CNN’s POLITICAL GUT CHECK | for July 30, 2014 | 5 p.m.
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BOEHNER LAWSUIT ADVANCES … The Republican-led House approved a resolution on Wednesday authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama. The vote was 225-201.
GAO: HEALTHCARE.GOV COST $840 MILLION … The cost of developing the initially-troubled website HealthCare.gov ballooned to $840 million due to poor planning and management by the federal government, a government audit found. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which oversaw the error-plagued website launch, “incurred significant cost increases, schedule slips, and delayed system functionality” because of poor oversight of the project, according to the Government Accountability Office.- Rachel Streitfeld.
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VETO THREATENED ON GOP BORDER BILL … The White House is threatening to veto the $659 million House Republican proposal to address the southern border crisis. “Instead of working toward a real, lasting solution, Republicans released patchwork legislation that will only put more arbitrary and unrealistic demands on an already broken system,” the White House said in a statement announcing a veto if that’s what comes its way.
DCCC: 'YOU BET WE'RE GOING TO RUN' ON IMPEACHMENT … In a briefing with CNN political producers and reporters, DCCC Chairman Steve Israel asserted his caucus would run on the GOP impeachment threat in 2014. "You bet we're going to run on a Congress that is just obsessed with lawsuits, suing the President, talking about impeaching him, instead of solutions for the middle class, talking about jobs and infrastructure,” Israel said.
PAUL RYAN: DEMS PUSH IMPEACHMENT LINE, A ‘RIDICULOUS GAMBIT’ … Republicans deny they want to impeach President Barack Obama and are accusing Democrats of pushing the narrative. "I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the President and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money and turn out their base … for an election that isn't going to go their way,” Rep. Paul Ryan said.
Dylan Byers (@DylanByers)
So far this month, "Fox News has 95 mentions of impeachment, and MSNBC 448." http://politico.com/blogs/media/20
QUOTE OF THE DAY: POTUS TO GOP: STOP HATIN’… President Barack Obama on Wednesday blasted Republicans who are preparing to sue him rather than take action on some of his agenda items. “Stop being mad all the time,” Obama chided Republicans during rowdy, campaign-style remarks. “Stop just hatin’ all the time.” – Kevin Liptak
HOUSE APPROVES VA OVERHAUL BILL, SENATE SET TO ACT … The House overwhelmingly approved a $16 billion bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. It is a bipartisan response to the scandal over delayed care at medical facilities and allegations of alarming management shortcomings. The Senate is expected to vote as early as Thursday.
‘COMPLETE CRAP’ … That’s what State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf called an alleged fake transcript of a call between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu published by Israel's Channel One News Tuesday. The White House and Netanyahu’s office publicly denied the report, which claimed Obama spoke to him in a “rude and hostile” manner.
THE BUZZ: LOIS LERNER EMAILS AND THE ‘CRAZIES’: … An email exchange released by a Republican-led House committee investigating the IRS targeting of GOP political groups suggests former tax official Lois Lerner is no fan of conservative talk radio. She references “a**holes” and “crazies.” – Dana Davidsen
MARKET WATCH: Techs finish higher as NASDAQ gains 0.5%. Twitter up 20% after good results. Dow slips 31 points, despite good economic news and no surprises from the Fed.
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Leading CNNPolitics: Domestic violence: The next front in gun-control fight
The focus on women and domestic violence comes after gun-control advocates gained little traction on efforts to tighten restrictions on gun ownership. A CNN poll from December found that 50% of people are opposed to tighter gun-control laws, but 49% support them. – Leigh Ann Caldwell
Gut Check Full Service: FORMER REP. GABBY GIFFORDS IN A CNN OP-ED: “The numbers should shock you: Women in America are 11 times more likely to be murdered with a gun than women in other democratic countries with developed economies. In domestic abuse situations, if the abuser has access to a gun, it increases the chance that a woman will die by 500%. Most of the time, women are murdered with guns by someone they know, either by a family member or an intimate partner, such as a former or current husband or boyfriend.”
Leading Tampa Bay Times: Rubio comes out in limited support of medical marijuana
Sen. Marco Rubio this afternoon said he supports the use of medical marijuana but only the type approved by the Florida Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott. – Alex Leary
Leading CNNMoney: Walmart: 'Going to a very dark place'
Walmart may not go the way of RadioShack any time soon. But Goldman Sachs says that customers are abandoning the big-box pioneer in droves. – Ben Brody
Leading HuffPo: About-Face
On Tuesday, the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-4 to join the lawsuit against Gov. Bobby Jindal, known as Navis Hill, et al., v. Louisiana State. The litigants are seeking a preliminary injunction that they hope will allow the state to continue its plans to administer Common Core exams in the upcoming school year, which starts in as little as a week in some parishes. A hearing is scheduled for August. – Joy Resmovits
Leading Drudge: Ebola Man Nearly Reached USA: Fear In Charlotte
A corridor of Carolinas Medical Center – Main’s Emergency Room was roped off on the first floor, near the entrance Wednesday. A security guard was posted outside, to prevent anyone from crossing the line.
