CNN's GUT CHECK for September 10, 2013
September 10th, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 10, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 10, 2013 | 5 p.m.
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JUST IN: KERRY TO SWITZERLAND… CNN’s Elise Labott reports: Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Geneva on Thursday to meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to discuss Syria, according to a senior State Department official.

SYRIA: COME GET ’EM: REPORT: ASSAD PREPARED TO DISCLOSE CHEMICAL WEAPONS LOCATIONS Syria says it is ready to disclose the location of chemical weapons, halt production, and show its facilities to representatives of Russia, the United Nations, and other states, Russia's Interfax news agency reported Tuesday, citing Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem. – Michael Pearson

RUSSIA: U.S. MUST TAKE FORCE OFF THE TABLE: RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADIMIR PUTIN IN AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW TO RT “Of course, all of this will only mean anything if the United States and other nations supporting it tell us that they're giving up their plan to use force against Syria. You can’t really ask Syria, or any other country, to disarm unilaterally while military action against it is being contemplated.”

#CROSSFIRERETURNS: Tonight’s 6:30 p.m. ET Debate… Should the U.S. trust Russia’s offer to rid Syria of chemical weapons? Vote now at

CONGRESS: PRESSURE OFF: SENATE GROUP MAKING CHANGES TO AUTHORIZATION RESOLUTION A bipartisan group of eight senators is working on an alternative resolution on Syria that would set key benchmarks that must be met to avoid a military strike in the war-torn country.

POTUS: LIVE FROM THE EAST ROOM: President Barack Obama updates the nation on the situation in Syria during a televised address at Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET on CNN.

MAYOR OF NYC: It's primary day in New York City, where a whole lot of Democrats and not that many Republicans will select their nominees for mayor and a slate of other city offices. Polls close at 9 p.m. ET. – Peter Hamby

MARKET WATCH: NASDAQ adds 0.6% to end at 13-year high, as Netflix climbs 6.5% to all-time high. Dow rises 128 points.

(Answer below)
What was the first paved coast-to-coast highway in the United States?

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

All politics are local - except when they aren't.

The most recent example: Colorado's debate over gun control. After 12 people were shot and killed in a Colorado movie theater in July 2012, state lawmakers passed restrictive gun control laws.

Voters supportive of gun rights were disappointed and launched a recall campaign against two state lawmakers - John Morse, president of the Colorado Senate and state Sen. Angela Giron.

As CNN's Ashley Killough shows in a detailed piece about the effort, both sides of the debate see national implications in who wins the Tuesday night recall election.

“Gun rights activists nationwide see the election as a pivotal moment in the gun debate,” Killough writes. “If Morse and his Democratic colleague, state Sen. Angela Giron of Pueblo, are both ousted, some say it will send a cautionary message to other lawmakers: Mess with guns and this could happen to you.”

Killough continues: “The other side also views the recall as a potential turning point. If the senators win, it could signal a significant show of public support at the polls for regulations meant to curb gun violence. Gun control advocates also argue a victory would deal a major blow to what they consider the powerful voices that control the debate.”

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Leading CNNPolitics: 5 questions Obama needs to address Tuesday night
As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver one of the most important addresses of his presidency, the American public remains deeply skeptical and confused about his plan to strike Syria - what it would accomplish, and whether it is even necessary now, given the Russian proposal to place Syria's chemical weapons stockpile under international control. – Leigh Ann Caldwell

Leading Drudge: Checkmate!
President Obama woke up Monday facing a Congressional defeat that many in both parties believed could hobble his presidency. And by the end of the day, he found himself in the odd position of relying on his Russian counterpart, Vladimir V. Putin, of all people, to bail him out. – Peter Baker

Leading HuffPo: 'Dumbfounded': McConnell Accuses O Of Botching Issue
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell slammed President Barack Obama over his handling of Syria and declared he would oppose a resolution authorizing the use of force against Syrian President Bashar Assad. – Michael McAuliff

Leading Politico: The United States of weakness
Red lines that may or may not be real, retaliatory strikes that may or may not be hours from launch, congressional debates that may or may not be necessary for the president to do what he wants—whatever that happens to be this hour. Barack Obama’s unsteady handling of the Syria crisis has been an avert-your-gaze moment in the history of the modern presidency — highlighting his unsettled views and unattractive options in a way that has caused his enemies to cackle and supporters to cringe. – Alexander Burns and John F. Harris

