CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2013
July 25th, 2013
05:16 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for July 25, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for July 25, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

HOW MANY? NOT SURE: WEINER ESTIMATES HE SEXTED THREE WOMEN AFTER RESIGNING But speaking at a news conference, the Democrat said he couldn't say for sure how many more women might come forward. “There are a few. I don't have a specific number for you,” Weiner said. – Kevin Liptak

WEINER’S POLL NUMBERS TUMBLE: According to an NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey released Thursday, 16% of registered Democrats now say they'd vote for embattled Anthony Weiner for mayor in September's Democratic primary. That's down 9 percentage points from the last Marist survey, conducted in late June. In that poll, Weiner stood at 25%, with New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn at 20%. Now Quinn leads Weiner 25%-16%. – Paul Steinhauser

MARKET WATCH: Facebook soars 30% on strong earnings, lifting NASDAQ 0.7% higher. S&P adds 0.3%, Dow ends flat.

(Answer below)
Who did Henry Ford write a fan letter to on this day in 1941?

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

There are a number of things House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi would rather be talking about right now: immigration, the economy, Obamacare, just to name a few issues.

Not on that list: the sexual misconduct of two former colleagues, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.

But Pelosi found herself doing exactly that at a Thursday press conference.

“The conduct of some of these people (Weiner/Filner) that we are talking about is reprehensible,” Pelosi said. “It's so disrespectful of women and what's really stunning about it is that they don't even realize, they don't even have a clue. If they are clueless, get a clue. And if they need therapy, do it in private.

The first female speaker of the House disavowing two former colleagues for their conduct with women is powerful, yet frustrating as she has to address actions of former colleagues, not members of the House.

For Weiner, he has not only lost support from one of the most powerful women in America, but his support among New York women voters is also slipping. The NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll shows that
13% of women say they support Weiner for mayor now, while 22% supported him in June. Overall, 16% of Democrats polled still supported the former congressman. This is a mighty drop from a NBC 4 New York/Wall Street Journal/Marist Poll released last month. That is a 9 point slide since a poll in June.

But even as Pelosi distances herself from Weiner and polling shows that his support among women has tumbled, the woman closest to him – his wife, Human Abedin – is standing by him.

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Leading CNNPolitics: Holder now going after Texas voting law in race debate
At the annual conference of the National Urban League in Philadelphia on Thursday, Attorney General Eric Holder renewed his attack on a recent Supreme Court ruling that gutted the Voting Rights Act of 1965. “Despite the court's decision, I believe we must regard this setback not as a defeat, but as a historic opportunity for Congress to restore, and even to strengthen, modern voting protections,” Holder said. – Joe Johns

Leading Drudge: Death Train: Out Of Control
A driver of the Spanish train which hurtled off the tracks and smashed into a wall, killing at least 80 people, previously boasted of speeding on his Facebook page. Francisco Jose Garzon, one of the drivers on the train which crashed, leaving up to 141 people injured including one Briton, is reported to have posted a picture on the site of a train speedometer at 125mph last year. – Steve Nolan, Jill Reilly and James Rush

Leading HuffPo: 'Division & Disharmony': State Republicans Mired In Dysfunction
Plagued by infighting and deep ideological divisions, state Republican parties from Alaska to Maine are mired in dysfunction. Several state Republican leaders have been forced out or resigned in recent months, and many state GOP parties face financial problems and skeptical national leaders. – Steve Peoples

Leading Politico: How the Justin Amash NSA amendment got a vote
If there is one episode that defines John Boehner’s leadership style, it’s how Rep. Justin Amash, the most defiant Republican in the House, won the right to offer a controversial amendment to curb the National Security Agency’s ability to collect phone data from Americans. – Jake Sherman

Leading The New York Times: Holder Wants Texas to Clear Voting Changes With the U.S.
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. indicated that the move, which would apply to Texas for the next decade, is likely just the start of a federal effort to reimpose “preclearance” requirements. – Charlie Savage and Adam Liptak

The political bites of the day

- No questions needed for Boehner to blast King’s comments on immigration -
HOUSE SPEAKER JOHN BOEHNER AT THE TOP OF HIS WEEKLY PRESS CONFERENCE: “I want to be clear, there is no place in this debate for hateful or ignorant comments from elected officials. Earlier this week, Rep. Steve King made comments that were, I think, deeply offensive and wrong. What he said does not reflect the values of the American people or the Republican Party.”

