The Rundown for August 3, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 35,131,393 and the nation’s death toll stands at 613,679, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The U.S. reached a goal yesterday of administering at least one vaccine dose to 70 percent of adults. President Joe Biden hoped to reach the goal by July 4 but Americans were a month late in responding. Cases are up 150 percent nationwide over the past two weeks, with major outbreaks in Florida, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

WHITE HOUSE STRUGGLES WITH EVICTION BAN… The Biden administration is continuing its efforts to stave off an expected nationwide wave of COVID-19-related evictions. Millions of Americans could lose their homes following the expiration of a national moratorium on evictions. Administration officials are urging landlords to hold off for 30 days as tenants seek emergency rental assistance money that has been allocated for them by Congress. The eviction ban has been challenged in federal court repeatedly and President Biden says its continuation requires clear justification from Congress.

BORDER POLICY EXTENDED… The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention yesterday signed an order that extends the Trump-era Title 42 border policy, which allows the U.S. to expel migrants at the border without court hearings or the chance to seek asylum amid the coronavirus pandemic. The CDC released a statement saying the policy “shall remain in effect until the CDC Director determines that the danger of further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States from covered noncitizens has ceased to be a serious danger to the public health, and the Order is no longer necessary to protect the public health.” The policy will be reviewed by the CDC every 60 days, the agency added.

U.S. EXPANDS AFGHAN REFUGEES… U.S. officials announced yesterday that they are expanding the number of refugees who will be allowed to flee rising violence in Afghanistan and resettle in the U.S. The State Department has created a second qualification category, called “Priority 2,” for the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. The new category will make eligible Afghan civilians who have worked for U.S.-based news organizations, U.S.-based aid or development programs and U.S. government or NATO programs. The department said cases for the Priority 2 category will be processed in third countries once the applicants are outside of Afghanistan.

CAPITOL-DEFENDER SUICIDE TOLL DOUBLES… Officials revealed yesterday that two more officers who defended the U.S. Capitol during the January 6 attack have taken their own lives. Their deaths raise to four the number of Capitol defenders who have died by suicide. Washington Metropolitan Police Department officer Gunther Hashida was found dead in his home on Thursday. His fellow MPD officer Kyle DeFreytag was found dead on July 10. They joined MPD officer Jeffrey Smith and Capitol Police Department officer Howard Liebengood as Capitol defenders who’ve died at their own hands.

ENTERTAINMENT
KATHY GRIFFIN BATTLING CANCER
… Kathy Griffin revealed on social media yesterday that she is undergoing surgery for lung cancer and her doctors are optimistic she “should be up and running around as usual in a month or less.” The comedian said doctors diagnosed her cancer early and it is confined to her left lung. Griffin won back-to-back Emmy Awards in 2007 and 2008 for her popular reality series “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.” In 2013, she won a Grammy for her live comedy album “Calm Down Gurl.”

NETFLIX ANNOUNCED PREMIERE DATE FOR ‘WORTH’… Netflix announced yesterday that Michael Keaton’s new film, “Worth,” will premiere on September 3. Keaton stars as mediator Kenneth Feinberg, the mediator who was appointed by Congress to lead the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund. Feinberg learns a lesson in empathy when must determine how to compensate families who lost those closest to them. Amy Ryan and Stanley Tucci co-star.

SPORTS
MLB SCOREBOARD

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia 7 – WASHINGTON 5
… J.T. Realmuto stroked a tie-breaking two-run single during a five-run top of the ninth inning that carried the Phillies past the Nationals. Odubel Herrera homered to lead off the fifth.

MIAMI 6 – N.Y. Mets 3… Lewis Brinson unloaded a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning and added a run-scoring grounder as the Marlins cruised past the Mets.

MILWAUKEE 6 – Pittsburgh 2… Brewers starter Eric Lauer (4-4) pitched three-hit ball over five scoreless innings. Eduardo Escobar tripled home a run and blasted a three-run homer.

San Francisco 11 – ARIZONA 8 (10 innings)… The Giants recovered to outlast the Diamondbacks after blowing a three-run seventh-inning lead. Buster Posey doubled home a tie-breaking run in the top of the 10th inning and came around to score on Steven Duggar’s single. Alex Dickerson cracked a grand slam. Mike Yastrzemski and Wilmer Flores also went deep.

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Cleveland 5 – TORONTO 2
(10 innings)… Amed Rosario singled home a tie-breaking run and Jose Ramirez followed with a two-run homer as the Indians outlasted the Blue Jays.

Baltimore 7 – N.Y. YANKEES 1… The Orioles got solo homers from Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle and Ramon Urias in downing the Yankees. Jorge López (3-12) allowed just a run on a hit over six innings.

SEATTLE 8 – Tampa Bay 2… The Mariners pushed across five runs in the top of the third inning and coasted past the Rays. Ty France went 3-for-5 with a solo homer and three RBIs.

TEXAS 4 – L.A. Angels 1… Dane Dunning (5-7) limited the Angels to a run on three hits over five innings. Brock Holt stole home with a go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh.

TODAY’S MLB SCHEDULE
NATIONAL LEAGUE
Philadelphia (Zack Wheeler, 8-6) is at Washington (Patrick Corbin, 6-9)…
Miami (TBA) hosts the N.Y. Mets (Taijuan Walker, 7-5)…
Pittsburgh (Max Kranick, 1-2) is at Milwaukee (Adrian Houser, 7-5)…
St. Louis (Jon Lester, 3-5) hosts Atlanta (Max Fried, 7-7)…
the Chi. Cubs (Zach Davies, 6-7) are at Colorado (Kyle Freeland, 1-6)…
Arizona (Madison Bumgarner, 5-6) hosts San Francisco (Johnny Cueto, 7-5)

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Baltimore (Alexander Wells, 1-1) is at the N.Y. Yankees (Gerrit Cole, 10-6)…
Toronto (Hyun Jin Ryu, 10-5) hosts Cleveland (Zach Plesac, 6-3)…
Boston (Garrett Richards, 6-6) is at Detroit (Wily Peralta, 3-2)…
Tampa Bay (Luis Patino, 2-2) hosts Seattle (Yusei Kikuchi, 6-6)…
the L.A. Angels (Jose Suarez, 4-4) are at Texas (Jordan Lyles, 5-7)…
the Chi. White Sox (Dylan Cease, 7-6) host Kansas City (Kris Bubic, 3-4)

INTERLEAGUE
Minnesota (Kenta Maeda, 4-4) is at Cincinnati (Tyler Mahle, 8-3)
Oakland (Sean Manaea, 8-6) hosts San Diego (Blake Snell, 4-4)…
Houston (Lance McCullers, Jr., 8-2) is at the L.A. Dodgers (Walker Buehler, 11-1)

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… Rai Benjamin’s 46.17 time in the 400-meter hurdles was good enough to break old world record, but garnered him only silver in Tokyo, where Norway’s Karsten Warholm was even better… The U.S. men’s basketball team defeated Spain 95-81 to set up a semifinal matchup with Australia… Five-time Olympian Allyson Felix and world champion Noah Lyles cruised to the semifinals of the women’s 400-meter and men’s 200-meter, respectively.

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