The Rundown for December 3, 2019

WITNESSES LINED UP FOR TOMORROW’S IMPEACHMENT HEARING… House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler yesterday unveiled the list of constitutional scholars who have agreed to testify in tomorrow’s first impeachment hearing. Democrats will call Harvard Law professor Noah Feldman, Stanford law professor Pamela Karlan and University of North Carolina law professor Michael Gerhardt. Republicans on the committee plan to call George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley as their witness. The hearing will frame constitutional grounds for impeachment on grounds that Trump violated his oath of office by pressuring the Ukraine government to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Meanwhile, House intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff announced last night that his panel will release its impeachment inquiry report publicly today. “Even while the Judiciary does its work we will continue investigating, we will continue to issue subpoenas, we will continue to learn new information—that work goes on,” he said.

GUILIANI ASSOCIATES FACING SUPERCEDING INDICTMENTS… Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Zolkind revealed yesterday that prosecutors will likely upgrade their indictments in the criminal case against two Rudy Giuliani associates with ties to Ukraine. Zolkind said during a pretrial hearing yesterday that a superseding indictment is likely in the case against Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. Current indictments against the two include charges of conspiracy, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission and falsification of records. An attorney representing Parnas yesterday asked that materials seized during his client’s arrest be released to the House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The evidence includes thousands of files, including phone, bank and internet records.

CONGRESSMAN DUNCAN HUNTER TO PLEAD GUILTY… Republican Congressman Duncan Hunter of California is expected to enter a guilty plea in court today in response to the 60 criminal counts he faces over alleged improper use of his campaign funds. Hunter is expected to plead guilty to one conspiracy count in a plea bargain. Hunter’s wife and former campaign treasurer earlier this year admitted to the spending of more than $200,000 in campaign donations on a variety of personal expenses, including vacations, groceries, gas, and the congressman’s romantic liaisons with lobbyists and campaign staffers. Hunter’s wife, who will face up to five years in prison at her April sentencing hearing, agreed to testify against her husband.

NORTH CAROLINA GOP-DRAWN DISTRICT MAP GETS GO-AHEAD… A North Carolina congressional district map drawn by Republicans last month will be in effect for 2020 following yesterday’s ruling by a three-judge panel. The ruling was considered a blow to Democrats, who argued the map was a partisan gerrymander. The decision likely concluded a decade of protracted legal battles over boundaries used to decide elections.

MANUFACTURING SECTOR DROPS FOR FOURTH STRAIGHT MONTH… Data released yesterday by the Institute for Supply Management claims the manufacturing sector contracted for a fourth consecutive month. The 48.1 percent Production Manufacturing Index measurement reflected a drop from 48.3 percent in October. New orders fell 1.9 percent to 47.2 percent, employment fell to 46.6 percent and new export orders dropped to 47.9 percent. Despite the continued contraction, the GDP increased by 1.5 percent as supplier deliveries increased 2.5 percent to 52 percent, while prices and imports also grew.

‘AMERICA’S GOT TALENT’ ALLEGATIONS INVESTIGATED… NBC and the Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists are investigating Gabrielle Union’s allegation that she was fired as a judge on “America’s Got Talent” because she complained of racism and other on-set issues. In a statement released yesterday, the guild said such investigations and their results are usually kept confidential unless the union member making the report wants it made public. Union allegedly sought action to address an environment she said allowed racist jokes, comments and notes from producers along with other troubling behavior, including judge-producer Simon Cowell’s smoking indoors.

CHICAGO, RICK SPRINGFIELD TO JOIN ON TOUR… The band Chicago announced yesterday that it will hit the road with Rick Springfield on a North American summer tour. The tour kicks off June 12 in Concord, California, and ends August 1 in Rosemont, Illinois. Chicago has been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Grammy Hall of Fame. Springfield has earned 17 U.S. Top 40 hits and is best known for 1981’s “Jessie’s Girl.”

SEATTLE 37 – Minnesota 30… Russell Wilson passed or 240 yards and two touchdowns (10-2) as the Seahawks fought off the Vikings (8-4). Chris Carson rushed for 104 yards and a score. Rashaad Penny ran for a score and caught a TD pass.

Phoenix 109 – CHARLOTTE 104… The Suns built a 20-point halftime lead and barely hung on to down the Hornets. Devin Booker and Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 23 points apiece.

PHILADELPHIA 103 – Utah 94… The 76ers cruised past the Jazz to remain unbeaten after 10 home games. Tobias Harris led the way with 26 points. Joel Embiid had 16 points and 11 rebounds.

ATLANTA 104 – Golden State 79… The Hawks shook off a slow start to roll past the Warriors and end their 10-game losing streak. Trae Young scored 24 points.

MILWAUKEE 132 – New York 88… The Bucks jumped out to a 33-15 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their dismantling of the Knicks. Giannis Antetokounmpo had game-highs with 29 points and 15 boards.

Indiana 117 – MEMPHIS 104… Malcolm Brogdon scored 19 points to lead six players in double figures and the Pacers handled the Grizzlies. Domantas Sabonis finished with 18 points and 14 rebounds.

Chicago 113 – SACRAMENTO 106… The Bulls took control in the second quarter and held off the Kings. They got 28 points from Zack LaVine and 20 from Lauri Markkanen.

Detroit is at Cleveland…
Washington hosts Orlando…
Miami is at Toronto…
New Orleans hosts Dallas…
Houston is at San Antonio…
Denver hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Portland is at the L.A. Clippers

BUFFALO 7 – New Jersey 1… Connor Sheary scored two of the Sabres’ five first-period goals in the pounding of the Devils. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists. Johan Larsson assisted on three goals.

Vegas 4 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… Alex Tuch netted a pair of first-period goals and the Golden Knights skated past the Rangers.

N.Y. Islanders 4 – DETROIT 1… Jordan Eberle netted a pair of goals in leading the Islanders past the Red Wings. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 30 saves.

St. Louis 4 – CHICAGO 0… Jake Allen stopped all 38 shots at goal as the Blues blanked the Blackhawks. Jaden Schwartz had a goal and an assist.

ANAHEIM 4 – Los Angeles 2… Carter Rowney scored a goal and assisted on another as the Ducks doubled up on the Kings. Derek Grant netted a first-period goal and added an empty-netter. Hampus Lindholm had three assists.

Carolina is at Boston…
Montreal hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Minnesota is at Florida…
New Jersey hosts Vegas…
Toronto is at Philadelphia…
Columbus hosts Arizona…
Tampa Bay is at Nashville…
Dallas is at Winnipeg…
Vancouver hosts Ottawa…
Washington is at San Jose

#22 WASHINGTON 75 – South Dakota 55

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