The Rundown for November 15, 2019

AP: SECOND EMBASSY STAFFER OVERHEARD TRUMP-UKRAINE PHONE CALL… The Associated Press reported yesterday that a second U.S. embassy staffer in Kyiv overheard the phone call in which President Trump discussed the need for Ukraine leaders to pursue “investigations” with U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. Acting U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor described the July 26 call to congress during Wednesday’s televised impeachment hearing. The call centered on Trump’s desire to pressure Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Impeachment hearings continue today with former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch as the sole witness.

TRUMP SEEKS TO WITHHOLD TAX RETURNS… President Trump yesterday appealed to the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court ruling that ordered his accounting firm to release eight years of his tax returns to New York prosecutors. The Manhattan District Attorney’s office is seeking the returns as part of a criminal investigation into Trump and the Trump Organization. Trump’s lawyers claim the U.S. Constitution protects the president from being subjected to any criminal process while he is in office.

DANGEROUS MATERIALS EXCLUDED FROM SAFETY REVIEW… A federal appeals court ruled yesterday that the Trump administration unlawfully excluded millions of tons of dangerous materials in public use from a safety review. The Environmental Protection Agency must consider dangers posed by asbestos, lead and other toxins regardless of whether they’re still being manufactured, the three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said. Congress mandated the safety review as the first step toward enacting potential new regulations to protect the public.

REPORT: GIULIANI INVESTIGATION WIDER THAN PREVIOUSLY KNOWN… The federal investigation of President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani is wider than was previously known, Bloomberg reported yesterday. The investigation covers possible campaign finance violations, foreign bribery and a failure to register as a foreign agent. One official claimed the probe could include bribery of foreign officials or conspiracy and presents a serious threat to Trump’s presidency.

MATT BEVIN CONCEDES IN KENTUCKY GOVERNOR’S RACE… Kentucky’s incumbent Republican governor Matt Bevin conceded defeat to Democratic rival Andy Beshear yesterday. Beshear narrowly won a November 5 election, prompting Bevin to organize a recanvass of the vote. Bevin offered his concession when the recanvassing showed no change in results.

2 DEAD, 3 INJURED IN HIGH SCHOOL SHOOTING… Two people were killed and three others were injured at Saugus High School north of Los Angeles yesterday after a 16-year-old student opened fire on a crowded quad. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said the gunfire broke out at 7:30 a.m., when students at the school were scheduled to be in their first-period classes. The body of the suspect was found on campus with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

TAYLOR SWIFT BLOCKED FROM PERFORMING OLD HITS… Singer Taylor Swift says her former label chief Scott Borchetta and his partner Scooter Braun are trying to prevent her from performing her old songs at the American Music Awards and won’t let her use her recordings in a Netflix documentary. The singer announced on her social media accounts yesterday that the two would allow her to use her old songs only if she agreed not to re-record them in the future. “This is WRONG,” Swift told her fans in online posts. “Neither of these men had a hand in the writing of those songs. They did nothing to create the relationship I have with my fans. So this is where I’m asking for your help.”

IN THEATERS… “Charlie’s Angels” centers on three women who get called into action and put their lives on the line when a young systems engineer blows the whistle on a dangerous technology. Kristen Stewart, Maoni Scott and Ella Balinski star in the PG-13 film… “The Good Liar” tells the story about a con man who tries to swindle a rich widow and ends up in a cat-and-mouse game. The R-rated film stars Helen Mirren and Ian McKellen… “Ford V Ferrari” tells the story of American car designer Carroll Shelby and driver Ken Miles, who battle corporate interference, the laws of physics and their own personal demons to build a revolutionary race car for Ford and challenge Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1966. Christian Bale and Matt Damon star in the PG-13 film.

Miami 108 – CLEVELAND 97… The Heat built a 24-point halftime lead and coasted past the Cavaliers. Kendrick Nunn scored 23 points. Bam Adebayo had 16 points and 15 rebounds.

NEW ORLEANS 132 – L.A. Clippers 127… Jrue Holiday pumped in 36 points and came up big defensively with three steals down the stretch as the Pelicans got past the Clippers. Derrick Favors had 20 points and as many rebounds.

MILWAUKEE 124 – Chicago 115… Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 38 points and 15 boards in leading the Bucks past the Bulls. Eric Bledsoe added 31 points.

NEW YORK 106 – Dallas 103… Marcus Morris knocked down a tie-breaking 3-pointer with 13.2 seconds remaining and the Knicks held on to down the Mavericks. Morris finished with a team-high 20 points. Julius Randle had 17 points and 10 rebounds.

PHOENIX 128 – Atlanta 112… The Suns shook off a slow start to cruise past the Hawks. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the way with 30 points. Devin Booker tossed in 27 points and Dario Saric added 23.

DENVER 101 – Brooklyn 93… The Nuggets erased a 12-point halftime deficit on their way past the Nets. Paul Milsap and Nikola Jokic scored 18 points apiece to lead seven players in double figures. Jokic also had 10 boards.

Detroit is at Charlotte…
Orlando hosts San Antonio…
Indiana is at Houston…
Oklahoma City hosts Philadelphia…
New Orleans is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Washington…
Boston is at Golden State…
the L.A. Lakers host Sacramento

Carolina 5 – BUFFALO 4 (OT)… Dougie Hamilton found the net at 2:28 of overtime to lift the Hurricanes over the Sabres. Teuvo Teravainen had a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 9 – N.Y. Rangers 3… Alex Killorn scored two goals and assisted on another as the Lightning walloped the Rangers. Nikita Kucherov had a goal and three assists.

Winnipeg 4 – FLORIDA 3… Mark Scheifele scored a goal and had two assists as the Jets edged the Panthers. Patrik Laine assisted on three goals.

MINNESOTA 3 – Arizona 2… Jordan Greenway deflected in the decisive goal in the third period as the Wild clipped the Coyotes. Zach Parise had a goal and an assist.

EDMONTON 6 – Colorado 2… Connor McDavid scored three goals and assisted on three others as the Oilers skated past the Avalanche. Leon Draisaitl piled up five assists.

Dallas 4 – VANCOUVER 2… Tyler Seguin netted a tie-breaking goal late in the second period and had an assist as the Stars doubled up on the Canucks.

San Jose 5 – ANAHEIM 3… The Sharks scored three third-period goals to put away the Ducks. They got a pair of goals from Tomas Hertl.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Detroit 2 (OT)… Alex Iafallo lit the lamp 23 seconds into overtime to send the Kings past the Red Wings. Adrian Kempe scored the tying goal with 1:48 left in regulation.

