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Conor Lamb Wins Pennsylvania House Seat, Giving Democrats a Map for Trump Country

Conoor Lamb wins PA district from GOPConor 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 cemented a Democratic victory in the heart of President Trump’s Rust Belt base.

The Republican candidate, Rick Saccone, may still contest the outcome. But Mr. Lamb’s 627-vote lead Wednesday afternoon appeared insurmountable, given that the four counties in Pennsylvania’s 18th district have about 500 provisional, military and other absentee ballots left to count, election officials said.


Trump eyes purging Cabinet 'deadweight'

Trump eyes purging Cabinet

President Donald Trumpis openly wondering what happened to the collection of officials he described only five months ago as the "finest group of people ever assembled" as members of his Cabinet find themselves embroiled in ethics scandals or woefully at odds with the White House.
He has complained in recent days that his Cabinet has fallen well short of his expectations and wants to purge all the "deadweight," one official said.
He fired one of those people -- Secretary of State Rex Tillerson -- on Tuesday. And he's grown increasingly frustrated with at least two others, according to people familiar with the matter: Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and Housing and Urban Development chief Ben Carson.

Trump plans to name Larry Kudlow his top economic advisor, replacing Gary Cohn

Trump to name Larry Kudlow to replace Gary CohnPresident 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. The president offered the CNBC senior contributor and on-air personality the job on Tuesday night, and Kudlow accepted, a person familiar told CNBC.

Kudlow would replace Gary Cohn, who left the White House earlier this month amid disagreements about tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. The longtime CNBC personality advocates for free trade and generally opposes tariffs.


Emails show Ben, Candy Carson selected $31,000 dining set

Ben Carson email shows he ordered $31K dining setEmails show Carson and his wife selected the furniture themselves.

An August email from a career administration staffer, with the subject line "Secretary's dining room set needed," to Carson's assistant refers to "printouts of the furniture the Secretary and Mrs. Carson picked out."
The documents were released following a Freedom of Information Act request from American Oversight, a liberal watchdog group led by former Obama administration officials, and offer a snapshot into how the agency acquired the furniture.

In Pennsylvania's special election, an expensive lesson for Republicans

PA election a costly less for Republicans

More than $10 million, a visit by President Donald Trump, the mobilization of the GOP army … all to buy a tie?

It’s not just any tie.

Republicans fought to almost (but not quite) even in a district Trump carried by nearly 20 points in 2016, and where Democrats had stopped bothering to even field House candidates in recent cycles. Plus, the district won’t even exist this time next year.


Stormy Daniels friend shares details of her phone calls with Trump

Stormy DanielsA close friend of adult film star Stormy Daniels says he overheard President Trump offer to buy the former actress a condominium while listening in on their phone calls in 2006.

Keith Munyan, a 56-year-old photographer, told The Washington Post for a story published Tuesday that he was in the room when Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, received a phone call from Trump in 2006.

Munyan, who is among four people listed as having knowledge about Clifford's relationship with Trump in their nondisclosure agreement, said Clifford had already told him she met Trump at a Lake Tahoe golf tournament.


Trump's personal assistant John McEntee fired from White House

Trump's personal assistant firedPresident Trump's personal assistant, John McEntee, was abruptly fired Monday over what are being described as "security" reasons, according to several news reports.

The New York Times is reporting McEntee apparently lost his security clearance, joining other White House staffers including Trump's son-in-law and senior policy adviser Jared Kushner who have seen their status downgraded in the wake of the Rob Porter scandal.

Revelations that Porter, the White House staff secretary, had access to classified information despite accusations of domestic violence against him prompted a review of security procedures within the White House.


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