CNN's GUT CHECK for March 17, 2014
March 17th, 2014
05:30 PM ET
9 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for March 17, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for March 17, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

FIRST ON CNN: PUTIN TO RELEASE HIS OWN SANCTIONS LIST THAT WILL INCLUDE U.S. SENATORS … Hours after President Barack Obama authorized sanctions on Russian officials over the Crimea vote, Russian President Vladimir Putin is expected to release his own sanctions list tomorrow targeting U.S. officials and politicians, the Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin told Brooke Baldwin on CNN’s Newsroom Monday.

Rogin reports that Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Illinois, is confirmed to be included on the list. Other potentials include Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

President Obama told reporters Monday that the United States wants to make it clear to Russia "that further provocation (in Ukraine) will do nothing" except diminish Russia's standing in the world.

Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov addressed the nation from Kiev on Parliament TV: “We will never accept the annexing of our territory.”

[twitter-follow screen_name='GutCheckCNN']

U.S. MILITARY SCALING BACK SEARCH FOR MISSING FLIGHT 370 … CNN’s Barbara Starr reports: The USS Kidd is expected to leave the search area of the Indian Ocean for missing Malaysian Flight 370 in the coming days, in part because the Australians are now taking over most of the investigation there, according to several U.S. officials. However, a U.S. P-8 aircraft is expected to move to Perth, Australia to assist in the continued search. The total number of U.S. assets involved in the ongoing search will be reduced, but U.S. officials say the P-8 will be able to cover a wider range of ocean more quickly than the ship could.

RAND RISING: Rand Paul has done something his father never did - top the list of potential Republican presidential candidates in a national poll. According to a new CNN/ORC International survey, 16% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents say they would be likely to support the senator from Kentucky for the 2016 nomination.

Mar. 7- Mar. 9
Sampling error: +/-5% pts

Strong leader
Clinton 64%
Obama 50%

Clinton 64%
Obama 53%

Can manage government
Clinton 59%
Obama 43%

Inspires confidence
Clinton 58%
Obama 49%

INSIDE POLITICS: EXPECT MORE HOUSE RETIREMENTS FROM DOUBTFUL DEMS CNN’s John King reports: Florida election results cause more Democratic exits: Watch in the week or so ahead for a few more retirements by veteran House Democrats. I'm told the Florida special election results were the last straw for at least two and perhaps more House Democrats facing tough 2014 races. Leadership will make a run at persuading these lawmakers otherwise – but with hope of regaining the majority all but lost, watch the Capitol exits.

INSIDE POLITICS: SURGEON GENERAL WARNING: CNN’s John King reports: “The president’s nominee to be the surgeon general of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, was nominated back in November and had his confirmation hearing in February. He cannot be approved, because Republicans oppose him and now Democrats are pulling away ... Look at all of these states (with vulnerable Democratic Senate seats) like Arkansas, Louisiana and West Virginia where gun rights matter. Dr. Murthy’s crime is he agrees with the president that you need more gun controls. He agrees with the president of the United States but he can't get a vote because the National Rifle Association has served notice it will punish anybody who supports him. What's the president to do?”

WHILE YOUR COFFEE IS BOILING: CNN’s newest show “Inside Politics,” hosted by CNN’s John King on Sunday mornings at 8:30am, will now air a 10 minute segment every weekday morning from 7:30am to 7:40am to cover the biggest headlines in political news.

THE BUZZ: GUINNESS PULLS OUT OF ST. PATRICK'S DAY PARADE IN NEW YORK CITY Guinness is the latest beer giant to withdraw its support for a St. Patrick's Day parade because lesbian and gay groups aren't allowed to march openly … The announcement by Guinness comes days after rival Heineken also pulled out of the New York City parade, and Sam Adams announced that it would no longer sponsor the Boston parade for the same reason. Both parades have policies under which sexual orientation is not allowed to be displayed, meaning marchers are not able to hold signs or wear shirts identifying themselves as LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender).

Gut Check Full Service: Same-sex marriage first became legal in Massachusetts almost 10 years ago - on May 18, 2004 – by a Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruling that said prohibiting such couples from marrying violated the state constitution.

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks close higher following the Crimea vote. Dow adds 178 points. S&P 500 rises 1%. NASDAQ gains 0.8%.

