WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Cantor To Step Down Months Earlier Than Expected

Play associated audio
The former House Majority Leader will vacate his office in August, not this winter.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gageskidmore/6236363100/sizes/l/in/photostream/
The former House Majority Leader will vacate his office in August, not this winter.

In Virginia, Congressman Eric Cantor will resign his seat in the House of Representatives months earlier than expected.

Cantor spokesman Doug Heye says the congressman will step down Aug. 18 and ask Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to call a special election to enable his successor to take office immediately.

Hours after stepping down as House majority leader Thursday, Cantor told the Richmond Times-Dispatch he would step down instead of serving his full term, which would have ended in January.

Cantor told the newspaper a special election would give the winner seniority rather than waiting until January to take office with the new Congress.

Cantor lost to Dave Brat, an underfunded, tea party-backed opponent, in the June Republican primary.

NPR

Musicians 'Let It All Out' At MTV's Video Music Awards

Complex magazine writer Alex Gale talks about the more than 30-year history and previews what to expect for Sunday night's Video Music Awards on MTV.
NPR

Japan's Centuries-Old Tradition Of Making Soba Noodles

In the remote mountains of the Japanese island of Shikoku, an old woman makes soba noodles by hand from locally grown buckwheat. It's ancient technique that is adapting to modern times.
WAMU 88.5

D.C. Department Shakeup Raises Questions About Pay-To-Play Politics

Turnover at a major D.C. government department is raising questions about local businesses, political contributions and influence in city politics.

NPR

A Hero For The Arts And Sciences: Upcoming Marvel Covers Promote STEAM Fields

The five covers feature the company's heroes — including Spiderman, Iron Man, and the Hulk — all engaging in activities educators have been trying to promote.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.