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Pennsylvania GOP asks Supreme Court to block new congressional map

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Pennsylvania Republicans are again asking the U.S. Supreme Court to block a congressional map issued by the state supreme court that would likely put several Republican-held seats in play for Democrats. In an emergency application filed late Wednesday, lawmakers claimed the Pennsylvania court overstepped its authority.

Why it matters: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled earlier this month that Pennsylvania's high court could move forward in redrawing the map. While the legal challenge was expected, it comes a day after the President Trump urged Republicans to appeal the new map. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled last month that the previous Republican-drawn map “clearly, plainly and palpably" illegally hurts Democrats.

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Why Trump added a streetfighter to his legal team

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A new addition to President Trump's legal team — Joe diGenova, a former U.S. attorney who is well-known in Washington and has argued for the president on Fox News — reflects three White House realities.

The state of play: (1) The White House is digging in for a fight that looks to be longer and messier than officials had expected. (2) This is another example of the president responding to televised cues. Trump has spent most of his adult life in litigation, and obsesses about legal positioning in the same way that he is consumed by his press coverage. (3) It's another pugilistic voice at the table, and suggests that this weekend's attacks on Mueller won't be the last.

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Facebook reaches a tipping point

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Of all the news crises Facebook has faced during the past year, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is playing out to be the worst and most damaging.

Why it matters: It's not that the reports reveal anything particularly new about how Facebook's back end works — developers have understood the vulnerabilities of Facebook's interface for years. But stakeholders crucial to the company's success — as well as the public seem less willing to listen to its side of the story this time around.