The Rundown for February 11, 2020

TRUMP BUDGET PROPOSAL… The $4.8 trillion budget plan President Trump proposed yesterday includes deep cuts to domestic safety net programs while providing additional funding for the military and the construction of a wall on the southern U.S. border. The administration also seeks to cut 26 percent of funding for the Environmental Protection Agency along with the elimination of 50 programs Trump deemed “wasteful.” The proposal would nullify a two-year deal negotiated with Congress that raised spending for both defense and domestic spending. Trump’s proposal will next be submitted to the budget committees in the House and Senate. The Congressional Budget Office will study the blueprint and publish an analysis next month. The proposal isn’t expected to pass in the Democratic-led House.

SCHUMER WANTS INVESTIGATION OF RETALIATORY FIRINGS… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer wants the inspector general at every agency to investigate retaliation against whistleblowers who report misconduct from President Trump. Schumer’s action follows the firing of Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman from the National Security Council. Vindman, who testified in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump, was escorted from the White House on Friday. Also fired were Vindman’s twin brother, Lieutenant Colonel Yevgeny Vindman, a National Security Council attorney, and Gordon Sondland, the U.S. ambassador to the European Union.

4 CHARGED IN EQUIFAX DATA BREACH… A two-year investigation has resulted in federal prosecutors charging four members of the Chinese military for their roles in a major breach of credit-reporting company Equifax in 2017. The data breach was the largest in U.S. history and exposed personal data affecting nearly 150 million people. The four members of Beijing’s People’s Liberation Army were charged with computer fraud and abuse, economic espionage and wire fraud. Prosecutors say the suspected hackers found a vulnerability in Equifax servers that gave them login credentials and for two months mined data that included credit card numbers, drivers licenses and social security numbers.

NEW YORK SUES TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OVER TRAVEL BAN… The State of New York has filed suit against the Trump Administration over its policy that bans hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers from enrolling in federal programs that help travelers speed through airport security lines and borders. Calling the ban “political punishment,” state officials say it amounts to political punishment, would undermine public safety and will cause economic harm by slowing travel. Plaintiffs argue that the new policy violates the U.S. Constitution’s guarantees of equal protection and equal sovereignty among states and its prohibition on federal coercion.

ACCUSED LOUISIANA CHURCH-BURNER PLEADS GUILTY… The man accused of setting fire to three historically black churches in Louisiana last year changed his plea to guilty yesterday. Suspect Holden Matthews, the 22-year-old son of a deputy sheriff, entered the new plea at U.S. District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana. He was facing three counts of intentional damage to a religious facility and three counts of using fire to commit a felony. The three churches in St. Landry Parish were set ablaze last March and April.

ENTERTAINMENT
LIL WAYNE TOPS ALBUM CHART… Lil Wayne’s “Funeral” sold 139,000 units to debut atop the Billboard 200 album chart. Roddy Ricch’s “Please Excuse Me for Being Antisocial” slipped to second place after selling 86,000 copies. Last week’s champ, Eminem’s “Music to Be Murdered By,” dropped to No. 3 on sales of 69,000 units. Russ’ “Shake the Snow Globe” opened in fourth place after selling 65,000 copies. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” finished fifth with 55,000 units sold.

MEGADETH, LAMB OF GOD TO TOUR… Megadeth and Lamb of God are planning to co-headline a 54-date North America tour through summer and fall. Megadeth ceased headlining tours last year after frontman Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with cancer. The shows will also feature Trivium and In Flames throughout the entire run. The 54-date tour kicks off June 12 in Bristow, Virginia. It ends November 13 in Reno, Nevada.

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
Charlotte 87 – DETROIT 76... The Hornets got it done defensively in grinding out a win over the Pistons to snap a five-game skid. Miles Bridges scored 18 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Brooklyn 106 – INDIANA 105… Spencer Dinwiddie knocked down a 21-foot stepback jumpshot with 5.2 seconds remaining to lift the Nets over the Pacers. Dinwiddie finished with 21 points to lead eight players in double figures.

ORLANDO 135 – Atlanta 126… The Magic pulled away in the second half to put away the Hawks. They got 26 points from Aaron Gordon and 24 from Nikola Vucevic.

TORONTO 137 – Minnesota 126… The Raptors took control with a big third quarter and held off the Timberwolves. All five starters scored in double figures, led by Pascal Siakam’s game-high 34 points. Kyle Lowry scored 27 points and dished off 11 assists. Og Anunoby added 25 points and 12 rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 123 – Sacramento 111… A Bucks team playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo recovered to beat the Kings after blowing a big lead early. Kris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece. Brook Lopez tossed in 20 points.

Utah 123 – DALLAS 119… The Jazz built a big first-half lead and hung on to get past the Mavericks. Jordan Clarkson delivered 25 points off the bench. Donovan Mitchell and Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points apiece.

DENVER 127 – San Antonio 120... The Nuggets came from 23 points down to upend the Spurs. Jamal Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter. Paul Milsap came off the bench to score 22 points

Miami 113 – GOLDEN STATE 101… Jimmy Butler scored 21 points and pulled down 10 boards in his return to action and the Heat downed the Warriors. Jae Crowder added 21 points.

L.A. LAKERS 125 – Phoenix 100... Anthony Davis had 25 points and 10 rebounds n leading the Lakers past the Suns. Rajon Rondo added 23 points. Dwight Howard finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
the L.A. Clippers are at Philadelphia…
Washington hosts Chicago…
Portland is at New Orleans…
Oklahoma City hosts San Antonio…
Boston is at Houston

NHL SCORES
Arizona 3 – MONTREAL 2… The Coyotes skated past the Canadiens after spotting them an early two-goal lead. Jakob Chychrun netted the winning goal on a power play with a minute left. Derek Stepan had a goal and an assist.

PHILADELPHIA 4 – Florida 1… The Flyers gave up a goal early and then scored four unanswered. James van Riemsdyk netted one goal and assisted on another.

N.Y. Islanders 5 – WASHINGTON 3… Anthony Beauvillier found the net twice as the Islanders outshot the Capitals. Josh Bailey assisted on three goals.

Tampa Bay 2 – COLUMBUS 1 (OT)… Nikita Kucherov opened the scoring early in the first period and scored again 31 seconds into overtime to send the Lightning past the Blue Jackets. Goalie Curtis McElhinney made 31 saves.

VANCOUVER 6 – Nashville 2… Elias Petterssn and J.T. Miller each had a goal and an assist as the Canucks skated past the Predators. Jacob Markstrm made 36 stops at goal.

Calgary 6 – SAN JOSE 2… Milan Lucic and Tobias Reder opened the scoring 34 seconds apart in the first quarter and the Flames cruised past the Sharks. Noah Hanifin set up two goals.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Detroit is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts Arizona…
Florida is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Philadelphia…
Tampa Bay is at Pittsburgh…
Minnesota hosts Vegas…
the N.Y. Rangers are at Winnipeg…
Dallas hosts Carolina…
Ottawa is at Colorado…
Edmonton hosts Chicago…
St. Louis is at Anaheim

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#1 Baylor 52, TEXAS 45…
#7 DUKE 70, #8 Florida State 65…
#24 TEXAS TECH 88, TCU 42

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