The Rundown for Dec. 7, 2018

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MUELLERS’ OFFICE TO RELEASE MEMOS TODAY… Special counsel Robert Mueller’s office is scheduled to produce court filings today detailing the investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Mueller’s team has a deadline to explain why it accused former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of lying to investigators and breaking his cooperation deal. Separately, the special counsel’s office and federal prosecutors in New York have to provide recommended-sentence memos for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen. Additionally, former FBI Director James Comey is testifying behind closed doors today before the House Judiciary and Oversight committees for a Republican-led probe into the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation. Finally, former Trump foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller probe, is being released from prison after serving a two-week sentence for lying to investigators.

SENATE PASSES SPENDING BILL, CONFIRMS KRANINGER… The Senate averted a government shutdown for another two weeks yesterday by passing a stop-gap spending bill. The bill passed in Congress earlier in the day. President Trump’s proposed wall along the border with Mexico is at the heart of the impasse over the 2019 spending bill, as Trump is seeking $5 billion to fund the wall. The House included $5 billion for border security in its Department of Homeland Security bill and the Senate’s included $1.6 billion. The Senate also voted 50-49 yesterday to confirm Kathy Kraninger as head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She takes over for Budget Director Mick Mulvaney, who has been serving in the two roles simultaneously. Kraninger has been working under Mulvaney at the Office of Management and Budget.

NRA, TRUMP CAMPAIGN COORDINATED ADS… The National Rifle Association coordinated with the Trump campaign to buy similar TV ads during the 2016 campaign in an arrangement that experts say likely violated campaign finance laws, according to reports yesterday by The Trace and Mother Jones. The Trace cited documents that reportedly show that the NRA and the Trump campaign used the same person to handle their separate media campaigns. The NRA reported in filings with the FCC that to purchase dozens of “anti-Hillary” and “pro-Trump” ad slots on local news stations in the run-up to the presidential election. The Trump campaign reportedly used a very similar advertising strategy that it said was handled by American Media & Advocacy Group.

HEATHER NAUERT EXPECTED TO BECOME UN AMBASSADOR… President Trump is expected to name state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as his new ambassador to the United Nations. Nauert, a former Fox News host, would replace Nikki Haley, who announced in October that she was leaving the post by the end of the year. The 48-year-old Nauert has been a state department spokeswoman since April 2017. She has no previous government experience.

EXECUTION IN TENNESSEE… A 61-year-old man convicted of killing a 23-year-old woman in 1981 and had been on death row for 36 years was executed in Tennessee last night. David Earl Miller’s request to commute his sentence to life in prison had been denied earlier in the day by Governor Bill Haslam. In his petition for clemency, Miller said he had been physically abused as a child by his stepfather and had been physically and sexually abused by his mother. The petition argued that evidence of the trauma and mental illness it caused should have been presented to a jury.

ENTERTAINMENT
CBS PAYING SETTLEMENT OVER DON HEWITT CLAIMS… The New York Times reported yesterday that CBS News is currently paying off a woman who alleged she was sexually assaulted by former “60 Minutes” executive producer Don Hewitt decades ago. The woman was sexually assaulted “over a period of years” by Hewitt, according to a draft report prepared by lawyers tasked with investigating CBS’ workplace culture. The assaults reportedly “derailed the woman’s career,” and a $450,000 settlement was reached in the 1990s after CBS reportedly found her allegations to be credible. The settlement has reportedly topped $5 million in total. Hewitt died in 2009.

IN THEATERS… “Schindler’s List” is being re-released on the 25th anniversary of its arrival in theaters. The Steven Spielberg film tells the story of Oskar Schindler, who gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce in German-occupied Poland during World War II after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. The film is rated R.

SPORTS
NFL SCORE
TENNESSEE 30 – Jacksonville 9… Derrick Henry rushed for 238 yards and four touchdowns on just 17 carries in leading the Titans (7-6) past the Jaguars (4-9). One of his scoring runs covered 99 yards.

