The Rundown for June 18, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 33,508,060 and the nation’s death toll stands at 600,933, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The Biden administration announced yesterday that it plans to invest more than $3 billion in the development and manufacturing of antiviral medicines to create an evolving line of coronavirus treatments. The National Institutes of Health, National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and the Biomedical Advancement Research and Development Authority will take part in the Antiviral Program for Pandemics, with the Department of Health and Human Services serving as the umbrella organization over most of the programs. Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to the president, said the multidisciplinary collaborations among leading scientists in academia and industry will help inspire medical innovation and build on the past success in developing COVID-19 vaccines.

BIDEN SIGNS JUNETEENTH INTO LAW… President Joe Biden signed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act into law yesterday, officially making June 19 a federal holiday and giving national recognition to a day commemorating emancipation. Most federal employees will observe the holiday today, since June 19 falls on a Saturday this year. Biden signed the legislation a day after the House voted 415-14 to create the nation’s 11th national holiday. The Senate cleared the bill on Tuesday without debate. Juneteenth commemorates the end of slavery in the U.S. on the day a Union general brought word to Galveston, Texas, that enslaved African-Americans had been emancipated and the Civil War was over. The news arrived more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation.

HOUSE VOTES TO REPEAL IRAQ WAR AUTHORIZATION ACT… The House yesterday voted to repeal the 2002 Authorization for Use of Military Force in Iraq. The vote was 268-161, with 49 Republicans joining all but one Democrat in supporting it. The bill heads to the Senate, where its support among Republicans is questionable. The bill carries the support of President Joe Biden, who cited a White House Office of Management and Budget report this week that claimed, “the United States has no ongoing military activities that rely solely on the 2002 AUMF as a domestic legal basis, and repeal of the 2002 AUMF would likely have minimal impact on current military operations.”

SUPREME COURT DISMISSES ACA CHALLENGE… The Supreme Court delivered another blow to the most recent legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act. The High Court dismissed a challenge from Republican-led states and the former Trump administration, who sought to block the entire law. In penning the 7-2 decision, Justice Stephen Breyer said that the challengers of the 2010 law did not have the legal right to bring the case. Justices Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch dissented. The justices noted that there is no harm to opponents from the provisions that they are challenging because Congress has reduced the penalty for failing to buy health insurance to zero. A Department of Health and Human Services report released earlier this month that shows a record 31 million Americans have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act, including 11.3 million people enrolled in the Obamacare exchanges as of February and 14.8 million newly-eligible, low-income people enrolled in Medicaid expansion as of December.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT OPPOSES ANTI-TRANS MEASURES… The Justice Department sided against state laws restricting transgender rights yesterday by warning that measures introduced in West Virginia and Arkansas should be struck down in the courts. The DoJ argued that recent Arkansas laws restricting trans medical care for children violate the 14th Amendment. It also said West Virginia’s law preventing trans women from playing on women’s sports teams in schools violates Title IX.

… Actor Frank Bonner, who was best known for tacky radio-station sales manager Herb Tarlek on the CBS sitcom “WKRP in Cincinnati” from 1978 to 1982, died at his Southern California home on Wednesday of complications from Lewy body dementia, his wife announced yesterday. He was 79. Bonner also appeared as Father Hargis on the 1988-90 ABC show “Just the Ten of Us.” He then returned for “The New WKRP in Cincinnati,” which ran from 1991-93.

BEATLES DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE DATE… Disney+ announced yesterday that Peter Jackson’s six-hour documentary series about the Beatles will and will debut over Thanksgiving episodes. “The Beatles: Get Back” consists of three two-hour-long episodes that will air November 25, 26 and 27. The series features never-before-seen footage to capture band members making music that carried worldwide impact.

SAN FRANCISCO 10 – Arizona 3
… The Giants handed the Diamondbacks a historic pounding, as it ran their road losing streak to a record 23 games. Curt Casali hit a two-run homer, along with an RBI triple and run-scoring single. Mike Yastrzemski and Mauricio Dubon drove in two runs apiece.

Chi. Cubs 2 – N.Y. METS 0… Kyle Hendricks (9-4) pitched two-hit ball over six innings on his way to winning his seventh straight start. Three relievers held the Mets hitless over the final three innings. Javier Baez provided the game’s only offense with a two-run homer in the top of the first inning.

ATLANTA 4 – St. Louis 0… Charlie Morton (6-3) took a no-hitter into the seventh inning and got help from two relievers in the Braves’ blanking of the Cardinals. Guillermo Heredia hit a two-out solo homer to break a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fifth inning. Ozzie Albies tripled home a run and scored on Abraham Almonte’s double in the sixth.

