A special election for a Congressional seat today in western Pennsylvania will be the subject of much attention as Democrats hope to continue their winning streak while Republicans hope to retain the seat.
In the 18th Congressional District, Democrat Conor Lamb is squared off against Republican Rick Saccone and Libertarian Drew Miller in a contest that some believe will be an indicator of the political strength of President Donald Trump.
Lamb, a former Marine who promises to be an “independent Democrat,” is running even in polling in a district, which went to Trump by a margin of over 16 percent. The special election was called to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Republican Tim Murphy, who resigned his post after it was revealed he encouraged a woman with whom he had an affair to have an abortion.
Democrats have won several special elections over the last few months and are hoping to cut into the Republican majority in the House of Representatives.
Tillerson is out as Secretary of State
President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and announced his choice of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him.
The replacement for Pompeo will likely Deputy CIA Director Gina Haspel. She would be the first woman to head the agency. There is some controversy in her nomination, as she oversaw the CIA’s use of torture during interrogation, according to the New York Times.
“I will now return to private life, private citizen, a proud American, proud of the opportunity I’ve had to serve my country,” said Tillerson, in comments on Tuesday.
Russians don’t like ultimatum
With a reminder of its nuclear arsenal, the Russian government on Tuesday pushed back against a demand by Great Britain for more information about the deadly nerve agent which they believe was used in an assassination operation against a former Russian spy earlier this month.
The Kremlin will not meet the British deadline of midnight Tuesday.
British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday demanded “unambiguous answers” as the use of the Russian manufactured drug.
Sports: Ducks sinking in playoff race
Results of overnight sports contests involving teams of interest to Tribune readers.
- St. Louis Blues 4, Anaheim Ducks 2 (NHL): The Ducks fell behind 3-1 and went on to lose. The defeat dropped the team into fourth place in the Pacific Division. Anaheim is now 34-24-12.
- Los Angeles Kings 3, Vancouver Canucks 0 (NHL): Jonathan Quick had 35 saves for the Kings as the team jumped into third place in the Pacific. The Kings are 38-26-5.
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