The Rundown for February 13, 2020

BARR TO TESTIFY BEFORE HOUSE PANEL… Attorney General William Barr has agreed to testify to the House Judiciary Committee on March 31. Democrats on the panel want to know about Barr’s apparent intervention in the sentencing of President Trump’s former adviser Roger Stone. Justice Department prosecutors recommended a seven- to nine-year sentence for Stone following his conviction last year on charges of lying to congressional investigators and threatening a witness. Within hours of Trump tweeting that the sentence was too severe, the Justice Department rebuked its prosecutorial team and issued a revised recommendation calling for a lighter sentence. The four prosecutors assigned to Stone’s case abruptly withdrew on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a federal judge yesterday denied Stone’s request for a new trial.

HOUSE DEMS PROBE TAXPAYER SPENDING ON TRUMP… House Democrats are concerned that President Trump is profiting from taxpayer dollars and want the Secret Service to reveal how much money it has spent at Trump’s properties. House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney and Congresswoman Jackie Speier have demanded documents and contracts following a Washington Post the Secret Service paid Trump-owned companies more than $471,000 for stays on dates between January 2017 and April 2018. The report found the Secret Service was charged a $650 rate numerous times in 2017 and a $396.15 rate numerous times in 2018 to stay at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort. Taxpayers were also charged $17,000 per month for the Secret Service to use a three-bedroom cottage at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster. The Government Accountability Office has found federal agencies spent roughly $13.6 million on four trips Mr. Trump took to Mar-a-Lago from February 3 through March 5, 2017. The costs include $10.6 million for operating government aircraft and boats, and $3 million for “temporary duty costs of government personnel supporting the president’s travel.”

DEVAL PATRICK ENDS PRESIDENTIAL BID… Former Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick became the most recent Democrat pull out of the 2020 presidential race yesterday. Patrick announced his withdrawal following a disappointing performance in New Hampshire in Tuesday’s primary. Patrick had skipped the Iowa caucuses and was banking on strong finishes in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

FORD ANNOUNCES RECALL… Ford announced yesterday that it has recalled nearly 230,000 vehicles in the U.S., Canada and Mexico due to a possible suspension problem that could increase the risk of a crash. The automaker said the recall affects 2013-18 Ford Flexes, Ford Taurus Police Interceptor Sedans, Ford Taurus SHO and Lincoln MKT vehicles. More than 211,200 of the vehicles are located in the U.S.

WHITE SUPREMACY PROPAGANDA RISES… A report released yesterday by the Anti-Defamation League found that incidents of white supremacist material being spread across the U.S. rose by 120 percent in 2019. It was the second year that the circulation of racist and nationalist posters and banners more than doubled, the report noted. One Texas-based group was responsible for two-thirds of all propaganda. University campuses were frequent targets, the ADL found, with all but seven out of 50 states reporting incidents of banners, posters and flyers.

ENTERTAINMENT
RICK MORANIS TO SHRINK AGAIN… Rick Moranis is returning to the big screen in a franchise he helped build. The actor has signed on to appear in Disney’s upcoming reboot of “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.” “Shrunk” will star Josh Gad as the son to Moranis’ character, Wayne Szalinski. Moranis starred in the 1989 original as a scientist whose children stumble upon one of his experiments in their family’s home and end up shrinking themselves down to the size of bugs. The film spawned a 1992 theatrical sequel, “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid,” as well as 1997’s straight-to-DVD “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves.” Moranis appeared in all three. Moranis last appearance in a live-action theatrical film was 1994’s “Little Giants.”

PAULA KELLY DIES… Actress, singer and dancer Paula Kelly died Sunday of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, family members have confirmed. She was 77. Kelly earned an Emmy Award nomination in 1994 for her work on the first season of the sitcom “Night Court.” On the big screen, she co-starred with Chita Rivera and Shirley MacLaine in the 1969 musical comedy-drama film “Sweet Charity.” Her TV credits also include “Santa Barbara,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Kojak” and “The Golden Girls.”