Gut Check Full Service: Republican Rep. Steve King of Iowa in an interview with CNN... “I would suspect none of those people you referenced their quote ever saw the video of what I did, nor read through the full transcript of what I said. Instead, they are reacting to what a reporter said to them, which is an edited version of this and they ought to take a deep breath. If I were going to make derogatory comments about my colleagues, I would listen to what they said and have an objective opinion.”

- Reid to McConnell: Sticks and stones... -
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN AN INTERVIEW WITH PBS: "Sticks and stones will hurt my bones, but names will never hurt me. I am very happy. I’ve been the majority leader longer than anyone in the history of this country except for Mike Mansfield, and I’m proud of the work I’ve done, and so is my Democratic caucus."

Gut Check Full Service: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell at a press conference on Capitol Hill... "This is really a sad, sad day for the United States Senate. ... 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.”

- Christie explains the Boss -
NEW JERSEY GOV. CHRIS CHRISTIE ON A LOCAL RADIO SHOW: “It's like when you're in high school, right? You get your driver's license and you're able to drive to the Jersey Shore, and you're driving down Route 35 and you're heading into Seaside Heights and it's a hot summer night and you roll those windows down, right? And you have your eight track and you're blasting it and you're singing as loud as the music, and you got your friends in the car and they're all singing, and you're heading to the boardwalk, and that's New Jersey. And so my visceral emotional attachment is because this is where I grew up, and he represents so many of the things that are great about our state – grit and toughness and talent and emotion and success. And you know what? Everybody else around the country, when they would make fun of New Jersey, when I was a kid and I’d say ‘Yeah, but we got Bruce.’ He's ours.”

- A prince’s proof -
JIMMY FALLON ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “President Obama, he released a statement congratulating Prince William and Kate Middleton on the birth of their son. And he also said, whatever you do, hang on to that birth certificate. Trust me.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Rebecca Berg (@rebeccagberg)
House GOP expect tough Qs about immigration reform during Aug recess — but have little guidance on how to answer.

James Hohmann (@jameshohmann)
Fresh GOP poll (in the field through last night) shows McConnell crushing Bevin & comfortably leading Grimes. Scoop: .

Kyle Kondik (@kkondik)
Ds had brief 60 votes in 09/10, but otherwise not since 77-78; Rs have never had 60+ votes since pop elex of SEN in 1913 2/2

Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush)
Great WaPo probe finds slum conditions at PG County apartments run by A-Rod's mgt company - lead buried in graf 4

Abby Livingston (@RollCallAbby)
Here we go, the 7 Most Dysfunctional State Parties:

Doug Mullendore (@Doooougie07)
McCain hopes $1 coin leads to bigger tips for strippers... #McCain looking out for our stripper friends:)

Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg)
On the other hand, a mayor named Carlos Danger probably doesn't give a shit how much Mountain Dew you drink.


Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Co. and an avowed pacifist, wrote Indian leader Mahatma Gandhi a fan letter on this day in 1941.

Ford was appalled by the march to war he saw throughout the United States in the lead up to World War II. The industrialist believed the country should remain neutral - leaders in Washington did not agree. Ford's beliefs were so strong that he even resisted turning a Ford production plant near Dearborn, Michigan, into an airplane manufacturing facility in the run up to the war.

In the letter to Gandhi, Ford praised the nationalist leader. "I want to take this opportunity of sending you a message…to tell you how deeply I admire your life and message," Ford wrote. "You are one of the greatest men the world has ever known. May God help you and guide your lofty work."

In response, Gandhi sent Ford a cloth spinning wheel as a token of his gratitude.

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In his one tweet of the day, Steve Liguori (@SteveL3877) wins Gut Check Trivia today.

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  1. Marie MD

    CNN, here's a gut check for you. Juror B27 says georgiez got away with murder.
    Too bad she and the other two jurors didn't have the guts o stand their ground. Too little too late.
    Now we have to wait for him to kill somebody again. Maybe he can set it up like the "saving" a family from an overturned SUV. What a photo op for him. Fishy!

