CNN's GUT CHECK for July 2, 2013
July 2nd, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 2, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 2, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TICK TOCK: DEADLINE LOOMS FOR EGYPT'S MORSY One deadline passed Tuesday for Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy, and another hangs over his head for Wednesday. The opposition Tamarod ("rebel") campaign has called for nationwide protests, civil disobedience and a march on the presidential palace if Morsy doesn't leave office Tuesday. When that did not happen, anti-Morsy protesters gathered outside the Ithadya Presidential Palace. – Salma Abdelaziz. Reza Sayah and Ben Brumfield

FIRST ON CNN: PERRY TO ANNOUNCE POLITICAL FUTURE ON MONDAY Rick Perry is inviting close friends and supporters to an event next Monday in San Antonio where he is expected to announce if he plans to seek an unprecedented fourth full term as Texas governor, CNN has learned. – Peter Hamby

NO THANK YOU, RUSSIA: Edward Snowden has abandoned his effort to seek asylum in Russia after President Vladimir Putin warned that he would have to stop leaking information about U.S. surveillance programs if he wanted to stay, a Russian official said Tuesday. – Matt Smith and Jethro Mullen

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks give up early gains as investors turn cautious ahead of jobs data. Dow falls 43 points.

(Answer below)
What famous telecommunications scientist helped treat President James Garfield after he was shot on this day in 1881?

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What caught our eye today in politics

When you cut through the noticeable partisanship and stinging dissents, the Supreme Court is actually a place of "true and genuine friendships," says Justice Elana Kagan, one of the top court’s liberal justices.

“It's true the [ideological] disagreements test people's capacity to work together, but to come back the next day and find your colleague just as delightful as you found him the day before– we're all grownups and we manage to do that, and the court is full of great people,” Kagan told an audience at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Saturday.

Bill Mears, CNN's Supreme Court Producer, writes in his SCOTUS Journal that Kagan, the court's newest member, knows about this friendship first hand; she and conservative Justice Antonin Scalia are "fast friends" and have gone hunting together a number of times.

"The Manhattan-born Kagan revealed over the weekend she and Justice Antonin Scalia have expanded their hunting forays," Mears writes. "The newest member of the court has become fast friends with one of the most conservative members of the bench, and had earlier indicated they had been hunting for quail four or five times."

This friendship is particularly interesting when you consider how vastly different these two jurists see the world. In cases from the last term that were decided by 5-4 - the closest a Supreme Court decision can be - Kagan and Scalia found themselves on the same side just about one-quarter (26%) of the time.

Although this number may seem low, it is higher than the amount of time Kagan agrees with Scalia's conservative counterparts. Kagan agreed with Justice Samuel Alito 0% of the time in 5-4 cases and 4% of the time with Chief Justice John Roberts for this last term. Mears told Gut Check this is because Scalia finds himself siding with liberal justices on search and seizure and confrontation clause cases.

And the Kagan-Scalia friendship shows no signs of being derailed by the court's big decisions on voting rights, same-sex marriage and affirmative action. According to Kagan, she and Scalia have plans to go duck hunting.

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Leading CNNPolitics: Christie threatened to use the f-bomb in GOP convention speech
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a top campaign surrogate for former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, threatened to say "f***" during his live, prime time convention speech last August, according to an upcoming book by The Washington Post's Dan Balz. – Ashley Killough

Leading Drudge: I'm In A 'Prison'
First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday described living in the White House as like being in a “really nice prison.” Obama’s comment came during her discussion with former First Lady Laura Bush at the African First Ladies Summit in Tanzania during an interview moderated by journalist Cokie Roberts. – Charlie Spiering for the Washington Examiner

Leading HuffPo: Romney Vs. Romney
Over the Christmas break of 2010, Mitt Romney and his family took an internal poll on whether he should run for president once more. Twelve family members cast ballots. Ten said no. One of the 10 was Mitt Romney himself. The doubts that the former Massachusetts governor harbored before ultimately launching his second unsuccessful bid for the presidency are one of several attention-grabbing details in "Collision 2012," the newest book on the 2012 campaign. – Sam Stein

Leading Politico: What if Clinton passes on 2016?
For Democrats, there is no fallback: It’s Hillary Clinton or probably a long bout of depression ahead of 2016. – Maggie Haberman

Leading The New York Times: Feinstein’s Support for N.S.A. Defies Liberal Critics and Repute
Senator Dianne Feinstein, a California Democrat, has dismayed many on the left by defending the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. – Jeremy Peters

The political bites of the day

- What is it like being first lady? -
FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA AT A FIRST LADIES SUMMIT IN TANZANIA: “We have probably the best jobs in the world because unlike our husbands who have to react and respond to crisis on a minute-by- minute basis, they come into office with a wonderful, profound agenda, then they are faced with the real world. On the other hand, we get to work on what we are passionate about and that is something that I would encourage all first ladies to never lose sight of. You have an opportunity to speak to your passions and to really design and be very strategic about the issues you care about.”
FORMER FIRST LADY LAURA BUSH AT A FIRST LADIES SUMMIT IN TANZANIA: “Right after the attacks of September 11, I gave the presidential radio address to talk about women in Afghanistan and right after that I was in a department store with my daughter, Jenna. She was a freshman in college and I was in Austin seeing her and we went to a department store and the women who sold cosmetics at the department store said: ‘Thank you so much Mrs. Bush. Thank you for speaking for the women in Afghanistan.’ And that was the first time it really occurred to me that people really did hear me and that I really did have that podium that Lady Bird Johnson knew about and had told us about.”

- Why are taxpayers aiding Egypt’s Morsy, Rand Paul asks -
REPUBLICAN SEN. RAND PAUL OF KENTUCKY IN AN OPINION PIECE FOR CNN.COM: “The problem with constantly intervening in these troubled parts of the world is that there are often no clear good guys or bad guys. Today's ally can quickly become tomorrow's enemy. This should be a paramount and obvious concern, but in Washington it is almost always treated as an afterthought.”

- For a former NBA star, it is all about expectations -
DENNIS RODMAN IN AN INTERVIEW WITH SPORTS ILLUSTRATED: “My mission is to break the ice between hostile countries. Why it’s been left to me to smooth things over, I don’t know. Dennis Rodman, of all people. Keeping us safe is really not my job; it’s the black guy’s [Obama's] job. But I’ll tell you this: If I don’t finish in the top three for the next Nobel Peace Prize, something’s seriously wrong.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less


Standing at the Baltimore and Potomac Railroad, gunman Charles Guiteau shot President James Garfield just over three months after he was sworn into office.

Two of Guiteau's bullets hit Garfield - one harmlessly nicked his arm, but the other proved fatal and landed in his pancreas.

Doctors struggled to find the bullet after making a number of unsuccessful attempts to recover it. According to The New York Times, famed telecommunications scientist Alexander Graham Bell was brought in to find the bullet. Bell's work was becoming well known at the time and he brought with him a very early metal detector, made from a few batteries and metal coils on a wooden platform. The operator wore an earpiece that sounded when metal was found. LINK

But the metal detector failed to find the bullet.

After holding on for 80 days, Garfield died.

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Congrats to Mark Ivy (@k3vsDad) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check trivia question.

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  1. Steveo

    @Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes
    Potty mouth republicans.
    Dear Mr. Vice President, can you please remind us of exactly what kind of deal was Obamcare, again? It appears Dutch has forgotten your words. V/R Steveo

    July 2, 2013 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |