CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014
January 10th, 2014
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 10, 2014

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BREAKING … CHRISTIE DOCUMENT DUMP RAISES MORE QUESTIONS … A New Jersey State Assembly committee on Friday released a batch of documents that are part of its investigation of top advisers to Gov. Chris Christie who closed down access lanes in September to the country's busiest bridge as an act of political retribution. Read the Key Excerpts Here:

One day after an ex-official invoked his Fifth Amendment rights at a state legislative hearing on the New Jersey bridge scandal, CNN's Chief National Correspondent John King reports the legislative committee's chairman and staff are taking steps to subpoena Bridget Anne Kelly, a second key witness and Gov. Chris Christie's ex-deputy chief of staff.

OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL RECOGNIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGES IN UTAH … The Justice Department announced Friday it will recognize – for federal purposes – same-sex marriages performed for a short period in Utah. The state on Wednesday said it would not recognize the approximately 1,000 marriages or marriage licenses issued for gay and lesbian couples, at least until the issue is fully resolved in the courts. – Bill Mears and Evan Perez

ATTORNEY GENERAL ERIC HOLDER IN A VIDEOTAPED MESSAGE: "These families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their status as the litigation unfolds … In the days ahead, we will continue to coordinate across the federal government to ensure the timely provision of every federal benefit to which Utah couples and couples throughout the country are entitled, regardless of whether they in same-sex or opposite-sex marriages."

THE BUZZ (BFD): Americans Still Say Health Law More Harmful Than Helpful. Gallup: “Nearly half of Americans say the Affordable Care Act will make the healthcare situation in the U.S. worse in the long run, while slightly more than one-third think it will make the situation better. These attitudes have changed little since late November.” – Frank Newport

MARKET WATCH: Wall Street's first full week of 2014 ends mixed. Dow finishes lower; S&P 500 and Nasdaq post modest gains.

(Answer below)
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, his 2013 campaign manager Bill Stepien and ex-Port Authority official David Wildstein all worked on which Senate campaign?

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Leading CNNPolitics: Senate negotiations on unemployment benefits hit partisan snag
A compromise Senate plan to pay for the cost of extending unemployment benefits ran into resistance Thursday from a group of Republicans whom the agreement was supposed to attract. – Ted Barrett

Leading Star-Ledger: Bridge scandal: Petition calling for Chris Christie's resignation launched by liberal group
The New Jersey Working Families Alliance has posted the petition on and other sites. As of 1:30 p.m. today, it has drawn more than 18,000 signatures — 5,000 from New Jersey, the organization said. – Brent Johnson

Leading Dallas Morning News: Cornyn aims at Obama in statewide ad blitz; pushes concealed carry bill
Sen. John Cornyn has launched the first statewide ad blitz of his reelection effort and he’s keeping his aim squarely on President Obama — ignoring Rep. Steve Stockman, his best-known rival in the March primary. – Todd J. Gillman

Leading Charleston Gazette: Still no timeline for water restoration in Kanawha Valley
Residents of Charleston and a nine-county surrounding area don't know how much of a coal-cleaning chemical is in their drinking water, exactly what that substance could do to them, or when West Virginia American Water officials will lift a "do not use" order issued later yesterday afternoon.

Leading Kentucky Courier-Journal: Sen. Mitch McConnell ripped by GOP opponent Matt Bevin
U.S. Senate candidate Matt Bevin laid out his vision for the Republican Party and lashed out at Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell on Thursday in a policy speech that touched on everything from adoption to tort reform. – Joseph Gerth

Curious why despite the huge miss in payrolls the unemployment rate tumbled from 7.0% to 6.7%? The reason is because in December the civilian labor force did what it usually does in the New Normal: it dropped from 155.3 million to 154.9 million, which means the labor participation rate just dropped to a fresh 35 year low, hitting levels not seen since 1978, at 62.8% down from 63.0%. – Tyler Durden

The political bites of the day

- Jolly defends 2011 lobbying record linking him to Gulf oil drilling -
FL-13 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY CANDIDATE DAVID JOLLY TO THE TAMPA BAY TIMES: “I did not lobby for that legislation … I had a practice of always overcomplying (with disclosure requirements).”

Gut Check Full Service: The FL-13 Republican primary will take place on Tuesday, January 14th. Jolly will face off against State Rep. Kathleen Peters and retired Marine and lawyer Mark Bircher. The general election will occur on March 11th.

- Warner pollster: Gillespie will be embarrassed by his own race -
MARK WARNER’S POLLSTER GEOFF GARIN TO THE NEW YORK TIMES: “The likelihood that he will be embarrassed by this race is at least as great as the likelihood that he will run a respectable race.”

- Giuliani: Bridge scandal a ‘prank’ -
“I see this more as not suggesting somebody's a bully, (but) a stupid political prank that backfired, which could happen in any administration to anyone based on an aide who just misinterpreted things and went further than you should go.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Ryan Lizza ‏(@RyanLizza)
Source: New bridge docs refer 2 meeting b/w Christie & Dave Samson, his Port Authority appointee, days before "time for some traffic" email.

