600 years. The Throne of St. Peter is vacant. The Catholic Church has no pope.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 28, 2013
February 28th, 2013
05:15 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 28, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: OBAMA ADMINISTRATION URGES HIGH COURT TO OVERTURN GAY MARRIAGE BAN IN CALIFORNIA The Obama administration has formally expressed its support of same sex marriage in California, saying in a legal brief Thursday that gay and lesbian couples there have the same "equal protection" rights to wed, and that voters in the state were wrong to ban it, according to an administration official. An appeal in the so-called Proposition 8 case will be formally filed later Thursday with the Supreme Court, which will hear the issue next month. – Bill Mears

SENATE PASSES VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN ACT: Struggling again with an issue important to women and minority groups, House Republicans on Thursday failed to pass their version of a new Violence Against Women Act and then split over a Senate version that won approval with unanimous Democratic support. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama, who said in a statement that it was "an important step towards making sure no one in America is forced to live in fear.” – Tom Cohen

POPE NO MORE: The papacy of Benedict XVI is over, ending a pontificate in retirement rather than death for the first time in nearly 600 years. The Throne of St. Peter is vacant. The Catholic Church has no pope.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2013
February 27th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 27, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

‘BE READY TO TALK SOLUTIONS’: An Obama administration official tells CNN that President Barack Obama spoke briefly with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said they need to be “ready to talk solutions” at their White House meeting on Friday.

DEADLINE: The president is required by law to issue the sequestration order by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 1, an official from the Office of Management and Budget told CNN’s Jessica Yellin. OMB would transmit the order to Congress.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2013
February 27th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 27, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

‘BE READY TO TALK SOLUTIONS’: An Obama administration official tells CNN that President Barack Obama spoke briefly with House Speaker John Boehner, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. He said they need to be “ready to talk solutions” at their White House meeting on Friday.

DEADLINE: The president is required by law to issue the sequestration order by 11:59 p.m. ET on March 1, an official from the Office of Management and Budget told CNN’s Jessica Yellin. OMB would transmit the order to Congress.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 26, 2013
February 26th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 26, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CABINET TAKING SHAPE…

HAGEL CONFIRMED: The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary after a bruising political fight. The final 58-41 vote fell nearly down party lines, with only four Republicans voting yes – Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Richard Shelby of Alabama. Hagel, a former Nebraska senator and a Republican, will succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

LEW ON THE VERGE: The Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary. The full Senate could vote on his nomination as early as tomorrow.

DIPLOMACY, HILL STYLE: BOEHNER SAYS SENATE SHOULD GET OFF ITS ‘ASS’... “We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” House Speaker John Boehner said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 26, 2013
February 26th, 2013
05:24 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 26, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CABINET TAKING SHAPE…

HAGEL CONFIRMED: The Senate on Tuesday confirmed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary after a bruising political fight. The final 58-41 vote fell nearly down party lines, with only four Republicans voting yes – Senators Thad Cochran of Mississippi, Mike Johanns of Nebraska, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Richard Shelby of Alabama. Hagel, a former Nebraska senator and a Republican, will succeed Leon Panetta at the Pentagon.

LEW ON THE VERGE: The Senate Finance Committee approved the nomination of former White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew to be treasury secretary. The full Senate could vote on his nomination as early as tomorrow.

DIPLOMACY, HILL STYLE: BOEHNER SAYS SENATE SHOULD GET OFF ITS ‘ASS’... “We have moved a bill in the House twice. We should not have to move a third bill before the Senate gets off their ass and begins to do something,” House Speaker John Boehner said at a Capitol Hill news conference.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 25, 2013
February 25th, 2013
05:37 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 25, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: Former Surgeon General of the United States C. Everett Koop died in his home in Hanover, New Hampshire. He was 96. Koop served as surgeon general from 1982-1989, under then-Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He was outspoken on public health issues and did much to elevate the office of the surgeon general.

FORCED BUDGET CUTS WATCH: ‘THESE CUTS DO NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN,’ OBAMA SAYS In his latest push to pressure Congress before automatic, government-wide spending cuts kick in on Friday, President Barack Obama is bringing state governors into the conversation. The president spoke on Monday before the National Governors Association at the White House, where he urged the state executives to weigh in on the matter. – Ashley Killough

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