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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Groundbreaking for major intersection in Montgomery County; District looking at controversial long-term transportation plan; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
SAME-SEX MARRIAGE: Critic warns of dire consequences in Virginia, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Allowing gay couples in Virginia to marry would result in “significant alteration, change and radical modification of every aspect of both individual, family and tax law in Virginia,” Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, warned at a news conference in Richmond on Tuesday. “Every church and every Catholic or Protestant hospital will lose its tax (exempt) status. There is no restricting once it happens. This has effects that I can’t even contemplate at this time,” Marshall said.
“The delegate stood at the state Capitol with several African-American church leaders who have united behind the Republican’s push to impeach Attorney General Mark R. Herring for his refusal to defend Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban in court. “If people simply think that the so-called same-sex marriage is just a circumstance of whether two people are cohabiting in the same residence, they are profoundly mistaken,” said Marshall, a co-sponsor of the 2006 amendment to the state Constitution that defines marriage as between a man and a woman.” http://bit.ly/1hymO6c
TAKE ME OUT: To the ballgame, per the Baltimore Sun, “When baseball commissioner Bud Selig said recently that Baltimore was a "very, very viable candidate" to host the 2016 All-Star Game at Camden Yards, those who have sought for the Midsummer Classic's return to the city for years received a boost to their hopes.
“The Orioles organization isn't commenting publicly on Selig's words, however, because it doesn't want to be viewed as campaigning for the annual event, which has been held in Baltimore twice. The American League won, 9-3, in 1993 at Camden Yards in the second season of the stadium's existence. And the AL also won, 4-3, in 1958 at Memorial Stadium, four years after the club came to town from St. Louis. Privately, though, the Orioles were encouraged by Selig's characterization of their chances, and the organization would be thrilled to again showcase the Inner Harbor and Camden Yards, which will be in its 25th season in 2016 and remains the model for new ballparks.” http://bsun.md/1kBV7IV
REALLY?: Wow, per the Washington Post, “A draft of the District’s long-range transportation plan calls for toll lanes at major entry points into the city and other efforts aimed at keeping vehicles off downtown’s congested streets.
“MoveDC, which looks ahead to 2040, envisions a city with a wide transit network that includes a streetcar system, dedicated bus lanes in major commuter corridors, expanded Metrorail service in the downtown core, an active water taxi system and 200 miles of on-street bicycle facilities. Widening the transportation choices and deterring personal vehicle use are key to meeting the increasing demand for transit in a city that projects 170,000 new residents and 200,000 additional jobs in the next 25 years, D.C. transportation officials say.” http://wapo.st/1ncJ7gG
SCHOOL WIRES: Or something like that, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to wire Virginia for broadband - starting with schools. On Tuesday, the Democrat announced a partnership with a San Francisco-based nonprofit devoted to improving Internet access in public schools.
“The pilot project with EducationSuperHighway is a first-of-its-kind venture with a state. Virginia was selected, in part, because data suggest its schools pay more for Internet service and network connectivity.” http://bit.ly/1x5pPiO
BOWE BERGDAHL: The debate continues, per the New York Times, “The White House argued on Tuesday that the “unique circumstances” presented by the opportunity to return Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl gave President Obama the authority to lawfully bypass a federal statute requiring the Pentagon to notify Congress a month before he transferred the five Taliban detainees necessary to complete the deal. But the White House was forced by turns to defend its decision not to notify Congress and to send important aides to apologize to angry lawmakers who said they were left out of the decision.
“A timeline of the negotiations with the Taliban, provided by the White House, made clear that it knew an imminent transfer was possible by mid-May, roughly two weeks before it took place. And officials familiar with the sequence of events said it was a desire to keep the talks secret for fear that any disclosure would scuttle the negotiations — and perhaps a reluctance to re-engage with Democratic and Republican members of Congress who were critical of the proposed swap in 2011 and early 2012 — that motivated the White House decision.” http://nyti.ms/1rKCrvq
MEANWHILE: The video, per the Los Angeles Times, “The Taliban have released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. The video, emailed to media on Wednesday, shows Bergdahl in traditional Afghan clothing sitting in a pickup truck parked on a hillside. More than a dozen Taliban fighters with machineguns stand around the truck and on the hillside.
