SENATE REPUBLICANS RELEASE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION… Senate Republicans last night released their resolution for the upcoming impeachment trial of President Trump. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced opening arguments would begin at 1 p.m. tomorrow. House impeachment managers and Trump’s legal team will have 24 hours over two days each to make opening arguments. Per the resolution, opening arguments will be followed by 16 total hours of questions and answers, then a four-hour debate, and finally, a vote on whether to consider witnesses or new information. Democrats reacted harshly to the resolution. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer it a “national disgrace” and vowed to offer amendments today when the Senate begins debating the resolution. “Senator McConnell is saying he doesn’t want to hear any of the existing evidence, and he doesn’t want to hear any new evidence,” Schumer said. “A trial with no evidence—no existing record, no witnesses, no documents—isn’t a trial at all.” Trump is facing charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress related to pressing Ukraine to announce an investigation of political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. The president’s legal team argued in a pre-trial brief that the Senate should quickly acquit the president because the articles of impeachment are invalid, partisan and “rigged.”
FACT CHECKER TAKES ON TRUMP’S CLAIMS… The Washington Post’s Fact Checker reported yesterday that President Trump has made 16,241 false or misleading claims during his three years in office. The report found that Trump more than doubled the number of false or misleading claims he made compared to his first two years in office combined. Nearly 1,000 of Trump’s false and misleading claims last year dealt with his comments about the investigation into his dealings with Ukraine, according to the report.
U.S., FRANCE AGREE TO TRADE DEAL… The U.S. and France have agreed to a truce in their ongoing digital-taxes disputes. Bloomberg cited a French diplomat in reporting that President Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron will hold off in imposing punitive tariffs until the end of this year as they continue negotiations along with European partners in an effort to ensure tech companies pay sufficient taxes. Potential for a trade war between the two countries arose last year after Macron imposed a digital revenue tax on many American companies. The U.S. threatened to retaliate with tariffs as high as 100 percent on $2.4 billion worth of French goods.
BAR SHOOTINGS IN KANSAS CITY, SAN ANTONIO… Authorities in Kansas City, Missouri, confirmed yesterday that a woman was fatally shot and 15 other people were injured Sunday night after a man opened fire outside a bar. The gunman was shot and killed by an armed security guard. Witnesses say the dead suspect fired into a line of people waiting to enter the bar. Meanwhile, in San Antonio, two people were fatally shot and at least five were injured in an attack outside a bar. Police continued their search for the suspected gunman yesterday.
OXFAM PUBLISHES PAY-EQUALITY REPORT… A new report published yesterday by Oxfam International report found that the world’s 2,153 billionaires have more wealth than 60 percent of the entire population. The report, titled “Time to Care,” also found that women are most impacted by the growing equality gap. According to the study, the number of billionaires has doubled in the past decade, and the 22 wealthiest men in the world have more money than all the women in Africa.
DAVID OLNEY DIES… Family members have confirmed that singer-songwriter David Olney died on stage during a performance at a festival in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, on Saturday night. Witnesses say the 71-year-old entertainer was performing a song when he abruptly apologized, closed his eyes and passed away. Olney’s songs were recorded by a number of country and folk stars, including Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt and Del Coury.
RADIOHEAD OFFERS ONLINE PUBLIC LIBRARY… The band Radiohead has launched an online “public library” that allows visitors to access the band’s “videos, music, artwork, websites, merchandise, and assorted ephemera.” The archive of the band’s material offers a downloadable library card. Band members Colin and Jonny Greenwood, Ed O’Brien, Philip Selway and Thom Yorke will each serve as a “librarian” for one day from now until January 24.
WASHINGTON 106 – Detroit 100… The Wizards snapped their three-game skid by downing the Pistons. Bradley Beal led the way with 29 points. Ian Mahinmi tossed in 21 points.
Toronto 122 – ATLANTA 117… Normal Powell came off the bench and scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the Raptors hold off the Hawks. Fred VanVleet added 20 points.