Boston is at Toronto…
New Jersey hosts Pittsburgh…
Montreal is at Washington…
Columbus hosts St. Louis…
Philadelphia is at Ottawa

CLEVELAND 21 – Pittsburgh 7… baker Mayfield ran for a touchdown and threw for two others in leading the Browns (4-6) past the Steelers (5-5).

Dallas (5-4) is at Detroit (3-5-1)…
Indianapolis (5-4) hosts Jacksonville (4-5)…
Buffalo (6-3) is at Miami (2-7)…
Minnesota (7-3) hosts Denver (3-6)…
New Orleans (7-2) is at Tampa Bay (3-6)…
Washington (1-8) hosts the N.Y. Jets (2-7)…
Atlanta (2-7) is at Carolina (5-4)…
Baltimore (7-2) hosts Houston (6-3)…
Arizona (3-6-1) is at San Francisco (8-1)…
Oakland (5-4) hosts Cincinnati (0-8)…
New England (8-1) is at Philadelphia (5-4)…
the L.A. Rams (5-4) host Chicago (4-5)

Kansas City (6-4) is at the L.A. Chargers (4-6)

#1 LSU is at Mississippi…
#2 Ohio State is at Rutgers…
#3 Clemson hosts Wake Forest…
#4 Georgia is at #12 Auburn…
#5 Alabama is at Mississippi State…
#6 Oregon hosts Arizona…
#7 Utah hosts UCLA…
#8 Minnesota is at #20 Iowa…
#9 Penn State hosts Indiana…
#10 Oklahoma is at #13 Baylor…
#11 Florida is at Missouri…
#14 Wisconsin is at Nebraska…
#15 Michigan hosts Michigan State…
#16 Notre Dame hosts Navy…
#17 Cincinnati is at South Florida…
#18 Memphis is at Houston…
#19 Texas is at Iowa State…
#21 Boise State hosts New Mexico…
#22 Oklahoma State hosts Kansas…
#24 Kansas State hosts West Virginia…
#25 Appalachian State is at Georgia State

#3 Michigan State 76, #12 Seton Hall 73 in the Gavitt Tipoff…
#15 FLORIDA 66, Towson 60…
#18 SAINT MARY’S 81, Long Beach State 63…
#19 ARIZONA 87, San Jose State 39

MLB NEWS… Outfielders Cody Bellinger of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels were named winners of the National League and American League Most Valuable Player awards, respectively, yesterday. The 24-year-old Bellinger, who batted .305 with 47 home runs and 115 RBIs, collected 19 of 30 first-place votes. The 28-year-old Trout batted .291 with 45 homers and 104 RBIs in winning the award for the third time.

The Rundown for November 14, 2019

OPEN IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS OPEN… A new disclosure highlighted the first day of President Trump’s open hearings yesterday. William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified that a member of his staff overheard a July 26 phone call between Trump and diplomat Gordon Sondland in which Trump asked about an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. The investigation is at the heart of accusations that Trump sought to extort Ukraine to benefit himself politically. Both Taylor and senior State Department official George Kent testified about their concerns about the pressure Trump applied.

TRUMP DENIED IN BID TO WITHHOLD FINANCIAL RECORDS… President Trump suffered another legal loss yesterday in his effort to prevent House investigators from acquiring his financial records. The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected Trump’s bid for a rehearing of his lawsuit blocking the subpoena of his accounting firms. Investigators are seeking any information about conflicts of interest and payments from foreign governments.

TRUMP WELCOMES ERDOGAN TO WHITE HOUSE… President Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met at the White House yesterday to hold a bilateral meeting about military operations in Syria. The two leaders also discussed Erdogan’s recent purchase of a Russian S-400 defense system, which foiled a previous deal for Ankara to buy the new F-35 fighter jet from the Pentagon. The White House visit was Erdogan’s second. His previous visit in 2017 made headlines when skirmishes broke out between his security detail and protesters demonstrating in support of Kurdish allies. Charges were filed against seven of Erdogan’s bodyguards, but they were later dropped.

HOUSE TO HOLD SPENDING BILL NEXT WEEK… The House is planning to call a vote next week on a resolution to keep the federal government funded for the next six weeks. House Democratic leader Steny Hoyer said yesterday that he expects a “relatively clean” bill, indicating it might not contain language or provisions that have made previous spending measures difficult to pass in Congress. Senate Republicans have not indicated whether they will pass the resolution.

CHAD WOLF SWORN IN AS HOMELAND SECURITY CHIEF… Chad Wolf was sworn in yesterday as the acting Homeland Security secretary. He became the fifth person to head the agency under the Trump administration. Wolf succeeds Kevin McAleenan, who directed the Department of Homeland Security in an acting capacity since April. McAleenan, who took over after Kirstjen Nielsen’s departure, resigned on October 11.

KODAK BLACK SENTENCED TO 46 MONTHS IN PRISON… Rapper Kodak Black was sentenced to 46 months in prison yesterday after pleading guilty to weapons charges. The 22-year-old Black, whose album “Dying to Live” topped the Billboard album chart last December, admitted falsifying information on background forms to buy four guns. He was arrested before his set at Miami’s Rolling Loud festival in May and one of the guns he bought was used in an attempted shooting in March. Prosecutors said “a rival rap artist was the intended target.” Black has not been charged in relation to that shooting.

BODY IDENTIFIED AS ACTOR CHARLES LEVIN… Authorities in Oregon have identified actor Charles Levin as the man whose body was found last summer in a vehicle at the bottom of a ravine. Levin’s television credits included “Seinfeld,” ″Hill Street Blues” and “Night Court.” His death was ruled accidental.

ORLANDO 112 – Philadelphia 97… The Magic outscored the 76ers 32-15 in the fourth quarter to pull out the victory. Nikola Vucevic had game-highs with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Six other players scored in double figures for Orlando.

Memphis 119 – CHARLOTTE 117… Ja Morant laid in the go-ahead bucket with less than a second remaining and finished with 23 points and 11 assists in lifting the Grizzlies over the Hornets. Jonas Valanciunas had 18 points and 12 boards.

BOSTON 140 – Washington 133… The Celtics outgunned the Wizards to win their ninth straight. Kemba Walker led the way with 25 points. Jayson Tatum added 23 points and Jaylen Brown tossed in 22.

HOUSTON 102 – L.A. Clippers 93… The Rockets jumped out to a 16-point lead after the first quarter and held on to down the Clippers. James Harden poured in 47 points. Clint Capela grabbed 20 rebounds to go with his 12 points.

MINNESOTA 129 – San Antonio 114… Andrew Wiggins scored 30 points to lead all scorers and the Timberwolves cruised past the Spurs. Karl Anthony-Towns racked up 28 points and 11 boards.

L.A. LAKERS 120 – Golden State 94… LeBron James scored 23 points and handed out 12 assists in just three quarters of play as the Lakers cruised past the Warriors. Kyle Kuzma added 22 points.

