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DAYBREAK DAILY: Virginia becomes test state for gun data sharing

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Double shooting in Southeast; Two killed in Waldorf crash; Syria – the latest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

SHOOTING TEST: Kind of, anyway, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia has become the test state for a planned nationally linked program that will allow every law enforcement agency in the commonwealth — if they choose to participate — instant access to a shared database of records on recovered crime guns and investigative traces of those weapons.

“In the eight weeks since the program was launched, 25 of Virginia’s 352 state and local law enforcement agencies have signed agreements to share crime gun trace data with their participating state colleagues through an enhancement of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ eTrace system, an Internet-based firearms tracing and analysis initiative.” http://bit.ly/17ZJR1H

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Lobbying for a PAC, per the Washington Post, “High-powered Terry McAuliffe supporters made a furious attempt over the weekend to reverse a Washington area business group’s endorsement of Republican Ken Cuccinelli II for governor, with state legislators warning that “doors will be closed” to the group if it sticks by its choice.

“The pressure exerted on the Northern Virginia Technology Council’s political arm, Tech PAC, by a U.S. senator, a Republican lieutenant governor at odds with Cuccinelli and several others suggests that McAuliffe’s campaign is worried that a Cuccinelli endorsement could undermine the central premise of the Democrat’s campaign — that he, an entrepreneur. . .is the pro-business candidate and that Cuccinelli, a social conservative popular with the tea party, is too extreme for the state’s centrist business leaders. Members of the council’s executive committee decided late Sunday to stick by the Cuccinelli endorsement but also to issue a statement saying that the PAC’s action might not reflect the views of its parent organization, the NVTC, according to news releases scheduled to be distributed Monday morning and obtained by The Washington Post.” http://wapo.st/185NL7E

AND THIS: Friends in high places, per the Post, “When Sen. Marco Rubio joins Ken Cuccinelli II at a Richmond fundraiser Monday, the duo together will embody the two sides of one of the GOP’s chief challenges — immigration reform — as the party tries to win back purple states where Barack Obama stitched together a coalition of minorities and women in back-to-back national elections.

“Rubio is one in a succession of GOP stars coming to Virginia to help Cuccinelli energize his campaign for governor against Democrat Terry McAuliffe. But Rubio’s visit does something else, too: It brings attention to the polar-opposite ways in which the two Republicans have struggled over the question of what do to about the estimated 11 million people in the country illegally.” http://wapo.st/16bQ32W

RECOVERING: Just the facts, per the Baltimore Sun, “Lauren La Canfora, the wife of CBS Sports' "NFL Insider" Jason La Canfora who was hit by a car while running Friday in Towson, was released from a second trip to the hospital Sunday. She remains in "a lot of pain," with a concussion but no internal injuries, her husband said. She was released from Sinai Hospital on Friday, but went back to Greater Baltimore Medical Center on Saturday and was admitted for the night.” http://bsun.md/183TBX6

HE’S OUT: By choice, per the Los Angeles Times, “With political opposition mounting against him, former Treasury Secretary Lawrence H. Summers pulled his name from consideration as the next chairman of the Federal Reserve, an abrupt turn of events that underscored President Obama's weakness in Congress. The unexpected decision, disclosed Sunday, left some financial analysts recalibrating the odds of changes in the central bank's policies, which have major global implications. Economists and other experts were stunned.” http://lat.ms/1eDK14w

SITUATION SYRIA: Let’s make a deal, per the New York Times, “President Obama’s Congressional critics expressed guarded optimism about an agreement reached with Russia over the weekend to seize and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons, even as Mr. Obama hailed the diplomatic effort as a “foundation” that could lead to a political settlement in that country’s civil war.

“Mr. Obama said in an interview that was broadcast on Sunday that the United States was in a “better position” to prevent President Bashar al-Assad of Syria from using poison gas again because of the deal produced by Secretary of State John Kerry and Sergey V. Lavrov, the Russian foreign minister.” http://nyti.ms/19UqyGD

MEANWHILE: A shift in focus, per The Hill, “Shifting the national conversation to the economy after a week of intense focus on Syria, the Obama administration now is highlighting its policy response to the Great Recession. In a report released late Sunday, the White House is trumpeting the steps President Obama has taken over the last four-and-a-half years to address the economic downturn, the worst since the Great Depression, and linking them to the recovery.” http://bit.ly/14TTq3C

POLITICO PLAY: “Run for president? Who? Joe Biden? The vice president ostensibly played it cool at Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin’s annual steak-fry fundraiser Sunday, mugging for the crowd about how he can’t imagine why everyone would make such a fuss about his trip.

“But beneath the gee-whiz act, Biden used the high-profile Iowa event, where he shared a stage with Harkin and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, to lean into the themes that would undergird any potential presidential campaign: his reputation as a middle-class warrior, his penchant for telling it like it is and his close relationship with the president of the United States.” http://politi.co/1643wQn

BOLTING MARYLAND: For Pennsylvania, per the Washington Times, “Jim Greer stood beside his desk in the small back office of Angus MacGregor’s Trading Post in Waldorf, Md., and rifled through several papers at the top of a file box. In two weeks, he will be shuttering his firearms business and reopening in Pennsylvania, a state he said is much more welcoming to a firearms dealer than Maryland.” http://bit.ly/1aDZhJA

HUH?: Of clippers, per Gazette.Net, “Deep in the annals of Maryland law is a single sentence that one Montgomery County lawmaker says needs to be shaved from the code. It reads: “A barbershop in Montgomery County may not open for business more than 6 days a week. Del. Eric Luedtke says the old law needs to go and has drafted a bill repealing it. He plans to introduce his bill in the 2014 session.” http://bit.ly/15XhtQ3

FREDERICK HOUSING: Steady as she goes, per the Frederick News-Post, “The threat of a shadow inventory of distressed homes that may come on the market next year hasn't dampened the positive outlook for area real estate professionals. Home sales in Frederick County dropped in August — 312 compared with 340 in July, according to Real Estate Business Intelligence. But foreclosures also fell — 112 in August compared with 143 in July in the county.” http://bit.ly/14UTCzH

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins routed 38-20 in Green Bay; Nationals beat Philaldelphia 11-2.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The National Gallery of Art has organized the exhibition "Tell it with Pride," opening Sunday, to honor the first unit of black Northern soldiers who fought in the Civil War. They are depicted in the 116-year-old bronze Shaw Memorial by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848–1907) on the Boston Common.” http://wj.la/14YmrWJ

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Eric Selk of the HopeNow Alliance, who will be asked about Tuesday's event at FedEx Field to help struggling homeowners avoid foreclosure.

--Skip Wood

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