The Rundown for December 19, 2019

TRUMP IMPEACHED… President Trump last night became only the third U.S. president ever to be impeached after the House of Representatives formally charged him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The abuse of power article was passed on a 230-197 vote. The obstruction article was passed by 229-198. The House votes sets up a potential Senate trial that could lead to Trump’s removal. No U.S. president has ever been removed from office by impeachment, as the process would require a two-thirds majority in the 100-member Senate. House Speaker Pelosi announced after last night’s votes that she will not select House managers or send articles to the Senate until the House sees proposed Senate trial rules.

APPEALS COURT RULES AGAINST AFFORDABLE CARE ACT… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate is unconstitutional but did not rule on whether the balance of the healthcare law should be repealed. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to uphold a district court’s ruling that the individual mandate is unlawful because it requires Americans to enroll in healthcare coverage or pay a fee. California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who led a group of Democratic-led states intervening in the case, immediately vowed to challenge yesterday’s decision.

JUDGE DISMISSES STATE CHARGES AGAINST MANAFORT… A Manhattan judge yesterday cited double jeopardy law in dismissing state charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. The 70-year-old Manafort, who is already serving a seven-year sentence on federal charges, faced more than a dozen state felony charges related to mortgage fraud. Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said he planned to appeal the dismissal of charges.

GEORGIA PURGES MORE THAN 300K VOTE REGISTRATIONS… A list of canceled registrations released yesterday by the Georgia secretary of state’s office revealed that election officials in the state purged nearly 309,000 voter registrations from voting rolls this week. A federal judge is set to hear arguments today about whether some of those registrations should be reinstated. The voting rights advocacy group Fair Fight Action filed an emergency motion earlier this week asking the court to stop part of the purge. U.S. District Judge Steve Jones allowed the purge to move forward Monday after a lawyer for the state said the voter maintenance program was already running and that any voters deemed to have been wrongly removed could have their registrations reinstated within 24 to 48 hours.

TEEN GIRL ARRESTED FOR AIRPLANE THEFT… A 17-year-old girl was arrested in Fresno, California, yesterday after she allegedly tried to steal a small airplane. Fresno police say the teen sneaked into the Fresno Yosemite International Airport and boarded a small two-engine Beechcraft plane. The girl reportedly tried to operate the private airplane, but only started one engine and crashed it into a fence and building.

ENTERTAINMENT
TEKASHI SENTENCED… Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to two years in prison yesterday for using a violent gang as his “personal hit squad,” according to the judge in the case. The judge said the 23-year-old performer’s extraordinary cooperation with prosecutors spared him a mandatory minimum 37 years in prison for crimes that included orchestrating a shooting in which an innocent bystander was wounded. The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was also fined $35,000 and ordered to perform 300 hours of community service. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to charges of joining and directing violence by the gang known as Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. Tekashi 6ix9ine has already served 13 months and will be released in late 2020.

R. KELLY ENTERS NOT GUILTY PLEA TO BRIBERY CHARGE… R. Kelly pleaded not guilty yesterday to bribing an official as part of an effort to obtain a fake identification document for singer Aaliyah the day before he married her. Aaliyah was 15 at the time. In July, Kelly was charged in New York in an indictment that accused him of violating federal law by coercing and transporting women and girls across state lines to engage in illegal sexual activity. He pleaded not guilty in August to racketeering, kidnapping, forced labor and sexual exploitation of a child, among other charges, in a court in Brooklyn.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Chicago 110 – WASHINGTON 109 (OT)… Wendell Carter Jr. laid in the decisive basket off a Zack LaVine assist with 9 seconds remaining as the Bulls outlasted the Wizards. LaVine finished with 24 points. Lauri Markkanen scored a game-high 31 points for Chicago.

CLEVELAND 100 – Charlotte 98… The Cavaliers withstood a fourth-quarter rally to top the Hornets. Collin Sexton led the way with 23 points.

Miami 108 – PHILADELPHIA 104… Kendrick Nunn pumped in 26 points as the Heat dealt the 76ers their first home loss after 15 games this season. Bam Adebayo added 23 points.

Toronto 112 – DETROIT 99… Kyle Lowry piled up 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Raptors past the Pistons. Pascal Siakam led Toronto with 26 points. Serge Ibaka delivered 25 points off the bench.

New Orleans 107 – MINNESOTA 99… The Pelicans built a double-digit first-half lead and held on to down the Timberwolves. Brandon Ingram scored a game-high 34 points.

OKLAHOMA CITY 126 – Memphis 122… The Thunder rallied in the second half to upend the Grizzlies. Dennis Schroder came off the bench to score 31 points. Dino Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander added 20 points apiece.

DENVER 113 – Orlando 104… The Nuggets overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to upend the Magic. They took control with a 24-0 third-quarter run. Jamal Murray lit it up for 33 points.

Boston 109 – DALLAS 103… The Celtics got 33 points from Kemba Walker and 26 from Jaylen Brown in downing the Mavericks. Jayson Tatum dropped in 24 points.

PORTLAND 122 – Golden State 112… The Trail Blazers jumped out to an early lead and then put away the Warriors in the second half. Damian Lillard scored 31 points and dished off 13 assists. Hassan Whitesde had 23 boards to go with his 16 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Utah is at Atlanta…
Milwaukee hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Brooklyn is at San Antonio…
the L.A. Clippers host Houston

NHL SCORES
NEW JERSEY 3 – Anaheim 1… Nico Hischier and Kyle Palmieri scored second-period goals to give the Devils the lead for good in their win over the Ducks.

Colorado 4 – CHICAGO 1… Nathan MacKinnon netted a tie-breaking goal n the second period and the Avalanche scored twice more to put away the Blackhawks. Mikko Rantanen and Ian Cole each had a goal and an assist. Gabriel Landeskog assisted on two goals.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Edmonton 1… Goals by Brayden Schenn and Mackenzie MacEachern carried the Blues past the Oilers. Goalie Jake Allen made 35 saves.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
the N.Y. Islanders are at Boston…
Tampa Bay hosts Dallas…
Buffalo is at Philadelphia…
Columbus hosts Los Angeles…
Nashville is at Ottawa…
Winnipeg hosts Chicago…
Carolina is at Colorado…
Calgary hosts Montreal…
Minnesota is at Arizona…
Vancouver hosts Vegas

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE HOOPS
#2 GONZAGA 94, North Carolina 81…
#3 LOUISVILLE 70, Miami (OH) 46…
Utah 69, #6 KENTUCKY 66…
#8 OREGON 81, Montana 48…
#9 VIRGINIA 56, Stony Brook 44…
#10 BAYLOR 91, Tennesee-Martin 63…
#15 Michigan State 77, NORTHWESTERN 72…
#20 SAN DIEGO STATE 92, San Diego Christian 48…
CINCINNATI 78, #21 Tennessee 66

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s