CNN's GUT CHECK for December 11, 2013
December 11th, 2013
06:19 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 11, 2013

CNN's GUT CHECK | for December 11, 2013 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

BREAKING: Facebook to join closely-watched S&P 500 index, S&P announces. (

Despite criticism from Republican colleagues, and indications that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not support it, Ryan says he is confident the budget deal will have the votes to pass. "We will. We feel good about that, we feel good with where we are," he said in an interview with CNN's ‘The Lead with Jake Tapper.’ … "Others would like us to go farther in that right direction, I don't begrudge them of that, I want to go farther in that right direction. But I think this is a step in the right direction,"

BOEHNER’S HARSH WORDS FOR CONSERVATIVE GROUPS: House Speaker John Boehner lashed out at grassroots conservative groups opposed to a compromise budget deal, accusing them on Wednesday of "using our members and using the American people for their own goals." – Dana Bash, Deirdre Walsh and Lisa Desjardins

REACTION FROM THE LEFT: DEMOCRACY FOR AMERICA IN A STATEMENT: “We will not accept a budget that forces average Americans to lose critical income over the holidays while leaving the wealthiest Americans untouched. Tell Congress to reject this proposal immediately.”

OBAMACARE WEBSITE GETS $47 MILLION PRICE HIKE: The government has been cagey about revealing how much money has been spent to fix, but today officials revealed that the overall price tag for the troubled website has increased by $47 million. – Adam Aigner-Treworgy

HHS SEC. KATHLEEN SEBELIUS AT THE HOUSE ENERGY & COMMERCE COMMITTEE HEARING: “The Hub has worked beautifully from start to finish.”

GUT CHECK: DANA BASH’S REPORT ON 10-YEAR OLD’S DYING WISH: The House just passed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Research Bill, which would take $13 million a year that is currently set aside for political conventions and reauthorize it for pediatric research at the National Institutes of Health. The bill passed over the strong objections of Democratic leaders on cancer research, who called it a fraud and a GOP publicity stunt. But in the end enough Democrats voted with the GOP to pass the bill.


THE BUZZ: Interpreter at Mandela memorial dubbed a 'fake,' group says
The outraged deaf community in South Africa calls the government-appointed sign language interpreter at the Mandela memorial ceremony “fake” and a “fraud.” The government has promised an investigation.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end sharply lower amid concern that Fed stimulus could be tapered soon. Dow drops 131 points.

(Answer below)
What subject did Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., earn her bachelor's degree in?

the LEDE
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Leading Senator's chief of staff under investigation involving child porn allegations
Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, said Tuesday that law enforcement officials were searching the Washington home of his chief of staff, Ryan Loskarn, regarding allegations involving child pornography.

Leading CNNMoney: 5 things the budget deal doesn't do
1) The sequester: It doesn't replace the so-called sequester for much of the rest of the decade.
2) Unemployment benefits: It doesn't replace the so-called sequester for much of the rest of the decade
3) Medicare doctor payments: The deal doesn't address what both parties say they want to do:
4) The long-term debt: It doesn't really move the needle much on the country's long-term debt trajectory.
5) The debt ceiling: The deal would help Congress avert budget brinksmanship for a while. – Jeanne Sahadi

Leading Drudge: Boehner Goes Off On Right
House Speaker John Boehner went off on outside conservative groups Wednesday morning for pushing against the new budget deal. – Matt Berman

Leading Tampa Bay Times: Gov. Scott files election paperwork to seek re-election in 2014
Gov. Rick Scott submitted the necessary paperwork to the state Division of Elections Tuesday to seek a second term in 2014. Republican "Richard L. Scott" appointed Abby Dupree as his campaign treasurer and Frederick (Rick) Carroll III, a well-known Tallahassee CPA, as his deputy campaign treasurer. – Steve Bousquet

Leading Huffpo: Ted Cruz Walks Out Of Nelson Mandela Memorial Service In Protest
The Cuban-American U.S. Senator from Texas traveled to South Africa as part of a congressional delegation to attend Nelson Mandela’s memorial service on Tuesday. In contrast to President Obama, who made headlines for greeting Cuban head of state Raúl Castro with a handshake, Cruz walked out of the ceremony when Castro’s turn came to speak, ABC News reports.

Leading New York Times: U.S. Cites Rise in Health Plan Signups as Sebelius Testifies
A House panel investigating the health care rollout was questioning Kathleen Sebelius, the health secretary, on Wednesday as new data showed a sharp rise in signups for coverage. – Robert Pear

The political bites of the day

- McConnell: ‘I’m a big fan of the Tea Party –
SEN. MINORITY LEADER MITCH MCCONNELL IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS’S NEIL CAVUTO: “I’m a big fan of the tea party movement … I think it’s been extremely important in helping us regain the House and do well in the Senate in 2010 … I think the whole movement is devoted to trying to do something about government spending and debt has been very, very helpful to the conservative cause.”

- Rand Paul slams budget deal –
SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KENTUCKY, IN A STATEMENT: “There is a recurring theme in Washington budget negotiations. It's ‘I'll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.’ I think it's a huge mistake to trade sequester cuts now, for the promise of cuts later … The small sequester spending cuts were not nearly enough to address our deficit problem. Undoing tens of billions of this modest spending restraint is shameful and must be opposed. I cannot support a budget that raises taxes and never balances, nor can I support a deal that does nothing to reduce our nation's $17.3 trillion debt."

