DAYBREAK DAILY: McAuliffe to assess first 100 days in office
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Bizarre ATM theft in Forestville; Chris Brown trial to begin; The White House Easter egg roll; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
SELF-ASSESSMENT: By the governor, per WJLA.com, “This time a year ago, Terry McAuliffe was gearing up in earnest for what would become a bruising six-month duel with then-Republican attorney general Ken Cuccinelli for Virginia governor.
He won, of course, and today in Richmond McAuliffe will hold a briefing to assess his first 100 days in office and, no doubt, continue to push for the centerpiece of his campaign that so far has proved elusive in the face of GOP resistance – Medicaid expansion.
MEANWHILE: Back to business, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Lawmakers return to Richmond on Wednesday to consider Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s amendments and vetoes to legislation passed during the General Assembly session. Several bills are expected to engender discussion, including vetoes of legislation on public prayers and amendments to some gun bills.
“But don’t be surprised if there is little or no debate on McAuliffe’s amendments to the bipartisan ethics legislation that cleared the assembly in March. . . Although it passed the assembly unanimously, there seems little enthusiasm for the legislation. A number of lawmakers — some privately, others in public — have questioned whether it is even necessary.” http://bit.ly/1jYWUWw
BAD TIMING: On a couple of levels, per the Baltimore Sun, “Health officials are investigating a possible outbreak of food poisoning during a conference on food safety at the Baltimore Convention Center. Four people who attended the Food Safety Summit, held April 7-10, reported becoming sick, according to city and state health officials. They called Baltimore's 311 line on April 15 and 16 to report feeling sick with diarrhea and an upset stomach about 12 hours after they had eaten a meal at the convention center on April 9.
“There have been no hospitalizations or deaths, and no one who attended other events at the convention center has reported falling ill, health officials said. Bob Pascal, chief marketing officer for Centerplate, the food contractor at the convention center, said the company is cooperating with the investigation.” http://bsun.md/QvM28l
GOOD READ: But nonetheless disturbing, per the Washington Post, “He grew frightened when his schoolmate put the knife to his throat, while his 15-year-old girlfriend shot video with her cellphone. “I thought she was going to cut me. I was like, ‘Please stop,’?” said the 16-year-old autistic boy, whose alleged abuse by two girls from his Southern Maryland high school made headlines around the world.
“The case triggered outrage in the teens’ rural community and consternation among advocates for children with disabilities. Yet even amid his fear, he yearned for the girls’ friendship. And still does. The teen — speaking publicly for the first time about what happened to him — remains more concerned about protecting his relationship with the girls than about what authorities have charged them with doing to him.” http://wapo.st/1i6eae0
UKRAINE: The latest, per the New York Times, “For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern Ukraine. Strenuous denials from the Kremlin have closely followed each accusation by Ukrainian officials that the world was witnessing a stealthy invasion by Russian forces.
“Now, photographs and descriptions from eastern Ukraine endorsed by the Obama administration on Sunday suggest that many of the green men are indeed Russian military and intelligence forces — equipped in the same fashion as Russian special operations troops involved in annexing the Crimea region in February. Some of the men photographed in Ukraine have been identified in other photos clearly taken among Russian troops in other settings.” http://nyti.ms/1i6eCcq
BOSTON MARATHON: Of flashbacks, per the Boston Herald, “Memories of the 2013 Boston Marathon will endure long after today’s race, and so will the scars last year’s tragedy left on its survivors. At Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, doctors have begun a 10-year study of survivors to determine just how the traumatic bombings will shape the rest of their lives.
“Doctors will look at physical health, mental health, employment, relationships and more. They will track signs of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, which could emerge years after the bombings. The goal is to learn how to better treat these patients in the future and how to give long-term support to others who experience terrible trauma.” http://bit.ly/1nARodE
MEANWHILE: Of a grave, per the Virginian-Pilot, “One year after the bombing at the Boston Marathon, all is peaceful at the grave of Tamerlan Tsarnaev, an alleged Chechen terrorist so vilified after the carnage, no one wanted his body.
