The Rundown for August 15, 2019

TRUMP BACKS OFF ON CHINESE TARIFFS… Markets rallied on news that that the Trump administration was removing certain items from the new tariff list and delaying duties on others until mid-December. The U.S. Trade Representative office said the delay affects electronics including cellphones, laptops and video game consoles, along with some clothing products, shoes and “certain toys.” Trump announced earlier this month that on September 1, he would begin imposing 10-percent tariffs on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports that weren’t hit in the first round of U.S. duties. Following the announcement, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 372 points, while the S&P 500 jumped 1.48% and the Nasdaq rose 1.95%.

21 STATES SUE OVER CLEAN AIR ACT INTERPRETATION… A coalition of 21 states is suing the Trump administration over the easing of restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The lawsuit, filed yesterday in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argues that the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants’ greenhouse gas emissions. California Governor Gavin Newsom criticized President Trump for trying to rescue an outdated industry. West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey called the lawsuit a “big government ‘power grab’” and argued that the Democratic attorneys general “are dead wrong” in their interpretation of the Clean Air Act.

EPSTEIN WENT UNCHECKED… The New York Times reported yesterday that two guards tasked with watching accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein on the day of his death at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center falsely recorded that they had checked in on him every 30 minutes. According to the report, both guards fell asleep and Epstein had not been checked on during the three hours prior to the discovery of his body. CBS News reported that Epstein had been dead for one to two hours before he was found and that the guards may have falsified records. The warden was reassigned yesterday and the two guards have been placed on leave while federal authorities investigate the death.

STUDY FINDS ALASKA IS FASTEST-WARMING STATE… A new Washington Post analysis of climate change data has confirmed that Alaska is the nation’s fastest-warming state. The data also revealed that Rhode Island and New Jersey are the states in the lower 48 with the quickest-rising average temperatures. New Jersey’s average temperature is up by 2 degrees Celsius since 1895, and Rhode Island’s has risen even more. Both states have experienced warmer winters.

DAYTON SHOOTER STALKED NEIGHBORHOOD… Authorities revealed yesterday that the gunman who killed nine people in Dayton, Ohio, earlier this month spent two hours in the nightlife-district neighborhood before launching an attack on bar-goers that he probably carried it out alone. Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl yesterday showed footage from video cameras from several businesses in the neighborhood to present a detailed timeline of the gunman’s movements around the neighborhood. The August 4 attack ended when police fatally shot the gunman, 24-year-old Connor Betts.

VIACOM, CBS MERGE… Media companies Viacom and CBS are combining their entertainment assets after agreeing to a merger yesterday. The all-stock deal will combine the companies to create Viacom CBS Inc. The combined company will include cable networks Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon and BET, the premium channel Showtime, as well as the Paramount Pictures movie studio.

PLACIDO DOMINGO HIT WITH SEXUAL-HARASSMENT ACCUSATIONS… Eight singers and a dancer are accusing Spanish opera singer Plácido Domingo of sexually harassing several women over a number of decades. The accusers claim they were sexually harassed going back to the late 1980s. Only one of the women agreed to be named. The incidents allegedly took place in different settings, including a dressing room, a hotel room, during a meeting and at opera companies where Domingo held managerial positions. Domingo has denied the accusations. The Los Angeles Opera – which he directs – has pledged to investigate with the help of “outside counsel.”

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Chi. Cubs 2… J.T. Realmuto doubled home a go-ahead run in the bottom of the seventh inning and added a go-ahead solo homer in the eighth to push the Phillies past the Cubs. Roman Quin had a couple of hits, including an RBI triple.

WASHINGTON 3 – Cincinnati 1… the Nationals used Juan Soto and Brian Dozier to down the Reds. Joe Ross (3-3) gave up a run on five hits over 6-2/3 innings.

L.A. Dodgers 15 – MIAMI 1… Will Smith homered twice and knocked in three runs as the Dodgers bombed the Marlins. Corey Seager and Justin Turner hit two-run homers. Cody Bellinger and Matt Beaty added solo shots. Beaty also lined a three-run triple. Dustin May (1-1) gave up a run on three hits over 5-2/3 innings.