SAN DIEGO 6 – Cincinnati 4… The Padres powered their way past the Reds after blowing a two-run ninth-inning lead. Eric Hosmer hit a game-tying two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth and Victor Caratini followed two batters later with a walk-off two-run blast.

COLORADO 7 – Milwaukee 3… C.J. Cron unloaded a grand slam and Garrett Hampson added a solo blast in the bottom of the first inning and the Rockies cruised past the Brewers. German Marquez (5-6) limited Milwaukee to one hit over six innings.

CLEVELAND 10 – Baltimore 3
…. Jose Ramirez and Bobby Bradley homered during a three-run bottom of the first inning and the Indians went on to extend the Orioles’ road losing streak to 19 games. Yu Chang singled home two runs and homered with a runner aboard.

N.Y. Yankees 8 – TORONTO 4… Giancarlo Stanton hit a go-ahead two-run homer and pinch-hitter Chris Gittens singled home two runs during a four-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Yankees past the Blue Jays. Gittens added a sacrifice fly in the ninth. Gio Urshela went 3-for-5 with a two-run homer.

HOUSTON 10 – Chi. White Sox 2… Michael Brantley got things going with a three-run homer in the bottom of the first inning and the Astros walloped the White Sox. Abraham Toro homered with a runner aboard and singled home two runs. Jose Altuve homered for the fourth time in three games.

L.A. ANGELS 7 – Detroit 5… Taylor Ward’s first career grand slam capped a five-run bottom of the seventh and the Angels held off the Tigers. Shohei Ohtani (3-1) allowed a run on five hits over six innings.

SEATTLE 6 – Tampa Bay 5… The Mariners scored twice in the bottom of the ninth inning to upend the Rays. Kyle Seager’s infield single scored Jake Bauers with the winning run. Shed Long Jr.’s RBI double tie the game fr Seattle. Luis Torrens homered to lead off the top of the fifth and Ty France homered with a runner aboard in the sixth.

the N.Y. Mets (Joey Lucchesi, 1-4) are at Washington (Joe Ross, 3-6)…
Atlanta (Max Fried, 3-4) hosts St. Louis (Carlos Martinez, 3-7)…
Miami (Pablo Lopez, 2-4) is at the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 4-3)…
Colorado (Antonio Senzatela, 2-7) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 3-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Trevor Bauer, 6-5) are at Arizona (Caleb Smith, 2-2)…
San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 4-3) hosts Philadelphia (Vince Velasquez, 2-1)…
Cincinnati (Tony Santillan, 0-0) is at San Diego (Chris Paddack, 3-5)

Oakland (James Kaprielian, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 1-4)…
Baltimore (Bruce Zimmermann, 4-4) hosts Toronto (Robbie Ray, 4-2)…
Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-2) is at Texas (Mike Foltynewicz, 1-7)…
Kansas City (Jackson Kowar, 0-2) hosts Boston (Nick Pivetta, 6-2)…
the Chi. White Sox (Carlos Rodon, 6-2) are at Houston (Luis Garcia, 5-4)…
the L.A. Angels (Alex Cobb, 4-2) host Detroit (Jose Urena, 2-6)…
Tampa Bay (Michael Wacha, 1-1) is at Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 3-3)

Cleveland (Jean Carlos Mejia, 1-1) is at Pittsburgh (Chad Kuhl, 3-6)

MILWAUKEE 104 – Brooklyn 89… The Bucks rolled past the Nets to force tomorrow’s Game 7 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. Khris Middleton scored a game-high 38 points and brought down 10 rebounds. Giannis Antetokounmpo racked up 30 points and 17 boards. Jrue Holiday tossed in 21 points.

Philadelphia is at Atlanta for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals with the Hawks leading 3-2…
the L.A. Clippers host Utah for Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals with the Clippers leading 3-2

CARLISLE RESIGNS AS MAVERICKS COACH… Rick Carlisle resigned as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks yesterday. The 61-year-old Carlisle guided the Mavs to a 555-478 record during his 13 seasons and he coached the team to an NBA title in 2010-11. He had been the head coach for the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers before arriving in Dallas in 2008.

Tampa Bay 2 – N.Y. ISLANDERS 1… Brayden Point scored a tie-breaking goal with 20 seconds left in the second period and the Lightning made it stand in edging the Islanders to take a 2-1 lead in the Stanley Cup semifinals. Yanni Gourde opened the scoring midway through the first period. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 27 saves at goal. The series remains in New York for Game 4 tomorrow.

Vegas is at Montreal for Game 3 of the Stanley Cup semifinals with the series tied 1-1

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