The Rundown for Feb. 27, 2019

TRUMP IN HANOI… President Trump arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam, yesterday in advance of his second meeting with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un. The two leaders are scheduled to meet for one-on-one talks today and continue discussion tomorrow. According to the White House, conversations are expected to largely focus on how to implement a North Korean pledge to give up its nuclear weapons.

MICHAEL COHEN DISBARRED… President former personal attorney and Republican deputy finance director Michael Cohen has been disbarred in his home state of New York following his conviction on a felony. Cohen has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations as part of the federal investigation into his financial dealings with President Trump during the 2016 presidential election. Cohen also pleaded guilty to one count of lying to Congress as part of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s meddling in the election. Meanwhile, Cohen reportedly accused Trump of carrying out criminal activity while in office while testifying privately before the Senate Intelligence Committee yesterday. Cohen is expected to accuse Trump of criminal conduct in office publicly today in testimony before the House Oversight Committee.

HOUSE PANEL TO SUBPOENA CHILD-SEPARATION POLICY DOCUMENTS… House Committee on Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings has announced plans to subpoena Attorney General William Barr, Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar for “records on the Trump Administration’s child separation policy.” The subpoenas will require the Justice Department, DHS and HHS to “produce specific categories of information about each separated child,” Cummings said in a statement released yesterday. The announcement follows documents obtained by BuzzFeed News that suggested border officials didn’t receive guidance about Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy until after Secretary Nielsen signed a memo enacting it.

HOUSE PASSES RESOLUTION TO END TRUMP’S NATIONAL EMERGENCY… The House voted 245-182 yesterday to pass a resolution that would end President Trump’s national emergency declaration. 13 Republicans joined Democrats in approving the resolution, which seeks to prevent Trump from using federal funds to build a wall along the southern border with Mexico. The resolution faces an uphill battle in the GOP-led Senate.

MARK HARRIS WON’T RE-RUN FOR NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESS SEAT… Mark Harris, the Republican candidate in North Carolina’s 9th District congressional race, cited health reasons in announcing yesterday that he will not run in the newly ordered do-over election. Harris won the race by 905 votes in November, but the election fell under scrutiny due to suspicions of ballot fraud and left him in mounting legal jeopardy. The elections board ordered a special election after gathering evidence that a Harris operative may have illegally collected mail-in ballots.

LIGHTFOOT, PRECKWINLE ADVANCE IN CHICAGO MAYOR’S RACE… Former federal prosecutor Lori Lightfoot and Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle have advanced to the April 2 run-off election to determine Chicago’s next mayor. Yesterday’s results ensure that Chicago will elect a black woman as mayor for the first time. The two finalists emerged from a field of 14 candidates.

ENTERTAINMENT
EMMA THOMPSON LEAVES ANIMATED COMEDY… Emma Thompson announced yesterday that she is leaving the animated comedy “Luck” as the result of studio Skydance Animation’s hiring of John Lasseter. Lasseter previously headed Pixar, but was let go in response to accusations that he sexually harassed female colleagues. Thompson was to voice a character in “Luck.”

TALK TALK LEAD SINGER DIES… Mark Hollis, the lead singer of the 1980s band Talk Talk, has died after a short illness, his former manager has confirmed. He was 64. Talk Talk found success with the songs “It’s My Life” and “Such a Shame.” Hollis released a solo album in 1998 and then disappeared from public view.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
NEW YORK 108 – Orlando 103… The Knicks used a 75-7 bench scoring advantage to get past the Magic. Emmanuel Mundiay led the way with 19 points. Mitchell Robertson had 17 points and 14 rebounds.

TORONTO 118 – Boston 95… The Raptors bombed the Celtics 36-13 in the second quarter to take control for good in the blowout victory. Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 25 points. Kawhi Leonard added 21 points.

Oklahoma City 121 – DENVER 112… The Nuggets built a 13-point halftime lead and held on at the end to beat the Thunder. Nikola Jokic scored a game-high 36 points to go with his 10 assists and nine rebounds. Will Barton added 23 points and Jamal Murray tossed in 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Houston is at Charlotte…
Atlanta hosts Minnesota…
Washington is at Brooklyn…
Miami hosts Golden State…
Chicago is at Memphis…
Boston hosts Portland…
Detroit is at San Antonio…
Dallas hosts Indiana…
the L.A. Clippers are at Utah…
Sacramento hosts Milwaukee…
New Orleans is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – San Jose 1… The Bruins scored three unanswered goals in the second period to put away the Sharks. David Krejci had a goal and an assist.

Calgary 3 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Mikael Backlund and Rasmus Andersson scored back-to-back goals in the third period to send the Flames past the Islanders. Elias Lindholm set up two goals.

PHILADELPHIA 5 – Buffalo 2… The Flyers skated past the Sabres to keep their playoff hopes alive. Claude Giroux scored a goal and assisted on another.

WASHINGTON 7 – Ottawa 2… The Capitals rolled past the Senators after spotting them a two-goal lead. T.J. Oshie netted a pair of goals. Brett Connolly, Lars Eller and Evgeni Kuznetsov each had a goal and an assist. Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin had two assists apiece.

CAROLINA 6 – Los Angeles 1… Dougie Hamilton found the net twice and had an assist to lead the Hurricanes in their rout of the Kings. Teuvo Teravainen added a goal and three assists. Micheal Ferland added a goal and an assist. The loss was L.A.’s ninth in a row.

Pittsburgh 5 – COLUMBUS 2… Jared McCann’s two goals led the Penguins past the Blue Jackets. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist.

Montreal 8 – DETROIT 1… The Canadiens got three goals from Andrew Shaw in their thrashing of the Red Wings. Max Domi finished with two goals and three assists. Jonathan Drouin racked up four assists.

ST. LOUIS 1 – Nashville 0… Tyler Bozak broke a scoreless tie at 12:35 of the third period and Alex Pietrangelo added an empty-netter at the end as the Blues clipped the Predators. Goalie Jordan Binnington stopped all shots.

Minnesota 3 – EDMONTON 2… Jason Zucker and Joel Eriksson Ek scored 26 seconds apart with about a minute-and-a-half remaining to lift the Wild over the Oilers. Brad Hunt opened the scoring midway through the second period. Ryan Donato had two assists.

ARIZONA 4 – Florida 3 (SO)… Vinnie Hinostroza’s goal in the third round of the shootout carried the Coyotes past the Panthers. Derek Stepan’s second goal of the game tied the score with 6:29 left in regulation.

VEGAS 4 – Dallas 1… The Golden Knights closed with four straight goals to topple the Stars. Max Pacioretty netted a tying goal in the second period and added the go-ahead goal with 5:08 remaining in the third. Paul Stastny assisted on two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Edmonton is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts Calgary…
Tampa Bay is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Colorado hosts Vancouver…
Chicago is at Anaheim

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCORES
#20 VIRGINIA TECH 77, #3 Duke 72…
#4 KENTUCKY 70, Arkansas 66…
#5 NORTH CAROLINA 93, Syracuse 85…
#13 LSU 66, Texas A&M 55…
INDIANA 75, #19 Wisconsin 73 (2OT)…
#21 BUFFALO 77, Akron 64…
OHIO STATE 90, #22 Iowa 70

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