The Rundown for February 4, 2020

SENATE ADJOURNS PRIOR TO FINAL IMPEACHMENT VOTE… The Senate has adjourned until tomorrow’s final vote on whether to remove President Trump from office. Yesterday, impeachment managers made their final case for removal, emphasizing that such a vote would affirm that no president is above the law. The president is facing abuse of power and obstructing Congress charges stemming from his alleged effort to withhold military aid to Ukraine unless its government announced an investigation of Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. House Intelligence Committee Chairman and lead impeachment manager Adam Schiff argued that “Trump has betrayed his oath to protect and defend the Constitution” and urged senators “to wield our power to defend our democracy.” New York Congressman Hakeem Jeffries noted that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani recently “returned to the scene of the crime” to keep up efforts against the Bidens. The president appears headed toward acquittal in the Republican-led Senate, which voted on Friday to deny a motion to allow witnesses and new evidence. Nevertheless, Schiff has expressed confidence that impeachment managers have proven corruption in the Trump administration and cited some Republicans’ comments that Trump’s actions may have been wrong, but not impeachable.

IOWA CAUCUS… A glitch produced “inconsistencies” in the reporting of Democratic results in yesterday’s Iowa caucus and delayed the final tallies from being released until today. Blame for the delay has centered on an app used to implement a new process that reports three sets of data. Officials emphasized the delay was not caused by “hack or intrusion.”

TRIAL DATE FOR GIULIANI ASSOCIATES… A U.S. federal judge has set an October 5 trial date for Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman. The two associates of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani were charged with campaign finance violations last October for allegedly using a shell company to make an illegal $325,000 donation to a committee supporting President Trump’s re-election. Reuters reported that grand jury subpoena indicates federal prosecutors examining payments to Giuliani.

U.S. PLANS MORE EVACUATION FLIGHTS FROM CHINA… The U.S. embassy in Beijing has announced that the U.S. is scheduling more flights to evacuate American citizens out of Wuhan, China, this week. The flights will land at four U.S. military bases and passengers will be quarantined upon arrival. The same planes will deliver medical supplies and humanitarian goods to Wuhan on the first leg of the evacuation effort.

2 DEAD, 1 INJURED IN COLLEGE-DORM SHOOTING… A shooting yesterday at Texas A&M University-Commerce left two women dead and a 2-year-old boy in stable condition. The shootings occurred at a residence hall that houses first-year students. The campus was put on lockdown for more than an hour and a half before police announced there appeared to be no other threats. Officials haven’t said whether there have been any arrests.

RUSH LIMBAUGH ANNOUNCES LUNG CANCER DIAGNOSIS… Prominent conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announced yesterday that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. The 69-year-old broadcaster made the surprise announcement on his syndicated radio show. Limbaugh said he needs a couple days off to receive treatment but hopes to return as hosts later in the week.

SUPER BOWL VIEWERSHIP UP SLIGHTLY… Sunday’s Super Bowl game on Fox drew an audience of 99.9 million people, according to Nielsen data released yesterday. The audience reflects a 1.7% increase from last year’s game. The ratings were among the lowest recorded in recent years, however. TV viewership for the game peaked at 114.4 million in 2015.

Golden State 125 – WASHINGTON 117… Alec Burks pumped in 30 points to lead the Warriors past the Wizards. Glenn Robinson III added 22 points. Bradley Beal’s 43 points weren’t enough for Washington.

Orlando 112 – CHARLOTTE 100… The Magic cruised past the Hornets to end their five-game skid. Nikola Vucevic scored 22 points to lead a balanced scoring attack. Aaron Gordon had 16 points and 12 rebounds.

New York 139 – CLEVELAND 134 (OT)… Marcus Morris Sr. came up big in the overtime period and finished with 26 points in leading the Knicks past the Cavaliers. Julius Randle tossed in 20 points. Elfred Payton totaled 17 points and 15 boards.

Dallas 112 – INDIANA 103… Kristaps Porzingis had game-highs with 38 points and 12 rebounds as the Mavericks fought off the Pacers. Tim Hardaway Jr. dropped in 25 points.

BROOKLYN 119 – Phoenix 97… The Nets pulled away in the second half to put away the Suns. Caris LeVert matched a career high with 29 points.

Boston 123 – ATLANTA 115… The Celtics took control with a big third quarter and hung on to down the Hawks. Jayson Tatum led the way with 28 points. Gordon Hayward added 24 points. Jaylen Brown tossed in 21 points.

MIAMI 137 – Philadelphia 106… The Heat ran away in the second half to rout the 76ers. Jimmy Butler scored a season-high 38 points. Goran Dragic delivered 24 points off the bench.

MEMPHIS 96 – Detroit 82… The Grizzlies held the Pistons to 29 second-half points to pull out the win. Jonas Valanciunas scored 26 points and pulled down 17 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 113 – Minnesota 109… The Kings withstood a late rally to down the Timberwolves. De’Aaron Fox led all scorers with 31 points. Bogdan Bogdanovic added 23 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 108 – San Antonio 105… The Clippers overcame an early double-digit deficit to get past the Spurs. Kawhi Leonard scored 22 points. Paul George had 19 points and 12 boards.

Milwaukee is at New Orleans…
Houston hosts Charlotte…
Portland is at Denver…
the L.A. Lakers host San Antonio

Carolina 5 – TORONTO 3… The Hurricanes scored four straight goals in the third period to upend the Maple Leafs. Mark Pysyk recorded a hat trick. Mike Hoffman had a goal and an assist. Michael Matheson assisted on three goals.

Dallas 5 – N.Y. RANGERS 3… The Mavericks scored three straight goals to break a 2-2 tie in the second period and held off the Rangers. Joe Pavelski scored two power-play goals 16 seconds apart in the first period. Stephen Johns had a goal and an assist.

Philadelphia 3 – DETROIT 0… Goalie Brian Elliott needed only 16 stops to shut out the Red Wings. Scott Laughton and Kevin Hayes scored shorthanded goals in the second period.

Vancouver is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts Colorado…
Vegas is at Tampa Bay…
New Jersey hosts Montreal…
Dallas is at the N.Y. Islanders…
Washington hosts Los Angeles…
Florida is at Columbus…
Ottawa hosts Anaheim…
Carolina is at St. Louis…
Minnesota hosts Chicago…
Nashville is at Winnipeg…
Calgary hosts San Jose…
Edmonton is at Arizona

#1 Baylor 73, KANSAS STATE 67…
#3 KANSAS 69, Texas 58…
#8 FLORIDA STATE 65, North Carolina 59

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