CNN's GUT CHECK for October 17, 2013
October 17th, 2013
05:23 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 17, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 17, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: The president intends to nominate Jeh Johnson, former General Counsel for the Department of Defense, to be the next Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, sources tell CNN. Obama will nominate Johnson on Friday.

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 2,168. That is the number of hours until the next government funding bill will be needed on January 15, 2013.

MCCONNELL PROMISES NO MORE SHUTDOWNS: “One of my favorite old Kentucky sayings is there’s no education in the second kick of a mule. The first kick of a mule was when we shut the government down in the mid 1990s and the second kick was over the last 16 days,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told The Hill. “There is no education in the second kick of a mule. There will not be a government shutdown.” “I think we have fully now acquainted our new members with what a losing strategy that is,” he said. – Alexander Bolton

CNN’s JOHN KING on OBAMA’S WASTED YEAR: “It began with high hopes and lofty rhetoric. But 2013 will hardly be remembered as a great chapter of Obama. Instead, even with Wednesday's debt ceiling and government funding deal, this is a wasted year in Washington, one of more Band-Aid budgeting, polarized partisanship and Republican chaos.” – John King

MARKET WATCH: Google beats Wall Street's revenue and profit forecasts. Stock soars above all-time high in after-hours trading.

(Answer below)
Who was the last African American elected to the US Senate?

the LEDE
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Lede of the Day: Al Gore Tried to Buy Twitter
Al Gore may not have invented the Internet, but he did try to buy one of its most popular social networks. – David Goldman for CNN Money

Leading CNNPolitics: McConnell pushes back on 'Kentucky kickback'
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell denied slipping a special provision into a deal he co-engineered to end the 16-day government shutdown and end a showdown over raising the nation's debt ceiling. And the longtime Republican Senator from Kentucky had an admonishment for Republicans whose sole focus is the "impossible dream" of ending Obamacare. – Z. Byron Wolf

Leading Drudge: Salsa Overtakes Ketchup In U.S.
Salsa overtaking ketchup as America's No. 1 condiment was just the start. These days, tortillas outsell burger and hot dog buns; sales of tortilla chips trump potato chips; and tacos and burritos have become so ubiquitously "American," most people don't even consider them ethnic.

Gut Check Full Service: Evan McMorris-Santoro tweets, “Here's a story about all the times ppl have talked about salsa outselling ketchup in us, beginning in 1992”

Leading HuffPo: Back In Business
Barriers went down at federal memorials and National Park Service sites, and thousands of furloughed federal workers returned to work across the country Thursday after 16 days off the job due to the partial government shutdown. Among the sites reopening were Gettysburg National Park in Pennsylvania, the Smithsonian Institution's network of popular museums, and World War II memorial in Washington, which had been the scene of protests over the shutdown. – David Crary and Jessica Gresko

Leading Politico: What have we learned?
The day after any blowout fight is never pretty. As Washington’s dysfunctional political family awoke to the soft purr of the government engine Thursday morning for the first time this month, everyone looked worse for wear. While President Barack Obama declared in a Thursday speech that there are no winners from the shutdown and debt ceiling fight, the October mess wasn’t without its lessons. – Jonathan Allen

Leading The New York Times: Federal Employees Return to Jobs After 16-Day Standoff
Hundreds of thousands of employees streamed back to work Thursday after President Obama and Congress ended the shutdown with a deal that paved the way for another series of budget negotiations in the weeks ahead. – Michael Shear

The political bites of the day

- Obama targets Congressional Republicans in remarks -
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN REMARKS AT THE WHITE HOUSE: “We hear some members who pushed for the shutdown say they were doing it to save the American economy but nothing has done more to undermine our economy these past three years than the kind of tactics that create these manufactured crises. … The same folks who pushed for the shutdown and threatened default claim their actions were needed to get America back on the right track. To make sure we're strong. Probably nothing has done more damage to America's credibility in the world, our standing with our countries than the spectacle that we've seen these past several weeks. It's encouraged our enemies. It's emboldened our competitors and depressed our friends who look to us for steady leadership.”

- The GOP response to the shutdown: Not on the Same Page -
WE WOULD HAVE WON IF THERE WERE MORE TED CRUZES: RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS RADIO SHOW: “One of the things that we learned out here in flyover country, and actually something we already knew, is that one guy with some supporters, one guy standing up can change everything. We learned that one guy standing up can stop the status quo in its tracks. Can you imagine in this last five years, if we would've had five or ten Ted Cruzes?”
WE MESSED UP: REPUBLICAN SEN. JOHN MCCAIN OF ARIZONA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN ABOUT THE STATE OF THE GOP: “Look at what the American people's view of us is. You know, I have this line that I use all the time. We’re down to blood relatives and paid staffers. Well, I got a call from my mother who's 10. I even lost my mother.”
WE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT: REPUBLICAN REP. MICK MULVANEY OF SOUTH CAROLINA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “Anytime you fight for something you believe in and something you think is important, then the fight will be worth it. We fought, although the message didn't get out as effectively as we wanted it to, we fought for fairness. We wanted our families to be treated the same as large corporations under Obamacare.”
WE ARE HEROES! FORMER REPUBLICAN MAJORITY LEADER TOM DELAY IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “Out here in the real world, outside of New York and Washington, D.C., these people think Ted Cruz is a hero. They think that those Republicans in the House are heroes. And they think that Obama is destroying this country. And what they saw yesterday is more destruction of this country by Obama.”

