DAYBREAK DAILY: McAuliffe pushes day of community service
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly sunny with highs in the low 40s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Decision expected on Redskins coach Mike Shanahan’s future with team; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
TERRY TIME: He has a request, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe’s inaugural feting, under a theme of “Common Ground,” begins this week with a string of events around the state anchored by his swearing-in as the 72nd governor of Virginia on Jan. 11 at the state Capitol. Before McAuliffe, Lt. Gov.-elect Ralph S. Northam and Attorney General-elect Mark R. Herring take the oath of office before about 5,300 people packed onto bleachers on Capitol Square, there will be a community service call and several inaugural balls.
“The McAuliffes are asking Virginians to help in their communities Saturday, and opportunities across the commonwealth are searchable by ZIP code on the inauguration website. The governor-elect said in a recent interview that he’s trying to convey “the theme common good … how we can all come together to help one another, that’s why the day of service is so important.” In an open letter posted on the inaugural site, Inauguration2014.com, incoming first lady Dorothy McAuliffe asks Virginians “to lend a hand to those in need.” http://bit.ly/1cgp9w0
GAMBLING KINGPIN?: Circumstances indicate just that, per the Baltimore Sun, “Diplomats and businessmen from around the globe. Tourists from across the country. Day-trippers from neighboring states. They flock to the nation's capital for commerce and pleasure and might also try their luck at a planned MGM casino near the National Harbor development, high on a bluff above the Potomac River and just south of Washington. MGM says more than two-thirds of the visitors to the resort are expected to come from outside Maryland.
“Such an international destination could transform a Maryland gambling industry that until now has mostly focused on creating a regional foothold. The $925 million facility, which MGM hopes to complete by 2016, could draw residents from the affluent Washington region and high rollers from overseas, analysts said. The MGM development would vie with more established casinos to be the premier East Coast gambling resort. The opportunity is a rare one, analysts said, as destinations such as Atlantic City, N.J., and Las Vegas have been bruised by the recession and many casino operators are looking outside the United States for growth.” http://bsun.md/1h8fOem
SHANAHAN: Judgment day, per the Washington Post, “Mike Shanahan was soaked in both rainwater and disappointment as he walked off the field Sunday for what is expected to be the final time as coach of the Washington Redskins. He had stood on the sideline absorbing a steady rain on a gray afternoon in a mostly empty, lifeless stadium as the Redskins lost their season finale to the New York Giants, 20-6, to drop their record to 3-13 with their eighth straight defeat.
“Shanahan said in a cramped media briefing room in the bowels of MetLife Stadium that he is scheduled to meet Monday morning with Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to determine his future with the organization. Multiple people familiar with the situation said earlier Sunday they expect Shanahan to be fired.” http://wapo.st/19VFhne
PROGRESS REPORT: Of Obamacare, per the Virginian-Pilot, “The rubber hits the road this week for the Affordable Care Act, as most Americans will be required to have health insurance or pay a penalty. But the health care law's journey began nearly four years ago, and many tenets of the 900-page legislation have already taken effect. Here's a look at its impact in Virginia so far.” http://bit.ly/1bwW4ZL
WORRIES IN RUSSIA: With good reason, per the New York Times, “A deadly suicide bombing at a crowded railroad station in southern Russia on Sunday, followed by a blast in a trolley bus on Monday in the same city, raised the specter of a new wave of terrorism just six weeks before the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
“President Vladimir V. Putin’s government has worked to protect the Olympics with some of the most extensive security measures ever imposed for the Games. But the bombings, in Volgograd, underscored the threat the country faces from a radical Islamic insurgency in the North Caucasus that has periodically spilled into the Russian heartland, with deadly results, including several recent attacks.” http://nyti.ms/1eQ20VS
TEDDY: Not his fault, per The Hill, “Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday defended the decision to force a government shutdown unless ObamaCare was defunded, despite the strategy's lack of success. “You’ve got conservatives that stood strong and said 'let's stop the train wreck that is ObamaCare,' ” Cruz said on ABC’s “This Week.”
