CNN's GUT CHECK for June 7, 2013
June 7th, 2013
04:29 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DOMESTIC MONITORING: OBAMA: NO ONE LISTENING TO YOUR CALLS “Nobody is listening to your telephone calls,” President Barack Obama said Friday as he tried to reassure Americans who have had to digest a dizzying array of revelations in the past few days. All the revelations about U.S. surveillance programs in recent days have put the government on the defensive, set privacy advocates howling for reform, and left millions of Americans somewhere in the middle, wondering what the news means to them and what, if anything, they should do about it. – Michael Pearson

EVERY MEMBER OF CONGRESS: “The programs that have been discussed over the past couple of days in the press, are secret in the sense that they are classified but they're not secret in the sense that when it comes to telephone calls, every member of congress has been briefed on this program,” Obama said on Friday.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2013
June 6th, 2013
05:04 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 6, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 6, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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SHORT TERMER: New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie appointed his state's attorney general to temporarily fill the U.S Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg. Christie introduced Jeffrey Chiesa on Thursday, saying his fellow Republican was the best person for the job. He also said Chiesa would not run in the special election for Lautenberg’s seat in October. – Paul Steinhauser

WHO IS HE? By tapping Chiesa to temporarily serve in the Senate, Christie elevated a longtime friend and confidant. – Dan Merica

NECESSARY OR WRONG? Collection of phone logs for potentially millions of Americans by the U.S. government, as revealed in an explosive published report, is nothing new, the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Thursday. “As far as I know, this is the exact three-month renewal of what has been the case for the past seven years,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, said. She said the practice is lawful and members of Congress know about it. – Josh Levs

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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 5, 2013
June 5th, 2013
04:52 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 5, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 5, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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RICE GETS PROMOTION: SUSAN RICE TO REPLACE TOM DONILON AS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced he was bringing longtime confidante Susan Rice, the U.N. ambassador to the White House to succeed Tom Donilon as national security adviser. The president also said he would nominate Samantha Power of the National Security Council to succeed Rice at the United Nations. – Jessica Yellin and Tom Cohen

BORDER SECURITY A MUST: RUBIO RAMPS UP PRESSURE ON IMMIGRATION BILL Republican Sen. Marco Rubio, one of the lead backers of the Senate immigration reform effort, says he will not support his own bill if amendments to boost border security don't pass. – Jim Acosta and Deirdre Walsh

MARKET WATCH: Dow and NASDAQ suffer worst drop in nearly two months. Dow falls 217 points to end below 15,000.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 4, 2013
June 4th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 4, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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SPECIAL ELECTION: CHRISTIE CALLS FOR OCT. SPECIAL ELECTION New Jersey's Republican Gov. Chris Christie has set a special election for October 16 to replace Sen. Frank Lautenberg, a Democrat who died Monday. A primary will be held on August 13. At a news conference, Christie said he will name an interim senator by next week to serve until the special election. He told reporters he did not think it was right for someone to serve on an interim basis until November 2014.

‘DEBILITATING STUPIDITY’: In an interview last hour with CNN’s Jake Tapper, former House Majority Leader Dick Armey said Christie exhibited “debilitating stupidity,” by not appointing a Republican until the next scheduled election in 2014. “Gov. Christie has just diminished his chances of being reelected as governor,” Armey said.

DEM SUPPORTS CHRISTIE DECISION: “I think that's the right thing to do,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said in response to Christie’s decision. “I'm happy with what he's done.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 3, 2013
June 3rd, 2013
04:48 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 3, 2013

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REST IN PEACE: FRANK LAUTENBERG DIES; WAS U.S. SENATE'S LAST WW II VET Frank Lautenberg, a New Jersey Democrat associated with major legislative achievements over five terms in the U.S. Senate and the chamber's last surviving World War II veteran, died on Monday of viral pneumonia, his office said. – Dana Bash and Mark Preston

REPRESENTING HIMSELF: A military judge has ruled Major Nidal Hasan can represent himself in the upcoming trial where he is accused of killing 13 people, Ft Hood Public affairs said in a press release. Judge Col. Tara Osborn said Major Hasan was, “physically and mentally capable of defending himself.” – Pam Benson

