The Rundown for November 7, 2019

PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEGIN NEXT WEEK… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff announced yesterday that public hearings in the impeachment inquiry of President Trump will begin on Wednesday. The initial open hearing will include testimony from career diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent. A hearing two days later will hear testimony from ousted Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. Additional announcements of witnesses are forthcoming, Schiff said.

HOUSE RELEASES WILLIAM TAYLOR DEPOSITION TRANSCRIPT… The House committees conducting the impeachment inquiry into President Trump yesterday released the full transcript of senior Ukraine ambassador William Taylor’s testimony. Taylor said during the October 22 closed hearing that he understood a $400 million military aid package hinged on Ukraine announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter and the 2016 presidential election. Taylor repeatedly expressed concerns that Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani directed U.S.-Ukraine foreign policy and was actively gunning for the Ukrainian government to investigate the Bidens in a bribery and extortion effort.

TRUMP HIRES HELP FOR IMPREACHMENT DEFENSE… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that President Trump is hiring former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi and ex-Treasury Department spokesman Tony Sayegh as temporary aides to assist in his impeachment-related matters. The two will help with communications, strategy and other special projects. The Bondi hiring immediately raised eyebrows as Trump reportedly donated $25,000 to a political action committee supporting Bondi’s re-election campaign in Florida. About a month later, her office announced that it would not be acting on complaints against Trump University, prompting quid pro quo accusations.

ROGER STONE TRIAL UNDERWAY… The trial of former Trump campaign official Roger Stone began yesterday in federal court in Washington. A prosecutor told jurors that Stone “straight up lied” to Congress and obstructed a congressional investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election “because the truth looked bad for Donald Trump.” Stone has pleaded not guilty to five counts of false statements, one count of obstruction of an official proceeding and one count of witness tampering.

CALIFORNIA CONFIRMS FACEBOOK INVESTIGATION… Officials in California have confirmed an 18-month investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices and accused the social media giant of hampering the investigation. The confirmation came in the form of a court filing yesterday. Facebook is targeted in investigations launched by 46 other states that have accused it and other big tech companies of engaging in anti-competitive practices, exposing consumer data to potential data theft and inflating advertising prices. California’s investigation began as a probe into the Cambridge Analytica scandal but “expanded over time to an investigation into whether Facebook has violated California law, by among other things, deceiving users and ignoring its own policies in allowing third parties broad access to user data,” according to yesterday’s filing.

ENTERTAINMENT
JAMES DEAN MAKE POSTHUMOUS ACTING COMEBACK… A Hollywood film company has announced plans to resurrect iconic actor James Dean by using special effects technology to “cast” him in a new movie. Magic City Films says it will feature Dean in a Vietnam-era action drama “Finding Jack.” Dean was killed in an automobile crash in Cholame, California, in 1955.

‘SPINAL TAP’ STARS SETTLE SOUNDTRACK DISPUTE… Harry Shearer, Christopher Guest, Michael McKean and Rob Reiner have announced that they have resolved a legal dispute with Universal Music over the soundtrack of 1984 “mockumentary” film “This Is Spinal Tap.” The four had sued Universal’s parent company, Vivendi, claiming the entertainment group had denied them payments. A dispute over the film rights and merchandise is ongoing.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
DETROIT 122 – New York 102… Andre Drummond powered his way to 27 points and grabbed 12 rebounds in leading the Pistons past the Knicks. Tony Snell made all nine field-goal attempts and finished with 24 points. Markieff Morris tossed in 22 points.

INDIANA 121 – Washington 106… T.J. Warren scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers cruised past the Wizards. Malcolm Brogdon had 12 points and 13 boards.

HOUSTON 129 – Golden State 112… James Harden pumped in 36 points and dished off 13 assists as the Rockets routed the Warriors. PJ Tucker finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Clint Capela added 19 points and 16 boards.

Chicago 113 – ATLANTA 93… The Bulls jumped out to a big lead early and coasted past the Hawks. Tomas Satoransky led the way with 27 points.

TORONTO 124 – Sacramento 120… Kyle Lowry dropped in 24 points in helping the Raptors hold off the Kings. Pascal Siakam totaled 23 points and 13 rebounds. Serge Ibaka delivered 21 points off the bench.

MEMPHIS 137 – Minnesota 121… The Grizzlies got 31 points from Dillon Brooks and 26 from rookie Ja Morant in downing the Timberwolves. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 10 points and 14 boards.

DALLAS 107 – Orlando 106… The Mavericks held on at the end to edge the Magic. Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead all scorers.

UTAH 106 – Philadelphia 104… The Jazz turned away a fourth-quarter rally to get pas the 76ers. They got 24 points from Donovan Mitchel and 20 from Bojan Bogdanovic.

Milwaukee 129 – L.A. CLIPPERS 124… The Bucks took control with a big second quarter and hung on to beat the Clippers. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 38 points and 16 rebounds. George Hill added 24 points off the bench. Eric Bledsoe tossed in 20 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Boston is at Charlotte…
San Antonio hosts Oklahoma City…
Miami is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers host Portland

NHL SCORES
N.Y. RANGERS 5 – Detroit 1… Tony DeAngelo and Artemi Panarin each had a goal and an assist as the Rangers skated past the Red Wings.

St. Louis 5 – EDMONTON 2… Alex Pietrangelo scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Blues past the Oilers. Jake Allen stopped 32 shots at goal.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Vegas is at Toronto…
Florida hosts Washington…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Philadelphia hosts Montreal…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Carolina…
Ottawa hosts Los Angeles…
Vancouver is at Chicago…
Colorado hosts Nashville…
Calgary hosts New Jersey…
Columbus is at Arizona…
San Jose hosts Minnesota

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
the L.A. Chargers (4-5) are at Oakland (4-4)

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