The Rundown for March 27, 2019

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TARGETS AFFORDABLE CARE ACT… The Trump administration yesterday put the Affordable Care Act in its crosshairs by asking the U.S. Court of Appeals in New Orleans to declare the entire law unconstitutional. The move reflects a hardened stance just a year after the administration argued that only parts of the law should be struck down. President Trump insists that the ACA’s elimination should include its subsidies and rules preventing insurers from discriminating against those with pre-existing conditions.

HOUSE FAILS TO OVERRIDE TRUMP VETO… The House yesterday failed to come up with enough votes to override President Trump’s first veto that retained his “national emergency” to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall without Congressional funding. A two-thirds majority vote was needed to overturn Trump’s veto but the effort fell three dozen votes short. House Democrats vow to keep trying to block Trump’s border emergency, which they call a “fake” emergency.

GREEN NEW DEAL REJECTED IN SENATE VOTE… A Green New Deal resolution failed 57 to 43 yesterday in a procedural vote forced by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The nonbinding legislation would have guided the country away from fossil fuels and intensified the fight against climate change. Democrats Joe Manchin of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Doug Jones of Alabama joined Republicans in rejecting the resolution.

DeVOS GRILLED BEFORE HOUSE SUBCOMMITTEE… Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was grilled yesterday in an appearance before the House Appropriations subcommittee. DeVos defended her proposal to cut at least $7 billion from several education programs, including eliminating all $18 million in federal funding for the Special Olympics. Some of the toughest questioning came from Wisconsin Democrat Mark Pocan, who asked DeVos whether she knew how many children would be affected by the elimination of federal funding to the Special Olympics. When DeVos responded that she did not know. Pocan informed her that “It’s 272,000 kids that are affected.”

BUMP STOCK BAN TAKES EFFECT… Gun owners’ groups were unsuccessful yesterday as they sought a temporary stay in the Trump administration’s nationwide ban on bump stocks. The ban took effect at midnight yesterday. Legality of the devices came under question after a gunman used them in the October 2017 Las Vegas Strip massacre that killed 58 people and wounded hundreds of others. The devices easily enable semi-automatic rifles “to initiate a continuous firing cycle with a single pull of the trigger,” according to the Justice Department.

HOUSE COMMITTEE REJECTS PENTAGON REQUEST FOR WALL MONEY… The House Committee on Armed Services yesterday rejected the Pentagon’s request to divert about $1 billion in U.S. Army funds toward the construction of a wall along the southern U.S. border. The money would have been taken primarily from a personnel account and used to build 58 miles of fence. “The committee does not approve the proposed use of Department of Defense funds to construct additional physical barriers and roads or install lighting in the vicinity of the United States border,” Committee Chairman Adam Smith, a Democrat from Washington, said.

MEASLES OUTBREAK PROMPTS MEASURES… An ongoing measles outbreak prompted Rockland County, New York, to declare a state of emergency yesterday. The county is banning anyone who is under 18 and not vaccinated from public places. County health officials said the ban will last until the declaration expires in 30 days, or until people are vaccinated.

JUSSIE SMOLLETT CHARGES DROPPED… Prosecutors in Chicago announced yesterday that they are dropping all charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett. The unexpected turn of events was dismissed by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as a “whitewash” of justice. Smollett allegedly lied about being the target of a racist, anti-gay attack. In return for the dismissal, Smollett agreed to do community service and to forfeit the $10,000 he paid to get out of jail.

ENGLISH BEAT, GENERAL PUBLIC CO-FOUNDER RANKING ROGER DIES… Former English Beat singer and General Public co-founder Ranking Roger died yesterday. He was 56. An official cause of death has not been released but he had been diagnosed with two brain tumors and lung cancer last year.

Boston 116 – CLEVELAND 106… The Celtics topped the Cavaliers and ended their four-game skid despite playing without the injured Kyrie Irving. Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart scored 21 points apiece.

CHARLOTTE 125 – San Antonio 116 (OT)… Kemba Walker scored 11 of his 38 points in overtime as the Hornets spurted past the Spurs for their fourth straight win. Dwayne Bacon added 24 points.

