CNN's GUT CHECK for July 5, 2013
July 5th, 2013
05:01 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 5, 2013

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


Morsy accused of inciting violence
At least 17 people were killed Friday across Egypt, state-run media says
Egyptian police and army personnel are attacked in the Sinai Peninsula

Cairo (CNN) - Fighting erupted Friday night in Cairo between hundreds of supporters of Mohamed Morsy and their opponents, with the two sides facing off on a bridge, raising fears of widening violence after the military ousted the country's first democratically elected president. – Ben Wedeman and Tom Watkins

STATE DEPARTMENT OFF MESSAGE? STATE DEPARTMENT ADMITS KERRY WAS ON YACHT DAY OF EGYPT COUP After the emergence of photographs showing Secretary of State John Kerry on his 76-foot yacht “Isabel” on Nantucket Sound on Thursday, the State Department issued an embarrassing correction Friday morning, back-tracking and acknowledging that the Secretary was in fact on the yacht on Wednesday, the day the Egyptian military staged a coup against democratically-elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy. – Jake Tapper

POLITICAL WEEK AHEAD: PERRY, ABORTION AND IMMIGRATION Will Texas Gov. Rick Perry run for re-election next year for an unprecedented fourth full term in office? Will his state’s legislature be able to pass a strict abortion law? And how will House Republicans deal with immigration reform? They meet on Wednesday to discuss their next steps. Here are the stories we will be watching for next week. – Paul Steinhauser

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end a winning week with solid gains after strong jobs report. Dow adds 147 points.

(Answer below)
Who is the only 20th Century president who did not have a college degree?

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What caught our eye today in politics

Obamacare suffered a significant setback this week when the Treasury Department announced a one year delay in the requirement that compels businesses to provide their workers with health insurance or face fines.

However, we found ourselves this afternoon discussing a different setback for President Barack Obama’s sweeping healthcare law.

The National Football League said that they have “no plans” to work with the Obama administration on educating the public about the president's controversial health care reform.

The reason this setback is significant is because sports stars selling healthcare policy has worked in the past.

In 2007, the Boston Red Sox teamed up with the state of Massachusetts to increase enrollment in the state’s health insurance plan. The partnership between icon and state included pitches at Fenway Park, the use of the Red Sox logo in healthcare materials and, yes, use of Red Sox “ambassadors” in ads and at events.

That partnership proved incredibly effective. When the program started in 2007, 5.7% of people in Massachusetts were uninsured and not enrolled in the state healthcare program. By 2008, the number fell to 2.6% and in 2010, the number was down to 1.9%.

Although the Red Sox partnership is far from the only reason for that success – government officials believe it helped.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius would like to see that kind of celebrity push for enrollment in Obamacare. “We know the Red Sox were incredibly effective in Massachusetts … so it's a logical place to go,” Sebelius told reporters last week.

With a “no” from the NFL, it appears we won’t have Robert Griffin III and Tom Brady helping to increase enrollment anytime soon. But the MLB has not issued a response yet, so maybe a Derek Jeter PSA will be in our future. If you were Commissioner Selig, would you say yes to Sebelius’ request for major league players to promote health care coverage? Let us know via email at

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Leading CNNPolitics: Missouri governor vetoes bill that would have nullified federal gun laws
Missouri's Democratic governor vetoed legislation Friday that sought to make federal gun laws unenforceable in the state. – Bryan Koenig

Leading Drudge: Friday Of Rage: Islamists Push Back
Islamist supporters of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s ousted president, held enormous demonstrations in Cairo on Friday, and thousands of them angrily confronted security forces guarding the compound where he was believed to be held. Witnesses said at least five demonstrators were killed by gunfire. – Ben Hubbard, David D. Kirkpatrick and Mayy El Sheikh

Leading HuffPo: 'We Know He's Scared To Death': Dem Rep Hurls Fear Charge At McConnell
Three days after Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced her run for U.S. Senate, the Bluegrass State's only Democratic congressperson believes her incumbent rival is already loaded with fear. Rep. John Yarmuth (D-Ky.) appeared on MSNBC Thursday morning, claiming Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is "scared to death" about the prospect of losing to Grimes. – Chris Gentilviso

Leading Politico: The real jobs numbers: 2014, 2016
Welcome to the good-news-could-be-bad-news economy. Friday’s Labor Department report showing a better-than-expected gain of 195,000 jobs in June was a heartening sign for many that the economic recovery continues to move ahead at a modest pace. But it could ultimately turn out to be bad news, especially for Democrats, because it means that the Federal Reserve might start winding down its extraordinary efforts to boost the economy later this year. – Ben White

Leading The New York Times: I.R.S. Scrutiny Went Beyond the Political
In 2010, a tiny Palestinian-rights group called Minnesota Break the Bonds applied to the Internal Revenue Service for tax-exempt status. Two years and a lot of prodding later, the I.R.S. sent the group’s leaders a series of questions and requests almost identical to the ones it was sending to Tea Party groups at the time. – Jonathan Weisman

The political bites of the day

- Two views, on jobs report -
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER IN A WRITTEN PRESS RELEASE: “There’s some good news in this report, but economic growth is still tepid, the unemployment rate is far too high, and the president continues to promote policies that undermine robust job creation.”
ALAN B. KRUEGER, CHAIRMAN OF THE PRESIDENT’S COUNCIL OF ECONOMIC ADVISERS IN A PRESS RELEASE: “While more work remains to be done, today’s employment report provides further confirmation that the U.S. economy is continuing to recover from the worst downturn since the Great Depression. It is critical that we remain focused on pursuing policies to speed job creation and expand the middle class, as we continue to dig our way out of the deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in December 2007.”

- The stakes are high for Egypt and Muslim Brotherhood -
KHALED FAHMY, PROFESSOR AT THE AMERICAN UNIVERSITY IN CAIRO, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I think all leaders now say we do not want to excise the Muslim Brotherhood, we want them to be part of the picture. The question for the Muslim Brotherhood leadership is whether they will play along or whether they will say, ‘our president is the legitimate president and we reject this road map and we refuse to play along the rules.’ The stakes for them are very high because it may mean they are out of the political map of Egypt altogether.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less


President Harry S. Truman is the only person in the 20th century to ascend to the highest position in American government without ever receiving a college degree.

In total, nine presidents have not completed college: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Martin Van Buren, Zachary Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Johnson, Grover Cleveland, and Truman.

According to a number of biographies, Truman attended two schools but only remained at each for a short time - never long enough to get a degree. Truman, according to historian Alonzo Hamby, attended a Kansas City business school for one semester in 1901 and later took night classes at the Kansas City Law school from 1923 to 1925.

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  1. Tampa Tim

    Republicans are brain dead. I am getting tired of giving them a 'pass' on their stupidity.

    July 5, 2013 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  2. Brandie

    If you can't take the heat, get out of the Kitchen. Obama is President and the Buck stops there.

    July 6, 2013 12:18 am at 12:18 am |
  3. billfit

    Democrats are brainless. I am getting tired of giving them a 'pass' on their stupidity.

    July 6, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |