The Rundown for June 20, 2019

HOPE HICKS REFUSES TO ANSWER HOUSE PANEL’S QUESTIONS… Former White House communications director Hope Hicks angered Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee yesterday by declining to answer questions about her time in the Trump administration. Her silence during a closed-door interview came a day after White House lawyers claimed Hicks is immune from giving compelled congressional testimony. Democrats argued that such immunity does not exist.

EPA KILLS CLEAN POWER PLAN… The Environmental Protection Agency continued its efforts to weaken environmental regulations yesterday by killing the Clean Power Plan. The Obama-era policy required states to meet targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions from power plants and sought to reduce power sector emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030. EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the CPP placed too great of an economic burden on low- and middle-income Americans.

FED KEEPS KEY RATES UNCHANGED… The Federal Reserve yesterday kept benchmark interest rates unchanged despite recent President Trump’s recent pleas to cut rates. The federal funds rate was kept between 2.25 percent and 2.5 percent after the Federal Open Market Committee’s two-day policy meeting in Washington, D.C. FOMA said its decision was the result of a strong labor market, a moderate rise in economic activity, low unemployment rate and “solid” job gains.

CULT LEADER CONVICTED OF SEX CRIMES… A self-help guru accused of leading a sex cult that enslaved women has been found guilty of all charges against him. 58-year-old Keith Raniere was convicted following a six-week trial in Brooklyn, New York. Charges against him included racketeering, sex trafficking and child pornography. Raniere had denied allegations that oversaw a “slave and master” system in his Nxivm (pronounced nexium) group.

HOUSE PANEL DISCUSSES REPARATIONS… A House Judiciary subcommittee yesterday debated a bill that would study how the U.S. would implement reparations to African-Americans. Democratic Congressman Cory Booker of New Jersey, writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and actor Danny Glover were among witnesses who testified before the panel. The measure, HR 40, is sponsored by Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, who said it was up to Congress to “correct our error” of instituting laws that made slavery an act of the state.

NETFLIX CANCELS ‘CHAMBERS’… Netflix announced yesterday that it has canceled supernatural drama series “Chambers” after just one season. The series starred Uma Thurman and premiered on the streaming service in April. It centered a teenager who gets a heart transplant and starts to investigate the donor while developing different personality traits.

THE LETTERMEN CO-FOUNDER DIES… Jim Pike, who co-founded and fronted the 1960s vocal trio The Lettermen died at his home last week in Prescott, Arizona, family members confirmed yesterday. He was 82 and had been battling Parkinson’s Disease. In 1961, Pike formed The Lettermen in Los Angeles with college friend Bob Engemann and singer Tony Butala. The group had its first hit with the Grammy-nominated “The Way You Look Tonight” and placed 19 more songs on Billboard charts over a 10-year period.

WASHINGTON 6 – Philadelphia 2… Brian Dozier doubled home a run and belted a two-run homer to lead the Nationals past the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Scott Kingery homered with the bases empty. Patrick Corbin (6-5) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

WASHINGTON 2 – Philadelphia 0… The Nationals clipped the Phillies to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Max Scherzer (6-5) pitched four-hit ball and struck out 10 over seven innings. Brian Dozier and Victor Robles homered for Washington.

SAN DIEGO 8 – Milwaukee 7… Franmil Reyes connected for a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning. Eric Hosmer homered with a runner aboard in the first.

ATLANTA 7 – N.Y. Mets 2… Freddie Freeman and Josh Donaldson blasted two-run homers for the Braves. in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nick Markakis lined a two-run double. Max Fried (8-3) gave up two runs on eight hits over six innings.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Miami 1 (11 innings)… Paul Goldschmidt’s two-out homer in the bottom of the 11th inning lifted the Cardinals over the Marlins. Dexter Fowler singled home the game’s first run in the sixth.

Colorado 6 – ARIZONA 4… Daniel Murphy hit a two-run homer and Ryan McMahon lined a two-run double for the Rockies.

L.A DODGERS 9 – San Francisco 2… Chris Taylor homered twice and drove in four runs for the Dodgers. Cody Bellinger drilled a two-run shot. Kyle Garlick also went deep.

N.Y. YANKEES 12 – Tampa Bay 1… The Yankees mounted six-run rallies in the bottom of the first and seventh innings in their thrashing of the Rays. Gary Sanchez connected for a three-run homer and Gleyber Thomas unloaded a grand slam. CC Sabathia gave up a run on three hits over six innings.

OAKLAND 8 – Baltimore 3… The Athletics used a four-run bottom of the seventh inning to put away the Orioles. Josh Phegley opened the scoring with a three-run homer in the fifth.

SEATTLE 8 – Kansas City 2… Domingo Santana went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and five RBIs in leading the Mariners past the Royals. Daniel Vogelbach homered and lifted a sacrifice fly. Marco Gonzales (8-6) gave up two runs on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

L.A. Angels 11 – TORONTO 6… Mike Trout hit a pair of homers, including a grand slam, and finished with seven RBIs in leading the Angels past the Blue Jays. Justin Upton also circled the bases.

Cleveland 10 – TEXAS 4… Jason Kipnis homered twice and knocked in four runs for the Indians. Roberto Perez added a solo shot. Jordan Luplow had a couple of hits and knocked in three runs.

Boston 9 – MINNESOTA 4… Brock Holt finished with three RBIs as the Red Sox rolled past the Twins. Michael Chavis lined a pair of run-scoring singles.

CINCINNATI 3 – Houston 2… Nick Senzel and Jesse Winker delivered run-scoring singles in the bottom of the ninth inning as the Reds came from behind to complete a three-game sweep. Yasiel Puig opened the scoring with a second-inning homer.

PITTSBURGH 8 – Detroit 7… The Pirates overcame a 7-1 deficit to upend the Tigers. Bryan Reynolds connected for a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the sixth inning. Starling Marte homered with a runner aboard in the fifth.

CHI. CUBS 7 – Chi. White Sox 3… Willson Contreras blasted a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning and added a solo shot in the third to help power the Cubs past the White Sox. David Bote also went deep.

Colorado (Jeff Hoffman, 1-3) is at Arizona (Robbie Ray, 5-4)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 7-4) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 6-1)…
Miami (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 5-6)…
Milwaukee (Jimmy Nelson, 0-1) hosts Cincinnati (Tanner Roark, 4-6)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wilmer Font, 0-1) are at the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 3-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 7-1) host San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 3-6)

Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 6-2) is at Texas (Mike Minor, 6-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (TBA) host Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-2)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-1) are at Toronto (Clayton Richard, 0-3)…
Kansas City (Glenn Sparkman, 1-3) hosts Texas (Jake Odorizzi, 10-2)…
Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 8-1) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas, 9-2)…
Seattle (Wade LeBlanc, 3-2) hosts Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 3-8)

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