Senate Republican Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife Elaine Chao greet a crowd of campaign supporters after defeating Tea Party challenger Matt Bevin in the state Republican primary elections in Louisville, Ky., May 20, 2014.
John Sommers—Reuters
By TIME Video
May 21, 2014

Here are the stories TIME is watching this Wednesday, May 21:

  • Establishment Republicans came out on top of GOP primaries after three of five states pass over Tea Party candidates to re-elect incumbents.
  • The Supreme Court stayed what would have been the nation’s first lethal injection after Oklahoma’s botched execution in late April.
  • Iranian officials arrest 6 young people for posting a dancing tribute video of Pharrell’s song “Happy” to YouTube called “Happy in Tehran.
  • Thanks to late storms and lingering cold, Aspen opens its ski slopes for Memorial Day weekend.

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