The Rundown for June 21, 2018

TRUMP BACKS DOWN FROM SEPARATING MIGRANT BABIES FROM FAMILIES… U.S. President Trump yesterday abandoned his administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border in signing an executive order. The order requires that immigrant families are detained together when they are caught entering the country illegally for as long as their criminal proceedings take. However, in backing down from a policy that produced disturbing images of caged babies and drew international condemnation, Trump left a number of questions unanswered. Analysts note the executive order could mean immigrant children will remain in custody indefinitely and it makes no effort to reunite the estimated 2,300 already-separated migrant children with their families.

LAWSUIT CLAIMS MIGRANT CHILDREN GIVEN PSYCHOTROPIC DRUGS… A lawsuit filed in mid-April by the Los Angeles-based Center for Human Rights & Constitutional Law alleges immigrant children are being routinely and forcibly given a range of psychotropic drugs at U.S. government-funded youth shelters to manage their trauma after being detained and in some cases separated from parents. The suit claims children held at facilities such as the Shiloh Treatment Center in Texas are almost certain to be administered the drugs, irrespective of their condition, and without their parents’ consent. The Shiloh center specializes in services for children and youths with behavioral and emotional problems.

COUPLE RAISES $14M FOR SEPARATED FAMILIES… A Northern California couple that sought to raise $1,500 in a fundraiser it established on Saturday to help reunited immigrant parents with their children has raised $14 million so far. David and Charlotte Willner say they felt compelled to help after they saw a photograph of a Honduran toddler sobbing as her mother was searched by a U.S. border patrol agent. The Willners say having a 2-year-old daughter of their own motivated them to do whatever they could.

NATIONAL ENQUIRER SUBPOENAED OVER MICHAEL COHEN… Federal authorities have subpoenaed National Enquirer publisher American Media as part of their investigation into former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. According to the Wall Street Journal, authorities are seeking records related to the $150,000 that AMI paid to Karen McDougal in August 2016. Investigators want to know if the money went to suppress her alleged story of having a “nearly yearlong affair with Trump beginning in 2006.” AMI ended up not publishing McDougal’s story in a publishing industry maneuver known as “catch and kill.” Both sides could face charges if investigators discover that Cohen pressured AMI to purchase and suppress McDougal’s story for the purpose of preserving Trump’s image. The news capped a day in which Cohen resigned from his Republican National Committee post and promptly denounced the Trump administration’s family separation policy in his resignation letter.

CHARLOTTESVILLE RALLY ON NATIONAL MALL… One of the organizers of Charlottesville’s “Unite the Right” rally last year has been given preliminary approval to host an anniversary rally at the National Mall. Jason Kessler intends to host a “white civil rights” rally, to protest “civil rights abuses in Charlottesville,” according to the Washington Post. City officials in Charlottesville denied Kessler’s application to host an anniversary rally there.

JESSE WILLIAMS PAYS UP… Actor Jesse Williams has been ordered to pay his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, more than $50,000 a month in child support for their two children, Sadie and Maceo, starting on July 1. Including alimony, Williams will be paying his ex over $100,000 per month. Williams filed for divorce from Drake-Lee in April 2017 after five years of marriage.

PETER FONDA APOLOGIZES FOR TWEET… Actor Peter Fonda apologized yesterday for a late-night Twitter rant. The 78-year-old Fonda suggested in his Tweet that 12-year-old Barron Trump should be ripped from “his mother’s arms and put in a cage with pedophiles.” The two-time Oscar nominee, brother of Jane Fonda and son of Hollywood legend Henry Fonda later explained that he was upset over children separated from their parents on the U.S.-Mexico border.

COLORADO 10 – N.Y. Mets 8… The Rockies overcame 4-1 and 8-6 deficits in downing the Mets. Ryan McMahan delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the fifth inning. Gerardo Parra produced a pair of RBI singles. Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado smacked solo homers.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – St. Louis 3… Odubel Herrera hit a tie-breaking solo homer in the bottom of the seventh inning and the Phillies made it stand in edging the Cardinals. Cesar Hernandez homered with a runner aboard.

CHI. CUBS 4 – L.A. Dodgers 0… Jon Lester (9-2) pitched five-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Anthony Bass came on to preserve the Cubs’ shutout of the Dodgers. Kyle Schwarber homered with the bases empty for Chicago.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – Miami 5… Gorkys Hernandez capped a five-run bottom of the sixth inning with a two-run single and the Giants held off the Marlins. Hunter Pence lined a pair of run-scoring singles.

Milwaukee – PITTSBURGH (ppd)… Rain in Pittsburgh forced postponement of last night’s Pirates-Brewers game. A makeup date has not been announced.

N.Y. YANKEES 7 – Seattle 5… The Yankees erased a 5-0 deficit to rally past the Mariners. Giancarlo Stanton connected for a game-winning two-out, two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning. Gary Sanchez homered with a runner aboard in the eighth to tie the game.

MINNESOTA 4 – Boston 1… Lance Lynn (5-5) held the Twins to an unearned run on three hits over five innings in the Twins’ victory. Four pitchers provided scoreless relief. Max Kepler drilled a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. Robbie Grossman added a solo shot.

HOUSTON 5 – Tampa Bay 1… Jose Altuve hit a pair of solo homers to help power the Astros past the Rays. The second blast followed homers by George Springer and Bregman in the bottom of the sixth inning. Charlie Morton (9-1) held Tampa Bay to an unearned run on two hits over six innings.

Texas 3 – KANSAS CITY 2… Rougned Odor went 2-for-3 with a solo homer as the Rangers dealt the Royals their ninth straight loss. Austin Bibens-Dirkx (6-2) allowed a run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

CLEVELAND 12 – Chi. White Sox 0… Three-run homers by Jose Ramirez and Jason Kipnis highlighted the Indians’ rout of the White Sox. Corey Kluber (11-3) pitched one-hit ball over seven innings.

Baltimore 3 – WASHINGTON 0… Five Orioles pitchers combined on a five-hitter in blanking the Nationals on a soggy night in the nation’s capital. Mark Trumbo provided all the offense Baltimore needed with a two-run homer in the top of the second inning.

CINCINNATI 5 – Detroit 3… Scooter Gennett put the Reds on the board with a two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and Eugenio Suarez went deep on the next pitch in the win over the Tigers. Adam Duval added a solo blast. Tyler Mahle (6-6) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

TORONTO 5 – Atlanta 4… J.A. Happ (9-3) pitched into the ninth inning and the Blue Jays held off the Braves. Kendry Morales staked Toronto to an early lead with a two-run homer in the bottom of the first inning.

Oakland 12 – SAN DIEGO 4… The Athletics used a 15-hit attack to wallop the Padres. Franklin Barreto got things going with a three-run homer in the top of the second inning. Jed Lowrie, Josh Phegley, Mark Canha and Matt Olsen also went deep for Oakland. Frankie Montas (4-1) allowed a run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 3-4) are at Colorado (Freeland, 6-6)…
Pittsburgh (Nova, 4-5) hosts Arizona (Godley, 7-5)…
the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 5-6) are at Cincinnati (Harvey, 1-5)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 3-5) hosts St. Louis (Martinez, 3-3)…
San Diego (Ross, 5-4) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 0-2)

Seattle (Paxton, 6-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 10-2)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 2-4) hosts Boston (Porcello, 8-3)…
Oakland (Bassitt, 0-2) is at the Chi. White Sox (Giolito,4-7)…
the L.A. Angels (Skaggs, 6-4) host Toronto (Sanchez, 3-5)

Baltimore (Gausman, 3-6) is at Washington (Scherzer, 10-3)

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