The Rundown for October 8, 2019

TRUMP FACES BACKLASH FOR BETRAYING KURDS… President Trump is facing widespread backlash for pulling the U.S. military back from the Syria-Turkey border and enabling Turkey to launch an immediate attack against Kurdish fighters who led the allied campaign against ISIS. Brett McGurk, who resigned last year as the Trump administration’s special envoy on ISIS, angrily declared that Trump “is not a Commander-in-Chief” and described Trump’s actions in Syria as a “gift to Russia, Iran, and ISIS.” Pentagon officials were reportedly blindsided by news that the U.S. was abandoning its Kurdish allies. General Joseph Votel, the top commander of U.S. forces in the Middle East, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing yesterday that he was not consulted and said the fight against ISIS is “not over” and warned ISIS could regroup after U.S. troops leave. Trump, meanwhile, said Turkey will now be responsible for the 12,000 detained Islamic State terror group fighters and about 58,000 women and children held by Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria.

JUDGE ORDERS TRUMP TO HAND OVER TAX RETURNS… A federal judge has ordered President Trump to hand over his tax returns in response to claims by Trump’s lawyers that sitting presidents are immune from criminal investigations. The ruling allows the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office to subpoena eight years of the president’s personal and corporate tax returns. Judge Victor Marrero called Trump’s argument “repugnant to the nation’s governmental structure and constitutional values.” Trump’s lawyers have appealed the decision and the Second Circuit issued a stay of any handover of Trump tax returns until it has had time to consider the case. Vance has asked for an expedited schedule. Trump promised during the 2016 presidential campaign to make his tax returns public but has since refused.

HOUSE PANEL SUBPOENAS OVER UKRAINE MILITARY AID WITHHOLDING… The House Intelligence Committee yesterday subpoenaed the Department of Defense and Office of Management and Budget as part of their impeachment inquiry for documents that explain why President Trump withheld military aid from Ukraine. The panel wants to know why Trump ordered acting OMB Director Mick Mulvaney to freeze military assistance to Ukraine at least a week before the president spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. This order reportedly shocked State Department and DOD officials to the extent that they informed Congress. The DOD and OMB are required to respond to the subpoenas by October 15.

GOLDMAN SACHS BLAMES TARIFFS FOR HIGHER CONSUMER PRICES… Goldman Sachs announced yesterday that the cost of tariffs imposed last year against Chinese goods by President Trump has fallen “entirely” on American businesses and households. The bank said the tariffs have had a greater impact on consumer prices than previously expected. Consumer prices are higher partly because Chinese exporters have not lowered their prices to better compete in the U.S. market, Goldman Sachs said.

FBI VERIFIES 50 MURDERS BY ADMITTED SERIAL KILLER… Confessed murderer Samuel Little is now considered the most prolific serial killer in U.S. history. The FBI has verified 50 of the 93 murders between 1970 and 2005 that the 79-year-old Little has admitted to. Investigators are still trying to confirm his other 40 confessions that have not been matched to cold cases. Little is currently serving three life sentences in a California prison.

JAMES COMEY BOOK TO BE A CBS MINISERIES… CBS has announced that Brendan Gleeson and Jeff Daniels have joined the cast of a new miniseries based on a book written by former FBI director James Comey. Gleeson has been tapped to play President Trump with Daniels as Comey. Producers have yet to decide on a premiere date and whether the miniseries will air on Showtime, CBS All Access or both. Production begins next month.

TREBEK MAY LEAVE AS HOST OF ‘JEOPARDY!’… Alex Trebek said in a recent interview with CTV that his pancreatic cancer might force him to step down as host of “Jeopardy!” The 79-year-old Trebek says his skills “have started to diminish” as the result of the disease. Trebek revealed earlier this year that he was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer and learned in May he was near remission but needed to go for another round of chemotherapy last month.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Atlanta 4 (10 innings)… Yadier Molina singled home the tying run in the bottom of the eighth inning and lifted a walkoff sacrifice fly in the 10th as the Cardinals outlasted the Braves the even the series at 2-2. Marcell Ozuna smacked a pair of solo homers. Paul Goldschmidt also went deep. The series returns to Atlanta for Game 5 tomorrow.

WASHINGTON 6 – L.A. Dodgers 1… Ryan Zimmerman belted a three-run homer to highlight a four-run bottom of the fourth inning and the Nationals cruised past the Dodgers to bring the series even at two games apiece. Max Scherzer allowed just a run on four hits over seven innings. The series shifts to Los Angeles for tomorrow’s Game 5.

TAMPA BAY 10 – Houston 3… Kevin Kermaier blasted a three-run homer and the Rays also got round-trippers from Ji-Man Choi, Brandon Lowe and Willy Adams in pounding the Astros to pull within 2-1 in the series. Starter Charlie Morton held his former team to a run on three hits over five innings. The series remains in Tampa for today’s Game 4. D Castillo gets the start for the Rays and will be opposed by the Astros’ Justin Verlander. First pitch is set for 4:15 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on FS1.

N.Y. Yankees 5 – MINNESOTA 1… Game 4 is tonight in Minneapolis. Game time is 8:05 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on FS1. Neither team has named a starter.

SAN FRANCISCO 31 – Cleveland 3… Matt Breida ran 83 yards for a score and caught a 5-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter and the 49ers (4-0) went on to rout the Browns (2-3). Jimmy Garoppolo passed for 181 yards and two TDs.

St. Louis 3 – TORONTO 2… Alex Pietrangelo’s third-period goal sent the Blues past the Maple Leafs. Brayden Schenn netted a game-tying goal with 48 seconds left in the second period.

COLUMBUS 4 – Buffalo 3 (OT)… The Blues recovered to outlast the Sabres after letting a two-goal lead slip away. Alexandre Texier found the net 2:08 into overtime.

Carolina is at Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders host Edmonton…
Winnipeg is at Pittsburgh…
Washington hosts Dallas…
Anaheim is at Detroit…
Nashville hosts San Jose…
Los Angeles is at Calgary…
Vegas hosts Boston

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