The Rundown for Feb. 20, 2019

HOUSE PANEL INVESTIGATING WHITE HOUSE SAUDI PLAN… A report by the House Oversight Committee claims the U.S. is rushing to transfer sensitive nuclear power technology to Saudi Arabia. The panel says it launched an inquiry over concerns expressed by whistleblowers worried about Trump administration plans to build nuclear reactors throughout the country. The plans reportedly have been pushed by firms linked to President Trump.

TRUMP ORDERS ACTION ON SPACE FORCE… President Trump yesterday signed a directive ordering the Department of Defense to create the Space Force. The directive tasks the Pentagon with preparing legislation to present Congress. The sixth branch of the military would be set up under the umbrella of the Air Force and have representation on the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Funding for the Space Force will be included in Trump’s 2020 budget proposal.

WHITE HOUSE RECALLS CALIFORNIA INVESTMENT… The Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it plans to withdraw the $929 million it awarded to California’s high-speed rail project and wants the state to return an additional $2.5 billion that it has already spent. The announcement follows President Trump’s threats to claw back $3.5 billion that the federal government gave to California to construct high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco. California Governor Gavin Newsom vowed a fight to keep the money and said the move was in response to California suing the administration over Trump’s emergency declaration to pay for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.

BERNIE SANDERS TO RUN FOR PRESIDENT AGAIN… Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has launched his second run for the presidency. The 77-year-old Independent will seek the Democratic Party’s nomination, just as he unsuccessfully did in 2016. The Sanders campaign says it raised $1 million within 3-1/2 hours of launching.

WEST VIRGINIA TEACHERS REMAIN ON STRIKE… A move by the state House of Delegates was not enough to prevent West Virginia teachers from remaining on strike for a second day today. The walkout will continue despite delegates voting 53-45 to indefinitely table a bill that would have used state funds for private school vouchers and charter schools instead of public schools. Union leaders say their trust “has been somewhat restored” by the Virginia House of Delegates’ decision to table the bill, but they’re going to continue the strike for one more day to make sure the bill is dead.

‘ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT’ RESUMES MARCH 15… Netflix announced that it is bringing back “Arrested Development” to resume its fifth season starting on March 15. The streaming service released the first half of the series in May and the second part will complete the season. “Arrested Development” ran for three seasons on Fox from 2003 to 2006 before Netflix revived it for a fourth season in 2013.

CONSUMER ADVOCATE DAVID HOROWITZ DIES… Former syndicated television consumer advocate David Horowitz has died, his wife has confirmed. He was 81. “Fight Back! With David Horowitz” featured the host investigating product defects, testing advertising claims and confronting companies with customer complaints. Horowitz also made regular appearances on NBC’s “Today” show, did radio commentaries and authored a newspaper column.

FLORIDA 4 – Buffalo 2… Jonathan Huberdeau scored a pair of goals and had an assist as the Panthers doubled up on and Sabres. Aleksander Barkov added a goal and two assists. Goalie James Reimer stopped 32 shots

N.Y. Rangers 2 – CAROLINA 1… Vladislav Namestnikov netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Rangers made it stand in edging the Hurricanes. Henrik Lundqvist made 43 saves at goal.

Pittsburgh 4 – NEW JERSEY 3… The Penguins held off the Devils for their fourth win in five games. Bryan Rust netted a go-ahead goal midway through the second period. Goalie Matt Murray stopped 35 shots.

Tampa Bay 5 – PHILADELPHIA 2… The Lightning scored three unanswered goals in the first period and never looked back in skating past the Flyers for their seventh straight win. J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Toronto 2 (OT)… The Blues blew a two-goal third-period lead, but recovered to outlast the Maple Leafs and extend their winning streak to 11 games. Ryan O’Reilly ripped through the winning goal 34 seconds into overtime. Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist in the first period. Tyler Bozak assisted on both goals.

MONTREAL 3 – Columbus 2… The Canadiens jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period but needed a third-period goal from Tomas Tatar to put away the Blue Jackets. Goalie Carey Price made 31 saves.

Anaheim 4 – MINNESOTA 0… Goalie Ryan Miller stopped all 31 shots as the Ducks blanked the Wild. Jakob Silfverberg broke a scoreless tie early in the second period and Anaheim added three goals in the third.

Nashville 5 – DALLAS 3… The Predators closed with three straight goals to upend the Stars. Roman Josi netted two goals and had an assist. Ryan Ellis assisted on three goals. Pekka Rinne made 39 saves at goal.

Arizona 3 – EDMONTON 2 (SO)… Vinnie Hinostroza scored a third-period goal and added the winning goal in the fourth round of a shootout to send the Coyotes past the Oilers. Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 35 shots.

Chicago is at Detroit…
Colorado hosts Winnipeg…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Calgary…
Vegas hosts Boston

#4 Kentucky 66, MISSOURI 58…
#5 TENNESSEE 58, Vanderbilt 46…
#15 Purdue 48, INDIANA 46…
#16 Florida State 77, CLEMSON 64…
Baylor 73, #19 IOWA STATE 69…
#24 Maryland 66, #21 IOWA 65…
#25 BUFFALO 114, Ohio 67

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