Philadelphia 117 – BROOKLYN 111… The 76ers came on in the second half to get past the Nets. Ben Simmons piled up a career-high 34 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists.
MIAMI 118 – Sacramento 113 (OT)… The Heat outlasted the Kings to run their home record to 19-1. They got 25 points from Kendrick Nunn and 22 from James Johnson. Bam Adebayo made a tying basket with less than a second remaining and scored the first four points in overtime. He finished with 16 points and 11 boards.
MILWAUKEE 111 – Chicago 98… The Bucks took control in the second half to put away the Bulls. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists. Along the way, he surpassed 10,000 career points.
Oklahoma City 112 – HOUSTON 107… The Thunder bombed the Rockets 41-20 in the fourth quarter to erase a 15-point deficit and win going away. Chris Paul pumped in 28 points. Danilo Gallinari added 25 points.
Orlando 106 – CHARLOTTE 83… The Magic shook off a slow start to roll on their way to handing the Hornets their seventh straight loss. Evan Fournier led all scorers with 26 points. Nikola Vucevic added 24 points and 10 rebounds.
New Orleans 126 – MEMPHIS 116… The Pelicans used a big second quarter to build a 17-point halftime lead and coasted past the Grizzlies. Jrue Holiday returned after a five-game absence and matched a season high with 36 points. Brandon Ingram tossed in 25 points.
New York 106 – CLEVELAND 86… The Knicks came up big in the second half in pulling away from the Cavaliers. Marcus Morris Sr. and Julius Randle scored 19 points apiece to lead a balanced scoring attack.
BOSTON 139 – L.A. Lakers 107… The Celtics got 27 points from Jayson Tatum in sending the Lakers to their biggest loss of the season. Kemba Walker and Jaylen Brown scored 20 points apiece. Enes Kanter had 18 points and 11 boards.
Denver 107 – MINNESOTA 100… Michael Porter Jr. delivered 20 points and p14 rebounds off the bench as the shorthanded Nuggets overtook the Timberwolves. Nikola Jokic finished with 17 points and 13 rebounds.
UTAH 118 – Indiana 88… Donovan Mitchell lit it up for 25 points to lead five players in double figures as the Jazz throttled the Pacers. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 20 points and 14 boards.
San Antonio 120 – PHOENIX 118… The Spurs recovered to beat the Suns after blowing a 20-point second-half lead. Derrick White scored a season-high 25 points. Bryn Forbes tossed in 24 points.
PORTLAND 129 – Golden State 124 (OT)… Damian Lillard erupted to score 61 points in carrying the Trail Blazers past the Warriors. He knocked down one game-tying 3- pointer with 14.9 seconds left in regulation and added another with 58 seconds left in overtime. He also made the tying and go-ahead free throws with 26 seconds to go in the extra period. Hassan Whiteside collected 21 rebounds to go with his 17 points.
TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE…
the L.A. Clippers are at Dallas
NBA NEWS… The career of Atlanta Hawks forward Chandler Parsons is in doubt after he suffered serious injuries in a car crash last Wednesday afternoon. According to his legal team, Parsons was traveling home from practice when he was struck by a driver who was arrested for drinking and driving. According to his lawyers, the 31-year-old Parsons suffered “multiple severe and permanent injuries, including a traumatic brain injury, disc herniation and a torn labrum.”
COLORADO 6 – Detroit 3… Nazem Kadri scored two goals and had an assist in leading the Avalanche past the Red Wings. Cale Makar and Mikko Rantanen each had two assists.
Florida 5 – MINNESOTA 4… Noel Acciari’s goal with 5.6 seconds remaining lifted the Panthers over the Wild for their fifth straight win. Keith Yandle had a goal and three assists.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Vegas is at Boston…
the N.Y. Rangers host the N.Y. Islanders…
Winnipeg is at Carolina…
Philadelphia hosts Pittsburgh…
Florida is at Chicago
TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES…
#2 BAYLOR 61, Oklahoma 57…
#12 WEST VIRGINIA 97, Texas 59