The Rundown for August 6, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,821,287 and the nation’s death toll stands at 158,171, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… Florida reported a record single-day increase of 621 hospitalizations yesterday, raising the state’s total to 7,622… Social-media platforms Facebook and Twitter took action against President Trump spreading coronavirus misinformation yesterday. Facebook removed from Trump’s page a video of him claiming in a Fox News interview that children are “almost immune” or “virtually immune” as he argues for schools to reopen. Twitter briefly banned the Trump campaign’s account from tweeting after it posted the video.

DEUTSCHE BANK COOPERATES IN TRUMP INVESTIGATION… There were more indications yesterday that the Manhattan District Attorney’s investigation of President Trump’s business practices is wider in scope than previously known. The New York Times reported that prosecutors last year subpoenaed Deutsche Bank for Trump’s financial records, and the bank reportedly has been cooperating. The financial institution has lent the Trump Organization more than $2 billion since the 1990s. Manhattan lawyers declared in court filings on Monday that they were investigating possible bank and insurance fraud, referencing “public reports of possibly extensive and protracted criminal conduct at the Trump Organization.”

SALLY YATES TESTIFIES… Former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates told the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday that President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden did not attempt to influence the FBI investigation into Michael Flynn during a January 2017 Oval Office meeting with top national security officials. Yates’ testimony was part of a Republican-led probe into the actions of the Obama administration in its final months. President Trump and his GOP allies had accused Obama and Biden of launching the investigation into Flynn. Flynn pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI his communications with Russia’s then-U.S. Ambassador Sergey Kislyak. Yates said the lies were “absolutely material to a legitimate investigation.”

IOWA RESTORES FELON VOTING RIGHTS… Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds yesterday signed an executive order that restores voting rights for an estimated 60,000 of the state’s felons. Iowa was the last state in the nation that still sentenced all felons to a lifetime ban on voting. The new order makes those who have served their sentences and completed parole eligible to vote. Criminals convicted of violent crimes and sexual abuses will be obligated to make additional petitions to restore their voting rights.

STATE DEPARTMENT IG RESIGNS… State Department Inspector General Stephen Akard announced his resignation after just three months on the job. The department’s inspector general’s office said Akard will be replaced Friday on an interim basis by deputy Diana Shaw. Akard took over in May after President Trump abruptly fired Steve Linick. The firing came as Linick was leading two investigations into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, including his role in a controversial $8 billion weapons sale to Saudi Arabia. The House Foreign Affairs Committee has been investigating the firing and on Monday subpoenaed four top State Department officials.

ENTERTAINMENT
MIGOS RAPPER ACCUSED OF RAPE
… Migos rapper Takeoff is targeted in a lawsuit filed yesterday by a woman who accused him of raping a her at a party in June. The lawsuit was filed in the Superior Court of California by “Jane Doe,” whose lawyer said she “fears retaliation from speaking out.” Allegations against Takeoff include sexual battery, assault, gender violence and false imprisonment. In the filing, the victim says hospital staff “observed physical evidence of forceful rape and notified the Los Angeles Police Department of the same.” The plaintiff’s attorneys say police are still investigating the incident.

AMY ADAMS TO STAR IN NETFLIX SERIES… Amy Adams has signed on to star in the upcoming Netflix limited series drama “Kings of America.” The series centers on a Walmart heiress, a maverick executive and a longtime Walmart saleswoman and preacher. The women go to war against Walmart and their fight results in the biggest class-action lawsuit in U.S. history. Adams will be reunited with director Adam McKay, with whom she worked on 2018 the film “Vice.”

SPORTS
MLB
Philadelphia 11 – N.Y. YANKEES 7
… The Phillies slugged their way past the Yankees in the doubleheader opener. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered.

N.Y. YANKEES 3 – Philadelphia 1… Mike Tauchman doubled home a tie-breaking run, Gio Urshela added an RBI single and the Yankees claimed a split of the twinbill. The loss snapped Philadelphia’s seven-game winning streak.

