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11:10 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 …
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democrat Conor Lamb apparent winner in Pennsylvania upset, deals blow to Trump  —  WASHINGTON — Democrat Conor Lamb is the apparent winner over Republican Rick Saccone in Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, according to an NBC News projection.
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 …
Discussion: The Daily Signal
Harry Enten / CNN:
Pennsylvania's special election isn't an isolated incident.  The GOP is in trouble.  —  Conor Lamb claims victory in PA House race  —  (CNN)Even without a winner declared Tuesday night, it was clear based on the results what the race would tell us about the 2018 midterm elections.
Discussion: RedState
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Can Run the Conor Lamb Strategy Over and Over
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: In Pennsylvania's special election, an expensive lesson for Republicans
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Republicans see Pa. contest as a ‘wake-up call’ as Conor Lamb clings to a narrow lead
Discussion: Raw Story
Caleb Ecarma / Mediaite:
‘Cuteness Counts’: Fox & Friends Hosts Suggest Democrat Won Special Election Because 'He's Cute'
Discussion: Mother Jones, Breitbart and Joe.My.God.
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.
‘A sea of people everywhere’: Students walk out to demand change  —  (CNN)Across the East Coast, waves of students marched out of class Wednesday morning to demand stricter gun laws and an end to school massacres.  —  The National School Walkout started at 10 a.m. ET and will continue across the country at 10 a.m. in each time zone.
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
National student walkout: Thousands across the U.S. will walk out of class today to protest gun violence
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
Washington Post:
Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats in nerve agent case and will block all high-level contacts with Moscow … LONDON — Britain ordered the expulsion of 23 Russian diplomats believed involved in espionage-related activities, British Prime Minister Theresa May announced Wednesday …
Richard Pérez-Peña / New York Times:
Britain Expels 23 Russian Diplomats Over Ex-Spy's Poisoning  —  LONDON — British Prime Minister Theresa May expelled 23 Russian diplomats on Wednesday, blaming Moscow for the poisoning of a former Russian spy and sharply escalating the dispute between the two countries.
The Daily Beast:
Soviet Scientist Who Developed Novichok Poison Used on Sergei Skripal: 'I'm Sorry'
UK to expel 23 Russian diplomats over spy poisoning
Discussion: Mediaite
Fred Barbash / Washington Post:
Gun-trained teacher accidentally discharges firearm in Calif. classroom, injuring student … A teacher who is also a reserve police officer trained in firearm use accidentally discharged a gun Tuesday at Seaside High School in Monterey County, Calif., during a class devoted to public safety.
Amy Larson / KSBW:
Seaside High teacher accidentally fires gun in class, students injured
Discussion: Raw Story, Splinter and KTLA
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems are angry over Hillary Clinton's latest comments  —  Democrats are angry that Hillary Clinton  —  continues to discuss what went wrong during the 2016 presidential election against President Trump  —  Even some of Clinton's own former aides and surrogates say the former Democratic presidential nominee …
Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Gowdy breaks from GOP committee, says Russia worked to undermine Clinton
Discussion: Daily Kos, Mediaite and Axios
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Rep. Trey Gowdy disagrees with GOP colleagues in House probe, says Russia wanted to hurt Hillary Clinton
Taking Action Against Britain First  —  People come to Facebook to express themselves freely and share openly with friends and family, sometimes this can include their political views.  Some political opinions might be controversial, but it is important that different views can be shared …
Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt's $25,000 soundproof phone booth?  It actually cost more like $43,000. … Before Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt could install a secure, soundproof phone booth in his office last fall, officials had to create space for the addition in a nearby closet area.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo
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.
Deputy Press Secretary: White House Has ‘Very High Stakes’ March Madness Pool
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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 …
JT Genter / The Points Guy:
Dog Dies After Flight Attendant Forces Passenger to Put Carrier in Overhead Bin  —  More and more passengers are traveling with their pets.  Abuse of the emotional support animal protections has prompted airlines such as United to restrict which types of animals can be carried onboard.
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 …
Discussion: New Republic, Raw Story and Splinter
Marwa Eltagouri / Washington Post:
White nationalist leader Matthew Heimbach arrested for domestic battery
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Pennsylvania special election shows GOP still hasn't found a winning midterms message … Want more news and analysis about the 2018 midterms?  Sign up for James Hohmann's newsletter here.  —  With Breanne Deppisch and Joanie Greve.  —  THE BIG IDEA: National Republicans threw …
Discussion: News & Guts Media
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Schumer struggles to contain Warren-led rebellion  —  Midway through Elizabeth Warren's fire-breathing campaign to tank a bank deregulation bill backed by more than a dozen Senate Democrats, Chuck Schumer invited her to his office.  —  Warren had just sent a fundraising email blasting fellow Democrats …
Discussion: Washington Post and NTK Network
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Heidi Heitkamp Takes On Elizabeth Warren Over the Senate Banking Bill
Discussion: and
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
CNN Moves Chris Cuomo to Prime Time  —  CNN is turning to one of its morning anchors to shore up prime time.  —  Chris Cuomo, the outspoken co-host of “New Day” who has gained prominence — and received some right-wing blowback — for his coverage of the Trump administration …
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