CORONAVIRUS UPDATE… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 4,349,313 and the nation’s death toll stands at 149,235, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… White House health advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci warned of early signs that indicate a possible outbreak in Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Kentucky. Higher positivity rates are at the center of his concern, Fauci said during an appearance on ABC’s “Good Morning America”… The American Federation of Teachers, which represents 1.7 million school employees, has authorized its members to strike if schools decide to reopen without proper safety plans in place.
TRUMP CAMPAIGN ACCUSED OF SIPHONING $170M… A non-partisan nonprofit ethics watchdog group has accused President Trump’s reelection campaign of illegally concealing nearly $170 million worth of campaign spending. In yesterday’s 81-page filing with the Federal Elections Commission, the Campaign Legal Center claims Trump’s reelection campaign and campaign committee hid the money by running it through “pass-through” vendors linked to campaign leadership. According to the complaint, firms run by former campaign manager Brad Parscale and associates have essentially served as “clearing houses” that paid subcontractors and vendors without revealing where donor money actually went. Payments have not been reported in disclosure records as being paid by the campaign.
CONGRESS PANEL QUESTIONS WILLIAM BARR… Attorney General faced more than five hours of questioning from members of the House Judiciary Committee yesterday. Subjects included the Justice Department’s handling of cases involving Trump associates, the federal response to protests and election integrity. In his opening remarks, committee chairman Jerrold Nadler accused Barr of enabling the failings of President Trump and said his tenure “has been marked by a persistent war” against the Justice Department’s “professional core in an apparent attempt to secure favors for the president.” Attorney General William Barr hesitated when asked on Tuesday whether it was proper for an American president to accept foreign interference in an election, claiming at first that it depended on the type of assistance given. In one of the more heated exchanges, Rhode Island Democrat David Cicilline struggled to get Barr to admit that it would be “not appropriate” for the president to solicit or accept foreign assistance in an election. Barr also refused to answer Louisiana Democrat Cedric Richmond’s question about whether a sitting president can move a U.S. election.
TRUMP ADMINISTRATION TO DENY DACA REQUESTS… The Trump administration announced yesterday that it will deny all new Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals requests and limit renewal periods for current recipients. The decision follows a June 18 Supreme Court ruling the Trump administration couldn’t rescind DACA because in doing so it did not consider the effect on the people presently in the U.S. as part of the program. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf issued a memorandum urging Congress to react.
BIDEN RELEASES RACIAL-EQUITY PLAN… Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden yesterday unveiled a plan to advance racial equity in the rebuilding of the economy. The plan, “Build Back Better by Advancing Racial Equality Across the American Economy,” would help families buy their first homes and build wealth by creating a new tax credit of up to $15,000, Biden said. The former vice president also said that he would invest in affordable housing, and call for more accurate, non-discriminatory credit scoring. The plan also calls for creating a new Small Business Opportunity Fund and legislation that requires the Federal Reserve to report data and trends on racial economic gaps and commit to a “real-time” payment system.
EMMY NOMINATIONS… HBO’s “Watchmen” received 26 nominations to lead the field for the 72nd Primetime Emmy Awards. The show’s nods included Limited Series, Outstanding Cast for a Limited Series, Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie for Regina King and Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie for Jeremy Irons. Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” picked up 20 nominations. Netflix’s “Ozark” and HBO’s “Succession” each had 18 nods. The Emmy Awards show is set to air September 20 live on ABC. Jimmy Kimmel will host the ceremony for the third time.
CHAINSMOKERS CONCERT ORGANIZERS FACE PENALTIES… New York Governor Andrew Cuomo vowed yesterday that local officials could face “civil fines and potential criminal liability” over a packed weekend concert featuring The Chainsmokers in the Hamptons on Saturday night. The “drive-in” charity gig drew a crowd of 2,000 people and they disrespected fellow New Yorkers by defying social distancing restrictions, Cuomo said. Organizers insist they followed Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for the show, despite footage that indicated otherwise.
MARLINS, PHILLIES GAMES SUSPENDED… Major League Baseball has suspended Miami Marlins games through Sunday and Philadelphia Phillies games until Friday amid a coronavirus outbreak that infected half the Marlins’ team. Infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci said the season could be in jeopardy.
