ABC7 TRAFFIC: Relatively non-eventful so far but Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the low 50s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
REDSKINS AND RICHMOND: Take a second to digest this one, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Richmond will pull money from the construction budgets of the new city jail and schools to make a loan of up to $10 million to build a training camp for the Washington Redskins in time for the team to use it this summer, according to proposed legislation a City Council committee will review today. The shift, however, will have no impact on the schools or jail projects, city officials say, and the money loaned to the city’s Economic Development Authority, which will be tasked with building and running the facility, will be fully repaid.” http://bit.ly/PVLA12
YOU LIE: So please go away, per City Paper, “Don't screw around with U.S. News & World Report! That's the message today from the popular college ranking service, which has decided to drop George Washington University from its list this year after the university admitted last week it had inflated the number of freshmen who ranked at the top of their high school classes.” http://bit.ly/TJrC7Z
FAREWELL: He did his job, then bolts, per the Washington Post, “The chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia said Wednesday that he is stepping down next month — just over a week after he helped deliver the state in the presidential and U.S. Senate races. Brian J. Moran, who has been chairman for two years, said he wants the party to bring in a new leader as it heads into what is widely expected to be a busy 2013 campaign season in the commonwealth.” http://wapo.st/ZOtW17
ISRAEL: This bodes well for no one, per the New York Times, “Israeli jets pounded Gaza on Thursday after a rocket launched from the Hamas-ruled enclave killed three Israelis a day after the most ferocious Israeli assault on Gaza in four years. Aerial attacks on Gaza on Wednesday killed the top military commander of Hamas, damaged Israel’s fragile relations with Egypt and escalated the risks of a new war in the Middle East.” http://nyti.ms/RZyGgD
POLITICO PLAY: “After getting thumped among female voters last week, Republicans returned to Washington knowing they have to narrow the gender gap to prevent another drubbing in 2014 or 2016. But in their first official action, the House and Senate GOP chose four women lawmakers out of 14 spots for senior leadership positions. The numbers underscored the party’s struggles to recruit and promote top women at a pivotal moment for their party.” http://politi.co/Sr9y0D
RAISE YOUR RIGHT HAND: Nothing but the truth?, per the Washington Examiner, “Ex-CIA Director David Petraeus has agreed to testify before congressional lawmakers about what he learned during his investigation into the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead, including Ambassador Chris Stevens. Petraeus will be talking to senators on the Select Intelligence Committee perhaps as early as Friday, sources told The Washington Examiner.” http://bit.ly/W8nvlL
IF, IF, IF: Still, bad news for the Virginia GOP, per the Virginian-Pilot, “A majority of Virginians recently polled on their preferred 2013 gubernatorial candidate favor U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat and former governor who is flirting with the idea of a run but has not committed to the race. By wide margins, Warner leads the two Republicans who have declared for the race - Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling and Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli - in hypothetical general election matchups, according to Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, which conducted the survey.” http://bit.ly/T32oUm
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MITT MOPES: And breaks out a familiar tune, per the Los Angeles Times, “Mitt Romney said Wednesday that his loss to President Obama was due in large part to his rival's strategy of giving "gifts" during his first term to three groups that were pivotal in the results of last week's election: African Americans, Latinos and young voters. "The Obama campaign was following the old playbook of giving a lot of stuff to groups that they hoped they could get to vote for them and be motivated to go out to the polls, specifically the African American community, the Hispanic community and young people," Romney told hundreds of donors during a telephone town hall Wednesday.” http://lat.ms/U0LS7k
COLORADO SHOOTINGS: Strange and sad, per the Denver Post, “Defense attorneys for suspected theater shooter James Holmes said their client was sent to the hospital Tuesday and needed to postpone a court hearing but did not provide additional details about his condition. However, sources said Holmes injured himself by ramming his head into a wall at the Arapahoe County jail. Over objections from prosecutors, Arapahoe County District Court Judge William Sylvester moved a hearing scheduled for Thursday to Dec. 10 and 13.” http://bit.ly/SWpE36
ON D.C.’S TAIL: Supposedly, anyway, per the Washington Times, “U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. followed a public shaming of the former D.C. Council chairman this week with a vow to “ensure public trust” — a pledge sure to be tested as he resolves his probe into Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s 2010 campaign, the last in a trio of investigations that blazed a path this year from city hall to the federal courthouse.” http://bit.ly/QeVkVo
FUNERAL FOR A NEWSPAPER: Just the facts, per the News & Messenger, “To our readers: Today is a difficult one for World Media Enterprises. We are announcing that the News & Messenger will cease publication at the end of the year. We will also discontinue operations at the Inside NOVA website and its companion weekly newspaper, Inside NOVA Weekly. The final edition of the News & Messenger print edition will be Dec. 30.” http://bit.ly/ZJhEa6
HIGHS AND LOWS: Of a creeping problem, per the Roanoke Times, “The death toll from drug overdoses in Western Virginia reached a new high of 270 last year, indicating that the plague of prescription drug abuse has yet to subside. That's more than three times the annual count during the late 1990s, when it first became clear that many drug abusers in the region were as likely to turn to the medicine cabinet as to seek out a street-corner dealer.” http://bit.ly/UHWEvK
DUDE: Um, like, huh?, per the AP, “It's settled. Pot, at least certain amounts of it, will soon be legal under state laws in Washington and Colorado. Now, officials in both states are trying to figure out how to keep stoned drivers off the road.” http://apne.ws/Qfk9kf
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Dallas beats the Wizards 107-101, dropping Washington to 0-7.
TOUR DE U-TURN: They’re not gonna take it, per DCist, “Cyclists have repeatedly complained in recent months about drivers making U-turns through the Pennsylvania Avenue bike lanes, but there remains confusion as to whether the practice is actually illegal or not. To that end, Councilmember Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) is planning on introducing emergency legislation in December that would specify that the mid-block U-turns are indeed against the law and that D.C. police should ticket violators.” http://bit.ly/ZvbJ9s
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