DAYBREAK DAILY, presented by Ackerman Home Security: Virginia's Rigell urges GOP colleagues to consider increased revenue; Torture? What torture?; D.C. goes easy on the hate; much more. . .

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GROVER, SCHMOVER: Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia Rep. Scott Rigell, R-2nd, who has repudiated Grover Norquist’s anti-tax pledge, is calling on House Republicans to embrace increased revenue to avert the “fiscal cliff.” Rigell says the approach is consistent with fiscal conservatism. “Increasing revenues through tax reform (as well as through growth) is a mathematical — and fiscally conservative — imperative,” Rigell said Wednesday in a letter to his House GOP colleagues. . . Rigell is among a handful of Republicans in Congress — including Sens. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Saxby Chambliss of Georgia — who once signed the pledge of Americans for Tax Reform but now signal openness to raising revenue.”

FINALLY GETTING ABOVE WATER: Only to be pushed back down, per the New York Times, “After years of budget cuts and sluggish recovery, states expect to see their revenues climb back to prerecession levels this year for the first time since the financial crisis hit. But even as some states hope to restore some of the deep spending cuts they have made, they face a new threat. Washington’s efforts to tame the federal deficit, state officials fear, could end up further whittling away the federal aid that states depend upon and weakening the economy as it slowly maends.”

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE MOVIE?: Never mind, per the Washington Post, “After a contentious closed-door vote, the Senate intelligence committee approved a long-awaited report Thursday concluding that harsh interrogation measures used by the CIA did not produce significant intelligence breakthroughs, officials said. The 6,000-page document, which was not released to the public, was adopted by Democrats over the objections of most of the committee’s Republicans. The outcome reflects the level of partisan friction that continues to surround the CIA’s use of waterboarding and other severe interrogation techniques four years after they were banned.”

A GOOD THING: Of course, it depends on one’s perspective, per the Washington Examiner, “Virginia remains one of the top states for business thanks to its relaxed regulatory climate, while neighboring Maryland finished outside the top 15 because of its high labor costs, according to Forbes magazine's annual ranking. The Old Dominion finished second overall on the list of Best States for Business for the third year in a row, placing behind only Utah once again.”

VANESSA PHAM: Just the facts, per ABC7 (WJLA), “Police arrested a suspect Thursday in connection with the slaying of a 19-year-old woman who was found stabbed to death in her car in Falls Church in 2010. Authorities arrested Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia, 27, at a construction site in Vienna shortly after noon. He is being charged with killing of Vanessa Pham, who was found dead on June 27, 2010 off Route 50.”

POLITICO PLAY: "Immigration reform is waiting quietly in the wings. President Barack Obama promised top Latino leaders on a conference call Tuesday afternoon that once a deal is reached on the fiscal cliff, the focus of the call, he’ll throw the full force of the White House behind overhauling the country’s immigration laws."

CASE CLOSED: At least on one level, per City Paper, “U.S. Attorney Ron Machen (has) announced that he anticipates filing no further criminal charges related to former D.C. Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown's 2008 campaign. But Machen also implied that there was some hinky stuff going on in the campaign and urged the Board of Elections to continue its own investigation.”

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D.C. STANDS ALONE: On guns, per the Washington Times, “Florida is preparing to issue its 1 millionth concealed-carry permit while a federal court ruling this week left the nation’s capital as the only place in the United States with a total ban on carrying concealed weapons — developments that have gun advocates feeling that momentum is on their side in the national debate over whether Americans can remain armed once they leave home.”

MEANWHILE: Ain’t no time to hate, per WAMU, “Hate crimes across the nation are on the decline, according to the FBI, but we're seeing the opposite trend in the District, where they they are up by more than a third. Overall, 92 hate crimes were recorded by the Metropolitan Police Department last year, compared to 68 the year before.”

A TASTE OF NEW ORLEANS: In the District, per Greater Greater Washington, “You could start seeing streetcars running in the District as early as this March, though just on a test track in Anacostia, and appearing for testing on H Street next fall. After that, the line can open, DDOT will extend it east of the river and build a line in Anacostia, and on to Georgetown, Georgia Avenue and more.”

ACCURACY AS AN ABSURDITY: Of speed cameras, per the Baltimore Sun, “The Baltimore City speed camera ticket alleged that the four-door Mazda wagon was going 38 miles per hour in a 25-mph zone — and that owner Daniel Doty owed $40 for the infraction. But the Mazda wasn't speeding. It wasn't even moving. The two photos printed on the citation as evidence of speeding show the car was idling at a red light with its brake lights illuminated. A three-second video clip also offered as evidence shows the car motionless, as traffic flows by on a cross street.”

HAUGHTY HOKIES: With good intentions, per the Roanoke Times, “The Stadium Woods five are free. Five demonstrators -- including one Virginia Tech student -- charged in October with disorderly conduct for blocking temporary parking spaces on the root zone of the university's Stadium Woods pleaded not guilty Thursday to a lesser charge. . . The demonstrators are part of Friends of Stadium Woods, a grass-roots group that for more than a year has urged Tech officials to protect the 14-acre forest fragment from development, and from damage forestry professors have said result from parking vehicles over the roots of the trees.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Fore!, per the AP, “Weary of two decades of defeat in Europe, the Americans are breaking from precedent with a captain uniquely suited for the 2014 Ryder Cup in Scotland. Tom Watson will be by far the oldest man to fill the role and the first repeat captain for the U.S. since 1987. But he's also the last American to lead the team to victory on the road, and he knows how to win in the blustery Scottish weather.”

YUCK: As in yuck, per the News & Messenger, “A retired Prince William County fire and rescue lieutenant pleaded guilty Thursday to a child pornography charge. Timothy George Melton, 56, pleaded guilty at a hearing in Prince William Circuit Court to possession child pornography. The charge was reduced from a charge of producing child pornography.”

MEDICAL MARIJUANA: District has had little luck in its quest, per DCist, “That will change early next year, as a torturous three-year-long regulatory process comes to an end and licensed cultivation centers and dispensaries finally open their doors to patients, potentially as early as February. Advocates of the program have certainly heard these promises before, but this time it seems more like a reality—the city's first cultivation center (of six licensed earlier this year) was granted its certificate of occupancy yesterday, and various dispensaries are waiting final approvals from city officials.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is POLITICO White House editor Rachel Smolkin, who will discuss the latest developments on the so-called fiscal cliff negotiations.

--Skip Wood

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