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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Mega Millions $400 million jackpot; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
FOE NO MORE: Instead, he joins the team, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe today will name Brian J. Moran, a former Arlington County prosecutor, delegate from Alexandria and Democratic Party of Virginia chairman, as Virginia’s next secretary of public safety, the Richmond Times-Dispatch has learned. Moran, 54, is a former rival of McAuliffe, who, along with the incoming governor, lost a battle for the 2009 Democratic gubernatorial nomination to state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath.
“Earlier Thursday, McAuliffe continued the work of filling out his Cabinet, naming Karen Jackson as secretary of technology and Nancy Rodrigues as secretary of administration. . . Moran became party chairman in 2010 and was succeeded by Del. Charniele L. Herring, D-Alexandria, in 2012. . . Moran is the younger brother of U.S. Rep. Jim Moran, D-8th. As secretary, Moran will oversee 11 state agencies, including the Virginia State Police, Alcoholic Beverage Control, Department of Corrections and Emergency Management. http://bit.ly/1bCcfrS
IN HINDSIGHT. . .: Of introspection, per the Baltimore Sun, “Gov. Martin O'Malley acknowledged for the first time Thursday that he briefly considered delaying the Oct. 1 launch of the state's health insurance exchange when staff members raised concerns about potential problems. The anticipated glitches turned out to be major problems as the Maryland exchange, designed to provide one-stop shopping for the 800,000 uninsured Marylanders, experienced one of the nation's most troubled launches.
“State officials and private contractors have been working to correct the site, and O'Malley said Thursday that three major fixes remain to be done and reiterated that they would be completed by "mid-December." He declined to set a specific date, but Nina Smith, the governor's spokeswoman, said he considers mid-December to be a window from the 10th to the 20th.” http://bsun.md/1dvaAnL
RICH PEOPLE: They’re all around us, per the Washington Post, “The Census Bureau has confirmed that, once again, the Washington region dominates the list of the most affluent places in the United States. Among more than 3,000 counties across the nation, Loudoun County is the richest, with a median household income last of almost $119,000. Maryland’s Howard County and Virginia’s Fairfax, Arlington and Stafford counties also made it into the top 10. Three New Jersey counties outside New York City also were among the well-off top 10.
“The Census Bureau listed the city of Falls Church, where the median income is $121,000, as the richest location, but that’s just because of a quirk in how the census ranks independent cities in Virginia alongside much larger counties instead of with cities or towns. Montgomery County and Prince William County fell just below the 10 wealthiest counties. Also in the top 30 were Charles, Calvert, Anne Arundel and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland, and the city of Fairfax in Virginia.” http://wapo.st/18ohuxc
MUSICAL MAYOR?: That’s what the man says, per City Paper, “When he ran a longshot campaign for D.C. mayor in 2010, White House party crasher Carlos Allen won less than 2 percent of votes cast. Four years later, Allen's back and running again, now with the rap alias Mayor Allen.
“Running a hopeless campaign for mayor seems like a decent way to get attention for a rap career. Allen's certainly got the ads for it—look for his face, draped in a Louis Vuitton cloth, on a Metrobus near you! But Allen, 43, insists that he's a legitimate candidate. Even his music is about improving the District. "The music that I'm putting out now is more or less to speak to the children," Allen says.” http://bit.ly/1j2erzF
BUDGET DEAL: Of sorts, per the New York Times, “The House on Thursday approved a bipartisan budget accord and a Pentagon policy bill that would strengthen protections for victims of sexual assault. But as it wrapped up its business for the year, it left unfinished a major piece of domestic policy — the farm bill — making it likely that Congress will not deal with it until January.
“Republicans and Democrats hope the budget pact, which passed 332 to 94, will act as a truce in the spending battles that have paralyzed Congress for nearly three years, and leaders in both parties sought to marginalize hard-line conservatives opposed to any compromise. The defense measure would, in addition to strengthening protections for military victims of sexual assault, leave open the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, over President Obama’s objections.” http://nyti.ms/1bKf8Il
MEANWHILE: Offense for defense, per The Hill, “In its last roll-call vote of the year, the House on Thursday easily passed a $607 billion defense bill from House and Senate negotiators. Members voted 350-69 for the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), sending it to the Senate to consider next week. The "no" votes came from 19 Republicans and 50 Democrats.
“The bill was put together just days ago after it became clear that the Senate would not be able to move quickly enough to pass its own version. The Senate had become hung up on requests to consider dozens of amendments on issues, including sexual assault in the military, Iran and ObamaCare. The final version bypasses the normal process of considering amendments in the Senate, followed by a House-Senate conference committee. But members of both parties urged support for the bill.” http://bit.ly/1h4BhSP
POLITICO PLAY: “House Republicans and big money conservative groups are going through a breakup. Groups like FreedomWorks and Heritage Action demanded Republicans reject Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget deal — or else.
