CNN's GUT CHECK for March 14, 2014
March 14th, 2014
06:33 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 14, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 14, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

THE MIDTERM MAP JUST GOT BIGGER …

EX-MASS. SEN. SCOTT BROWN TO RUN FOR N.H. SENATE SEAT …
After months of toying with the idea, Scott Brown announced late Friday that he would explore a run for Senate in New Hampshire – the state where he was born and just recently moved back to late last year. Brown, a former Massachusetts senator, sought to highlight his Granite State roots in his afternoon speech noting how New Hampshire brought him happiness during a rough upbringing. And he pledged to hit the New Hampshire roads Saturday and start talking to voters.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2014
March 13th, 2014
05:10 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 13, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 13, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TROUBLE FOR THE MIDTERMS? The state that launched then-Sen. Barack Obama in 2008, Iowa, is not looking so favorably on him now, according to a new Quinnipiac Poll released today. The Q-poll shows that Obama has a dismal 39% approval rating among Iowans. At this point, though, Obama does not appear to be dragging down the Democratic candidate for Senate, Bruce Braley, who the Q-poll said is viewed favorably by 35%, and unfavorably by 18% of Iowans. Still, Democratic strategists tell CNN’s Mark Preston that they are very much concerned about the President’s stagnant poll numbers as they nervously head into November.

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March 12th, 2014
06:17 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 12, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 12, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

DEVELOPING… $1,700,000,000 PRICE TAG: Hillary Clinton supporters are bracing for an expensive presidential campaign should the former secretary of State run again for the Democratic nomination. Craig Smith, a senior adviser for Ready for Hillary, has made an “educated estimate” that a 2016 campaign could cost $1.7 billion including spending by outside groups, a source confirmed. – Rachel Streitfeld

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March 11th, 2014
06:40 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for March 11, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CIA ACCUSED OF SPYING ON CONGRESS
FEINSTEIN SAYS AGENCY ACCESSED SENATE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE COMPUTERS

The chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee suggested Tuesday the CIA violated federal law by secretly pulling classified documents from her panel's computers during a staff probe of the spy agency's controversial detention and interrogation program. Sen. Dianne Feinstein said CIA Director John Brennan told her in January that agency personnel searched the computers because they believed the panel's investigators might have had gained access to materials on an internal review they were not authorized to see. – Halimah Abdullah
suggested Tuesday

…CIA Director John Brennan responds: "Nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn’t do that."
“As far as the allegations of CIA hacking into Senate computers – nothing could be further from the truth. We wouldn’t do that. I mean that’s, that’s, that’s just beyond the scope of reason…When the facts come out on this I think a lot of people who are claiming that there has been this tremendous spying, monitoring and hacking will be proved wrong.”

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