DAYBREAK DAILY: Obama hits Newport News Shipbuilding today
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Ongoing and comprehensive coverage of the sequestration showdown; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.
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MAKING HIS POTUS PITCH: This time at Newport News Shipbuilding, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “As President Barack Obama heads to Newport News today to highlight the impact that steep federal spending cuts will have if not averted, Virginia schools, military installations, local governments are beginning to prepare. Obama will appear at Newport News Shipbuilding, in a defense-heavy state that could be particularly hard hit if Congress does not find a way to avoid the cuts slated to take effect March 1.” http://bit.ly/13MYlNb
MEANWHILE: Hits already are coming, per the Daily Press, “Obama is scheduled to speak at the shipyard about across-the-board cuts to defense and non-defense programs — referred to as a sequester in budget parlance. But some cuts have already been imposed by the Pentagon. On Feb. 8, the Navy delayed the refueling and complex overhaul of the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln, a four-year, multi-billion shipyard project that typically employs thousands of workers.” http://bit.ly/XXxiLP
AND THIS: He may not have a receptive audience, per the Washington Post, “Obama is not seen in Newport News as any sort of savior but rather as the leader of a dysfunctional government that is playing havoc with people’s lives. Residents are bitter and resentful. It’s difficult to have a conversation without getting an earful of expletives. And there is little patience here for serving as political props in Washington’s latest budget drama.” http://wapo.st/13jynFh
AND MORE: Virginia’s GOP congressional delegation weighs in, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The three Republican congressmen who represent Hampton Roads said Monday they doubt that Congress will act before Friday's deadline for the start of $85 billion in automatic budget cuts. During a 90-minute Navy League of Hampton Roads forum at the Westin Virginia Beach Town Center, U.S. Reps. Scott Rigell, Randy Forbes and Rob Wittman said they would push for legislation to exempt the military from the reductions, which must be made over the next seven months.” http://bit.ly/YSzoOX
MEANWHILE: A GOP plan – of sorts, per the New York Times, “Congressional Republicans are preparing to counter increasingly dire warnings from President Obama about the impact of automatic budget cuts with a plan to give the administration more flexibility in instituting $85 billion in cuts, a proposal they say could protect the most vital programs while shifting more of the political fallout to the White House. The plan is vigorously opposed by the administration, which said Monday that it would do little to soften the blow to military and domestic programs.” http://nyti.ms/XCGDcs
POLITICO PLAY: “Read President Barack Obama’s state-by-state breakdown of the sequester and you get a dire message: The sky is going to fall on March 1. But a closer read of the detailed reports shows that some of the scariest stuff is going to happen in slow motion — if it happens at all.” http://politi.co/WnBi8H
SITUATION SUITLAND: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “The "State of Suitland" has hundreds of parents and teens calling for change. Two Suitland students were murdered last week. Six students have been killed in Prince George's County this school year. With so many deaths still on the hearts and minds of many in the county, hundreds of people flocked to a rec center Monday night to discuss the spiraling problem and seek genuine solutions.” http://wj.la/13jx5Kt
GRAHAM GRIM?: Not so much, per City Paper, “Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham appeared chipper and was mostly smiles (Monday) as his colleagues gave him the legislative equivalent of putting a toddler in time out and taking away his or her favorite toy. The D.C. Council voted 11-2 to reprimand Graham for his actions related to a Metro development deal and the city's lottery contract.” http://bit.ly/13dglF3
TWO-PRONGED IN MARYLAND: Talking guns and the death penalty, per the Baltimore Sun, “It will be a full week about guns and capital punishment in the Maryland Senate. Floor debate will begin Tuesday on two of the most controversial proposals in Gov. Martin O'Malley's legislative package. Senators will face early mornings and late nights as the chamber tackles gun-control and repealing the death penalty in the same week.” http://bsun.md/YTfbIS
MAKE THAT THREE: Prongs, that is, per the Washington Examiner, “Virginia's passage of a $880 million plan to fund transportation projects puts pressure on Maryland to also find a way to raise revenue for transportation projects, insiders say. The Maryland Legislature's top fiscal analyst, Warren Deschenaux, said Virginia's passage of a transportation package last weekend will increase interest in getting a package passed in Maryland.” http://bit.ly/XXDhjz
COP-CAP CAMERAS: Showing now in Prince George’s County, per the Washington Times, “Police officers nationwide, engaging a smartphone-happy public eager to catalog every potential misstep and post it on YouTube, are donning new accessories — body-mounted video cameras. The lightweight devices that attach to an officer’s sunglasses, hat or uniform seem to be defusing some sticky situations before they arise.” http://bit.ly/13jJWw4
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards beat Toronto 90-84.
ARLINGTON TAXES: Things that go bump in the night, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Board voted over the weekend to advertise a higher property tax rate than that proposed by County Manager Barbara Donnellan in her proposed FY 2014 budget. By advertising the $1.021 rate, the Board will have the flexibility of raising the tax rate up to 102.1 cents per $100 in assessed real estate value.” http://bit.ly/XBEPAL
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Md.), who will be asked about the impact deep cuts in federal spending would have on the economy, the government and the workforce.
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