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7:05 PM ET, March 14, 2018


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New York Times:
Andrew McCabe, a Symbol of Trump's F.B.I. Ire, Faces Possible Firing  —  WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions is reviewing a recommendation to fire the former F.B.I. deputy director, Andrew G. McCabe, just days before he is scheduled to retire on Sunday, people briefed on the matter said.
Matt Zapotosky / Washington Post:
FBI disciplinary office recommends firing former deputy director Andrew McCabe … The FBI office that handles employee discipline has recommended firing the bureau's former deputy director over allegations that he authorized the disclosure of sensitive information to a reporter …
Discussion: Towleroad
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
Three big takeaways from Trump's humiliating Pennsylvania failure … THE MORNING PLUM:  —  Democrat Conor Lamb is clinging to a lead of around 600 votes in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, but most news organizations have refrained from calling the race.
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
The ‘Enthusiasm Gap’ Could Turn A Democratic Wave Into A Tsunami  —  It's a busy time of year, so we'll keep this relatively short.  But I wanted to echo and underscore a point made by FiveThirtyEight contributor Nathaniel Rakich in his article on Tuesday's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District.
New York Times:
Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat, Giving Democrats a Map for Trump Country  —  Conor Lamb, a Democrat and former Marine, scored a razor-thin but extraordinary upset in a special House election in southwestern Pennsylvania after a few thousand absentee ballots delivered Democrats a win …
Discussion: Raw Story, NewsHounds blog and Vox
GOP Blames ‘Lackluster’ Candidate And His ‘Porn Stache’ For Pennsylvania Setback
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans prepare for recount in Pennsylvania special election
Discussion: Axios, Washington Post and USA Today
Trump plans to name Larry Kudlow his top economic advisor, replacing Gary Cohn: Sources  —  President Donald Trump plans to name Larry Kudlow as his top economic advisor, sources told CNBC.  —  Trump could announce his decision to choose Kudlow as his National Economic Council director as soon as Thursday.
Rachael Bade / Politico:
GOP balks as White House floats new Dreamers deal
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Washington Post:   Kudlow to be top White House economic adviser as Trump adds longtime loyalist
Amy Larson / KSBW:
Seaside High teacher accidentally fires gun in class, students injured  —  SEASIDE, Calif. —  A teacher who also serves as a reserve police officer accidentally fired a gun inside a Seaside High School classroom Tuesday, police said, and three students were injured.
Abha Bhattarai / Washington Post:
Toys R Us to close all 800 of its U.S. stores … Toy store chain Toys R Us is planning to sell or close all 800 of its U.S. stores, affecting as many as 33,000 jobs as the company winds down its operations after six decades, according to a source familiar with the matter.
Discussion: FOX 61 and The Verge
Wall Street Journal:
Toys ‘R’ Us Tells Workers It Will Likely Close All U.S. Stores
Discussion: NPR, Polygon, and KTLA
Mike Allen / Axios:
Axios PM  —  Subscribe  —  1 big thing: “The most toxic working environment on the planet”  —  In 14 months covering this White House, Axios' Jonathan Swan emails, he's never registered such a mood of acute anxiety from within the West Wing.  —  What we're hearing: Nobody knows what exactly …
Discussion: Raw Story, miamiherald and Politico
“The most toxic working environment on the planet”
Discussion: Mediaite
Emily Smith / Page Six:
Donald Trump Jr. and wife headed for divorce, friends say  —  Donald Trump Jr. and his wife, Vanessa Trump, are struggling through marital problems and friends say they are heading for divorce, multiple sources have exclusively confirmed to Page Six.  —  Vanessa and the eldest son …
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.
Exclusive: Defense Dept. charged nearly $140,000 at Trump branded properties  —  (CNN)Defense Department employees charged just over $138,000 at Trump branded properties in the first eight months of Donald Trump's presidency, according to a CNN review of hundreds of records.
Discussion: Raw Story
Betsy Woodruff / The Daily Beast:   Pentagon Spent $17,000 at Panama Trump Hotel
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission:
Theranos, CEO Holmes, and Former President Balwani Charged With Massive Fraud  —  Holmes Stripped of Control of Company for Defrauding Investors  —  The Securities and Exchange Commission today charged Silicon Valley-based private company Theranos Inc., its founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes …
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:
Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes charged with massive fraud
Discussion: Breitbart
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump, Pressured to Criticize Russia for Poisoning, Leaves Comment to Aides  —  LOS ANGELES — Britain's tough response in holding Russia responsible for a poisoning attack on its soil increased the pressure on President Trump to join with a NATO ally in taking action, even as he has been reluctant …
Discussion: Outside the Beltway and IJR
Christina Wilkie / CNBC:
Trump's lawyer in Mueller probe, John Dowd, cited for Trump campaign contribution above the legal max  — President Donald Trump's lawyer, John Dowd, contributed more money last year to the president's re-election campaign than is legally permissible.  — A March letter from the Federal …
Discussion: Political Wire and Raw Story
New York Times:
Beware of Devin Nunes's Next Move  —  This week Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced that they will be ending their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, having found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Trump administration.
Discussion: Hullabaloo
New York Times:
National School Walkout: Mass Student Protests Against Gun Violence Across the U.S.  —  Thousands of students, emboldened by a growing protest movement over gun violence, stood up in their classrooms on Wednesday and walked out of their schools in a nationwide demonstration …
Rebecca Shapiro / HuffPost:
24 Pets Died Flying With U.S. Carriers Last Year.  18 Were On United.  —  Department of Transportation data show that 18 pets died last year in United's cargo program.  —  News that a dog died aboard a United Airlines flight on Monday has renewed interest in the airline's track record of safely transporting animals.
Discussion: CBS Chicago, IJR and Washington Post
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 …
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Harper Lee's Estate Sues Over Broadway Version of ‘Mockingbird’
Discussion: Deadline
John Sexton / Hot Air:
Professor Notes Men Are Taller Than Women On Average, SJWs Storm Out Angrily
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune exclusive: Pritzker's secret offshore holdings revealed in Chicago duck boat land deal
Discussion: WGN-TV and Capitol
Arthur C. Brooks / Wall Street Journal:
Reflections on a Decade of Leading a Think Tank
Alex Isenstadt / Politico:
Brotherly love: Mike Pence to raise money for Greg Pence
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
 Earlier Items: 
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump
Discussion: IJR, Politicus USA and Mashable
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Team of Sycophants
Gregory Korte / USA Today:
A pardon expert emailed me his life's work. Then he killed his two sons and himself.
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
An Unwanted Kiss on ‘American Idol’
Discussion: Althouse and ABC News
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul opposes Pompeo nomination for secretary of state
Discussion: Hit & Run and Political Wire
Washington Post:
Scott Pruitt's $25,000 soundproof phone booth? It actually cost more like $43,000.
Amie Parnes / The Hill:
Dems are angry over Hillary Clinton's latest comments