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3:30 PM ET, June 11, 2014


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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 …
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 …
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)
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.
Ezra Klein / Vox:
11 political lessons from Eric Cantor's loss  —  Eric Cantor's shocking defeat at the hands of David Brat is that rarest of things in American politics: a genuine earthquake.  And like with real earthquakes, the damage will be much greater because so few were prepared.  A few provisional thoughts:
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.
Washington Post:
Eric Cantor to step down as majority leader at end of July  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) plans to step down from his leadership post by the end of July, setting off a weeks-long scramble for the chamber's number two job, according to three Republicans familiar with his plans.
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.
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 …
Yahoo! News:
Defeated Cantor says he won't try a write-in campaign  —  Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor told key aides and trusted former staffers on Wednesday that he will not try his luck with a write-in campaign after his shocking GOP primary defeat at the hands of largely unknown tea party-backed economics professor Dave Brat.
Discussion: OnPolitics and PoliticusUSA
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 …
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 …
Eric Cantor to step down as majority leader
Discussion: Hit & Run, NPR and Balloon Juice
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:   The GOP's habit of eating its own
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Did Democratic votes doom Eric Cantor?
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Eric Cantor to Step Down as Majority Leader
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
How Eric Cantor Lost
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Jake Sherman / Politico:
CANTOR LOSES  —  RICHMOND, Va. — It wasn't enough …
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul on Immigration Reform: 'Amnesty Is a Word That's Trapped Us'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The guy who beat Eric Cantor penned a scathing, seemingly unpublished book about the economics profession
Discussion: Washington Post and New York Times
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Dave Brat, Economics Professor: 'I Don't Have A Well-Crafted Response' On Minimum Wage
Discussion: New York Times and Washington Post
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Eric Cantor's Primary Loss Is a Political Earthquake. And It's Awful.
Discussion: The Dish
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
For Barack Obama, Eric Cantor loss comes with a price
Discussion: The Hill and Hot Air
Militants overrun two Iraqi cities  —  (CNN) — A day after taking over Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, militants gained nearly complete control of the northern city of Tikrit, witnesses in the city and police officials in neighboring Samarra told CNN.  —  Heavy fighting erupted inside Tikrit …
Discussion: and KFOR-TV
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 …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama is a prisoner of groupthink
Bryce Covert / ThinkProgress:
What It's Like To Be One Of The Only Female Construction Workers In America  —  Patricia Valoy was not the typical worker when she began her apprenticeship at a construction site in college.  As a woman of color, she is rare among construction workers: women make up just 2.6 percent …
Discussion: and Lawyers, Guns & Money
Jake Tapper / The Lead with Jake Tapper:
Congressmen charge VA told local VA hospital to stymie their search for information  —  Two Pennsylvania congressmen, one Democrat and one Republican, charge that officials within the national Department of Veterans Affairs tried to stall, if not block, their attempts to find out about hundreds …
Justin McCarthy / Gallup:
Smaller Majority of Americans View Hillary Clinton Favorably  —  At 54%, her favorability has slipped since February  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Hillary Clinton's favorability rating has dropped slightly, although a majority of Americans continue to view her in a positive light.
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