The Rundown for January 30, 2020

TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL… President Trump’s impeachment trial continued yesterday with representatives on both sides asking questions. The questions were submitted in writing and read aloud by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, who is presiding over the trial. Senate Republicans hope to wrap up the trial and vote for acquittal tomorrow. They oppose calls for witnesses and evidence while Democrats maintain you cannot have a fair trial without them. Trump is accused of using his office to arrange a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government that would benefit him politically. In one of the more shocking arguments yesterday, Trump lawyer Alan Dershowitz argued that a quid pro quo that benefits the president politically is legal because it’s something politicians do in the public’s interest and without corrupt motive. In addressing Trump’s denial of a quid pro quo, lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff noted, “If every defendant could be exonerated just by denying the crime, there would be no trial. It doesn’t work that way.”

WHITE HOUSE ISSUES WARNING OVER BOLTON BOOK… The White House has taken action to prevent former national security adviser John Bolton from publishing an upcoming book, “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir.” A passage from the book leaked earlier this week included Bolton’s claim that President Trump personally told him he wanted to withhold $391 in military aid from Ukraine until its government publicly announced it was launching an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. A letter from the Records Management Division warned that the book “appears to contain significant amounts of classified information” that could cause “grave harm to the national security.” Trump has denied the allegation. Former Trump chief of staff John Kelly said earlier this week that he believes Bolton’s version. Yesterday, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel issued a statement claiming that Bolton told him during a September 23, 2019, phone call that the committee should “look into the recall of Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch” and that he “strongly implied that something improper had occurred around her removal as our top diplomat in Kyiv.” Engel said the discussion leaves him wanting to hear from Biden ”under oath, in a formal setting.”

YOVANOVITCH STALKER CLAIMED TO BE A FEDERAL AGENT… NBC News reported yesterday that the Dutch man who claims he held Marie Yovanovitch under surveillance while she was U.S. ambassador to Ukraine has informed people that he was a U.S. federal law-enforcement officer. In sharing information about 54-year-old Anthony de Caluwe with foreign governments, the FBI says he has presented himself as an agent for the FBI, CIA or Drug Enforcement Administration. de Caluw has denied any connection to Ukraine but he has been romantically linked with a Ukrainian woman. Authorities say the woman was frequently returning to her home country in early 2019 while de Caluw was informing Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde of Yovanovitch’s location. Hyde allegedly passed along the information to Trump Lawyer Rudy Giuliani.

TRUMP SIGNS NORTH AMERICA TRADE DEAL… President Trump yesterday signed into law a revamped trade deal with Mexico and Canada. The president called the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA, “a colossal victory” for American farmers, manufacturers and other workers. Trump saluted Republican lawmakers for helping push the bipartisan deal through Congress but invited none of the Democrats who worked on the agreement to yesterday’s signing ceremony.

CHINA FLIGHT BAN CONSIDERED.. Federal transportation officials say the U.S. is considering a ban on flights between the U.S. and mainland China to guard against the spread of the deadly coronavirus outbreak. The proposed ban would not apply to travelers who may be transiting through other countries to reach the U.S. Earlier this week, the U.S. State Department issued a Level 3 alert in warning Americans to “reconsider” traveling to China. Yesterday, 195 Americans evacuated from Hubei province in China were flown aboard a U.S. government-chartered plane to March Air Reserve Base, where they will be screened for the virus. Nearly 6,000 cases if the deadly virus have been confirmed in China. It is blamed for the deaths of at least 132 people.

CHRIS STAPLETON RESUMES ALL-AMERICAN ROAD SHOW TOUR… Chris Stapleton has announced plans for his fourth annual All-American Road Show tour. The country singer will headline the 46-date nationwide tour, which includes a roster of special guests that includes Dwight Yoakam, Sheryl Crow, Hank Williams, Jr., the Highwomen, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, and the Dirty Knobs with Mike Campbell. The tour opens March 11 in Corpus Christi, Texas, and ends October 23 in San Antonio.

