The Daily 202 – Scandal Laden – Vincent Gray, seemingly bent on revenge and redemption, is trying to follow Marion Barry’s path back to power.
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THE BIG IDEA: Vincent Gray, seemingly bent on revenge and redemption, is trying to follow Marion Barry’s path back to power.
Two years after losing reelection as the District’s mayor under a cloud of scandal, Gray last night defeated the woman he once handpicked to replace him on the city council. It’s most likely a stepping stone to a 2018 rematch with Mayor Muriel Bowser.
At his victory party, in a Baptist church, the 73-year-old’s voice broke and he raised a fist in the air. Three members of the council came to congratulate him.
Gray was never charged with a crime, and he denies wrongdoing. But six of his friends and associates pleaded guilty to various felonies related to the illegal funneling of $653,000 into a “shadow campaign” to boost his 2010 bid for mayor. Two witnesses told prosecutors that Gray knew about the money, according to court records. Gray’s campaign chairwoman had also raised concerned about an “off-the-books effort,” according to recently-unsealed court documents.
— The drama in Ward 7 is almost Shakespearian.
Yvette Alexander, the councilwoman whom Gray just defeated, long defended him while others on the city council called for his resignation, and she said she was totally caught off guard by his decision to challenge her.
Gray’s ex-girlfriend, who cooperated with federal authorities during the investigation, vocally supported Alexander. She even held a fundraiser for her.
Adding to the intrigue: Gray did not need to run against his protégé. He conducted internal polling to test his viability in both the ward where he got his political start and for the District’s at-large council seat. The fact that he chose to run for the easier seat – which he could pick-up without needing to appeal to any of the white voters who broke decisively against him in 2014 – is telling.
The fight became a kind of proxy way between Gray and Bowser, who endorsed Alexander and donated top aides to help her campaign. Bowser was herself a protégé of former Mayor Adrian Fenty (who lost to Gray six years ago). As a city councilwoman, she was one of the first to call for Gray’s resignation when it emerged that he was under FBI investigation.
Gray outraised Alexander by collecting money from developers who he helped out as mayor, along with public employee unions, who he showered with generous benefit and pay increases. Alexander got money from developers who are more tied to Bowser.
— Will Gray try to follow Barry’s path back to the mayor’s office?
In 1990, as mayor, Marion Barry was arrested in a sting by the FBI after being lured to a Washington hotel room by an ex-girlfriend who had become an informant. “Bitch set me up!” he famously said, on video, as he was placed under arrest.
After spending six months in a federal prison, Barry returned to D.C. Just like Gray, he challenged and defeated a former political ally on the city council, Wilhelmina Rolark. His slogan was: “He may not be perfect, but he’s perfect for D.C.”
Then two years later, in 1994, he sought a fourth term as mayor, winning the Democratic nomination with a plurality in a three-way race.
Gray last night opened the door to running for mayor in 2018. “It would be foolish for me to rule anything out,” he said. “I don’t know; we’ll see what happens.”
Watch a 1-minute highlight from the undercover FBI footage of Barry smoking crack cocaine and then getting busted:
(Fun fact: The bust took place at the Vista Hotel, which is now the Westin DC City Center, at 1400 M St. NW.)
— Looking ahead to 2018: Last night was a repudiation of Bowser by voters east of the Anacostia River, and it bodes poorly for her reelection hopes. Three members of the D.C. Council lost reelection. All were allies of the mayor, including Vincent Orange and LaRuby May. “The only Bowser ally to survive was her handpicked successor from her home ward, Brandon T. Todd (Ward 4), who fended off three primary challengers,”Aaron C. Davis and Fenit Nirappil report.
— Widening the aperture: F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote that, “There are no second acts in American lives.” Scholars agree that line is constantly misquoted and was intended ironically. Indeed, America is all about second acts.
As one of the voters who voted for Gray in Ward 7 told The Post, “To me, everybody has some skeleton in their closet.”
Ex-Gov. Mark Sanford, whose “hike” on “the Appalachian Trail” killed his presidential hopes, now represents South Carolina in the House.
Alcee Hastings was impeached as a federal judge in 1989 on bribery charges. Three years after the U.S. Senate removed him from the judiciary, he won a House seat in Florida. He’s now in his 12th term.
Newt Gingrich was ousted as Speaker of the House by fellow Republicans, only to return more than a decade later to run for president. Now he gets buzzed about as a possible VP pick by Donald Trump.
— Comebacks do not always work out.
