The Rundown for July 25, 2019

MUELLER HEARINGS… Former special counsel Robert Mueller confirmed a number of allegations during his appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees yesterday. He affirmed that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election to benefit Trump and made numerous contacts with the campaign. He also claimed the Trump campaign welcomed the help and failed to report the contacts or interference to the FBI. Finally, he reiterated that campaign leaders lied to cover up the effort. Mueller said President Trump’s praising of WikiLeaks was beyond “problematic” and that he didn’t subpoena the president due to the necessity of “expediting the end of the investigation.”

TRUMPS MUST FACE CLASS-ACTION LAWSUIT… A federal judge ruled yesterday that President Trump, his three children, and his company must face a class-action lawsuit that accuses them of scamming thousands of people with two multilevel marketing operations and a live-seminar real-estate program that promised to reveal Trump’s “secrets to success.” The lawsuit was filed by four anonymous individuals and accuses the Trumps with “fraud, unfair competition, and deceptive trade practices” claims. U.S. District Judge Lorna Schofield did dismiss accusations of federal racketeering, however.

JUDGE ALLOWS MIGRANT POLICY TO PROCEED… U.S. District Judge Timothy Kelly ruled yesterday that President Trump’s new restrictions for asylum-seeking migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border can proceed while legal challenges continue. The new policy prevents migrants from seeking asylum in the U.S. if they passed through another country first. The federal judge said the immigration-advocacy groups that filed suit did not prove that the policy would not leave their work “irreparably harmed.”

PUERTO RICO GOVERNOR RESIGNS… Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced last night that he is resigning effective August 2. His resignation follows massive demonstrations over a scandal involving leaked private chats as well as corruption, investigations and arrests. Earlier yesterday, the Puerto Rican Legislature said it found five offenses that constituted grounds for impeachment.

JUDGE BLOCKS ARKANSAS ABORTION RESTRICTIONS… A federal judge in Arkansas yesterday blocked the state’s tough abortion restrictions. Opponents had argued that the laws defied Supreme Court precedent, were not medically necessary and imposed an “enormous burden” on a woman’s ability to access abortion. District Court Judge Kristine Baker of the Eastern District of Arkansas ruled that the laws “cause ongoing and imminent irreparable harm” to patients.

RUTGER HAUER DIES… Family members have confirmed that Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, who rose to fame in the 1982 “Blade Runner,” as Roy Batty, died July 19 at his home in the Netherlands after a short illness. He was 75. Hauer more recently had memorable roles in the 2005 films “Sin City” and “Batman Begins.”

MEEK MILL CONVICTION OVERTURNED… A Pennsylvania appeals court yesterday overturned the 2008 firearms-related conviction of Meek Mill. In granting the rapper a new trial, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania said Mill, whose real name is Robert Williams, would likely be acquitted. Mill was arrested in 2007 for allegedly assaulting a Philadelphia police officer and illegally possessing a firearm. Prosecutors said they had doubts about the credibility of Mill’s arresting officer, Reginald Graham, because he allegedly engaged in criminal actions.

WASHINGTON 3 – Colorado 2… Adam Heaton and Anthony Rendon hit solo homers as the Nationals edged the Rockies in a doubleheader opener.

WASHINGTON 2 – Colorado 0… Patrick Corbin (8-5) pitched three-hit ball over six innings and four relievers did the rest as the Nationals blanked the Rockies to complete a sweep of the twinbill. Yan Gomes homered for Washington.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Cincinnati 4… Ryan Braun hit a two-run homer and Keston Hiura added a solo shot for the Brewers. Yasmani Grandal stroked a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Chi. Cubs 4 – SAN FRANCISCO 1… Kris Bryant homered with a runner aboard and the Cubs got solo blasts from Javier Baez and Albert Almora Jr. in cruising past the Giants.

St. Louis 14 – PITTSBURGH 8… Paul DeJong went 4-for-4 with three home runs and five RBIs as the Cardinals slugged their way past the Pirates. Andrew Knizer and Paul Goldschmidt added two-run homers.

San Diego 7 – N.Y. METS 2… Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges drove in two runs apiece in leading the Padres past the Mets. Fernando Tatis had three hits and an RBI.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Boston 2… The Rays fought their way past the Red Sox after spotting them an early two-run lead. Tommy Pham homered to open the bottom of the fourth inning. Joey Wendle singled home the tying run and scored on Guillermo Heredia’s double.

HOUSTON 4 – Oakland 2… George Springer and Jose Altuve belted two-run homers for the Astros. Justin Verlander held the Athletics to a run on two hits and struck out 11 over six innings.

SEATTLE 5 – Texas 3… Daniel Vogelbach’s leadoff homer sparked a four-run bottom of the fifth inning that carried the Mariners past the Rangers. Vogelbach also homered in the sixth.

Cleveland 4 – TORONTO 0… Shane Bieber (10-3) allowed just an Eric Sogard double to lead off the seventh in shutting out the Blue Jays. Greg Allen went 3-for-4 with an RBI single.

N.Y. Yankees 10 – MINNESOTA 7… Didi Gregorius went 3-for-5 and knocked in three runs for the Yankees. Mike Tauchman legged out a two-run triple. Aaron Hicks, Gleyber Torres and Edwin Encarnacion smacked solo homers.

Philadelphia 4 – DETROIT 0… Vince Velasquez (3-5) pitched four-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and three relievers completed the blanking of the Tigers. J.T. Realmuto and Nick Williams smacked solo homers for the Phillies.

ARIZONA 5 – Baltimore 2… Carson Kelly blasted a three-run homer and Ketel Marte added a solo shot for the Diamondbacks. Taylor Clarke (3-3) held the Orioles to two runs on four hits over six innings.

Kansas City 2 – ATLANTA 0… Brad Keller (7-9) held the Braves to four hits over seven innings and helped himself at the plate with a run-scoring single.

Miami 2 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Cesar Puello’s two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning sent the Marlins past the White Sox. Zac Gallen (1-2) pitched two-hit ball over seven innings to earn his first big-league victory and got help from two relievers in the shutout.

L.A. Angels 3 – L.A. DODGERS 2… Kole Calhoun went 3-for-4 with an RBI double and a homer for the Angels. Jaime Barria (4-3) allowed a run on three hits over six innings.

San Diego (Eric Lauer, 5-7) is at the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 5-7)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 7-8) hosts St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 6-10)…
Colorado (Jeff Hoffman, 1-3) is at Washington (Max Scherzer, 9-5)

the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro, Tanaka, 7-5) are at Boston (Rick Porcello, 8-7)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 11-4) host Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 8-5)…
Cleveland (Adam Plutko, 3-2) is at Kansas City (Mike Montgomery, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 3-5) host Baltimore (Tom Eshelman, 0-2)…
Texas (Ariel Jurado, 5-6) is at Oakland (Brett Anderson, 9-5)…
Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-8) is at Seattle (TBA)

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