The Rundown for October 22, 2019

TRUMP CALLS EMOLUMENTS CLAUSE ‘PHONY’… President Trump called the foreign emoluments clause in the U.S. Constitution “phony” yesterday in response to criticism for his previous plan to host the next G7 Summit at one of his resorts in Miami. Trump insisted that he has no obligation to put his businesses in trusts and made false claims about George Washington and Barack Obama in supporting his stance. Trump has been the target of multiple emoluments clause lawsuits that him of unconstitutionally profiting from his businesses by accepting payments from foreign and domestic governments while he is serving as president.

PENTAGON DRAWS UP AFGHANISTAN-WITHDRAWAL PLANS… NBC reported yesterday that the Pentagon recently began drawing up plans for an abrupt withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan in case President Trump orders an immediate drawdown as he did in Syria. Officials say the contingency planning is ongoing and includes the possibility that Trump could all U.S. troops out of Afghanistan within weeks without warning. One official called the contingency “prudent planning.” Another official said Trump’s approach to Syria was “a dress rehearsal” for what could happen in Afghanistan.

TRUMP THANKED INDICTED GIULIANI ASSOCIATE… A Rudy Giuliani associate charged with campaign-finance violations posted on his private Instagram account a personal note to him apparently from President Trump, according to the Wall Street Journal. Reporters gained access to the locked private account of Lev Parnas and discovered the note, which thanked Parnas for his “friendship and dedication to our cause.” Other photos posted by Parnas showed him at events with Giuliani, Donald Jr., Eric, President Trump, and his ex-wife Ivana. After Parnas was indicted, Trump denied knowing him or anything about what he did.

OPIOID CASE SETTLEMENT… The nation’s three biggest drug distributors and a major drugmaker reached an 11th-hour, $260 million agreement last night to settle the damage of opioids in two Ohio counties. The issue involving Cuyahoga and Summit counties was heading to a trial that analysts say would have brought the nation closer to a resolution of nearly all lawsuits over opioids. The epidemic has been blamed for 400,000 U.S. deaths over the past two decades.

L.A.-AREA FIRE PROMPTS EVACUATIONS… Mandatory evacuations were ordered in the affluent Pacific Palisades area of Los Angeles yesterday after a brush fire threatened multimillion-dollar homes. The blaze began around 10:30 a.m. yesterday morning and quickly burned more than 40 acres. About 200 homes within eight residential blocks were under threat from the flames.

HEATHER GRAHAM JOINS NETFLIX FILM… Actress Heather Graham has joined the cast of Netflix’s romantic comedy film “Love, Guaranteed.” The film stars Rachael Leigh Cook and Damon Wayans Jr. in the story about a man who hires a lawyer to sue the dating website that failed to find him his perfect match, as promised. Filming is now underway in Vancouver. Graham’s film credits include “Boogie Nights” and “The Hangover.”

‘FACTS OF LIFE’ REUNION… Lifetime holiday movie will reunite former castmembers of “Facts of Life,” a sitcom that initially aired 1979-88 and remains popular in reruns. Mindy Cohn, Kim Fields, Nancy McKeon and Lisa Whelchel have signed on to star in “You Light Up My Christmas.” The movie will debut on December 1.

WORLD SERIES OPENS TONIGHT… The 2019 World Series opens tonight in Houston, where the American League-champion Astros host the National League-champion Washington Nationals. Gerrit Cole, who went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA during the regular season, gets the start for the Astros. The Nationals will counter with fellow righthander Max Scherzer, who went 11-7 with a 2.92 ERA on the season. First pitch is set for 8:08 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

New England 33 – N.Y. JETS 0… Sony Michel rushed for three touchdowns and Tom Brady threw or a score as the Patriots mauled the Jets. Defensively, New England intercepted New York quarterback Sam Darnold four times and recovered one of his fumbles.

Columbus 4 – TORONTO 3 (OT)… Gustav Nyquist scored on a penalty shot in overtime to send the Blue Jackets past the Maple Leafs. Alexander Wennberg netted a tying goal midway through the third period after Columbus blew a two-goal lead.

PHILADELPHIA 6 – Vegas 2… Michael Raffl scored two goals and had an assist in leading the Flyers past the Golden Knights. Oskar Lindblom added a goal and an assist.

ST. LOUIS 3 – Colorado 1… Vladimir Tarasenko scored one goal and assisted on two others as the Blues skated past the Avalanche to snap a four-game losing streak.

DALLAS 2 – Ottawa 1… Joe Pavelski’s power-play goal midway through the second period proved to be the difference as the Stars held off the Senators. Radek Faksa netted a first-period goal for Dallas.

Toronto is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts San Jose…
Pittsburgh is at Florida…
the N.Y. Rangers host Arizona…
Vancouver is at Detroit…
Nashville hosts Anaheim…
Edmonton is at Minnesota…
Winnipeg hosts Los Angeles…
Vegas is at Chicago…
Calgary hosts Washington

NBA REGULAR-SEASON OPENING NIGHT… Four teams are in action tonight to kick off the NBA’s 2019-2020 regular season. New Orleans visits Toronto and the L.A. Clippers host their crosstown-rival Lakers.

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