CNN's GUT CHECK for October 29, 2013
October 29th, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for October 29, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for October 29, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

THE APOLOGY: The Obama administration offered its first formal apology to Americans and Congress for the botched rollout of the website for people to enroll in the president's signature health care plan. "I want to apologize to you that the website does not work as well as it should," Administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Marilyn Tavenner said at a House Ways and Means Committee Hearing. She added that "can and will be fixed." –Tom Cohen

THE PROMISE? … If you like your plan, you can keep it?
Many Americans finding out under Obamacare, they cannot keep current insurance plans. –The Lead with Jake Tapper

THE POUNCE … Speaker Boehner tweets: POTUS “really didn't mean it” when he said you could keep your plan, says @CBSNews: #trainwreck

SECURITY HOLE: Until the Department of Health and Human Services fixed the security hole last week, anyone could easily reset your password without your knowledge and potentially hijack your account. –Jose Pagliery

LOOK AHEAD: Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET, watch it live on CNN.

THE CASABLANCA DEFENSE: DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JAMES CLAPPER AT THE HOUSE SELECT COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE HEARING ABOUT SPYING ON OUR ALLIES: “I have to say Chairman Rogers that some of this reminds me a lot of the movie Casablanca, `My God there is gambling going on around here.’ It’s the same thing I think.”

Dow ends at record high after 114-point gain. S&P 500 sets third-straight record close.

(Answer below)

Which U.S. city inspired the board game Monopoly?

the LEDE
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Leading CNNPolitics: Gloria Borger: Does Obama still have faith in government?
Irony is a part of life, the cliché goes. And right now, President Barack Obama is living the part, in a big way: He's the civil libertarian defending an activist drone program. He's the liberal with a spy agency caught eavesdropping on the private conversations of friendly leaders. And he's the high-tech health care reformer whose website got stuck at Go.

After KPIX 5 reported on Google’s mysterious project on a barge off Treasure Island, reports have surfaced of the tech giant building similar floating structures outside of the Bay Area.- Allen Martin

Leading HuffPo: Tom Coburn Calls Harry Reid 'An Absolute A**hole'
Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) found it "disgraceful" that some members of his party - including Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) - were fundraising in New York on the Hurricane Sandy anniversary, having voted in January against recovery funding for the disaster. – Ashley Alman

Leading Politico: Lamar Alexander: Time for Sebelius to resign
The top Republican on the Senate’s health panel is calling on Kathleen Sebelius to quit, putting fresh pressure on the Health and Human Services secretary as concerns grow over Obamacare. – Manu Raju

Leading The New York Times: Ohio Governor Defies G.O.P. With Defense of Social Safety Net
In his grand Statehouse office beneath a bust of Lincoln, Gov. John R. Kasich let loose on fellow Republicans in Washington. -Trip Gabriel

The political bites of the day

- Enzi: Defends “relationship thing” with Dick Cheney -
WYOMING SEN. MIKE ENZI IN A BRIEF INTERVIEW WITH POLITICO: "I anchored the One Fly Fishing Contest with him one time, and I was asked to speak at his induction in the fly fishing Hall of Fame. And we’ve talked about fishing when we’ve been together. When I was mayor [of Gillette, Wyo.], he was my U.S representative. We have a relationship thing.”

- Drama at hearing: Dem Asks Why aren’t GOPers helping? —
REP. BILL PASCRELL (D-NJ) AT THE HOUSE WAYS AND MEANS COMMITTEE HEARING ON OBAMACARE: "We lost the policy fight, and what did we do? We went back to our districts and we told our seniors although we voted no, we personally believe - and will work with the Bush administration to make it work. That's what we did. And how many of you stood up to do that? None. Zero. Zero."

- Remembering Ike Skelton—
U.S. SEN. MARTIN HEINRICH (D-N.M.) STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF FORMER REP. IKE SKELTON: "Ike Skelton was a devoted public servant, an unparalleled advocate for our men and women in uniform, and someone I always looked up to when I was a young man growing up in his district. For more than three decades, Mr. Skelton served the people of Missouri well and was an effective and principled leader on the Armed Services Committee. Serving with him on that Committee was one of my life's greatest honors."

