CNN's GUT CHECK for September 10, 2013
September 10th, 2013
04:57 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 10, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN: KERRY TO SWITZERLAND… CNN’s Elise Labott reports: Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Thursday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss Syria, according to a senior State Department official.

SYRIA: COME GET ’EM: REPORT: ASSAD PREPARED TO DISCLOSE CHEMICAL WEAPONS LOCATIONS Syria says it is ready to disclose the location of chemical weapons, halt production, and show its facilities to representatives of Russia, the United Nations, and other states, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. – Michael Pearson

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 9, 2013
September 9th, 2013
05:27 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 9, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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THE BLITZ! PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA SITS DOWN WITH CNN’S WOLF BLITZER Watch the interview tonight on "The Situation Room" at 6 p.m. ET.

CROSSFIRE RETURNS: CNN’s new edition of CROSSFIRE premieres tonight at 6:30 pm ET. You can join the first guests Sens. Rand Paul and bob Menendez in the Crossfire on Twitter (#CrossfireReturns), Facebook.com/CNN, or CNN.com/Crossfire.

KERRY COMMENT LEADS TO POSSIBLE SYRIA SOLUTION: After Secretary of State John Kerry said that Syria could stave off an attack by handing over control of its chemical weapons, Russia quickly pounced on the plan and offered it to Syrian President Bashar al-Asad’s administration. Kerry’s spokeswoman issued a hasty statement saying Kerry did not consider this a serious possibility, but it was too late. Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem told reporters in Moscow that his nation “welcomes” a proposal by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during talks on Monday: put Syria's chemical weapons under international control to avert a U.S. military response over an alleged poison gas attack last month.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 6, 2013
September 6th, 2013
04:57 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 6, 2013

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OBAMA NON-COMMITTAL ON ACTION WITHOUT CONGRESS:

CNN’S BRIANNA KEILAR AT AN OBAMA PRESS CONFERENCE IN RUSSIA: What if the Senate votes yes and the House votes no - it’s go ahead with the strike?

OBAMA: “Brianna, I think it would be a mistake for me to jump the gun and speculate, because right now I’m working to get as much support as possible out of Congress.” …

ABC’S JONATHAN KARL: “I still haven’t heard a direct response to Brianna’s question - if Congress fails to authorize this, will you go forward with an attack on Syria?

OBAMA: “You’re not getting a direct response. Brianna asked the question very well. Did you think that I was going to give you a different answer? No.”

AT ODDS: PUTIN AND OBAMA MEET, BUT NO PROGRESS MADE ON SYRIA President Barack Obama described his 20 minute exchange with Russian President Vladimir Putin as “candid, constructive” but noted that they do not agree on Syria. Putin gave reporters a similar account, adding, “He doesn't agree with me. I don't agree with him, but we listened to each other.” – Laura Smith-Spark, Elise Labott and Saad Abedine

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 5, 2013
September 5th, 2013
05:22 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 5, 2013

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BREAKING… MANCHIN IS A NO: Obama loses another Democrat as West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin issues a statement saying he will vote no: “Given the case that has been presented to me, I believe that a military strike against Syria at this time is the wrong course of action.”

CNN VOTE COUNT: OBAMA A LONG WAY FROM CONGRESSIONAL APPROVAL ON SYRIA… Obama needs at least 216 votes in the House to secure his resolution. In that chamber, there are nearly four “no” votes for every “yes” at the moment. According to CNN's count, 102 members plan to vote "no," while 26 - including a number of high profile Republicans - plan to back it. – Dan Merica and Lisa Desjardins

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 4, 2013
September 4th, 2013
05:47 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 4, 2013

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WHOSE RED LINE? OBAMA DISTANCES HIMSELF FROM RED LINE IN SYRIA… At a press conference in Sweden: “First of all, I didn't set a red line – the world set a red line.”

GUT CHECK FLASHBACK: Obama at the White House press conference in August 2012… “We have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is that we start to see a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized and that would change my calculus, and my equation.”

FIRST HURDLE CROSSED: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Wednesday approved a resolution authorizing a U.S. military response to chemical weapons use by Syria, sending the measure to the full chamber for debate next week. The vote was 10 to 7 – with two Democrats and five Republicans voting against the measure.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 3, 2013
September 3rd, 2013
05:44 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 3, 2013

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KERRY TO CONGRESS: THIS IS NOT LIKE IRAQ… Secretary of State John Kerry at a meeting of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee: "I remember Iraq. Secretary Hagel remembers Iraq...We were here for that vote. And so we are especially sensitive, Chuck and I, to never again asking any Member of Congress to take a vote on faulty intelligence. That is why our intelligence community has scrubbed and re-scrubbed the evidence. We have declassified unprecedented amounts of information.”

