5 things to know for November 15: Trump’s mood, wildfires, war strategy, Brexit, snow

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Trump's dark mood: 'He's pissed -- at damn near everyone'
04:11 - Source: CNN
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    1. Politics

    A week after declaring victory in the midterm elections, President Trump’s mood has grown noticeably darker, White House officials tell CNN. Friends of the President describe him as embittered by the election losses and troubled by the Mueller investigation. “Yes, he’s pissed – at damn near everyone,” one official said. In other White House-related news:

    • The President announced his support for the FIRST Step Act, a bipartisan prison reform bill that would, among other things, shorten mandatory minimum sentences.

    • GOP Sen. Jeff Flake said he won’t vote to confirm Trump’s judicial nominees if legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller doesn’t get a Senate floor vote.

    • Mira Ricardel, the deputy national security adviser who drew the ire of first lady Melania Trump, is leaving the White House for an as-yet undetermined role in the administration.

    UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 18: Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., listens as Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifies during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Full committee hearing on "Oversight of the U.S. Department of Justice" on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
    Flake won't vote to confirm judicial nominees
    02:49 - Source: CNN

    2. Puerto Rico

    The news goes from bad to worse in California. The death toll in the Camp Fire is now up to 56 people. The number of people missing is up, too. Authorities are trying to track down 130 people who haven’t been seen since the fire began. Most people on a partial list of the missing posted on the Butte County website are senior citizens, and most live in Paradise, which was devastated by the fire. More than 400 people and 22 cadaver dogs are searching for more victims. And starting today, the sheriff’s department will get DNA samples from relatives of the missing. Here’s how you can help fire victims.

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    Search for remains continues after wildfire
    02:01 - Source: CNN

    3. Police and social media

    Could the US lose a war against China or Russia? It might, according to a new report from a bipartisan panel of military experts. The report warns that the Trump administration’s new National Defense Strategy doesn’t have enough resources, which puts the country at greater risk of losing a military conflict with the Chinese or the Russians. Meantime, the administration is thinking about a cut to the defense budget to help deal with the ballooning federal deficit. But the report warns that Russia and China are bolstering their own military capabilities, possibly putting the US military in a situation where it would “suffer unacceptably high casualties” and “struggle to win or perhaps lose, a war.”

    US President Donald Trump (R) and Russia's President Vladimir Putin chat as they walk together to take part in the "family photo" during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders' summit in the central Vietnamese city of Danang on November 11, 2017.
World leaders and senior business figures are gathering in the Vietnamese city of Danang this week for the annual 21-member APEC summit. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / JORGE SILVA        (Photo credit should read JORGE SILVA/AFP/Getty Images)
    New arms race brewing between US and Russia
    02:36 - Source: CNN

    4. Kevin Spacey

    British Prime Minister Theresa May is getting grilled right now as she pitches her Brexit draft agreement to Parliament. The deal basically pulls the UK out of the EU on March 29, 2019. But it also keeps the UK in the trading bloc and subject to EU laws and regulations for two more years – until the end of 2020 – giving everyone time to hammer out a new trade relationship. There also wouldn’t be a so-called “hard” border between Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, and the Republic of Ireland, an EU member – at least not soon. Sound reasonable? Not to everyone. The Brexit Secretary and other officials have just quit over the proposal. Keep up with the latest here.

    Anti-Brexit campaigner Steve Bray stands outside parliament with EU and Union Flags and a placard that reads "Brexit: is it worth it?" as he protests in Parliament Square in London on October 9, 2018. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP)        (Photo credit should read TOLGA AKMEN/AFP/Getty Images)
    What's next for Brexit?
    01:28 - Source: CNN

    5. Climate crisis

    “Oh, the weather outside is frightful …” Yes, it’s a little early for Christmas tunes, but the weather really is frightening if you live in the South or on the East Coast. A big storm coming up from the Gulf of Mexico is marching north, bringing lots of rain and flooding to the Southeast and snow from Arkansas to Maine over the next few days. Nearly 25 million are under a flood or flash flood watch from Georgia to Virginia, where heavy rain on top of already saturated soil could bring flooding. The heaviest snow will hit the central Appalachians into New England, where more than 6 inches is expected.

    Photos provided by Lakewood Church on Monday show a flooded building.

Televangelist pastor Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church took on water Monday, according to Lakewood spokesman Donald ILoff. The water have since receded, Iloff tells CNN and the church will be used as a shelter and donation center for Harvey victims. The church does have a flood wall in place but out of caution they will only allow several hundred people to stay on the 2nd floor of the church.
    Floods pose more health risks than you may think
    01:43 - Source: CNN


    Best gender reveal ever

    We got more than just winners and red carpet pics last night at the CMAs. Carrie Underwood also revealed her baby’s gender.

    Word of the year

    2018 was a “toxic” year. Don’t believe us? Ask Oxford Dictionaries, which says we’ve used the word this year to describe just about everything.

    Mega mystery

    It’s been three weeks, and the winner of that $1.5 billion Mega Millions jackpot still hasn’t come forward.

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    What happens when you win the lottery?
    01:22 - Source: CNN

    One (tiny) brick at a time

    Not everybody’s thrilled about the new MAGA building blocks set that encourages kids to build a wall on the Mexican border.

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