CNN's GUT CHECK for August 19, 2013
August 19th, 2013
05:14 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for August 19, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for August 19, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CHRISTIE OUTLAWS GAY CONVERSION THERAPY FOR MINORS New Jersey became the second state to forbid gay conversion therapy for minors when Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation into law Monday banning the highly controversial practice. – Mark Preston

MEANWHILE ON DRUDGE (under a picture of Christie):
1 in 4 adults in NJ moving back in with parents... According to the US Census Bureau, at least 1 in 4 N.J. adults, ages 18-31 live at home and 42% are 24 or older.

JUDGE THROWS OUT AL AL-AWLAKI EMAILS IN HASAN TRIAL: The judge, Col. Tara Osborn ruled that the e-mails would have to be "redacted to prevent undue prejudice by association" and would diminish its use as evidence. … The prosecution argued that the emails went to the heart of the motive of the shooting rampage at Fort Hood that left 13 people dead. … CNN’s Chelsea Carter reports from Fort Hood, Texas: “It's unlikely the rulings will have impact on the court-martial, as Hasan has left no doubt about his role, telling a panel of 13 officers during a brief opening statement: "The evidence will clearly show that I am the shooter." H/T CNN’s Larry Shaughnessy

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end lower. The Dow and the S&P post their first four-day slide this year. Dow loses 72 points.

(Answer below)
Who was the last president to testify before Congress?

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

Scott Brown entertaining a presidential bid in 2016 actually makes a lot of sense.

That is the main point of Peter Hamby's latest article that looks into why the "former half-term Senator from Mitt Romney's Massachusetts" has entertained runs for the Republican presidential nomination … as well as the next senator from New Hampshire … or the next governor of Massachusetts.

"The truth is that in today's media environment, there's almost no downside for a long-shot "candidate" like Brown to tell people he's mulling a White House run," Hamby writes. "For someone with no real perch other than a paid gig at Fox News, it actually makes a lot of sense."

Hamby continues: "Just by going to the Iowa State Fair, a must-do for any ambitious pol, Brown will be rewarded with the only currency that matters in modern campaign politics (other than hard fundraising dollars): Buzz."

"Funnel cake and free name ID. What's not to love?" Will Ritter, a Boston-based GOP operative and former Mitt Romney adviser, told Hamby. "How many stories got posted about Ed Markey's legislative agenda yesterday? It's fun. Senator Brown's a skilled retail politician and this gives him a platform to talk about a brand of Republicanism we could use more of."

For the rest of this interesting read, click here.

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Leading CNNPolitics: In declassified document, CIA acknowledges role in '53 Iran coup
Sixty years after the overthrow of Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh, a declassified CIA document acknowledges that the agency was involved in the 1953 coup. “The military coup that overthrew Mossadeq and his National Front cabinet was carried out under CIA direction as an act of U.S. foreign policy, conceived and approved at the highest levels of government,” the document says. – Dan Merica and Jason Hanna

Leading Drudge: Employment gains falter in U.S. states
Jobless rates dropped in only eight states in July from the previous month and rose in 28, the Labor Department said on Monday, as employment gains sputtered.

Leading HuffPo: Greenwald Vows Vengeance
The journalist who first published secrets leaked by fugitive former U.S. intelligence agency contractor Edward Snowden vowed on Monday to publish more documents and said Britain will be "sorry" for detaining his partner for nine hours. – Pedro Fonseca for Reuters

Leading Politico: Lone Arkansas Democrat hangs on
Sen. Mark Pryor might be the most vulnerable Democrat running for reelection in 2014, but he doesn’t think the “D” by his name stands for “death knell.” Now that’s being bullish.

Leading The New York Times: U.S. Workers Are Grounded by Deep Cuts
Tangible examples of the resulting spending cuts abound five months after lawmakers failed to reach an agreement on how to reduce the nation’s debt. – Michael Shear and Ron Nixon

The political bites of the day

- Countdown to Crossfire with a Classic: Quayle on Gorbachev -
As we count down to the re-launch of CNN’s Crossfire, our new hosts are sharing classic moments from the program’s 23-year history. Today, S.E. Cupp takes us back to early 1988, when a little-known Senator questioned President Ronald Reagan’s judgment.
Gut Check DVR: Crossfire returns to CNN on September 16, airing weekdays at 6:30 p.m. ET.

–WH got heads up about Greenwald partner’s detention -
SPOKESMAN JOSH EARNEST AT THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING: “They gave us a heads up. This is something that they did not do at our direction. It is not something that we were involved in. This was a decision that they made on their own.”

- Hagel speaking with his Egyptian counterpart -
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL DURING A PRESS CONFERENCE AT THE PENTAGON: “Yes, I have had many phone calls with General al-Sisi over the last five weeks but so has all of our national security team been involved in working with the Egyptians on dealing with this issue. I say that because we have all consistently framed the same message. … As President Obama said last week the violence must end, national emergency lifted, the interim government of Egypt must get back to an inclusive approach to reconciliation in Egypt. All of us have consistently said that.”

- ‘As we drag him out of there’ -
SCOTT SHERMAN, CITY COUNCILMAN IN SAN DIEGO, SPEAKING ABOUT SAN DIEGO MAYOR BOB FILNER: “Bob's always worried about his mark that he's going to leave on San Diego. At this point it looks like it's going to be fingernail marks on top of his desk as we drag him out of there.”

Gut Check Full Service… A group in support of Filner and “due process” held a press conference today to speak out in favor of keeping the San Diego mayor in office. Filner did not attend.

- Ted Cruz releases birth certificate -
REPUBLICAN SEN. TED CRUZ’S SPOKESWOMAN CATHERINE FRAZIER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS: “Senator Cruz became a U.S. citizen at birth, and he never had to go through a naturalization process after birth to become a U.S. citizen. To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship, so there is nothing to renounce.” LINK

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Mike Memoli (@mikememoli)
Gang back together! @VP joins POTUS on bus tour in Scranton this week, @jearnest44 says.

Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf)
Not by a long shot. RT @DavidChalian: Does the Obama/Biden joint appearnce in Scranton make up for the 60 Minutes sitdown with HRC?

Ruby Cramer (@rubycramer)
.@WSJ: "Political allies of Joe Biden have concluded he can win the 2016 nomination—even if Hillary Clinton [runs]"

Dana Perino (@DanaPerino)
The wsj article about biden's team planning his presidential run takes longer to read than the campaign will likely last.

Paul Steinhauser (@psteinhauserCNN)
From town halls to on-line ads, conservative groups today start turning up the volume in bid to defund Obamacare

Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew)
Saying Bob McDonnell is in a lot of trouble would be an understatement.

Kristen Meriwether (@MeriwetherK)
“When I endorsed Scott, Gov Spitzer wasn’t running,” – Former Gov. Paterson on Stringer endorsment. … (mad I didn't go)


On this day in 1919, President Woodrow Wilson testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee to argue in favor of the Versailles Treaty and the League of Nations.

That move broke with tradition. Before Wilson only one other president – Abraham Lincoln – ever testified before Congress.

So who is the most recent president to break the tradition? President Gerald Ford.

Ford testified on October 17, 1974 before the House Judiciary Committees’ Criminal Justice subcommittee to explain why he has granted former President Richard Nixon a pardon. In the meeting, Ford pledged that the pardon has not been prearranged and instead was more about Nixon’s health.

Since Ford’s testimony, no sitting president has testified before Congress.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Michael Bazemore Jr (@MGBazemoreJr) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check trivia question. Nice job.

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