- Conservative blog likens deal to being partially pregnant -
ERICK ERICKSON IN AN ARTICLE FOR REDSTATE: “So it raises spending, it raises taxes … errr … ‘user fees,’ and it funds Obamacare. It’s the budgetary equivalent of being only a little bit pregnant.”

- White House: Budget deal is a good sign –
OBAMA STATEMENT ON THE BUDGET DEAL: “This agreement doesn’t include everything I’d like – and I know many Republicans feel the same way. That’s the nature of compromise. But it’s a good sign that Democrats and Republicans in Congress were able to come together and break the cycle of short-sighted, crisis-driven decision-making to get this done.”

- NJ Democrats outraged over Christie event on Ellis Island -
CHAIRMAN OF THE NEW JERSEY DEMOCRATIC STATE COMMITTEE JOHN CURRIE STATEMENT ON GOVERNOR CHRISTIE'S DECISION TO HOLD INAUGURAL FESTIVITIES ON ELLIS ISLAND: “Given his inconsistent positions on tuition equality for undocumented immigrants, Governor Christie is adding insult to injury with his decision to use Ellis Island for his inaugural event.”

- Rush: Podesta can’t fix this –
RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: “The point is, there are people all over this country who have just simply lost faith with the president. Now it's not a matter of listening to some guy on the radio warn them that you can't trust this guy. Now they know it, it's happened … Millions and millions of people no longer believe what Barack Obama says. This is the last straw. They can bring in all the fixers in the world they want; there's nothing John Podesta can do to fix this.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Luke Russert (‏@LukeRussert)
Newsiest item 2daqy is the fact that Boehner called out the outside conservative groups, that Q has been teed up 4 him b4 & he never played

Deirdre Walsh ‏(@deirdrewalshcnn)
Heritage moderator at event w/conservatives declines to respond to Boehner's criticism about outside groups coming out ag/budget deal

Dana Bash ‏(@DanaBashCNN)
Even most conservative members saying this helps @PRyan future prospects. Rep fleming told me its a good deal. Outside groups are wrong

GBC ‏(@GovBizCouncil)
At request of Sec @Sebelius, @HHSGov to investigate contracting process behind failed launch @Nextgov

Red Alert Politics ‏(@RedAlert)
Rep. Alan Grayson invites re-election supporters to be “Friends With Benefits” via @kelseyosterman

Matt Pearce (‏@mattdpearce)
US gun laws in Newtown's aftermath: Of the 109 state bills since enacted, 39 tightened gun restrictions, 70 loosened.

Reid J. Epstein (@reidepstein)
The Secret Service would have cleared the phony signer at Mandela service, but not vouched for his signing abilities

Kate Taylor ‏(@katetaylornyt)
De Blasios are moving to Gracie Mansion, but will keep home in Bklyn & stop by fav spots like Purity Diner & Bar Toto

The Washington Times (‏@WashTimes)
Leon #Panetta named as source of 'Zero Dark Thirty' scriptwriter’s information #ZeroDarkThirty #OsamabinLaden

Glenn Greenwald (‏@ggreenwald)
If TIME doesn't name Snowden Person of the Year, they're naming themselves Cowards of the Decade

Steven Greenhouse ‏(@greenhousenyt)
Time Magazine Picks Pope Francis as Person of the Year. It's hard not to like & admire this champion of the poor.

Bleacher Report ‏(@BleacherReport)
Mike Shanahan admitted he made a "mistake" by playing @RGIII in the playoffs and will shut him down for the year.

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Washington, earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Washington State University. She later taught preschool for several years before becoming a citizen lobbyist for education and environment reform.

While working as an activist in Washington, a state senator told Murray she was “just a mom in tennis shoes” and told her, “Go home. You can’t make a difference.” Undefeated, Murray adopted the slogan, “just a mom in tennis shows” as her campaign motto while running for the U.S. Senate. To this day, Murray hosts an annual “Golden Tennis Shoes luncheon” to recognize activists in her home state.

Like her budget counterpart in the House, Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, Murray enjoys spots and outdoor activities.

According to The American Prospect, Ryan and Murray met in-person for the first time last December for breakfast in the Senate dining room. The two had a “cordial conversation,” and continued to work together on budget issues moving forward.

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Congrats to Dana Russ (@danaruss) and Kevin Lauerman (@k_lau11) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. Sniffit

    Next up: GOP/Teatrolls seminar entitled "how to talk to children"? (Psssst, CNN, the dude was arrested and you're lagging on the story because you're so focused on trying to drum up nontroversy on Obama)

    December 11, 2013 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. rs

    Despite criticism from Republican colleagues, and indications that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell will not support it, Ryan says he is confident the budget deal will have the votes to pass."
    The question is that as the majority of the GOP in Congress (both House and the Senate) just 6 weeks ago voted to send America into fiscal default, can they actually line up the votes to pass their own budget. I'll bet not, but perhaps Boehner can finally make something happen. It will clear the Senate with the filibusters on the back burner.

    December 11, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |

    Lyin Ryan called a RINO now by the Guns Over People tea potty wingnuts. He's has 2010 buyer's remorse.

    December 12, 2013 06:11 am at 6:11 am |
  4. Marie MD

    I almost threw up my breakfast looking at the lyan altar boy's picture.
    He thinks he is looking presidential but he was at the bottom of the twit's barrel.

    December 12, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |