The Rundown for Jan. 8, 2019

GOVERNORS SWORN IN… Seven governors were sworn in at inaugurations yesterday following election victories in November. Minnesota Democrat Tim Walz succeeds Democrat Mark Dayton; Nevada Democrat Steve Sisolak succeeds Republican Brian Sandoval; California Democrat Gavin Newsom succeeds Democrat Jerry Brown; Wyoming Republican Mark Gordon succeeds Republican Matt Mead; Wisconsin Democrat Tony Evers defeated Republican Scott Walker; Arizona Republican Doug Ducey was re-elected.

TRUMP SCHEDULES ADDRESS… President Trump announced yesterday that he make a prime-time address tonight and visit the U.S. border with Mexico Thursday amidst the partial federal government shutdown. The shutdown has entered its third week, with the major issue being Trump’s unmet demands for funding to build a border wall. As of last night, at least two networks were debating whether to air Trump’s address tonight.

SHUTDOWN WON’T STOP IRS REFUNDS… The White House Office of Management and Budget affirmed yesterday that the IRS will pay tax refunds despite the federal government shutdown. The decision came as a relief to Americans who feared the shutdown might extend indefinitely. Acting OMB director Russell Vought promised that the administration is trying to make the shutdown as “painless as possible consistent with the law.”

JUSTICE GINSBURG MISSES ARGUMENTS… Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent yesterday for arguments yesterday as the Supreme Court returned from a month-long holiday break. It was the first time in her 25 years on the bench that Justice Ginsburg missed an argument. The 85-year-old justice had two malignant nodules from her left lung on December 21. Afterward, her doctor said there was “no evidence of any remaining disease.”

CYNTOIA BROWN GRANTED CLEMENCY… Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam granted clemency yesterday to a woman who claims she was a 16-year-old sex trafficking victim when she killed a man in 2004. Cyntoia Brown, who has served 15 years of a life sentence, will be released on parole from prison August 7. The now-30-year-old Brown will remain on parole supervision for 10 years on the condition she does not violate any state or federal laws, holds a job, and participates in regular counseling sessions.

GUILTY PLEA IN MICHIGAN MURDERS… A Michigan man pleaded guilty yesterday to the killings of six strangers. 48-year-old Jason Dalton was accused of committing the murders while picking up rides for Uber in and around Kalamazoo. Dalton entered guilty pleas to murder and attempted murder over his attorney’s objections and invoked a mandatory sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole.

HOSTS NAMED FOR THIRD HOUR OF ‘TODAY‘… “Today” show weather anchor Dylan Dreyer will be part of the new team of hosts that will take over the show’s third hour. Dreyer revealed yesterday that she, Al Roker, Sheinelle Jones and Craig Melvin are replacing Megyn Kelly in the 9 a.m. ET time slot. Kelly’s show, “Megyn Kelly Today,” was canceled in October after she made controversial comments about blackface.

SPACEY PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Kevin Spacey pleaded not guilty to sexual assault allegations in a Massachusetts court yesterday. The district court judge ordered the Academy Award-winning actor released under the condition he stays away from the alleged victim and his family. The judge also scheduled a March 4 hearing that Spacey doesn’t have to attend. Spacey is accused of putting his hands down an 18-year-old’s pants after buying him drinks at a Nantucket restaurant in 2016.

#2 Clemson 44 – #1 Alabama 16… The Tigers closed with 30 unanswered points to roll past the Crimson Tide and become college football’s national champion for the second time in three years. True freshman quarterback Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns. Sophomore running back Travis Etienne rushed for a pair of scores. Wide receiver Justyn Ross had six receptions for 153 yards and a TD.

San Antonio 119 – DETROIT 107… The Spurs shook off a slow start to cruise past the Pistons. They got 26 points from DeMar DeRozan and 25 from LaMarcus Aldridge.

BOSTON 116 – Brooklyn 95… The Celtics took advantage of 25 turnovers in downing the Nets. Kyrie Irving returned after missing two games due to an eye injury and scored 17 points to lead eight players in double figures.

HOUSTON 125 – Denver 113… The Rockets took control in the second quarter on their way past the Nuggets. James Harden scored a game-high 32 points and dished off 14 assists. Clint Capela had 31 points along with nine rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 114 – Memphis 95… The Pelicans were too much in the second half as they pulled away from the Grizzlies. Anthony Davis had game-highs with 36 points and 13 boards.

MILWAUKEE 114 – Utah 102… The Bucks bombed the Jazz 31-16 in the fourth quarter to win going away. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 30 points and 10 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points.

L.A. Lakers 107 – DALLAS 97… The Lakers erased a 13-point halftime deficit on their way past the Mavericks. Brandon Ingram scored 29 points to lead all scorers. Lonzo Ball tossed in 21 points.

PORTLAND 111 – New York 101… Jusuf Nurkic scored 20 points to lead six players in double figures as the Trail Blazers fought off the Knicks. Jake Layman had 10 points and as many boards off the bench.

SACRAMENTO 111 – Orlando 95… The Kings built a 28-point lead through three quarters and coasted past the Magic. De’Aaron Fox led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points.

Indiana is at Cleveland…
Philadelphia hosts Washington…
Atlanta is at Toronto…
Miami hosts Denver…
Minnesota is at Oklahoma City…
Phoenix hosts Sacramento…
Charlotte is at the L.A. Clippers…
Golden State hosts New York

Nashville 4 – TORONTO 0… Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped 18 shots in his third shutout of the season and the Predators breezed past the Maple Leafs. Mattias Ekholm, Kevin Fiala and Colton Sissons each had a goal and an assist.

St. Louis 3 – PHILADELPHIA 0… The Blues blanked the Flyers in handing them their seventh straight loss. Jordan Binnington made 25 saves at goal in his first career start. Ryan O’Reilly assisted on two goals.

Minnesota 1 – MONTREAL 0… Mikael Granlund scored the game’s only goal at 6:58 of overtime as the Wild held off the Canadiens. Goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 32 shots in his first shutout of the season.

Calgary 4 – CHICAGO 3… Johnny Gaudreau’s second goal of the game broke a third-period tie and the Flames added a shorthanded goal by Garnet Hathaway in edging the Blackhawks. Sean Monahan had a goal and an assist.

Los Angeles  3 – SAN JOSE 1… Tomas Hertl netted a tie-breaking goal in the second period and Joe Thornton added an empty-netter in the Sharks’ win over the Kings. Erik Karlsson assisted on all three San Jos goals.

Florida is at Pittsburgh…
Boston hosts Minnesota…
New Jersey is at Buffalo…
the N.Y. Islanders host Carolina…
Montreal is at Detroit…
Washington hosts Philadelphia…
Columbus is at Tampa Bay…
St. Louis hosts Dallas…
Colorado is at Winnipeg…
Vegas hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Edmonton is at San Jose

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