CNN's GUT CHECK for November 1, 2013
November 1st, 2013
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 1, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 1, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

Charlie Crist has filed papers to run for Florida Governor as a Democrat, according to Florida Dept. of State and Democratic officials. Formal announcement to come Monday.

SHOOTING AT LAX: A man "pulled an assault rifle out of a bag and began to open fire" Friday morning in Los Angeles International Airport, killing one person and injuring others before - after a pursuit through Terminal 3 - being taken into custody, police said.

LAX is the 6th busiest airport in the world, according to Airports Council International.

MCAULIFFE AHEAD IN VA: Democrat Terry McAuliffe holds a seven-point lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli in the marquee political battle for Virginia governor, according to a new poll. – Paul Steinhauser

TIMES DISPATCH HEADLINE: ‘McAuliffe pledges to work with GOP if elected” Terry McAuliffe says that if he is elected governor, he will work with Republicans in the legislature and appoint them to his cabinet.

CUCCINELLI TAKES TO TWITTER ‏@KenCuccinelli : “The scariest thing this Halloween is imagining Terry McAuliffe as Governor of Virginia. RETWEET if you agree. #vagov”

NUMBER OF THE DAY: 6 Six people. That's how many Americans had successfully enrolled in the federal health care exchange by the morning of October 2, according to documents provided to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. – Jason Seher

SILVER LINING TO BAD PRESS? “Uninsured Americans are increasingly conscious of the "Obamacare" requirement that most Americans need to carry insurance or pay a fine. Eighty percent of uninsured Americans now say they are aware the healthcare law requires this, up from 73% earlier this month and 56% this summer.”

CARNEY SAYS ‘OBAMA NEVER CONSIDERED’ SWAPPING BIDEN FOR HILLARY CLINTON: “What matters here is, I know for a fact, that President Obama never considered this. Never thought about it. Never entertained it. The Vice President has been a partner of his from the 2008 campaign on. He’s been an excellent governing partner, and an excellent campaign partner. Again, campaigns test everything, but as the book itself says, this was never considered by the President.”

MARKET WATCH: Despite falling Thursday, U.S. stocks end October with solid gains. S&P 500 and NSADAQ rise 4%. Dow adds 3%.

(Answer below)

Which is the largest country in the world that only uses one time zone?

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Leading CNNPolitics: CIA operatives to testify at classified Benghazi hearing
A House Intelligence subcommittee will hear from CIA security officers who are expected to tell a much more detailed story about the terror attack in Benghazi, Libya, that killed Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans last year, CNN has learned.

Leading Drudge: Obamacare enrollments got off to very slow start, documents show
For 31 days now, the Obama administration has been telling us that Americans by the millions are visiting the new health insurance website, despite all its problems. – Sharyl Attkisson

Leading HuffPo: Steve Schmidt, Former John McCain Adviser: A Lot Of Republicans 'Wish Ted Cruz Would Go Back To Canada'
Steve Schmidt, a former adviser to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), took a hit at Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Thursday night for causing "distractions" in the fight over Obamacare. – Paige Lavender

Leading Politico: Year of the liberal billionaire
Democrats and liberal interest groups spent much of 2012 bemoaning an avalanche of outside spending from billionaires on the right, warning that ideological tycoons like the Koch brothers and casino magnate Sheldon Adelson could threaten the legitimacy of the American electoral system. -Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman

Leading The New York Times: In Alabama Race, a Test of Business Efforts to Derail Tea Party

With only days to go before a special Republican primary runoff for Congress here in South Alabama, the national business lobby is going all in. – Campbell Robinson and Eric Lipton

The political bites of the day

- Carter on Obama’s execution: “questionable at best” -
FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH PARADE ON OBAMA’S PRESIDENCY: “He’s done the best he could under the circumstances. His major accomplishment was Obamacare, and the implementation of it now is questionable at best.”

- Ford: 'I have no reason to resign' -
TORONTO MAYOR BOB FORD IN A PRESS BRIEFING THURSDAY RESPONDING TO HIS ALLEGED USE OF COCAINE: "I wish I could come out and defend myself. Unfortunately, I can't because it's before the courts. And that's all I can say right now. ... I have no reason to resign. I'm going to go back, I'm going to return my phone calls, I'm going to be out doing what the people elected me to do, and that's save taxpayers' money and run a great government.”

- Buono: Playing the education card -
NJ GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE BARBARA BUONO AT A PRESS CONFERENCE AT HER ALMA MATER MONTCLAIR STATE UNIVERISTY IN METUCHEN NJ: “At a time when we have 400,000 out of work, we have poverty at a 52-year high, we know that it is critical to invest in education at all levels. …Instead of doing that, this governor has decided to cut education by a billion dollars his first year in office, cut higher education $173 million.”

