The Rundown for October 17, 2019

HOUSE CONDEMNS TRUMP’S SYRIA WITHDRAWAL… The House voted 354-60 yesterday to condemn President Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. forces from northern Syria. The bipartisan resolution expresses Congress’ opposition to the withdrawal and demands that Turkey ceases its military action in Syria. Republicans called the troop withdrawal “disastrous” and a “catastrophe.” Democratic Congressman Seth Moulton said Trump “has taken the side of dictators and butchers.”

HOUSE DEMS WALK OUT OF WHITE HOUSE MEETING… Congressional Democratic leaders cited President Trump’s “meltdown” in walking out of a White House meeting over Syria yesterday. Afterward, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer described Trump as “insulting,” particularly to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Pelosi said that she believes Trump was “very shaken up” by the Syria resolution vote and said that the impeachment inquiry did not come up during the meeting.

FORMER POMPEO ADVISER TESTIFIES… Michael McKinley, who stepped down last week as a senior adviser to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, provided closed-door testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. McKinley had been Pompeo’s top adviser since May 2018, but he abruptly resigned on Friday. He explained that “The timing of my resignation was the result of two overriding concerns: the failure, in my view, of the State Department to offer support to Foreign Service employees caught up in the Impeachment Inquiry on Ukraine; and, second, by what appears to be the utilization of our ambassadors overseas to advance domestic political objectives.” McKinley had been a diplomat for more than 35 years and served as U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, Columbia, Peru and Brazil.

REPORT: TRUMP INFLATED/DEFLATED PROPERTY VALUES… A report published yesterday by ProPublica appears to have confirmed the claim by President Trump’s imprisoned former lawyer Michael Cohen that Trump “inflated his total assets when it served his purposes and deflated his assets to reduce his real estate taxes.” Property tax documents obtained via New York’s Freedom of Information Law “show stark differences in how Donald Trump’s businesses reported some expenses, profits and occupancy figures for two Manhattan buildings, giving a lender different figures than they provided to New York City tax authorities. The discrepancies made the buildings appear more profitable to the lender — and less profitable to the officials who set the buildings’ property tax,” it was reported. In one example, Trump representatives told a lender that the occupancy rate in one Trump New York City property was 59 percent as of the end of 2012. But that figure wasn’t the same as 81 percent occupancy rate for 2012 that was reported to tax authorities.

UAW, GM REACH DEAL TO END STRIKE… The United Auto Workers and General Motors have reportedly reached an agreement to end their month-long strike of domestic factories. Union leaders from factories throughout the U.S. will be in Detroit today to vote on the deal. According to the UAW, the deal offers a four-year contract and “represents major gains” for the 49,000 hourly workers on the picket line.

CHICAGO TEACHERS STRIKE… Classes have been canceled for the 299,000 public school students in Chicago today in anticipation of a teacher strike. The Chicago Teachers Union and Chicago Public Schools failed to reach an agreement despite last-minute talks. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said during a press conference yesterday that she stands by the city’s most recent offer.

ENTERTAINMENT
LAWYERS SEEK TO BLOCK NETFLIX FILM… Lawyers at the firm behind the “Panama Papers” scandal are trying to block Netflix from releasing “The Laundromat.” In filing a federal lawsuit, lawyers say the Steven Soderbergh film starring Meryl Streep defames them and uses their firm’s logo without authorization. In 2015, some 11.5 million documents from the firm were leaked to an international consortium of journalists. The leak exposed a complex web of offshore tax havens and resulted in international criminal investigations.

NBC CANCELS ‘SUNNYSIDE’… NBCs has canceled the sitcom “Sunnyside” just four weeks into the new fall network season. It will be replaced by the 11th and final season of “Will & Grace” on Thursday nights beginning on October 24. Remaining episodes of “Sunnyside” will move to NBC.com and the NBC app. “Sunnyside” which stars Kal Penn as a disgraced New York councilman who helps a group of immigrants prepare for their citizenship test.

SPORTS
MLB
AL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES GAME 4 RAINED OUT
A forecast of inclement weather in New York forced postponement of last night’s Game 4 between the Astros and Yankees. The game was moved to tonight with first pitch set for 8:08 p.m. Eastern. The teams lost a travel day as tomorrow’s Game 5 in Houston remains on schedule.

JOE MADDON NAMED ANGELS MANAGER... The Los Angeles Angels made it official yesterday when they announced the hiring of Joe Maddon as their new manager. The 65-year-old Maddon was expected to sign a three-year deal. The three-time Manager of the Year managed the Chicago Cubs for the past five seasons and in 2016 led the franchise to its first World Series title in 108 years.

NHL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 3 – Colorado 2 (OT)… Brandon Tanev’s shorthanded goal at 3:57 of overtime lifted the Penguins over the Avalanche. Sidney Crosby had a goal and an assist.

WASHINGTON 4 – Toronto 3… John Carlson scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Capitals held off the Maple Leafs.

COLUMBUS 3 – Dallas 2… Sonny Milano’s third-period goal proved to be the difference as the Blue Jackets edged the Stars. Zach Werenski and Alexander Wennberg netted first-period goals. Goalie Joonas Korpisalo made 30 saves.

EDMONTON 6 – Philadelphia 3… Connor McDavid netted a goal and had four assists as the Oilers doubled up on the Flyers. Leon Draisaitl netted two goals and assisted on another. Mikko Koskinen made 49 stops at goal.

ANAHEIM 5 – Buffalo 2… The Ducks got two goals from Adam Henrique in a come-from-behind win over the Sabres. Jakob Silfverberg had a goal and two assists. Rickard Rakell added a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 5 – Carolina 2… Evander Kane scored three goals and had an assist in leading the Sharks past the Hurricanes. Goalie Martin Jones stopped 36 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Minnesota…
the N.Y. Rangers are at New Jersey…
St. Louis hosts Vancouver…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Detroit…
Nashville is at Arizona…
Ottawa is at Vegas…
Los Angeles hosts Buffalo

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Kansas City (4-2) is at Denver (2-4)

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