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Hillary Clinton's favorability has fallen to a six-year low, according to a Gallup poll released Wednesday, effectively erasing the gains that she made while serving as Secretary of State. With 2016 preparation on both sides turning Clinton into a purely political figure again, the Gallup poll demonstrates what might be the most fundamental challenge for a Hillary presidential run: Can she stay popular as she becomes political again?

For now, Clinton still enjoys impressive popularity for a public figure: Gallup found that 54 percent of Americans have a favorable opinion of her. But that's down from 59 percent in February and a peak of 66 percent near the end of her tenure at the State Department. It is the lowest recorded mark by Gallup since August 2008.

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As you may have read on just about any news site you've visited in recent days, former First Lady, Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has released a book.

With it, speculation about her potential 2016 ambitions has reached a historic fervor. And almost every news outlet has felt obligated to publish multiple stories about the book, the tour and what it all means.

That includes TPM. And, well, this is another.

The problem is, barring unexpected candor during a book signing or a sudden announcement during one of her many forthcoming media appearances, there isn't actually much new to say. The book will be a bestseller. Hillary fans will turn out en masse for her public events. The (prospective) candidate herself will continue dipping her toe in the 2016 water without making any final decision.

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Politicos were shocked Tuesday night when Eric Cantor became the first House majority leader in U.S. history to lose in a primary. The Virginia Republican fell to underdog college professor David Brat by 12 points in an astounding upset despite spending more than $5 million compared to Brat's less than $200,000. Within 24 hours Cantor revealed he will resign as majority leader on July 31.

The big question that lawmakers and political analysts are puzzling over is: how did Virginia's most powerful politician sabotage his position so badly? While no single factor sticks out, a variety of dynamics -- both national and local -- appear to have damaged the majority leader.

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Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) weighed in Tuesday night after House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-VA) shocking defeat in the GOP primary to David Brat.

"Eric Cantor and I have been through a lot together," Boehner said. "He’s a good friend and a great leader, and someone I’ve come to rely upon on a daily basis as we make the tough choices that come with governing. My thoughts are with him and Diana and their kids tonight."

David Brat, the man who defeated House Majority Leader Eric Cantor for the Republican nomination in Virginia's seventh congressional district Tuesday night, is an economics professor at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland.

Until he announced his plans to challenge Cantor in 2014, Brat had almost no formal political experience. He started sitting on the Virginia Governor Board of Economists under Democratic Gov. Tim Kaine. He graduated with a Ph. D. in economics from American University in 1995 after obtaining a master's degree of divinity from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1990 and a bachelor's degree in business administration from Hope College in Michigan.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) looks poised to come out of Tuesday's primary election night either the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate (again) or the frontrunner in a runoff. Graham has been able to be the establishment candidate who is "teflon" to conservative attacks on the right. According to the conservative who challenged Graham in the 2008 primary, it's all a ploy.

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