The Rundown for June 12, 2019

HOUSE PASSES SUBPOENA-ENFORCEMENT MEASURE… The House voted 229-191 yesterday to pass a measure that allows lawmakers to give lawmakers authority to go to court to enforce their subpoenas of the Trump administration. The party-line vote allows the Judiciary Committee to sue Attorney General William Barr and former White House counsel Don McGahn for refusing to comply with subpoenas related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 election and President Trump. Additionally, the resolution enables other committee chairs to take civil legal action to enforce subpoenas without having to hold votes in committee or on the House floor, so long as it has the approval of a bipartisan group of House leaders and house general counsel.

TRUMP CLAIMS AGREEMENT WITH MEXICO… President Trump yesterday claimed he possesses a secret agreement with Mexico but refused to describe it. The president made the claim while waving a white piece of paper and said the agreement will take effect whenever he wants it to. On Monday, Mexico Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard denied that his country had reached an immigration agreement with the U.S. Ebrard insisted the two countries had agreed to discuss more aggressive actions only if the agreements made last Friday do not slow the surge of migrants heading to the border.

ALABAMA GOVERNOR SIGNS CHEMICAL-CASTRATION BILL… Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has signed into law a bill that requires anyone convicted of sex crimes with children younger than 13 to undergo chemical castration as a condition of their parole. The bill mandates that treatment begins at least a month before the release dates and continue until a judge decides that it’s no longer necessary. Human-rights groups have strongly opposed the legislation, claiming that “Sexual assault isn’t about sexual gratification. It’s about power. It’s about control.”

GROUPS SUE OVER DRILLING-PROTECTIONS ROLLBACK… A coalition of environmental groups has filed a new lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era drilling protections. Ten organizations behind the suit include the Sierra Club and the Natural Resources Defense Council. The protections went into effect after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill released millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.

AMAZON RATED AS WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE BRAND… Amazon has surpassed Google as the world’s most valuable brand. The retail giant carries a total value of $315.5 billion, according to the Kantar’s Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands Report released yesterday. Apple was listed second with a value of $309.5 billion, and Google third with $309 billion. Apple or Google had held the top spot in the annual report over the previous 12 years.

RADIOHEAD RESPONDS TO HACK… Radiohead has taken prompt action against hackers who stole 18 hours of secret recordings from the band’s 1997 album “OK Computer.” The hackers held the recordings for ransom, offering to sell them back for “upwards of $150,000 for the entire set” or “$800 per studio track and $50 per live track.” Radiohead responded by cutting the hackers out of the deal and releasing all of the material with a pledge to give all proceeds to the environmental group Extinction Rebellion.

STEVE LAWRENCE BATTLING ALZHEIMER’S… Steve Lawrence has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Doctors told the 83-year-old singer that he is in the early stages of the disease. Lawrence, who formed a singing duo with his late wife, Eydie Gorme, said he is being treated with medication.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – Arizona 4… Scott Kingery belted a three-run homer for the Phillies. Rhys Hoskins and Jay Bruce both had a couple of hits and an RBI.

St. Louis 7 – MIAMI 1… Dakota Hudson (5-3) held the Marlins to a run on four hits over seven innings. Jose Martinez singled home two runs and Marcell Ozuna smacked a solo homer for the Marlins.

COLORADO 10 – Chi. Cubs 3… Charlie Blackmon blasted a three-run homer for the Rockies. Daniel Murphy went 3-for-4 with a two-run double.

ATLANTA 7 – Pittsburgh 5… The Braves topped the Pirates in a game that was called after eight innings due to rain. Josh Donaldson, Nick Markakis, Brian McCann and Ozzie Albie hit solo homers in the bottom of the second inning. McCann added a tie-breaking three-run blast in the sixth.

SAN FRANCISCO 6 – San Diego 5… Stephen Dugger belted a two-run homer and Evan Longoria drilled a two-run double for the Giants.

BALTIMORE 4 – Toronto 2… Anthony Santander went 3-for-4 with an RBI for the Orioles. John Meas (6-4) allowed a run on four hits over five innings.

Oakland 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… Matt Olson homered with a runner aboard and Khris Davis added a solo shot during a three-run top of the sixth inning that carried the Athletics past the Rays. Mike Fiers (6-3) gave up two runs on three hits over six innings.

Texas 9 – BOSTON 5… Hunter Pence hit an inside-the-park homer with a runner aboard for the Rangers. Asdrubal Cabrera lined a two-run single and Ronald Guzman doubled home two runs.

MINNESOTA 6 – Seattle 5… Marwin Gonzalez’ run-scoring single capped a three-run bottom of the eighth inning that pushed the Twins past the Mariners. Jonathan Schoop drilled a two-run homer and Jason Castro followed with a solo shot in the fourth.

KANSAS CITY 3 – Detroit 2… Cheslor Cuthbert singled home Terrance Gore with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ryan O’Hearn put the Royals on the board with a seventh-inning homer.

N.Y. YANKEES 12 – N.Y. Mets 5… The Yankees erased a 4-1 deficit and pounded the Mets in the makeup of a game rained out on Monday. Gio Urshela homered with a runner aboard and Luke Voit added a three-run blast during a five-run bottom of the fourth inning. Urshela added an RBI single and run-scoring double.

N.Y. Mets 10 – N.Y. YANKEES 4… The Mets pounded the Yankees to earn a split of the twinbill. Pete Alonso got things going with a three-run homer in the top of the first inning. J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard and Carlos Gomez connected with the bases empty.

CLEVELAND 2 – Cincinnati 1 (10 innings)… Oscar Mercado singled home Mike Freeman with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning. Carlos Santana belted a fourth-inning homer.

HOUSTON 10 – Milwaukee 8… Tyler White, Yuli Gurriel, Yordan Alvarez and Robinson Chirinos hit two-run homers for the Astros. Gurriel also singled home a run.

CHI. WHITE SOX 7 – Washington 5… Welington Castillo unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning for the White Sox. Eloy Jimenez homered in the fourth and lined an RBI double in the sixth.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – L.A. Dodgers 3… Justin Bour hit a three-run homer and Shohei Ohtani added a solo shot as the Angels scored all five runs in the bottom of the first inning and held on to beat the Dodgers.

the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 5-2) are at Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 5-4)…
Philadelphia (Zach Eflin,6-5) hosts Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 6-6)…
St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 4-6) is at Miami (Jose Urena, 4-7)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 7-1) hosts Pittsburgh (TBA)…
San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 5-3) is at San Francisco (Shaun Anderson, 1-1)

Oakland (Brett Anderson, 6-4) is at Tampa Bay (TBA)…
Boston (Rick Porcello, 4-6) hosts Texas (Lance Lynn, 7-4)…
Toronto (Edwin Jackson, 0-4) is at Baltimore (David Hess, 1-8)…
Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-3) hosts Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-5)…
Seattle (Tommy Milone, 1-1) is at Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 8-2)

Cincinnati (Anthony DeSclafani, 2-3) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 1-1)…
Houston (Justin Verlander, 9-2) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 8-1)

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE… St. Louis is at Boston for Game 7 in the Stanley Cup final

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