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DAYBREAK DAILY: Unexpected resignation a boon for Virginia GOP

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Wilson High braces for anti-gay protest by Westboro Baptist Church; Details of police chase and arrest in Northwest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

DEATH BLOW?: Regarding Medicaid expansion, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Sen. Phillip P. Puckett, D-Russell, will announce Monday that he is resigning his state Senate seat, suddenly giving Republicans a 20-19 edge in the chamber and dealing a setback to Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s push to expand Medicaid. Puckett’s stunning resignation throws Democratic budget strategy into chaos and opens the way for Republicans to seize control of the chamber and reorganize its committees with GOP majorities.

“The resignation also may clear the way for the Senate to confirm Puckett's daughter for a full six-year term as a juvenile court judge in Southwest Virginia. “I am deeply disappointed by this news and the uncertainty it creates at a time when 400,000 Virginians are waiting for access to quality health care, especially those in Southwest Virginia,” McAuliffe said in a statement.” http://bit.ly/Un4nHj

MARYLAND AG RACE: In a word, cloudy, per the Baltimore Sun, “Del. Jon S. Cardin leads the Democratic field in the race for Maryland attorney general, but the contest remains far from settled because of a striking number of undecided voters and a well-funded challenger who is gaining ground, according to a new poll conducted for The Baltimore Sun.

“The campaign to succeed attorney general Douglas F. Gansler appears to be the most volatile statewide contest in the June 24 primary. It possesses an unusual dynamic — Cardin, of Baltimore County, leads despite having far less cash on hand and fewer high-profile endorsements than state Sen. Brian E. Frosh of Montgomery County.” http://bsun.md/1kJWmGf

THE NEXT MORAN: Or something like that, per the Washington Post, “Voters in Virginia’s most liberal congressional district, the 8th, go to the polls Tuesday to choose a Democratic nominee in the race to succeed retiring Rep. James P. Moran (D) in what is considered one of the safest Democratic seats in the nation. While the primary has been extraordinarily polite, the few points of contention that have occurred happen when candidates try to position themselves as deep blue, and others as lighter shades of blue.

“All seven candidates support the Affordable Care Act. They oppose offshore oil drilling in Virginia. They want the minimum wage raised and Medicaid expanded. Immigration laws should be revised, they agree, and the social safety net strengthened. Women’s reproductive rights should be defended, and equal pay, gay marriage and Net neutrality get unanimous support.” http://wapo.st/1pbKFuL

COOKING THE BOOKS: Rather, the opposite, per the Virginian-Pilot, “After months of data diving, a team of state auditors has discovered a deep-rooted pattern of lax financial oversight at the agency that runs Virginia's state parks and land preservation efforts.

“Their report, which will be released online today, identifies 93 problems, such as improper state credit card use by employees, procurement policy violations, and roughly $500,000 in unpaid taxes. The new agency head calls the discoveries "the worst I have ever seen" in a state audit.” http://bit.ly/1muCkvD

PAKISTAN ATTACK: Of fragility, per the New York Times, “In a ferocious terrorist assault that stretched into Monday morning, suspected Islamist militants infiltrated Pakistan’s largest international airport in Karachi, waging an extended firefight against security forces that resulted in 23 deaths and shook the country’s already fragile sense of security.

“Explosions and gunfire rang out across the airport through the night as police and security forces battled with attackers, and passengers waited anxiously in a nearby terminal and in airplanes stranded on the tarmac. Just before 5 a.m., after five hours of siege, the military reported that the last of 10 attackers had been killed.” http://nyti.ms/1kYGfQa

VEGAS SHOOTING: Utterly bizarre, per the Las Vegas Sun, “Two suspects declaring the start of "a revolution" shot and killed two police officers Sunday morning at a pizza restaurant on Nellis Boulevard, then ran into a nearby Wal-Mart and shot at least one other person before killing themselves, according to Metro Police.

