The Rundown for February 3, 2020

‘PRESIDENTIAL PRIVILEGE’ CITED IN UKRAINE EMAILS… The Justice Department has cited “presidential privilege” in its refusal to release dozens of emails written by Trump administration officials about the hold on military aid to Ukraine. The Washington Post reported that in a late-night court filing on Friday, the Office of Management and Budget acknowledged that 24 emails “reflect communications by either the President, the Vice President, or the President’s immediate advisors regarding Presidential decision-making about the scope, duration, and purpose of the hold on military assistance to Ukraine.” An OMB lawyer says the emails should be shielded by “presidential privilege” and not unredacted.

SCHIFF SATISFIED WITH IMPEACHMENT EFFORT… House Intelligence Committee Chairman and lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff yesterday expressed satisfaction in Democrats’ efforts during President Trump’s impeachment trial. During an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Schiff cited GOP senators, like Senator Lamar Alexander, who conceded that the House managers proved their case against the president. The Senate voted against calling witnesses and documents Friday night in a 49-51 vote, with only Republican Senators Mitt Romney and Susan Collins siding with Democrats. Schiff didn’t say whether the House plans to subpoena Bolton, whose claims in his upcoming book that Trump connected Ukraine aid with investigations into the Bidens.

CORONAVIRUS NOT A THREAT, ADVISER VOWS… U.S. national security adviser Robert O’Brien is urging Americans not to fear a coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. O’Brien said during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation that protective measures adopted by the U.S. government are effective. Three more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in California, bringing the total number of U.S. cases to 11. There are at least 17,205 confirmed cases worldwide, with the majority in China, according to the World Health Organization.

OIL SPILL RESTARTS… The Coast Guard announced yesterday that a crude oil spill near Baytown, Texas, has restarted after earlier being contained. Officials say about 630 gallons of diesel fuel spilled in Tabbs Bay and approximately one mile of shoreline has been affected. The cause of the spill is under investigation. Emergency responders have placed roughly 700 feet of floating boom lines to contain the spill and prevent damage to the Houston Ship Channel.

PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL SAYS WINTER COMES EARLY… Punxsutawney Phil yesterday predicted from his western Pennsylvania town that spring will come early this year. The famous groundhog, which offers its forecast yearly, called for warmer days ahead. Handlers say Phil “does not predict Spring very often” as yesterday’s prediction was only about the 21st time in over 100 years he saw an early end to winter.

RODDY RICCH TOPS ALBUM CHART… Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” sold 95,000 copies to reclaim the top spot on the Billboard 200 album chart. Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By” slipped into second place on sales of 89,000 units. Billie Eilish’s “When We Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” finished in third place on sales of 62,000 copies. Halsey’s “Manic” dropped to fourth place after selling 56,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” sold 54,000 copies to finish fifth.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Bad Boys for Life” took in $17.6 million to remain atop the weekend box office for a second week. “1917” remained in second place with $9.6 million. “Dolittle” stayed at No. 3 after bringing in $7.7 million. “Gretel & Hansel” opened in fourth place with $6 million. “The Gentlemen” made $6.01 million to cap the top five.

CHIEFS TOP 49ers IN SUPER BOWL… The Chiefs overcame a double-digit deficit for the third straight time in the postseason to beat the San Francisco 49ers 31-20 in Super Bowl LIV. The Super Bowl title is the franchise’s first since 1970. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes directed three straight touchdown drives in the fourth quarter on his way to earning the game’s Most Valuable Player award. Mahomes completed 26 of 42 passes for 286 yards and two scores. He also ran for a TD. Damien Williams led the Chiefs’ ground game with 124 yards rushing. His 5-yard touchdown reception with 2:44 remaining gave the Chiefs the lead. He put the game away with a 38-yard TD run with 1:12 left.

DETROIT 128 – Denver 123 (OT)… The Pistons erased an early 21- point lead in outlasting the Nuggets. Andre Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds. Six other players scored in double figures for Detroit.

HOUSTON 117 – New Orleans 109… James Harden scored 40 points and grabbed 10 boards in leading the Rockets past the Pelicans. Russell Westbrook and Ben McLemore added 22 points apiece.

MILWAUKEE 129 – Phoenix 108… Giannis Antetokounmpo pumped in 30 points and brought down 19 rebounds as the Bucks cruised past the Suns. Kris Middleton tossed in 25 points.

TORONTO 129 – Chicago 102… The Raptors rolled past the Bulls after trailing at the half. Terence Davis came off the bench to score a career-high 31 points.

Golden State is at Washington…
Charlotte hosts Orlando…
New York is at Cleveland…
Indiana hosts Dallas…
Phoenix is at Brooklyn…
Atlanta hosts Boston…
Philadelphia is at Miami…
Memphis hosts Detroit…
Minnesota is at Sacramento…
the L.A. Clippers host San Antonio

Pittsburgh 4 – WASHINGTON 3… Sam Lafferty and Patric Hornqvist scored back-to-back goals in the first period and the Penguins held off the Capitals. Goalie Matt Murray made 29 saves.

Columbus 4 – MONTREAL 3… Pierre-Luc Dubois scored a pair of goals and had an assist in leading the Blue Jackets past the Canadiens. Elvis Merzlikins stopped 39 shots at goal.

CAROLINA 4 – Vancouver 3 (SO)… Justin Williams netted the decisive goal in the shootout as the Hurricanes outlasted the Canucks. Warren Foegele assisted on two goals.

Carolina is at Toronto…
the N.Y. Rangers host Dallas…
Philadelphia is at Detroit

#18 IOWA 72, #19 Illinois 65

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