The Rundown for July 6, 2018

TRUMP DEFENDS PUTIN AT RALLY… President Trump defended Russian President Vladimir Putin during a rally in Great Falls, Montana, last night. Trump insisted Putin is “fine” despite his KGB connections. The president wasn’t so cordial to journalists, whom he referred to as “bad people” during his speech, nor to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters or former President George H.W. Bush, all of whom he mocked. Trump did announce that he would reveal his Supreme Court pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy at 9 p.m. on Monday.

PRUITT RESIGNS… Scott Pruitt resigned as Environmental Protection Agency director yesterday amid mounting scandals over his spending habits and alleged unethical behavior. In his resignation letter, Pruitt cited the “unrelenting attacks” on him and his family in his decision to step down. Andrew Wheeler, who had served as the deputy administrator of the EPA, will take over as acting administrator of the agency on Monday.

FOURTH WRESTLER EMERGES IN JIM JORDAN CASE… A fourth Ohio State University wrestler has emerged with a claim that Republican Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio knew about sexual-abuse allegations against a wrestling team doctor when Jordan was an assistant coach. Former wrestler Shawn Dailey says he was groped six times by Dr. Richard Strauss in the mid-1990s. Dailey said he was “too embarrassed” to report any abuse directly to Jordan but claimed that the future congressman “took part in conversations” centered on Strauss’ alleged abuse.

ARMY TURNS AWAY IMMIGRANTS… The Associated Press reported yesterday that the Army is discharging some immigrants who were promised a path to citizenship upon enlisting. Lawyers told the AP that they know of over 40 “reservists and recruits” who have been discharged or “whose status has become questionable.” More than 5,000 immigrants enrolled in the program in 2016, and an estimated 10,000 are currently serving in the Army or in other branches of the military. The Defense Department said that those honorably discharged were “protected” from deportation, but some have been let go with an “uncharacterized discharge.” The discovery comes as the Defense Department cut hundreds of enlistment contracts for new immigrant recruits.

COLORADO WILDFIRE… A wildfire in southern Colorado flared up overnight on Wednesday and damaged or destroyed some 250 homes, authorities announced yesterday. The Spring Creek Fire has consumed 103,357 acres as of yesterday morning when it was listed at 5 percent contained. The wildfire was started June 27 by a man cooking on a campfire.

ED SCHULTZ DIES… Radio and television personality Ed Schultz has died at age 64 of natural causes, his son announced yesterday. Schultz hosted “The Ed Show” on MSNBC from 2009 to 2015 and more recently anchored “News with Ed Schultz” on RT America, a Russian-funded station formerly known as Russia Today. Schultz launched his broadcasting career along the Minnesota-North Dakota border in the region around Fargo and Moorhead.

IN THEATERS… In “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” an urgent new mission leaves the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past. Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly star in the PG-13 film.

WASHINGTON 14 – Miami 12… The Nationals overcame a 9-0 four-inning deficit to upend the Marlins and snap their five-game skid. Trea Turner unloaded a go-ahead grand slam during a five-run bottom of the sixth inning. Turner also homered with the bases empty, singled home two runs and finished with eight RBIs. Juan Soto lined a two-run double and singled home a run.

MILWAUKEE 7 – Atlanta 2… The Brewers cruised past the Braves in a matchup of division leaders. Hernan Perez went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer. Jhoulys Chacin (7-3) tossed six shutout innings after spotting Atlanta a pair of first-inning runs.

St. Louis 11 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… The Cardinals used an 18-hit attack to throttle the Giants. Jed Gyorko blasted a three-run homer, Harrison Bader added a two-run shot and Matt Carpenter homered with the bases empty. Gyorko also stroked a two-run double. Luke Weaver (5-7) allowed just two runs on two hits over eight innings.

San Diego 6 – ARIZONA 3… Wil Meyers produced a run-scoring single and an RBI triple in leading the Padres past the Diamondbacks. Austin Hedges hit a solo homer. Eric Lauer (4-5) gave up a run on seven hits over five innings.

Texas 7 – DETROIT 5… The Rangers built a 7-0 fourth-inning lead and hung on to beat the Tigers. Joey Gallo and Ronald Guzman drilled two-run homers. Isiah Kiner-Falefa went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

HOUSTON 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… George Springer and Yuli Gurriel produced run-scoring singles in the bottom of the ninth inning to rally the Astros past the White Sox. Jose Altuve homered with a runner aboard in the fifth to break a scoreless tie.

MINNESOTA 5 – Baltimore 2… The Twins handled the Orioles to notch their first win in seven games. Logan Morrison smacked a solo homer. Max Kepler singled home Morrison in the ninth and scored on Jake Cave’s single. Cave went 3-for-3 and reached base four times. Aaron Slegers (1-0) limited Baltimore to a run on three hits over six innings in recording his first career victory.

SEATTLE 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Guillermo Heredia doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the fifth inning and the Mariners went on to top the Angels. Chris Hermann connected for a solo homer. Marco Gonzalez (9-5) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

Cincinnati (Mahle, 6-6) is at the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 3-2)…
Washington (Gonzalez, 6-5) hosts Miami (Straily, 3-4)…
Philadelphia (Pivetta, 5-7) is at Pittsburgh (Williams, 6-6)…
Milwaukee (Peralta, 3-1) hosts Atlanta (Foltynewicz, 6-4)…
San Diego (Lucchesi, 4-3) is at Arizona (Godley, 9-6)…
San Francisco (Rodriguez, 3-1) hosts St. Louis (Gant, 2-3)

the N.Y. Yankees (Gray, 5-6) are at Toronto (Gaviglio, 2-2)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 8-5) hosts Oakland (Blackburn, 2-2)…
Texas (Colon, 5-5) is at Detroit (Zimmermann, 3-0)…
Minnesota (Lynn, 5-7) hosts Baltimore (Bundy, 6-7)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-5) are at Houston (McCullers Jr., 9-3)…
Kansas City (Hammel, 2-10) hosts Boston (Sale, 8-4)

Tampa Bay (Stanek, 1-2) is at the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 5-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-0) host the L.A. Dodgers (Maeda, 5-5)…
Colorado (Marquez, 6-8) is at Seattle (Hernandez, (8-6))

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