FORECAST LEAVES PARADE BALLOONS IN DOUBT… The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City will kick off today’s holiday festivities, but as of last night officials didn’t know whether the parade’s traditional balloons will fly this year. Wind gusts on forecast put the availability of the balloons in doubt. The large balloons will be grounded if sustained winds top 23 mph and gusts exceed 34 mph.
N.Y. TIMES: GIULIANI SOUGHT UKRAINE OFFICIALS AS CLIENTS… The New York Times reported yesterday that President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani privately sought hundreds of thousands of dollars in business from Ukrainian officials while trying to get dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The report comes as impeachment proceedings target President Trump for allegedly abusing his official powers “to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the 2020 election and attempting to cover it up. The Times report citing documents they reviewed in its claim that Giuliani and other lawyers made repeated attempts to sign on Ukrainian officials as clients.
DOCUMENTS INDICATE TRUMP KEPT SEPARATE BOOKS ON PROPERTY… Tax and loan documents obtained by ProPublica appear to show that President Trump’s business kept separate books with widely varying figures for Trump Tower in Manhattan. The books reported a high occupancy rate to lenders, but a lower rate in official tax filings. Analysts say the higher occupancy rate submitted to lenders in 2012 may have helped Trump refinance his share of Trump Tower that year and qualify for a $100 million loan on good terms.
CBP KNEW IT COULDN’T REUNITE CHILDREN WITH PARENTS… A report released yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General claims Customs and Border Protection agency officials were aware that they did not have sufficient means to reunite the children with relatives when they separated thousands of children from their families last year. The separations were part of the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” border policy. The CBP had to rescind its previous estimate of 2,800 children who were separated at the border and change it to 3,014, according to the report. 26,000 additional children would have been separated had President Trump had not been pressured to end the policy in June of last year, the report said.
OUSTED NAVY SECRETARY SPEAKS OUT… Richard Spencer, who was ousted as secretary of the Navy Sunday, is speaking out against the Trump administration’s “shocking and unprecedented intervention” in the case of Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher, a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes. President Trump intervened in the case before the trial against Gallagher had even started in March, Spencer wrote in a Washington Post op-ed published yesterday. Spencer said he received two calls from the president urging Gallagher to be released from the Navy brig and placed in a less-secure holding facility. Spencer said the Gallagher situation is a “reminder that the president has very little understanding of what it means to be in the military, to fight ethically or to be governed by a uniform set of rules and practices.”
NETFLIX CANCELS ‘MST 3000’ REVIVAL… Netflix is canceling that revival of “Mystery Science Theater 3000” after two seasons. Host Jonah Ray announced the cancellation yesterday on Twitter. Prior to its two seasons on Netflix, MST 3000 aired on Comedy Central and then Syfy from 1988 to 1999.
NBC FACES ALLEGATIONS OVER ‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’… NBC facing allegations of racism and other issues on the set of “America’s Got Talent” following last week’s removal of Gabrielle Union as a judge. Union said staff complained that her hair was “too black” and she felt retaliated against for taking issue with Jay Leno, who appeared as a guest and joked that a painting of dogs looked like something “on the menu at a Korean restaurant.” Yesterday, Variety and Vulture both published articles detailing a “toxic environment” at the show.
Orlando 116 – CLEVELAND 104… Evan Fournier pumped in a season-high 30 points for the Magic in their win over the Cavaliers.
INDIANA 121 – Utah 102… Domantas Sabonis and T.J. Warren scored 23 points apiece in leading the Pacers past the Jazz. Malcolm Brogdan tossed in 22 points.
BOSTON 121 – Brooklyn 110… The Celtics rallied in the second half to get past the Nets. Kemba Walker returned from a neck injury to score a game-high 39 points.
PHILADELPHIA 97 – Sacramento 91… Joel Embiid dropped in 33 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Kings.
CHARLOTTE 102 – Detroit 101… The Hornets held on at the end to beat the Pistons for the eighth straight time. Bismack Byombo scored 19 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Devonte Graham had 16 points and 15 assists.
TORONTO 126 – Detroit 98… The Raptors shook off a slow start to roll past the Pistons. Pascal Siakam led the way with 31 points.
MILWAUKEE 111 – Atlanta 102… The Bucks jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and then rallied in the fourth quarter to top the Hawks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 30 points and 10 boards.
