CNN's GUT CHECK for November 8, 2013
November 8th, 2013
06:28 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 8, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 8, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

CNN BELIEF: THE “COVERAGE GAP” IN THE BIBLE BELT: When people talk about the Affordable Care Act, most focus on the troubled launch of its website. But another complication of the law has received less attention: a “coverage gap” that will leave nearly 5 million poor Americans without health care, according to a Kaiser Health Foundation study. The coverage gap was created when 25 states refused to accept the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare. The people who fall into this gap make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies in their state insurance exchanges. … Most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live in the Bible Belt, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida. – John Blake

SUBPOENAED, AGAIN: House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa, R-California, is again pressing the IRS over its scrutiny of conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. He issued another subpoena late Thursday to the Treasury Department, according to two spokespeople for the committee.- Lisa Desjardins and Deirdre Walsh and Ashley Killough

NOT SO FAST, SAYS CUMMINGS: The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee accused the panel's chairman, Representative Darrell Issa, R-California, of selectively leaking documents related to testing done on, the troubled Obamacare website. – Jim Acosta

Some Democrats facing re-election battles next year are joining Republicans in calling for the administration to delay provisions of the 2010 law that survived a Supreme Court challenge last year. -Tom Cohen

THE BUZZ: MAYOR PAPI? WGBH had a post that caught our eye today that David “Big Papi” Ortiz placed third in the Boston mayoral election based on write-in votes. We called the elections division to check it out for ourselves and John Guilfoil, spokesman for Mayor Thomas Menino of Boston, told us that the “employees of this city do not spend their time counting votes for people who aren’t listed.” Guilfoil did acknowledge that Ortiz did receive numerous write in votes, but added there would be no way to ever confirm nor deny a third place finish, unless Ortiz specifically requests that the Boston Elections Commission counts them. When asked whether a celebrity has ever caused such a big splash in a race for public office in Boston, Guilfoil replied, “Not where it has created this much of a media reaction.”

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks soar after a strong jobs report. Dow adds 167 points.

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Who was the first president to fly in an airplane? Why is the president’s airplane referred to as Air Force One?

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Leading CNNPolitics: All in the (political) family
The 2014 elections will continue what has become a staple in American politics: the survival of powerful political families. Bush. Carter. Nunn. Udall. Cheney. These are familiar names from a previous generation - but also for a new one.- Dan Merica

Leading Boston Globe: Scott Brown gets a plea to run in N.H.
The signs are mounting. Scott Brown travels almost weekly to New Hampshire. Last month he formed a political action committee there to raise funds; this week he attacked the state’s Democratic senator on his favorite target: national health care. – Noah Bierman

A very unusual statement from the Israel prime minister on the eve of a possible nuclear detail between the U.S. and Iran. – Daniel Halper

Leading HuffPo: Obama Gets Behind Democrats' $10.10 Minimum Wage Proposal
President Barack Obama is throwing his support behind congressional Democrats' proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 and peg it to inflation, more than a dollar higher than the $9 proposal he made in his State of the Union address in February. – Dave Jamieson

Leading Politico: GOP hits President Obama the manager
Strip away everything else, and the heart of Barack Obama’s appeal was supposed to be a very simple proposition: I’ve got this. – Edward-Isaac Dovere

Leading The New York Times: Rules to Require Equal Coverage for Mental Ills
The regulations, which the White House sees as part of a push to curb gun violence, will require insurers to cover care for mental health and addiction just like physical illnesses.- Jackie Calmes and Robert Pear

The political bites of the day

–Limbaugh on Obama’s apology –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS RADIO SHOW ABOUT OBAMA’s APOLOGY: “He's not apologizing for what he said, folks. He's not apologizing for anything that's happened. He's not apologizing for what he did. He's not apologizing for Obamacare at all. He's apologizing for how you misunderstood him. He's sorry that you believed him.”

