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Feinstein Laughs at Being Described as a Hooker

Ex-Montana governor Brian Schweitzer apologizes

(Newser) - Former Montana governor Brian Schweitzer's comments likening Dianne Feinstein to "the woman who was standing under the streetlight with her dress pulled all the way up over her knees," may not be going over well in the Feinstein household. Asked about them yesterday, the California senator laughed,... More »

New House GOP Leader Is Often 'Baffling' at Podium

Majority leader Kevin McCarthy tends to say indecipherable stuff: Dana Milbank

(Newser) - Eric Cantor's defeat may have been a complete surprise , but this isn't: House Republicans have chosen Kevin McCarthy of California to be the new majority leader, reports the Hill . The 49-year-old takes over those duties on July 31. First elected to the House eight years ago, McCarthy is... More »

Schweitzer: Eric Cantor Sure Seems Gay

2016 Dem hopeful also compares Dianne Feinstein to a prostitute

(Newser) - Former Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who is considering a presidential run in 2016, just gave a long interview to the National Journal —and it includes two headline-grabbing quotes picked up by CNN :
  • On Eric Cantor: "Don't hold this against me, but I'm going to blurt it
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How Eric Cantor Can Turn Around His Legacy

Juan Williams thinks the Majority Leader should try to fix the Voting Rights Act

(Newser) - If Eric Cantor's story ends today, history will remember him only as "the highest-ranking Republican to suffer defeat in a primary," Juan Williams observes at The Hill . But Williams thinks there's a way Cantor can use his final days to rescue his legacy: He can revive... More »

Only One Candidate Left for Cantor's Job

Sessions drops out, race to replace Kevin McCarthy heats up

(Newser) - Unless a surprise challenger emerges at the last minute, the race to replace Eric Cantor as the House's second-ranking Republican is already over. House Rules Committee chief Pete Sessions says he has dropped his bid to become majority leader "after thoughtful consideration and discussion" with colleagues, leaving Majority... More »

New GOP Name: 'Committee to Elect Hillary Clinton'?

David Frum: Republicans must fight back against 'radicals' or pack it in

(Newser) - David Frum thinks his fellow Republicans are headed for trouble unless things change fast: The party has no leaders willing to stand up to the "radicals" destroying conservatism, he writes in the Atlantic . Eric Cantor is but the latest casualty: He tried to "appease" those on the fringe,... More »

Professor Who Beat Cantor Has Dress Code for Students

No jeans or flip-flops in David Brat's economics class

(Newser) - David Brat tells CNN that he needs a few days to "decompress" after his stunning upset of Eric Cantor. "I literally have a thousand emails, a thousand voicemails so I'm just trying to catch up on everything," he says. In the meantime, news outlets continue to... More »

Rick Perry: Being Gay Like Being an Alcoholic

Perry's comment 'drew murmur of disbelief'

(Newser) - Rick Perry met with the Commonwealth Club of California yesterday and spoke on everything from Eric Cantor's defeat to homosexuality—in particular, sharing his belief that the latter can be overcome. "Whether or not you feel compelled to follow a particular lifestyle or not, you have the ability... More »

Cantor: 'It Doesn't Have to Be a Bad Day'

Confirms he's leaving, won't launch a write-in campaign

(Newser) - Eric Cantor confirmed this afternoon that he won't be launching a long-shot bid to remain in Congress with a write-in candidacy in Virginia's general election. He told his GOP colleagues behind closed doors that he will serve out his term but will step down as majority leader at... More »

Defeated Cantor Will Step Down

NYT: Majority leader will step aside to quickly settle leadership vacuum

(Newser) - Eric Cantor, fresh off last night's stunning collapse in the Virginia GOP primary for the House seat he's held since 2001, will step down as House majority leader in the coming weeks, reports the New York Times . The move, which the Washington Post pegs at the end of... More »

Here's Who's in the Running for Cantor's Job

Reps. Kevin McCarthy, Pete Sessions likely contenders

(Newser) - Now that majority leader Eric Cantor is out of the running for the next Congress, who will take his place in the GOP leadership? Politico identifies a number of potential frontrunners, starting with current majority whip Kevin McCarthy of California, who is pretty much guaranteed to seek Cantor's old... More »

Meet the Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor

Economics professor David Brat pulls off huge upset

(Newser) - Who is David Brat, the Tea Party candidate who set off a "political earthquake " by defeating House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary? Here's some of what's known about the political novice, as per Politico , the Huffington Post , and the Washington Post :
  • The 49-year-old
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Cantor's Walloping Is a Political Earthquake

Brat upset likely to kill off immigration reform

(Newser) - The House majority leader who used to cozy up to upstart Tea Party candidates has been crushed in his GOP primary by a little-known challenger from the movement, and analysts say America's political landscape is looking very different this morning.
  • "The biggest Congressional upset in modern memory" will
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Stunner: Eric Cantor Loses Primary to Tea Party Rival

House majority leader suffers big upset in Virginia

(Newser) - The Tea Party just scored a massive upset: Economics professor David Brat defeated House majority leader Eric Cantor in a GOP primary in Virginia, reports AP . Brat had accused the No. 2 Republican in the House (and one-time Tea Party favorite) of not being conservative enough, and the message evidently... More »

Finally, Washington Sees a Way Out

Obama, House GOP leaders to meet today

(Newser) - Signs of hope in DC: Both parties are increasingly pushing for an end to the government shutdown and a debt-ceiling increase, with President Obama set to meet with 18 top House Republicans today, the Hill reports. Those Republicans include Paul Ryan, who's at the forefront of a short-term plan... More »

Boehner: Fund Government, Defund ObamaCare

Says House will vote on it; debt ceiling being drawn into drama as well

(Newser) - House Republicans have decided to make their latest game of political chicken all about ObamaCare. In a move Tea Party activists have been clamoring for, John Boehner told his caucus today that they would pass a bill to keep the government funded—but that it would defund ObamaCare. Eric Cantor... More »

Boehner: We're Backing Obama on Syria

Obama promises Syria won't be another Iraq

(Newser) - President Obama took a big step forward in his quest to gain Congressional approval for a strike on Syria, convincing the leaders of both parties in the House to back his play. Obama held a meeting with John Boehner, Nancy Pelosi, and other top lawmakers this morning, arguing that military... More »

Now You Can 'Cosponsor' House Bills on Facebook

Eric Cantor launches new app, website

(Newser) - Really, what can't you do on Facebook at this point? A new app from Eric Cantor allows you to "cosponsor" any House bill you want (even if it was introduced by a Democrat), which basically means you declare your support and then can easily track the legislation (you'... More »

Rand Paul, Hardline Gun Group in Dogfight With GOP

Supports group attacking GOP's Eric Cantor, Scott Rigell

(Newser) - It's a showdown at the GOP corral: CPAC prom king Rand Paul is in a shootout with fellow Republicans Eric Cantor and Scott Rigell after a gun group backed by the Kentucky senator launched about $50,000 worth of attack ads accusing the Virginia reps of "wanting to... More »

Graham: I'll Block Brennan, Hagel Over Benghazi

Wants White House to 'fess up on what happened

(Newser) - Lindsey Graham says he's ready to block the confirmations of both Chuck Hagel and John Brennan if President Obama isn't a little more forthcoming with what he knows about the Benghazi consulate attack. "No confirmation without information," he said today, adding that the confirmations shouldn't... More »

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