The Rundown for October 29, 2019

TOP UKRAINE EXPERT TO TESTIFY THIS MORNING… The top Ukraine expert at the White House is scheduled to testify this morning before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander S. Vindman, the first person who heard President Trump’s call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, will tell impeachment investigators he twice reported concerns about President Trump’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. In an opening statement released last night, Vindman declared he is acting out of a “sense of duty” and that he “did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen.”

CONGRESS TO VOTE ON IMPEACHMENT INVESTIGATION… House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced yesterday that Congress will vote this week on a resolution affirming the impeachment investigation, establishing rules for public hearings, providing due process rights for the White House and other procedures. The decision was announced in a letter that came after she was pressured from Republicans and the White House to put the matter to vote. “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives,” Pelosi said.

NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL MAP RULED ILLEGAL… A panel of three Superior Court judges ruled yesterday that North Carolina’s congressional map is an illegal gerrymander and blocked the state’s congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections. Voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain, according to the ruling. The judges issued no deadline for a new map but suggested lawmakers could redraw them on their own quickly to ensure congressional primaries are held as scheduled. The State Board of Elections wants lines to be finalized by December 15.

CONGRESSMAN WALDEN WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION… Oregon Congressman Greg Walden, the top Republican on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, announced yesterday that he will not seek re-election in 2020. The 62-year-old Walden has served in Congress since 1999 and is deputy chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee. He joins top Republicans on the House Armed Services, Natural Resources and Agriculture committees and other senior GOP representatives who have decided not to run next year.

CALIFORNIA WILDFIRES… Wildfires continue to break out in California amid dry and windy conditions. Officials announced yesterday that crews have been battling more than 300 wildfires that ignited in just 24 hours. Among the new fires is the Getty Fire in the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Brentwood, Mountaingate and West Los Angeles, which prompted the mandatory evacuations of approximately 10,000 residential and commercial structures. Authorities announced last night that a fire in the wine country of Sonoma County is 15% contained and that about 30,000 people who had been evacuated on the western side of the blaze have been allowed home.

ROBERT EVANS DIES… Legendary Hollywood producer and former Paramount Pictures production chief Robert Evans died on Saturday, family members confirmed yesterday. He was 89. Evans is best remembered for backing such films as “Chinatown,” ″The Godfather” and “Harold and Maude” in the 1970s. He was the model for Dustin Hoffman’s petty-minded Hollywood producer in the 1997 satire “Wag the Dog.” His 1994 memoir, “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” was later turned into a 2002 documentary.

PITTSBURGH 27 – Miami 14… The Steelers (2-4) rolled past the Dolphins (0-6) after spotting them a 14-point lead. Mason Rudolph threw touchdown passes to Diontae Johnson and JuJu Smith-Schuster. James Connor ran 9 yards for a fourth-quarter score.

DETROIT 96 – Indiana 94… Derrick Rose’s driving layup with 28.3 seconds remaining gave the Pistons the lead for good in their defeat of the Pacers. Christian Wood had 19 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Andre Drummond added 18 points and as many boards.

NEW YORK 105 – Chicago 98… The Knicks overcame an 18-point deficit after the first quarter to top the Bulls. Bobby Portis knocked down a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:47 remaining and finished with 38 points against his former team.

TORONTO 104 – Orlando 95… Kyle Lowry scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter and Pascal Siakam dropped in 24 points as the Raptors held off the Magic.

Philadelphia 105 – ATLANTA 103… Joel Embiid made the two decisive free throws with 5.3 seconds left and finished with 36 points and 13 rebounds in the 76ers’ win over the Hawks.

MILWAUKEE 129 – Cleveland 112… Khris Middleton scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures as the Bucks downed the Cavaliers. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 14 points and 10 boards.

Golden State 134 – NEW ORLEANS 123… Stephen Curry scored 26 points and dished off 11 assists in leading the Warriors to their first win of the season. D’Angelo Russell added 24 points. Damion Lee delivered 23 points and 11 boards off the bench.

HOUSTON 116 – Oklahoma City 112… James Harden poured in 40 points and Russell Westbrook added 21 points in leading the Rockets past the Thunder.

SAN ANTONIO 113 – Portland 110… The Spurs erased a double-digit second-quarter lead in fighting off the Spurs. DeMar DeRozan pumped in 27 points.

Utah 96 – PHOENIX 95… Donovan Mitchell’s free throw with .4 seconds to go gave the Jazz a hard-fought win over the Suns. Mitchell had 26 points on the night. Bogdan Bogdanovic led all scorers with 29 points. Rudy Gobert had 15 points and 18 rebounds.

Denver 101 – SACRAMENTO 94… The Nuggets took control in the third quarter and held on to beat the Kings. Jamal Murray led a balanced scoring attack with 18 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 111 – Charlotte 96… The Clippers pulled away in the second half to shake off the Hornets. Kawhi Leonard totaled 30 points. Lou Williams added 23 points.

Atlanta is at Miami…
Denver hosts Dallas…
Memphis is at the L.A. Lakers

Arizona 3 – BUFFALO 2 (SO)… Nick Schmaltz scored in the shootout to lift the Coyotes over the Sabres. Conor Garland had a goal and an assist.

VANCOUVER 7 – Florida 2… The Canucks opened with a five-goal first period and coasted past the Panthers. J.T. Miller netted two goals. Elias Pettersson and Alexander Edler each had three assists.

San Jose is at Boston…
Toronto hosts Washington…
Philadelphia is at Pittsburgh…
Carolina hosts Calgary…
Tampa Bay is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Detroit hosts Edmonton…
Chicago is at Nashville…
Dallas hosts Minnesota…
Winnipeg is at Anaheim

WORLD SERIES GAME 6 TONIGHT… The Houston Astros will try to wrap up their second World Series title in three years when they host the Washington Nationals in Game 6 tonight. Houston will send Justin Verlander (21-6) to the mound, where he’ll be opposed by fellow righthander Stephen Strasburg (18-6). Gametime is 8:07 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

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