CNN's GUT CHECK for November 12, 2013
November 12th, 2013
05:57 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for November 12, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for November 12, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

THIS JUST IN: Obama has reached his lowest approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll since he became president: 39 percent approve of the job he’s doing, 54 percent disapprove.

“Voters in every income and age group disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with the biggest disapproval, 59 – 36 percent, among voters over 65 years old. For the first time today, American voters say by a 52 – 44 percent margin that Obama is not honest and trustworthy.

FORMER PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON IN AN INTERVIEW WITH OZY.COM ON THE OBAMACARE ROLLOUT: "I personally believe, even if it takes a change in the law, that the president should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they’ve got.”

SARAH PALIN IN AN INTERVIEW ON “THE LEAD WITH JAKE TAPPER”: "I'll never forget Bill Clinton saying about Barack Obama and his story, his agenda, that it was the biggest fairy tale he'd ever seen …And he was right, because Barack Obama was not qualified, he was not prepared, and the manifestation of that today is the problem that we see left and right in our economy."

In her interview with Jake Tapper, Palin said she is trying to follow Pope Francis, but is wary of what she called the media's interpretation of his message.
"He's had some statements that to me sound kind of liberal. (It) has taken me aback, has kind of surprised me," said Palin. But "unless I really dig deep into what his messaging is and do my own homework, I’m not going to just trust what I hear in the media."

THE BUZZ: The New Republic asks: “Hillary's Nightmare? A Democratic Party That Realizes Its Soul Lies With Elizabeth Warren.” Noam Scheiber writes, “We’re three years from the next presidential election, and Hillary Clinton is, once again, the inevitable Democratic nominee. Congressional Republicans have spent months investigating her like she already resides in the White House ... In addition to being strongly identified with the party’s populist wing, any candidate who challenged Clinton would need several key assets. The candidate would almost certainly have to be a woman, given Democrats’ desire to make history again. She would have to amass huge piles of money with relatively little effort. Above all, she would have to awaken in Democratic voters an almost evangelical passion. As it happens, there is precisely such a person. Her name is Elizabeth Warren.” –

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end mostly lower. Dow dips 32 points, backing away from record high. S&P 500 slips 0.2%, NASDAQ flat.

(Answer below)
What did Sarah Palin keep in a jar on her desk during her first term as mayor of Wasilla, Alaska?

the LEDE
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Leading CNNPolitics: White House lowers Obamacare expectations amid lackluster reports
The wait for Obamacare enrollment numbers is going to be a little bit longer. The Obama administration is expected to release them by the end of this week but has yet to say exactly when. The administration is lowering expectations, cautioning the numbers "will be lower than we hoped and we anticipated," White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

Leading The Hill: How immigration died
Rep. Luis Gutiérrez’s phone was ringing. It was President Obama’s chief of staff. Gutiérrez (D-Ill.) was part of a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the middle of May that was on the cusp of a breakthrough agreement on immigration reform. – Russell Berman

Few people have spent more time thinking about how to make national health care a reality. Listen to President Clinton sum up some of the thorniest aspects of Obamacare, and what about it needs to change. – Jared Frazer

Leading HuffPo: Alison Lundergan Grimes Tied With Mitch McConnell In Senate Race
Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) are running neck and neck in the 2014 Senate race, according to a new poll from the liberal group – Ariel Edwards-Levy

Leading The New York Times: ‘Super PAC’ Gets Early Start on Pushing for a 2016 Clinton Campaign
The Ready for Hillary super PAC resists expensive ads to promote Hillary Rodham Clinton in favor of building an email list of her supporters. – Amy Chozick

The political bites of the day


ASHLEIGH BANFIELD, CNN’s “LEGAL VIEW”: Let's talk about this President Clinton news. For (Clinton) to say he personally believes even if it takes a change in the law, President Obama needs to honor the promise that you get to keep your health care. Is this going to cause problems, or are most Democrats going to start saying that?

SEN. DURBIN, MAJORITY WHIP, D-Ill,: Ashleigh, I think we need to look at the political reality. We need to be open to constructive changes to make this law work better. But there are those, frankly, who don't want it to work at all. If those on the other side are willing to sit down in a constructive fashion, move us toward our goal (of) making health insurance available to more and more Americans and reducing costs, that's a good positive thing to do. I would say to President Clinton, if we can bring that bipartisan group together, we can start to solve some of the problems we're facing.

BANFIELD: You know, Senator Durbin, we traffic a lot of comments that come in and out of our news channel daily. So many critics have said President Obama lied. I mean they're using the "l" word liberally to say he lied (about) this whole idea that you can keep your health insurance if you like it. Did he lie, or was this a colossal mistake? And if it’s the ladder, how did that happen?

SEN. DURBIN: A couple more sentences added would’ve clarified it and they should’ve been added. The president apologized. He said very clearly he was sorry if he misled people. Here's the bottom line. The bottom line is in my state of Illinois, 1.8 million people have no health insurance. Across our nation, 40 million without health insurance. If we are going to move beyond this sorry state and give people the peace of mind we have to work together…

BANFIELD: I agree. I want to know how it happened though. If we're going to move beyond it, we need to know what the mistake was. Was it a colossal mistake that just slipped by everybody? How did this happen, Senator?

SEN. DURBIN: It should have been added (that) in this private insurance market every two years, two out of three policies are canceled and changed. This happens frequently in this niche of the market. It should have been clarified from the start but there are ways to resolve this.

BANFIELD: Who gave the president those talking points? Who wrote those speeches? He went out over and over again and said it.

SEN. DURBIN: I certainly wasn't in on that decision. We've got to keep our eye on the goal.

BANFIELD: You also said it, sir. Senator, you also said it over and over again. If you like your policy, you can keep it.

