The Rundown for June 19, 2018

TRUMP BACKLASH… Backlash against the Trump administration policy of separating children from their parents at the border intensified yesterday following the release of audio capturing young Spanish-speaking children crying out for their parents at one of the camps. Among those speaking out against the policy is the Mormon church, which said it was “deeply troubled” by the separation of families. Also, Massachusetts Republican Governor Charlie Baker reversed his decision to send a National Guard helicopter from his state to the Mexican border to assist in a deployment, citing the administration’s “cruel and inhumane” policy. Meanwhile, a number of organizations are calling for nationwide protests against the policy on June 30. In polls released yesterday, two-thirds of Americans called Trump’s separation policy “unacceptable.”

FORMER CIA ENGINEER INDICTED FOR WIKILEAKS LEAK… A former CIA computer engineer has been indicted on charges he masterminded what officials believe is the largest leak of classified information in CIA history. The Justice Department announced yesterday that 29-year-old Joshua Schulte was charged with providing WikiLeaks with a massive trove of U.S. government hacking tools that the online publisher posted in March 2017. Schulte was previously facing child pornography charges in federal court in New York, but the indictment broadens the case to accuse him of illegally gathering classified information, damaging CIA computers, lying to investigators and numerous other offenses. Attorneys working on the child porn case revealed in court back in January that Schulte was the target of a major investigation into WikiLeaks’ release of a CIA collection known as “Vault 7.”

SENATE VOTES TO REINSTATE PENALTIES ON ZTE… The Senate dealt President Trump a blow yesterday by overwhelmingly approving legislation that keeps intact tough penalties on Chinese telecommunications firm ZTE. The Trump administration recently lifted the penalties in exchange for a fine of more than $1 billion. The Commerce Department had imposed the penalties in response to ZTE violating U.S. sanctions on Iran and North Korea. However, an annual defense appropriations bill that senators passed by an 85-to-10 vote included a provision that reinstates a Commerce Department-imposed ban on U.S. companies doing business with ZTE. Additionally, U.S. intelligence officials have warned that the ZTE’s equipment could be used for cyber-espionage purposes on behalf of the Chinese government.

CHINA TRADE WAR… President Trump is threatening to impose new tariffs on China after Beijing imposed tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese imports. Trump says he has asked U.S. trade officials to “identify $200 billion worth of Chinese goods for additional tariffs at a rate of 10 percent.” Trump also threatened to repeat that action if China retaliates again in response to the latest U.S. penalties.

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN KANSAS VOTING LAW… A federal judge yesterday struck down Kansas’ documentary proof-of-citizenship law as a violation of the National Voter Registration Act. U.S. District Court Judge Julie Robinson also chastised the law’s main proponent, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. She noted Kobach had failed to comply with court rules requiring disclosure of evidence to the law’s opponents in advance of the trial and ordered him to take an additional six hours of continuing legal education in the 2018-19 year.

RAPPER FATALLY SHOT… Rapper XXXTentacion was fatally shot in Broward County, Florida, yesterday. The 20-year-old rapper, whose real name is Jahseh Dwayne Onfroy, was shopping for motorcycles in South Florida, “a gunman ran up to his vehicle and shot him,” according to a witness. Onfroy’s latest LP, titled “?,” debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart in March.

HEATHER LOCKLEAR BEING EVALUATED… Authorities have confirmed that actress Heather Locklear is undergoing a psychiatric evaluation after being hospitalized on Sunday. Authorities responded to a call of a “medical emergency” at Locklear’s Southern California home and then transferred her to a hospital for further treatment. Four months ago, the former “Melrose Place” star was arrested for domestic assault and battery on an officer.

PITTSBURGH 1 – Milwaukee 0… Trevor Williams (6-4) allowed just one hit over seven innings and two relievers preserved the Pirates’ blanking of the Brewers. Jordy Mercer doubled home Francisco Cervelli with the game’s only run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – St. Louis 5 (10 innings)… The Phillies recovered to outlast the Cardinals after blowing a 4-0 lead. Aaron Altherr sliced a game-winning two-run double in the bottom of the 10th inning. Odubel Herrera slugged a three-run homer in the first.

