The Rundown for July 19, 2018

TRUMP KNEW OF RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE BEFORE INAUGURATION… The New York Times reported yesterday that President-elect Trump was informed weeks before his inauguration that Russian President Vladimir Putin personally ordered complex cyber attacks to sway the 2016 presidential election. The attacks were included among information gathered from a top-secret source close to Putin and shared with Trump in a January 6, 2017, meeting at Trump Tower. Evidence also included texts and emails from Russian military officers, according to the Times.

TRUMP FOUNDATION UNDER INVESTIGATION… Tax authorities in New York state are investigating the Donald J. Trump Foundation for possible violations of state tax law. Last month, New York Attorney General Barbara Underwood accused the foundation of violating campaign finance laws and illegally coordinating with Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. The inquiry conducted by the New York state Department of Taxation and Finance could lead to a criminal referral if any evidence of illegal activity is uncovered.

ACCUSED RUSSIAN SPY JAILED UNTIL TRIAL… A judge yesterday ordered accused Russian agent Maria Butina to be jailed until her July 24 trial after U.S. prosecutors argued that she is a flight risk. Prosecutors argued that the 29-year-old Butina has connections within Russian intelligence and engaged in a “covert influence campaign.” Butina pleaded not guilty at the hearing and maintains her innocence. Prosecutors revealed that a 56-year-old man Butina was romantically involved with is now facing a “criminal fraud investigation” in South Dakota. He is known as “U.S. Person 1” in court records.

CALIFORNIA WON’T VOTE ON DIVISION… The California Supreme Court has blocked a measure that would have divided the state into three parts. The court said it chose to remove Proposition 9 from the November ballot after “significant questions” were raised about the validity of the proposition. Venture capitalist Tim Draper, who sponsored the measure, called the court’s action “inappropriate.”

OREGON WILDFIRE… A 36,000-acre wildfire in northern Oregon is blamed for the death of one person. The victim was reported to be a tractor operator who was creating a fire line. Evacuations were issued for Wasco County and Sherman County and a stretch of U.S. 97 was closed.

JEFF GOLDBLUM STATUE… A 25-foot replica of actor Jeff Goldblum was erected in London yesterday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of “Jurassic Park.” Goldblum is depicted with his shirt unbuttoned in a recreation of a famous pose in the film. The statue was situated on the banks of the River Thames near Tower Bridge.

SPRINGSTEEN BROADWAY SHOW HEADED TO NETFLIX… Bruce Springsteen’s Broadway show is headed for Netflix. The streaming service announced yesterday that “Springsteen on Broadway” will launch globally on December 15, 2018. The launch is tied to the final night of the rocker’s completely sold out 236-show run at the Walter Kerr Theatre.

St. Louis (Martinez, 6-5) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 6-8)

DODGERS ACQUIRE MACHADO… The Los Angeles Dodgers made it official yesterday by acquiring All-Star infielder and pending free agent Manny Machado from the Orioles in exchange for a package of five prospects. Machado figures to become the primary shortstop for the Dodgers, who lost starter Corey Seger to season-ending Tommy John surgery. The 26-year-old Machado is batting .315 with 24 home runs and 65 RBIs this season.

Boston, 69-30, .694
N.Y. Yankees, 62-33, .653, 4.5 GB
Tampa Bay, 49-47, .510, 18 GB
Toronto, 43-52, .453, 23.5 GB
Baltimore, 28-69, .289, 39.5 GB

Cleveland, 52-43, .547
Minnesota, 44-50, .468, 7.5 GB
Detroit, 41-57, .418, 12.5 GB
Chi. White Sox, 33-62, .347, 19 GB
Kansas City, 27-68, .284, 25 GB

Houston, 64-35, .646
Seattle, 58-39, .598, 5 GB
Oakland, 55-42, .567, 8 GB
L.A. Angels, 49-48, .505, 14 GB
Texas, 41-56, .423, 22 GB

Philadelphia, 53-42, .558
Atlanta, 52-42, .553, 0.5 GB
Washington, 48-48, .500, 5.5 GB
Miami, 41-57, .418, 13.5 GB
N.Y. Mets, 39-55, .415, 13.5 GB

Chi. Cubs, 55-38, .591
Milwaukee, 55-43, .561, 2.5 GB
St. Louis, 48-46, .511, 7.5 GB
Pittsburgh, 48-49, .495, 9.0 GB
Cincinnati, 43-53, .448, 13.5 GB

L.A. Dodgers, 53-43, .552
Arizona, 53-44, .546, 0.5 GB
Colorado, 51-45, .531, 2.0 GB
San Francisco, 50-48, .510, 4.0 GB
San Diego, 40-59, .404, 14.5 GB

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