The Rundown for January 24, 2020

IMPEACHMENT DAY 3… The Democrats stressed “abuse of power” early in yesterday’s third day of President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial. They spent the rest of the eight-plus-hour session presenting evidence that Trump used his official position to pressure the Ukrainian government into helping his presidential campaign by investigating his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. Democrats continually stressed that Trump was putting himself above the constitution. New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries stressed that “Trump must be held accountable for his assault on the Constitution and our democracy.” Lead manager Adam Schiff told senators that “right matters” in the U.S. and “you know that what he did was not right.” In his closing statements, Schiff told the chamber, “You know you can’t trust this president to do what’s right for this country. You can trust he will do what’s right for Donald Trump.”

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION ROLLS BACK WATERWAY PROTECTIONS… The Trump administration yesterday rolled back the types of waterways protected from pollution under federal law. The new Navigable Waters Protection Rule, which benefits agriculture, construction, mining, and oil and gas industries but angers environmental groups, narrows the definition of “waters of the United States” that are protected under the 1972 Clean Water Act from pollutants like fertilizers, pesticides, and mining waste. The industries opposed an Obama-era regulation that strengthened broad protections for headwater streams, which are at the beginning of the river network, as well as certain wetlands. The implementation of the new rule comes against the recommendation of the Environmental Protection Agency’s outside scientific advisers, who warned in a draft report in late December that the proposed rule was “in conflict with established science … and the objectives of the Clean Water Act.” The criticism was particularly notable given that the majority of the board members were handpicked by the Trump administration. Fourteen states, including New York, California, and the District of Columbia complained that the rule would end federal protection for half of the nation’s wetlands and 15 percent of streams across the country.

NEW STATE DEPARTMENT POLICY TARGETS BIRTH TOURISM… A new State Department policy that takes effect today is part of a crackdown on birth tourism. Under the policy, pregnant women applying for U.S. visitor visas may need to prove they have a specific reason for travel other than giving birth on U.S. soil. Nearly all children born in the U.S. gets automatic citizenship.

20 STATES JOIN IN 3D PRINTED GUN LAWSUIT... A lawsuit filed on behalf of 20 states hopes to block the Trump administration’s efforts to allow blueprints for making guns from 3-D printers to be released on the internet. The suit threatens that the release of the blueprints would result in a proliferation of “ghost guns” that spread violence. The states argue that the new rules transfer oversight of 3-D printed guns from the State Department to the Commerce Department, effectively ending Congressional oversight of the blueprints. Plaintiffs argue that the transfer leaves behind loophole-filled regulations that make it easy to distribute blueprints that can be used to create guns that won’t set off metal detectors and are difficult to trace because they have no serial numbers.

NEWSMAN JIM LEHRER DIES... Jim Lehrer, who co-founded PBS NewsHour and anchored the program for 36 years before retiring in 2011, died in his sleep yesterday. He was 85. Lehrer became the lone anchor of “The News Hour with Jim Lehrer” in 1995 and hosted some 8,000 broadcasts.

ANNABELLA SCIORRA ACCUSES WEINSTEIN OF RAPE… “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra yesterday became the first accuser to testify at the trial of movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. The 59-year-old Sciorra took the witness stand and testified that Weinstein overpowered and raped her in the winter of 1993-94. Her allegation is too old to bring charges as a separate crime, but prosecutors are using it to establish that Weinstein was a repeat sexual predator. Prosecutors intend to put on the stand three additional accusers who will vouch to Weinstein’s habit of preying on women.

IN THEATERS… In “The Gentlemen,” a British drug lord tries to sell off his highly profitable empire to a dynasty of Oklahoma billionaires. Matthew McConaughey and Charlie Hunnam star in the R-rated film… “The Last Full Measure” tells the story of Airman William H. Pitsenbarger, Jr., whose actions on the battlefield earn him the nation’s highest military honor 43 years after his death. The R-rated drama stars Samuel L. Jackson and Sebastian Stan… “The Turning” centers on a young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents’ deaths. Mackenzie Davis and Finn Wolfhard star in the PG-13-rated modern take on Henry James’ novella “The Turn of the Screw.”

