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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – D.C.’s fire department again in the spotlight; G-8 summit preview; D.C. double shooting; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
MEDICAID AND VIRGINIA: Of a “setup,” per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The battle lines are drawn over a major overhaul of Virginia’s Medicaid program that could lead to expanding coverage to hundreds of thousands of uninsured Virginians. The Virginia Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission will meet for the first time today to review a three-phased plan of reforms outlined in amendments to the state budget that will take effect July 1.
“The 10-member legislative commission would be able to authorize the expansion of Virginia’s Medicaid program under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as early as the middle of next year if it finds those goals have been met – and that has opponents of the federal health care law crying foul. “This is a setup,” said Del. Robert G. Marshall, R-Prince William, who vows to file suit to block the commission from allowing Medicaid expansion without action by the entire legislature. “This is a way to pave the way to say ‘yes.’?” http://bit.ly/ZWJYrr
FACE TIME: Sounds good, anyway, per the Washington Post, “The faces of more than 120 million people are in searchable photo databases that state officials assembled to prevent driver’s-license fraud but that increasingly are used by police to identify suspects, accomplices and even innocent bystanders in a wide range of criminal investigations.
“The facial databases have grown rapidly in recent years and generally operate with few legal safeguards beyond the requirement that searches are conducted for “law enforcement purposes.” Amid rising concern about the National Security Agency’s high-tech surveillance aimed at foreigners, it is these state-level facial-recognition programs that more typically involve American citizens.” http://wapo.st/18PNQRe
FIRES GONE WILD: These numbers are staggering, per the Denver Post, “Containment on the Black Forest fire could take until Thursday, and hundreds of evacuees will have to wait, fire managers said Sunday. On the fifth day since it began on June 11, the fire had consumed 14,198 acres, 485 homes and two lives. The blaze was 65 percent contained Sunday, and authorities were confident all the casualties had been recorded.
"There's no further loss of life," El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa said at a noon news conference. Investigators have not yet determined what started the fire. But Maketa has said it is likely to have been human-caused. He said investigators are zeroing in on the point of origin and have called instate and federal ATF experts to help.” http://bit.ly/17QQLb5
RETURN OF A RESTAURANT: After more than two decades, per the Baltimore Sun, “For decades, the well-heeled and hungry went to the Chesapeake Restaurant at the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets for formally served dinners of charcoal-broiled steaks, unabashedly rich seafood dishes like jumbo crab lumps au gratin and a decadent dessert named the coconut snowball. Nearly 25 years after the doors closed on one of Baltimore's most cherished spots, they're back open now, with a new set of owners hoping Baltimore warms to its 21st-century update, which they're calling The Chesapeake.” http://bsun.md/17fepyF
TURKEY: Grim and getting grimmer, per the New York Times, “The Turkish authorities widened their crackdown on the antigovernment protest movement on Sunday, taking aim not just at the demonstrators themselves, but also at the medics who treat their injuries, the business owners who shelter them and the foreign news media flocking here to cover a growing political crisis threatening to paralyze the government of Pr?me Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“After an intense night of street clashes that represented the worst violence in nearly three weeks of protests, Mr. Erdogan rallied hundreds of thousands of his supporters on Sunday — many of them traveling on city buses and ferries that the government had mobilized for the event — at an outdoor arena on the shores of the Sea of Marmara. In some of his toughest language yet, he called his opponents terrorists and made clear that any hope of a compromise to end the crisis was gone.” http://nyti.ms/11Jcla6
SOCIAL HOKIES: Say hello to the cops, per the Roanoke Times, “Technology is leading to a new era of community policing at Virginia Tech. Over the past two years, Tech police say using social media to post selected footage from new security cameras installed in public areas around campus has led directly to the solving of about a half-dozen cases.
“While some have been small thefts or acts of vandalism, Tech Police Maj. Kevin Foust said others have been serious. At least one such posting has led to a felony charge.” http://bit.ly/19bHs3r
POLITICO PLAY: “The Senate’s Gang of Eight is out in force to sell its immigration bill to the public, minus one pivotal member: Marco Rubio. The Florida Republican has spent hours strategizing in private with the bipartisan group of senators, but he hasn’t appeared in public with them since late April — nixing requests for press conferences after the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the immigration bill, according to Democrats, and most recently, for a joint interview on Univision.” http://politi.co/13Ss4p5
HMMMMMM: Here’s this, per The Guardian, “Foreign politicians and officials who took part in two G20 summit meetings in London in 2009 had their computers monitored and their phone calls intercepted on the instructions of their British government hosts, according to documents seen by the Guardian. Some delegates were tricked into using internet cafes which had been set up by British intelligence agencies to read their email traffic.
“The revelation comes as Britain prepares to host another summit on Monday – for the G8 nations, all of whom attended the 2009 meetings which were the object of the systematic spying. It is likely to lead to some tension among visiting delegates who will want the prime minister to explain whether they were targets in 2009 and whether the exercise is to be repeated this week.” http://bit.ly/17Sb6wP
GOOD OL’ JEFF: Sigh, per City Paper, “If you run into embattled D.C. politics money man Jeff Thompson, give him a hug: He's had a tough week. On Monday, former at-large Councilmember Michael Brown admitted taking illegal campaign donations in 2007 from a businessman who is clearly Thompson. Then, a lawyer for Lee Calhoun, an employee at the accounting firm Thompson used to run, said Calhoun would plead guilty to involvement in a campaign contributions scheme run by the firm's former CEO (i.e., Thompson). All that's enough to deal with, but Thompson had one more problem in store: Late Friday, Thompson's old firm accused him of running a straw donor scheme.” http://bit.ly/11FRmEd
DOG DAYS: And good days, per the Washington Times, “Chloe the Shih Tzu sashays her way across the hardwood floor, a hot-pink vest secured around her small body, her sandy-colored hair pulled into a tiny ponytail to show off her warm brown eyes. She stops at the feet of Abby Dunlap, who is sitting in a cozy armchair in their Vienna, Va., townhouse, and waits quietly to be scooped up so she can snuggle into the cushions. Not a bad deal for a dog who survived being stabbed seven times with a steak knife.” http://bit.ly/13TfNAC
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 2-0 against Cleveland; San Antonio beats Miami 114-104 in Game 5 of the NBA Finals; Justin Rose wins the U.S. Open.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the Archbishop of Washington celebrated a special Mass on Sunday for couples celebrating at least 25 years of marriage. One couple marked 74 years together, and 11 have been married for 70 or more years.” http://wj.la/13M1RtK
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.), who will be asked about the NSA surveillance program, the unrest in Syria, the future of the prison camp at Guantanamo and immigration.