CNN's GUT CHECK for December 4, 2013
December 4th, 2013
07:08 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 4, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 4, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING …. ELIZABETH WARREN RULES OUT WHITE HOUSE BID IN 2016: The Boston Herald reports: “U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren pledged today she will not run for president in 2016 and will finish her term.” The Bay State senior senator has been mentioned in the preliminary talk about the presidential race, but Hillary Clinton has generated the most buzz.
"I'm not running for president and I plan to serve out my term," she said at a press conference in Boston with Mayor-elect Marty Walsh.
When further pressed, she added: "I pledge to serve out my term.
"I am not running for president. I am working as hard as I can to be the best possible senator I can be."

OBAMA WANTS TO RAISE MINIMUM WAGE: Making sure that the U.S. economy works for every working American is "the defining challenge of our time," Obama said in a speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “It’s well past the time to raise a minimum wage that in real terms right now is below where it was when Harry Truman was in office,” he said. – Brianna Keilar and Kevin Liptak

According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 49% of Americans say they support stricter gun control laws, with 50% opposed. The 49% support is down six percentage points from the 55% who said they backed stricter gun control in CNN polling from January, just a few weeks after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School.

THE BUZZ: CHENEY 'SURPRISED' BY PUBLIC SPAT BETWEEN DAUGHTERS: "We were surprised that there was an attack launched against Liz on Facebook, and wished it hadn't happened. It's always been dealt with within the context of the family and frankly that's our preference."

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end mixed as investors weigh strong housing report and Fed economic assessment. Dow slips 24 points.

(Answer below)
Which Senator told Bill Maher, "You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate”?

the LEDE
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Leading Hartford Courant: On Newtown 911 Calls, Pleas For Help
Calls from a school secretary and janitor describing gunshots and pleading for help were among the 911 calls involving the Dec. 14 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting released Wednesday.- Dave Altomari

Leading Las Vegas Sun: Reid confident Congress to pass immigration bill, says Boehner will ‘cave in’
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid predicted Tuesday that Congress will pass an overhaul of the nation’s immigration system sometime next year.“I feel positive we will get an immigration bill passed,” the Nevada Democrat said in an interview with the Sun’s editorial board Tuesday.

Leading Drudge: Dirty Harry Exempts Staff From Obamacare
Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, one of Obamacare's architects and staunchest supporters, is also the only top congressional leader to exempt some of his staff from having to buy insurance through the law's new exchanges. – CNN’s Chris Frates (@Frates)

And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pounces in a release: “Sen. Reid's decision to exempt his staff from Obamacare exchanges is the clearest example yet of Obamacare's failures and Washington hypocrisy. His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don't want to be part of it because it's a disaster.”

Leading The New York Times: U.S., Stepping Up Role, Will Present West Bank Security Proposal to Israel
American officials plan to present the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, with detailed ideas about security arrangements on the West Bank under a possible peace agreement with the Palestinians, senior State Department officials said on Wednesday. – Michael Gordon and Jodi Rudoren

The political bites of the day

- Obama quotes Pope Francis -
IN A SPEECH AT THE CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS: “Some of you may have seen just last week the Pope himself spoke about this at eloquent length. ‘How can it be,’ he wrote, ‘that it's not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure but it is news when the stock market loses 2 points.’ But this increasing inequality is most pronounced in our country. And it challenges the very essence of who we are as a people.”

- Catholics praise Obama for quoting the Pope -
CATHOLICS IN ALLIANCE FOR THE COMMON GOOD RELEASED IN A STATEMENT: "It is clear that the President is taking Pope Francis's message to heart ... We were glad that the President quoted Francis's words on inequality, and as Catholics in the United States we make them our own."

- Iran Hearing Heats Up: ‘Jihad has finger on nuclear button’ -
REP. TRENT FRANKS, R-ARIZONA, AT A HOUSE ALL MEMBER BRIEFING: “This will be the first time that jihad will ultimately have their finger on the nuclear button. Now, will that happen immediately? I am not suggesting that it will but unfortunately the present protocol has put it in reach for them to eventually reach that capability.”

- You know the tides have turned for women when... -
SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR AT POLITICO'S WOMEN RULES EVENT IN WASHINGTON: “For a while we (female Senators) were 16 and that was unfortunate because they’d call us the “Sweet 16” And as I pointed out in a tweet, we made United States history when there was finally a traffic jam in the United States Senate Woman’s bathroom.”

