DAYBREAK DAILY: Cantor gets it from both sides on immigration

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CANTOR GETS IT FROM BOTH SIDES: Of immigration reform, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The national immigration debate landed on House Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s home turf Wednesday as advocates on the right and the left criticized him during events at the State Capitol. Increasingly, (Virginia’s) 7th District Republican has become a focus of the immigration debate nationally. Reform advocates see him as an “obstacle” to progress while his district primary opponent accuses Cantor of supporting amnesty.

“Rep. Luis V. Gutiérrez, a Democrat from Illinois, appeared with representatives of CASA de Virginia, the same group that has literally brought the immigration debate to Cantor’s doorstep. Last week protesters stood outside of Cantor’s Northern Virginia residence as well as his home in Glen Allen. Speaking before an audience including several people who organizers said were facing deportation orders, Gutierrez asked Cantor to put immigration legislation up for a vote.”

PREPARE YOURSELVES: Ads, ads and more ads, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland voters can expect to see an escalating barrage of television ads before the June 24 primary for governor, a blitz that will be fueled by the nearly $9 million the contenders have in the bank. Most of that money will be spent on the Democratic contest. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown leads with about $4 million on hand, but Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has $3 million — enough to pay for a sustained presence on the air. And Del. Heather R. Mizeur, with nearly $1 million, says she'll be on TV as well.

“On the Republican side, the four candidates have far less money and are likely to get their message out using radio, mailings, social media and other means. Larry Hogan has nearly $390,000 on hand and is expected to collect $275,000 in public financing soon. His second television ad, released this week, is running on cable.”

EASTERN MARKET ATTACKS: And beefed-up security, per the Washington Post, “More than 100 Capitol Hill residents concerned about a series of crimes, including three attacks on women that authorities say may be linked, met with D.C. police Wednesday night, bringing questions about safety and the ongoing investigation. Jeff Brown, commander of the 1st Police District, told the audience that additional officers have been redeployed to patrol the Eastern Market area on foot, bicycles and Segways.

“. . . In all three attacks — two on May 21 and one on May 15 — the female victims were walking alone, one near upscale stores near the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro and two near the Eastern Market Metro, in the heart of Capitol Hill. In each case, a man put a sharp object to the victim’s neck and cut or stabbed two of them, police said.”

EXPRESS FINE: Or something like that, per WTOP, “A Northern Virginia woman who took 11 trips on the 495 Express Lanes is being charged more than $10,000 in tolls, administrative fees, court costs and civil penalties. Toni Cooley took the trips over a two-week span in November and December 2012. Her E-ZPass on the 495 Express Lanes did not register because she did not properly set up auto-renewal on her account.”

VETERANS AFFAIRS: Of a damning report, per the New York Times, “In the first confirmation that Department of Veterans Affairs administrators manipulated medical waiting lists at one and possibly more hospitals, the department’s inspector general reported on Wednesday that 1,700 patients at the veterans medical center in Phoenix were not placed on the official waiting list for doctors’ appointments and may never have received care.

“The scathing report by Richard J. Griffin, the acting inspector general, validates allegations raised by whistle-blowers and others that Veterans Affairs officials in Phoenix employed artifices to cloak long waiting times for veterans seeking medical care. Mr. Griffin said the average waiting time in Phoenix for initial primary care appointments, 115 days, was nearly five times as long as what the hospital’s administrators had reported.”

MEANWHILE: Of Shinseki’s shrinking support, per the Los Angeles Times, “A scathing report finding a systemic problem at Veterans Affairs medical facilities nationwide, including manipulation of records to mask long waits for appointments, fueled new calls Wednesday for VA chief Eric K. Shinseki's resignation. As the number of sites under investigation grew to 42, up from the 26 previously reported, the allegations over VA medical care have mushroomed into an election-year issue and become a major political headache for the Obama administration.”

EDWARD SNOWDEN: The interview, per The Hill, “NSA leaker Edward Snowden has no regrets about spilling some of America’s most closely kept secrets and said he sees himself as a patriot trying to do right. “I think the most important idea is to remember that there are times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal,” he told NBC News in his first U.S. TV interview since exposing programs at the National Security Agency a year ago.”

POLITICO PLAY: “They’ve given John Boehner constant headaches during his three years as speaker. Now, Boehner’s friends are trying to make sure that a small pocket of tea-party-aligned Republicans won’t have a chance to derail his speakership next year. And if they try, they could be punished.

“A group of his closest allies — including fellow Ohio Republicans like Pat Tiberi — are discussing tactics such as trying to change GOP Conference rules to punish members who do not support the party’s nominee during a floor vote. A lawmaker who bucks the Republicans’ choice for speaker could lose committee assignments — or worse. Boehner’s allies have already stripped some Republicans of their committee assignments for straying too far from the team.”

CARD GAMES: But not in the District, per City Paper, “How much Hollywood does the District want? A lot, according to Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, who cited Netflix’s House of Cards last week as he pushed for millions of dollars of workforce development funds to be used instead to replenish film incentive money at a D.C. Council budget meeting. If the political drama’s opening credits are filled with shots of the District, Evans said, why shouldn’t the rest of the show film here, too?”

DERAILMENTS: What gives?, per Gazette.Net, “After the third coal train derailment in nine years near Old Annapolis Road and Collington Road in Bowie, city officials and residents are questioning why the incidents continue to occur, although the trains’ operator said the accidents are not connected.”

GO DIRECTLY TO JAIL: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “A registered sex offender from Middletown who exchanged sexually explicit pictures, videos and text messages with a 14-year-old girl was sentenced Wednesday to three years in jail. Eric William Diaz, 36, of the 8200 block of James Street, pleaded guilty to four counts in two cases, including sexual solicitation of a minor, two counts of obscene telephone misuse and failing to register as a sex offender because he did not provide his social media account information, as required, to the registry.”{ }{ }

DELIVERING SPIRITS: Literally, per DCist, “If you love drinking but hate the part where you actually have to go out and buy booze, you're in luck: Ultra, an alcohol delivery service that promises to deliver within an hour, has expanded to D.C. and will launch today. Once users register for a free account at, they can type in their ZIP code, scroll through the booze options, and place an order. On top of the cost of the booze, there's a $5 deliver fee.”

HOUSING SCAM: And the Internet, per ARLnow, “A prospective Arlington renter nearly fell victim to a scam posted on real estate website Zillow last week, according to one Clarendon rental broker.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 8-5 against Miami.

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