- Pelosi’s response: Your “Temper Tantrum” cost taxpayers -
MINORITY LEADER NANCY PELOSI AT PRESS AVAILABILITY ON CAPITOL HILL: “I don't know whether the Republican members of the caucus don't know or don't care about the consequences of their actions. I have to assume they do care. So now I hope that they will know. Don't take it from me. Standard & Poor's says, ‘To date the shutdown has shaved at least 0.6 percent off annualized fourth quarter 2013 GDP growth,’ or taken, in other words, $24 billion out of the economy. Was their temper tantrum worth $24 billion? I don't think so.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Zach Wolf (@zbyronwolf)
.@CoryBooker tells @jaketapper he's not going to vote for @GovChristie. In case you were wondering.

Gut Check Full Service: Watch the video

Governor Christie (@GovChristie)
.@corybooker Today is another example of how people of different parties can work together and accomplish big things.

NASA Goddard (@NASAGoddard)
We're back, Earth! #WelcomeBackNASA

Elizabeth Cherneff (@echerneff)
"Panda cam returns as government reopens," h/t @CNNMoney

Daniel Ari (@NewsDan)
#TheShutdownTaughtME that having a "PandaCam" is something that every American needs now and then. It's like a federal internet hug.

Steven Dennis (@StevenTDennis)
Capitol Police interviewed the House stenographer but did not arrest her. She was taken to a hospital for evaluation.

Bryan Koenig (@bkoenig94)
Drunk dialing Congress lives on past shutdown – CNN Political Ticker

Ronald K. OBrien II (@rko2milk)
Rising milk prices are prompting dairy companies to expand their product offerings

Texas Rangers (@Rangers)
Texas Rangers Chief Executive Officer Nolan Ryan today announced his retirement, effective October 31.

Chris Lazo (@lazochris)
OJ Simpson, influenced by the prosperity theology of Fred Price, plans on televangelism after prison (ht: @joecarter)


Newark Mayor Cory Booker defeated his Republican opponent, Steve Lonegan, Wednesday in a special U.S. Senate election. With 99% of precincts reporting, Booker beat Lonegan 55%-44%. In winning, Booker became the second African American in the U.S. Senate.

If you think the answer to our question was Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, the other African American in the Senate, or former Sens. Roland Burris of Illinois or Mo Cowan of Massachusetts – you would be wrong.

All three of those men were not elected to the Senate. Instead, all three were appointed to fill vacancies for other senators.

The last African American elected to the U.S. Senate is, in fact, the current president of the United States, Barack Obama. Obama was elected to the Senate in 2004.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Russell Moore (@drmoore) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question. Nice job.

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  1. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Keeping NJ Blue!

    October 17, 2013 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Hillary/Cory Presidential ticket?

    October 17, 2013 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  3. Data Driven

    Well. Finally squeezed in the $24 billion into the middle of Gut Check.

    Next time, though, attribute that figure to Standard and Poors, who did the analysis, not Nancy Pelosi. It's not just another partisan opinion, mkay?

    October 17, 2013 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "So far the $600 million federal website (and counting), and the state run websites (for argument's sake let's say the state run websites cost $20 million each for a grand total of $1 Billion in websites"

    You are fundamentally misinformed and underinformed as to how the ACA and its exchanges are structured AND to the status of its implementation across the states. Can you spot your errors?

    October 17, 2013 05:53 pm at 5:53 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "The House Energy and Commerce Committee will hold a hearing on Oct. 24 to examine the rollout of Obamacare's health insurance marketplaces."

    Told you they would in last night's GutCheck (phew, I get to keep my left giblet). Let the benghazi'ing of the ACA begin!!!!

    October 17, 2013 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  6. golemmingsgo2013

    ACA Is the law of the land get over it the GOP Lost this one if you want to impress the masses fix the law when the GOV Spends aprox 60 to 65 cents of every doller spent on health care when you spend 1.7 trillion we are talking alot of cash at least sombody did something i have friends that can at least shop for insurence now evan with pre\ext\con I Myself have a reoccuring kidny stone when i get insurence they will cover my left kidny but not my right does that make sence no it does not I The GOP Cant play nice thay will pay a heavy price in the next 2 elections thay think thay are a minority now just wait

    October 17, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |