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Jeff Flake and other Republicans senators have said they think legislation to protect the special counsel is necessary after Trump fired Sessions
Retiring Republican Sen. Jeff Flake said Wednesday that he will not vote to confirm the Trump administration's judicial nominees on the Senate floor or advance them in the Senate Judiciary Committee if legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller does not receive a Senate floor vote.

Trump's mood takes a foul turn

Trump blindsided by Melania's public rebuke
Chaos ensues in the White House after the first lady's office released a statement calling for deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel's ouster. CNN's Kaitlin Collins reports.

Graham says he 'totally' will investigate the FBI's handling of Russia and Clinton probes
Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that he will investigate how the FBI handled the investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 elections and Hillary Clinton's email controversy if he becomes chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Toobin: What's more empty than a Flake threat?
CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin criticizes Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) over his promise to hold up votes on judicial nominees unless the Senate drafts legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.

Text messages show Roger Stone discussing WikiLeaks plans days before hack
Roger Stone exchanged text messages with his alleged WikiLeaks back channel about imminent "big news" harmful to Hillary Clinton's campaign six days before WikiLeaks released hacked emails from former Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, according to new messages released by Stone.

Attorneys say former Manafort deputy Rick Gates is still cooperating with Mueller
Rick Gates, who was the number two to President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is still cooperating with the special counsel's investigation, a court filing said Wednesday, raising the possibility that Robert Mueller's probe could extend into 2019.

Fox News and other outlets join fight over press access

Trump argues he can limit White House access
The Justice Department responded to CNN's lawsuit over the revocation of Jim Acosta's press pass on Wednesday, saying in a court filing that the White House rejects the idea that it can't pick and choose which journalists can be given a permanent pass to cover it.

China makes opening bid to US on trade ahead of Trump-Xi meeting
The Chinese government has presented an offer to the United States to try to push forward stalled trade talks before the leaders of the two economic superpowers meet at the end of this month, according to two people briefed on the discussions.

Cooper (literally) clowns Trump's claim
CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses President Trump's lack of evidence to support his voter fraud claim that voters went into their cars to change clothes and vote again.

Analysis: What Trump has stopped talking about since Election Day
From October 16 to November 6 -- aka Election Day -- President Donald Trump sent 45 tweets mentioning the "border" between the United States and Mexico. Between October 16 and October 31, he sent nine tweets referring to the "caravan" of migrants making their way across Mexico.

Deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel forced out of White House
The White House, after a day of uncertainty, confirmed Wednesday that deputy national security adviser Mira Ricardel is leaving her position.

Democrats pick up another House seat with Jeff Denham concession
Republican Rep. Jeff Denham conceded to challenger Josh Harder on Wednesday, handing another congressional seat in California to the Democrats as the state continues counting ballots.

Opinion: Please, Hillary, don't do it
It was bound to happen.

First woman passes special forces assessment on path to become Green Beret
A female soldier recently completed the Special Forces Assessment and Selection for the first time, making her a candidate to be the first woman to become a Green Beret, according to a US Army Special Operations Command spokesman.

Michelle Obama opens up about her friendship with George W. Bush
Former first lady Michelle Obama said that her oft-admired friendship with former President George W. Bush serves as a reminder of how relationships should be during a time when America only sees all the "nasty parts" of political discourse.

Under the constant threat of a looming wildfire, Thousand Oaks is still shrouded in grief
Under the constant threat of a looming wildfire, Thousands Oaks is still shrouded in grief.

130 unaccounted for after deadly Camp Fire
More than 100 people are missing -- most of them senior citizens -- in Northern California's Butte County as firefighters battle the Camp Fire, the most deadly and destructive wildfire in state history, the sheriff's office says.

PG&E could be in big financial trouble if it's found liable for California's Camp Fire
If California electric utility PG&E is responsible for California's wildfires, it may not be able to afford the payouts it would owe.

Snow and flooding smack the South
A big storm is taking shape as it moves from the Gulf of Mexico up the eastern seaboard, bringing flooding to the Southeast and mid-Atlantic and a wide swath of snow from the Deep South to New England.

Kellyanne Conway's husband forms group against Trump
The husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway is among a new group of conservative lawyers that seeks to provide a "voice" to speak out in favor of principles that it feels are under attack in the Trump era. CNN's Brian Todd reports.

Engine part that led to woman's death on Southwest flight had been flagged before
The design of an engine fan blade that snapped on a Southwest flight in April, breaking an airplane window and partially sucking a woman out of it, has been a concern since the engine's earliest days, the manufacturer told investigators at a hearing Wednesday.

Iran executes 'Sultan of Coins'
Iran executed two men for financial crimes early Wednesday, punishments that were quickly assailed by Amnesty International as disproportionate and reflective of Tehran's "shameless disregard for the right to life."

'You're a terrorist,' says note sent to 10-year-old Muslim schoolgirl in Massachusetts
A 10-year-old Muslim girl found two threatening handwritten notes in her cubby in an elementary school west of Boston, and police are investigating the notes as a hate crime.

Michael Avenatti arrested on suspicion of domestic violence
Attorney Michael Avenatti has been placed under arrest for felony domestic violence and was being booked early Wednesday evening.

Experts warn the US is at risk of losing war with Russia or China
The Trump administration's new National Defense Strategy is insufficiently resourced and the US runs the risk of a military defeat by China or Russia, according to a report by a congressionally mandated panel of bipartisan experts that was released Wednesday.

Ex-NFL player comes out as gay

Oxford Dictionaries sums up the mood of 2018 with word of the year
2018 was toxic.

