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Morning Read: O’Malley Finally Says He’s Thinking of Running in 2016

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AM Read: O’Malley Finally Says He’s Thinking of 2016 Run

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Gov. Martin O'Malley

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After endless chatter these last few weeks about a potential presidential run, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley finally broke his silence, saying he plans to give serious consideration to a White House run.

O’Malley told the Baltimore Sun editorial board that he needs "the time, the thought, the brain power necessary to give the serious consideration" to running for the presidency.

While it’s not at all surprising that O’Malley is actually considering a run, the Daily Beast pointed out Friday morning that “O’Malley’s comments are one of the most explicit yet by anyone on either side of the aisle about the next campaign.”

IN OTHER NEWS:

* Maryland's entire congressional delegation voiced its support Thursday for the new FBI headquarters to be in Prince George's County. (News4)

* The vice chairwoman of Virginia’s State Board of Elections, a Democrat, says she has “some glaring issues” with Virginia’s newly signed, strict voter ID law. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

* Ken Cuccinelli skipped an invitation to meet with the state’s largest teachers' union so that he could instead appear in front of an anti-abortion summit being organized by his largest campaign donor. (Washington Examiner)

* Women in Wards 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 who vote in most elections will be receiving mailers to vote Democrat, and to vote for anyone except Republican Patrick Mara on April 23. (Washington City Paper)

* Virginia state Sen. Mark R. Herring -- a Democrat running for attorney general of the commonwealth -- is asking the U.S. Justice Department to investigate ties that Gov. Bob McDonnell and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli have with Star Scientific and its CEO. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

* Even though D.C. Chartered Health Plan’s remaining assets are going to be sold, D.C. Councilmember David Cantania wants the company to pay as much as $45 million in unpaid medical claims. (Washington Post)

* An employee at the District-owned United Medical Center is said to have manipulated the payroll to receive several hundred thousand dollars in improper payments. (Washington Post)

* The Bethesda Metro station is set to get a $10 million renovation, transforming it into the “model station of the future.” (Washington Examiner)

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