The Rundown for Sept. 18, 2018

KAVANAUGH HEARING ON MONDAY… The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a public hearing on Monday with Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who has accused Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her in high school. Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, who chairs the committee, says the hearing will give Ford’s allegations a “full airing.” Both Kavanaugh and Ford previously expressed their willingness to testify in front of the committee.

FLORENCE DEATH TOLL RISES… The death toll from Florence has risen to at least 32, according to figures compiled by the Associated Press. Twenty-five of the deaths reportedly occurred in North Carolina, where the body of a 1-year-old boy was among discoveries. Speaking at a press conference, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper called Florence “an epic storm that is still continuing.” “Some areas have not seen the worse flooding yet,” the governor warned.

WHITE HOUSE TO RELEASE RUSSIA-INVESTIGATION FILES… The White House announced yesterday that President Trump is directing the Director of National Intelligence, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to declassify various materials related to the Russia investigation “for reasons of transparency” and at the request of Congress. According to Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Trump has requested the release of portions of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant as well as FBI reports on interviews connected to that warrant. The president also requested the release of all text messages relating to the Russia investigation from former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and Justice Department lawyer Bruce Ohr.

PROSECUTORS GET FEMA DIRECTOR CASE… Investigators have referred the case of Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long to prosecutors for possible federal charges. The Wall Street Journal has reported that Long and two other officials might have “broken multiple laws” when they took frequent trips from Washington, D.C., to Long’s home in Hickory, North Carolina, at taxpayers expense. The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.

U.S. LOWERS REFUGEE CAP BY A THIRD… Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced yesterday that the U.S. is proposing to lower the refugee cap for 2019 to 30,000. That number reflects a 1/3 decrease from the 45,000 ceiling set for 2018. The 45,000 refugee cap set for the past year was “less than a third of Obama-era levels.

EMMY AWARDS… “Game of Thrones” was named best drama series and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” won for best comedy series at last night’s Emmy Awards. “Mrs. Maisel” also won four other awards, including a best actress for Rachel Brosnahan. Claire Foy won the lead drama actress Emmy for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the Netflix drama “The Crown.” Matthew Rhys captured his first best drama actor Emmy for playing a conflicted Russian spy in the FX Cold War series “The Americans.” Other first-time winners at last night’s event included Henry Winkler, whose award came more than four decades after he was first nominated for his role as Fonzie in “Happy Days.” The 72-year-old Winkler won for best supporting actor in a comedy series for his role as Gene Cousineau on the HBO comedy “Barry.”

TOM ARNOLD FILES CHARGES OVER INCIDENT… Comedian Tom Arnold filed a police report yesterday following an incident at a Sunday night pre-Emmy Awards party. Arnold claimed “The Apprentice” producer attacked him and choked him in front of witnesses. Arnold’s new show, “The Hunt for the Trump Tapes,” is scheduled to debut tonight on Viceland. The show centers on Arnold’s attempts to find tapes of Donald Trump using racist terms on the set of “The Apprentice.”

CHICAGO 24 – Seattle 17… The Bears (1-1) defense harassed the Seahawks (0-2) and gave Matt Nagy his first victory as an NFL head coach. Chicago sacked Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson six times and Prince Amukamara returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown. Mitchell Trubisky threw scoring passes to Trey Burton and Anthony Miller.

L.A. DODGERS 8 – Colorado 2… The Dodgers rolled past the Rockies to move a half-game ahead of them atop the NL West. Joc Pederson knocked in three runs with a pair of homers. Max Muncy connected for a three-run homer. Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-3) limited Colorado to four hits over seven shutout innings.

Chi. Cubs 5 – ARIZONA 1… Kyle Hendricks (12-11) took a shutout into the ninth inning and the Cubs cruised past the Diamondbacks. Javier Baez and Kris Bryant hit two-run homers for Chicago. Chicago remains 2-1/2 games ahead of second-place Milwaukee in the NL Central race.

