CNN's GUT CHECK for September 16, 2013
September 16th, 2013
05:10 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for September 16, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for September 16, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

TRAGEDY AT NAVY YARD: 13 dead in Navy Yard shooting rampage… After at least one shooter opened fired in a rampage at a Navy yard in the nation's capital, 13 people were killed including a shooter and government buildings quickly went on lockdown, sending police SWAT teams rushing to the scene. One suspect is dead, Washington Police Chief Cathy Lanier said. – Barbara Starr and Catherine E. Shoichet

OBAMA: “We're confronting yet another mass shooting,” President Barack Obama said after the shooting, clearly implying this tragedy appears to authorities to be an isolated incident and not a terror plot. The president said the U.S. will get to the bottom of the shooting "as we do with so many of these shootings."

THOUGHTS, PRAYERS FOR VICTIMS: "We don’t boast about tomorrow for no one really knows what a day may bring," said the Senate Chaplain, Rev. Barry Black, a former chief of Navy Chaplains.

MARKET WATCH: Dow and S&P end higher as Summers exits Fed race. Apple loses 3.2%, pulling the NASDAQ into the red.

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What caught our eye today in politics

On a day when at least 13 people were killed in another mass shooting, it was an email from CNN's Dana Bash that caught our eye.

“Just ran into (Senator) Joe Manchin outside the Capitol," she wrote. "He of course was the co-sponsor of the bipartisan background check amendment that failed earlier this year."

Bash continued: "He said he is still 5 votes short and really doesn’t see this shooting (at the Washington Navy Yard) changing anything, though he says when he can, he still presses senators like Max Baucus and Saxby Chambliss, both of whom are retiring, to try to change their votes, hoping they bring others along."

Dana added: "Since the obvious question when this comes up is always ‘What will it mean for gun control?’ The answer appears to be what it was for 10 years plus before Newtown – not much.”

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Leading CNNPolitics: Maintenance worker tried to warn others in D.C. Navy Yard rampage
A maintenance worker who tried to warn others was among those shot Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard. “He walked up and told me that he heard that there was a shooter in our building," U.S. Navy Cmdr. Tim Jirus told CNN. "And we were just standing there maybe three feet away having a conversation, and then we heard two more gunshots, and he went down and that's when I ran." – Alan Duke

Leading Drudge: Thirteen Dead in Navy Yard Shooting
D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at least 13 people were killed in the Navy Yard rampage as D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier revealed one shooter was killed at the scene and authorities are looking for two other men who may also have been involved in the attack. – By Kristina Wong and Jacqueline Klimas for The Washington Times

Leading HuffPo: Navy Yard Massacre: 13 Dead
One shooter is dead after opening fire Monday morning at the Washington Navy Yard and authorities are investigating the possibility of an additional shooter wearing a military-style uniforms, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier confirmed.

Leading Politico: Police: 13 dead at D.C. Navy Yard
Twelve people were killed on Monday in a shooting attack at the Washington Navy Yard that also left one gunman dead and police searching for two additional suspects. “We have no known motive at this stage,” D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray said at an afternoon press conference. – Austin Wright, Lucy McCalmont and Reid Epstein

Leading The New York Times: Gunman and 12 Victims Killed in Shooting at D.C. Navy Yard
A gunman was killed Monday morning after a shooting that left at least 12 people dead at a naval office building not far from Capitol Hill and the White House, officials said. The authorities said they were searching for two other possible gunmen. – Michael Shear, Emmarie Huetteman and Aby Goodnough

The political bites of the day

- ‘A tragic day for the Department of Defense’ -
SECRETARY OF DEFENSE CHUCK HAGEL IN A WRITTEN PRESS RELEASE: “This is a tragic day for the Department of Defense, the national capital area, and the nation. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this outrageous act of violence, their families, and all those affected by today's events. I am grateful for the swift response of federal and local law enforcement, and for the professionalism of DoD personnel at the Navy Yard complex. “

- Terrorism unlikely, but motive unknown -
MAYOR VINCENT GRAY AT A PRESS CONFERENCE IN FRONT OF THE NAVY YARD: “We have no known motive at this stage. There were people who asked earlier if this was a terrorist event. We don't have any reason to think that at this stage but we're continuing that investigation to try to determine what the motive is.”

