The Rundown for December 11, 2019

HOUSE DEMS UNVEIL ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT… House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump yesterday, charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler declared that Trump had “violated his oath of office” leading to charges of “committing high crimes and misdemeanors” under powers granted to the House by the U.S. Constitution. Nadler said Trump left the House with “no choice” but to impeach after he pressured the government of Ukraine for political favors and refused to cooperate with the resulting investigation,. House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff said House leaders decided to move ahead, rather than wait for the 2020 election, partly because the president’s actions have placed the integrity of the election into jeopardy. The judiciary committee plans to vote on both articles tomorrow before a full House vote next week.

DEMS, TRUMP AGREE ON TRADE DEAL… House Democrats and the Trump administration reached an agreement yesterday on a United States-Mexico-Canada trade deal that replaces the North American Free Trade Agreement. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called the U.S./Mexico/Canada trade agreement an improvement over the 25-year-old NAFTA pact. The agreement on the USMCA came after Democrats fought for months to strengthen environmental and labor protections. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced last night that the Senate will take up the vote on the accord after President Trump’s impeachment trial concludes in the chamber.

NAVY STANDS DOWN SAUDI MILITARY STUDENTS… A “safety stand-down” order issued yesterday is grounding Saudi military students in Florida following last week’s shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola. The attack carried out by a Saudi military trainee left three young sailors dead and eight others wounded. Yesterday’s order affects Saudi students at three naval bases in Florida.

LISA PAGE SUES OVER TEXT RELEASES… Former FBI lawyer Lisa Page filed suit against the Trump administration yesterday for releasing hundreds of text messages between her and a former FBI agent Peter Strzok. Page accused the Department of Justice and FBI of illegally disclosing nearly 400 text messages to the media in 2017. The Justice Department released the messages as part of the Trump administration’s effort to prove that the FBI’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election was politically motivated. The messages contained a mix of political, work-related and personal content. Some included criticisms of Trump. An Inspector’s General report released Monday concluded there was nothing improper about the FBI’s investigation.

SIX DEAD IN JERSEY CITY GUNBATTLE… A gun battle on the streets of Jersey City, New Jersey, yesterday left six people dead. The fatalities included a police officer, three bystanders and two gunmen. Gunfire reportedly broke out near a cemetery and continued at a kosher supermarket about a mile away. Two other officers were wounded but were later released from a hospital.
ENTERTAINMENT
BILL COSBY LOSES CONVICTION APPEAL… An appeals court yesterday denied Bill Cosby in his bid to overturn his sexual assault conviction. The Superior Court ruling affirmed the right of prosecutors to call other accusers to bolster their case. Cosby’s lawyers had complained that the judge had let five women testify at last year’s retrial in suburban Philadelphia, although he had let just one woman testify at the first trial in 2017. But the judge said their testimony was evidence of Cosby’s “unique sexual assault playbook” and undermined any claim that he “was unaware of or mistaken about victim’s failure to consent.”

PHILIP McKEON, FORMER CHILD ACTOR, DIES… Former child actor Philip McKeon, who is best remember for portraying the son of Linda Lavin’s Alice Hyatt character in the 1980s CBS situation comedy “Alice,” died yesterday in Texas after a long illness. He was 55. McKeon played Tommy Hyatt in “Alice” from 1976 to 1985. His most recent acting role was in the video “Ghoulies IV,” which was released in 1994.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CHARLOTTE 114 – Washington 107… The Hornets fought off the Wizards in a game that featured 20 lead changes. Devonte Graham scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures. Bismack Biyombo had 13 points and 15 rebounds.

PHILADELPHIA 97 – Denver 92… Joel Embiid scored 22 points and grabbed 10 boards in leading the 76ers past the Nuggets. Tobias Harris added 20 points.

MIAMI 135 – Atlanta 121 (OT)… The Heat went on an 18-4 spurt in overtime to put away the Hawks. Kendrick Nunn scored a game-high 36 points. Duncan Robinson added 34 points and Bam Adebayo tossed in 30. Jimmy Butler had 20 points and 18 rebounds.

PORTLAND 115 – New York 87… Damian Lillard scored 25 of his game-high 31 points in the first half and the Trail Blazers went on to rout the Knicks. Hassan Whiteside finished with 17 points and 15 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Lakers are at Orlando…
Toronto hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Houston is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Boston…
Charlotte is at Brooklyn…
Minnesota hosts Utah…
Atlanta is at Chicago…
Phoenix hosts Memphis…
New Orleans is at Milwaukee…
Sacramento hosts Oklahoma City…
New York is at Golden State

NHL SCORES
Tampa Bay 2 – FLORIDA 1… The Lightning got goals from Steven Stamkos and Alex Killorn in edging the Panthers. Goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves.

MONTREAL 4 – PITTSBURGH 1… The Canadiens cruised past the Penguins after spotting them an early lead. Joel Armia had a goal and an assist.

BUFFALO 5 – St. Louis 2… Jack Eichel found the net twice for the Sabres in their defeat of the Blues. Johan Larsson and Sam Reinhart each had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 3 – San Jose 1… Nick Bonino scored early in the third period to break a scoreless tie and the Predators also got goals from Ryan Johansen and Calle Jarnkrok in downing the Sharks.

Anaheim 3 – MINNESOTA 2 (SO)… The Ducks got shootout goals from Rickard Rickell and Max Comtois in outlasting the Wild. Rakell opened the scoring with a first-period goal.

WINNIPEG 5 – Detroit 1… Blake Wheeler, Andrew Copp and Patrik Laine scored over a two-minute span in the second period and the Jets never looked back in their win over the Red Wings.

DALLAS 2 – New Jersey 0… Ben Bishop made 16 of his 26 saves in the third period as the Stars blanked the Devils and made a winner out of Rick Bowness in his fist game as interim head coach. Radek Faksa and Joe Pavelski scored first-period goals.

Carolina 6 – EDMONTON 3… Jordan Martinook netted a tie-breaking goal midway through the third period and the Hurricanes also got goals from Sebastian Aho and Dougie Hamilton in doubling up on the Oilers. Aho also scored a first-period goal.

Calgary 5 – ARIZONA 2… Michael Frolik scored a goal and assisted on another as the Flames skated past the Coyotes. Cam Talbott stopped 46 shots at goal.

Toronto 4 – VANCOUVER 1… John Tavares scored two goals and assisted on another as the Maple Leafs downed the Canucks. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 38 saves.

VEGAS 5 – Chicago 1… Five different players found the net as the Golden Knights walloped the Blackhawks. Reilly Smith had a goal and an assist.

LOS ANGELES 3 – N.Y. Rangers 1… Tyler Toffoli had a goal and an assist and Matt Roy assisted on two goals as the Kings clipped the Rangers. Goalie Jonathan Quick stopped 30 shots.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Boston is at Washington…
Montreal hosts Ottawa…
Philadelphia is at Colorado

TOP 25 COLLEGE HOOPS SCORES
Texas Tech 70, #1 LOUISVILLE 57 at the Jimmy V Classic in New York…
#2 KANSAS 95, Milwaukee 68…
PENN STATE 76, #4 Maryland 69…
#11 BAYLOR 53, Butler 52…
Northern Iowa 79, #24 COLORADO 76

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