The Rundown for December 10, 2019

DEMOCRATS PRESENT IMPEACHMENT CASE TO JUDICIARY COMMITTEE… Democratic investigators started presenting their impeachment case against President Trump yesterday at a hearing on Capitol Hill. In presenting evidence to the House judiciary committee, House intelligence committee investigative director Daniel Goldman turned over a 300-page report based on weeks of public and private testimony alleging Trump pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Goldman also referred to Trump’s actions as dangerous, saying he “launched an unprecedented campaign of obstruction of Congress” and dismissing as “patently false” Trump’s allegations that Biden acted corruptly in his interactions with Ukraine. Republican lawyer Steve Castor referred to the Democratic case as “baloney.”

INSPECTOR GENERAL REPORT FINDS NO ILLEGALITIES… The Department of Justice’s Inspector General claimed in a report released yesterday that there was nothing improper or illegal in the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The 476-page report by Inspector General Michael Horowitz defied accusations by the Trump administration that the FBI illegally spied on former campaign adviser Carter Page while searching for evidence of collusion. “We did not find any documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to conduct these operations,” the report concluded. The report did specify 17 inaccuracies involving three applications filed under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, but said agents did not act improperly in their activities.

CHRISTOPHER STEELE WAS FRIENDS WITH IVANKA TRUMP… Among revelations stemming from yesterday’s Inspector General’s report was that former British foreign intelligence agency officer Christopher Steele had an extended friendship with Ivanka Trump. A dossier compiled by Steele detailed Donald Trump’s alleged collusion with Russia. According to the report, Steele even gifted Ivanka Trump a “family tartan from Scotland.” The report did not mention Ivanka Trump by name but her identity was confirmed by ABC News. Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted Steele on social media, describing him as a “failed spy” and claiming that the dossier he compiled was “phony.”

WAPO: U.S. GOVERNMENT LIED ABOUT AFGHANISTAN WAR… The Washington Post yesterday published more than 2,000 pages of secret notes that indicate the U.S. government has misled citizens about the progress of the war in Afghanistan. The notes show that U.S. officials made positive statements they knew were inaccurate and concealed evidence that the war wasn’t winnable. John Sopko, head of the federal agency that carried out the interviews, told the newspaper the files show “the American people have constantly been lied to.”

SUPREME COURT LETS STAND KENTUCKY ABORTION LAW… Kentucky’s tough new abortion law cleared a final hurdle yesterday when the Supreme Court declined to hear opposing arguments. The Ultrasound Informed Consent Act was signed into law in 2017 by then-Republican Governor Matt Bevin. It requires physicians to show women seeking abortions ultrasound images of their unborn fetuses. The high court dismissed a challenge to an April decision by the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati that upheld the law.

NARCOTICS AND GUNS FOUND IN JUICE WRLD’S LUGGAGE… Chicago police and FBI agents who searched the luggage of the late rapper Juice WRLD reported finding narcotics and weapons. Authorities say the luggage contained 70 lbs. of marijuana and six bottles of codeine, along with two 9mm pistols, a .40-caliber pistol, a high-capacity magazine and metal-piercing bullets. Juice WRLD, born Jarad Anthony Higgins, died early Sunday as authorities began searching his and his guards’ luggage. The 21-year-old entertainer reportedly began convulsing and went into cardiac arrest.

‘FROZEN 2’ SOUNDTRACK TOPS ALBUM CHART… The Frozen 2 soundtrack sold 80,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album chart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” rose to No. 2 after selling 65,000 units. Trippie Redd’s “A Love Letter to You 4” slipped to third place after selling 54,000 copies. Taylor Swift’s “Lover” finished fourth on sales of 52,000 units. Billie Eilish’s “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” remained in fifth place after selling 50,000 copies.

PHILADELPHIA 23 – N.Y. Giants 17 (OT)… The Eagles (6-7) erased a 17-3 halftime deficit to down the Giants (2-11). Zach Ertz caught one 2-yard pass from Carson Wentz on a game-tying touchdown with 1:53 remaining in regulation and hauled in another 2-yard game-winning scoring toss at 5:13 of overtime.

L.A. Clippers 110 – INDIANA 99… Paul George returned to Indianapolis and pumped in a game-high 36 points in leading the short-handed Clippers past the Pacers. Montrezl Harrell added 26 points.

BOSTON 110 – Cleveland 88… The Celtics built an early double-digit lead and coasted past the Cavaliers. Kemba Walker scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Sacramento 119 – HOUSTON 118… Nemanja Bjelica knocked down a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Kings over the Rockets. Buddy Hield led Sacramento with 26 points.

MILWAUKEE 110 – Orlando 101… The Bucks handled the Magic and extended their winning streak to 15 games. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 32 points and brought down 15 rebounds.

Detroit 105 – NEW ORLEANS 103… Derrick Rose scored 17 of his team-high 21 points in the fourth quarter and sank a game-winning 14-foot jumper with less than a second remaining as the Pistons topped the Pelicans.

Toronto 93 – CHICAGO 92… The Raptors held on at the end to edge the Bulls. They got 22 points from Pascal Siakam. Serge Ibaka delivered 11 points and 14 boards off the bench.

PHOENIX 125 – Minnesota 109… Devin Booker scored 26 points, Kelly Oubre Jr. added 24 and the Suns put away the Timberwolves. Ricky Rubio tossed in 16 points and dished off 14 assists.

Oklahoma City 104 – UTAH 90… The Thunder took control with a big third quarter on their way past the Jazz. Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 27 points. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points.

Memphis 110 – GOLDEN STATE 102… Ja Morant led the Grizzlies with 26 points in their defeat of the Warriors. Jonas Valanciunas had 13 points and 10 rebounds.

Washington is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts Denver…
Atlanta is at Miami…
Portland hosts New York

N.Y. Islanders 5 – TAMPA BAY 1… Brock Nelson netted a pair of goals to lead the Islanders past the Lightning. Goalie Semyon Varlamov made 31 saves.

Columbus 5 – WASHINGTON 2… Cam Atkinson netted two goals in leading the Blue Jackets past the Capitals. Joonas Korpisalo stopped 37 shots at goal.

OTTAWA 5 – Boston 2… Anthony Duclair scored two goals and assisted on another as the Senators skated past the Bruins. Chris Tierney had a goal and two assists. Goalie Anders Nilsson made 38 saves.

Calgary 5 – COLORADO 4 (OT)… The Flames recovered to outlast the Avalanche after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Sean Monahan scored the game-winning goal 2:09 into overtime.

the N.Y. Islanders are at Tampa Bay…
Washington hosts Columbus…
Boston is at Ottawa…
Colorado hosts Calgary

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