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Cantor's Loss Leaves Virginia Legislators Reeling Over Decline In Influence

Now that Kevin McCarthy has been picked to replace Eric Cantor as House Majority Leader, Virginia lawmakers are strategizing on how to regain lost power for the commonwealth.

Just last week it looked like the next Speaker of the House — the one who is two heart beats away from the presidency — would be a Virginian. But Cantor's surprise primary upset to Tea Party favorite Dave Brat added to a recent power drain of veteran Virginia lawmakers, one that's affecting the influence wielded by the state's delegation.

"We can’t cover it up. It is what it is and we’ll have to pick up the pieces from there," says Republican Randy Forbes. He says it's now time for Virginia lawmakers to take a cue from the reality show Survivor and work across party lines.

“So we’re gonna have to kinda forge alliances on things we can agree upon so that we can move those forward for Virginia, and I think we’ll be successful in doing that," he says.

While Cantor's replacement has been picked, he'll remain majority leader until the end of July.

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Risk Of Opioid Overdose Climbs At Middle Age

Most of the millions taking prescription painkillers are older than 45, research shows, and there's been a recent increase in drug overdose deaths among people over 55. Drug mixing is partly to blame.
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Crepes For Cinco De Mayo? Chef Pati Jinich Explains Por Qué

The holiday commemorates a Mexican victory against French invaders, whose culinary imprint lingers. In her new cookbook, Jinich explores Mexico's evolving cuisine and its many immigrant influences.
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U.S. Army Captain Is Suing Obama Over Legality Of The War Against ISIS

Capt. Nathan Michael Smith, who is currently on active duty in Kuwait, says he is concerned that an "illegal" war "forces him to violate his oath to 'preserve, protect and defend' the Constitution."
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'Captain America' Is Trending In Nigeria But You Might Be Surprised Why

Nigerian netizens are using the hashtag #CaptainAmericaInNigeria as a vehicle for cheeky social and political commentary.

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