N.Y. Mets 12 – COLORADO 2… Brandon Nimmo went 4-for-6 with a pair of homers and four RBIs in leading the Mets in their rout of the Rockies. Devin Mesoraco and Wilmer Flores also went deep for New York. Jacob deGrom (5-2) held Colorado to two runs on five hits over eight innings. One of the runs was unearned.

Miami 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 4… The Marlins erased a 4-0 deficit on their way past the Giants. Miguel Rojas singled home Cameron Maybin with the go-ahead run to cap a three-run top the ninth inning. Rojas also put Miami on the board with a two-run single in the fifth

L.A. Dodgers – CHI. CUBS (ppd)… Rain and a power outage in Chicago forced postponement of last night’s Cubs-Dodgers game. It will be made up today as part of a day-night doubleheader.

CLEVELAND 6 – Chi. White Sox 2… Trevor Bauer (6-5) pitched three-hit ball over seven shutout innings as the Indians downed the White Sox in a game that was delayed 35 minutes by rain. Jason Kipnis went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI single.

HOUSTON 5 – Tampa Bay 4… The Astros erased an early 4-0 deficit to overtake the Rays. Alex Bregman lined a walkoff two-run double in the bottom of the ninth inning. Yuli Gurriel had two hits and knocked in two runs.

Texas 6 – KANSAS CITY 3… Shin-Soo Choo got things going with a solo homer in the top of the first inning and Adrian Beltre added a three-run shot during a four-run third as the Rangers dealt the Royals their seventh straight loss. Bartolo Colon (4-4) worked six innings to record his 244th career victory, sending him past Hall of Famer Juan Marichal for the most by a pitcher born in the Dominican Republic.

WASHINGTON 5 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Juan Soto came through with a tie-breaking pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Nationals downed the Yankees in the continuation of a suspended game.

N.Y. Yankees 4 – WASHINGTON 2… Aaron Hicks drilled a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning as the Yankees downed the Nationals in the nightcap of yesterday’s unusual doubleheader. Aaron Judge singled home one run and doubled home another.

Arizona 7 – L.A. ANGELS 4… Paul Goldschmidt hit a two-run homer and the Diamondbacks got solo shots from Ketel Marte and Nick Ahmed in beating the Angels. Jeff Mathis lined a two-run double.

Milwaukee (Peralta, 1-0) is at Pittsburgh (Taillon, 4-5)…
Philadelphia (Velasquez, 5-7) hosts St. Louis (Weaver, 3-6)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Maeda, 4-4; TBD) are at the Chi. Cubs (Chatwood, 3-5; TBD)…
Colorado (Marquez, 4-7) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 2-5)…
Miami (Straily, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Rodriguez, 1-1)

Seattle (Gonzalez, 7-3) is at the N.Y.Yankees (Germán, 1-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 0-1) are at Cleveland (Clevinger, 5-2)…
Boston (Sale, 6-4) is at Minnesota (Berrios, 7-5)…
Houston (Verlander, 9-2) hosts Tampa Bay (Snell, 8-4)…
Texas (Hamels, 3-6) is at Kansas City (Hammel, 2-7)

Baltimore (Hess, 2-3) is at Washington (Rodriguez, 0-0)…
Toronto (Garcia, 2-5) hosts Atlanta (Soroka, 2-1)…
Detroit (Boyd, 4-4) is at Cincinnati (Romano, 3-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 0-0) host Arizona (Koch, 5-3)…
Oakland (Blackburn, 1-1) is at San Diego (Lauer, 3-4)

HOCKEY… Barry Trotz, who led the Washington Capitals to the franchise’s first-ever Stanley Cup last season, is stepping down as head coach over a contract dispute. Trotz’s record in Washington was 205-89-34. His 57.1 percent win percentage in the postseason is the best in Capitals’ history.

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