The Rundown for July 18, 2019

HOUSE VOTES TO HOLD WILLIAM BARR, WILBUR ROSS IN CONTEMPT… The House voted largely along party lines yesterday to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for their failure to comply with subpoenas in the investigation into the census citizenship question. The 230-198 tally marked the first time the full House has voted to hold members of the Trump administration in criminal contempt. The vote paves the way or the House to go to court and obtain census-related documents.

HOUSE VOTES TO TABLE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION… The House voted 332 to 95 yesterday to table a resolution to impeach President Trump over racist comments he made about four congresswomen of color. All Republicans joined with 137 Democrats and Independent Justin Amash in voting against the resolution from Texas Democratic Congressman Al Green. The vote was the first in the Democratic-controlled chamber to consider impeachment.

PROSECUTORS END TRUMP ORG INVESTIGATION… Federal prosecutors in New York announced yesterday that they have ended their investigation into the Trump Organization’s role in hush money payments made to women who allegedly had affairs with President Trump. Court documents reveal that a judge has ordered them to release additional information connected to their related investigation of former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen. There is no indication that the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office plans to charge any Trump Organization executives involved in the company’s effort to reimburse Cohen for money he paid to silence one of the women, even though the payment constituted an illegal campaign contribution.

ADDITIONAL TROOPS HEADING TO BORDER… The Pentagon announced plans yesterday to send an additional 1,000 Texas National Guard and 1,100 active-duty troops to the border with Mexico. Acting Defense Secretary Richard Spencer reportedly approved the additional troops on Tuesday night. The troops are scheduled to assist with such tasks as logistical support and aerial surveillance. The U.S. currently has about 4,500 active duty and National Guard troops stationed on the border.

RAND PAUL BLOCKS 9/11 VICTIMS’ COMPENSATION BILL… Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky yesterday blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims’ compensation fund related to the 9/11 terrorist attacks never runs out of money. Paul objected to a request by New York Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to approve the bill by unanimous consent. Paul questioned the bill’s 70-year time frame and said any new spending should be offset by corresponding cuts.

EL CHAPO GETS LIFE SENTENCE… Convicted Mexican drug lord Joaquín Guzmán Loera, who went by the nickname “El Chapo,” was sentenced to life in prison plus 30 years in a federal courtroom in New York yesterday. Sentencing in the Brooklyn courthouse came after the 62-year-old Guzmán complained that his case was “stained” by juror misconduct. El Chapo was accused of shipping more than 200 tons of cocaine to the U.S. alone as head of Mexico’s Sinaloa cartel. He was convicted in February after a three-month trial.

CHARGES AGAINST KEVIN SPACEY DROPPED… Prosecutors in Massachusetts yesterday dropped their sexual assault case against Kevin Spacey. The actor had been accused of groping an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket over three years ago. In dropping the case, prosecutors cited dropped “the unavailability of the complaining witness.”

PAUL ADELSTEIN JOINS ‘CHICAGO P.D.’… Paul Adelstein has signed on to the cast of “Chicago P.D.” The 50-year-old former “Prison Break” star will have a recurring role as interim superintendent Jason Crawford. His character replaces Brian Kelton (John C. McGinley), who was murdered in the final episode of Season 6.

ST. LOUIS 6 – Pittsburgh 5… Paul Goldschmidt connected for a go-ahead three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh inning to power the Cardinals past the Pirates. Tyler O’Neill smacked a solo homer in the fifth.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Atlanta 4… The Brewers took a 5-0 lead into the eighth inning and held on to edge the Braves. Manny Pina homered with a runner aboard in the bottom of the second inning and singled home a run during a three-run sixth. Christian Yelich added a solo blast.

CHI. CUBS 5 – Cincinnati 2… Kris Bryant and Addison Russell hit solo homers for the Cubs. Jason Heyward doubled home two runs. Yu Darvish (3-4) limited the Reds to two hits over six scoreless innings.

