CNN's GUT CHECK for October 14, 2013
October 14th, 2013
05:06 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for October 14, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 14, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

YOU CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT… A White House meeting was called, then cancelled, as negotiations heated up Monday, with the Democratic and Republican leaders signaling progress toward a positive result of ending the government shutdown and averting defaulting on our debt. – Tom Cohen and Matt Smith

WHAT THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS: “The White House is looking to the Senate to strike a bipartisan agreement,” a White House official told CNN’s Jim Acosta. “While the details remain to be worked out, the White House is pretty clear what they're aiming for... the longest term debt ceiling as we can get and enough time in the continuing resolution to negotiate a buy down of the sequester through the conferee process.”

WHAT SENATE DEMOCRATS WANT: A Democratic aide tells CNN's Dana Bash that Majority Leader Harry Reid's offer to Minority Leader Mitch McConnell includes funding the government until mid-December or later and raising the debt ceiling six to nine months. Two Democratic sources told CNN that income verification and a delay in fee on employees receiving health insurance under Obamacare are on the table.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 10, 2013
October 10th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 10, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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A SHORT TERM FIX? House Republican leaders said Thursday they will propose a temporary increase in the nation's borrowing limit - a first step toward a potential compromise to end the political stalemate in Washington. Sources said the House GOP measure would extend the debt ceiling until November 22. – Tom Cohen. Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh

HAPPY OBAMA: White House spokesman Jay Carney said Obama was "happy that cooler heads at least seem to be prevailing in the House" over the need to avoid a possible default.

CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS SIGNAL AN OPENING: “This seems like the start of the way out of this,” a senior House Democratic source told CNN’s Deidre Walsh. “Obviously we’d prefer a long-term debt limit extension, but I think Democrats could support this.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 9, 2013
October 9th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 9, 2013

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OBAMACARE OUT. ENTITLEMENTS IN: Republicans seem to be shifting the shutdown/debt ceiling battle line from an argument over Obamacare to one over entitlements. After spending the first week of the shutdown trying to tie anything that would fund the government and end the impasse to President Barack Obama's signature health care law, the word "Obamacare" hasn't come up as much in recent days. – Leigh Ann Caldwell and Z. Byron Wolf

‘COVER OUR SHAME’: The federal shutdown has found its angry prophet. “Lord, when the federal shutdown delays payments of death benefits to the families of (soldiers) dying on far-away battlefields, it's time for our lawmakers to say enough is enough,” Senate Chaplain Barry Black said in his prayer opening the Senate on Wednesday. “Cover our shame with the robe of your righteousness. … Forgive us. Reform us. And make us whole.” – Daniel Burke

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE OBAMA PRESIDENCY, the economy is not the top concern of Americans …. What replaced it? See “What Caught Our Eye” below …

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 8, 2013
October 8th, 2013
05:08 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 8, 2013

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DAY 8

OBAMA: I’M SORRY: “We got to stop repeating this pattern,” President Barack Obama said about the debt ceiling at a weekly press conference. “I know the American people are tired of it. And it's all the American people. I apologize that you have to go through this stuff every three months. And Lord knows I'm tired of it."

BOEHNER: HISTORY SAYS LET’S TALK: “When it comes to the debt limit I agree with the president, we should pay our bills,” House Speaker John Boehner said in a response to Obama. “I didn't come here to shut down the government, I certainly didn’t come here to default on our debt. … But when it comes to the debt limit again, over the last 40 years, 27 times the debt limit has been used to force policy changes that would in fact reduce spending and put us on saner fiscal path.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 7, 2013
October 7th, 2013
05:19 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 7, 2013

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DAY 7

NEW CNN/ORC POLL SHOWS BLAME ALL AROUND: Most Americans say the government shutdown is causing a crisis or major problems for the country, according to a new national poll. According to the poll, 63% of those questioned say they are angry at the Republicans for the way they have handled the shutdown. "But the Democrats are not getting off scot-free. Fifty-seven percent of Americans are also angry at the way the Democrats are dealing with the shutdown. And a 53% majority say they are also angry at President Obama," says CNN Polling Director Keating Holland. "It looks like there is more than enough blame to go around and both parties are being hurt by the shutdown."

