August 30th, 2013
05:56 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 28, 2013

CNN's POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for August 30, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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ALL EYES ON SYRIA: OBAMA MAKES HIS CASE; SAYS SYRIAN ATROCITIES THREATEN U.S. NATIONAL INTEREST: “This kind of attack is a challenge to the world. We cannot accept a world where women and children and innocent civilians are gassed on a terrible scale. This kind of attack threatens our national security interests by violating well established international norms against the use of chemical weapons by further threatening friends and allies of ours in the region, like Israel and Turkey, and Jordan and it increases the risk that chemical weapons will be used in the future and fall into the hands of terrorists who might use them against us.”

OBAMA SAYS HE “MEANT WHAT HE SAID”: “So, I have said before, and I meant what I said that, the world has an obligation to make sure that we maintain the norm against the use of chemical weapons. …
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August 29th, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 28, 2013

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BREAKING … UN SECURITY COUNCIL MEETING ON SYRIA AT A STANDSTILL … A western diplomat tells CNN: "It was clear there was no meeting of minds, and no agreement on the text. It is clear that our approaches are very different.” - CNN’s Nick Paton Walsh reporting from the UN.

DEMOCRAT SPEAKS OUT AGAINST SYRIA: REP. ALAN GRAYSON, D-FLORIDA, HOUSE FOREIGN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE: “I think the only people who really want in to happen are the military industrial complex. I just don't understand how this involves us, Americans. The British had estimated the strike will cost Americans billions of dollars, with a B. And at a time when the budgets are so tight, and we're cutting veterans' benefits and we're cutting education and we're cutting health care, why are we spending billions of dollars? I don't know where we got this odd notion that every time we see something bad happen in the world, we should bomb it.”

THE BUZZ: As fast food strikes hit 60 cities, Rush Limbaugh rushes into minimum wage debate: “The minimum wage has nothing to do with economics. The minimum wage is the Democrat Party's attempt, and anybody else that signed on to it, to make people think they care about them. But it's entirely arbitrary. They get $7.25 an hour for what? There are some jobs that aren't worth that. The White House interns don't make anything! Did you know Obama doesn't pay his interns anything?” LINK
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August 28th, 2013
06:04 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 28, 2013

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LATEST ON SYRIA: A congressional source tells CNN’s Dana Bash the classified intelligence report on Syria went to key members of Congress Tuesday afternoon. A version of that report is expected to be made public this week. LINK

THE DREAM: President Barack Obama speaking on the National Mall on the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington: “I'm convinced that same imagination, same hunger of purpose stirs in this generation.” LINK
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August 27th, 2013
05:29 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 27, 2013

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U.S. MILITARY “READY TO GO” … Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel tells the BBC that American forces are “ready” should President Obama order a strike on Syria. “We have moved assets in place to be able to fulfill and comply with whatever option the president wishes to take," Hagel told the BBC. … “We are ready to go." LINK

“ESSENTIAL INTERNATIONAL NORM HAS BEEN VIOLATED” ... Vice President Joe Biden at the American Legion National Convention in Houston, “There is no doubt that an essential international norm has been violated. Chemical weapons have been used. Everyone acknowledges their use. No one doubts that innocent men women and children have been the victims of chemical weapons attacks in Syria and there is no doubt who is responsible for this heinous use of chemical weapons in Syria: the Syrian regime. … At President Obama’s direction, all of us and his national security team have been in close touch with our foreign counterparts. The president believes and I believe that those who use chemical weapons against defenseless men women and children should and must be held accountable.” LINK

GINGRICH: “STAY OUT OF SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR” … In an opinion piece on CNN.com, Newt Gingrich writes: “A brief bombing campaign in Syria might make the United States and its allies feel like they are doing something, but it will prove nothing. … Both sides in Syria are bad. One side is a brutal dictator, and the other includes Islamists and terrorists who are dangerous already and who would be brutal in power if given the chance. We will not spend the time, money and blood to create a desirable side in Syria. There is no victory to be had there.” LINK
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August 26th, 2013
05:53 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 26, 2013

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“MORAL OBSCENITY”: U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said that a chemical attack in Syria last week was "inexcusable" and "undeniable," adding that there was "a clear reason that the world has banned entirely chemical weapons." Kerry accused Syria's government of "systemically destroying evidence" of the attack. But he said the accounts of aid organizations and the symptoms shown by the victims "strongly indicate" the use of chemical weapons against civilians, something he called "a moral obscenity." Kerry said that President Barack Obama "will be making an informed decision about how to respond" and "believes there must be accountability."

REED CALLS FOR A COALITION: Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, Armed Services Committee, on CNN’s the Situation Room, “I think unilateral action would be a mistake. I think we have to enlist all of the - a willing coalition. The statements by Great Britain, by France, by many others, the acts and statements of some of the Turkish leaders, suggest that they would be supportive but what the secretary and the president has to do is build this coalition.

WOLF BLITZER: “Including from the Arab League, Arab friends of the United States?”

REED: “I hope so, because without their participation it looks as if this is just a Western vs. Islamic struggle. It's not. This is to vindicate a basic rule of international law that these weapons will not be used, not by Iran, not by any power.”
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