San Francisco 11 – COLORADO 8… The Giants slugged their way past the Rockies to win their fifth straight. Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer. Donovan Solano had four hits, including a solo homer and an RBI double.

San Diego 3 – MIAMI 2… Austin Hedges homered with a runner aboard as the Padres scored all three runs in the top of the fourth inning and held off the Marlins. Chris Paddack (6-4) lost his no-hitter and shutout when Starlin Castro homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – PHILADELPHIA 2… The Dodgers handled the Phillies in a contest that ended at 1:30 a.m. Eastern after a two-hour, 37-minute rain delay. David Freeze drilled a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning. Justin Turner added a two-run shot in the eighth.

OAKLAND 10 – Seattle 2… The Athletics blasted six home runs in their pounding of the Mariners. Jurickson Profar homered twice and knocked in four runs. Mark Canha smacked a pair of solo blasts. Chad Pinder belted a three-run homer. Ramon Laureano homered with the bases empty. Newly acquired Homer Bailey gave up two runs on seven hits over six innings.

CLEVELAND 7 – Detroit 2… Oscar Mercado singled home a pair of runs and pinch-hitter Greg Allen delivered a two-run double for the Indians. Francisco Lindor smacked a solo homer. Mike Clevinger (3-2) allowed just a run on six hits and struck out 12 in six innings.

BOSTON 5 – Toronto 4… Rafael Devers went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and four RBIs in leading the Red Sox past the Blue Jays. Eduardo Rodriguez (11-4) gave up two runs on three hits over 6-1/3 innings.

KANSAS CITY 7 – Chi. White Sox 5… Jorge Soler drove in three runs with a pair of singles for the Royals. Nicky Lopez went 2-for-4 with two RBIs.

Houston 11 – L.A. ANGELS 2… George Springer belted a three-run homer and Michael Brantley homered with a runner aboard in the Astros’ rout of the Angels. Jose Altuve lined a two-run double. Jake Marisnick went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Gerrit Cole (10-5) held the Angels to a run on seven hits over seven innings.

N.Y. YANKEES – Tampa Bay (ppd)… Rain in New York forced postponement of last night’s Yankees-Rays game. It has been rescheduled as part of a doubleheader today.

N.Y. Mets 14 – MINNESOTA 4… The Mets pounded out 17 hits in their battering of the Twins. Dominic Smith hit a three-run homer and singled home a run. Amed Rosario went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two-run triple. Pet Alonso homered with a runner aboard.

Arizona 19 – TEXAS 4… The Diamondbacks jumped out to a 12-0 lead after an inning and a half and never looked back in crushing the Rangers. Eduardo Escobar homered twice and knocked in five runs. Kevin Cron hit a three-run shot and finished with four RBIs. Jarrod Dyson and Carson Kelly added solo blasts. Adam Jones’ four hits led a 21-hit attack.

BALTIMORE 9 – Washington 2… Trey Mancini homered twice and drove in three runs for the Orioles. Anthony Santander and Rio Ruiz both singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

San Diego (Dinelson Lamet, 0-2) is at Miami (Caleb Smith, 5-4)…
Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 8-2) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Ross Stripling, 4-3)…
St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 8-4) is at Cincinnati (Tanner Roark, 5-6)…
Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 5-6) hosts Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 11-4)…
Milwaukee (Zach Davies, 7-2) is at Arizona (Merrill Kelly, 7-9)…
San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 5-7) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Noah Syndergaard, 7-4)

Toronto (Clayton Richard, 1-5) is at Boston (Chris Sale, 3-9)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Covey, 1-5) are at Kansas City (Brad Keller, 5-9)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Domingo German, 11-2/J.A. Happ, 7-5) host Tampa Bay (Yonny Chirinos, 8-4/Charlie Morton, 11-2)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 6-7) is at Cleveland (Trevor Bauer, 8-7)…
Minnesota (Kyle Gibson, 8-4) hosts Oakland (Mike Fiers, 9-3)…
Houston (Wade Miley, 7-4) is at the L.A. Angels (Matt Harvey, 3-4)

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