CNN's GUT CHECK for October 1, 2013
October 1st, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DAY ONE…

OBAMA BLASTS 'RECKLESS' GOP WITH HEATED LANGUAGE President Barack Obama on Tuesday urged House Republicans to “reopen the government,” saying they “don't get to hold the entire economy hostage over ideological demands” of defunding or dismantling Obamacare. LINK

REPUBLICANS TRY TO TURN THE TABLES: “It's pretty clear to me, at least at this point, that neither the Senate Democratic Majority nor the president of the United States have any interest whatsoever in entering into any discussions about how to resolve this impasse,” said Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

GOP’S NEXT MOVE: House Republican leadership sources tell CNN they plan to vote on a series of piecemeal bills to fund certain parts of the government: Department of Veterans Affairs, national parks as well as allowing the District of Columbia the ability to use their own revenue to continue operating. (Sen. Ted Cruz floated this idea Monday on The Situation Room – see what he had to say in Hot Sots)

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 9, 2013
August 9th, 2013
04:28 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 9, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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'I'M GOING TO TAKE SOME QUESTIONS': OBAMA ANNOUNCES SURVEILLANCE CHANGES President Barack Obama said at a news conference that he's taking steps to improve public confidence in national security surveillance. These include working with Congress to pursue appropriate improvements of the telephone surveillance program; reforming the secret court that approves that initiative; improving transparency to provide as much information as possible to the public; and appointing a high-level, independent group of outside experts to review surveillance technologies.

CONGRESS REACTS:

DEMOCRATIC SEN. MARK UDALL OF COLORADO IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “This is an important first step — but I will keep fighting to ensure it's not the Administration's last in this direction. The administration must do a better job balancing our national security with our constitutional privacy rights.”
REPUBLICAN REP. PETER KING OF NEW YORK IN A WRITTEN STATEMENT: “The President’s announcement today that he will pursue ‘reforms’ to National Security Agency counterterrorism programs is a monumental failure in presidential wartime leadership and responsibility.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 8, 2013
August 8th, 2013
04:58 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 8, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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‘HOLDING MY NOSE’: SECRET TELEPHONE RECORDING ROILS MCCONNELL CAMPAIGN Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, stressed his loyalty to the Kentucky Republican Thursday just hours after a recording surfaced of Benton expressing half-hearted support for McConnell. “Between you and me I'm sort of holding my nose for two years, because what we're doing here is going to be a big benefit for Rand [Paul] in '16,” Benton said in the recording. “That's my long vision.” – Mark Preston and Peter Hamby

BAILOUT PROFIT? TAXPAYERS MAY SOON PROFIT ON FANNIE, FREDDIE BAILOUTS The U.S. government rescued the two mortgage finance firms in September 2008. A recovery in housing has made Fannie and Freddie hugely profitable. And those profits flow to the U.S. Treasury. – Chris Isidore

OBAMA AT THE PODIUM: President Barack Obama told reporters at the White House that he will hold a news conference on Friday. Obama responded to a shouted question at an appearance on Thursday with the Greek prime minister that he would hold a news conference the next day.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 7, 2013
August 7th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 7, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 7, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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STAY VIGILANT: President Barack Obama said Wednesday that although “we have decimated the al Qaeda leadership that attacked us on 9/11,” the threat of terrorism still exists from “al Qaeda affiliate and like-minded extremists.” Obama referenced recent embassy closures around Africa and the Middle East by saying “We've been reminded of this again in recent days.” For more on Obama’s speech, scroll down to Hot Sots.

NO GO: OBAMA CANCELS TALKS WITH PUTIN AHEAD OF G-20 SUMMIT The president will still attend a G-20 summit in St. Petersburg in early September, but now will go to Sweden beforehand instead of stopping in Moscow to meet with Putin, the White House announced.
– Jessica Yellin. Jake Tapper and Tom Cohen

WHY? “Russia’s disappointing decision to grant Edward Snowden temporary asylum was also a factor that we considered in assessing the current state of our bilateral relationship,” a White House statement said.

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August 6th, 2013
04:55 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 6, 2013

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BREAKING: FIRST CRIMINAL CHARGES FILED IN BENGHAZI ATTACK PROBE Federal agents and prosecutors investigating the attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi have filed charges against Ahmed Khattalah, leader of a Libyan militia that officials believe was involved in the assault, people briefed on the investigation said. With the anniversary of the attack looming, the Justice Department has come under criticism for the lack of public progress in the case. – Evan Perez – For more on Benghazi, scroll down to What Caught Our Eye.

FIRST ON CNN: IOWA'S STEVE KING HEADING TO SOUTH CAROLINA King, whose hard line immigration rhetoric has angered some of his fellow Republicans and delighted Democrats eager to keep Hispanic voters in their fold, is quietly planning meetings with political activists in the early presidential primary state of South Carolina, CNN has learned. – Peter Hamby

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 5, 2013
August 5th, 2013
05:33 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 5, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 5, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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FIRST ON CNN: FEC REPUBLICAN TELLS CNN OF NEW IRS LINKS The vice chairman of the Federal Elections Commission told CNN on Monday he has seen numerous undisclosed e-mails between FEC staffers and the Internal Revenue Service that raise new questions about potential collusion between the two federal agencies in the alleged targeting of conservative political groups. – Dana Bash and Alan Silverleib

SOLD! AMAZON'S BEZOS BUYS WASHINGTON POST FOR $250 MILLION The Washington Post Company announced Monday it was selling its newspaper business, including the flagship Washington Post, to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos for $250 million. Bezos is gaining control of the Post from the Graham family, which has led it for decades. – James O’Toole

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