A1: The stories you need to read before your first conference call.
-- Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) became the first House Majority Leader since the office was created in 1899 to lose renomination to Congress Tuesday in a stunning upset by college professor and Tea Party activist David Brat (R), who won 55.5 percent to 44.5 percent. Cantor had aggressively attacked Brat in television ads and direct mail, outspending him about ten to one in the campaign's closing weeks, a strategy that appeared to backfire by raising Brat's profile. About 65,000 people voted in Tuesday's elections, far higher than the 47,000 people who voted in the 2012 primary that Cantor won with 79 percent. (Washington Post, Smart Politics)
-- House Speaker John Boehner learned of Cantor's loss while dining at his favorite Capitol Hill Italian restaurant Tuesday night. He later issued a statement calling Cantor "a good friend and a good leader." House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and aides huddled late into the night in the Capitol. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) and Pete Sessions (R-Texas) had their names floated as possible contenders for the second-ranking leadership slot. (Washington Post)
-- Paul Kane's Take: Cantor spent the day yesterday raising money at a Starbucks on Capitol Hill for three junior members, including Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Steve Southerland (R-Fla.), two members who played key roles in the failed coup attempt against Boehner; he even assured lobbyists in attendance he had spent enough on his race to ensure a big margin of victory. Cantor attended the 9 a.m. GOP conference meeting and a 10 a.m. presser before running the House floor through the 3 p.m. round of votes. Only then did he pile into his Capitol Police SUV and head back to his district, a microcosm that demonstrates where his focus has been the last few years.
-- RT @LaCivitaC: I need a drink ….
-- Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies this morning before the House Armed Services Committee on the prisoner swap that brought Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl out of captivity in exchange for five Taliban detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Hagel had written five drafts of testimony by Monday night in advance of a make-or-break moment for his tenure. (New York Times) Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Tuesday the deal to release Bergdahl was finalized just a day before the swap, and U.S. officials didn't learn a pickup location until an hour before the arranged meeting. (Associated Press)
-- Reid's Take: Hagel's tenure hasn't been as positive as the White House was hoping, but if there's one thing he's good at, it's talking about, and to, ordinary enlisted troops. NYT says Hagel has repeatedly brought up his own service in Vietnam in the days since Bergdahl was released.
-- The Sunni militants who overran Mosul in northern Iraq are pressing south toward Baghdad and occupying facilities in the oil refining town of Baiji, including a power plant that supplies Baghdad and Kirkuk, without having fired a shot after Iraqi troops abandoned their posts. Residents in Baghdad have begun stockpiling food. (New York Times)
-- Front Pages: WaPo 5-column lead: "Cantor loses in primary shocker." WSJ 5 columns: "Tea Party Upsets GOP No. 2 Cantor." USA Today one column: "Tea Party Takes Down Cantor." Richmond Times-Dispatch goes full above-the-fold: "Cantor Out." Culpeper Star-Exponent: "Brat shocks Cantor." NYT leads with Iraqi insurgents making gains. The L.A. Times leads with a court ruling striking down teacher tenure, a big story in its own right.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- South Carolina: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) easily won renomination Tuesday with 56 percent of the vote, 40 points higher than his nearest rival. Graham's campaign began forming a statewide grassroots network a year before Tuesday's primary in preparation for a tough fight, though in the end top tier challengers decided against entering the fray -- some thanks to Graham's own behind-the-scenes maneuvering in D.C. (The State) What kind of odds would we have gotten if we said a year ago that Cantor, not Graham, would be the story today?
-- Nevada: State Sen. Mark Hutchison (R) defeated former state Sen. Sue Lowden (R) to win the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor. Hutchison, who had backing from Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) and Sen. Dean Heller (R), will face state Sen. Lucy Flores (D) in November. And "none of these candidates" won almost 30 percent of the vote in the race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, beating former state Economic Development commissioner Bob Goodman (D) by 4,000 votes. Goodman will face Sandoval in November. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, Nevada Secretary of State) A reminder from last August on why the Nevada lieutenant governor race matters to Sandoval and Sen. Harry Reid, here.
-- Virginia: In that other House race on Tuesday, former Lt. Gov. Don Beyer (D) bested the crowded Democratic field to win the party's nomination to replace retiring Rep. Jim Moran (D) with 46 percent of the vote. Beyer's as good as a member-elect in the heavily Democratic 8th district.
-- Mississippi: Sen. Thad Cochran (R) is taking an aggressive new shot at state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R), labeling his opponent "an extremist" and "dangerous." Cochran is stumping across the state this week in advance of a June 24 runoff, hitting towns and locations that have benefitted from his time in D.C. McDaniel's campaign released a new positive TV spot. (Jackson Clarion-Ledger)
-- Oregon: Physician Monica Wehby (R) said Monday that disagreements with former partners that resulted in calls to the police show she will stand up for her beliefs and "will fight for Oregonians with very strong conviction." Wehby made the remarks in a meet-and-greet with supporters in Oregon City, where she spoke to reporters for the first time since news of calls to the police became public three weeks ago. (Associated Press)
-- Florida: Las Vegas casino magnate Sheldon Adelson donated $2.5 million to opponents of a ballot initiative that would legalize medical marijuana, campaign finance records show. The group opposing Amendment 2 was founded by longtime GOP activists Mel and Betty Sembler, Adelson allies. Orlando trial lawyer John Morgan, who employs former Gov. Charlie Crist (R-then-D), has spent $4 million bankrolling the pro-medical marijuana campaign. (Miami Herald)
-- Pennsylvania: The RGA ran afoul of Pennsylvania state law by directing $1 million in contributions from Adelson to a PAC backing Gov. Tom Corbett (R). State law prohibits casino owners from making contributions to candidates for state office or to PACs. Adelson owns a 7 percent share in the Sands Casino Resort in Bethlehem; his wife Miriam owns a 16 percent stake. The RGA called the transfer a mistake. (Philadelphia Daily News)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama meets with the United States Sentencing Commission in the Roosevelt Room before traveling to Worscester, Mass. Obama will deliver the commencement address at Worcester Technical High School, before attending a DSCC event in Boston.
