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8:20 AM ET, March 14, 2018


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New York Times:
Pennsylvania Special Election Results: 18th Congressional District  —  CandidatePartyVotesPct.  —  Dem.  —  Rick Saccone  —  Rep.  —  Lib.  —  First results expected around 8:20 p.m. Eastern time.  —  The Pennsylvania special election on Tuesday, in a Republican-leaning House district …
Dylan Scott / Vox:
The Pennsylvania special election shows the 2018 House battleground is enormous  —  By one calculation, more than 110 seats could theoretically be in play, based on tonight's results.  —  Set aside who actually won the Pennsylvania special House election between Democrat Conor Lamb …
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Conor Lamb Roared.  Republicans Should Quake.  —  It's hard to imagine a candidate with friendlier looks, a more harmless demeanor and a gentler-sounding surname than Conor Lamb.  —  It's hard to imagine a message for the G.O.P. scarier than the one that Lamb, a Democrat …
Ella Nilsen / Vox:
What happens if the Pennsylvania special election goes to a recount  —  The race is getting down to the wire.  —  The special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District between Democrat Conor Lamb and Republican Rick Saccone is tight.  Election watchers are starting to speculate …
Discussion: New York Magazine and Rewire.News
New York Times:
Pennsylvania House Race, in a District Trump Won by 20 Points, Is Too Close to Call  —  CANONSBURG, Pa. — The Democrat and Republican in a special House election in the heart of Pennsylvania's Trump country were divided by a few hundred votes in a race that was too close to call early Wednesday …
Jessica Taylor / NPR:
Pennsylvania Special Election Too Close To Call
Harry Enten / CNN:   Pennsylvania's special election isn't an isolated incident. The GOP is in trouble.
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:   Lamb rejects suggestion that Pennsylvania special election was about Trump
Walter Shapiro / The Guardian:
Why it's time for Democrats to ditch Nancy Pelosi
Discussion: CBS Pittsburgh
Eric Bradner / CNN:
'It's not over yet:' Nail-biter Pennsylvania special election heads into 2nd day
Discussion: theGrio and Mediaite
Wall Street Journal:
‘Rex, Eat the Salad:’ Inside the Awkward Relationship Between Rex Tillerson and Donald Trump  —  Cabinet post was a sharp change for a former Exxon Mobil CEO who was used to calling the shots  —  WASHINGTON—In a private room in China's Great Hall of the People in November …
New York Times:
In Replacing Tillerson With Pompeo, Trump Turns to Loyalists Who Reflect ‘America First’ Views  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump ousted on Tuesday his secretary of state, Rex W. Tillerson, the most dramatic in a cascade of personnel moves that suggest Mr. Trump is determined to surround himself …
Susan B. Glasser / Politico:   The Foreign Capital Rex Tillerson Never Understood: Trump's Washington
Jonathan Lemire / Associated Press:   Cabinet chaos: Trump's team battles scandal, irrelevance
Ian Sample / The Guardian:
Stephen Hawking, modern cosmology's brightest star, dies aged 76  —  The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died, a family member has said … Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped modern cosmology and inspired global audiences in the millions, has died aged 76.
Stephen Hawking dies aged 76  —  Stephen Hawking has died at the age of 76, his family has said.  —  The British physicist was known for his work with black holes and relativity, and wrote several popular science books including A Brief History of Time.  —  “We are deeply saddened …
Jessa Schroeder / Associated Press:   BREAKING NEWS: Professor Stephen Hawking dies peacefully at his home aged 76, 55 years …
First on CNN: Emails show Ben, Candy Carson selected $31,000 dining set  —  Washington (CNN)Newly released emails cast doubt on claims by Secretary Ben Carson and his spokesman that he had little or no involvement in the purchase of a $31,000 furniture set for his Department of Housing and Urban Development dining room.
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Rep. Trey Gowdy disagrees with GOP colleagues in House probe, says Russia wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton  — Rep. Trey Gowdy , R-S.C., says Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election was motivated at least in part “by a desire” to hurt Hillary Clinton's candidacy.
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Gowdy breaks from GOP committee, says Russia worked to undermine Clinton  —  A top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee distanced himself Tuesday from one of the panel's most explosive findings in its Russia investigation — that the FBI, CIA and NSA overplayed their hand …
Discussion: Mediaite and Axios
Karoun Demirjian / Washington Post:
Intel panel Republicans seem to back away from finding that Russia was not trying to help Trump
Discussion: Vox and Daily Wire
Southern Poverty Law Center:
TWP chief Matthew Heimbach arrested for battery after affair with top spokesman's wife  —  Below is an update to an earlier story posted about Matthew Heimbach's arrest.  —  Matthew Heimbach, the leader of the Traditionalist Worker Party, is free on bond after being charged with battery …
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach arrested for domestic battery
Andrew Kaczynski / CNN:
Stormy Daniels discussed alleged affair with Trump on 2007 radio show, host says  —  Radio Host: Stormy Daniels discussed alleged Trump affair on 2007 radio show  —  (CNN)Stephanie Clifford, the porn star known as Stormy Daniels, discussed her alleged affair with Donald Trump during …
Michael Del Moro / ABC News:
Family of slain DNC staffer sues Fox News over retracted story  —  The family of Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich, who was killed in 2016, has filed a lawsuit against Fox News, an investigative reporter and one of the network's contributors over a story about Rich and allegations …
Jeremy Roebuck /
Feds: Ex-aide to U.S. Rep. Bob Brady targeted in murder-for-hire plot  —  A former political strategist for U.S. Rep. Bob Brady was targeted in a murder-for-hire plot to stop him from cooperating with an ongoing corruption probe in Arkansas and Missouri, federal authorities said.
Debra Birnbaum / Variety:
Claire Foy Was Paid Less Than Matt Smith on ‘The Crown’  —  JERUSALEM — With two critically acclaimed seasons of “The Crown” behind them, the drama's producers acknowledged that they face some hurdles for the third season.  —  “It's called libel,” quipped Andy Harries, CEO of Left Bank …
Julie Miller / Vanity Fair:
The Crown Paid Its Queen Elizabeth Less Than Its Prince Philip
Discussion: RedState, The Guardian and Daily Wire
New York Times:
Trump Eyes Replacing His Veterans Affairs Secretary With His Energy Chief  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump, fresh off replacing his secretary of state and C.I.A. director, is considering firing his secretary of veterans affairs and installing Energy Secretary Rick Perry in the post, according to two people close to the White House.
Christian Gollayan / New York Post:
Dog dies after United flight attendant forces it into overhead bin  —  On Monday night, a dog died in a plane after a United Airlines flight attendant forced the dog into an overhead bin.  —  Maggie Gremminger, a passenger on a flight from Houston to New York's LaGuardia Airport, uploaded a photo of the dog's owners on Twitter.
Sean Illing / Vox:
A Princeton sociologist spent 8 years asking rural Americans why they're so pissed off  —  Hint: it's not about the economy.  —  Robert Wuthnow, a sociologist at Princeton University, spent eight years interviewing Americans in small towns across the country.
Discussion: Mother Jones and Hullabaloo
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