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4:55 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 …
Sessions considering whether to fire McCabe
Discussion: Mediaite and IJR
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.
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 …
Elena Schneider / Politico:
Republicans prepare for recount in Pennsylvania special election
Alex Seitz-Wald / NBC News:
Democrat Conor Lamb apparent winner in Pennsylvania upset, deals blow to Trump
Frank Bruni / New York Times:
Conor Lamb Roared. Republicans Should Quake.
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 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 …
Washington Post:   Kudlow to be top White House economic adviser as Trump adds longtime loyalist
Nick Timiraos / Wall Street Journal:
Lawrence Kudlow Says He's Accepted Post as Trump's White House Economic Adviser
Discussion: NPR
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Hearing set in Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump
Discussion: Politicus USA and Mashable
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's New Economic Adviser Lawrence Kudlow Has Been Wrong About Everything for Decades
Discussion: Vox and Lawyers, Guns & Money
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.
Joel B. Pollak / Breitbart:   Five Lies About the Student ‘Walkout’ for Gun Control
Ben Shapiro / Daily Wire:
READ: Emails From High School Students Who Oppose Today's Massive Gun Control Walkout
Discussion: RedState and IJR
Stuart Winchester / Viacom Corporate:
Viacom to Support Courageous Youth Activists Who Have Had Enough of Gun Violence
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.
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
“Trump Wants Them Out of There”: After Swinging the Axe at Tillerson, Trump Mulls What to Do with McMaster, Sessions, Jared, and Ivanka  —  With tariffs done, Trump's sights are now on the Iran deal—and, possibly, the Russia investigation.  “The president is finally realizing he is the president …
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
Washington Post:
Trump is open to short-term DACA deal, White House tells GOP leaders … White House officials have told key Republican leaders on Capitol Hill that President Trump is open to cutting a deal in an upcoming spending bill to protect young immigrants from deportation in exchange for border wall funding …
Stef W. Kight / Axios:   Trump open to short-term DACA solution in exchange for wall funding
Associated Press:
White House opposes short-term ‘Dreamer’ fix in new talks
Discussion: The Daily Beast
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
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John R. Parkinson / ABC News:
House passes STOP School Violence Act
Discussion: Politicus USA
New York Times:
Beware of Devin Nunes's Next Move
CBS News:
Trump may not be finished with staff shakeup
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Arnold Schwarzenegger Targeted by Street Art Near His Office
Jeffrey M. Jones / Gallup:
U.S. Preference for Stricter Gun Laws Highest Since 1993
Discussion: Washington Post
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.
Robert F. Worth / New York Times:
How a Ransom for Royal Falconers Reshaped the Middle East
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Jonathan Galinsky / New York Times:
At the Fox News Site, a Sudden Focus on Women as Sex Offenders
Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
An Unwanted Kiss on ‘American Idol’
Discussion: ABC News and Althouse
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Rand Paul opposes Pompeo nomination for secretary of state
Discussion: Political Wire and Hit & Run
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Catch Carlos If You Can  —  A mysterious Twitter persona launched …
Washington Post:
Britain to expel 23 Russian diplomats in nerve agent case and will block all high-level contacts with Moscow
Discussion: CNN and Washington Free Beacon
Michael Del Moro / ABC News:
Family of slain DNC staffer sues Fox News over retracted story