CNN's GUT CHECK for September 26, 2013
September 26th, 2013
05:05 PM ET
11 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for September 26, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 26, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

THE LEAD UP TO DEFAULT

GOP SHIFTS FOCUS FROM BUDGET TO DEBT CEILING: With a possible government shutdown in five days, Speaker John Boehner on Thursday signaled a shift in Republican tactics with the focus now on negotiating a compromise on raising the federal debt ceiling next month instead of a short-term spending plan now. – Tom Cohen

OBAMA AGAIN REFUSES TO NEGOTIATE: “I will not negotiate on anything when it comes to the full faith and credit of the United States of America. We’re not going to submit to this kind of total irresponsibility. Congress needs to pay our bills on time. Congress needs to pass a budget on time. Congress needs to put an end to governing from crisis to crisis.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 25, 2013
September 25th, 2013
05:03 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 25, 2013

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21 HOURS LATER : WITHOUT HAVING EVER LEFT THE SENATE FLOOR, TED CRUZ STOPS HIS “EPIC” OBAMACARE SPEECH Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas on Wednesday finally ended his oral assault on Obamacare – an all-night blend of political rhetoric and emotional pleas for all of his GOP colleagues to join him in blocking any government funding for the health care reforms. – Tom Cohen, Josh Levs and Alan Silverleib

SENATE MOVES AHEAD: The Senate voted unanimously to move ahead on a spending plan needed to avoid a government shutdown next week, with Sen. Ted Cruz, unexpectedly reversing himself and voting for the measure after previously trying to block it over their objection to spending for Obamacare.

HOW IT PLAYED AT HOME: The Houston Chronicle, Cruz's hometown paper, highlights "Cruz's voice loud on Obamacare" but also notes "Texas to have array of insurance options."

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 24, 2013
September 24th, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 24, 2013

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TED CRUZ STEALS THE SPOTLIGHT WITH A PLEDGE: “I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand"... At 2:41 PM ET, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz took to the Senate floor to deliver remarks on the shutdown debate that could potentially last through the night - a dramatic step in defense of his high profile, controversial plan to prevent any funding for Obamacare: “I intend to speak in opposition to Obamacare. I intend to speak in support of defunding Obamacare until I am no longer able to stand. To do everything that I can to help Americans stand together and recognize that this grand experiment three and half years ago is quite simply not working.”

THE MOST TALKED ABOUT (NON) EVENT: OBAMA-ROUHANI MEETING 'TOO COMPLICATED' President Barack Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will not meet during the U.N. General Assembly, two senior administration officials said. The officials noted that such an encounter proved too complicated for Iran. – Jim Sciutto. Jennifer Rizzo and Tom Cohen

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end mixed. Dow falls for fourth straight day, down 65 points. NASDAQ gains 0.1%.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 23, 2013
September 23rd, 2013
05:28 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 23, 2013

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EMBATTLED IRS OFFICIAL STEPS DOWN: The woman who first confirmed the Internal Revenue Service had unfairly targeted certain political groups is retiring, the IRS said in a statement Monday. Lois Lerner, director of tax exempt organizations for the IRS, was placed on administrative leave in May, just weeks after she admitted the IRS was applying extra scrutiny to certain groups. – Dana Bash

ISSA STILL WANTS TO TALK: “Lois Lerner’s exit from the IRS does not alter the Oversight Committee’s interest in understanding why applicants for tax exempt status were targeted and inappropriately treated because of their political beliefs,” House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa said in a written statement. “Her departure does not answer these questions or diminish the Committee’s interest in hearing her testimony.”

SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN: HOW IT PLAYS OUT THIS WEEK In Washington, a week is like an NFL triple-header - a seemingly endless stream of mindless commercial breaks with a few bursts of furious action and momentum swings. Anyone who predicts a shutdown with certainty a week ahead of time is messing with your head. – Tom Cohen

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 19, 2013
September 19th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 19, 2013

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‘THIS ISN’T COMPLICATED’: The U.N. report confirming chemical weapons use in Syria on August 21 has “crucial details” that show the “regime of Bashar al-Assad is guilty of carrying out that attack, even though that was not the mandate (of) the U.N. report,” Secretary of State John Kerry said today. “This isn't complicated,” Kerry said.

