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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Coverage about the death Sunday of a track worker making Metro repairs and reasons behind the lack of an investigation; more debate about changing the Washington Redskins’ name; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
SCOTUS PRIMER: What to watch, per the Washington Post, “The Supreme Court on Monday resumes its role as the uneasy arbiter of America’s intractable social conflicts with a new docket that features battles over affirmative action, campaign finance and abortion, among other divisive issues. No single case may thrust the court into the national spotlight as did its cliffhanger ruling on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature health-care law in 2012 or June’s victories for advocates of same-sex marriage.
“But taken together, the upcoming term “is actually deeper in important cases than either of the last two terms,” Irv Gornstein, executive director of the Georgetown University Law Center’s Supreme Court Institute, said at a recent forum. The workload in the ninth term of Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.’s tenure also sounds familiar. “It is the year of the sequel,” said Kannon Shanmugam, a Washington lawyer who frequently argues before the court.” http://wapo.st/17Mi0SQ
SILK ROAD: And its Maryland connection, per the Baltimore Sun, “The end came quickly for Silk Road, when federal agents crept in to nab the alleged kingpin of the secret $1.2 billion online drug marketplace as he sat at his laptop in the sci-fi section of a San Francisco public library. Within hours, though, many vendors and customers who said they used the "Deep Web" bazaar were back in action — moving to similar websites like Sheep Marketplace, which advertises marijuana, LSD and a multitude of prescription pills for sale in largely untraceable transactions.
“The charges against Silk Road's alleged founder in Maryland and New York rank among the highest-profile Internet crime busts, but the success of the site rested on a number of technologies that remain available to almost anyone who wants to use the Internet anonymously. For example, signing up for Sheep Marketplace requires just a few minutes and the free installation of a special browser.” http://bsun.md/GFYeyC
DRIVING LESS: Hard to fathom, per the Frederick News-Post, “Marylanders are driving less these days, according to a report by the Maryland PIRG Foundation, a public interest research group. The amount of miles driven per person in the state fell more than 4 percent between 2005 and 2011. Forty-five other states also saw a reduction in driving miles, according to the report. Nationally, this is the eighth consecutive year that Americans have driven less.” http://bit.ly/17MjeOe
BIG BROTHER IN VIRGINIA: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Using Department of Motor Vehicles records as its core, the state government is quietly developing a master identity database of Virginia residents for use by state agencies.
The state enterprise record - the master electronic ID database - would help agencies ferret out fraud and help residents do business electronically with the state more easily, officials said. While officials say the e-ID initiative will be limited in scope and access, it comes at a time of growing public concern about electronic privacy, identity theft and government intrusion.” http://bit.ly/18hyyS0
INTERROGATION: Of Al Quaeda, per the New York Times, “An accused operative for Al Qaeda seized by United States commandos in Libya over the weekend is being interrogated while in military custody on a Navy ship in the Mediterranean Sea, officials said on Sunday. He is expected eventually to be sent to New York for criminal prosecution.
“The fugitive, known as Abu Anas al-Libi, is seen as a potential intelligence gold mine, possessing perhaps two decades of information about Al Qaeda, from its early days under Osama bin Laden in Sudan to its more scattered elements today.” http://nyti.ms/19upIOa
POLITICO PLAY: “Republicans are eager for November 2016 — and not just because Barack Obama’s presidency will be in its final days. It’s when Harry Reid, the man reviled by Republicans for his inflammatory rhetoric and hardball tactics during the government shutdown, could be booted from his Nevada Senate seat.
“Reid knows it — and he’s quietly plotting his plans more than three years out. In an interview from his Senate office last week, the 73-year-old majority leader insisted he’s running for reelection in 2016. He’s ramping up his campaign organization, and he’s getting ready for the onslaught the GOP is preparing to send his way.” http://politi.co/15R1YsD
SITUATION SHUTDOWN: Interesting development, per The Hill, “Growing anger at congressional Republicans over the government shutdown could be enough to push the GOP out of power in the House, according to a new poll. The poll, conducted by Democratic-leaning Public Policy Polling for liberal advocacy group MoveOn.org, found Republicans in 24 House district are vulnerable to defeat, if elections were held today.” http://bit.ly/17K0Zsw
MEANWHILE: Feeling the effects, per Gazette.Net, “The federal government shutdown is affecting one of Montgomery County’s largest employers, Bethesda defense giant Lockheed Martin, which announced Friday it would furlough about 3,000 employees companywide on Monday because of the political standoff.
“The furloughs at Lockheed — which has about 5,000 employees in Montgomery County — include employees who cannot work because a government facility where they work is closed. It also covers employees whose duties require a government inspection that cannot be completed or whose worksite has received a stop order.” http://bit.ly/17f4xyT
AND: Chew on this, per City Paper, “While plenty of furloughed federal workers are packing bars during the shutdown, flashing government IDs to snag deals on beers and tacos, another segment of the local workforce has found itself out of a job without the hope of receiving back pay, or even the dignity of being "furloughed." For the workers who staff independently operated eateries in federal buildings, the shutdown means no work, no pay, and little recourse.” http://bit.ly/176Mdb2
TV TWITTER: Nielsen rolls out a plan, per the Los Angeles Times, “In a move that reflects the deepening connection between television and social media, Nielsen has introduced a new type of ratings system that seeks to measure the audience for TV-related conversations on Twitter.
“The new Nielsen Twitter TV Ratings will take into account not only the people commenting on a TV episode, but also the broader universe of people exposed to those tweets. The measurement firm's analysis found that the average Twitter audience for a show such as NBC's singing competition "The Voice" is 50 times greater than the number of people tweeting.” http://lat.ms/1ae3z8V
OF A BISHIOP: And politics, per the Washington Times, “A Catholic bishop warned against the divisive arguing and selfish behavior that’s grown prevalent on Capitol Hill, during Sunday’s annual Red Mass dedicated to the U.S. Supreme Court and the nation’s elected officials. “Petty partisanship and ever-politicizing rhetoric should have no place at all when men and women of good will come together to serve the common good,” said Bishop Kevin J. Farrell, the bishop of Dallas.” http://bit.ly/19tLxDp
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 2-1 against Dallas.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “The dean of Washington National Cathedral is calling homophobia a sin during a weekend of events devoted to gay youth at the church. In a sermon Sunday, the Very Rev. Gary Hall said the church should have the courage to call homophobia and heterosexism a sin. He says "shaming people for whom they love is a sin." http://wj.la/15fts8J
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