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher, recovering from Friday's sell-off. Dow climbs 137 points. NASDAQ rises 0.3%, S&P adds 0.6%.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 31, 2013
May 31st, 2013
04:17 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 31, 2013

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FROM SANTA FE TO WASHINGTON: GOP HEAVYWEIGHTS LINING UP BEHIND MARTINEZ Congressional leaders, potential presidential candidates and party elders will come together next week in the nation's capital to help fill New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's political war chest, CNN has learned. – Mark Preston

NO CONFIDENCE IN IMMIGRATION: POLL: AMERICANS NOT CONFIDENT IMMIGRATION REFORM WILL PASS More than two-thirds of Americans don't believe that Congress will be able to work together to pass immigration reform, according to a new poll released Friday. – Sara Fischer

MARKET WATCH: Despite Friday's 203-point drop, Dow ends higher for 6th straight month. NASDAQ, S&P gain for 7th month in a row.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 30, 2013
May 30th, 2013
04:47 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 30, 2013

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SUSPICIOUS LETTERS: LETTER TO OBAMA INTERCEPTED; SIMILAR TO RICIN-LACED LETTER TO BLOOMBERG Officials intercepted a letter on Thursday addressed to the White House that was similar to threatening letters sent to New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a group he founded. The off-site facility that screens mail addressed to the White House turned the letter over to the FBI for testing and investigation, U.S. Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary said.

FIRST ON CNN: HOUSE INVESTIGATORS QUESTIONING IRS CINCINNATI WORKERS House investigators are interviewing two front-line Internal Revenue Service employees from the Cincinnati tax exempt office this week and plan to interview two others next week, two congressional sources familiar with the investigation tell CNN. – Dana Bash

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher on mixed economic data. Dow adds 22 points. NASDAQ gains 0.7%, S&P rises 0.4%.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 29, 2013
May 29th, 2013
04:35 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 29, 2013

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DEVELOPING: Rhode Island Gov. changes party ID–again... Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee, an independent, plans to run for re-election next year as a Democrat, two Democratic sources confirmed Wednesday to CNN. – Peter Hamby and Paul Steinhauser

CATCHING UP: 5 things about the controversy surrounding AG Eric Holder... Attorney General Eric Holder, a political lightning rod for Republican critics of the Obama administration, is under fire for two cases involving secret subpoenas or searches for phone records and other information of journalists involved in reports about leaked classified information. – Tom Cohen

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end lower on fears that Fed will end stimulus. Dow falls 105 points. NASDAQ loses 0.6%, S&P drops 0.7%.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 28, 2013
May 28th, 2013
04:47 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 28, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 28, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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BACK AT THE SHORE: Obama, Christie tour of Jersey shore "Down the shore, everything's all right," President Barack Obama declared Tuesday on his return to New Jersey's devastated coast seven months after Superstorm Sandy caused billions of dollars in damage there. – Tom Cohen

PUTTING POLITICS ASIDE: “This has been a community effort, everybody working together. From the minute the storm hit, we were working with the local mayors all up and down the Jersey shore and in Bergen County, everybody came together,” Christie said at the event. “Republicans, Democrats, Independents, we all came together because New Jersey is more important and our citizens' lives are more important than any kind of politics at all.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 24, 2013
May 24th, 2013
04:06 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for May 24, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for May 24, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

2016 WATCH: First on CNN: Cruz invited to key 2016 presidential state An influential social conservative organization in New Hampshire has invited Sen. Ted Cruz to speak to its members, an offer that would present the Texas Republican an opportunity to begin meeting primary voters if he decides to run for president.

RIP: Haynes Johnson, the Pulitzer Prize winning longtime correspondent of The Washington Post and a veteran member of the Mighty Gridiron Chorus, died Friday morning of a heart attack at Suburban Hospital. He was 81.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end the week lower for the first time in a month on fears of Fed policy changes and global slowdown.

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