“He blamed Democrats for not negotiating before or during the shutdown. “I think it was absolutely a mistake for President Obama and Harry Reid to force a government shutdown,” Cruz said. Democrats said they would not negotiate in a situation they described as akin to a hostage situation. Cruz was the main architect of the strategy that led to the October shutdown, which ended in the government being reopened with no concessions to Republicans.” http://bit.ly/19yd3LG
POLITICO PLAY: “If this was a dud year in Washington, get ready for 2014 – the year to “go small.” Lawmakers had already lost their appetite to “go big” this year, letting reforms like immigration, guns and the tax code slip away in the face of gridlock and dysfunction.
“And now there’s a new problem. Lawmakers are reluctant to rely on the federal government to get anything done — a guilt-by-association consequence of Obamacare’s botched rollout. Republicans have called it an indictment of more than a website, but big government itself. While Democrats argue the problem is obstructionism – not ideology – the result will be the same: as Washington laments the end of a do-nothing year, lawmakers are fully prepared to do as little – or even less — in the new year.” http://politi.co/1djK0zN
SHOULDER SHORTCUT: Or something like that, per the Frederick News-Post, “A regional transportation task force will promote allowing commuter buses to ride on the shoulder on certain stretches of I-270. A study from a task force working under the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board reported that doing so would make commuter buses arrive more reliably, encouraging ridership. In turn, that could help ease traffic congestion and cut air pollution by getting cars off the road.
“The study evaluated the feasibility of allowing buses on shoulders in several sites, including I-270 from I-70 to Md. 121 in Montgomery County. Traffic on the highway slows to 26 miles per hour in some places during rush hour, according to the study. Allowing buses to bypass jams by riding on the shoulder could increase on-time arrivals and make transit more attractive to drivers.” http://bit.ly/1jZeSLD
TOO MUCH DOUGH: Not part of the recipe, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “A citizen from Ghana left the U.S. a little lighter after representatives from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office at Dulles Airport seized $13,585 during his departure from the country. The traveler, whose name was not released, was allegedly in violation of federal currency reporting regulations. Under U.S. law, there is no limit on how much currency a traveler can import or export, but amounts exceeding $10,000 U.S. dollars (or the equivalent in foreign currency) must be reported.” http://bit.ly/1fV3rPc
THE DOG ATE MY HOMEWORK: Not my fault, per Gazette.Net, “Maryland lawmakers will try again to free the state’s pit bulls from breed-specific restrictions that hold landlords and owners strictly liable if a pit bull bites. State Sen. Brian E. Frosh and Del. Luiz R.S. Simmons are behind legislation for the upcoming session of the General Assembly that would repeal the strict liability imposed by a 2012 high court decision. Strict liability holds someone legally responsible for damages and loss regardless of fault.” http://bit.ly/1cgVM9D
PHOTO SHOP: In the District, per DCist, “On Monday, the city will begin issuing tickets for new traffic cameras activated in late November. More than 100 cameras were installed as part of the Street Safe program to combat issues including blocking the box, pedestrian safety at crosswalks and running stop signs. The locations of the cameras can be seen both on Street Safe's website and on this map. The spots "were selected based on a variety of criteria, including sites with crashes and injuries, calls for service, high speed volume, near schools, or in zones prohibited for use by certain commercial vehicles," according to the Metropolitan Police Department.” http://bit.ly/1jPwVDK
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins lose 20-6 against Giants; Caps lose 2-1 against Buffalo.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Robin Roberts thanked her longtime girlfriend, Amber Laign, in a year-end post published Sunday on the ABC News anchor's Facebook page. The message, which follows Roberts' battle with a life-threatening illness, is the first time the "Good Morning America" anchor has publicly acknowledged her 10-year, same-sex relationship with Laign, a massage therapist from the San Francisco Bay Area.” http://wj.la/1ip3gzQ
NEWSTALK: Among today’s topics (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) -- The D.C. sports year in review.