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DAYBREAK DAILY: Bob McDonnell deals with yet another controversy

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Coverage of an overnight crash in Landover involving a car and a big rig; Mount Rainer deadly fire; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.

MORE ON MCDONNELL: Of basketball, kind of, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Two years ago, the capital city was awash in black and gold excitement as the Virginia Commonwealth University men's basketball team made a thrilling March Madness run. Gov. Bob McDonnell got in on the act, as elected officials often do when a hometown team is on a roll, even making a friendly wager on the Rams with his Indiana counterpart. And when VCU went to Houston for the Final Four in early April 2011, McDonnell and members of his family were there to cheer them on thanks to a political donor.

“Airfare for that trip was underwritten by Jonnie Williams Sr., the political donor whose gifts to the McDonnell family have attracted federal scrutiny and motivated one legislator to call for the governor's resignation. At the time, McDonnell's office said the governor would attend the Final Four, a premium ticket in the world of big-time sports, indicating his political action committee was covering the tab.

“Now, people familiar with the trip say Williams, the head of troubled health supplement company Star Scientific Inc., sponsored the governor's travel to the tournament. Although the trip expense wasn't listed on McDonnell's 2011 state economic disclosure form, his spokesman Tucker Martin points out it was logged by the governor's political action committee.” http://bit.ly/13q4T9r

MEANWHILE: This, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A Virginia lawmaker is calling on Gov. Bob McDonnell to “come clean” about the undeclared gifts he and his family have received from donors or resign.

“If you or your family has received gifts of the type alleged, then you should disclose that fully and immediately,” writes Sen. J. Chapman Petersen, D-Fairfax City, in a one-page letter to McDonnell dated Monday. Petersen’s letter is apparently the first from a member of the General Assembly to pose the issue of McDonnell’s resignation amid the unfolding investigations into gifts the first family received from donors, including Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams Sr.” http://bit.ly/14MWY2Q

TEEJAY: Put those plans on hold, per the Washington Post, “A Fairfax County schools plan to have neighboring districts, including Loudoun County, help pay for a $90 million renovation of Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology might be illegal, according to Virginia’s attorney general.

“Ken Cuccinelli II (R) issued an opinion last week that says Loudoun does not have the legal authority to cover renovation costs for a building outside of its district that it does not lease or partly own. Fairfax officials have asked Loudoun and other counties sending students to the elite magnet school to help pay for part of the renovation, already underway, that includes plans for state-of-the-art science labs and a wave tank for oceanography classes.” http://wapo.st/14M1wGN

OBAMACARE: Of a delay, per the New York Times, “In a significant setback for President Obama’s signature domestic initiative, the administration on Tuesday abruptly announced a one-year delay, until 2015, in his health care law’s mandate that larger employers provide coverage for their workers or pay penalties. The decision postpones the effective date beyond next year’s midterm elections.

“Employer groups welcomed the news of the concession, which followed complaints from businesses and was posted late in the day on the White House and Treasury Web sites while the president was flying home from Africa. Republicans’ gleeful reactions made clear that they would not cease to make repeal of Obamacare a campaign issue for the third straight election cycle.” http://nyti.ms/121Ix96

PACKING THE COURT IN MARYLAND: Girl power, per the Baltimore Sun, “Maryland achieved several milestones Tuesday as Gov. Martin O'Malley named the first woman to lead what will be the first female majority on the state's top court. The appointments, to be announced Wednesday in Annapolis, mark a shift in a male-dominated profession and put Maryland among a minority of states with their highest courts led by women.

"In every generation we make progress toward the sort of country we want our kids to grow up in," O'Malley said. O'Malley elevated Court of Appeals Judge Mary Ellen Barbera to be chief — the highest-ranking judge in Maryland — and he appointed Court of Special Appeals Judge Shirley M. Watts to take the seat of retiring Chief Judge Robert M. Bell.” http://bsun.md/1223H7a

SNEAKY IN TEXAS: Keeping voices to a minimum, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “More than 1,900 people signed up to testify about proposed abortion restrictions before a Texas House committee Tuesday, but rules imposed by the chairman meant that no more than 140 members of the public would get to speak. Rep. Byron Cook, R-Corsicana, imposed an eight-hour limit on the hearing, with each person getting three minutes before the committee, and he chose a room with 67 seats. The meeting started at 3:30 p.m.” http://bit.ly/12kJ8CB

POLITICO PLAY: “When Edward Snowden first told the world he was the NSA leaker, he insisted he didn’t want to become the story. What happened to that? At every turn, Snowden has drowned out the debate over privacy, security and the role of government he hoped to spark by serving up a human drama — starring himself.” http://politi.co/18uXQOQ

BUSTED: Just the facts, per ABC7—WJLA, “Police have made an arrest in the violent assault of a drag performer in Northwest Washington. Raymone Harding, 28, is accused of attacking the male performer inside a restaurant in the 1800 block of 14th Street NW on June 23. A bystander caught the 3:15 a.m. assault on camera.” http://wj.la/17S8cZV

OUTSIDER: Could be a good thing, per City Paper, “The 2014 mayor's race has its first candidate who isn't on the D.C. Council: Reta Lewis, a former employee of the State Department and the Clinton administration.” http://bit.ly/10xNcSD

DRIVE TIME: For all, per the Washington Times, “A D.C. Council committee Tuesday adopted a provision into legislation introduced by the mayor that would allow illegal immigrants to get the same driver’s licenses as other D.C. residents. The Committee on Transportation and the Environment voted 5-0 in favor of a bill that would pave the way for the estimated 25,000 illegal immigrants living in the District to obtain licenses devoid of any markings that could indicate their immigration status.” http://bit.ly/12l218z

PEEP PERP: Whatever, per ARLnow, “Police have arrested a man accused of several recent peeping incidents, and they’re asking other potential victims to come forward. On Sunday afternoon, 48-year-old Michael Tomlin allegedly hid in a stall of a women’s restroom in a movie theater and was caught looking over the stall at a juvenile victim. Tomlin reportedly fled when the girl’s father confronted him. The father immediately contacted authorities with a description of the suspect, and the Arlington County Police Department’s Special Victims Unit found Tomlin yesterday in the 4300 block of N. Carlin Springs Road.” http://bit.ly/15ebS4e

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-0 against Milwaukee.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Mounting controversies surrounding D.C.'s fire department and its chief, Ken Ellerbe, has led one member of the city's council to call for his resignation. Ellerbe, however, says he's not going anywhere. http://wj.la/16LPr5F

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--Skip Wood

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