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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – The one-year anniversary of the death of Chuck Brown, famed D.C. musician; murder-suicide in Clinton; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, who will be asked about plans to bury power lines, the return of street cars, his 2014 budget, and the 2014 campaign.
COREY STEWART: Not everyone’s a fan, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Ahead of the state GOP convention this weekend, Corey A. Stewart has become the target of several tea party groups in Virginia who say that the Tea Party Patriots Federation, an umbrella organization, should not have ranked him as their top candidate for lieutenant governor.
“The federation has endorsed someone who doesn’t foster good governance and who has raised taxes as a government leader in Prince William County,” said Greg Letiecq, a member of the board of directors of the Manassas Tea Party, which is not part of the federation. “If you want to find somebody who is a standard bearer for the tea party, that’s not Corey Stewart,” Letiecq said.” http://bit.ly/19wW1Ns
PUSHING THE TRIGGER IN MARYLAND: Of patting themselves on the back, per the Baltimore Sun, “Advertisements praising Maryland's new gun control law will appear on Baltimore-area televisions soon after the measure is signed Thursday — the first volley in a two-pronged effort to defend the legislation and the politicians who voted for it. The gun control advocates behind the ads want to bolster support among Maryland voters in case there's a referendum next year. But they also want to counter a campaign to oust lawmakers who backed the bill in the General Assembly.” http://bsun.md/19w024D
IRS CHIEF OUT: Who’s next?, per the Washington Post, “President Obama on Wednesday demanded and accepted the resignation of the acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service, Steven T. Miller, as part of a multi-pronged effort to quell controversies that threaten to dominate his second term.
“The action was Obama’s first substantive step to address a political uproar stemming from the IRS’s disclosure that it had targeted conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status. It capped a day when the White House tried to dampen two other furors that had put Obama on the defensive — the Justice Department’s seizure of Associated Press phone records and the administration’s editing of talking points about the deadly attacks in Benghazi, Libya, last year.” http://wapo.st/11FLJga
BENGHAZI: Of not-so-pointed talking, per the New York Times, “E-mails released by the White House on Wednesday revealed a fierce internal jostling over the government’s official talking points in the aftermath of last September’s attack in Benghazi, Libya, not only between the State Department and the Central Intelligence Agency, but at the highest levels of the C.I.A.
“The 100 pages of e-mails showed a disagreement between David H. Petraeus, then the director of the C.I.A., and his deputy, Michael J. Morell, over how much to disclose in the talking points, which were used by Susan E. Rice, the ambassador to the United Nations, in television appearances days after the attack.” http://nyti.ms/19wgWjG
TEXAS TWISTER: It takes a deadly toll, per the Dallas Morning News, “A massive emergency response was underway late Wednesday in the Granbury area, where at least six people were confirmed killed and dozens injured by a tornado — one of many twisters spawned by a relentless storm system that raked across North Texas throughout the evening. Hood County Sheriff Roger Deeds noted at a midnight news conference that at least 14 people were unaccounted for, meaning the death toll could climb.” http://dallasne.ws/16j5Jq8
SITUATION SYRIA: And a plea for help, per the Los Angeles Times, “President Obama faces a fresh test Thursday of his determination to steer clear of the civil war in Syria when he considers a desperate plea from a longtime U.S. ally. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to urge Obama in a White House meeting to move more aggressively to end a conflict that has sent more than 1 million refugees fleeing across Syria's borders and threatens to destabilize the region.” http://lat.ms/YKi01I
ANOTHER ONE: Bites the dust, per the Gazette.Net, “. . .After a careful review of these ever-shifting market conditions, The Gazette has decided to close its Frederick County editions. . .In an announcement Wednesday afternoon, the chief executive of The Gazette's parent company called the decision regrettable but necessary. Karen Acton, who took over as chief executive of Post-Newsweek Media in January, 2012, said the company will continue to publish community weeklies in Montgomery, Prince George's and Fairfax (Va.) counties where the business models are strong.” http://bit.ly/14pWtvJ
POLITICO PLAY: “In recent days, Democratic strategists have all but begged President Barack Obama to take control of a deepening public relations disaster that threatens to derail his second-term agenda. On Wednesday evening, Obama did just that. The White House released 100 pages of emails and documents showing the evolution of the administration’s talking points about the Benghazi attack. Just over an hour later, Obama himself came to the podium to announce that he’d directed his Treasury secretary to request the resignation of the acting IRS commissioner — and had gotten it.
