1 BIG THING: Melania’s Move
White House Deputy National Security Adviser Mira Ricardel was removed from her post following a high-profile debacle with U.S. First Lady Melania Trump. The conflict between the two reportedly reached its limit during the First Lady’s tour of Africa in October. Sources alleged that Ricardel was not exactly well-liked by White House staff either.
2 Criminal Justice
U.S. President Donald Trump has endorsed the long-stalled bipartisan criminal justice reform bill. The sentencing provisions include reducing lifetime mandatory minimum sentences after two prior felony drug convictions to at least 25 years. Trump said that the “toughest, strongest law enforcement people” had told him they were in favor of the bill.
3 CNN vs. White House
CNN newsman Jim Acosta's White House press pass recently got suspended due to his alleged altercation with an intern there. Acosta has denied allegations that he was hostile. Now, CNN has filed a lawsuit against U.S. President Donald Trump and several of his aides because the ban against Acosta supposedly violates First and Fifth Amendment rights.
4 California Blaze
The victims of what is now known as California’s deadliest wildfire have filed a lawsuit against PG&E Corp (PCG.N). They are accusing California’s largest public utility of negligence and health and safety code violations. In a statement, PG&E pointed out that the cause of the wildfire "has yet to be determined." At least 48 people have died in the wildfire.
Lawyer Michael Avenatti — who represents adult film star Stormy Daniels in her lawsuits against U.S. President Donald Trump — was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence. Avenatti denied the allegations and he's out on $50,000 bail. The Los Angeles Police Department has not released other details about the case.