June 11th, 2014
10:17 PM ET

Peter King warns against Cantor's defeat giving power to Ted Cruz, Rand Paul

A stunning political upset for the House majority leader Tuesday night was followed by a stunning announcement today.

"Now, while I intend to serve out my term as member of Congress from the seventh district of Virginia, effective July 31, I will be stepping down as majority leader," Eric Cantor said.

Cantor outraised and outspent his virtually unknown Tea Party challenger in the Republican congressional primary, but he lost the nomination anyway.

What went wrong?

What does this mean for the future of the GOP?

OutFront, Republican Congressman Peter King.

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Filed under: GOP • News • Politics
June 11th, 2014
10:13 PM ET

Lawmaker: I really fear for Bergdahl's return

The final travel plans to bring Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl back to the United States are now in place, according to the Pentagon.

An official says the transfer from a military hospital in Germany to one in San Antonio, Texas could be very soon - possibly just days away.

News of Bergdahl's recovery comes as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel went before Congress Wednesday to defend the swap of five Taliban detainees for Bergdahl.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California attended the hearing and in an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett - she expresses her concern about the language being used to describe Bergdahl.

Filed under: Bowe Bergdahl • News
June 11th, 2014
09:34 PM ET

Ben "Cooter" Jones takes credit for Cantor loss

At least one Democrat is claiming victory in Cantor's defeat: "Cooter" from "The Dukes of Hazard."

Ben Jones, who starred in the '80s sitcom, is a former congressman from Georgia and he also ran for Congress in Virginia against Cantor in 2002. Jones lost that race.

5 aftershocks from Cantor's stunning upset loss

But this year, he sent an open letter urging Democrats, independents and libertarians to cast a vote in Virginia's open primary.

He wrote: "Under Cantor's Majority Leadership, the Congress has sunk to its lowest public standing in history... This is not a laughing matter. It is a national crisis. Eric Cantor should not be rewarded with another term."

In interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, the former congressman explains why Cantor lost.

Filed under: GOP • News • Politics
June 11th, 2014
09:13 PM ET

Paula Deen making a comeback, y'all - with new online show

Paula Deen is making a huge money play after coming under fire for admitting to saying the N-word.

The celebrity chef announced Wednesday she is launching her own channel - online.

Paula Deen to host new TV show - online

In the video promoting the "Paula Deen Network," Deen shows off her new kitchen and reiterates her love of Southern cooking.

Is this a smart move for Deen?

OutFront, Marisa Guthrie, television editor for The Hollywood Reporter.

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Filed under: News • Paula Deen
June 11th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

U.S. averages one school shooting every five weeks since Newtown

(CNN) - After Tuesday's shooting at an Oregon high school, many media outlets, including CNN, reported that there have been 74 school shootings in the past 18 months.

That's the time period since the December 2012 massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, where 20 children and six adults were shot to death.

The statistic came from a group called Everytown for Gun Safety, an umbrella group started by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a passionate and public advocate of gun control.

Without a doubt, that number is startling.

So on Wednesday, CNN took a closer look at the list, delving into the circumstances of each incident Everytown included.

Everytown says on its web site that it gleans its information from media reports and that its list includes school shootings involving a firearm discharged inside or on school grounds, including assaults, homicides, suicides and accidental shootings.

CNN determined that 15 of the incidents Everytown included were situations similar to the violence in Oregon - a minor or adult actively shooting inside or near a school. That works out to about one shooting every five weeks.


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Filed under: Gun Control • News • School Shooting
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