DAYBREAK DAILY: McDonnell, Cuccinelli eye key ruling today

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with a chance of a thunderstorm and highs in the upper 80s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of a water-main break at 4600 Duke Street; Egypt uncertainty continues; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

HIGH STAKES: And then some, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A Richmond judge’s decision on whether former Executive Mansion chef Todd Schneider will be tried on felony embezzlement charges could reverberate beyond the courtroom to impact the legacy of Gov. Bob McDonnell and the ambitions of the men who want to succeed him. “Given everything we know right now, it’s hard to see how anyone comes through this trial looking better than they did before the trial,” said government professor Quentin Kidd, director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University.

“Circuit Judge Margaret P. Spencer is expected to rule Monday on a motion to dismiss the charges filed by defense lawyers Steven D. Benjamin and Betty Layne DesPortes. The motion argues that Schneider was denied due process because the prosecutor at the time, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, had a political and personal conflict of interest that influenced his decision to charge the chef.”

U.VA. SAGA: Former rector reveals much, per the Washington Post, “Helen Dragas regrets the turmoil and anger that enveloped the University of Virginia last summer after governing board leaders privately asked U-Va. President Teresa Sullivan to resign. But Dragas firmly maintains that the board did the right thing.

“The university was — and still is — in trouble, Dragas says, a stance she believes has been vindicated by a recent consultant’s report that paints the public university as elitist and in need of change. Sullivan’s ouster and reinstatement a year ago, though painful and embarrassing, pushed administrators to form long-term, strategic academic and financial plans, the outcome Dragas says she wanted all along.”

WATERFRONT: Of wrangling in Annapolis, per the Capital-Gazette, “Mayor Josh Cohen plans to postpone a hearing on his rezoning legislation for part of Annapolis’ City Dock, a bill that had been scheduled for Monday night’s City Council meeting. Cohen said he will use the next few weeks to continue talking with the leadership of the Coalition to Save Annapolis, a grass-roots group that opposes the zoning change. The talks are intended to find a way for the prospective buyers of 110 Compromise St., the former Fawcett Boat Supplies property, to reconsider a deal to develop the site. For now, those developers have walked away from the project.”

EGYPT: Behind the scenes, per the New York Times, “As the Muslim Brotherhood and its allies vowed to broaden their protests against the president’s ouster and their opponents held enormous counterdemonstrations, American diplomats sought to persuade the Islamist group to accept his overthrow, its officials said.

“Continuing a push for accommodation that began before the removal of President Mohamed Morsi last week, the American diplomats contacted Brotherhood leaders to try to persuade them to re-enter the political process, an Islamist briefed on one of the conversations said, speaking on the condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations.”

SFO CRASH: New details, per the Los Angeles Times, “The pilot flying Asiana Flight 214, which crashed in San Francisco, killing two and injuring scores more, had only 43 hours of experience flying Boeing 777 aircraft, a spokeswoman for Asiana Airlines said Sunday. He was in training to fly the 777 when the crash occurred, she added.

“Kang Kook Lee, born in 1967, was identified as the pilot of the plane that crashed. Asiana spokeswoman Hyo Min Lee told The Times the pilot had been flying since 1994 and was a “very experienced pilot” flying other types of planes, including Boeing 747s, 737s and Airbus 320s. But “he was in training for B777,” she said.”

MULLING A RUN: Others are doing it for her, per the Associated Press, “Hillary Rodham Clinton is trying to strike the right balance between staying out of the daily political maelstrom and setting herself up for a possible second presidential run. But her fans and foes are making that difficult. Nearly six months after departing the State Department, Clinton finds herself in the middle of an early effort by both parties to prepare for her return to politics even as she keeps to a schedule of highly paid private speeches, work on her book and her family's global foundation.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Republican Senate leaders, sensing an opportunity to pick up several seats and possibly win the majority, have a blunt message for their GOP colleagues: Open your wallets. For years, GOP senators have been stingy with the National Republican Senatorial Committee, refusing to make large transfers of money out of their personal campaign accounts that could help their party compete in neck-and-neck races across the country. For 2012, Democratic senators transferred nearly five times more to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee than Republicans gave to the NRSC.”

BUSTED: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “With the help of a trained police dog, Prince George's County Police have taken a man into custody after an armed standoff that lasted nearly nine hours. ABC7 News cameras were rolling as he was captured trying to escape. The man, who police believe was under the influence of PCP, was arrested shortly before 9 a.m. Sunday. Police say he jumped out a back window of the home in the 9500 block of Wellington in Lanham where he had barricaded himself.”

HE’S BACK: Of a second act, per the Washington Times, “Former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer, who resigned in disgrace in 2008 after being caught in a high-profile prostitution scandal, has thrown his hat into the ring to be New York City’s next comptroller.”

HIDING IN MARYLAND: Or something like that, per the Baltimore Sun, “The second installment of Hidden Maryland heads to NASA Goddard, which is assembling parts of the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to Hubble. Only contractors and NASA employees can enter the clean room, where the work is taking place, but not before entering an air shower and covering themselves from head to toe in special, sterile attire.”

SAILOR DOWN: Just the facts, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Navy divers recovered the body of a sailor assigned to the submarine Boise who apparently fell overboard at Norfolk Naval Station shortly before noon Sunday. A Navy spokeswoman said the sailor’s identity was being withheld pending notification of relatives.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat San Diego 11-7.

GOOD READ: Opinion piece from last week, per Greater Greater Washington, “. . . The de facto segregation of (Montgomery County Public Schools) has been an issue for decades. But school and county officials have often ignored it or responded with weak or ineffective solutions. We can't keep isolating our low-income and minority students in the system's worst-ranked schools. And we must ensure that middle- and upper-middle class families see every school, not just a privileged handful of campuses, as a valid choice for their children.”

THE BIG PENCIL: With lights, per DCist, (and the National Park Service), “. . . The Washington Monument will be illuminated as it undergoes a year of repair work to fix damage caused by the August 2011 earthquake. The 555-foot-tall obelisk will be lit up next Monday night at a special National Park Service ceremony and will glow in the dark until work is completed in spring 2014, NPS announced.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The Metropolitan Police Department is asking for help in finding 7- year-old Michael Kingsbury. He was last seen Sunday morning in the 1700 block of West Virginia Avenue, NE. Anyone with information is asked to call the Metropolitan Police Department at 202-727-9099.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson, who will be asked about the fallout from the Supreme Court’s DOMA decision and the looming battle over same sex marriage in the states.

--Skip Wood