DAYBREAK DAILY: Dave Brat talks about 'economic prosperity'

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DAVE BRAT: Of limited rhetoric, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “In his first public campaign appearance since his stunning primary upset of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, 7th District GOP nominee Dave Brat said Tuesday that he has a message of “economic prosperity” to share with central Virginians. Brat delivered a roughly two-minute statement to reporters before walking into a hotel ballroom at the Koger Center to meet with the Midlothian Rotary Club.

“The breakfast meeting was closed to the media — contrary to what was stated on the candidate’s public schedule. Brat said he was there to “listen to the people of my district.” In his remarks to reporters, Brat thanked them for giving him downtime after the victory over Cantor that instantly made the Randolph-Macon College economics professor a national figure.”

IMMIGRATION AND MARYLAND: Complicated, per the Baltimore Sun, “Days after the federal government abandoned plans to house immigrant children in a Baltimore office building, the Obama administration has begun to explore other sites in Maryland, including one in Prince George's County, documents obtained by The Baltimore Sun show. On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services evaluated a former residential drug treatment facility in Upper Marlboro with a storied past as the administration struggles to find enough shelter space to contain the recent surge in unaccompanied children crossing the nation's Southwest border.

“The agency has also considered a boarding school in Montgomery County, but has dropped that idea. The rapid pace with which the health agency is evaluating sites in Maryland underscores the extent to which the administration is scrambling to address an influx that White House officials have described as an "urgent humanitarian situation." ’’

NATIONAL HARBOR: Hiring practices, per the Washington Post, “MGM Resorts International and Prince George’s County officials have reached an agreement that sets employment and procurement goals for the construction and operations of the $925 million casino resort planned for National Harbor. Some of the goals relate to the casino giant’s hiring and contracting within the county and with companies owned by minorities. MGM also has committed to investing $1 million in the county before the casino opens and to contribute $400,000 to the county annually while the casino is in operation.

“For months, officials with the Prince George’s county executive’s office and MGM worked behind closed doors to negotiate the agreement. But that drew criticism from residents, civic leaders and County Council members who said they were being left out of the negotiations. County officials said Tuesday that they were pleased with the outcome of the negotiations and touted the agreement as a significant step toward ensuring that the Prince George’s community gets its fair share from the project.”

BENGHAZI: The mastermind?, per the New York Times, “American commandos operating under the cover of night seized the man suspected of leading the deadly attack on the United States Mission in Benghazi, Libya, the government announced on Tuesday, ending a manhunt that had dragged on for nearly two years and inflamed domestic and international politics.

“With drones hovering overhead, about two dozen Delta Force commandos and two or three F.B.I. agents descended on the outskirts of Benghazi just after midnight local time on Monday; grabbed the suspect, Ahmed Abu Khattala; stuffed him into a vehicle and raced away, according to officials briefed on the operation. No shots were fired, and the suspect was spirited out of Libya to a United States Navy warship in the Mediterranean.”

DEATH: On a couple of fronts, per the Los Angeles Times, “Convicted killers in Georgia and Missouri were executed late Tuesday about an hour apart, marking the first executions in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of an Oklahoma prisoner in April.

"Shortly before midnight in Georgia, Marcus Wellons, 59, was executed by lethal injection after a last-minute appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court was denied. Wellons was sentenced to death for the 1989 rape and murder of 15-year-old India Roberts. Witnesses at the Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison in Jackson reported that he apologized to his victim's family and asked for a prayer. An hour later in Missouri, John Winfield, 46, was executed for killing two women who were friends of his ex-girlfriend, whom he shot and blinded in the assault. His death sentence went forward after Gov. Jay Nixon said late Tuesday that he had denied Winfield's request for clemency.”

HILLARY: And gun control, per The Hill, “Hillary Clinton said she supports a ban on automatic weapons and that those opposed to stricter gun control measures “hold a viewpoint that terrorizes” people. Speaking during a Tuesday town hall event hosted by CNN, the former secretary of State and prospective presidential contender said she does think reinstating a ban on assault weapons and banning high-capacity magazines would help prevent school shootings.

“ “I don’t think any parent, any person should have to fear about their child going to school or going to college because someone, for whatever reason ... could possibly enter that school property with an automatic weapon and murder innocent students,” she said. Clinton said that while she’s “well-aware that this is a hot political subject,” she thinks there should be “a more thoughtful conversation” on gun control.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Communities throughout the U.S. and Canada are waking up to the dark side of North America’s energy boom: Trains hauling crude oil are crashing, exploding and spilling in record numbers as a fast-growing industry outpaces the federal government’s oversight.

“In the 11 months since a runaway oil train derailed in the middle of a small town in Quebec, incinerating 47 people, the rolling virtual pipelines have unleashed crude oil into an Alabama swamp, forced more than 1,000 North Dakota residents to evacuate, dangled from a bridge in Philadelphia and smashed into an industrial building near Pittsburgh. The latest serious accident was April’s fiery crash in Lynchburg, Virginia, where even the mayor had been unaware oil was rolling through his city.”

NO RUSH FOR YOU: Sorry, little ones, per City Paper, “The independently operated bookstore at the V Street NW location of Busboys and Poets became the target of one of conservative radio hosts Rush Limbaugh's on-air diatribes Monday. Limbaugh blasted the store, which is operated by the nonprofit Teaching for Change, for not selling his new children's book, Rush Revere and the First Patriots.”

WEED: And Maryland, per Gazette.Net, “The Montgomery County Council is calling on the General Assembly to close a loophole in the state’s new marijuana decriminalization law, and lawmakers say the state is likely to take up the effort. The council asked the legislature Tuesday to include marijuana paraphernalia under the same law that lowered penalties for possession of small amounts of marijuana.”

HOUSING: And a delicate balance, per the Frederick News-Post, “Frederick County commissioners Tuesday night raised fees for building multifamily homes and town houses and lowered fees for developing single-family houses. The adjustments to the impact fees followed the recommendations of a study recently completed by an outside consultant. Commissioners voted unanimously to raise by $983 the fees paid per town house or duplex and by $3,116 the fees paid for each multifamily unit. They lowered impact fees for single-family houses by $977 per unit.”

WALK IT: For now, per DCist, “A report ranks the Washington metropolitan area as the most walkable urban place in the country. But it comes with a big warning: We're headed for a plateau.

“Smart Growth America's LOCUS, "a national coalition of real estate developers and investors," based the ranking on the amount of commercial development in "Walkable Urban Places," as defined by the Brookings Institution. The WalkUPs are then measured through a combination of a location's walk score, office and retail data, per capita GDP, transit options and educational attainment.”

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