Toronto 114 – PORTLAND 106… The Raptors got 36 points from Pascal Siakam and 30 from Fred VanVleet in downing the Trail Blazers. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson delivered 18 points and 12 boards off the bench.

Miami is at Cleveland…
New Orleans hosts the L.A. Clippers…
Chicago is at Milwaukee…
New York hosts Dallas…
Atlanta is at Phoenix…
Denver hosts Brooklyn

Ottawa 4 – NEW JERSEY 2… The Senators scored three unanswered goals in the third period to get past the Devils. Jean-Gabriel Pageau recorded a hat trick. Connor Brown had two assists.

N.Y. ISLANDERS 5 – Toronto 4… The Islanders withstood a late rally to edge the Maple Leafs. Anthony Beauvillier netted two goals. Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists.

Washington 2 – PHILADELPHIA 1 (SO)… Evgeny Kuznetsov netted the winning goal in the shootout as the Capitals outlasted the Flyers. Goalie Brady Holtby made 30 saves.

Dallas 3 – CALGARY 1… Joe Pavelski opened the scoring with a second-period goal and added an empty-netter as the Stars topped the Flames.

Chicago 5 – VEGAS 3… Patrick Kane and Ryan Strome each had a goal and two assists as the Blackhawks skated past the Golden Knights.

Carolina is at Buffalo…
Tampa Bay hosts the N.Y. Rangers…
Winnipeg is at Florida…
Minnesota hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Edmonton…
Vancouver hosts Dallas…
San Jose is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts Detroit

#4 LOUISVILLE 91, Indiana State 62…
#16 OHIO STATE 76, #10 Villanova 51…
#11 TEXAS TECH 103, Houston Baptist 74…

Pittsburgh (5-4) is at Cleveland (3-6)

MLB NEWS… Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Justin Verlander of the Houston Astros were named Cy Young Award winners yesterday. The 31-year-old deGrom, who was 11-8 with a 2.43 ERA, received 29 of 30 first-place votes in becoming the seventh National League pitcher to win the award at least two years in a row. The 36-year-old Verlander went 21-6 with a 2.58 ERA. He won the award previously in 2011 with the Detroit Tigers.

The Rundown for November 13, 2019

PUBLIC IMPEACHMENT HEARINGS BEGIN TODAY… Public impeachment hearings begin today in the investigation into President Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the State Department’s Deputy Assistant Secretary for European and Eurasian Affairs, are today’s scheduled witnesses. In their depositions, both raised concerns over the Trump administration’s attempts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. On Friday, the committee will hear from Marie Yovanovitch, who was ousted as ambassador to Ukraine earlier this year after Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani led a campaign to discredit her.

REPORT: STEPHEN MILLER PUSHED WHITE NATIONALIST POLICIES… The Southern Poverty Law Center cited leaked emails in claiming that White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller pushed white-nationalist materials on staffers at the right-wing website Breitbart prior to the 2016 presidential election. The investigative report also accused Miller of condemning those wishing to remove Confederate monuments and flags from public display in the wake of Dylann Roof’s mass killings in the 2015 attack on a black church in Charleston, South Carolina. Miller has been credited with orchestrating Trump’s restrictionist immigration policies, the report noted. The emails were leaked by a former Breitbart writer.

TRUMP ADMINISTRATION OFFICIAL INFLATED RESUME… NBC News reported yesterday that a senior Trump administration official inflated her resume with several misleading claims about her education, professional background and nonprofit work. Mina Chang, a deputy assistant secretary in the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stability Operations, allegedly falsely claimed she was a Harvard Business School graduate and exaggerated the extent of her nonprofit’s work. She even created a fake Time magazine cover with her face on it, according to the report. The 35-year-old Chang, who started her position in April, also allegedly made up a role on a United Nations panel, falsely stated she addressed both the Democratic and Republican national conventions and erroneously implied she had previously testified before Congress.

GATES TESTIMONY: TRUMP INVOLVED IN WIKILEAKS DUMP DISCUSSIONS… The Trump campaign was aware of WikiLeaks’ plans to release stolen Democratic National Committee campaign emails much earlier than it has claimed and President lied about his involvement in conversations about the issue, according to testimony offered yesterday by former Trump campaign official Rick Gates. Testifying yesterday in the trial of Trump adviser Roger Stone, Gates said the release put the Trump campaign “in a state of happiness.” After the dump of thousands of private conversations between Hillary Clinton and her team, Stone told Trump that “more information would be coming,” Gates testified. Stone is accused of knowingly lying to Congress about his interactions with WikiLeaks to protect the president.

SANDY HOOK PLAINTIFFS CAN PROCEED WITH SUIT AGAINST GUNMAKER… A Sandy Hook Elementary school shooting survivor and the families of nine victims may proceed with a lawsuit against the maker of the rifle used in the 2012 massacre that left 26 people dead, according to a Supreme Court ruling yesterday. The High Court rejected an appeal by Remington Arms that argued a 2005 federal law prevents firearms manufacturers from liability when their products are used in crimes. Plaintiffs maintained that Remington should not have sold a weapon as deadly as the Bushmaster rifle that gunman Adam Lanza used to kill 20 children and six adult staff members in 2012. It also accused Remington of targeting younger males in its marketing campaigns and product placement in video games.

PAUL THOMAS ANDERSON MAKING NEW FILM… Paul Thomas Anderson has announced plans to make a new film set in the 1970s. The untitled film will center on a high school student who is also a successful child actor. The project is set to go into production in February 2020.

RICKY GERVAIS TO HOST GOLDEN GLOBES… Ricky Gervais has agreed to return as host of the 77th annual Golden Globe Awards for the fifth time. He previously emceed the event from 2010 to 2012 and in 2016. This year’s event is scheduled for January 5 and will air live on NBC.

INDIANA 111 – Oklahoma City 85… T.J. Warren scored 22 of his 23 points in the third quarter and the Pacers routed the Thunder. Malcolm Brogdon dropped in 20 points.

PHILADELPHIA 98 – Cleveland 97… Joel Embiid threw down a go-ahead dunk with 13.2 seconds remaining and finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds in leading the 76ers past the Cavaliers.

MIAMI 117 – Detroit 108… Jimmy Butler scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and dished off 13 assists as the Heat topped the Pistons. Kendrick Nunn added 20 points.

CHICAGO 120 – New York 102… Coby White knocked down seven 3-pointers in the fourth quarter on his way to 27 points as the Bulls put away the Knicks. Zach Lavine added 25 points.

Atlanta 125 – DENVER 121… Trae Young poured in 42 points and had 11 assists to lead the Hawks past the Nuggets. Jabari Parker tossed in 20 points.

