The Rundown for Jan. 11, 2019

TRUMP THREATENS TO DECLARE EMERGENCY… President Trump traveled to the southern border with Mexico yesterday in an effort to build support for his demand for $5.7 billion to build a border wall. Trump has maintained that illegal immigration has caused a crisis and threatened to use emergency powers to bypass Congress for wall funding. The standoff has caused a three-week-old partial U.S. government shutdown that has left a quarter of the federal government closed down and hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay. The president vowed that he is prepared for the showdown to stretch into late January and announced that he has canceled plans to attend the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, later this month.

FBI WANTS SHUTDOWN TO END… The FBI Agents Association is urging the White House and Congress to fund the FBI and the Justice Department. The association complained in a petition that national security has been endangered by the furlough of nearly 5,000 FBI special agents, intelligence analysts, attorneys and professional staff. Meanwhile, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky yesterday blocked two bills that had been passed last week by the House. The bills would have approved new funding and reopened the federal government without paying for President Trump’s proposed border wall.

COHEN TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS… President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7. Cohen will provide testimony just a month before he is due to begin a three-year prison term for multiple charges, including two campaign finance crimes tied to illicit payments made to silence women during the presidential campaign and lying to Congress about Trump’s involvement in a plan to build a Trump Tower in Moscow. According to House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has already cleared Cohen’s testimony.

POMPEO RIPS OBAMA IN CAIRO… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo offered a direct rebuke of former President Barack Obama in a speech he delivered yesterday to the American University in Cairo, Egypt. Pompeo criticized the Middle East policy that Obama discussed in the same city 10 years earlier. America’s leading diplomat argued that a lack of American intervention has helped fuel regional unrest.

FIAT CHRYSLER TO PAY UP IN SETTLING SUIT… Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has agreed to pay as much as $800 million in penalties to settle lawsuits over false emissions readings on diesel vehicles. The Justice Department filed suit against the automaker in 2017 over the Environmental Protection Agency’s finding that it had used illegal engine-control software that turned off pollution controls under certain driving conditions. The software enabled the vehicles to pass emissions tests while allowing them to release higher levels of pollutants in normal driving, according to the EPA. Fiat Chrysler will also pay $19 million to settle a suit brought by the State of California for noncompliant vehicles.

LADY GAGA APOLOGIZES FOR R KELLY COLLABORATION… Lady Gaga has apologized for her collaboration with embattled R&B star R Kelly and says she’s removing their duet, “Do What U Want,” from streaming services. The move comes in response to the Kelly documentary that alleges the singer sexually and physically abused women and underage girls for decades. Gaga called the stories “horrifying” and “indefensible.” Kelly has denied all the allegations.

IN THEATERS… “The Upside” centers on the comic relationship between a wealthy man with quadriplegia and an unemployed man with a criminal record who’s hired to help him. Nicole Kidman, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston star in the PG-13 film. In “A Dog’s Way Home,” a canine travels 400 miles in search of her owner. Kimi Alexander and Farrah Aviva star in the PG film. “Perfect Strangers” tells the story of seven friends whose normal lives change when they gather for dinner and play a game in which they display all incoming messages and calls to the entire group. The comedy stars Belén Rueda and Eduard Fernández. In “Replicas,” a scientist becomes obsessed with bringing back his family members who died in a traffic accident. Alice Eve and Keanu Reeves star in the PG-13 film.

MIAMI 115 – Boston 99… The Heat opened up an 18-point halftime lead and coasted past the Celtics. Dwyane Wade scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Justise Winslow had 13 points and 11 assists.

DENVER 121 – L.A. Clippers 100.. The Nuggets jumped out to a 12-point lead after the first quarter and controlled the Clippers the rest of the way. Jamal Murray scored 23 points to lead six players in double figures. Nikola Jokic finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 112 – Detroit 102… Buddy Hield scored 18 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Kings cruised past the Pistons. Willie Cauley-Stein had 14 points and as many rebounds.

