The Rundown for July 24, 2018

WHITE HOUSE CONSIDERS REMOVING CRITICS’ SECURITY CLEARANCES… The White House is “exploring” the notion of taking away the security clearances of six former government officials who are critics of President Trump, according to press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Sanders revealed during yesterday’s press briefing that Trump is looking to revoke the clearances of former FBI Director James Comey, former CIA Director John Brennan, former DNI Director James Clapper, former NSA Director Michael Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe. Apparently, the administration wasn’t aware that neither Comey nor McCabe still has clearances.

WITNESSES GET IMMUNITY IN MANAFORT CASE… A federal judge in Alexandria, Virginia, approved the prosecution’s request for five witnesses to testify with immunity in the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The five witnesses granted immunity are: James Brennan, Donna Duggan, Conor O’Brien, Cindy Laporta and Dennis Raico. Court filings do not provide details as to what each will be testifying about. U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis also delayed the start of the trial for a week to July 31. The judge will begin meeting jurors this week as scheduled.

WILKIE CONFIRMED AS VA SECRETARY… The Senate yesterday confirmed Robert Wilkie as the new Department of Veterans Affairs secretary by an 86-9 vote. Wilkie previously served as the Defense Department’s under secretary for personnel and readiness. Wilkie was nominated in May after President Trump dismissed former secretary David Shulkin amid allegations of misconduct and mismanagement.

PARENTS DEPORTED AFTER BEING SEPARATED FROM CHILDREN… CNN reported yesterday that more than 460 parents who were separated from their children during the Trump administration’s family separation policy have been deported. The government disclosed the deportations in court documents. The Trump administration says the deported parents “had the opportunity to bring their kid with them, but willingly left without them.” The government also said 879 families have been reunited and another 538 parents are waiting for transportation for reunification.

INVESTIGATION UNDERWAY IN MISSOURI DUCK BOAT TRAGEDY… An investigation is underway in the sinking of a sightseeing boat on Missouri’s Table Rock Lake and the deaths of 17 passengers. Coast Guard authorities announced yesterday that investigators will focus on whether operators violated Coast Guard rules by heading out onto the lake as thunderstorms rolled in. Yesterday, the 33-foot amphibious duck boat involved in the tragedy was lifted by crane out of the water and turned over to the National Transportation Safety Board.

TOM WOPAT SENTENCED… Actor Tom Wopat has been sentenced to a year’s probation after pleading guilty to two counts of annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex. Wopat and two victims were in the cast of a production of “42nd Street” in Waltham, Massachusetts, when the incidents were reported. The 66-year-old Wopat is best remembered for playing Luke Duke in the 1980s TV sitcom “The Dukes of Hazzard.”

ABC ADDS THIRD HOUR TO ‘GOOD MORNING AMERICA‘… ABC News announced yesterday that it is adding a third hour to “Good Morning America.” Michael Strahan and Sara Haines will co-host “GMA Day.” The new show is scheduled to premiere at 1 p.m. Eastern on September 10.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – PHILADELPHIA 6… The Dodgers topped the Phillies in a matchup of division leaders. They got solo homers from Max Muncy, Yasmani Grandal, Chris Taylor and Joc Pederson.

San Diego 3 – N.Y. METS 2… Rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi (5-5) held the Mets to two runs on six hits over 5-2/3 innings in outdueling Jason deGrom (5-5) and the Padres escaped with the victory. Wil Myers doubled and scored what turned out to be the decisive run in the top of the sixth inning when New York shortstop Rosario misplayed an Eric Hosmer grounder.

CINCINNATI 2 – St. Louis 1… The Reds came alive to score both runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Cardinals. Eugenio Suarez smacked a game-tying homer off St. Louis closer Bud Norris and pinch-hitter Dilson Herrera singled home Jesse Winkler with the winning run. St. Louis starter Daniel Poncedeleon, who nearly died last season after being struck in the head by a line drive, pitched seven no-hit innings in his major-league debut.

Atlanta 12 – MIAMI 1… Charlie Culberson had four hits and drove in three runs to lead the Braves in their pounding of the Marlins. Freddie Freeman homered with a runner aboard. Dansby Swanson added a solo shot.

Arizona 7 – CHI. CUBS 1… The Diamondbacks opened with a five-run top of the first inning and never looked back in their romp over the Cubs. Jeff Mathis doubled home two runs. Paul Goldschmidt homered with the bases empty. Patrick Corbin (7-4) allowed just a run on six hits and struck out nine over seven innings.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Washington 1… Jhoulys Chacin (9-3) limited the Nationals to a run on two hits and fanned nine as the Brewers rolled past the Nationals. Christian Yelich broke the game open with a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Boston 5 – BALTIMORE 3… Rick Porcello (12-4) scattered six hits over six shutout innings and the Red Sox downed the Orioles. Anthony Benintendi lined a two-run double during a four-run top of the fifth inning. Mitch Moreland homered to lead off the second.

Minnesota 8 – TORONTO 3… Logan Morrison singled home two runs and hit a solo homer in leading the Twins past the Blue Jays. Max Kepler added a two-run homer. Adalberto Mejia (1-0) held Toronto to a run on eight hits over 5-1/3 innings.

TAMPA BAY 7 – N.Y. Yankees 6… Jake Bauers blasted a three-run homer, Daniel Robertson went 3-for-4 with a solo blast and the Rays held off the Yankees.

Oakland 15 – TEXAS 3… The Athletics used an 18-hit attack to wallop the Rangers. Matt Chapman went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and RBI single. Oakland also got homers from Khris Davis, Stephen Piscotty and Jonathan Lucroy. Brett Anderson (2-2) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

Detroit 5 – KANSAS CITY 4… The Tigers overcame a 3-0 seventh-inning deficit to edge the Royals. Jim Adduci tied the game with a two-run double in the top of the ninth inning and scored the go-ahead run on James McCann’s double. McCann singled home Detroit’s first run in the seventh.

Chi. White Sox 5 – L.A. ANGELS 3… The White Sox pushed across three runs in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead for good in their win over the Angels. Jose Abreu homered with the bases empty and singled home a run.

Pittsburgh 7 – CLEVELAND 0… The Pirates breezed past the Indians in a rain-shortened six-inning game and won their 10th straight. Trevor Williams (8-7) went the distance in a four-hitter. Josh Harrison blasted a three-run homer in the top of the second inning. Starling Marte produced a pair of RBI singles. Gregory Polanco tripled home two runs.

the L.A. Dodgers (Maeda, 7-5) are at Philadelphia (Nola, 12-3)…
Miami (Chen, 2-7) hosts Atlanta (Teheran, 7-6)…
San Diego (Lauer, 5-6) is at the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 3-6)…
Cincinnati (Bailey, 1-7) hosts St. Louis (Gomber, 0-0)…
Arizona (Buchholz, 2-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 6-8)…
Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-6) hosts Washington (Hellickson, 4-1)

Boston (Pomeranz, 1-2) is at Baltimore (Ramirez, 0-3)…
Toronto (Borucki, 0-1) hosts Minnesota (Berrios, 9-7)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Tanaka, 7-2) are at Tampa Bay (TBD)…
Texas (Minor, 6-6) hosts Oakland (Montas, 5-2)…
Detroit (Zimmermann, 4-1) is at Kansas City (Smith, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Peña, 1-0) host the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 2-3)

Pittsburgh (Musgrove, 3-4) is at Cleveland (Bieber, 5-1)…
Colorado (Anderson, 6-3) hosts Houston (Cole, 10-2)…
San Francisco (Suarez, 3-6) is at Seattle (Paxton, 8-4)

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