L.A. Lakers 123 – PHOENIX 115… Anthony Davis had game-highs with 24 points and 12 boards as the Lakers handled the Suns. Kyle Kuzma delivered 23 points off the bench. LeBron James had 19 points and 11 assists.

UTAH 119 – Brooklyn 114… The Jazz overcame a 15-point halftime deficit to upend the Nets. Donovan Mitchell scored 30 points to lead all scorers. Rudy Gobert powered his way to 18 points and 15 rebounds.

SACRAMENTO 107 – Portland 99… The Kings got past the Trail Blazers despite playing without the injured De’Aaron Fox. Bogdan Bogdanovic led the way with 25 points and 10 assists. Nemanja Bjelica added 19 points and 12 boards.

Philadelphia is at Orlando…
Charlotte hosts Memphis…
Washington is at Boston…
Houston hosts the L.A. Clippers…
San Antonio is at Minnesota…
the L.A. Lakers host Golden State…
Toronto is at Portland

Florida 5 – BOSTON 4 (SO)… The Panthers came from four goals down in the third period to stun the Bruins. Mike Hoffman scored in regulation and added the winning goal in the tiebreaker.

MONTREAL 3 – Columbus 2 (SO)… Jonathan Drouin’s goal in the shootout lifted the Canadiens over the Blue Jackets. Tomas Tatar scoring a tying goal with 41 seconds left in regulation.

N.Y. RANGERS 3 – Pittsburgh 2 (OT)… Kaapo Kakko opened the scoring with a first-period goal and added the game-winner at 2:24 of overtime to send the Rangers past the Penguins.

Arizona 3 – ST. LOUIS 2 (SO)… The Coyotes got shootout goals from Nick Schmaltz and Conor Garland in ending the Blues’ seven-game winning streak. Garland netted the tying goal early in the third period.

Colorado 4 – WINNIPEG 0… Goalie Adam Werner stopped all 40 shots in his NHL debut and the Avalanche breezed past the Jets. Nathan McKinnon scored two goals and assisted on two others.

VANCOUVER 5 – Nashville 3… The Canucks used a four-goal third period to skate past the Predators. Elias Pettersson and Tanner Pearson scored two goals apiece. Pearson also had an assist.

Detroit 4 – ANAHEIM 3 (OT)… The Red Wings rallied from two goals down to edge the Ducks. Dennis Cholowski scored at 2:04 in overtime. Dylan Larkin netted a tying goal with 37 seconds left in regulation.

LOS ANGELES 3 – Minnesota 1… Anze Kopitar had a goal and an assist in leading the Kings past the Wild. Jonathan Quick made 27 saves at goal.

SAN JOSE 6 – Edmonton 3… The Sharks opened with four straight goals on their way to doubling up on the Oilers. Timo Meier and Barclay Goodrow each had a goal and an assist. Erik Karlsson assisted on three goals.

Ottawa is at New Jersey…
the N.Y. Islanders host Toronto…
Washington is at Philadelphia…
Calgary hosts Dallas…
Chicago is at Vegas

Evansville 67, #1 KENTUCKY 64…
#2 DUKE 105, Central Arkansas 54…
#8 GONZAGA 97, North Dakota 66…
#14 Oregon 82, #13 Memphis 74 in the Phil Knight Invitational…
#17 UTAH STATE 97, Denver 56…
#20 WASHINGTON 56, Mt. St. Mary’s 46…
#21 XAVIER 63, Missouri 58 (OT)…
#22 Auburn 70, SOUTH ALABAMA 69

MLB NEWS… The San Francisco Giants have hired Gabe Kapler as their new manager. Kapler replaces Bruce Bochy, who retired after the season. The 44-year-old Kapler managed the Philadelphia Phillies for two seasons before being fired last month. His Phillies teams posted a 161-163 record.

The Rundown for November 12, 2019

HOUSE RELEASES MORE UKRAINIAN TRANSCRIPTS… Laura Cooper, the Pentagon official who oversaw U.S. policy in Ukraine, told House impeachment investigators last month that President Trump directed the freezing of $400 million in aid to the country in July, according to a transcript of her sworn deposition released yesterday. Cooper’s testimony before the three House committees leading the impeachment inquiry into Trump’s Ukraine dealings detailed confusion and concern among U.S. national security agencies after the White House halted the aid without explanation. Trump allegedly ordered the money withheld until Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy publicly launched an investigation into Trump’s political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter. Also released yesterday was testimony from Catherine Croft and Christopher Anderson, who advised Ambassador Kurt Volker on Ukraine policy. Public hearings in the investigation are set to begin tomorrow.

JUDGE BLOCKS TRUMP TAX-RETURN LAWSUIT… A federal judge yesterday dismissed President Trump’s lawsuit to stop the House Ways and Means Committee from obtaining state tax returns under a recently enacted New York law. Judge Carl Nichols, whom Trump appointed to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, dismissed the case based on lack of jurisdiction. Trump filed the suit in July after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill allowing the state to share information with Congress.

CONGRESSMAN PETER KING WON’T SEEK RE-ELECTION… Fourteen-term Republican Congressman Peter King of New York announced yesterday that he won’t run for re-election in 2020. In making the announcement, King said he plans to vote against President Trump’s impeachment and will support the president’s bid for re-election. King becomes the 20th House Republican to announce that he won’t seek re-election next year.

U.S. SUB FOUND ALMOST 75 YEARS AFTER SINKING… An organization dedicated to finding dozens of lost war subs says it has found a World War II submarine that was sunk with 80 sailors on board and has been missing since February 26, 1944. The USS Grayback was discovered more than 1,400 feet underwater about 50 miles south of Okinawa, Japan, according to the “Lost 52 Project” team. The sub was sunk by a Nakajima b5N carrier bomber during its 10th war patrol but an incorrect Japanese translation of war records included an incorrect latitude and longitude of where the sub went down and hindered its discovery.

JIMMY CARTER TO UNDERGO PROCEDURE THIS MORNING… Former President Carter was admitted to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta yesterday and is scheduled to undergo a procedure this morning to relieve pressure on his brain. Doctors say the pressure is caused by bleeding due to his two recent falls. The 95-year-old Carter was reported to be resting comfortably last night.

ARCTIC BLAST SPREADS ACROSS U.S… An Arctic blast is spreading record-breaking temperatures across the U.S. Forecasters say about 222 million Americans will be chilled by below-freezing temperatures. The affected area spans from the central plains to New England and as far south as Florida. At least 25 states will be struck by snow and freezing temperatures.