“So did two decisive actions on one rapid-fire news night stop the bleeding? For Republicans, the answer is clearly no. They’re going to remain on the attack — and they’re upping their demands. Moments after Obama spoke, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called on Obama to apologize to the American people. “Simply allowing the acting head of the IRS to resign is not enough,” he said in a statement.” http://politi.co/13yErIY
REBEL STATUE: To keep or not to keep?, per ABC7—WJLA, “A proposal by a Leesburg attorney to remove a statue honoring Confederate soldiers from the property of Loudoun County's courthouse is causing a stir. On Wednesday the Loudoun Times-Mirror published an opinion piece by attorney John Flannery in which he calls for the statue's removal. "I'm a person of law, or I wouldn't be upset about this symbol, which represents lawlessness," Flannery told ABC7 while standing near the statue.” http://wj.la/12wqBpo
MARYLAND GAMBLING: Never a dull moment, per the Washington Examiner, “Greenwood Racing's bid to build a Parx Casino in Fort Washington came as a surprise to many following Maryland's gambling saga, but company officials say the move had always been in the cards. "We've had our eye on the Prince George's County area going back almost 15 years," Greenwood CEO Anthony Ricci said Wednesday. "We've always spoken about the opportunity some day presenting itself."
“Greenwood is proposing an $800 million casino complex with 4,750 slot machines, 170 table games and a hotel with at least 250 rooms. MGM Resorts International, long considered the favorite to win the Prince George's County casino license, is planning an $800 million resort casino at National Harbor that would include 3,600 slots and 140 table games.” http://bit.ly/182ycy6
CATCH A BUZZ: At National Public Radio, per City Paper, “Jeff Miller rolls up in his BMW convertible to the gleaming new headquarters of NPR one wet, gusty Monday morning. Miller, a real estate developer, isn’t there to check out the building, a modern mass of concrete and glass and lights on North Capitol Street. He’s delivering cargo: 20,000 European honey bees, buzzing in two wooden boxes destined for NPR’s rooftop.” http://bit.ly/102ejSq
TOO YOUNG TO SHAVE: But not to vote, per the Washington Times, “A national movement to grant more teens the right to vote scored its first victory this week with the passage of legislation in Takoma Park, to lower the voting age in municipal elections to 16. But momentum continued Wednesday as advocates in Massachusetts spoke at the State House in favor of allowing 17-year-olds to vote. Activists have made a number of attempts across the country in recent years to grant more teens access to the polls. They point to the change in Takoma Park as a potential springboard for movements elsewhere.” http://bit.ly/12cIIPe
NEW ORLEANS SHOOTING: Just the facts, per New Orleans' Times-Picayune, “New Orleans police on Wednesday night arrested 19-year-old Akein Scott in the Mother's Day second line parade shooting that left 19 people hospitalized with gunshot wounds. Scott had been on the run for three days. He was arrested in the Little Woods neighborhood of eastern New Orleans, said officer Garry Flot, spokesman for the New Orleans Police Department.” http://bit.ly/11GG6OM
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 3-1 against Dodgers.
BLOCKED: Seem quite petty, per DCist, “News of Tuesday's fire under a Metro train in Silver Spring spread like, well, a fire on Twitter, with many a critical tweet sent about Metro's handling of the incident. Chris Barnes of the popular FixWMATA Twitter account, which regularly posts about issues with Metro, was one user sending out information about the fire Tuesday, as well as criticisms of Metro. He discovered this morning he had been blocked from following WMATA's Twitter feed.” http://bit.ly/16g46K0
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: After a public tip was called in to the ICE tip line, the 'John Doe' child porn suspect who has been the subject of a nationwide manhunt was arrested Wednesday afternoon and his young victim was rescued, according to a statement from ICE. Arrest details and the identity of the man are being withheld until his first appearance in federal court, officials say. http://wj.la/1802qSe