DAYBREAK DAILY: Summertime debate set for Cuccinelli and McAuliffe

ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with potential thunderstorms and highs in the mid 80s.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Continuing coverage of the Oklahoma tornadoes; Alexandria shooting death; another glance at the creepy cicada obsession; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

LINCOLN-DOUGLAS DEBATE: Well, kinda sorta but not really, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The debate over debates has begun. Last month, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe called on Republican Ken Cuccinelli to join him in five debates across the commonwealth.

“Last weekend, Cuccinelli upped the ante, pledging to debate McAuliffe 15 times, an offer that the McAuliffe campaign dismissed as a “political stunt.” So far, the campaigns have managed to agree on one. The Virginia Bar Association will host a gubernatorial candidates debate on July 20 during its annual summer meeting, to be held at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs.”

BENGHAZI: And a certain Mr. Petraeus, per the Washington Post, “The controversy over the Obama administration’s response to the Benghazi attack last year began at a meeting over coffee on Capitol Hill three days after the assault. It was at this informal session with the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that the ranking Democrat asked David H. Petraeus, who was CIA director at the time, to ensure that committee members did not inadvertently disclose classified information when talking to the news media about the attack.”

IMMIGRATION REFORM: Real progress?, per the New York Times, “The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved a broad overhaul of the nation’s immigration laws on a bipartisan vote, sending the most significant immigration policy changes in decades to the full Senate, where the debate is expected to begin next month.

“The 13-to-5 vote came as the committee reached a deal on one of the final snags threatening the legislation — and agreed to hold off on a particularly politically charged amendment, which would have added protections for same-sex couples.”

MOORE: Confusion on a variety of levels, per the Tulsa World, “The death toll from Monday’s tornado in Moore was revised to 24 on Tuesday, and authorities believe that all children have been recovered from an elementary school there. Officer Jeremy Lewis, a spokesman for the Moore Police Department, said the death toll, which had stood at 51 earlier, was revised to 24.

“State Medical Examiner’s Office spokeswoman Amy Elliot said Tuesday morning that she believes some victims were counted twice in the early chaos of the storm. Authorities said initially that as many as 51 people were dead, including 20 children.”

AND THIS: Of perspective, per the Kansas City Star, “With this storm, it’s the kids who keep coming to mind. Third-graders, fifth-graders, the young boys and girls who were trapped and even died in the twisted mountain of metal and concrete that was the Plaza Towers Elementary School.

“Despite the violent upheaval that Moore endured Monday afternoon when a monstrous tornado slashed through the city, many of the people who lost much insist that their worries pale in comparison with the sadness they feel for the innocents whose young lives have come to define the town’s tragedy.”

POLITICO PLAY: "President Barack Obama brought in press secretary Jay Carney “to lower the temperature” in the briefing room back in 2011 — but reporters are increasingly skeptical about Carney’s demeanor and the veracity of some answers to questions about recent administration scandals. Carney, as laid back in private as he is buttoned-down in public, has clashed with the White House press corps repeatedly over the past few days as he struggled to address tangled official narratives on the I.R.S. probe of tea party groups and the administration’s response to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack in Benghazi."

THERE’S A HOLE IN THE BUCKET: Rather, a hole in the road, per ABC7—WJLA, “A sinkhole has closed a major intersection and commuter route in downtown Washington at 14th and F streets. The District of Columbia Department of Transportation announced the closure Tuesday afternoon. The agency says officials from the department and D.C. Water are investigating a condition that has undermined the roadway. The intersection will stay closed through the morning rush hour Wednesday.”

JUST DON’T GO ALL LINDSAY LOHAN: Anyway, per Gazette.Net, “They tell you if you get into this world with your child there will be a phone call,” Salah Kivlighn said. “And we’re not sure if this is the phone call, but it was the biggest call yet.” For Kivlighn, his wife Eimear and their 10-year-old daughter Aishlinn of Rockville that phone call came at the end of February when talent executive Shaun Royer, who’s worked with artists such as Hillary Duff, Justin Timberlake and Alicia Keys, called to offer Aishlinn a spot opening for a Disney concert tour this summer.”

HUH?: Just the facts, per the Washington Examiner, “D.C. public schools spent $18,475 per student in fiscal 2011, more than any state outside of New York, according to census data released Tuesday. Among the country's 100 public school systems with the most students, Montgomery and Prince George's counties placed fourth and ninth. Montgomery spends $15,421 per student, while Prince George's pays out $13,775.”

KRISPY DUNCAN: Or something like that, per City Paper, “Not everyone likes the smell of fresh doughnuts, it turns out. Zeke's DC Donutz has closed—temporarily—in order to address complaints from its landlord and neighbors about the fried dough fumes. Owner Aaron Gordon explains that the Dupont Circle space does not allow for a normal hood above its fryers, which would bring the heat, odor, and grease particles from the kitchen up to the top of the building. Instead the doughnut shop has a ventless hood, which gets rid of grease particles and helps prevent fires, but does very little for the heat and odor.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-2 at San Francisco.

TIME TO HIT THE ROAD: Or not, per the Washington Times, “Memorial Day travelers will have slightly less company on the roads this year because of the effects of sequestration, travel officials said Tuesday. About 795,000 motorists are expected to get behind the wheel this weekend, compared to about 800,000 last year — a drop of less than 1 percent.”

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Immediate response to natural disasters takes a lot of coordination by organizations like the Red Cross. At their headquarters in Washington, teams use social media to figure out where and how to send support to those who need it. See how they do it.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is the always eloquent Eleanor Clift of Newsweek and the Daily Beast, who will be asked about the Obama administration's efforts to find its second-term footing.

--Skip Wood