WHITE HOUSE WON’T COOPERATE WITH INQUIRY… In a letter sent to House Democrats yesterday, the White House called the impeachment inquiry into President Trump “unconstitutional” and vowed that he will not cooperate. Trump attorney Pat Cipollone called the inquiry a biased effort on behalf of the Democrats. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi responded by warning Trump that he is not above the law.
HOUSE COMMITTEES SUBPOENA EU AMBASSADOR… Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland was subpoenaed by the House Committees on Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight yesterday. He has until October 14 to hand over Ukraine-related documents and must appear at a deposition two days later. Sondland was supposed to appear before Congress yesterday but was ordered by the State Department to avoid the hearing just hours beforehand.
WHISTLEBLOWER: OFFICIAL FRIGHTENED BY TRUMP CALL… ABC News and The New York Times reported yesterday that a White House official described President Trump’s July 25 call with the Ukrainian president as “crazy” and “frightening” to the whistleblower who filed a complaint about the conversation. The whistleblower detailed the reaction in a two-page memo a day after Trump’s call. The official deemed the call “completely lacking in substance related to national security,” according to the whistleblower.
CALIFORNIA UTILITY TURNING OFF POWER TO PREVENT FIRES… Pacific Gas and Electric announced was to begin shutting off the power of nearly 800,000 customers in northern and central California at midnight last night as a precautionary measure to prevent another devastating wildfire in the region. The blackout could last for up to five days in some parts of the impacted zone, officials said. The shutoff was prompted by a dry, windy weather pattern that is rolling into the region.
DICK’S SPORTING GOODS DESTROYED $5 MILLION IN ASSAULT RIFLES… After pulling all military-style weapons from its shelves in the wake of the Parkland school shooting, Dick’s Sporting Goods destroyed the approximately $5 million in weapons. According to the Washington Post, the company opted to turn the military-style guns into scrap metal rather than return the inventory to the manufacturers. The sporting goods chain also pulled guns from 125 of its stores and has not expanded firearms sales to any of its new locations.
EAGLES TO PERFORM ‘HOTEL CALIFORNIA’ LIVE ON TOUR… The Eagles will perform their classic album “Hotel California” in its entirety and a set of the band’s greatest hits on a tour the band is preparing. Members Don Henley, Josh Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit will be joined by Deacon Frey, Vince Gill, an accompanying orchestra and choir. The tour kicks off February 7 in Atlanta and closes April 18 in Los Angeles.
DaBABY TOPS ALBUM CHART… DaBaby’s “Kirk” sold 145,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 124,000 units to finish second. A re-release of the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” came in at No. 3 with 81,000 copies sold. Kevin Gates’ “I’m Him” opened in fourth place on sales of 70,000 units. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” capped the top five after selling 55,000 copies.
AL DIVISIONAL SERIES SCORES…
TAMPA BAY 4 – Houston 1… The Rays cruised past the Astros to tie the series at two games apiece. Tommy Pham’s solo homer sparked a three-run bottom of the first inning. Willy Adames homered to lead off the fourth. Six pitchers combined to hold Houston at bay. The series returns to Houston for tomorrow’s decisive Game 5.
TODAY’S NL DIVISIONAL SERIES SCHEDULE…
St. Louis (Jack Flaherty) is at Atlanta (Mike Foltynewicz) for Game 5, 5:02 p.m. Eastern, TBS…
the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler) host Washington (Stephen Strasburg) for Game 5, 8:37 p.m. Eastern, TBS
Carolina 6 – FLORIDA 3… Ryan Dzingel netted two goals as the Hurricanes doubled up on the Panthers for their fourth straight win to open the season.
Edmonton 5 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 2… James Neal had a four-goal night in leading the Oilers past the Islanders. Connor McDavid had three assists.
Winnipeg 4 – PITTSBURGH 1… Mark Scheifele and Patrik Laine each had three assists as the Jets skated past the Penguins.
Dallas 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (OT)… Tyler Sequin scored 43 seconds into overtime to lift the Stars over the Capitals for their first win of the season.
Anaheim 3 – DETROIT 1… Nik Ritchie scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period as the Ducks downed the Red Wings. Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and an assist.
NASHVILLE 5 – San Jose 2… Roman Josi scored the Predators’ first two goals in the win over the Sharks. Goalie Pekka Rinne made 33 saves.
Los Angeles 4 – CALGARY 3 (OT)… Drew Doughty’s power-play goal 50 seconds into overtime sent the Kings past the Flames. Doughty had two assists in regulation.
Boston 4 – VEGAS 3… Brad Marchand scored two goals and assisted on another as the Bruins held off the Golden Knights. David Pastrnak had a goal and two assists.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Montreal is at Buffalo…
Philadelphia hosts New Jersey…
Los Angeles is at Vancouver