The Rundown for August 28, 2018

MANAFORT TEAM WAS DISCUSSING DEAL… The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Paul Manafort’s defense team was in talks with federal prosecutors about a potential plea deal in the former Trump campaign chairman’s second trial, but the talks ultimately “broke down.” Discussions reportedly occurred while jurors in Manafort’s first trial were deliberating, but “stalled” after special counsel Robert Mueller raised concerns about unreported issues. Last week, Manafort was charged on eight of the 18 counts against him in the tax and bank fraud case. His second trial, which will be in Washington, D.C., is set to begin on Sept. 17. It will center on his alleged violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

COURT STRIKES DOWN NORTH CAROLINA CONGRESSIONAL MAP… A federal court yesterday struck down North Carolina’s congressional map, ruling that it unconstitutionally gerrymandered districts. A three-judge panel found that Republican legislators in the state violated both the First and Fourteenth Amendments when “they drew congressional lines that favored their party.” The court will now appoint a “special master” to draw up a map, but it could also give the North Carolina legislature a chance to draw its own “constitutionally compliant” map before the September 17 deadline.

McCAIN FUNERAL SERVICE… Secretary of Defense James Mattis will join members of Congress, former presidents, and family members as a pallbearer at Sunday’s funeral ceremony at the U.S. Naval Academy. McCain will also be honored at ceremonies in his home state of Arizona, the U.S. Capitol and at the Washington National Cathedral. Former vice president Joe Biden and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg will serve as pallbearers at the National Cathedral ceremony on Saturday. McCain’s daughters Meghan and Sidney, President Barack Obama, President George W. Bush, Senator Lindsey Graham and former secretary of state Henry Kissinger are all slated to speak at the cathedral ceremony as well.

STUDENT LOAN OMBUDSMAN STEPS DOWN… The federal official in charge of protecting student borrowers announced his resignation yesterday. Seth Frotman said he is leaving as student loan ombudsman at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, effective September 1, claiming current leadership has abandoned consumers in favor of corporations. Frotman has served at the CFPB for seven years.

BAN ON 3-D GUN BLUEPRINTS EXTENDED… A U.S. federal judge yesterday extended a ban on the online distribution of 3-D printed gun blueprints. U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik in Seattle issued the extension of a nationwide injunction, blocking a Texas-based group from disseminating files for printing plastic weapons on the internet. Lasnik’s prior order, issued on July 31, blocked the release of the blueprints hours before they were set to hit the internet. That ban was due to expire today.

ROSEANNE CHARACTER KILLED OFF IN SPINOFF.. Actor John Goodman has revealed that Roseanne Barr’s character in the the upcoming “Roseanne” spinoff will be killed off. Goodman said will leave his character “mopey and sad” in the spinoff, which is titled, “The Conners.” ABC cancelled “Roseanne” in May after Barr posted a racist tweet.

ALEC BALDWIN JOINS ‘JOKER’… Alec Baldwin has signed on to join Joaquin Phoenix in the upcoming film “Joker.” Baldwin will portray Thomas Wayne, father of future Batman Bruce Wayne. Phoenix stars as the villain in the title role.

Washington 5 – PHILADELPHIA 3… Matt Wieters smacked a solo homer, Juan Soto went 2-for-4 with an RBI and the Nationals topped the Phillies. Stephen Strasburg (7-7) gave up two runs on five hits over six innings.

CHI. CUBS 7 – N.Y. Mets 4… The Cubs handled the Mets to win their sixth in a row. Ben Zobrist doubled home Anthony Rizzo with a tie-breaking run in the bottom of the seventh inning. Rizzo went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and RBI single. Starting pitcher Jon Lester produced a two-run single.

SAN FRANCISCO 2 – Arizona 0… Chris Stratton (9-7) held the Diamondbacks to five hits over eight innings before Tony Watson and Hunter Strickland came on to complete the shutout. Steven Dugger provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the bottom of the second inning.

Chi. White Sox 6 – N.Y. YANKEES 2… Carlos Rodon (6-3) held the Yankees to two run son two hits over seven innings and the White Sox cruised to the win. Yoan Moncada doubled home a pair of runs. Tim Anderson also had two RBIs.

BALTIMORE 7 – Toronto 0… David Hess (3-8) pitched four-hit ball over six innings and three relievers preserved the Orioles’ shutout of the Blue Jays. Trey Mancini belted a three-run homer and lined a two-run double for Baltimore.

HOUSTON 11 – Oakland 4… Alex Bregman and Tyler White slugged three-run homers during a six-run bottom of the eighth inning as the Astros put away the Athletics in a matchup of the AL West’s top two teams. Marwin Gonzalez went 3-for-4 with an RBI.

L.A. ANGELS 10 – Colorado 7… Eric Young Jr. game through with a go-ahead two-run single in the bottom of the eighth inning and the Angels scored twice more on Rockies shortstop Trevor Story’s throwing error in a come-from-behind win. Shohei Ohtani’s three-run homer capped a four-run fourth inning. Mike Trout singled home a run and homered with the bases empty.

Washington (Scherzer, 16-6) is at Philadelphia (Nola, 15-3)…
Cincinnati (DeSclafani, 6-4) hosts Milwaukee (Guerra, 6-8)…
the N.Y. Mets (deGrom, 8-8) are at the Chi. Cubs (Hamels, 9-9)…
St. Louis (Flaherty, 7-6) hosts Pittsburgh (Nova, 7-8)…
Arizona (Buchholz, 7-2) is at San Francisco (Bumgarner, 5-5)

the Chi. White Sox (Shields, 5-15) are at the N.Y. Yankees (Lynn, 8-9)…
Baltimore (TBD) hosts Toronto (Pannone, 1-0)…
Minnesota (Gibson, 7-10) is at Cleveland (Carrasco, 15-7)…
Houston (Morton, 13-3) hosts Oakland (Jackson, 4-3)…
Detroit (Boyd, 8-11) is at Kansas City (Junis, 6-12)

Miami (Ureña, 4-12) is at Boston (Johnson, 4-3)…
Atlanta (Teheran, 9-7) hosts Tampa Bay (Stanek, 2-3)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Buehler, 6-4) are at Texas (Jurado, 2-3)…
L.A. Angels (TBD) host Colorado (Freeland, 11-7)…
Seattle (Hernandez, 8-11) is at San Diego (Nix, 1-2)

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