ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with potential rain in the morning and highs in the mid 60s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories being followed -- a 14-year-old Maryland boy charged in his baby sister’s killing, a jump in red-light camera traffic tickets, updates on the New England snow storm and southern twisters, the Grammy Awards, and much more – beginning at 4:30 a.m.
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who will be asked about his transportation proposal and this year's legislative session.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: At the gun show in Chantilly, dealers and buyers expressed opposition to the president's wide-ranging proposal for gun safety. A bi-partisan Senate deal is being worked on that could result in a universal background check. Are you for or against closing the gun show loophole with a universal background check for buying guns? Read more: http://wj.la/URp7Wx
OF COLLEGE PRESIDENTS: In Virginia, that is. This is a good read, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Virginia Tech President Charles W. Steger is a rarity in academia — he works without a net. Steger, the state’s top-paid president with a compensation package worth $853,433, is alone among his peers at the 15 public four-year institutions to be employed without a contract. . . .(He says) he’s been “treated very fairly” working at the pleasure of the board of visitors, but his colleagues at other universities are ensuring their bottom lines with contracts that are increasingly intricate.” http://bit.ly/YjM5kd
MEANWHILE: No so presidential, per ABC7 – WJLA, “After several brazen armed robberies on or near campus, police in College Park are beefing up security at the University of Maryland. . . Crime text alerts, increased campus patrols, and a campaign to highlight the location of emergency phones are all part of a heightened campus security plan.” http://wj.la/Xo4jnP
GOTTA LOVE TECHNOLOGY: Or not, per the Washington Post, “A new intelligence assessment has concluded that the United States is the target of a massive, sustained cyber-espionage campaign that is threatening the country’s economic competitiveness, according to individuals familiar with the report. The National Intelligence Estimate identifies China as the country most aggressively seeking to penetrate the computer systems of American businesses and institutions to gain access to data that could be used for economic gain.” http://wapo.st/XAplxC
NO NUKES: Remember that slogan?, per the New York Times, “President Obama will use his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to reinvigorate one of his signature national security objectives — drastically reducing nuclear arsenals around the world — after securing agreement in recent months with the United States military that the American nuclear force can be cut in size by roughly a third.” http://nyti.ms/XoCJXt
SEARCHING FOR DORNER: Just the facts, per the Los Angeles Times, “An extensive manhunt continued Sunday as Los Angeles officials announced a $1-million reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Christopher Jordan Dorner, the former LAPD officer wanted in the killings of three people.” http://lat.ms/124LFVL
POLITICO PLAY: “Defense secretary nominee Chuck Hagel could get a vote in committee as early as Tuesday, but Republican aides reacted to that idea by suggesting that some members could walk out in protest. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) is considering a vote to coincide with a previously scheduled hearing on sequestration, and is “fed up” with Republicans after a boisterous hearing last week with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Democratic sources told POLITICO.” http://politi.co/12jodQb
SEQUESTRATION: Another one bites the dust, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Ever since the Abraham Lincoln pulled into its new homeport at Norfolk Naval Station in August, the crew has been working to prepare the aircraft carrier for its midlife nuclear refueling. But less than a week before the ship was set to steam to the shipyard in Newport News, the Navy announced it was postponing the elaborate overhaul because of a lack of funding - the latest in a line of drastic defense cuts tied to the federal budget crisis.” http://bit.ly/W4jtNz
SHOW ME THE RECORDS: And the money, per the Washington Examiner, “The District could be forced to reimburse the federal government more than $28 million because the city has been unable to produce records of how the money was spent on a major economic development project in Southeast D.C. But city officials say they're confident D.C. taxpayers won't be on the hook.” http://bit.ly/WDZMy6
SLOW FLOW: Rather, no flow, per the Baltimore Sun, “The break of a 10-inch water main at Interstate 83 near Maryland Avenue won't be fixed for a few days because it's in a bad spot and repairs will require specific equipment, according to officials from the city Department of Public Works. DPW spokesman Kurt Kocher said the break occurred at about 4:30 p.m. Saturday, and crews shut off water so it would not leak onto the highway and freeze.” http://bsun.md/Y3RME2
ON THE DEFENSIVE: Of a supposed “myth”, per the Washington Times, “The White House accused congressional Republicans on Sunday of spreading “myths” about President Obama’s efforts to avoid looming budget cuts and blamed the GOP for pushing an “unbalanced” approach that favors the wealthy.” http://bit.ly/Z3Oiq1
RISE AND SHINE: But hit the snooze button first, per Annandale VA, “Parents, students, and community members are invited to Sleep Night, Feb. 26, at Annandale High School to learn why later school start times are beneficial for adolescents’ health and learning and why the Fairfax County School Board set a goal to start high school after 8 a.m.” http://bit.ly/YQyV0q
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Virginia beats Maryland 80-69 in men’s college basketball.
PILING ON?: One thing after another, per City Paper, “Probable mayoral candidate and Ward 6 Councilmartyr Saint Tommy Wells wants to add to Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham's misery. Wells is asking D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson to establish an ad hoc committee to consider "evidence of a violation of the code of conduct and make recommendations for further action" in regards to l'affaire Graham.” http://bit.ly/V4vL9D