June 18th, 2014
04:36 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 18, 2014

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CONFIRMED: BAGHDAD REQUESTS U.S. AIR SUPPORT ... Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told members of the Senate Appropriations Committee Wednesday that the United States has received a request from the Iraqi government to use air power to help roll back gains won by Sunni militants fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). It’s in America’s "national security interest to counter (ISIS) where we find them," Dempsey said. – Laura Smith-Spark, Ashley Fantz and Nic Robertson
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June 13th, 2014
06:05 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 13, 2014

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OBAMA MULLS IRAQ AIRSTRIKES BUT SAYS NO BOOTS ON THE GROUND ...  No troops to Iraq, but other options are being considered. That was President Barack Obama's message Friday in response to the lightning advance by Sunni militant fighters in Iraq that could threaten the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki. In a statement delivered from the White House South Lawn, Obama said the United States "will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq," but that he would be reviewing a range of other options in coming days. – Barbara Starr and Tom Cohen
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June 12th, 2014
05:35 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 12, 2014

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OBAMA WEIGHS OPTIONS AS MILITANTS THREATEN IRAQ...Iraq is going to need more help from the United States and the international community, President Obama said Thursday as a militant group gained control of Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city. The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, is threatening the takeover of more cities, including Baghdad.
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June 11th, 2014
05:46 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 11, 2014

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CANTOR: THE DAY AFTER THE EARTHQUAKE: The day after his stunning primary loss to political novice Dave Brat, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told reporters on Capitol Hill that he will not try for another term in the House, and that he will resign his leadership post on July 31. “While I may have suffered a personal setback last night, I couldn't be more optimistic about the future of this country," Cantor insisted.

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June 10th, 2014
05:08 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 10, 2014

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HILLARY’S CAMPAIGN CLEANUP: Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sought to clarify her "dead broke" comment that generated a critical reaction in social media and energized her detractors, saying simply that she and her husband have known periods in their lives when they struggled financially to pay off debt ... Clinton made the comment in defense of the hefty speaking fees she now commands as she weighs a presidential bid.Clinton told Robin Roberts on ABC's "Good Morning America" that she understood the critical reaction to her comments, but remembers that they were "something like $12 million in debt" in the winter of 2001. – Dan Merica
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June 9th, 2014
05:12 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for June 9, 2014

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VA AUDIT: OVER 63,000 VETERANS WAITING FOR CARE ... An audit of hundreds of Veterans Affairs facilities released Monday found that more than 63,000 veterans were waiting to be scheduled for care nationwide, and the Department of Veterans Affairs announced it was scrapping performance bonuses for all senior management in 2014 as part of its response to the review. According to the audit findings released Monday, a 14-day deadline for providing care to newly enrolled veterans such as those coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan proved "simply not attainable" due to growing demand and a lack of capacity. – Tom Cohen
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 23, 2014
April 23rd, 2014
05:17 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for April 23, 2014

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NEW POLLS SHOW TIGHT SENATE RACES IN NC, KY… New polls in four southern states that could determine whether the Democrats keep control of the Senate in this November's midterm elections indicate close contests. According to the New York Times Upshot/Kaiser Family Foundation surveys, North Carolina Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is all tied up with GOP state House Speaker Thom Tillis. Hagan's two-point 42%-40% margin is within the survey's sampling error. In Kentucky – one of only two states right now where the Democrats hope to go on offense – Senate GOP Leader Mitch McConnell appears basically deadlocked with Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. According to the poll, 44% of registered voters in Kentucky say they'd back McConnell, compared to 43% for Grimes.

AND WIDER MARGINS IN AR, LA … In Arkansas, the survey shows Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor leading GOP Rep. Tom Cotton by 10 points, 46%-36%. In Louisiana, 42% of voters back Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu while 18% back GOP front-runner Rep. Bill Cassidy. (If no one cracks 50% of the vote in Louisiana, the top two finishers compete in a runoff in December.)

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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 19, 2013
December 19th, 2013
05:27 PM ET
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CNN's GUT CHECK for December 19, 2013

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SCHWEITZER TAKES AIM AT HILLARY CLINTON'S IRAQ VOTE … Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, a potential Democratic presidential contender for 2016, drew a bright line between himself and presumed frontrunner Hillary Clinton on Wednesday … In a speech to Iowa Democrats in the Des Moines suburb of Altoona, and in remarks to CNN’s Peter Hamby, Schweitzer repeatedly chided Senate Democrats who voted in 2002 to green light military action in Iraq.

SCHWEITZER IN AN INTERVIEW WITH CNN: “Anybody who runs in this cycle, whether they are Democrats or Republicans, if they were in the United States Senate and they voted with George Bush to go to Iraq when I would say about 98 percent of America knows that it was a folly, that it was a waste of treasure and blood…there will be questions for them on the left and from the right.”

Peter Hamby (‏@PeterHambyCNN)
(The) only cameras at Schweitzer event in Iowa last night: CNN and @America_Rising

NEW MEXICO BECOMES 17TH STATE TO LEGALIZE SAME-SEX MARRIAGE The New Mexico Supreme Court has ruled the state may not deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry, concluding current laws are unconstitutional. The unanimous ruling ordered county clerks to begin issuing marriage licenses to qualified same-sex couples.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson (@GovGaryJohnson) Tweets: Just announced: New Mexico Supreme Court upholds #marriageequality. Great news in my home state!
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