‘CRIMINAL MINDS’ RETURNS IN JANUARY… CBS announced yesterday that “Criminal Minds” will return for its final season in January. The January 8 Season 15 premiere will be a special two-hour episode. The series stars Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Matthew Gray Gubler, A.J. Cook, Aisha Tyler, Kirsten Vangsness, Adam Rodriguez and Daniel Henney.

BLACK CROWES REUNITING FOR TOUR… The Black Crowes are planning to reunite and tour in June. The “Shake Your Money Maker” tour celebrates the 20th anniversary of the rock band’s album of the same name. The tour will feature the group’s first live shows since 2013.

Seattle  27 – SAN FRANCISCO 24 (OT)… Jason Myers booted a 47-yard field goal as time expired in overtime to lift the Seahawks (8-2) over the 49ers (8-1). Russell Wilson passed for 232 yards and a touchdown. Jadeveon Clowney returned a fumble 10 yards for a score.

Minnesota 120 – DETROIT 114… The Timberwolves built a 15-point lead after the first quarter and held on to beat the Pistons. They got 33 points from Andrew Wiggins and 25 from Karl-Anthony Towns.

BOSTON 116 – Dallas 106… Kemba Walker knocked down three 3-pointers late in the fourth quarter and finished with 29 points in leading the Celtics past the Mavericks. Jaylen Brown had 25 points and 11 rebounds.

Memphis 113 – SAN ANTONIO 109… Jaren Jackson scored 24 points and Dillon Brooks added 21 as the Grizzlies fought off the Spurs in a back-and-forth contest. Jonas Valanciunas finished with 18 points and 12 boards.

Houston 122 – NEW ORLEANS 116… James Harden scored 13 straight points during a stretch of the fourth quarter and finished with 39 points in leading the Rockets past the Pelicans. Russell Westbrook tossed in 26 points. Clint Capela grabbed 20 rebounds to go with his 11 points.

L.A. CLIPPERS 98 – Toronto 88… The Clippers held the Raptors to 10 fourth-quarter points to pull away with the win. Lou Williams came off the bench to deliver 21 points.

Utah 122 – GOLDEN STATE 108… Rudy Gobert pumped in 25 points and gathered 14 boards in leading the Jazz past the Warriors. Donovan Mitchell added 23 points and Mike Conley tossed in 22.

Oklahoma City is at Indiana…
Philadelphia hosts Cleveland…
Detroit is at Miami…
Chicago hosts New York…
Brooklyn is at Utah…
Denver hosts Atlanta…
the L.A. Lakers are at Phoenix…
Sacramento hosts Portland

Arizona 4 – WASHINGTON 3 (SO)… Conor Garland netted the game-winner in the shootout as the Coyotes ended the Capitals’ six-game winning streak.

CAROLINA 9 – Ottawa 2… The Hurricanes skated past the Senators to stop their four-game losing streak. Sebastian Aho found the net twice. Joel Edmundson had a goal and two assists.

Florida is at Boston…
Montreal hosts Columbus…
Pittsburgh is at the N.Y. Rangers…
St. Louis hosts Arizona…
Colorado is at Winnipeg…
Vancouver hosts Nashville…
Detroit is at Anaheim…
Los Angeles hosts Minnesota

MLB NEWS… New York Mets first-baseman Pete Alonso collected 29 of 30 first-place votes in being named the National League Rookie of the Year. Alonso slugged a rookie-record 53 home runs and drove in 120 runs. Houston Astros designated hitter Yordan Alvarez was a unanimous selection in the American League after batting .313 with 27 homers and 78 RBIs.

The Rundown for November 4, 2019

CONGRESSWOMAN VOWS TRANSCRIPTS WILL BE RELEASED… Democratic congresswoman Jackie Speier of California revealed yesterday that transcripts of recent closed-door congressional appearances by current and former Trump administration officials at the center of the impeachment inquiry will be released this week. Speier, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said the transcripts will give the American people “an eye on exactly what we have heard, and what we have heard is growing evidence of grounds for impeachment.” She made the remarks during an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

TRUMP WARNS HE’LL CUT CALIFORNIA WILDFIRE FUNDING… President Trump yesterday repeated the warning that he would cut federal funding to California as crews in the state seized the upper hand n their battle against raging wildfires. Trump blamed California Governor Gavin Newsom for the state’s forest management practices that have led to wildfires – even though the fires were almost entirely on federal land. Last year, Trump suggested that Californians should rake their forests’ floors. Newsom dismissed Trump’s criticism and criticized the president for not believing in climate change.

FEDERAL JUDGE STRIKES DOWN IMMIGRANT HEALTH INSURANCE LAW… A federal judge in Portland, Oregon, has temporarily struck down a Trump administration rule requiring immigrants to prove they will have health insurance or can pay for medical care before they can get visas. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon’s restraining order prevented the rule from taking effect yesterday. The ruling came in response to a federal lawsuit filed by seven U.S. citizens and a nonprofit organization contending the rule would block nearly two-thirds of all prospective legal immigrants.

ADVISER REFUSES TO TESTIFY… A senior adviser for national security issues chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has refused to testify about White House policy toward Ukraine at a deposition scheduled for today. Robert Blair, who was on the line during Trump’s July call with Ukraine’s President, has not yet received a subpoena and his lawyer says he will still refuse to testify if he gets one. Blair had been associate director for national security programs in the Office of Management and Budget before he followed Mulvaney to the White House in January.

WHISTLEBLOWER OFFERS WRITTEN RESPONSES… The whistleblower whose complaint led to the impeachment inquiry against President Trump is offering to answer written questions from Republicans on the intelligence committee leading the inquiry, his lawyers announced yesterday. The action comes after recent Republican efforts, led by Trump, to unmask the whistleblower’s identity. The whistleblower previously offered to answer lawmakers’ questions under oath and in writing if they were submitted by the House Intelligence Committee as a whole.

KANYE WEST TOPS ALBUM CHART… Kanye West’s “Jesus is King” sold 264,000 copies to top the Billboard 200 album cart. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” cropped to second place on sales of 81,000 units. Rex Orange County’s “Pony” debuted at No. 3 on sales of 56,000 copies. YoungBoyNever Broke Again’s “AI YoungBoy” dropped to fourth after selling 64,000 units. Summer Walker’s “Over It” capped the top five with 60,000 copies sold.

WEEKEND BOX OFFICE… “Terminator: Dark Fate” took in $29 million to open atop the weekend box office. “Joker” finished second with $13.9 million. “Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” made $12.1 million to finish in third place. “Harriet” brought in $12 million to take fourth place. “The Addams Family” came in fifth with $8.4 million.

Houston 26 – JACKSONVILLE 3… Deshaun Watson passed for 201 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the Texans (6-3) ripped the Jaguars (4-5). Carlos Hyde rushed for 160 yards on 19 carries.

