CNN's GUT CHECK for July 11, 2013
July 11th, 2013
05:02 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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GOING NUCLEAR: ‘VAST MAJORITY’ OF DEMOCRATS WANT TO CHANGE SENATE RULES, SAYS REID Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Thursday that his fellow Democrats were supportive of a controversial change to Senate rules that would prevent filibusters against executive branch nominees. “The President deserves to have a qualified team he has selected to help our economy grow. And he needs his whole team, not half of it, or a few that the Senate Republicans let through here and there,” Reid said. “That's not how this works.”

REPUBLICANS CRY FOUL: ‘WORST.LEADER.EVER’… “This is really a sad, sad day for the United States Senate,” Minority Leader Mitch McConnell in regards to the rules changes. “And if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, is going to be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever.”

SOMETHING YOU DON’T READ OFTEN: U.S. BOOKS $117 BILLION SURPLUS June marks the fifth month since October 2011 that the government has recorded a monthly surplus. In terms of revenue, $287 billion flowed into federal coffers in June, about 10% more than last June. – Jeanne Sahadi

BUT POLITICS STILL EXPENSIVE: Last year, winning Senate candidates spent an average of $10.3 million, according to the latest edition of Vital Statistics on Congress, which was released this week. That's a 61% increase, adjusted for inflation, since 1986. The report indicates that it took, on average, $1.6 million to win a House seat in 2012, a 112% increase since 1986. – Paul Steinhauser and Robert Yoon

MARKET WATCH: The Dow and S&P finished at record highs as investors hoped the Federal Reserve will continue stimulus. The Dow added about 170 points, and the S&P was up 1.4%.

(Answer below)
Which president awarded Martin Luther King Jr. the Presidential Medal of Freedom?

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

According to the Journal of Politics, in an article highlighted by Pew Research, men who were raised with sisters are more likely to “grow up to be Republicans.”

“Having sisters makes males more politically conservative in terms of their gender role attitudes and their partisanship,” wrote authors Andrew Healy and Neil Malhotra. “Particularly for gender role attitudes, we find that these political socialization effects persist until respondents are well into adulthood.”

Some of the data is truly striking: Boys who grew up with just sisters in their household are over 8 percent more likely to identify with the Republican Party later in life.

Now to the key question: why?

“Researchers have found that sisters are more likely than their brothers to help wash the dishes, sweep the floor and do other traditionally gender-stereotyped tasks around the house,” Rich Morin at Pew writes. “For example, in the data they examined, about 60% of boys but 82% of girls 10 and older with younger siblings told interviewers they were expected to help with the dishes. This early exposure to gender stereotyping, the researchers argue, translates into more socially conservative views in later life.” Full Study

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Leading CNNPolitics: House Republicans want to reform immigration on their own terms
Immigration reform entered an uncertain new phase on Wednesday as House Republicans signaled some willingness to compromise with President Barack Obama and Democrats, but rejected a Senate-passed bill and insisted they would take their time drafting their own version. – Deirdre Walsh and Tom Cohen

Leading Drudge: Manslaughter: 30 Years?
Judge Debra Nelson ruled Thursday that the jury in the George Zimmerman trial will have the option to convict Zimmerman of manslaughter for the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, but that they won’t be able to consider third-degree murder. – Chuck Ross

Leading HuffPo: No Biggie: Paul Brushes Off Aide's 'Stupid' Past Remarks
In an interview with The Huffington Post, Sen. Rand Paul stoutly defended an aide who, as a radio shock jock in South Carolina, praised John Wilkes Booth, heaped scorn on Abraham Lincoln and wore a ski mask emblazoned with the stars and bars of the Confederate Battle Flag. – Howard Fineman

Leading Politico: Role reversal: Republicans dispense Obamacare advice
Republican lawmakers have spent the past three years blasting Obamacare, but now they have a new role: helping people sign up for it. It’s a role reversal that puts party politics at odds with constituent service. Even Obamacare’s most strident opponents say that if people call their offices looking for help when enrollment starts in October, they’ll direct their staff to assist. – Jennifer Haberkorn

Leading The New York Times: House Approves Farm Bill, Without Food Stamp Program
Republicans muscled a pared-back agriculture bill through the House on Thursday, stripping out the food stamp program to satisfy recalcitrant conservatives but losing what little Democratic support the bill had when it failed last month. It was the first time food stamps had not been a part of the farm bill since 1973. – Ron Nixon and Jonathan Weisman

The political bites of the day

- House to “wrestle with” illegal immigration process -
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT HIS WEEKLY CAPITOL HILL PRESS CONFERENCE: “A vast majority of our members do believe that we have to wrestle with this problem. They also believe that we need to do this step-by-step commonsense approach. Thirdly, I would add, it's clear that securing our borders and having the ability to enforce our immigration laws are the first big step in this process.”

- The Senate won’t bigfoot the House, says McCain -
REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE OUTSIDE THE WHITE HOUSE: “We are in no way big-footing the members of the House of Representatives. We would like to see legislation along the lines of ours, but we can work with them on different pieces of legislation. We want legislation that we can go to conference on that we can get a majority vote in both houses.”