- Senate in recess after shooting just blocks away -
SENATE MAJORITY LEADER HARRY REID IN A SPEECH ON THE SENATE FLOOR: “In light of the events at the navy yard we have decided to recess the Senate until tomorrow morning. The votes scheduled for this evening would be rescheduled.”

- U.N. head calls for justice in light of Syria report -
BAN KI-MOON, U.N. SECRETARY GENERAL, IN A PRESS CONFERENCE ON SYRIA: “Those perpetrators who have used chemical weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in the future will have to be brought to justice. This is a firm principle of the United Nations.”

Gut Check Full Service: Press Secretary Jay Carney at the White House Press Briefing… “The findings in the report do support the conclusion the world already reached based upon evidence that the Assad regime was responsible for the chemical weapons attack on Aug. 21st.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Matt Viser (@mviser)
"We've not had a day like this since 9/11," says DC delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton.

Garance Franke-Ruta (@thegarance)
Mass shootings under Obama. RT @timothypmurphy: @devindwyer 19, including today:

Dan Gilgoff (@dangilgoff)
With tragic #NavyYardShooting I can't help thinking of @sprothero's piece from last year re: Where was God in Aurora?

Poynter (@Poynter)
Washington Post says it is dropping its paywall during coverage of Navy Yard shooting.

Washington Nationals (@Nationals)
In light of today's tragedy, tonight's #Nats-#Braves game has been postponed. More details to follow at

Chris Moody (@Chris_Moody)
Here's more about the Navy Yard worker who took time to guide his blind colleague to safety during shooting.

POTUSRace2012 (@POTUSRace2012)
CNN: Thompson concedes NYC mayoral primary, endorses de Blasio #politics

Wall Street Journal (@WSJ)
Summers's withdrawal lifts global markets and leaves Janet Yellen as front-runner for Fed job.

Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen)
Obama has a way of leaving presumptive nominees hanging out there, slowly bleeding to death.

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  1. Gurgyl

    Pass Gun-Ban Laws. O.k. Do not be idiotic. Highly Educated telling for nation's good.

    September 16, 2013 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Sorry, can't post right now; being shot at by another citizen gone wild.....and his gun.

    September 16, 2013 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    How long before Faux and CNN start uncritically repeating Alex Jones' claims that the Navy Yard shooting was a "false flag" black ops mission blah blah blah as if that kind of nonsense is a legitimate position. How long, CNN?

    September 16, 2013 05:50 pm at 5:50 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    I sure hope a rabid gun nut doesn't ever gain access to the Capital Building!

    September 16, 2013 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Do you think we have a serious mental health problem ?

    Happiness is a warm gun .

    September 17, 2013 01:14 am at 1:14 am |
  6. Marie MD

    The ex Prime Minister of Australia knew that he would lose his job after a massacre where 19 Australians were killed and he demanded that all guns be rounded up and destroyed but he stood by his guns (no pun intended) and did it.
    No more massacre shootings in Australia. He lost the election but how many lives has he saved?
    Citizens of the US, some of them, can't fill fulfilled unless they have a gun by their side. Yes, the right to bear arms was fine when you had to shoot your food and people lived in the middle of nowhere.
    All that most of us wanted was background checks but the mighty NRA (which, BTW, nest shooting go to VA and their headquarters) has more money and a bigger slobbering mouth like lapierre that fools listen to like sheep to slaughter.
    Even the chief medical officer at MedStar in DC said yesterday that we need to do something about these shootings and she would like for her trauma center to close. They can use their surgeons elsewhere besides gun shot victims.

    September 17, 2013 06:34 am at 6:34 am |