Leading The New York Times: White House Backs Global Push to Secure Syria’s Arsenal
A bipartisan group of eight senators and the White House joined the international diplomatic momentum on Tuesday to avert an American military attack on Syria over its use of chemical munitions. – Jonathan Weisman and Alan Cowell

The political bites of the day

- President ask senators for more time on Syria -
DEMOCRATIC SEN. TOM CARPER TOLD REPORTERS AFTER MEETING WITH THE PRESIDENT: “The basic message is this: keep the threat of the military response open and (if we) do that we will have a much better chance that the Syrians and the Russians actually do what they have been talking about. If we don’t keep that threat open, they may very well walk away.”

- ‘American’s just not buying what you’re selling’ -
REPUBLICAN REP. STEVEN PALAZZO IN A HEARING WITH SECRETARY OF STATE JOHN KERRY: “I’ve done my job. I’ve reviewed the evidence. I’ve heard from the administration, and I’ve weighed the risk. I’ve looked at the pro’s and con’s. But more importantly, I’ve heard from Mississippians, my constituents of Mississippi’s fourth congressional district, and ninety-eight percent of them say ‘no.’ And I agree. … America’s just not buying what you’re selling at this time.”

- This wouldn’t have happened in Madrid -
CONAN O’BRIEN ON HIS LATE NIGHT COMEDY SHOW: “Tokyo has been named the host of the 2020 Olympics despite concerns about the radiation leak. That’s true. That explains the Tokyo Olympics official mascot, a three headed hello kitty. Meow! Meow! Meow!”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Jimgeraghty (@jimgeraghty)
BREAKING: Putin Exercises Veto Over U.S. Military Strikes

Roger Cohen (@NYTimesCohen)
The big spin upon us in form of the Putin-Assad plan as fruit of Obama's resolve. In fact this is a case study in presidential hesitancy.

Wyeth Ruthven (@wyethwire)
As I've said before, the Cuban Missile Crisis looked like a blundering mess in real time, too

Matthew Gilbertson (@MattRGilbertson)
"Something something #Syria. The new #iPhone comes out today!" -America

Karin Caifa (@karincaifaCNN)
And it's official: Apple CEO says they're introducing 2 new models today. Here comes the iPhone 5C... in multiple colors!

Michael Barbaro (@mikiebarb)
Weiner's voting snafu today - a tale of vanity and mishap that sums up his candidacy, this report suggests: … …

Dan Amira (@DanAmira)
Dante de Blasio is the star of the mayoral race, but his classmates barely know he exists

Ben Chapman (@NYDNBenChapman)
NYC's first day of school on Monday was pretty smooth except for 80,000 missing textbooks


Spanning between Times Square in New York City and Lincoln Park in San Francisco, the Lincoln Highway was the first paved transcontinental highway ever built in the United States.

Dedicated in 1913, the road has been slightly altered form the original road which traveled through New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California.

Today, the highway goes through the northern tip of West Virginia, bringing the total number of Lincoln Highway states to 14.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Marc Tomik (@marctomik) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check trivia question.

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  1. Daryl C A

    I think it's time for the US should avoid another war. Our country has suffered significant losses fighting in other countries. Its time for some of the other countries to step up and take the lead.

    September 10, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  2. R.Z.

    President Obama helped finance the Syrian rebels/terrorists with $12Million American tax dollars – fact he admitted. Why is he supporting a group that includes Al Quaida? The rebels also has gas bombs – I just cant trust what Obama says – keep our soldiers out of Syria.

    September 10, 2013 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  3. G.Kubiak

    t is nice to see a window for no military involvement open in Syria. My bigger concern is that everyone feels it will not work and they don't trust the Russians. Lets try trusting the U.N., this is part of the design of it. If you have no faith in the U.N. agreeing on a diplomatic response then what is the point of having the U.N.? You will never get the U.N. to work if you fail to trust it or have no faith in it. President Obama now says we are not the World Police, then stop acting like it is and allow the U.N. to police the world as it should. Keep the money for the issues we have in this country! I am A disabled Vet and the benefits and health care are a joke to say the least. If you really wish to thank Vets and their families then start by fixing that instead of sending them back out to get involved with another countries war.

    September 11, 2013 12:54 am at 12:54 am |