May 1st, 2014
07:11 PM ET
5 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for May 1, 2014

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TAPPER BIKES & TALKS WITH FORMER PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH … The former President emphasized the need to drop the “D” in “PTSD” when discussing wounded veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, in rare interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper Thursday in Crawford, Texas.

"PTS is an injury, which means it's fixable over time," Bush said before joining a group of Afghanistan and Iraq veterans for the fourth annual W100K mountain bike ride that he hosts at his ranch. "A lot of the experts don't view PTS as a disorder. It's an injury, and that's really important ... to eliminate stigma."

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March 27th, 2014
07:01 PM ET
6 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 27, 2014

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BREAKING … OBAMACARE TOPS 6 MILLION SIGN-UPS … CNN’s Tami Luhby reports: More than 6 million people have signed up for Obamacare, as a crush of people raced to get health insurance before the March 31 deadline.

Administration officials announced the milestone Thursday amid an intense outreach drive. There were more than 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov and more than 430,000 calls to the call centers on Wednesday.- Tami Luhby

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March 7th, 2014
06:05 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 7, 2014

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CPAC PROVES THE GAME IS ON FOLKS

RAND PAUL TO THE GOP: DON’T DILUTE OUR MESSAGE … “It isn’t good enough to pick the lesser of two evils. We must elect men – we must elect men and women of principle and conviction and action who will lead us back to greatness. There is a great and tumultuous battle underway for the future – not of the Republican Party, but the future of the entire country. The question is will we be bold and proclaim our message with passion or will we be sunshine patriots retreating under adverse fire? Will we be firm in our convictions or will we cower, defeated and meekly dilute our message?”

RAND PAUL TO THE GOVERNMENT: LEAVE OUR CELL PHONES ALONE: “We will not submit and we will not trade our liberty for security. Not now and not ever! Yet, as our voices rise in protest the NSA monitors your every phone call. If you have a cellphone you are under surveillance. I believe what you do on your cellphone is none of their damn business!”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2014
February 27th, 2014
06:26 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 27, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | February 27, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA GETS PERSONAL …

RAW LANGUAGE FROM THE PRESIDENTIAL PODIUM ANNOUNCING INITIATIVE TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE OF COLOR: Announcing “My Brother’s Keeper,” an administration initiative where leading foundations and businesses will donate at least $200 million over five years towards mentoring programs aimed at minority youth of color, President Obama talked about the mistakes he made when he was younger: “When I was their age, I was a lot like them. I didn’t have a dad in the house. And I was angry about it, even though I didn’t necessarily realize it at the time. I made bad choices. I got high, not always thinking about the harm that it would do. I didn’t always take school as seriously as I should have. I made excuses. Sometimes I sold myself short.”

MORE OBAMA: “… In the aftermath of the Trayvon martin verdict, with all of the emotions and controversy that it sparked, I spoke about the need to bolster and reinforce our young men and give them the sense that their country cares about them and values them and is willing to invest in them and I’m grateful that Trayvon’s parents, Sabrina and Tracy are here.”

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 19, 2014
February 19th, 2014
05:36 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 19, 2014

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WARNING…. NEW TERROR THREAT …The U.S. government has warned airlines that terrorists may try to detonate a new type of shoe bomb on flights into the U.S., intelligence and law enforcement officials tell CNN's Evan Perez. The officials cautioned that there is no indication of a specific plot, but rather the warning is the result of intelligence gathered in recent weeks. Homeland Security officials issued the warning out of caution, according to the officials.
SARAH PALIN IS BACK IN THE GAME: “IF HE IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR TED NUGENT, HE IS GOOD ENOUGH FOR ME”… Sarah Palin makes her first 2014 endorsements, starting with Greg Abbott for Governor of Texas, “If he is good enough for Ted Nugent, he is good enough for me!” She also endorses House candidate Katrina Pierson, Pete Sessions' primary challenger in Texas. Here’s a great read from Peter Hamby to read why Palin matters: http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/25/politics/return-of-sarah-palin/

HILLARY CLINTON SURFACES AS ISSUE IN REPUBLICAN SENATE RACE … CNN’s Peter Hamby reports: Each one of Lindsey Graham's five underfunded Republican primary opponents have been struggling to gain traction in the race and emerge as the South Carolina senator's leading conservative opponent … For the first time, one of Graham's opponents has tried to make hay out of his gracious attitude toward Clinton - and it's another signal that Clinton's standing among Republicans has diminished since she left the State Department a year ago and inched her way back into the political spotlight.

POTUS WARNS UKRAINE: THERE WILL BE CONSEQUENCES… President Obama Wednesday condemned Ukraine’s government for violent action against protestors and criticized it for being partially responsible for the chaos. “I want to be very clear as we work through these next several days in Ukraine that we’re going to be watching closely and we expect the Ukrainian government to show restraint, to not resort to violence in dealing with peaceful protestors. We’ve also said we expect peaceful protestors to remain peaceful and we’ll be monitoring very closely the situation, recognizing that with our European partners and the international community there will be consequences if people step over the line.”

JUST IN … UKRAINE 'BEGIN TALKS FOR PEACE'- Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych has issued a statement declaring "the beginning of negotiations aimed at cessation of bloodshed and stabilization of the situation in the country for the sake of civil peace."