CONGRESS TO KERRY: MAKE YOUR CASE… Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer of California on whether the intelligence community agrees: Did they all come to the same conclusion, the various intelligence agencies?
Kerry: To my knowledge, I have no knowledge of any agency that was a dissenter or anybody who had, you know, an alternative theory.

THE BUZZ: HAGEL TOOK IT ON THE CHIN THIS WEEKEND Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel arrived Tuesday at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on Syria sporting a noticeable bruise on his chin. CNN Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr reports Hagel’s injury was a result of exercising his green thumb. According to an aide, “Secretary Hagel slightly bruised his chin while doing a little yard work at home over the weekend.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 2, 2013
September 2nd, 2013
03:54 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 2, 2013

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BREAKING: GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona said Monday after meeting with President Barack Obama that congressional rejection of a resolution authorizing U.S. military force in Syria would be “catastrophic,” adding it would “undermine the credibility of the United States and the president of the United States.”

‘FLOOD THE ZONE’: President Barack Obama will meet Tuesday morning with Speaker John Boehner and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, congressional aides tell Dana Bash. In addition, Obama will meet with the leadership of the Senate Armed Services Committee, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and their House counterparts, reports Brianna Keilar.

HEAVYWEIGHTS ON THE HILL: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey will testify before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday afternoon. CNN’s special coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 22, 2013
August 22nd, 2013
05:30 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 22, 2013

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HOLY MARKET WATCH: NASDAQ trading suspended for 3 hours due to a “trading glitch.” In the second significant trading glitch this week, most major exchanges were forced to halt trading in more than 2,700 Nasdaq-listed stocks for several hours Thursday. … It's yet another black eye for a stock market that has become increasingly automated. It's also another blow to NASDAQ, which has been under intense scrutiny since trading issues at its exchange marred the initial public offering of Facebook. NASDAQ attributed the problems to technical issues at a central clearinghouse known as the "UTP SIP," which is the security information process where 13 public exchanges send bid and offer prices on NASDAQ -listed stocks.

FILNER WATCH: San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, accused of sexually harassing women, will resign if the San Diego City Council accepts a proposed mediation agreement, local TV stations reported Thursday.

Gut Check DVR: President Barack Obama sits down in an exclusive interview with Chris Cuomo for CNN’s “New Day.” Watch CNN Friday at 6 a.m. ET.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 21, 2013
August 21st, 2013
04:54 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 21, 2013

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DEVELOPING… IN IOWA, HOWARD DEAN SAYS “AT THIS POINT, I’M SUPPORTING HILLARY CLINTON”: Dean, a former Vermont governor and 2004 presidential candidate, talked to The Des Moines Register today. Asked if he’s definitively ruling out a White House bid, Dean climbed into a waiting car and said with a grin, “Ahhgh, we’re done here. Thank you.” – Jennifer Jacobs

CAUGHT: GOVERNMENT IMPROPERLY COLLECTED THOUSANDS OF DOMESTIC COMMUNICATIONS Declassified opinions from a secret court that oversees government surveillance shows the National Security Agency was broadly collecting domestic Internet communications of Americans and misrepresenting the scope of that effort to the court. The three opinions include one from October 2011 by U.S. District Judge John Bates, who scolded government lawyers that the NSA had, for the third time in less than three years, belatedly acknowledged it was collecting more data than it was legally allowed to. . – Evan Perez

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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 20, 2013
August 20th, 2013
05:07 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 20, 2013

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DNC TO VOTE ON FILNER: FIRST ON CNN… The Democratic National Committee will vote on a resolution this week calling on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign, ratcheting up pressure on the embattled Democrat who has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women. – Mark Preston

REASSIGNED, NOT FIRED: STATE DEPARTMENT WON'T FIRE BENGHAZI 4, BUT WILL REASSIGN THEM The workers, put on leave after an Accountability Review Board report in December found bureaucratic failures at the State Department before the attack, will be reassigned to different jobs at the agency, an official said. – Jill Dougherty

REPUBLICANS POUNCE:

RUSH LIMBAUGH, ON HIS RADIO SHOW: “What it means is that not one single person has been punished for what happened in Benghazi, not one person. If there was ever an event where heads should have rolled, that is it.”
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