BUFFALO 24 – Washington 9… Josh Allen threw for a touchdown and ran for another as the Bills (6-2) pounded the Redskins (1-8). Devin Singletary ran for 95 yards and a score.

KANSAS CITY 26 – Minnesota 23… Harrison Butker’s 44-yard field goal as time expired lifted the Chiefs (6-3) over the Vikings (6-3). Butker tied the game with a 54-yarder late in the fourth quarter. Matt Moore passed for 275 yards and a score. Damian Williams carried 19 times for 125 yards and a TD.

MIAMI 26 – N.Y. Jets 18… Ryan Fitzpatrick hit rookie Preston Williams with two of his three touchdown passes as the Dolphins (1-7) topped the Jets (1-7) for their first win over the season.

PHILADELPHIA 22 – Chicago 14… Carson Wentz passed for 239 yards and a touchdown in leading the Eagles (5-4) past the Bears (3-5). Zach Ertz had nine receptions for 103 yards and a score.

PITTSBURGH 26 – Indianapolis 24… The Steelers (4-4) escaped with a win over the Colts (5-3) when Indianapolis kicker Adam Vinatieri missed a 43-yard field goal attempt with 1:13 remaining. Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell booted four field goals to 51 yards. Minkah Fitzpatrick returned an interception 96 yards for a touchdown.

CAROLINA 30 – Tennessee 20… Christian McCaffrey rushed for 146 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers (5-3) downed the Titans (4-5). McCaffrey also caught a 7-yard scoring pass.

OAKLAND 31 – Detroit 24… The Raiders (4-4) held on in the final seconds after the Lions (3-4-1) had 4th-and-goal at the 1-yard line. Josh Jacobs rushed for 120 yards and two touchdowns. Derek Carr passed for 289 yards and two scores.

SEATTLE 40 – Tampa Bay 34 (OT)… Russell Wilson threw 10 yards to Jacob Hollister in overtime to give the Seahawks (6-2) a come-from-behind win over the Buccaneers (2-6). Wilson passed for 378 yards and five TDs on the day. Tyler Lockett had 13 receptions for 152 yards and two scores.

DENVER 24 – Cleveland 19… Brandon Allen threw 21- and 75-yard touchdown passes as the Broncos (3-6) held off the Browns (2-6). Noah Fant had three catches for 115 yards and a score.

L.A. CHARGERS 26 – Green Bay 11… Melvin Gordon ran for a pair of touchdowns and Michael Badgley kicked four field goals to 43 yards as the Chargers (4-5) ripped the Packers (7-2).

BALTIMORE 37 – New England 20… Lamar Jackson ran for two touchdowns and threw for a third as the Ravens (6-2) dealt the Patriots (8-1) their first loss of the season. Mark Ingram II rushed for 115 yards on 15 carries. Marlon Humphrey returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown.

Dallas (4-3) is at the N.Y. Giants (2-6)

INDIANA 108 – Chicago 95… T.J. Warren pumped in a season-high 26 points and Malcolm Brogdon added 22 points as the short-handed Pacers got past the Bulls.

MIAMI 129 – Houston 100… The Heat jumped out to a 41-point lead in the first quarter and coasted past the Rockets. Duncan Robinson led the way with 23 points. Meyers Leonard added 21 points.

Sacramento 113 – NEW YORK 92… The Kings got 24 points from De’Aaron Fox and 22 from Buddy Hield in their rout of the Knicks.

L.A. LAKERS 103 – SAN ANTONIO 96… The Lakers made it five straight wins by topping the Spurs. Anthony Davis had 25 points and 11 rebounds. LeBron James racked up 21 points, 11 boards and 13 assists. Dwight Howard delivered 14 points and 13 rebounds off the bench.

Dallas 131 – CLEVELAND 111… The Mavericks used a big fourth quarter to blow away the Cavaliers. Luka Doncic finished with 29 points, 14 boards and 15 assists. Six other players scored in double figures for Dallas.

L.A. CLIPPERS 105 – Utah 94… The Clippers erased a double-digit second-half deficit to upend the Jazz. Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points to lead six players in double figures.

Detroit is at Washington…
Brooklyn hosts New Orleans…
Houston is at Memphis…
Minnesota hosts Milwaukee…
Philadelphia is at Phoenix…
Golden State hosts Portland

WASHINGTON 4 – Calgary 2… Jakub Vrana scored three goals to lead the Capitals past the Flames. Evgeny Kuznetsov assisted on two goals.

Chicago 3 – ANAHEIM 2 (OT)… The Blackhawks recovered to outlast the Ducks after blowing a two-goal second-period lead. Patrick Kane netted the game-winner 24 seconds into overtime. Jonathan Toews assisted on two goals.

Pittsburgh is at Boston…
the N.Y. Rangers host Ottawa…
Nashville is at Detroit…
Edmonton hosts Arizona

AP TOP 25 RANKINGS (first-place votes)…
1 LSU (17) 8-0
2 Alabama (21) 8-0
3 Ohio State (17) 8-0
4 Clemson (7) 9-0
5 Penn State 8-0
6 Georgia 7-1
7 Oregon 8-1
8 Utah 8-1
9 Oklahoma 7-1
10 Florida 7-2
11 Baylor 8-0
12 Auburn 7-2
13 Minnesota 8-0
14 Michigan 7-2
15 Notre Dame 6-2
16 Wisconsin 6-2
17 Cincinnati 7-1
18 Iowa 6-2
19 Memphis 8-1
20 Kansas State 6-2
21 Boise State 7-1
22 Wake Forest 7-1
23 SMU 8-1
24 San Diego State 7-1
25 Navy 7-1

MLB GOLD GLOVE WINNERS (No. of times won)… MLB revealed the winners for the 2019 Rawlings Gold Gloves, given to the best defensive player at each position. Winners were chosen through a vote by managers and coaches.

National League
Pitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks/Astros (6)
Catcher: JT Realmuto, Phillies (1)
First Base: Anthony Rizzo, Cubs (2)
Second Base: Kolten Wong, Cardinals (1)
Shortstop: Nick Ahmed, Diamondbacks (1)
Third Base: Nolan Arenado, Rockies (7)
Left Field: David Peralta, Diamondbacks (1)
Center Field: Lorenzo Cain, Brewers (1)
Right Field: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers (1)

American League
Pitcher: Mike Leake, Mariners/Diamondbacks (1)
Catcher: Roberto Perez, Cleveland (1)
First Base: Matt Olson, Athletics (2)
Second Base: Yolmer Sanchez, White Sox (1)
Shortstop: Francisco Lindor, Cleveland (2)
Third Base: Matt Chapman, Athletics (2)
Left Field: Alex Gordon, Royals (7)
Center Field: Kevin Kiermaier, Rays (3)
Right Field: Mookie Betts, Red Sox (4)

The Rundown for October 31, 2019

DEPUTY SECRETARY OF STATE BREAKS WITH TRUMP IN TESTIMONY… Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan broke with President Trump in his testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee yesterday. Sullivan testified that it would not be “in accord with our values” for a president to ask a foreign government to investigate a political rival. Sullivan’s testimony came as he was being vetted to become the next U.S. ambassador to Russia.