KEY LINE: Independents are equally angry at all sides, with 59% of Independents very or somewhat angry at the Democrats, six in 10 angry at the GOP, and 58% angry at Obama. – Paul Steinhauser

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 4, 2013
October 4th, 2013
05:20 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 4, 2013

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DYSFUNCTION REIGNS: Grandstanding rhetoric abounded but little tangible progress was evident on Friday, the fourth day of a government shutdown both Republicans and Democrats say they don't want but claim they are unable to stop.

I GET NO RESPECT: CONSERVATIVES SAY THEY NEED IT IN SHUTDOWN DEBATE… The great government shutdown of 2013 is about Obamacare and budget priorities, but it also is about respect. Conservative Rep. Marlin Stutzman of Indiana went further, telling the Washington Examiner that "we're not going to be disrespected." He went on to say, "We have to get something out of this," he said. "And I don't know what that even is."

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 3, 2013
October 3rd, 2013
06:22 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 3, 2013

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BREAKING: SHOTS FIRED ON CAPITOL HILL Police near the U.S. Capitol opened fire just hours ago on a car being chased by authorities, The shots hit a woman driving the vehicle that also contained a young child. The chaotic scene, with gunfire erupting near the heart of the U.S. government, brought a swarm of emergency vehicles and caused Congress and surrounding offices to be temporarily locked down. – Tom Cohen

D.C. POLICE: The female motorist who led police on a chase through the heart of Washington was hit by gunfire and pronounced dead, said D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

TWO TAKEN TO HOSPITAL: Two people, including a police officer, were transported to a local hospital. President Barack Obama was briefed on the situation, which occurred on the third day of a government shutdown due to a stalemate in Congress over government funding.

SCARY TIMING: “I’ll tell you the timing on this was really kind of scary,” Republican Rep. Blake Farenthold of Texas told CNN. “Capitol Hill Police are at a lower personnel level because of the shut down and I can tell you that my office has been getting more emotional calls than we have gotten on any other issue.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 2, 2013
October 2nd, 2013
05:08 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 2, 2013

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GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN DAY TWO…

PRESIDENTIAL MEETING: President Barack Obama will meet with congressional leaders at 5:30 p.m. ET, the first time Speaker John Boehner and the president have met face-to-face since September 3. That meeting was about Syria. Obama and Boehner last spoke on the phone Monday evening – hours before the federal government shut down. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi will also be in attendance for tonight’s meeting.

TONIGHT, ANOTHER PIECEMEAL ATTEMPT: The GOP-led House planned another round of votes on specific areas of the federal government such as veterans’ affairs and national parks despite the White House’s threat of a veto. – Tom Cohen

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 30, 2013
September 30th, 2013
05:50 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 30, 2013

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BREAKING: OBAMA: GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ‘DOES NOT HAVE TO HAPPEN’ Hours before the federal government is set to shutdown, President Barack Obama said late Monday afternoon that Congress’ failure to avert a shutdown would represent the "height of irresponsibility.” “One faction of one party, in one house of Congress, in one branch of government, does not get to shut down the government to fight the results of an election,” Obama said in a statement delivered from the White House press briefing room. "You don't get to extract a ransom for doing your job.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 27, 2013
September 27th, 2013
05:35 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 27, 2013

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BREAKING: 34 YEARS OF PRESIDENTIAL SILENCE BROKEN President Barack Obama said he spoke by phone with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the first communication between U.S. and Iranian leaders since 1979. As Obama announced the call, Rouhani tweeted, “In a phone conversation b/w #Iranian & #US Presidents just now: @HassanRouhani: ‘Have a Nice Day!’ @BarackObama: ‘Thank you. Khodahafez.’”

FROM A SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL:
– The call took place at about 2:30 p.m. ET and lasted roughly 15 minutes.
– President Obama opened it by congratulating President Rouhani on his election.
– The bulk of the call focused on the nuclear issue.
– Both leaders agreed needed to build trust.

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