The Rundown for January 27, 2020

BOLTON’S BOOK ALLEGES TRUMP QUID PRO QUO WITH UKRAINE… Democrats began turning up their efforts last night to get former national security adviser John Bolton’s testimony at President Trump’s impeachment trial following an explosive report that emerged from his unpublished book. Bolton wrote in his book that Trump personally tied Ukraine aid to Ukraine’s investigation of his political rival Joe Biden and Biden’s son Hunter. According to the New York Times, the contents of the manuscript were described as a rough account of how Bolton would testify should he be called as a witness in the Senate trial.

SCHIFF: TRUMP’S TWEET MEANT TO INTIMIDATE… Lead House impeachment manager Adam Schiff yesterday called President Trump “wrathful and vindictive” in response to a tweet the president posted. During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Schiff was asked about Trump’s tweet that “he has not paid the price, yet, for what he has done to our Country!” Schiff responded that he thought the tweet’s purpose was to intimidate him. Schiff and other Democrats have accused Trump of “witness intimidation” during the House impeachment hearings over his tweets attacking former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and Jennifer Williams, an aide to Vice President Mike Pence.

TRUMP ANGERS VETERANS’ GROUPS… Veterans’ groups are speaking out against President Trump’s response to injuries suffered by Americans in an Iranian air strike. After 34 American troops suffered traumatic brain injuries in the attack, Trump said he didn’t consider those “very serious” compared with other military injuries he’d seen. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and others say Trump minimized the injuries and are calling for an apology.

U.S. EMBASSY IN BAGHDAD STRUCK BY ROCKET… The U.S. Embassy building in Baghdad was struck by one of five Katyusha rockets that were fired last night. Iraq’s security forces reported U.S. helicopters were evacuating injured people. A statement released by the State Department did not comment on any injuries or deaths but called on Iraq to “fulfill its obligations to protect our diplomatic facilities.”

5 CORONAVIRUS CASES IN U.S… The number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. rose to five yesterday after two new cases in Southern California and one in Arizona were reported. All five patients have recently traveled through Wuhan, China, where the outbreak is centered. Cases were reported last week in Washington state and Chicago.

GRAMMY AWARDS… Los Angeles icons Kobe Bryant and Nipsey Hussle were honored with tributes at last night’s 2020 Grammy Awards. 18-year-old Billie Eilish swept the major categories. She was named best new artist, won song of the year for “Bad Guy,” won Pop Vocal Album and Album of the Year for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” and won Record of the Year for “Bad Guy.” Lizzo, who led the field with eight nominations, won Best Pop Solo Performance for “Truth Hurts” and took the Traditional R And B Performance award for “Jerome.” Cage the Elephant’s “Social Cues” won for Rock Album and Gary Clark Jr.’s “This Land” won for Rock Performance and Rock song. Tyler, The Creator’s “Igor” won for Rap Album. Tanya Tucker’s “Bring My Flowers Now” won for Country Song and her album “While I’m Livin’” won for Country Album. Willie Nelson won Solo Country Performance for “Ride Me Back Home.”

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Bad Boys for Live” took in $34 million to debut atop the weekend box office. “1917” remained in second place with $15.8 million. “Dolittle” made $12.5 million to finish third. “The Gentlemen” opened in fourth place with $11 million. “Jumanji: The Next Level” finished fifth with $7.9 million.

HELICOPTER CRASH KILLS KOBE BRYANT, DAUGHTER, 6 OTHERS… The sports world continues to mourn NBA legend Kobe Bryant, who was killed with his 13-year-old daughter and seven others in a helicopter crash yesterday morning in Calabasas, California, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles. The 41-year-old Bryant spent his entire 20-year career with the Los Angeles Lakers. The night before his passing, Bryant was passed by current Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James for third place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. The Federal Aviation Administration will work with the National Transportation Safety Board to investigate the crash.

DENVER 117 – Houston 110… The Nuggets shook off a slow start to get past the Rockets. Jeramy Grant pumped in 25 points. Nikola Jokic piled up 24 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

Toronto 110 – SAN ANTONIO 106… The Raptors jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and held on to top the Spurs. Pascal Siakam scored a game-high 35 points.

ATLANTA 152 – Washington 133… The Hawks pulled away in the second half to down the Wizards. Trae Young pumped in 45 points and dished off 13 assists. De’Andre Hunter added 25 points.

MEMPHIS 114 – Phoenix 109... Ja Morant scored 14 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as the Grizzlies held off the Suns. Jaren Jackson Jr. and Dillon Brooks scored 20 points apiece.

NEW ORLEANS 123 – Boston 108… The Pelicans built a 20-point halftime lead on their way past the Celtics. Jrue Holiday dropped in 25 points. Zion Williamson had 21 points and 11 boards.

NEW YORK 110 – Brooklyn 97… Julius Randle scored 22 points and brought down 15 rebounds in leading the Knicks past the Nets. Marcus Morris Sr. tossed in 21 points.

L.A. Clippers 112 – ORLANDO 97… Kawhi Leonard scored 15 of his 31 points during a big third quarter and gathered 14 boards as the Clippers handled the Magic. Landry Shamet and Montrezl Harrell added 19 points apiece.

PORTLAND 139 – Indiana 129… Damian Lillard erupted to score 50 points and dish off 13 assists in leading the Trail Blazers past the Pacers. CJ McCollum added 28 points. Hassan Whiteside finished with 21 points and 14 boards.

Cleveland is at Detroit…
Miami hosts Orlando…
Dallas is at Oklahoma City…
San Antonio is at Chicago…
Minnesota hosts Sacramento…
Houston is at Utah

#4 San Diego State 71, UNLV 67…
#11 Michigan State 70, MINNESOTA 52…
#12 OREGON 96, UCLA 75…
#17 Maryland 77, INDIANA 76…
#25 HOUSTON 68, South Florida 49

Washington is at Montreal…
Ottawa hosts New Jersey…
Toronto is at Nashville…
Dallas hosts Tampa Bay…
St. Louis is at Vancouver…
San Jose hosts Anaheim

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