SUNDAY’S NFL SCHEDULE
New England (9-3) is at Miami (6-6)…
Buffalo (4-8) hosts the N.Y. Jets (3-9)…
the N.Y. Giants (4-8) are at Washington (6-6)…
Kansas City (10-2) hosts Baltimore (7-5)…
New Orleans (10-2) is at Tampa Bay (5-7)…
Cleveland (4-7-1) hosts Carolina (6-6)…
Atlanta (4-8) is at Green Bay (4-7-1)…
Houston (9-3) hosts Indianapolis (6-6)…
Denver (6-6) is at San Francisco (2-10)…
the L.A. Chargers (9-3) hosts Cincinnati (5-7)…
Pittsburgh (7-4-1) is at Oakland (2-10)…
Dallas (7-5) hosts Philadelphia (6-6)…
Detroit (4-8) is at Arizona (3-9)…
Chicago (8-4) hosts the L.A. Rams (11-1)

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Minnesota (6-5-1) is at Seattle (7-5)

NBA SCORES
BOSTON 128 – New York 100… Kyrie Irving scored 22 points to lead seven players in double figures and the Celtics cruised past the Knicks. Jaylen Brown delivered 21 points off the bench. Al Horford had 19 points and 12 rebounds.

PORTLAND 108 – Phoenix 86… The Trail Blazers jumped out to a 34-9 lead after the first quarter and never looked back in their rout of the Suns. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 25 points. Reserve Jake Layman added 24 points.

UTAH 118 – Houston 91… The Jazz bombed the Rockets 38-11 in the third quarter to take control for good in the victory. Derrick Favors came off the bench to score a game-high 24 points and grab 10 boards.

TONIGHT’S NBA SCHEDULE
Denver is at Charlotte…
Detroit hosts Philadelphia…
Indiana is at Orlando…
Cleveland hosts Sacramento…
Toronto is at Brooklyn…
Chicago hosts Oklahoma City…
Memphis is at New Orleans…
San Antonio hosts the L.A. Lakers…
Miami is at Phoenix…
Milwaukee hosts Golden State

NHL SCORES
PITTSBURGH 6 – N.Y. Islanders 2… Kris Letang and Phil Kessel scored two goals apiece as the Penguins skated past the Islanders. Sidney Crosby added a goal and two assists.

Columbus 4 – PHILADELPHIA 3 (OT)… Seth Jones scored his second goal of the game 10 seconds into overtime to lift the Blue Jackets over the Flyers. Brandon Dubinsky added a goal and an assist.

Colorado 5 – FLORIDA 2… J.T. Compher scored the first of three unanswered goals in the third periods as the Avalanche put away the Panthers. Carl Soderberg netted a pair of goals.

Detroit 5 – TORONTO 4 (OT)… Dylan Larkin lit the lamp at 2:48 of overtime to send the Red Wings past the Maple Leafs. Larkin also had an assist. Gustav Nyquist added a goal and two assists.

TAMPA BAY 3 – Boston 2… Mathieu Joseph and Anthony Cirelli scored back-to-back goals early in the third period and the Lightning held on to edge the Bruins. Goalie Louis Domingue made 33 saves.

Montreal 5 – OTTAWA 2… Paul Byron scored two goals to lead the Canadiens in their defeat of the Senators. Jeff Petry had a goal and an assist.

CALGARY 2 – Minnesota 0… Goalie Mike Smith stopped all 31 shots as the Flames blanked the Wild. Elias Lindholm netted two goals. Johnny Gaudreau had two assists.

Washington 4 – ARIZONA 2… Andre Burakovsky scored a tie-breaking goal with 4:42 remaining and Alex Ovechkin added an empty-netter in the Capitals’ win over the Coyotes. Matt Niskanen had a goal and an assist.

VANCOUVER 5 – Nashville 3… Elias Patterson, Jake Virtanen and Bo Horvat all had a goal and an assist as the Canucks topped the Predators. Antoine Rousell had two assists.

VEGAS 4 – Chicago 3… The Golden Knights rallied past the Blackhawks after letting a two-goal second-period lead slip away. Jonathan Marchessault and Alex Tuch netted the tying and go-ahead goals 12 seconds apart near the 8-minute mark of the third period. Marchessault also had an assist.

New Jersey 6 – LOS ANGELES 3… Kyle Palmieri scored twice and Taylor Hall assisted on three goals as the Devils doubled up on the Kings. Will Butcher and Travis Zajac each had a goal and an assist.

TONIGHT’S NHL SCHEDULE
San Jose is at Dallas…
Winnipeg hosts St. Louis…
Minnesota is at Edmonton…
Anaheim hosts Carolina

TOP 25 MEN’S HOOPS SCORES
#18 IOWA 98, Iowa State 94…
PURDUE 62, #23 Maryland 60

SATURDAY’S COLLEGE FOOTBALL SCHEDULE
Navy is at Army

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