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DAYBREAK DAILY: Bobby Scott leads bipartisan task force on crime

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ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with possible rain showers and thunderstorms and highs in the lower 80s. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – President Obama makes a return trip to the Jersey Shore to see further rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Sandy; yet another cruise-ship major malfunction; the sinkhole remains at 14th and F; a two-alarm fire in Howard County; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

WHEN A CRIMINAL IS NOT A CRIMINAL: Of a daring idea, per the Virginian-Pilot, “While liberals and conservatives in Congress may be at one another's throats over budget and social issues, some are finding common ground: a belief that federal criminal laws have run amok, with too many people ending up in prison or with a criminal record. Looking to spark the first major rewrite of U.S. crime statutes in half a century, U.S. Reps. Bobby Scott, a Newport News (Va.) Democrat, and Jim Sensenbrenner, a Wisconsin Republican, are leading a 10-member task force to address what they call the "overcriminalization" of America.

“Their focus: to revise and shrink the criminal code by leaving some offenses to state and local authorities, considering an end to mandatory-minimum sentences for some crimes and making it harder to convict people who did not know they were breaking federal laws.” http://bit.ly/11lWQne

MARYLAND MEANDERINGS: Run for governor is complicated, per Gazette.Net, “Harford County Executive David Craig (R), expected to announce a run for governor early next month, has hired a new campaign staffer from the camp of a man once rumored to be considering a run of his own.

“Jim Pettit has spent over a year working for the nonproft Change Maryland, helping the organization assemble reports critical of the economic policies of Gov. Martin O’Malley (D). Pettit said this week that he was joining Friends of David Craig — despite speculation that Change Maryland Chairman Larry Hogan also was weighing a bid for governor.” http://bit.ly/11tJA61

WEAPONS HACKERS: Of hitting the U.S. military, per the Washington Post, “Designs for many of the nation’s most sensitive advanced weapons systems have been compromised by Chinese hackers, according to a report prepared for the Pentagon and to officials from government and the defense industry.

“Among more than two dozen major weapons systems whose designs were breached were programs critical to U.S. missile defenses and combat aircraft and ships, according to a previously undisclosed section of a confidential report prepared for Pentagon leaders by the Defense Science Board.” http://wapo.st/18okOXB

MEMORIAL DAY: Just the facts, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “It was a beautiful day, but the occasion was no less somber for it.

“Standing beneath a perfect blue sky in the amphitheater of the Virginia War Memorial, Gov. Bob McDonnell honored Virginia’s war dead during his annual address at the Commonwealth Memorial Day Ceremony. With much help from military dignitaries active and retired, the governor paid special tribute to the 19 Virginia soldiers, sailors and marines who died in the past year.” http://bit.ly/13eMk4b

OF A DARE: And federal judges, per the New York Times, “President Obama will soon accelerate his efforts to put a lasting imprint on the country’s judiciary by simultaneously nominating three judges to an important federal court, a move that is certain to unleash fierce Republican opposition and could rekindle a broader partisan struggle over Senate rules.

“In trying to fill the three vacancies on the 11-member United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit at once, Mr. Obama will be adopting a more aggressive nomination strategy. He will effectively be daring Republicans to find specific ground to filibuster all the nominees.” http://nyti.ms/15070ib

FIRES GONE WILD: California knows the drill, per the Los Angeles Times, “More than 1,000 campers and up to 4,000 residents fled the mountains of Santa Barbara County as a fast-moving wildfire swept through part of Los Padres National Forest and surrounding areas, officials said. The White fire broke out about 2:45 p.m. Monday in the rugged terrain about 12 miles north of Santa Barbara and by evening had grown to about 1,000 acres and blanketed the tourist city with smoke and a dusting of ashes.” http://lat.ms/11toN2k

POLITICO PLAY: “House Speaker John Boehner, who by title and position should be the second most powerful person in Washington, sure doesn’t seem or sound like it. He has little ability to work his will with fellow House Republicans. He has quit for good his solo efforts to craft a grand bargain on taxes and spending. And he hasn’t bothered to initiate a substantive conversation with President Barack Obama in this calendar year.” http://politi.co/140ODqo

HOLIDAY TRAGEDY: Youth found dead, per ABC7—WJLA, “A teen's body was found in Scott's Cove after he disappeared from a family event Monday. Scott's Cove is an area located at the Rocky Gorge Reservoir in North Laurel, Md. Rescue crews spent about three hours searching for the 15 year old before his body was found. Water temperatures were only around 50 degrees.” http://wj.la/13VzERV

THE BURDEN IT BEARS: Of taxes, per the Washington Examiner, “Maryland's increasing tax burden is weighing down the state's economic outlook, according to an annual ranking of state business climates. The 2013 "Rich States, Poor States" report by the American Legislative Exchange Council, a conservative policy group, saw Maryland's economic outlook rating plummet from 20th among states to 35th. Though Virginia also fell from last year's third-place ranking, it was still among the top of states at fifth in the new report.” http://bit.ly/114Z2AC

ANGEL DUST: Remember that name?, per the Washington Times, “PCP usage is far higher among people arrested in the District than those arrested in five other major cities, according to a new federal report on drug use. The latest Arrestee Drug Abuse Monitoring Program report, prepared by the Office of National Drug Control Policy, states that nearly 12 percent of men arrested in the District last year had PCP in their systems at the time of arrest.” http://bit.ly/Zq4H92

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 6-2 against the Orioles.

HISTORY FOR SALE: And a nice house, to boot, per the Culpeper Star-Exponent, “One of the town of Culpeper's most beautiful antebellum mansions is on the market. The historic Hill Mansion, completed 1857 for Edward Baptist Hill, was recently listed for $895,000, representing a rare opportunity to own a piece of local antiquity. The four-bedroom formal stucco house at 501 S. East St. spans 5,143-square-feet on three levels.” http://bit.ly/18jhzAX

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The Department of Homeland Security wants to study charging a fee at the nation’s border crossings. But this has angered some, especially those in the Northwest who rely on Canada to boost the local economy. Currently it costs nothing to enter the country by land. Air and sea crossings already have a fee of under $2.” http://wj.la/19hoEkg 

 NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- The bridge collapse in Washington State late last week focuses new attention on the condition of the nation's infrastructure. We'll talk with Brian LePatner, author of "Too Big To Fall."

--Skip Wood

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