CNN's GUT CHECK for July 3, 2013
July 3rd, 2013
04:41 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for July 3, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 3, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

COUP D’ETAT: EGYPTIAN MILITARY OUSTS MORSY Egypt's military deposed the country's first democratically elected president Wednesday night, installing the head of the country's highest court as an interim leader, the country's top general announced. Gen. Abdul Fattah Al-Sisi said the military was fulfilling its "historic responsibility" to protect the country by ousting President Mohamed Morsy, the Western-educated Islamist leader elected a year ago. Morsy failed to meet demands to share power with opponents who thronged the streets of Cairo, and those crowds erupted as the announcement was made.

GUT CHECK FLASHBACK: POPULARLY ELECTED On June 24, 2012, Morsy defeated former Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq in presidential run-off elections with 51.7% of the vote. Shafiq received just over 48% of the vote.

A YOUNG DEMOCRACY: Not only is Egypt’s democracy just over a year old, but the average age of an Egyptian is 24.8 years, according to the CIA Factbook. For comparison, the average age of an American is 37.2 years.

MILITARY PLANS: Military leaders said they’re suspending the constitution and dissolving parliament. In Morsy’s place, the military has installed the head of the country’s highest court as Egypt’s interim leader.

AMERICAN RESPONSE: Earlier today, before the coup, State Department spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki said the United States is “concerned” about the situation and realizes it is a “tense and fast-moving.” She said the United States has been in touch with the government, the military and the opposition over the last several days.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher in holiday shortened session as economic reports trump global concerns. Dow gains 53 points.

(Answer below)
What government agency was created on this day in 1930?

MARK (@PrestonCNN), MICHELLE (@mjaconiCNN) & DAN (@DanMericaCNN)
What caught our eye today in politics

Late Tuesday, the Treasury Department announced that a crucial Obamacare mandate would be delayed by a year – from January 1, 2014, to January 1, 2015. The rule compels business with more than 50 full-time employees to start providing healthcare coverage to them or risk penalties.

Politically, Republicans seized on the news, while Democrats downplayed the delay’s importance. But how does the change affect you?

According to CNN Money’s Jose Pagliery, it really depends on who you are and where you work.

“The vast majority of the nation's businesses, 97% of them, are too small to be affected,” Pagliery writes. “What's more, most larger employers already provide insurance anyway. Of the nation's 6.5 million workplaces, only about 70,000 - a little more than 1% - must actually start providing insurance.”

That 1% of people, however, could be fairly large. “According to the latest Census data, close to 80 million people work at firms that must provide insurance,” Pagliery continues. “Though most of them are offered insurance, that still leaves millions who will have to wait another year.”

On top of personal questions, the mandate changes have left many asking political questions, too. An example: What does this mean for the rest of the president’s landmark healthcare law?

Timothy Finnell, president of the Group Benefits health consulting in Memphis, tells CNN Money that this change could be a signal.

“This is just the beginning,” Finnell said. “The employer mandate is a cornerstone of the entire Obamacare exchange system.”

For more details on how this decision affects you, check out Pagliery’s story.

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: Scrutiny continues over McDonnell's ties with donor
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, already under fire for reported ethics violations, apparently took a flight to the Final Four basketball tournament in April 2011 that was sponsored by one of his political donors, according to the Virginia-Pilot. The newspaper reports that "people familiar with the trip" now say Jonnie Williams Sr., who heads the health supplement company Star Scientific Inc., covered McDonnell's travel. – Ashley Killough

Leading Drudge: Zimmerman Trial In Tech Meltdown
As a witness in the George Zimmerman murder trial testified this morning via Skype, pranksters watching the case bombarded the man’s account with calls, forcing the judge to interrupt the man’s testimony. Buster for the Smoking Gun

Leading HuffPo: 'Shame': State GOP Sneaks In Harsh Abortion Bill
The North Carolina state Senate quickly voted Wednesday to pass a package of anti-abortion amendments attached to a bill that would ban Sharia law, despite Republican Gov. Pat McCrory's concern that the Senate had unfairly rushed the amendments on Tuesday night. – Laura Bassett

