What appeared to be a status quo reelection of Congressman Eric Cantor (R-VA) turned out to be a massive upset with Tea Party nobody Dave Brat decisively whipping Cantor’s tail.

Since that news broke the big debate in Washington (especially in Republican circles), has been how could Majority Leader Cantor lose what seemed to be a shoe-in reelection? Was it the immigration issue? Was Cantor not conservative enough? Or perhaps it was good old fashioned hubris? Political Reporter at the Huffington Post, Sabrina Siddiqui spoke to The Agenda’s Ari Rabin-Havt about her conversations with the Cantor campaign and had some very insightful observations that possibly answer those very questions:

Democrats have their take on the issue as well. Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) told Progress 127’s Michelangelo Signorile that the Cantor loss is a sign of Republicans’ internal “struggle for their party’s collective soul.”

Oh, and did you see that TIME Magazine cover? They featured a gorgeous picture of Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox. That cover single-handedly woke many Americans up to the actual issues facing Transgender people. Now that she’s a full-blown civil rights activist, Michelangelo Signorile asked her how she balances that with being a TV celebrity:

On Thursday Make It Plain’s Mark Thompson spoke to Ta-Nehisi Coates who has been described as America’s best living essayist about his recent piece published in the Atlantic, The Case for Reparations. When the massive essay was published it sparked the debate whether or not African Americas are entitled to reparations. Why did he decide to devote more of a year of his life to writing this article? This is what he told Mark:

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