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DAYBREAK DAILY: Warner, Kaine announce high-profile job offer

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The nuts and bolts behind the end of the government shutdown; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

JOB OPENING: And it’s a big one, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia’s Democratic U.S. senators, Mark R. Warner and Timothy M. Kaine, announced Wednesday that they are seeking applications for the post . . . of U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, one of the highest-profile prosecuting posts in the country.

“Warner’s office said they will recommend qualified candidates to the White House, which will make a nomination for consideration by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The nomination is subject to confirmation by the full Senate.” http://bit.ly/1bYrK0D

BIG TAX BREAK IN MARYLAND: For business owners, per the Baltimore Sun, “Roughly half of Maryland employers will see their unemployment insurance tax drop by about 70 percent next year, the result of the state's rebound from the recession, the governor said Wednesday. After an annual evaluation of the unemployment benefit trust fund, the state will drop rates to the lowest of five possible brackets under Maryland's jobless tax system, Gov. Martin O'Malley announced.

“This is the second year the rates have fallen. As a result, a top-rated employer with 100 workers that paid $18,700 in 2012 will pay $2,550 in 2014. The decrease reflects improved employment and the state's partial recovery from the recession and its aftermath, when Maryland employers paid at the highest rate to provide benefits to the swelling ranks of jobless workers.” http://bsun.md/197POK2


MORE BAD NEWS FOR GOV. BOB: McDonnell, that is, per the Washington Post, “A federal appeals court on Wednesday rejected a request by attorneys for Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) to shield two e-mails written by a senior policy adviser to the governor from a grand jury subpoena in a criminal investigation. The three-judge panel’s ruling does not name McDonnell, but two people familiar with the case confirmed that the opinion relates to the federal investigation into McDonnell’s relationship with a wealthy political supporter who gave the governor’s family gifts and money.

“The ruling is a blow to the governor, the two people said, because it allows prosecutors to use e-mails they consider significant evidence as they investigate whether McDonnell improperly used his office to help a generous patron. The robust fight over the e-mails, written by McDonnell counsel Jasen Eige, signals their importance in a potential case against the governor.” http://wapo.st/15Kwbr5

NOT TO FORGET: This, per the New York Times, “Congressional Republicans conceded defeat on Wednesday in their bitter budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law as the House and Senate approved last-minute legislation ending a disruptive 16-day government shutdown and extending federal borrowing power to avert a financial default with potentially worldwide economic repercussions.

“With the Treasury Department warning that it could run out of money to pay national obligations within a day, the Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday evening, 81 to 18, to approve a proposal hammered out by the chamber’s Republican and Democratic leaders after the House on Tuesday was unable to move forward with any resolution. The House followed suit a few hours later, voting 285 to 144 to approve the Senate plan, which would fund the government through Jan. 15 and raise the debt limit through Feb. 7. Mr. Obama signed the bill about 12:30 a.m. Thursday.” http://nyti.ms/1aNi8AJ

MEANWHILE: Defiant in defeat, per the Wall Street Journal, “The mood was decidedly glum Wednesday when a handful of House conservatives gathered in a congressional office building to eat Chick-fil-A and assess what three weeks of fighting had wrought. Across the Capitol, Senate leaders were announcing a deal to reopen the government and extend the country's borrowing authority, an agreement the House approved later in the night. But the eight Republicans were looking ahead to the next round of budget battles early next year—and they weren't optimistic.

“. . . The House conservatives were digesting a difficult reality: the deal to fund the government and extend borrowing through early next year wouldn't make significant changes to the 2010 health-care law, a demand that kicked off the budget brawl. After enduring weeks of barbs by Democrats and even some fellow Republicans for picking a fight with President Barack Obama over the health law, some of the assembled conservatives were eager to return fire.” http://on.wsj.com/1gM63k3

AND THIS: Go figure, per The Hill, “Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) split with his party’s leadership and voted against the Senate fiscal agreement on Wednesday night. In a statement, Ryan called the legislation to reopen the government and lift the debt ceiling “a missed opportunity” to reduce the federal debt.