Leading Politico: The mega-donor glass ceiling
Women are breaking barriers in all parts of the political world. But when it comes to campaign contributions, there’s barely a crack in the glass ceiling. – Tarini Parti and Byron Tau

Leading The New York Times: U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement
Leslie James Pickering noticed something odd in his mail last September: A handwritten card, apparently delivered by mistake, with instructions for postal workers to pay special attention to the letters and packages sent to his home. “Show all mail to supv” — supervisor — “for copying prior to going out on the street,” read the card. It included Mr. Pickering’s name, address and the type of mail that needed to be monitored. The word “confidential” was highlighted in green. – Ron Nixon

The political bites of the day

- Wisconsin Gov. supports path to citizenship -
WISCONSIN REPUBLICAN GOV. SCOTT WALKER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE WISCONSIN DAILY HERALD: “If people want to come here and work hard and benefit, I don't care whether they come from Mexico or Ireland or Germany or Canada or South Africa or anywhere else. I want them here.”

- ‘Nobody’ gives you naturalized citizen status, says Lew -
SECRETARY OF TREASURY JACK LEW AT A NATURALIZATION CEREMONY IN WASHINGTON: “This is something that my parents could never have foreseen half a century ago. Each of you has taken a separate journey and each of you has your own story of challenges overcome. It took incredible resolve to become an American citizen. You had to work for it. Nobody gave this to you.”

- Pro-life groups pushing Rubio on 20-week abortion ban bill -
A RUBIO ADVISER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I can tell you that the pro-life groups are asking Senator Rubio to sponsor the bill in the Senate. He's on a family vacation this week and will decide when he returns to D.C. next week.”

Gut Check Full Service: Sen. Marco Rubio is considering a request by anti-abortion groups to sponsor a bill in the Senate that would ban most abortions after 20 weeks, an adviser to the Florida Republican confirmed to CNN. If Rubio does sponsor the legislation, it would give the measure added media attention, as Rubio is one of the GOP's biggest stars and is considered a possible 2016 Republican presidential contender. – Paul Steinhauser and Ashley Killough

- Sarcastic Rush: On Trayvon Martin, Zimmerman and Obama -
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: “One of the reasons we elected and then reelected Barack Obama was so that there would not be any more race riots. I thought the election of the first black presidents would end racial strife. … Isn’t it a shame, now we actually have media people agitating for race riots in regards to the George Zimmerman trial. … I thought electing Obama and reelecting Obama, none of this was going to happen anymore. I am kind of sad. A little let down.”

- Why we love the Fourth of July -
JIMMY KIMMEL ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “This year, the Fourth of July lands on July Fourth, which is interesting. I love the Fourth of July. It is probably my favorite holiday. I mean, name one other holiday where we celebrate by setting off a Roman candle in our cousin's face.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less


The Veterans Administration was created on this day in 1930 when Congress passed legislation allowing President Herbert Hoover to "consolidate and coordinate government activities affecting war veterans."

At the time, three governing bodies dealt with veterans – the Veterans Bureau, the Bureau of Pensions of the Interior Department, and the National Home for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers. Although this system had been in place since the early 1920s, the need for one consolidated agency became apparent by the end of the decade.

The first administrator of Veterans Affairs was Brigadier Gen. Frank T. Hines. He held the job for 15 years – until 1945.

The head of the VA became a Cabinet-level position in 1989, with Ed Derwinski becoming the first secretary of Veterans Affairs. The VA has had seven secretaries, all of whom served in the military. Eric Shinseki, a retired general, currently holds the post.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Sean Evins (@Evins) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check trivia question.

Tips or comments? Our inbox awaits:
Anyone can sign up for Gut Check by emailing

Do you have a friend who wants to sign up for GUT CHECK or our new CNNPolitics Breaking News Alerts? Click here, log on and scroll down.

Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Sheila

    I typically do not agree w/ the rushmeister – but in this case – that particular phrase – I have to agree.
    As far as Egypt & Morsy goes – well, it's about time those people got their heads together, and start using it as a brain.
    Morsy wants to convert all of Egypt to Islam – and I didn't think that was going to fly – actually wondered why it took them ( the people) so long to figure it out.
    Egypt is a Free country – (mostly) that's why the U.S. is their Ally – There are more people that are Christians in Egypt, than some of the other Arab countries. They aren't going to put up with going to be Total Islam. There is 80 million people that live there, and they weren't going to put up w/ it. They did not want Islam forced on them. And I don't blame them.
    As far as Perry goes – well he better forget about it – It ain't gonna happen for him – Reince Prebus & company should never let him run – Perry isn't going to make it – If they do, (let him run) the republicans will end up losing another national election.