Fred V. Malek (‏@FredVMalek)
With today’s jobs report, the White House has led us to the lowest labor participation rate in 36 years. Good grief.

Senator Harry Reid (‏@SenatorReid)
If we fail to restore emergency UI, it would cost the economy 240,000 jobs. This hurts all of us, not just the unemployed. #RenewUI

Greg Sargent ‏(@ThePlumLineGS)
Calling the GOP's bluff: Harry Reid is set to allow votes on some GOP amendments on UI, his office confirms:

Mark Harris (‏@MarkHarrisNYC)
Remarkable stat: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is the first movie with a solo female lead to be the year's #1 film since The Exorcist

carl hulse (‏@hillhulse)
It really is 2014. Sen Cochran, facing a Tea Party primary, to deliver GOP radio address. Not normally one to seek out a microphone

David Plouffe (‏@davidplouffe)
Having campaigned hard and won twice in VA, we got to know the commonwealth exceedingly well. Mark Warner's strength statewide remarkable.

Chris Geidner ‏(@chrisgeidner)
Obama "welcomes" DOJ decision on Utah marriages, but @PressSec says, "This was a determination by the AG."

Joyce Karam ‏(@Joyce_Karam)
U.S. issues travel alert to #Russia, asks citizens to be attentive during Sochi Winter #Olympics 7 Feb -16 March.

Brad Paisley ‏(@BradPaisley)
Hey, Everyone in my home state of WV in Kanawha County needs to know about this water situation:

Governor Tomblin ‏(@GovTomblin)
Needed items: water, sanitizer, wipes, liquid baby formula, paper plates, plastic utensils, and microwavable meals.

Neel Kashkari ‏(@neelkashkari)
ACA-compliant ins card arrived. Highlights all the ways it is supposedly "better." Where's the Obama HOPE seal?

Martin O'Malley ‏(@GovernorOMalley)
Today we’re announcing our innovative health care reform proposal to prevent sickness, focus on wellness, and lower costs.

Gut Check DVR: Tune into to CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley at 9am E.T. Sunday to see Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley discuss his new initiative to fight millionaires fleeing Maryland because of taxes and a possible 2016 run.

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, his campaign manager Bill Stepien and ex-Port Authority official David Wildstein all worked on Rep. Bob Franks’ 2000 Senate campaign against Democrat Jon Corzine.

In his news conference yesterday, Christie tried to distance himself from Wildstein saying they hadn’t kept in touch for over 20 years, but did come together for Franks’ campaign. “We reacquainted years later in, I think 2000, when he was helping Bob Franks with his Senate campaign against Jon Corzine.”

In September 2013, Christie revealed that he had asked Bob Franks to be his running mate on the Republican ticket as Lt. Governor in 2009 but Franks turned down the offer.

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Congrats to Jason Seher ‏(@jhseher), Peter Ubertaccio @ProfessorU and Jack Griffith (‏@JackArchery) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check Trivia question.

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  1. Sniffit

    "Governor Tomblin ‏(@GovTomblin)
    Needed items: water, sanitizer, wipes, liquid baby formula, paper plates, plastic utensils, and microwavable meals."

    Someone's packing for a trip to the GOP/Teatroll controlled House...

    January 10, 2014 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. Gurgyl

    GOP is a mess.... Gone to dogs, pretty much with corruption etc.

    January 10, 2014 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    Port Authority police were telling people that the idea for closing down all the traffic choke-points came from the Mayor of Fort Lee. They don't say things like that unless it gets handed down to them.

    January 10, 2014 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  4. bill

    is it too iate to blame bush? it was a video. WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?

    January 10, 2014 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  5. Thomas

    Gov. Chris Christie will have a hard time making this go away !

    How could I vote for a guy who's two top aides used intimidation , Chris Christie isn't ready for the White house .

    It's all about the people you choose , and he makes bad ones .

    January 10, 2014 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  6. Randy, San Francisco

    What a pathetic field of Republican Tea Party presidential candidates...the only viable candidate, Gov Christie, who matches up well with Hillary Clinton turns out to be a common thug and bully.

    January 10, 2014 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  7. Stuffitu

    Is it clear yet to democrat liberals that the corrupt president they stole the elections for is a complete failure , or do they believe the liberal media that keeps propping him up? If Obozo was put under t he same scrutiny by the media on the IRS scandal as Chritie was on the bridge fiasco, he would be in jail. Obama appoint a campaign contributor to investigate. Gee, don't you wonder what will be found. In the meantime the NYT has 20 reporters investigating Chrisie.

    January 11, 2014 08:49 am at 8:49 am |
  8. Marie MD

    He's not a bully he just plays one in real life against anybody who stands in the way of his immense bulk.
    Sort of like what's her face from DE who is only famous for her I'm not a witch campaign ad.
    She might not be but he certainly is!

    January 11, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |

    Sorry Gillespie but Virginia is now a blue state.

    January 11, 2014 11:02 am at 11:02 am |