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3:20 PM ET, March 14, 2018


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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.
Rob Tornoe /
Pa. 18 congressional district results: Democrat Conor Lamb maintains lead with absentee votes counted  —  In a highly-watched special election in western Pennsylvania, Democrat Conor Lamb is maintaining a slim lead over Republican Rick Saccone.  —  With all precincts fully reporting …
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.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democrat Conor Lamb apparent winner in Pennsylvania upset, deals blow to Trump
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans prepare for recount in Pennsylvania special election
McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Too-close race in Pennsylvania signals ominous 2018 for GOP
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Rick Saccone's defeat proves yet again that Trumpism only works for Trump
Discussion: NBC News and The Nation
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.
CNN:   Sessions considering whether to fire McCabe
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.
Washington Post:
Kudlow to be top White House economic adviser as Trump adds longtime loyalist  —  Larry Kudlow, a conservative economic media analyst and Trump campaign adviser, will be the next chairman of the White House National Economic Council.  —  Kudlow championed Trump's plan to cut taxes …
Discussion: Axios
Washington Post:
Kudlow to be top White House economic adviser as Trump adds longtime loyalist … Larry Kudlow on Wednesday accepted an offer from President Trump to head the White House's National Economic Council, according to three people familiar with the decision.  —  Kudlow had been seen as the front-runner …
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Lawrence Kudlow Says He's Accepted Post as Trump's White House Economic Adviser  —  Adds announcement could be made as soon as Thursday  —  President Donald Trump has offered Lawrence Kudlow the job as director of the National Economic Council and he accepted, making the economic commentator …
Discussion: New York Times
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's New Economic Adviser Lawrence Kudlow Has Been Wrong About Everything for Decades
Discussion: Lawyers, Guns & Money
White House floats new Dreamers deal
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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.
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
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.
San Luis Obispo Tribune:
Shooting threat leads to lockdown at Atascadero schools, walkout canceled
Discussion: Raw Story
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
Discussion: RedState
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.
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.
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul opposes Pompeo nomination for secretary of state  —  Rand Paul is vowing to do everything he can to stop Mike Pompeo from becoming secretary of state.  —  The libertarian-leaning GOP senator said Wednesday that Pompeo's earlier support for the Iraq war and defense …
Discussion: Political Wire, Hit & Run and Breitbart
Eliot A. Cohen / The Atlantic:
Trump's Craven Courtiers
James Hohmann / Washington Post:
The Daily 202: Pennsylvania special election shows GOP still hasn't found a winning midterms message
Discussion: Daily Kos
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.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Associated Press:
White House opposes short-term ‘Dreamer’ fix in new talks  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says it doesn't favor an immigration agreement with Congress that would involve extending for three years protections for young immigrants facing deportation in exchange for three years' of border wall funding.
Washington Post:
Trump is open to short-term DACA deal, White House tells GOP leaders
Discussion: CNBC, Breitbart and Political Wire
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Michael Del Moro / ABC News:
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