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE REUNITES FOR TOUR… The rock band My Chemical Romance announced yesterday that it is reuniting for its first North American tour in nine years. The band released four studio albums before splitting up in 2013. My Chemical Romance came together for a Los Angeles performance in December. The tour begins September 9 in Detroit and ends October 11 in Las Vegas.

INDIANA 115 – Chicago 106 (OT)… The Pacers scored seven straight points at the end of regulation and then spurted past the Bulls in overtime. Victor Oladipo returned from a knee injury that kept him out of action for a year and hit a game-tying 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in regulation. Malcolm Brogdon scored seven of hi1 5 points in the extra period. T.J. Warren led Indiana with 25 points.

BROOKLYN 125 – Detroit 115… Spencer Dinwiddie came off the bench to score a game-high 28 points in leading the Nets past the Pistons. Taurean Prince tossed in 22 points and Garrett Temple added 20.

Memphis 127 – NEW YORK 106… The Grizzlies rolled past the Knicks in a contest that included a bench-clearing scuffle in the final minute. Dillon Brooks scored 27 points to lead six players in double figures. Ja Morant had 28 points and 12 assists.

SAN ANTONIO 127 – Utah 120… DeMar DeRozan pumped in 38 points to lead the Spurs past the Jazz. San Antonio got 54 points from its bench.

Oklahoma City 120 – SACRAMENTO 100… Dennis Schroder delivered a game-high 24 points off the bench as the Thunder cruised past the Kings. Luguentz Dort added 23 points.

PORTLAND 125 – Houston 112… The Trail Blazers took control with a big second quarter and held off the Rockets. Damian Lillard led the way with 36 points. CJ McCollum added 22 points. Hassan Whiteside had 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Toronto is at Cleveland…
Washington hosts Charlotte…
Philadelphia is at Atlanta…
Boston hosts Golden State…
Utah is at Denver…
the L.A. Clippers host Sacramento

Nashville 5 – WASHINGTON 4… The Predators scored twice in the third period to upend the Capitals after blowing an early two-goal lead. Ryan Johansen scored a game-tying shorthanded goal and Yannick Weber added the game-winner with 4:37 left.

Toronto 5 – DALLAS 3… Andreas Johnsson, Auston Matthews and Tyson Barrie each had a goal and an assist as the Maples Leafs skated past the Stars. Mitch Marner had two assists.

ANAHEIM 4 – Arizona 2… Adam Henrique scored a pair of first-period goals and the Ducks went on to double up on the Coyotes. Derek Grant set up two goals.

Calgary 4 – EDMONTON 3 (SO)… Sean Monahan netted the lone goal in the shootout to send the Flames past the Oilers. Andrew Mangiapane found the net twice in the second period.

Tampa Bay 4 – LOS ANGELES 2… The Lightning came from two goals down in the second period to get past the Kings. Steven Stamkos scored a tying goal in the second period and assisted on Erik Cernak’s go-ahead goal in the third. Stamkos also scored into an empty net.

Vancouver 5 – SAN JOSE 2… The Canucks scored four unanswered goals in the third period to put away the Sharks. Tanner Pearson and Quinn Hughes each had a goal and an assist.

Montreal is at Buffalo…
New Jersey hosts Dallas…
Los Angeles is at Arizona

#1 Baylor 67, IOWA STATE 53…
#4 San Diego State 85, NEW MEXICO 57…
#6 Louisville 86, BOSTON COLLEGE 69…
#7 Dayton 73, DUQUESNE 69…
#10 SETON HALL 64, DePaul 57…
TEXAS TECH 89, #12 West Virginia 81…
#13 KENTUCKY 71, Vanderbilt 62…
#14 MICHIGAN STATE 79, Northwestern 50…
#21 Houston 69, EAST CAROLINA 59…
#22 LSU 90, Alabama 76…
#24 PENN STATE 64, Indiana 49

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