“Sheriff Douglas Gillespie, in an afternoon news conference, identified the dead officers as Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31. The two were patrol officers in the area.” http://bit.ly/1uH3LbY

DONALD STERLING: More drip-drip, per the Los Angeles Times, “NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he had "absolute confidence" the sale of the Clippers would be completed by mid-July because the indemnification team co-owner Shelly Sterling agreed to should protect the league from lawsuits brought by her husband, Donald. The agreement means the Sterling trust that controls the team would pay for any legal judgment or settlement that Donald Sterling obtained.

“Donald Sterling has vacillated in his stance on the proposed $2-billion sale of the team, which he presided over for three decades, to former Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer. Sterling vowed to drop his $1-billion antitrust lawsuit against the league. But he has not signed off on the transfer of ownership, because he reportedly wants the NBA to rescind the lifetime ban and $2.5-million fine it issued after an audio recording surfaced in which Sterling made racially charged remarks.” http://lat.ms/1pVdM5x

BOWE BERGDAHL: GOP maintains pressure, per The Hill, “Republicans took to the airwaves on Sunday to warn that five Taliban fighters swapped for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are likely to rejoin the war in Afghanistan against the U.S.

“Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Mich.), told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that he was “absolutely certain” at least three of the released Guantanamo detainees would get back to the war once their one-year travel restriction in Qatar was lifted. Talking on “This Week,” Rogers also said the Obama administration had not vetted all the available options to get Bergdahl home before making the prisoner swap.” http://bit.ly/1uJcn1Z

POLITICO PLAY: “In private meetings and public statements ahead of her book’s publication, Hillary Clinton and her allies have presented a united front with President Barack Obama, highlighting their transition from campaign rivals to Cabinet confidants.

“Yet in the weeks before her memoir, “Hard Choices,” hits the shelves, news accounts have detailed instances of substantive foreign policy disagreements between the two while she was secretary of state – from the Russian reset to Syria to the U.S. embargo against Cuba.” http://politi.co/UnLYtM

UBER: And a pushback, per City Paper, “A day after the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles directed Uber and Lyft to stop operating in the commonwealth, Uber says it will cover the costs for any of its drivers who are cited for disobeying the order.

“The Virginia DMV issued cease and desist letters to the car services Thursday, writing that both firms are operating illegally in the state and should halt all services immediately. If they didn't, the DMV warned, the drivers, who are independent contractors, would be "assessed a civil penalty." The companies' responses to the DMV: Not a chance.” http://bit.ly/1pbNgov

MONROVIA TOWN CENTER: Just the FACT, per the Frederick News-Post, “In case you missed it, a letter credited to the Frederick Area Committee for Transportation caused a stir when Commissioners President Blaine Young presented it as evidence that the group supported the controversial Monrovia Town Center development.

“FACT will meet today to discuss the letter, which appeared on its letterhead. The committee is expected to review its letter-writing process at 7:30 a.m. at Winchester Hall. The letter was written by only two members of the transportation advocacy group, secretary Michael Proffitt and Michael Smariga, head of the local roads committee.” http://bit.ly/1kVmH3R

SILVER SPRING TRANSIT CENTER: Juicy debate topic, per Gazette.Net, “The three men trying to unseat County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) zeroed in on the county's business climate and the debacle over the Silver Spring Transit Center in a Saturday debate televised by Montgomery Community Media. Jim Shalleck, the only Republican seeking the position, called for a federal criminal grand jury investigating the project, which is years overdue and its cost has swollen to $120 million.” http://bit.ly/1kcqyol

YOU THINK?: Not exactly a head-scratcher, per DCist, “A report from the Office of the State Superintendent reveals that students who are black, male, in foster care, homeless, or who have mental health needs are disproportionately suspended or expelled from D.C. schools.

“In the 2012-2013 school year, local education agencies reported that 5,042 students received in- and out-of-school suspensions and expulsions for violence, drugs, alcohol, and weapons. Students in 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th grades had the highest number of discipline events, but suspensions and expulsions even impacted children as young as three-years-old. During this period, there were 181 pre-K out-of-school suspensions for a federally reported disciplinary action. That number was 201 for kindergarten, 464 for 1st grade, 523 for 2nd, and 600 for 3rd.” http://bit.ly/1okx4iw

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