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  • Republican 7th District congressional candidate Dave Brat gives a statement prior to a Rotary Club breakfast in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Brat defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in last week's Republican primary. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

    PHILLIPS: Is Dave Brat going to be Dave Brat'ed?

    It has been a week since Dave Brat's stunning victory over sitting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. It has been a week since one of the most massive earthquakes in modern political history. The conventional wisdom is that Mr. Brat is now going to coast to victory. That wisdom would be so wrong.

  • A Buddhist monk walks past a Thai soldier who provides security near the pro-government demonstration site on the outskirts of Bangkok, Thailand Wednesday, May 21, 2014. Thailand began its second day under martial law Wednesday with little visible military presence on the streets of Bangkok as residents tried to make sense of the dramatic turn of events after six months of anti-government protests and political turmoil. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

    Thai army chief assumes role as crisis mediator

    Thailand's army chief assumed the role of mediator Wednesday by summoning the country's key political rivals for face-to-face talks one day after imposing martial law. The meeting ended without any resolution, however, underscoring the profound challenge the army faces in trying to end the country's crisis.

  • A Thai anti-government protester gestures while listening to a speech from the stage during a rally at the Democracy Monument in Bangkok, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. Anti-government demonstrators were preparing Sunday to occupy major intersections of Thailand's congested capital in what they say is an effort to shut down Bangkok, a plan that has raised fears of violence that could trigger a military coup. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

    Thai protesters block roads in bid to shut capital

    Anti-government protesters took over key intersections in Thailand's capital Monday, halting much of the traffic into Bangkok's central business district as part of a months-long campaign to thwart elections and overthrow the democratically elected prime minister.

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Priest rightly chides Pelosi on abortion

    Bravo to the Rev. Frank Pavone, national director of Priests for Life, for telling House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to choose whether to be orthodox in her professed Catholic faith or in her adherence to liberal Democrat Party principles ("Priest slams Nancy Pelosi: Stop 'betraying' Catholicism or renounce faith," Web, June 21). She is not alone in her hypocrisy. Catholics make up about 30 percent of the 112th Congress, and almost every Catholic Democrat shares her inconsistent, duplicitous position.

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