–Sebelius: 'We don't have a specific plan'–
HHS SECRETARY KATHLEEN SEBELIUS SPEAKING IN ATLANTA ABOUT FINDING A SOLUTION FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY OBAMA’S ‘YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN’ PROMISE: “We're really talking about people in the individual market who wanted to get health insurance and so they're in the individual market. They may have a plan that they liked that did not have a lot of limitations and they're not eligible for subsidies so they're not seeing a price break in the marketplace. Figuring out who exactly they are, where they are … and what ways there can be to look at options for solutions is something that is under discussion. But there is no specific option right now.”

- A lukewarm welcome -
REP. TOM PRICE (R-GA) IN A PRESS RELEASE WELCOMING HHS SECRETARY SEBELIUS TO GEORGIA: "Perhaps while she's here, Secretary Sebelius could also explain to Georgians why the average cost of their health care premiums has skyrocketed: by 21.4 percent for a family of four; by 70.6 percent for a 50-year-old; and by a stunning 168.3 percent for a 27-year-old, the third highest rate increase in the nation."

- Logan: ‘We were wrong. We made a mistake’ -
CBS CORRESPONDENT LARA LOGAN ON CBS THIS MORNING APOLOGIZING FOR A FALSE REPORT SHE AND HER PRODUCERS RAN ON CBS' 60 MINUTES: "In this case, we were wrong. We made a mistake. … That's disappointing for any journalist. It's very disappointing for me. … What we know now is, he told the FBI a different story to what he told us. … That was the moment for us when we realized that we no longer had confidence in our source and we were wrong to put him on air, and we apologize to our viewers."

- Book deal gets suspended–
JENNIFER ROBINSON, SPOKESPERSON FOR THE BOOK PUBLISHER THAT WAS CONTRACTED WITH THE SOURCE USED IN CBS' 60 MINUTES BENGHAZI INTERVIEW: "In light of information that has been brought to our attention since the initial publication of THE EMBASSY HOUSE, we are suspending the publication and sale of this book in all formats, and are recommending that booksellers do the same. We also are notifying accounts that they may return the book to us."

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Igor Bobic (‏@igorbobic)
Lindsey Graham Silent About Discredited '60 Minutes' Benghazi Report That He Hyped

Lindsey Graham‏ (@GrahamBlog)
This Sunday, will be a guest on @CNNSOTU discussing the latest on #Benghazi and the Iranian nuclear program.

Benjamin Netanyahu‏ (@netanyahu)
The Iranians are very satisfied right now, as they should be. They got everything, and paid nothing.

Zeke Miller (‏@ZekeJMiller)
.@jearnest44 on Netanyahu video via pool: "there is no deal. Any critique of the deal is premature."

sgallman (‏@sgallman)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's weekly radio show has been canceled.

News Hounds (‏@NewsHounds)
Bill O'Reilly Whines That Chris Christie Won't 'Submit' To A Factor Interview: File under the cry me a river c...

Governor Walker ‏(@GovWalker)
Today we paid special tribute to the 165,400 from WI who fought in Vietnam War – including 1,239 who died.

Charleston WV Now ‏(@charlestonwvnow)
New rule demands parity for mental health coverage: It's final: Health insurance companies now must cover mental...\

Mediabistro ‏(@Mediabistro)
The Hidden Technology That Makes Twitter Huge (via @BW) ‏(@CNNMoney)
40% of tech support employees had to clean an exec's corporate device after the boss visited an infected porn website

Alex Pappas (‏@AlexPappas)
Herman Cain, two years later: ‘I refuse to leave my reputation under a dark cloud’

Michael Beschloss (‏@BeschlossDC)
18-year-old George HW Bush was the youngest World War II aviator in US Navy: #VeteransDay #NARA @OurPresidents


President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was the first president to fly, however he never flew on Air Force One. The term, Air Force One, was not used until military jargon was adopted by the Eisenhower administration in response to an incident where President Eisenhower’s plane flew into the same airspace as a commercial flight that was using the same call signal.

