The Rundown for August 17, 2018

LETTER CONDEMNS LIFTING OF BRENNAN’S SECURITY CLEARANCE… Six former CIA directors are among a dozen former top intelligence officials who have signed a letter protesting President Trump’s removal of former CIA chief John Brennan’s security clearances. Five former CIA deputy directors and former director of national intelligence James R. Clapper are among those who signed the letter. “We all agree that the president’s action… has nothing to do with who should and should not hold security clearances—and everything to do with an attempt to stifle free speech,” the letter said.

MILITARY PARADE POSTPONED… The Pentagon has postponed a planned military parade from November of this year until next year, the Defense Department announced yesterday in a statement. The announcement came as a CNBC report revealed that the parade was going to cost $92 million. The parade was going to feature armored vehicles, flyovers, and soldiers dressed in historical uniforms.

SESSIONS WANTS TO SPEED UP DEPORTATIONS… Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday urged immigration judges to speed up the deportation of illegal immigrants. Sessions told the judges that they should only postpone cases in removal proceedings “for good cause shown.” Sessions has led the Trump administration’s efforts to crack down on illegal immigration, including a “zero tolerance” policy that separated immigrant parents from their children while they were detained.

POPE CONDEMNS CHILD ABUSE… Pope Francis has condemned the sexual abuse of minors detailed in a Pennsylvania grand jury report released on Tuesday. The report alleged that 301 clergy members throughout the state had been accused of sexually abusing a total of more than 1,000 minors over the past 70 years. The Vatican noted the majority of abuses graphically detailed in the report occurred “before the early 2000s.”

MAN ARRESTED IN MURDER OF WIFE, DAUGHTERS… Authorities in Colorado have arrested a man on suspicion of killing his pregnant wife and their two young daughters after reporting them missing. The bodies of the wife and girls, ages 3 and 4, were discovered yesterday. Frederick police identified the suspect as 33-year-old Christopher Watts.

ENTERTAINMENT
AMERICA MOURNS ARETHA FRANKLIN… America mourns the loss of the “Queen of Soul” following Aretha Franklin’s death yesterday at age 76. The cause of death was pancreatic cancer, according to her publicist. Franklin’s career as a singer spanned more than five decades and produced more than 100 singles on the Billboard charts. She was the first woman inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame at her 1987 enshrinement. She sang at the inauguration of Barack Obama in 2009, at pre-inauguration concerts for Jimmy Carter in 1977 and Bill Clinton in 1993. Franklin also performed at the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral in 1968.

IN THEATERS… In “Mile 22,” an elite American intelligence officer is helped by a top-secret tactical command unit as he tries to smuggle a mysterious police officer with sensitive information out of the country. Mark Wahlberg and Lauren Cohan star in the R-rated film.

SPORTS
MLB
N.Y. Mets 24 – PHILADELPHIA 4… Jose Bautista unloaded a grand slam and piled up seven RBIs as the Mets set a franchise record for runs in winning the doubleheader opener. Amed Rosario and Michael Conforto also went deep. Kevin Plawecki went 4-for-4 and knocked in three runs.

PHILADELPHIA 9 – N.Y. Mets 6… The Phillies downed the Mets to salvage a split of the doubleheader. Rhys Hoskins blasted a three-run homer. Wilson Ramos had three hits and an RBI.

Chi. Cubs 1 – PITTSBURGH 0… Jon Lester (13-5) limited the Pirates to five hits over six innings and three relievers completed the Cubs’ win over the Pirates. Ian Happ accounted for the game’s only run with a third-inning homer.

Washington 5 – ST. LOUIS 4… Bryce Harper opened the scorn with a run-scoring double in the top of the first inning and added a two-run single in the fourth as the Nationals edged the Cardinals. Anthony Rendon had a couple of hits and drove in a run.

Colorado 5 – ATLANTA 3… The Rockies scored three runs in the top of the ninth inning and hung on to upend the Braves. David Dahl hit a solo homer and delivered a go-ahead two-run single.

