The Rundown for August 7, 2018

RICK GATES TAKES STAND IN MANAFORT TRIAL… Former Trump campaign official Rick Gates took the stand yesterday in the fraud and tax-evasion trial of his longtime business associate Paul Manafort and admitted committing crimes with the onetime Trump campaign chairman. Gates admitted to Assistant U.S. Attorney Uzo Asonye that he was involved in criminal activity with Manafort and committed crimes with him. Gates also testified that he and Manafort had 15 foreign accounts they did not report to the federal government and knew it was illegal. He said he did not submit the required forms “at Mr. Manafort’s direction.” Gates also said that he had cheated Manafort out of “several hundred thousand” dollars by submitting false expense reports.

TRUMP TO ENFORCE IRAN SANCTIONS… President Trump announced plans yesterday to fully enforce the sanctions being reimposed on Iran as a result of the U.S. withdrawal from a 2015 nuclear deal. Measures targeting Iran’s automotive sector as well as its trade in gold and other key metals will take effect today. Trump believes the economic pressure will force Iran to agree to a new deal and end its “malign” activities. Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani called the act “psychological warfare” and rejected the idea of last-minute talks.

SESSIONS VOWS TO RESCIND DACA… Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday vowed that the Justice Department will use “every lawful measure” to uphold the administration’s right to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Sessions issued a press release accusing Judge John Bates of the Federal District Court for the District of Columbia of “improperly” using judicial power to “steer, enjoin, modify, and direct executive policy.” The judge last week ruled last week that the Trump administration must reinstate DACA protections because they “failed to justify eliminating it.”

GAO ACCUSES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OF WITHHOLDING KEY INFO… A report issued by the Government Accountability Office yesterday claimed the Trump administration hasn’t provided full analysis of the cost of the proposed U.S.-Mexico border wall. By failing to collect key information, the Department of Homeland Security creates an “increased risk” that it will cost more or take longer to construct than expected, according to the GOA. Additionally, DHS officials didn’t properly document plans for Customs and Border Patrol to build a portion of the wall in San Diego.

MENDOCINO FIRE BECOMES CALIFORNIA’S LARGEST EVER… Crews in Northern California continue to battle a wildfire that grew to become the biggest in state history yesterday. The Mendocino Complex Fire, which was formed by two separate fires that merged at the southern tip of the Mendocino National Forest, has burned more than 283,000 acres. The blaze, which is listed at 30-percent containment, has destroyed 75 homes and forced thousands to evacuate. The forecast isn’t encouraging, as it calls for temperatures exceeding 100 degrees and gusty winds.

REDFORD ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT… Actor Robert Redford has announced plans to retire after one last film. The 81-year-old Redford says his finale will be “The Old Man and The Gun,” the true story of a criminal who used a kayak to escape from California’s San Quentin Prison and continued a life of crime. The film hits theaters next month. Redford rose to fame starring alongside Jane Fonda in the 1967 film, “Barefoot in the Park.” He went on to star in such films as “The Sting,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “All The President’s Men.”

CHARLOTTE RAE DIES… Hollywood is mourning the passing of actress, singer and comedienne Charlotte Rae, who died at her Los Angeles home on Sunday. She was 92. Rae had starred on Broadway before she took a starring role in the TV sitcom “The Facts of Life,” which ran from 1979 to 1986. The series was a spin-off for a character Rae had portrayed in the sitcom “Diff’rent Strokes” in 1978 and earned the actress an Emmy nomination.

N.Y. METS 6 – Cincinnati 4… The Mets built a 6-0 lead and held off the Reds. Wilmer Flores sparked a three-run bottom of the first inning with the first of his two RBI singles. Jeff McNeill had three hits, including a solo homer. Kevin Plawecki also homered with the bases empty.

MIAMI 2 – St. Louis 1… Wei-Yin Chen (4-8) limited the Cardinals to one hit over 5-2/3 innings and five relievers held them off the rest of the way in the Marlins’ win. Brian Anderson singled home Derek Dietrich in the bottom of the first inning and Starlin Castro added a solo homer in the fourth.

COLORADO 2 – Pittsburgh 0… Kyle Freeland (10-7) limited the Pirates to two hits over seven innings and two Rockies relievers preserved the shutout. Colorado scored both runs in the fifth inning on a Gerardo Parra grounder and a Chris Iannetta sacrifice fly off tough-luck loser Joe Musgrove (4-6).

ARIZONA 3 – Philadelphia 2 (14 innings)… David Peralta’s second solo homer of the game came with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning and sent the Diamondbacks past the Phillies. Peralta’s ninth-inning blast preceded Steven Souza’s game-tying RBI single. The victory moved Arizona a half-game ahead of the Dodgers atop the NL West.

N.Y. Yankees 7 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Lance Lynn (8-8) pitched two-hit ball and struck out nine over 7-1/3 innings before A.J. Cole came on to complete the Yankees’ shutout of the White Sox. Gleyber Torres singled home a run and homered. Neil Walker went deep with a runner aboard.

CLEVELAND 10 – Minnesota 0… Trevor Bauer (11-6) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and fanned 11 as the Indians crushed the Twins. Edwin Encarnacion belted his 25th homer with two runners aboard and finished with four RBIs. Cleveland also got homers from Yonder Alonso Jason Kipnis and Brandon Guyer.

Seattle 4 – TEXAS 3 (12 innings)… The Mariners recovered to outlast the Rangers after letting a 3-0 seventh-inning lead slip away. Ryan Healey singled home Mitch Hanigar with the go-ahead run in the top of the 12th inning. Mike Zunino smacked a solo homer for Seattle.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Detroit 2… Nick Castellanos’ solo homer was the only hit Angels’ starter Nick Tropeano (5-6) allowed in five innings. Andrelton Simmons homered with a runner aboard and Eric Young Jr. added a solo shot for the Halos.

Chi. Cubs 3 – KANSAS CITY 1… Cole Hamels (7-9) held the Royals to a run on seven hits over six innings as the Cubs clipped the Royals. Javier Baez homered and doubled home a run.

Houston 3 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… The Astros were down to their last out when Marwin Gonzalez blasted a three-run homer to lift them over the Giants. The game featured a duel between Houston starter Charlie Morton and his counterpart Derek Rodriguez, but neither got a decision.

Atlanta (Fried, 1-4; Newcomb, 10-5) is at Washington (Rodriguez, 0-1; Scherzer, 15-5) for a doubleheader…
the N.Y. Mets (Vargas, 2-7) host Cincinnati (Romero, 6-9)…
St. Louis (Mikolas, 11-3) is at Miami (Lopez, 2-2)…
Milwaukee (Anderson, 7-7) hosts San Diego (Richard, 7-10)…
Pittsburgh (Taillon, 8-8) is at Colorado (Bettis, 5-1)…
Arizona (Greinke, 12-6) hosts Philadelphia (Pivetta, 6-9)

Boston (Pomeranz, 1-5) is at Toronto (Stroman, 4-8)…
Tampa Bay (Gasnow, 1-2) hosts Baltimore (Cobb, 3-14)…
Minnesota (Mejia, 1-0) is at Cleveland (Carrasco, 13-5)…
Texas (Colon, 5-10) hosts Seattle (Hernandez, 8-9)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Sabathia, 6-4) are at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 4-9)…
the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 6-7) host Detroit (Turner, 0-0)

the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 3-4) are at Kansas City (Keller, 4-4)…
San Francisco (Bumgarner, 4-4) hosts Houston (Keuchel, 9-9)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hill, 4-4) are at Oakland (Manaea, 10-7)

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