The Rundown for December 5, 2019

IMPEACHMENT HEARING… President Trump committed impeachable offenses when he pressured the government of Ukraine to launch investigations into his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter, according to three prominent legal scholars who testified yesterday at the House Judiciary Committee. The three professors, who were called to testify by Democrats, told the committee that evidence appears to make Trump guilty of “high crimes and misdemeanors” and other impeachable actions. Stanford Law School professor Pamela Karlan said the “the very idea that a president might seek the aid of a foreign government in his re-election campaign would have horrified” America’s Founding Fathers. Harvard Law School professor Noah Feldman testified that, “On the basis of the testimony and evidence before the House, President Trump has committed impeachable high crimes and misdemeanors by corruptly abusing the office of the presidency.” University of North Carolina School of Law professor Michael Gerhardt added that “the record compiled thus far shows that the president has committed several impeachable offenses, including bribery, abuse of power in soliciting a personal favor from a foreign leader to benefit his political campaign, obstructing Congress and obstructing justice.” George Washington University School of Law professor Jonathan Turley, who had been called in by Republicans to testify, said the hurried process being followed by lawmakers was not adequate for something as serious as impeachment.

U.S. MIGHT SEND MORE TROOPS TO MIDDLE EAST… Trump administration officials confirmed yesterday that as many as 14,000 additional U.S. military troops could be sent to the Middle East as part of an effort to counter Iran. The deployment would also include dozens more ships and military hardware. President Trump announced in May that hundreds of troops would be sent overseas to the Middle East, and that number is now at roughly 14,000 U.S. military personnel. Then-National Security Adviser John Bolton said at the time that the decision was a result of “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings” of threats from Iran, adding that the move was meant to “send a clear and unmistakable message” to the country as a deterrent.

HOUSE ANGERS CHINA BY APPROVING UIGHUR BILL… The House has angered China by overwhelmingly approving a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority in the Xinjiang region. Representatives passed the Uighur bill by a 407-1 vote. The bill calls for sanctions against senior Chinese officials who are found responsible for abuses against Muslims in mass detention camps in the northwestern region. It also requires President Trump to impose sanctions on a member of China’s powerful politburo as he seeks a trade deal with Beijing. China’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying says the bill “deliberately denigrates China’s human-rights situation in Xinjiang, wantonly smears China’s efforts to eliminate extremism and combat terrorism and viciously attacks the Chinese government’s policy of governing Xinjiang.”

FOOD STAMPS CUT FOR NEARLY 700,000 AMERICANS… A new work requirement rule introduced yesterday by the Trump administration will cause nearly 700,000 Americans to lose access to food stamps. The rule affects childless, non-disabled adults between the ages of 18 and 49, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Under the current rule, single, able-bodied adults can only receive benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for three months out of every 36-month period unless they work or receive training at least 20 hours a week. Areas with higher unemployment rates or insufficient jobs were eligible to receive a waiver to that rule. The USDA said some 2.9 million single adults received food stamps in 2018, about 74 percent of whom weren’t employed.

NEW JOBS SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS… The 67,000 new jobs created last month, as revealed yesterday by the payroll company ADP and Moody’s analytics, were substantially short of what most Wall Street experts predicted. A gain of some 150,000 jobs was on the forecast last month after a gain of more than 160,000 in October. November’s figure is the second-lowest of 2019. The economy lost 18,000 jobs in the goods-products sector, 15,000 in trades-transportation-utilities and another 15,000 in small businesses with less than 20 employees, ADP and Moody’s said.

ENTERTAINMENT
THE WHO ADDS DATES TO TOUR… The Who is adding a new block of concert dates to its ongoing Moving On! North American tour. The band’s lineup includes singer Roger Daltrey, guitarist Pete Townshend, guitarist and backup singer Simon Townshend, keyboardist Loren Gold, bassist Jon Button, drummer Zak Starkey and backing vocals Billy Nicholls. Shows on the tour feature local symphony orchestras with orchestra conductor Keith Levenson, lead violinist Katie Jacoby and lead cellist Audrey Snyder performing classic Who songs. The tour was launched in May.

