Politics

7:28pm

Tue June 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary

Originally published on Wed June 11, 2014 5:40 am

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor listens to House Speaker John Boehner at a recent news conference on Capitol Hill. Cantor, from Virginia's 7th Congressional District, lost the primary election Tuesday night, a stunning defeat.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District to Tea Party challenger David Brat — a stunning defeat that will upend the chamber's GOP leadership.

Brat, an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Va., was leading Cantor by 55 percent to 44 percent of the vote.

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6:39pm

Tue June 10, 2014
It's All Politics

Hillary Clinton Refines Her Benghazi Response

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:13 pm

Hillary Clinton at a book signing in New York. The former secretary of state has said that Benghazi joins a long list of tragedies during administrations of both parties.
Bebeto Matthews AP

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.

In her interview with NPR Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, the former secretary of state unveiled a Benghazi answer that might be a road test of a message to parry GOP accusations.

Speaking of the four Americans killed in the 2012 attack, Clinton said:

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4:27pm

Tue June 10, 2014
The Two-Way

Illinois Lawmaker Found Guilty Of Accepting $7,000 Payoff

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 5:17 pm

Illinois state Rep. Derrick Smith (center) speaks to reporters at the federal building Tuesday after a jury convicted him of bribery.
M. Spencer Green AP

In a case in which some observers suggest the FBI may have gone too far to snare a politician in a bribery scheme, a jury has convicted an Illinois lawmaker of corruption.

The verdict against State Rep. Derrick Smith relates to the then-freshman representative's acceptance in 2012 of a $7,000 payoff from an FBI informant.

The jury agreed with the prosecution that Smith abused his office for personal gain. The defense had argued that the representative repeatedly refused the bribe before finally relenting and that the undercover sting amounted to entrapment.

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3:33pm

Tue June 10, 2014
Politics

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

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 7:31 pm

Few people expected it, but 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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2:54pm

Tue June 10, 2014
It's All Politics

Clinton Position On Cuba Signals New Political Era

Originally published on Tue June 10, 2014 4:12 pm

Hillary Clinton poses for a family photo with former President Bill Clinton, daughter Chelsea, and son-in-law Marc Mezvinsky, after attending Chelsea's Oxford University graduation ceremony last month.
Matt Dunham AP

One of the few revelations in Hard Choices, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's new book about her time in the Obama administration, is that she urged President Obama to end the U.S. embargo against Cuba.

"Since 1960, the United States had maintained an embargo against the island in hopes of squeezing Castro from power, but it only succeeded in giving him a foil to blame for Cuba's economic woes," Clinton writes. "It wasn't achieving its goals and it was holding back our broader agenda across Latin America."

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