The Rundown for June 17, 2019

TRUMP CAMPAIGN FIRES POLLSTERS… President Trump’s re-election campaign is reportedly dropping three pollsters after leaked internal polling showed the president behind Joe Biden in critical states. March polling made public in recent days showed Trump is lagging behind in swing states as well as in strong Republican states. The polling revealed that Trump currently trails Biden by double-digits in Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida and Michigan. The president is also 7 points in Iowa.

BOEING CEO ADMITS MISTAKES… Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg has admitted that the aerospace company made a “mistake” in how it handled a problematic cockpit warning system in its 737 Max jets that led to two crashes and killed 346 people. Boeing allegedly failed to alert regulators for more than a year that an automated stall-prevention system on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 and MAX 9 models had issues, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. Muilenburg said Boeing’s communication with regulators, customers and the public “was not consistent, and that’s unacceptable.”

SCHIFF CONCERNED ABOUT RUSSIA BRIEFINGS REPORT… During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation” yesterday, House Intelligence Committee chair Adam Schiff said he was bothered by the report that officials avoid giving President Trump full briefings on cybersecurity plans involving Russia. Schiff, a Democrat from California, said he couldn’t confirm the accuracy of the report, but said Americans should be concerned about the possibility that military and intelligence officials are withholding information about plans to counter potential Russian cyberattacks from Trump out of worry that he might share them with foreign nations. The report, published Saturday in the New York Times, cited two unnamed administration officials who said they didn’t believe Trump had been “briefed in any detail” about plans to place software code in Russia’s power grid to counteract Moscow’s disinformation and hacking campaigns around U.S. elections.

POMPEO VOWS SAFE PASSAGE IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday that the U.S. is willing to take necessary measures against Iran to ensure safe passage in the Strait of Hormuz. Pompeo continued to blame Iran for Thursday’s attacks on oil tankers in the strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman and said global forces should apply pressure to the country and ensure freedom of navigation. Iran has denied accusations that it carried out the attacks.

CHINA TALKS UNLIKELY TO RESOLVE DISPUTE… President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping are unlikely to resolve the ongoing trade dispute if they meet at the G-20 summit this month, according to Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The commerce secretary said an agreement to actively resume talks is the most likely development that will come out of the meeting. Talks between the two countries broke down last month when the U.S. accused Chinese representatives of reneging on their promises to address piracy, intellectual property and other issues.

TIFFANY HADDISH CANCELS ATLANTA SHOW OUT OF PROTEST… Actress and comedian Tiffany Haddish has announced that she is canceling a scheduled show at the Fox Theater in Atlanta to protest Georgia’s “heartbeat” bill abortion policy. The new law is set to go into effect on January 1. It would prohibit women from getting an abortion if fetal cardiac activity in their baby is detected.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Men in Black International” took in $28.5 million to debut atop the weekend box office. Last week’s champ, “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” slipped into second place with $23.8 million. “Aladdin” remained at No. 3 with $16.7 million. “Dark Phoenix” finished fourth with $9 million. “Rocketman” capped the top five with $8.8 million.

Pittsburgh 5 – MIAMI 4… Jung Ho Kang lined a two-run double for the Pirates. Melky Cabrera went 2-for-4 with an RBI triple.

St. Louis 4 – N.Y. METS 3… Paul Goldschmidt homered with a runner aboard in the top of the first inning and Paul DeJong added a go-ahead solo shot in the eighth for the Cardinals.

ATLANTA 15 – Philadelphia 1… Josh Donaldson and Tyler Flowers belted two-run homers for the Braves. Ronald Acuña added a solo shot. Freddie Freeman, Nick Markakis and Ozzie Albies added two RBIs apiece. Mike Foltynewicz (2-5) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

WASHINGTON 15 – Arizona 5… Matt Adams homered twice and knocked in seven runs to lead the Nationals in their romp over the Diamondbacks. Kurt Suzuki and Anthony Rendon also went deep.

San Diego 14 – COLORADO 13… The Padres rallied for four runs in the top of the ninth inning to upend the Rockies. Hunter Renfroe homered twice and drove in three runs. Greg Garcia went 4-for-5 with four RBIs. The combined 92 runs the teams scored broke a 90-year record for the most ever scored in a four-game series.

Milwaukee 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Eric Thames and pinch-hitter Jesus Aguilar smacked solo homers for the Brewers. Christian Yelich and Yasmani Grandal each had two hits and an RBI.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Chi. Cubs 2… Russell Martin singled home with the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Dodgers made it stand in their win over the Cubs. Cody Bellinger’s leadoff homer tied the game in the sixth.

Boston 8 – BALTIMORE 6 (10 innings)… The Red Sox scored five times in the top of the 10th inning and held on to outlast the Orioles. Rafael Devers sparked the uprising with a leadoff homer. Marco Hernandez also homered with the bases empty.

TAMPA BAY 6 – L.A. Angels 5… Brandon Lowe and Tommy Pham drilled solo homers for the Rays. Yandy Diaz went 2-for-4 with a run-scoring single.

Cleveland 8 – DETROIT 0… Indians starter Trevor Bauer (5-6) tossed a four-hit shutout. Oscar Mercado went 3-for-4 with four RBIs. Jason Kipnis doubled home a run and blasted a two-run homer.

Kansas City 8 – MINNESOTA 6… Martin Maldonado went 3-for-4 and knocked in two runs for the Royals. Jorge Bonifacio and Billy Hamilton each added two RBIs.

N.Y. Yankees 10 – CHI. WHITE SOX 3… Brett Gardner and Austin Romine both had two hits and four RBIs in the Yankees romp over the White Sox. Starter James Paxton (4-3) gave up two runs on eight hits over eight innings.

Toronto 12 – HOUSTON 0… Teoscar Hernandez homered twice for the Blue Jays in their thrashing of the Astros. Rowdy Tellez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Freddy Galvez also connected. Trent Thornton (2-5) scattered six hits over 6-2/3 innings and two relievers preserved the shutout.

Seattle 6 – OAKLAND 3… The Mariners used a four-run top of the eighth inning to put away the Athletics. Kyle Seager doubled home the tying and go-ahead runs. Mallex Smith homered with a runner aboard.

CINCINNATI 11 – Texas 3… Jesse Winker went 4-for-5 with a homer and five RBIs as the Reds thumped the Rangers. Yasiel Puig had three hits, including a two-run homer.

Philadelphia (Jake Arrieta, 6-5) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 5-5)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 7-1) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Zack Wheeler, 5-4)…
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 0-1) is at St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 4-7)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 7-3) host San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 0-2)…
Milwaukee (Jhoulys Chacin, 3-7) is at San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 5-4)

Tampa Bay (TBA) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 4-5)…
Toronto (Edwin Jackson, 1-4) hosts the L.A. Angels (Felix Pena, 4-1)…
Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 1-0) is at Texas (Lance Lynn, 7-4)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 8-2) hosts Boston (Rick Porcello, 4-6)…
Baltimore (Andrew Cashner, 6-2) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 6-3)…
Seattle (TBA) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-3)

Houston (Wade Miley, 6-3) is at Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 6-1)

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