The Rundown for November 6, 2019

ELECTION RESULTS… Democrat Andy Breshear pulled off a major upset in yesterday’s elections when he defeated Republican incumbent Matt Bevin in the race for Kentucky’s governor. Democrats also prevailed in Virginia, where they flipped the state House and Senate to capture control of the legislature and the governorship for the first time in 26 years. Republicans were victorious in the Mississippi gubernatorial race, as Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves cruised past his Democratic challenger, Attorney General Jim Hood.

SONDLAND TIED TRUMP TO QUID PRO QUO… House investigators yesterday released the transcripts of closed-door interviews with two key officials as part of their impeachment inquiry into President Trump. A bombshell was delivered in the form of U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland’s revised testimony in which he admitted telling a Ukrainian official that U.S. military aid to the country “likely” hinged on an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. The reversal came after Sondland last month testified that the aid freeze was not politically motivated. Sondland said Vice President Mike Pence was aware of the arrangement and was actively involved in carrying out the plan. Kurt Volker, the State Department’s former special envoy to Ukraine, told House investigators that he was not “fully in the loop” about a July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump requested dirt on the Bidens. However, subsequently released text messages revealed he was much more involved than he let on. Meanwhile, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney was asked yesterday to testify Friday in the impeachment inquiry.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO OPEN ALASKA LAND FOR OIL DEVELOPMENT… The Trump administration said yesterday that it will auction off nearly 4 million acres of land in Arctic Alaska for oil development next month and promised to open much more land to development in the future. The Bureau of Land Management’s annual oil and gas lease sale in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska is scheduled for December 11. The sale will be the 15th in a series of oil lease sales held by the BLM for that region on the western side of Alaska’s North Slope. The BLM is also finishing up a draft plan to overturn Obama-era protections that put about half of the 23 million-acre reserve off-limits to oil development, citing needs to protect caribou, migratory birds and other resources important to the region’s indigenous people and to the nation. The Trump administration and the oil industry argue the Obama plan is too restrictive and needs to be replaced.

GOVERNMENT FUNDING LEGISLATION DISCUSSED… Congress and the White House are discussing legislation to keep U.S. government agencies operating beyond November 21 when existing funding expires. Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelby, an Alabama Republican, said a range of dates were possible for the duration of the next stop-gap funding bill. A bill lasting until mid-December or even well into 2020 was possible, he noted.

9 U.S. CITIZENS DEAD IN MEXICO MASSACRE… Surviving family members are blaming mistaken identity for Monday’s killings of at least nine U.S. citizens, including six children, who lived in a Mormon community in northern Mexico. Officials suspect the killings were carried by drug cartel gunmen but there has been no confirmation of a motive in the attack. The FBI has opened an investigation into the deaths. Victims reportedly were traveling in three separate cars near the town of Bavispe about 100 miles south of the Arizona border when their convoy of SUVs came under heavy fire.

COLIN FARRELL EYED AS THE PENGUIN… Colin Farrell is reportedly in talks to play the Penguin in the upcoming “The Batman” film. Robert Pattinson has already signed on to star the Dark Knight, with other actors including Zoe Kravitz as Catwoman, Paul Dano as the Riddler, Jeffrey Wright as Batman ally Commissioner Gordon and Andy Serkis as Alfred Pennyworth. The film is set for a 2021 release.

KRIS KRISTOFFERSON TO BE HONORED AT THE CMA AWARDS… Kris Kristofferson will be honored with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2019 Country Music Association Awards. The 83-year-old Kristofferson will not attend the ceremony, which is scheduled for November 13 in Nashville. Dierks Bentley, Sheryl Crow, Chris Janson and John Osbourne will perform Kristofferson’s hit song “Me & Bobby McGee” during a special tribute at the event. The 83-year-old Kristofferson is an eight-time CMA Awards nominee. He is also a three-time Grammy winner and was inducted in the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2004.

CHARLOTTE 122 – Indiana 120 (OT)… The Hornets came from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to outlast the Pacers. Devonte Graham scored a career-high 35 points.

Boston 119 – CLEVELAND 113… Gordon Hayward made all 16 of his 2-point field goal attempts and matched a career high with 39 points in leading the Celtics past the Cavaliers for their fifth straight win. Kemba Walker added 25 points.

ATLANTA 108 – San Antonio 100… The Hawks used a big fourth quarter to rally past the Spurs. Trae Young came alive to score 28 of his 29 points in the second half and dished off 13 assists.

OKLAHOMA CITY 102 – Orlando 94… Shai Gilgeous-Alexander pumped in 17 of his 24 points in the second half as the Thunder handled the Magic. Chris Paul added 20 points.

L.A. Lakers 118 – CHICAGO 112… The Lakers outscored the Bulls 38-19 n the fourth quarter to run their winning streak to six games. LeBron James racked up 30 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists.

DENVER 109 – Miami 89… Jamal Murray scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures and the Nuggets cruised past the Heat. Will Barton had 15 points and 10 boards.

New York is at Detroit…
Indiana hosts Washington…
Golden State is at Houston…
Atlanta hosts Chicago…
Sacramento is at Toronto…
Memphis hosts Minnesota…
Orlando is at Dallas…
Utah hosts Philadelphia…
Milwaukee is at the L.A. Clippers

N.Y. ISLANDERS 4 – Ottawa 1… The Islanders made it 10 straight wins by skating past the Senators. Cal Clutterbuck and Casey Cizikas each had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Carolina 1… The Flyers scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Hurricanes. Sean Couturier had a goal and an assist. Goalie Carter Hart made 33 saves.

Vegas 2 – COLUMBUS 1… Reilly Smith scored both goals as the Golden Knights edged the Blue Jackets. William Karlsson had two assists.

MONTREAL 5 – Boston 4… Ben Chariot’s goal midway through the third period was the difference as the Canadiens clipped the Bruins. Defenseman Victor Mete found the net twice.

TORONTO 3 – Los Angeles 1… Auston Matthews and William Nylander netted third-period goals to send the Maple Leafs past the Kings. Nylander also had an assist.

New Jersey 2 – WINNIPEG 1 (SO)… Nikita Gusev and Jesper Bogvist scored in the shootout to lift the Devils over the Jets. Andrew Copp scored in regulation.

DALLAS 4 – Colorado 1… Radek Faksa scored twice off rebounds and the Stars topped the Avalanche for their seventh win in eight games.

CALGARY 4 – Arizona 3 (OT)… The Flames erased a 3-1 third-period deficit to down the Coyotes. Matthew Tkachuk won it with his second goal of the game at 4:26 of overtime.

St. Louis 2 – VANCOUVER 1 (OT)… Jaden Schwartz found the net at 3:28 to give the Blues a win over the Canucks. Tyler Bozak also scored for St. Louis.

Minnesota 4 – ANAHEIM 2… The Sharks scored four unanswered goals to double up on the Ducks after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Mats Zuccarello had a goal and an assist.

SAN JOSE 4 – Chicago 2… Tomas Hertl and Timo Maier each had a goal and an assist in the Sharks’ defeat of the Blackhawks. Barclay Goodrow had two assists.

Detroit is at the N.Y. Rangers…
Edmonton hosts St. Louis

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