The Rundown for October 2, 2020

TRUMP TESTS POSITIVE FOR CORONAVIRUS… President Trump announced last night that he and First lady Melania Trump have tested positive for COVID-19. The announcement followed the discovery that senior advisor Hope Hicks had tested positive after spending several days traveling with the president this week without wearing a mask. Trump has consistently played down concerns about the coronavirus and claimed that he wasn’t vulnerable to the disease. Experts have questioned the health and safety protocols at the White House since the start of the pandemic wondered why more wasn’t being done to protect the commander in chief. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 7,277,759 and the nation’s death toll stands at 207,789, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University.

HOUSE APPROVES DEMS’ RELIEF BILL… The House yesterday approved the Democrats’ $2.2 trillion coronavirus pandemic economic relief bill by a 214-to-207 vote. No Republicans voted for the bill and 18 Democrats voted against it. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been in daily talks with Treasury this week but the two have failed to reach agreement on a bipartisan plan.

JUDGE BLOCKS LAW-ENFORCEMENT REPORT… A federal judge as stopped next month’s expected release of a report from a presidential commission created to study American law enforcement. Judge John Bates ruled that the commission, comprised solely of current and former law enforcement officials, lacked the diversity necessary to address issues plaguing policing. The ruling marked a win for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, which brought a lawsuit against both the commission and Attorney General William Barr. LDF argued that the government had violated the Federal Advisory Committee Act, which requires transparency and “fairly balanced” membership on advisory committees. “None of the 18 commissioners appointed to “study a broad range of issues regarding law enforcement and the criminal justice system,” and then make recommendations to the president through the report, have any background in “criminal defense, civil rights, or community organization,” Bates noted in his decision.

TEXAS GOVERNOR LIMITS ABSENTEE-BALOT DROP-OFF SITES… Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued an order yesterday that limits each county in the state to a single site for dropping off absentee ballots. The order will close more than a dozen satellite locations in at least two counties: Harris, which includes Houston, had opened 12 sites to collect early mail ballots, while Travis, which includes Austin, had four. Voting rights advocates said the order was a textbook example of voter suppression. Abbott said the order was aimed at preventing election fraud.

FIRST LADY EXPRESSES FRUSTRATION IN TAPES… Secretly recorded audio captured First Lady Melania Trump expressing her frustration at being criticized for her husband’s policy of separating families who illegally crossed the southern border while at the same time needing to perform traditional first lady duties, such as preparing for Christmas. The audio was recorded in the summer of 2018 by Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend and senior adviser to the first lady who wrote a book about their relationship. In one complaint, the first lady says, “I’m working … my a** off on the Christmas stuff, that you know, who gives a f*** about the Christmas stuff and decorations? But I need to do it, right?” The tapes were played exclusively last night CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360.”

ENTERTAINMENT
‘COPS’ RESUMES PRODUCTION
… The TV show “Cops: has resumed production just three months after it was cancelled amid widespread protests against police brutality. The Hollywood Reporter says the Paramount Network has restarted filming in Spokane, Washington, with plans to air in the international markets where the show has not been cut from the air. The Spokane County sheriff’s office has confirmed its involvement.

AC/DC REUNITING… The rock band AC/DC has announced that it is reuniting. Members Angus Young (lead guitar) Brian Johnson (lead vocals) Cliff Williams (bass guitar) Phil Rudd (drums) and Stevie Young (rhythm guitar) are planning a new album and tour, although dates have yet to be announced. The band’s co-founder Malcolm Young died in 2017 at age 64. In 2016, Williams retired and Johnson quit because he was suffering hearing issues. A year earlier, Rudd pleaded guilty to charges of threatening to kill his personal assistant and possession of illegal drugs in New Zealand. He ultimately served eight months of home detention for the offenses. AC/DC was founded in 1973. Its last album was 2014’s “Rock or Bust.” The band toured through 2016 to support it.

SPORTS
MLB PLAYOFFS…
AMERICAN LEAGUE WILD-CARD GAME 3 SCORE

OAKLAND 6 – Chi. White Sox 4
… The Athletics overcame an early three-run deficit to top the White Sox and advance to take on Houston in the AL Division Series beginning Monday in Oakland. Sean Murphy’s two-run homer sparked a four-run bottom of the fourth inning. Chad Pinder delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the fifth.

NATIONAL LEAGUE WILD-CARD GAME 2 SCORES
ATLANTA 5 – Cincinnati 0
… Starter Ian Anderson pitched two-hit ball over six innings and the Braves held the Reds scoreless for the second straight game in sweeping the series. Marcell Ozuna and Adam Duvall put the game away with two-run homers in the bottom of the eighth inning. Atlanta awaits the winner of the Chicago Cubs-Miami series in the National League Division Series.

L.A. DODGERS 3 – Milwaukee 0… The Dodgers blanked the Brewers to complete a sweep of the series. They await the winner of the San Diego-St. Louis series in the National League Division Series. Starter Clayton Kershaw held the Padres to three hits over eight innings and struck out 12. Mookie Betts stroked a two-run double as L.A. scored all three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.

SAN DIEGO 11 – St. Louis 9… The Padres came from four runs down in the fourth inning to slug their way past the Cardinals and even the series at a game apiece. Fernando Tatis and Wil Meyers both homered twice and combined to drive in nine runs. Righthander Jack Flaherty (4-3) takes the mound for St. Louis in today’s Game 3. San Diego hadn’t announced a starter.

Miami – CHI. CUBS (ppd)… A forecast of rain forced postponement of yesterday’s Marlins-Cubs game. It has been rescheduled for today. Miami will try to finish off a sweep today when it sends Sixto Sanchez (3-2) to the mound. Yu Darvish (8-3) takes the hill for Chicago in a matchup of righthanders. A Game 3 would be played tomorrow.

NFL SCORE
Denver 37 – N.Y. JETS 28
… The Broncos handled the Jets in a game that featured two teams with 0-3 records going in. Melvin Gordon ran 43 yards for his second touchdown run with 1:48 remaining to seal the win. Tim Patrick hauled in six Brett Rypien passes for 113 yards and a score.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
the L.A. Chargers (1-2) are at Tampa Bay (2-1)…
Dallas (1-2) hosts Cleveland (2-1)…
Baltimore (2-1) is at Washington (1-2)…
Carolina (1-2) hosts Arizona (2-1)…
Indianapolis (2-1) is at Chicago (3-0)…
Dallas (1-2) hosts New Orleans (2-1)…
Seattle (3-0) is at Miami (1-2)…
Houston (0-3) hosts Minnesota (0-3)…
Jacksonville (1-2) is at Cincinnati (0-2-1)…
the L.A. Rams (2-1) host the N.Y. Giants (0-3)…
New England (2-1) is at Kansas City (3-0)…
Las Vegas (2-1) hosts Buffalo (3-0)…
Philadelphia (0-2-1) is at San Francisco (2-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Atlanta (0-3) is at Green Bay (3-0)