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Top CNS stories for today including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi facing a challenge within her party for the speakership on the heels of last week’s midterm elections; Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh asks the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that voided the state’s congressional voting map; Florida’s U.S. Senate race appears headed toward a manual recount; a federal judge hands a victory to Special Counsel Robert Mueller against a Russian firm accused of aiding Russia’s attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election; Georgia officials ordered not to certify the final results of the 2018 general election; Dartmouth accused of allowing three psych professors to operate a “predators’ club” for over 16 years; Great Britain embroiled in a Brexit-related political drama, and more.

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

1.) Considered the inevitable choice to take the House speaker’s gavel now that Democrats have taken control of the chamber, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi faces a challenge within her party on the heels of last week’s midterm elections.

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh speaks during a news conference in Washington. (Associated Press)

2.) Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a lower court ruling that voided the state’s congressional voting map and ordered officials to redraw the lines prior to the 2020 election.

A Republican party observer, right, watches as an employee at the Palm Beach County Supervisor Of Elections office goes through a stack of damaged ballots, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

3.) In a courtroom victory for Democratic incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson, a federal judge ruled Thursday that Florida’s handling of mail-in and provisional ballots in the midterm election was deficient and disenfranchised voters.

In this Sunday, April 21, 2013 photo, Maria Butina, leader of a pro-gun organization in Russia, speaks to a crowd during a rally in support of legalizing the possession of handguns in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo, file)

4.) Saying the law under which she has been charged is unconstitutional, accused Russian spy Maria Butina on Thursday asked a federal judge to dismiss the indictment filed against her in July.

5.) A federal judge refused Thursday to dismiss charges against a Russian company that Special Counsel Robert Mueller accuses of having aided the Russian attempt to influence the 2016 presidential election.


People hold signs as they protest the election in the rotunda of the state capitol building Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

6.) A federal judge ruled Wednesday night that Georgia election officials cannot certify the final results of the 2018 general election, including the outcome of the hotly contested governor’s race, until all absentee ballots with omitted or incorrect voter birthdates have been counted.

7.)  Authorities on Wednesday found a body inside a destroyed home in Los Angeles County, the third death resulting from the Woolsey Fire which has destroyed over 480 buildings and homes in Southern California.

From left back row, Annemarie Brown, Andrea Courtney, and Marissa Evansin, and from left front row, Sasha Brietzke, Vassiki Chauhan, Kristina Rapuano pose for a photo in New York on Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

8.) Following a trio of departures by Dartmouth professors accused of sexual misconduct, the prestigious school was accused in court Thursday of allowing the men to operate a “predators’ club” out of its psych department for over 16 years.

In this courtroom sketch, pipe-bomb suspect Cesar Sayoc raises his arm to swear to the truth of his statement of need for assigned counsel, during his Nov. 6, 2018, presentment in Manhattan Federal Court. (Elizabeth Williams via AP)

9.) Shuttled from his home state of Florida to New York, where at least half a dozen public figures were mailed pipe bombs in recent weeks, accused #MAGAbomber Cesar Sayoc pleaded not guilty Thursday to a 30-count indictment.

Playboy model Shera Bechard at Glamourcon #50, Los Angeles, in November 2010. (© Glenn Francis, via Wikipedia)

10.) A judge on Thursday tentatively denied a bid by top Republican fundraiser Elliott Broidy to settle a contract lawsuit by former Playboy model Shera Bechard out of court, finding the claims against him must be decided at trial.


Pro-Brexit demonstrators on Whitehall outside Downing Street in London, Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

11.) Great Britain awoke Thursday to a day of political drama, including two Cabinet resignations, market volatility, a severely weakened prime minister, and nasty headlines, all in response to a draft agreement laying out the terms of its exit from the European Union.

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny attends his hearing at the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, eastern France, Thursday, Nov.15, 2018.  (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

12.) The repeated and targeted arrests of a prominent Vladimir Putin critic were aimed at “suppressing political pluralism” in Russia, the European Court of Human Rights found Thursday.

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