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DAYBREAK DAILY: Mark Warner takes on sexual assaults in the military

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ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with potential rain in and highs near 70. http://wj.la/72e8x6

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of overnight storm damage; Memorial Day weekend getaway day; Ocean City and its ravaged-but-revamped fishing pier; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

MARK WARNER: Just the (very important) facts, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Noting that almost 1 of every 3 members of the military who reported a sexual assault last year also said they faced retaliation, Sen. Mark Warner is introducing a bill today to provide stronger whistleblower protection for victims and others who report assaults. The protection - similar to what is available to other federal government employees - would also cover sailors, Marines, airmen or soldiers who report nonsexual misdeeds or serious problems.

“While recent reports by the Pentagon of a rise in sexual assaults have raised alarms in Congress, Warner said, he's also concerned about repercussions faced by others in the service, including two aviators at Hampton's Joint Base Langley who last year went public with concerns about the F-22 Raptor fighter jet. One of the pilots, who warned that the jet was dangerous because of a faulty oxygen system, has said he faced retaliation for talking about their worries.” http://bit.ly/14F7DgW

WE BEAT YOU: So says Montgomery County, per Gazette.Net, “. . . The competition for jobs between Maryland and Virginia has long been intense and shows little signs of slowing. Before recognizing companies at the Alliance for Workplace Excellence’s recent annual luncheon in North Bethesda, Steven A. Silverman detailed results of a recent study. The director of Montgomery County’s Department of Economic Development said figures from Economic Modeling Specialists International showed Montgomery added almost 25,000 jobs between 2010 and 2012, a 3.9 percent growth rate.

“That was No. 1 in the region, beating out that other county over the river,” Silverman said, referring to Fairfax County’s job growth in that time being only 3.6 percent.” http://bit.ly/11hlcEA

WAHOO WAH: Or something like that, per the Washington Post, “Paul Tudor Jones, the hedge fund billionaire, told an audience of University of Virginia students, alumni and others that it is difficult for mothers to be successful traders because connecting with a child is a focus “killer.” As long as women continue having children, he said, the industry is likely to be dominated by men.

“As soon as that baby’s lips touched that girl’s bosom, forget it,” Jones said, motioning to his chest during an April symposium. He was talking about two women who worked with him at a stock brokerage in the late 1970s — two women who married, had children and, according to his account, no longer had the laser focus needed for the intense world of macro trading.” http://wapo.st/12280VA

OBAMA ON WAR: And it’s one. . .two. . .three; what are we fighting for?, per the New York Times, “Nearly a dozen years after the hijackings that transformed America, President Obama said Thursday that it was time to narrow the scope of the grinding battle against terrorists and begin the transition to a day when the country will no longer be on a war footing.

“Declaring that “America is at a crossroads,” the president called for redefining what has been a global war into a more targeted assault on terrorist groups threatening the United States. As part of a realignment of counterterrorism policy, he said he would curtail the use of drones, recommit to closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and seek new limits on his own war power.” http://nyti.ms/121PigJ

MOORE: Another update, per the Tulsa World, “More than 12,000 homes were damaged or destroyed by the tornado that hit Moore on Monday, and 33,000 people were displaced or affected by it in some way, officials said. Oklahoma City Police Capt. Dexter Lewis said those numbers, which came from a survey of city and utility company records, are likely to grow.

"The 33,000 figure includes people whose homes were destroyed or damaged, were without power or otherwise were affected by the storm, Lewis said. Meanwhile, Gov. Mary Fallin said Thursday that the response effort has shifted to debris removal and restoring services to the affected area.” http://bit.ly/16Z8DAO

LIKE A BRIDGE: Over troubled waters, per the Seattle Times, “A chunk of Interstate 5 collapsed into the Skagit River near Mount Vernon on Thursday evening, dumping two vehicles into the icy waters and creating a gaping hole in Washington state’s major north-south artery. Officials said the highway will not be fixed for weeks at the very least.

“Rescuers pulled three people with minor injuries from the water after the collapse, which authorities say began when a semitruck with an oversized load struck a steel beam at around 7 p.m.” http://bit.ly/11gV7p9

POLITICO PLAY: “Welcome to the gay rights battleground of Virginia.Yes, you read that right. In the 2013 off-year elections, a state that once leaned solidly to the center-right has become the newest focal point in the national debate over same-sex relationships. A gubernatorial race already defined partly along culture-war lines has grown even more contentious since last weekend, when Virginia Republicans nominated as their lieutenant governor candidate a firebrand minister who has called gays “very sick people psychologically” and suggested a connection between homosexuality and pedophilia.” http://politi.co/1219yiO

ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETARY: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Hundreds of soldiers were sent on a special mission Thursday afternoon at Arlington National Cemetery. They placed American flags at each grave. That's more than 600 acres covered in red, white, and blue. And it's a tradition that dates back more than 60 years. On the eve of Memorial Day weekend since 1948, the Army's official ceremonial unit dubbed The Old Guard deploys at Arlington National Cemetery.” http://wj.la/14WYhNb

THIS IS A WEIRD ONE: It just is, per City Paper, “Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Director Richard Koshalek has resigned, effective at the end of this year, following an inconclusive vote by the Hirshhorn's Board of Trustees on his vision for an inflatable architectural pavilion for the museum, according to a source who attended the meeting. (Update, 4:11 p.m.: Smithsonian spokeswoman Linda St. Thomas confirms to Arts Desk that Koshalek has resigned.)” http://bit.ly/11fDFkN

TAX MAN: And a higher bill, per the Washington Examiner, “Montgomery County taxpayers will begin paying higher property taxes on July 1 as the County Council approved a $4.8 billion budget on Thursday that includes multimillion-dollar pay raises for members of three county labor unions. The county will spend about $34 million for pay increases ranging from 7 to 10 percent in fiscal 2014 for the county's firefighters, police and employee unions.” http://bit.ly/16Zd9PP

VROOM: Of thunder that rolls, per the Washington Times, “. . . This year marks the 15th Ride of the Patriots, and the 26th annual Rolling Thunder, an event held during the Memorial Day weekend that brings in more than a half-million motorcycle riders from across the country to recognize prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.” http://bit.ly/13Pk8Hp

LONDON CALLING: And watching, per the Associated Press, “Britain is bracing for clashes with right-wing extremists and possible copycat terror attacks after the slaying of a young soldier, adding some 1,200 police to potential trouble spots. Images captured on video made for gruesome viewing - one man with bloodied hands and holding butcher's knives angrily complained about the presence of British troops in foreign lands.” http://apne.ws/10Xn0gU

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--Skip Wood

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