CNN's GUT CHECK for January 29, 2014
January 29th, 2014
04:49 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 29, 2014

CNN's GUT CHECK | for  January 29, 2014 | 5 p.m.
n. a pause to assess the state, progress or condition of the political news cycle

LIBERALS CLAIM MOMENTUM FROM OBAMA ADDRESS ... Two big themes coming out of Tuesday's address are economic populism and a "new willingness to fight" entrenched conservative interests, said Adam Green of the Washington-based Progressive Change Campaign Committee. Obama is sounding "more and more" like freshman Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a rising star on the left, Green told reporters on a conference call. And that is a "good thing for America" and "great for Democrats." – Alan Silverleib

AND IN RELATED NEWS …. THE RADIOACTIVE PRESIDENT: SEN. MARK BEGICH, D-ALASKA, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S JAKE TAPPER & DANA BASH: "I'm not really interested in campaigning" with Obama if the President came to Alaska. "If he wants to come up there and learn about Alaska, bring it on. I'll drag him around, I'll show him what he ever he wants to see, but I want to show him and convince him some of his policies are not the right direction. I don't need him campaigning for me. I need him to change some of his policies."

SEN. MARK UDALL, D-COLORADO, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN’S DANA BASH TUESDAY: "We'll see what the President's schedule is, what my schedule is. But Coloradans are going to re-elect me based on my record, not the President's record … Let's see what the schedule allows. I'm running for re-election, not the President."

LIMBAUGH: OBAMA SHOULD HAVE GIVEN THAT SPEECH FIVE YEARS AGO “This was a campaign speech without an election. It was pure denial. The president last night was pretending to run for office in the hopes of winning an election, so at some point in the future he can govern. The whole night I kept saying, ‘Wait a minute. We're five years into this. This speech is a speech that should have been given five years ago.’"

THE STATE OF THE JELLY: CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper asked people on the social media app Jelly to weigh in on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address. Jelly is a new app from Twitter co-founder Biz Stone that lets users ask questions using pictures. Replies can be drawn right on top of the image (think Perez Hilton). First, Tapper reached out before the big speech to find out what issues people wanted Obama to touch on. Many Jelly users asked for topics that did indeed make Obama's address but others weren’t mentioned at all. (Click to see pics.)

THE BUZZ: EL PAPA IS A ROLLING STONE
Pope Francis makes the cover of the Rolling Stone: “It's a funny thing, papal celebrity. As the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Bergoglio had never been an especially gifted public speaker. But now that he's Pope Francis, his recognizable humanity comes off as positively revolutionary. Against the absurd, impossibly baroque backdrop of the Vatican, a world still run like a medieval court, Francis' election represents what his friend Elisabetta Piqué, an Argentine journalist who has known him for a decade, calls ‘a scandal of normality.’" – Mark Binelli

MARKET WATCH: U.S. stocks skid on emerging market fears and Fed stimulus reduction. Dow sheds 183 points. NASDAQ, S&P lose 1%.

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January 27th, 2014
05:56 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 27, 2014

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HILLARY CLINTON: “MY BIGGEST REGRET” IS BENGHAZI:
In a speech to the National Automobile Dealers Association meeting in New Orleans, Hillary Clinton said Monday that the deaths of four Americans in Libya was her biggest regret during her time as secretary of State: “You know, my biggest regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy losing four Americans, two diplomats and now it is public so I can say two CIA operatives. Losing an ambassador like Chris Stevens who was one of our very best and had served in Libya and across the Middle East and spoke Arabic.” - Dan Merica

AND SHE MAKES BUZZ … “I CAN’T DRIVE ANYMORE”
“I have to confess that one of the regrets I have about my public life is that I can’t drive anymore. My husband thinks that’s a blessing, but he should talk. Last time I actually drove a car myself was 1996. I remember that very well and unfortunately so does the Secret Service which is why I haven’t driven since then.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 23, 2014
January 23rd, 2014
05:38 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 23, 2014

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BREAKING … SNOWDEN SAYS RETURN TO U.S. “NOT POSSIBLE”:
In response to a question tweeted by CNN’s Jake Tapper, Edward Snowden said that returning to the US is “not possible” because he is not covered under whistleblower protections. Tapper asked “under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?”

