The Rundown for July 31, 2019

DEMS DEBATE… Ten Democratic presidential candidates went at it over healthcare, border policy and how best to defeat President Trump during last night’s debate in Detroit. Ten more Democrats, including Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, will take the stage for tonight’s debate. Whichever candidate wins the Democratic presidential nomination will be crowned next July at the party convention in Milwaukee.

CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR SIGNS TAX-RETURN BILL… California’s Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill yesterday barring President Trump from the state’s primary ballots if the president does not release his tax returns. The measure also requires all gubernatorial candidates to release their tax returns in order to appear on the primary ballot. Newsom said that California has a “special responsibility to require this information” as the state is home to “one in nine Americans eligible to vote.”

SUIT OVER RUSSIAN HACK TOSSED… A federal judge has dismissed the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against Russia, Trump campaign officials and Wikileaks over the massive email hack prior to the 2016 presidential election. The judge ruled that the Russian Federation is to blame for the hack and cannot be sued in U.S. courts for governmental actions. The U.S. Constitution protects the non-Russian entities named in the suit from being liable for disseminating the information, as long as the non-Russian actors did not conspire with Russia to obtain the information in the first place, Koeltl said in his ruling.

900 CHILDREN SEPARATED AT BORDER OVER THE PAST YEAR… Data obtained from the Justice Department by the American Civil Liberties Union reveals that more than 900 children arriving at the southern border have been separated from their families since June 2018. The ACLU yesterday filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging the separations. Attorneys for the group asked the judge to clarify a set of standards for separations to ensure that children are taken from their parents only when there is evidence that the parent is a genuine danger to the child, or is unfit to provide care.

FEWER MIGRANTS TRAVELING THROUGH MEXICO… The number of Central American migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border has fallen 39 percent since May, according to a report by Mexico’s foreign relations secretary. The number reportedly fell from 144,278 in May to 87,648 in July. The reduction is the result of Mexico stepping up its enforcement of immigration laws and investing in job creation in Central America countries, officials say.

ACTS CONTINUE DROPPING OUT OF WOODSTOCK 50… The Raconteurs and Miley Cyrus has also dropped out of the Woodstock 50 festival. They join Santana, the Lumineers, JAY-Z, John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Dead & Company and Loving Spoonful’s John Sebastian as acts that have canceled their appearances. The event is scheduled for August 16-18 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, but county officials say organizers have yet to submit a permit application.

A$AP ROCKY TRIAL UNDERWAY… A$AP Rocky and two of his entourage were accused in a Swedish court yesterday of kicking and punching a teenager during an altercation outside a hamburger restaurant in Stockholm last month. During the first day of his trial, the 30-year-old rapper, whose real name is Rakim Mayers, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault. Mayer was detained on July 3 in connection with a street brawl on June 30 and later charged with assault causing actual bodily harm.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – San Francisco 2… Drew Smyly (2-5) pitched four-hit ball over seven scoreless innings. Rhys Hoskins homered with a runner aboard.

Pittsburgh 11 – CINCINNATI 3… Corey Dickerson went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers and five RBIs for the Pirates. Jose Osuna delivered a pinch-hit three-run homer.

Atlanta 11 – WASHINGTON 8… The Braves built an 11-1 lead through 6-1/2 innings and held on to down the Nationals. Adam Duvall went 4-for-5 with a pair of solo homers. Josh Donaldson blasted a three-run shot.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Chi. Cubs 1… Paul Goldschmidt connected for a go-ahead homer in the bottom of the sixth inning and the Cardinals hung on to edge the Cubs. Jose Martinez raced home on a wild pitch in the fourth to tie the game.

L.A. Dodgers 9 – COLORADO 4… The Dodgers built a 7-0 lead in the third inning and coasted past the Rockies. A.J. Pollock, Kristopher Negron and Russell Martin hit solo homers.

Houston 2 – CLEVELAND 0… Justin Verlander (14-4) limited the Indians to two hits and struck out 13 over seven innings and two relievers completed the shutout. Robinson Chirinos went 2-for-3 with a solo homer.

Tampa Bay 6 – BOSTON 5… Avisail Garcia homered in the top of the fifth inning and stroked a go-ahead two-run double in the sixth to lead the Rays past the Red Sox. Travis d’Arnaud also homered for Tampa Bay.

Seattle 8 – TEXAS 5… Kyle Seger homered in the top of the second inning, singled home a run in the fifth and legged out a tie-breaking two-run triple in the seventh for the Mariners. Domingo Santana also went deep for Seattle.

Toronto 9 – KANSAS CITY 2… Vladimir Guerrero Jr. singled home a run and unloaded a grand slam in leading the Blue Jays past the Royals. Freddy Galvis produced a two-run single. Sean Reid-Foley (1-1) pitched four-hit ball over five scoreless innings.

L.A. ANGELS 6 – Detroit 1… Matt Thaiss hit a two-run homer and singled home a run for the Angels. Shohei Ohtani went 3-for-4 with an RBI. Griffin Canning (4-6) surrendered four hits over six scoreless innings.

Baltimore 8 – SAN DIEGO 5… The Orioles erased a 4-0 deficit on their way past the Padres. Richie Martin, Renato Nunez and Trey Mancini produced two-run singles. Chris Davis smacked a solo homer.

Arizona 4 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Christian Walker and Carson Kelly hit solo homers for the Diamondbacks. Taylor Clarke (5-3) allowed an unearned run on three hits over 5-1/3 innings.

Minnesota 2 – MIAMI 1… Jake Odorizzi (12-5) held the Marlins to a run on four hits over 5-2/3 innings. Byron Buxton homered with the bases empty.

N.Y. Mets 5 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2 (11 innings)… Jeff McNeil drilled a two-run homer and Michael Conforto added a solo shot in the top of the 11th inning to power the Mets past the White Sox. Amed Rosario went 4-for-5 and scored a run.

Milwaukee 3 – OAKLAND 2 (10 innings)… Matt Olson’s one-out homer in the bottom of the 10th inning sent the Athletics past the Brewers. Olson also doubled home a run in the third. Khris Davis also homered for Oakland.

Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 10-2) is at Washington (Anibal Sanchez, 6-6)…
Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 9-4) hosts Pittsburgh (Dario Agrazal, 2-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Hyun-Jin Ryu, 11-2) are at Colorado (German Marquez, 10-5)…
Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 3-5) hosts San Francisco (Jeff Samardzija, 7-8)…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 7-8) are at St. Louis (Miles Mikolas, 7-10)

Toronto (Jacob Waguespack, 1-1) is at Kansas City (Jakob Junis, 6-9)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 2-1) host Detroit (Daniel Norris, 2-8)…
Houston (Jose Urquidy,1-0) is at Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 5-3)…
Boston (Rick Porcello, 9-7) hosts Tampa Bay (TBA)….
Seattle (TBA) is at Texas (Mike Minor, 8-6)

Arizona (Zack Greinke, 10-4) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 7-6)…
Miami (Sandy Alcantara, 4-9) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 9-5)…
the N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom, 6-7) are at the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 11-5)…
Oakland (Brett Anderson, 9-6) hosts Milwaukee (Gio Gonzalez, 2-1)

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