The Rundown for December 17, 2019

WILLIAM WEBSTER FEARS LOSS OF ‘RULE OF LAW’… Former FBI and CIA director William Webster warned yesterday that America’s “rule of law” is being threatened by the very people “whose job it should be to protect them.” In an opinion piece published by The New York Times, Webster called the rule of law “the bedrock of American democracy, the principle that protects every American from the abuse of monarchs, despots and tyrants,” adding that the attacks on the FBI by President Trump and Attorney General William Barr, who he described as his “long-time friend,” are “troubling in the extreme.” The 95-year-old Webster wrote that Trump’s assailing of FBI professionals as “scum” is a “slur against people who risk their lives to keep us safe.” Webster also said he is “profoundly disappointed” in Rudy Giuliani, another “long-time, respected friend,” because of his involvement in the pressure campaign on Ukraine to dig up dirt on Trump’s political rivals and spread a discredited theory that the country interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

JUDICIARY COMMITTEE RELEASED FULL REPORT… The House Judiciary Committee accuses President Trump of committing criminal bribery and wire fraud in the full report it released yesterday. The report will accompany articles of impeachment when they’re voted on later this week. The Rules Committee will consider articles of impeachment today ahead of tomorrow’s expected House vote.

WAPO: TRUMP HAS MADE 15,413 FALSE CLAIMS… The Washington Post reported yesterday that President Trump has made 15,413 false or misleading claims over his 1,055 days in office. The compilation indicates that the rate of Trump’s mistruths this year more than doubling the total number for his three years in office. His most repeated claim is that the U.S. economy is the best in history.

GIULIANI ADMITS YOVANOVITCH WAS IN THE WAY… President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has admitted that he considered former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as an obstacle in his plan to find dirt on Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter in advance of the 2020 election. He made the admission in an interview for The New Yorker. During her testimony before Congress during the impeachment hearings, Yovanovitch said Trump directly pressured the State Department to remove her Giuliani had criticized her for months.

BOEING TO DROP PRODUCTION ON 737 MAX… Boeing has announced that it will temporarily halt production of its 737 Max airliner in January. The company had allowed production of the jet to continue despite the model being grounded for nine months after two crashes that left more than 300 people dead. Boeing had been hoping to have the aircraft back in the air by the end of this year but the company was informed by regulators that the planes would not be certified to return to the skies that quickly.

NETFLIX RETURNS ‘SPECIAL’ FOR SECOND SEASON… Netflix announced yesterday that it is bringing back the comedy series “Special” for a second season. The series centers on a young gay man with cerebral palsy who lives and works in Los Angeles. The show stars Ryan O’Connell, Jessica Hecht, Marla Mindelle and Patrick Fabian. Season 2 will consist of eight episodes.

RODDY RICCH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Rapper Roddy Ricch’s debut studio album “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” sold 101,000 units to top the Billboard 200 album chart. The Who’s “Who” opened in second place on sales of 89,000 copies. Camila Cabello’s “Romance” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 86,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood Bleeding” dropped to fourth place with 66,000 copies sold. XXXTentacion’s “Bad Vibes Forever” capped the top five after selling 65,000 units.
NEW ORLEANS 34 – Indianapolis 7… Drew Brees passed for 307 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Saints (11-3) in their rout of the Colts (6-8). His 5-yard pass to tight end Josh Hill midway through the third quarter gave him 540 touchdown passes for his career and moved him past Payton Manning for the most all time. Michael Thomas had 12 catches for 128 yards and a score.

Washington 133 – DETROIT 119… The Wizards scored 43 first-quarter points on their way past the Pistons. Bradley Beals had game-highs with 35 points and 10 assists. Isaiah Thomas added 23 points.

TORONTO 133 – Cleveland 113… Pascal Siakam pumped in 33 points to lead the Raptors in their romp over the Cavaliers. Norman Powell tossed in 26 points. Kyle Lowry had 20 points and 11 assists.

Dallas 120 – MILWAUKEE 116… The Mavericks turned away a fourth-quarter rally and ended the Bucks’ 18-game winning streak despite playing without Luka Doncic. Kristaps Porzingis had 26 points and 12 rebounds.

OKLAHOMA CITY 109 – Chicago 106… The Thunder erased a 26-point second-half deficit on their way past the Bulls. Chris Paul knocked down five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with 30 points. Dino Gallinari added 22 points.

HOUSTON 109 – San Antonio 107… The Rockets came from 25 points down to upend the Spurs. They got 31 points from Russell Westbrook and 28 from James Harden. Westbrook also had 10 boards. Clint Capela finished with 15 points and as many rebounds.

MEMPHIS 118 – Miami 111… The Grizzlies built a 15-point halftime lead and held on to down the Heat. Jonas Valanciunas had 21 points and 10 boards. Ja Morant scored 20 points and dished off 10 assists.

Portland 111 – PHOENIX 110… Damian Lillard converted a go-ahead three-point play with 26 seconds remaining and the Trail Blazers made it stand in beating the Suns. Lillard finished with 27 points. CJ McCollum scored 30 points to lead all scorers.

Sacramento is at Charlotte…
Indiana hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Atlanta is at New York…
New Orleans hosts Brooklyn…
Orlando is at Utah…
the L.A. Clippers host Phoenix

FLORIDA 6 – Ottawa 1… Noel Acciari scored two of his three goals during a five-goal second period and the Panthers romped over the Senators. Jonathan Huberdeau had four assists.

Nashville 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 2… Roman Josi scored two goals and assisted on another as the Predators handled the Rangers. Goalie Juuse Saros made 39 saves.

COLUMBUS 3 – Washington 0… Joonas Korpisalo stopped all 30 shots in the Blue Jackets’ blanking of the Capitals. Oliver Bjorkstrand scored two third-period goals.

ST. LOUIS 5 – Colorado 2… David Perron netted a pair of goals to record his fifth career hat trick and the Blues skated past the Avalanche. Ryan O’Reilly had two assists.

Edmonton 2 – DALLAS 1… Zack Kassian and Leon Draisaitl scored first-period goals and the Oilers hung on to edge the Stars. Mikko Koskinen made 34 saves at goal.

Los Angeles is at Boston…
Toronto hosts Buffalo…
Ottawa is at Tampa Bay…
the N.Y. Islanders host Nashville…
Anaheim is at Philadelphia…
Detroit hosts Columbus…
Carolina is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts Pittsburgh…
Montreal is at Vancouver…
Vegas hosts Minnesota…
Arizona is at San Jose

#24 TEXAS TECH 71, Southern Mississippi 65

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