CNN's GUT CHECK for December 9, 2013
December 9th, 2013
06:15 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 9, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 9, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

OH, WHAT A FLIGHT! PRESIDENT OBAMA EN ROUTE TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH GEORGE W. BUSH AND HILLARY CLINTON: The high-profile figures mostly congregated in the plane's conference room, White House press secretary Jay Carney said. When not in the conference room, the Obamas stayed in the President's cabin while the Bushes sat in the medical office directly behind. Clinton sat in the senior staff cabin behind the medical office, according to the White House pool report.

More than 20 members of the U.S. House, mostly Democrats, and Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz are traveling to South Africa to honor and mourn the loss of former South African president and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela.

For Washington, Christmas could come early. Or it could not come at all.
The deal to end the government shutdown in October included a new deadline - come up with a plan to fund the government by December 13 or risk another partial government shutdown next month. – Leigh Ann Caldwell

NEWTOWN FIRST SELECTMAN PATRICIA LLODRA AT A PRESS CONFERENCE: “We were fully aware of our tragedy so we’re trying to say to the world, ‘Please give us the chance to grow into that really happy, healthy place that loves children and families, that has great schools. We know who we are. We know that’s our destiny, but we need you to help us get there by please staying away.”

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end slightly higher. Dow adds 6 points. NASDAQ finishes up 0.2% after touching 13-year high.

(Answer below)
What did Sarah Palin forget to bring with her the day she got married?

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Leading CNNPolitics: Democratic governors pow-wow ahead of 2014 contests
Democratic governors and gubernatorial candidates have been meeting in Washington Monday to plot strategy ahead of next year's elections, when three dozen governorships are up for grabs … The main mission is to give a walk-through to both incumbent governors and hopefuls running next year of what exactly the DGA does and how it can help them.- Paul Steinhauser

Leading CNNMoney: The myth of the American Dream
Likelihood you’ll be stuck in the same class as your parents: Peru: 67%, U.K.: 50%, U.S.: 47%, Pakistan: 45%, France 41%, Japan: 34%, Canada 29%, Denmark: 15% – Steve Hargreaves

Gut Check Full Service: PRESIDENT OBAMA IN HIS SPEECH ABOUT INEQUALITY ON WEDNESDAY: “The combined trends of increased inequality and decreasing mobility pose a fundamental threat to the American Dream, our way of life, and what we stand for around the globe.”

Leading U-T San Diego: Filner gets 3 months home confinement
Disgraced former Mayor Bob Filner received three months of home confinement and three years of probation in a sentencing hearing Monday. It’s the final chapter in Filner’s stunning fall after revelations of repeated inappropriate sexual behavior with women.

President Vladimir Putin tightened his control over Russia's media on Monday by dissolving the main state news agency and replacing it with an organization tasked with promoting Moscow's image abroad. – Timothy Heritage

Leading HuffPo: Gun Control Battle Shifts To States After Newtown Massacre
In the year since the massacre of 26 schoolchildren and adults in Newtown, Connecticut, efforts to pass gun legislation have stalled in the U.S. Congress but shifted to the states, helped by the deep pockets of outgoing New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. – Ian Simpson

Leading Politico: Tech giants unite in push to make feds rein in NSA eavesdropping
Apple, Google, Facebook and other top technology companies on Monday took their strongest stance to date against sweeping government surveillance that collects vast amounts of data. But they also urged countries not to react to U.S. snooping by walling off the Internet.– Tony Romm

Leading New York Times: Three Senators Try to Hold Off G.O.P. in South
Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, and North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan are pretty much all that is left of Southern Democrats in the Senate. All three are up for re-election next year. And the outcome of their races could determine whether the Southern Democrat, once a formidable species in the Senate, is headed toward extinction in the upper chamber. – Campbell Robinson and Jeremy W. Peters

The political bites of the day

- Oregon Gov. says he is willing to take the heat on Obamacare -
OREGON GOV. JOHN KITZHABER IN AN ANNOUNCEMENT STATING HIS HISTORIC FOURTH TERM BID FOR GOVERNOR: "I think we need to remember that the website is not the exchange … I'm certainly willing to take a few slings and arrows for the rocky rollout,"

- Graham pushing renewed sanctions on Iran -
SEN. LINDSEY GRAHAM IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I'm hoping this week we will introduce a bipartisan, third round of sanctions tied to the endgame. They need to dismantle the plutonium-producing reactor, not freeze its construction. They need to turn over the 20% enriched uranium stockpile to the international community. They need to get out of the enrichment business. All of these things are in the UN resolutions.”

