The Rundown for January 28, 2020

DETAILS FROM BOLTON’S BOOK CONTINUE TO LEAK… Details from a forthcoming book written by former national security adviser John Bolton continue to be leaked to the media. The New York Times reported yesterday that Bolton told Attorney General William Barr he had concerns about President Trump giving favors to the autocratic leaders of Turkey and China. The report claims that Bolton remembers Barr expressing concern that Trump indicated that he had influence over independent Justice Department investigations relating to entities in both countries. Bolton, his publisher, and his literary agency insist they did not share the manuscript with the Times. The newspaper reported that Bolton’s discussion with Barr was included in a manuscript submitted for White House review almost one month ago. Revelations are strengthening Democrats’ efforts to seek Bolton’s testimony in Trump’s impeachment.

SUPREME COURT APPROVES TRUMP IMMIGRANT RULES… The Supreme Court voted 5-4 yesterday to let the Trump administration implement new rules designed to deny U.S. residency or admission to immigrants seen as a risk of becoming “public charges.” The decision lifted an injunction imposed by a district judge in New York that blocked the policy, which was criticized as a “wealth test” to keep out non-white immigrants. The new rules will make it easier to screen out green card applicants because they have or might require government assistance.

PENTAGON CONFIRMS U.S. PLANE CRASH IN AFGHANISTAN… The Pentagon has confirmed that a U.S. aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan yesterday. Military officials say the cause of the crash is under investigation and denied reports that the plane was brought down by enemy fire. It wasn’t clear how many people were aboard the Air Force Bombardier E-11A, which is used to conduct electronic surveillance.

PRINCE ANDREW NOT COOPERATING WITH INVESTIGATORS… Federal prosecutor Geoffrey Berman claims Britain’s Prince Andrew has provided “zero cooperation” to U.S. authorities investigating sex trafficking allegations against the late financier Jeffrey Epstein and co-conspirators. The FBI and prosecutors got nowhere in their efforts to interview the prince. Berman did not say when U.S. authorities had requested the interview.

8 DEAD IN ALABAMA BOAT FIRES… Authorities in Scottsboro, Alabama, have confirmed that eight people died and 35 boats were destroyed in a fire along the Tennessee River early yesterday. Officials anticipate the death toll will rise as bodies are found in boats that sank. Most of the destroyed vessels were houseboats, officials said. Investigators say the blaze consumed a wooden dock and an aluminum roof that covered many of the vessels, which cut off escape routes.

GRAMMY AWARDS RATINGS TUMBLE… Sunday night’s Grammy Awards attracted the lowest ratings ever, according to Nielsen ratings. The ceremony, which lasted more than three hours, drew 18.7 million viewers, which was a roughly six percent drop from last year’s show. This year’s event featured 18-year-old singer Billie Eilish making history as the youngest artist to win the four biggest awards, including Song of the Year and Album of the Year.

EMINEM TOPS ALBUM CHART… Eminem’s “Music to be Murdered By” sold 279,000 units to give him his 10th No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. Halsey’s “Manic” debuted in second place after selling 239,000 copies. The Mac Miller posthumous album “Circles” opened at No. 3 on sales of 164,000 units. Buddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” dropped into fourth place with 103,000 copies sold. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 53,000 units to cap the top five.

Cleveland 115 – DETROIT 110… Collin Sexton pumped in 23 points to lead a balanced scoring attack and the Cavaliers cruised past the Pistons. Kevin Love scored all 20 points in the first half. Tristan Thompson had 17 points and 11 rebounds.

MIAMI 113 – Orlando 92… The Heat built an early double-digit lead on their way past the Magic. Duncan Robinson scored 21 points. Bam Adebayo racked up 20 points, 10 boards and 10 assists.

Dallas 107 – OKLAHOMA CITY 97… Luka Doncic scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in leading the Mavericks past the Thunder. Delon Wright delivered 14 points and 12 boards off the bench.

CHICAGO 110 – San Antonio 109… Zach LaVine scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and made two clutch free throws with 2.1 seconds remaining to rally the Bulls past the Spurs. Six other players scored in double figures for Chicago.

Sacramento 133 – MINNESOTA 109 (OT)… The Kings rallied from 27 points down to outlast the Timberwolves. Buddy Hield poured in 42 points. De’Aaron Fox added 22 points. Nemanja Bjelic tossed in 20 points.

Houston 126 – UTAH 117… The Rockets topped the Jazz despite playing without James Harden and Russell Westbrook. Eric Gordon erupted to score 50 points. Austin Rivers and Danuel House Jr. scored 21 points apiece.

New York is at Charlotte…
Philadelphia hosts Golden State…
New Orleans is at Cleveland…
Toronto hosts Atlanta…
Boston is at Miami…
Milwaukee hosts Washington…
Denver is at Memphis…
Dallas hosts Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers are at the L.A. Lakers

Washington 4 – MONTREAL 2… The Capitals doubled up on the Canadiens for their fourth straight win. Jakub Vrana and Tom Wilson each had a goal and an assist.

New Jersey 4 – OTTAWA 3 (SO)… Nikita Gusev and Jack Hughes scored in the shootout to lift the Devils. Kyle Palmieri netted a tying goal with 3:21 left in regulation.

Toronto 5 – NASHVILLE 2… Zach Hyman, William Nylander and Rasmus Sandin each had a goal and an assist as the Maple Leafs handled the Predators. Goalie Frederik Andersen made 36 saves.

DALLAS 3 – Tampa Bay 2 (OT)… Jamie Benn’s second goal of the game came at 2:07 of overtime and sent the Stars past the Lightning. Ben Bishop stopped 25 shots at goal.

VANCOUVER 3 – St. Louis 1… The Canucks skated past the Blues after spotting them an early lead. J.T. Miller scored two second-period goals. Jake Virtanen assisted on both.

SAN JOSE 4 – Anaheim 2… Patrick Marleau and Stefan Noesen scored two goals apiece in leading the Sharks past the Ducks.

Ottawa is at Buffalo…
Calgary hosts St. Louis

#3 Kansas 65, OKLAHOMA STATE 50…
#18 IOWA 68, Wisconsin 62

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