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guess who's going to lose his gov. sponsored health insurance

Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary

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.

"I know there's a lot of long faces here tonight, and it's disappointing, sure," Cantor said, speaking to supporters. "I believe in this country; I believe there's opportunity around the next corner for all of us."

NPR's Ron Elving calls the defeat of Cantor, who was widely expected to eventually replace House Speaker John Boehner, "Truly stunning and all but unprecedented for a speaker-in-waiting."

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source is conflicted but still enjoying the schadenfreude

(on another side - a state senator is stepping down which hands everything to the repubs but the dems hold the governorship. meaning mcauliffe isn't going to be able to pass the medicaid expansion very easily. oh virginia.)

eta: Two things to remember: 1) Virginia has an open primary and B) only 12% of his voting district voted in the primary today. That's it. Despite the jubilation from the Tea Party about anti-establishment and immigration, it's more likely that this is all on Cantor thinking he'd have an easy time and not doing enough to represent his home district.
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House agenda still a broken record

In Reversal, House G.O.P. Agrees to Lift Debt Limit

WASHINGTON — Backing down from their hard-line stance, House Republicans said Friday that they would agree to lift the federal government's statutory borrowing limit for three months, with a requirement that both chambers of Congress pass a budget in that time to clear the way for negotiations on long-term deficit reduction.

The new proposal, which came out of closed-door party negotiations at a retreat in Williamsburg, Va., seemed to significantly reduce the threat of a default by the federal government in coming weeks. The White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said he was encouraged by the offer; Senate Democrats, while bristling at the demand for a budget, were also reassured and viewed it as a de-escalation of the debt fight.

The change in tack represented a retreat for House Republicans, who were increasingly isolated in their refusal to lift the debt ceiling. Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio had previously said he would raise it only if it were paired with immediate spending cuts of equivalent value. The new strategy is designed to start a more orderly negotiation with President Obama and Senate Democrats on ways to shrink the trillion-dollar deficit.

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One. One sucker punch! Ha ha ha!

Cantor opposes fiscal cliff bill.

Posted by CNN Senior Congressional Producer Deirdre Walsh

Washington (CNN) – House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Tuesday he opposes the Senate version of the fiscal cliff bill, as the hours wind down for the House to vote on a deal that would avert a combination of tax hikes and spending cuts.

"I do not support the bill," Cantor told reporters while leaving a House GOP meeting.

After the Senate passed the legislation in the early hours of the morning with 89 senators in favor of the deal, the ball is now in the House's court to act.

Cantor said no decisions have been made on the bill and leaders are looking for the best path forward.

House Speaker John Boehner and House GOP Whip Kevin McCarthy both declined to answer questions as they emerged from the meeting.

Spokesmen for Boehner and Cantor said in identical statements that the speaker and the leader "laid out options to the members and listened to feedback" in the meeting.

"The lack of spending cuts in the Senate bill was a universal concern amongst members in today’s meeting. Conversations with members will continue throughout the afternoon on the path forward," the statements read.

Meanwhile, several members said they were unsure whether the House would vote Tuesday.


EDIT: The House will vote Tuesday night on a Senate bill - an up or down vote - to avert the fiscal cliff, a senior House GOP leadership aide told CNN's Dana Bash.1

EDIT 2: 10:57 p.m. ET - The U.S. House of Representatives approves fiscal cliff deal, surpassing the 217 votes needed for passage. The final breakdown is 257 in support and 167 in opposition.

Republican Congressman Scolded After Drinking and Nudity in Israel

Aug 19, 2012 10:20pm

Bill Clark/Roll Call/Getty Images

A group of House Republicans visiting Israel as part of an official Congressional delegation last summer enjoyed a late night of drinking at the Sea of Galilee that included swimming and, in the case of one member, a little skinny dipping in the place where the Bible says Jesus walked on water.

The story was first reported by Politico and has been confirmed by ABC News.

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor was on the trip but was not present for the late night antics. When Cantor was told about what happened, according to Republican sources, he was “livid” and called members of the delegation to say the behavior was unacceptable and must never be repeated.

The skinny dipper, according to the sources, was Rep. Kevin Yoder, R-Kansas.

In a statement to Politico, Yoder said: ”A year ago, my wife, Brooke, and I joined colleagues for dinner at the Sea of Galilee in Israel. After dinner I followed some Members of Congress in a spontaneous and very brief dive into the sea and regrettably I jumped into the water without a swimsuit. It is my greatest honor to represent the people of Kansas in Congress and [for] any embarrassment I have caused for my colleagues and constituents, I apologize.”

Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, Doug Heye, tells ABC News what he told Politico: ”Twelve months ago, [Cantor] dealt with this immediately and effectively to ensure such activities would not take place in the future.”

Heye confirms that the FBI asked about the incident, although the investigation does not appear to have gone anywhere.

Last year, a staffer was contacted by the Bureau [FBI], which had several questions, the staffer answered those questions and that appears to have been the end of it,” Heye said.


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BREAKING: House GOP Leaders Ask Supreme Court to Review DOMA Case

The Republican-led House Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group today mailed its petition to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to review the May 31 ruling of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit that the federal definition of marriage contained in the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional.

In a filing obtained by Metro Weekly, BLAG asks the Supreme Court, which must agree to consider the case, to take the appeal for three reasons: (1) the constitutionality of DOMA Section 3 is "an issue of great national importance" and raises separation-of-powers questions; (2) the First Circuit decision conflicts with the Supreme Court's 1972 decision in Baker v. Nelson and other appellate decisions; and (3) the First Circuit "invented a new standard of equal protection review."