    July 3, 2013 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  2. g

    keep religion out of politics -never a good mix

    July 3, 2013 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  3. Sheila

    we really need some type of national health care – and the current health care system needs to be tweaked a good bit – ( a lot ) but not having any type of health care, isn't the way to go. If the people in this country didn't have any type of coverage ( like the Affordable Health Care Act) only 20% of the population in this country could afford it.

    The 80% that doesn't have any coverage, either can't afford it, or won't buy it, and/or don't care one way, or another, & will end up being in the E.R. for practically everything, from a small cut that requires a band – aid, to a cold, to whatever. Who do you think ends up paying for that ?

    If we took away (Obama care) who's going to pay for the over crowded E.R.'s ??

    July 3, 2013 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  4. NC

    NC has sank so low I now tell people I am from Alabama.

    July 3, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Anonymous


    If the GOP really thinks their positions on women's rights; birth control; and abortion are such winners, why are they pushing these idiotic laws through at the end of these state's legislative sessions?
    Why no debate?
    Why no details on what is in these laws prior to passage?
    What's the GOP end game here? They've kicked the stool out from under all of the assitance programs for the poor; they clearly are working to defund education and pre-school programs; they're driving up the costs for higher education. Clearly they don't want to help kids AFTER they're born.
    Do they think voters don't notice?
    Do they think women don't notice?

    July 3, 2013 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  6. Anonymous

    Rush is such a piece of work- the GOP/TP has pushed "Birtherism", veiled and glaring racism about the President- paraded posters of him as the Joker- and far, far worse. The Right has pushed anti-Civil Rights and anti-Voters Rights legislation, and Rush wonders why racial tensions are elevated? Really? The whole Zimmerman case is predicated on ALEC-written laws for States with legislatures too stupid to write their own- the 'stand and defend' law was written to allow punks like Zimmerman to kill Black teenagers at will.
    I wish the Right was just honest enough to say what they really want: to go back to the Jim Crow era where Blacks (and minorities and women) could be "disauaded" from partaking in the great American Democracy- or at least kept in their place.

    July 3, 2013 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  7. J.V.Hodgson

    When PPACA passed the real reasons for being for or against it were to silly simple almost.
    Those with Insurance new darn well that their premiums were going to rise sharply short term at least not able to rule out pre existing conditions and the fact such increases would vitiate against getter younger healthy ( less Costly premium payer s)into the system
    Those without knew the exchanges would help them and probably did not anticipate States opting out of medicaid in as many states as have done so. Also those who could not really afford would get financial support to have exchange coverage
    It is a fact of medical insurance that overall costs and therefor premiums are lowest when all the population is covered especially the young and healthy paying into the system
    There in future many ways to cover any Financing shortfall driven by an aging population,
    The horror story of PPACA is that it has highlighted just how our founding fathers so called checks and balances and state powers leads to gridlock and severely adversarial politics, against what is essentiall y longer term good policy and Idea.

    July 3, 2013 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  8. king

    the repubs are winning the war on obamacare, and millions of Americans will pay the price. they've used their repubs governors as the point man in this fight as they refused to implement the law in their states, starving the law of needed participants. they've tried to destroyed it 33 time in congress. and they still are at it by using their mass media propaganda machine, from their right winged nutcase and their corporate mega rich friends. i know this would be a problem for the dems because the repubs mass media is so much more plentiful and more powerful than the dems. now million of Americans will be kicked out of the hospitals and on to the side of the streets, just because repubs want obama to fail, its sickening.

    July 3, 2013 10:24 pm at 10:24 pm |
  9. bemacomber

    IT behooves the American media to stop insulting the 33 million Egyptians who came out for freedom, justice and bread. What transpired today was NOT A MILITARY COUP. It was a people's revolution.

    July 3, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |