CNN's GUT CHECK for February 4, 2014
February 4th, 2014
06:39 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 4, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for February 4, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING …. THE OBAMACARE REPORT THAT WILL DEFINE THE MIDTERMS: The Affordable Care Act could reduce the labor force by the equivalent of 2.5 million workers in 2024, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office's annual outlook.

That doesn't mean employers will start swinging the ax or even that that many jobs will be lost, CBO says. Rather, more people will likely opt to reduce their hours, or leave the workforce entirely, so they stay under the income caps for Medicaid and federal subsidies.
"The estimated reduction stems almost entirely from a net decline in the amount of labor that workers choose to supply, rather than from a net drop in businesses' demand for labor," the report says. Therefore, it will more likely show up as a decline in share of the population participating in the labor force and in hours worked, rather than in spikes in unemployment or underemployment. – CNN Money’s Jeanne Sahadi

THE GOP POUNCES: Tweet from Speaker John Boehner: “CBO report confirms devastating impact of president's health care law on #jobs http://j.mp/1e0SS9I

ONE TOP DEMOCRATIC SOURCE TELLS CNN’s DANA BASH: “It just gives Republicans ammo for attacks this fall Dems knew were coming anyway. We already knew that if this election is a referendum on health care, we lose. If we make this a referendum of whose side are you on, we win.” The source also noted that Democrats tried to pin their attacks on Paul Ryan’s Medicare plan on CBO scores and it didn’t work well.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 31, 2014
January 31st, 2014
04:13 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 31, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 31, 2014 | 4 p.m.
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IT’ TAPPER TIME … 4 PM ET OBAMA EXCLUSIVE ON CNN

HERE’S A SNEAK PEEK:

ON SNOWDEN:

TAPPER: “When your director of National Intelligence General James Clapper testified before Congress and said, before the Snowden leaks, that there were no mass surveillance going on a lot of Democrats in the Senate think that he was not honest. He said like – later, that it was the least untruthful answer he could give.

I know that you have faith in Clapper. I know that you believe that these programs protect the American people.

But I can't believe that you weren't disappointed by his answer, because least untruthful is not a phrase I remember hearing on the campaign trail.”

OBAMA: “I think that Jim Clapper himself would acknowledge, and has acknowledged, that he should have been more careful about how he responded.”

ON POLICY:

OBAMA: “Well, I actually think that we have a good chance of immigration reform.”

ON SOCHI:

OBAMA: “If you want to go to the Olympics, you should go to the Olympics. You know, we're not discouraging, in any way, Americans from participating in what is just always an amazing, wonderful event.”

ON MARIJUANA:

OBAMA: “I stand by my belief, based, I think, on the scientific evidence that marijuana for casual users, individual users, is subject to abuse, just like alcohol is, and should be treated as a public health problem and challenge.”

ON THE POPE:

OBAMA: “I have been really impressed so far with the way he has communicated what I think is the essence of the Christian faith and that is a true sense of brotherhood and sisterhood and a true sense of regard for those who are less fortunate … I don't think he needs any advice from me on staying humble.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 30, 2014
January 30th, 2014
06:00 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 30, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING …. JAKE TAPPER EXCLUSIVE: OBAMA SAYS WALMART, APPLE, FORD AND MORE PLEDGE HELP FOR LONG-TERM JOBLESS ... CNN’s Jake Tapper & Sherisse Pham report: - The White House has secured commitments from some of the nation's largest companies, signing on to a plan to boost hiring of the long-term unemployed "What we have done is to gather together 300 companies, just to start with, including, some of the top 50 companies in the country, companies like Walmart, and Apple, Ford and others, to say let's establish best practices," President Barack Obama told CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper in an exclusive interview.

"Because they've been unemployed ... so long, folks are looking at that gap in the resume and they're weeding them out before these folks even get a chance for an interview," said Obama. As the economy slowly recovers from the recession, the number of workers who have not found a job for at least six months or more has grown. "Do not screen people out of the hiring process just because they've been out of work for a long time," said the President.

Gut Check DVR: Watch the entire exclusive interview with President Barack Obama on CNN's "New Day" Friday at 6 a.m. ET and "The Lead With Jake Tapper" at 4 p.m. ET.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 15, 2014
January 15th, 2014
06:14 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 15, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for January 15, 2014| 5 p.m.
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SENATE REPORT: BENGHAZI ATTACK ‘LIKELY PREVENTABLE’ … The deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, was "likely preventable" based on known security shortfalls and prior warnings that the security situation there was deteriorating, the majority of the Senate Intelligence Committee concluded in a report released on Wednesday. – Jason Hanna and Evan Perez

See the full Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Report here: http://www.intelligence.senate.gov/benghazi2014/benghazi.pdf

SEN. MARCO RUBIO, R-FLORIDA, IN A STATEMENT: “The committee should reexamine former Secretary of State Clinton’s failure to provide adequate security for our deployed personnel in Benghazi, as well as what actions she and others, including the President, took in the hours and days that followed the attack.”

SPECIAL COUNSEL NAMED IN NEW JERSEY BRIDGE PROBE …
The New Jersey General Assembly, which is investigating the George Washington Bridge controversy, on Wednesday named the same prosecutor that went after former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich as its own special counsel for a committee that will lead the bridge probe. Assembly Democrats announced former Assistant U.S. Attorney Reid Schar will help the Assembly Investigatory Committee as it further reviews the closure of access lanes to the nation's busiest bridge for four days last fall in an alleged act of political retribution by top aides to Gov. Chris Christie. – Ashley Killough and Paul Steinhauser
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