CNN's GUT CHECK for April 3, 2013
April 3rd, 2013
05:26 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 3, 2013

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: President Barack Obama will put 5% of his paycheck back into the federal government's coffers in a show of camaraderie with furloughed federal workers, a senior administration official said Wednesday. Obama, whose $400,000 annual salary is set in law and can't officially be changed, will write a check made out to the U.S. Treasury every month. – Becky Brittain

SANFORD SURPRISED BY FIANCÉE’S PRESENCE AT PRIMARY VICTORY PARTY: The former South Carolina governor rarely appears in public with his fiancée and said on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” he did not expect her to attend last night: “She completely surprised me. I was having dinner with my boys. A couple of candidates who had endorsed us in the race, they said time to go in. I go in, I round the corner, there she is to give me a hug and surprise me. It was a nice event, and it was not at all what I expected. But it was awfully, awfully nice surprise.”

MISSILES TO GUAM: The U.S. military is sending a land-based missile defense system to Guam to defend against possible North Korean ballistic missile launches, a senior administration official told CNN on Wednesday. – Barbara Starr
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 2, 2013
April 2nd, 2013
05:14 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 2, 2013

CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for April 2, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: "What Kim Jong Un is choosing to do is provocative, it is dangerous, reckless and the United States will not accept the DPRK as a nuclear state," U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry told reporters Tuesday at a joint news conference with South Korean Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se. Kerry’s remarks come after weeks of belligerent rhetoric from North Korea, including threats to use nuclear weapons.

FIXING THE MAYOR’S RACE?: New York state Sen. Malcolm Smith and New York City Councilman Dan Halloran were released on $250,000 personal recognizance bond on Tuesday after appearing on charges they schemed to fix the city's 2013 mayoral election through fraud and bribery, according to prosecutors. – Mary Snow and Chris Boyette

CLINTON’S BACK: She spent most of the past 20 years as one of the nation's most public faces, and after two months out of the spotlight Hillary Clinton is set to re-emerge. The former first lady, senator and secretary of state will make one of her first public appearances after leaving the State Department on Tuesday evening at a ceremony honoring, among others, her former chief of staff during her years as first lady.

SECOND GOP SENATOR BACKS SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Sen. Mark Kirk of Illinois, a socially moderate Republican, announced on Tuesday his support for same-sex marriage, becoming the second Republican in the chamber to support it. Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio became the first Republican in the Senate to endorse same-sex marriage. All but seven Democrats in the Senate support same-sex marriage.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2013
April 1st, 2013
05:22 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2013

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

BREAKING: The U.S. Navy is moving a sea-based radar platform closer to the North Korean coast in order to monitor that country's military moves, including possible new missile launches, a Defense Department official said Monday. – Barbara Starr

DEVELOPING: Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pennsylvania, is the latest lawmaker to voice support for same sex marriage.

NRA ‘SAFETY SHIELD’ PLAN COMING: The nation's largest pro-gun lobby is set to prominently return to the debate over gun rights and restrictions this week when it unveils the conclusions of its school safety initiative in Washington on Tuesday. The National Rifle Association first announced the National School Shield Program in December as its response to the Newtown, Connecticut, elementary school shooting a week earlier. It posted a bare-bones website and pledged to report back with a set of school safety proposals.
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