SEN. DURBIN: Well, I said it because I believed it. Now I know I should have added for 98% of American people,that is exactly true. For the other 2% in the individual market, there (are) frequent changes in policies. People are used to increases in premiums and changes in their policies. That is something that's a reality. It should have been clarified.

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Adam Aigner-Treworgy‏ (@AdamATCNN)
Enroll America raises $27 million as part of @GetCoveredUS, field team on pace to talk with 300k consumers

Dan Merica (‏@danmericaCNN)
Paul knocks Dem frontrunner, telling Citadel cadets that Benghazi should preclude Clinton from presidency.

QkTip (‏@QkTipcom)
The White House on Tuesday renewed its state of emergency with Iran — declared in 1979 and renewed periodically...

Russell Schaffer‏ (@RussOnPolitics)
Former Montana Lt. Gov. John Bohlinger said Harry Reid told him not to run for #MTsen. No contested primary.

John Branch‏ (@JBranchCNN)
State Dept spox Jennifer #Psaki confirms release of the 2 US #sailors who had been kidnapped by pirates off the coast of #Nigeria last month

Talking Points Memo (‏@TPM)
DOJ reaches agreement to allow American Airlines and US Airways to merge, creating the world's biggest airline:

Ram Ramgopal‏ (@RamCNN)
"David's Bridal estimates more than 3,300 brides will marry on 11/12/13 — a nearly eight-fold increase"

Andy Garman‏ (@GarmanSports)
Big news for a former Daytona 500 champ – Trevor Bayne diagnosed with MS: (via @sbnation)

margaret brennan (‏@margbrennan)
Caroline Kennedy to be privately sworn in today as US Ambassador to Japan @StateDept. #SecKerry will deliver remarks to honor her at 6.30pm

USA TODAY Washington (‏@USATWashington)
Senate leaders offer condolences to Sen. James Inhofe, whose son died in a Sunday plane crash via @DaviSusan

Brian Stelter (‏@brianstelter)
I'm joining @CNN as the network's senior media correspondent and the host of "Reliable Sources."

Brian Stelter (‏@brianstelter)
That means: I'll be reporting every day for CNN, CNNI, , and it'll all flow into @CNNReliable on Sundays.

Brian Stelter (‏@brianstelter)
I've been at the @nytimes since college so it's surreal to be leaving. I've learned everything here. To my colleagues: thank you.

MattBai‏ (@MattBai)
After 11 awesome years at @NYTmag, I have an extremely cool new job at @YahooNews. (Might add a ! on my name.)

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Sarah Palin launched her political career in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, where she was crowned Miss Wasilla in 1984. After serving on the city council for two terms, Palin ran for Mayor of Wasilla in 1996 at the age of 32.

As mayor, Palin resolved to reach out to her constituents. She kept a jar full of the names of the residents of Wasilla on her desk. Each week she would pull a name from the jar and call the selected person to ask them how he or she thought city was doing.

Palin served two three-year terms as mayor from 1996 to 2002. She remained active in Alaska politics for the next four years, as President of the Alaska Conference of Mayors and Chair of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission. In 2006 she was elected as the 11th Governor of Alaska.

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  1. Sniffit

    Not once did CNN use the "L" word in reference to "death panels" or the rest of the debunked, disproven claptrap we've been treated to about the ACA from the GOP/Teatrolls. NOT. ONCE. And yet they're spreading it around with glee with respect to one misstatement Obama made. Anyone who thinks the MSM has a "liberal bias" instead of simply a bias for hyping, sensationalizing and perpetuating controversy, particularly when it is directed at Obama or his policies, has been in a coma for the past 5 years. Whatever they can get the most mileage out of. Here, it's characterizing something Obama said with the "L" word. Using the "L" word in that this context heightens the controversy. Back then, controversy was heightened by avoiding the "L" word with respect to "death panels" and the rest of that nonsense because that would have undermined the accusations and gotten rid of the controversy.

    November 12, 2013 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Clinton didn't inhale !

    November 12, 2013 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  3. Anonymous

    CNN please no more failing, wailing Palin. She is just promoting her book to pay for her facelift, tucks, implants and liposuction.

    November 12, 2013 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Obama has buckled time and time again. But 39% is still over GWBush 23% and Congress in at a whopping 9%. Time for direct democracy. Just dump Congress and let democracy rule.

    November 12, 2013 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  5. norma jean

    I would like to know where you get your figures when you give percentages such as those voters over a certain age that don't like the president??.....As it happens being in that age group and knowing many people that are I have discovered by asking that none of them have ever been asked their opinion nor have I.......... which leaves the question as to why have poles when you have already decided what the answers will be....NOT BOTHERED BY HONESTY ARE YOU???..

    November 12, 2013 09:58 pm at 9:58 pm |
  6. Obama LIES, Our Healthcare System DIES

    THIS JUST IN: Obama has reached his lowest approval rating in the Quinnipiac poll since he became president: 39 percent approve of the job he’s doing, 54 percent disapprove.
    “Voters in every income and age group disapprove of the job Obama is doing, with the biggest disapproval, 59 – 36 percent, among voters over 65 years old. For the first time today, American voters say by a 52 – 44 percent margin that Obama is not honest and trustworthy.

    The American people finally realize that Obama and the Democrats have been lying to them for years and that the Republicans were right all along. Republicans have tried over and over to save the country from Obamacare but the Democrats have refused every attempt.

    Lefties whine well what is the alternative. For one, what we had was better than the Obamacare disaster! The lefties think doing anything, including destroying our healthcare system is better than nothing. How insane is THAT?! The only people making out in this disaster are the people getting free healthcare that the rest of pay for. The ultimate free rider problem that the Democrats claim Obamacare was supposed to solve. Lies and deceit all around.

    November 13, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |