The Rundown for August 9, 2019

MAGUIRE NAMED DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE… Sue Gordon, the principal deputy director of national intelligence, announced yesterday that she is stepping down after being passed over as director of national intelligence. Less than an hour after President Trump confirmed that she would depart on August 15, the president named National Counterterrorism Center Director Joseph Maguire as acting director of national intelligence. Maguire takes over for the retiring Dan Coats, who had recommended that Gordon replace him.

ANDREW McCABE SUES OVER FIRING… Former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe is taking the Justice Department and FBI to court over his firing last spring. McCabe says the firing was politically motivated retribution for his “refusal to pledge partisan allegiance” to President Trump. His departure came after a Justice Department’s inspector general report concluded he improperly disclosed information to the media and lacked candor in interviews with federal investigators. McCabe was sacked just hours before he became eligible for retirement and he wants a federal court in Washington to reinstate him as deputy director of the FBI so he can earn a full pension.

ICE RELEASES AT LEAST 300 ARRESTED IN RAIDS… U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released at least 300 of the 680 people who were arrested during raids of Mississippi poultry factories earlier this week. ICE officials announced 30 people were released for “humanitarian factors” at the plants they were arrested in. Some 270 others were released with assigned court dates in federal immigration courts. More than 600 federal agents participated in the raids.

BACKGROUND CHECKS AN ISSUE BETWEEN TRUMP, NRA… White House officials said yesterday that the National Rifle Association is leading the effort to convince President Trump not to support new legislation on background checks for gun buyers. Trump has reportedly been discussing the issue with NRA executive vice president and CEO Wayne LaPierre since declaring his support for background checks. LaPierre said in a statement that “the NRA opposes any legislation that unfairly infringes upon the rights of law-abiding citizens.” Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rejected a plea from 214 mayors to call back the Senate early and consider new gun legislation. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer requested a vote on House-approved legislation that expanded background checks for guns sales before the Senate’s summer recess was over.

FEWER MIGRANTS ALONG BORDER… A government report released yesterday says agents along the southern border are seeing fewer migrants. Authorities credit increased collaboration with Mexico and Guatemala for the number of encounters dropping below 100,000 in July for the first time in five months. The 82,049 people encountered by U.S. Customs and Border Protection was also down 43 percent from May.

ASSAULT CASE AGAINST CUBA GOODING JR. CAN PROCEED… A New York court yesterday dismissed Cuba Gooding Jr.’s plea to have his assault case dismissed. The Oscar-winning actor is heading to trial over accusations he groped a woman in a Manhattan bar last June. The 51-year-old Gooding is charged with forcible touching and faces up to a year in prison if convicted.

IN THEATERS… In “The Kitchen,” wives of New York gangsters in the 1970s continue to operate their husbands’ rackets after they’re locked up in prison. Melissa McCarthy and Tiffany Haddish star in the R-rated film. “Dora and the Lost City of Gold” centers on a teenage explorer who leads her friends on an adventure to save her parents and solve the mystery behind a lost city of gold. The film is rated PG.

MIAMI 9 – Atlanta 2… Brian Anderson homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Marlins past the Braves. Starlin Castro also homered and had three RBIs. Jon Berti went 3-for-5 with a pair of run-scoring singles. Elieser Hernandez (2-4) limited Atlanta to two hits over six scoreless innings.

Chi. Cubs 12 – CINCINNATI 5… The Cubs used a 19-hit attack to put away the Reds after blowing a 5-1 lead. Nicholas Castellanos went 3-for-4 with a pair of solo homers. Ian Happ lined a two-run single and homered with a runner aboard.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – Philadelphia 0… Madison Bumgarner (7-7) allowed just one hit over seven innings and two relievers completed the Giants’ shutout of the Phillies.
Mike Yastrzemski doubled home two runs and smacked a solo homer.

SAN DIEGO 9 – Colorado 3… Wil Myers’ two-run double capped a five-run bottom of the sixth inning that gave the Padres the lead for good in their defeat of the Rockies. Fernando Tatis Jr. homered and singled in a run. Manuel Margot also went deep.

N.Y. Yankees 12 – TORONTO 6… Gio Urshela blasted a pair of two-run homers for the Yankees. Mike Tauchman homered with a runner aboard and stroked a two-run single. DJ LeMahieu went 3-for-5 with a two-run single.

BOSTON 3 – L.A. Angels 0… Red Sox starter Chris Sale (6-11) pitched two-hit ball over eight innings and struck out 13. Sam Travis hit a two-run homer and Sandy Leon added a solo shot.

DETROIT 10 – Kansas City 8… Jordy Mercer connected for a walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for the Tigers. Travis Demeritte tied the game in the seventh with a solo blast. Harold Castro hit a three-run homer and Miguel Cabrera homered with the bases empty.

Cleveland 7 – MINNESOTA 5… Jose Ramirez drove in three runs with a single and a double in leading the Indians past the Twins. Jason Kipnis stroked a two-run double. Tyler Naquin homered. Mike Clevinger (7-2) gave up two runs on three hits over seven innings.

Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 14-5) is at the N.Y. Mets (Marcus Stroman, 6-11)…
Miami (Caleb Smith, 7-5) hosts Atlanta (Julio Teheran, 6-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Yu Darvish, 4-5) are at Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 9-8)…
St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 10-6) hosts Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 3-8)…
Arizona (Robbie Ray, 10-7) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 10-2)…
San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 4-3) hosts Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 3-9)…
Philadelphia (Drew Smyly, 1-1) is at San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 3-6)

Oakland (Mike Fiers, 10-3) is at the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 1-2)…
Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 5-11) hosts Houston (Wade Miley, 10-4)…
the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 9-6) are at Toronto (Sean Reid-Foley, 1-2)…
Boston (Brian Johnson, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Jaime Barria, 4-5)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0) is at Detroit (TBA)…
Minnesota (Devin Smeltzer, 1-1) hosts Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 11-4)…
Tampa Bay (TBA) is at Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 12-9)

Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0) is at Milwaukee (Gio Gonzalez, 2-1)

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