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12:50 PM 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 …
GOP Blames ‘Lackluster’ Candidate And His ‘Porn Stache’ For Pennsylvania Setback  —  Ice cold.  —  ELIZABETH TOWNSHIP, Pa. A special election in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District was still too close to call Tuesday night, although the fact that it was this close at all was bad news for Republicans.
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.
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 and alicublog
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.
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
Too-close race in Pennsylvania signals ominous 2018 for GOP  —  WASHINGTON  —  In the final weeks of the special election in Pennsylvania, Republicans anxious about defeat in a pro-Trump district argued that their own nominee was uniquely flawed while the Democrat was a once-in-a-cycle dream candidate.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Pennsylvania's special election, by the numbers
Discussion: Washington Post, CNN and Vox
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: In Pennsylvania's special election, an expensive lesson for Republicans
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Democrats Can Run the Conor Lamb Strategy Over and Over
Discussion: Hullabaloo and Washington Post
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Republicans see Pa. contest as a ‘wake-up call’ as Conor Lamb clings to a narrow lead
Discussion: Raw Story
Alice Ollstein / Talking Points Memo:
House GOPers Spin Furiously After Dems Appear To Flip Deep Red PA District
Discussion: Daily Kos
Alayna Treene / Axios:
Ryan to tell House GOP that PA race should be a wakeup call
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.
Clark Pettig / American Oversight:
New York Times:
National School Walkout: Live Updates  —  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, one month after a gunman killed 17 people at a high school in Florida.
Christal Hayes / USA Today:
National student walkout: Thousands across the U.S. will walk out of class today to protest gun violence
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:   READ: Emails From High School Students Who Oppose Today's Massive Gun Control Walkout
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.
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 …
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 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN Will Shake Up Primetime With Chris Cuomo
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 and thecut
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.
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Heidi Heitkamp Takes On Elizabeth Warren Over the Senate Banking Bill  —  Don't expect Heidi Heitkamp and Elizabeth Warren to be campaigning together anytime soon.  —  For the past week, Warren has been telling anyone who will listen that one-third of her fellow Democrats in the Senate …
Zachary Warmbrodt / Politico:
Schumer struggles to contain Warren-led rebellion
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 …
Erick Erickson / The Resurgent:
Here's the Abuse We Warned About.  —  A man with a violent criminal record is suing a battered women's shelter for refusing to take him in.  —  A man with a violent criminal record in Alaska got kicked out of a shelter after getting drunk and becoming belligerent.
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Kobach witness can't support claim that illegal votes helped Hillary Clinton
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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott opposed controversial “bathroom bill,” state legislator says
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Kyle Cheney / Politico:
Gowdy breaks from GOP committee, says Russia worked to undermine Clinton
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