DAYBREAK DAILY: A month out, Richmond readies for Redskins
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy, 30 percent chance of thunderstorms and highs in the low 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Supreme Court set for busy day; Edward Snowden saga continues; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
RICHMOND REDSKINS PARK: Well, kind of, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “With about a month until the Washington Redskins begin training camp in Richmond, the city unveiled its plan to charge for parking for the thousands of fans the team is expected to draw this summer.
“The city will charge a $5 flat fee for parking spots within walking distance of the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center on West Leigh Street and $7 for parking areas that require a shuttle bus trip. About 2,500 fans a day are expected to attend the three-week camp, with as many as 25,000 expected during Fan Appreciation Day on Aug. 3.” http://bit.ly/1cfZLEc
IMMIGRATION REFORM: Positive signs, per the New York Times, “The bipartisan push to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws took a major step forward Monday evening when the Senate endorsed a proposal to substantially bolster security along the nation’s southern borders as part of measure that would provide a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the country.
“The 67 to 27 vote prevented any filibuster of the plan to devote roughly $30 billion to border enforcement measures, including nearly doubling the Border Patrol force to 40,000 agents from 21,000, and completing 700 miles of fencing. Opponents of the enhanced security questioned whether the steps would ever be taken and said that the legislation should require that the border be secure before undocumented immigrants could begin to seek legal status.” http://nyti.ms/1781tr5
ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: A provocative start, per the Miami Herald, “When George Zimmerman spotted Trayvon Benjamin Martin on a rainy February night as the Miami Gardens teen returned from a convenience store with a can of Arizona fruit punch and a bag of Skittles, Zimmerman saw a troublemaker, a “f---ing punk” up to no good, prosecutors said Monday.
“So Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer already alarmed by a recent rash of burglaries in his gated community, pursued Trayvon with a 9 mm semiautomatic pistol at the ready, fatally shooting the Miami Gardens teen. In a fast-moving opening statement, assistant state attorney John Guy described the volunteer as a vigilante on a mission to rid his block of “a--holes” like Trayvon. The defense countered that Zimmerman was forced into a confrontation he didn’t want. As a concerned citizen trying to protect his neighborhood, Zimmerman only shot to save his own life after he was viciously attacked, his attorney, Don West, told jurors.” http://hrld.us/19jZPqq
ANGRY POTUS: Of Mr. Snowden, per the Washington Times, “The White House blasted China on Monday for allowing confessed National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden to leave Hong Kong for Russia while he is being sought by U.S. authorities. “We are just not buying that this was a technical decision by a Hong Kong immigration official,” said White House press secretary Jay Carney. “This was a deliberate choice by the government to release a fugitive despite a valid arrest warrant, and that decision unquestionably has a negative impact on the U.S.-China relationship.” http://bit.ly/130nfhd
MARYLAND DEVELOPMENT: Big ambitions, per the Baltimore Sun, “A prime lot near Lake Kittamaqundi in Columbia that has sat vacant for years is likely to become a construction site in the next few months, the land's owner said Monday. David Costello says he's eager to move forward with his vision for the site: a $65 million, nine-story development with 160 apartments, 130,000 square feet of office space and 12,000 square feet of retail space.” http://bsun.md/15AxHrG
FIRES GONE WILD: Weather will be crucial, per the Denver Post, “High winds kept firefighters in southwestern Colorado in a defensive posture Monday, but officials are optimistic that decreasing winds will aid efforts on Tuesday and Wednesday in their battle against the West Fork Complex fire. The fire, a combination of three wildfires — West Fork, Windy Pass and Papoose — has burned about 75,150 acres about 14 miles northeast of Pagosa Springs.” http://bit.ly/1aJJwBj
WHITEY BULGER: Of a so-called rat, per the Boston Globe, “Even though his attorneys insist James “Whitey” Bulger was not an informant, a federal agent Monday provided details from the file of FBI Informant 1544 that showed Bulger gave authorities intelligence on South Boston crime figures and the Mafia, and tips in murders and other crimes that led to arrests. Bulger, in a letter sent to a friend from jail while awaiting trial, has insisted that none of the conversations he had with the FBI ever sent anyone to jail.” http://bo.st/12drfJ6
POLITICO PLAY: “Not yet six months into his second term, Barack Obama’s presidency is in a dead zone. A combination of familiar Washington intransigence and a more recent run of bad news and political setbacks have left him with less influence over his circumstances — and more buffeted by factors beyond his control — than at any time in his five years in office.” http://politi.co/14mMtmh
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GROUNDED: Really, really grounded, per ABC7—WJLA, “A Delta Airlines flight heading to Minneapolis on Monday went off the runway at Reagan National Airport and got its landing gear stuck in about 12 inches of mud. The Metropolitan Washington Airport Authority said Delta Flight 1763 went off the runway while taxiing and the passengers needed to be offloaded and returned to the runway.” http://wj.la/19m5mg4
D.C. DAZE: Wake up!, per City Paper, “Another week, another visit to federal court for a straw donor tied to Jeffrey Thompson. Just four days after former Thompson employee Lee A. Calhoun pleaded guilty to making $160,000 in illicit contributions, Pennsylvania businessman Stanley Straughter admitted his own role as a conduit for more than $130,000 in court Monday.” http://bit.ly/14U0RVA
GET OUT THE VOTE: Like, really early, per Gazette.Net, “A new law expanding early voting throughout Maryland calls for three new voting centers in Montgomery County and leaves the door open for a fourth new one. The county had five early voting centers in the last election.
“The law — sponsored by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and approved by lawmakers earlier this year — increases the number of early voting centers required in each county. Counties with a population of less than 125,000 require only one center, while counties with more than 450,000 people require eight centers.” http://bit.ly/18caP8c
PART-TIME GIG: Smile for the camera, per ARLnow, “Rep. Jim Moran (D-Va.) was one of two Virginia congressmen to participate in a recent photoshoot for the NOH8 Campaign. The gay rights campaign is described as a “photographic silent protest.” It was organized by celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley in response to the 2008 passage of Proposition 8, which invalidated the recognition of same-sex marriage in California.
“Moran was one of 67 members of Congress to participate in a photoshoot for the campaign, and one of only two in Virginia. (Rep. Gerry Connolly, the Fairfax County Democrat, was the second.)” http://bit.ly/19wfwre
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Chicago wins the Stanely Cup with 3-2 win over Boston.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Washington's great red panda search has come to a close! Rusty, the red panda who escaped from Smithsonian's National Zoo Sunday, was captured near Adams Morgan Monday afternoon. http://wj.la/11IG2sb
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. John Delaney (D-Md.), who will be asked about the mood in Congress, the defeat of the farm bill, immigration, NSA surveillance and more.