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.
Who did Henry Ford write a fan letter to on this day in 1941?
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.
Did you miss it?
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. http://washingtonexaminer.com/house-republicans-wont-be-talking-a-lot-about-immigration-during-august-recess/article/2533482 …
James Hohmann (@jameshohmann)
Fresh GOP poll (in the field through last night) shows McConnell crushing Bevin & comfortably leading Grimes. Scoop: http://goo.gl/MYh1Kc .
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 http://ow.ly/201iQB
Abby Livingston (@RollCallAbby)
Here we go, the 7 Most Dysfunctional State Parties: http://atr.rollcall.com/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:) https://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2013/07/25/mccain-hopes-1-coin-leads-to-bigger-tips-for-strippers/
Jeffrey Goldberg (@JeffreyGoldberg)
On the other hand, a mayor named Carlos Danger probably doesn't give a shit how much Mountain Dew you drink.
TRIVIA ANSWER from @DanMericaCNN
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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