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DAYBREAK DAILY: Another delegate calls for Bob McDonnell's resignation

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ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the low 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6  

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Fallout from the George Zimmerman “not guilty” verdict; Woman whose car hit and killed a Prince William County motorcycle cop goes on trial; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

BOB MCDONNELL: Another call to quit, per the Washington Post, “Del. Scott A. Surovell (D-Fairfax) made the strongest call yet for Gov. Robert F. McDonnell’s resignation over a gifts scandal, suggesting Sunday that the governor should be forced out if he does not step down by the end of the week. “The legislative branch has a sworn independent responsibility to address corruption and malfeasance when we see them independent of criminal investigations,” Surovell wrote on his blog Saturday. . .  “If he has not resigned by the end of this week, then other measures should be on the table.”

“Asked Sunday if he was calling for McDonnell’s impeachment, Surovell said in an e-mail, “There are many ways we can put pressure. Its unacceptable that only 3 legislators have spoken out.” McDonnell spokesman Tucker Martin declined Sunday to comment on Surovell’s demand. McDonnell has previously said that he has done nothing wrong.” http://wapo.st/18iXpYS

ZIMMERMAN ACQUITTAL: Wide-ranging reactions, per the Orlando Sentinel, “As news of George Zimmerman's acquittal spread through the media and cyberspace Sunday, it became clear that the trial may be over, but the hurt feelings — and the debate — linger on both sides.

“In parks, church pews and diners across the country, people reflected on the decision reached by six women over 15 hours of deliberations: Zimmerman acted in self-defense when he fatally shot 17-year-old Trayvon on Feb. 26, 2012 in a Sanford gated community. At the Orange County Convention Center, where the NAACP is in the opening weekend of its national convention, reaction to the verdict Sunday ranged from outrage and "heartbreak" to fear and acceptance.” http://bit.ly/15FlYeP

SITUATION SYRIA: A matter of arms, per the New York Times, “A month ago Obama administration officials promised to deliver arms and ammunition to the Syrian rebels in the hope of reversing the tide of a war that had turned against an embattled opposition. But interviews with American, Western and Middle Eastern officials show that the administration’s plans are far more limited than it has indicated in public and private.

“In fact, the officials said, the administration’s plans to use the C.I.A. to covertly train and arm the rebels could take months to have any impact on a chaotic battlefield. Many officials believe the assistance is unlikely to bolster the rebellion enough to push President Bashar al-Assad of Syria to the negotiating table.” http://nyti.ms/1anc6aI

STRANGE: Just the facts, per the Boston Globe, “Boston police arrested a man Sunday afternoon after he was spotted taking photos of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Beacon Hill home. Police found a pellet gun in the man’s vehicle and arrested him for possession of an open alcohol container, said Kerry’s spokesman Glen Johnson.

“Kerry was visiting his wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Charlestown when State Department security officers saw the man taking pictures of the window in Kerry’s home, calling the Boston Police Department shortly after, Johnson said.” http://bo.st/13clETU

POLITICO PLAY: “The once-collegial relationship between Harry Reid and Mitch McConnell has collapsed into a free-for-all of name-calling, finger-pointing and mutual mistrust. The enmity manifested itself in a private confrontation on the Senate floor last month in which McConnell needled Reid over a super PAC — run by the Senate majority leader’s former aides — that attacked the GOP leader over the Kentucky airwaves.” http://politi.co/1dz7AWh

THE BIG SIZZLE: It’s finally here, per ABC7—WJLA, “A big-time heat wave is in store for the upcoming week, our first full week of 90 degree-plus days and for a large part of the week, upper 90s look likely. Factor in the humidity and heat indices; “feels like” values could approach 105 to 110 degrees.We will not really be able to count much on a cooling afternoon shower other than a slight possibility Tuesday or Wednesday, as a strong high pressure will settle overhead.” http://wj.la/72e8x6

VA. GOV. BOB MCDONNELL’S WIFE: Intriguing stuff, per Sunday’s Richmond Times-Dispatch, “In hundreds of photos on the governor’s state website, Maureen McDonnell appears a smiling hostess to business leaders, politicians, teachers and others at events in Virginia’s 200-year-old Executive Mansion. In her 3½ years as first lady, she has focused her attention on promoting Virginia’s wine industry, supporting military families and celebrating the historic property.

“But according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation, McDonnell could be so difficult to work for that several staff members wrote a letter to the governor’s office complaining about the hostile environment she created at the mansion. The governor’s office has refused to confirm the letter’s existence, but the sources said it voiced frustration with Maureen McDonnell’s treatment of mansion employees as well as state troopers in the first family’s security detail.” http://bit.ly/12NFce2

AND THIS: More intriguing stuff, per Saturday’s Post, “Maureen McDonnell was a whirlwind, zipping from book-signings and ribbon-cuttings to baby showers for military moms. She averaged nearly three speeches a month last year. But the first lady of Virginia has scarcely had a public event in the past three months.

“Her retreat from the spotlight has coincided with her emergence at the center of a growing investigation into gifts to her and her family from a wealthy businessman named Jonnie R. Williams Sr. Williams sprinkled luxury items and big checks among several McDonnell family members, and recent revelations suggest that the first lady made the most aggressive grab for the good life.” http://wapo.st/1bdN5Si

NEW ROLE: For ex-NRA president, per the Washington Times, “David Keene, a trusted adviser to presidents, a longtime champion of personal liberty and one of conservatism’s most respected voices, was appointed Sunday as the new opinion editor of The Washington Times. Mr. Keene recently stepped down as president of the National Rifle Association after leading the group’s successful effort to block new restrictions on gun ownership and sales in the aftermath of the Newtown, Conn., school shootings.” http://bit.ly/10Vv4lY

LIVING WAGE: And big boxes, per the Washington Business Journal, “Following his appearance before the D.C. Council Friday, Deputy Mayor Victor Hoskins and I chatted in more depth about what the living wage bill means for the District's economy. Even if Mayor Vincent Gray vetoes the bill, as is likely at this point, the District's reputation with the business community is seriously damaged, Hoskins said. Not irreperably, necessarily, but damaged nonetheless.

“For example, Hoskins noted during the committee hearing that three retailers, not Wal-Mart, have told him they are "not interested in looking at the District right now." They were before, he said, and now, even if the bill dies, they are not. Could it be Lowe's? Wegmans? He won't say.” http://bit.ly/13is9Ad

PEPCO: Of rates, per Gazette.Net, “For the third time in four years, Maryland’s Public Service Commission has denied the lion’s share of Pepco’s request to raise its rates. But on Friday, the commission still authorized higher rates charged by the utility, which has more than 789,000 customers in Maryland and Washington, D.C.” http://bit.ly/13ViN3z

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals beat Miami 5-2.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Good news about the two Anne Arundel County men who were struck by lightning Wednesday: They have both emerged from medically induced comas. Family members tell The Capital that 19-year-old John Conner Benson and 23-year-old Alex Steele remain on the critical care floor at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

“Ron Steele, Alex Steele's father, says it's a miracle how the two have progressed. He says they were surprised to see them come out of the coma on Friday. Both men regained consciousness and spoke in short sentences.” http://wj.la/13JjD4E

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) with reaction to the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial are legal analysts A. Scott Bolden and Jim Shalleck, as well as Washington Times columnist Deborah Simmons.

--Skip Wood

 

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