“. . . Ryan worked closely with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) to help craft the House GOP’s strategy during the government shutdown. As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan will serve on a conference committee with Senate Democrats that must report its budget plans by Dec. 13. But in voting against the debt limit bill, he broke with Boehner and the entire senior GOP leadership team, who supported the Senate bill.” http://bit.ly/1gMERSk

POLITICO PLAY: “In the end, President Barack Obama got exactly what he said he wanted — a debt-limit increase, an extension of the federal government’s funding, and no overly binding strings attached — and he did it by keeping faith with his unusual watchwords: No negotiation. Experience had taught Republicans, and even Democrats, that he would wilt.

“. . . But Obama stood his ground, beating back GOP efforts to extract concessions such as major changes to his health care law.” http://politi.co/19KBiqK

MEANWHILE, IN THE DISTRICT: A note of gratitude, per City Paper, “The shutdown deal passed in Congress yesterday only keeps the federal government running until Jan. 15, meaning the country could be only three months away from another shutdown. A potential future shutdown then would be easier on the District, though, because, the deal includes a special provision to allow the District to spend its own funds until the next fiscal year. (Separate legislation that would allow that permanently is also pending, and a D.C. referendum to declare budget autonomy is set to take effect on Jan. 1.)

“In a late night statement, Mayor Vince Gray—who had crashed a Democratic press conference and stood with House Republicans asking for the District to be set free from the shutdown last week—thanked just about every congressional leader for giving the city a break until October 2014.” http://bit.ly/1gMHYcR

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OF TRAINS: Specifically, Amtrak, per the Daily Press, “Gov. Bob McDonnell hailed strong Amtrak ridership in Virginia, as the state said Amtrak ridership has grown more than 99 percent since 2009. McDonnell used the news to hail his signature transportation legislation, which passed the General Assembly this past spring and provided funds to enhance passenger rail throughout the state.” http://bit.ly/1bAX5lY

GRIM DEAL: Just the facts, per the Frederick News-Post, “The family of a 40-year-old woman who committed suicide by hanging herself at the Frederick County Adult Detention Center has filed a lawsuit in federal court alleging that practices at the jail contributed to her death. The plaintiffs, Tobi A. Hosie and John James Hosie, are the parents of Valerie Ann Miller.

“Miller, who lived in Walkersville, was taken into custody on Oct. 15, 2010, two days before she took her own life. The family is suing the county, Sheriff Chuck Jenkins, warden Lt. Col. William DeLauter, Conmed Healthcare Management, unnamed correctional officers and employees of Conmed, which is the medical care provider at the jail.” http://bit.ly/19SCE4s

TRY, TRY AGAIN: And so they do, per the Washington Times, “A trial date is set for early next year in a challenge by gun owners, stores and firearms advocacy groups who seek to overturn new Maryland gun laws that went into effect this month. A four-day trial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10 after the plaintiffs and the state agreed to an expedited schedule, according to recent filings in federal court on one of the cases.” http://bit.ly/16huP4a

NAME GAME: By any other name, per DCist, “. . . A new poll conducted by the Oneida Indian Nation—the Native American tribe that's been leading a nation-wide campaign to change the name and mascot—suggests that if the Washington football team were to change their name, most people would still support them just the same. According to the survey (which interviewed only 500 adults in the D.C. area), 73 percent of the people surveyed said they'd still support the team with a new moniker.” http://bit.ly/1gkzk7N

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 2-0 against New York Rangers.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Booker, 44, will become the first black senator from New Jersey and heads to Washington with an unusual political resume.” http://wj.la/19SYuaa

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) and former congressman Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio), who will be asked aboutthe budget and debt ceiling showdowns. McDonnell is by phone, the other guests are in-studio.

--Skip Wood

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