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4:25 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)
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:
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.
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.
Jonathan Weisman / New York Times:
Eric Cantor to Step Down as Majority Leader  —  WASHINGTON — Representative Eric Cantor of Virginia, the No. 2 House Republican, will resign as majority leader within weeks, according to leadership aides, setting off a scramble to remake the party's upper ranks.
Zack Beauchamp / Vox:
The guy who beat Eric Cantor penned a scathing, seemingly unpublished book about the economics profession  —  House Majority Leader Eric Cantor just lost a historic primary race — to an economist.  Prof. David Brat chairs the Department of Business and Economics at Randolph-Macon College, a liberal arts school in Ashland, Virginia.
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Poll: Immigration didn't doom Eric Cantor  —  Opponents of immigration reform seized on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's shocking primary defeat Tuesday night as a clear referendum against a sweeping overhaul - particularly one that includes so-called “amnesty” for undocumented immigrants.
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
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Did Democratic Voters Defeat Eric Cantor? Probably Not
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
House Republicans up late weighing strategy in wake of Cantor's shocking defeat
Todd S. Purdum / Politico:
The GOP's habit of eating its own
Discussion: Diane Ravitch's blog
Jay Newton-Small / TIME:
How Eric Cantor Lost
Discussion: Hot Air and Washington Monthly
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Brat didn't go to Princeton Univ.
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
David Brat to Bernanke: Don't Underestimate the Value of Protestants
Discussion: Daily Kos
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Eric Cantor succumbs to tea party challenger Tuesday
Edward-Isaac Dovere / Politico:
For Barack Obama, Eric Cantor loss comes with a price
Discussion: The Hill, The Daily Caller and Hot Air
Amanda Terkel / The Huffington Post:
Dave Brat, Economics Professor: 'I Don't Have A Well-Crafted Response' On Minimum Wage
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul on Immigration Reform: 'Amnesty Is a Word That's Trapped Us'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Michael Tomasky / The Daily Beast:
Eric Cantor's Primary Loss Is a Political Earthquake. And It's Awful.
Discussion: The Dish and The New Republic
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: KFOR-TV
Mandie Alexander /   IOM Tracks Iraqi Displacement as 500,000 Flee Fighting in Mosul
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Obama is a prisoner of groupthink  —  Of the many strange moments in the Bowe Bergdahl saga, the most worrisome was Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's statement about the prisoner exchange.  —  “The president feels very strongly about this.  I feel very strongly about it,” …
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Oklahoma GOP Candidate OK With Stoning Gay People To Death  —  A Republican candidate for the Oklahoma state House who boasts that he's looking forward to “applying Biblical principles to Oklahoma law” is okay with gay people being stoned to death — even if he won't legislate the practice himself.
Discussion: Mediaite, Joe. My. God. and The Week
Travis Gettys / The Raw Story:
Creationist asks ‘hard question’: ‘If evolution is true, is rape wrong?’  —  Creationist Darek Isaacs said during an online broadcast posted Monday that evolutionary theory excused rape.  —  He said during an episode of “Creation Today” that he had studied works by Richard Dawkins …
Discussion: Mediaite and Shakesville
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