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The Obama Morning News || June 11, 2014

Tea Party Claims Cantor’s scalp . . . Newsmax
In the most stunning congressional upset in years, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was crushed in the Virginia Republican primary Tuesday by little-known tea party-backed challenger Dave Brat.

Cantor defeat ends immigration reform . . . Washington Post
The defeat of the second-ranking Republican in the House will immediately generate a series of political and policy-related shockwaves in Washington.

Hillary won’t release Benghazi notes . . . Daily Caller
Clinton acknowledged that she kept extensive notes during the attack on the American consulate in Benghazi but said that she won’t turn them over to congressional investigators if asked.

GOP takes steps to rein in Obama . . . The Hill
Congress began taking steps on to rein in and investigate President Obama after an outcry over his release of five senior Taliban detainees for Bergdahl.

Hagel to testify on Bergdahl swap . . . Associated Press
Defense Secretary Hagel will face angry lawmakers as he becomes the first Obama administration official to testify publicly about the controversial prisoner swap with the Taliban.

Biden: U.S. needs “unrelenting” immigration . . . Newsmax
“We need it badly from a purely – purely economic point of view,” Biden said.

Obama plots insurer bailout . . . Fox News
Republicans warned the Obama administration it risks violating federal law if it proceeds with a backup plan to transfer “potentially billions” in taxpayer dollars into ObamaCare to bail out insurance companies.

Holder: More work needed on LGBT . . . Washington Times
Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. told a packed auditorium of gay-rights attorneys Tuesday that they should celebrate their recent victories — but get ready for more work and “sacrifice.”

Gore defends Snowden . . . Politico
“What he revealed in the course of violating important laws included violations of the United States Constitution that were way more serious than the crimes that he committed,” Gore said.

Cruz renounces Canadian citizenship . . . Fox News
Cruz was born in Alberta, Canada, in 1970. The possible 2016 presidential candidate’s mother is American.

NJ growth stagnates under Christie . . . Bloomberg
Chris Christie has awarded $4 billion in business tax breaks since becoming governor, in a “largely unsuccessful” effort to boost New Jersey’s economy, according to a report from a group critical of the incentives.

Hillary’s favorability slips . . . Politico
According to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of Clinton, down from 59 percent in February. 

100 Responses to The Obama Morning News || June 11, 2014

  1. Brat had LITTLE if any support from the national Tea Party groups.
    He had all of $250,000 to campaign on. Cantor spent over $120,000 on steaks for his people.

    This shows the Tea Party is more of a state of mind and a policy direction then anything else.

    Congrats Brat, now live up to your expectations and do not flip after you feel the power.

  2. Just got stopped in my tracks after reading this witty interpretation of the 23rd Psalm in the comment section of the Newsmax article

    Tea Party Claims Cantor’s Scalp:

    Obama is my Shepherd; I shall not work.
    He maketh me to lie down and watch Oprah:
    He leadeth me beside the still factories.
    He restoreth my unemployment checks:
    He leadeth me in the paths of idleness for his legacy’s sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of wealth redistribution,
    I will fear no workfare: For thou art funding me;
    Thy pen and thy phone, they comfort me.
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of those who actually
    Thou annointest my teeth with gold; My crack pipe runneth over.
    Surely food stamps and healthcare shall follow me all the days of my

  3. I’m not a huge Joe Scarborough fan but this morning on Morning Joe he had to keep beating back the rest of the panel trying to paint the Cantor defeat as the radical right wing Tea Party claiming another “victim”.

    As Sanchez has already noted, the national Tea Party groups didn’t lift a finger for Brat. (I heard somewhere that Jenny Beth Martin of Tea Party Patriots is taking a $300k salary? Seems the big Tea Party groups becoming more “establishment” every day.)

    Yes, immigration had some to do with it but overall, I do believe it is the old Tip O’Neill adage: All politics is local.
    Cantor and put Washington above his district and after 14 years in office the district said OK, stay in Washington, just not as our rep.

  4. Lets not forget the only sitting black Senator Tim Scott! He won 92% of the vote! the conservatives we are told hate blacks and have a ‘war on women’.
    Well, SC has Republican Nikki Haley and the ONLY UIS Senator who is black. Our hate gets election results!

  5. Remarkably Hillary said the release of “these 5 guys” won’t affect us at all. Then she stumbled on about it being bad news for Afghanistan and Pakistan and they should be prepared.

    Go Hillary! Nothing means nothing in her world.

  6. Something I didn’t know and maybe something many of you didn’t know. Senator Lamar Alexander of TN is also facing a conservative Republican primary challenger. Alexander is running under 50% and his opponent, TN State Rep Joe Carr, is within striking distance. Alexander has actually voted pro-amnesty for the Gang of Eight bill in the Senate, and Carr campaigned very vocally against amnesty.

    Ergo, the Brat victory last night not only bodes well for Chris McDaniels in his run-off against Thad Cochran in MS but also for Joe Carr defeating Lamar Alexander. Things have looked up!

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