Chi. Cubs 8 – CINCINNATI 5… Javier Baez homered twice and drove in three runs to lead the Cubs past the Reds.
PITTSBURGH 8 – Milwaukee 6… The Pirates erased a 6-2 deficit after 6-1/2 innings to top the Brewers. Adam Frazier blasted a tie-breaking two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth inning.
San Diego 5 – SAN FRANCISCO 3… Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a three-run homer and Wil Meyers added a two-run shot to send the Padres past the Giants.
CLEVELAND 4 – Chi. White Sox 3… Francisco Lindor and Bradley Zimmer each homered and knocked in two runs as the Indians held on to edge the White Sox in the doubleheader opener.
CLEVELAND 5 – Chi. White Sox 3… Carlos Santana belted a three run homer and Oscar Mercado singled in two runs to give the Tribe a sweep of the twinbill.
DETROIT 4 – Kansas City 3… The Tigers powered their way past the Royals after spotting them a three-run lead. Jonathan Schoop and Christin Smart connected for two-run homers in the bottom of the third inning.
L.A. Angels 10 – SEATTLE 2… The Angels got home runs from Anthony Rendon, Max Stassi and Albert Pujols in their pounding of the Mariners.
Toronto 5 – WASHINGTON 1… The Blue Jays scored three unearned runs on their way to handing the Nationals their fourth loss in five games. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. homered with the base empty.
TAMPA BAY 5 – Atlanta 2… Yoshi Tsutsugo stroked a two-run single as the Rays scored all five runs in the bottom of the third inning in downing the Braves.
N.Y. Mets 8 – BOSTON 3… J.D. Davis homered with a runner aboard as the Mets dealt the Red Sox their fourth straight loss.
MINNESOTA 6 – St. Louis 3… Jorge Polanco drilled a two-run homer to cap a five-run bottom of the second inning and Josh Donaldson added a solo shot in the third as the Twins doubled up on the Cardinals.
Arizona 4 – TEXAS 1… Righthander Merrill Kelly took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and the Diamondbacks cruised past the Rangers. Arizona opened with a three-run top of the first.
L.A. Dodgers 5 – HOUSTON 2… The Dodgers got past the Astros in a feisty contest that featured a bench-clearing incident after L.A. reliever Joe Kelly was accused of throwing at Houston batters Alex Bregman and Carlos Correa in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Dodgers scored all five runs in the fifth.
Colorado 8 – OAKLAND 3… The Rockies made it three straight wins with their defeat of the Athletics. Sam Hilliard homered with a runner aboard.
TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE…
the Chi. Cubs (Kyle Hendricks, 1-0) are at Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 1-0)…
Pittsburgh (Joe Musgrove, 0-1) hosts Milwaukee (Brandon Woodruff, 0-1)…
San Diego (Chris Paddack, 1-0) is at San Francisco (Johnny Cueto)
the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 1-0) are at Baltimore (Asher Wojciechowski)…
Detroit (Matthew Boyd, 0-1) hosts Kansas City (Danny Duffy, 0-1)…
the Chi. White Sox (Lucas Giolito, 0-1) are at Cleveland (Zach Plesac)…
Seattle (Justin Dunn) hosts the L.A. Angels (Andrew Heaney)
Washington (Max Scherzer, 0-1) is at Toronto (Hyun-Jin Ryu)…
Atlanta (Mike Soroka) hosts Tampa Bay (Charlie Morton, 0-1)…
N.Y. Mets (Jacob deGrom) are at Boston (Nathan Eovaldi, 1-0)…
Texas (Lance Lynn, 1-0) hosts Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 0-1)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Dustin May) are at Houston (TBA)…
Minnesota (Rich Hill) hosts St. Louis (TBA)…
Colorado (German Marquez, 0-1) is at Oakland (Frankie Montas)
NFL… Former All-Pro defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield was found guilty of rape by force, oral copulation by force and false imprisonment yesterday by a jury in Santa Clara County, California. The 49-year-old Stubblefield, who played for the San Francisco 49ers in seven of his 11 years in the NFL, is facing 15 years to life in prison. Prosecutors accused Stubblefield of committing the crimes at gunpoint against a 31-year-old woman with developmental disabilities in 2015.
NBA REGULAR SEASON RESUMES TOMORROW…
NHL STANLEY CUP QUALIFIERS BEGIN SATURDAY…