CNN's GUT CHECK for April 10, 2014
April 10th, 2014
06:07 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 10, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 10, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OBAMA: “I’M STANDING HERE TODAY” BECAUSE OF LBJ … Joined by three former presidents Thursday to mark the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, President Barack Obama honored Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society and the historic measures that helped pave his way to the White House. "New doors swung open for everybody. Not all at once, but they swung open," Obama said. They "swung open for me" and "that's why I'm standing here today."– Kevin Liptak

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April 8th, 2014
05:19 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 8, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 8, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

RUSSIA WARNS OF CIVIL WAR IN UKRAINE … Russia warned Tuesday that any use of force in Ukraine's eastern region could lead to civil war, as Kiev seeks to regain control after pro-Moscow uprisings in three cities. …Rebels occupying Donetsk's regional government building Monday declared a "people's republic" and called for a referendum on secession from Ukraine to be held by May 11. – Laura Smith-Spark, Marie-Louise Gumuchian and Victoria Butenko

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April 7th, 2014
06:14 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 7, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 7, 2014| 5 p.m.
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TENSION MOUNTS OVER EAST UKRAINE … Secretary of State John Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday that the U.S. has been watching “with great concern” events unfolding in eastern Ukraine over the last 48 hours. Pro-Russian protesters have seized state buildings in several east Ukrainian cities, prompting accusations from Kiev that Moscow is now trying to "dismember" the country. Kerry told Lavrov the protests don’t appear "spontaneous” and warned that further Russian action in Ukraine would incur "greater costs," according to spokeswoman Jen Psaki.

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April 4th, 2014
05:12 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 4, 2014

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

MIDEAST PEACE TALKS ON LIFE SUPPORT: After more than a dozen trips to the Middle East and 14 months of unbridled optimism on the prospects for Mideast peace, and his own ability to negotiate it, John Kerry on Friday finally sounded defeated. “We have an enormous amount on the plate,” he said. “There are limits to the amount of time and effort that the United States can spend if the parties themselves are unwilling to take constructive steps in order to be able to move forward.” – Elise Labott

GIRL POWER… A DOUBLE STANDARD? Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton participated in a question-and-answer session with the IMF’s Christine Lagarde at the Women in the World Forum in New York. … (Clinton) and Lagarde provided the largely female audience with a memorable image when the two clasped hands in a high-five celebrating women's political power.

“The double standard (for powerful women) is alive and well,” said Clinton. “I think in many respects the media is the principal propagator of its persistence.”- Rachel Streitfeld

BUT FOR PELOSI, IT WAS ALWAYS EXPECTED … The House Democratic leader tells CNN’s Candy Crowley that she has “had to have a very thick skin about every kind of thing that was thrown at me,” in an exclusive interview that will run in full Sunday on “State of the Union.”

Asked if she agreed with Clinton that the media does have a double standard for women in power, Pelosi said, “If Hillary Clinton thinks there is a double standard, she’s been in the main event – and that is a presidential race – then I respect that. From my own standpoint, I never expected anything but a double standard. I don’t know if it’s the media or whether people say things that’s news that you have to cover.”

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April 2nd, 2014
05:03 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 2, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 2, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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JUSTICES STRIKE DOWN POLITICAL DONOR LIMITS … If you're rich and want to give money to a lot of political campaigns, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that you can to do so. The 5-4 ruling eliminated limits on much money people can donate in total in one election season.

However, the decision left intact the current $5,200 limit on how much an individual can give to any single candidate during a two-year election cycle. Until now, an individual donor could give up to $123,200 per cycle.

The ruling means a wealthy liberal or conservative donor can give as much money as desired to federal election candidates across the country, as long as no candidate receives more than the $5,200 cap. – Bill Mears and Tom Cohen

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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2014
April 1st, 2014
05:46 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 1, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 1, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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THE WHITE HOUSE TAKES A VICTORY LAP ON OBAMACARE…
President Obama hailed the success of the first open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, announcing that 7.1 million people have signed up for Obamacare.

“Despite several lost weeks out of the gate because of problems with the website, 7.1 million Americans have now signed up for private insurance plans through these market places,” Obama said at the White House. “Seven point one!”

To opponents of the healthcare law, the president sent a clear message: “The debate over repealing this law is over. The Affordable Care Act is here to stay.” He added, “History is not kind to those who would deny Americans their economic security.”

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