The Rundown for Dec. 11, 2018

SENATORS URGE POLITICIANS TO CHOOSE COUNTRY OVER PARTY… Forty-four former senators have come together to warn that the U.S. is “entering a dangerous period,” and urged the current Senate to defend national interests rather than political ideologies. In an Op-Ed published yesterday in the Washington Post, the senators noted, “We are on the eve of the conclusion of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation and the House’s commencement of investigations of the president and his administration.” The former senators included 32 Democrats, 10 Republicans and two independents.

ACCUSED RUSSIAN AGENT EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY… Accused Russian agent Maria Butina is expected to plead guilty this week following a deal between her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors. Butina is suspected of infiltrating the National Rifle Association with the intent of influencing U.S. policy toward Russia. CNN reported yesterday that Butina has already begun to cooperate with prosecutors.

SUPREME COURT REJECT LOUSIANA, KANSAS ANTI-ABORTION APPEALS… The Supreme Court yesterday rejected appeals by Louisiana and Kansas that would have ended the states’ public funding to women’s healthcare and Planned Parenthood through the Medicaid program. Both states announced plans to cut off funding for Planned Parenthood through Medicaid in 2015 following an anti-abortion group’s release of videos purported to show Planned Parenthood executives negotiating the for-profit sale of fetal tissue and body parts. Planned Parenthood denied the allegations and called the videos heavily edited and misleading.

ARRESTS AT BORDER DEMONSTRATION… U.S. authorities arrested 32 people yesterday at a demonstration along the border with Mexico. The arrests were made at San Diego’s Border Field State Park, which borders Tijuana, Mexico. Demonstrators were calling for an end to detaining and deporting immigrants and showing support for migrants in a caravan of Central American asylum seekers.

SOUTHEAST STORM HEADS OUT TO SEA… An intense snowstorm headed out to sea yesterday after dumping as much as 2 feet of snow on parts of the Southeast and causing three deaths in North Carolina. Some 138,000 customers in the region are still without power, according to authorities. School districts across North and South Carolina and Virginia canceled classes for yesterday. Emergency officials said heavy snow and icy roads slowed the responses to stranded motorists and other people in need.

‘BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY’ IS MOST STREAMED SONG… Queen’s song “Bohemian Rhapsody” has become the most streamed song from the 20th century. Universal Music Group announced yesterday that the 1975 single and music video surpassed 1.6 billion streams globally. The song overtook the likes of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Sweet Child O’Mine.”

MEEK MILL TOPS ALBUM CHART… Meek Mill’s new release, “Championships,” sold 229,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Lil Baby’s “Street Gossip” sold 88,000 units to open in second place. 6ix9ine’s “Dummy Boy” finished third on sales of 83,000 units. The 1975’s “A Brief Inquiry into Online Relationships” finished in fourth place with 66,000 units sold. Michael Bublé’s “Christmas” sold 55,000 copies to cap the top five.

SEATTLE 21 – Minnesota 7… The Seahawks (8-5) moved one step closer to nailing down a playoff spot by downing the Vikings (6-6-1) for their fourth straight win. Chris Carson scored the game’s first touchdown on a 2-yard run in the fourth quarter. Justin Coleman then returned a fumble 29 yards for a score.

INDIANA 109 – Washington 101… The Pacers held off the Wizards after letting most of a 25-point lead slip away. Myles Turner scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 points.

PHILADELPHIA 116 – Detroit 102… Seven players scored in double figures as the 76ers cruised past the Pistons. Joel Embiid led the way with 24 points. Ben Simmons had 18 points and 10 boards.

BOSTON 113 – New Orleans 100… Marcus Morris pumped in 31 points as the injury-depleted Celtics fought their way past the Pelicans. Jayson Tatum tossed in 21 points.

MILWAUKEE 108 – Cleveland 92 … The Bucks used hot first-half shooting to build an 18-point halftime lead and they coasted to a win over the Cavaliers despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo. Eric Bledsoe scored a game-high 20 points and brought down 12 rebounds.

OKLAHOMA CITY 122 – Utah 113… Paul George made five of six 3-point attempts and finished with 31 points in leading the Thunder past the Jazz. Dennis Schroder delivered 23 points off the bench. Steven Adams added 22 points.

Sacramento 108 – CHICAGO 89… De’Aaron Fox scored 23 of his 25 points in the second half as the Kings rallied past the Bulls. Willis Cauley-Stein had 15 boards to go with his 11 points.

DALLAS 101 – Orlando 76… The Mavericks led from start to finish in routing the Magic to win their 10th straight at home. Harrison Barnes scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

L.A. Clippers 123 – PHOENIX 119 (OT)… Tobias Harris scored 33 points to lead the Clippers in a come-from-behind win over the Suns. Danilo Gallinari scored 16 of his 25 points in the second half.

DENVER 105 – Memphis 99… Nikola Jokic had 27 points and 12 rebounds as the injury-plagued Nuggets topped the Grizzlies. Monte Morris came off the bench to score 20 points.

L.A. LAKERS 108 – Miami 105… The Lakers got 33 points from Kyle Kuzma in holding off the Heat. LeBron James scored 28 points and dished off 12 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 116 – Minnesota 108… The Warriors celebrated the return of Draymond Green from injury in taking down the Timberwolves. Stephen Curry poured in 38 points. Klay Thompson added 26 points and Kevin Durant tossed in 22.

Portland is at Houston…
San Antonio hosts Phoenix…
Toronto is at the L.A. Clippers

Pittsburgh 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1 (SO)… Jake Guentzel netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the Penguins outlasted the Islanders. Goalie Casey DeSmith made 25 saves at goal.

TAMPA BAY 6 – N.Y. Rangers 3… Steven Stamkos scored three goals in his ninth career hat trick and the Lightning doubled up on the Rangers. Anthony Cirelli found the net twice.

DETROIT 3 – Los Angeles 1… Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 42 shots and the Red Wings skated past the Kings. Dylan Larkin scored his 12th goal of the season unassisted.

SAN JOSE 5 – New Jersey 2… Timo Meier scored a pair of goals to lead the Sharks past the Devils. Joe Pavelski had a goal and an assist.

Los Angeles is at Buffalo…
Boston hosts Arizona…
Toronto is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Vancouver…
Detroit is at Washington…
St. Louis hosts Florida…
Chicago is at Winnipeg…
Nashville hosts Ottawa…
Montreal is at Minnesota…
Colorado hosts Edmonton

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