Miami 1 – BALTIMORE 0… Brian Anderson homered in the top of the fourth inning and the Marlins made it stand in clipping the Orioles in a doubleheader opener. Four pitchers combined on a three-hitter.

Miami 2 – BALTIMORE 1… The Marlins scored twice in the top of the first inning and held on to earn a split of the twinbill. Five pitchers limited Baltimore to four hits.

N.Y. Mets 3 – WASHINGTON 1… Rick Porcello (1-1) held the Nationals to a run on five hits over seven innings to record his 150th career win. Dominic Smith lifted a sacrifice fly and doubled home a run.

Boston 5 – TAMPA BAY 0… The Red Sox blanked the Braves to snap their four-game skid. Martin Perez (2-1) pitched four-hit ball over five innings. Four relievers provided hitless relief. Michael Chavis and Alex Verdugo homered for Boston.

Minnesota 5 – PITTSBURGH 2… Randy Dobnak (2-1) held the Pirates to three hits over six shutout innings, Max Kepler blasted a three-run homer in the top of the ninth inning and the Twins topped the Pirates.

CLEVELAND 2 – Cincinnati 0… Mike Clevinger (1-1) pitched two-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and got help from four relievers in the Indians’ blanking of the Reds.

Toronto 2 – ATLANTA 1… Hyun-Jin Ryu (1-1) and four relievers combined on a three-hitter as the Blue Jays edged the Braves.

Chi. Cubs 6 – KANSAS CITY 1… The Cubs made it six straight wins with the defeat of the Royals. Yu Darvish (2-1) allowed a run on five hits over seven innings. Javier Baez produced a pair of RBI singles.

Milwaukee 1 – CHI. WHITE SOX 0… Adrian Houser (1-0) limited the White Sox to five hits over seven innings in outdueling counterpart Dallas Keuchel and the Brewers escaped with the victory. Eric Sogard singled home Mark Mathias with the game’s only run in the top of the third inning.

San Francisco 4 – COLORADO 3… Brandon Belt connected for a three-run homer in the top of the fourth inning and Wilmer Flores singled home a run in the sixth as the Giants got past the Rockies.

OAKLAND 6 – Texas 4… The Athletics pounded out four home runs in downing the Rangers. Austin Allen drilled a go-ahead two-run shot in the bottom of the seventh inning. Matt Olson homered twice and drove in three runs. Ramon Laureano also went deep.

L.A. Dodgers 7 – SAN DIEGO 6… Joc Pederson homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Dodgers past the Padres.

ARIZONA 14 – Houston 7… The Diamondbacks erupted to score nine runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to erase a 4-0 deficit and cruised to the win. David Peralta went 2-for-4 with a homer and four RBIs. Kole Calhoun legged out an inside-the-park homer. Eduardo Escobar and Nick Ahmed also went deep.

SEATTLE 7 – L.A. Angels 6… Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer and Austin Nola doubled home two runs as the Mariners held off the Angels.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 0-0) is at Pittsburgh (J.T. Brubaker, 0-0)…
Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 0-0) hosts San Francisco (Tyler Anderson, 0-0)…
Texas (Mike Minor, 0-0) is at Oakland (Mike Fiers, 0-0)…
Seattle (Taijuan Walker, 1-1) hosts the L.A. Angels (Dylan Bundy, 1-1)…
the N.Y. Yankees (Masahiro Tanaka, 0-0) are at Philadelphia (Zach Eflin, 0-0)…
Cleveland (Carlos Carrasco, 1-1) hosts Cincinnati (Luis Castillo, 0-0)…
Houston (Zac Gallen, 0-0) is at Arizona (Zack Greinke, 0-0)…
Kansas City (Brad Keller, 0-0) hosts the Chi. Cubs (Tyler Chatwood, 0-0)…
Toronto (Nate Pearson, 0-0) is at Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 0-0)…
Miami (Sterling Sharp, 0-0) hosts Baltimore (Wade LeBlanc, 0-0)…
Milwaukee (Josh Lindblom, 0-0) is at the Chi. White Sox (Gio Gonzalez, 0-0)

NBA
Utah 124 – Memphis 115
… Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as the Jazz handled the Grizzlies. Mike Conley added 23 points against his former team. Rudy Gobert had 21 points and 16 rebounds.