BUSH ON THE MILITARY: THEY ARE THE ONE PERCENT OF AMERICA WHO KEPT THE 99% SAFE … Speaking at a Library Military Service Initiative event Wednesday, former President George W. Bush addressed American’s lack of awareness about military veterans and the challenges they face:

“Seventy one percent of Americans said they do not understand the problems facing our veterans. You might call this a civilian-military divide. One lesson of our research is that the divide is exacerbated by public perceptions that the veteran is either a hero or to be pitied. Most veterans don’t consider themselves heroes or victims. They see themselves as Americans who took on a tough job and did it well.”

MORE AMERICANS NOW VIEW AFGHANISTAN WAR AS A MISTAKE … For the first time since the U.S. initially became involved in Afghanistan in 2001, Americans are as likely to say U.S. military involvement there was a mistake as to say it was not. Forty-eight percent of respondents said they viewed the war as a mistake, compared to 6% in 2002. – Gallup’s Frank Newport

THE BUZZ: NOW WE KNOW: PRETZEL THAT CHOKED PRESIDENT BUSH IN '02 CAME FROMLancaster, Pennsylvania. According to city native and former White House Chef John Moeller, it was a handmade pretzel from Hammond Pretzel Bakery Inc. that got into the president’s windpipe as he was watching a football game on television on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2002.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end lower after disappointing housing data and Fed minutes. Dow dips 88 points. NASDAQ loses 0.8%.

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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 14, 2014
February 14th, 2014
04:50 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 14, 2014

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ON VALENTINES DAY, OBAMA SHOWS HIS PARTY SOME LOVE … President Obama visited the House Democratic Issues Conference in Cambridge, Maryland on Friday, delivering what amounted to a quick 10-minute version of his State of the Union Speech, and thanking lawmakers for sticking with him through some tough legislative battles.

"This caucus has shown time and time again, under the most difficult circumstances, the kind of courage and unity and discipline that has made me very, very proud …When you guys are unified (and) you guys stick together, this country is better off." – Adam Aigner-Treworgy
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February 13th, 2014
06:27 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 13, 2014

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BREAKING … SEN. AL FRANKEN BLASTS COMCAST – TIME WARNER CABLE DEAL, TELLS JAKE TAPPER: “There’s not enough competition. We need more competition significance, not less. This is going exactly in the wrong direction. And consumers are - I am very concerned are going to pay higher bills, they are going to get even worse service and less choice.” CNN.com/THELEAD

PROFILES IN COURAGE?
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February 10th, 2014
06:41 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 10, 2014

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DEVELOPING …. A NINETIES FLASHBACK

DOCUMENTS REVEAL HILLARY CLINTON’S PRIVATE REACTION TO HER HUSBAND'S CHEATING SCANDAL WITH MONICA LEWINSKY ... A new report claims that Hillary Clinton told a close friend that Monica Lewinsky was a "narcissistic loony toon," and also discussed in detail why she decided to forgive her husband for having an affair with the White House intern … Clinton ally Dianne Blair writes in papers the report is based off of, “HRC insists, no matter what people say, it was gross inappropriate behavior but it was consensual (was not a power relationship) and was not sex within any real meaning… of the term.” – Dan Merica

Gut Check Full Service: SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KENTUCKY, TO CNN’S PETER HAMBY FRIDAY: Sen. Rand Paul predicted that Hillary Clinton will have to answer questions about her husband’s affair if she decides to run for president in 2016. “It isn’t her fault the way her husband’s behaved …But at the same time, I think that they are a fundraising team. He does a lot of fundraising for candidates. I think if they want to beat up on Republicans and say Republicans don’t like women, I think that one of the big things that we advanced in the last several decades is that women are protected in the workplace … I’m sure Don (referring to Texas GOP Senate candidate and ally Don Hoffines) would tell you he would fire anybody that took advantage of a 20 years old girl … If one of his managers had the same kind of problems that Bill Clinton had with a 20-year old girl, he wouldn’t work for him anymore. It’s not acceptable behavior, and yet they are out there saying they are the great crusaders for women’s rights. I think that’s some hypocrisy that they will have to explain.”

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February 6th, 2014
06:09 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 6, 2014

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BREAKING … FEINSTEIN TELLS AMERICANS IN SOCHI TO “WATCH THEIR BACKS” Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that the security threat stream around the Sochi Olympics “is credible, I think it's real.”
Feinstein noted at least one terrorist group – the Caucasus Emirate – has made threats and "is conceivably capable of carrying out an attack."
"People going to the Olympics should be careful, I think they should watch their backs, I think they should stay out of crowds if they can," said Feinstein. Watch the video from the Lead with Jake Tapper here: CNN.com/thelead

DEVELOPING …. BUSH & GOP STILL GETTING BLAME FOR ECONOMIC WOES… A CNN/ORC International survey released Thursday indicates that more people blame former President George W. Bush and the Republicans than President Barack Obama and the Democrats for the country's economic problems.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 3, 2014
February 3rd, 2014
06:23 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 3, 2014

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BREAKING … OBAMA'S APPROVAL INCHES UP
According a new CNN/ORC poll Barack Obama's approval rating has inched up, but the number of Americans who hope that his policies will succeed has dropped 12 points since last year:

CNN/ORC POLL
Jan. 31-Feb. 2
How Obama is Handling
His Job as President

Approve 45%
Disapprove 50%

Sampling error: +/-3% pts
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