Snowden responded in an online chat, “The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.”

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has said he is prepared to let the Justice Department talk to Snowden's lawyers about how he can return home to the U.S, a Justice Department official tells CNN.
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January 22nd, 2014
06:47 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 22, 2014

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BREAKING … IRAN: “WE DID NOT AGREE TO DISMANTLE ANYTHING” … Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted Wednesday that the Obama administration mischaracterizes Iran's concessions in the nuclear deal, telling CNN's Jim Sciutto in an exclusive interview that "we did not agree to dismantle anything." Zarif accused the Obama administration of creating a false impression with such language.

DEVELOPING … GLENN BECK ON FOX NEWS ADMITS ROLE IN HELPING ‘TEAR THE COUNTRY APART’: “I remember it as an awful lot of fun and that I made an awful lot of mistakes, and I wish I could go back and be more uniting in my language … I think I played a role, unfortunately, in helping tear the country apart … I didn’t realize how really fragile the people were. I thought we were kind of more in it together.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 21, 2014
January 21st, 2014
05:51 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 21, 2014

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BREAKING … FORMER VIRGINIA GOV. ROBERT MCDONNELL FACES CHARGES OVER GIFTSFormer Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, have been charged with accepting illegal gifts, a U.S. official said on Tuesday. The federal charges were filed in Richmond. McDonnell, a Republican who left office earlier this month, was once considered a potential White House contender in 2016. – Evan Perez

#GIFT ENVY?
The list of gifts accepted by the McDonnell’s (not including travel and vacation home rentals) is featured on the final page of the indictment:
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 20, 2014
January 20th, 2014
06:31 PM ET
6 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 20, 2014

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DEVELOPING FOR THE LEFT… WENDY DAVIS IN A FIGHT OVER HER OWN BIOGRAPHY … Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis admitted in an interview with the Dallas Morning News that she hasn't been totally accurate about her life's story, a compelling narrative she has used to appeal to voters in Texas and bolster her national profile. "My language should be tighter," the Democratic state senator said. "I'm learning about using broader, looser language. I need to be more focused on the detail." – CNN’s Ashley Killough

HOMETOWN PAPER’S TAKE: From Wayne Slater of the Dallas Morning News: As Wendy Davis touts life story in race for governor, key facts blurred
While her state Senate filibuster last year captured national attention, it is her biography — a divorced teenage mother living in a trailer who earned her way to Harvard and political achievement — that her team is using to attract voters and boost fundraising.

SOCIAL WATCH: #MoreFakeThanWendyDavis has been trending in the U.S. on Twitter since 11:30am, with nearly 10,000 mentions on Twitter according to Topsy. Over on Facebook, Wendy Davis is also a trending topic with more than 14,000 mentions so far today. – CNN’s Eric Weisbrod

LIMBAUGH WATCH: RUSH LIMBAUGH ON HIS NATIONALLY SYNDICATED RADIO SHOW: “It seems, when you boil it all down, that Wendy Davis would have ended up being really poor and destitute were it not for a man, but that's no problem. They just made stuff up. It worked for Obama. … She's a liberal Democrat. They make things up. They lie, just like Hillary and Obama lied about a video in Benghazi.”

DEVELOPING FOR THE RIGHT … MORE NEW JERSEY SHE SAID, SHE SAID: Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer said Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno approached her in a parking lot last May and said her community would not receive Superstorm Sandy relief funds unless she backed a redevelopment program proposed by a group with ties to Christie.
Guadagno addressed Zimmer's version of the conversation on Monday at a Martin Luther King Jr. holiday service project, calling them "not only false, but illogical."

