The Rundown for Dec. 18, 2018

SENATE LEARNS OF RUSSIAN EFFORTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA… Two new reports detail just how far Russia went in its social media campaign to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election and American politics in general. The reports, which were commissioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee, are based on troves of data the committee obtained from Facebook, Twitter, and Google. Efforts included suppressing the vote of African-Americans and undermining special counsel Robert Mueller.

MUELLER RELEASES FLYNN INTERVIEW MEMO… The office of special counsel Robert Mueller yesterday released a memo describing an FBI interview in which former national security adviser Michael Flynn repeatedly lied. The memo released to the public was otherwise heavily redacted. Flynn’s sentencing is scheduled for this morning and Mueller has recommended no prison time due to Flynn’s “substantial assistance” in the Russia investigation, including possible collusion between the Kremlin and the Trump’s 2016 campaign. He has met with Mueller’s team and other DOJ members 19 times.

COMEY RIPS REPUBLICANS AFTER TESTIMONY… Former FBI Director James Comey testified before Congress yesterday for the second time in two weeks. He was interviewed by members of the House judiciary and oversight committees on the lead-up to the 2016 election. Afterward, Comey criticized Republicans for not speaking out against President Donald Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department and FBI. “So another day of Hillary Clinton emails and the Steele dossier,” Comey said following his testimony. “This while the President of the United States is lying about the FBI, attacking the FBI and attacking the rule of law in this country. How does that make any sense at all?” Comey added, “At some point, someone has to stand up and in the fear of Fox News and fear of their base, and fear of mean tweets, stand up for the values of this country and not slink away into retirement.”

GOVERNOR CUOMO WANTS TO LEGALIZE MARIJUANA… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo revealed yesterday that legalizing marijuana for recreational use would be one of his top legislative priorities next year. A report commissioned by the governor and released last summer claimed that legal marijuana could bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in annual tax revenue. The marijuana market in New York could be worth between $1.7 billion and $3.5 billion annually, according to the state report.

TWO CHICAGO POLICEMEN KILLED… Two Chicago police officers investigating a call of shots fired last night suffered fatal injuries when they were struck by a commuter train on the city’s South Side. The suspect in the shooting reportedly made his way tup to the Metro tracks. Authorities say a weapon has been recovered and a person of interest was detained for questioning.

MOONVES DENIED SEVERANCE PACKAGE… CBS has denied ex-head of the network Les Moonves his $120 million severance package after investigating allegations of his alleged sexual misconduct in the workplace. The network let Moonves go in September in response to the allegations. Since then, the New York Times has reported that Moonves destroyed evidence and attempted to silence a potential accuser with acting roles.

WOMAN HAD AN AFFAIR WITH WOODY ALLEN AS A TEEN… A 59-year-old California woman has come forward with a story about her 8-year-long affair with director Woody Allen that began when she was just 16 and he was 41. Christina Engelhardt told the Hollywood Reporter that she doesn’t feel victimized by the moviemaker. She said she and Allen sometimes engaged in threesomes with other women, including actress Mia Farrow. She called the experiences “interesting – a ‘70s exploration.” Engelhardt said she was an inspiration for the teenager Allen’s had an affair with in his 1979 movie “Manhattan.”

New Orleans 12 – CAROLINA 9… The Saints (12-2) rode their defense to a grind-it-out win over the Panthers. They sacked Carolina quarterback Cam Newton four times and forced two turnovers. Alvin Kamara ran 16 yards for a go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Milwaukee 107 – DETROIT 104… The Bucks built a 12-point halftime lead and held on to down the Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kris Middleton added 22 points.

Phoenix 128 – NEW YORK 110… The Suns bombed the Knicks 41-17 in the third quarter to erase a seven-point halftime deficit and win their third straight. Devin Booker scored a game-high 38 points. T.J. Warren added 26 points. Deandre Ayton finished with 21 points and 13 boards.

OKLAHOMA CITY 121 – Chicago 96… The Thunder rolled past the Bulls in a game that included technical fouls on both teams after a second-quarter dust-up. Paul George led all scorers with 24 points. Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

MINNESOTA 132 – Sacramento 105… The Timberwolves jumped out to a 15-point lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Kings. Andrew Wiggins scored 17 points to lead nine players in double figures. Karl Anthony-Towns had 14 points and as many boards.

HOUSTON 102 – New Orleans 97… James Harden poured in 47 points as the Rockets held off the Pelicans. Clint Capela pulled down 14 rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 132 – Philadelphia 96… The Spurs shook off a slow start to breeze past the 76ers. Rudy Gay scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan added 20 points apiece. Aldridge also had 10 boards.

Portland 131 – L.A. CLIPPERS 127… Damian Lillard scored 22 of his 26 points during a dominant third quarter and the Trail Blazers outgunned the Clippers. CJ McCollum added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic tossed in 20.

GOLDEN STATE 110 – Memphis 93… The Warriors built a 23-point halftime lead and coasted past the Grizzlies. Kevin Durant scored a game-high 23 points. Stephen Curry added 20 points and reached 15,000 regular-season points in his career.

Cleveland is at Indiana…
Atlanta hosts Washington…
the L.A. Lakers are at Brooklyn…
Denver hosts Dallas

Anaheim 4 – PITTSBURGH 2… The Ducks doubled up on the Penguins after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Adam Henrique and Ryan Getzlaf each had a goal and an assist.

COLUMBUS 1 – Vegas 0… Nick Foligno netted the game’s only goal 40 seconds into the third period as the Blue Jackets clipped the Golden Knights. Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky made 28 saves.

OTTAWA 4 – Nashville 3 (OT)… Thomas Chabot found the net 21 seconds into overtime to lift the Senators over the Predators. Mark Stone assisted on two goals.

Boston 4 – MONTREAL 0… Jaroslav Halak stopped all 22 shots in his third shutout of the season and the Bruins cruised past the Canadiens. Colby Cave had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – COLORADO 1… Thomas Greiss made 30 saves at goal and the Islanders skated past the Avalanche. Anders Lee had a goal and an assist.

Anaheim is at the N.Y. Rangers…
New Jersey hosts Toronto…
Florida is at Buffalo…
Philadelphia hosts Detroit…
San Jose is at Minnesota…
Chicago hosts Nashville…
Calgary is at Dallas…
Arizona hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
St. Louis is at Edmonton…
Vancouver hosts Tampa Bay…
Winnipeg is at Los Angeles

#11 FLORIDA STATE 85, Southeast Missouri State 68…
VANDERBILT 81, #18 Arizona State 65

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