Wednesday's Breakfast Briefing: GOP establishment fends off Tea Party; Netflix expands in Europe

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GOP establishment fends off Tea Party in primaries
Centrist Republican candidates defeated more conservative Tea Party members in a number of closely watched primary races on Tuesday, among them the first part of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) reelection bid. They were helped by outside groups including the Chamber of Commerce, which spent $4 million on three of the races.

Netflix to expand footprint in Europe
Netflix said late Tuesday that it will launch its streaming service in six European countries — Germany, France, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland — later this year. It already offers online service in European countries including the UK, Ireland, and the Netherlands. The California-based company will compete with services from Vivendi and Amazon in the new markets.

NBA investigation docs: Sterling tried to cover up recording
Donald Sterling asked companion V. Stiviano to lie about the authenticity of recordings of the disgraced Los Angeles Clippers owner, according to NBA investigation documents cited by the Los Angeles Times. The league also alleged that Sterling and his wife, who is making her own push to keep control of the team, are not actually estranged.

Clinton schedules two June ABC interviews
Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will do separate interviews with ABC’s Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer early next month as she touts her book, Hard Choices. Speculation is swirling about whether the former first lady will again run for president in 2016, driven in part by Republican strategist Karl Rove’s recent comments about her health.

White House dispatches top aide to investigate VA facilities
Deputy White House chief of staff Rob Nabors will travel to Phoenix this week to investigate a Veterans Affairs medical facility there, the center of growing public outrage over delayed medical treatment for veterans and alleged record-altering. The VA is investigating 26 hospitals in all. Reporters questioned White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday about why the president has not yet spoken publicly about the issue.

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