House Majority Leader Eric Cantor lost his GOP Virginia primary race to Tea Party-backed challenger Dave Brat Tuesday night in a stunning upset.
While no one saw Cantor’s loss coming, he’s been in a few public scrapes with the conservative side of the Republican Party over the last year. Here’s a quick summary of three recent examples of how he veered from the base in ways that likely contributed to his historic loss:
Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson faced tough questions from Congress on Wednesday about a recent surge in illegal immigration, and agreed with lawmakers that a wave of unaccompanied children crossing illegally into the U.S. constitutes a “humanitarian crisis.”
Breitbart Texas obtained internal federal government photos depicting the conditions of foreign children warehoused by authorities on U.S. soil on Wednesday night. Thousands of illegal immigrants have overrun U.S. border security and their processing centers in Texas along the U.S./Mexico border. Unaccompanied minors, including young girls under the age of 12, are making the dangerous journey from Central America and Mexico, through cartel-controlled territories, and across the porous border onto U.S. soil.
Parents of an eighth grade San Marcos student contacted 10News outraged after their child said she was asked how far she was willing to go sexually.
Authorities say the couple who gunned down two Las Vegas police officers and a bystander had prior run-ins with local law enforcement, but there was no indication that they intended to harm police.
A California judge ruled as unconstitutional Tuesday the state’s teacher tenure, dismissal and layoff laws, saying they keep bad teachers in the classroom and force out promising good ones.
Nationwide, 2% or fewer teachers are ever fired or fail to have their contracts renewed because of poor performance. Among tenured teachers — those who get job security, typically after two or three years of satisfactory performance — there are often no dismissals at all, according to the U.S. Education Department.
According to the pro-education reform documentary Waiting for ‘Superman,’ one out of every 57 doctors loses his or her license to practice medicine. One out of every 97 lawyers loses their license to practice law. In many major cities, only one out of 1000 teachers is fired for performance-related reasons. Why? Tenure.
Shaina Brown works the graveyard shift at a Raleigh, North Carolina Waffle House, where she pours coffee and shuttles orders of smothered hashbrowns to bleary-eyed customers. This is one of the two part-time jobs the single mother works in order to help care for her three young children as she attends classes in hopes of one day becoming an English teacher.
Everytown for Gun safety, an anti-gun group formed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and prominent gun control advocate Shannon Watts, released new data on Tuesday suggesting that there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings every single week in the U.S. since the deadly 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
“My husband and I were just talking yesterday, we can’t understand why a yard gets that bad and why one of the neighbors doesn’t take care of it,” said Karen Rinehart.