DAYBREAK DAILY: Prosecutors take issue with McDonnell expert witnesses
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with highs in the mid 90s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Marijuana debate heats up in Maryland; Woman assaulted on D.C. bike trail; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
BOB MCDONNELL: You can’t do that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to bar former Gov. Bob McDonnell from presenting testimony at his corruption trial from five expert witnesses -- three lawyers, a forensic accountant and an unidentified expert on medical or Food and Drug Administration practices. The government argues to Judge James R. Spencer that the proposed testimony is inadmissible under federal evidentiary rules.
“One of the experts McDonnell hopes to call is former Virginia Attorney General Mark L. Earley. He was the 2001 Republican nominee for governor, losing to Democrat Mark R. Warner. McDonnell wants Earley to testify that Virginia officials have never understood the actions itemized in McDonnell's corruption indictment to be considered "official acts" under the federal bribery statutes. McDonnell also wants to present defense attorney Peter H. White to testify about Jonnie Williams Sr.'s immunity agreement and how it and other factors affect the former Star Scientific CEO's credibility.” http://bit.ly/1lK6Wgp
PIPPA: Baby got back – to Annapolis, per the Baltimore Sun, “Pippa Middleton — sister of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge — is expected to arrive in Annapolis late this week or early next week on the final leg of a 3,000-mile bike race across the United States. The Race Across America, as the trek is known, crosses 12 states and the Arizona desert, departing from Oceanside Calif. According to her donation website, Middleton is using the opportunity to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the Michael Matthews Foundation, a childhood education nonprofit.
“Middleton is biking on a team that includes her brother and six others. The website notes that they expect to complete the challenge in eight days, riding between 350 and 500 miles a day. They could arrive in Annapolis any time from this Friday to the following Tuesday, according to race estimates.” http://bsun.md/1uyrR6T
FIXING THE BAY: Or at least trying to, per the Washington Post, “Government leaders in the Chesapeake Bay watershed on Monday signed a broad agreement to restore the health of its waters, as the blue crab and oyster populations continue to fluctuate and scientists complain about toxins that are changing the sex of fish. The Chesapeake Watershed Agreement is the third signed since the 1980s by the six watershed states — Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York — and the District.
“Unlike in the previous agreements, the governors and mayor who signed it vowed to go beyond limiting the amount of pollution that rolls into bay tributaries from cities and farms. They pledged to investigate the effects of chemical contamination and toxins, look at how land use impedes the bay’s improvement and study the threat of sea-level rise.
“Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), who spearheaded the effort, called it “the most inclusive, collaborative, goal-oriented agreement the Chesapeake Bay watershed has ever seen.” Not only does the pact address water quality, he said, “it also confronts critical emerging issues,” such as climate change, that previous agreements failed to consider.” http://wapo.st/1qnx7MN
IRAQ: And Iran, per the New York Times, “A senior American diplomat met with his Iranian counterpart in Vienna on Monday to explore whether the United States and Iran could work together to create a more stable Iraqi government and ease the threat from Sunni militants.
“The initial meeting took place after Secretary of State John Kerry signaled that the Obama administration was open to cooperating with Iran on Iraq, raising the possibility of seeking help from a country that the United States has often described as a state sponsor of terrorism that must be prevented from obtaining a nuclear weapon.” http://nyti.ms/1kHbCyI
GAY RIGHTS: Of a breakthrough, per the Los Angeles Times, “President Obama plans to sign an executive order forbidding companies that do business with the federal government from discriminating against employees on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity, fulfilling a goal that gay rights organizations have sought for years.
“Currently, no federal law bans discrimination against gay and transgender individuals. Twenty-one states, including California and Illinois, and the District of Columbia bar discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, but in the remaining 29 states, employers are free to fire, demote or otherwise discriminate against workers solely on the basis of sexual orientation.” http://lat.ms/1vyBK74
UM, WE CAN’T FIND THEM: The IRS thing, per The Hill, “House Republicans intensified their investigations into the Internal Revenue Service on Monday, just days after the agency said it couldn’t reproduce emails from former agency official Lois Lerner. Both the House Oversight and Ways and Means committees said they wanted to hear from the IRS commissioner, John Koskinen, next week about the agency’s statements that a 2011 computer crash left it unable to recover emails from Lerner’s hard drive.” http://bit.ly/1n7w8dq
POLITICO PLAY: “During a closed-door gathering of major donors in Southern California on Monday, the political operation spearheaded by the Koch brothers unveiled a significant new weapon in its rapidly expanding arsenal — a super PAC called Freedom Partners Action Fund. The new group aims to spend more than $15 million in the 2014 midterm campaigns — part of a much larger spending effort expected to total $290 million, sources told POLITICO.” http://politi.co/1pCYRx3
AT-LARGE LOG JAM: The ever-growing field, per City Paper, “Like a wormhole based out of the D.C. Board of Elections' Judiciary Square offices, the field of candidates running for a D.C. Council at-large seat continues to suck in new hopefuls. Someday, we'll all be running for this single seat, but for now LL has only three more candidates to add.” http://bit.ly/1i4Ajuc
PHANTOM WATER: Or something like that, per Gazette.Net, “The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission uses “antiquated” technology for reading customers’ meters and lacks an independent means to deal with complaints of excessive water bills, according to a report from Montgomery County’s Office of Consumer Protection. The report released Monday found that further independent review might be necessary to find out more about issues that caused an unprecedented number of complaints to the county about water bills that seemed excessive.” http://bit.ly/1nhFfJM
BYE BYE BANNER: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “Stephen Parnes has stepped down as head of school after four years at The Banner School, citing a decision not to renew his contract and a desire to pursue other opportunities. Parnes left Banner May 15, three weeks before school finished June 6. Choosing not to stay through the end of the academic year "seemed like an opportune time for the school to inform parents" and to hash out his own options ahead of summer, he said.
“ "I adore the school and I'm very proud of all the school accomplished and all I accomplished in my time there," he said. Parnes' career includes 27 years in education and a number of community organizations, including the Frederick Arts Council and the Rotary Club of Frederick. He said he may seek a path into nonprofit work.” http://bit.ly/1lw8V3l
URBAN FARMS: No, really, per DCist, “While parts of D.C.—like the H Street corridor, parts of Petworth, the NoMa area, and others—have rapidly developed in the past few years, there are still District-owned lots throughout the city with no current plans for development.
“Under a bill introduced by Councilmembers David Grosso (I-At Large) and Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), vacant lots and plots of land owned by the District could be turned into urban farms. The amendment to the Food Production and Urban Gardens Program Act of 1986 would "establish an urban farming land leasing initiative," as well as a tax credit for food donations and tax abatement for properties leased for the purpose of becoming small-scale urban farms.” http://bit.ly/1ozHPjF
UNCLOGGED: In Arlington, per ARLnow, “The interchange of Route 50, N. Courthouse Road and 10th Street Road is on the verge of opening for good.
“According to Virginia Department of Transportation spokeswoman Jennifer McCord, the westbound Route 50 frontage road that gives drivers access to Courthouse Road and 10th Street is expected to open on Wednesday. The opening means all facets of the intersection — the ramps from Courthouse Road and 10th Street to Route 50 in both directions and the frontage road — will be open for traffic.” http://bit.ly/1kJgT99
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “About 60 yogis and other wellness enthusiasts descended Monday on the Wilson Building in protest of the D.C. council's proposed tax on fitness-based businesses.” http://wj.la/1juRXCt
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is gay-rights advocate Heather Cronk, who will be asked about President Obama's executive order regarding workplace protections for LGBT workers, a potential advance in the long debate over ENDA.