The Rundown for July 17, 2019

CENSUS QUESTION BLOCKED BY FEDERAL JUDGE… A federal judge in New York yesterday blocked the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form. In a two-page order, Judge Jesse Furman also declared that the court will continue monitoring the issue. Last week, President Trump announced that he would seek citizenship information from agencies that already collect the data following. The Supreme Court in June retained a lower court’s order to block a citizenship question from the census.

JUDGE BANS ROGER STONE FROM USING SOCIAL MEDIA… Former Trump operative Roger Stone has been banned from using social media “in any way, on any subject” while he is awaiting trial, a federal judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson compared Stone’s behavior to a middle-schooler’s and scolded him for repeatedly failing to act responsibly while awaiting trial on charges including obstruction and witness tampering. Stone was charged in January with making false statements about his interactions with WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential campaign.

HOUSE CONDEMNS TRUMP TWEET AS RACIST… The House voted largely along party lines yesterday to condemn a recent tweet by President Trump as racist. The move was in response to Trump telling four Democratic congresswomen of color that they should “go back” to where they came from. Will Hurd of Texas, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Fred Upton of Michigan and Susan Brooks of Indiana were Republicans who sided with Democrats in the 240-187 vote. Former Republican Justin Amash of Michigan voted in support of the resolution as an Independent.

22 SUSPECTED MS-13 GANG MEMBERS CHARGED… Federal prosecutors filed racketeering, murder and other charges against 22 suspected MS-13 gang members yesterday. Authorities say the defendants are linked to a violent Southern California crime spree involving baseball bats, machetes and other tools of “medieval-style” violence. The arrests were made over last weekend following a two-year investigation.

CIVIL-RIGHTS GROUPS SUE OVER ASYLUM RESTRICTIONS… A federal lawsuit filed yesterday by three major civil-rights organizations challenges the Trump administration’s plans to institute harsh new restrictions on access to the U.S. asylum system. The American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Center for Constitutional Rights joined in the suit alleging that a proposed rule change announced on Monday by the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security amounts to “an unlawful effort to significantly undermine, if not virtually repeal, the U.S. asylum system at the southern border.” They say the proposed rules would severely restrict access to the asylum system and prevent migrants from pursuing an asylum claim in the U.S. if they did not first seek asylum protections in the country or countries through which they traveled on their way to the U.S. border.

JOHN PAUL STEVENS DIES… Retired Justice John Paul Stevens, who served on the Supreme Court for 34 years, died yesterday of complications following a stroke he suffered Monday. He was 99. Stevens was appointed to the High Court by President Gerald Ford in 1975. The nomination drew instant praise from Democrats and Republicans alike.

EMMY NOMINATIONS… “Game of Thrones” collected 32 nominations to lead the field at this year’s Emmy Awards. “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” was second with 20 nominations and was followed in the top five by “Chernobyl” with 19, “Saturday Night Live” with 18 and “Barry; Fosse/Verdon” with 17. “Killing Eve” received 11 nominations, including best actress for two of its stars, Jodie Comer and Sandra Oh.

R. KELLY PLEADS NOT GUILTY… R. Kelly pleaded not guilty in a Chicago courtroom yesterday to 13 federal charges, including child pornography and obstruction of justice. Federal prosecutors in the Northern District of Illinois say that Kelly made substantial hush-money payments to silence the alleged victims — five girls — and members of their families. The R&B singer is also facing federal charges in New York.

PHILADELPHIA 9 – L.A. Dodgers 8… The Phillies recovered to beat the Dodgers after blowing a 6-1 lead. Bryce Harper’s walkoff two-run double capped a three-run bottom of the ninth inning. Harper also belted a three-run homer. Brad Miller homered with a runner aboard and Scott Kingery smacked a solo shot.

Pittsburgh 3 – ST. LOUIS 1… Colin Moran singled home Starling Marte with a tie-breaking run in the top of the ninth inning as the Pirates clipped the Cardinals. Kevin Newman drove in Pittsburgh’s other two runs with an RBI single and an infield grounder.

MIAMI 12 – San Diego 7… Brian Anderson drilled a three-run homer and Garrett Cooper added a solo blast for the Marlins. Cooper also singled home two runs. Starlin Castro legged out a bases-clearing triple.

