The Rundown for Feb. 11, 2019

ANOTHER SHUTDOWN POSSIBLE… Talks over border security have stalled, leaving another government shutdown looming on the horizon. Negotiators were hoping to complete a deal by today and give Congress time to pass legislation before last month’s federal funding agreement expires on Friday. The agreement temporarily ended a 35-day shutdown President Trump imposed after he was denied $5.7 billion in funding to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico. During television appearances yesterday, Alabama Republican Richard Shelby, who chairs the Senate Appropriations Committee, and acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney expressed pessimism for a deal.

KLOBUCHAR MAKES PRESIDENTIAL RUN OFFICIAL… Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar officially entered the 2020 presidential race yesterday. The 58-year-old candidate kicked off her campaign with a 20-minute speech that presented her platform and promised loyalty to all Americans. In the 2016 election, Klobuchar became the first woman from her state to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

DENVER TEACHERS GOING ON STRIKE… Denver teachers are planning to go on strike today after failing to reach an agreement with the school district over base pay and bonuses for teachers in high-poverty schools and other schools that the district considers a priority. Teachers want lower bonuses but better overall salaries, while administrators say the bonuses are necessary to boost the academic performance of poor and minority students. The district will try to keep schools open by staffing them with administrators and substitutes but has canceled classes for about 5,000 preschoolers.

EARLY TAX-FILERS GETTING LOWER REFUNDS… Americans who filed their taxes early this year are complaining about the smaller refunds they’ve received. The first full year of the Republican-led overhauled tax code has produced an average refund that is roughly eight percent less than last year. Refunds have averaged about $1,865 compared with $2,035 for the tax year 2017, according to data released by the IRS on Friday.

NORTHAM SAYS HE’S NOT LEAVING OFFICE… Virginia Democratic Governor Ralph Northam vows he is “not going anywhere” amid calls for his resignation following the surfacing of a racist photo that appeared on his medical school yearbook page. During an appearance on “CBS This Morning,” Northam said he initially considered resigning but will remain in office because “Virginia needs someone that can heal. There’s no better person to do that than a doctor.” On Saturday, the governor said in a Washington Post interview that he would spend the remainder of his term working toward advancing racial equality.

GRAMMY AWARDS… Brandi Carlile, Lady Gaga, and Kacey Musgraves were the big winners at last night’s Grammy Awards with three wins apiece. Carlile’s “The Joke” won Best American Roots Performance and Best American Roots Song while her “By the Way, I Forgive You” was named Best Americana Album. Lady Gaga won for won Best Pop Solo Performance for “Joanne,” while her “Shallow,” from “A Star is Born” was named Best Song Written for Visual Media and she shared Best Pop Duo/Group Performance with Bradley Cooper. Musgraves picked up Best Country Album for “Golden Hour,” Best Country Solo Performance for “Butterflies” and Best Country Song for “Space Cowboy.” Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” became the first rap song to win Song of the Year. Drake’s “God’s Plan” was honored as Best Rap Song.

A BOOGIE WIT DA HOODIE TOPS ALBUM CHART… A Boogie Wit da Hoodie’s “Hoodie SZN” sold 47,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart for a third nonconsecutive week. 21 Savage’s “I Am > I Was” jumped into second place on sales of 40,000 copies. Future’s “Future Hndrxx Presents: The WIZRD” slipped to third place after selling 39,000 units. Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” sold 38,000 copies to finish fourth. Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “A Star Is Born” soundtrack finished fifth on sales of 37,000 units.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… New releases took the top three spots at the weekend box office. “The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part” raked in $34.4 million to lead the way. “What Men Want” finished second with $19 million. “Cold Pursuit” came in third place with $10.8 million. “The Upside” slipped to No. 4 after taking in $7.2 million. “Glass” capped the top five with $6.4 million.

DALLAS 102 – Portland 101… The Mavericks came from 15 points down in the fourth quarter to upend the Trail Blazers. They got 28 points from Luka Doncic and 24 from Tim Hardaway Jr.

PHILADELPHIA 143 – L.A. Lakers 120… The 76ers shook off a rough start to roll past the Lakers. Joel Embiid powered his wa7 points and 14 rebounds. Tobias Harris added 22 points and J.J. Redick added 21 points.

SACRAMENTO 117 – Phoenix 104… The Kings built a 19-point halftime lead on their way to handing the Suns their 14th straight loss. Rookie Marvin Bagley III came off the bench to score a game-high 32 points.

Orlando 124 – ATLANTA 108… Seven players scored in double figures as the Magic cruised past the Hawks. Nikola Vucevic had game-highs with 19 points and 12 boards. D.J. Augustin added 14 points and 10 assists.

GOLDEN STATE 120 – Miami 118… DeMarcus Cousins knocked down two free throws with 5.4 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a hard-fought win over the Heat. Kevin Durant made a game-tying 3-pointer and led all scorers with 39 points. Golden State also got 29 points from Klay Thompson and 25 from Stephen Curry.

New York is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Charlotte…
Washington is at Detroit…
Toronto hosts Brooklyn…
Portland is at Oklahoma City
Minnesota hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Milwaukee is at Chicago…
Houston hosts Dallas…
Miami is at Denver

St. Louis 5 – NASHVILLE 4 (OT)… Vladimir Tarasenko found the net 16 seconds into overtime to complete a hat trick and send the Blues past the Predators for their sixth straight win. Ryan O’Reilly and Jay Bouwmeester each had two assists.

BOSTON 2 – Colorado 1 (OT)… Brad Marchand scored 4:03 into overtime and the Bruins dealt the Avalanche their seventh straight loss. Goalie Jaroslav Halak made 35 saves.

Winnipeg 3 – BUFFALO 1… Blake Wheeler netted a tie-breaking goal with 3:55 remaining as the Jets downed the Sabres. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 35 shots at goal.

NEW JERSEY 3 – Carolina 2… Marcus Johansson scored twice to lead the Devils past the Hurricanes. Nico Hischier assisted on all three New Jersey goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 2 – Minnesota 1… Devon Toews netted the go-ahead goal early in the second period and the Islanders made it stand in edging the Wild. Goalie Thomas Greiss made 26 saves.

CHICAGO 5 – Detroit 2… The Blackhawks skated past the Red Wings for their seventh straight win. Dominik Kahun scored two goals and had an assist. Cam Ward stopped 43 shots at goal.

Tampa Bay 5 – FLORIDA 2… Nikita Kucherov netted two goals and had an assist as the Lightning topped the Panthers. Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos each had a goal and an assist.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Toronto 1… Goalie Alexandar Georgiev recorded a career-high 55 saves as the Rangers stopped the Maple Leafs’ four-game winning streak. Mika Zibanejad, Jimmy Vesey and Adam McQuaid found the net for New York. Kevin Hayes added an empty-netter.

Pittsburgh is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Los Angeles…
San Jose is at Vancouver

#12 HOUSTON 65, #25 Cincinnati 58…
#20 IOWA 80, Northwestern 79

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