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U.S. Marine Corporal William "Kyle" Carpenter, right, stands with his hand over his heart at Nationals Park Tuesday. / Alex Brandon, AP

1. GOP to elect new House majority leader

After House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's (R-Va.) shocking primary loss last week, the GOP is left grasping for his replacement. Thursday, the Republican party will elect a new House majority leader - widely believed to be House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy. The leader-elect will take over when Cantor leaves his post July 31.

2. Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw tosses no-hitter

The two-time National Cy Young winner Wednesday night pitched a no-hitter against one of the top hitting teams in the majors, the Colorado Rockies.

3. The Supreme Court to announce more case decisions

The Supreme Court will issue decisions at 10 a.m. ET Thursday as it races to complete its 2013 term by the end of the month. Only 14 of the court's 70 cases remain to be decided, but they include several of the most important ones. Among the questions the justices will answer: Can the president make appointments when the Senate refuses to confirm them? Do for-profit corporations or their owners have religious rights? Can police search an arrested suspect's cellphone without first obtaining a warrant? And can a small Internet startup broadcast network television programs without paying retransmission fees?

4. U.S. Women's Open with youngest competitor in history

The U.S. Women's Open begins today with some fierce - and some fiercely young - competition. Eleven-year-old Lucy Li will become the youngest person to compete in the championship games in its 68-year history, as the first day at the Pinehurst #2 golf course in North Carolina gets under way.

5. 'Juneteenth' anniversary marks the end of slavery

Almost 150 years ago, Union General Gordon Granger put an end to slavery in Texas in a 1865 battle that is considered as the end of slavery in all parts of the country. Today, the feat is celebrated as "Juneteenth" with festivals and prayers in honor of such an important point in American history.

Bonus: 50th anniversary of Senate's approval of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

The Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 50 years ago today, following months in filibuster. This act is seen as the kickstarting legislation that worked to rectify mounting racial tensions across the country.

Bonus: Garfield comic debuts in 1978

The spaghetti-loving orange cat made his comic debut today in 1978 and our feline friend continues to hold the title as longest running comic strip in the country.

And, the essentials:

Weather: While most of the western third of the nation will see clear skies and warm to hot temperatures Thursday, a few scattered thunderstorms will slam portions of the central and eastern U.S.

Stocks: Wall Street stock futures are trading flat.

TV Tonight: Find out what's worth watching, and what might not be, in prime time.

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