The Rundown for June 27, 2018

PRIMARIES IN FIVE STATES… Voters in New York, South Carolina, Utah, Colorado and Oklahoma took to the polls for yesterday’s primaries. A shocking result was the defeat of New York Congressman Joe Cowley at the hands of 28-year-old democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney secured the Republican nomination for a Senate seat in Utah and appears a lock to win the general election in November.

FEDERAL JUDGE ORDERS END TO FAMILY SEPARATIONS AT BORDER… A federal judge in San Diego last night issued a preliminary injunction barring the separation of immigrant families at the border and ending most family separations at the border within the next month. District Judge Dana Sabraw’s order requires that nearly all children younger than 5 be returned to their parents within 14 days and older children are returned within 30 days. Additionally, the order mandates that officials provide parents contact with their children by phone within 10 days, if the parent is not already in contact with his or her child.

SUPREME COURT UPHOLDS TRUMP MUSLIM BAN… The Supreme Court voted yesterday to uphold President Trump’s ban on travel to the U.S. by people living in five Muslim-majority countries. The justices voted 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaii that the Muslim ban was constitutional. The majority opinion, written by Chief Justice John Roberts and signed on to by Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Thomas, and Kennedy, argues says the ban is “squarely within the scope of presidential authority.” In her dissenting opinion, Justice Sotomayor wrote that the ban was motivated by anti-Muslim bias and violates the First Amendment. The ban affects people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, along with North Korea and Venezuela. The decision reversed a lower court’s decision that the ban “exceeds the scope of [Trump’s] delegated authority.”

JUDGE LETS MANAFORT CHARGES STAND… A federal judge yesterday rejected former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s request to throw out the charges special counsel Robert Mueller has filed against him. Attorneys representing Manafort argued that the tax and bank fraud charges Mueller filed are irrelevant to the special counsel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Mueller’s team argued that it obtained clearance from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate financial crimes linked to Manafort’s work in Ukraine and file any charges.

WESTERN FIRES… The Pawnee Fire continues to burn in rural Northern California and has now consumed more than 12,000 acres in Lake County. Officials say it remains at 5 percent containment and has forced about 1,500 people to evacuate. Meanwhile, a major blaze in New Mexico is prompting officials to close the nearby drought-stricken Carson National Forest today.

MEEK MILL LOSES BID FOR NEW TRIAL… Rapper Meek Mill lost his bid for a new trial yesterday in his decade-old drug and gun convictions. A Philadelphia judge denied Mill’s petition, which claimed that a former police officer who testified at Mill’s original trial after his 2007 arrest was not credible. The judge ruled that the officer’s testimony did not affect the trial’s outcome.

TERRY CREWS TESTIFIES ON SEXUAL ASSAULT… Actor Terry Crews told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights yesterday that his decision to file a sexual assault lawsuit against a Hollywood agent has cost him a return to the “Expendables” franchise. Crews said a producer told him he wouldn’t return to the franchise unless he dropped his suit and said it shows how “abusers protect abusers.” Crews last year accused William Morris Endeavor talent agent Adam Venit of groping him at a party.

Arizona 5 – MIAMI 3… John Ryan Murphy doubled home a pair of runs and lifted a sacrifice fly as the Diamondbacks handled the Marlins. Zack Godley (9-5) allowed two runs on six hits over five innings.

N.Y. METS 4 – Pittsburgh 3 (10 innings)… Wilmer Flores singled home Michael Conforto with the winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the Mets over the Pirates. Flores also opened the scoring with a two-run single in the first. Conforto tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh.

Cincinnati 5 – ATLANTA 3… Jesse Winkler went 3-for-4 and knocked in a pair of runs as the Reds topped the Braves. Matt Harvey (3-5) gave up a run on six hits over 6-2/3 innings.

SAN FRANCISCO 3 – Colorado 2… Gorkys Hernandez homered with the bases empty in the bottom of the third inning and drew a bases-loaded walk in the eighth to force home Brandon Crawford with the decisive run as the Giants edged the Rockies.