Sheila Dixon resigned as mayor of Baltimore in 2010 as part of a plea deal to avoid jail time for embezzlement and perjury. She ran for mayor again this year but lost April’s Democratic primary, though by only 2,400 votes.
Anthony Weiner’s doomed effort to run for mayor of New York City after resigning his House seat for sending illicit pictures of his private parts on Twitter is the subject of a cringe-worthy, yet excellent, documentary now in theatres.
Former Providence, Rhode Island, mayor Buddy Cianci tried unsuccessfully in 2014 to get his old job back after serving five years on corruption-related charges. Ex-Louisiana Gov.Edwin Edwards, who spent eight years in the clink for a felony racketeering conviction related to the licensing of riverboat casinos, lost a U.S. House race the same year.
Former Rep. Jim Traficant (D-Ohio) was expelled from Congress in 2002 and spent seven years in prison for taking kickbacks. His 2010 comeback attempt failed.
— The saga for Gray is not completely over, and important questions remain unanswered by the ex-mayor. The contractor who financed the 2010 shadow campaign for Gray was supposed to be sentenced before the primary, but prosecutors pushed it back to August. As The Post’s Editorial Board explained, endorsing Alexander, the U.S. Attorney deciding not to indict Gray is not the same as Gray being exonerated: “There are now five people who claim Mr. Gray knew about this shadow campaign or who provide information that puts the former mayor close to the nexus of the operation. … The former mayor’s son is alleged to have facilitated illegal payments to campaign workers. An individual, believed to be Mr. Gray, is depicted as discussing how to distribute T-shirts that were later revealed to have been paid for by the shadow campaign and telling a campaign worker to be careful about putting information in email.” This would all surely come up again in a 2018 mayor’s race…
WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING:
— Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders met privately for more than 90 minutes last night, following Clinton’s victory in the D.C. primary. Both campaigns characterized the bilateral session as “positive” afterwards. Earlier in the day, the Vermont senator signaled he was still not ready to endorse Clinton, saying that he would continue to push for a “fundamental transformation” of the party at the convention in Philadelphia. Bernie ticked off several policy priorities and political changes he would like to see, including new DNC leadership, which he faulted for not bringing enough new voters into the party. “We’re going to be bringing somewhere between 1,900 and 2,000 delegates to Philadelphia, and let me tell you what they want,” he told reporters outside his D.C. campaign office. “They want to see the Democratic Party transformed.” He plans to host a live nationwide video address Thursday night to talk about how his “political revolution continues” — presumably after he is no longer a candidate. (John Wagner, David Weigel and Abby Phillip)
— Virginia Republican Rep. J. Randy Forbes went down in a primary, becoming only the third congressional incumbent to be unseated in 2016. After redistricting, he moved into a more Republican district in Virginia Beach to try staying in Congress. But state delegate Scott W. Taylor, a 36-year-old former Navy SEAL, successfully painted Forbes as a ‘carpetbagger,’” Jenna Portnoy explains.
— In Nevada, both the Berniecrats and tea partiers got whupped.
“Candidates embraced by Sanders went down to crushing defeats,” Jon Ralston explains in the Reno Gazette Journal, including two House candidates (Lucy Flores and Jesse Sbaih). “The Sandersistas even endorsed Stephen Munford against state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, who won 2-to-1.” As Ralston writes, “The revolution did not play in Nevada.”
In the Republican primary for the race to succeed retiring Harry Reid, 2010 GOP nominee Sharron Angle got crushed by Rep. Joe Heck, who had the strong support of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. “The only major exception to this narrative was state Senate Majority Leader Michael Roberson, who was crushed by perennial contender Danny Tarkanian in the race to replace Heck,” Ralston notes.
— Closer to home, Arlington County Board chair Libby Garvey easily won the Democratic nomination for a second term on the County Board, rebuffing the efforts of party activists who staged a rare challenge to her reelection. “Voters rejected efforts by the Democratic establishment to punish Garvey for her support of Republican-turned-independent John Vihstadt, whose election in 2014 ended 15 years of an all-Democratic board,” Patricia Sullivan explains.
