The Rundown for January 15, 2020

HOUSE VOTES TODAY ON IMPEACHMENT CHARGES… The House is planning a vote for tomorrow to send formal impeachment charges against President Trump to the Senate. If passed, the trial could begin as early as Tuesday. Last month, Trump became only the third U.S. president to be impeached when the House found that he obstructed Congress and abused his power by pressuring Ukraine to announce an investigation into his Democratic rival Joe Biden. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi vowed, “The president and the senators will be held accountable,” and announced that she will appoint lawmakers who will act as prosecutors in the trial.

HOUSE RELEASES LEV PARNAS DOCUMENTS… The House Intelligence Committee last night released a new batch of impeachment inquiry evidence. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani’s partner in Ukraine, Lev Parnas, turned over evidence in the form of documents that include Parnas’ handwritten notes, copies of text messages, and other correspondence. The documents indicate that Giuliani was acting with President Trump’s “knowledge and consent” in his communications with the Ukrainian government. Some of the most disturbing documents involve former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, whose firing appears to have been part of a quid pro quo. The documents also reveal her movements in Ukraine were being tracked and that she was being threatened.

TRUMP’S EMBASSY CLAIMS DOUBTED… The Washington Post says government officials are increasingly skeptical of President Trump’s claims that Iranian general Qassem Soleimani was planning imminent attacks on several U.S. embassies across the Middle East. Trump used the claims to justify his assassination of Soleimani earlier this month but the Pentagon and embassy officials say they were never warned of the purported threat. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denies that embassy staff wasn’t warned, and a State Department spokesman said the White House sent out a “worldwide security warning to every embassy.” The newspaper report concluded that “Trump’s statement was at best an unfounded theory and at worst a falsehood.”

TRUMP DIVERTING ADDITIONAL WALL FUNDING… President Trump is diverting an additional $7.2  billion in Pentagon funding to use in constructing his border-wall this year, according to a report in yesterday’s Washington Post. The money is reportedly coming from the cancellation of several military construction projects and would be enough to finish about 885 miles of barriers by early 2022. The diverted funds would bring the total amount of federal funds allocated to border fencing to $18.4 billion under Trump following his promise during the 2016 presidential campaign that Mexico would pay for it.

COURT BLOCKS WISCONSIN VOTER PURGE… A Wisconsin appeals court yesterday blocked an order that would immediately have removed as many as 209,000 names from the state’s voter registration rolls. The court sided with the bipartisan state elections commission in issuing the injunction while the court fight continues. It also put on hold a ruling from Monday in which a judge found the commission and its three Democratic members in contempt for not proceeding with removing the voters. Wisconsin’s presidential primary is on April 7 and analysts don’t expect the issue to be resolved before the presidential election.

TOYOTA ANNOUNCES RECALL… Toyota has announced that it is recalling nearly 700,000 vehicles due to a faulty fuel pump that could result in sudden stalling, and increase the risk of a crash. The automaker warned that defective fuel pumps could set off a warning light on the instrument panel when it malfunctions and cause a rough-running engine that could ultimately stall. Vehicles involved in the recall include certain 2018-2019 Lexus models and 2018-2019 Toyota 4Runners, Camrys, Highlanders, Land Cruisers, Sequoias, Siennas, Tacomas and Tundras. Some of Toyota’s 2019 Avalon and Corolla models are also affected by the recall. Owners can visit Toyota’s website to learn if their vehicles are affected.

ENTERTAINMENT
BILLIE EILISH TO PERFORM BOND THEME… Billie Eilish will write and perform the theme song for the upcoming James Bond film, “No Time To Die.” The 18-year-old singer wrote the piece with her brother Finneas O’Connell. She is the youngest artist ever to write and record a James Bond theme song. “No Time To Die” will feature Daniel Craig as agent 007 for the final time. It is set for release on April 8 in the U.S.

NETFLIX RENEWS ‘YOU’… Netflix is bringing back its hit drama series “You” for a third season in 2021. The streaming service has ordered 10 new episodes. The second season rose to No. 5 on Netflix’s top 10 list of its most popular series shortly after its December 26 premiere. Stars Penn Badgley and Victoria Pedretti have signed on to reprise their roles.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
ATLANTA 123 – Phoenix 110… Trea Young scored 21 of his 36 points in the fourth quarter as the Hawks pulled away from the Suns. Kevin Huerter had 23 points and 15 rebounds. John Collins added 22 points and 10 boards.

