The Rundown for April 10, 2019

BARR NON-COMMITTAL AT HOUSE PANEL HEARING… Attorney General William Barr appeared before the House Appropriations Committee yesterday and refused to say whether he briefed the White House on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Barr said he would be in position to release the special counsel’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election within the week but that portions of it would be redacted in order to protect ongoing investigations and the privacy and reputation of individuals who have not been charged. The attorney general also said he had no plans to release a full, unredacted report to Congress, despite bipartisan demands.

MNUCHIN TALKS TAX RETURNS… Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin revealed yesterday that White House lawyers communicated with the Treasury Department about how to handle House Democrats’ request for President Trump’s tax returns even before they made it. However, Mnuchin denied that he was briefed on the full extent of the conversations. Last week, House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, a Democrat from Massachusetts, invoked a law that gives Congress to obtain the returns of any taxpayer directly from the Internal Revenue Service. Neal gave the IRS a deadline of today to respond to the committee’s request. IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig later appeared before the same House subcommittee and said no one at the IRS has discussed presidential tax return disclosures with the White House.

24 CHARGED IN $1.2B HEALTHCARE SCHEME… The Justice Department announced yesterday that 24 people have been charged in a $1.2 billion healthcare fraud scheme that targeted the elderly and disabled. Prosecutors say the scheme involved durable medical equipment companies paying “illegal kickbacks and bribes” in exchange for beneficiary referrals from medical professionals working with fraudulent telemedicine companies to fraudulently bill Medicare. The fraudulent telemedicine companies allegedly lured hundreds of thousands of elderly and disabled patients for back, shoulder and knee braces that were not medically necessary. Charges resulted from an investigation that involved more than 80 search warrants across 17 federal districts.

NEW YORK ISSUES ORDER IN RESPONSE TO MEASLES OUTBREAK… New York City has declared a public health emergency in response to a measles outbreak centered in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg community and Mayor Bill de Blasio has ordered mandatory vaccinations in the neighborhood. Officials blamed the outbreak on “anti-vaxxers” spreading false information. The order requires all unvaccinated people at risk of exposure to the virus to get the vaccine, including children over 6 months old.

ARRESTS SWELL AT BORDER… More than 103,000 people along the border with Mexico were arrested or denied entry to the U.S. last month, according to data released yesterday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The number represented a 35 percent increase over the prior month and more than twice as many as the same period last year. Children and people traveling as families made up 67 percent of those arrested between official ports of entry.

LORI LOUGHLIN FACES NEW CHARGE… Federal prosecutors announced yesterday that actress Lori Loughlin could receive up to 20 years in prison after facing a new money laundering charge for her role in a college admissions scandal. Loughlin and 15 other parents were named yesterday in a new superseding indictment also charging them with conspiracy to commit fraud. Loughlin was already out on $1 million bail on conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services fraud. Loughlin’s husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, faces the same charges. The two are accused of paying $500,000 to help their two daughters gain acceptance to the University of Southern California through its rowing team despite neither girl participating in the sport.

B-52s TO TOUR… The 1980s band B-52s has announced plans for a 40th anniversary world tour. The group will hit the road with OMD and Berlin in May. The tour begins May 4 in West Palm Beach, Florida, and ends September 24 in New York. The group will tour Europe in June and July.

CINCINNATI 14 – Miami 0… The Reds snapped an eight-game losing streak by throttling the Marlins. Matt Kemp Eugenio Suarez and Scott Schebler homered consecutively in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jessie Winker and Kyle Farmer also went deep. Luis Castillo (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings and reliever Michael Lorenzen completed the shutout.

Washington 10 – PHILADELPHIA 6 (10 innings)… The Nationals overcame a 6-1 deficit to outlast the Phillies. Juan Soto belted a tie-breaking three-run homer in the top of the 10th inning. Pinch-hitter Howie Kendrick, Yan Gomes and Victor Robles also homered.

ST. LOUIS 4 – L.A. Dodgers 0… Six pitchers combined on the shutout as the Cardinals blanked the Dodgers. Paul Goldschmidt connected for his sixth homer. Yadier Molina drove in six runs.

Atlanta 7 – COLORADO 1… Danby Swanson drilled a three-run homer, Ronald Acuña hit a solo shot and the Braves ripped the Rockies. Max Fried (2-0) surrendered an unearned run on five hits over six innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 7 – San Diego 2… Kevin Pillar lined a bases-clearing double to highlight a six-run bottom of the second inning and lifted a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Giants starter Derek Holland allowed a run on five hits over seven innings.

Cleveland 8 – DETROIT 2… Leonys Martin, Brad Miller, Roberto Perez and Jake Bauers all hit solo home runs. Indians starter Corey Kluber (1-2) allowed a run on seven hits over six innings.

Toronto 7 – BOSTON 5… Freddy Galviz had a couple of hits and knocked in a pair of runs or the Blue Jays.

Tampa Bay 10 – CHI. WHITE SOX 5… Austin Meadows went 4-for-5 with a two-run homer and four RBIs. Avisail Garcia and Brandon Lowe added solo homers for the Rays.

Oakland 13 – BALTIMORE 2… Jurickson Profar went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs in the Athletics’ pounding of the Orioles. Marcus Semien blasted a three-run homer and lifted a sacrifice fly.