‘THE IRISHMAN’ HONORED BY NEW YORK CRITICS… The New York Film Critics Circle honored “The Irishman” as the year’s best film yesterday. Joe Pesci was named best supporting actor for his performance in the film. Lupita Nyong’o (“Us”) was best actress and Antonio Banderas (“Pain & Glory”) was honored as best actor. Laura Dern was named best supporting actress for her performances in both Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story” and Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women.” Best director went to Josh and Benny Safdie for “Uncut Gems.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 106 – Golden State 91… Devonte Graham knocked down 10 3-pointers on his way to a game-high 33 points and the Hornets put away the Warriors. Terry Rozier added 25 points.

Milwaukee 127 – DETROIT 103… The Bucks overcame a slow start to cruised past the Pistons. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 35 points to lead all scorers.

ORLANDO 128 – Phoenix 114… The Magic took control with a big second quarter and pulled past the Suns. Aaron Gordon made 13 of 15 field-goal attempts and finished with 32 points.

BOSTON 112 – Miami 93… The Celtics shook off an early deficit to blow past the Heat. Jaylen Brown pumped in 31 points. Kemba Walker added 28 points.

Brooklyn 130 – ATLANTA 118… Garry Temple scored a season-high 27 points in leading the Nets past the Hawks. Spencer Dinwiddie scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half.

Indiana 107 – OKLAHOMA CITY 100… T.J. Warren scored 24 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Pacers fought off the Thunder. Domantas Sabonis had 17 points and 13 rebounds.

CHICAGO 106 – Memphis 99… The Bulls built a 15-point halftime lead and held off the Grizzlies. All five starters scored in double figures led by Zack LaVine’s 25 points. Wendell Carter Jr. had 16 points and 15 boards.

DALLAS 121 – Minnesota 114… The Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter to get past the Timberwolves. They got 24 points from Dwight Powell and 22 from Luka Doncic.

L.A. Lakers 121  – UTAH 96… Anthony Davis scored 26 points in just 26 minutes to lead the Lakers in their blowout of the Jazz. LeBron James scored 20 points and dished off 12 assists.

PORTLAND 127 – Sacramento 116… CJ McCollum led a balanced scoring attack with 33 points and the Trail Blazers handled the Kings. Damian Lillard had 24 points and 10 assists. Hassam Whiteside finished with 22 points and 16 rebounds. Carmelo Anthony tossed in 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Philadelphia is at Washington…
Toronto hosts Houston…
Denver is at New York…
New Orleans hosts Phoenix

NHL SCORES
Colorado 3 – TORONTO 1… Valeri Nichushkin scored early in the third period to give the Avalanche the lead for good in their win over the Maple Leafs. Nathan MacKinnon had a goal and an assist.

PITTSBURGH 3 – St. Louis 0… Goalie Tristan Jarry stopped all 28 shots in the Penguins’ shutout of the Blues. Pittsburgh got goals from Teddy Blueger, Stefan Noesen and Alex Galchenyuk.

Ottawa 5 – EDMONTON 2… Tyler Ennis scored a goal and assisted on two others as the Senators topped the Oilers. Connor Brown added a goal and an assist.

Washington 3 – LOS ANGELES 1… John Carlson found the net twice in the first period to lead the Capitals past the Kings for their fifth straight win.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Colorado…
Minnesota is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host Vegas…
Arizona is at Philadelphia…
Carolina hosts San Jose…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Columbus…
Winnipeg is at Dallas…
Calgary hosts Buffalo

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
#3 MARYLAND 72, Notre Dame 51…
PURDUE 69, #5 Virginia 40…
#6 Ohio State 74, #7 NORTH CAROLINA 49…
#9 GONZAGA 101, Texas Southern 69…
#20 COLORADO 76, Loyola Marymount 64…
#21 TENNESSEE 72, Florida A&M 43…
#22 WASHINGTON 90, Eastern Washington 80…
#23 VILLANOVA 80, Pennsylvania 69…
#25 Utah State 71, SAN JOSE STATE 59

TONIGHT’S NFL SCHEDULE
Dallas (6-6) is at Chicago (6-6)

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