The Rundown for September 22, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 6,833,722 and the nation’s death toll stands at 199,818, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… A public affairs aide at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases has announced retirement plans after he was caught making derogatory comments he made towards the agency and its director, Dr. Anthony Fauci. Bill Crews, who served as an editor at the right-wing news site RedState, was accused of spreading disinformation about efforts to combat the coronavirus, referring to it as an anti-Trump conspiracy.

GINSBURG TO LIE IN STATE… Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will become the first woman in history to lie in state in the U.S. Capitol on Friday when her casket is placed in National Statuary Hall. She will lie in repose at the Supreme Court tomorrow and Thursday. Ginsburg died Friday at age 87 from pancreatic cancer.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IDENTIFIES ‘ANARCHIST JURISDICTIONS’… The Justice Department has identified New York City, Seattle and Portland as “anarchist jurisdictions” as part of a plan to cut off federal funding from the three cities. The move comes in response to protests against systemic racism and police brutality. Attorney General William Barr hasn’t said what federal funding is likely to be cut from the cities.

MUELLER WAS INTIMIDATED, ACCORDING TO MEMOIR… A forthcoming memoir by federal prosecutor Andrew Weissman claims President Trump successfully bullied ex-Special Counsel Robert Mueller during the investigations into Trump’s collusion with Russia. Weissmann claims Mueller was intimidated away from subpoenaing the president or his son Donald Trump Jr. over the June 2016 Trump Tower “dirt” meeting with a Russian official. Mueller also allegedly decided not to pursue Trump’s financial dealings despite conclusive evidence that Trump has been laundering Russian mafia and intelligence money since the early 1980s. Weissmann also says Mueller also made the mistake of trusting his old friend, Attorney General William Barr, who publicly distorted Mueller’s 2019 findings to portray them falsely as “exonerating” Trump.

MANAFORT TIED TO DIRTY TRANSACTIONS… Documents leaked with other evidence of major banks turning an eye to dirty money transactions indicated President Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort managed to shuttle tens of millions of dollars around the world for years despite his transactions being flagged as early as 2012. Manafort, who was convicted last year of fraud and tax evasion, allegedly processed more than $50 million in payments over a decade through JPMorgan. The Guardian reported that in 2017, the bank filed a report on wire transfers of more than $300 million involving shell companies in Cyprus that had done business with Manafort.

JUDGE ORDERS POSTAL SERVICE TO SPEED IT UP… A federal judge yesterday ruled that the U.S. Postal Service must give election mail first-class preference and make other changes to compensate for “managerial failures” that risk the security of mail-in voting. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero in the Southern District of New York follows the move by a federal judge on Thursday to impose a temporary block on operational changes that caused a slowdown in mail delivery. The rulings stem from a lawsuit brought by attorneys general in 13 states.

DuVOS UNDER INVESTIGATION… The Office of the Special Counsel is investigating Education Secretary Betsy DeVos for potentially violating the Hatch Act. The probe centers on DeVos’ comments about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in a Fox News interview that was promoted through official channels. The OSC says at least 12 Trump senior officials have violated the Hatch Act but only a case involving former senior counselor Kellyanne Conway was sent to President Trump for action. He took none. The Hatch Act prohibits most political activity by federal employees.

HOUSE DEMS UNVEIL FUNDING BILL… House Democrats yesterday unveiled a stopgap bill to extend federal funding past the September 30 deadline and avoid a government shutdown weeks before the November 3 presidential election. Republicans immediately opposed the bill because it didn’t include a $30 billion commitment supported by President Trump and Republican lawmakers to refill a bailout for farmers through the Commodity Credit Corp. Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell vowed GOP senators would fight the bill.

… “Schitt’s Creek” is riding the momentum generated by its nine Emmy wins on Sunday night. Netflix has announced that it will stream the sixth and final season of the series beginning October 7. The streaming service already carries the first five seasons. Additionally, Comedy Central has announced that it will air all six seasons beginning October 2. The sixth season ended in April.

PEACOCK ACQUIRES ‘MR. MERCEDES’… NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service has acquired the Stephen King crime drama series “Mr. Mercedes.” The first two seasons will start streaming on October 15. The Season 3 premiere will be announced later. The series aired on AT&T’s Audience Network before the station ceased operations. The story is based on King’s bestselling “Bill Hodges” trilogy of novels and stars Brendan Gleeson as a retired detective who is tormented by a serial killer, portrayed by Harry Treadaway.


