DAYBREAK DAILY: McDonnell saga continues with reimbursement for food

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SHHHHHHH: Of a not-so-quiet food fight, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “As legal and public pressure mounts over the use of Executive Mansion resources by Virginia’s first family, Gov. Bob McDonnell late last week reimbursed the state for nearly $2,400 in food and household supplies used by his children.

“The governor’s office disclosed the reimbursement Monday, the same day that a Richmond Circuit Court judge deferred until later this week a decision on whether to dismiss the four-count embezzlement indictment against former mansion chef Todd Schneider.”

JOHNS HOPKINS: Show me the money, per the Baltimore Sun, “The head of the nation's medical research agency and leaders of Johns Hopkins hospital and medical school warned Monday that progress in fighting diseases could be slowed, jobs lost and scientists driven overseas unless across-the-board federal funding cuts are reversed.

“Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, joined Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Hopkins executives and a stroke survivor at Hopkins' Children's Center to appeal for restoration of $1.5 billion in NIH funding cuts as part of the budget "sequester" approved last winter by Congress.”

SAD: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Within moments of finding 7-year-old Michael Kingsbury’s body, police ran to the scene and began shutting down streets all over the area. It was in an abandoned car that police discovered Kingsbury’s body just before 6 p.m. It was only about 40 feet from where the child had last been seen by family members about 32 hours prior. It only took first responders minutes to arrive, but it was too late. Kingsbury had died, and neighbors are in shock.”

MARYLAND MOVES: Overdue measures, per the Washington Post, “Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley on Monday touted close to $650 million in planned spending on transportation projects in Prince George’s County, including some new interchanges that have languished on the drawing board for years. The new projects were the latest around the state that O’Malley administration officials have attributed to a major transportation funding bill approved earlier this year that gradually raises gas taxes. The first increase of 3.5 cents per gallon took effect last week.”

FED UP: That would be POTUS, per the New York Times, “Increasingly frustrated by his dealings with President Hamid Karzai, President Obama is giving serious consideration to speeding up the withdrawal of United States forces from Afghanistan and to a “zero option” that would leave no American troops there after next year, according to American and European officials.

“Mr. Obama is committed to ending America’s military involvement in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, and Obama administration officials have been negotiating with Afghan officials about leaving a small “residual force” behind. But his relationship with Mr. Karzai has been slowly unraveling, and reached a new low after an effort last month by the United States to begin peace talks with the Taliban in Qatar.”

PRISON STRIKE: Over prison conditions, per the Los Angeles Times, “Officials said 30,000 California inmates refused meals Monday at the start of a prison strike involving two-thirds of the state's 33 lockups, as well as four out-of-state facilities. Participants refused breakfast and lunch, said corrections spokeswoman Terry Thornton. In addition, 2,300 prisoners skipped work or classes, some saying they were sick.”

EGYPT: The saga continues, per the Associated Press, “Egyptian security forces killed more than 50 supporters of Egypt's ousted president in one of the deadliest single episodes of violence in more than 2 1/2 years of turmoil. The toppled leader's Muslim Brotherhood called for an uprising, accusing troops of gunning down protesters, while the military blamed armed Islamists for provoking its forces.”

POLITICO PLAY: "A small group of Senate and House Republicans met Monday night to discuss how to pass an immigration overhaul through Congress. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who has been hungry to rewrite the nation’s immigration laws this Congress, was planning on going to the session. Most top members of Republican leadership in the House and Senate were not planning on attending the confab, according to sources."

RINGER: Or something like that, per Gazette.Net, “One of the men behind President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign has joined Maryland Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown’s 2014 gubernatorial bid. Jim Messina — a former Takoma Park resident who was Obama’s campaign manager in 2012 — will be a senior adviser to Brown. Messina said he will apply the same focus on technology and social media that helped push Obama to a second victory to the Brown campaign’s grass-roots efforts.”

BIG RALLY: Or not, per City Paper, “With Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh demanding his resignation and Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells slamming his performance, you might think Fire Chief Kenneth Ellerbe doesn't have much support left in the city. And judging by Monday’s Wilson Building rally in support of him, you'd be right. The demonstration, organized by Ward 5 Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner Ronnie Edwards and D.C. Federations of Civic Associations President Barbara Morgan, drew only about a dozen supporters to the hallway outside an empty Council chamber.”

COZY COLLABORATION: And questions, per the Washington Times, “The use of tax credits to lure production of the Netflix series “House of Cards” to Maryland has renewed a nationwide debate among lawmakers over the benefits of offering high-dollar incentives to encourage Hollywood to come to them. The popular series, which has been filming its second season around Baltimore and Annapolis in recent weeks, is taking advantage of a tax credit for film productions that more than tripled from $7.5 million to $25 million in the fiscal year that began July 1.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 3-2 against Philadelphia.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Did you miss seeing the Washington Monument light up? Well, we have a photo for you just in case you did. The 500-foot icon lit up with 488 lights at 8 p.m. on Monday evening. The monument has been closed off since the 5.8 magnitude earthquake shook the region in 2011.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Edward Smith of the D.C. Fire Fighters Association, who will be asked about the issues with the city's fire department and the leadership of Chief Kenneth Ellerbe.

--Skip Wood