DAYBREAK DAILY: Bob McDonnell faces new money revelations
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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Big doings for D.C. city council; Gun-rights activist has home searched; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m M-F.
BOB MCDONNELL: And the beat goes on, per the Washington Post, “A prominent political donor gave $70,000 to a corporation owned by Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his sister last year, and the governor did not disclose the money as a gift or loan, according to people with knowledge of the payments. The donor, wealthy businessman Jonnie R. Williams Sr., also gave a previously unknown $50,000 check to the governor’s wife, Maureen, in 2011, the people said.
“The money to the corporation and Maureen McDonnell brings to $145,000 the amount Williams gave to assist the McDonnell family in 2011 and 2012 — funds that are now at the center of federal and state investigations.” http://wapo.st/1a9Mu0U
MEANWHILE: There’s this, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Tony Troy is making a scrumptious contribution to Virginia jurisprudence: the cold-meatball-sandwich defense. Troy, the $250-an-hour, taxpayer-supplied lawyer to Gov. Bob McDonnell in the Giftgate scandal, says there’s nothing wrong — and nothing illegal — in McDonnell and wife Maureen packing their kids off to college with goodies from the Executive Mansion.
“For now, that’s the McDonnells’ home. And provisioning their twin boys and a daughter with Gatorade, paper towels, laundry detergent, cold cuts, microwave foods, chips and energy shakes falls within state guidelines, Troy says.” http://bit.ly/12YkqqN
SEXY LADY: For all to see – for now, per Gazette.Net, “She’s been crawling across a pool table on all fours in a skintight dress since January, but it wasn’t until late last month that someone took issue with the model in the window photo at Equinox gym in downtown Bethesda. That someone on June 28 anonymously launched a blog called Sexism Matters, whose purpose seems to be getting the New York fitness club chain to take down the image. To do so, a petition was started on Change.org and has garnered more than 900 signatures.” http://bit.ly/1dhqlgW
LOAN SHARKS: Or something like that, per the New York Times, “Federal regulators are cracking down on questionable debt collection practices by some of the nation’s biggest lenders. The push comes after revelations that some of the same practices that have haunted the foreclosures of homes — like robo-signing and faulty documentation — have cropped up in efforts to recoup delinquent credit card debt.
“The debt collection practices of banks and lenders have long existed in a kind of regulatory gulf. The primary federal law that governs how companies pursue consumers behind on their bills does not apply to firms that are trying to recoup money that they lent directly to a consumer.” http://nyti.ms/12qjgVh
BOSTON MARATHON BOMBINGS: Of a court appearance, per the Boston Globe, “Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing will watch as the young man who could face the death penalty for the attack appears in court for the first time since he was found bleeding and hiding in a boat in a suburb days after the April 15 explosion. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday afternoon in federal court in Boston. He has been charged with using a weapon of mass destruction in the bombings that killed three people and wounded more than 260.” http://bo.st/12XMEXc
SFO CRASH: New details, per the San Francisco Chronicle, “The pilots trying to land Asiana Airlines Flight 214 knew 500 feet from the ground that they were coming in off course - and they focused on correcting that problem while assuming that the plane's airspeed was being controlled automatically, investigators said Tuesday.
“By the time the pilots realized the plane's speed had dropped dangerously low, investigators said, it was too late to correct. The main landing gear and tail struck the rocky seawall at the base of San Francisco International Airport's Runway 28L, breaking into pieces and sending the plane into a devastating spin.” http://bit.ly/12XNgvT
ZIMMERMAN TRIAL: Things are getting testy, per the Miami Herald, “Tempers flared Tuesday night as the George Zimmerman murder trial was recessed just before 10 p.m. Defense attorneys complained when the judge ordered everyone back in court Wednesday morning. “Your honor, we’ve been working very long hours," exhausted Zimmerman defense attorney Mark O'Mara pleaded after a 12 1/2-hour day in court.
“So have I!" Seminole County Circuit Judge Debra Nelson shot back. O’Mara continued: “Your honor, we don’t have time to prepare our witnesses,” he said. “We’re recessed... it is now 9:57 p.m.,” Nelson said. Visibly exasperated, defense co-counsel Don West continued to address the judge as she began to pack up. "I don’t think I can physically keep up this pace much longer ... weekend depositions and at night,” he said. Ignoring West, the judge walked off the bench — arms full of paperwork.” http://hrld.us/12kVej9
POLITICO PLAY: “Republicans walked away from their 2012 debacle hell-bent on fixing their problems with Hispanics. Now, they appear hell-bent on making them worse.
“In private conversations, top Republicans on Capitol Hill now predict comprehensive immigration reform will die a slow, months-long death in the House. Like with background checks for gun buyers, the conventional wisdom that the party would never kill immigration reform, and risk further alienating Hispanic voters, was always wrong — and ignored the reality that most House Republicans are white conservatives representing mostly white districts.” http://politi.co/12gnfF3
BIG BOX: Or no box?, per the Washington Times, “Wal-Mart is threatening to stop development of three of its six planned stores in the District if a bill is signed into law that would raise the minimum wage the big-box retailer would be required to offer employees. Word that the herald of low prices could nix construction plans came Tuesday, the day before the D.C. Council is set for a final vote on a bill that would require hourly wages of at least $12.50 to be paid at its stores.” http://bit.ly/13LsPEy
U.VA. COSTS: They’re considerable, per the Charlottesville Daily Progress, “The University of Virginia, rated as one of the best values in college education, is also the second-most expensive public university for tuition charged to out-of-state students, according to recent U.S. News & World Report rankings.
“Based on tuition and fees charged in the 2012-13 school year, U.Va.’s $38,018 for nonresidents was only $1,000 less than the University of Michigan’s $39,109, the most expensive tuition charged to out-of-state students by a public school, according to the rankings. Both universities have announced tuition increases for 2013-14, with Michigan set to charge $40,392 for freshmen and sophomores from out of state and U.Va. to charge $39,844.” http://bit.ly/12BALmg
BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE: Long time coming, per ARLnow, “Arlington County is preparing to complete the long-awaited reconstruction of Long Bridge Drive, but first the County Board needs to approve a request for an additional $750,000 for the project. The transformation of the former Old Jefferson Davis Highway involves converting approximately 2,750 feet of pockmarked roadway — from 12th Street S. to just south of Boundary Channel Drive — into what’s described as a safe, efficient multimodal transportation corridor. Improvements include bicycle lanes, sidewalks, bus shelters, landscaped medians, new gutters and a drainage system.” http://bit.ly/1aar4AQ
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-2 against Philadelphia.
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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Libertarian candidate for Virginia governor Robert Sarvis, who will be asked about his no-chance-whatsoever bid.
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