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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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For Penn & Teller's Magical Partnership, The Trick Is Telling The Truth

The duo Penn Jillette and Raymond Teller are back on Broadway. They both talk — yes, even Teller — with NPR's Scott Simon about magic, danger and the remarkable endurance of their 40-year partnership.
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At The Purple Pie Place, Where The Crusts Are Just Sweet Enough

Bobkat's Purple Pie Place is a fixture in Custer, S.D. From chicken pot pie to strawberry rhubarb, Trevor Yehlie and his family have been baking and serving pies at the local favorite since 2009.
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Empire Strikes PAC And Other Punny SuperPAC Names

My Cat Xavier For a Better Tomorrow, Tomorrow superPAC backed Hank the Cat in the 2012 Virginia Senate election. Xavier also cared about naps, treats, and prison reform.
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Despite Host Controversy, Amazon Takes A Chance On 'Top Gear'

The trio that made Top Gear the world's biggest car show will return to the small screen in a new show for Amazon Prime. The BBC canned one of its hosts last year after a fight with a producer.

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