SAN ANTONIO 154 – Oklahoma City 147 (2 OT)… The Spurs recovered to outlast the Thunder after blowing a double-digit fourth-quarter lead. LaMarcus Aldridge poured in a career-high 56 points. Derrick White added 23 points. DeMar DeRozan scored 16 points and dished off 11 assists.

Milwaukee is at Washington…
Philadelphia hosts Atlanta…
Brooklyn is at Toronto…
New York hosts Indiana…
Minnesota hosts Dallas…
Cleveland is at Houston…
Portland hosts Charlotte…
the L.A. Lakers are at Utah…
Golden State hosts Chicago

Washington 4 – BOSTON 2… Nicklas Backstrom netted a go-ahead goal in the third period and Alex Ovechkin added his second goal into an empty net as the Capitals downed the Bruins for the 14 straight times. Goalie Braden Holtby made 39 saves.

COLUMBUS 4 – Nashville 3 (OT)… Artemi Panarin’s second goal of the game came 1:22 into overtime and sent the Blue Jackets past the Predators. Boone Jenner also scored a pair of goals for Columbus. Zack Werenski had two assists.

Toronto 4 – NEW JERSEY 2… The Maple Leafs scored three unanswered goals in the first period and held off the Devils. Ron Hainsey opened the scoring. John Tavares found the net twice and reached 300 goals in his career. Mitchell Marner put the game away with an empty-netter.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 3… Josh Bailey’s goal with 1:26 remaining lifted the Islanders over the Rangers. Matt Barzal had a goal and two assists.

PHILADELPHIA 2 – Dallas 1… James van Riemsdyk found the net and assisted on Travis Konecny’s goal in the second period as the Flyers downed the Stars to end their eight-game skid. Carter Hart stopped 37 shots at goal.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Carolina 1… Brayden Point lit the lamp with a tie-breaking goal with 3:15 left and added an empty-netter in the final minute to push the Lightning past the Hurricanes. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 26 shots.

ST. LOUIS 4 – Montreal 1… Oskar Sundqvist scored a shorthanded goal and had an assist as the Blues skated past the Canadiens. Ryan O’Reilly assisted on two goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Winnipeg 2… Jason Zucker scored back-to-back goals in the second quarter to give the Wild a 3-0 lead and they held on to edge the Jets. Jared Spurgeon had two assists. Goalie Devan Dubnyk stopped 26 shots.

EDMONTON 4 – Florida 3 (SO)… Connor McDavid scored one tying goal with 22 seconds left in the second period, tied the game again with 8 seconds to go in regulation and netted the decisive goal in the shutout as the Oilers outlasted the Panthers. Darnell Nurse added a goal and an assist. Leon Draisaitl had two assists.

Arizona 4 – VANCOUVER 3 (OT)… Richard Panik scored his second goal of the game at 4:10 of overtime to lift the Coyotes over the Canucks. Panik also had an assist. Jakob Chychrun and Vinnie Hinostroza each had two assists.

San Jose 3 – VEGAS 2… Melker Karlsson and Joonas Donskoi scored back-to-back goals in the third period to give the Sharks a come-from-behind win over the Golden Knights. Tomas Hertl had a goal and an assist for San Jose.

Ottawa 4 – LOS ANGELES 1… Chris Tierney netted a pair of goals as the Senators skated past the Kings. Christian Wolanin and Bobby Ryan also lit the lamp. Goalie Anders Nilsson stopped 34 shots.

Buffalo is at Carolina…
Winnipeg hosts Detroit…
Florida is at Calgary…
Anaheim hosts Pittsburgh

#2 MICHIGAN 79, Illinois 69…
#5 GONZAGA 67, Pacific 36

AFC wild-card Indianapolis (8-6) is at AFC West-champion Kansas City (12-4)…
the NFC West-champion L.A. Rams (13-3) host NFC East-champion Dallas (8-6)

the AFC wild-card L.A. Chargers (13-4) are at AFC East-champion New England ()…
NFC South-champion New Orleans (13-3) hosts NFC wild-card Philadelphia (10-7)

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