(Answer below)
Why is the color green synonymous with St. Patrick's Day?

the LEDE
Did you miss it?

Leading CNNPolitics: First on CNN: Battle over pledge in Brown-Shaheen Senate fight
New polls give Shaheen double-digit lead: A second straight public opinion poll indicates Shaheen has a double digit lead over Brown. According to an American Research Group survey released Monday, 50% of Granite State registered voters say they would support Shaheen, with 38% backing Brown and 12% undecided. The survey indicates Shaheen has a 49%-34% advantage among independent voters. – Paul Steinhauser

Leading New Orleans Times Picayune: It's official: Edwin Edwards is running for Congress
Just three years after his release from federal prison, former Gov. Edwin Edwards is throwing his hat into the open race for Louisiana's 6th Congressional District. "I acknowledge there are good reasons I should not run. But there are better reasons why I should," he said. The 86-year-old Silver Fox, known for his memorable, often shocking quotes and the nearly nine years spent behind bars on extortion, fraud and racketeering charges, made the announcement at a meeting of the Press Club of Baton Rouge on Monday. – Lauren McGaughy

Leading Drudge: Rise of a New Motherland
Crimeans voted overwhelmingly to leave Ukraine and join Russia, election officials said Sunday, capping a heavy-handed campaign that blocked most voters from hearing a vision for any alternative to unification with Moscow. Crimean election Spokesman Mikhail Malyshev said the final result was 96.77 percent to rejoin Russia and 2.51 percent against. – Carol Morello, Pamela Constable and Anthony Faiola

Leading Politico: President Obama urges Mahmoud Abbas to keep peace process on course
President Barack Obama urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to continue working toward a framework for Mideast peace talks as the two met at the White House on Monday. “Now is the time for not just the leaders of both sides but the peoples” to come together and “move forward in a new spirit of cooperation and compromise,” Obama said in the Oval Office at the start of their meeting, which comes ahead of a late-April deadline to develop a framework for peace talks. – Jennifer Epstein

Leading New York Times: Obama Factor Adds to Fears of Democrats
Interviews with more than two dozen Democratic members of Congress, state party officials and strategists revealed a new urgency about the need to address the party’s prospects. One Democratic lawmaker, who asked not to be identified, said Mr. Obama was becoming “poisonous” to the party’s candidates. At the same time, Democrats are pressing senior aides to Mr. Obama for help from the (president’s) political network. – Jonathan Martin and Ashley Parker

The political bites of the day

- Condoleezza Rice: Obama's foreign policy strategy failed, dictators have gained power -
FORMER SECRETARY OF STATE CONDOLEEZZA RICE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SUNDAY: “There was a view that if the United States pulled back and stopped ‘imposing’ and ‘insisting’ in the world, the vacuum would be filled by good things: the international community and the allies … But what has filled that space has been brutal dictators; extremist forces, especially in Iraq and Syria; and nationalism.”

- Obama still distancing himself from Obamacare ‘Doctor’ pledge -
PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA IN AN INTERVIEW WITH WEBMD ON FRIDAY: “For the average person, many folks who don't have health insurance initially, they're going to have to make some choices, and they might end up having to switch doctors, in part because they're saving money.”

- Priebus: Paul Ryan's 'inner city' comments prove that Democrats are ‘waiting to pounce’ -
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN REINCE PRIEBUS TO CANDY CROWLEY ON CNN’S STATE OF THE UNION ON SUNDAY: “Paul said he thought it was inarticulate, but quite frankly, Democrats are lying in wait as well to pounce on whatever might be off tone … Why was Paul even talking about this? The reason he was talking about it (is) because he's devoted a large part of his life, starting back when he worked with Jack Kemp, on finding ways to tackle poverty, to free up capital, to create opportunities in urban areas around this country."

- Koch Brothers target another Democratic senator –
NARRATOR IN AN AD TARGETING SEN. MARK UDALL OF COLORADO: "Millions have lost their health insurance, millions can't see their own doctors, and millions are paying more and getting less … Obamacare doesn't work. It just doesn't work. Tell Senator Udall to stop thinking about politics and start thinking about people."