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

The Star-Ledger‏ (@starledger)
How our front page looked a year ago today, when #Sandy was still en route:

Melanie Parker‏ (@parkerml)
@GovChristie as Savannah Guthrie for halloween-"I figure if I pick her, I'll endear myself 2 the people of my state bc they love her here"

Byron Tau‏ (@ByronTau)
Worse than healthcare dot gov? MT @Messina2012 Intuit has the worse customer support I have ever seen.

Quinnipiac Poll‏ (@QuinnipiacPoll)
NJ poll – Run, Christie, Run, New Jersey Voters Tell Governor; With Huge Reelection Lead, White House Beckons

CPJ (‏@pressfreedom)
Vietnamese blogger sentenced for Facebook post –

The Hill (‏@thehill)
.@RosLehtinen becomes second Republican to back #immigration bill by @RebeccaShabad

Larry Shaughnessy (‏@ShaughnessyCNN)
Bigger, Faster, Deadlier! Navy launches new stealth destroyer – CNN Security Clearance … Elmo would be proud.

Jim Acosta‏ (@JimAcostaCNN)
Romney aide on POTUS Obamacare event in Boston tomorrow: "No, the Governor will not be at the speech tomorrow."

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

The famous board game Monopoly is modeled after Atlantic City, New Jersey. Today, New Jersey commemorates the one year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which devastated many towns along the New Jersey coast, including Atlantic City.

Monopoly was created in 1935 and became immensely popular during the Great Depression because players could pretend to become rich and buy property.

Board games were one of many ways people commiserated during the Great Depression, an era triggered by the infamous "Black Tuesday" Stock Market crash which occurred 84 years ago today.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Ryan Sloane ‏(@RyanSloaneCNN), Steve Liguori ‏(@SteveL3877), Dawn W ‏(@Dawn_N_W), Will McAvoy ‏(@WillMcAvoyACN) and Dominic Trombino ‏(@dtrombino) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. jaysy

    Pretty sure that somebody is probably too obsessed with the movie enemy of the state because it looks like that movie timed a frenzy today. That aint politics, politics isnt about controversies where somebody got called s name or somebody bit someone that is derogatory politics.

    October 29, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  2. Tom

    I work for the largest media company in the United States. Guess what? My plan that I had has been eliminated and we are going to a lower monthly payment, but a much higher deductible and an HSA. I barely understand but all I know is that I work for a large employer and my plan was completely changed. I'd appreciate the "well only those that get their insurance as an individual will be effected" talking point be eliminated since not only is it just a talking point, but a bold faced lie

    October 29, 2013 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    If your one of millions of targeted "healthy" young adults ordered to take the ACA offerings, you are the ones financing insurance of older age citizens with your premiums. Only thing left out of the equation though, is that this Administration has not realized yet you cannot find work to pay for it.

    October 29, 2013 09:45 pm at 9:45 pm |
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio)"Right Wing Insanity"

    They don't have to apologize to me. Even if the rollout went perfectly fine, this system will collapse on itself. It has not got economic integrity.

    October 29, 2013 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  5. just saying

    THE PROMISE? … If you like your plan, you can keep it?
    Many Americans finding out under Obamacare, they cannot keep
    current insurance plans. –The Lead with Jake Tapper

    don't stop investigating all the lies and fraud there tapper! they are many, many more lies that were repeated over and over in order to make this pile of dog poop called obamacare look like a pile of jewels. going to cut your healthcare costs $2500 a year? big lie! keep your doctor? big lie! insure everybody? big lie!

    keep going msm... it is nice to see some of them actually start doing their job after a 5-6 year vacation while obama and the democrats perpetrated the biggest fraud in history on the american people.

    October 30, 2013 02:07 am at 2:07 am |
  6. A True Conservative

    Took you long enough to get to teling people the truth about the ACA CNN. Now if you would just do some actual journalistic work and report the rest of the truth......stop carrying the water for Obama.....he is using you......

    October 30, 2013 07:17 am at 7:17 am |