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SMOKE ’EM IF YOU GOT ’EM: Or not, per the Navy Times, “The Navy is on the verge of eliminating tobacco sales on all its bases and ships, according to sources inside and outside the Defense Department. Officials are reportedly considering removing tobacco from all sales venues, to include any exchange-operated retail outlets, as well as MWR-operated retail outlets where cigarettes may be sold. Commissaries on Navy bases currently do not sell tobacco products.

“The decision would be made at the service’s highest levels. Navy officials have been gathering information on the impacts of such a decision, one source said, to include the inevitable drop in profits for the Navy Exchange Service Command — which would reduce the flow of dividends that help fund morale, welfare and recreation programs on installations. Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty confirmed Monday that there have been discussions about tobacco sales, but said that no decision has been made.”

SCOTUS: A “no” to Frederick, per the Baltimore Sun, “The U.S. Supreme Court declined Monday to review a Frederick County case in which a woman challenged local authorities' power to arrest her on an immigration violation, cementing her victory in a case that has been closely watched by both sides of the immigration debate. Supporters of Roxana Santos, a Salvadoran immigrant, said the decision shows that Frederick County overstepped the law with its aggressive stance on immigration enforcement.

“Santos said she was arrested after being approached by Frederick County sheriff's deputies while she was eating lunch in October 2008. She sued the county and Sheriff Chuck Jenkins after 45 days in jail, alleging that the officers violated her Fourth Amendment rights against illegal search and seizure. She also accused the county of profiling her. . . But county officials who support the tough approach say the lower court's decision backing Santos has limited the enforcement powers of its officers.”

REDSKINS: Of a name, per the Washington Post, “Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder, who has faced criticism over his refusal to change the name of his football team, announced Monday night that he will start a foundation to benefit Native Americans. In a four-page letter posted on the Redskins Web site, Snyder said his decision to create the Washington Redskins Original Americans Foundation was the result of four months of research into what Native Americans thought of the Redskins nickname and logo, including visits by Snyder and his staff to 26 Indian reservations in 20 states.

“The more I heard, the more I’ve learned, and the more I saw, the more resolved I became about helping to address the challenges that plague the Native American community,” Snyder wrote. “In speaking face-to-face with Native American leaders and community members, it’s plain to see they need action, not words.” Snyder’s announcement drew criticism from the Oneida Indian Nation, a New York tribe that has emerged as one of the most vocal opponents to the name. In a statement released late Monday, tribal representative Ray Halbritter reiterated the Oneidas’ hope that Snyder will change the name.”

MEDICAID EXPANSION: McAuliffe tosses a curve ball, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The House of Delegates will meet tonight to set up a state budget confrontation that has a new player in the game — Gov. Terry McAuliffe — while the Virginia Senate has left town. McAuliffe moved Monday to take advantage of a rare opportunity for a first-year governor to introduce his own budget, including expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program to provide health coverage to up to 400,000 uninsured people.

“The governor’s budget proposal, encompassing 104 amendments and proposals for using an estimated $225 million in state savings from Medicaid expansion, rankled House Republican leaders who want to deal with Medicaid separately. “I’m just disturbed by the process,” House Majority Leader M. Kirkland Cox, R-Colonial Heights, told Finance Secretary Richard “Ric” Brown. “Why are we getting this so late?” Brown reminded Cox that the House Appropriations and Senate Finance committees did not give McAuliffe the opportunity to submit formal amendments to the two-year budget then-Gov. Bob McDonnell proposed.”

TEXAS TEA: Rather, sludge, per the Houston Chronicle, “The heavy oil spilled into Galveston Bay showed signs Monday of harming one of the nation's great natural nurseries, with biologists finding dozens of oiled birds on just one part of the Bolivar Peninsula. Scientists found the birds on a wildlife refuge just two miles from where a partially sunken barge leaked as much as 168,000 gallons of thick bunker fuel oil after colliding with another vessel Saturday.

"We expect this to get much worse," said Jessica Jubin, a spokeswoman for the Houston Audubon Society, which manages the Bolivar Flats preserve where the birds were found. The concern comes as tens of thousands of birds are passing through the upper Texas coast on their annual flight north. But the worry also extends to the bay's oyster reefs and the shrimp, crabs and fish that rely on the coastal marshes for shelter and food.”

PHONE TAPPING: POTUS acts, per the New York Times, “The Obama administration is preparing to unveil a legislative proposal for a far-reaching overhaul of the National Security Agency’s once-secret bulk phone records program in a way that — if approved by Congress — would end the aspect that has most alarmed privacy advocates since its existence was leaked last year, according to senior administration officials.