HOUSTON 6 – N.Y. Yankees 3… Michael Brantley doubled home a tying run in the bottom of the seventh inning and George Springer stroked a go-ahead two-run double in the eighth as the Astros rallied past the Yankees. Jose Altuve homered and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Seattle 6 – KANSAS CITY 3… The Mariners used a 15-hit attack to double up on the Royals. Jay Bruce homered and drove in two runs. Dee Gordon went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

Minnesota 14 – N.Y. METS 8… Jonathan Schoop and Mitch Garver both homered twice. The Twins also got homers from Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco.

ARIZONA 5 – Texas 4… The Diamondbacks rallied past the Rangers after spotting them a four-run lead. Dyson hit a walkoff two-run homer to cap a three-run bottom of the ninth inning. John Ryan Murphy and Nick Ahmed also homered for Arizona.

L.A. ANGELS 11 – Milwaukee 8… The Angels opened with a six-run bottom of the first inning but needed a late rally to put away the Brewers. Tommy La Stella homered twice and knocked in four runs. Jonathan Lucroy went 2-for-3 with three RBIs.

Miami (Richards, 0-1) is at Cincinnati (Mahle, 0-0)…
the Chi. Cubs (Darvish, 0-1) host Pittsburgh (Lyles, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Maeda, 2-0) are at St. Louis (Flaherty, 0-0)…
Philadelphia (Pivetta, 1-0) hosts Washington (Hellickson, 0-0)…
San Diego (Margevicius, 0-1) is at San Francisco (Rodriguez, 1-1)…
Colorado (Anderson, 0-2) hosts Atlanta (Gausman, 1-0)

Cleveland (Bauer, 1-0) is at Detroit (Boyd, 0-1)…
Baltimore (Cobb, 0-0) hosts Oakland (Montas, 1-1)…
Tampa Bay (Glasnow, 2-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lopez, 1-0)…
Kansas City (TBA) hosts Seattle (Kibuchi, 0-0)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Paxton, 1-1) are at Houston (McHugh, 1-1)

Minnesota (Odorizzi, 0-1) is at the N.Y. Mets (Syndergaard, 0-1)…
Arizona (Ray, 0-1) hosts Texas (Lynn, 0-1)…
Milwaukee (Woodruff, 1-0) is at the L.A. Angels (Pena, 0-1)

Charlotte 124 – CLEVELAND 97… The Hornets pulled away in the second half to put away the Cavaliers and keep their playoff hopes alive. Kemba Walker pumped in 23 points.

DETROIT 100 – Memphis 93… The Pistons came from 22 points down to upend the Grizzlies and maintain their hold on a postseason spot. Ish Smith led the way with 22 points. Andre Drummond powered his way to 20 points and 17 rebounds.

Boston 116 – WASHINGTON 110… Terry Rozier scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures as the playoff-bound Celtics handled the Wizards.

MIAMI 122 – Philadelphia 99… The Heat got 30 points from Dwyane Wade in cruising past the 76ers. Goran Dragic had 13 assists.

New York 96 – CHICAGO 86… The Knicks avoided finishing with their worst-ever record to downing the Bulls. Dennis Smith Jr. scored 25 points.

Toronto 120 – MINNESOTA 100… The Raptors bombed the Timberwolves 43-19 in the second quarter and remained in control to close out their regular season with a victory. Kawhi Leonard scored 20 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Golden State 112 – NEW ORLEANS 103… DeMarcus Cousins scored 21 points and gathered 12 boards in leading the Warriors past the Pelicans. Stephen Curry left the game with a mild foot sprain but is expected to be fine after sitting out tonight’s regular-season finale.

DALLAS 120 – Phoenix 109… Dirk Nowitzki dropped in a season-high 30 points as the Mavericks topped the Suns. Luka Doncic racked up 21 points, 16 rebounds and 11 assists.

OKLAHOMA CITY 112 – Houston 111… The Thunder outscored the Rockets 32-18 in the fourth quarter to win a matchup of teams jockeying or playoff positions. Paul George made a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left and finished with 27 points. Russell Westbrook had 29 points, 12 boards and 10 assists.

UTAH 118 – Denver 108… Donovan Mitchell poured in 46 points as the Jazz fought their way past the Nuggets. Rudy Gobert finished with 20 points and 10 boards. Joe Ingles had 13 assists to go with his 10 points.

Portland 104 – L.A. LAKERS 101… Maurice Harkless knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds remaining to send the Trail Blazers past the Lakers. Harkless had 26 points on the night. Enes Kanter had 22 points and 16 rebounds. Damian Lillard tossed in 20 points.

Indiana is at Atlanta…
Brooklyn hosts Miami…
Orlando is at Charlotte…
New York hosts Detroit…
Chicago is at Philadelphia…
Memphis hosts Golden State…
Oklahoma City is at Milwaukee…
San Antonio hosts Dallas…
Minnesota is at Denver…
the L.A. Clippers host Utah…
Sacramento is at Portland

Columbus is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host Pittsburgh…
St. Louis is at Winnipeg…
Nashville hosts Dallas…
Vegas is at San Jose

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