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DAYBREAK DAILY: Aftermath from a hurricane; Suicide bombing in Iraq, more

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ABC7 TRAFFIC: Be wary of intersections, some of which still don’t have operational traffic lights. Metro’s on a normal schedule. Otherwise, nothing major to report so far but check @DaybreakSkip on Twitter for breaking updates. Here’s the traffic flow map: http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ

BREAKING: A man is dead and another hospitalized after a shooting in Northwest. D.C. police say two men were shot in the 200 block of N Street. One died, and the other remains hospitalized, with his condition unknown. http://wj.la/mTw0IA

AND THAT’S A WRAP: Or not, per the AP, “The storm that had been Hurricane Irene crossed into Canada overnight but wasn't yet through with the U.S., where flood waters threatened Vermont towns and New Yorkers feared a commuting nightmare as their transit system, shut down ahead of the storm, was slowly restored.” http://apne.ws/pGMUfL

SHUTTERED: A list of various closings, per the Post, and a reminder that most D.C. schools will be open. http://wapo.st/qqjZuu

POWERLESS: Lack of juice still a problem for many, per the Examiner, “By late Sunday, about 233,000 people in the Washington region were still without power. The utility companies offered no time frame for completing restoration efforts, saying assessment teams would be evaluating the damage until Monday morning.” http://bit.ly/mQzCJC

HATTERAS STRANDED: You can’t go and you can’t leave, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The power of the moving water tore a hole through a large section of N.C. 12 near Mirlo Beach, isolating the island and likely costing its businesses the remainder of the summer tourist season.” http://bit.ly/naMPAc

STANDING HIS GROUND: NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg defends his actions, telling reporters, "We were just unwilling to risk the life of a single New Yorker," he said Sunday, after a night he said was spent getting up to look out the window at the storm and ultimately feeling relief as he realized the city had been largely spared. "I don't know whether because of our decisions nobody died ... or maybe it was just luck. But the bottom line is, I would make the same decisions again without hesitation." http://apne.ws/r3tSPZ

IRENE AND POTUS: Per the L.A. Times’ Washington bureau, “Now — with the role of government already an issue in the 2012 campaign — the recovery phase offers (President) Obama an unexpected opportunity to restore at least a measure of public trust and goodwill at a time when being a part of the federal government has threatened to become a political millstone.” http://lat.ms/onI29Z

MEANWHILE: In Iraq, a devastating suicide bombing. “Sunday night's bombing inside the Um al-Qura mosque killed 29 people, including a Sunni lawmaker. Thirty-eight others were injured.” http://apne.ws/oeWV8e

SPORTS STROLL: Reds drop Nats in 14 innings with walk-off hit. . .Mystics fall again, this time to Phoenix, 86-79. . .California team wins Little League World Series. . .Brad Keselowski wins Sat. night NASCAR at Bristol.

POLITICO BLINK: “Another Texas governor who drops his “g’s” and scorns elites is running for president and the whispers are the same: Lightweight, incurious, instinctual. Strip away the euphemisms, and Rick Perry is confronting an unavoidable question: is he dumb - or just misunderestimated?” http://politi.co/nfgsL4

TO CONSIDER: A tad dated, only it’s not. Quite the thoughtful read, especially in hindsight, per the Post’s Erik Wemple. “. . .Whatever your take on the Weather Channel’s editorial tilt on Irene, the winds and rains and sandbags are good for business. On Wednesday, the station’s Web site scored 63 million page views and 12 million unique visitors; yesterday, 99 million page views and 16 million uniques.” http://wapo.st/oJ1WP6

ABC7 WEATHER: We begin the day with some sun before a disturbance aloft approaches, bringing added clouds and the risk of a few sprinkles in the afternoon. http://wj.la/72e8x6

AND FINALLY: A special A.M. edition of the mystery music video. http://bit.ly/BPb2b

--Skip Wood

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