GET SMART FAST:
FOUR CREDIBLE POLLS POPPED IN THE PAST 12 HOURS:
— Negative views of Trump have surged to the highest level yet, according to a freshWashington Post/ABC News national poll: A record-breaking 70 percent of Americans said they view Trump unfavorably, with a 56 percent majority saying they feel this way “strongly.” The numbers reflect a 10 point surge from last month – and currently exceed Clinton by a 15-point margin. Attitudes towards Clinton have not changed significantly over the past month: The former secretary of state nets a favorable rating of 43 percent, while 55 percent said they view her unfavorably. Some other highlights:
— Clinton has opened a double-digit lead over Trump in the Bloomberg Politics poll:She leads Trump 49 percent to 37 percent, and 55 percent of voters nationally say they would “never” vote for him.
— After the Orlando massacre, Americans oppose Trump’s proposed ban on Muslim immigrants by a 2-to-1 factor, according to a CBS News poll. Only 31 percent of voters said they approve of the proposal, while 62 percent said they disapproved.
— Meanwhile, Obama’s approval ratings continued to rise: 51 percent of voters said they approved of the president’s job performance, according to a Fox News survey, compared to 48 percent last month.
— Russian government hackers penetrated the computer network of the Democratic National Committee and gained access to the entire database of opposition research on Trump. Ellen Nakashima scoops: “The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts. The intrusions are an example of Russia’s interest in the U.S. political system and its desire to understand the policies, strengths and weaknesses of a potential future president — much as American spies gather similar information on foreign candidates and leaders. The depth of the penetration reflects the skill and determination of the United States’ top cyber adversary as Russia goes after strategic targets, from the White House and State Department to political campaign organizations.” Here’s what we know:
— Escalation in Europe: NATO defense ministers agreed to send 4,000 “combat-ready” troops to Poland and the Baltic States, moving to deter an increasingly hostile Vladimir Putin. The Russian military began intensive drills to bolster its military readiness this week. (Thomas Gibbons-Neff)
— The 30-year-old wife of the Orlando gunman is facing intense scrutiny as the FBI investigates whether she had advance knowledge of the massacre. From Adam Goldman, Mark Berman and Matt Zapotosky: Federal authorities say Noor Z. Salman accompanied her husband Omar Mateen on “at least one” trip to the club before the attack, for what one law enforcement official described as “reconnaissance.” The FBI has not arrested Salman, as agents gather as much evidence as possible to determine whether she provided her husband with assistance as he prepared for the assault at the club or had any inkling of his plan.
The heightened focus on Mateen’s wife comes as investigators continue to seek a concrete motive. President Obama said the gunman “was an angry, disturbed, unstable young man who became radicalized,” adding that the investigation has not turned up any suggestions that he was directed by a foreign terrorist organization.
— The FBI is coming under more scrutiny for their handling of the gunman. Mateen is the third person who has carried out a terrorist attack after having been under scrutiny by the bureau in recent years, Jerry Markon and Adam Goldman note. The Pulse massacre followed the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and last year’s shooting at a Texas exhibition of cartoons depicting the prophet Muhammad. Each case varied widely, but was united by a common thread: The FBI had looked at one of the accused assailants, including an intensive 10-month probe of Omar Mateen. The cases have left federal investigators to wonder whether their long-held fear of a series of “lone wolf” attacks on U.S. soil is coming to fruition.
— Lawmakers are mulling whether the FBI should have a second terror watch list to keep track of former terror suspects such as Mateen, who was on the current watch list but dropped from it in 2014 after officials decided he wasn’t an immediate threat. That way, officials could be notified if a former suspect wants to purchase a gun,Karoun Demirjian reports.
— The gunman also reportedly placed a call to an Orlando TV station as he was carrying out the attack. From Michael E. Miller: News 13 producer Matthew Gentili was staffing the phones less than two miles away during the attack. “I’m the shooter. It’s me,” the man said. “I am the shooter.” The caller then said he had carried out the Pulse attack for the Islamic State and began speaking quickly in Arabic. “At the time, I didn’t know what he was saying,” Gentili said. “He was speaking so fast. But it was … he was speaking fluently. Whatever language he was speaking, he knew it.” Gentili said he asked for caller’s location, which the man said was “none of my [expletive] business.” He said the phone went silent for a while. “I asked him: ‘Is there anything else you want to say?’” The man said no and hung up. FBI agents would not confirm whether it was the gunman on the phone with the producer, but the TV station’s managing editor matched the incoming phone number to Mateen. The timing and content of the phone call also appear to make sense, taking place right after Mateen ended his second conversation with 911.
— Jeh Johnson said gun control is a “matter of homeland security”: “I am not anxious to plunge into yet another difficult, contentious issue like the ones I already have,” the secretary of Homeland Security said on “CBS This Morning.” “I do believe, however, that meaningful, responsible gun control is now part and parcel of homeland security … It’s something that I think the American public and the Congress has to face and has to address.”
