CNN's GUT CHECK | for June 25, 2012 | 5 p.m.
– n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle
BREAKING… Official: Obama administration will enforce its priorities, not Arizona's: CNN’s Mike M. Ahlers reports: “Obama administration officials said Monday the federal government would not become a willing partner in the state of Arizona's efforts to arrest undocumented people - unless those immigrants meet federal government criteria. And they said the administration is rescinding agreements that allow some Arizona law enforcement officers to enforce federal immigration laws.”
LEADING THE NEWS… THE SUPREME COURT RULES ASPECTS OF ARIZONA IMMIGRATION LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL: The U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of an Arizona law Monday that sought to deter illegal immigration, but it let stand a controversial provision that lets police check a person's immigration status while enforcing other laws.
10:42 a.m. ET… Gov. Jan Brewer, R-Arizona, declares victory: “U.S. Supreme Court Decision Upholds Heart of SB 1070.” Gut Check DVR: Brewer will be John King’s guest at 6 p.m. ET today on CNN’s “John King, USA”
11:17 a.m. ET… Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada, concerned: “I am greatly concerned that the provision putting American citizens in danger of being detained by police unless they carry their immigration papers at all times will lead to a system of racial profiling.“
11:49 p.m. ET... Gov. Mitt Romney hits Obama for lack of bipartisan action: "Today's decision underscores the need for a president who will lead on this critical issue and work in a bipartisan fashion to pursue a national immigration strategy. President Obama has failed to provide any leadership on immigration... As candidate Obama, he promised to present an immigration plan during his first year in office. But four years later, we are still waiting."
12:29 p.m. ET... President Barack Obama welcomes the ruling but uses it to stress the need for immigration reform: "I am pleased that the Supreme Court has struck down key provisions of Arizona's immigration law. What this decision makes unmistakably clear is that Congress must act on comprehensive immigration reform. … At the same time, I remain concerned about the practical impact of the remaining provision of the Arizona law that requires local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of anyone they even suspect to be here illegally."
4:40 p.m. ET… In an OFF CAMERA fundraiser in Scottsdale, Arizona, Romney stresses immigration is key to the economy: “I would have preferred to see the Supreme Court give more latitude to the states not less. And there are states now under this decision have less authority, less latitude to enforce immigration laws. And it’s really, it’s become a muddle. But it didn’t have to be this way. The president promised in his campaign that in his first year he would take on immigration and solve our immigration challenges, put in place a long term program to care for those who want to come here legally to deal with illegal immigration, to deal with securing our borders. … In my first year I will make sure we actually do take on immigration, we secure our border, we make sure that we grow legal immigration in a way that provides people here with skill and expertise that we want. This is an issue that has to be tackled, I will tackle it not with stop gap measures but with the kind of work that’s done across the aisle by people of good faith.”
GAME ON, THURSDAY: THE SUPREME COURT WILL ISSUE ITS RULING ON the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act at 10 a.m. ET THURSDAY, the final day of the court’s session.
Which president “affirmed” rather than “swore” the presidential oath of office?
Close your eyes tightly and then slowly open them and look around. Behold the perfect political storm where the three branches of government are intimately involved in influencing the 2012 elections.
It makes sense for the executive and legislative branches to lock horns over major policy issues months before a presidential election. Not the U.S. Supreme Court.
But today’s rulings on the Arizona immigration law, campaign spending, and the much anticipated announcement Thursday on the health care law has put the Supreme Court squarely in the middle of the race for president and battle for control of Congress.
“The court has never weighed in on a major campaign issue at the height of a campaign,” says CNN’s Jeffery Toobin, speaking about the court’s pending announcement on the health care law.
As we wait word from the high court on health care, across the street, House Republicans are preparing to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to produce documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-running sting. And lawmakers on Capitol Hill are at odds over funding for highway construction projects as well as a disagreement on how to keep student loan interest rates from doubling to 6.8%.
All are important political issues playing out 134 days until Election Day. While saying he can’t “recall this kind of dynamic” during a presidential campaign, CNN’s John King does note it all could change quickly.
“The question we can’t answer is if any of this matters,” King says. “If the economy turns south … none of this stuff matters.”
Did you miss it?