Denver 132 – San Antonio 126… The Nuggets came up big in the fourth quarter to surge past the Spurs. Michael Porter Jr. had 30 points and 15 boards. Nikola Jukic added 25 points and 11 assists.

Philadelphia 107 – Washington 98… The 76ers held off the Wizards despite losing Ben Simmons in the third quarter due to a knee injury. Joel Embiid overcame foul trouble to put up 39 points and 11 rebounds.

Oklahoma City 105 – L.A. Lakers 86… The Thunder held the Lakers to 35-percent shooting in a runaway win. Chris Paul scored 21 points to lead a balanced scoring attack.

Toronto 109 – Orlando 99… The Raptors jumped out to a 26-11 lead after the first quarter and coasted past the Magic. Fred VanVleet scored 21 points and dished off 10 assists.

Boston 149 – Brooklyn 115… The Celtics blew out the Nets despite playing without injured point guard Kemba Walker. Jaylen Brown scored 21 points to lead seven players in double figures.

TODAY’S NBA SCHEDULE IN ORLANDO
New Orleans vs. Sacramento…
Milwaukee vs. Miami…
Indiana vs. Phoenix…
Dallas vs. L.A. Clippers…
Portland vs. Denver
Houston vs. L.A. Lakers

NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS
Florida 3 – N.Y. Islanders 2
… Brian Boyle and Mike Hoffman scored 2:47 apart in the third period and the Panthers pulled within 2-1 in the series.

Arizona 4 – Nashville 1… The Coyotes scored three third-period goals to pull away from the Predators and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Taylor Hall had a goal and an assist.

Tampa Bay 3 – Boston 2… Tyler Johnson scored the decisive goal with 1:27 remaining and had an assist as the Lightning moved to 2-0 in the Eastern Conference’s three-game round robin. Alex Killorn also had a goal and an assist.

Colorado 4 – Dallas 0… Pavel Francouz stopped all 27 shots as the Avalanche blanked the Stars in the Western Conference round robin. Andre Burakovsky and Joonas Donskoi each had a goal and an assist. Erik Johnson set up two goals.

Montreal 4 – Pittsburgh 3… The Canadiens came from two goals down in the second period to upend the Penguins and take a 2-1 lead in the series. Paul Byron netted the game-winner with 4:10 remaining. Paul Byron had a goal and an assist. Ben Chiarot assisted on two goals.

Chicago 4 – Edmonton 3… Jonathan Toews’ second goal of the game came with 1:27 left to lift the Blackhawks over the Oilers for a 2-1 lead in the series. Connor Murphy scored a tie-breaking goal with 1:16 left. Matthew Highmore and Olli Maata each had a goal and an assist.

TODAY’S NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS SCHEDULE
Vancouver vs. Minnesota in Edmonton for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Philadelphia vs. Washington in Toronto for an East round robin…
St. Louis vs. Vegas in Edmonton for a West round robin…
Toronto vs. Columbus in Toronto for Game 3 with the series tied 1-1…
Calgary vs. Winnipeg in Edmonton for Game 4 with the Flames leading 2-1

The Rundown for July 20, 2020

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 3,763,395 and the death toll stands at 140,477, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University. Florida yesterday recorded its fifth straight day of more than 10,000 new cases and reported a record number of 2,700 hospitalizations within a week. Texas Governor Greg Abbott said yesterday that the Navy has sent teams of medical and support professionals to support hospitals in Harlingen, Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Rio Grande City. Meanwhile, the Washington Post reported that the Trump administration is pushing back against bipartisan efforts to ramp up funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for coronavirus contact tracing and testing. White House officials argue that there is sufficient funding still remaining from the March stimulus law. Specifics of the bill are expected to be unveiled next week.

TRUMP WON’T COMMIT TO ELECTION RESULTS… President Trump yesterday declined to commit to accepting the results of the 2020 election. During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Trump told show host Chris Wallace that he will “have to see” about the results and made the baseless claim that mail-in voting will “rig the election.” During the interview, Trump also defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, belittled political rival Joe Biden and discredited National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci.

