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The challenges that are making Trump's mood so dark are likely to get worse before they get better
By multiple accounts, Donald Trump is in one of the deepest funks of his presidency. The bad news is that the challenges and threats that are making his mood so dark are likely to get worse before they get better.

Trump's mood takes a foul turn: 'He's pissed -- at damn near everyone'

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.

GOP senator: Protect Mueller or I'll stop Trump's judges
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.

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: McConnell will squash Jeff Flake like a bug
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.