The Rundown for Tuesday, Jan. 29

TRUMP TO GIVE STATE OF THE UNION… President Trump has accepted an invitation from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to deliver his State of the Union address on February 5. The development comes after Pelosi uninvited Trump to deliver his address until the partial government shutdown ended. Trump responded by Pelosi’s scheduled trip to Afghanistan.

SHUTDOWN COST $3 BILLION… The 35-day partial government shutdown cost the U.S. economy $3 billion, according to an analysis released yesterday by the Congressional Budget Office. The cost totaled $11 billion, but the CBO noted that much of that money will be recovered after furloughed employees start receiving back pay. Trump, who continues his demand for $5.7 billion to build a border wall along the southern border with Mexico, has threatened to shut down the government again next month or call a national emergency if Congress won’t give him the money.

WHITAKER BELIEVES MUELLER PROBE ALMOST OVER… Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said at a press conference yesterday that he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is “close to being completed.” Whitaker, who previously criticized the probe, says he has been fully briefed on it. The acting attorney general is scheduled to appear before the House Judiciary Committee on February 8 and answer questions about his handling of the Justice Department and interactions with President Trump.

U.S. CONSIDERING ALL OPTIONS FOR VENEZUELA… National Security Adviser John Bolton said yesterday that Trump believes military action and “all options are on the table” with regarding to the U.S.’ handling of Venezuela. Bolton’s delivered his comments as the Treasury Department imposed sanctions on Venezuela in an effort to weaken dictator Nicolas Maduro and strengthen opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the sanctions target state-owned oil company Petroleos de Venezuela, which Mnuchin called a “vehicle for embezzlement” for Maduro’s regime. Maduro must transfer control of the company either to Guaidó or another democratically elected leader if it wants the sanctions lifted, Mnuchin said.

U.S. INDICTS CHINESE COMPANY… A pair of indictments unsealed yesterday revealed that the Trump administration has charged China’s Huawei Technologies with multiple crimes, including conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud, money laundering and obstruction of justice. Charges are related to the company violating U.S. sanctions against Iran and stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, U.S. prosecutors say. Huawei’s chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, was also accused of misleading U.S. banks about Huawei’s Iranian business deals. The Justice Department has sought Wanzhou’s extradition since her arrest in Canada late last year.

5 HOUSTON POLICEMEN SHOT… Five Houston police officers were wounded last night during a firefight that left two suspects dead. Four of the officers were struck by bullets and two were listed in critical condition. According to Houston police Chief Art Acevedo, the officers were serving a warrant at a house where narcotics allegedly were sold.

RICHARD ARMITAGE TO STAR IN NETFLIX THRILLER… Actor Richard Armitage has signed on to star in “The Stranger,” an eight-part thriller for Netflix. The story is based on a Harlan Coben novel and centers on a secret that destroys a man’s perfect life and sends him on a collision course with a deadly conspiracy. Filming is set to get underway in March. Armitage, whose credits include “Berlin Station” and “The Hobbit,” is serving as creator and an executive producer of the project.

FUTURE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Future’s “Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZR” sold 126,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Maggie Rogers’ “Heard It in a Past Life” finished second with 49,000 units sold. A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” slipped to third place after selling 49,000 copies. The “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” soundtrack finished fourth on sales of 39,000 units. 21 Savage’s “I Am > I Was” sold 37,000 copies to cap the top five.

Golden State 132 – INDIANA 100… Stephen Curry scored 23 of his 26 points in the first half as the Warriors built a 21-point lead and cruised past the Pacers to win their 11th in a row. DeMarcus Cousins tossed in 22 points.

CHARLOTTE 101 – New York 92… Four reserves were among six players who scored in double figures and helped the Hornets pull away from the Knicks in the fourth quarter. Kemba Walker and Tony Parker scored 15 points apiece to lead the balanced scoring attack. Willy Hernangomez had 11 points and as many rebounds.

BOSTON 112 – Brooklyn 104… Jaylen Brown and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points as the Celtics handed the Nets their first loss in seven games. Al Horford totaled 14 points and 11 boards.

Denver 95 – MEMPHIS 92… The Nuggets erased a 19-point halftime deficit in upending the Grizzlies. Nikola Jokic knocked down a go-ahead basket with 28.9 seconds left and finished with 24 points. Will Barton tossed in 20 points.

Atlanta 123 – L.A. CLIPPERS 118… The Hawks got 26 points from Trae Young and 22 from John Collins in downing the Clippers. Dewayne Dedmon had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Oklahoma City is at Orlando…
Detroit hosts Milwaukee…
Washington is at Cleveland…
Brooklyn hosts Chicago…
New Orleans is at Houston…
San Antonio hosts Phoenix…
Philadelphia is at the L.A. Lakers

New Jersey 6 – PITTSBURGH 3… Travis Zajac scored a goal and assisted on three others as the Devils doubled up on the Penguins to start the NHL season’s second half. Blake Coleman and Pavel Zacha each had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Winnipeg 1… Travis Konecny netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and assisted on James van Riemsdyk’s third-period goal to lead the Flyers past the Jets for their fourth straight win. Goalie Carter Hart made 31 saves.

Winnipeg is at Boston…
Columbus hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at the N.Y. Rangers

#2 Duke 83, NOTRE DAME 61…
#16 TEXAS TECH 84, TCU 65

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