The Rundown for October 30, 2019

UKRAINE EXPERT TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS… Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the White House who raised concerns about the administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rivals, testified for 10-1/2 hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform yesterday. He reportedly claimed the White House transcript of a July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was missing certain words and phrases. The New York Times reported that Vindman said there are ellipses in the memo that indicate omissions where Trump spoke about tapes of presidential candidate Joe Biden and that his attempts to restore words and phrases failed. Analysts say Vindman’s testimony is likely to drive investigators to ask further questions about how officials handled the call. Top Democrats at the deposition described Vindman’s testimony as “extremely disturbing” and praised him for appearing despite attacks from the White House.

WHISTLEBLOWER LAWYERS THREATENED… Lawyers representing the whistleblower who first drew attention to President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has received multiple death threats, according to a report in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Individuals close to the legal team also told the newspaper the death threats have led to at least one investigation from law enforcement, and the attorneys have also been subject to other abusive messages. No threats thus far have been determined to be credible, the report said.

HOUSE DEMS RELEASE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION… House Democrats yesterday unveiled the resolution that details their procedures in moving forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The House is expected to vote on the resolution tomorrow. The eight-page resolution calls for public hearings and specifically permits staff counsels from both parties to question witnesses for periods of up to 45 minutes per side.

INDICTED GIULIANI ASSOCIATE TO BE QUESTIONED UNDER OATH… A federal judge in Florida ruled yesterday that Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, can be questioned under oath in the coming weeks about financial transfers he made to Republican political campaign. The ruling comes as part of a civil court proceeding and is separate from the criminal charges in New York. Parnas is accused in a New York federal court of conspiracy and campaign finance-related violations and has pleaded not guilty to his criminal charges. The Manhattan federal prosecutors continue to consider new charges related to him.

ISIS DEFECTOR TO GET REWARD FOR AL-BAGHDADI DEATH… The Washington Post reported yesterday that an ISIS defector credited with leading U.S. forces to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian hideout will get at least some of a $25 million reward. The unidentified defector turned against the terror group after it killed one of his family members, officials said. Kurds handed him over to U.S. intelligence officials who determined his info on Baghdadi’s whereabouts was credible.

ENTERTAINMENT
SPACEY WON’T FACE L.A. SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES… The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced yesterday that Kevin Spacey won’t be charged in a sexual assault case because the alleged victim died during the investigation. Spacey was accused of forcing a male massage therapist to touch his genitals during an in-home session in 2016. The therapist claimed he suffered emotional pain and distress from the incident.

HBO ORDERS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO revealed yesterday that it has ordered a “Game of Thrones” prequel series. The series is based on the “Game of Thrones” companion book “Fire & Blood” and will be titled “House of the Dragon.” The story is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and centers on House Targaryen.

SPORTS
WORLD SERIES GAME 6… The Washington Nationals forced Game 7 in the 2019 World Series with a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Anthony Rendon drove in five runs with a homer, double and a single. Juan Soto blasted a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the fifth inning. Adam Eaton also went deep. Starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on five hits over 8-1/3 innings. Washington is expected to send Max Scherzer to the mound tonight. He would be opposed by fellow righthander Zack Greinke. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

NBA SCORES
MIAMI 112 – Atlanta 97… Rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 points as the Heat cruised past the Hawks. Jimmy Butler added 21 points in his Miami debut.

Dallas 109 – DENVER 106… Maxi Kleber and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 points apiece to lead nine players in double figures as the Mavericks rallied past the Nuggets. Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 120  – Memphis 91… The Lakers broke open a close game in the second half. Anthony Davis lit it up with 40 points and 20 rebounds. LeBron James added 23 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Minnesota is at Philadelphia…
Cleveland hosts Chicago…
New York is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts Detroit…
Milwaukee is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Indiana…
Portland is at Oklahoma City…
Washington hosts Houston…
the L.A. Clippers are at Utah…
Sacramento hosts Charlotte…
Phoenix is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 5 – San Jose 1… David Krejci had a goal and an assist in his return to the ice after missing five games with an injury and the Bruins skated past the Sharks.

Washington 4 – TORONTO 3 (OT)… Alex Ovechkin’s second goal of the game came at the 4-minute mark of overtime and lifted the Capitals over the Maple Leafs. Ovechkin also assisted on two goals scored by John Carlson.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Philadelphia 1… The Penguins opened with a four-goal first period and never looked back in their thrashing of the Flyers. Sidney Crosby, Dominik Simon and Dominik Kahun each had a goal and two assists.

CAROLINA 2 – Calgary 1… Andrei Svechnikov scored two goals in the final 10:47 to lead the Hurricanes past the Flames.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Tampa Bay 1… The Rangers scored three third-period goals to put away the Lightning. Filip Chytil netted the tie-breaking goal in his season debut.

DETROIT 3 – Edmonton 1… The Red Wings topped the Oilers to snap their eight-game losing streak. Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 3 – Chicago 0… Nick Bonino scored all three Predators goals in their blanking of the Blackhawks. Rocco Grimaldi had three assists. Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped all 20 shots.

DALLAS 6 – Minnesota 3… The Stars used a five-goal third period to upend the Wild. Alexander Radulov netted three goals and had an assist.

ANAHEIM 7 – Winnipeg 4… Carter Rowney netted two late goals to put away the Jets. Josh Mahura had three assists for the Ducks.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Tampa Bay is at New Jersey..
Columbus hosts Edmonton…
Minnesota is at St. Louis…
Colorado hosts Florida…
Montreal is at Arizona…
Los Angeles hosts Vancouver

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