The Rundown for January 20, 2020

RICHMOND PRO-GUN RALLY AUTHORITIES ON ALERT… A pro-gun rally scheduled for today in Richmond, Virginia, has authorities on alert. As many as 50,000 people are expected to participate in the event and authorities fear that it could turn violent. A state of emergency declaration signed by Governor Ralph Northam bans firearms from the area around the Capitol building. Gun owners and activists are angered by several gun-control bills passed earlier this month by the Democrat-led Virginia legislature.

SCHIFF ACCUSES INTELLIGENCE COMMUNITY OF WITHHOLDING DOCUMENTS… House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff yesterday accused U.S. intelligence agencies of withholding Ukraine-related documents from Congress in advance of President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. During an appearance on ABC’s “This Week,” Schiff said the agencies “appear to be succumbing to pressure from the administration” and maintained the documents are of interest to witnesses at the trial. The National Security Agency “in particular is withholding what are potentially relevant documents to our oversight responsibilities on Ukraine, but also withholding documents potentially relevant that the senators might want to see during the trial,” Schiff said.

HOMELAND SECURITY ADVISER REASSIGNED… White House officials have confirmed that Rear Admiral Peter Brown, who served the past six months as President Trump’s third homeland security and counter-terrorism adviser, is being reassigned. Brown was considered a Trump loyalist and gained notoriety in September with his defense of Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama. Bloomberg reported that Brown will now oversee Puerto Rico recovery following hurricane and earthquake damage.

2 HONOLULU POLICE OFFICERS FATALLY SHOT… A shootout in Honolulu yesterday left two police officers dead and a third injured. Authorities say the officers were responded to an assault call when man with a firearm opened fire. The suspected gunman, a 69-year-old man facing eviction, barricaded himself inside a house that caught fire and was quickly engulfed by flames. The fire spread to several neighboring homes and a parked police vehicle. Police launched a manhunt for the suspect and expect to find the suspect dead in one of the burned homes.

MORE FIRINGS AFTER PUERTO RICO AMID UNDISTRBUTED AID FALLOUT… Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez yesterday fired heads of Puerto Rico’s housing and family departments following the discovery of a warehouse filled with emergency supplies dating back to Hurricane Maria in 2017. The firings came a day after the governor fired the director of Puerto Rico’s emergency management agency. Video posted on social media on Saturday showed angry people breaking into the warehouse stacked with pallets of water, cots, baby food, and other supplies in the city of Ponce.

SAG AWARDS… “Parasite” was a big winner at last night’s 26th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, where the film was honored for best performance by a cast in a motion picture. Film actors who were honored included: Joaquin Phoenix, who won best actor for “Joker”; Renée Zellweger, who won best actress for “Judy”; Brad Pitt, who was named best supporting actor for “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”; and Laura Dern, who was honored as best supporting actress for “Marriage Story.” In the comedy category, “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” cast won for best ensemble and its star Tony Shalhoub was awarded best actor in a comedy series. Phoebe Waller-Bridge won for best actress in a comedy series for “Fleabag.” Among drama series, the cast of “The Crown” won the SAG Award for best ensemble. Peter Dinklage was honored as best actor for “Game of Thrones.” Jennifer Aniston won the best actress award for “The Morning Show.” Finally, “Fosse/Verdon” stars Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams won for best actor and actress, respectively, in a TV movie or miniseries.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Bad Boys for Life” took in $59.1 million to open atop the weekend box office. Another newcomer, “Dolittle,” finished in a distant second place with $22.5 million. Last week’s champ, “1917,” slipped to third place after taking in $22.1 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” made $9.5 million to finish fourth. “Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker” capped the top five with $8.3 million.

CHIEFS, 49ers ADVANCE TO SUPER BOWL… The Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers played their way into the Super Bowl LIV yesterday with victories in their conference title games… The Chiefs rolled over the Tennessee Titans 35-24 after spotting them an early 10-0 lead and claimed the AFC crown. Patrick Mahomes passed for 294 yards and three touchdowns. He also ran 27 yards for a score with 11 seconds left in the first half. Sammy Watkins had seven receptions for 114 yards and a TD… The 49ers built a 27-0 halftime lead and coasted past the Green Bay Packers to capture the NFC title with a 37-20 win. Raheem Moster rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns… The Super Bowl is scheduled for February 2 in Miami.

SAN ANTONIO 107 – Miami 102… The Spurs got 21 points from LaMarcus Aldridge and 20 from DeMar DeRozan in fighting their way past the Heat. Patty Mills delivered 18 points off the bench.

Indiana 115 – DENVER 107… The Pacers bombed the Nuggets 41-26 in the fourth quarter of a come-from-behind victory. Doug McDermott came off the bench to make six-of-seven 3-point attempts on his way to 24 points. Domantas Sabonis racked up 22 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists. T.J. Warren and Malcolm Brogdon also scored 22 points.

Detroit is at Washington…
Atlanta hosts Toronto…
Philadelphia is at Brooklyn…
Miami hosts Sacramento…
Chicago is at Milwaukee…
Houston hosts Oklahoma City…
Orlando is at Charlotte…
Memphis hosts New Orleans…
New York is at Cleveland…
Boston hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Denver is at Minnesota…
Utah hosts Indiana…
San Antonio is at Phoenix…
Portland hosts Golden State

PITTSBURGH 4 – Boston 3… The Penguins came from three goals down late in the first period to edge the Bruins. Jack Johnson’s shorthanded goal tied the game early in the third period. Bryan Rust added the game-winner. Sidney Crosby had two assists.

CAROLINA 2 – N.Y. Islanders 1 (SO)… Justin Williams returned to the ice and netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the Hurricanes outlasted the Islanders. Anders Lee netted a tying goal with 56 seconds left in the second period.

Columbus 2 – N.Y. RANGERS 1… Oliver Bjorkstrand scored twice in the third quarter to lift the Blue Jackets over the Rangers for their fifth straight win. Bjorkstrand ripped through the game-winner with 26.5 seconds remaining.

CHICAGO 5 – Winnipeg 2… The Blackhawks made it five straight wins by skating past the Jets. Patrick Kane collected his 1,000th career point with his assist on Brandon Saad’s third-period goal. Alex Nylander had a goal and an assist.

Detroit is at Colorado…
Minnesota hosts Florida

#2 Baylor hosts Oklahoma…
#12 West Virginia hosts Texas

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