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7:30 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)
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:
Mother Jones:
David Brat, the Libertarian Who Beat Eric Cantor, Doesn't Believe in the “Common” Good  —  Brat has called for slashing Social Security, Medicare, and education spending and says “rich” nations don't have to fear climate change.  —  When tea party challenger David Brat sent Rep. Eric Cantor …
Michael Laris / Washington Post:
Brat didn't go to Princeton Univ.  —  Economics professor and political giant killer David Brat appears to have done a little biographical inflation on his campaign website.  —  One of his “About Dave” selling points: “that he tested his rural values against the intellectual elite while at Princeton.”
Garance Franke-Ruta / Yahoo! News:
David Brat campaign manager scrubs Facebook page after election  —  The campaign manager for the tea party-backed Republican who ousted House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in one of the biggest upsets in congressional history is a 23-year-old class of 2013 Haverford College graduate who posted …
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.
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.
Washington Post:
Eric Cantor to step down as majority leader at end of July, backs McCarthy as successor  —  Majority Leader Eric I. Cantor (R-Va.) will step down from his leadership post at the end of July, ending a swift rise through the ranks of national politics and upending a leadership team that has run …
Scott Clement / Washington Post:
Did Democratic votes doom Eric Cantor?  —  Rep. Eric Cantor's unexpected Republican primary loss Tuesday kicked off rapid speculation on how the House majority leader lost to a poorly-funded opponent in a Virginia district whose primary Cantor won with 79 percent support in 2012.
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
David Brat to Bernanke: Don't Underestimate the Value of Protestants
Discussion: Daily Kos
Seung Min Kim / Politico:
Poll: Immigration didn't doom Eric Cantor
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House: Cantor's Problem Was Cantor, Not Immigration
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Did Democratic Voters Defeat Eric Cantor? Probably Not
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Why Cantor's loss is especially bad news for big business
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul on Immigration Reform: 'Amnesty Is a Word That's Trapped Us'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Erick Erickson / RedState:
Why Eric Cantor Lost
Yahoo! News:
Defeated Cantor says he won't try a write-in campaign
Discussion: OnPolitics and PoliticusUSA
Eric Cantor faces the press
Discussion: Mashable, Diane Ravitch's blog and NPR
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.
Mark Joseph Stern / Slate:
Oklahoma Tea Party Candidate Supports Stoning Gay People to Death
Discussion: Balloon Juice and The Daily Banter
Sarah Stewart / KFOR-TV:
Oklahoma political candidate expresses extreme views on homosexuality
Rob Morris /
Throwing the First Stone: State House District 91 Candidate Expresses Extreme Views on Gays
Discussion: Mediaite, Joe. My. God. and The Week
Agence France-Presse:
Jihadists ‘bulldoze berm’ dividing Iraq from Syria  —  Baghdad (AFP) - The jihadist Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant posted pictures online of militants bulldozing a berm dividing Iraq and Syria, symbolising its goal of uniting its forces in the two countries.
Yahoo! News:
Bergdahl Was Discharged from the Coast Guard for Psychological Reasons Before He Joined the Army  —  Bowe Bergdahl's armed forces troubles started in 2006, when he was discharged from the Coast Guard for “psychological reasons,” leading to the question: How did he end up in the Army?
Discussion: Washington Post and NPR
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
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,” …
Discussion: OnPolitics and Right Wing News
Catherine Thompson / Talking Points Memo:
Gohmert Uses House Hearing To Debate Whether Non-Christians ‘Go To Hell’ (VIDEO)  —  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Tuesday repeatedly confronted a faith leader — who also happens to be a noted church-state separatist — about his Christian beliefs during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on religious freedom.
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