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So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat.

  • He's an Ayn Rand proselytizer, successfully tarred Cantor as a "pro-amnesty" candidate, thinks religion has been short-shrifted, and supports getting rid of the federal role in farm regulation.
  • Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means

Samantha Lachman, Huffington Post 

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goposaur_upsidedown.jpeg?13455644106/10/2014 | David Brat, a tea party activist and professor, scored one of the biggest upsets in political history Tuesday when he defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the Republican primary to represent Virginia's 7th District.

Brat's campaign website crashed in the immediate aftermath of the news. Here, more about his background.

Samantha Lachman: Elections Fellow at Huffington Post

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Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

  • This is a huge victory for anti-immigration extremists, including Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus. 
  • Part 1: Tea Party eats its own: Why Cantor’s right-wing obstruction wasn’t enough
  • Part 2: Eric Cantor got what he deserved: A political fraud’s stunning demise

 

Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means

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  • This is a huge victory for anti-immigration extremists, including Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus. 
  • Part 1: Tea Party eats its own: Why Cantor’s right-wing obstruction wasn’t enough
  • Part 2: Eric Cantor got what he deserved: A political fraud’s stunning demise
  • So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat

Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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Part 1: Tea Party eats its own: Why Cantor’s right-wing obstruction wasn’t enough

Eric Cantor is as conservative as they come and it wasn't enough for the far right fringe. Here's what it all means.

Simon Maloy, Salon

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Wednesday, Jun 11, 2014 | Eric Cantor represents something of an oddity in American politics. It’s not just that his loss last night to goofy economics professor David Brat in the Virginia 7th District GOP primary was unexpected* and lopsided, though it was. And it’s not just he’s the first ever sitting House majority leader to lose a primary, though he is. What made it especially strange is that Cantor is basically everything Republicans could ask for in a majority leader – conservative, obstructionist, deferential to the tea party – and he still got booted out.

In January 2009, when President Obama debuted his stimulus package to prevent the cratering economy from collapsing entirely, Cantor announced that not a single Republican would vote for it, telling his staff that it was key that the White House not get any GOP defectors and thus claim a bipartisan label for the legislation. He succeeded, and Cantor and the rest of the Republicans have been complaining about the stimulus Obama “rammed through Congress” ever since.

Simon Maloy is Salon's political writer.

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Part 2: Eric Cantor got what he deserved: A political fraud’s stunning demise

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Immigration foes killed the majority leader, as they’ll kill the GOP. It couldn’t happen to a more swell guy

Joan Walsh, Salon

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 | Around 8 p.m. MSNBC began running B-roll footage of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor as though he died, and, well, he did politically. None of the major networks were prepared to cover a major election upset. In a GOP primary season where the big story had been the GOP establishment beating back the Tea Party, the story turned on a dime with Cantor’s stunning defeat. He is the first majority leader in history to lose in a primary in his own party since 1899.

This is a huge victory for anti-immigration extremists, including Ann Coulter, Matt Drudge, Laura Ingraham and Mickey Kaus. Drudge is mocking Salon for writing that Cantor was likely to beat unknown far-right economics professor Dave Brat, but in fact Jim Newell got the pulse of the race right. Brat had accused Cantor of shoving immigration reform down the party’s throat – the right is obsessed with things being forced down their throats? – and with recent news about children crossing the border from Mexico vainly hoping for congressional sanity in the form of an immigration deal, the issue had new heat.

Joan Walsh joined Salon in 1998 to become the first full-time news editor and became editor in chief in February 2005. At the end of 2010, she became editor at large, to write full time. In the last couple of years she's had the privilege of debating conservative zealots on TV, from Bill O' Reilly to Dick Armey to Pat Buchanan. 

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So Who's The Guy Who Just Beat Eric Cantor? Meet Dave Brat, Samantha Lachman, Huffington Post 

  • He's an Ayn Rand proselytizer, successfully tarred Cantor as a "pro-amnesty" candidate, thinks religion has been short-shrifted, and supports getting rid of the federal role in farm regulation.
  • Eric Cantor's Stunning Demise and What It All Means

 

 

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GOP Straight Up Bribes Democratic Senator In Effort To Block Obamacare

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As many as 20,000 of Puckett's southwest Virginia constituents could be eligible for the Medicaid expansion. His district is so poor that residents have overwhelmed free medical clinics.

Ryan Grim & Ashley Alman, Huffington Post 

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06/08/2014 |The Republican Party in Virginia has resorted to what appears to be outright bribery in its ongoing effort to deny low-income residents in the state access to the Medicaid expansion authorized by Obamacare.

The Washington Post reported Sunday that Republicans offered to move Democratic state Sen. Phillip P. Puckett and his daughter into prestigious jobs in exchange for Puckett's resignation, which will flip the chamber into Republican hands. Puckett officially accepted the offer on Monday, but then appeared to back away amid a public outcry.

Ryan Grim is the Washington bureau chief for Huffington Post. Ashley Alman is Associate Politics Editor at Huffington Post.

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Ukraine, U.S., and big bad Putin: Who's the bully?

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  • Right now, it is imperative that peace- and justice-minded people tell the Obama administration to turn away from its confrontation with Russia - stop the punishing and isolating moves as well as rein in an even more bellicose Senate and House. Instead, here are the paths the U.S. needs to pursue.
  • “False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda

Sam Webb, People's World

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april 8 2014 | If the world breathed a sigh of relief when the Cold War wound down in the late 1980s, it started trembling as U.S.-Russia relations took a dangerous turn over Ukraine and Crimea. This is a very troubling development. If it continues in the present direction, the result will be damaging on a range of issues - nuclear weapons proliferation and elimination, Iran, Syria, terrorism, climate change, and domestic politics in the two countries, to mention a few.

If you listen only to the mainstream media and both Republican and Democratic politicians you get the impression that the perpetrator of this sharply negative turn is the power-hungry Putin, and that the trigger was Russia's heavy hand in the Crimea.

Sam Webb is the national chairperson of the Communist Party, USA.

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“False Flag Terrorism” to Sustain America’s “Humanitarian” Agenda, Joachim Hagopian, GlobalResearch

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  • The Myth of America’s Global Peacekeeping Past

 

 

 

 

Leaked Photos Show Immigrant Children Packed In Crowded Texas Border Facilities

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  • “The influx of unaccompanied children across the southwest border has resulted in an urgent humanitarian situation,” the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesperson said. “It requires a whole of government coordinated and sustained response.”
  • Take Action: End U.S. Military Aid to Colombia's Army

Kolten Parker, San Francisco (CA) Gate / Popular Resistance

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Screen-Shot-2014-06-07-at-8.35.20-AM.png Hundreds of undocumented immigrants, mostly from Central America, are held in U.S. Border Patrol facilities in the Rio Grande Valley along the U.S./Mexico border in late May 2014. Photos were obtained by Breitbart. Photo: Courtesy, Breitbart Texas

June 7th, 2014 | Photos leaked Thursday from a U.S. Border Patrol facility in the Rio Grande Valley show overflowing holding facilities of immigrants, many of whom are children.

The photos, obtained by the conservative website Breitbart, show hundreds of immigrants believed to be in the country illegally from Central America and Mexico being held in crowded concrete rooms similar to a jail cell. Many of the children appear to be teenagers but some clearly are younger.

The photos have a timestamp of May 27, 2014.

Kolten Parker is a reporter with the San Antonio (TX) Express-News.

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  • School of the Americas Instructor Who Oversaw Dozens of Killings Leads U.S.-Backed Army
  • Agents of Destabilization in Venezuela: The Dirty Hand of the National Endowment for Democracy

 

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