“But 169 Republicans approved it anyway Thursday night. And even though the deal itself was relatively small, it’s still a big moment for House Republicans. For the first time since they took back the House in 2010, a strong majority of Republicans have rejected the political absolutism encouraged by the professional right that mired Congress in gridlock for years and culminated in a government shutdown this fall.” http://politi.co/JdqDgA
MAC McGARRY: Just the facts, per WRC, “Since 1950 Mac McGarry has been a broadcast institution at NBC in Washington. . . Mac’s most memorable show, and the one with unmatched staying power, was “It's Academic.” Over the decades Mac quizzed thousands of students from around our region and beyond. Some names and faces that would later become famous from Hillary Clinton and an astronaut to "Perry Mason."
“. . . McGarry, 87, passed away Thursday at his Potomac, Md. home after complications with pneumonia. He is survived by his wife Babette and his four children. WRC President and General Manager Jackie Bradford released the following statement: "We lost a cherished member of our family tonight. For more than fifty years, teenagers in the Washington area were quizzed by Mac McGarry's pointed questions and sharp wit. His booming yet gentile voice was a familiar sound around the halls of NBC in Washington and on our air. We will miss his presence, his humor, his charm and most of all his friendship." http://bit.ly/1jV9dDH
SANDY HOOK: One year later, per Slate, “This Saturday, all houses of worship in Connecticut will ring their bells 26 times—once, at the behest of the governor, for each victim of the Sandy Hook shooting. But 28 people died in the massacre: 20 students, 6 teachers, the shooter’s mother, and the shooter himself. Why will the bells fall silent two tolls short?
“The fraught and complex question of honoring the perpetrator of a mass atrocity along with its victims has long troubled such memorials. The 15 crosses erected to commemorate the victims of Columbine—including two for the shooters—were quickly reduced to 13, then to none at all. Following the tragedy at Virginia Tech, students gathered 33 stones as a makeshift memorial, but the stone representing the shooter was later removed. And on Saturday, the commemorative tolls will leave out not just Adam Lanza but also his mother, who died at his hands but who has posthumously been assigned some share of the blame.” http://slate.me/1bBgdRH
BUSTED: Amid sordid details, per the Frederick News-Post, “A Frederick man faces charges in Howard County after police arrested him on 14 counts of sex offense and child abuse in connection with events going back to 1997. Dean Lee Benner, 47, of the 5700 block of Brook Hill Lane, is being held without bail at the Howard County Detention Center.
“He was arrested late Wednesday night at his home, said Sherry Llewelyn, a Howard County Police Department spokeswoman. A 23-year-old man told family members that Benner abused him in Howard County from 1997 until 2003, when he was ages 6 through 13, according to Howard County police.” http://bit.ly/1crvH8r
A NAVY MESS: And then some, per the Virginian-Pilot, “A Navy chief petty officer is facing charges that he illegally detained five junior sailors for hours on end without access to food, water, a bathroom or legal representation. Last week, another sailor implicated in the case apparently took his own life.
“The death was the third presumed suicide this year at Coastal Riverine Squadron 2, the Navy has confirmed - raising alarms about a unit also dealing with allegations of alcohol abuse and cover-ups of wrongdoing. The Virginia Beach unit is now in the crosshairs of several investigations.” http://bit.ly/1hQDqo1
CASINO CHATTER: Same as it ever was, per Gazette.Net, “Prince George’s residents are one step closer to learning where they will be traveling for their first county casino. Consultants hired by the state to analyze casino applications agreed during their presentations Friday that MGM Resorts International would provide the county and state the best overall revenue and job opportunities.
“The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Commission, which is tasked with selecting between three companies — Greenwood Racing, Penn National Gaming and MGM Resorts International — as Maryland’s sixth and Prince George’s County’s first casino, will use the consultants’ analysis as a factor in their decision. The commission’s plan is to award the license on Dec. 20.” http://bit.ly/1kCwGXQ
NEXT UP: A familiar face, per ARLnow, “Civic activist John Vihstadt will run as an independent for the vacant Arlington County Board seat in the upcoming 2014 special election. Vihstadt , a former Planning Commissioner, announced his decision Thursday morning with a press release declaring his opposition to the Columbia Pike Streetcar and the planned Long Bridge Aquatics Center as two of his chief campaign positions.” http://bit.ly/Je7YBo
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Remember Hunter Yelton, the young boy accused of sexual harassment after he kissed a girl on the hand during school? The 6-year-old boy had the words "sexual harassment" removed from his permanent record after a meeting between the principal and his parents.” http://wj.la/18psJ8M
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