The Rundown for January 9, 2020

TRUMP ADDRESSES IRAN… President Trump revealed yesterday during his address to the nation that the U.S. military had advance warning of Iran’s missile attacks on two Iraqi bases housing U.S. forces on Tuesday. Trump announced no retaliation for the attacks, but said “powerful sanctions” would be imposed until Iran changed its ways. The Trump administration also gave its first briefings about Iran to legislators but the effort drew criticism. Representatives complained that information provided by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper, CIA Director Gina Haspel, Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire lacked important details, including the intelligence behind killing Iranian general Qassem Soleimani and the future course of U.S. strategy against Tehran. Republican Senator Mike Lee of Utah said it was “probably the worst briefing at least on a military issue I’ve seen,” adding that it was “insulting” to be told by administration officials not to debate merits of taking military action.

ROCKETS STRIKE NEAR U.S. EMBASSY… Iraqi military officials say two Katyusha rockets struck near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad’s heavily fortified Green Zone yesterday, but caused no casualties. Warning sirens were heard blaring nearly 24 hours after Tehran launched ballistic missiles at Iraqi bases housing American and other coalition forces, which did not cause casualties. Officials did not know where yesterday’s rockets were fired from.

COURT BLOCKS IMMIGRANT-FUNDING RULE… A federal appeals court in New York yesterday blocked the Trump administration from enforcing a policy that would make it far easier for the government to deny legal status to immigrants whose families use or are deemed likely to use publicly funded programs. The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals issued a short order that denied the Trump administration’s attempt to lift a nationwide injunction barring the “public charge” rule from being implemented. The Department of Homeland Security previously defined “public charge” as someone who depended on cash assistance or government-funded long-term institutional care. The new rule expands the definition to include additional benefits such as food stamps, non-emergency Medicaid, certain prescription drug subsidies and housing vouchers. The new rule also defines public charge as any immigrant household that uses — or is deemed likely to use at some point — one public benefit for 12 months during a 36-month period. Receipt of two public benefits in one month counts as two months, the rule noted.

HOUSE DEMS OUTLINE CLIMATE BILL… House Democrats yesterday outlined a climate bill that seeks to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. Chairman Frank Pallone, a New Jersey Democrat, and other members of the committee presented the outline for the bill known as the Climate Leadership and Environmental Action for Our Nation’s Future Act. The proposal would require all retail electricity suppliers to provide an increasing supply of clean energy to consumers beginning in 2022 and then obtain 100 percent clean energy by 2050. Suppliers will be required to possess a certain amount of “clean energy credits” at the end of each year, which they can buy and trade from one another via auction. The building sector would be required to produce zero-energy-ready buildings by 2030 while the proposal would establish a Buy Clean Program that would require industrial projects that receive federal funding to “only use the cleanest construction materials.”

PUERTO RICO STRUGGLING AFTER EARTHQUAKE… A magnitude 6.4 earthquake that struck Puerto Rico early Tuesday has left roughly two-thirds of the island without electricity. Officials say many residents still don’t have water. The quake is blamed for the death of one man dead and has caused dozens of homes and structures to crumble. Governor Wanda Vázquez Garced has declared a state of emergency and activated the Puerto Rico National Guard as she pleaded with residents to remain calm and prepare for aftershocks.

ACADEMY AWARDS WON’T HAVE HOST… ABC announced yesterday that the Academy Awards will air without a host for a second consecutive year. The network made the decision in conjunction with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences following the success of last year’s Oscars ceremony, which was the first since 1989 to be staged without a host. The 92nd Academy Awards ceremony is scheduled for February 9.

ILLINOIS JUDGE SEEKS SMOLLETT DATA… An Illinois judge has ordered Google to turn over actor Jussie Smollett’s emails, photos, location data and private messages for an entire year as part of the investigation into his claims of being violently attacked. Smollett, who is best known for his work in the Fox series “Empire,” reported in January 2019 that he was attacked by two white men who yelled racist and homophobic slurs as they tied a rope around his neck in Chicago. Prosecutors later alleged that the actor had staged the attack on himself and filed multiple charges against him. Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx abruptly dropped the charges last March.

Toronto 112 – CHARLOTTE 110 (OT)… Serge Ibaka made two free throws with 5.1 seconds left in overtime and finished with 23 points and 11 rebounds in leading the Raptors past the Hornets. Terence Davis also had 23 points and 11 boards.

Miami 122 – INDIANA 108… The Heat rallied past the Pacers in the fourth quarter after letting a double-digit halftime lead slip away. Tyler Herro came off the bench to score 19 points and lead seven players in double figures.

San Antonio 129 – BOSTON 114… The Spurs jumped out to a 22-3 lead and coasted past the Celtics. DeMar DeRozan pumped in 30 points.

ORLANDO 123 – Washington 89… Nikola Vucevic scored 29 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Magic rolled past the Wizards. Evan Fournier tossed in 19 points.

Denver 107 – DALLAS 106… Nikola Jokic came alive to score 26 of his game-high 33 points in the second half and made the winning basket with 7.9 seconds left as the Nuggets topped the Mavericks.

Houston 122 – ATLANTA 115… James Harden scored 22 of his 41 points in the first quarter and the Rockets held off the Hawks the rest of the way. Harden also had 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Clint Capela added 22 points and as many boards.

NEW ORLEANS 123 – Chicago 108… The Pelicans took control with a big third quarter on their way to handing the Bulls their fifth straight loss. Brandon Ingram scored 29 points and dished off 11 assists.

UTAH 128 – New York 104… Emmanuel Mudiay came off the bench to score 20 points against his former team and the Jazz routed the Knicks. Bojan Bogdanovic also had 20 points for Utah. Rudy Gobert had 16 points and 16 rebounds.

Milwaukee 107 – GOLDEN STATE 98… Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 30 points and collected 12 boards as the Bucks fought off the Warriors. Kris Middleton tossed in 21 points.

Boston is at Philadelphia…
Detroit hosts Cleveland…
Portland is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts Houston

Winnipeg 4 – TORONTO 3 (SO)… Blake Wheeler scored the decisive goal in the shootout as the Jets outlasted the Maple Leafs. He also assisted on Nikolaj Ehlers’ first-period goal.

PHILADELPHIA 3 – Washington 2… Kevin Hayes netted a short-handed goal with 2:01 left in the second period and the Flyers hung on to edge the Capitals. Goalie Carter Hart made 28 saves.

Dallas 2 – LOS ANGELES 1… Jamie Benn and Blake Comeau scored second-period goals to give the Stars the lead for good in their win over the Kings. Esa Lindell assisted on both goals.

Winnipeg is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Edmonton…
Arizona is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Vancouver…
New Jersey is at the N.Y. Rangers…
St. Louis hosts Buffalo…
Nashville is at Chicago…
Calgary hosts Minnesota…
Los Angeles is at Vegas…
Anaheim hosts Dallas…
Columbus is at San Jose

#2 Duke 73, GEORGIA TECH 64…
#3 Kansas 79, IOWA STATE 53…
#5 AUBURN 83, Vanderbilt 79…
#7 San Diego State 72, WYOMING 52…
#10 Florida State 78, WAKE FOREST 68

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