‘WE WILL NOT REPEAL OR DEFUND OBAMACARE’: “In the United States Senate, we will not repeal or defund Obamacare. We will not,” said Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona on “The Lead with Jake Tapper.” “And to think we can is not rational.” McCain’s statement distances the senator from calls in the House of Representatives to pass a government spending bill that doesn’t include Obamacare.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 18, 2013
September 18th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 18, 2013

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HEADING TOWARDS A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: House Republican leaders are considering a vote this week on a short-term spending bill to keep the government running and defund Obamacare, according to senior House GOP aides, a move that increases the possibility of a government shutdown. – Deirdre Walsh

REPUBLICANS: “There should be no conversation about shutting the government down. That's not the goal here,” House Speaker John Boehner said at a press conference on Capitol Hill. “Our goal here is to cut spending and to protect the American people from Obamacare. It's as simple as that. There are no interests in our part in shutting the government down.”

DEMOCRATS: President Barack Obama Wednesday blamed an "ideological faction" of the Republican Party for the "ideological fight" currently underway in Congress over the budget. "I'm happy to negotiate with them around the budget … What I will not do is to create a habit, a pattern, whereby the full faith and credit of the United States ends up being a bargaining chip to set policy," Obama told the roughly 100 CEOs gathered in Washington. "It's irresponsible."

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 17, 2013
September 17th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 17, 2013

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HOW DID THE NAVY YARD GUNMAN GET IN? Aaron Alexis had a "pattern of misconduct" as a Navy reservist, had sporadic run-ins with the law, and had contacted two Veterans Administration hospitals for apparent psychological issues, sources have told CNN. Somehow, none of that prevented him from getting clearance to the Washington Navy Yard as a subcontractor. – Josh Levs

QUESTIONS ABOUT MILITARY CONTRACTS: Sen. Susan Collins, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, says the case of Aaron Alexis – combined with that of Edward Snowden –“really makes me question the kind of vetting military contractors do.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 16, 2013
September 16th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 16, 2013

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TRAGEDY AT NAVY YARD: 13 dead in Navy Yard shooting rampage… After at least one shooter opened fired in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation's capital, 13 people were killed including a shooter and government buildings quickly went on lockdown, sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene. One suspect is dead, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. – Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet

OBAMA: “We're confronting yet another mass shooting,” President Barack Obama said after the shooting, clearly implying this tragedy appears to authorities to be an isolated incident and not a terror plot. The president said the U.S. will get to the bottom of the shooting "as we do with so many of these shootings."
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 13, 2013
September 13th, 2013
05:23 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 13, 2013

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UP FOR DISCUSSION: ENDING SYRIA’S CIVIL WAR: TALKS CONTINUE BETWEEN KERRY and LAVROV Secretary of State John Kerry and his Russian counterpart announced Friday that while negotiating a solution to the crisis over Syria's chemical weapons, they also would try to restart parallel talks on the broader issue of ending the Syrian civil war. The mind-numbing prospect of yet another round of negotiations in the next few weeks signaled a potentially bigger endgame for the United States and Russia in the hastily arranged meeting they began on Thursday in Geneva and continued Friday. – Tom Cohen and Laura Smith-Spark

TEEING UP…: Touting the success of the Violence Against Women Act, Vice President Joe Biden described those in Congress who slowed the renewal of the measure as a "Neanderthal crowd." – Paul Steinhauser and Steve Brusk

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 11, 2013
September 11th, 2013
04:48 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 11, 2013

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WAR CRIMES ON BOTH SIDES: U.N. REPORT: ABUSES ON BOTH SIDES OF SYRIAN CIVIL WAR Government forces continue to attack civilian populations in what amounts to crimes against humanity, the U.N. said in a report released Wednesday. But anti-government groups, in their fight against President Bashar al-Assad, have themselves committed war crimes, including murder, torture and hostage-taking, the U.N stated. – Mariano Castillo

12 YEARS LATER: JIHADIST TERRORISM IN AMERICA SINCE 9/11… The Boston Marathon bombings in April, however, serve as a reminder that the United States still faces a terrorism threat from disaffected U.S. citizens and residents who are influenced by al Qaeda's ideology. – Peter Bergen and David Sterman

MARKET WATCH: Apple loses 5.5% as new phones fail to wow. NASDAQ falls 0.1%. Dow adds 135 points.

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