CNN's GUT CHECK for April 22, 2014
April 22nd, 2014
04:46 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 22, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for April 22, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

SCOTUS UPHOLDS AFFIRMATIVE ACTION BAN … The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld a Michigan law banning the use of racial criteria in college admissions, a key decision in an unfolding legal and political battle nationally over affirmative action. The justices found 6-2 that a lower court did not have the authority to set aside the measure approved in a 2006 referendum supported by 58% of voters. Kennedy, Roberts, Scalia, Thomas, Alito and Breyer were in the majority; Sotomayor and Ginsburg dissented. – Bill Mears

JUSTICE KENNEDY: "This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it.”

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: "For members of historically marginalized groups, which rely on the federal courts to protect their constitutional rights, the decision can hardly bolster hope for a vision of democracy that preserves for all the right to participate meaningfully and equally in self-government.”

FIRST ON CNN: 15 CITIES IN RUNNING FOR 2016 DEM CONVENTION … The Democratic Party has asked 15 mayors to submit formal bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention, an event that could cost a city as much as $60 million but the payout could be triple the investment or more … Cities that received the DNC's Request for Proposal or "RFP" include: Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Detroit, Indianapolis, Las Vegas, Miami, Nashville, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and Salt Lake City. – Mark Preston

BIDEN TO UKRAINE: WE HAVE YOUR BACK … As the crisis in Ukraine shows no signs of easing, Vice President Joe Biden promised support for Ukraine and stressed that the United States won't recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea. "Ukraine is and must remain one country," he said in Kiev on Tuesday at a news conference with Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk. "No nation has the right to simply grab land from another nation … We will never recognize Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea." – Laura Smith-Spark and Gul Tuysuz

MCCAIN TO BIDEN: “Or else what? … If they continue to do this, what will we do?”

THE BUZZ: CONFESSIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE KITCHEN … While the Obamas have brought their own vision of healthy eating and exercise to the White House, each first family–and the people who work for them– shape the place. Get it? Shape?

1. Hillary Clinton considered having a kitchen garden at the start of her husband's first term.
2. There was a Weight Watchers group among White House staff during President George W. Bush's first term.
3. George H.W. Bush would come into the kitchen to snack and gab.
4. Nancy and Ronald Reagan put exercise equipment in the residence.
5. During the Carter era, the staff locked up the cookies at night.
– Washington Post’s Juliet Eilperin

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks end higher, led by tech heavy NASDAQ, after strong corporate reports and mergers. Dow gains 65 points.

(Answer below)
What type of scholarship did George Washington University award to (then future Senator) Elizabeth Warren when she was 16 years old?

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Leading A new player steps into South Carolina governor's race
South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is one of the GOP's brightest stars, a 42-year-old Indian-American, a dynamo fundraiser and a favorite of national Republicans eager to showcase diversity in their ranks. But Haley's path to victory might have just become more complicated … That's because a little-known attorney and former judge named Tom Ervin has joined the race for governor as an independent - and his campaign is threatening to raise at least $6 million in the process. – Peter Hamby

Leading CNNMoney: You could soon use bitcoin to support political campaigns
Bitcoin enthusiasts may soon be able to use the digital currency to support political campaigns. The Federal Election Commission will consider a request this Wednesday that could open the floodgates for donors to make political contributions in Bitcoin in the upcoming mid-term elections. – Jennifer Liberto

Leading Washington Post: Romney gives $10,000 to McDonnell’s legal defense fund
Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, has made a personal donation of $10,000 to former Virginia governor Robert F. McDonnell's legal defense fund, a Romney aide confirmed Tuesday. – Phillip Rucker

Leading Springfield News-Leader: Marionville mayor resigns
Marionville Mayor Dan Clevenger resigned Monday night for making anti-Semitic comments in the wake of the arrest of white supremacist Frazier Glenn Miller and after aldermen voted 4-1 to start the impeachment process. Clevenger, 59, said he was personally hurt to hear resident after resident say he was a local and national embarrassment to the city.

Leading Drudge: Middle Class: World's Richest No More
While the wealthiest Americans are outpacing many of their global peers, a New York Times analysis shows that across the lower- and middle-income tiers, citizens of other advanced countries have received considerably larger raises over the last three decades. – David Leonhardt and Kevin Quealy

Leading HuffPo: Common Ground: Flake Backs Bush On Contentious GOP Issue
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) on Monday agreed with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush that illegal immigration can be considered an "act of love." Flake, in a Facebook post, praised Bush for speaking "so humanely and unapologetically about the motivations" of undocumented immigrants in a Fox News appearance that aired earlier this month. – Ashley Alman

Leading Politico: The death of the Sunday shows
The Sunday morning shows once occupied a sacred space in American politics. Today, many influential Washington players can’t even remember the last time they watched. – Dylan Byers

Leading New York Times: With Eyes on Possible Clinton Run, Questions on Room for Other Women
Never has there been so much rising female talent in the Democratic Party, with a record 20 women in the Senate, 16 of them Democrats. They include Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, the liberal fund-raising powerhouse and author of a new book, “A Fighting Chance”; Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, the former prosecutor with made-for-state-fair charms; the issue-grabber Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand of New York; and others, like Gov. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire. Any one of them would be potential candidates for the bottom of a 2016 ticket, or possibly even have a shot at the top. – Jennifer Steinhauer

The political bites of the day

- Which Michigan Senate candidate really knows more about women? -
REPUBLICAN TERRI LYNN LAND IN A NEW CAMPAIGN AD: “Congressman Gary Peters and his buddies want you to believe I’m waging a war on women. Really? Think about that for a moment.” (LONG pause with music as Land sips from a coffee mug) “I’m Terri Lynn Land and I approve this message because as a woman, I might know a little bit more about women than Gary Peters.”