–Move over Patti Stanger: Chelsea Clinton gives dating advice -
CHELSEA CLINTON DURING A SEGMENT OF “MONDAYS WITH MARLO,” HOSTED BY ACTRESS AND ACTIVIST MARLO THOMAS: “Even when I’m working very hard and my husband, Marc, is working very hard, we prioritize time together … Sometimes that means there are weeks where we don’t really see our friends, but we ensure that every week at least we have one date night. And we ensure that if we’re really tired one night, we don’t talk about our days. That’s OK, but we never have two days where we don’t talk about our days.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Will Saletan (‏@saletan)
If you liked the election victory margins in Cuba and North Korea, you'll love Russia's 90+ percent margin in Crimea.

Emily Cahn (‏@CahnEmily)
Edwin Edwards quoted Julius Caesar and spoke Latin while announcing his bid for #LA06. "Alea iacta est, the die is cast," Edwards said.

FreedomWorks (@FreedomWorks)
FreedomWorks PAC Endorses to Protect Pro-Freedom GOP Incumbents @FreedomWorksPAC #tcot #tlot

Molly Ball ‏(@mollyesque)
No, Joe Scarborough wasn’t on the 2016 ballot at that New Hampshire GOP meeting. Here’s why

Eli Yokley (‏@eyokley)
After a successful effort on military sexual assault, @clairecmc tells an audience in #CoMo, "College campuses are next." #mizzou

Sara Ganim (sganim)
Current basketball and football players have filed suit against the NCAA this morning, asking to be paid like the pros. More coming soon...

Sara Ganim (sganim)
The athletes are Martin Jenkins (Clemson), Jonathan Moore (OK State), Kevin Perry (UTEP) and Bill Tyndall (Cal). (‏@CNNMoney)
General Motors appoints lawyer best known for his work on the Lehman bankruptcy to investigate recall problems: $GM

Phil LeBeau ‏(@Lebeaucarnews)
BREAKING: $GM CEO on recall investigation: "As a member of the GM family and as a mother with a family, this hits home with me."

Michael Sheridan (‏@NYDNSheridan)
Watch @KTLA anchors duck & cover as earthquake hits Los Angeles in hilarious clip @IrvingDeJohn

Kevin Bohn (‏@KevinBohnCNN)
Major arts patron and John Edwards money backer Bunny Mellon, 103, died this am, her atty confirms to CNN. Mellon was close to Jackie O.

Willie Geist (@WillieGeist)
Savannah brought a plus-one to her own beautiful wedding. Congrats, @SavannahGuthrie, @FeldMike, & Baby TBD!

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
The color green is synonymous with St. Patrick’s Day to commemorate Irish soldiers who wore full green uniforms to stand out during the Irish Rebellion in 1798.

After the rebellion, many Irish also wore green to show off three-leafed clovers, the symbol Saint Patrick used to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish.

For many the color green also represents the lush green farmlands of Ireland, the country that is commonly nicknamed, "Emerald Isle."

(why aren’t you in it)

No correct answers to today’s Gut Check question. Better luck tomorrow.

Tips or comments? Our inbox awaits:
Anyone can sign up for Gut Check by emailing

Do you have a friend who wants to sign up for GUT CHECK or our new CNNPolitics Breaking News Alerts? Click here, log on and scroll down.

Filed under: CNN's Gut Check
soundoff (2 Responses)

    I bet Ever dang one of us man will need a lower G.i. when obama's not so A.C.A gets final y gets going ! Im sure it will be somewhat chaped and free ! Aleast the irs will give us credit ?

    March 17, 2014 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  2. Name Uche Agonsi

    Correct me if I am wrong to say I missed some points on the Pistorius case. These are....
    .. Did Pistorius went to the balcony with his gun just to lock windows and bring in fan. Where was the gun at the time.
    ...what would have made the girlfriend lock the bathroom door with key or bolt if she was in the house with only Pistorius.
    ... Why have we not heard statements from these Forensics experts on other physical or emotional state of Pistorius girlfriend
    .... Why must Pistorius move the body of the girlfriend up and down without calling anybody for help, not even the security. In his state its quite a job to perform.
    ... When has protection/defence been raised to firing a gun at the slightest noise. It could have been anybody.

    March 18, 2014 12:47 am at 12:47 am |