HOUSE DEMS WANT PORTLAND INVESTIGATION… House Democrats are calling for the Inspectors General of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security to open investigations into reports that federal law enforcement agents have been unlawfully arrested protesters in Portland, Oregon. Reports claim that federal law enforcement agents began using unmarked vehicles to nab protesters last Tuesday. A joint letter signed by several congress members warns that “The Attorney General of the United States does not have unfettered authority to direct thousands of federal law enforcement personnel to arrest and detain American citizens exercising their First Amendment rights.” Co-signers of the letter include House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson and Oversight and Reform Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney. Yesterday, Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the presence of federal troops and enforcement officers is actually leading to “more violence and more vandalism.”

WHISTLEBLOWER ALLEGES POMPEO COVER-UP… A whistleblower who has complained about alleged misconduct by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was blocked from pursuing the issue by top department officials who were covering for Pompeo, according to a copy of the complaint released yesterday. The whistleblower, a State Department employee, also promised new evidence to support allegations against Pompeo. The State Department admitted that it redacted large sections of the four-page report it released following a lawsuit filed by the watchdog group American Oversight. The State Department said its redactions were necessary due to an “ongoing investigation.”

GUNMAN OPENS FIRE AT FEDERAL JUDGE’S HOME… The 20-year-old son of a federal judge was fatally shot and the judge’s husband was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at the family’s home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the gunman approached the house dressed as a delivery driver and began shooting after the husband opened the door. Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in Newark was reportedly in the basement at the time and was not injured. Salas most recently has been presiding over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who claim the company made false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failed to monitor “high-risk” customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

GUNMAN OPENS FIRE AT FEDERAL JUDGE’S HOME…  The 20-year-old son of a federal judge was fatally shot and the judge’s husband was critically wounded after a gunman opened fire at the family’s home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, yesterday afternoon. Authorities say the gunman approached the house dressed as a delivery driver and began shooting after the husband opened the door. Judge Esther Salas of the U.S. District Court for New Jersey in Newark was reportedly in the basement at the time and was not injured. Salas most recently has been presiding over an ongoing lawsuit brought by Deutsche Bank investors who accuse the company about making false and misleading statements about its anti-money laundering policies and failing to monitor “high-risk” customers including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

SHOOTINGS IN PEORIA… Authorities in Peoria, Illinois, say 13 people were shot at a gathering of almost 200 people early yesterday. Police say that there were multiple shooters involved in what appeared to be the “result of a dispute between groups of people,” but the suspects have not been identified. The victims’ injuries were described as non-life-threatening.

ENTERTAINMENT
JUICE WRLD TOPS ALBUM CHART
… Juice WRLD’s “Legends Never Die” sold 497,000 copies to debut atop the Billboard 200 albums chart. Last week’s champ, Pop Smoke’s “Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon,” dropped into second place with 110,000 units sold. The original Broadway cast recording of “Hamilton: An American Musical” dropped to No. 3 with 95,000 copies sold. Lil Baby’s “My Turn” finished fourth after selling 58,000 units. Post Malone’s “Hollywood’s Bleeding” remained at No. 5 on sales of 34,000 copies.

LINKIN PARK DOESN’T WANT SONG IN TRUMP VIDEO… Linkin Park announced yesterday that it has issued a cease and desist letter over the use of one of the band’s songs in a video promoted by President Trump and White House due to a copyright violation. The version of the song “In The End” used in the video was a cover that featured Jung Youth, complained separately over the weekend. Twitter removed the video due to a copyright violation. Earlier this month, Neil Young objected to Trump playing several of his songs during a July 4 event at Mount Rushmore.

SPORTS
NFL PLAYERS QUESTION SAFETY PROTOCOLS
… The NFL is meeting some resistance as it plans to open training camp this week. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson and other high-profile players went on social media yesterday to question the league’s plans for the 2020 season. Players are demanding that owners listen to medical experts as they finalize safety protocols. The players’ union and owners continue to negotiate proposals.