- Biden writes about Mandela on behalf of American people -
VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN IN A NOTE HE WROTE IN MANDELA’S CONDOLENCES BOOK: "On behalf of the American people, our deepest condolences to the people of South Africa for the passing of Nelson Mandela. But more than that, our profound gratitude - for his compassion, his humility, and his courage. Through his unflagging, unflinching commitment to human dignity and his willingness to forgive, he inspired us and challenged us all to do better. He once said that ‘a good head and a good heart is a formidable combination.’ Mandela’s head and heart lifted a nation to freedom. We will continue to keep his spirit alive and strive to live by his example."

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

David Daniel (‏@CNNLADavid)
91 world leaders headed to South Africa to honor Nelson Mandela: the biggest such gathering since Churchill in '65

Aaron Gilchrist (‏@nbcaaron)
Pres. Obama will share the podium with Cuban Pres. Raul Castro tomorrow at #Mandela memorial.

Gut Check Full-Service: BILL CLINTON ON MANDELA’S RELATIONSHIP WITH FIDEL CASTRO TO CNN’S WOLF BLITZER FRIDAY: “There was Mandela's fierce loyalty to anybody who had stuck by him personally and by the ANC, the African National Congress, his party, during his long 27 years in prison … And Castro did. And Mandela never forgot it.”

Evan Pérez‏ (@evanperez)
Ana Chapman might be embarrassed at these alleged spies: Russian diplomatic Medicaid fraud ring also spied, sources

Talking Points Memo (‏@TPM)
Ed Gillespie mulls challenge to Sen. Warner, Cuccinelli rules it out:

Alex Pappas (‏@AlexPappas)
The time Ed Gillespie resigned his post as chairman of the Virginia GOP … via @mattklewis

Alexandra Jaffe‏ (@ajjaffe)
Peter King on 2016: “You should ask Chris Christie if me being in the race disqualifies him.”

Manu Raju (‏@mkraju)
Sen. Mark Kirk, still recovering from his 2012 stroke, underwent surgery this weekend to have his gall bladder removed, his office says

POLITICO (‏@politico)
Sen. @CoryBooker is back to his old do-gooder ways, offering snow shoveling services and what not:

Stephanie Neely‏ (@StephanieNeely)
I appreciate a can-do politician, but don't expect shoveling from the Treasurer's Office! We only dig out of debt.

WFAN Sports Radio (‏@WFAN660)
Congrats, Joe! Torre elected to #HOF with Bobby Cox & Tony La Russa. No Steinbrenner.

John Shea (‏@JohnSheaHey)
Joe Torre: "The HOF is already taking effect. Usually I wear a 7 3/8 (cap size), and this is a 7 1/2. My head is getting bigger." #yankees

Paul Begala (@PaulBegala)
"Real, actual, poison." @CNN anchors @wolfblitzer, @andersoncooper & @ChrisCuomo on the legend of Ron Burgundy:

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

In 1988, at the age of 24, Sarah Louise Heath married Todd Palin in an elopement ceremony in Alaska. The couple gave birth to their first son, Track, the following year. In an interview with People Magazine in August 2008, Todd Palin said that he and Sarah named Track after their family’s favorite sport.

While hurrying to the courthouse on her wedding day, Palin forgot to bring a witness to the ceremony. Acting quickly, she gathered a few witnesses from a senior citizens home nearby. According to the New York Times, Todd and Sarah’s families learned that the couple had eloped after they each found a clump of flowers and a note left in their garages.

To add to her list of unique life experiences, The Sportsman Channel announced today that Sarah Palin will host her own weekly television show beginning in April that will feature her passion for the outdoors. This is the second television series starring the former nominee for Vice President. In 2010 and 2011, Palin was the host and executive producer of "Sarah Palin's Alaska," which aired on TLC.

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Congrats to Ellie Shingleton (‏@ershingleton) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. Sheila

    ""Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu, Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor, and North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan are pretty much all that is left of Southern Democrats in the Senate. All three are up for re-election next year. And the outcome of their races could determine whether the Southern Democrat, once a formidable species in the Senate, is headed toward extinction in the upper chamber""

    Just wait till the midterms – they will lose – Obama will definitely be a Lame Duck – after they take total control of congress

    December 9, 2013 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  2. Graeme from Ottawa

    Republican idea, now there is an oxymoron.

    December 10, 2013 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  3. Elliott Carlin

    It doesn't include Jayz or Bill Ayers?

    December 10, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |