By Jack Fitzpatrick (@jackfitzdc)
TODAY IN ONE PARAGRAPH: Eric Cantor will step down as House majority leader, and some members of Congress have already started lining up for his job. Militants gained control of a second city in Iraq after taking Mosul yesterday. Chuck Hagel said the White House was warned by mediators that a deal to rescue Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl would have to happen quickly. The FBI launched an investigation into findings by the Veterans Affairs inspector general on long wait times. And if you accidentally retweeted a bunch of nonsense today, blame Tweetdeck.
CANTOR TO RESIGN; JOSTLING BEGINS: Cantor will step down as majority leader by the end of July, setting off a game of musical chairs among Republican hopefuls. (WaPo) Rep. Jeb Hensarling is "prayerfully" considering running for Cantor's spot. Fellow Texan Rep. Pete Sessions has entered the fray. And, with House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy likely to run as well, Rep. Steve Scalise said he will run for McCarthy's position as whip.
MILITANTS GAIN CONTROL OF TIKRIT, IRAQ: A day after taking over Mosul, militants believed to be linked to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria "gained nearly complete control" of Tikrit. (Robertson/Smith-Spark, CNN)
HAGEL: QATAR WARNED THAT TIME WAS RUNNING OUT ON BERGDAHL DEAL: The Defense secretary testified at a House Armed Services Committee hearing that the prisoner exchange was the "last, best" chance to get Bergdahl back. He said Qatari mediators warned that "time was not on our side," and insisted the administration could not have kept Congress better informed. (Bradley Klapper, AP)
FBI OPENS INVESTIGATION INTO VA: The investigation will follow up on the Veterans Affairs inspector general report that found systemic problems leading to long wait times for veterans seeking medical care. (Eric Tucker, AP)
TOMORROW IN ONE PARAGRAPH: President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and Secretary of State John Kerry will meet with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to talk about the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Obama will also host the WNBA champion Minnesota Lynx at 1:50 p.m. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez will speak at a 9 a.m. Home Builders Institute discussion. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will speak at 1:20 p.m. at a National Press Club event on energy efficiency.
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HOW DID CANTOR'S POLLSTER GET IT SO WRONG? A lot of things have to go wrong for a pollster to have a candidate up by 34 points, only to watch him lose by 10. (Shane Goldmacher, NJ)
BRAT ON MINIMUM WAGE: GAFFE OR HONESTY? When asked on MSNBC whether he supported raising the minimum wage, the David to Eric Cantor's Goliath admitted he didn't "have a well-crafted response on that one." Keep in mind he's a professor of economics. (Justin Wolfers, NYT)
THIS IS WHY YOUR TWEETDECK GOT MESSED UP TODAY: A tweet containing a malicious piece of code has been retweeted 36,000 times by Tweetdeck users, including the White House. And Twitter may have accidentally helped it spread. (Leo Mirani, Quartz)
BERGDAHL'S WRITINGS: 'HOW FAR WILL A HUMAN GO TO FIND THEIR COMPLETE FREEDOM?' Friends say Bergdahl was the "perfect example of a person who should not have gone" to war, and his notebooks and computer files seem to back that up. (Stephanie McCrummen, WaPo)
HOW CANTOR LOST, IN ONE MAP: Both candidates seem to have much higher margins of victories near Richmond, for some reason. (Chris Cillizza, WaPo)
LAST NIGHT'S LATE-NIGHT FUNNIES ON HILLARY CLINTON'S BOOK: Seth Meyers reads it so you don't have to. (Reena Flores, NJ)