Arizona 5 – SAN DIEGO 1… The Diamondbacks scored all five runs in the top of the first inning and coasted past the Padres. Clay Buccholz (6-2) allowed a run on five hits in a complete-game victory. David Peralta hit a three-run homer and Alex Avila singled home two runs for Arizona.

AL SCORES
Tampa Bay 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… Blake Snell (14-5) pitched two-hit ball over five shutout innings and the Rays held off the Yankees. Joey Wendle and Tommy Pham stroked RBI doubles in the top of the first inning. Jake Bauers lifted a sacrifice fly in the eighth.

TEXAS 8 – L.A. Angels 6… Joey Gallo doubled home a run and scored to spark a four-run bottom of the eighth inning that sent the Rangers past the Angels. Gallo also homered to lead of the second. Nomar Mazara and Jurickson Profar added solo homers for Texas.

MINNESOTA 15 – Detroit 8… Jorge Polanco belted a three-run homer, Miguel Sano and Ehire Adrianza added two-run shots, and the Twins outslugged the Tigers. Logan Forsythe went 5-for-5 with two RBIs.

KANSAS CITY 6 – Toronto 2… The Royals topped the Blue Jays in a game delayed more than two hours by rain. Lucas Duda hit a solo homer. Rosell Herrera went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

TODAY’S NL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 8-2) are at Philadelphia (Nola, 13-3)…
Pittsburgh (Williams, 10-8) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 7-9)…
Miami (Straily, 4-5) is at Washington (Scherzer, 15-5)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 6-3) hosts San Francisco (Kelly, 0-1)…
Colorado (Freeland, 10-7) is at Atlanta (Newcomb, 10-5)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 6-6) hosts Milwaukee (Peralta, 5-3)…
Arizona (Ray, 3-2) is at San Diego (Lucchesi, 6-6)

TODAY’S AL SCHEDULE
Toronto (Stroman, 4-8) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 8-8)…
Cleveland (Carrasco, 14-6) hosts Baltimore (Hess, 2-6)…
Tampa Bay (Stanek, 1-3) is at Boston (Johnson, 3-3)…
Texas (Hutchison, 1-2) hosts the L.A. Angels (Despaigne, 2-0)…
Detroit (Boyd, 7-10) is at Minnesota (Gibson, 6-9)…
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 4-14) host Kansas City (Junis, 6-11)…
Houston (Morton, 12-3) is at Oakland (Jackson, 4-2)

TODAY’S INTERLEAGUE SCHEDULE
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 5-4) are at Seattle (LeBlanc, 7-2)

MLB STANDINGS
AL EAST
Boston, 86-36, .705
N.Y. Yankees, 75-46, .620, 10.5 GB
Tampa Bay, 62-59, .512, 23.5 GB
Toronto, 55-66, .455, 30.5 GB
Baltimore, 36-85, .298, 49.5 GB

AL CENTRAL
Cleveland, 69-51, .575
Minnesota, 57-63, .475, 12 GB
Detroit, 50-72, .410, 20 GB
Chi. White Sox, 44-76, .367, 25 GB
Kansas City, 37-84, .306, 32.5 GB

AL WEST
Houston, 74-47, .612
Oakland, 72-49, .595, 2 GB
Seattle, 70-52, .574, 4.5 GB
L.A. Angels, 62-61, .504, 13 GB
Texas, 54-69, .439, 21 GB

NL EAST
Atlanta, 68-52, .567
Philadelphia, 67-54, .554, 1.5 GB
Washington, 61-61, .500, 8 GB
N.Y. Mets, 52-68, .433, 16 GB
Miami, 48-75, .390, 21.5 GB

NL CENTRAL
Chi. Cubs, 70-50, .583
Milwaukee, 68-55, .553, 3.5 GB
St. Louis, 66-56, .541, 5 GB
Pittsburgh, 61-61, .500, 10 GB
Cincinnati, 52-69, .430, 18.5 GB

NL WEST
Arizona, 67-55, .549
Colorado, 65-56, .537, 1.5 GB
L.A. Dodgers, 65-57, .533, 2 GB
San Francisco, 61-61, .500, 6 GB
San Diego, 48-76, .387, 20 GB

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