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2:20 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 …
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.
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.
Alexi McCammond / Axios:
Pennsylvania's special election, by the numbers  —  Democrat Conor Lamb is beating Republican Rick Saccone by a razor-thin margin of just 627 votes — with some provisional ballots still outstanding — in last night's special election in Pennsylvania's 18th district.  The NRCC is hoping to challenge the results.
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democrat Conor Lamb apparent winner in Pennsylvania upset, deals blow to Trump
Harry Enten / CNN:
Pennsylvania's special election isn't an isolated incident. The GOP is in trouble.
Rick Klein / ABC News:
The Note: In Pennsylvania's special election, an expensive lesson for Republicans
McClatchy Washington Bureau:   Too-close race in Pennsylvania signals ominous 2018 for GOP
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans prepare for recount in Pennsylvania special election
Discussion: Vox, Axios, ABC News and Political Wire
Jane Coaston / Vox:
Rick Saccone's defeat proves yet again that Trumpism only works for Trump
Discussion: NBC News and The Nation
Paul Ryan on Republican struggling in Pennsylvania race: ‘Both of these candidates ran as conservatives’
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
David Weigel / Washington Post:
Republicans see Pa. contest as a ‘wake-up call’ as Conor Lamb clings to a narrow lead
Discussion: Raw Story
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.
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: New York Magazine and 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 …
Carolyn Y. Johnson / Washington Post:   Theranos chief executive Elizabeth Holmes charged with massive fraud
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.
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.
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
Discussion: RedState
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.
Dennis Overbye / New York Times:
Stephen Hawking, Who Examined the Universe and Explained Black Holes, Dies at 76
Stephen Hawking dies aged 76
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 …
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
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: thecut and Talking Points Memo
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 …
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: The Resurgent and Washington Post
Russell Berman / The Atlantic:
Heidi Heitkamp Takes On Elizabeth Warren Over the Senate Banking Bill
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 …
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