Utah 118 – BROOKLYN 107… The Jazz built a 14-point halftime lead and coasted past the Nets. Joe Ingles scored 27 points to match a career high. Rudy Gobert finished with 22 points and 18 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 128 – New York 102… The Bucks blew the game open with a big second quarter and never looked back in routing the Knicks. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored a game-high 37 points in just 21 minutes.

MEMPHIS 121 – Houston 110… The Grizzlies handled the Rockets to win their sixth in a row. They got 26 points from Ja Morant and 24 from Dillon Brooks.

Dallas 124 – GOLDEN STATE 97… Dwight Powell scored 21 points and Luka Doncic tossed in 20 as the Mavericks downed the Warriors. Boban Marjanovic delivered 13 points and 11 boards off the bench.

L.A. CLIPPERS 128 – Cleveland 103… Kawhi Leonard poured in 43 points to lead the Clippers in their dismantling of the Cavaliers. Lou Williams added 24 points off the bench.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Boston…
Philadelphia hosts Brooklyn…
San Antonio is at Miami…
Oklahoma City hosts Toronto…
Washington is at Chicago…
Minnesota hosts Indiana…
Charlotte is at Denver…
Houston hosts Portland…
Dallas is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Lakers host Orlando

NHL SCORES
BUFFALO 4 – Vegas 2… Jack Eichel netted a tie-breaking goal in the third quarter and Chris Lazar added an empty-netter as the Sabres doubled up on the Golden Knights. Eichel also had an assist.

TORONTO 7 – New Jersey 4… Auston Matthews recorded his second career hat trick in leading the Maple Leafs past the Devils. John Tavares had a goal and two assists. Blake Coleman’s three goals weren’t enough for New Jersey.

TAMPA BAY 4 – Los Angeles 3 (SO)… Nikita Kucherov scored a tying goal with 1:15 left in regulation and Steven Stamkos added the game-winner in the shootout as the Lightning outlasted the Kings. Anthony Cirelli assisted on two goals.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 8 – Detroit 2… Brock Nelson found the net twice to lead the Islanders in their throttling of the Red Wings. Leo Komarov had a goal and an assist.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Minnesota 3… Sidney Crosby returned to the ice after a two month layoff and had a goal and three assists in the Penguins win over the Wild. Evgeni Malkin scored two goals and assisted on another.

COLUMBUS 3 – Boston 0… Elvis Merzlikins stopped all 34 shots in his second consecutive shutout and Blue Jackets clipped the Bruins. Alexander Wennberg scored the only goal Columbus needed in the first period.

Chicago 3 – OTTAWA 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks overcame the Senators after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Jonathan Toews assisted on both Chicago goals in regulation and netted the winning goal 42 seconds into overtime.

WINNIPEG 4 – Vancouver 0… Goalie Connor Hellebuyck made 41 saves in his fourth shutout of the season and the Jets skated pasted past the Canucks. Kyle Connor scored a pair of goals.

Dallas 3 – COLORADO 2 (OT)… The Stars came from two goals down to upend the Avalanche. Esa Lindell scored the winning goal at 1:54 of overtime. Jason Dickinson netted the tying goal with 5:23 left in regulation.

EDMONTON 4 – Nashville 2… Leon Draisaitl scored two power-play goals and had an assist in leading the Oilers past the Predators. Mike Smith stopped 30 shots at goal.

ARIZONA 6 – San Jose 3… Phil Kessel and Taylor Hall each had two goals and an assist in the Coyotes’ win over the Sharks. Conor Garland added a goal and two assists.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Montreal…
St. Louis hosts Philadelphia

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
CLEMSON 79, #3 Duke 72…
#6 Kansas 66, OKLAHOMA 52…
#7 San Diego State 64, FRESNO STATE 55…
#11 Louisville 73, PITTSBURGH 68…
#12 WEST VIRGINIA 81, TCU 49…
#13 DAYTON 79, VCU 65…
#14 VILLANOVA 79, DePaul 75…
WISCONSIN 56, #17 Maryland 64…
#21 OHIO STATE 80, Nebraska 68…
#23 Texas Tech 77, KANSAS STATE 63

MLB: ALEX CORA, RED SOX PART WAYS… The Boston Red Sox and manager Alex Cora have mutually agreed to part ways amid the ongoing sign-stealing scandal that has rocked Major League baseball. The 44-year-old Cora led Boston to a World Series win in 2018, just a year after he was a bench coach for the world-champion Houston Astros. Both teams were implicated in a scheme that used technology to steal opposing teams’ catchers’ signs. Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow were fired after Major League Baseball suspended them for a year. Commissioner Rob Manfred says he won’t announce Cora’s punishment until MLB completes its investigation.

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