- WH not weighing in on Zimmerman -
CNN’S JIM ACOSTA IN TODAY’S WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING: “The president once said that if he had a son he would look like Trayvon Martin. Is the president watching this trial and does he have any concerns as to what the response might be once it has come to a conclusion?”
WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: “The president, as you know, does not spend a lot of time watching television during the day. But, you know, his comments on that are, you know, what they were but we are not going to say anything from here in the midst of a trial of that nature.”

Gut Check Flashback: In March 2012, while the Trayvon Martin case was being investigated, Obama told reporters in the White House Rose Garden: “You know, if I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon.”

- “What is it about poor people that you don’t like?” -
DEMOCRATIC REP. G.K. BUTTERFIELD OF NORTH CAROLINA IN A SPEECH ON THE HOUSE FLOOR: “Shame on you! You have removed food stamps, the SNAP program, from this legislation. I don’t know where it is going to go. It looks like it is going to die a slow death. It is despicable. What is it about poor people that you don’t like? What is it? Tell us today. What is it about poor people that you don’t like and you don’t want to feed their families?”

Gut Check Full Service: The U.S. House of Representatives passed a revised version of the Farm Bill, without the food stamps extension, included. The final vote was 216-208. The bill now heads to a conference committee with the Senate. The White House has issued a veto threat over the bill that passed the House.

What stopped us in 140 characters or less


The Presidential Medal of Freedom is the highest civilian award the nation’s chief executive can give, and Martin Luther King Jr. was a logical choice to receive it.

It wasn't, however, until nine years after King's assassination that he was honored with the award.

On this day in 1977, President Jimmy Carter posthumously conferred the medal.

"When I was a child in Georgia, there was another threat as well which was even more all-encompassing and which afflicted us as did a physical disease, and that was racial discrimination, a deprivation of human freedom and a prohibition against the realization of the American dream for black people," Carter said. "With unswerving dedication, superb courage, sensitivity, and humility and a dedication to peace, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., helped to remove this threat and this affliction."

King's widow, Coretta Scott King, accepted the award in his honor.

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  1. subman669

    So Mitch McConnel thinks Reid will go down as the worst leader in the history of the Senate if they change the rules on the Senate Filibuster. I wonder what McConnel's position was when GOP Senate leader Bill Frist (R) wanted to do the same thing when the GOP was running the Senate? And for the SAME REASON...

    July 11, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  2. Nieue

    I cannot believe that mitch mcconnell could form his mouth to call someone the "worse" anything. Even though reid is such a punk & has no backbone-I guess he must have gotten enough feedback for him to even bring up the filibuster deal. mcconnell knows how big a punk reid is-so I guess he is going to call his bluff & punk him out AGAIN! Bring in Nancy Pelosi-who doesn't have any "balls" & does not need them to put mcconnell in his place!

    July 11, 2013 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  3. bankrupt due to student loans

    why do i always want to laugh when i see those two?

    July 11, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  4. Socalmcgraw

    What a a couple of children. Were the GOP in the same position as the Senate Dems, they'd be pushing for the same thing. The GOP is worried that they will not be able to overturn the rule down the road and that they don't have a viable candidate yet for 2016.

    July 11, 2013 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |

    Seriously, how can anyone take that GOP loon seriously.

    If the DEMS wanted to make a power grab, they would have done it 2 years ago when trying to pass a universal healthcare bill instead of obamacare. They had the 51 votes, but not the 60 needed to avoid a filibuster.

    July 11, 2013 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  6. TomNPitt

    Republicans can have Bieber sing the national anthem at their big conference at Mackinaw in Michigan next month. He'll be a hit. All it takes is to be rude, lude and ignorant towards Democrat Presidents, and you get a spot on FAUX News!!

    July 11, 2013 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  7. Jeff Kingston

    Reid has been a very weak leader, and McConnell is, well, McConnell, a dour phony, two faced dixie bred liar and in it for the money ideologue, like most members of the right wing members of the GOPee party. I'd love to see Reid grow a spine and just do it to spite the opposition who have despite losing the election decided they are the majority and they will block everything possible. Hey guys he's not a one term President!! Stop your social agenda unreality show and get about the business of the people, not your personal wealth and power.

    July 12, 2013 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  8. Scott

    McConnell = Dictatorship, greed, repression of the poor and middle class, reduction of freedom and proof that we need an age and session limit in our political system.

    July 12, 2013 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  9. fayray11x

    the GOP will be a relic party in less than a generation because they SUCK so bad.

    July 12, 2013 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  10. rockysfan

    Reid needs to freaking grow up. If you think the rest of US buy your BS, think again. YOU, Reid will go done as the most obstructionist minority leader the Senate has ever seen. Count on it!

    July 12, 2013 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  11. Mike

    Would Kentucky voters do us all a favor and kick McDirtbag out of office next year?

    July 12, 2013 09:41 am at 9:41 am |