JOHN BOLTON ASKED TO TESTIFY… Congressional investigators have formally asked former national security adviser John Bolton to testify in their impeachment inquiry on November 7. Investigators have also asked White House lawyers John Eisenberg and Michael Ellis to testify on November 4. Bolton reportedly won’t testify voluntarily but would provide testimony if subpoenaed.

PATHOLOGIST SUSPECTS HOMICIDE IN EPSTEIN’S DEATH… Prominent forensic pathologist Michael Baden claimed yesterday that evidence suggests convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein died as the result of homicide, not suicide. The findings of Bader, who was hired by Epstein’s family, contradicts the New York City medical examiner who concluded that the late financier’s death in August was caused by hanging in his Manhattan jail cell. Baden said Epstein had a number of injuries that “are extremely unusual in suicidal hangings and could occur much more commonly in homicidal strangulation.”

ECONOMY GROWTH SLOWS… U.S. economic growth slowed during the third quarter as business investment declined, according to figures released yesterday. Gross domestic product rose at an annual rate of 1.9 percent from July through September, according to the Commerce Department. The economy grew at a 2 percent annual rate in the second quarter.

CALIFORNIA CREWS BATTLING 10 ACTIVE FIRES… Fire officials in California reported that two new fires that broke out yesterday brought the number of major fires in the state to 10. The Easy fire between Simi Valley and Moorpark in Ventura County came within 30 yards of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, which was evacuated but not damaged. The Hill fire broke out in Riverside County’s Jurupa Valley. The Kincade fire, which broke out last week in Northern California’s Sonoma County, had burned through nearly 77,000 acres and was 30 percent contained by yesterday morning.

JOHN WITHERSPOON DIES… Actor and comedian John Witherspoon has died, his family has confirmed. He was 77. Witherspoon was best known for his role as Ice Cube’s dad in the “Friday” films. He also appeared in The Wayans Bros TV series, voiced the grandfather in “The Boondocks” animated series and was also a frequent guest on “The Late Show With David Letterman.”

CUBA GOODING JR. ARRAIGNMENT TODAY… Cuba Gooding Jr. is facing a new accuser and new charges in his New York City sexual misconduct case, his lawyer revealed yesterday. The 51-year-old Oscar-winning actor is scheduled to be arraigned today on an updated misdemeanor indictment. A third accuser has joined a case that began in June when a 29-year-old woman accused Gooding of squeezing her breast without consent at Manhattan nightclub.

NATIONALS WIN WORLD SERIES… The Washington Nationals erased a 2-0 seventh-inning deficit on their way to beating the Houston Astros 6-2 in Game 7 of the 2019 World Series. Anthony Rendon homered with the bases empty and Howie Kendrick added a two-run shot in the top of the seventh. Adam Eaton produced a two-run single in the ninth to cap the scoring. Rendon was named the series’ MVP. The victory gave the nation’s capital its first World Series champion since the 1924 Washington Senators. The seven-game series was the only one in which the home team didn’t win a game.

PHILADELPHIA 117 – Minnesota 95… The 76ers’ Joel Embiid led a balanced scoring attack with 19 points before he and the Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns were ejected for fighting. Al Horford had 12 points and 16 rebounds.

CLEVELAND 117 – Chicago 111… Tristan Thompson pumped in 23 points for the Cavaliers. Kevin Love finished with 17 points and 20 boards.

ORLANDO 95 – New York 83… The Magic pulled past the Knicks in the second half. Nikola Vucevic had 21 points and 14 rebounds.

TORONTO 125 – Detroit 113… Pascal Siakam scored 19 of his 30 points in the third quarter to lead the Raptors past the Pistons. Fred VanVleet had 13 points and 11 assists.

BOSTON 116 – Milwaukee 105… The Celtics rallied past the Bucks after trailing by 15 after the first quarter. Kemba Walker scored 21 of his 32 points in the second half.

Indiana 118 – BROOKLYN 108… The Pacers got 29 points from Domantas Sabonis and 25 from Jeremy Lamb in downing the Nets for their first win of the season.

Portland 102 – OKLAHOMA CITY 99… Damian Lillard scored 23 points and dished off 13 assists as the Trail Blazers held off the Thunder. CJ McCollum tossed in 22 points.

Houston 159 – WASHINGTON 158… James Harden made a go-ahead free throw with 2.4 seconds remaining and finished with 59 points as the Rockets outscored the Wizards. Clint Capela had 21 points and 12 boards. Russell Westbrook added 17 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.

Charlotte 118  – SACRAMENTO 111… The Hornets took control with a bg third quarter and hung on to top the Kings. PJ Washington scored 23 points and Terry Rozier added 22.

UTAH 110 – L.A. Clippers 96… Mike Conley scored 24 points, Donovan Mitchell added 24 and the Jazz handled a Clippers team that rested Kawhi Leonard.

Phoenix 121 – GOLDEN STATE 110… The Suns jumped out to a 43-14 lead after the first quarter and coasted past a Warrior team that lost Stephen Curry to a broken hand suffered after a fall. Devin Booker scored a game-high 31 points. Aron Baynes had 24 points and 12 boards.

Miami is at Atlanta…
New Orleans hosts Denver…
San Antonio is at the L.A. Clippers

Tampa Bay 7 – NEW JERSEY 6 (OT).. Tyler Johnson found the net 1:16 into overtime to left the Lightning over the Devils. Ondrej Palat scored two goals and had an assist.

Edmonton 4 – COLUMBUS 1… Leon Draisaitl scored two goals and assisted on another as the Oilers skated past the Blue Jackets. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins assisted on two goals.

ST. LOUIS 2 – Minnesota 1… Alex Pietrangelo netted a go-ahead goal 1:39 into the third period and the Blues held on to edge the Wild. Goalie Jordan Binnington made 35 saves.

Florida 3 – COLORADO 3 (OT)… The Panthers came from two goals down in the tird period to outlast the Avalanche. Jonathan Huberdeau netted the tying goal with 1:30 left in regulation and added the winning goal 29 seconds into overtime.

Montreal 4 – ARIZONA 1… Shea Weber had a goal and an assist for the Canadiens in their defeat of the Coyotes. Carey Price made 33 saves at goal.

Vancouver 5 – LOS ANGELES 3… Brock Boeser scored three goals and had an assist as the Canucks skated past the Kings. Elias Pettersson added a goal and three assists.

