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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – NBA commissioner Adam Silver to address racial comments attributed to L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling; Details of efforts by the White House to crack down on college sexual assaults ; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
MCDONNELL’S NEW GIG: Rather, do what I say and not what I do, “per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Former Gov. Bob McDonnell has a new title: professor. He is a visiting professor at Liberty University, the Lynchburg-based Christian-education powerhouse with 100,000 students taking courses on campus and online.
“McDonnell has guest lectured in his visiting professor capacity within Liberty’s Helms School of Government for nearly a month, according to a school spokesman. . . McDonnell hinted near the end of his term that his future could involve higher education but speculation about his post-gubernatorial life was eventually consumed by whether a federal corruption indictment would land.
“It did – not long after he left office in January. The former governor and his wife, Maureen, face a 14-count indictment, stemming in part from more than $165,000 in gifts and loans they accepted from Jonnie R. Williams Sr., who at the time was CEO of Star Scientific.” http://bit.ly/1rGA4q8
MEANWHILE: In the real world, per the T-D, “House and Senate Republican leaders opposed to Medicaid expansion urged resolution on the state budget impasse Monday. Gov. Terry McAuliffe stressed compromise and vowed that he would not let the government shut down.” http://bit.ly/1fLQSET
FISH KILL: It returns, per the Baltimore Sun, “If spring is here, dead fish can't be far behind. State officials are investigating a wide-ranging fish kill spotted Monday, stretching from Fells Point in Baltimore harbor out into the Chesapeake Bay. Authorities have yet to pinpoint a cause, though warm weather tends to bring a die-off in local waters almost every year.
“Dead fish were seen floating off Fells Point in the city and beyond the Patapsco's mouth at Cox's Point in Essex and near Bodkin Point in northern Anne Arundel County, according to Jay Apperson, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment.” http://bsun.md/1h92VMU
DOUG DUNCAN: The long road back, per the Washington Post, “Politics was always a passion and a joy for Doug Duncan, even as a boy campaigning with his mother in Rockville on behalf of John F. Kennedy. But by his third term as Montgomery County executive, elected life had become a miserable daily ritual: “Put on the suit, put on the smile, go home and sit in agony.”
“Even as he led the way on projects such as the Music Center at Strathmore and a revitalized downtown Silver Spring — and served as a calming presence during the Beltway sniper attacks — Duncan was spiraling deeper into despair. In 2006, he aborted his campaign to become governor of Maryland, disclosing that he was severely depressed.
“Now Duncan is back on the ballot, seeking his old job and competing against County Executive Isiah Leggett and County Council member Phil Andrews (Gaithersburg-Rockville) in the June Democratic primary. His descent into mental illness and his recovery are part of the story he tells.” http://wapo.st/1jbXNMf
TORNADO TERROR: Now comes the ugly aftermath, per the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, “Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has asked for a Major Disaster Declaration for Faulkner County, which was hit hardest by a deadly tornado that rolled through the state. Beebe's office said Monday the governor made the request verbally to FEMA regional officials, and said it will be supported by damage assessments in the coming days. Beebe is requesting both individual and public assistance, and his office said federal disaster requests are possible for other counties as well.
“Beebe earlier Monday issued state disaster declarations for Faulkner, Pulaski and White counties. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate visited both Mayflower and Vilonia Monday afternoon. The Sunday night tornado killed at least 15 people in Arkansas.” http://bit.ly/1knUBfY
COLLEGE RAPES: POTUS takes a stand, per the New York Times, “Reacting to a series of highly publicized rapes on college campuses, the White House on Monday released guidelines that increase the pressure on universities to more aggressively combat sexual assaults on campus.
“The recommendations urge colleges, among other measures, to conduct anonymous surveys about sexual assault cases, adopt anti-assault policies that have been considered successful at other universities and to better ensure that the reports of such crimes remain confidential. The guidelines are contained in a report by a White House task force that President Obama formed early this year, and the administration is likely to ask Congress to pass measures that would enforce the recommendations and levy penalties for failing to do so. The government will also open a website, NotAlone.gov, to track enforcement and provide victims with information.” http://nyti.ms/1m3Wlil
UKRAINE: The latest, per The Hill, “President Obama on Monday came under increasing pressure from Republicans in Congress to bring down the hammer on Russian President Vladimir Putin for his actions in Ukraine. Their calls came after Obama announced a new round of sanctions that will hit members of Putin’s inner circle, including seven Russian government officials and 17 companies.