Shortly after Guadagno spoke, Zimmer released a statement saying, "I met with the U.S. Attorney for over two hours yesterday, answered all their questions and turned over my journal in which I described my conversation with the Lieutenant Governor and Commissioner Constable. I stand by my word, remain willing to testify under oath, and I will continue to answer any questions asked of me by the U.S. Attorney's office." – Leigh Ann Caldwell

QUOTE OF THE DAY … GOES TO VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN (AGAIN): At the National Action Network Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Breakfast: “We may not be black, but I'll tell you what: We're Irish and we know how to fight.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 17, 2014
January 17th, 2014
05:49 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 17, 2014

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DEVELOPING … OBAMA ANNOUNCES MODEST CHANGES TO NSA DATA COLLECTION Under pressure as a result of last year's classified leaks of U.S. surveillance, President Barack Obama unveiled new guidance for intelligence-gathering and reforms intended to balance the nation's security needs with concerns over privacy and civil liberties. Obama outlined a series of steps that would change some aspects of NSA collection of phone records and other information but generally leave intact the core and function of existing programs. – Tom Cohen. Jim Acosta and Mariano Castillo

REACTION FROM SEN. RAND PAUL, R-KENTUCKY, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “He's not going to fundamentally change any of this… He says the right thing, I think his heart is really in the right place, and his motives are not bad...but I don't think there's enough of a healthy respect for the Fourth Amendment."

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “What we didn't hear from the president was any meaningful protection of U.S. business … As far as the outside world is concerned, the United States has become an archipelago of coercion, where any person you are dealing with in business, at Google, or Facebook, or Yahoo!, or at a telecommunications company might have become secretly an agent of the National Security Agency, because they're ordered to do so by the FISA court, and they're forced to keep that secret, all through the mechanism of national security letters.”
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 16, 2014
January 16th, 2014
05:58 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 16, 2014

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JUST IN … JEB BUSH LOSING THE MOM VOTE… Former First Lady Barbara Bush said in an interview with C-SPAN on Thursday that the United States needs to expand the number of families holding the nation's highest political office beyond her own, as well as the Clintons and Kennedys.

"I think this is a great American country, great country, and if we can't find more than two or three families to run for high office, that's silly, because there are great governors and great eligible people to run," she said.

Though she says her son Jeb Bush is certainly qualified to run for president, the former first lady said, "I hope he won't."
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 14, 2014
January 14th, 2014
06:12 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for January 14, 2014

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DEVELOPING …. CHRISTIE’S STATE OF THE STATE SPEECH STARTS WITH A “TEST”: “The last week has certainly tested this administration. Mistakes were clearly made. We let down the people we're entrusted to serve. I know our citizens deserve better, much better. Now, I'm the governor. And I'm ultimately responsible for all that happens on my watch, both good and bad. Without a doubt, we will cooperate with all appropriate inquiries to make sure that this breach of trust does not happen again.”

EXCLUSIVE … PETER HAMBY ON HILLARY CLINTON’S IOWA PROBLEM: “Iowa has not elected a female governor, senator or member of Congress. In 2016, Clinton could finally put those demons to rest. But beneath the surface here, familiar pitfalls might await Clinton should she decide to run: A restive and emboldened progressive base long suspicious of Clintonian moderation, a hunger for fresh Democratic voices, and a caucus electorate that boasts a cherished tradition of voting with its heart rather than its head.”
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January 6th, 2014
05:41 PM ET
7 years ago

CNN's GUT CHECK for January 6, 2014

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ENZI SAYS THE CHENEYS ARE IN HIS PRAYERS AFTER LIZ CHENEY ABANDONS SENATE BID TO COPE WITH FAMILY HEALTH ISSUES… SEN. MIKE ENZI, R-WYOMING, IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “I appreciate that Liz gave me a call and we had a brief conversation. I'm leaving the details up to her. My wife and I do believe that family comes first, and think that respect her decision on that. She's in our prayers, she and her family are in our prayers. I'm going to continue to campaign. I want to be reelected to this office. It's a critical time for our country and I'm positioned to be able to do the job."
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