- Vitter eyeing Louisiana Governor race -
SEN. DAVE VITTER IN AN EMAIL TO SUPPORTERS: “Many good friends and supporters have encouraged me to run for Governor in 2015–to bring my focus and leadership to the challenges we face as a state. We started to consider this as a family over Thanksgiving. We certainly haven't made our decision yet, so we'll be reflecting and praying on it very carefully through the Christmas holidays.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Valerie Plame Wilson ‏@ValeriePlame
This article is the epitome of Washington insiderdom: ‘Super PAC’ to Raise Money for Liz Cheney’s Senate Bid

Mike Murphy ‏(@sailvarmint)
@ValeriePlame If Wyoming voters don't recognize the Cheney name, more money might not solve the problem #duhfactor

The Washington Times (‏@WashTimes)
#NYPD head Ray #Kelly wins big retirement perk — a $1.5M tax-paid team of bodyguards

Byron Tau (‏@ByronTau)
Obama shouts out @mayorvincegray, who just announced his reelection bid this week.

margaret brennan ‏(@margbrennan)
On the Hill today, Under Secretary Wendy Sherman & @USTreasury's David Cohen are briefing Congress on #Iran deal. All closed to press.

Laura Ingraham ‏(@IngrahamAngle)
Biden got really tough w/ Chinese today. When he asked Pres. Xi to PLEASE stop E. China sea aggression, he put only one cherry on top.

CP24 (‏@CP24)
Mayor Rob Ford to become a regular guest on sports radio show called 'The Sports Junkies' (‏@CNNMoney)
Snapchat ads might be closer to reality after Instagram exec hire.

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Senator Mark Pryor, R-Arkansas, told Bill Maher in his 2008 Documentary, ‘Religious,’ "You don't have to pass an IQ test to be in the Senate.” Pryor made this statement in response to Maher’ saying, “It worries me that people are running my country who believe in a talking snake.”

(why aren’t you in it)

Congrats to Robert Biale Vineyards (@BialeVineyards) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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    The Guns Over People tea pott wingnuts love to talk about Liz running in 2016 because they are terrified of Hillary. Pick your poison wingnuts.

    December 4, 2013 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. rs

    And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pounces in a release: “Sen. Reid's decision to exempt his staff from Obamacare exchanges is the clearest example yet of Obamacare's failures and Washington hypocrisy. His staff worked to pass it and continue to promote it, now they don't want to be part of it because it's a disaster.”
    And yet Mr. Cruz insists on saying Congress is exempt from the ACA- a patent lie.

    December 4, 2013 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  3. Tommy G

    Yes, because that is exactly what this country needs... another 8 years with an inexperienced left wing radical academic buffoon at the helm. Haven't we paid a high enough price for Obama and his failed policies?

    December 4, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Tony in Maine

    I'd still love to see Bernie Anders and Elizabeth warren leading this country. I know it would never happen, we have far too many John wayne's and Clint Eastwood's who see themselves as the lone cowboy fighting off the Hole in the Wall Gang with a Colt single action and a lever action Winchester.

    December 4, 2013 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  5. Stuffit

    So once again let me get this straight, I workred all my life, paid taxes and acted responsibly, and now Obama raises my Medicare advantage premiums by 177% and doubles my deductibles and co pays so that the dope addicts! welfare frauds and illegal aliens can have health insurance?

    Aren't democrat liberal just the greatest. Sure turned my vote to Republican.

    December 4, 2013 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  6. Larry in Houston

    Elizabeth would never make it...she doesn't have enough name recognition....She only has name recognition in the north eastern states.... the avg voter would have no idea who she is....or what she represents.....

    # 2 ) ""It is clear that the President is taking Pope Francis's message to heart""
    answer : wonder why Obama doesn't turn "Catholic" – surely Biden could be his "sponsor" in RCIA

    AND # 3) Obama wants to raise the minimum wage huh ? LOL – well, then I will RAISE the PRICE of MY go ahead Obama, raise's just going to be a vicious circle......THEN, when we reach the 20 Trillion mark,(we are currently at 17 trillion) hopefully we will go back to the "gold standard" by then....good luck Democrats in 2014.....when you lay in bed with dogs, and make bad policy's, you get fleas.....

    December 4, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  7. judithcharlette

    As super as Warren is...she can serve the country best staying where she is and doing what she knows.
    We need her desperately, and the knowledge she brings about the banks, inequality in labor, wealth and its influence and
    hostage taking of the /american people...and fairness.
    Thanks for bowing out. It was a race that would have only hurt the voice of the people who need you.

    December 5, 2013 12:33 am at 12:33 am |