The Rundown for January 13, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 22,837,244 and the nation’s death toll stands at 380,640, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Department of Health and Human Services officials yesterday expanded COVID-19 vaccine availability during the initial phase of distribution to include people age 65 years and older. Patients with underlying health conditions that place them at higher risk will also be given priority.

HOUSE DEMS ADVANCE IN TRUMP’S REMOVAL… House Democrats last night passed a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove President Trump from office. The 233-to-205 vote was merely symbolic, since Pence has vowed he would not comply. Anticipating Pence’s refusal, House Democrats have scheduled a vote for today to impeach Trump for inciting last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. The believe they have enough votes to make Trump the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Chaney of Wyoming and at least four other Republican House members say they’ll cross party boundaries and vote to impeach. The others are: John Katko of New York, Adam Kerzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan and Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington. Meanwhile, House Speaker Pelosi has appointed Democratic Congressman Jamie Raskin of Maryland to lead the prosecution of Trump in a Senate trial that could follow. Other Democratic House members named as House managers were Diana DeGette of Colorado, David Cicilline of Rhode Island, Joaquin Castro of Texas, Eric Swalwell of California, Ted Lieu of California, Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Joe Neguse of Colorado and Madeleine Dean of Colorado.

POMPEO REBUFFED IN EUROPE… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been rebuffed in what were supposed to be his final overseas meetings before leaving office. Leaders of U.S. European allies refused his requests for appointments in Luxembourg and Brussels in response to his support for President Trump following last week’s attack at the U.S Capitol. Luxembourg Minister of Foreign Affairs Jean Asselborn called Trump a “criminal” during a radio appearance the day after the siege.

PROSECUTORS PURSUE CAPITOL CHARGES… Justice Department said yesterday that they’ve opened cases on some 170 people linked to last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Many of those being investigated are facing sedition charges carrying up to 20 years in prison. As of yesterday, some 70 people have been charged but federal prosecutor Michael Sherwin said the number will grow into the “hundreds.” New Jersey Democratic Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, a Navy veteran who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, said she saw fellow members of Congress lead people through the Capitol on a “reconnaissance” the day before the attack. Sherrill vowed in a Facebook video, “I’m going to see they are held accountable, and if necessary, ensure they don’t serve in Congress.” Meanwhile, America’s most senior general Mark Milley and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff issued a statement yesterday condemning last week’s violence and reminding service members of their obligation to support and defend the Constitution and reject extremism.

MICHIGAN OFFICIALS TOLD THEY’LL BE CHARGED… The Associate Press reported yesterday that former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, his former health department director Nick Lyon and two other ex-state officials have been told to expect charges in the coming days for their alleged roles in the Flint water crisis. Prosecutors plan to hold them responsible for the public health disaster that left at least 12 people dead and sickened many others. Specific charges haven’t been disclosed. Lyon was charged with manslaughter in 2018 but that investigation was scrapped and the charges were dismissed. A new investigation began in 2019.

ENTERTAINMENT
MASKLESS BRUCE WILLIS CONFRONTED AT STORE
… Bruce Willis was ejected from a Los Angeles drug store yesterday for refusing to wear a mask. The actor walked out of the store after other shoppers voiced disgust that he wouldn’t pull his scarf up around his face. L.A. has been especially hard-hit during the coronavirus pandemic, with a positivity rate currently at 20 percent.

NETFLIX TO RELEASE A MOVIE PER WEEK IN 2021… Netflix yesterday announced plans to release a new movie every week in 2021. The films “Red Notice” starring Dwayne Johnson, Reynolds and Gal Gadot; “The Harder They Fall” with Regina King, Idris Elba and Jonathan Majors; and “Don’t Look Up” with Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ariana Grande. Netflix’s current slate of 2021 originals features 70 titles, 52 of which are English live-action, eight of which are animated and 10 of which are non-English language films.

SPORTS
NBA SCOREBOARD

PHILADELPHIA 137 – Miami 134
(OT)… Joel Embiid powered his way to 45 points and 16 rebounds as the 76ers outlasted the shorthanded Heat. Dakota Mathias’ only basket of the game was a go-ahead 3-pointer with 26.1 seconds left. Danny Green finished with 29 points and 10 boards.

BROOKLYN 122 – Denver 116… The Nets erased an 18-point deficit on their way past the Nuggets. Kevin Durant pumped in 34 points and dished off 13 assists. Caris LeVert delivered 20 points off the bench.

Utah 117– CLEVELAND 87… The Jazz got 27 points from Donovan Mitchell in cruising past the undermanned Cavaliers. Jeremy Clarkson came off the bench to toss in 21 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 20.

L.A. Lakers 117 – HOUSTON 100… The Lakers led from start to finish in their pounding of the Rockets. LeBron James scored a game-high 26 points in just more than three quarters of play. Anthony Davis had 19 points and 10 rebounds.

San Antonio 112 – OKLAHOMA CITY 102… Lonnie Walker IV scored 24 points to lead six players in double figures and the Spurs fought off the Thunder. LaMarcus Aldridge had 13 points and 10 boards.

Indiana 104 – GOLDEN STATE 95… The Pacers shook off a slow start to put away the Warriors. Miles Turner had 22 points and 12 rebounds. Domantas Sabonas finished with 18 points and 14 boards.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Dallas is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Milwaukee…
Utah is at Washington…
New York hosts Brooklyn…
Memphis is at Minnesota…
Oklahoma City hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Atlanta is at Phoenix…
the L.A. Clippers host New Orleans…
Portland is at Sacramento

TOP 25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
OKLAHOMA STATE 75, No. 6 Kansas 70…
No. 7 MICHIGAN 77, No. 9 Wisconsin 54…
No. 20 VIRGINIA TECH 74, No. 19 Duke 67

2021 NHL REGULAR SEASON OPENS TODAY
Pittsburgh is at Philadelphia (5:30 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN)…
Toronto hosts Montreal…
Chicago is at Tampa Bay (8 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN)…
Edmonton hosts Vancouver…
St. Louis is at Colorado (10:30 p.m. Eastern, NBCSN)

The season will have a look, with each of the NHL’s 31 teams in four realigned divisions playing a 56-game schedule… The North division will consist of only Canadian teams that will play each other 9 or 10 times. Teams in the East, Central and West divisions will play each other eight times.

North: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets.

West: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, LA Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights.

Central: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning.

East: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals.

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