CHI. CUBS 4 – Cincinnati 3 (10 innings)… Kyle Schwarber’s one-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning lifted the Cubs over the Reds. Robel Garcia hit a two-run homer and Kris Bryant added a solo shot as Chicago erase a 3-0 deficit.

MILWAUKEE 13 – Atlanta 1… Christian Yelich unloaded a grand slam and the Brewers got solo homers from Keston Hiura and Lorenzo Cain in their throttling of the Braves. Brandon Woodruff (11-3) allowed a run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

San Francisco 8 – COLORADO 4 (10 innings)… The Giants recovered to outlast the Rockies after blowing a three-run ninth-inning lead. Alex Dickerson’s second RBI single of the night sparked a four-run top of the 10th inning. Dickerson finished 4-for-5. Mike Yastrzemski had three hits, including a solo homer, and knocked in three runs.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Tampa Bay 3… Aaron Judge blasted a two-run homer and Didi Gregorius added a grand slam during a six-run bottom of the eighth inning that carried the Yankees past the Rays. Edwin Encarnacion and DJ LeMahieu also went deep for New York.

Toronto 10 – BOSTON 4… Justin Smoak led off the top of the sixth inning with a tie-breaking homer and the Blue Jays put away the Red Sox. Teoscar Hernandez connected for a three-run homer.

CLEVELAND 8 – Detroit 0… Four Indians pitchers combined on a one-hitter in the shutout of the Tigers. Oscar Mercado hit a two-run homer. Francisco Lindor lined a two-run double. Tyler Naquin’s solo homer capped the scoring.

KANSAS CITY 11 – Chi. White Sox 0… Glenn Sparkman (3-5) blanked the White Sox on five hits and got plenty of support. Whit Merrifield circled the bases with a two-run inside-the-park homer. Hunter Dozier also homered with a runner aboard.

OAKLAND 9 – Seattle 2… Matt Chapman had three hits, including a two-run homer and five RBIs in leading the Athletics past the Mariners. Matt Olson smacked a solo homer. Josh Phegley produced a two-run single. Daniel Mengden (5-1) surrendered a run on four hits over seven innings.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Houston 2… Albert Pujols stroked a three-run double during a six-run bottom of the first inning and the Angels cruised past the Astros. Shohei Ohtani had a couple of hits and an RBI.

Washington 8 – BALTIMORE 1… Matt Adams and Juan Soto both homered and singled home a run for the Nationals. Anthony Rendon went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Austin Voth (1-0) allowed a run on four hits over six innings.

N.Y. Mets 3 – MINNESOTA 2… Michael Conforto’s single in the top of the fifth inning scored Amed Rosario with a go-ahead run and the Mets hung on to edge the Twins. Conforto was 4-for-4 on the night.

Arizona 9 – TEXAS 2… Ildemaro Vargas hit a two-run homer for the Diamondbacks. Ketel Marte and Eduardo Escobar added two RBIs apiece. Alex Young (3-0) gave up a run on three hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 3-6) is at St. Louis (Daniel Ponce de Leon, 1-0)…
Milwaukee (Chase Anderson, 4-2) hosts Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 3-2)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-5) is at the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 2-4)…
Colorado (Jon Gray, 9-6) hosts San Francisco (Shaun Anderson, 3-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kenta Maeda, 7-6) are at Philadelphia (Nick Pivetta, 4-4)…
Miami (Trevor Richards, 3-10) hosts San Diego (Chris Paddack, 5-4)

Seattle (TBA) is at Oakland (Homer Bailey, 7-6)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 11-2) host Tampa Bay (Yonny Chirinos, 8-4)…
Detroit (Spencer Turnbull, 3-8) is at Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 2-2)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 10-4) hosts Toronto (Aaron Sanchez, 3-13)…
the Chi. White Sox (Ivan Nova, 4-8) are at Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 3-5)…
the L.A. Angels (TBA) host Houston (Gerrit Cole, 9-5)

the N.Y. Mets (Jason Vargas, 3-5) are at Minnesota (Martin Perez, 8-3)…
Baltimore (Aaron Brooks, 2-3) hosts Washington (Erick Fedde, 1-1)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 7-6) is at Texas (Jesse Chavez, 3-4)

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