The Rundown for July 11, 2019

MUELLER DEPUTIES PRESSURED NOT TO TESTIFY… The New York Times reported yesterday that the Justice Department is pressuring Robert Mueller’s two top deputies to refuse invitations to testify before Congress. The two men, Aaron Zebley and James Quarles, have left the department and are private citizens. Their testimony would center on Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

TRUMP 4TH CELEBRATION COSTLY… President Trump’s July Fourth celebration cost the Washington, D.C., government $1.7 million, according to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser. The mayor said the event bankrupted a special fund used to prevent terrorist threats and provide security at political events. Director of Homeland Security Chris Rodriguez estimated that the cost of the July 4th celebration was six times what the cost has been in the past.

APPEALS COURT DROPS EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE SUIT… A federal appeals court yesterday dismissed a lawsuit from the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia claiming President Trump is illegally profiting from foreign and state government visitors at his Washington, D.C., hotel. The lawsuit was one of several the president is facing for allegedly violating the emoluments clause. Other suits include one that claims Trump is doing business with foreign governments through his hotels.

ACOSTA DEFENDS EPSTEIN HANDLING… Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has dismissed calls for his resignation and defended a non-prosecution agreement he approved more than 10 years ago with accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein. Acosta said he had faced a tough choice between accepting a plea deal that was not as tough as he wished and going to trial with witnesses who were scared to testify. Acosta was the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Florida when he brokered a sentence that resulted in Epstein pleading guilty to state charges and serving 13 months in jail. Epstein avoided federal charges and was allowed to leave for work during the day.

FED CHAIRMAN WON’T RESIGN… Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell vowed yesterday that he would not resign if asked to by President Trump. Powell took the defiant stance during the first of two days of testimony he is providing the House of Representatives Financial Services Committee. The president has criticized the Fed for not cutting interest rates, but Powell suggested a cut might be on the horizon.

ENTERTAINMENT
TAYLOR SWIFT WAS TOP-EARNING CELEBRITY… Taylor Swift heads the annual Forbes magazine list of top-earning celebrities. The 29-year-old singer reportedly took in $185 million during the year ending June 1, 2019. Most of the earnings came from Swift’s Reputation stadium tour, which Forbes says was the highest-grossing tour in U.S. history.

JOSE IGLESIAS LOSES PATERNITY SUIT… A court in Spain has ruled that singer Julio Iglesias is the “biological father” of a 43-year-old Spanish man whose mother had a brief affair with the singer in 1975. A former ballerina and her son launched the paternity claim three decades ago. The 75-year-old Iglesias refused to provide DNA, but the judge said there was an “obvious physical resemblance.” Iglesias’ eight other children include pop star Enrique Iglesias.

SPORTS
TONIGHT’S MLB SCHEDULE
Houston (Framber Valdez, 3-4) is at Texas (Lance Lynn, 11-4)

MLB LEAGUE LEADERS
NL BATTING:
Jeff McNeil, N.Y. Mets, .349
Cody Bellinger, L.A. Dodgers, .336…
Charlie Blackmon, Colorado, .330

NL HOME RUNS:
Christian Yelich, Milwaukee, 31…
Cody Bellinger, L.A. Dodgers, 30…
Pete Alonso, N.Y. Mets 30

NL RBIs:
Josh Bell, Pittsburgh, 84…
Cody Bellinger, L.A. Dodgers, 71…
Freddie Freeman, Atlanta, 68…
Pete Alonso, N.Y. Mets, 68

NL WINS:
Zack Greinke, Arizona, 10…
Stephen Strasburg, Washington, 10…
Hyun-Jin Ryu, L.A. Dodgers, 10…
Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee, 10

NL ERA
Hyun-Jin Ryu, L.A. Dodgers, 1.73…
Luis Castillo, Cincinnati, 2.29…
Max Scherzer, Washington, 2.30

NL SAVES:
Kirby Yates, San Diego, 30…
Will Smith, San Francisco, 23…
Kenley Jensen, L.A. Dodgers, 23

AL BATTING:
DJ LeMahieu, N.Y. Yankees, .336…
Michael Brantley, Houston, .324…
Rafael Devers, Boston, .324

AL HOME RUNS:
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels, 28…
Edwin Encarnacion, Seattle/N.Y. Yankees, 25…
Gary Sanchez, N.Y. Yankees, 24

AL RBIs:
Mike Trout, L.A. Angels, 67…
Jose Abreu, Chi. White Sox, 66…
Xander Bogaerts, Boston, 65

AL WINS:
Lance Lynn, Texas, 11…
Lucas Giolito, Chi. White Sox, 11…
Justin Verlander, Houston, 10…
Marco Gonzales, Seattle, 10…
Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay, 10

AL ERA:
Charlie Morton, Tampa Bay, 2.32…
Mike Minor, Texas, 2.54…
Justin Verlander, Houston, 2.98

AL SAVES:
Aroldis Chapman, N.Y. Yankees, 24…
Brad Hand, Cleveland, 23…
Shane Greene, Detroit, 22

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