Orlando 104 – MIAMI 99… The Magic took control with a big third quarter and held off the Heat to win their sixth in a row. Nikola Vucevic scored 24 points and brought down 16 rebounds.

TORONTO 112 – Chicago 103… Norman Powell came of the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack with 20 points as the Raptors handled the Bulls. Five other players scored in double figures for Toronto.

MILWAUKEE 108 – Houston 94… The Bucks shook of a slow start to roll past the Rockets. Eric Bledsoe scored 16 of his 23 points in the third quarter. Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 19 points and 14 boards.

L.A. Clippers 122 – MINNESOTA 111… The Clippers jumped out to a 42-23 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Timberwolves to win their sixth straight and clinch a playoff spot. Dino Gallinari scored a game-high 25 points. Lou Williams added 20 points off the bench.

Atlanta 130 – NEW ORLEANS 120… Trae Young scored 33 points and dished off 12 assists as the Hawks outgunned the Pelicans. Dewayne Dedmon and DeAndre Bembry added 18 points apiece.

Sacramento 125 – DALLAS 121… The Kings fought their way past the Mavericks in the fourth quarter. De’Aaron Fox led the way with 23 points. Harrison Barnes tossed in 18 points.

DENVER 95 – Detroit 92… The Nuggets built a 27-point halftime lead and withstood a second-half rally to beat the Pistons. Jamal Murray led all scorers with 33 points. Nikola Jokic had 23 points and 15 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 124 – Washington 106… Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 29 points to lead all scorers as the Lakers cruised past the Wizards. LeBron James had 23 points and 14 assists. JaVale McGee finished with 20 points and 15 boards.

Portland is at Chicago…
Memphis hosts Golden State…
Indiana is at Oklahoma City…
Phoenix hosts Washington…
the L.A. Lakers are at Utah

WASHINGTON 4 – Carolina 1… The Capitals skated past the Hurricanes to move within a victory of clinching their 11th playoff spot in 12 seasons. Alex Ovechkin scored his 50th goal and had an assist. John Carlson also had a goal and an assist. Evgeni Kuznetsov set up three goals.

COLUMBUS 4 – N.Y. Islanders 0… Goalie Sergei Bobrovsky stopped all 26 shots to record his eighth shutout of the season and second in a row as the Blue Jackets blanked the Islanders. Cam Atkinson had a goal and an assist. Matt Duchene assisted on two goals.

MONTREAL 6 – Florida 1… Tomas Tatar netted two goals and had an assist in leading the Canadiens past the Panthers. The victory was Montreal’s fourth in five games and eliminated Florida from the postseason.

OTTAWA 4 – Buffalo 0… Craig Anderson stopped 35 shots at goal for his second shutout of the season and the Senators breezed past the Sabres. Brian Gibbons had a goal and an assist for Ottawa.

EDMONTON 8 – Los Angeles 4… The Oilers scored five first-period goals and never looked back in doubling up on the Kings. Leon Draisaitl and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins scored three goals apiece. Connor McDavid had a goal and three assists.

Anaheim 5 – VANCOUVER 4… The Ducks turned away a late push to escape with a win over the Canucks. Rookie Sam Steel netted Anaheim’s first three goals through two periods. Rickard Rakell and Kiefer Sherwood added third-period goals.

ARIZONA 1 – Chicago 0… Nick Cousins scored a power-play goal early in the third period and the Coyotes made it stand in their win over the Blackhawks. Goalie Darcy Kuemper stopped 31 shots in his fourth shutout of the season.

Toronto is at Philadelphia…
Boston hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Dallas is at Calgary…
Colorado hosts Vegas

L.A. DODGERS – L.A. Angels…
TAMPA BAY 9 – Detroit 3…
ATLANTA 7 – Cincinnati 5…
TEXAS 5 – Cleveland 4…
MINNESOTA 5 – Colorado 5 (tie)…
Pittsburgh 5 – HOUSTON 1…
CHI. CUBS 16 – Boston 7…
Chi. White Sox 7 – ARIZONA 1…
San Diego 1 – SEATTLE 0…
TORONTO 2 – Milwaukee 0

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