SENATE VOTES TO CURB TRUMP’S WAR POWERS… The Senate yesterday approved a bipartisan resolution to limit President Trump’s war powers when it comes to Iran. Eight Republicans joined Democrats in the 55-45 vote, which fell short of the two-thirds needed to override a presidential veto. The resolution would ban the president from ordering any new offensive strikes against Iran. It would still allow the president to order strikes in self -defense against an imminent attack.
HOUSE PASSES ERA MEASURE… The House yesterday passed a measure that removes a deadline attached to the Equal Rights Amendment in 1982. The measure is intended to provide legal support to states that have recently approved legislation that enshrines the EPA into the U.S. Constitution. When Congress approved the ERA in 1972, it allowed 10 years for approval from at least 38 states to add a constitutional amendment. Only 35 states had approved the proposal by 1982, but Nevada, Illinois and Virginia have ratified it over the past three years. Opponents unsuccessfully argued that the last three states to approve the measure lacked legal standing because the deadline passed 38 years ago. Five Republicans voted with Democrats in yesterday’s passage.
JOHN KELLY SIDES WITH VINDMAN… Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has sided more strongly with former National Security Council aide Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman and his decision to report President Trump’s call with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky last July. The call allegedly included a quid pro quo that was at the heart of Trump’s impeachment. During a speech at Drew University on Wednesday night, Kelly said what Vindman heard was an “illegal order” and left him no choice but to tell his superiors. Vindman and his twin brother, an NSC attorney, were fired Friday. The firing appeared to be punishment for Vindman’s testimony against Trump during the impeachment inquiry. Kelly also criticized Trump’s immigration policies and warned that “If you only watch Fox News because it’s reinforcing what you believe, you are not an informed citizen.”
INDICTMENT CHARGES HUAWEI WITH RACKETEERING, THEFT… A superseding indictment filed by the U.S. government yesterday accuses Chinese telecommunications equipment manufacturer Huawei Technologies and two of its U.S. subsidiaries with racketeering and conspiracy to steal trade secrets. The indictment also includes new allegations about Huawei and its subsidiaries’ involvement in projects in countries subject to sanctions, including Iran and North Korea. The concealed effort involved arranging shipment of Huawei technology and services to the sanctioned countries, prosecutors say. Huawei already faces charges for allegedly stealing intellectual property from U.S. firms through a combination of cyberattacks, espionage and other means.
CORONAVIRUS CASES REACH 15 IN U.S... U.S. health officials confirmed yesterday that the number of coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 15 after diagnosing a second new case in less than 24 hours. The Centers for Disease Control says the newest coronavirus patient is among a group of people under federal quarantine at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. JBSA is one of four sites housing U.S. citizens evacuated from China’s Hubei province on February 7 aboard planes chartered by the State Department.
HBO RENEWS ‘AVENUE 5’… HBO announced yesterday that it is renewing the sci-fi comedy series “Avenue 5” for a second season. The announcement came as the series is midway through its nine-episode first season after premiering last month. The series stars Hugh Laurie, Josh Gad, Zach Woods, Rebecca Front and Suzy Nakamura in the story about a space cruise ship that gets knocked off course, extending a scheduled eight-week journey into a three-year return to Earth.
IN THEATERS… “Downhill” stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell in the story about a married couple that barely escapes an avalanche during a family ski vacation in the Alps and reevaluates their lives and feelings for each other. The comedy is rated R… Liam Neeson and Lesley Manville star in “Ordinary Love.” The R-rated romance drama provides a look into a middle-aged couple after the wife is diagnosed with breast cancer… “What About Love” tells the story of two young lovers whose parents learn from the joyful experience of their kids and find their love again. Sharon Stone and Iain Glen star in the unrated film… In “Sonic the Hedgehog,” a small-town police officer finds a small blue hedgehog and must help I defeat an evil genius who wants to do experiments with it. Jim Carrey and Ben Schwarz star in the PG film.
Oklahoma City 123 – NEW ORLEANS 118… Dino Gallinari scored 29 points to lead six players in double figures and the Thunder fought off the Pelicans. Dennis Schroder delivered 22 points off the bench.
BOSTON 141 – L.A. Clippers 133 (2 OT)… Jayson Tatum scored a game-high 39 points and Marcus Smart added 31 as the Celtics outgunned the Clippers. Gordon Hayward had 21 points and 13 rebounds.
NBA ALL-STAR GAME SUNDAY… Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker has replaced the injured Damian Lillard in Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game in Chicago. Lillard is plagued by a groin strain he suffered on Wednesday.
BUFFALO 4 – Columbus 3 (OT)… Rookie Victor Olofsson netted a pair of goals, including the game-winner 2:44 into overtime, to send the Sabres past the Blue Jackets. Jack Eichel had a goal and two assists.
Dallas 3 – TORONTO 2… Tyler Seguin’s power-play goal early in the third period snapped his 17-game goal drought and proved to be the difference in the Stars’ win over the Maple Leafs. Goalie Ben Bishop made 27 saves.
TAMPA BAY 3 – Edmonton 1… The Lightning skated past the Oilers for their ninth straight win. Yanni Gourde scored a tie-breaking shorthanded goal in the second period.
Philadelphia 6 – FLORIDA 2… James van Riemsdyk scored a goal and assisted on two others in leading the Flyers past the Panthers. Justin Braun set up three goals.
NEW JERSEY 4 – Detroit 1… Wayne Simmonds scored twice as the Devils did all their scoring in the third period to put away the Red Wings. Damon Severson had two assists.
OTTAWA 3 – Arizona 2… The Coyotes edged the Coyotes to snap their six-game home winless streak. They got goals from Vladislav Namestnikov, Brady Tkachuk and Nick Paul. Marcus Hogberg stopped 32 shots at goal.
NASHVILLE 5 – N.Y Islanders 0… Craig Smith recorded a hat trick as the Predators cruised past the Islanders. Goalie Juuse Saros stopped all 31 shots.
N.Y. Rangers 4 – MINNESOTA 3 (SO)… The Rangers came from two goals down in the third period to outlast the Wild. Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin scored in regulation and in the shootout. Zibanejad netted the tying goal with 1:06 left in the third period.
Washington 3 – COLORADO 2… Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie scored back-to-back goals in the third period to lift the Capitals over the Avalanche. Lars Eller had two assists.
VEGAS 6 – St. Louis 5 (OT)… Jonathan Marchessault scored his second goal of the game on a power play at 2:30 of overtime to give the Golden Knights a hard-fought win over the Blues. Max Pacioretty had two goals and an assist.
Calgary 6 – ANAHEIM 0… Mikael Backlund and Mark Jankowski netted two goals apiece as the Flames breezed past the Ducks. Goalie Cam Talbott made 44 saves in the shutout.
TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Montreal is a Pittsburgh…
Columbus hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
San Jose is a Winnipeg…
Carolina hosts New Jersey
TOP 25 COLLEGE MEN’S BASKETBALL SCORES…
#17 OREGON 68, #16 Colorado 60…
INDIANA 89, #21 Iowa 77