On the Sunday, May 19 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources, host Howard Kurtz read a statement from Jonathan Karl, chief White House Correspondent for ABC News in response to his reporting on altered emails related to the Sunday talk show talking points following the attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya in September 2012. Karl now expresses regret about his original reporting on May 10th on the Benghazi emails. The statement reads:
“Clearly, I regret the email was quoted incorrectly and I regret that it’s become a distraction from the story, which still entirely stands. I should have been clearer about the attribution. We updated our story immediately.”
-Jonathan Karl, ABC News Chief White House Correspondent
Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz airs Sundays on CNN at 11:00am Eastern.
On CNN's STATE OF THE UNION with CANDY CROWLEY, Crowley unpacked the results inside the new CNN/ORC poll results released this morning to reveal a continuing partisan divide in how American's view the President's job performance. While 87 percent of Democrats approve of how the President is handling his job, 15 percent of Republicans view his job performance favorably, and 47 percent of Independents view the President's job performance favorably.
Approve of how Obama is handling His Job as President
Sampling error +/- 6.5% points
In a new CNN/ORC poll, despite this week’s challenges, President Barack Obama’s approval rating is now at 53 percent, with 45 percent disapproving of the job that he is doing as president. However, most Americans also take very seriously all three concerns that were raised last week - Benghazi, the IRS, and the AP subpoenas - and most say that Republicans in Congress are not overreacting to these issues.
1. Do you approve or disapprove of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president?
App- Disapp- No
rove rove opinion
May 17-18, 2013 53% 45% 2%
April 5-7, 2013 51% 47% 3%
March 15-17, 2013 47% 50% 3%
Jan. 14-15, 2013 55% 43% 2%
Dec. 17-18, 2012 52% 43% 4%
Nov. 16-18, 2012 52% 43% 5%
Nov. 2-4, 2012 51% 45% 4%
For additional results of this poll, please visit CNN.com/ticker
Today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley,Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona joined the program and discussed upcoming legislation to expand background checks saying, "I'm very favorably disposed." Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania also spoke on the program about their gun legislation, with Toomey guessing that it may come up for a vote on Wednesday. Full transcripts of both interviews may be found here.
Sen. McCain on the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation:
"I'm very favorably disposed. But first of all, I would like to thank Pat and Joe for their work together. We need to do a lot more of that. And I'm very favorably disposed towards that. Eighty percent of the American people want to see a better background check procedure. The Internet aspect of it, which I need more explanations - greater explanation of, but, look, I appreciate their work. "
Sen. Toomey on the Toomey-Manchin gun legislation:
"I think Wednesday's probably the most likely day for a vote for the Manchin-Toomey alternative to the existing language in the underlying bill. I think it's an open question as to whether or not we have the votes. I think it's going to be close."
Today on The Lead with Jake Tapper, Gene Sperling, the director of the National Economic Council and assistant to President Obama for economic policy joined the program to discuss the latest jobs numbers, the budget and MoveOn’s criticism of proposed Social Security cuts.
Sperling on budget compromise:
"But if you ask what we need to do to break the gridlock, one of the things that Speaker Boehner and Leader McConnell have said were necessary to break the gridlock they have asked for is this change in CPI. And the president has been willing to agree to that as part of an overall agreement"
Sperling on MoveOn’s criticism of proposed cuts to Social Security:
“It's not targeted at Social Security. It applies to all programs. It's applies to how we index our tax revenues. And he has said it has to have protections in for older Social Security recipients, for those who are most vulnerable. So, yes, there is some tough compromise we have to make, but the president is standing by the values in his budget…”VIA CNN.com/TheLead: White House defends budget, says compromise was "necessary to break the gridlock"
Today on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry sat down for an exclusive interview.
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Gov. Perry on gun control:
“I think what's going on here is that the usual kneejerk reaction to we got to do something to the gun violence that's occurring. I wish people were as focused on the mental health side of this.”
On universal background checks:
“These individuals who want to pass laws as a kneejerk reaction and then go home and think that they have addressed - I have to deal with the reality as the governor of the state of Texas. And universal background checks is not going to save one life, I will suggest to you. And that is a panacea.
On the lack of dialogue between Gov. Perry and Pres. Obama:
“As a matter of fact, I handed him a letter some two or three years ago on the tarmac at the Austin airport about that issue, about border security. And yet to get a response.”
On a possible 2016 presidential run:
"Our legislature will be leaving in approximately 55 days… at that particular point in time, I'll sit down with friends and family and make a decision about 2016."
With exclusive access to ‘superlawyers’ Theodore Olson and David Boies – as well as actor, director, producer Rob Reiner – CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger traces the unusual legal journey of the case for same-sex marriage before the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC, this week. Borger’s 30-minute documentary, The Marriage Warriors, debuts Saturday, Mar. 30 at 7:30pm and 10:30pm on CNN. All times Eastern.
Borger’s reporting contains exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Olson and Boies as they prepare and practice their arguments for the high court. The two men discuss their unlikely legal alliance – they were opponents in the epic battle, Bush v. Gore, the case that decided the 2000 presidential election.
Just as the nation elected its first African-American president, in California, the election also brought another development. A ballot initiative, California’s Proposition 8, was approved by voters, denying the right to marry for same-sex couples in the state. Reiner recounts how he and LGBT rights activist Chad Griffin, met shortly after the election to decide whether to take the issue to the courts. A Reiner friend told them that Olson, a conservative, was actually a supporter of same-sex marriage. Having him in front of the court challenge would be a “home run,” Reiner said. Olson then suggested his former Democratic rival, Boies, to be his co-counsel, resulting in a bipartisan “dream team” for those fighting Proposition 8. FULL POST
McCarthy on Kevin Spacey’s “Vote your district. Vote your conscience. Don't surprise me.” as House Majority Whip in “House of Cards”:
"I gave him that line. I didn't deliver it that way, but I gave him that line, yes.”
On President Obama’s outreach to Republicans
MCCARTHY: I believe any time that both parties are talking, it's a good thing. Now, this should have happened four years ago. I'm glad it's happening. But is this about politics or is this genuine?
CROWLEY: Which is it?
MCCARTHY: Only time will tell. I mean, this president spends a lot of time on the road, a lot of time about politics. He walked off his campaign election, election night after giving a speech and he made two phone calls, Nancy Pelosi and Steve Israel, the head of the Democratic campaign committee. So, is this about winning the House or is it about governing for all of America? And only time will tell that –House whip questions motives behind Obama outreach
CNN chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper will sit down with former Florida Governor Jeb Bush today to discuss his stance on immigration, the state of the Republican Party and his 2016 aspirations. Tapper’s interview with Bush will air in part during the 1 p.m. hour of CNN Newsroom with additional portions airing during The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Anderson Cooper 360º from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Lead with Jake Tapper, CNN’s new Washington-based program, will debut this month in the network’s 4 p.m. hour.
CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo sits down with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to discuss the ability of Democrats and Republicans to make an agreement and Congress’ reputation. Pelosi said that the country has to make more cuts, but the “other side” is at war with the government.
When Cuomo asks about Speaker John Boehner’s comment that President Obama is too weak to make spending cuts, Pelosi says, “I don’t understand that because he’s a gentleman, the Speaker is. That remark… was projecting onto the President his lack of being able to pass any bill that created jobs since he became Speaker."