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Meet David Brat, The Giant-Killer Who Knocked Off Eric Cantor

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:05am

The man who rocked the political world is a 52-year-old "free-market, Milton Friedman economist." While Virginia GOP Rep. Eric Cantor tried to paint him as a liberal, in reality he's anything but.

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Eric Cantor's Collapse: What Happened?

Wed, 06/11/2014 - 4:04am

In some ways, the House majority leader is the most significant Republican incumbent ousted in a primary since the intra-party rebellion by conservative hardliners began five years ago.

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Graham Defeats 6 GOP Challengers, Avoids Runoff

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 10:03pm

Graham defeats 6 GOP challengers, avoids runoff

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S.C. Sen. Graham Defeats 6 GOP Challengers, Avoids Runoff

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:33pm

Graham defeated six Tea Party challengers with about 59 percent, far more than what was needed to avoid a runoff.

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Upset Of Eric Cantor Deals A Shock To GOP Establishment

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 8:25pm

Eric Cantor became the first house majority leader ever to lose a primary, losing the GOP nomination to Tea Party challenger David Brat in the Republican primary.

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Tea Party Challenger Upsets Eric Cantor In GOP Primary

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 7:31pm

In a surprise result, voters in Virginia's 7th Congressional District have dealt a defeat to House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, nominating Tea Party challenger David Brat instead in the GOP primary.

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Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 7:09pm

The House majority leader has been upset in a stunning defeat that will rewrite the GOP leadership in the chamber.

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Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 6:39pm

As Hillary Clinton contemplates a 2016 presidential run, it's clear she'll need to answer Benghazi questions in a way that neutralizes conservative attacks and avoids politicizing the issue.

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Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:21pm

The jury didn't buy state Rep. Derrick Smith's argument that the repeated efforts to get him to accept the money amounted to entrapment.

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Despite Initial Doubts, Wisconsin's Second-In-Command Soars

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 3:13pm

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is now a rising GOP star. The mother of two is a former TV news anchor and a cancer survivor, who left the hospital just in time to vote in her own primary.

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Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:54pm

In her new book, Hillary Clinton says she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo on Cuba, a position that reveals just how much the political climate has changed — especially in Florida.

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Hillary Clinton: I Helped Restore U.S. Leadership In The World

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:53am

To hear the former secretary of state and once-and-maybe-future Democratic presidential candidate tell it, her new book "Hard Choices" isn't the kickoff to a 2016 campaign.

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Clinton Sought 'Tougher Deal,' But Won't 'Second Guess' Bergdahl Swap

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:50am

NPR's Renee Montagne sat down for a conversation with Hillary Clinton. Clinton's new book, "Hard Choices," will be published on Tuesday, June 10.

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Easing Student Loan Burdens On The Frontburner For Obama, Senate

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:09am

David Greene talks to financial aid expert Mark Kantrowitz about proposals to mitigate student loan debt from the White House and in the Senate. Kantrowitz is the founder of the website finaid.org.

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Obama Acts To Ease Student Loan Payments

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 4:09am

President Obama signed an order on Monday that expands the number of Americans whose student loan payments will be capped at 10 percent of their monthly incomes.

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In Booming San Jose, Businesses Settle Into A Minimum Wage Hike

Tue, 06/10/2014 - 2:46am

Since an increase in 2013, the minimum wage in San Jose is now one of California's highest. Some businesses have thrived in the past year, but for others, it's a more complicated picture.

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Chicago's Latest Case Of Political Graft Has A Twist

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:41pm

A jury must decide whether Democratic State Rep. Derrick Smith abused his office and took a $7,000 bribe or was entrapped by an overzealous FBI.

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State Senator's Resignation Roils Virginia Politics

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 5:58pm

Gov. Terry McAuliffe's efforts to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act have been thrown into further uncertainty by the actions of a single Democratic legislator.

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With New Order, Obama Aims To Combat Student Debt Pressures

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 3:06pm

President Obama is signing an executive order Monday, which will expand a loan forgiveness program for college debt. NPR's Mara Liasson looks at the program and the political salience of the issue.

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Tough Week For The Common Core

Mon, 06/09/2014 - 7:53am

Two more states opt out. Politics are heating up. What's next?

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