Chi. Cubs 9 – L.A. DODGERS 4… Javier Baez went 4-for-5 with a grand slam and a solo homer in powering the Cubs past the Dodgers. Ben Zobrist had three hits, including an RBI single.

Seattle 3 – BALTIMORE 2… Kyle Seager knocked in all three Mariners runs with a solo homer and two-run single in the defeat of the Orioles. James Paxton (7-2) surrendered two runs on six hits and struck out 10 over seven innings.

Oakland 9 – DETROIT 7… The Athletics erased a 6-0 fourth-inning deficit in outslugging the Tigers. Jed Lowrie singled home Matt Joyce with a go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning and came around to score an insurance run on Dexter Fowler’s single. Chad Pinder homered with a runner aboard in the fifth and Lowrie followed with a solo shot.

BOSTON 9 – L.A. Angels 1… Jackie Bradley Jr.went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and four RBIs in the Red Sox’ pounding of the Angels. J.D. Martinez, Christian Vazquez and Mookie Betts also circled the bases.

HOUSTON 7 – Toronto 0… Charlie Morton (10-1) held the Blue Jays to four hits and racked up 13 strikeouts in a dominating seven-inning performance on the mound and the Astros blanked the Blue Jays. Jake Marisnick blasted a three-run homer and Alex Bregman added a two-run shot during a five-run eighth. Evan Gattis put Houston on the board in the fifth with a two-run single.

CHI. WHITE SOX 8 – Minnesota 4… Yolmer Sanchez had a couple of hits and knocked in four runs as the White Sox doubled up on the Twins. Avisail Garcia homered for Chicago.

TAMPA BAY 1 – Washington 0… Nathan Eovaldi (2-3) took a no-hitter into the sixth inning and four relievers preserved the Rays’ blanking of the Nationals. Kevin Kiermaier scored the game’s only run in the bottom of the first inning on Bauers’ fielder’s choice.

N.Y. Yankees 6 – PHILADELPHIA 0… Luis Severino (12-2) scattered six hits over seven innings and got help from two relievers as the Yankees shut out the Phillies. Aaron Hicks homered and lifted a sacrifice fly. Didi Gregorius also went deep.

San Diego 3 – TEXAS 2… Wil Myers stroked an RBI double and came around to score the go-ahead run on Hunter Renfroe’s double as the Padres scored all three runs in the top of the eighth inning to upend the Rangers.

MILWAUKEE 5 – Kansas City 1… Freddy Peralta (3-0) allowed just one hit over seven shutout innings and the Brewers cruised past the Royals. Ryan Braun, Christian Yelich and Jesus Aguilar homered for Milwaukee.

ST. LOUIS 11 – Cleveland 2… Matt Carpenter went 5-for-5 with a pair of homers and three RBIs to lead the Cardinals in their rout of the Indians. Jesus Martinez and KeltonWong also went deep. Carlos Martinez (4-4) allowed two runs on six hits over six innings.

Arizona (Ray, 2-0) is at Miami (Chen, 2-4)…
the N.Y. Mets (Wheeler, 2-6) host Pittsburgh (Nova, 4-5)…
Cincinnati (Castillo, 5-8) is at Atlanta (Newcomb, 8-2)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Wood, 3-5) host the Chi. Cubs (Hendricks, 5-7)…
Colorado (Freeland, 7-6) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 1-2)

Seattle (LeBlanc, 3-0) is at Baltimore (Cobb, 2-9)…
Boston (Porcello, 9-3) hosts the L.A. Angels (Heaney, 4-5)…
Oakland (Bassitt, 0-3) is at Detroit (Fiers, 5-4)…
the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 2-9) host Minnesota (Gibson, 2-5)…
Toronto (Estrada, 4-7) is at Houston (Keuchel, 4-8)

Cleveland (Bieber, 2-0) is at St. Louis (Flaherty, 3-2)
Philadelphia (Eflin, 5-2) hosts the N.Y. Yankees (Cessa, 0-0)…
San Diego (Richards, 7-6) is at Texas (Minor, 5-4)…
Milwaukee (Suter, 8-4) hosts Kansas City (Duffy, 3-7)

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