The Rundown for July 12, 2018

TRUMP AT NATO SUMMIT… President Trump wants NATO allies to double their effort by committing 4 percent of their annual output to military spending. Trump, who is in Brussels attention the NATO summit, specifically called out Germany for not spending enough and for its energy dependence on Russia. NATO members have committed to spending 2 percent of their respective GDPs on defense by 2024. Germany currently spends about 1.2 percent, while the U.S. spends about 3.6 percent.

SENATE RESPONDS TO TRUMP TRADE POLICIES… The Senate yesterday rebuked the Trump administration’s trade policies by voting 88 to 11 to pass a non-binding resolution aimed at rolling back President Trump’s authority to impose national-security tariffs. The president’s use of Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to unilaterally impose tariffs for national-security reasons has angered Republicans and Democrats alike. Republican Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, introduced the resolution after failing to convince Senate GOP leaders to vote on binding legislation that would require Congress to approve tariffs imposed on national security grounds.

REUNITING CHILDREN… The Trump administration announced yesterday that all migrant children under age 5 who were separated at the U.S.-Mexico border be reunited with their parents by this morning if they were eligible. A federal judge in San Diego had ordered the government to reunite the children under the age of 5 by earlier this week and all separated children by July 26. The government will give the judge a progress report on the younger children today and declare whether it expects to meet the deadline for the older group.

PAPA JOHN’S FOUNDER STEPS DOWN… Papa John’s pizza founder John Schnatter resigned from the restaurant chain’s board last night after admitting that he used the “n-word” during a conference call with a marketing company in May. Schnatter had apologized for the remarks, acknowledging that he had used “inappropriate and hurtful language” during a “media training session regarding race.” Schnatter reportedly used the racial slur during a session meant to teach him how to better handle public-relations scandals after he sparked outrage last November for claiming the NFL’s kneeling players “debacle” was hurting his pizza sales.

ELECTRIC FENCE TO BLAME FOR FIRE… Fire officials in Northern California revealed yesterday that an improperly installed electric livestock fence is to blame for a wildfire that has blackened more than 140 square miles and destroyed at least 20 structures in Napa and Yolo counties. The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection cited the responsible party under the state’s public resources code for “burning the lands of another.” The blaze was 86 percent contained as of yesterday, officials said.

JOAQUIN PHOENIX TAKES ‘JOKER’ ROLE… Joaquin Phoenix has signed on to play “The Joker” in a stand-alone “Batman” film that explores the origins of the comic book villain. The currently untitled film is set to begin shooting in New York this September. The 43-year-old Phoenix has most recently starred as Jesus in “Mary Magdalene” and as a troubled vigilante in “You Were Never Really Here.”

DEMI MOORE CREDIT-CARD THEFT… Federal prosecutors say Demi Moore was the subject of credit card theft after a man spent as much as $169,000 on a shopping spree. 35-year-old David Matthew Read is accused of stealing Moore’s replacement credit card after he reported the original missing. Read allegedly used the new card for several weeks at retail stores in Los Angeles until he was arrested in April.

PITTSBURGH 2 – Washington 0… Trevor Williams (7-7) combined with four relievers on a five-hitter as the Pirates clipped the Nationals. Starling Marte provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the third inning.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Chi. Cubs 4 (13 innings)… The Giants recovered to outlast the Cubs after spotting them an early 3-0 lead. Buster Posey singled home Brandon Belt with the winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning. Chase D’Arnaud hit a solo homer for San Francisco.

N.Y. METS 3 – Philadelphia 0 (10 innings)… Brandon Nimmo delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning to send the Mets past the Phillies. The game featured a duel between New York starter Jacob deGrom and his counterpart Vince Velasquez, but neither got a decision.

MIAMI 5 – Milwaukee 4 (12 innings)… Starlin Castro singled home Garrett Cooper in the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Marlins over the Brewers. Justin Bour homered with the based empty for Miami.

COLORADO 19 – Arizona 2… Carlos Gonzalez homered twice and drove in six runs to lead the Rockies in their pounding of the Diamondbacks. Ian Desmond went 3-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs. Charlie Blackmon and starting pitcher German Marquez also went deep. On the mound, Marquez (8-8) allowed just two runs on five hits over six innings.

L.A. Dodgers 4 – SAN DIEGO 2… Kenta Maeda (6-5) held the Padres to a run on four hits over 5-2/3 innings in the Dodgers’ win. Matt Kemp had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Detroit 2… C.J. Cron blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to send the Rays past the Tigers. Kevin Kiermaier put Tampa Bay on the board with a third-inning blast.

MINNESOTA 8 – Kansas City 5… Brian Dozier homered with a runner aboard and Logan Morrison added a solo shot in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Twins slugged their way past the Royals. Bobby Wilson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

N.Y. Yankees 9 – BALTIMORE 0… Sonny Gray (6-7) limited the Orioles to three hits over six innings and got plenty of support in the Yankees’ win. Greg Bird unloaded a grand slam. Austin Romine also went deep.

BOSTON 4 – Texas 2… Chris Sale (10-4) pitched six-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout as the Red Sox won their ninth in a row. J.D. Martinez doubled home two runs. Xavier Bogaerts went 3-for-4 with an RBI triple.

Oakland 8 – HOUSTON 3… Chad Pinter blasted a three-run homer and the Athletics got three RBIs from Khris Davis in downing the Astros. Chris Bassitt (2-3) yielded three runs in five hits over five innings.

Seattle 3 – L.A. ANGELS 0… Marco Gonzalez (10-5) limited the Angels two two hits over seven innings and two relievers came on to nail down the Marlins’ blanking of the Angels. David Freitas homered in the top of the third inning and Nelson Cruz added a two-run single in the fourth.

CLEVELAND 19 – Cincinnati 4… Jose Ramirez homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Indians in their pounding of the Reds. Jason Kipnis and Francisco Lindor also went deep.

ATLANTA 9 – Toronto 5… Ozzie Albies hit a pair of home runs and knocked in four runs as the Braves handled the Blue Jays. Freddie Freeman had a couple of hits, including an RBI single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – St. Louis 0… Carlos Rodon (2-3) pitched three-hit ball over 7-1/3 innings and got help from two relievers in the White Sox’ shutout of the Cardinals. Tim Anderson drove in two runs.

Arizona (Ray, 3-1) is at Colorado (Freeland, 8-6)…
Pittsburgh (Taillon, 5-7) hosts Milwaukee (Miley, 1-0)…
the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 4-6) host Washington (Scherzer, 11-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Stripling, 7-2) are at San Diego (Ross, 5-7)

Oakland (Cahill, 1-2) is at Houston (Morton, 11-2)…
Cleveland (Kluber, 12-4) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Severino, 14-2)…
Toronto (Happ, 10-5) is at Boston (Price, 9-6)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 3-6) hosts Tampa Bay (Snell, 12-4)…
Seattle (Paxton, 8-3) is at the L.A. Angels (Skaggs, 6-5)

Philadelphia (Pivetta, 5-7) is at Baltimore (Gausman, 4-6)

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