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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Vehicle crash leaves three dead in the Aspen Hill area of Wheaton; Jury selection begins in the George Zimmerman trial; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
I CONFESS: And now?, per the Washington Post, “A 29-year-old man who says he is a former undercover CIA employee said Sunday that he was the principal source of recent disclosures about ¬top-secret National Security Agency programs, exposing himself to possible prosecution in an acknowledgment that had little if any precedent in the long history of U.S. intelligence leaks.
“Edward Snowden, a tech specialist who has contracted for the NSA and works for the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, unmasked himself as a source after a string of stories in The Washington Post and the Guardian that detailed previously unknown U.S. surveillance programs. He said he disclosed secret documents in response to what he described as the systematic surveillance of innocent citizens.” http://wapo.st/13vAMLj
ONE YEAR LATER AT U.VA.: A strong takeout on the U.Va. mess, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “At Helen Dragas’ final board meeting as rector, her adversary from last summer laid out a new “Cornerstone Plan” for the mission and direction of the University of Virginia. President Teresa Sullivan said the strategic planning process — the absence of which Dragas had cited in attempting to fire her — was likely the most inclusive yet for U.Va., drawing from more than 10,000 people.
“But that level of input wasn’t enough for Dragas, who after Sullivan’s presentation last month said she thought the plan needed “another recheck from somebody outside, maybe another group of thought-leaders.” Such has been the disconnect in their year of living collegially. http://bit.ly/13uLsK1
THE TONYS: We have a winner, per the New York Times, “The crowd-pleasing Broadway show “Kinky Boots” pulled off an upset victory as best musical at the Tony Awards on Sunday night, edging out the onetime front-runner, “Matilda the Musical,” while also scoring wins for Billy Porter’s lead performance and Cyndi Lauper’s music and lyrics in her Broadway debut as a composer." http://nyti.ms/11q2Knt
NO SMOKING GUN: So stop looking for one, per the Baltimore Sun, “Arguing that the congressional investigation into the IRS should be concluded, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings said Sunday that closed-door interviews with the agency's staff show neither the White House nor officials in Washington had a hand in targeting conservative groups for added scrutiny. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been conducting interviews for several days with managers in the Internal Revenue Service’s Cincinnati office, which is responsible for reviewing applications for tax exempt status.” http://bsun.md/18XUh18
POLITICO PLAY: “Speaker John Boehner has been stunningly silent about his plans to move immigration reform through the House. But privately, the Ohio Republican is beginning to sketch out a road map to try to pass some version of an overhaul in his chamber — a welcome sign for proponents of immigration reform.” http://politi.co/19f4Wr0
CAPITAL PRIDE PARADE: With a twist, per ABC7—WJLA, “As revelers soaked up the spirit at Saturday's Capital Pride Parade in Washington, many minds continue to be directed not just on the District of Columbia's annual show of pride and support for the gay community. While they partied near Logan Circle, most are keeping a close eye on the stately Supreme Court building sitting just miles away.” http://wj.la/15Mdm4A
HUH?: Just the facts, per the Washington Examiner, “Montgomery County spent almost $11 million to remove 6.4 inches of snow during the 2012-2013 winter, almost a third of the $38.6 million it spent for storm cleanup in fiscal 2013. The snow and ice cleanups cost about $8.1 million more than the county budgeted.” http://bit.ly/162QtdS
FRAGER’S HARDWARE: Open again – kind of, per the Washington Times, “It seems fitting that Frager's Hardware, the 93-year-old Capitol Hill institution regarded by neighbors as so much more than a hardware store, would supply the ribbon for its own ribbon cutting. On Sunday, just days after a four-alarm fire destroyed the beloved store, Frager's was once again open for business — albeit a truncated version — selling plants, flowers, pots and any remaining “survivors” at a pop-up store at Eastern Market.” http://bit.ly/13stF4T
GUNS AND MARYLAND: Background checks? What background checks?, per the Baltimore Sun, “When Scott Schulte stopped at Pasadena Pawn and Gun last week to pick up his fifth firearm of the year, the Maryland State Police still hadn't finished his background check. The store let him take the pistol anyway. "I figure I can use my discretion," owner Frank Loane Sr. told Schulte. "I know you."
“An unprecedented surge of applications to purchase guns has overwhelmed Maryland's system for checking out the buyers. Dealers are required to wait seven days before releasing a firearm — which in the past has been enough time for the state police to complete the background check. Lately, though, it's taken two months or more. Citing state law, some dealers have stopped waiting.” http://bsun.md/13lU1FA
A NICE LOOK AT ‘RURALITY’: per the Washington Post, “Lenoir is a small town in western North Carolina. It has 18,000 people, a Wal-Mart, a Waffle House and an annual parade famous for people carrying pans of blackberry cobbler.Is it a rural place? The U.S. government has an answer: Yes. No.
“Yes. Yes. No. No. No. Yes. No. No. No. No. No.
“The problem is that the U.S. government has at least 15 official definitions of the word “rural,” two of which apply only to Puerto Rico and parts of Hawaii. All of these definitions matter; they’re used by various agencies to parcel out $37 billion-plus in federal money for “rural development.” And each one is different.” http://wapo.st/19cnpEA
HE WAS WARNED: Alas, poor Rorick, per City Paper, “One thing that jumps out about the $55,000 former D.C. Councilmember Michael Brown allegedly took in bribes from undercover FBI agents is when authorities say he started taking them: July 11, 2012. That's just one day after Vince Gray shadow campaign operative Jeanne Clarke Harris pleaded guilty in federal court on corruption charges.
“U.S. Attorney Ron Machen used Harris' guilty plea as a chance to tell the District's politicos that he was cleaning house. "The truth is going to come out in the end," Machen warned, "And you're far better off if you come to us on your own rather than waiting for us to approach you." Apparently, that warning wasn't enough to deter Brown, whose lawyer says that "severe financial difficulties" enticed him into taking the bribes.” http://bit.ly/10Wmfsu
COMMON GROUND: To a point, anyway, per the Roanoke Times, “Tuesday is when the Democratic Party fills out its slate for November, and the four hopefuls seeking a thumbs up from voters have been running hard. But in the case of the two aiming to be lieutenant governor, that’s been as much against the General Assembly’s stands on abortion, school funding and gun control as each other. And the two candidates for attorney general have focused much of their fire on the current officeholder, GOP gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli.” http://bit.ly/13v5Omz
SEE YA: Just the facts, per ARLnow, “The National Science Foundation, Arlington’s 12th largest employer, will be moving to new offices in Alexandria by 2017, employees at its Ballston headquarters were told Friday. NSF employs 2,237 people in Arlington, according to Arlington Economic Development data.” http://bit.ly/15U8hI4
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals sweep Minnesota 7-0 and 5-4; Miami beats San Antonio 103-84 in Game 2 of the NBA Finals.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Jury selection begins Monday in the Florida murder trial of George Zimmerman, who says he killed Trayvon Martin in self-defense on the night of February 26, 2012. Legal analysts say Zimmerman’s attorneys must convince the jury that their client - who was told by a dispatcher to not pursue Martin - pulled his 9 mm handgun and shot Martin out of fear for his life and that the fear was caused by Martin's actions, not his race. http://wj.la/102awtL
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Ward 2 D.C. Councilman Jack Evans (D), who will join us for his first in-depth interview since announcing his bid for D.C. Mayor. And, Hartford County Executive David Craig (R), will discuss his decision to jump into the race for Maryland Governor.