The Rundown for Nov. 29, 2018

SENATE VOTES TO LIMIT TRUMP’S WAR POWER IN YEMEN… The Senate voted 63 to 37 yesterday to bring to the floor a measure to limit presidential war powers in Yemen. The vote marked the strongest signal yet senators from both parties blame Saudi crown prince for the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The vote came just hours after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis discussed Yemen conflict with senators in a classified briefing. Many senators were angered that CIA Director Gina Haspel wasn’t allowed to be present and answer questions about Khashoggi’s murder. Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina vowed to freeze the administration’s legislative priorities until Haspel spoke to the Senate.

SENATE REPUBLICANS BLOCK BILL TO PROTECT MUELLER… Senate Republicans yesterday blocked a vote on legislation that would have protected special counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky led resistance to the bill introduced by Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona, Democratic Senator Chris Booker of New Jersey and Democratic Senator Christopher Coons of Delaware, who sought unanimous consent to proceed to a full vote. McConnell, the Senate Majority Leader, dismissed the bill as unnecessary.

DEMS CHOOSE PELOSI AS HOUSE SPEAKER… Democrat Nancy Pelosi has cleared the first hurdle in her bid to serve again as speaker of the House of Representatives by securing her party’s nomination yesterday. She had faced limited opposition from Democrats who argued she was too divisive. The 78-year-old Pelosi awaits full confirmation on January 3.

T.J. COX CLAIMS VICTORY IN CALIFORNIA HOUSE RACE… Democrat T.J. Cox has declared victory over Republican incumbent David Valadao in the race for California’s 21st district seat in Congress. The race had initially been called for Valadao, but Cox has pulled ahead by 0.4 percentage points, or 506 votes. Cox’s victory would give Democrats a sweep of all seven GOP-held seats carried by Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

FORMER CONGRESSMAN ED PASTOR DIES… Former Arizona U.S. Congressman Ed Pastor died Tuesday night after suffering a heart attack. He was 75. Pastor, a Democrat, served 23 years in Congress before choosing not to run for re-election in 2014.

IRANIAN HACKERS INDICTED… The Justice Department announced the indictments yesterday of two Iranians accused of launching a major cyber attack using ransomware known as “SamSam” and the sanctioning two others for helping exchange the ransom payments from Bitcoin digital currency into rials. Investigators say the 34-month long hacking scheme targeted hospitals, schools, companies and government agencies. Victims lost some $30 million while the alleged hackers collected more than $6 million in ransom payments. The six-count indictment unsealed in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey charges 34-year-old Faramarz Shahi Savandi and 27-year-old Mohammad Mehdi Shah Mansouri with one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, one count of conspiracy to commit fraud related to computers, and other counts accusing them of intentionally damaging protected computers and illegally transmitting demands related to protected computers.

SUIT FILED OVER WHITNEY HOUSTON DOCUMENTARY… Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown and the estate of their daughter Bobbi Kristina have sued Showtime Networks and the BBC over alleged unauthorized footage used in a 2017 documentary about the late singer. A complaint filed yesterday with the U.S. District Court in Manhattan says the plaintiffs never consented to the airing of footage used in the documentary “Whitney: Can I Be Me.” The plaintiffs say the material predates Brown’s 2007 divorce from Houston and her 2012 death, and claims its unauthorized use has harmed Brown, his business and Bobbi Kristina’s estate.

THE HANDMAID’S TALE’ GETS SEQUEL… Author Margaret Atwood, whose 1985 dystopian novel “The Handmaid’s Tale” inspired an Emmy-winning television series, announced yesterday that she is writing a sequel. Atwood said, “The Testaments” will begin 15 years after the main character, Offred, escapes the state of Gilead, where women have lost their rights and are dominated completely by men. “The Testaments” is set to be released in September 2019.

CHARLOTTE 108 – Atlanta 94… Jeremy Lamb scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Hornets downed the Hawks. Kemba Walker and Cody Zeller had 19 points apiece.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – New York 91… Joel Embiid scored 26 points and brought down 14 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Knicks. J.J. Redick added 24 points.

Utah 101 – BROOKLYN 91… The Jazz outscored the Nets 31-13 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory. Donovan Mitchell scored 29 points. Rudy Gobert had 23 points and 16 boards.

Dallas 128 – HOUSTON 108… Rookie Luka Boncic and Devin Harris scored 20 points apiece as the Mavericks dealt the Rockets their fourth straight loss. Five other players scored in double figures for Dallas.

NEW ORLEANS 125 – Washington 104… The Pelicans cruised past the Wizards to end their four-game skid. Jrue Holiday led the way with 29 points. Anthony Davis had 28 points and 15 boards.

MILWAUKEE 116 – Chicago 113… Kris Middleton knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 5.2 seconds remaining to send the Bucks past the Bulls. Giannis Antekounmpo led Milwaukee with 36 points and 11 rebounds.

MINNESOTA 128 – San Antonio 89… The Timberwolves built a 23-point halftime lead and never looked back in routing the Spurs. Robert Covington scored 21 points to lead all scorers. Karl Anthony-Towns had 16 points and 11 boards.

OKLAHOMA CITY 100 – Cleveland 83… Russell Westbrook racked up 23 points, 19 rebounds and 15 assists in leading the Thunder past the Cavaliers. Jerami Grant tossed in 21 points.

PORTLAND 115 – Orlando 112… The Trail Blazers took control with a big third quarter but had to turn away a fourth-quarter rally to get past the Magic. Damian Lillard poured in 41 points. Jusuf Nurkic had 16 points and 13 boards.

L.A. CLIPPERS 115 – Phoenix 99… The Clippers used a big third quarter to pull past the Suns after the game was tied at halftime. Danilo Gallinari led the way with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Lou Williams delivered 20 points off the bench.

Golden State is at Toronto…
Sacramento hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Indiana is at the L.A. Lakers

Anaheim 3 – FLORIDA 2… Nick Ritchie’s second goal of the game broke a tie with 1:28 remaining and the Ducks made it stand in edging the Panthers. Goalie John Gibson made 42 saves.

DETROIT 4 – St. Louis 3… Tyler Bertuzzi’s goal with 6:53 left proved to be the difference in the Red Wings’ win over the Blues. Thomas Vanek had a goal and an assist.

TORONTO 5 – San Jose 3… Auston Matthews and John Tavares scored two goals apiece as the Maple Leafs handled the Sharks. Matthews also had an assist. Mitch Marner assisted on three goals.

Dallas 4 – CALGARY 3 (OT)… Tyler Seguin found the net 24 seconds into overtime to send the Stars past the Flames. Gavin Bayreuther had a goal and an assist.

COLORADO 6 – Pittsburgh 3… Gabriel Landeskog scored a go-ahead goal midway through the third period and the Avalanche got empty-netters from Nathan MacKinnon and Carl Soderberg in doubling up on the Penguins. MacKinnon also had three assists.

the N.Y. Islanders are at Boston…
Columbus hosts Minnesota…
Buffalo is at Tampa Bay

#4 Virginia 76, #24 MARYLAND 71…
#6 TENNESSEE 95, Eastern Kentucky 67…
#7 MICHIGAN 84, #11 North Carolina 67…
#8 AUBURN 99, St. Peter’s 49…
#10 KENTUCKY 90, Monmouth 44…
#15 FLORIDA STATE 73, Purdue 72…
Syracuse 72, #16 OHIO STATE 62

New Orleans (10-1) is at Dallas (6-5)

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