06/11/2014 01:03 pm ET Updated Jun 11, 2014

Wednesday's Morning Email: GOP Suffers Stunning Loss

Happy National German Chocolate Cake Day. Have yourself a piece of the good stuff and enjoy this video of a cat trying to have some cake . This is THE MORNING EMAIL for Wednesday, June 11, 2014.

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“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) lost his seat in Congress Tuesday in a shocking upset to Dave Brat, a college professor backed by the tea party. With nearly all of the votes counted, Brat had 56 percent of the vote to Cantor's 44 percent.” Watch Cantor’s concession speech. Forget the death knell of the tea party. This graphic breaks down how Cantor lost the election. And meet Dave Brat, the economics professor who raised just $231,000 and pulled off the political upset. [HuffPost]

“Tragedy struck an Oregon high school Tuesday when a teen with a rifle killed another student and slightly wounded a teacher at the start of the second-to-last day of the year.” The wounded PE teacher who managed to initiate lockdown procedures is being hailed as hero. And tragedies like this have become all too common, as there have been an average of 1.37 school shootings every school week since Newtown. [USA Today]

“The brewing political debate over a captured American soldier traded for five members of the Taliban could boil over Wednesday in the first public congressional hearing on the matter.” Officials had stated they believed at least two of the Guantanomo detainees exchanged for Bowe Bergdahl would return to senior Taliban positions. [CNN]

STATESIDE: Elderly Drug Use
The number of senior citizens addicted to painkillers is on the rise. This Tennessee man has been charged with “dismembering the body of a woman and eating part of her corpse” along with first-degree murder. Fewer fugitives are being caught each year, as “more local police agencies say they lack the time and money to chase them on their own.” See what friends and family had to say about the special operations forces killed in friendly fire. And sayanora to teacher tenure in California.

In haircut news, here are bunch of shaved alpacas.

This photo essay shows what it’s like to live on $1 a day around the world. One of the icons of Egypt’s 2011 revolution has been sentenced for protesting. More and more soldiers are deserting the Iraqi Army. Meet Israel’s new president. And European taxi drivers are staging protests today against Uber.

In chillin’ news, these cats just love hanging in sleeves.

BUY! SELL! BUY! Toyota Recall Woes
Meat and dairy products are on the rise around the world. PCs are closer to dying than you think. Your shrimp could be a product of a slave labor racket. Take a look at how many hours of your life you’ve lost to your morning commute. And check to see whether your car is among the 2.27 million Toyota just recalled.

In sheepherding is hard news, this dog just can’t figure it out.

SCOUTING REPORT: Throw of the Year
Behold these kids freaking out when Michael Jordan walks into their classroom. Read Rick Reilly’s final column. Life’s hard when you’re the most coveted NBA free agent around. And this throw from the outfield to get the runner out at home is a thing of pure beauty. [Image via CBS]

In marry me news, this cop jumped into a lake to save a dog.

CULTURE CATCH-UP: Drake, in Needlepoint
The twenty-year wait is over: the “Dumb and Dumber To” trailer is here. Check out the baller needlepoint Taylor Swift made for Ed Sheeran that features Drake lyrics. We bet you know who Matt Lauer named as his “most awkward interview.” “Legally Blond” was onto something: turns out people who say “like” all the time are smarter than you think. Take a look at Variety’s top ten TV writers to watch. This man perfectly captured what it’s like to be at the airport by yourself. And Simba’s getting his own TV show.

In villiainous transformation news, check out what this leafblower does to this dog.

LIVIN’: Welcome To Your New Profile Picture
You too can rock pajama pants at the altar with Lululemon’s wedding tux. Check out how you can up your iPhone photo game, even in the dark. If you’ve ever texted while driving, you need to watch this video. Here’s another reason we really should kick our Diet Coke addiction. Behold the Lego project that took this man nine years to perfect. Trying to get pregnant? Ask your guy to stop putting his phone in his pants pocket. These are all the reasons you could be bloated that don’t include polishing off the office’s vending machine. And are you one of the seven million people who has diabetes and doesn’t know it?

In awesome covers news, this version of “No Diggity” is pretty fantastic.

OTHER PEOPLE’S BUSINESS: Some Girls Have All The Luck
You should probably watch Seth Rogen teach Snoop Dog how to roll a cross joint for, you know, educational purposes. Turns out the stalker who broke into Sandra Bullock’s house also owned a machine gun. Kelly Rowland is expecting! Hugh Jackman, what have you done to your hair?!? Life’s not fair: Rachel McAdams, the original “hey girl,” now is allegedly dating Jake Gyllenhaal. And here’s everything you didn’t know you wanted to know about Channing Tatum.

In embarrassing news, here’s why parents shouldn't be allowed on Facebook.


@kalpenn: Filming in the Bronx today. A lot of really friendly people here (offering me a lot of weed).

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@CahnEmily: Yes, you read that right. No sitting House Majority Leader has lost since 1899.

@WhiteHouse: “If public opinion does not demand change in Congress, it will not change.” —President Obama on legislation to prevent gun violence

@HuffPostPol: Wow, this map is quite depressing:

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