-- Vice President Biden heads to New York City to address the North American Energy Summit, meeting at Goldman Sachs' headquarters. It's a quick up-and-back; Biden returns home after his speech.
-- The House meets today to finish up work on the Agriculture appropriations bill. First votes are expected between 1:30 and 2:30, with final votes coming late this evening.
-- The Senate resumes consideration of Sen. Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.) student loan refinancing bill, with a vote to invoke cloture coming at 10 a.m.
-- Rep. Alan Nunnelee (R-Miss.) is recovering after undergoing surgery to remove a small mass from his brain, his office said Tuesday. Nunnelee had the surgery at MD Anderson in Houston. (Washington Post)
-- Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) returned to D.C. on Monday after undergoing emergency heart surgery in late April. Boozman posted Twitter and Instagram messages declaring his return after surgery to repair an aortic aneurysm. (Washington Post)
TV Time Out: Our exclusive look at who's advertising, and where.
-- The RGA has already spent five times the amount it had at this point in the 2010 cycle, while the DGA has spent twice what it had four years ago. At least $5 million in RGA spending has been on television ads in Michigan, Arkansas, Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio, South Carolina and Wisconsin, and it's contributed heavily to outside groups allied with GOP candidates in Florida, Illinois, Texas, Maine, Pennsylvania and Kansas. The DGA has spent $6.75 million through March. (Center for Public Integrity)
-- Louisiana: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R) will make his reality television show debut tonight when he appears on the season premier of "Duck Dynasty." Jindal filmed the episode in February, when he stopped by the Duck Commander headquarters to give the Robertson family the inaugural Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. (Baton Rouge Advocate) Why Jindal is showing up on "Duck Dynasty," in one chart.
The Buried Lede: The nuggets that deserve the spotlight.
-- "As climate change eats away at the sea ice covering the North Pole, Arctic nations — the U.S., Canada, the Nordic countries and Russia— are fishing for secrets in East-West spy games echoing Cold War rivalries. The military dimension remains important but this time there's an economic aspect, too: getting a leg up in the competition for potential oil and gas resources, along with new shipping lanes and fishing waters."
-- To wit: A $250 million Norwegian spy ship the size of a large passenger ferry left a Romanian wharf in March, headed to the Arctic to spy on Russian activities near the pole. The NSA and Norway have worked together to spy on Russia's Northern Fleet. (Associated Press) The ship totally looks like Karl Stromberg's radar-evading ship in The Spy Who Loved Me.
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- Sixteen GOP pollsters say embracing immigration reform, including a path to legal status for undocumented immigrants, "generates a more positive electoral environment" for Republicans. The pollsters, hired by the pro-immigration reform group FWD.us, include Chris Perkins, Jon Lerner, Kellyanne Conway, Neil Newhouse, David Winston, Greg Strimple, Whit Ayres and Jon McHenry. (Washington Post) Might have been better to release that one before Cantor lost.
-- Speaking of polls, President Obama's job approval rating stands at an ugly 43 percent in a new Bloomberg survey out this morning. Crunch through the toplines here [pdf].
-- Stocks are down in premarket trading after remaining basically flat on Tuesday. Most world markets are down today. (CNN)
C1: The long reads you'll need to check out before tonight's cocktail party.
-- The white working class matters to both parties. Democrats need their support to govern. Republicans need their support to win. So argues Stan Greenberg in this month's Washington Monthly.
-- "If Democrats cannot figure out how to appeal to today’s working-class voters, then they don’t deserve to lead. Nearly all of the people in these jobs have not seen a raise in years. The majority of them, who now work in the service sector—maids and housekeepers, waitresses and hostesses, cooks and dishwashers, counter attendants and ticket takers, janitors and hairdressers and child care workers—earn, on average, about $400 a week."
-- "[I]n our constitutional system, which favors rural and less dense areas, and our federal system, which allows Republicans to hold unified control of twenty-three states, Democrats can only truly govern and advance their agenda when they make working people even more central to their platform. That means that the white working class matters, possibly more than ever." (Washington Monthly)
-- A long look at 30 hours that defined Chris Christie's response to the George Washington Bridge scandal, and the roles of Christie aides Kevin O'Dowd, Bill Stepien and Bridget Kelly, from NJSpotlight.
C4: The comics page, fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Hershey the chocolate maker is not happy with Hershey the Maryland state senator. The Hershey Company has accused state Sen. Stephen Hershey (R) of trading on its name by using chocolate-colored campaign signs as he seeks re-election. The senator fired back, saying the allegations "raise serious questions about infringing on my constitutional rights of freedom of speech, freedom of association and participation as a candidate in the political process." It's not the first time the company and the candidate have done battle: The two sides first fought when Hershey ran for county commissioner in 2002. (Baltimore Sun) See his signs just after you cross over the Bay Bridge heading to the Eastern Shore.
Attn Matt Drudge: Things conservatives will get outraged by today.
-- The FBI on Tuesday charged 88 people in Savannah with what it called "one of the largest federal food program frauds ever prosecuted." Fifty-four defendants were charged with planning to open grocery stores with the express purpose of defrauding federal food aid programs; the remaining 34 defendants are charged with selling more than $1,000 in benefits in exchange for cash. (Weekly Standard)