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Source also has a scribd widget showing the petition so you can read it yourself.

Three things:
  • I just can't wait for straight people to decide whether or not I have rights! I'm literally on the edge of my seat. Seriously. I mean it.
  • I'm guessing they wouldn't be doing this if they didn't think they had a decent chance of winning, so I'm bracing for a Scalia-induced setback.
  • I'm officially coining the phrase "Hater Boehner."
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House Kills SOPA

In a surprise move today, Representative Eric Cantor(R-VA) announced that he will stop all action on SOPA, effectively killing the bill. This move was most likely due to several things. One of those things is that SOPA and PIPA met huge online protest against the bills. Another reason would be that the White House threatened to veto the bill if it had passed. However, it isn't quite time yet to celebrate, as PIPA(the Senate's version of SOPA) is still up for consideration.

The online protests about the bill were surprising and large. They ranged anywhere from callng Representatives, companies, and senators to get them to change their mind, to actively moving domain's away from and targeting the business model of the companies that supported/lobbied for the bill. GoDaddy lost well over 100,000 domains in the space of about 10 days due to their involvement with these bills, along with other various targets. Reddit in particular has been influential in turning the tide against SOPA and PIPA, and is a good demonstration of how the Internet enables Democracy.

PIPA is less well known than SOPA, but the provisions are basicly the same. It still includes the same DNS blocking and censoring system that the original SOPA did, just without the SOPA name. There are around 40 co-sponsors of the bill in the Senate so far, with no word on how many senators support the bill in addition to that. There will most likely need to be 60 votes in the Senate in order to invoke cloture and end an almost guaranteed filibuster.


Short article, but looking good! Now onto PIPA...

Eric Cantor Tries "First Come, First Served" with FEMA while America Drowns.

Eric Cantor Pressed FEMA About Aid For His District As Agency Struggled For Funding

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials have been busy convincing Congress to quickly fill its emergency aid coffers, as the agency finds its funds drained by the natural disasters that have hit the country in recent months. The insistence, led by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), that Congress should cut spending elsewhere to offset disaster relief funding, led to a partisan standoff and nearly shut down the government.

On Friday, however, FEMA officials found themselves busy answering to Cantor for another reason: He had requested a conference call to get updates on the disbursement of aid requested by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) for his district, which was affected by the Aug. 23 East Coast earthquake.

According to a read-out of the call from Cantor's office, as reported by the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "FEMA said they have received the Governor's request and sent it to the White House for a decision but could not provide any specific information on timing. Even when asked for an estimate based on past applications they were unable to do so."

A FEMA spokesperson confirmed that the call happened on Friday, and said Cantor's office had requested it on Sept. 22.

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Republicans want to help write the President's Speech

John Boehner, Eric Cantor seek common ground with Obama
By Jake Sherman

The two top House Republicans want President Barack Obama to huddle with congressional leadership before his Thursday jobs speech to discuss potential areas of bipartisan agreement.
In a letter to the president Tuesday, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) laid out several areas of common ground, including passing three long-stalled trade agreements, reducing regulation and funding certain infrastructure projects.

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Eric Cantor likes to dangle natural disaster aid for fun and profit


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said Wednesday that he intends to look for offsets if federal aid is needed to help areas of his Virginia district that were damaged in an earthquake Tuesday.

“There is an appropriate federal role in incidents like this,” the Republican said after touring the damage in his district. “Obviously, the problem is that people in Virginia don’t have earthquake insurance.”

The next step will be for Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) to decide whether to make an appeal for federal aid, Cantor said. The House Majority Leader would support such an effort but would look to offset the cost elsewhere in the federal budget.

“All of us know that the federal government is busy spending money it doesn’t have,” Cantor said in Culpeper, where the quake damaged some buildings along a busy shopping thoroughfare.

He ended a trip in Israel on Tuesday and quickly returned home after the magnitude-5.8 earthquake hit his Congressional district. It was also felt north in Washington, D.C., and New York City and south in North Carolina.

Cantor did not offer specifics on potential offsets, but his view is in line with House Republicans’ approach to disaster aid this year.

Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Ala.) the chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, used unspent funds from the fiscal 2009 stimulus law to offset about $1 billion in proposed fiscal 2011 emergency money intended to help the Southeast after a series of destructive storms. The provision for that disaster aid is in the fiscal 2012 Homeland Security appropriations bill, which the House has passed and the Senate has not taken up.

Although Aderholt’s district was among the hardest hit, he stressed the need to offset the emergency spending.

In years past, Congress has provided disaster relief outside normal budget caps and without offsets.

Sauce still has plaster chips in it from Tuesday.

Congressman Cantor has done this before, but this is a part of his district that was affected. Now I can't wait to see how long it takes him to blame Obama for blocking the aid when they can't find/agree on an offset.

Eric Cantor, House Majority Whiner.

This Explains Why He Thinks The Natural Disaster Was Joplin's Fault and Wont Lift a Finger.

Eric Cantor: The most dangerous whiner in America
Whenever economic disaster looms, you can count on the House majority leader to complain it is someone else's fault

The first time I took serious notice of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor came in late September 2008, in the immediate aftermath of the failed vote to authorize the TARP Wall Street bailout. The nation was in a state of profound crisis. Economic activity was shuddering to a halt across the globe and Wall Street financial institutions were collapsing by the day. Say what you will about the merits of TARP, but the magnitude of the stock market crash that accompanied the failed vote only increased the general sense of distress. The United States was staring directly at the greatest economic disaster since the Great Depression and our political system appeared incapable of responding.
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