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12:05 PM ET, June 11, 2014


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Erick Erickson / RedState:
Why Eric Cantor Lost  —  The death of the tea party has been greatly exaggerated.  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his primary tonight to David Brat, a man who was significantly outspent.  Cantor spent $5 million to Brat's $122,000.00.  —  The media will play up Cantor's loss by claiming it was about immigration.
New York Times:
Cantor's Loss a Bad Omen for Moderates  —  WASHINGTON — The House Republican leadership, so solid in its opposition to President Obama, was torn apart Tuesday by the defeat of its most influential conservative voice, Representative Eric Cantor, the House majority leader …
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday  —  In a stunning upset propelled by tea party activists, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) was defeated in Tuesday's congressional primary, with insurgent David Brat delivering an unpredicted and devastating loss to the second …
Jake Sherman / Politico:
CANTOR LOSES  —  RICHMOND, Va. — It wasn't enough that Eric Cantor spent $1 million in the weeks leading up to the election, when his conservative foe hardly had $100,000 in his campaign coffers.  —  It didn't matter that the House majority leader, 51, branded Dave Brat a liberal hack …
Laura Vozzella / Washington Post:
Chaos erupts at Cantor's election night headquarters after his departure  —  RICHMOND — As if the political drama were not powerful enough, chaos erupted at election night headquarters shortly after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor conceded his stunning defeat to tea party-backed conservative David Brat.
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
David Brat's Writings: Hitler's Rise ‘Could All Happen Again’  —  David Brat, the Virginia Republican who shocked House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) Tuesday, wrote in 2011 that Hitler's rise “could all happen again, quite easily.”  —  Mr. Brat's remarks, in a 2011 issue of Interpretation …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Who Is David Brat?  Meet the Economics Professor Who Defeated Eric Cantor  —  College professor David Brat knocked off House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) Tuesday in the biggest congressional upset in years.  —  Mr. Brat ran an underfunded campaign based in part on Mr. Cantor's supposed support …
Shane Goldmacher /
Eric Cantor's Pollster Tries to Explain Why His Survey Showed Cantor Up 34 Points  —  This was not the first time Cantor pollster John McLaughlin has been wrong.  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's own polling showed him with a wide lead before he lost his primary.  (Liz Lynch)
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House Republicans up late weighing strategy in wake of Cantor's shocking defeat  —  House Speaker John Boehner, left, (R-Ohio), stands with House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) during a news conference at the Capitol June 10, 2014 in Washington.  Boehner and Cantor spoke to the media …
Discussion: Washington Monthly and The Dish
Dave Brat for Congress:
About Dave  —  Dave Brat presents a major problem for liberals who try to continue increased government spending by discrediting conservatives and claiming the budget is “too complicated” for conservatives to understand.  —  For years in Virginia, everyone from the media to Governors have come …
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Eric Cantor's Shocking, Richly Deserved Primary Defeat  —  In Republican country, Tea Party always finds you.  —  Since Republicans won control of the House in the 2010 elections, the political future of Eric Cantor has been the subject of ceaseless speculation.
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The GOP's habit of eating its own  —  Eric Cantor's defeat in Virginia's GOP primary stunned the Washington political world.  —  But in historical terms, it should not have come as a shock.  House Republicans have been eating their young since the Eisenhower era, and the race has been always to the right.
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Eric Cantor's Primary Loss Is a Political Earthquake. And It's Awful.
Mickey Kaus / The Daily Caller:
Notes on Cantormageddon  —  You knew Majority Leader Eric Cantor …
Discussion: Power Line, CNN and Pat Dollard
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Did Democratic votes doom Eric Cantor?
The GOP leadership scramble
Discussion: Fox News and Balloon Juice
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:   For Barack Obama, Eric Cantor loss comes with a price
John B. Judis / The New Republic:
Dave Brat and the Triumph of Rightwing Populism
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Katherine Miller / BuzzFeed:
Ted Cruz's Staff Seems Pretty Excited That Eric Cantor Lost
Russell Berman / The Hill:
Cantor out in Tea Party shocker
Justin Sink / The Hill:
Obama, not Hagel, responsible for Bergdahl, says White House  —  President Obama was responsible for the decision to swap five Taliban militants for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the White House said Tuesday.  —  The White House sought to deflect charges from congressional Republicans …
White House ‘energetically’ working on transferring Gitmo detainees  —  Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama's national security team is pushing forward on moving detainees held at Guantanamo Bay to other countries amid outrage in Congress at the recent transfer of five Taliban prisoners …
Hagel in the hot seat over Bergdahl deal
Discussion: Booman Tribune
Russell Berman / The Hill:
GOP takes steps to rein in Obama
Discussion: Hot Air
Dan Murphy / Reuters:
Why Mosul's fall is a signature moment in Iraq (+video)  —  The Iraqi government has lost control of its third-largest city to Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents, a crushing defeat for not only Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's security policies but for Iraqi politics as a whole.
New York Times:
After Capture of Mosul, Militants Extend Control in Iraq
Michael Martinez / CNN:
U.S. schools chief calls California ruling ‘a mandate’ to fix tenure, firing laws  —  Los Angeles (CNN) — A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state's teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones.
Campbell Brown / NY Daily News:
A historic victory for America's kids
Discussion: Betsy's Page
Erik Wasson / The Hill:
Coal industry gets boost in $34B spending bill  —  A House Appropriations Committee subpanel on Tuesday approved a $34 billion funding measure for the Department of Energy and Army Corps of Engineers that contains several controversial environmental riders.  —  The 2015 Energy and Water bill …
Discussion: ThinkProgress
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