CNN's GUT CHECK for February 12, 2014
February 12th, 2014
05:22 PM ET
7 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for February 12, 2014

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BREAKING… THE U.S. SENATE APPROVES RAISING DEBT CEILING … The move allows the government to borrow more money to pay its bills through early 2015.

The politically charged issue cleared the chamber 55-43 after winning House approval Tuesday. The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for his signature. Approval removes the prospect of another protracted political fight over fiscal policy as Democrats and Republicans gear up for November's midterm elections.

MCCONNELL PRIMARY CHALLENGER POUNCES:
Matt Bevin ‏(@MattBevin)
.@McConnellPress votes to give Obama another blank check. #DebtCeiling #tcot #cloture #KYSen #kydatenight pic.twitter.com/TT2HwblTN2

MEANWHILE … RAND PAUL SUES OBAMA ADMINISTRATION OVER NSA … Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday he’s suing President Barack Obama and top national security officials over the government’s sweeping electronic surveillance program made public by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The Kentucky Republican and the conservative group FreedomWorks are filing a class-action challenge against the government’s phone metadata collection effort, which stores the numbers and call times of phone calls. – Ashley Killough and Dana Davidsen

… AND AIMING FOR HISTORY: RAND PAUL IN A PRESS EVENT: “We think it may well be the largest class action lawsuit ever filed on behalf of the Bill of Rights.”

Gut Check DVR: Sen. Rand Paul will be appearing on CNN’s “OutFront” with Erin Burnett tonight at 7pm E.T. to discuss his lawsuit.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2014
February 11th, 2014
06:10 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 11, 2014

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BREAKING … HOUSE PASSES DEBT CEILING BILL: U.S. House voted 221-201 Tuesday on a debt-ceiling measure that allows continued borrowing by the government to pay its bills. Twenty-eight Republicans joined almost all of the Democrats to pass the proposal that lacked any deficit-reduction provisions sought by the GOP conservative wing. The so called "clean" debt-ceiling measure now goes to the Senate, which is expected to vote on Wednesday.

CHRISTIE ON THE MESSAGE OFFENSIVE: “HAVE FAITH”
GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE TO REPUBLICAN GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATES TRYING TO GET ELECTED IN ILLINOIS: “Have faith baby! I won twice in New Jersey! It can happen!”

… INVESTIGATIONS WON’T “CURTAIL” AGENDA … His administration is facing multiple investigations, but Chris Christie said he's moving forward. "Time will tell, but I believe that we are focused on the things we need to be focused on," the Republican governor said Tuesday afternoon at a question and answer session at the Economic Club of Chicago. – Dana Bash and Paul Steinhauser
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February 7th, 2014
05:39 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 7, 2014

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FIRST ON CNN: READY FOR HILLARY HEADS TO SOUTH CAROLINA … Ready for Hillary, the independent group laying groundwork for a potential Hillary Clinton presidential bid in 2016, will make its first public foray into the early primary state of South Carolina later this month with a fundraiser in the state capital of Columbia. The low dollar event – the price of admission is just $20.16 – will be hosted by state Rep. Bakari Sellers “and special guests,” according to a copy of the Feb. 20 invitation obtained by CNN. – Peter Hamby

QUOTE OF THE DAY: VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN TO KATE BOLDUAN ON CNN’S “NEW DAY” ABOUT WHETHER HE WILL RUN FOR PRESIDENT IN 2016: “There may be reasons I don’t run, but there’s no obvious reason for me why I think I should not run.”
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February 5th, 2014
06:25 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for February 5, 2014

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BREAKING … SOCHI SECURITY ALERT: U.S. warns airlines flying into Russia that terrorists may try to hide explosives in toothpaste or cosmetics tubes. A law enforcement source said the warning is based on new information and added that there is no known threat to the United States.
The warning comes two days before the Winter Olympics open in Sochi.

REP. KING: I WOULD NOT GO TO SOCHI … Rep. Peter King (R-New York), a member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, tells Wolf Blitzer on CNN’s Situation Room that he would not attend the Olympic games as a spectator. “I would say that they are reasonably safe, but I would not go myself. If I’m an athlete, that's one thing. But just as a spectator, I don't think it's worth the risk. Odds are nothing is going to happen, but the odds are higher than any other Olympics I believe that something could happen.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 24, 2014
January 24th, 2014
06:11 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 24, 2014

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BREAKING …THE NUNS BEAT OBAMACARE … Some religious affiliated non-profits will remain temporarily exempt from requirements in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to cover birth control and other reproductive health coverage they oppose for religious reasons.
That is the result of a Supreme Court decision on Friday that extended an injunction for a Catholic charity run by nuns, the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The exemption stands while the case is being considered by the lower courts. It is a clear victory for the religious group and its insurer. – CNN’s Bill Mears