MORE ON THE FALLOUT:
— A Tennessee state lawmaker announced plans to give away assault rifles at an upcoming political fundraiser, handing out AR-15s as door prizes. (Peter Holley)
— A Baptist preacher in Sacramento is facing scorn after telling his congregation that Christians “shouldn’t be mourning the death of 50 sodomites” following the Orlando massacre. “I think that helps society,” he said. “The tragedy is that more of them didn’t die. The tragedy is — I’m kind of upset that he didn’t finish the job!” (Lindsey Bever)
— “After brutal attack, prevailing view is there are ‘not any gays’ in Afghanistan,” by Tim Craig in Kabul: “If there is anywhere in Afghanistan where one might look for signs that the country is becoming more accepting of gay men and lesbians, the fine arts department at Kabul University would seem like a good place to start. Paintings and sculptures line the hallways, and Kabul’s creative class uses Internet-connected smartphones to keep up with homework … But when asked about his views on homosexuality, cinema student Mirwais Osmani cringed while saying there are ‘not any gays’ in Afghanistan.’ In many Islamic countries, as in the rest of the world, younger residents in urbanized areas are gradually showing more acceptance toward homosexuality. Afghanistan, however, will probably remain decades behind that trend … ‘If he entered a gay club, he should have killed 2,000 of them,’ said Shakir Wahid, 25 … Mateen ‘has done the right thing,’ added Kochai Sangar, a 19-year-old tailor. ‘It’s a kind of jihad. How is it possible for men to be with men?’”
— Top Republicans sharply condemned Trump’s reaction to Orlando, decrying his anti-Muslim rhetoric and his questioning of Obama’s allegiances as divisive and out of step with America’s values. Sean Sullivan and Mike DeBonis say there is “a new wave of alarm within the GOP over whether the mogul’s promised pivot to the general election would ever materialize.”
— Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan pretended to be ignorant and unaware of Trump’s comments in the wake of Orlando. “I don’t know what his position is,” Hogan claimed yesterday. “I don’t care about Donald Trump. I don’t listen to Donald Trump.” The first-term governor has repeatedly refused to support Trump, but he also declined to answer one way or the other about whether he thinks his party’s nominee is fit to be president. (Ovetta Wiggins)
— A visibly angry Obama dismissed Trump’s demand that he use the term “radical Islam”: “Calling a threat by a different name does not make it go away … that is political distraction,” Obama said. “What exactly would using this label accomplish? What exactly would it change? Would it make ISIL less committed to trying to kill Americans? Would it bring in more allies? Is there a military strategy that is served by this? The answer is: none of the above.”
— Clinton, in Pittsburgh, cast the businessman as someone given to “conspiracy theories” and “bizarre rants.” (Greg Jaffe, Anne Gearan and David Nakamura)
— Ben Carson defended Trump’s Muslim ban by essentially acknowledging that it will never happen: “His point is, let’s stop the silliness,” the retired neurosurgeon said on Fox. “Let’s get very, very serious about this. And obviously what one person thinks is not going to carry the day. There is going to be a lot of negotiation, a lot of rational thought processing is going to go into it.” (Washington Examiner)
— Trump, for his part, doubled down during a campaign event last night in Greensboro, N.C. Jenna Johnson and Jose A. DelReal report: He said he believes “lifetime immigrants from the Middle East” and “Muslim countries” are to blame for domestic terrorism and warned that more attacks like the Orlando massacre will happen. He also accused Obama of disliking him more than the Orlando attacker. “I watched President Obama today, and he was more angry at me than he was at the shooter, and many people said that,” Trump said. “That’s the kind of anger he should have for the shooter and these killers that shouldn’t be here. … Once again we’ve seen that political correctness is deadly.”
— The Post’s Johnson was denied a press credential in Greensboro but she was able to enter the rally with the general public and watch Trump’s remarks from the stands.
— Trump gave an interview to the New York Times’s Jim Rutenberg about his new refusal to credential The Post to cover his events: “I’m from a different world, other than politics,” he said. “In my world, when people don’t treat you fairly … ” He didn’t finish the sentence, but he didn’t have to: You cut them off. “I don’t want good stories,” he said, “I want fair stories.” More: “The New York Times was not much better, Mr. Trump said, citing a recent article about his relationship with women over the years. He rebutted the article after it was published and his lawyer demanded, unsuccessfully, that the paper retract it. When I noted that Mr. Trump had not removed The Times’s credentials, Mr. Trump said, ‘You’re marginal, you’re marginal,’ apparently meaning we, too, were close to losing credentials to cover him. He added, ‘It’s always possible, anything’s possible.’”
