The Rundown for March 12, 2020

TRUMP ANNOUNCED TRAVEL BAN OVER CORONAVIRUS… During an address from the Oval Office last night, President Trump announced plans to sharply restrict travel to the U.S. from 26 European countries to combat the spreading public health crisis that has engulfed his presidency. Trump said the plan would be in effect over the next 30 days. Afterward, administration officials explained that the ban will apply only to foreign nationals and not to American citizens who had been screened before entering the country.

SENATORS SEEK EMERGENCY DECLARATION… Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and other senators are preparing to ask President Trump to issue an emergency declaration for the coronavirus pandemic. The formal declaration would let the Federal Emergency Management Agency use more than $40 billion from the Disaster Relief Fund to assist local state government in their response to the coronavirus. Democratic Senator Patty Murray of Washington tried to pass by unanimous consent a bill that would “allow Americans to earn paid sick leave time so they can address their own health needs and the health needs of their families.” The bill failed when it was opposed by Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee.

HEALTH OFFICIALS BRIEF HOUSE PANEL… Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warned members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform yesterday that the coronavirus spread is going to get worse. Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told lawmakers that the role of local agencies is becoming more important as more states report cases. Redfield said 31 people have died from the coronavirus in the U.S. Of the deaths, 23 were in Washington, there were two each in California and Florida, and there has been one death each in New Jersey and South Dakota. The World Health Organization declared yesterday that the global coronavirus crisis is now a pandemic. Meanwhile, Reuters reported that information from dozens of meetings at the Department of Health and Human Services about the novel coronavirus has been withheld due to a White House order to keep top-level discussions classified. Officials said the classified meetings have limited the government’s ability to respond to the pandemic.

SENATE OVERTURNS STUDENT-LOAN PROTECTION REVISAL… The Senate yesterday overturned an Education Department policy to reverse student loan protections. 10 Republicans joined Democrats in the 53-to-42 vote. The rule designed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos would have revised the “borrower defense” rule enacted by the Obama administration and restricted available actions by students who were misled by colleges engaged in misrepresentation or misconduct. The House passed a resolution of disapproval of the revised rules last month by a vote of 231 to 180, with six Republican members voting with Democrats.

SUPREME COURT ALLOWS ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ MIGRANT POLICY… The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the Trump administration yesterday in allowing the controversial “Remain in Mexico” policy to remain in place along the southern border. The policy, officially called the Migrant Protection Protocols, requires asylum seekers to wait in Mexico prior to their appearance in U.S. immigration court. Officials say that about 60,000 migrants have been sent back across the border since the MPP was first implemented in January 2019. The Supreme Court has yet to issue a final ruling on the legality of the MPP program itself. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in California briefly had blocked the policy last month, finding that it violates federal law.

CARTEL CRACKDOWN RESULTS IN ARRESTS, SEIZURES… U.S. authorities say they have arrested more than 250 people and seized 600 kilograms of illegal narcotics as part of a broader crackdown that targets the Mexican drug cartel known as the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion. Last month, federal prosecutors filed criminal charges against the daughter of the cartel’s recognized leader, Nemesio Oseguera Cervantes, better known as “El Mencho,” and extradited his son to the U.S. to stand trial. The cartel’s No. 2 in command, Ruben Oseguera Gonzalez aka “Menchito,” has also been extradited to the U.S. from Mexico to face drug trafficking and firearm charges in Washington, D.C.

ENTERTAINMENT
WEINSTEIN SENTENCED TO 23 YEARS IN PRISON… Disgraced Hollywood film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison yesterday after offering a plea for mercy. The 67-year-old Miramax co-founder was convicted last month of raping a once-aspiring actress in a New York City hotel room in 2013 and forcibly performing oral sex on former TV and film production assistant Mimi Haleyi at his apartment in 2006. He faced a minimum of five years and a maximum of 29 years in prison.

NUMBER OF FREQUENT MOVIE-GOERS DROPS… A detailed report released yesterday by the Motion Picture Association found that frequent movie-going slipped in 2019 and there were fewer tickets sold across all age groups. However, the number of occasional moviegoers. In 2019, there were 11 million such moviegoers in North America who were responsible for 47 percent of all ticket sold, according to the report. That compares to 12 percent and 49 percent of all tickets sold in 2018. The number of infrequent moviegoers, or those that go only once a year, increased from 10 percent to 11 percent. The number of occasional moviegoers, defined as those who go to a theater less than once a month, made gains, increasing from 53 percent to 54 percent while non-moviegoers fell from 25 percent to 24 percent.

SPORTS
NBA SUSPENDS SEASON… The NBA announced last night that it is suspending its season “until further notice” after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus. The diagnosis prompted the postponement of Utah’s game at Oklahoma City just before tip-off last night. The New Orleans Pelicans’ game at Sacramento was also postponed because one of the referees scheduled to work the game had worked Utah’s game Monday night.

NBA SCORES
PHILADELPHIA 124 – Detroit 106… Joel Embiid returned from a shoulder strain to score 30 points and grab 14 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Pistons. Al Horford added 20 points and 10 boards.

New York 136 – ATLANTA 131 (OT)… The Knicks recovered to outlast the Hawks after blowing a 23-point lead. Julius Randle pumped in 33 points. RJ Barrett added 26 points.

Charlotte 109 – MIAMI 98… The Hornets rolled past the Heat after trailing by 18 points entering the second quarter. Devonte Graham scored a game-high 30 points.

DALLAS 113 – Denver 97… The Mavericks held the Nuggets to 12 fourth-quarter points in a come-from-behind victory. Boban Marjanovic had 31 points and 17 boards. Luka Doncic tossed in 28 points.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Chicago is at Orlando…
Milwaukee hosts Boston…
Memphis is at Portland…
Golden State hosts Brooklyn…
Houston is at the L.A. Lakers

NHL SCORES
CHICAGO 6 – San Jose 2… Patrick Kane found the net twice as the Blackhawks skated past the Sharks. Alex DeBrincat assisted on three goals.

Winnipeg 4 – EDMONTON 2… Kyle Connor scored a tie-breaking goal 2 9seconds into the third period and added an empty-netter as the Jets doubled up on the Oilers. Blake Wheeler had a goal and an assist.

St. Louis 4 – ANAHEIM 2… Zach Sanford netted the go-ahead goal with 2:47 left in the second period and Alex Pietrangelo added the finishing empty-netter in the Blues’ win over the Ducks. Adam Henrique had a goal and an assist.

COLORADO 3 – N.Y. Rangers 2 (OT)… Cale Makar’s goal at 2:50 of overtime sent the Avalanche past the Rangers. Gabriel Landeskog set up two goals.

LOS ANGELES  3 – Ottawa 2… The Kings scored back-to-back power-play goals in the third period to upend the Senators. Martin Frk scored the game-winner with 4:41 remaining. Gabriel Vilar/di tied the game 6:07 earlier.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
Nashville is at Toronto…
Montreal hosts Buffalo…
Philadelphia is at Tampa Bay…
New Jersey hosts Carolina…
Detroit is at Washington…
Columbus hosts Pittsburgh…
Vegas is at Minnesota…
Dallas hosts Florida…
the N.Y. Islanders are at Calgary…
Arizona hosts Vancouver

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