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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Mixed news for the D.C. fire department; The Naval Academy will convene an Article 32 hearing today at the Washington Navy Yard in the case of three midshipmen charged with committing sexual assault against another midshipman off-campus in 2012; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
BOLLING NOT BULLISH: On Cuccinelli – still, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says Gov. Bob McDonnell’s gifts scandal “just makes Republicans look bad,” and it reminds voters that Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican nominee for governor, has “his own Star Scientific problems.” In a question and answer session with RealClearPolitics, a website that aggregates stories, analysis and polls, the lieutenant governor continued to criticize the attorney general, saying he is “not a big fan of Mr. Cuccinelli’s.”
“But Bolling said a write-in bid for governor “is not something I have any intention of pursuing.” The Cuccinelli campaign had no comment on Bolling’s remarks. Bolling’s former chief strategist, Boyd Marcus, recently endorsed Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor. Bolling said that while he does not plan to endorse a candidate, “that could change.” http://bit.ly/13VmyXH
MEANWHILE: I need money, per the Washington Post, “Supporters of Gov. Robert F. McDonnell launched a Web site with a testimonial from Virginia’s longest-serving legislator on Monday in a bid to raise money for the governor’s mounting legal bills. Retiring Del. Lacey E. Putney (I-Bedford) e-mailed a letter that was tantamount to a political fundraising pitch on behalf of the term-limited Republican’s legal defense fund. The e-mail directed recipients to a newly created Web site for the “Restoration Fund.”
“The fund was established in July to help the governor defend himself against federal and state investigations into luxury items, monetary gifts and loans that a Virginia businessman provided to McDonnell and his family.” http://wapo.st/15dGypD
MARYLAND AND THE BAY: And chickens, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland officials pulled back a proposed regulation Monday aimed at reducing farm runoff polluting the Chesapeake Bay after chicken growers warned it could cripple the state's lucrative poultry industry if imposed now. The state Department of Agriculture announced it had withdrawn its request to make immediate changes to rules governing where farmers may use chicken manure to fertilize their crops, two days before a scheduled legislative hearing on the proposal.
“Agriculture Secretary Earl "Buddy" Hance said in a statement that the O'Malley administration wants to give farmers more time to adjust to the changes and intends to resubmit them next month after meeting with "key stakeholders." The rules, which would have taken effect this fall, would be put off until next year at the earliest.” http://bsun.md/14zd6ry
NAVY OFFICER GROUNDED: And more trouble on the horizon, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The commanding officer of one of the Navy's largest fighter squadrons has been relieved of his duties a month before he was scheduled to turn over command. Rear Adm. Michael Shoemaker, who commands Naval Air Force Atlantic, relieved Cmdr. Edward C. White of his duties Monday because of a loss of confidence in White's ability to command, according to a Navy news release.
“Shoemaker's decision came after the preliminary results of an ongoing investigation into an alleged inappropriate relationship between White and a female Navy civilian employee. White has commanded Strike Fighter Squadron 106, a training unit that operates more than 90 jets, at Oceana Naval Station since June 2012. He has been temporarily assigned to an administrative job.” http://bit.ly/18gZsXr
SITUATION SYRIA: U.S. mulls action, per the New York Times, “Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that the use of chemical weapons in attacks on civilians in Syria last week was undeniable and that the Obama administration would hold the Syrian government accountable for a “moral obscenity” that has shocked the world’s conscience.
“In some of the most aggressive language used yet by the administration, Mr. Kerry accused the Syrian government of the “indiscriminate slaughter of civilians” and of cynical efforts to cover up its responsibility for a “cowardly crime.” http://nyti.ms/17XTsUy
FIRES GONE WILD: One for the record books, per the Los Angeles Times, “Standing on ridges miles away from the Rim fire, John Buckley has traced the path of the huge Sierra Nevada blaze by watching fire clouds billowing above the Stanislaus National Forest.
