DAYBREAK DAILY: O'Malley to unveil plan today on climate change

ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the low 80s.
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Redskins’ Richmond training camps begins today; Mayor Gray to announce new stadium for D.C. United; Deadly train derailment in Spain; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

MARYLAND ENERGIZED: Kinda, sorta, per the Baltimore Sun, “The O'Malley administration's aggressive new plan to fight climate change calls for Maryland residents to further cut their energy use or face higher monthly utility bills. The plan, to be released Thursday by Gov. Martin O'Malley, also requires that more of the state's electricity come from renewable sources by 2020.

“Maryland's goals for reducing greenhouse gases are among the most ambitious in the nation. The plan requires stricter measures than previously proposed to meet the requirement set by the General Assembly in 2009 to cut carbon emissions that scientists say drive climate change.”

MCDONNELL MAKEOVER?: That’s the plan, anyway, per the Washington Post, “Gov. Robert F. McDonnell, who for months has said very little about gifts and loans received from a campaign donor, has launched an aggressive drive to improve his reputation.

“Over the past two weeks, he has switched lawyers, hired a private spokesman, apologized to the commonwealth, given back $124,000 to the wealthy benefactor and, on Wednesday, traveled to Afghanistan, looking very much like a governor immersed in something other than his own political and legal troubles. The activity, culminating in McDonnell’s surprise visit to Virginia troops overseas, represents a clear shift in strategy for the governor.”

HUMA ABEDIN: Of Anthony Weiner’s shield, per the New York Times, “. . . Since Mr. Weiner began his unlikely comeback bid for mayor of New York City, Ms. Abedin has served as his crucial character witness, a glamorous and widely admired figure who reassured New Yorkers, in glossy interviews and at campaign stops, that her husband deserved their trust.

“But as the city absorbed the disclosures this week that Mr. Weiner had continued exchanging sexual messages online — even after he resigned from Congress, checked into therapy and pledged to re-devote himself to his wife and child — the high regard for Ms. Abedin turned to bafflement.”

DREAMY: Cantor enters immigration fray, per the Los Angeles Times, “Two years ago, House Republicans would not hear of the Dream Act, rejecting as a "nightmare" the legislation to provide a path to citizenship for immigrants who were brought to the country as children and were here illegally as young adults. Now, they're taking a second look.

“House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) is working on his own version, which some Republicans hope can bridge the divide separating the parties on the immigration overhaul, which has languished in the GOP-led House.”

HURRICANE SEASON: Presenting Dorian, per the Orlando Sentinel, “After emerging in the eastern Atlantic on Wednesday, Tropical Storm Dorian is projected to arrive near Puerto Rico on Monday. It also is expected to gradually intensify and reach top winds of 60 mph in four days. It's too early to say whether Florida or the U.S. coast will be affected.”

CARRY ON, NSA: You’re good to go, per The Hill, “The House on Wednesday rejected an attempt to curtail the National Security Agency’s surveillance activities after a furious last-minute lobbying campaign by the White House to defeat the measure.

The House voted 205-217 against the amendment from Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), which would have prevented the National Security Agency from using the Patriot Act to collect phone records of individuals who aren’t under investigation. A majority of Democrats — 111 — voted for Amash’s amendment despite the White House pressure, while 83 Democrats voted no. The GOP vote was 94-134.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A hard fought deal to keep student loan interest rates down cleared the Senate Wednesday on a 81-18 vote, despite strong opposition from liberal Democrats who believe it would make skyrocketing student debt even worse in the long run.

“The vote represented a significant breakthrough after months of stalemate and weeks of negotiations between the two parties to find a long-term solution on student loans. And it showcased a deep split among Democrats: Many were skeptical about tying students’ interest rates to market rates expected to rise in future years.”

BAY BRIDGE ACCIDENT: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “The National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday that it will help investigate the recent crash on the Bay Bridge that caused a car to topple off the bridge and fall into the Chesapeake Bay.”

P.G. COUNTY WANTS WATER ANSWERS: Of lost revenue, per Gazette.Net, “After averting a possible five-day loss of water service during a heat wave, southern Prince George’s County residents and businesses who suffered financially from the expected shutoff are demanding answers from the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

“. . . Kent Digby, senior vice president of The Peterson Cos., which owns most of the 95 businesses that make up National Harbor, said the fiscal effect of the water scare was “substantial,” and business has remained slow as people think the businesses are closed or have no water. “I see less and less, but I still noticeably see some people calling [to see if we are open],” Digby said, estimating that Peterson loses $500,000 per day when National Harbor is not operational.”

D.C. AND TALL BUILDINGS: Issa leads the charge, per City Paper, “The second half of the Height Act study conducted jointly by the city and the National Capital Planning Commission is officially underway. And it just got a whole lot more fun.

“Rep. Darrell Issa, the Republican congressman from California who's become D.C.'s surprising best friend on Capitol Hill, asked the city and the NCPC to conduct a review of the 103-year-old Height of Buildings Act in November, with a deadline of this fall. Phase 1 of the study involved background research and identifying the local and federal interests. Phase 2 concerns economic impact and visual modeling.”

MEANWHILE: More Issa, per the Washington Times, “A House committee with oversight of D.C. affairs on Wednesday advanced a bill that would ensure the District has greater control of its finances. The legislation, introduced Tuesday by Rep. Darrell E. Issa, dovetails with a voter-approved charter referendum — still under congressional review — that grants the District the right to untether its fiscal year from that of the federal government .”

FIRES GONE WILD: And helping hands, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The Virginia Department of Forestry is sending a 20-person firefighting crew to help suppress wildfires in the West. The 18 men and two women were scheduled to arrive in Salt Lake City on Wednesday night or this morning.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-2 against Pittsburgh.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “If you're driving into Washington, your foot better be on the brake! New speed cameras have been installed in Northeast near a "Welcome to D.C." sign. The sign may be welcoming, but the speed trap behind it certainly is not.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Michelle Yue of the Washington Animal Rescue League, who will offer advice on protecting your pet during hot weather.

--Skip Wood