ATLANTA 5 – N.Y. Mets 3… Josh Donaldson went 3-for-4 with an RBI and Ronald Acuña Jr. homered with the bases empty as the Braves topped the Mets. Max Fried (14-4) allowed a run on six hits over six innings.

Arizona 9 – COLORADO 3… Nick Amed went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and RBI single for the Diamondbacks. Christian Walker had a couple of hits, including a two-run homer. David Peralta also homered with a runner aboard.

Houston 6 – CHI. WHITE SOX 2… George Springer homered to lead off the game, Jose Altuve went deep to lead off the third and the Astros went on to down the White Sox in the doubleheader opener. Robinson Chirinos produced a pair of run-scoring singles.

CHI. WHITE SOX 4 – Houston 1… Ivan Nova (8-9) held the Astros to a run on four hits in a complete-game effort and the White Sox claimed a split of the twinbill. Ryan Goins delivered a two-run single.

N.Y. YANKEES 8 – Baltimore 3… Aaron Judge and Cameron Maybin drove in two runs apiece as the Yankees cruised past the Orioles. D.J. LeMahieu smacked a solo homer.

TORONTO 3 – Texas 0… Five Blue Jays pitchers combined to blank the Rangers on five hits. Toronto’s runs came on home runs by Randal Grichuk, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Teoscar Hernandez.

Seattle 11 – DETROIT 6… The Mariners used a six-run top of the sixth inning to put away the Tigers. Kyle Seager homered three homers and knocked in six runs. Tom Murphy added two solo homers.

Boston 7 – CLEVELAND 6 (10 innings)… The Red Sox recovered to outlast the Indians after letting a three-run seventh-inning lead slip away. Jackie Bradley’s one-out homer in the top of the 10th inning proved to be the difference. Rafael Devers went 6-for-6 and drove in three runs.

Minnesota 7 – MILWAUKEE 5… Marwin Gonzalez blasted a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning to send the Twins past the Brewers. Mitch Garver opened the scoring with a two-run third-inning homer.

St. Louis 2 – KANSAS CITY 0… Jack Flaherty (6-6) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and got help from two relievers in the Cardinals’ shutout of the Royals. Paul Goldschmidt lifted a sacrifice fly Tommy Edman singled home a run for St. Louis.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Oakland 2… Madison Bumgarner (8-7) limited the Athletics to a run on two hits over seven innings. Kevin Pillar had a couple of hits, including an RBI double.

Pittsburgh 10 – L.A. ANGELS 7… The Pirates thumped the Angels after spotting them an early four-run lead. Josh Bell homered with a runner aboard and sliced a two-run single. Bryan Reynolds also went deep.

Tampa Bay 7 – SAN DIEGO 5… Ji-Man Choi connected for a tie-breaking two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning and the Rays held off the Padres. Austin Meadows homered and singled home a run.

Arizona (Robbie Ray, 10-7) is at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 3-10)…
Washington (Stephen Strasburg, 14-5) hosts Cincinnati (Trevor Bauer, 10-8)…
the Chi. Cubs (Cole Hamels, 6-3) are at Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 10-3)…
Miami (Elieser Hernandez, 2-4) hosts the L.A. Dodgers (Clayton Kershaw, 11-2)…
the N.Y. Mets (Steven Matz, (7-7) are at Atlanta (Dallas Keuchel, 3-5)

Texas (Kolby Allard, 0-0) is at Toronto (Sean Reid-Foley, 2-2)…
N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 9-7) host Baltimore (Dylan Bundy, 5-12)…
Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 0-0) is at Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 12-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Ross Detwiler, 1-3) host Houston (Wade Miley, 11-4)…
Seattle (Marco Gonzales, 12-9) is at Detroit (Edwin Jackson, 2-5)

Minnesota (Kyle Gibson, 11-5) is at Milwaukee (Gio Gonzalez, 2-1)…
San Diego (Cal Quantrill, 5-3) hosts Tampa Bay (Andrew Kittredge, 10-)…
Oakland (Homer Bailey, 9-8) is at San Francisco (Tyler Beede, 3-6)…
the L.A. Angels (Dillon Peters, 2-1) host Pittsburgh (Chris Archer, 3-8)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 7-12) hosts St. Louis (Dakota Hudson, 10-6)

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