The Rundown for Nov. 8, 2018

TRUMP FIRES SESSIONS… Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned yesterday at President Trump’s request. Trump immediately announced the appointment of Matthew G. Whitaker as acting Attorney General. The selection drew immediate scrutiny, as Whitaker is a prominent critic of special counsel Robert Mueller and was involved in a Miami-based invention-marketing company the Federal Trade Commission shut down last year after calling it a scam. The company was ordered to pay a $26 million settlement in May. Whitaker will now oversee the Russia probe instead of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who still remains in place.

TRUMP ANGRY AT PRESS CONFERENCE… CNN blasted President Trump yesterday after his exchange with CNN White House reporter Jim Acosta during a White House press conference. Trump became angry when shouted Acosta asked why he “demonized” the asylum-seeking migrants fleeing violence in Guatemala and Honduras. The White House suspended Acosta’s media credential after accusing him of putting his hands on a woman who tried to take his microphone away. Video revealed the allegation was false. CNN released a statement expressing its support of a free press, Acosta and his fellow journalists everywhere.

FORMER TEXAS CONGRESSMAN SENTENCED… Former Texas Republican congressman Stephen Stockman was sentenced to 10 years in prison yesterday for his scheme to defraud donors and using the money for personal and campaign use. Stockman last April was charged with 23 felonies, including wire fraud, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and money laundering. He and his co-defendants reportedly solicited $1,250,571.65 in donations from charities and their leaders. Stockman and the others then laundered the money before using it for personal and campaign expenses, according to the Department of Justice.

PENTAGON BACKS OFF BORDER MISSION… The Pentagon announced yesterday that it will no longer refer to a mission to send thousands of troops to the U.S. border with Mexico as “Operation Faithful Patriot.” The Pentagon didn’t say why it is changing the name but emphasized that the mission was in support of Customs and Border Protection. More than 7,000 active-duty U.S troops are currently near the border with Mexico. Trump has been heavily criticized for politicizing the military ahead of Tuesday’s midterm congressional elections.

MOTEL SIX SETTLES CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT… Budget motel chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay as much as $7.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit in which guests claimed their “private information was given to U.S. immigration agents.” The Washington Post reported yesterday that the settlement stems from a lawsuit filed by eight Hispanic plaintiffs who claim that Motel 6 violated their privacy by providing guest lists to ICE agents “without warrants being served.” It also reportedly claimed some guests were subsequently “interrogated and arrested.”

‘BREAKING BAD’ FILM IN THE WORKS… Actor Bryan Cranston has confirmed that a “Breaking Bad” movie is in development, though he’s not sure he’s in it. Creator Vince Gilligan is reported to be working on a two-hour film, though it’s not yet clear if it will air on AMC or in theaters. Gilligan is writing the script and would serve as executive producer and possibly director.

KATHLEEN TURNER, GENNIFER GOODWIN JOIN NETFLIX SERIES… Kathleen Turner and Ginnifer Goodwin have signed on to the cast of Dolly Parton’s upcoming Netflix anthology series “Heartstrings.” The two actresses will be featured on the “These Old Bones” episode alongside Kyle Bornheimer. Each episode of the series is based on one of Parton’s classic songs.

Oklahoma City 95 – CLEVELAND 86… Dennis Schroder stepped up in place of the injured Russell Westbrook and scored 28 points in leading the Thunder past the Cavaliers for their sixth straight win. Steven Adams grabbed 13 rebounds.

Detroit 103 – ORLANDO 96… Andre Drummond powered his way to 23 points and 19 rebounds as the Pistons topped the Magic to end their six-game skid. Blake Griffin added 20 points.

MIAMI 95 – San Antonio 88… Hassan Whiteside scored 29 points, brought down 10 boards and blocked nine shots as the Heat handled the Spurs. Wayne Ellington tossed in 20 points.

New York 112 – ATLANTA 107… The Knicks outscored the Hawks 35-18 in the third quarter and hung on for the win. Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 34 points to lead all scorers. Enes Kanter delivered 17 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

MEMPHIS 89 – Denver 87… Marc Gasol’s two free throws with 4 seconds left sent the Grizzlies past the Nuggets. Gasol finished with 20 points and 12 boards. Jaren Jackson Jr. also scored 20 points for Memphis.

NEW ORLEANS 107 – Chicago 98… The Pelicans got 32 points and 15 boards from Anthony Davis in topping the Bulls to snap their six-game losing streak. Jrue Holiday added 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Philadelphia 100 – INDIANA 94… Joel Embiid had 20 points and 10 rebounds as the 76ers got past the Pacers for their first road win this season. Ben Simmons finished with 16 points and 10 boards.

UTAH 117 – Dallas 105… The Jazz cruised past the Mavericks to notch their first win in six games. Donovan Mitchell pumped in 23 points to lead six players in double figures. Rudy Gobert had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Toronto 114 – SACRAMENTO 105… The Raptors made it 11 wins in 12 games this season by downing the Kings. Kawhi Leonard scored 24 points and gathered 11 boards. Pascal Siakam added 21 points.

L.A. LAKERS 114 – Minnesota 110… The Lakers were too much down the stretch in pulling out a victory over the Timberwolves. LeBron James scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds. Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart added 21 points apiece.

Houston is at Oklahoma City…
Phoenix hosts Boston…
the L.A. Clippers are at Portland…
Golden State hosts Milwaukee

WASHINGTON 2 – Pittsburgh 1… T.J. Oshie scored with 1:14 remaining to lift the Capitals over the Penguins. Goalie Braden Holtby racked up 41 saves.

Nashville 4 – COLORADO 1… Colton Sissons scored three goals in leading the Predators past the Avalanche. Nick Bonino recorded three assists.

ANAHEIM 3 – Calgary 2… The Ducks recovered to edge the Flames after blowing a 2-0 lead late in the second period. Ryan Getzlaf netted a tie-breaking goal with 6:33 remaining.

Vancouver is at Boston…
Florida hosts Edmonton…
Arizona is at Philadelphia…
Montreal hosts Buffalo…
Vegas is at Ottawa…
Tampa Bay hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
San Jose is at Dallas…
Chicago hosts Carolina…
Minnesota is at Los Angeles

Carolina (6-2) is at Pittsburgh (5-2-1)

#14 North Carolina State hosts Wake Forest

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