“Bergdahl is seen blinking frequently as he looks at and listens to his captors. A Black Hawk helicopter then lands and two Taliban fighters, one carrying a white flag, lead Bergdahl half way. He is greeted and taken by three Western-looking men in civilian clothing to the helicopter, where soldiers in Army uniforms are waiting.” http://lat.ms/1kwmWC2
VETERANS AFFAIRS: Floating a proposal, per The Hill, “Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Tuesday introduced legislation that would grant veterans the flexibility to seek treatment at private healthcare providers. The measure, dubbed the Veterans Choice Act, “squarely addresses the root causes” of the troubles plaguing the Veterans Affairs Department, McCain said at a press conference.
“The bill would allow veterans who cannot schedule an appointment with a VA doctor in a “timely fashion” to see a private healthcare provider within a 40-mile radius by using their “choice card,” according to McCain. The measure would grant the next VA chief the power to remove any top executive based on job performance. The secretary would then have to provide Congress with an explanation as to why an employee was removed, McCain said.” http://bit.ly/SsoDWr
POLITICO PLAY: “Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran appeared to fall short of claiming the GOP nomination for a seventh term Tuesday, sending the longtime incumbent and his tea party challenger stumbling into a costly runoff election and scrambling the general-election landscape in one of the nation’s most conservative states.
“Already a savagely personal race, the duel between Cochran and activist state Sen. Chris McDaniel could now drag on until the next vote on June 24 and present national Republicans with a dilemma: Whether to continue supporting the senator and tearing down McDaniel at the potential cost of damaging the party’s eventual nominee.” http://politi.co/1kvMwqW
GUILTY: The saga continues, per City Paper, “Kelvin Robinson, a former D.C. Council candidate, pleaded guilty in Superior Court Tuesday to conspiring to conceal illegal shadow campaign help from Jeff Thompson in two 2010 races, according to a court docket.
“Robinson, a former chief of staff for Mayor Tony Williams, was charged last month with covering up help from Thompson. Besides ex-Councilmember Michael Brown, he's the first candidate to be charged with benefitting from an illegal shadow campaign by Thompson, although newly unsealed court documents suggest a grand jury is considering charges against other candidates.” http://bit.ly/1oV1CJG
ONE OR THE OTHER: Clash looms, per Gazette.Net, “As Pepco is asking for an electricity rate increase, Montgomery County thinks Maryland regulators should drop the utility’s rates. On top of the $27.9 million rate hike that went into effect last July, Pepco has asked the Maryland Public Service Commission for $43.3 million more, which would add $4.80 to the average customer’s monthly bill. However, since filing the case Pepco reduced its request to $37.4 million.” http://bit.ly/1tFqX8e
NEVER MIND: Nothing to see here, per the Frederick News-Post, “A multibillion-dollar lawsuit scheduled to go to trial this fall in Frederick County has been settled, according to attorneys. The suit was filed in 2010 on behalf of Monrovia families who said they were harmed by exposure to gasoline and related products leaked into groundwater from the former Green Valley Citgo station at 11791 Fingerboard Road. The Green Valley Citgo station is now a BP gas station.
“Documents related to the settlement agreement were not available as part of court records, and attorneys involved in the case said the settlement terms are confidential. Contamination from petroleum products, including methyl tertiary-butyl ether, was found in groundwater in 2005. Hexavalent chromium and lead were also found in water supplies in the area.” http://bit.ly/1h7WhMz
REAL TIME: It’s coming here, per DCist, “Bill Maher—the stand-up comedian, provocateur, host of Real Time With Bill Maher, and most importantly, co-star of D.C. Cab—is coming to D.C. in September.
“According to a release, Maher will have two back-to-back live shows in D.C.—first, a live taping of Real Time, followed immediately by stand-up show. Real Time will be taped from the Shakespeare Theatre Company's home at the Sidney Harman Hall in Chinatown, and will be the finale of the season's "Flip a District" feature, wherein he asks viewers to nominate a current elected representative to be voted out of office At the show, he'll tally the results and reveal with member of Congress will be flipped out of office.” http://bit.ly/1mR3IFG
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Philadelphia 7-0.
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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.), who will be asked about the swapping of five Taliban prisoners for an American solider, the death of Maya Angelou and more.