SCOOP FROM “THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER: Feds hesitated to probe Christie administration: For a time, federal authorities were reluctant to get involved in the Christie controversy. Some officials didn't readily see a federal crime and were wary of opening what one official called potentially "a can of worms." – CNN’s Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014
January 10th, 2014
05:47 PM ET
8 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014

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BREAKING … CHRISTIE DOCUMENT DUMP RAISES MORE QUESTIONS … A New Jersey State Assembly committee on Friday released a batch of documents that are part of its investigation of top advisers to Gov. Chris Christie who closed down access lanes in September to the country's busiest bridge as an act of political retribution. Read the Key Excerpts Here: http://cnn.it/1gYvH4I

DEVELOPING … BRIDGET ANNE KELLY MAY BE SUBPOENAED
One day after an ex-official invoked his Fifth Amendment rights at a state legislative hearing on the New Jersey bridge scandal, CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports the legislative committee's chairman and staff are taking steps to subpoena Bridget Anne Kelly, a second key witness and Gov. Chris Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 9, 2014
January 9th, 2014
06:26 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 9, 2014

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DEVELOPING …. CHRISTIE 'EMBARRASSED AND HUMILIATED'
In a nearly 2-hour press conference, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he knew nothing about political motives behind traffic tie-ups. While Christie blamed his staff and accepted responsibility, he also praised his own response to the fallout, saying that he asked Bill Stepien, a former campaign manager who was recently nominated to be the New Jersey GOP chairman, to leave his organization by the end of the day and that he fired his Deputy Chief of Staff Bridget Anne Kelly 24 hours after he found out about the debacle.
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 7, 2014
January 7th, 2014
06:42 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 7, 2014

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FORMER SECRETARY OF DEFENSE ROBERT GATES’ NEW BOOK “DUTY” CAUSING A PRE-PUBLICATION STIR

Bob Woodward reports: Robert Gates, former defense secretary, offers harsh critique of Obama’s leadership in ‘Duty’
In a new memoir, former defense secretary Robert Gates unleashes harsh judgments about President Obama’s leadership and his commitment to the Afghanistan war, writing that by early 2010 he had concluded the president “doesn’t believe in his own strategy, and doesn’t consider the war to be his. For him, it’s all about getting out.” – Washington Post

GATES SEES SIMILARITIES BETWEEN G.W. BUSH & OBAMA, In an excerpt for the Wall Street Journal, Gates writes: “Stylistically, Bush and Obama had much more in common than I expected. Both were most comfortable around a coterie of close aides and friends (like most presidents) and largely shunned the Washington social scene. Both, I believe, detested Congress and resented having to deal with it, including members of their own party. They both had the worst of both worlds on the Hill: They were neither particularly liked nor feared. Nor did either work much at establishing close personal relationships with other world leaders. Both presidents, in short, seemed aloof from two constituencies important to their success.”

GATES QUESTIONS VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN’S JUDGMENT: "I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 16, 2013
December 16th, 2013
06:06 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 16, 2013

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JUST ADDED TO THE PRESIDENT’S TUESDAY SCHEDULE …. BIGGEST NAMES IN TECH HEADED TO THE WHITE HOUSE, PER JAKE TAPPER: “President Barack Obama will meet with executives from leading tech companies to discuss progress made in addressing performance and capacity issues with HealthCare.gov and how government can better deliver IT to maximize innovation, efficiency and customer service. The meeting will also address the national security and the economic impacts of unauthorized intelligence disclosures. Finally, the President will discuss ways his Administration can partner with the tech sector to further grow the economy, create jobs and address issues around income inequality and social mobility.”

Attendees: Tim Cook, CEO, Apple, Dick Costolo, CEO, Twitter, Chad Dickerson, CEO, Etsy, Reed Hastings, Co-Founder & CEO, Netflix, Drew Houston, Founder & CEO, Dropbox, Marissa Mayer, President and CEO, Yahoo!, Burke Norton, Chief Legal Officer, Salesforce, Mark Pincus, Founder, Chief Product Officer & Chairman, Zynga, Shervin Pishevar, Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Sherpa Global, Brian Roberts, Chairman & CEO, Comcast, Erika Rottenberg, Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, LinkedIn, Sheryl Sandberg, COO, Facebook, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman, Google, Brad Smith, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Microsoft, Randall Stephenson, Chairman & CEO, AT&T
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 13, 2013
December 13th, 2013
04:52 PM ET
9 months ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for December 13, 2013

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BREAKING… SCHOOL SHOOTER IN COLORADO HIGH SCHOOL DEAD FROM POSSIBLE SELF-INFLICTED GUNSHOT WOUND, SHERIFF SAYS: The suspect in the shooting at Arapahoe High School is dead from what appears to have been a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Sheriff Grayson Robinson told reporters. At least one person - a minor - has been taken to Littleton Adventist Hospital with a gunshot wound. – CNN Staff
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