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DAYBREAK DAILY: New details emerge regarding Star, Bob McDonnell

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Glitches continue to haunt Obamacare rollout; Budget woes for Fairfax County schools; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

STAR WARS: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Star Scientific CEO Jonnie R. Williams Sr. has told federal investigators that he met with Gov. Bob McDonnell before making a $50,000 loan to the governor’s wife, Maureen, in 2011, according to a source close to the ongoing gift scandal investigation.

“Williams told investigators he insisted on the meeting in the governor’s office to ensure that McDonnell knew about the loan, the source said. The Star executive provided the loan to the McDonnells at a time when the family was falling into debt from its real estate holdings, but Williams told investigators he was unaware that Maureen McDonnell turned around and invested a portion of the money in Star stock, the source said.” http://bit.ly/17C6EOb

THE OTHER ONE: Washignton Monument, that is, per the Baltimore Sun, “From its cavernous subterranean vault, Baltimore's Washington Monument seems every bit its nearly 200 years. Plaster chips and crumbles to the touch. Mortar sealing together thousands of bricks and stones is deteriorating into sand. A mildewy odor fills the air. But historians and architects have a $5 million plan to repair the pillar that was closed to the public three years ago for safety reasons. They expect it to reopen for tours — and a panoramic view of the city from 178 feet above Charles Street — for its bicentennial on Independence Day, 2015.” http://bsun.md/17XKZPS

FUNNY GIRL: As in Carol Burnett, per the Washington Post, “Ten years after she received the Kennedy Center Honors, Carol Burnett was back in Washington on Sunday, accepting the country’s top comedy award. And no, outraged masses, this isn’t the first time the Kennedy Center has tried to give her the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor.

“They asked me quite a few times, but I could never work it out with my schedule,” Burnett said to reporters on the red carpet who all wondered why the first lady of variety had to wait 16 years to receive an award that seems Bob Mackie-tailored for her talents. Indeed, unreserved love and gratitude were on display Sunday night. Perhaps Tina Fey said it best when she crooned in her opening tribute to Burnett, “I love you in a way that is just shy of creepy.” http://wapo.st/1b5YIak

OBAMACARE: Of a slow fix, per the New York Times, “Federal contractors have identified most of the main problems crippling President Obama’s online health insurance marketplace, but the administration has been slow to issue orders for fixing those flaws, and some contractors worry that the system may be weeks away from operating smoothly, people close to the project say.

“Administration officials approached the contractors last week to see if they could perform the necessary repairs and reboot the system by Nov. 1. However, that goal struck many contractors as unrealistic, at least for major components of the system. Some specialists working on the project said the online system required such extensive repairs that it might not operate smoothly until after the Dec. 15 deadline for people to sign up for coverage starting in January, although that view is not universally shared.” http://nyti.ms/16m4XcQ

SITUATION SYRIA: Just the facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “As diplomats haggled over the prospect of Syrian peace talks, dozens of people were killed and many injured Sunday when a massive car bomb exploded outside the central Syrian city of Hama. The blast was the latest in a string of bombings and fierce clashes that have continued to ravage Syria as U.S., Russian and other officials try to bring both sides to the table in Geneva for negotiations to help end the conflict, now in its third year. But the prospects for peace appear dim.” http://lat.ms/Hcg8sq

TEDDY BEAR: Not so cuddly, per The Hill, “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) is standing firm in his fight against ObamaCare, undeterred by party elders and poll numbers that suggest his unflinching crusade against the president's signature legislative accomplishment has badly bruised the Republican Party's national brand.

“The Texas senator was the unquestioned focus of Sunday morning's talk shows, sitting for a pair of interviews himself and providing fodder for nearly every lawmaker interviewed. Echoing the determination he voiced in Senate hallways and in secret meetings with House Republicans throughout the shutdown, Cruz said he was "not remotely" upset that party leaders had chastised him over a legislative strategy many believe forced the 16-day government shutdown.” http://bit.ly/1gXC2hp

POLITICO PLAY: “Hard-line conservatives aren’t just sticking it to the national GOP by shutting down the government and bringing the nation to the brink of default – they’re also refusing to pony up to help their party defend the House in 2014.

“With a little more than a year until the midterm election, many leaders of the shutdown strategy have yet to donate to the National Republican Congressional Committee, records show. At least eight of the debate’s 20 or so most outspoken figures have not given any money to the NRCC, and others have forked over token amounts.” http://politi.co/1gYcXTk

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DEER SEX: It is what it is, per the Frederick News-Post, “Fall is in the air, and, for deer, so is love. Their increased activity during mating season can pose dangers to drivers. Kevin Loewenstein, the owner of Frederick Auto Body, said that his shop regularly repairs deer damage around fall. “At this time of year, we get them every day,” he said. The Motor Vehicle Administration recorded an average of 113 animal-related crashes a year over the last five years in Frederick County.” http://bit.ly/17ZTFFk

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Cooch to rally in Sterling, per the Loudoun Times, “Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, the Republican gubernatorial nominee, will lead a campaign rally in Sterling Monday, where he'll tout support from several southern-state attorneys general. Joining Cuccinelli for the 1:30 p.m. event at 21430 Cedar Drive off Route 7 will be Republican attorneys general Pam Bondi or Florida, Luther Strange of Alabama, Sam Olens of Georgia and Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia.” http://bit.ly/16m7Eem

MR. MAYOR: Breaking his silence, per City Paper, “Vince Gray has spent more than a year staying quiet about the federal investigation into his last campaign. Everything from questions about his friend's guilty plea to whether he would even finish his first term elicited only a "no comment" from the mayor.

“With the deadline for a re-election campaign looming, though, the mayor has changed his mind about silence. On the Kojo Nnamdi Show, Gray insisted that he's innocent. "I have said that I did nothing wrong from the very beginning," Gray says. Not only that, the mayor claims, he's prepared to answer more questions about the scandal in another campaign.” http://bit.ly/19QygkJ

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins beat Chicago 45-41.

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