“The view has been sobering. As the Rim blaze burns its way into the record books, Buckley thinks it is roasting some of the last remaining old-growth stands in the Stanislaus forest, incinerating thousands of acres of young trees planted at a cost of millions of dollars after massive 1987 fires and destroying important nesting areas for California spotted owls and goshawks.” http://lat.ms/1dKkCTH
A VIRGINIA NO-SHOW: At least in person, per The Hill, “Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) didn’t attend the immigration rally that advocates of reform held in his district Monday, but organizers of the event made sure he got the message. They plastered his congressional phone number along the facing of the city courthouse, taped it to water bottles, scrawled it on hand-written placards, and at the end of the rally, they instructed an estimated 300 attendees to text their demands for comprehensive immigration reform to Goodlatte, the conservative Republican who leads the House Judiciary Committee.” http://bit.ly/144hL0Q
POLITICO PLAY: “Sen. Barbara Boxer thinks minimum wage should be raised to be about $10 an hour to help close the ever-growing gap between the working poor and the rich and to promote a healthy nation. “We need to raise the minimum wage. That will make a huge difference. … People are struggling,” the California Democrat told Ed Schultz on “The Ed Show” on Monday. “The difference between the very wealthy and the working poor has grown. We raise that minimum wage and we move forward with the vision of this president that we have, which is everyone pays their fair share" of taxes.” http://politi.co/15sj6SN
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MARCHING: On Washington, per ABC7—WJLA, “Beneath the shadow of the Lincoln Memorial, preparations are underway for Wednesday's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. At Saturday’s celebration and march in the very same spot, tens of thousands joined together in the lead up to the actual anniversary that will take place just 48 hours from Monday.” http://wj.la/1dJBU3q
HE’LL DO HIS BEST: For what it’s worth, per Gazette.Net, “Before several hundred employees of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, U.S. Sen. Benjamin L. Cardin pledged Monday to do “everything in my power” to put an end to federal sequestration budget cuts that have hit federal agencies and contractors throughout Montgomery and Frederick counties.” http://bit.ly/18XnCZm
SCHOOL DAZE: Hello, hello, hello, per City Paper, “It's 8:15 in the morning, and children are streaming into Powell Elementary School. They return the Spanish-language greetings of Principal Janeece Docal, and gamely give high-fives to the strange, grinning woman with an outstretched palm at the Petworth school's entrance.
“The woman is D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson, and Powell is her first stop on a busy first-day-of-school tour. Henderson's itinerary is largely photo-op-y. At Powell, she asks kids if they're excited for school as her photographer snaps away, tries out a few Spanish phrases on the bilingual-school students, and obliges a WJLA cameraman's request by stopping into a classroom to chat with some kids who are finishing their breakfast.” http://bit.ly/14y6qtB
MEANWHILE: Rough ride, per the Washington Times, “The District’s first day of school got off to a bumpy start with two early morning school bus crashes, according to police. No one was seriously injured in either of the crashes, but a total of nine students, a school bus driver and a school aide had to be checked out for minor injuries, according to the fire department. A spokeswoman for D.C. Public Schools said the buses involved were headed to charter schools but she was unable to confirm which schools.” http://bit.ly/18hlOYW
DECISION TIME: Just the facts, per the Roanoke Times, “A transsexual Virginia prison inmate should find out this week whether she will be evaluated for sex-change surgery. Judge James Turk told lawyers for Ophelia De’lonta on Monday in U.S. District Court in Roanoke he would rule promptly. De’lonta, 53, a preoperative transsexual serving a long prison sentence for bank robbery, wants sex-change surgery to convert from male to female. The state has declined to provide the surgery.” http://bit.ly/1dlGkjm
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Medical marijuana is legal in the District – but it doesn't come cheap. After a 10-year fight to get the drug legalized in the city, there is a move among D.C. lawmakers to require city-regulated dispensaries to offer a 20-percent discount to low-income patients.” http://wj.la/1dJzNN9
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are the Rev. Jesse Jackson of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, and Metro police chief Ron Pavlik, who will be asked about transit security and WMATA’s efforts to reduce thefts on bus and rail.