Power struggle underway right now on Capitol Hill as Republicans work to fill the position of House Majority Leader. Eric Cantor resigned his leadership position during our show yesterday after losing his primary Tuesday night in Virginia. Cantor will serve through July 31st. Now there's a scramble to move up the leadership chain by other members. Elections will be held June 19. There are news conferences today by both sides of the aisle. We'll be especially interested to hear from John Boehner at his weekly media availability.
1130EDT -- Speaker Boehner holds his weekly media availability. LIVE
TBA EDT -- House Minority Ldr Pelosi expected to hold her weekly media availability. LIVE
President Obama holds a meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia today. Tony Abbott and the President may take a question or two.. We'll have that if it's newsworthy. China and regional security likely top the agenda.
1055EDT -- POTUS holds bilateral meeting with Australia PM Tony Abbott; VPOTUS also attends. Oval Office. POOL TAPE
President Obama has been using the upset defeat of Eric Cantor as a fundraising weapon.
Another big story for us today is the continued flood of child illegal immigrants into the U.S. Reuters is reporting that a third military base is being opened to house the children. The White House has asked for some $2 billion to help feed and house the children (and some adults.)
"An Army base at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, will initially hold 600 "unaccompanied minors" and eventually will be able to accommodate up to 1,200. The moves come amid a tidal wave of children trying to slip into the United States, largely from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, often to join a parent already here."
We get jobless numbers and retail sales numbers today. Markets fell yesterday after record runs. Airline stocks among those who took it on the chin.. (blame lower demand and rising oil prices).
There's new Pew polling showing just how divided, both politically and culturally, Americans are becoming. The share of Americans who hold across-the-board conservative or liberal views has doubled in the past decade.
Iraq continues to deteriorate today. Al-Qaeda linked terrorists have seized Iraq's second largest city of Mosul and Tikrit which has Iraq's largest oil refinery near the city. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant says it will march on Baghdad next. The Shia group is also threatening attacks on the Holy Shi'ite cities of Karbala and Najaf.
Many say the mess is the fault of the failed presidency of Nouri al-Maliki. He has inflamed Shi'ite/Shia tensions. Some Republican lawmakers here are also blaming the Obama Administration for pulling U.S. troops from Iraq.
At least 10 are dead after an apparent U.S. drone strike in Pakistan near the Afghan border.
There's a Category 3 hurricane off the coast of Mexico. Not threatening the coast with a direct hit, but stirring up rip currents and high surfs.
20 years ago today, OJ Simpson's wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman were found murdered in Southern California.
The World Cup kicks off today.
It's former President George HW Bush's 90th birthday today. There's a party for him at his family's home in Maine.
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