Calgary is at Nashville…
Vegas hosts Montreal

San Francisco (7-0) is at Arizona (3-4-1)

#12 Baylor hosts West Virginia…
#20 Appalachian State hosts Georgia Southern

The Rundown for October 30, 2019

UKRAINE EXPERT TESTIFIES BEFORE CONGRESS… Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the top Ukraine expert at the White House who raised concerns about the administration’s efforts to pressure Ukraine into investigating Trump’s political rivals, testified for 10-1/2 hours before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform yesterday. He reportedly claimed the White House transcript of a July 25 call between President Trump and Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky was missing certain words and phrases. The New York Times reported that Vindman said there are ellipses in the memo that indicate omissions where Trump spoke about tapes of presidential candidate Joe Biden and that his attempts to restore words and phrases failed. Analysts say Vindman’s testimony is likely to drive investigators to ask further questions about how officials handled the call. Top Democrats at the deposition described Vindman’s testimony as “extremely disturbing” and praised him for appearing despite attacks from the White House.

WHISTLEBLOWER LAWYERS THREATENED… Lawyers representing the whistleblower who first drew attention to President Trump’s July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has received multiple death threats, according to a report in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal. Individuals close to the legal team also told the newspaper the death threats have led to at least one investigation from law enforcement, and the attorneys have also been subject to other abusive messages. No threats thus far have been determined to be credible, the report said.

HOUSE DEMS RELEASE IMPEACHMENT RESOLUTION… House Democrats yesterday unveiled the resolution that details their procedures in moving forward with the impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The House is expected to vote on the resolution tomorrow. The eight-page resolution calls for public hearings and specifically permits staff counsels from both parties to question witnesses for periods of up to 45 minutes per side.

INDICTED GIULIANI ASSOCIATE TO BE QUESTIONED UNDER OATH… A federal judge in Florida ruled yesterday that Lev Parnas, the indicted associate of Rudy Giuliani, can be questioned under oath in the coming weeks about financial transfers he made to Republican political campaign. The ruling comes as part of a civil court proceeding and is separate from the criminal charges in New York. Parnas is accused in a New York federal court of conspiracy and campaign finance-related violations and has pleaded not guilty to his criminal charges. The Manhattan federal prosecutors continue to consider new charges related to him.

ISIS DEFECTOR TO GET REWARD FOR AL-BAGHDADI DEATH… The Washington Post reported yesterday that an ISIS defector credited with leading U.S. forces to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s Syrian hideout will get at least some of a $25 million reward. The unidentified defector turned against the terror group after it killed one of his family members, officials said. Kurds handed him over to U.S. intelligence officials who determined his info on Baghdadi’s whereabouts was credible.

SPACEY WON’T FACE L.A. SEXUAL ASSAULT CHARGES… The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced yesterday that Kevin Spacey won’t be charged in a sexual assault case because the alleged victim died during the investigation. Spacey was accused of forcing a male massage therapist to touch his genitals during an in-home session in 2016. The therapist claimed he suffered emotional pain and distress from the incident.

HBO ORDERS ‘GAME OF THRONES’ PREQUEL… HBO revealed yesterday that it has ordered a “Game of Thrones” prequel series. The series is based on the “Game of Thrones” companion book “Fire & Blood” and will be titled “House of the Dragon.” The story is set 300 years before the events of “Game of Thrones” and centers on House Targaryen.

WORLD SERIES GAME 6… The Washington Nationals forced Game 7 in the 2019 World Series with a 7-2 victory over the Houston Astros. Anthony Rendon drove in five runs with a homer, double and a single. Juan Soto blasted a tie-breaking solo homer in the top of the fifth inning. Adam Eaton also went deep. Starter Stephen Strasburg allowed two runs on five hits over 8-1/3 innings. Washington is expected to send Max Scherzer to the mound tonight. He would be opposed by fellow righthander Zack Greinke. First pitch is set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern and the game airs on Fox.

MIAMI 112 – Atlanta 97… Rookie Tyler Herro scored 29 points as the Heat cruised past the Hawks. Jimmy Butler added 21 points in his Miami debut.

Dallas 109 – DENVER 106… Maxi Kleber and Tim Hardaway Jr. scored 14 points apiece to lead nine players in double figures as the Mavericks rallied past the Nuggets. Kristaps Porzingis had 10 points and 14 rebounds.

L.A. LAKERS 120  – Memphis 91… The Lakers broke open a close game in the second half. Anthony Davis lit it up with 40 points and 20 rebounds. LeBron James added 23 points.

Minnesota is at Philadelphia…
Cleveland hosts Chicago…
New York is at Orlando…
Toronto hosts Detroit…
Milwaukee is at Boston…
Brooklyn hosts Indiana…
Portland is at Oklahoma City…
Washington hosts Houston…
the L.A. Clippers are at Utah…
Sacramento hosts Charlotte…
Phoenix is at Golden State

BOSTON 5 – San Jose 1… David Krejci had a goal and an assist in his return to the ice after missing five games with an injury and the Bruins skated past the Sharks.

Washington 4 – TORONTO 3 (OT)… Alex Ovechkin’s second goal of the game came at the 4-minute mark of overtime and lifted the Capitals over the Maple Leafs. Ovechkin also assisted on two goals scored by John Carlson.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Philadelphia 1… The Penguins opened with a four-goal first period and never looked back in their thrashing of the Flyers. Sidney Crosby, Dominik Simon and Dominik Kahun each had a goal and two assists.

CAROLINA 2 – Calgary 1… Andrei Svechnikov scored two goals in the final 10:47 to lead the Hurricanes past the Flames.

N.Y. RANGERS 4 – Tampa Bay 1… The Rangers scored three third-period goals to put away the Lightning. Filip Chytil netted the tie-breaking goal in his season debut.

DETROIT 3 – Edmonton 1… The Red Wings topped the Oilers to snap their eight-game losing streak. Dylan Larkin had a goal and an assist.

NASHVILLE 3 – Chicago 0… Nick Bonino scored all three Predators goals in their blanking of the Blackhawks. Rocco Grimaldi had three assists. Goalie Pekka Rinne stopped all 20 shots.

DALLAS 6 – Minnesota 3… The Stars used a five-goal third period to upend the Wild. Alexander Radulov netted three goals and had an assist.

ANAHEIM 7 – Winnipeg 4… Carter Rowney netted two late goals to put away the Jets. Josh Mahura had three assists for the Ducks.

Tampa Bay is at New Jersey..
Columbus hosts Edmonton…
Minnesota is at St. Louis…
Colorado hosts Florida…
Montreal is at Arizona…
Los Angeles hosts Vancouver