“Under the proposal, they said, the N.S.A. would end its systematic collection of data about Americans’ calling habits. The bulk records would stay in the hands of phone companies, which would not be required to retain the data for any longer than they normally would. And the N.S.A. could obtain specific records only with permission from a judge, using a new kind of court order.”

MUDSLIDE: Just the facts, per the Seattle Times, “Rescuers Monday found six more bodies in a mile-wide swath of mud and debris that plunged from a Snohomish County hillside, as reports of those still missing jumped to 176. So far, 14 people have been confirmed dead after the massive mudslide came down from above the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River, crossed over it, plowed through homes and onto Highway 530 about 11 a.m. Saturday.

“Search conditions are dismal. Crews have at times been kept from the area out of fear more of the cliff above might crumble. And when they can look, “in areas it’s like quicksand. Sometimes it takes five minutes to walk 40 or 50 feet and get our equipment over these berms,” said Travis Hots, chief of Snohomish County Fire Districts 21 and 22. The National Guard is expected to arrive early Tuesday to aid the search.”

POLITICO PLAY: “The photograph occupied one of the most prominent spots in the White House this winter, drawing double takes: President Barack Obama, papers in hand, sitting on an Oval Office couch flanked by his three top West Wing advisers on national security. The notable part: All three were women.

“For a president long dogged by criticism that his White House is a boys club, the image placed at the entrance off the West Wing driveway subtly attempted to reshape the notion. Obama and his closest advisers have tried for years to shake that reputation, sometimes clumsily. And the perception persists, both inside and outside the White House, stoked in large part by the dominance of men as the president’s spokesmen, golfing partners and advisers. One infamous photo of 10 male aides in the Oval Office from 2012 didn’t help, either.

“But the case of National Security Adviser Susan Rice, counsel Kathy Ruemmler and homeland security adviser Lisa Monaco — the three women on the couch — offers a unique counterpoint to the argument that only men carry influence in the Obama White House.”

GLORIA STEINEM: “The face of feminism” turns 80 today, per the Times’ Gail Collins, “. . .Do not bother to call. She’s planning to celebrate in Botswana. “I thought: ‘What do I really want to do on my birthday?’ First, get out of Dodge. Second, ride elephants.” Very few people have aged as publicly. It’s been four decades since she told a reporter, “This is what 40 looks like.” Back then many women, including Steinem herself, fudged their age when they left their 20s, so it was a pretty revolutionary announcement.”

“. . . Steinem occupies a singular place in American culture. In the 1960s and 1970s, the whole concept of women’s place was transformed — discrimination was outlawed, hearts and minds were opened. In the history of our gender, this might have been the grandest moment. There were all kinds of reasons that the change happened at that particular time, and a raft of female leaders who pushed the movement along. But when people think about it, Gloria Steinem is generally the first name that pops up. She’s the face of feminism.”

D.C. MAYORAL RACE: And ads, per City Paper, “The Fraternal Order of Police and Muriel Bowser's campaign each came out with new TV spots Monday, both of which offer their own criticisms of Mayor Vince Gray. The police union's spot takes viewers on a tour of the District's recent public safety lowlights, with Officer Colette Clemencia along as your guide. After visits to Lincoln Heights and the street where a cop had to wait 20 minutes for an ambulance after being hit by a car, Clemencia stands in front of a washed-out Wilson Building.”

NO-SHOWS IN MARYLAND: Um, sorry, per Gazette.Net, “Students hosting a gubernatorial form at the Universities at Shady Grove got stood up Monday by all but one candidate for governor and one for lieutenant governor. Heather R. Mizeur (D), Douglas F. Gansler (D), David R. Craig (R) and Charles Lollar (R) were all scheduled to speak at the forum.

“But only Craig and Lollar’s running mate, Ken Timmerman (R), showed. Mizeur and Gansler — the two Montgomery County residents in the race — both had last-minute scheduling conflicts that forced them to cancel on the students Monday morning, their campaign representatives said.”

BEN CARDIN: Just do it, says Maryland senator, per the Frederick News-Post, “Health insurance for all is closer to reality than ever, if people will just get signed up, Sen. Ben Cardin said Monday, noting the date was the fourth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. Less than a week remains until the March 31 deadline closes the current open enrollment period, he pointed out as he discussed the progress he sees in the nation's health care system under the Affordable Care Act. He urged people to sign up for insurance on their own or get help to do so before open enrollment ends.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A music program in Maryland is helping those with Alzheimers and dementia connect with their loved ones. Director Elaine Kielman launched the Music and Memories Project, and explains that Alzheimers patients may not remember what happened minutes ago, but memories from their youth often remain vivid -- including music from that time.”

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--Skip Wood