The Rundown for Dec. 4, 2018

HOUSE CANCELS VOTES… The death of former President George H.W. Bush House has prompted the House to cancel all votes this week. The cancellation comes despite a looming government shutdown. Bush, who died Friday, lay in state last night in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.

JUDGE ORDERS DISCOVERY IN TRUMP EMOLUMENTS SUIT… A federal judge has ordered that discovery in an emoluments lawsuit brought by states against President Trump must begin by the end of the month. Judge Peter Messitte has ordered lawyers representing the District of Columbia and State of Maryland to seek evidence for their case. The plaintiffs’ attorneys generals will have until June to collect remaining evidence, as well as depositions. D.C. Attorney General Karl A. Racine declared subpoenas are in the works.

PUTIN WON’T MEET WITH TRUMP ANYTIME SOON… The Kremlin announced yesterday that Russian President Vladimir Putin won’t be coming to Washington for a second summit with President Trump anytime soon. Putin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the current diplomatic standoff has created an “untenable pause” in U.S.-Russia relations. Last week, Trump cited Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian vessels and crewmembers in canceling a meeting with Putin at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires. The cancelation came just hours after Trump’s former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, admitted lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower development in Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign.

WITNESS EMERGES IN NORTH CAROLINA VOTER FRAUD PROBE… The voter fraud investigation in North Carolina gained credibility yesterday when a woman told Charlotte news station WSOC-TV that she was paid $75 to $100 a week to pick up mail-in absentee ballots for the state’s 9th District House race and give them to an independent contractor for Republican Mark Harris’ campaign. The woman said she didn’t know what happened to the ballots after she gave them to 62-year-old Leslie McCrae Dowless, Jr., whose criminal record includes felony perjury and felony fraud. North Carolina’s Board of Elections and Ethics Enforcement has not certified results of Harris’ apparent victory over Democrat Dan McCready in November’s election pending the outcome of the investigation.

CIA DIRECTOR HASPEL TO BRIEF CONGRESS ON KHASHOGGI’S MURDER… CIA Director Gina Haspel is scheduled to brief Congress on Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder today in a meeting with Senate leaders. Haspel angered some in Congress last week by not appearing at a briefing by the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense James Mattis. Pompeo and Mattis both told senators there was no direct evidence of the crown prince’s involvement despite a CIA report to the contrary. President Trump has said the CIA findings on the crown prince were not conclusive.

QUEEN TO TOUR… Queen with singer Adam Lambert has scheduled a 23-date North American Rhapsody tour. The summer tour will feature original Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor. The tour launches July 10 in Vancouver and concludes August 23 in Charlotte, NorthCarolina. Other stops include Phoenix, Los Angeles, Dallas, Detroit, Toronto, Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, Boston, New York, Chicago, Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta.

HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH REUNITE… Hootie & the Blowfish is reuniting 25 years after their Grammy-winning debut studio album, “Cracked Rear View.” The album has been certified 21-times platinum and made the Recording Industry Association of America’s list of the top-10 most popular albums of all-time. The band is planning a new album for next year and its first tour since 2007. The Group Therapy Tour kicks off May 30 in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and wraps up September 13 in Columbia, South Carolina. It will include stops at 44 North American cities.

PHILADELPHIA 28 – Washington 13… The Eagles (6-6) kept their playoff hopes alive by downing the Redskins (6-6). Carson Wentz passed for 306 yards and two touchdowns.

Oklahoma City 110 – DETROIT 83… Steven Adams scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Thunder routed the Pistons. Paul George had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Denver 106 – TORONTO 103… Nikola Jokic knocked down three free throws in the final 7 seconds and finished with 23 points, 11 boards and 15 assists in the Nuggets’ win over the Raptors. Jamal Murray added 21 points.

Washington 110 – NEW YORK 107… Bradley Beal scored 27 points and Kelly Oubre Jr. added 21 off the bench as the Wizards made it nine straight wins over the Knicks. John Wall had 18 points and 15 assists.

Cleveland 99 – BROOKLYN 97… Alec Burks’ dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining sent the Cavaliers past the Nets. Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 29 points and grab 11 rebounds. Tristan Thompson had 19 points and 14 boards.

Golden State 128 – ATLANTA 111… The Warriors got 30 points from Stephen Curry, 28 from Kevin Durant and 27 from Klay Thompson in downing the Hawks. Curry scored 18 of his points in the first quarter as Golden State built a big lead early.

MINNESOTA 103 – Houston 91… The Timberwolves held the Rockets to 29 second-half points in erasing a 14-point halftime deficit. Karl Anthony-Towns scored 24 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Minnesota had five other players score in double figures.

L.A. Clippers 129 – NEW ORLEANS 126… Tobias Harris knocked down two free throws with 4.7 seconds remaining to close out a 27-point effort and the Clippers held off the Pelicans. Dino Gallinari tossed in 24 points and Lou Williams delivered 20 off the bench for L.A.

Chicago is at Indiana…
Miami hosts Orlando…
Portland is at Dallas…
Phoenix hosts Sacramento…
San Antonio is at Utah

Tampa Bay 5 – NEW JERSEY 1… Nikita Kucherov scored a goal and had three assists as the Lightning skated past the Devils. Brayden Point added a goal and two assists. Goalie Louis Domingue stopped 26 shots.

NASHVILLE 2 – Buffalo 1… Kevin Fiala netted a tiebreaking goal late in the second period and the Predators made it stand in edging the Sabres. Pekka Rinne made 21 saves at goal.

DALLAS 4 – Edmonton 1… Jamie Benn scored his fifth goal in six games during a three-goal third period that carried the Stars past the Oilers. Brett Ritchie had a goal and an assist. Goalie Anton Khudobin stopped 28 shots.

Boston is at Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders host Winnipeg…
Colorado is at Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts Calgary…
Toronto is at Buffalo…
Montreal hosts Ottawa…
Tampa Bay is at Detroit…
Vancouver hosts Minnesota…
Washington is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Arizona

#4 VIRGINIA 83, Morgan State 45…
#10 MICHIGAN STATE 90, #18 Iowa 68…
#11 FLORIDA STATE 83, Troy 67…
#12 WISCONSIN 69, Rutgers 64

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