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SOTU Scoop
June 11th, 2014
04:28 PM ET

SOTU Scoop

By CNN's Tracey Webb

Your daily scoop of what State of the Union is watching today, June 11, 2014.

1.  The Cantor bombshell.  It may take days to assess what House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's primary loss really means.  It's obviously a huge, if unexpected win, for the Tea Party, which was targeting Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran as its big "get" later this month.  But Cantor's loss seems to have come out of nowhere, or did it?  Cantor's defeat is being attributed to everything from low voter turnout to his backing of some type of immigration reform to his alleged inattention to his congressional district. In any case, the defeat of the number two Republican in the House has shaken the GOP.  "It's just sending shivers throughout the Republican conference," Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) told CNN.  Cantor plans to announce he will resign as majority leader July 31.

2. The David who slayed Goliath.  That would be David Brat, an economics professor at Virginia's Randolph Macon College.  Brat defeated Cantor by a double digit margin, while spending a little over $200,000 compared to Cantor $5 million.

3. What about the Democrat?  He would be one Jack Trammell, who happens to be a colleague of David Brat's.  Trammell is an associate professor of sociology who took on jumped into the race a day before Tuesday's primary.  The district that Cantor represents is heavily Republican so Brat is still favored to win.

4. Bergdahl fireworks.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel acknowledged the prisoner swap that freed U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl was "imperfect," but defended the deal. "This prisoner exchange was done legally" Hagel told the House Armed Service Committee.  "It was substantial mitigation of risk to our country and in the national interest of our country." Some members of Bergdahl's platoon have accused him of desertion, and the soldier and his parents have been the subject of criticism.  Hagel defended Bergdahl's family.  "No family deserves this," said Hagel.  "I hope there will be some sober reflection on people's conduct regarding this issue and how it relates to the Bergdahl family."

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