Air Force One has become one of the most iconic symbols of the Presidency. The aircraft is used not just for travel, but also as a place for important meetings and conversations between world leaders and lawmakers. Today, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, flew with President Obama on Air Force One, but will not be joining him as he speaks in New Orleans about boosting exports.

Fun fact we found in a Bloomberg article: one of the key differences between Air Force One, the president’s aircraft, and Air Force Two, the vice president’s, is that alcohol is not served on Air Force Two.

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Steve Liguori (‏@SteveL3877) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. Larry in Houston

    """The people who fall into this gap make too much money to qualify for Medicaid and not enough to qualify for Obamacare subsidies in their state insurance exchanges"""

    Answer : I guess that's the way it is, when you work for a living

    """Most of the people who fall into the coverage gap live below the Mason Dixon line, a 14-state region in the South stretching from North Carolina to Texas and Florida"""

    Answer : Perry has already been a 3 termer, and seems like he doesn't care anymore, guess he wants "out of it" and let somebody else do "whatever"

    Netanyahu‏ says: ""The Iranians are very satisfied right now, as they should be. They got everything, and paid nothing""

    Answer : it sad, but it's true...(the sanctions should still be in place) but Benjamin N. is going to have a difficult time.
    because the U.S. is in a different position, than it was, when Carter / golda meir / menachem begin / & the rest of the gang that was constantly in "camp david" every other month, negotiating a "roadmap" to "peace" – – this has to be the most difficult "road map" in the history of the world.
    Hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but it's not going to change much, no matter who the sec of state is.

    November 8, 2013 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  2. Tampa Tim

    Red state governors have really hurt their citizens by denying Obamacare and not accepting money for Medicaid. I hope that those voters hold their governors accountable.

    November 8, 2013 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Stuffit

    How come Bernie Madoff went to prison when he said he was sorry for losing people's pensions and Obozo says he's sorry for losing peoples health care and he goes golfing.

    November 8, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Hal

    I hear the DC area has 5 people signed up for uhbama care. Nice job. Meanwhile, 4.2 million have now lost insurance because of uhbama care. Fantastic! Great job, liar in chief.

    November 8, 2013 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. HenryMiller

    "When people talk about the Affordable Care Act, most focus on the troubled launch of its website. But another complication of the law has received less attention: a “coverage gap” that will leave nearly 5 million poor Americans without health care..."

    Yeah, there are down-sides to being "poor." Maybe "the poor" should do something about that.

    November 8, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    Issa having another hissy fit.
    Can he please tell me (USA) in words of one syllable on Benghazi, IRS, or now healthcare committees he's run and run and run.
    My question is sir:-
    What concrete new advice oversight changes have you proposed after all these lengthy investigations, that improve or prevent recurrence of what you see as unforgiveable crimes.
    If you cannot tell the people directly and simply in simple words what they are close them down now.

    November 9, 2013 04:11 am at 4:11 am |
  7. Joan

    The article on the "Coverage Gap" in the Bible Belt is excellent. When State governors in the red states refused to accept the extension of Medicaid under Obamacare they were being totally political in their decision and it is hurting the citizens in their own states. This fact should be made more clear to everyone in the United States. It is another way that those opposed to President Obama are trying to sabotage a plan to help less fortunate people. In fact they are just hurting their own people. That doesn't sound very Christian like does it?

    November 9, 2013 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  8. Richard Witzany

    In regards to the Obamacare debacle, somebody should check into what has happened in the state of Wisconsin. We were recently notified that my wifes medical insurance plan through Anthem Blue Cross was being terminated. In talking to an Anthem representative, it seems that Blue Cross/Blue Shield is abandoning coverage in 51 counties in the state. Upon going to the Healthcare website, I was able to get a directory of providers for our area of the state and it shows that we have one provider to utilize. One!!! Thr price even with the allowable deduction was twice of what we are currently paying.
    Once again, we have lost another one of our freedoms. The ability to make our own choice on matters such as this. Complete and utter nonsense.

    November 9, 2013 09:53 am at 9:53 am |