The Rundown for September 19, 2019

WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINT REPORTEDLY INVOLVES TRUMP… The Washington Post reported yesterday that the whistleblower complaint at the center of a standoff between Congress and the U.S. intelligence community involves President Trump and a foreign leader. The communications reportedly involved a promise that an intelligence official found concerning enough to file a formal complaint with the IC’s inspector general. However, acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire did not transmit the complaint to Congress within seven days as required by law. Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson determined the complaint to be credible and troubling enough to alert the congressional oversight committees. House Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff is demanding that the full complaint be disclosed.

POMPEO: SAUDI OIL-FIELD STRIKE AN ‘ACT OF WAR’… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called the recent attacks on Saudi Arabia oil fields an “act of war.” Pompeo made the statement yesterday after arriving in Saudi Arabia, where he is set to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to discuss the situation. Iran has denied accusations that it was involved in the oil field strike.

TRUMP PICKS NEW SECURITY ADVISER… President Trump has selected hostage negotiator Robert O’Brien as his fourth White House national security adviser. O’Brien has been employed as the U.S. envoy for hostage negotiations. Most recently, he traveled to Sweden in a bid to get the American rapper A$AP Rocky released jail following an assault charge.

FED CUTS RATES… The Federal Reserve made its second cut since July yesterday when it dropped interest rates by a quarter of a percentage point. Rates will now hover between 1.75 percent and 2 percent. The Dow fell more than 150 points following the Fed’s announcement.

CALIFORNIA EMISSIONS STANDARDS THREATENED… The Trump administration plans to revoke California’s authority to set strict fuel economy standards. Administration officials say the decision was made “in order to produce far less expensive cars for the consumer.” California has been enforcing its own emissions standards since 1970 when it obtained a waiver from Congress as part of the Clean Air Act. The Trump administration’s decision to revoke that waiver will be challenged in the courts and the situation is unlikely to be resolved before next year’s presidential election.

NO DECISION IN BRITNEY SPEARS HEARING… No decisions were made at yesterday’s hearing on Britney Spears’ court conservatorship. Spears did not attend the private court procedure. Spears was put under conservatorship in 2008 after her personal and psychiatric struggles began spilling out into the public.

KEVIN SPACEY SEXUAL ASSAULT ACCUSER DIES… The massage therapist who accused actor Kevin Spacey of sexually assaulting him last year has died. There are no details about the death. The revelation came when Spacey’s lawyers filed a “notice of statement noting plaintiff’s death.” The plaintiff alleged that Spacey made inappropriate sexual advances during a home session in Malibu.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Washington 1… Adam Wainwright (13-9) held the Nationals to an unearned run on eight hits over seven innings. Tommy Edman smacked a solo homer and Matt Wieters added a two-run shot .

N.Y. Mets 7 – COLORADO 4… The Mets came up with four runs in the top of the ninth inning to topple the Rockies. Jeff McNeil and Pete Alonso hit solo homers. Brandon Nimmo went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

ARIZONA 5 – Miami 4… The Diamondbacks got solo homers from Abraham Almonte and Christian Walker in downing the Marlins. Domingo Leyba knocked in two runs.

Philadelphia 4 – ATLANTA 1… Zack Eflin (9-12) held the Braves to an unearned run on five hits over seven innings. Bryce Harper hit a two-run homer for Philadelphia. Cesar Hernandez added a solo blast.

San Diego 2 – MILWAUKEE 1… Dinelson Lamet (3-5) gave up a run on three hits and struck out 14 over six innings as the Padres clipped the Brewers. Seth Meia-Brean homered with a runner aboard in the top of the third inning for San Diego.

Cincinnati 3 – CHI. CUBS 2… Jose Iglesias doubled home Arestides Aquino with a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and the Reds made it stand in their win over the Cubs. Eugenio Suarez homered for Cincinnati.

OAKLAND 1 – Kansas City 0 (10 innings)… Mark Canha doubled home Jurickson Profar with the game’s only run in the top of the 10th inning as the Athletics outlasted the Royals.

L.A. Angels 3 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Albert Pujols and Kevan Smith both had a couple of hits and an RBI as the Angels edged the Yankees. David Fletcher went 3-for-5 with a run scored.

Toronto 11 – BALTIMORE 10… The Blue Jays erased a 7-1 deficit in slugging their way past the Orioles. Randal Grichuk unloaded a grand slam during a six-run top of the ninth inning. Teoscar Hernandez connected for a three-run blast.

CLEVELAND 2 – Detroit 1 (10 innings)… Yasiel Puig singled home Bradley Zimmer with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Indians downed the Tigers. Carlos Santana went 2-for-4 with an RBI single.

Chi. White Sox 3 – MINNESOTA 1… Eight pitchers combined on a three-hitter as the White Sox topped the Twins. Zack Collins homered with the bases empty. Yoan Moncada Eloy Jimenez each had two hits and an RBI.

HOUSTON 3 – Texas 2… It was a monumental win for the Astros as they became the sixth team in history to win at least 100 games in three consecutive seasons and trimmed their magic number in the AL West to two games over the second-place A’s. Gerrit Cole (18-5) allowed two runs on six hits and fanned 10 over eight innings. He became the fourth active pitcher to reach 300 strikeouts in a season. Yuli Gurriel homered with a runner aboard and Jose Altuve added a solo shot for Houston.

Seattle 4 – PITTSBURGH 1… Four Mariners pitchers held the Pirates at bay. Kyle Lewis and Tom Murphy hit solo homers. Dylan Moore stroked a two-run double.

San Francisco 11 – BOSTON 3… The Giants clobbered the Red Sox and made Bruce Bochy the 11th manager in Major League history to reach 2,000 wins. Stephen Vogt hit a two-run homer and finished with four RBIs. Jeff Samardzija (11-12) gave up a run on two hits over six innings.

Tampa Bay 8 – L.A. DODGERS 7 (11 innings)… Austin Meadows hit a leadoff homer and Ji-Man Choi lifted a sacrifice fly as the Rays scored twice in the top of the 11th inning and held on to beat the Dodgers. Tommy Pham went 5-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs scored.

Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 12-5) is at Atlanta (Mike Soroka, 12-4)…
Milwaukee (Jordan Lyles, 11-8) hosts San Diego (Joey Lucchesi, 10-8)…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty, 10-8) is at the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 11-9)

the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney, 4-5) are at the N.Y. Yankees (J.A. Happ, 12-8)…
Baltimore (Aaron Brooks, 5-8) hosts Toronto (Anthony Kay, 0-0)…
Detroit (Daniel Norris, 3-12) is at Cleveland (Mike Clevinger, 11-3)…
Minnesota (Kyle Gibson, 13-7) hosts Kansas City (Mike Montgomery, 2-7)

Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-10) is at Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 10-12)…
Boston (Eduardo Rodriguez, 17-6) hosts San Francisco (Madison Bumgarner, 9-8)

Tennessee (1-1) is at Jacksonville (0-2)

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