SPORTS
NBA SCORES
CLEVELAND 127 – Atlanta 105… The Cavaliers built a big lead early and cruised past the Hawks to snap their 12-game home losing streak. Tristan Thompson scored 27 points and brought down 11 rebounds. Larry Nance Jr. added 23 points.

ORLANDO 116 – Detroit 112 (OT)… The Magic recovered to outlast the Pistons after letting a big lead early slip away. They got 25 points from Aaron Gordon and 21 from Markelle Fultz.

Washington 114 – NEW YORK 96… The Wizards pulled away in the second half to down the Knicks. Bradley Beal scored a game-high 30 points.

INDIANA 118 – Milwaukee 111… The Pacers took a 23-point lead into halftime and held on to top the Bucks. All five starters scored in double figures, led by T.J. Warren’s 35 points. Malcolm Brogdon finished with 17 points and 13 assists.

BROOKLYN 101 – Toronto 91… Caris LeVert led a balanced scoring attack with 20 points and the Nets dealt the Raptors their first home loss in 16 games. Jarrett Allen grabbed 13 boards to go with his 10 points.

MEMPHIS 111 – Portland 104… Brandon Clarke came off the bench to lead all scorers with 27 points as the Grizzlies handled the Trail Blazers. Ja Morant added 20 points. Jonas Valanciunas had 12 points and 18 rebounds.

Charlotte 115 – MINNESOTA 108… The Hornets erased a 16-point halftime deficit to upend the Timberwolves. Devonte Graham led the way with 28 points. Malik Monk added 25 points off the bench. Miles Bridges tossed in 20 points.

DALLAS 130 – Sacramento 111… Luka Doncic scored 33 points and brought down 12 boards in his return after missing seven games with a sprained ankle as the Mavericks cruised past the Kings. Kristaps Porzingis added 27 points and 13 boards.

UTAH 116 – Miami 101… The Jazz rallied in the second half to get past the Heat. Donovan Mitchell dropped in 26 points. Bojan Bogdanovic tossed in 22 points. Jordan Clarkson delivered 21 points off the bench.

PHOENIX 112 – Golden State 106… The Suns got 27 points from Devin Booker in holding off the Warriors. Phoenix had four other players score in double figures.

L.A. Lakers 120 – DENVER 116  (OT)… Anthony Davis scored seven of his 33 points in the overtime period to push the Lakers past the Nuggets. LeBron James racked up 32 points, 12 rebounds and 14 assists.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Oklahoma City is at New Orleans…
Boston hosts the L.A. Clippers

NHL SCORES
BOSTON 4 – Montreal 1… David Pastrnak scored the Bruins’ first three goals in their win over the Canadiens. Brad Marchand assisted on three goals.

LOS ANGELES 5 – Calgary 3... Tyler Toffoli and Austin Wagner scored 39 seconds apart in the second period and the Kings added three more goals in the third to put away the Flames. Goalie Cal Petersen made 35 saves.

VANCOUVER 3 – Chicago 0… Jacob Markstrom stopped all 49 shots in the Canucks’ blanking of the Blackhawks. Brandon Sutter scored one goal and assisted on two others.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Columbus is at Buffalo…
Toronto hosts Dallas…
Edmonton is at Tampa Bay…
Florida hosts Philadelphia…
Detroit is at New Jersey…
Ottawa hosts Arizona…
the N.Y Islanders are at Nashville…
Minnesota hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Washington is at Colorado…
Vegas hosts St. Louis…
Calgary is at Anaheim

TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES
#3 Kansas 58, #14 WEST VIRGINIA 49…
GEORGIA TECH 64, #5 Louisville 58…
#23 Creighton 87, #10 SETON HALL 82…
#11 AUBURN 95, Alabama 91…
#15 VILLANOVA 72, #18 Marquette 71…
#19 BUTLER 66, Xavier 61…
#20 Houston 62, SOUTH FLORIDA 58

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