“. . . The president conceded that he did not know whether the sanctions would convince the Kremlin to denounce the pro-Russian separatists who have seized government buildings in Eastern Ukraine. Republican critics said the sanctions — the third round since March 17 — amounted to little more than a “slap on the wrist” that would do little to deter Moscow.” http://bit.ly/1fLTfHC
POLITICO PLAY: “Secretary of State John Kerry, under fire for warning that Israel risks becoming “an apartheid state” in the absence of a peace deal, released a statement Monday evening pushing back hard:
“I will not allow my commitment to Israel to be questioned by anyone, particularly for partisan, political purposes,” Kerry said in a release put out by the State Department. “… If I could rewind the tape, I would have chosen a different word to describe my firm belief that the only way in the long term to have a Jewish state and two nations and two peoples living side by side in peace and security is through a two state solution.” http://politi.co/1iAWpTH
DONALD STERLING: And V. Stiviano, per the Associated Press, “For someone who loves to share photos of herself online, little is known about V. Stiviano other than that she is at the center of a scandal involving Clippers owner Donald Sterling.
“The 31-year-old Los Angeles resident is being sued by Sterling's wife and has been identified as the woman heard on an audio recording of a racist diatribe attributed to the Clippers' owner. With the NBA set to address the allegations against Sterling at a news conference Tuesday, Stiviano remains a key figure in a scandal that started out on the websites TMZ and Deadspin and has since drawn the attention of league officials, sports stars who are calling for sanctions against Sterling, and President Barack Obama.” http://apne.ws/1nBo9dw
CATANIA PATS HIMSELF ON THE BACK: Or something like that, per City Paper, “Facing a so-far sleepy general election race, mayoral hopeful David Catania headed back to school Sunday. After meeting with supporters to launch a "Public School Parents for Catania" effort and delaying a press conference for 20 minutes so a lone TV cameraman could show up, Catania touted his achievements running the D.C. Council's education committee to a crowd of about two dozen outside Capitol Hill's Cesar Chavez Public Charter School.
“In his speech, Catania talked up his slate of education bills. In comparison, Catania said, rival Muriel Bowser can't tout much in terms of education-related legislative efforts.” http://bit.ly/1tYx5ex
DOUBLE IT: The fine, that is, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County Council members say they want drivers to pay a higher fine when a camera catches them illegally passing a school bus. From early January through March, new cameras on Montgomery County Public Schools buses caught about 272 violations and county police have issued $125 citations to those drivers, according to data presented at a Monday joint meeting of the County Council’s Education and Public Safety committees.
“The cameras automatically record drivers who pass a stopped bus while its stop arm is extended with flashing red lights. The $125 citations are too low, council members said, and they want to see the fine double to $250 — the maximum amount allowed by law.” http://bit.ly/1lsARcm
BIG BOOMS: Who should pay?, per the Frederick News-Post, “Fireworks took center stage at Monday’s Middletown Town Council meeting. During a discussion of Middletown’s fiscal 2015 proposed budget, Burgess John D. Miller was adamant that $9,500 in taxpayer money should not be used to fund the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.
“Miller argued that the town would gladly contribute $5,000 toward the Middletown Recreation Council event, which is a county agency. The total request for funding from Middletown community groups was $24,900, and the burgess said he is not comfortable with giving a county agency the bulk of that funding.” http://bit.ly/1mTAcmt
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A new rooftop dog park above a Northwest D.C. apartment complex is a cool new spot for canines! Not only does it provide some fun for residents with pets, but it also allows them to maintain a level of safety at night, since they can take their pooches on the roof for a walk rather than out on the streets.” http://wj.la/1m3nguF
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett, who will be asked about how the county fared in Annapolis, the Silver Spring Transit Center delays and his re-election bid. Also, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton talks about the budget autonomy lawsuit and the Supreme Court’s ruling on affirmative action.