Tampa Bay 3 – DALLAS 2
… They Lightning scored all three goals in the first period and hung on to edge the Stars and even the series at 1-1. Victor Hedman and Nikita Kucherov each had two assists. Game 3 is tomorrow.

LAS VEGAS 34 – New Orleans 24
… The Raiders (2-0) celebrated their debut in Las Vegas by pulling away in the second half to top the Saints (1-1). Derek Carr passed for 282 yards and three touchdowns. Darren Waller had 12 receptions for 103 yards and a score.

L.A. ANGELS 8 – Texas 5
… Jared Walsh unloaded a grand slam to highlight a seven-run bottom of the fourth inning that carried the Angels past the Rangers. Max Stassi sparked the uprising with a two-run single.

WASHINGTON 5 – Philadelphia 1… Anibal Sanchez (3-5) limited the Phillies to a run on four hits over five innings. Asdrubal Cabrera and Brock Holt both had two hits and an RBI.

CLEVELAND 7 – Chi. White Sox 4… The Indians put away the White Sox after letting a 4-0 fifth-inning lead slip away. Carlos Santana blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer. Jose Ramirez also went deep.

CINCINNATI 6 – Milwaukee 3… Curt Casali homered to lead off the bottom of the eighth inning and Mike Moustakas added a three-run shot as the Reds downed the Brewers. Eugenio Suarez homered with a runner aboard. Luis Castillo (4-5) allowed a run on four hits and struck out nine in 6-2/3 innings.

Chi. Cubs 5 – PITTSBURGH 0… Jon Lester (3-2) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and got help from three relievers in the blanking of the Pirates. Kyle Schwarber stroked a two-run double.

TORONTO 11 – N.Y. Yankees 5… Vladimir Guerrero drove in three runs with a pair of doubles and the Blue Jays got solo homers from Randal Grichuk and Alejandro Kirk in their pounding of the Yankees. Kirk was 4-for-4 on the night.

ATLANTA 5 – Miami 4… The Braves eased past the Marlins after spotting them an early 3-0 lead. Riley stroked a two-run double to cap a four-run bottom of the first and Ronald Acuna’s second-inning double scored Dansby Swanson with the decisive run.

Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. METS 1… Brandon Lowe scored on Manuel Margot’s sacrifice fly in the top of the first inning and homered in the fourth as the Rays held off the Mets and lowered their magic number for clinching the AL East to one. Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter.

KANSAS CITY 4 – St. Louis 1… Maikel Franco delivered a tie-breaking two-run single in the bottom of the sixth inning as the Royals got past the Cardinals. Six pitchers held St. Louis to six hits.

SEATTLE 6 – Houston 1… Marco Gonzales (7-2) scattered seven hits over eight scoreless innings and the Mariners cruised past the Astros. Evan White blasted a three-run homer.

Colorado 7 – SAN FRANCISCO 2… Elias Dias lined a two-run single, Kevin Pillar homered with the bases empty and the Rockies breezed past the Giants. German Marquez (3-6) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 5-3; TBD) is at Washington (Austin Voth, 0-5; TBD) for a doubleheader…
Cleveland (Shane Bieber, 8-1) hosts the Chi. White Sox (Reynaldo Lopez, 1-2)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 6-3) are at Toronto (Tanner Roark, 2-2)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 5-3) hosts Milwaukee (Brett Anderson, 3-3)…
the Chi. Cubs (Jose Quintana, 0-0) are at Pittsburgh (Steen Brault, 1-3)…
the N.Y. Mets (Seth Lugo, 2-3) host Tampa Bay (Blake Snell, 4-1)…
Miami (Jose Ureña, 0-2) is at Atlanta (Bryse Wilson, 0-0)…
Boston (Nick Pivetta, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Keegan Akin, 1-1)…
Detroit (Tarik Skrubal, 1-3) is at Minnesota (TBD)…
Kansas City (Brady Singer, 7-3) hosts St. Louis (Austin Gomber, 0-1)…
the L.A. Angels (Griffin Canning, 1-3) are at San Diego (Zach Davies, 7-3)…
Seattle (Ijay Newsome, 0-1) hosts Houston (Framber Valdez, 4-3)…
Texas (Jordan Lyles, 1-5) is at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 0-0)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May, 1-1) host Oakland (Frankie Montas, 3-4)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 2-2) is at San Francisco (Drew Smyly, 0-0)


L.A. Lakers vs. Denver in Game 3 with the Lakers leading 2-0

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