Gut Check Full Service: “Christie change on tuition equality may help NJ's undocumented students” – See more at

GUT CHECK DVR: Glenn Greenwald describes his view of the future of Journalism in an interview to air on Sunday’s Reliable Sources. “As a journalist, I think it's much more honest and healthy to tell my readers, these are the opinions that I have, these are the political values I believe in, these are the outcomes that I hope to see achieved, and now, here is my reporting in the context of what I'm telling you truthfully are the ways that I look at the world that you can then incorporate into how you assess what I'm telling you.”

Bill Keller and Glenn Greenwald back-to-back on this Sunday’s Reliable Sources, airing Sunday on CNN at 11 a.m. ET

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

John Podesta‏ (@johnpodesta)
Congress – so broken it can't even pass commemorative bills anymore. Will #Movember go unrecognized?

Financial Times (‏@FT)
Snowden ready to ‘cooperate’ with Germany

jimgeraghty‏ (@jimgeraghty2)
Connecticut, take a bow. You other states, get ready for Medicaid-induced budgetary hell:

AmeriCAN (‏@TheCanKicksBack)
Cuts to food stamp program will impact 47 million Americans starting today

Julian Hattem‏ (@jmhattem)
DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered 2nd most powerful after SCOTUS, rules against contraception mandate

Stephanie Goggans‏ (@StephGoggansCNN)
Game Change 2012: Christie thought Romney's campaign team was "gaggle of clowns who couldn't run a one-ring circus."

Washingtonian‏ (@washingtonian)
The woman suspected of vandalizing the National Cathedral with green paint has been deemed unfit to stand trial:

Jim Messina ‏(@Messina2012)
Let me be clear: VP-HRC switch never considered by POTUS or anyone who mattered in the campaign. #sillyseason

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

The entire country of China, although geographically spanning five time zones, only uses one standard time zone, called Beijing Standard Time (BST). Following the Chinese Civil War in 1949, the communist-controlled People's Republic of China decided to utilize one single time zone for all of its territories in order to streamline operations and appear more unified, a move that turned out to be more political than practical.

Other countries that are similar in size use many more time zones. The United States use nine time zones for cover its states and territories, while Canada uses six and Russia uses 11.

The United States and Canada were eager to divide their territories by hourly standard time zones during the creation of time zone technology in the early 1900’s, because the use of local time for speedy transcontinental railroad schedules was confusing and inaccurate.

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  1. Sniffit

    "DC Circuit Court of Appeals, considered 2nd most powerful after SCOTUS, rules against contraception mandate"

    And Judge Brown's decision is a veritable treasure trove of ideological precedent-ignoring stare decisis destroying absurdity. Judge Edwards positively skewers her idiocy in his dissenting opinion. Brown is a Dubya appointee with a long and colorful history of this kind of judicial the point that she can't even contain her own personal feelings and opinions and laces entire judicial opinions with them. Her opening sentence in this decision is almost dripping with venom towards the ACA in general and the rest of her opinion sounds like one big fat "yeah but" excuse making sessions for ignoring extremely clear precedent. She should be thrown off the bench for this crap.

    November 1, 2013 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  2. Wire Palladin, S.F.

    What a great day for Florida! We will finally get rid of our medicaid scammer, governor Rick Scott. I urge all Floridians to vote out the tea baggers like Scott, Radel, etc. In Lee County, vote for April Freeman in the 19th. What a good year 2014 will be!

    November 1, 2013 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  3. Stuffit

    He may get another kiss from the most corrupt president in history.

    November 1, 2013 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  4. The HAM

    When Carter has something bad to say about you.... that's saying something

    November 1, 2013 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  5. Gurgyl

    Good lucks, Charlie, we love you!!!!!!

    November 1, 2013 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    # 1 ) That's the wisest thing 'ol Charlie can do
    # 2 ) ""shooting @LAX"" well, I think just about everybody in this country is starting to get accustomed to this type of thing, now days. In other words, people are getting numb to this, especially since this type of thing is happening on a weekly / monthly basis, almost. You never heard of this type of stuff going on, in the 1960's / 70's / 80's / until 911 came & went.
    # 3 ) ""swapping Biden for 'ol Hill"" ?? LOL – are you kidding me ? that's all to sell a book, or a distraction in the news, is all that is...I don't believe it, for a minute. Obama didn't care for Hillary at that time. Obama was so in-experienced, it's pitiful, why do u think he picked a Veep that was smart ? Just because you make a few gaffs, and didn't take "speech" in college, doesn't mean you are dumb. Some of the words that come out of his mouth aren't the most smartest, but he is a guy that means well. A lot of people out there don't know how to put exactly what they think, into words that are the most positive. (who do u think was at the "helm" the first 4 years of Obama's term? )
    # 4 ) Jimmy Carter said it best – """and the implementation of it now is questionable at best""" regarding the ACA...
    in other words, if they don't get this thing fixed fast, it's going to hurt them in November, 2014, period....In other words, if this thing drags on, month in, & month out, the ratings for just about any democrat will fall fast. (especially our community organizer in chief)

    November 2, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |