The Rundown for June 26, 1029

TRUMP, IRANIAN PRESIDENT EXCHANGE BARBS… President Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani continued their recent exchanges yesterday. After Rouhani claimed that the White House is “afflicted by mental retardation,” Trump condemned Iranian leaders for failing to understand reality. Trump later claimed when asked if an “exit strategy” in the event of a war with Iran that he doesn’t “need” them.

MUELLER TO TESTIFY BEFORE CONGRESS… Robert Mueller will publicly answer questions about his 22-month investigation into President Donald Trump next month for the first time. Mueller is scheduled to appear before Congress on July 17 in response to subpoenas issued by the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees. Mueller said last month that any testimony he provided would not go beyond what was written in the special counsel’s 448-page report.

JUDGE LETS DEMS COLLECT TRUMP FINANCIAL EVIDENCE… A federal judge yesterday gave House and Senate Democrats the go-ahead to begin collecting financial evidence this week about Donald Trump’s businesses for an emoluments lawsuit. The Justice Department tried to stop Democrats from collecting information from the Trump Organization, but their effort was denied by Judge Emmet Sullivan, of the US District Court in Washington. The suit accuses President Trump of violating an anti-corruption provision of the U.S. Constitution with his private business dealings.

JOHN SANDERS LEAVING AS BORDER CHIEF… Acting Customs and Border Protection commissioner John Sanders is stepping down next week as the federal government’s primary border enforcement official. On Monday, Sanders sent an internal memo to staffers announcing his resignation effective July 5. He leaves as his agency faces mounting criticism for its handling of asylum-seeking immigrants at the southern border with Mexico.

STEPHANIE GRISHAM NAMED AS WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY… The Trump administration announced yesterday that Stephanie Grisham will take over as White House communications director and press secretary. Grisham, who has been serving as the spokeswoman for first president Melania Trump, succeeds Sarah Sanders, who resigned amid widespread criticism for telling mistruths. Grisham’s promotion comes despite a warning she received from the Office of the Special Counsel last year declaring that she violated the Hatch Act by engaging in “prohibited political activity” on her official Twitter account.

WAYFAIR WALKOUT… Wayfair employees are planning to walk off the job today to protest the domestic-goods company’s sales of furniture to contractors that run border camps. One employee told the Boston Globe yesterday that workers learned last week that government contractor BCFS placed a $200,000 order for “bedroom furniture” meant for border facilities. Some 547 workers at the company signed a letter condemning the sales.

ILLINOIS LEGALIZES RECREATIONAL POT… Illinois has become the 11th state to legalize recreational marijuana. Governor J.B. Pritzker signed into law yesterday a bill that allows residents to possess up to 30 grams of the plant. Non-residents may possess up to 15 grams. The minimum age for possession is 21 and purchases must be made at approved dispensaries.

CARDI B PLEADS NOT GUILTY… Grammy-winning rapper Cardi B pleaded not guilty yesterday to felony assault charges related to an incident that allegedly occurred at a Flushing, New York, strip club. Cardi was charged after surveillance video footage apparently showed her throwing an ice bucket at two bartenders after accusing one of having an affair with her husband Offset. The rapper, who is facing a total of 14 charges, has rejected a plea deal that would have prevented her from serving jail time.

ALL-STAR LINEUP FOR ‘THE PROM’… Meryl Streep, Ariana Grande and others have signed on as part of an all-star cast that will star in a film adaptation of Broadway musical “The Prom” for Netflix. The show centers a female teenager in Indiana who wants to bring her girlfriend to prom. A group protests the school after they are not allowed to attend the dance.

PHILADELPHIA 7 – N.Y. Mets 5… Maikel Franco homered with a runner aboard and Brad Miller added a solo shot during a five-run bottom of the sixth inning. Rhys Hoskins also went deep.

Washington 6 – MIAMI 1… Trea Turner blasted a three-run homer for the Nationals. Max Scherzer (7-5) allowed a run on five hits over eight innings.

Atlanta 3 – CHI. CUBS 2… Ozzie Albies connected for a go-ahead two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Braves made it stand in beating the Cubs. Ronald Acuña Jr. homered in the first.

L.A. Dodgers 3 – ARIZONA 2… Enrique Hernandez and Justin Turner hit solo homers or the Dodgers. Chris Taylor doubled home Alex Verdugo with a tie-breaking run in the top of the sixth inning.

SAN FRANCISCO 4 – Colorado 2… Madison Bumgarner (4-7) allowed two runs on three hits and struck out 11 in six innings. He also helped himself at the plate with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth inning.

N.Y. YANKEES 4 – Toronto 3… The Yankees got solo homers from DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacion in powering their way past the Blue Jays.

BOSTON 6 – Chi. White Sox 3… Xander Bogaerts drilled a two-run homer for the Red Sox. Rafael Devers went 4-or-4 with an RBI.

Texas 5 – DETROIT 3… Ronald Guzman homered and lifted a sacrifice fly for the Rangers. Nomar Marzara had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Kansas City 8 – CLEVELAND 6… Hunter Dozier’s grand slam capped a five-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Royals past the Indians. Whit Merrifield lined a two-run double.

MINNESOTA 9 – Tampa Bay 4… The Twins used a 15-hit attack to pound the Rays. Mitch Garver had three hits, including a two-run single and a solo homer. Rosario went 4-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles.

San Diego 8 – BALTIMORE 3… Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a two-run homer and the Padres got solo shots from Manny Machado, Manuel Margot and Francisco Mejia in their defeat of the Orioles. Logan Allen (2-0) allowed two runs on eight hits over six innings.

HOUSTON 5 – Pittsburgh 1… Gerrit Cole (7-5) held the Pirates to a run on seven hits over six innings. Yuli Gurriel hit a two-run homer and Alex Bregman added a solo shot.

Seattle 8 – MILWAUKEE 3… Daniel Vogelbach’s two-run homer capped a four-run top of the third inning. J.P. Crawford tripled home a run and produced an RBI grounder.

Oakland 7 – ST. LOUIS 3… Chad Pinder homered with a runner aboard to spark a five-run top of the fifth inning. Matt Chapman and Marcus Semien also circled the bases for the Athletics.

L.A. ANGELS 5 – Cincinnati 1… Tommy La Stella legged out a game-tying inside-the-park homer to lead off the bottom of the first inning, Luis Rengifo added a three-run homer in the second. Andrew Heaney (1-1) gave up a run on five hits over 5-1/3 innings.

the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 0-0) are at Arizona (Taylor Clarke, 1-3)…
San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 4-6) hosts Colorado (German Marquez, 7-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jason Vargas, 3-3) are at Philadelphia (Nick Pivetta, 4-2)…
Miami (Zac Gallen, 0-0) hosts Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-5)…
Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 0-1) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-3)

the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 4-7) are at Boston (Chris Sale, 3-7)…
the N.Y. Yankees (James Paxton, 5-3) host Toronto (Trent Thornton, 2-5)…
Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 4-6) is at Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 5-6)…
Detroit (Matthew Boy, 5-5) hosts Texas (Mike Minor, 7-4)…
Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 8-1) is at Minnesota (Jake Odorizzi, 10-3)

San Diego (Matt Strahm, 2-6) is at Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 3-9)…
St. Louis (Adam Wainwright, 5-6) hosts Oakland (Tanner Anderson, 0-2)…
Seattle (TBA) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 2-1)…
the L.A. Angels (TBA) host Cincinnati (Tanner Roark, 5-6)…
Pittsburgh (TBA) is at Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-3)

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