DAYBREAK DAILY: Cummings to lead Dems on Benghazi committee

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – D.C. officials examine Eastern Market attacks; Fort Washington still grappling with slopeslide; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

DON’T CUT THE MIC THIS TIME: Of Elijah Cummings, per the Baltimore Sun, “House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said Wednesday she would appoint Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Baltimore to lead Democrats on a controversial select committee to investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead. It's a subject with which Cummings is familiar: As the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, Cummings has gained notice as one of the most vocal defenders of the Obama administration and its actions around the attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi.”

VIRGINIA MEDICAID EXPANSION: Um, OK, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Medicaid expansion supporters have new data to make the case public opinion is with them -- poll results showing just over half of Virginians favor providing government-subsidized health insurance for up to 400,000 needy citizens.

“But there's a catch. The internal poll was paid for by pro-expansion Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe's political action committee, leaving Virginia Republicans questioning its reliability.”

MEANWHILE: On second thought, per the Washington Post, “Virginia has quietly rehired a private law firm that state Attorney General Mark R. Herring fired a few days after taking office, a move that provides about two dozen former state employees with legal representation in the corruption trial of former governor Robert F. McDonnell and his wife.

“Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s decision to put Baker & McKenzie back on the state payroll reverses the first headline-grabbing move of Herring’s short but high-profile tenure, during which the Democrat has upended the state’s position on gay marriage and its policy on college tuition charged to illegal immigrants.”

RATTLED: But not like the other time, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A 3.2-magnitude earthquake near the border of Powhatan and Amelia counties caused rumbling over a wide area Wednesday night but prompted no reports of major damage, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

“The earthquake occurred at 9:47 p.m., according to the agency. As of 10:40 p.m., it had received more than 1,100 reports of rumbling from residents over a large area, including in Richmond, Henrico County, Albemarle County as well as Powhatan and Amelia.”

NIGERIA: And the schoolgirls, per the New York Times, “The United States has sent 80 troops to Chad in Central Africa to support a growing international effort in neighboring Nigeria to help find and rescue the schoolgirls who were abducted by an Islamist extremist group last month, the White House said on Wednesday.

“The American military personnel are not ground troops. They are mostly Air Force crew members, maintenance specialists and security officers for unarmed Predator surveillance drones that will help search for the more than 260 Nigerian girls seized by the group, Boko Haram.”

BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: Other suspects at large?, per the Los Angeles Times, “Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that the Tsarnaev brothers might have received help in building the two bombs that exploded at last year's Boston Marathon, although they did not identify any potential suspects except to suggest the pair were inspired by Al Qaeda operatives overseas.

“In court papers, prosecutors said Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev had emptied hundreds of packages of fireworks to create fuel for the bombs. Yet no powder residue was found in their apartments or three vehicles, "strongly suggesting that others had built, or at least helped the Tsarnaevs build, the bombs, and thus might have built more" explosive devices, the documents say.”

ERIC SHINSEKI: The latest, per The Hill, “Two House Democrats broke ranks with the White House on Wednesday and called for Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. Georgia’s John Barrow and David Scott are the first Democrats to call for Shinseki’s head, and their statements illustrated growing unease over the administration’s response to allegations that dozens of veterans have died because of secret waiting lists that delayed their treatment.

“Barrow and Scott spoke up after President Obama defended Shinseki in his first public statement in weeks on the controversy. Obama vowed to punish any misconduct related to the scandal.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Ron Johnson on Wednesday argued in the Senate whether Rockefeller’s remarks about Republican opposition to Obamacare amounted to implying that Johnson was “a racist.”

“As he chaired a hearing of the Senate Commerce Committee, Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) accused the GOP of opposing President Barack Obama and the Affordable Care Act because he’s the “wrong color,” eliciting an emotional reaction from Johnson (R-Wis.) that the Democratic senator “would basically imply that I’m a racist.” ’’

RIDING WITH HITLER: Or something like that, per City Paper, “The picture of Hitler plastered on the side of D.C. buses arrived this week and, as expected, the outrage over them continues to pour in. The latest group to offer condemation: The Anti-Defamation League.”

BODY IDENTIFIED: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “The body discovered in a pond near Lakeforest mall Tuesday belonged to a 22-year-old Germantown man reported missing by family days earlier, according to Montgomery County police. Maurice Darnell Munford Jr.’s body was pulled from a pond used to capture runoff from a mall parking lot at the busy intersection of Russell and Montgomery Village avenues in Gaithersburg.”

BUSTED JOCKEY: Icky alert, per the Frederick News-Post, “A 27-year-old well-known jockey was arrested in Frederick after police said he had sexual relationships with two girls younger than 15. Frederick police arrested Wesley Ho on Wednesday after he turned himself in, according to police. Ho, who had been renting a room in Frederick, was indicted by a Frederick County grand jury last week on three counts of third-degree sex offense and one count of second-degree rape.”

ROLLING THUNDER: It’s baaaaack, per ARLnow, “The annual Memorial Day weekend motorcycle rally known as Rolling Thunder will begin arriving in Arlington on Friday afternoon. As in years past, residents who live along I-395 and Route 1 can expect to hear the almighty roar of motorcycle engines as thousands of bikers from across the country make their way to hotels in and around Arlington. The rally’s official headquarters hotel is the Hyatt Regency at 2799 Jefferson Davis Highway in Crystal City.”

OUTSIDE DINING: At a price, per DCist, “D.C. is considering increasing the fees businesses pay to rent public space for sidewalk cafes, under a budget proposal from Mayor Vincent Gray and endorsed by a Council committee.

“Since 1992, businesses have paid $5 per square foot of public space annually for an unenclosed sidewalk cafe and $10 per square foot for enclosed cafes, with the total prorated based on length of use. Under Gray's plan, the fee would increase to $8.30 and $16.30 per square foot, respectively, and the prorated total would go away beginning in July 2015.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 2-1 against Cincinnati.

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