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ABC7 NEWS: The very latest on these stories today on Good Morning Washington:

The Washington Nationals are set to take on the Saint Louis Cardinals in their first-ever home playoff game on Wednesday. Game attendees should plan out their commute route and account for crowds and traffic times getting to the playoff.  

As the race for the White House winds down, the battle over swing states is heating up. A new CNN poll shows a tightening race in Ohio, with President Barack Obama leading Mitt Romney 51 to 47 percent among likely voters. Gaining momentum in the polls, Romney is spending another day in the Buckeye state with stops scheduled in Columbus and Dayton.

ABC7 WEATHER: Today, we will see early clouds and sprinkles, and it will become partly cloudy, warmer and breezy later in the day, with highs reaching 73.

VICE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO SQUARE OFF: Per The Washington Post, “Rarely has a vice presidential debate been as crucial as the one between Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday night will be. After Mitt Romney’s lopsided victory over President Obama in Denver last week, the exchange will arrive at a fluid and potentially pivotal moment in the campaign.”

LIBYA ATTACKS COULD THREATEN HILLARY CLINTON LEGACY: Per The Washington Post, “The fatal attack on a U.S. diplomatic compound in Libya last month has become a test of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s leadership and a threat to her much-admired legacy as America’s top diplomat just a few months before she plans to step down. Clinton was among the first Obama administration officials to publicly condemn the attack and mourn the deaths of Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. But as the State Department has weathered Republican-led criticism that it misread warning signs before the Sept. 11 attack, Clinton has been far less visible.”

METRO TO BEGIN PREP FOR INAUGURATION: Per The Washington Post, “Members of Metro’s Finance and Administration Committee are expected to be briefed Thursday on the transit authority’s plans for the presidential inauguration, slated for January 21, 2013. Officials aren’t expecting the record crowd that flocked to Washington in 2009 for Obama’s swearing-in, when they had 1.5 million riders – 1.1 million of whom used Metro’s rail service. Metro planners are estimating a crowd of 500,000 to 800,000 for the 2013 festivities.”

FORMER EHRLICH OFFICAL NOW WORKING WITH O’MALLEY: Per The Washington Post, “A decade ago, Chip DiPaula Jr. was the architect of Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.’s unexpected victory as Maryland’s first Republican governor in a generation. Today, he is part of something that might seem just as unlikely: a political alliance with the Democratic governor who ended Ehrlich’s tenure. DiPaula has been working alongside Gov. Martin O’Malley since this summer on the campaign to uphold Maryland’s same-sex marriage law.”

HOWLER MONKEY EUTHANIZED AT NATIONAL ZOO: Per WTOP, “Loki, the black howler monkey born earlier this year at the National Zoo, was euthanized Sunday, the Washington Post reports. Less than 7 months old, it's reported that Loki became ill from a metabolic bone disease and an imbalance of phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D and was put to sleep.”

NEWSTALK: Today on Newstalk (Broadcast live at 10am on NewsChannel 8) Legal analyst Jim Shalleck talks about the sentence given to former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Politico's Rachel Van Dongen looks at the tightening of the race for president following the first debate and offers a preview of the Biden-Ryan debate. Reporter John Gonzalez checks in from Nationals Park, site of the Nats-Cards game, the first playoff baseball game to be played here in nearly 80 years. And Peaceoholics co-founder Jauhar Abraham talks about his bid to unseat DC Councilman Marion Barry.

-Yasmeen Alamiri


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