— Trump met with several Republican governors earlier in the day: Joined by Chris Christie, he sat down with Oklahoma’s Mary Fallin, Mississippi’s Phil Bryant, Arkansas’s Asa Hutchinson, Tennessee’s Gov. Bill Haslam, and Arizona’s Doug Ducey.
— Speaking of Christie: Defense lawyers in the Bridgegate prosecutions accused the New Jersey governor of continuing to hide information about his role in the bridge closures, alleging that his cell phone, text messages, and emails from the 2013 incident are all missing or destroyed. “President Nixon’s tapes were not immune from a subpoena,” defendants alleged in a court brief. “Neither is Governor Christie’s phone.” (WNYC)
— Newt Gingrich suggested creating a new House “Un-American Activities Committee,” telling Fox News that the U.S. ought to investigate possible “Islamic supremacists” the same way it did Nazi sympathizers in the late 1930s. The defunct committee eventually sprawled into a machine to blacklist those with purported communist ties, including Hollywood actors, writers, and academics. In 1959, Harry Truman infamously called it “the most un-American thing in the country today.” (TPM)
— Two North Texas cities have rejected requests to host Trump events, with both Grand Prairie and Irvine declining to help when the campaign reached out. “It’s very unusual that the Republican candidate for president in this deep red state would be having trouble finding a venue for his rallies,” said SMU Political science professor Cal Jillson. Aside from a rally, the Trump campaign has already scheduled a fundraiser. (CBS DFW)
— Former Cruz campaign manager Jeff Roe said Trump’s allergy to campaign analytics could be fatal. “There’s a trove of information that’s done in and around politics,” he told Politico’s Glenn Thrush. “It’s worth, in its worst day, two and a half points, and in its best day, five and a half points.” Roe also said the senator could completely withhold an endorsement of Trump, citing The Donald’s decision to go “very personal” on Cruz’s family.
— Conservative donor John Kingston is bankrolling a ballot-access project for a still-theoretical third-party candidate, pressing ahead with efforts to get on the ballot in dozens of states. The effort, called Better for America, does not yet have a candidate – but Kingston believes he or she will come once the prove ballot access is possible. The idea is “to do a proof of concept for everybody,” Kingston said. “It exists, there is a pathway, there is a road that you can be going down.” Members of the group said the project gives a shot at getting on the ballot almost everywhere, even with deadlines to do so having passed for Texas and North Carolina. (New York Times)
MORE ON THE DEMOCRATIC RACE
— A federal judge ordered the deposition of former State Department staffer Bryan Pagliano to go forward and allowed it to be VIDEOTAPED, siding with the plaintiff in the case (conservative advocacy group Judicial Watch). Pagliano’s remarks will be temporarily sealed “consistent with other interviews” in the case. (Spencer S. Hsu and Ann E. Marimow)
— Bill Clinton said the work and structure of the Clinton Foundation will change if Hillary is elected, saying the philanthropy will carefully avoid any potential conflicts of interest. “There’ll clearly be some changes in what the Clinton Foundation does and how we do it, and we’ll just have to cross that bridge when we come to it,” Bill Clinton toldBloomberg’s David Westin in Atlanta, though he did not detail the prospective changes. Hillary Clinton said in an interview on MSNBC in March that the answer would be “complete transparency” about donations.
— New York Times, “Hillary Supporters Can Now ‘Go Public’,” by Jessica Bennett:“They have names like ‘Wise Women for Clinton,’ ‘Bros 4 Hillary — #GiveEmHill’ … Some are small, with just a couple of hundred members, while others number into the thousands. All of them began as a ‘secret’ — or, as secret as one can be with an invite-only Facebook group. The groups are ‘safe spaces,’ members say: a way to discuss policy and celebrate good news without having to defend; a place to bring up doubts about their candidate — What’s the deal with the emails? What about her changing stance on gay marriage? — and work through them together with a nuance not typically afforded on the internet.’ In some, members strategize about how to respond to criticisms. Others function like support groups. Should any members decide to ‘come out’ — that is, post publicly on their Facebook feed outside the group — they could do so knowing that they had an army of defenders, ready with ‘likes,’ emoji and articles to back them up. ‘It’s like a secret society,’ said Ashley Kreamer. ‘A secret society of Hillary Clinton supporters.'”
