The Rundown for January 28, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 25,595,999 and the nation’s death toll stands at 429,195, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration’s Covid-19 team discussed vaccine distribution problems and a vaccine stockpile that top officials said does not exist during a virtual briefing yesterday. Andy Slavitt, senior adviser to the White House Covid-19 response team, said it will be “months before everyone who wants a vaccine will be able to get one.” He said the process has been slowed by immediate supply and the ability to administer vaccines once they are available. Slavitt added that the White House is currently on pace to meet its vaccination goal of 100 million vaccines in President Joe Biden’s first 100 days.

WEAPONS SALES UNDER REVIEW… Weapons sales to Gulf Arab states approved by the Trump administration are being brought under review by the Biden Administration. The reviews will include the $23 billion sale to the Emirates of 50 F-35 fighters and 18 Reaper drones as well as precision munitions to Saudi Arabia. A State Department official characterized the scrutiny as a routine action typical of presidential transitions. However, the sales being inspected came under intense debate in Congress before being approved.

DHS WARNS OF CONTINUING THREATS OF VIOLENCE… A national terrorism bulletin issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security warned of the continuing threat of violence posed by domestic terrorists following the election of Joe Biden as president. The Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol may embolden extremists and set the stage for additional attacks, the bulletin cautioned. The warning came without any specific plots, but DHS cited “a heightened threat environment across the United States” that it believes “will persist” for weeks.

CAPITOL POLICE UNION CHIEF BLASTS POLICE LEADERSHIP… U.S. Capitol Police officers union leader blamed an “unconscionable” lack of preparation for the January 6 pro-Trump mob attack on the Capitol building. Union president Gus Papathanasiou said he was “angered and shocked” to see Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman tell a congressional committee that she and department leaders were aware that there was potential for violence days before the attack. “The fact they did not relay this information to the officers on duty prior to the insurrection is inexcusable. Their inaction cost lives!” he said. Papathanasiou said that between Capitol Police and DC’s Metropolitan Police Department, about 140 officers were injured. Some officers sustained brain injuries, one officer cracked two ribs and smashed two spinal discs, one will likely lose an eye and another was stabbed with a metal fence stake. One officer died during the attack and two others have since taken their lives.

STOCKS PLUNGE… A negative outlook on pandemic recovery from the Federal Reserve and increased concern over heightened speculative sent the markets on a steep dive yesterday. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 633.87 points, or 2.05 percent, while the S&P 500 dropped 2.57 percent and the Nasdaq Composite declined 2.61 percent. Spurred by the Federal Reserve’s decision to keep the benchmark borrowing rate at its current level of 0 percent to 0.25 percent, the Dow suffered its worst day since October 28 and the S&P 500 erased previous gains from 2021, leaving it down 0.1 percent on the year.

ENTERTAINMENT
CLORIS LEACHMAN DIES
… Actress Cloris Leachman, who was honored for her work in television and film, died of natural causes Tuesday in Encinitas, California. She was 94. Leachman rose to fame playing Phyllis Lindstrom on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and her own sitcom. Her television career was capped by competing on season seven of “Dancing With the Stars” in 2008 at age 82. Leachman won a total of eight primetime Emmys, both for drama and comedy, and one daytime Emmy. She won a supporting actress Oscar for her portrayal of an embittered small-town housewife in the 1971 film “The Last Picture Show.” Leachman also had memorable appearances in the Mel Brooks films “Young Frankenstein” and “High Anxiety.”

DYLAN McDERMOTT JOINS CAST OF ‘ORGANIZED CRIME’… Actor Dylan McDermott has joined the cast of the upcoming procedural “Law & Order: Organized Crime.” The series is being filmed in New York and is scheduled to premiere in spring. Christopher Meloni will reprise his “Law & Order: SVU” role of New York Police Department Detective Elliot Stabler in the new drama. It is unclear who McDermott will play on the show.

SPORTS
Indiana 116 – CHARLOTTE 106
… The Pacers jumped out to a 17-point lead after the first quarter but had to rally again late to put away the Hornets. Doug McDermott pumped in 28 points. Domantas Sabonis racked up 22 points, 22 rebounds and 10 assists.