Leading Politico: Eric Cantor’s final days
This is what the end looks like for House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. The Virginia Republican will soon trade his grand second-floor Capitol suite — with its massive conference room and flat-screen televisions displaying a Twitter feed — for a smaller hideaway elsewhere in the building. – Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer
Leading New York Times: Taking Their Message to Policy Makers in Transit
Advertising in a city’s taxicabs or transit system is hardly new. But a requirement by the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission that all of the city’s taxis have backseat consoles, which took effect at the end of last year, gave political and advocacy groups a new way to reach the so-called influentials — lawmakers, Capitol Hill staff members, government aides and lobbyists — who help shape the nation’s policies and regulations. – Ashley Parker
Leading Washington Post: Cruz whipping tonight against Boehner border bill – The Washington Post
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.), an influential tea party leader, will meet with a group of House Republicans Wednesday to urge them to oppose House Speaker John A. Boehner’s plan to stem the flow of migrant children at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to several House members who plan to attend the 7 p.m. gathering at Cruz’s office. – Robert Costa
Zach Carter (@zachdcarter)
Big night ahead for Tortilla Coast! http://wapo.st/1rH8LeD
The political bites of the day
- Paul Ryan: ‘Climate change occurs no matter what’ -
PAUL RYAN TO REPORTERS: "Climate change occurs no matter what. The question is, can and should the federal government do something about it? And I would argue the federal government, with all its tax and regulatory schemes, can't. And all it will do is end up hurting our country, our people, and especially low income individuals."
- First on CNN: New Grimes TV ad hits McConnell on women's issues -
WOMAN IN NEW ALISON LUNDERGAN GRIMES AD: "(Why did Mitch McConnell vote) two times against the Violence Against Women Act … and against enforcing equal pay for women?”
GRIMES: "I can never get him to answer this one, either.”
- Christie under ad attack as he heads to New Hampshire -
NARRATOR IN A JUDICIAL CRISIS NETWORK AD AIRING STATEWIDE: "Chris Christie promised to change New Jersey's liberal Supreme Court. Over and over he broke his promise. The court remains liberal. Call Chris Christie. Tell him to fight for judges who respect the rule of law.”
- Congressmen: I’m not trying to alienate anyone -
KEITH ELLISON, D-MINNESOTA, TO THE DAILY BEAST ON THE ISRAEL/GAZA CONFLICT: “Look, man, I’m a politician, with multiple constituencies. Why should I alienate one just so that you can write a story?”
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Adam Levine (@cnnadam)
BREAKING: Two Peace Corps volunteers isolated after contact with Ebola victim – @PamelaBrownCNN & @jonathanhelman
Ebola becoming a real worry. Peace Corps pulls out of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea: http://news.yahoo.com/u-peace-corps-says-withdrawing-volunteers-due-ebola-195033159.html …
Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh)
The unwritten story on Israel/public opinion is the growing divide between the Israeli left and American liberals http://www.vox.com/2014/7/30/5948839/why-i-have-become-more-pessimistic-about-israel?utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook&utm_campaign=ezraklein&utm_content=wednesday …
Dana Bash (@DanaBashCNN)
CIA interrogation report expected to be made public as soon as next week, per @tedbarrettcnn click here http://cnn.it/1qo9yAg
Lisa Desjardins (@LisaDCNN)
$2B SHORT?: @SpeakerBoehner's office says their staff confirmed a $2b funding shortage in the Senate hwy bill. http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/07/30/oops-senate-makes-2-billion-error/
Robert Costa (@costareports)
Asked Rep. Tom Cotton about impeachment. He called the idea ill-advised since it'd "make Joe Biden president."
During a recess, McDonnell approached Mrs. McDonnell saying "Maureen, Maureen," but she didn't look at him. http://online.wsj.com/articles/forme …
Jackie Kucinich (@JFKucinich)
Members are out numbering reporters at the press conference I'm attending at least 2 to 1 ....busy last week on the Hill
Ahmad Ktaech (@ahmadktaech)
Why you should buy your URLs b4 you announce your #campaign in #politics: Stephen Colbert buys Sarah Palin website http://politi.co/1lWDaBK
TRIVIA ANSWER from @sarafischer
On July 30, 1956, Dwight Eisenhower signed "In God We Trust" into law as the nation's official motto. It replaced the informal one, “E pluribus unum,” the Latin phrase that means "one from many.” E pluribus unum is still the official motto of the Great Seal of the United States.
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