MLB Names Cy Young Award winners

John Legend chokes up over Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen's speech while receiving Glamour's 2018 Women of the Year award turned "sappy" after husband John Legend's moving introduction.

NBA dynasty 'screwed up' with superstar

Trump's favorite portraits of himself
Which Trump portraits does President Trump prefer? CNN's Jeanne Moos canvasses his favorites.

Bitcoin plunges below $6,000
Bitcoin is on the ropes again.

$1.5 billion jackpot still hasn't been claimed
It has been 22 days since someone won the $1.5 billion Mega Million jackpot, and lottery officials are still wondering who the winner is.

Exploding tick population worries government
On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee sounded the alarm on Lyme and other emerging tick-related illnesses saying they have become "a serious and growing threat to public health." The finding, presented in a report to congress, recommends surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures for tackling the problem.

Magazine under fire over Serena Williams cover
GQ Magazine is facing backlash after a cover showcasing professional tennis player Serena Williams, who was named GQ's Woman of the Year, had the word "woman" in quotes.

Millions Getting Free HD TV With This New Device

Marie Antoinette's pendant fetches $36 million
Marie Antoinette, France's last queen, is still able to capture the imagination of the public -- or at least buyers with a lot of spare cash -- more than 200 years after her unfortunate end.

Edward Hopper painting sells for almost $92M
A painting by American artist Edward Hopper has sold for almost $92 million, becoming the most expensive of the artist's work to be acquired at auction.

Banksy's shredded artwork renamed
Banksy's "Girl with a Balloon", which was shredded went it went up for auction, has been renamed "Love is in the Bin".

Diamond sells for record-breaking $50 million
An unusually large pink diamond sold for a record-breaking $50 million (about 50.3 million Swiss francs) Tuesday at Christie's auction house in Geneva.

Stephen Hawking's wheelchair and papers smash auction estimates
Some of the most prized possessions of late British physicist Stephen Hawking, including a copy of his Ph.D thesis and an early wheelchair, have sold for much more than expected at an auction by Christie's in London.

Carrie Underwood reveals her baby's gender
It's going to be another boy for Carrie Underwood!

Pictures from the red carpet
See photos of celebrities as they arrive for the 2018 Country Music Association Awards. The show is taking place in Nashville, Tennessee.

Moment of silence held for bar shooting victims
Country legend Garth Brooks started the County Music Awards on Wednesday night by paying respects to the 12 people killed at the Borderline Bar & Grill last week.

NBA stars all love this college freshman

Greek archaeologists uncover lost city

Watch as refugee children see snow for the first time
Toronto resident Rebecca Davies posted an adorable video of two Eritrean refugees experiencing snow for the first time, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took notice.

You can ski down the roof of this new hotel
Until now, skiing off hotel roofs has been an exploit reserved for James Bond stunt doubles and drunken fools with a penchant for plaster casts.

A tired dad and his hungry infant led to a radical new baby bottle
It was the middle of the night and Ayal Lanternari was rushing to warm up refrigerated breast milk for his three-month-old baby.

WeWork's first school teaches yoga, farming
Inside WeWork's New York City headquarters on a Thursday morning, a handful of kids are selling radishes, kale and peppers.

Review: Facebook's video chat gadget is a hard sell
Facebook is taking its new Portal+ video chatting gadget extremely seriously. But it might be difficult for customers to do the same.

Teens' apparent Nazi salute is terrifying
It's a terrifying sight: A pack of young white men, their arms extended in an apparent Sieg Heil salute, most of them smiling and seemingly laughing.

Melania Trump's dangerous move

FBI stats on hate are disturbing. So is what's missing
The federal government's 2017 hate crime statistics are out, and they show a disturbing trend: Last year, as in 2016 and 2015 before, hate crimes were on the rise. But what the data fail to show is perhaps even more alarming, and further demonstrates the need for an improved response to hate crime.

Michelle Obama's openness helps us all

Pay attention to what Brian Kemp did
"When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do?" the renowned economist John Maynard Keynes was often quoted as asking. This is a question we ought to be asking of Chief Justice John Roberts and Congress in the wake of the 2018 elections -- most notably in Georgia.

How to get the truth out of Trump
Since Donald Trump took office, he and his administration have been yelling about fake news and alternative facts. Now that the midterms are over, and the President is nearing the halfway point of his term, we need to accept that the way we cover this administration isn't working. The primary reason is Trump -- he does not act in the way traditional presidents act, particularly when it comes to handling affairs of state with honesty, care and decency.

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Exploding tick population worries government
On Wednesday, a congressional advisory committee sounded the alarm on Lyme and other emerging tick-related illnesses saying they have become "a serious and growing threat to public health." The finding, presented in a report to congress, recommends surveillance, prevention, diagnosis and treatment measures for tackling the problem.

Juul to eliminate social media accounts, stop retail sales of flavors
The CEO of e-cigarette maker Juul announced plans Tuesday to eliminate some of its social media accounts and halt most retail sales of flavor products as part of a plan to restrict access to minors. The plan came in response to the US Food and Drug Administration's September announcement that it would investigate major e-cigarette makers and review their sales and marketing practices.

For some cancer patients, precision medicine offers hope
When Kristen Kilmer was diagnosed with incurable breast cancer at age 38, her first thought was of her 8-year-old daughter. Kilmer lost her own mother as a teenager and was determined to get more time with her only child.

Neanderthals' lives weren't more violent than humans', study suggests
For years, researchers analyzing traumatic injuries found on Neanderthal fossils believed they had lived dangerous, violent lives.

Medications help manage COPD symptoms

See all the CMA Award winners
The 52nd Annual Country Music Association Awards were held Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

Look who's coming to Netflix
Netflix is getting into the music competition business with some major star power.

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