ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly sunny with highs in the upper 50s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: Quieting the Irish on the very first drive, Eddie Lacy, AJ McCarron and the No. 2 Crimson Tide rolled top-ranked Notre Dame 42-14 for the BCS championship Monday night, locking up a second straight national title and third in four years with another laugher of a title game. http://wj.la/VPPHKj
ROAD WORK: Could this be a winning year in Virginia?, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Each winter for the past several years, transportation advocates have looked to the start of a new General Assembly session with cautious optimism that a funding package would finally clear the legislature and infuse new money into the state's ailing road system. By spring, they've been reacquainted with disappointment. Now, with more legislators focused on the need for road money, and Gov. Bob McDonnell promising a $500 million funding plan, there's renewed hope that 2013 might finally be the year.” http://bit.ly/USGFhY
MEANWHILE: Speaking of traffic, per the Washington Post, “Construction is underway on the Interstate 95 express lanes, with the new high-occupancy toll road expected to open late next year. But residents living at the northernmost point of the planned lanes are unhappy with the congestion and pollution they say the project will bring. The express lanes will begin on I-95 in Stafford County and end between Edsall Road and Duke Street on Interstate 395 in Fairfax County, so a ramp must be built to carry vehicles from the new lanes to the regular roadway. That new ramp will be in a neighborhood just west of the Alexandria city line, much to the dismay of residents.” http://wapo.st/UEYP9w
MR. CANTOR?: That would be no, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Despite Republican misgivings, President Barack Obama announced Monday he will nominate former GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel as his next defense secretary, calling him “the leader our troops deserve.” He also chose White House counterterrorism adviser John Brennan to lead the Central Intelligence Agency. Controversy surrounds both choices, particularly that of Hagel, who represented Nebraska in the Senate. On Monday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, a Republican from Virginia’s 7th District, said he opposes Hagel’s nomination, calling him “the wrong man for the job at such a pivotal time.” http://bit.ly/UEZJmw
THE DONALD: You check, sir, per the Washington Business Journal, “For the right to transform the Old Post Office into a luxury hotel, Donald Trump may end up paying a higher price to the District in property taxes than he will to the General Services Administration in base rent for the prime Pennsylvania Avenue real estate.” http://bit.ly/118mfpv
OOPS: Of a party mistake, per City Paper, “Inaugural ball tickets were supposed to go on sale Monday, but Ticketmaster accidentally started sales over the weekend. Lots of people who were waiting for the actual on-sale date aren't packing away their gowns for 2017 just yet. Instead, they're taking their concerns to the place where all the great issues of our time eventually end up: the White House petition site.” http://bit.ly/XfbKvU
POLITICO PLAY: “Half of the American population, 50.8 percent, was born after 1973, the year the Paris Peace Accords ended direct U.S. involvement in the losing effort to prevent a Communist victory in Vietnam, according to the Pew Research Center. The Vietnam obsessions of these people’s parents and grandparents revolve around events and arguments that are as far removed in time as the 1919 Treaty of Versailles was to young men fighting in Vietnam, or protesting back home, in the 1960s. So many years have gone by that what once seemed inconceivable has finally come to pass: Vietnam and all its attendant debates — who served, who dodged, who was right and who was wrong — elicits a national shrug of the shoulders.” http://politi.co/13dwY1j
FREE SPEECH: Or not, per the New York Times, “Protests over censorship at one of China’s most liberal newspapers descended into ideological confrontation on Tuesday, pitting advocates of free speech against supporters of Communist Party control who wielded red flags and portraits of Mao Zedong.” http://nyti.ms/U0apIA
TAXING D.C.: It’s not pretty for some, per the Washington Examiner, “The tax increases approved by Congress last week as part of a "fiscal cliff" compromise were supposed to hit only the wealthiest, but the bill also contained new limits on tax exemptions and deductions that are going to drive up taxes for many Washington-area families.” http://bit.ly/XgOs8W
JUST SAY NO: Just the facts, per the Washington Times, “D.C. Attorney General Irvin B. Nathan asked city election officials on Monday to reject a ballot question designed to free the city’s local budget from the grip of Congress, citing the maneuver’s shaky legal ground and potential backlash from powerful politicians on Capitol Hill.” http://bit.ly/UTcrvk
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards beat Oklahoma City 101-99.
SO LONG: A resignation, per ARLnow, “Clarence Stukes, the Assistant Superintendent for Facilities and Operations at Arlington Public Schools, is retiring at the end of January, an APS spokesman confirmed Monday evening. Stukes has announced his retirement and his last day at the school system will be at some point later this month, APS spokesman Frank Bellavia told ARLnow.com.” http://bit.ly/V5bctY
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