    July 25, 2013 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  2. Thomas

    For Weiner, he has not only lost support from one of the most powerful women in America, but his support among New York women voters is also slipping.

    "Carlos Danger"

    July 25, 2013 05:36 pm at 5:36 pm |
  3. Fred Finegold

    Weiner just quit. Please!

    July 25, 2013 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  4. Marie MD

    Little "Carlos" is looking at her like I can't believe that such a smart woman is standing here next to me pretending she is okay with my being a sick pervert.
    Divorce him!!!!

    July 25, 2013 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Alan S.

    The GOP just doesn't get it! They say they are for more Jobs but the facts are because of their failure to work with the Democrates on the Sequester Budget Cuts and the upcoming Debt Ceiling over a Million Americans will be out of work. Every day the GOP shrinks in voter membership as the older Republican Voters die and are not being replaced by the young. They continue to distance themselves from the majority of Americans only being concerned with special interest groups and major corporate and banking interests. This may work for them in the short term but will in the long term bring them to the point of self-destruction and the end of the GOP as we know it today. Soon the White Conservative will be a small voter minority replaced by Latinos, Blacks, Asians and other minorities that will out number the White Middle Class and the Rich. Combined with the White Youth who reject the GOP at 98 % !

    July 25, 2013 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  6. inis

    and he doesn't even notice how hot his wife is...

    July 25, 2013 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  7. John Doehn

    Pelosi is the last person that should be ripping someone else. Useless clown.

    July 25, 2013 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  8. Robin Jones

    Thank you, Nancy Pelosi, for stepping out of the ranks of the willfully blind deniers and calling Weiner and Filner what they really are.

    July 25, 2013 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  9. Just

    Pelosi please self term limit....please.

    July 25, 2013 10:38 pm at 10:38 pm |
  10. gwats1957

    Go away, BOTH of you!

    July 25, 2013 11:08 pm at 11:08 pm |
  11. gwats1957

    These people are creeping me out.... go away, please!

    July 25, 2013 11:09 pm at 11:09 pm |
  12. underwaterops

    For all our sake, get this idiot off the ballot.
    He's a disgrace. And get his Republican counterpart out as well.

    July 25, 2013 11:27 pm at 11:27 pm |
  13. Meltonian Shoepolish

    Tell Mr. Nancy Pelosi to pay the people he owes from the United Football League. It is disgraceful what he and his partners have done.

    July 26, 2013 12:31 am at 12:31 am |
  14. Tim Liao

    But yet Nancy Pelosi has not asked Mr. Filner to resign.

    July 26, 2013 12:53 am at 12:53 am |
  15. Sue

    I think this might be the first thing I've ever agreed with Nancy Pelosi on!

    July 26, 2013 01:12 am at 1:12 am |
  16. a slozomby

    after weak polling, pelosi backs away from weiner.

    July 26, 2013 02:06 am at 2:06 am |
  17. Rememberwhatbushdid

    Mitch McConnell saying Harry Reid could be the worst leader in Senate history shows McConnell's total lack of history, American values, and the purpose of our nation. And...McConnell himself is the biggest problem in Washington. Condescending. Divisive. Unwilling to find consensus. A stooge for corporate big shots. A puppet instead of a representative. Kentucky...please. Join the Union by ousting this roadblock to prosperity for the middle class.

    July 26, 2013 02:23 am at 2:23 am |
  18. Sane Person

    Carlos needs to go. He is an embarrassment and has proven multiple times that he can not be trusted, or control himself.

    July 26, 2013 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  19. cbp

    The two men have little respect for women. Unfortunately, they are not the only men who show disrespect they just were caught. One only has to look at what is happening in states where the legislatures are passing laws which interfere with a women's right to make decisions about the health care she will receive. The idea that legislators can make medical decisions and tell people what tests they must have is outrageous. Whether you, as a woman, are anti-abortion or pro-choice, you are not allowed to make medical decisions with your physician. We have people making medical decisions who do not have a medical license. Why are we allowing this to happen and why are physicians allowing state government to tell them how to do their jobs?

    The same people who want government out of their lives are perfectly content to push the government into the lives of women. Very hypocritical, that's for sure.

    July 26, 2013 06:55 am at 6:55 am |