Washington 124 – CLEVELAND 112… Bradley Beal pumped in a game-high 36 points to lead the Wizards past the Cavaliers. The loss was Cleveland’s sixth in a row.

L.A. Lakers 128 – BROOKLYN 113… LeBron James piled up 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists in leading the Lakers past the Nets. Anthony Davis had 16 points and 11 boards.

Dallas 133 – PORTLAND 125… The Mavericks made 10 3-pointers during a 45-point first quarter and held off the Trail Blazers in the second half. Luka Doncic scored 27 points to lead seven players in double figures. Kristaps Porzingis tossed in 20 points.

Milwaukee is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Memphis…
Boston is at Orlando…
New York hosts Toronto…
Sacramento is at Chicago…
Oklahoma City hosts Atlanta…
Houston is at Minnesota…
New Orleans hosts Denver…
the L.A. Clippers are at Miami…
San Antonio hosts Phoenix…
Indiana is at Golden State

INDIANA 67, #11 Michigan State 63…
#12 OREGON 79, USC 70 (2OT)…
#23 COLORADO 78, Washington State 56…
#25 HOUSTON 63, Connecticut 59

NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND… The NHL’s top players are in St. Louis awaiting tomorrow night’s All-Star Game. The weekend kicked off last night with an alumni game and includes tonight’s All-Star Skills competition. Rosters were announced last week and have been updated.

Forwards: David Pastrnak – Captain, Boston (2nd appearance); Tyler Bertuzzi, Detroit (1st); Anthony Duclair, Ottawa (1st); Jack Eichel, Buffalo (3rd); Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida (1st); Mitchell Marner, Toronto (1st); and, Brady Tkachuk, Ottawa (1st)

Defense: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay (3rd); Shea Weber, Montreal (7th)

Goalies: Frederik Andersen, Toronto (1st), Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay (3rd)

*Boston goalie Tuukka Rask has chosen not to play… Toronto forward Auston Matthews will attend but not participate in on-ice activities.

Defense: Kris Letang – Captain, Pittsburgh (6th appearance); John Carlson, Washington (2nd); Seth Jones, Columbus (3rd); Jaccob Slavin, Carolina (1st)

Forwards: Mathew Barzal, N.Y. Islanders (2nd); Nico Hischier, New Jersey (1st); Travis Konecny, Philadelphia (1st); Chris Kreider, N. Y. Rangers (1st); T.J. Oshie, WSH (1st)

Goalies: Braden Holtby, Washington (5th); Tristan Jarry, Pittsburgh (1st)

*Forwards Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh; Kyle Palmieri, New Jersey; and Artemi Panarin, N.Y. Rangers, along with defenseman Dougie Hamilton, Carolina; and goalie Joonas Korpisalo, Columbus; were replaced because of injury. Forward Alex Ovechkin, Washington (Captain), has chosen not to play.

Forwards: Nathan MacKinnon – Captain, Colorado (4th appearance); Patrick Kane, Chicago (9th); Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis (3rd); David Perron, St. Louis (1st); Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg (2nd); Tyler Seguin, Dallas (6th); Eric Staal, MIN (6th)

Defense: Roman Josi, Nashville (3rd); Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis (2nd)

Goalies: Jordan Binnington, St. Louis (1st); Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg (2nd)

Forwards: Connor McDavid – Captain, Edmonton (4th appearance); Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton (2nd); Tomas Hertl, San Jose (1st); Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles (5th); Max Pacioretty, Vegas (1st); Elias Pettersson, Vancouver (2nd); Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary (1st)

Defense: Mark Giordano, Calgary (3rd); Quinn Hughes, Vancouver (1st)

Goalies: Jacob Markstrom, Vancouver (1st); David Rittich, Calgary (1st)

*Forwards Jakob Silfverberg, Anaheim (personal) and Logan Couture, San Jose (injury), along with goalie Darcy Kuemper, Arizona (injury) were replaced. Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas, has chosen not to play.

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