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10:25 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 …
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 …
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.”
Kevin McCarthy makes his move  —  On June 19, Kevin McCarthy was scheduled to headline a birthday fundraiser for his friend Eric Cantor on the rooftop of 101 Constitution, a swank office building with sweeping views of the Capitol.  —  Instead, that day will be all about McCarthy.
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 …
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 …
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:
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)
Josh Zumbrun / Wall Street Journal:
David Brat to Bernanke: Don't Underestimate the Value of Protestants … Ben Bernanke got it wrong because he forgot to account for God, or at least for the Protestant way of worshiping him.  —  That's the basic argument of David Brat, the Virginia Republican who toppled House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R., Va.) Tuesday.
Discussion: Daily Kos
Evan McMorris-Santoro / BuzzFeed:
White House: Cantor's Problem Was Cantor, Not Immigration
Discussion: Real Clear Politics and Hot Air
Jia Lynn Yang / Washington Post:
Why Cantor's loss is especially bad news for big business
Jonathan Chait Follow / New York Magazine:
Eric Cantor's Shocking, Richly Deserved Primary Defeat
Reid J. Epstein / Wall Street Journal:
Rand Paul on Immigration Reform: 'Amnesty Is a Word That's Trapped Us'
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Nate Cohn / New York Times:
Midterm Calculus: Did Democratic Voters Defeat Eric Cantor? Probably Not
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
Iraq crisis: Militants ‘seize Tikrit’ after taking Mosul  —  Paul Wood: “The speed of the jihadis advance has shocked the Iraqi government and its western allies”  —  Islamist insurgents in Iraq have seized the city of Tikrit, their second major gain after capturing Mosul on Tuesday, security officials say.
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.
Associated Press:
ISLAMIC GUNMEN PUSH INTO IRAQ'S SUNNI HEARTLAND  —  BAGHDAD (AP) — Al-Qaida-inspired militants pushed deeper into Iraq's Sunni heartland Wednesday, swiftly conquering Saddam Hussein's hometown of Tikrit as soldiers and security forces abandoned their posts and yielded ground once controlled by U.S. forces.
New York Times:
Iraq Said to Seek U.S. Strikes on Militants
Discussion: The Stranger …
Fox News:
US spy agencies heard Benghazi attackers using State Dept. cell phones to call terrorist leaders  —  Sept. 11, 2012: The U.S. Consulate in Benghazi is seen in flames during a terrorist attack.Reuters  —  The terrorists who attacked the U.S. consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi on September 11 …
Stephanie McCrummen / Washington Post:
Bergdahl's writings reveal a fragile young man  —  Before he became a Taliban prisoner, before he wrote in his journal “I am the lone wolf of deadly nothingness,” before he ever joined the Army, Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was discharged from the U.S. Coast Guard for psychological reasons …
Yahoo! News:
Bergdahl Was Discharged from the Coast Guard for Psychological Reasons Before He Joined the Army
Discussion: Washington Post 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
Sarah Stewart / KFOR-TV:
Oklahoma political candidate expresses extreme views on homosexuality
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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Discussion: National Review and The PJ Tatler
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Discussion: OnPolitics
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