The Rundown for June 15, 2018

ATTORNEY GENERAL SUES TRUMP FOUNDATION… The New York State attorney general’s office filed suit against the Donald J. Trump Foundation yesterday, accusing the charity and the Trump family of years worth of campaign finance law violations, self-dealing and illegal coordination with the presidential campaign. The sharply-worded lawsuit seeks to dissolve the foundation and prohibit President Trump and three of his children from serving on nonprofit organizations. The attorney general also sent referral letters to the Internal Revenue Service and the Federal Election Commission for possible further action.

TRUMP SALUTES NORTH KOREAN MILITARY OFFICER… Many Americans were disturbed yesterday to see video of President Trump saluting a uniformed North Korean military officer. The video came from footage broadcast by North Korean state TV this week. U.S. military officials inappropriate and a breach of protocol.

IG REPORT… The Justice Department’s Inspector General report released yesterday called former FBI Director James Comey “insubordinate” in his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation in the months heading into the 2016 presidential campaign, but concluded he was not politically biased toward either candidate. Inspector General Michael Horowitz said Comey should have sought approval from senior Justice Department officials before his July 2016 announcement that Clinton’s decision to keep a private email server at her home was “extremely careless,” didn’t merit charges being filed. Comey also defied Justice Department recommendations when he announced in late October 2016 the FBI was reviewing the possibility of new Clinton emails.

PITTSBURGH CARTOONIST FIRED… A Pittsburgh Post-Gazette cartoonist said yesterday that he had been fired after 25 years for submitting a series of cartoons critical of the Trump administration. Rob Rogers says his departure came after editorial director Keith Burris persisted in rejecting his cartoons. Rogers says 19 of his cartoons or ideas have been rejected in the past three months.

AT&T COMPLETES TIME WARNER ACQUISITION… AT&T announced yesterday that it has completed its $85.4 billion acquisition of Time Warner. The announcement came two days after a federal judge approved the merger, which had been challenged by the Justice Department. AT&T successfully argued that the deal did not create an unfair market and became necessary once Netflix and Facebook entered the pay TV market.

ENTERTAINMENT
JOSE FELICIANO DONATES GUITAR TO MUSEUM… Singer-songwriter Jose Feliciano yesterday donated the guitar he played during a performance “The Star-Spangled Banner” during the 1968 World Series in Detroit to the National Museum of American History. Feliciano’s rendition of the national anthem reached the Top 40 charts but also drew heavy criticism for its Latin jazz styling.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… In the animated feature “Incredibles 2,” Bob Parr is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen is out saving the world. The sequel is rated PG. “Tag” stars Ed Helms and LiRel Howery in the story about a small group of former classmates organize an annual game of tag that requires cross-country travel. The comedy is rated R.

SPORTS
MLB
NL SCORES
ATLANTA 4 – San Diego 2… Anibal Sanchez (3-0) pitched four-hit ball over seven innings as the Braves topped the Padres. Ender Inciarte went 2-for-3 with a solo homer and two RBIs.

San Francisco 6 – MIAMI 3 (16 innings)… Pablo Sandoval delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the top of the 16th inning and the Giants outlasted the Marlins. Andrew McCutchen and Mac Williamson homered for San Francisco.

PHILADELPHIA 9 – Colorado 3… Rhys Hoskins went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs to lead the Phillies past the Rockies. Nick Williams also went deep. Starter Vince Velasquez (5-7) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning.

ARIZONA 3 – N.Y. Mets 2… David Peralta drilled a pair of solo homers and the Diamondbacks also got homers from Paul Goldschmidt and Jake Lamb in edging the Mets. Matt Koch (5-3) allowed two runs on three hits over six innings.

AL SCORES
N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Tampa Bay 3… Aaron Hicks hit a solo homer and Gleyber Torres added a three-run shot as the Yankees scored all four runs in the bottom of the fifth inning and held off the Rays.

DETROIT 3 – Minnesota 1… Niko Goodrum lifted a sacrifice fly and JaCoby Jones homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the seventh inning as the Tigers topped the Twins. Michael Fulmer (3-5) surrendered a run on five hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… Francisco Lindor homered to lead off the game and Jose Ramirez added a two-run shot in the top of the seventh inning to power the Indians past the White Sox. Mike Clevinger (5-2) limited Chicago to two runs on five hits over seven innings and struck out 11. One of the runs he allowed was unearned.

Houston 7 – OAKLAND 3… The Astros banged out 13 hits in their defeat of the Athletics. Brian McCann hit a two-run homer. Justin Verlander (9-2) gave up three runs on five hits over seven innings.

Boston 2 – SEATTLE 1… Xavier Bogaerts connected for a go-ahead solo homer in the top of the sixth inning and the Red Sox made it stand in beating the Mariners. David Price (8-4) held Seattle to a run on five hits over seven innings.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
Cincinnati (Harvey, 1-4) is at Pittsburgh (Kuhl, 4-4)…
Atlanta (McCarthy, 5-3) hosts San Diego (Richard, 5-6)…
Philadelphia (Arrieta, 5-4) is at Milwaukee (Suter, 6-4)…
St. Louis (Wacha, 6-1) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Lester, 7-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Lugo, 2-1) are at Arizona (Godley, 6-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 5-1) host San Francisco (Holland, 4-6)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay (Eovaldi, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Loaisiga, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Kluber, 10-2) hosts Minnesota (Gibson, 1-4)…
Detroit (Fiere, 5-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 2-4)…
Kansas City (Junis, 5-6) hosts Houston (Morton, 7-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Skaggs, 5-4) are at Oakland (Bassitt, 0-1)…
Seattle (Paxton, 6-1) hosts Boston (Porcello, 8-3)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
Miami (Ureña, 1-8) is at Baltimore (Gausman, 3-5)…
Toronto (Sanchez, 3-5) hosts Washington (Gonzalez, 6-2)…
Colorado (Bettis, 4-1) is at Texas (Mendez, 0-0)

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