Leading CNNPolitics: Congress ready for high court's health care decisions - then it gets tricky
No matter how the Supreme Court rules on the health care law, it will only be a matter of minutes after that ruling before attention shifts back to the Capitol and to what happens next there. – Deirdre Walsh
Leading Drudge: Big Sis To Az: Drop Dead!
The Obama administration said Monday it is suspending existing agreements with Arizona police over enforcement of federal immigration laws, and said it has issued a directive telling federal authorities to decline many of the calls reporting illegal immigrants that the Homeland Security Department may get from Arizona police. – Stephen Dinan
Leading HuffPo: AZ Immigration Law 'Gutted'
The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a split decision in the Obama administration's challenge to Arizona's aggressive immigration law, striking multiple provisions but upholding the "papers please" provision. Civil rights groups argue the latter measure, a centerpiece of S.B. 1070, invites racial profiling. – Mike Sacks
Leading Politico: Supreme Court Arizona immigration ruling: Justices clear key part
The Supreme Court on Monday rejected a constitutional challenge to a central provision of Arizona’s anti-illegal immigration law, clearing the path for similar legislation to take effect in other states and potentially angering Latinos in a way that could give President Barack Obama an added boost from Hispanic voters in November. – Josh Gerstein
Leading New York Times: Blocking Parts of Arizona Law, Justices Allow Its Centerpiece
The Supreme Court on Monday delivered a split decision on Arizona’s tough 2010 immigration law, upholding its most controversial provision but blocking the implementation of others. – Adam Liptak and John H. Cushman Jr.
The political bites of the day
- Reid warns brown-skinned Arizonans with accents -
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN A U.S. SENATE FLOOR SPEECH: “I don't think you are going to be carrying your immigration papers with you every place you go. But if you are in Arizona and if you speak with a little bit of an accent or your skin color is brown, you better have your papers with you. That's unfortunate.”
- Rubio defines the American dream, literally -
SEN. MARCO RUBIO IN AN INTERVIEW ON ABC’S “THE VIEW”: “Some believe it's making millions and millions of dollars. I suppose it can be if that's what you choose. For my parents, it was to give me the chance of doing things I couldn't. My mom wanted to be an actress. She did some local community theater, but it never worked out. But the thing I most realized when I sat down to write it (Rubio’s new book), my parents were once my age and when they were my age, they had hopes and dreams and things they wanted to do. For multiple reasons, it became impossible and their whole life became about giving us the chance to do the things they couldn't.”
- In Syria, State Department wants real progress until more meetings -
STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESPERSON VICTORIA NULAND AT THE DEPARTMENT’S DAILY NEWS BRIEFING: “We are continuing to talk to Kofi Annan’s staff. There were meetings over the weekend, including a number of the countries who might be represented. But as we've said, we're not going to settle finally until we are sure that we can have a meeting that's going to make real progress in the interest of a democratic transition.”
- Palin stands by ‘death panels’ -
FORMER ALASKA GOV. SARAH PALIN IN A FACEBOOK POST: "I stand by everything I wrote in that warning to my fellow Americans because what was true then is true now, and it will remain true as we hear what the Supreme Court has to say… It was a pretty long post, but a lot of people seem to have only read two words of it: 'death panel.’ Though I was called a liar for calling it like it is, many of these accusers finally saw that Obamacare did in fact create a panel of faceless bureaucrats who have the power to make life and death decisions about health care funding.”
What stopped us in 140 characters or less
President Franklin Pierce chose to “affirm” his presidential oath of office instead of using the more traditional “swear.” The Constitution permits such a change in Article 2, Section 1, Clause 8 – “Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation: - ‘I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ ”
Pierce, who was an Episcopalian, went with “affirm” because of the death of his 11-year-old son, Benjamin, two months before the inauguration. Pierce felt his son’s death was punishment for his sins and chose not to use a Bible during the swearing in.
A few presidents have toyed with the inauguration proceedings. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Harry S. Truman and Richard Nixon swore the oath on two Bibles, while John Quincy Adams took the oath on a book of law. Teddy Roosevelt didn’t even use a Bible.
In other Pierce inauguration fun facts, the 14 president was the first to deliver his inauguration address purely from memory.
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