DAYBREAK DAILY: Naval Academy clashes with outspoken professor

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Ongoing, comprehensive coverage of the Navy Yard shootings; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

SILENCED: For now, anyway, per the Baltimore Sun, “An outspoken English professor at the Naval Academy has been removed from the classroom following complaints from midshipmen, academy officials confirmed Monday. The academy would not elaborate on the nature of the complaints about Bruce Fleming, a popular professor who has often been critical of the academy. Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said it would be inappropriate to discuss the details of the complaints against Fleming, as an internal investigation is ongoing.

“. . . Fleming said he has been told the complaints were made by two midshipmen regarding a poem he presented in a class, and also comments he made in class that were critical of the Navy's sexual assault prevention and education program. Fleming said he feels he has been "singled out" and plans to file a complaint with the academy's Office of Special Counsel on the grounds that a "low-level disagreement" between students and a professor was treated as a sexual harrassment complaint.”

NAVY YARD SHOOTINGS: Just the facts, per the Washington Post, “The military’s beleaguered background-check system failed to block Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis from an all-access pass to a half-dozen military installations, despite a history of arrests for shooting episodes and disorderly conduct. Alexis, a military contractor working on a computer project, used his secret-level clearance to gain entry to the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, where officials said he gunned down a dozen people before being killed by police.

“The revelations about Alexis’s troubled past — and his ability to pass the government’s security-check system — prompted multiple examinations Tuesday into how background checks are conducted and how long a security clearance can last without review. The system was already under scrutiny after leaks of classified documents by fugitive National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.”

MEANWHILE: The ever-present Virginia connection, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The former Navy reservist who killed 12 people during Monday’s rampage at the Washington Navy Yard legally purchased a shotgun believed to have been used in the shootings through a federally licensed dealer in Lorton, Virginia State Police confirmed Tuesday.

“Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, Texas, bought the gun about 3 p.m. Saturday from SharpShooters Small Arms Range after passing a state and federal background check through the Virginia Firearms Transaction Center, operated by state police, said department spokeswoman Corinne Geller.”

AND THIS: A glimpse into the shooter’s state of mind, per the New York Times, “A month before a murderous rampage at the Washington Navy Yard, Aaron Alexis called the police in Rhode Island to complain that he had changed hotels three times because he was being pursued by people keeping him awake by sending vibrations through the walls.

“When officers came to his hotel room early on Aug. 7, Mr. Alexis told them that a person he had argued with at an airport in Virginia “has sent three people to follow him” and that they were harassing him with a microwave machine, according to a Newport, R.I., police report. Mr. Alexis said he had heard “voices speaking to him through the wall, flooring and ceiling,” the report said.”

NERVOUS IN NORFOLK: Worrying about the future, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Even with Congress's deadline for budget compromise fast approaching, Hampton Roads' military community and defense industry have few clues as to whether the region will take a significant financial hit.

“Some Virginia federal legislators said this week they're hopeful a deal can be struck in the coming weeks to pass a budget - or at least a temporary spending bill to avoid a government shutdown - and to blunt the second year of automatic cuts known as sequestration. But they acknowledge the direction forward is murky, at best.”

COLORADO FLOODS: A bit of relief, per the Denver Post, “For the first time since Colorado's historic flooding began last week, nature gave residents and rescuers a rain-free day, allowing emergency crews to bring help to stranded people and helicopters to ferry the willing to safety.

“Thousands of people across a broad swath of the Front Range were still kept out of their homes — or trapped in them — by floodwaters. State officials estimate about 600 people are still stranded in isolated areas. Some of them remained behind even when they were offered escape.”

SNOOPING: And an explanation, per the Los Angeles Times, “The secretive federal court that oversees government surveillance released a recent opinion Tuesday that explains and defends its decisions giving the National Security Agency broad power to collect the phone records of all Americans.

“At issue were decisions going back to 2006 that permitted the agency to order phone companies to turn over the dialing records of calls made in this country. This "metadata" did not include the names of the callers, nor did it include the content of the calls.”

POTUS PLEA: To big business, per The Hill, “President Obama will address the Business Roundtable (BRT) on Wednesday as he works to get corporate leaders on his side during this fall’s fiscal showdowns with the GOP. The White House is hoping that Obama can rally the influential organization, made up of conservative chief executives from the nation’s largest corporations, to help build pressure on congressional Republicans.”

POLITICO PLAY: “House Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor are playing the last cards in their hand — and they’re most likely losers. The House Republican leadership’s decision to try to defund Obamacare this week in their government funding bill, and their promise to wage a a no-holds-barred fight to delay the health care law as part of the debt ceiling fight, is a double-barreled strategy that could set Boehner (R-Ohio), Cantor (R-Va.), Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and the House Republican Conference up for two big defeats.”

TRASH TALK: What’s in your wallet?, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County will bring in an outside firm to audit the three companies that handle the county’s trash and recycling to make sure they’re paying their workers a minimum amount required by the county, but it could take several months to find out the result.

“The investigation stems from a wage dispute that turned into an employee strike by workers at Potomac Disposal more than a week ago. It will include an analysis of the payroll records for Potomac Disposal and the other trash companies to make sure employees are being paid a living wage required by the county of at least $13.95 an hour.”

ROBERT ETHAN SAYLOR: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “On Jan. 9 — what would have been Robert Ethan Saylor’s 27th birthday — a state commission will issue its first report on possible changes to first-responder training. In response to the Jan. 12 death of Saylor, who had Down syndrome and died while in the custody of sheriff’s deputies, Gov. Martin O’Malley issued an executive order Tuesday creating the Maryland Commission for Effective Community Inclusion of Individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.”

MARION: Of a Barry, per City Paper, “The full D.C. Council voted 9 to 4 Tuesday afternoon to give Marion Barry his second Council censure and recommend that he lose his committee, despite attempts by some councilmembers to water down the punishment recommended Monday by an ad hoc committee that looked into it.

“Next, Council Chairman Phil Mendelson will put his own recommendation about what to do with Barry's committee to a Council vote. Mendelson says that he will probably have his proposal ready when the Council meets on Oct. 1.”

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Here and there, per the Washington Times, “Virginia Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II appeared alongside conservative talk radio show host Mark Levin in Northern Virginia on Tuesday as his opponent, Terry McAuliffe, campaigned more than 200 miles away with the Republican mayor of the state’s largest city.

“. . . On the same day Mr. Levin was rallying in Loudoun, a crucial swing county, Mr. McAuliffe was touring the Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach with Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms and Norfolk Mayor Paul D. Fraim. The McAuliffe campaign says that this year marks the first in more than 20 that Mr. Sessoms, a Republican, has endorsed a Democrat for governor.”

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