VIRGINIA RACE 2013

DAYBREAK DAILY: McAuliffe maintains cash advantage over Cuccinelli

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Ongoing, comprehensive coverage of the Navy Yard shootings; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Of money, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Less than two months from Election Day, Democrat Terry McAuliffe maintains the financial edge in the Virginia governor’s race, with more than double the cash on hand of Republican Ken Cuccinelli.

“On Monday McAuliffe reported that he had $5 million on hand as of Aug. 31 to Cuccinelli’s $2.2 million. Libertarian nominee Robert C. Sarvis ended the cycle that ran July 1-Aug. 31 with $19,110 on hand after raising $27,326. . . McAuliffe raised $7.4 million in the two-month span and Cuccinelli, the state’s attorney general, brought in $5.7 million, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.” http://wj.la/15xd9EA

NAVY YARD SHOOTING: Just the facts, per the Washington Post, “A gunman killed a dozen people as the workday began at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday, creating an improbable moment of horror at a military facility with armed guards at every gate and leaving investigators seeking clues about what spurred the attack.

“The FBI identified the shooter as Aaron Alexis, 34, of Fort Worth, who in 2011 received a general discharge from the Navy Reserve, a designation that usually signals a problem in his record. Alexis was arrested but not charged in a gun incident in Seattle in 2004 but still had a security clearance with a military contractor that allowed him access to the Navy Yard, officials said.

“The suspect died when the mayhem ended in a gun battle with police. Late Monday night, authorities began releasing the names of those killed in the rampage, but some family members were still awaiting word about loved ones. The dead ranged in age from 46 to 73 years old.” http://wapo.st/197KYts

MEANWHILE: Rampage resonates in Norfolk area, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Monday's shooting at the Washington Navy Yard happened in a place where many in Hampton Roads' military community have spent time or have friends and colleagues currently stationed. They could picture the base on the Anacostia River and imagine the worst: a shooter firing from an upper floor of the Naval Sea Systems Command building to a cafeteria on the ground level.

"I guess the feeling we have around here is 'Jeez, we are up there all the time and it could have been any one of us sitting in that cafeteria,' " said John Pyron, a systems engineer and president of the Tidewater Association of Service Contractors, which represents federal contractors. "I was there three weeks ago." http://bit.ly/15yGJcW

THE SHOOTER: Filling in the blanks, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “Friends say Aaron Alexis regularly meditated at a local Buddhist temple, was unfailingly courteous and never showed signs of the violence that is now his legacy.

"But police reports paint a darker picture of the Fort Worth man, including an anger-fueled “blackout” and shooting in Seattle in 2004 and, more recently, a firearms incident at a Fort Worth apartment, after which a neighbor told police that she was “terrified” of him. One friend said that Alexis, a former electrician’s mate in the Navy, was upset with the government because of a dispute over benefits.” http://bit.ly/1bnhDkQ

AND THIS: Anxious times, per ABC7—WJLA, “There were fears, a lot of tears and high anxiety as family members of employees at the Navy Yard rushed to the family staging center police set up at Nats Park. Some hadn't heard from their loved ones inside the Navy Yard since shortly after the shooting Monday morning. Some had heard nothing at all.” http://wj.la/16yyJbG

SITUATION SYRIA: UN confirms the expected, per the New York Times, “A United Nations report released on Monday confirmed that a deadly chemical arms attack caused a mass killing in Syria last month and for the first time provided extensive forensic details of the weapons used, which strongly implicated the Syrian government.

“While the report’s authors did not assign blame for the attack on the outskirts of Damascus, the details it documented included the large size and particular shape of the munitions and the precise direction from which two of them had been fired. Taken together, that information appeared to undercut arguments by President Bashar al-Assad of Syria that rebel forces, who are not known to possess such weapons or the training or ability to use them, had been responsible.” http://nyti.ms/1gpgjfd

BENGHAZI: Back and forth, per The Hill, “Democrats and Republicans are trading accusations of crass political opportunism as the House rekindles its investigation into the terror attack that killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya.

“Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) leaked a report over the weekend taking aim at the State Department’s independent probe. The top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), responded with his own list of the “Top Ten Unfounded Allegations on Benghazi.” http://bit.ly/1ekzYAe

POLITICO PLAY: “They’re virtually an afterthought in the battle to keep the government open into October, but House Democrats are more than willing to work with Republicans to cut a deal. As long as it costs the GOP something.

“House GOP leadership’s decision last week to back away from a continuing resolution from the floor amid Republican opposition raises the possibility that Speaker John Boehner might ultimately have to call on Democrats to avoid a government shutdown. He has relied on the minority before, most notably during the fiscal cliff deal that raised taxes on top earners earlier this year.” http://politi.co/15zBKsw

COLORADO FLOODS: Strategy shift, per the Denver Post, “. . . As days of torrential rain finally gave way to sun in northern Colorado, the focus here shifted from evacuation to return and recovery. Most of the efforts were on two trailer parks down the street from Jorgensen, which were overwhelmed by the ferocity of the flood. As many as 150 people were displaced, said Milliken Mayor Milt Tokunaga, and about 90 percent of the 45 trailers were "red-tagged" — the symbol put on them by the city to signify they were likely destroyed beyond repair.” http://bit.ly/1eZca3G

WELL, NOW: This is rich, per City Paper, “Marion Barry has gone through plenty of transformations throughout his career, from Pride Inc. firebrand to Newt Gingrich's unlikely pal. But tweets from Barry's Twitter account in response to Monday morning's Council panel recommendation that he lose his committee chairmanship may have inspired the mayor-for-life's most unlikely persona yet: Marion Barry, stickler for the rules.

“Someone with access to Barry's Twitter account tweeted at ad hoc committee chairman Kenyan McDuffie this afternoon, claiming that the committee can't legally recommend that Barry lose his chairmanship of the Committee on Workforce and Community Affairs.” http://bit.ly/196GiE7

NOT A GOOD IDEA: He did it anyway, per the Washington Times, “The Secret Service arrested a man for throwing firecrackers over a fence in front of the White House Monday, just hours after a shooting left more than a dozen people dead at Washington’s Navy Yard. The firecracker incident prompted rumors of another shooting in a city where security has been noticeably tightened, but the fears were unfounded. The man was immediately arrested, and bystanders in the area reported hearing sirens responding to the incident.” http://bit.ly/17EHJvG

SILVER SQUABBLE: And the beat goes on, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County could withold payment or demand money back from the contractor of the Silver Spring Transit Center because of the cost of repairing mistakes to the facility. “Given the construction deficiencies present in the project...the county is well within its contractual rights to retain payment, or demand return of moneys already paid” to Foulger-Pratt Contracting for its work on the project, which is “grossly” behind schedule, according to a letter to the contractor from David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services.” http://bit.ly/166vXgD

MARYLAND CALL: See ya, per the Baltimore Sun, “Anne Arundel County Councilman John Grasso said Monday night that he's dropping out of the county executive's race in 2014. Instead, the first-term councilman plans to run for re-election in his council district, which includes Glen Burnie and Millersville. Grasso said he realized running for executive would take a lot of money and that he was up against two talented candidates in the Republican primary: Del. Steve Schuh and County Executive Laura Neuman.” http://bsun.md/198QwFm

PENDING: Of a project, per ARLnow, “The Arlington County Board is scheduled to vote on the massive PenPlace development proposed for Pentagon City at its upcoming Saturday meeting. As currently proposed, the development will include five buildings and 2.1 million square feet of total floor area.” http://bit.ly/1djMRHH

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A popular pastime could go up in smoke in some local nightspots as the D.C. Health Department is about to crack down on businesses that don’t have a special exemption to operate hookah bars. Restaurants will reportedly be hit the hardest.” http://wj.la/16uEirO

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--Skip Wood

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