— “Lawmakers charge that Park Service chief oversees culture of sexual harassment,” by Lisa Rein: “National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis was confronted Tuesday by angry lawmakers in both parties for looking the other way at what they called a culture of sexual harassment in his agency. And his critics at a tense House hearing unusual for its united front questioned whether Jarvis was even equipped to address this and other misconduct because of a recent ethics transgression of his own. In the latest case in a string of embarrassing episodes disclosed by the Park Service’s watchdog, the chief park ranger at Canaveral National Seashore in central Florida was found to have sexually harassed women on his staff in three substantiated cases in less than two years. But Jarvis acknowledged that despite a report released this week, the ranger, Edwin Correa, is still working at the park, although his commission has been removed.” “How many sexual harassments does it take to fire a federal worker?” Rep. Jason Chaffetz bellowed at Jarvis. “Your leadership is lacking. You’re failing the system.”
SOCIAL MEDIA SPEED READ:
— ZIGNAL VISUAL: Social media has moved beyond Bernie. It is really striking how quickly people on social media seem to have moved on now that the Democratic contest is over. Via our analytics partners at Zignal Labs, here is the Twitter share of voice chart for the month before the California primary:
And here is the chart for the week since California:
From our colleague, who was inside Trump’s rally:
The gaffe of the day comes from Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas):
Is Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) holding out hope for another candidate?
Ivanka Trump wished her dad a happy 70th birthday:
The Dalai Lama visited Capitol Hill:
Democratic women attended the White House’s summit on women:
Lawmakers and staff enjoyed the White House summer picnic:
On the campaign trail: Here’s the rundown:
At the White House: Obama meets with the Dalai Lama. Vice President Biden holds a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman of Ukraine, meets with members of the White House Task Force on Cancer, and speaks at the Sandy Hook Promise Annual Promise Champions Gala.
On Capitol Hill: The Senate meets at 9:30 a.m. and later votes on the motion to proceed to H.R.2578, Commerce, Justice, Science Appropriations bill. The House meets at noon for legislative business.
NEWS YOU CAN USE IF YOU LIVE IN D.C.:
— A few cloudy days ahead before moving into sunnier weekend terrain, according to The Capital Weather Gang: “We’re mostly cloudy this morning with a shower possible, then turning partly sunny this afternoon. Highs reach the upper 70s to mid-80s with a light wind from the southeast. Meanwhile the humidity is more noticeable, trending up toward the moderate range.”
— The Nationals lost to the Cubs 4-3:
— A 33-year-old Virginia lawyer was convicted of taking a law firm partner and his wife hostage in their upscale McLean home and slashing both of their throats as part of a revenge plot. Prosecutors said the couple only survived the “pure depravity” of the 2014 attack because of sheer will to live, and the wife’s ability to reach a panic button inside the home after the bloody, hours-long ordeal. (Justin Jouvenal)
— The National Aquarium announced that it will retire its eight dolphins, moving the animals to a seaside sanctuary in Florida or the Caribbean. (Dana Hedgpeth)
— D.C. police said they have arrested “at least 27 people” for operating illegal dirt bikes since beginning a crackdown in early April, and have seized more than 30 off-road vehicles. Police have long since tried to combat the all-terrain vehicles, saying they pose a “dangerous public menace” to the area. (Peter Hermann)
— One person died and 15 were sent to a hospital after a tour bus crashed on the George Washington Parkway during rush hour, hitting a car and rolling sideways.Three remain in critical condition. (Justin Wm. Moyer and Victoria St. Martin)
— A Baltimore City Police detective testified that the police van transporting Freddie Gray “did not appear” to make any sudden stops or turns while Gray was being transported, according to surveillance footage. His remarks come in the trial of Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., one of six officers charged in Gray’s death. (Derek Hawkins and Lynh Bui)
VIDEOS OF THE DAY:
This young kid delivered his graduation speech in the style of the presidential candidates, including Trump:
In Orlando, Anderson Cooper pressed Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi hard on whether she is a true champion for the gay community. It got awkward (starting just after the one-minute mark):
A survivor described being in the bathroom with the Orlando gunman:
Michelle Obama spoke with Oprah Winfrey at the White House women’s summit:
Watch a day in the life of the man jokingly called the ‘World’s Best Father’:
Listen to a storm chaser described his experiences along with some awesome footage:
Thousands of cicada bugs invaded this Ohio city: