The Rundown for January 16, 2019

PELOSI SIGNS ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENT... House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signed articles of impeachment against President Trump yesterday and has sent them to the White House. The Senate won’t officially receive the articles until this afternoon when it is presented to the Senate by a House impeachment manager. Upon receipt of the articles, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts will be sworn in to preside over the trial. Senators will be sworn in as jurors. Pelosi also announced the seven impeachment trial “managers” who will prosecute the case in the Senate. Congressman Adam Schiff of California will be the lead manager; the team includes his fellow Democratic representatives Jerry Nadler of New York; Val Demings of Florida; Hakeem Jeffries of New York; Zoe Lofgren of California; Sylvia Garcia of Texas; and Jason Crow of Colorado. The trial is scheduled to begin Tuesday.

PARNAS: TRUMP KNEW WHAT I WAS DOING… Lev Parnas, an indicted associate of President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani, said last night that “Trump knew exactly what was going on” in Ukraine. During an appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show, Parnas said Trump “was aware of all of my movements. I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani or the president.” Parnas also said Trump “lied” when he said he didn’t know Parnas or his associate Igor Fruman. The interview came a day after Parnas turned over a batch of documents that indicated Giuliani mounted a campaign to oust former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Parnas was indicted with partner Igor Fruman last October on charges that they conspired to violate straw and foreign donor bans.

THREATS TO FORMER UKRAINE AMBASSADOR INVESTIGATED… The House Foreign Affairs Committee has requested materials regarding potential threats to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch in response to the documents that Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas has turned over to Congress. Committee Chairman Eliot Engel, a New York Democrat, sent the undersecretary of state for management a letter expressing that he was “deeply concerned” about the apparent efforts of Parnas and Congressional candidate Robert Hyde to surveil Yovanovitch while she was still the ambassador. Engel noted that the messages contained sensitive information about Yovanovitch’s whereabouts and her security protocols.

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP ADMINISTRATION REFUGEE ORDER… A federal judge yesterday blocked President Trump’s executive order that would have given state and local officials the ability to deny residence to refugees. The decision by U.S. District Judge Peter Messitte in Maryland has ignited a fierce debate in the U.S. over how welcome the nation should be. Judge Messitte said the order “flies in the face of clear Congressional intent” of the 1980 Refugee Act by allowing state and local governments to block the resettlement of refugees in their jurisdictions. The judge said in issuing a preliminary injunction that the process should continue as it has for nearly 40 years, with refugee resettlement agencies deciding where a person would best thrive.

VIRGINIA GOVERNOR DECLARES STATE OF EMERGENCY OVER GUN RALLY… Virginia Governor Ralph Northam has declared a state of emergency due to threats of violence during a scheduled gun control rally in the state early next week. The governor’s declaration prohibits all weapons including firearms, sticks, bats, chains and projectiles from Capitol grounds from 5 p.m. on Friday until 5 p.m. on Tuesday. Northam took action after receiving a tip about potential violence during Monday’s Lobby Day against gun control legislation.

ENTERTAINMENT
ROCK HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ANNOUNCED… Six acts will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland next May. Whitney Houston and British acts T. Rex and Depeche Mode will be joined by The Notorious B.I.G., Nine Inch Nails and The Doobie Brothers. The six were selected yesterday from 16 acts that were nominated. Artists are eligible for the famous hall 25 years after the release of their first album.

JAY-Z SUES MISSISSIPPI PRISON OFFICIALS… Jay-Z is suing Mississippi prison officials following the deaths of five inmates in the past two weeks. The suit, filed yesterday in Greenville, Mississippi, names Mississippi corrections chief Pelicia Hall and Parchman Penitentiary Superintendent Marshal Turner as defendants. The entertainment mogul filed on behalf of 29 inmates in the state penal system who accuse authorities of failing to stem violence inside prison walls. Jay-Z and rap artist Yo Gotti called for change in the penitentiary system earlier this month in threatening the suit, which cites violations of Eighth Amendment rights and identifies conditions within the Parchman facility.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Detroit 116 – BOSTON 103… Sekou Doumbouya pumped in a season-high 24 points to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Pistons topped the Celtics. Markieff Morris added 23 points and Derrick Rose tossed in 22. Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk finished with 21 points.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Brooklyn 106… The 76ers rallied in the fourth quarter to put away the Nets. Tobias Harris scored a game-high 34 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Ben Simmons had 20 points and 11 assists.

MIAMI 106 – San Antonio 100… The Heat came up big in the fourth quarter to get past the Spurs. Kendrick Nunn lit it up for 33 points.

Toronto 130 – OKLAHOMA CITY 121… The Raptors built an 18-point halftime lead and held off the Thunder. Norman Powell led the way with 23 points off the bench. Pascal Siakam and Og Anunoby added 21 points apiece.

CHICAGO 115 – Washington 106… The Bulls fought their way past the Wizards after trailing by five at the break. Zack LaVine led all scorers with 30 points. Six other players scored in double figures for Chicago.

Indiana 104 – MINNESOTA 99… The Pacers came on after a slow start and topped the Timberwolves. Domantas Sabonas had game-highs with 29 points and 13 rebounds. Malcolm Brogdon added 21 points.

DENVER 100 – Charlotte 86… The Nuggets built a 15-point halftime lead but needed a fourth-quarter rally to put away the Hornets. Michael Porter Jr. delivered 19 points off the bench to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Portland 117 – HOUSTON 107… The Trail Blazers withstood a late surge to beat the Rockets. They got 25 points from Damian Lillard and 23 from CJ McCollum. Carmelo Anthony had 18 points and 12 boards.

Dallas 127 – SACRAMENTO 123… Luka Doncic piled up 25 points, 15 rebounds and 17 assists and the Mavericks held on at the end to down the Kings. Seth Curry came off the bench and scored 21 points.

Orlando 119 – L.A. LAKERS 118… Markelle Fultz made a couple big buckets in the final minute on his way to 21 points and the Magic hung on to end the Lakers’ nine-game winning streak. Aaron Gordon led Orlando with 21 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Phoenix is at New York…
Milwaukee hosts Boston…
Utah is at New Orleans…
Golden State hosts Denver…
Orlando is at the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
Chicago 4 – MONTREAL 1… Zack Smith got the Blackhawks going with a pair of first-period goals and they breezed past the Canadiens. Goalie Corey Crawford made 32 saves.

Philadelphia 4 – ST. LOUIS 3 (OT)… The Flyers recovered to outlast the Blues after blowing a two-goal third-period lead. Jakub Voracek scored the winning goal with 1:27 left in overtime. Sean Couturier assisted on two goals. Brian Elliott made 33 stops at goal.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Toronto hosts Calgary…
Los Angeles is at Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders host the N.Y. Rangers…
Montreal is at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts New Jersey…
Carolina is at Columbus…
Ottawa hosts Vegas…
Anaheim is at Nashville…
Tampa Bay is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Buffalo…
San Jose is at Colorado…
Vancouver hosts Arizona

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL
#2 BAYLOR 68, Iowa State 55…
ALABAMA 83, #4 Auburn 64…
#18 Seton Hall 78, #5 BUTLER 70…
#9 FLORIDA STATE 54, Virginia 50…
SOUTH CAROLINA 81, #10 Kentucky 78…
TEMPLE 65, #16 Wichita State 53…
GEORGETOWN 83, #25 Creighton 80

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