The Rundown for November 13, 2019

PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEGIN TODAY… Public impeachment hearings begin today in the investigation into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, are today’s scheduled witnesses. In their depositions, both raised concerns over the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Friday, the committee will hear from Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted as ambassador to Ukraine earlier this year after Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani led a campaign to discredit her.

REPORT: STEPHEN MILLER PUSHED WHITE NATIONALIST POLICIES… The Southern Poverty Law Center cited leaked emails in claiming that White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller pushed white-nationalist materials on staffers at the right-wing website Breitbart prior to the 2016 presidential election. The investigative report also accused Miller of condemning those wishing to remove Confederate monuments and flags from public display in the wake of Dylann Roof’s mass killings in the 2015 attack on a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Miller has been credited with orchestrating Trump’s restrictionist immigration policies, the report noted. The emails were leaked by a former Breitbart writer.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL INFLATED RESUME… NBC News reported yesterday that a senior Trump administration official inflated her resume with several misleading claims about her education, professional background and nonprofit work. Mina Chang, a deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, allegedly falsely claimed she was a Harvard Business School graduate and exaggerated the extent of her nonprofit’s work. She even created a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it, according to the report. The 35-year-old Chang, who started her position in April, also allegedly made up a role on a United Nations panel, falsely stated she addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions and erroneously implied she had previously testified before Congress.

GATES TESTIMONY: TRUMP INVOLVED IN WIKILEAKS DUMP DISCUSSIONS… The Trump campaign was aware of WikiLeaks’ plans to release stolen Democratic National Committee campaign emails much earlier than it has claimed and President lied about his involvement in conversations about the issue, according to testimony offered yesterday by former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. Testifying yesterday in the trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone, Gates said the release put the Trump campaign “in a state of happiness.” After the dump of thousands of private conversations between Hillary Clinton and her team, Stone told Trump that “more information would be coming,” Gates testified. Stone is accused of knowingly lying to Congress about his interactions with WikiLeaks to protect the president.

SANDY HOOK PLAINTIFFS CAN PROCEED WITH SUIT AGAINST GUNMAKER… A Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting survivor and the families of nine victims may proceed with a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 massacre that left 26 people dead, according to a Supreme Court ruling yesterday. The High Court rejected an appeal by Remington Arms that argued a 2005 federal law prevents firearms manufacturers from liability when their products are used in crimes. Plaintiffs maintained that Remington should not have sold a weapon as deadly as the Bushmaster rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adult staff members in 2012. It also accused Remington of targeting younger males in its marketing campaigns and product placement in video games.

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON MAKING NEW FILM… Paul Thomas Anderson has announced plans to make a new film set in the 1970s. The untitled film will center on a high school student who is also a successful child actor. The project is set to go into production in February 2020.

RICKY GERVAIS TO HOST GOLDEN GLOBES… Ricky Gervais has agreed to return as host of the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards for the fifth time. He previously emceed the event from 2010 to 2012 and in 2016. This year’s event is scheduled for January 5 and will air live on NBC.

INDIANA 111 – Oklahoma City 85… T.J. Warren scored 22 of his 23 points in the third quarter and the Pacers routed the Thunder. Malcolm Brogdon dropped in 20 points.

PHILADELPHIA 98 – Cleveland 97… Joel Embiid threw down a go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining and finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Cavaliers.

MIAMI 117 – Detroit 108… Jimmy Butler scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and dished off 13 assists as the Heat topped the Pistons. Kendrick Nunn added 20 points.

CHICAGO 120 – New York 102… Coby White knocked down seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on his way to 27 points as the Bulls put away the Knicks. Zach Lavine added 25 points.

Atlanta 125 – DENVER 121… Trae Young poured in 42 points and had 11 assists to lead the Hawks past the Nuggets. Jabari Parker tossed in 20 points.

L.A. Lakers 123 – PHOENIX 115… Anthony Davis had game-highs with 24 points and 12 boards as the Lakers handled the Suns. Kyle Kuzma delivered 23 points off the bench. LeBron James had 19 points and 11 assists.

UTAH 119 – Brooklyn 114… The Jazz overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to upend the Nets. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points to lead all scorers. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 18 points and 15 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 107 – Portland 99… The Kings got past the Trail Blazers despite playing without the injured De’Aaron Fox. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the way with 25 points and 10 assists. Nemanja Bjelica added 19 points and 12 boards.

Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Charlotte hosts Memphis…
Washington is at Boston…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
San Antonio is at Minnesota…
the L.A. Lakers host Golden State…
Toronto is at Portland

Florida 5 – BOSTON 4 (SO)… The Panthers came from four goals down in the third period to stun the Bruins. Mike Hoffman scored in regulation and added the winning goal in the tiebreaker.

MONTREAL 3 – Columbus 2 (SO)… Jonathan Drouin’s goal in the shootout lifted the Canadiens over the Blue Jackets. Tomas Tatar scoring a tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Pittsburgh 2 (OT)… Kaapo Kakko opened the scoring with a first-period goal and added the game-winner at 2:24 of overtime to send the Rangers past the Penguins.

Arizona 3 – ST. LOUIS 2 (SO)… The Coyotes got shootout goals from Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland in ending the Blues’ seven-game winning streak. Garland netted the tying goal early in the third period.

Colorado 4 – WINNIPEG 0… Goalie Adam Werner stopped all 40 shots in his NHL debut and the Avalanche breezed past the Jets. Nathan McKinnon scored two goals and assisted on two others.

VANCOUVER 5 – Nashville 3… The Canucks used a four-goal third period to skate past the Predators. Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson scored two goals apiece. Pearson also had an assist.

Detroit 4 – ANAHEIM 3 (OT)… The Red Wings rallied from two goals down to edge the Ducks. Dennis Cholowski scored at 2:04 in overtime. Dylan Larkin netted a tying goal with 37 seconds left in regulation.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Minnesota 1… Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist in leading the Kings past the Wild. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves at goal.

SAN JOSE 6 – Edmonton 3… The Sharks opened with four straight goals on their way to doubling up on the Oilers. Timo Meier and Barclay Goodrow each had a goal and an assist. Erik Karlsson assisted on three goals.

Ottawa is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Toronto…
Washington is at Philadelphia…
Calgary hosts Dallas…
Chicago is at Vegas

Evansville 67, #1 KENTUCKY 64…
#2 DUKE 105, Central Arkansas 54…
#8 GONZAGA 97, North Dakota 66…
#14 Oregon 82, #13 Memphis 74 in the Phil Knight Invitational…
#17 UTAH STATE 97, Denver 56…
#20 WASHINGTON 56, Mt. St. Mary’s 46…
#21 XAVIER 63, Missouri 58 (OT)…
#22 Auburn 70, SOUTH ALABAMA 69

MLB NEWS… The San Francisco Giants have hired Gabe Kapler as their new manager. Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired after the season. The 44-year-old Kapler managed the Philadelphia Phillies for two seasons before being fired last month. His Phillies teams posted a 161-163 record.

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