MILWAUKEE 8 – Cincinnati 0… Christian Yelich completed his second cycle against the Reds in three weeks to highlight the Brewers’ shutout win. Yelich was 4-for-4 with four RBIs on the night. Pinch-hitter Domingo Santana added a solo blast. Wade Miley (5-2) pitched five-hit ball over five innings and got help from two relievers.

St. Louis 11 – ATLANTA 6… Harrison Bader belted a three-run homer in the top of the eighth inning and Yadier Molina added a two-run shot in the ninth as the Cardinals dealt the Braves their third straight loss. Paul DeJong also homered with a runner aboard. Kelton Wong went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs.

N.Y. Mets 9 – PHILADELPHIA 4… Michael Conforto went 3-for-5 with a three-run homer and six RBIs in leading the Mets past the Phillies. Jeff McNeil also had three hits, with an RBI and two runs scored.

MIAMI 8 – Washington 5… The Marlins overcame a 4-0 fifth-inning deficit to down the Nationals. Austin Dean was balked home with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Starlin Castro lined a two-run double and homered with the bases empty. Magneuris Sierra contributed a two-run single.

San Francisco 4 – SAN DIEGO 2… Evan Longoria’s two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the Giants’ defeat of the Padres. Brandon Crawford homered to lead off the fourth. Andrew Suarez (7-11) surrendered two runs on four hits over 7-2/3 innings.

Seattle 4 – HOUSTON 1… Rookie Daniel Vogelbach came through with a pinch-hit grand slam in the top of the eighth inning to send the Mariners past the Astros. Starter Wade LeBlanc allowed just a run on three hits over 5-1/3 innings, but the win went to reliever Ryan Cook (2-1).

Toronto 5 – BALTIMORE 0… Ryan Borucki (4-4) allowed just three hits over eight innings and reliever Tim Mayza struck out the side in order in the ninth as the Blue Jays dealt the Orioles their 107th loss to tie the franchise record set in 1988. Danny Jansen hit a two-run homer. Jonathan Pilar and Aledmys Diaz added bases-empty homers.

Minnesota 6 – DETROIT 1… Reliever Kohl Stewart came on in the second inning and held the Tigers to three hits over six innings in the Twins’ victory. Eddie Rosario and Jorge Polanco hit solo homers for Minnesota.

Tampa Bay 3 – TEXAS 0… Tyler Glasnow (2-6) held the Rangers to a pair of infield singles over six innings and three relievers preserved the shutout. Ji-Man Choi singled home a run and hit a solo homer for the Rays.

PITTSBURGH 7 – Kansas City 6… Rookie Jacob Stallings singled home Kevin Kramer in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Pirates over the Royals. Adam Frazier stroked a two-run double for Pittsburgh.

the N.Y. Mets (Matz, 5-11) are at Philadelphia (Nola, 16-5)…
Miami (Alcantara, 2-0) hosts Washington (Strasburg, 8-7)…
St. Louis (Gomber, 5-1) is at Atlanta (Sanchez, 6-5)…
Milwaukee (Anderson, 9-7) hosts Cincinnati (Lorenzen, 3-1)…
the Chi. Cubs (Montgomery, 4-5) are at Arizona (Andriese, 3-5)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Kershaw, 8-5) host Colorado (Freeland, 15-7)…
San Francisco (Holland, 7-8) is at San Diego (Lucchesi, 8-8)

Boston (Eovaldi, 5-7) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Happ, 16-6)…
Baltimore (TBD) hosts Toronto (Sanchez, 4-6)…
the Chi. White Sox (Rodon, 6-5) are at Cleveland (Kluber, 18-7)…
Detroit (Norris, 0-4) hosts Minnesota (Odorizzi, 6-10)…
Tampa Bay (Snell, 19-5) is at Texas (Gallardo, 8-5)…
Houston (James, 0-0) hosts Seattle (Leake, 10-9)
the L.A. Angels (Skaggs, 8-8) are at Oakland (Hendriks, 0-1)

Kansas City (Skoglund, 1-5) is at Pittsburgh (Taillon, 13-9)

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