RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In an upset for the ages, Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia, the second-most powerful man in the House, was dethroned Tuesday by a little-known, tea party-backed Republican primary challenger carried to victory on a wave of public anger over calls for looser immigration laws.
Port-au-Prince (AFP) - The Haitian government announced that legislative elections will be held in October, three years behind schedule amid a slow earthquake recovery process and gargantuan logistical woes. Thousands of people demonstrated in the streets of Port-au-Prince Tuesday calling for the resignation of President Michel Martelly and his chief of staff Laurent Lamothe, before police broke up the demonstration.
By John Whitesides WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia lost to a Tea Party challenger on Tuesday in a stunning Republican primary upset that sent shockwaves through Congress and gave the conservative movement a landmark victory. Cantor, the No. 2 Republican in the House of Representatives, was easily beaten by college economics professor David Brat, who accused Cantor of betraying conservative principles on spending, debt and immigration. The result could halt efforts to craft a House immigration reform bill, as nervous Republicans hustle to protect themselves against future challenges from the right ahead of the Nov. 4 midterm elections. It could also make Republicans even more hesitant to cooperate with President Barack Obama and Democrats for fear of being labeled a compromiser.
Spanish lawmakers are set to approve Wednesday the abdication of King Juan Carlos, amid noisy protests calling for a republic, paving the way for his son Felipe to assume the scandal-hit monarchy. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy predicted Tuesday that "a great majority of lawmakers" would vote in favour of a law approved by his cabinet last week allowing the 76-year-old king to step down. The bill has the backing of the ruling conservative Popular Party and the main opposition Socialists as well as the small centrist UPyD party which together have 300 seats in the 350-seat lower house of parliament. The law will also have to be approved by the Senate, Spain's upper house of parliament, which will vote on it on June 17.
In a stunning defeat, number two House Republican Eric Cantor has been ousted by a conservative primary challenger, in a body blow to the Republican establishment. Majority Leader Cantor, a powerful party insider who was widely seen as a future speaker of the House, lost his Richmond, Virginia seat to Tea Party-backed insurgent David Brat, who was deemed such a longshot he barely received media airtime and was outspent by Cantor more than 25 to one.
By David Alexander and Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A closed-door congressional hearing on the release of Bowe Bergdahl failed to calm Republican anger on Tuesday over the administration's secretive deal to trade five Taliban leaders held at Guantanamo for the U.S. prisoner of war. But a group of former soldiers defended the exchange and accused lawmakers of stoking the furor over the prisoner swap for political gain. The Pentagon said Bergdahl, an Army sergeant, was improving at the U.S. military hospital in Germany where he was being treated. A spokesman acknowledged it was "going to be a long process." A senior lawmaker confirmed reports Bergdahl had been kept in a cage while held prisoner by the Taliban in Afghanistan.