The Rundown for Jan. 16, 2019

SENATE ADVANCES DERIPASKI SANCTIONS… The Senate voted 57-42 yesterday to advance a resolution that blocks the Treasury Department from lifting sanctions on three Russian companies linked to oligarch Oleg Deripaska. The vote came a day after Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin lobbied for support from Republican senators and vowed he won’t back down from his plan to lift sanctions against Deripaska’s companies. 10 Republicans joined Democrats in passing the resolution sponsored by Democratic Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York. The resolution will need the vote of 60 senators before advancing to a final vote. A two-thirds vote would be required in the House and Senate to override President Trump’s plans to veto the bill.

DEMS TURN DOWN MEETING OVER SHUTDOWN… House Democrats snubbed President Trump’s lunch invitation to discuss the government shutdown yesterday. Invitations went to Democrats the White House considered moderate, but they remained united with other party members who expressed concerns that the meeting would be a photo opportunity intended to strengthen Trump’s demands for $5.7 billion to build a border wall. The shutdown is the longest in now on its 26th day.

JUDGE STRIKES DOWN CITIZENSHIP QUESTION… A federal judge yesterday blocked the Trump administration from asking about citizenship status on the 2020 census. Judge Jesse M. Furman ruled in his 277-page decision that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross added the question arbitrarily and without following proper administrative procedures. Specifically, the judge said Ross failed to follow a law that requires he give Congress three years notice of any plan to add a question about citizenship to the census. The Supreme Court is set to weigh in on the issue next month.

BOARD URGES CLEARING OF PUERTO RICO DEBT… The Financial Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico says more than $6 billion in debt issued by the island could be forgiven and leave investors with the bill. The invalid debt was issued in “clear violation” of the Puerto Rico constitution, which requires a balanced budget, according to the oversight board created to manage the U.S. territory’s government debt crisis. The board claims the debt includes all general obligation bonds issued between 2012 and 2014.

WHITAKER TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE PANEL… Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary Committee early next month. House Democrats say they want to question Whitaker about his views on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and any actions Whitaker has taken related to the investigation as well as his decision not to recuse himself. Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, a New York Democrat, threatened last week to subpoena Whitaker if he refused to testify. The acting attorney general’s testimony is set for February 8, the day after former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen testifies before the House Oversight Committee.

ENTERTAINMENT
CAROL CHANNING DIES… Broadway star Carol Channing died yesterday of natural causes. She was 97. The actress and singer was best known for starring in the musicals “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” and “Hello, Dolly!” Channing also achieved success in Hollywood, earning a supporting actress Golden Globe for the 1967 film “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”

JASON REITMAN TO DIRECT NEW ‘GHOSTBUSTERS’ FILM… Jason Reitman has signed on to direct the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise. Reitman’s father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” films. The new installment is scheduled to be shot this summer with a release set for summer of 2020.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
INDIANA 131 – Phoenix 97… The Pacers jumped out to a 38-19 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Suns. Bojan Bogdanovic and Tyreke Evans scored 20 points apiece. Five other players scored in double figures for Indiana.

PHILADELPHIA 149 – Minnesota 107… The 76ers piled up 83 first-half points in their thrashing of the Timberwolves. Joel Embiid had game-highs with 31 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Simmons added 20 points and 11 boards.

ATLANTA 142 – Oklahoma City 126… The Hawks bombed the Thunder 45-26 in the fourth quarter to pull away with the victory in the back-and-forth affair. John Collins scored 26 points. Trae Young had 24 points and 11 assists.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Miami 86… Eric Bledsoe’s 17 points led a balanced scoring attack and the Bucks rolled past the Heat. Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 12 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

Golden State 142 – DENVER 111… The Warriors opened with 51 points to set the NBA record for most points ever scored in the first quarter and never looked back in their blowout of the Nuggets. Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry dropped in 31 points apiece. Kevin Durant tossed in 27 points. Draymond Green dished off 13 assists.

L.A. LAKERS 107 – Chicago 100… The Lakers hope they got back on the winning track by defeating the Bulls. Lonzo Ball scored 19 points. Kyle Kuzma had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Orlando is at Detroit…
Houston hosts Brooklyn…
Toronto is at Boston…
Memphis hosts Milwaukee…
San Antonio is at Dallas…
Portland hosts Cleveland…
Utah is at the L.A. Clippers…
Golden State hosts New Orleans

NHL SCORES
N.Y. RANGERS 6 – Carolina 2… Mika Zibanejad had two goals and two assists as the Rangers skated past the Hurricanes. Pavel Buchnevich and Tony DeAngelo each scored twice. Mats Zuccarello assisted on three goals.

COLUMBUS 4 – New Jersey 1… Cam Atkinson, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and an assist in the Blue Jackets’ win over the Devils. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 29 saves.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 – St. Louis 1 (OT)… Valtteri Filppula found the net 1:37 into overtime to lift the Islanders over the Blues. Jordan Eberle opened the scoring with a first-period goal.

MONTREAL 5 – Florida 1… The Canadiens closed with five straight goals after spotting the Panthers an early lead. Shea Weber had a goal and an assist.

WINNIPEG 4 – Vegas 1… Kyle Connor scored a pair of goals and had an assist as the Jets handled the Golden Knights. Mark Scheifele added a goal and an assist.

DETROIT 3 – Anaheim 1… The Red Wings scored three unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Ducks. Gustav Nyquist netted the go-ahead goal with 4:16 remaining. The loss was Anaheim’s 12th in a row.

MINNESOTA 3 – Los Angeles 2 (SO)… Jason Zucker’s goal in the tiebreaker sent the Wild past the Kings. Eric Staal and Nino Niederreiter scored in regulation.

NASHVILLE 7 – Washington 2… Viktor Arvidsson scored two of his three goals in the second period, Nick Bonino added a pair of goals and the Predators breezed past the Capitals. Ryan Johansen assisted on two goals.

Tampa Bay 2 – DALLAS 0… Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy topped all 35 shots as the Lightning blanked the Stars. Ondrej Palat scored the only goal Tampa Bay needed in the first period. Mikhail Sergachev added a third-period goal.

SAN JOSE 5 – Pittsburgh 2… Tomas Hertl netted three goals off Evander Kane assists and the Sharks cruised past the Penguins. Goalie Martin Jones stopped 22 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Colorado is at Ottawa…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Buffalo is at Calgary…
Vancouver hosts Edmonton…
San Jose is at Arizona

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#3 TENNESSEE 106, Arkansas 87…
#4 VIRGINIA 81, #9 Virginia Tech 59…
#10 Nevada 72, BOISE STATE 71…
#12 Kentucky 69, GEORGIA 49…
#13 NORTH CAROLINA 75, Notre Dame 69…
#15 Marquette 74, GEORGETOWN 71…
#16 Buffalo 88, WESTERN MICHIGAN 79…
WAKE FOREST 71, #17 North Carolina State 67…
LSU 83, #18 MISSISSIPPI 69…
#24 MISSISSIPPI STATE 71, Florida 68

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