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
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) maintained Friday that he'll support the Republican presidential nominee, even if that somebody happens to be Donald Trump, The Palm Beach Post reports.
In fact, Rubio might be more impressed with the billionaire business mogul than usual, saying his "performance has improved significantly" recently.
Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump was none too thrilled Saturday with the protesters who blocked his way into California's Republican convention the day before:
The "protesters" in California were thugs and criminals. Many are professionals. They should be dealt with strongly by law enforcement!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 30, 2016
Leave it to Trump to make an off-color joke about the incident once he made it inside the hotel Friday.
Jimmy Fallon has been singing bits and pieces of Styx's "Too Much Time on My Hands" on The Tonight Show for days. On Friday, he and actor Paul Rudd took the obsession to its natural conclusion, creating a shot-by-shot remake of the '80s music video. The end result is sufficiently goofy. Take a look below. Julie Kliegman
Hundreds of activists stormed Iraq's parliament building Saturday in support of Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, who had accused Iraqi politicians of corruption, CBS News reports.
The demonstrators climbed over blast walls in Baghdad's Green Zone, which houses most of the country's ministries and foreign embassies, after parliament couldn't reach quorum to hold a session. The protesters broke furniture, chanted, and waved Iraqi flags.
San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr released nine pages of racist and homophobic text messages sent between officers Friday and ordered all officers to undergo anti-bias training, The New York Times reports.
"We have nothing to hide," Suhr said of his 2,000-member force. "These are the actions of a few."
The messages, which disparaged blacks, Latinos, South Asians, and LGBT people, were found as part of an investigation into a rape charge against one of the officers.
The head of an evangelical legal organization has pledged to carry a gun into Target's bathrooms to defend against transgender women. Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver is calling for a boycott of the retail chain after it announced that it will allow patrons to use the restroom that corresponds to their gender identity, The Huffington Post reports. Staver tweeted the following:
— Anita Staver (@AnitaStaver) April 22, 2016
Staver later claimed she always brings guns into public restrooms.