The Rundown for October 23, 2019

WILLIAM TAYLOR CONFIRMS UKRAINE QUID PRO QUO… The U.S.’ top diplomat to Ukraine, William Taylor, confirmed quid pro quo between the Trump administration and Ukraine yesterday during testimony before lawmakers. Taylor said a shadow foreign policy operation led by President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani intended withhold U.S. aid to Ukraine until the country’s president publicly declared an investigation of Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden. Trump mentioned the Bidens in a July 25 phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, which became the subject of a whistleblower complaint that prompted a formal impeachment inquiry.

TRUMP CRITICIZED FOR ‘LYNCHING’ COMMENT... President Trump faced severe backlash yesterday after comparing the impeachment proceedings against him to a “lynching.” Critics said the comment trivialized racist hate crimes against African Americans. Some of the backlash came from Trump’s fellow Republicans. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said, “I don’t agree with that language, it’s pretty simple.” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell separated himself from the comment later at a news conference.

ANONYMOUS ‘SENIOR ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL’ TO RELEASE BOOK… The anonymous writer who penned a powerful anti-Trump op-ed in the New York Times in September 2018 is scheduled to release a book next month. Titled, “A Warning,” the book will present an “unprecedented behind-the-scenes portrait of the Trump presidency.” The official, only identified in the September 2018 Times op-ed as a senior Trump administration official, will retain anonymity.

INVESTIGATION INTO FACEBOOK GROWS… 47 Attorneys general have joined a New York investigation into potential antitrust concerns involving social media giant Facebook, New York Attorney General Letitia James announced yesterday. The investigation centers on Facebook’s dominance in the social media market and whether the social media giant is engaging in anti-competitive conduct. Federal regulators fined the company a record $5 billion in July for violating an order related to the privacy of users’ personal information.

TRAFFIC DEATHS DROP… A report released yesterday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that traffic deaths in the U.S. fell 2.4 percent in 2018 to 36,560 although the number of pedestrians killed rose to its highest level in nearly three decades. Results indicated traffic deaths fell for the second straight year. The fatality rate of 1.13 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled was the lowest since 2014. Despite the decrease in overall deaths, pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities continue to rise, with deaths of those on foot climbing 3.4 percent to 6,283 last year. The number of people killed on roads while using bicycles and other non-motorized vehicles rose 6.3 percent to 857. More pedestrians and cyclists were killed in 2018 than in any year since 1990. Deaths of pedestrians have jumped by 42 percent in the last decade even as the combined number of all other traffic deaths has fallen by 8 percent.

LORI LAUGHLIN FACES NEW CHARGES IN COLLEGE ADMISSION SCANDAL… Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against actress Lori Loughlin and 10 other parents for their alleged roles in the massive college admission scandal. The new charges were included in a third superseding indictment that alleges the defendants conspired to commit federal program bribery. Prosecutors say the parents bribed University of Southern California employees to help their children get into the school by allegedly designating them as “athletic recruits…or other favored admissions categories.” Prosecutors previously alleged that the 54-year-old Loughlin and her fashion designer husband, Mossimo Giannulli, paid college admissions consultant William “Rick” Singer nearly $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC as crew recruits, even though neither teen had previously rowed crew.

ACTOR HENRY THOMAS ARRESTED… Actor Henry Thomas was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of intoxicants in Oregon on Monday night, authorities revealed yesterday. Tualatin police found the 48-year-old Thomas, who is best known for starring as Elliot in the 1982 Steven Spielberg film “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial,” inside a car stopped in traffic. Thomas was released on yesterday morning on his own recognizance. Thomas most recently appeared in the Netflix film “The Haunting of Hill House.”

Washington 5 – HOUSTON 4… Juan Soto smacked a game-tying solo homer in the top of the fourth inning and added a two-run double in the fifth and the Nationals held off the Astros to take Game 1 of the 2019 World Series. Ryan Zimmerman also went deep for Washington. The series remains in Houston for tonight’s Game 2. It will be a matchup of premier righthanders as Justin Verlander gets the start for the Astros and will be opposed by Stephen Strasburg. First pitch is set for 8:07 p.m. and the game airs on Fox.

TORONTO 130 – New Orleans 122 (OT)… Pascal Siakam and Fred VanVleet scored 34 points apiece for the Raptors in their opening-night win over the Pelicans. Siakam also grabbed 18 rebounds. Kyle Lowry tossed in 22 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 112 – L.A. Lakers 102… The Clippers pulled away in the fourth quarter to down their cross-town rivals. Kahwi Leonard pumped in 30 points in his debut with his new team. Lou Williams added 21 points.

Chicago is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts Detroit…
Cleveland is at Orlando…
Brooklyn hosts Minnesota…
Memphis is at Miami…
Philadelphia hosts Boston…
Washington is at Dallas…
San Antonio hosts New York…
Oklahoma City is at Utah…
Phoenix hosts Sacramento…
Denver is at Portland

BOSTON 4 – Toronto 2… David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand each scored a goal and had an assist for the Bruins.

BUFFALO 4 – San Jose 3 (OT)… Jack Eichel’s second goal of the game came 3:13 into overtime and sent the Sabres past the Sharks. Eichel also had two assists.

FLORIDA 4 – Pittsburgh 2… Jonathan Huberdeau and Denis Malgin each had a goal and an assist as the Panthers doubled up on the Penguins.

Arizona 3 – N.Y. RANGERS 2 (OT)… Christian Dvorak’s goal 1:04 into overtime lifted the Coyotes over the Rangers for their fourth straight win.

Vancouver 5 – DETROIT 2… The Canucks came alive to score all five goals in the third period to put away the Red Wings. Bo Horvat led the barrage with three goals.

NASHVILLE 6 – Anaheim 1… Roman Josi and Viktor Arvidsson each had a goal and an assist in the Predators’ pounding of the Ducks.

MINNESOTA 3 – Edmonton 0… Goalie Alex Stalock faced only 16 shots in shutting out the Oilers. Eric Staal found the net twice and had an assist.

Los Angeles 3 – WINNIPEG 2… Anze Kopitar netted a tie-breaking goal early in the third period and the Kings made it stand in edging the Jets.

Vegas 2 – CHICAGO 1 (SO)… Shea Theodore netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the Golden Knights outlasted the Blackhawks. Nick Holden’s goal tied the game with 1:33 remaining in regulation.

Washington 5 – CALGARY 3… John Carlson found the net twice in the Capitals’ defeat of the Flames. Alex Ovechkin added a goal and an assist.

Detroit is at Ottawa…
Tampa Bay hosts Pittsburgh

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