Gary Peters ‏(@Peters4Michigan)
.@TerriLLand has adopted the GOP's backward policies on equal pay and women's health. For that, she owes MI more than a 30 second gimmick.

- Udall slams Gardner on birth control, abortion -
NARRATOR IN NEW UDALL SENATE AD: “It comes down to respect for women and our lives. So Congressman Cory Gardner’s history promoting harsh anti-abortion laws is disturbing. Gardner sponsored a bill to make abortion a felony, including cases of rape and incest. Gardner even championed an eight-year crusade to outlaw birth control here in Colorado. But Mark Udall protects our right to choose, (and) our access to birth control. Mark Udall. In a word, respect.”

- Dole on Paul, Cruz, Rubio: They're not ready -
FORMER GOP SEN. BOB DOLE TO THE WICHITA EAGLE: "A number of the younger members, first-termers like Rand Paul, (Marco) Rubio and that extreme-right-wing guy – Ted Cruz? All running for president now … I don't think they've got enough experience yet."

- Cochran challenger airs first ad in Mississippi primary race -
SENATE CANDIDATE CHRIS MCDANIEL: “Mississippi is my home. I was born here. I love raising my family here. I'm Chris McDaniel, and I approve this message because our politicians in Washington have forgotten our conservative Mississippi values. Here's where I stand: Prayer in public school: Yes. Obamacare: No. Second Amendment rights: Absolutely. More wasteful spending: Not a chance. That's the type of constitutional conservatism we need in the Senate.”

- Perry challenges Cuomo to debate -
“A debate between the governors of two of the largest states in the country on policy issues such as taxes, government spending, education, regulations and legal reform would be beneficial to our states and our country as a whole … New York is a great state with good and hardworking people, but if it is going to be successful in the future, New York needs more policies that encourage job creation. I believe we are doing it right in Texas, and I hope Gov. Cuomo will accept my invitation.”

What stopped us in 140 characters or less

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (‏@SchuetteOnDuty)
Today the US Supreme Court heard the voices of equality and fairness expressing the concern & voices of MI people. #MCRI

Corrine Brown (@RepCorrineBrown)
I am disappointed in today’s #SCOTUS decision. It diminishes #AffirmativeAction and the assurance of diversity in schools across the country

Andrew Lapin (‏@AndrewLapin)
Upholding the aff. action ban is a nasty goodbye to UM's Mary Sue Coleman, whose tenure was largely defined by her opposition to it.…

Dan Merica ‏(@danmericaCNN)
.@JohnBoozman had an aortic aneurysm, had surgery Tues. morning and is "so far, so good," a source tells @DanaBashCNN

Washington County, Arkansas Democratic Party (‏@WashCoDemocrats)
Our thoughts and prayers are with Senator John Boozman. Speedy recovery, Senator.

Gregory Korte (‏@gregorykorte)
Only two cities are still in the running for both the GOP and Dem conventions in 2016: Las Vegas and Cleveland:

Ben White (‏@morningmoneyben)
2016 Dem convo got to be Chicago, right? Obama returns home to anoint Hillary, Illinois' favorite daughter? …

Matt Viser (‏@mviser)
Jeanne Shaheen and Ed Markey are among the senators heading to Silicon Valley this week to scoop up campaign cash. …

John Newsome (‏@JohnNCNN)
Supreme Court quizzes Aereo this morning: Do TV streams break the law? via @CNNMoney

Paul Steinhauser (‏@psteinhauserCNN)
379 Elm Street in downtown Manchester, New Hampshire: An office with a lot of political pedigree

CNN Political Ticker ‏(@PoliticalTicker)
GOP primary to fill cocaine congressman's seat

Charles Johnson ‏(@Green_Footballs)
Florida Republican Arrested for DUI After Leaving Taco Bell at 2 A.M.

Philip Rucker (‏@PhilipRucker)
In a single sentence, RNC spox uses Warren's book release to work in a hit on Hillary Clinton ("a blast from the past").

TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer

Elizabeth Warren was named “Oklahoma’s top high school debater” at age 16. That same year, the future Massachusetts senator graduated from high school and entered George Washington University on a full debate scholarship.

In an interview, Warren said, “I was 16 years old when I graduated from high school, and I got a full scholarship in debate that included room, board, tuition, books and a little spending money. It was a fabulous scholarship at George Washington University, if I would debate for them.”

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Congrats to Erin Robinson (@SomeWherErin) for correctly answering today’s Gut Check trivia question.

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  1. Thomas

    The founder of Russia's most popular social network site says he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his site.

    April 22, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  2. Michelle

    I would like to know what is going on with the unemployment extension? Last I seen was that it was going to the House for vote? Any news would be appreciated.

    April 22, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. Tom l

    Why anyone would be against a mother having a choice where to send their kid to school can only be politically motivated. Or maybe I'm wrong and public schools have a wonderful track record. You want to see how much public school administrators care about your money just read up on Belmont high school in downtown LA and the 600 million dollar school that was built.

    April 22, 2014 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |