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WEBB RIPS CONGRESS: Easy for him to say, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Less than three months after leaving the U.S. Senate, Jim Webb is accusing Congress of abdicating its role of overseeing the nation's use of military power and its agreements with foreign leaders.The legislative branch has increasingly allowed the past two presidents, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, to take unilateral actions that should have required consultation with Congress, said Webb, who left Capitol Hill in January after deciding not to run for a second term.

“In the years since the 9/11 terrorist attacks, more power has shifted to the White House with little objection from Congress, Webb wrote, calling it "a breakdown of our constitutional process." The Virginia Democrat says legislators care too much about party loyalty and not enough about challenging the presidential use of force overseas. Both parties are culpable, he said: Democrats today give Obama the same type of deference that Republicans accorded Bush during his two terms.”

BAKER’S WAGER: There’s much riding on it, per Gazette.Net, “Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker’s proposal to take control of the county’s school system might not only shake up schools, it could also be a game-changer for his political career, political observers say. “I think this could affect his re-election,” said community activist Judy Robinson, who believes Baker’s plan could cause him to lose support. “I would never like to see all that consolidated under one individual. I like Rushern Baker. I don’t like him as Julius Caesar.”

PLANES, TRAINS: And automobiles, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “For the first time in four years, Virginia’s six-year plan for road construction will mean something. The state would receive an additional $4 billion for its six-year plan — and possibly more, depending on the fate of legislation in Congress to tax Internet sales — under legislation awaiting the signature of Gov. Bob McDonnell that would raise state tax revenues for transportation for the first time in 27 years.”

GOOD TO GO IN MARYLAND: This is how they do it, per the Baltimore Sun, “Gov. Martin O'Malley's budget for next year sailed through the Senate on Wednesday after an unusually brief debate, seen by some as a sign of the state's improved fiscal condition. Senators voted 42-5 to pass the $36.8 billion budget and send it to a conference committee with the House. All 35 Democrats and seven Republicans voted in favor of the budget, which comes close to eliminating what was once a nearly $2 billion long-term revenue shortfall.”

OBAMA’S ISRAEL TRIP: Happy faces for all, per the Washington Post, “President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed an unusual degree of solidarity Wednesday on a set of shared national security concerns that have divided them in the past, signaling either a turn in their vital, if volatile, relationship or a cool tactical display of diplomatic theater. The leaders’ joint appearance concluded a tone-setting first day of Obama’s first presidential trip to Israel, a visit celebrated with military ceremony, children’s serenades and a rare personal chemistry with a hard-line Israeli leader with whom Obama has often bickered publicly.”

THIS IS BECOMING A MOOT POINT: Of gay marriage, per the New York Times, “The American Academy of Pediatrics declared its support for same-sex marriage for the first time on Thursday, saying that allowing gay and lesbian parents to marry if they so choose is in the best interests of their children. The academy’s new policy statement says same-sex marriage helps guarantee rights, benefits and long-term security for children, while acknowledging that it does not now ensure access to federal benefits. When marriage is not an option, the academy said, children should not be deprived of foster care or adoption by single parents or couples, whatever their sexual orientation.”

POLITICO PLAY: "Want to know if Republicans finally back immigration reform, stand a chance of picking up Senate seats in the midterms, or get their act together by 2016? Instead of the GOP, watch the Rubio-Paul Party. Forget John Boehner. Ignore Karl Rove. The real action in the GOP is coming from the newest wing of the party, the one born in the spring of 2009 - the offspring of Tea Party activists that almost single-handedly propelled Republicans to control of the House."

SCHOLASTIC RAPE: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A 17-year-old has been arrested this week and is accused of raping a classmate inside Friendship Charter School in Northeast D.C. The incident allegedly occurred after school hours in an empty classroom and involved a 16-year-old victim.”

WALTER REED: Bidders abound, per City Paper, “One of the District's vaunted mega-development projects took a step forward with the announcement that nine developers responded to the request for qualifications for the Walter Reed campus overhaul. The list features some of the city's usual big players, including two currently undertaking other large redevelopment projects: Hines, which is completing CityCenterDC downtown, and Roadside Development, which is working on the CityMarket at O in Shaw. Others include Douglas Development, Forest City, and Western Development.”

REEFER MADNESS: Remember that movie?, per the Washington Examiner, “The District's first facilities for selling medical marijuana are expected to open next month after a long struggle over how and where the drug should be dispensed. The District passed a medical marijuana law in 1998, but Congress prevented the law from moving forward until 2009. Since then, marijuana cultivators and dispensaries have been waiting on regulations and approval.”

RARE RIGIDITY IN MARYLAND: And a dose of common sense, per the Washington Times, “School administrators around the country are keeping a closer eye on warning signs for gun violence after last year’s mass shooting in Newtown, Conn., but one Maryland lawmaker says the vigilance too often is crossing into the realm of anti-gun hysteria. Sen. J.B. Jennings, Baltimore County Republican, has introduced a bill that would bar public school principals from suspending young children for carrying pictures or objects resembling guns or for making gunlike hand gestures.”

HAVE A COKE AND A SMILE: Or not, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “In an effort to streamline operations three years after absorbing thousands of employees from the purchase of its largest bottler, Coca-Cola plans to lay off around 750 people in the coming months across the country. About one-fourth of those cuts — 180 or so people — will be in Atlanta, the company said Wednesday.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards beat Phoenix 88-79.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Presidential historian Allan Lichtman, co-author of the new book “FDR and the Jews,” who will be asked about Barack Obama’s visit to Israel and the budget battles back home.

--Skip Wood

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