The Rundown for Feb. 7, 2019

HOUSE PANEL TO SEND RUSSIA TRANSCRIPTS TO MUELLER… The House Intelligence Committee yesterday approved sending testimony concerning the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election to special counsel Robert Mueller. Following the vote in a closed hearing, the panel also announced that it intends to expand its investigation to cover any alleged foreign influence over President Trump. Committee chairman Adan Schiff, a California Democrat, said the panel would “investigate any credible allegation that financial interests or other interests are driving decision-making of the president or anyone in the administration.” Schiff also said he eventually wants the transcripts released to the public. The Special Counsel’s Office has so far charged 34 people in the investigation.

REPUBLICAN ACTIVIST PAUL ERICKSON INDICTED… A federal grand jury in South Dakota has indicted Republican activist and boyfriend of alleged Russian spy Paul Erickson on charges of wire fraud and money laundering. The 56-year-old Erickson was arrested on Tuesday and entered a plea of not guilty at an arraignment, according to the court filings. He is accused of running a criminal scheme from 1996 to 2018 using a chain of assisted living homes, defrauding investors through a company that claimed to be a wheelchair manufacturer and operating a fraudulent scheme based on a housing development in North Dakota.

NEW MEXICO WITHDRAWING TROOPS FROM BORDER… New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has ordered most of the state’s National Guard troops to withdraw from their deployment along the border with Mexico. Lujan Grisham called President Trump’s claim that there a border crisis a “charade” in her withdrawal of more than 100 deployed troops. The governor said a small number of New Mexico troops will remain in place to help with the “humanitarian needs” of communities near the border and vulnerable migrants arriving at the border.

VIRGINIA AG IN BLACKFACE CONTROVERSY… Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring stepped down as the co-chair of the Democratic Attorneys General Association yesterday after admitting he wore blackface as a college student. Herring said to he painted his face black as part of dressing up as rapper Kurtis Blow at a college party in 1980. The attorney general apologized for his actions and discussed what they meant for his constituents of color. It was the latest scandal to strike high-ranking Virginia Democrats over the past week. Governor Ralph Northam is accused of posing for insensitive photos that appeared on his medical school yearbook page and Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax is facing a sexual-assault allegation.

2018 WAS FOURTH-WARMEST YEAR ON RECORD… A report released yesterday by NASA claims last year was the fourth-warmest year on record. 2015, 2016, and 2017 were only slightly warmer, NASA said. 2016 remains the warmest year on record with a temperature that was 1.78 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the mid-20th century mean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association. The report details warming trends across the planet, with heating continuing to be strongest in the Arctic region.

AGENCY WANT TO RESCIND PAYDAY LOAN PROTECTIONS… The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau announced plans yesterday to roll back most of the Obama-era consumer protections governing payday and vehicle title loans. The federal banking agency proposes to rescind a core rule that required lenders who provided “Payday, Vehicle Title, and Certain High-Cost Installment Loans” to make an effort to find out whether borrowers could afford to pay back the loan. Many financial experts oppose the lending practice on the basis of its predatory nature.

ENTERTAINMENT
‘THE SIMPSONS’ GETS TWO MORE SEASONS AT FOX… Fox announced yesterday that it is renewing “The Simpsons” for a 31st and 32nd season. The animated sitcom will have produced 713 episodes at the conclusion of Season 32. “The Simpsons” passed “Gunsmoke” during its 29th season as the longest-running primetime scripted show in television history. The series has won 33 Emmy Awards, 34 Annie Awards, a 2016 People’s Choice Award and a 2016 Environmental Media Award. It was also the first animated series to win a Peabody Award and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012 for the theatrical short “The Longest Daycare.”

JENNIFER LAWRENCE ENGAGED… Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence has confirmed her engagement to art dealer Cooke Maroney. The 28-year-old Lawrence and her 34-year-old fiance have not announced a wedding date. The couple reportedly met last year. Lawrence most recently starred in the 2018’s spy thriller “Red Sparrow.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
BROOKLYN 135 – Denver 130… D’Angelo Russell made six of his team’s 19 3-pointers and finished with 27 points and 11 assists in leading the Nets past the Nuggets. DeMarre Carroll added 18 points and 10 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 148 – Washington 129… The Bucks opened with a 50-point first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Wizards. Giannis Antetokounmpo made 17 of 21 field goal attempts on his way to 43 points. Eric Bledsoe tossed in 22 points.

New Orleans 125 – CHICAGO 120… Julius Randle delivered 31 points off the bench in leading the Pelicans past the Bulls. Jrue Holiday scored 18 points and dished off 11 assists.

DALLAS 99 – Charlotte 93… Luka Doncic racked up 19 points, 10 boards and 11 assists as the Mavericks fought off the Hornets. Dorian Finney-Smith added 15 points and 10 rebounds.

UTAH 116 – Phoenix 88… The Jazz used a big fourth quarter to pull away from the Suns. Donovan Mitchell scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 12 boards.

Houston 127 – SACRAMENTO 101… The Rockets built a 31-point halftime lead and coasted past the Kings. James Harden scored 25 of his game-high 36 points before the intermission. Gerald Green came off the bench to score 26 points. Eric Gordon tossed in 20 points. Chris Paul had 15 points and 11 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 141 – San Antonio 102… Klay Thompson was 11 of 13 from the field and led all scorers with 26 points in the Warriors’ romp over a Spurs team that played without LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. Kevin Durant added 23 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Indiana…
Orlando hosts Minnesota…
Atlanta hosts Toronto…
the L.A. Lakers are at Boston…
Oklahoma City hosts Memphis…
San Antonio is at Portland

NHL SCORES
TORONTO 5 – Ottawa 4… Morgan Rielly netted a tiebreaking goal midway through the third period and the Maple Leafs made it stand in edging the Senators. Zach Hyman had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Boston (SO) 3… The Rangers outlasted the Bruins after erasing a two-goal third-period deficit. Anthony DeAngelo netted the winning goal in the shootout. Filip Chytil scored the tying goal in regulation. Pavel Buchnevich assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Los Angeles is at Philadelphia…
Florida hosts Pittsburgh…
Colorado is at Washington…
New Jersey hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Carolina is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts St. Louis…
Winnipeg is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts Anaheim…
Vegas is at Detroit…
Nashville hosts Dallas…
Edmonton is at Minnesota…
Chicago hosts Vancouver…
Columbus is at Arizona…
Calgary hosts San Jose

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#6 Nevada 98, COLORADO STATE 82…
#14 VILLANOVA 66, Creighton 59…
#19 Wisconsin 56, MINNESOTA 51…
#21 LSU 92, MISSISSIPPI STATE 88 (OT)…
#24 Maryland 60, NEBRASKA 45

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