DAYBREAK DAILY: O'Malley doubles down on greenhouse gases

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Northern Virginia woman among those killed in Spain train derailment; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

GREEN DAY: Or something like that, per the Baltimore Sun, “Gov. Martin O'Malley said Thursday that Maryland will not meet its ambitious goal to cut greenhouse gases unless the state adopts more aggressive measures he is proposing. The governor — who said the state has a "moral obligation" to avert climate change — outlined several strategies for more quickly reducing gases that drive global warming. "This work is hard," said O'Malley, a Democrat. "It is life-and-death hard."

“The accelerated plan would require the use of more renewable energy, which in the short term could drive up energy costs, and calls for cutting energy consumption by residents. To meet the state-mandated goal of cutting carbon emissions 25 percent by 2020, O'Malley also suggested boosting composting and recycling programs, doubling ridership on public transit, planting more trees and lowering the emissions cap on the state's seven coal-burning power plants.”

CUCCINELLI RECEIVES THREATENING EMAILS: Like, really threatening, per WRC, “State and local agencies are investigating threatening emails sent to Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, who is also a GOP candidate for governor. In the messages, the sender threatens to harm Cuccinelli and his family, according to search warrants obtained by the News4 Northern Virginia Bureau.

“One message - full of misspellings and profanity - ends with a warning to Cuccinelli: "btw don't run for congress il kill you," it reads. The email was sent through the campaign's website, authorities said. The campaign then reported it to Virginia State Police.”

MARYLAND BARS SKATE: Liability diminished, per the Washington Post, “Bars in Maryland cannot be held liable for injuries their patrons cause after they leave, Maryland’s highest court ruled Thursday in a 4 to 3 vote. The grandparents of a 10-year-old girl who was killed when a drunk driver hit their family car in 2008 sued the Gaithersburg bar that served Michael Eaton, the driver, 21 drinks before he hit the road. But the Court of Appeals ruled that the bar, Dogfish Head Alehouse, is not liable for the crash.”

IRAN SOFTENS STANCE?: Of potential nuclear talks, per the New York Times, “Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq told the Obama administration this month that Iran was interested in direct talks with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program, and said that Iraq was prepared to facilitate the negotiations, Western officials said Thursday.

“In a meeting in early July with the American ambassador in Baghdad, Mr. Maliki suggested that he was relaying a message from Iranian officials and asserted that Hassan Rouhani, Iran’s incoming president, would be serious about any discussions with the United States, according to accounts of the meeting.”

AARON HERNANDEZ: Smoking gun?, per the Boston Globe, “Former New England Patriots star Aaron Hernandez, who is charged with murder, appears to be holding a pistol in grainy photos included among documents from his case that were released Thursday in Attleboro District Court. The photos, included in an affidavit supporting an arrest warrant for Hernandez, appear to show Hernandez holding a pistol by the barrel while walking through a home.

“Prosecutors have previously alleged that Hernandez was captured by his own home’s surveillance cameras carrying a gun after the slaying of Odin Lloyd of Dorchester. Hernandez is facing a murder charge in the June 17 killing of Lloyd at an industrial park in North Attleborough, not far from Hernandez’s home.”

VA. WOMAN ON ILL-FATED TRAIN: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “A woman from Arlington named Ana Maria Cordoba is among the victims in the Spain train derailment. She is an employee of the Arlington Archdiocese. Since the accident, the staff had all been praying for her safe return since they were made aware that she was missing in the crash. There was a prayer service held in the office, but on Thursday at about 3 p.m., Cordoba's family confirmed to the Diocese that she was one of the 80 who had died.”

STANCE SOFTNER: This is what often happens, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, the Republican nominee for attorney general, said Thursday that he wants to run an inclusive campaign and work across the aisle in order to appeal to a wider base of voters. . .Obenshain, from Harrisonburg, is known for his conservative voting record that he has accumulated since he was first elected to the state Senate in 2003.

“He drew flak for drafting legislation in 2009 that would have required women who had miscarriages without medical attendance to report it to authorities within 24 hours. But Obenshain withdrew the proposal shortly after, arguing that it was too broad. Obenshain has also consistently voted against Democratic measures that would assure protections for homosexual state employees under Virginia’s anti-discrimination law.”

NOT SO FAST: Of a voting pushback, per The Hill, “Attorney General Eric Holder’s surprise decision to challenge Texas’s voting laws triggers a huge new fight between the federal government and Southern states dominated by the Republican Party. Legal experts said the decision to seek a court order requiring Texas to obtain federal clearance before changing its voting laws lays the groundwork for an aggressive push to restore as much federal oversight as possible over state voting laws.”

POLITICO PLAY: “More than 60 Republicans have signed a letter urging Speaker John Boehner to defund Obamacare when Congress funds the government in September. The letter, being circulated by the office of freshman Rep. Mark Meadows, doesn’t explicitly say that supporters will vote against a government funding bill if it does not strip funding for Obamacare. But it says that signers of the letter are “urging [Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.)] to defund the implementation and enforcement of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in any relevant appropriations bill brought to the House floor in the 113th Congress, including any continuing appropriations bill.”

LEAFY MONTGOMERY COUNTY: At least that’s the plan, per Gazette.Net, “A bill passed this week to preserve Montgomery County’s tree canopy doesn’t just replace those that are cut down, but also requires planting new trees where they never existed in the first place, a change suggested by the building industry. But lawmakers opted to require more trees than builders suggested, which some say is the same as imposing a fee.”

SCHOOL DAZE: Of a higher calling, per Greater Greater Washington, “As D.C. determines how to repurpose 68 acres of the former Walter Reed hospital campus, one thing seems clear: the new development will include at least one university. Citywide, universities are playing a greater role in the regional real estate scene, partnering developers and moving beyond a "behind-the-gates" approach to education.”

THIS IS NO TIME FOR A BREAK: So sayeth two Virginians, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Should people be upset that Congress is about to head out for a five-week summer recess while major budget issues fester and tens of thousands of federal employees are taking pay cuts? Two Virginia legislators say yes.

"What message are we sending to people?" Sen. Mark Warner said Thursday. "We're about to break for a month when people are getting 20 percent pay cuts.... People have a right to be angry." . . . On the other side of the Capitol on Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia Beach delivered a similarly firm lecture on the budget impasse, urging his colleagues to forgo their recess, which is set to begin in a week.”

THIS AGAIN?: Yep, per the Roanoke Times, “For the second time in as many years, nonprofit organizations with a health care mission are being told in some cases that their state funding violates Virginia’s constitution. In a recent advisory opinion, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli determined that a total of about $1.8 million in state funds to 12 nonprofits is impermissible.

“The Virginia constitution forbids the General Assembly from making “any appropriation of public funds ... to any charitable institution which is not owned or controlled by the Commonwealth,” Cuccinelli wrote in the June 28 opinion.”

KFC: Um, joking, per ARLnow, “The rise of backyard chickens in Northern Virginia has sparked a heated policy debate in Arlington, but it has also led to an increase in abandoned chickens showing up at shelters. In 2011, Prince William County approved a measure that allowed raising birds on some residential properties. Since then, the number of chickens that the Prince William County Animal Shelter has taken in has risen.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Pittsburgh 9-7.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Montgomery County Councilman Phil Andrews, who will be asked about his bid for County Executive.

--Skip Wood