CLEVELAND 122 – Detroit 107… The Cavaliers came alive in the second half to down the Pistons. Collin Sexton scored a game-high 26 points. Andre Drummond had 23 points and 16 boards.

Sacramento 121 – ORLANDO 107… All five starters scored in double figures as the Kings cruised past the Magic. Buddy Hield knocked down seven 3-pointers on his way to 29 points. Harrison Barnes added 21 points. Richaun Holmes finished with 20 points and 12 rebounds. Marvin Bagley III had 16 points and 12 boards.

Brooklyn 132 – ATLANTA 128 (OT)… The Nets got 32 points from Kevin Durant and 31 from James Harden in outlasting the Hawks. Harden also dished off 15 assists. Kyrie Irving tossed in 26 points.

Denver 109 – MIAMI 82… The Nuggets held the Heat to 33 first-half points and coasted to the victory. Nikola Jokic scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.

PHILADELPHIA 107 – L.A. Lakers 106… Tobias Harris’ jumper with 3 seconds left ended the Lakers’ 13-0 run and proved decisive in the 76ers’ victory. Harris finished with 24 points. Joel Embiid led Philadelphia with 28 points. Ben Simmons racked up 17 points, 11 boards and 10 assists.

Milwaukee 115 – TORONTO 108… The Bucks were too much in the fourth quarter in downing the Raptors. Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points, 18 rebounds and nine assists. Kris Middleton added 24 points and 10 boards. Brook Lopez tossed in 20 points.

SAN ANTONIO 110 – Boston 106… The Spurs got the better of the Celtics in a back-and-forth contest. DeMar DeRozen scored 21 points to lead six players in double figures. LaMarcus Aldridge added 20 points.

NEW ORLEANS 124 – Washington 106… The Pelicans built a big lead early and coasted past the shorthanded Wizards. Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram scored 32 points apiece.

Oklahoma City 102 – PHOENIX 97… The Thunder came on strong at the end to get past the Suns. Al Horford scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander also had 21 points.

UTAH 116 – Dallas 104… The Jazz breezed past the Mavericks for their 10th straight win. Jordan Clarkson lit it up for 31 points. Rudy Gobert had 29 points and 20 boards.

GOLDEN STATE 123 – Minnesota 111… Rookie James Wiseman came off the bench to score 25 points and lead the Warriors past the Timberwolves. Kelly Oubre Jr. added 20 points.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE
Portland is at Houston…
Detroit hosts the L.A. Lakers…
the L.A. Clippers are at Miami…
Phoenix host Golden State

NHL SCOREBOARD
NASHVILLE 2 – Chicago 1 (SO)… Matt Duchene scored the lone goal in the shootout to lift the Predators over the Blackhawks. Ryan Carpenter netted the tying goal midway through the third period. Goalie Juuse Saros made 29 saves.

VANCOUVER 5 – Ottawa 1… J.T. Miller and Tyler Motte scored two goals apiece as the Canucks skated past the Senators. Miller also had an assist. Elias Petterson scored a goal and set up another.

TODAY’S NHL SCHEDULE…
Pittsburgh is at Boston…
Buffalo hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Philadelphia is at New Jersey…
Washington hosts the N.Y. Islanders…
Tampa Bay is at Carolina…
Columbus hosts Florida…
Calgary is at Montreal…
Minnesota hosts Los Angeles…
Detroit is at Dallas…
Colorado hosts San Jose…
Anaheim is at Arizona…
Vegas hosts St. Louis…
Toronto is at Edmonton…
Vancouver hosts Ottawa

TOP 25 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCOREBOARD
No. 2 BAYLOR 107, Kansas State 59…
No. 13 OHIO STATE 83, Penn State 79…
No. 14 Wisconsin 61, MARYLAND 55…
No. 16 FLORIDA STATE 81, Miami (Fla.) 59…
No. 17 Creighton 85, SETON HALL 81…
No. 20 Virginia Tech 62, NOTRE DAME 51…
CLEMSON 54, No. 25 Louisville 50

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