The Rundown for May 31, 2019

TRUMP ANNOUNCES TARIFFS ON MEXICAN IMPORTS… President Donald Trump announced last night that the U.S. will impose a 5 percent tariff on all Mexican imports from June 10. Trump also warned that more duties will be added in the coming months if Mexico does not take action to “reduce or eliminate the number of illegal aliens” crossing into the U.S. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, Mexico was the second-largest importer of goods into the U.S. in 2018. The U.S. imported $346.5 billion of goods from Mexico in 2018, which accounted for 13.6 percent of overall U.S. imports that year.

CITIZENSHIP QUESTION INTENDED TO AID REPUBLICANS… The discovery of documents written by late GOP strategist Thomas B. Hofeller indicates that the American citizenship question added to the 2020 census is part of a gerrymandering scheme to aid Republicans. The New York Times reported yesterday that the documents were discovered on a hard drive discovered by Hofeller’s estranged daughter. According to the report, Hofeller “wrote a study in 2015 concluding that adding a citizenship question to the census would allow Republicans to draft even more extreme gerrymandered maps to stymie Democrats.”

FORMER SENATOR THAD COCHRAN DIES… Former Mississippi Republican Senator Thad Cochran died yesterday after a long illness. He was 81. Cochran became only the second Republican elected to the U.S. House after the Reconstruction era in 1972 when he won a seat. In 1978, Cochran became the first Republican from Mississippi in a century to be elected to the U.S. Senate. He served for 40 years and held several GOP leadership positions.

NEW HAMPSHIRE ENDS DEATH PENALTY… New Hampshire became the final New England state to abolish the death penalty yesterday. The vote by state lawmakers overrides a veto from the state’s Republican governor, Chris Sununu, and makes New Hampshire the 21st state nationwide to abandon the practice. The bill changes the penalty for capital murder to life imprisonment without parole.

NORTH CAROLINA GOP CHAIR FACING CHARGES… North Carolina State Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes and three associates have been charged in an alleged bribery scheme involving campaign contributions to the state insurance commissioner. In an indictment unsealed yesterday, federal prosecutors say the conspirators offered hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions in exchange for official action that would benefit the business interests of Hayes associate Greg Lindberg. Hayes denies bribery and wire fraud charges filed against him.

R. KELLY HIT WITH 11 NEW CHARGES… Prosecutors in Chicago have added 11 new sex-related counts against singer R. Kelly. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the new charges include four counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault, two counts of criminal sexual assault by force, two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse and three counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse against a victim between the ages of 13 and 16. The four aggravated criminal sexual assault counts carry maximum terms of 30 years in prison.

LEON REDBONE DIES… Eccentric singer-songwriter Leon Redbone died yesterday in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, following an extended illness. He was 69. Redbone, who retired in 2015, released 16 albums beginning in 1975. His repertoire incorporated 1920s and ’30s musical styles, including ragtime and blues. He performed several times on “Saturday Night Live” in the mid-1970s and made numerous appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.”

IN THEATERS… In “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” the crypto-zoological agency Monarch faces off against a battery of god-sized monsters, including the mighty Godzilla, who collides with Mothra, Rodan and the three-headed King Ghidorah. The sci-fi adventure film is rated PG-13 and stars Kyle Chandler and Vera Farmiga. “Rocketman” is a musical fantasy about the fantastical human story of Elton John’s breakthrough years. Taron Egerton and Jamie Bell star in the R-rated musical. “Ma” tells the story about a lonely woman with questionable intentions befriends a group of teenagers and lets them party at her house. Octavia Spencer and Diana Silvers star in the R-rated thriller.

St. Louis 5 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Jed Gyorko homered with a runner aboard and the Cardinals got solo shots from Marcell Ozuna, Matt Wieters and Matt Carpenter in powering their way past the Phillies. Dakota Hudson (4-3) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

San Francisco 3 – MIAMI 1… Brandon Crawford lined a tie-breaking two-run double in the top of the eighth inning as the Giants topped the Marlins.

COLORADO 11 – Arizona 10 (10 innings)… Daniel Murphy singled home Trevor Story with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Rockies over the Diamondbacks. Nolan Arenado tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth. David Dahl and Ryan McMahon hit two-run homers. Ian Desmond added a solo shot.

Milwaukee 11 – PITTSBURGH 5… Mike Moustakas homered twice and drove in four runs for the Brewers. Yasmani Grandal and Eric Thames hit bases-empty homers. Lorenzo Cain had three hits and knocked in four RBIs.

L.A. DODGERS 2 – N.Y. Mets 0… Hyun-Jin Ryu (8-1) pitched four-hit ball over 7-2/3 innings and reliever Kenley Jenson completed the shutout of the Mets. Max Muncy doubled home the only run the Dodgers needed in the bottom of the first inning and Enrique Hernandez added an RBI single in the eighth.

TAMPA BAY 14 – Minnesota 3… The Rays put up six runs in the bottom of the third inning and added five more in the fourth to thrash the Twins. Ji-Man Choi drilled a two-run homer. Austin Meadows had a couple of hits and drove in four runs.

Kansas City 4 – TEXAS 2… Jorge Soler’s three-run homer in the top of the sixth inning gave the Royals the lead for good in their defeat of the Rangers. Adalberto Mondesi added a solo shot in the eighth.

CHI. WHITE SOX 10 – Cleveland 4… The White Sox used a 15-hit attack to pound the Indians. Yonder Alonso and Jose Abreu hit two-run homers. Eloy Jimenez went 3-for-4 with two RBIs.

L.A. Angels 9 – SEATTLE 3… Kole Calhoun and Cesar Puello hit solo homers for the Angels. Mike Trout drilled a two-run double and singled home a run.

Boston – N.Y. YANKEES (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Yankees-Red Sox game. It will be made up on August 3.

Milwaukee (Jhoulys Chacin, 3-6) is at Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 1-5)…
Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 1-5) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-2)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-3) are at St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 4-5)…
Arizona (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 4-3)…
Miami (Caleb Smith, 3-2) is at San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 3-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 6-2) host Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 5-4)

Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 5-3) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 9-1)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-1) is at Texas (Ariel Jurado, 1-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Covey, 0-4) host Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 4-4)…
Houston (Brad Peacock, 5-2) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 4-3)…
Seattle (Mike Leake, 3-6) hosts the L.A. Angels (Tyler Skaggs, 4-4)

San Francisco (Drew Pomeranz, 1-5) is at Baltimore (Andrew Cashner, 5-2)…
Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-3) hosts Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 2-4)…
Toronto (Edwin Jackson, 2-0) is at Colorado (German Marquez, 5-2)

TORONTO 118 – Golden State 109… Pascal Siakam pumped in 32 points to lead the Raptors past the Warriors in Game1 of the NBA Final. Kawhi Leonard tossed in 23 points and Marc Gasol added 20. The series remains in Toronto for Game 2 on Sunday.

Boston is at St. Louis for Game 3 tomorrow with the series tied 1-1

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