L.A. Clippers 121 – MEMPHIS 119… Montrezl Harrell’s tip-in of a Lou Williams miss with 3.2 seconds remaining lifted the Clippers over the Grizzlies. Harrell finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds. Williams had 24 points and 13 assists.
HOUSTON 117 – Miami 108… The Rockets bombed the Heat 39-19 in the second quarter and coasted to the victory. James Harden led all scorers with 34 points. Russell Westbrook added 27 points.
SAN ANTONIO 113 – Minnesota 101… The Timberwolves’ victory in San Antonio was their first in 12 tries. Andrew Wiggins scored 26 points. Karl-Anthony Townes had 23 points and 14 boards.
Washington 140 – PHOENIX 132… Bradley Beal lit it up for 35 points to lead the Wizards past the Suns. Thomas Bryant tossed in 23 points and Ish Smith added 21.
L.A. Lakers 114 – New Orleans 110… Anthony Davis made a steal and knocked down three free throws in the final seconds to cap a 41-point night in leading the Lakers past this former team. LeBron James finished with 29 points and 11 assists.
PORTLAND 136 – Oklahoma City 119… The Trail Blazers built a big lead early and cruised past the Thunder. Damian Lillard scored 27 points to lead six players in double figures. Hasan Whiteside had 21 points and 16 rebounds.
GOLDEN STATE 104 – Chicago 90… The Warriors got 25 points from Eric Paschall and 23 from Alec Burks in beating the Bulls. Burks also brought down 10 boards.
TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE…
No games scheduled
Calgary 3 – BUFFALO 2 (OT)… Elias Lindholm scored the winning goal on a wraparound 1:17 into overtime. Matthew Tkachuk had a goal and an assist.
Boston 2 – OTTAWA 1… Zdeno Chara scored a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Bruins held on to edge the Senators. Goalie Tuukka Rask made 33 saves.
Toronto 6 – DETROIT 0… Andreas Johnsson scored two goals and had an assist as the Maple Leafs clobbered the Red Wings. Frederik Andersen stopped all 25 shots at goal.
St. Louis 4 – TAMPA BAY 3… Oskar Sundqvist scored two goals before leaving with a lower-body injury in the second period and the Blues held off to the Lightning.
N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Carolina 2… The Rangers scored all three goals in the first period and turned away the Hurricanes. Adam Fox had a goal and an assist. Henrik Lundqvist made 41 saves at goal.
PITTSBURGH 8 – Vancouver 6… The Penguins scored six third-period goals to shoot their way past the Canucks. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on three others. Jake Guentzel added two goals and two assists.
WASHINGTON 4 – Florida 3… Lars Eller and Brendan Leipsic netted third period goals to push the Capitals past the Panthers. Goalie Braden Holtby stopped 37 shots.
Philadelphia 3 – COLUMBUS 2… Claude Giroux’s second-period power-play goal proved to be the difference in the Flyers’ defeat of the Blue Jackets. Scott Laughton scored a tying goal earlier in the period.
Vegas 4 – NASHVILLE 3… Max Pacioretty found the net with less than a second left in regulation and Paul Stastney ripped through the winning goal at 1:52 of overtime in the Golden Knights’ come-from-behind win.
ARIZONA 4 – Anaheim 3 (SO)… Conor Garland and Christian Dvorak scored in the shootout to send the Coyotes past the Ducks. Alex Goligoski netted a tying goal midway through the third period.
COLORADO 4 – Edmonton 1… The Avalanche skated past the Oilers after spotting them an early lead. Nathan MacKinnon scored a goal and had an assist.
LOS ANGELES 4 – N.Y. Islanders 1… Alex Iafallo had a goal and an assist for the Kings in their romp over the Islanders.
Winnipeg 5 – SAN JOSE 1… Patrik Lane scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Jets breezed past the Sharks. Kyle Connor added a goal and an assist.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
New Jersey is at Montreal…
TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES…
#3 Michigan State 75, UCLA 62 in the Maui Invitational…
#4 Kansas 90, Dayton 84 (OT) in the Maui Invitational…
#6 North Carolina 76, Alabama 67 in the Battle 4 Atlantis…
#7 VIRGINIA 46, Maine 26…
#8 GONZAGA 94, Southern Mississippi 69…
#11 Oregon, #13 Seton Hall in the Battle 4 Atlantis
TODAY’S NFL SCHEDULE…
Chicago (5-6) is at Detroit (3-7-1)…
Dallas (6-5) hosts Buffalo (8-3)…
New Orleans (9-2) is at Atlanta (3-8)