2014 Watch
June 10, 2014
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In what is nothing less than a political earthquake, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost the Republican primary for Virginia's 7th District, to Tea Party challenger and college professor Dave Brat.

Brat based much of his campaign on opposition to Cantor's work on comprehensive immigration reform. And now the voters back home have both rewarded Brat with a tremendous upset victory — and utterly overturned any previous narratives about the GOP establishment winning its struggles against Tea Party insurgency.

With 75 percent of precincts reporting, Brat has triumphed over Cantor with 56 percent of the vote, against Cantor's 44 percent, and the Associated Press has projected Brat as the winner. Just a few days ago, Cantor's campaign had an internal poll that showed the incumbent ahead of Brat by 34 points — a result that obviously has not come to pass.

And as it turns out, Democrats have a candidate for this sudden open seat in just the nick of time. Just yesterday, the district's Democratic committee nominated a little-known candidate, Jack Trammell — who is also a professor at the same school as Dave Brat, Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. So this all might make for a fun discussion at the next faculty meeting.

However, the fact remains that the district is strongly Republican, as Mitt Romney carried it in 2012 with 57 percent of the vote. Eric Kleefeld

This just in
11:11 p.m. ET
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Exotic animals are on the loose in Tuttle, Oklahoma, after the Tiger Safari refuge was hit by a tornado Wednesday.

Tiger Safari's owners confirmed to KFOR that some of the animals have escaped, but did not say what kind and how many. Tiger Safari houses tigers, kangaroos, spider monkeys, eagle owls, and other exotic and domestic animals. Residents in the area are being told to stay inside, and to call 911 if they spot any of the animals.

Update: The Grady County Sheriff's Office announced late Wednesday that all of the animals have been found. Catherine Garcia

election 2016
10:48 p.m. ET
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On Wednesday, former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum told Fox News that on May 27, he will announce whether he will run again for the Republican presidential nomination.

Santorum said he'll share those plans in his hometown of Butler, Pennsylvania, and is looking for a "facility there to talk about what it was like growing up there and where American needs to go in the future." During the 2012 Iowa caucuses, Santorum barely beat the eventual Republican nominee, Mitt Romney, and told Fox News host Greta Van Susteren he hopes "to win by more than 34 votes and hopefully get a good count" this time around. "It was a great campaign last time, we were clearly the underdog, and we're starting out looking at this race and we'd be in the same position so we're very comfortable there," he said. Catherine Garcia

wild weather
10:22 p.m. ET

At least 20 tornadoes were reported Wednesday afternoon and evening in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, with dozens of homes destroyed in Amber and Bridge Creek, Oklahoma.

One person was injured in Burr Oak, Kansas, travelers inside Oklahoma City's Will Rogers World Airport were told to shelter in tunnels, and at least two homes and the Roseland Catholic Church were damaged in Roseland, Nebraska, The Weather Channel reports. Cars are flipped over in the Oklahoma City metro area, and thousands there are without power. Severe thunderstorms are being reported in Texas, and several areas in Kansas, Nebraska, and Oklahoma remain under tornado warnings. Catherine Garcia

election 2016
9:38 p.m. ET
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In a first for a Democratic presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton will personally cultivate donors for the top Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action.

The goal is for Priorities USA Action to raise as much as $200 to $300 million this election, The New York Times reports. As a declared candidate, Clinton cannot ask donors for more than $5,000 for the super PAC, but under Federal Election Commission rules, she can attend events and talk to the audience, as long as appeals for large amounts of money take place when she is not in the room. Harold M. Ickes, a longtime adviser for Clinton, is starting to become more involved with the super PAC, and a Clinton loyalist, Guy Cecil, will help oversee it.

One campaign official, who spoke to the Times on condition of anonymity, said that Clinton will do what she can to help Priorities. "With some Republican candidates reportedly setting up and outsourcing their entire campaign to super PACs and the Koch brothers pledging $1 billion alone for the 2016 campaign, Democrats have to have the resources to fight back," they said. "There is too much at stake for our future for Democrats to unilaterally disarm." Catherine Garcia

rebuilding baltimore
8:38 p.m. ET
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CVS will rebuild its stores in Baltimore that were looted and burned last week, and said it also plans to donate $100,000 to the United Way of Central Maryland's "Maryland Unites Fund" and the Baltimore Community Foundation's "Fund for Rebuilding Baltimore."

There are almost 30 CVS stores in Baltimore that employ more than 500 people, The Baltimore Sun reports, and the two stores that were damaged were built in the 1990s. "Our purpose as a company is helping people on their path to better health," CVS Health President and CEO Larry Merlo said on Wednesday. "There is no better way that we can fulfill that purpose than to reopen our doors and get back to serving the community." There is no timeline for reopening yet, company officials said, and employees at the affected stores have been offered worked at other CVS locations. Catherine Garcia

most wanted
8:07 p.m. ET

Four Islamic State leaders are now listed on the U.S. Department of State's Rewards for Justice list, which offers a collective $20 million in rewards for information that leads to the arrests of the men.

The State Department is offering $5 million for information on ISIS spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani, $5 million for battlefield commander Tarkhan Tayumurazovich Batirashvili, $7 million for senior official Abdul Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, and up to $3 million for Tariq bin al-Tahar bin al-Falih al-Awni al-Harzi, the BBC reports.

Al-Adnani was born in Syria in 1977, and has appeared in numerous official videos released by ISIS. Batirashvili, also known as Omar Shishani ("Chechen" in Arabic), is based in northern Syria. He was born in 1986 in Birkiani, Georgia, and once led an organization affiliated with al-Qaeda and made up primarily of foreign fighters from the North Caucasus. Al-Qaduli was born in Mosul, Iraq, in the 1950s, and is believed to have taken control of ISIS while leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi recovered from an injury sustained in an airstrike. Al-Harzi was born in Tunis in 1982, and is based in Syria, where he recruits foreign fighters and is "emir of suicide bombers." Catherine Garcia

Pay up
6:50 p.m. ET
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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) learned a $100,000 lesson: If you're in the public eye — especially as a politician running for president — you need to snag every single .com, .org, .whatever associated with your name.

In March, a month before Paul formally announced he was running for the Republican presidential nomination, his Senate re-election campaign paid $100,000 to a third-party firm for the domain randpaul.com, the Los Angeles Times reports. While the site at one time was run by supporters of Paul, no one is sure who owned it at the time of the hefty payment. Two of Paul's GOP comrades made the same mistake of not securing their own domains, and they are now dealing with some online embarrassment: carlyfiorina.org shows 30,000 sad faces, representing the number of people laid off at Hewlett Packard while Carly Fiorina was chief executive, while tedcruz.com sports the decidedly non-Ted Cruz message "Support President Obama. Immigration reform now!" Catherine Garcia

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