“Sadie Lane in Caroline County - a winding country road about 30 miles north of Richmond - is a strange place to find him. Kings Dominion is the nearest landmark - close enough to catch a glimpse of its roller coasters over the tree tops, far enough to muffle riders' screams.” http://bit.ly/1lpFLt2
FREE TV DOOMED?: That’s what they fear, per The Hill, “The Supreme Court is primed to make a decision on copyright law that could change the way people receive broadcast television. Broadcasters are fighting to stop the tech service Aereo, arguing it operates illegally and undermines their business. They say allowing the service to continue could spell the end of free, over-the-air broadcast television.
“For a monthly fee, the Barry Diller-backed company lets users watch broadcast channels such as ABC, CBS and NBC on their computers, tablets or other devices. Instead of requiring an antenna in homes, the company manages a field of miniature devices to send signals over the web. Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said the service is revolutionizing the way people watch TV.” http://bit.ly/1iCsxFT
POLITICO PLAY: “These days – in the age of the super PAC and Citizens United – a campaign donor with a million dollars to spend isn’t cool. You know what’s cool? A donor with a billion dollars.
“By any standard, Sean Parker is a very cool donor indeed. And this year, the 34-year-old co-founder of Napster is poised to bring his considerable fortune into the political world with fresh intensity, retaining advisers to bring new focus and sophistication to his political enterprises and preparing to make a significant investment in the 2014 election cycle.” http://politi.co/1kRDgwW
MOVING PILLS: Or something like that, per the Frederick News-Post, “The first tenant at the Monocacy Valley Canning Co. building will be Chiesi Pharmaceuticals Inc. The company will move its nine-member staff from Rockville to Frederick this summer, according to Erika Panico, managing director of the U.S. research and development subsidiary of the Italian company, in a news release.” http://bit.ly/1r7uMUf
ON SECOND THOUGHT: Never mind, per ARLnow, “Two days after the Arlington County Board voted to offset a one-cent tax rate cut by eliminating a pay raise for county employees, the Board has changed course. County Board Chair Jay Fisette told ARLnow.com Friday afternoon that, after the Board met with representatives from the police and firefighter unions this morning, it decided to cut from other areas to make up the $6.6 million gap in the budget the tax cut will create.” http://bit.ly/1eWtOZn
BETTER THAN NOTHING: For what it’s worth, per DCist, “Two weeks after he lost the election to become D.C.'s Democratic mayoral candidate, Tommy Wells won something: An award from the newly formed Cannabis Coalition.” http://bit.ly/1eWu9uZ
GREEN MONEY: Of a different kind, per Gazette.Net, “As a package of environmental bills works its way toward a vote in the Montgomery County Council, county departments say some of the measures could cost millions. Councilman Roger Berliner (D-Dist. 1) of Bethesda introduced a package of 11 bills and two zoning text amendments in January designed to increase Montgomery County’s position as a national leader in clean and sustainable energy.
“The county’s offices of Finance and Management and Budget this week submitted reports on the expected fiscal and economic impacts of several of the bills. One bill would require the County Executive to create a plan to require clean energy devices to be installed in county facilities.” http://bit.ly/1eIczKH
JOIN THE PARTY: And what a party, per City Paper, “Admitted shadow campaign financier Jeff Thompson could be facing six months in prison, so it should be no surprise that he's out enjoying life while he can. But what a group he's found to pass the time with! Via Instagram, Thompson surfaced last week having dinner with the Washington Pigskins' Robert Griffin III and DeSean Jackson and, uh, rapper ("Lil") Bow Wow.
“The star-studded crew met for dinner at Pennsylvania Avenue NW's La Perla. While Thompson is the only member of the dinner party who's masterminded a years-long election scheme, most of the Twitter chatter about the dinner seemed to be focused on fans' disappointment at RGIII for meeting with former Like Mike star Bow Wow.” http://bit.ly/1lsdL3H
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat St. Louis 3-2; Wizards beat Chicago 102-93 in NBA playoffs.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A "Night at the Museum" will be a reality for kids ages 8 to 12 at the Smithsonian this summer. The Smithsonian Associates will host Smithsonian Sleepovers at the National Museum of American History and National Museum of Natural History. Kids will explore the exhibit halls at night while solving a mystery through an interactive game and watching a film.” http://wj.la/1i7g4oN
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