DAYBREAK DAILY: Silver Spring Transit Center plan goes clandestine
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THE SILVER SPRING SAGA CONTINUES: Progress? Perhaps, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County officials met with Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority officials Monday afternoon to discuss the future of the Silver Spring Transit Center. Patrick Lacefield, a spokesman for the county, said Timothy L. Firestine, the county’s chief administrative officer, and David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services, met in a closed session with two WMATA officials: General Manager and CEO Richard Sarles and Deputy General Manager A. Robert Troup.
"They discussed how to move forward with remediation. “I think it went well,” Lacefield said. “WMATA is going to be participating in the work team meetings to move forward on the remediation.” http://bit.ly/13h3tbZ
VIRGINIA AND ITS GUNS: Come one, come all, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The number of non-Virginians obtaining state-issued concealed handgun permits has boomed in the four years since Ken Cuccinelli sponsored legislation making it clear that online testing meets the legal training requirement for them. One beneficiary of that increased demand is a Norfolk gun dealer, and Cuccinelli campaign contributor, who markets virtual training to out-of-staters whose home states have tougher permit standards than Virginia's.
“The number of nonresident permits issued has risen each year after the 2009 law change, from 1,179 in 2010 to 3,002 last year - a 154 percent increase over that time. This year's total of 2,803 through mid-May is on pace to eclipse the previous year's figure.” http://bit.ly/10mQYOf
THE IRS THING: Local ties, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “While the IRS’ admission that it targeted conservative groups for additional scrutiny puts increasing pressure on President Barack Obama’s administration, Virginia lawmakers from both sides of the aisle condemned the agency’s actions and underscored their support for an investigation.
“In Virginia, meantime, the Shenandoah Valley Tea Party joined its counterpart in Richmond in charging that its organization was improperly targeted by the IRS. “There’s no excuse for ideological discrimination in our system,” Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va., said Monday. “The administration should take swift action to get to the bottom of this to ensure those responsible for misconduct are held accountable and establish appropriate safeguards to prevent this from ever happening again.” http://bit.ly/10neASS
MEANWHILE: A story with legs, per the Washington Post, “Internal Revenue Service officials in Washington and at least two other offices were involved with investigating conservative groups seeking tax-exempt status, making clear that the effort reached well beyond the branch in Cincinnati that was initially blamed, according to documents obtained by The Washington Post.
“IRS officials at the agency’s Washington headquarters sent queries to conservative groups asking about their donors and other aspects of their operations, while officials in the El Monte and Laguna Niguel offices in California sent similar questionnaires to tea-party-affiliated groups, the documents show.” http://wapo.st/YF3dFr
FEDS TARGET ASSOCIATED PRESS: This is going to get messy, per the New York Times, “Federal investigators secretly seized two months of phone records for reporters and editors of The Associated Press in what the news organization said Monday was a “serious interference with A.P.’s constitutional rights to gather and report the news.
“The A.P. said that the Justice Department informed it on Friday that law enforcement officials had obtained the records for more than 20 telephone lines of its offices and journalists, including their home phones and cellphones. It said the records were seized without notice sometime this year.” http://nyti.ms/17nHA1h
JOLIE’S DECISION: Just the facts, per the Associated Press, “Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times under the headline, "My Medical Choice." http://apne.ws/17Z3w0E
ABORTION DOC GUILTY: Of murder, per the Philadelphia Inquirer, “For more than three decades, Kermit Barron Gosnell made his name providing abortions in the most difficult cases - the poor, the uninsured, and women pushing the 24-week threshold when abortion becomes illegal in Pennsylvania. Now the 72-year-old West Philadelphia physician has to save a life - his own - after a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty Monday of killing three babies born alive during illegal late-term abortions.” http://bit.ly/YFjc6t
ANOTHER DOMINO FALLS: Of same-sex marriage, per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, “Amid roaring chants from supporters and tears from opponents, the state Senate took a historic, final step Monday to legalize same-sex marriage in Minnesota. The 37-30 vote came after a failed, last-ditch attempt by opponents to scuttle the measure.
“I’m going to be a married man in Minnesota!” DFL Sen. Scott Dibble, the Senate’s only openly gay member, proclaimed to supporters after emerging from the chamber. One Republican, Sen. Branden Petersen, joined a majority of DFL legislators to make Minnesota the 12th state to legalize gay marriage. Three DFLers voted against the measure.” http://bit.ly/17o03La
POLITICO PLAY: “Scandal politics are sweeping Capitol Hill. Just days after news broke that the IRS targeted conservative nonprofits, Speaker John Boehner’s House committees will morph into mock courtrooms where the White House will be the defendant in what amounts to a number of high-stakes political trials.” http://politi.co/169oFaT
WELLS MAKES THE CALL: Mr. Mayor?, per City Paper, “And then there were two: Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells announced in an email that he'll kick off his campaign for mayor on Saturday, joining Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser as a candidate in next year's Democratic primary. Wells, whose intentions have been clear for months, will launch his campaign at noon this Saturday at Starburst Plaza, the intersection of H Street NE, Benning Road, Maryland Avenue, Florida Avenue, 15th Street, and Bladensburg Road. It's also the intersection of wards 5 and 6—likely a symbolic attempt to bridge his strong support in his home ward with his limited support in poorer wards 5, 7, and 8.” http://bit.ly/10J1QaZ
HISTORICAL D.C.: Still standing, per the Washington Examiner, “One million dollars from American Express to improve historic D.C.-area sites will certainly help, but experts say that the District, despite its reputation for bureaucratic logjam, has been largely successful over the past three decades in its efforts to preserve historic landmarks and neighborhoods.” http://bit.ly/13uPcMq
A MARYLAND CRUSADE: It’s a crusade of one, per the Washington Times, “A Montgomery County housewife and political activist has revived a stalled referendum effort against Maryland’s recently passed gun-control bill, breaking from a plan favored by the National Rifle Association and leaving her the daunting task of producing thousands of signatures in about two weeks. Sue Payne has set up a website called Free State Petitions, an online petition service similar to MDPetitions.com, which was used to collect enough signatures to successfully put the Dream Act, gay marriage and redistricting to a public vote last year after each was passed by the General Assembly.” http://bit.ly/19lH4xm
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps’ season ends with 5-0 loss against the New York Rangers in Game 7; Nationals beat the Dodgers 6-2.
GREEN GAMES: Of emissions, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Board is expected to vote this weekend to hold public hearings on the county’s proposed Community Energy Plan. A draft of the ambitious plan calls for Arlington to significantly decrease energy consumption and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 through a series of six goals and 14 policies.” http://bit.ly/15GvjWh
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