DAYBREAK DAILY: McAuliffe opens double-digit lead over Cuccinelli

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – White House may curtail methods of surveillance; Redskins owner Dan Snyder to meet with league chief Roger Goodell about team name; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

HOME STRETCH: Things breaking McAuliffe’s way, per the Washington Post, “Democrat Terry McAuliffe has opened a double-digit lead over Republican Ken Cuccinelli II in the race for Virginia governor, in a new poll capturing increasing dissatisfaction among voters with Cuccinelli’s party and his conservative views.

“According to a new Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll, McAuliffe tops Cuccinelli 51?percent to 39?percent among likely voters in the Nov. 5 election. McAuliffe led by eight percentage points in a poll taken last month. Libertarian Robert Sarvis, who has capitalized on voter unrest with the two major-party candidates, is at 8 percent, according to the new poll.”

MEANWHILE: Cash rolling in, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Democrat Terry McAuliffe has more than double the cash on hand of his opponent for the final eight-day stretch to Election Day, holding $1.6 million compared with Republican Ken Cuccinelli’s $604,163. McAuliffe raised $8.1 million from Oct. 1-23 compared with $2.9 million for Cuccinelli, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, a nonpartisan tracker of money in politics.

“Monday’s report was the last complete campaign finance report due before the Nov. 5 election. Candidates will still have to file large donations -- those $5,000 or more to statewide candidates and $1,000-plus to candidates for the House of Delegates. Libertarian nominee for governor Robert C. Sarvis has $58,583 on hand after raising $81,594 in the period.”

AND THIS: Cuccinelli brings in a buddy, per the Virginian-Pilot, “On the same day a former president visited Hampton Roads to boost the campaign of Democrat Terry McAuliffe for governor, an aspiring future presidential candidate showed up on behalf of the Republican nominee, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

“Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, a Tea Party favorite and an architect of this month’s partial government shutdown over the federal health care overhaul, told a cheering crowd of about 300 Monday at the Philippine Cultural Center of Virginia that Cuccinelli is the candidate of less government and more liberty.”

X-RATED: Just the facts, per the Baltimore Sun, “Del. Jon Cardin wants to make "revenge porn" a felony that could result in a five-year prison term for posting compromising pictures of an ex-lover on the Internet. The Baltimore County Democrat plans to release details of his new bill Wednesday. If approved, the proposal would place Maryland among a handful of states with tougher laws for jilted exes who distribute sexually explicit photos online without consent.

“While most states, including Maryland, already have laws on the books against cyber-harassment, only two — California and New Jersey — have enacted tougher standards that criminalize "revenge porn."

I HEAR NOTHING: So he says, per the New York Times, “President Obama is poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, administration and congressional officials said Monday, responding to a deepening diplomatic crisis over reports that the agency had for years targeted the cellphone of Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany.

“The White House informed a leading Democratic lawmaker, Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, of its plans, which grew out of a broader internal review of intelligence-gathering methods, prompted by the leak of N.S.A. documents by a former contractor, Edward J. Snowden.”

MEANWHILE: Of the blame game, per the Los Angeles Times, “The White House and State Department signed off on surveillance targeting phone conversations of friendly foreign leaders, current and former U.S. intelligence officials said Monday, pushing back against assertions that President Obama and his aides were unaware of the high-level eavesdropping.

“Professional staff members at the National Security Agency and other U.S. intelligence agencies are angry, these officials say, believing the president has cast them adrift as he tries to distance himself from the disclosures by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden that have strained ties with close allies.”

OBAMACARE: The latest, per The Hill, “The Obama administration officially delayed the sign-up date for ObamaCare coverage by six weeks in guidance published Monday. The move was previewed in an announcement last week as the White House faced criticism over the botched rollout of The healthcare law requires that people have health insurance by March 31, 2014 or face fines.”{ }{ }

POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama’s behind-the-scenes plans for gun control go on but without Vice President Joe Biden. Biden, the White House’s public face of and private force behind the push for new gun control laws, and his chief of staff, Bruce Reed, are no longer involved in the long-term planning between the White House and major gun violence prevention groups, officials from several organizations tell POLITICO.”

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THE D.C. VOTE: Complicated, for sure, per City Paper, “Earlier this month, a representative from the D.C. Board of Elections came to a Dupont Circle Advisory Neighborhood Commission meeting to explain the BOE’s new voter precinct plan. The reaction came quickly: The commission didn't like it. “Isn’t this somehow counter-productive as hell to get people to vote?” says 2B06 Commissioner Mike Silverstein.

“Silverstein and other commissioners worried that the plan, which realigns precinct boundaries to match the borders of ANC single-member districts, might confuse voters and force them to walk longer distances to get to their polling places. The ANC voted against the plan, though it says it would work with the BOE to develop a better one.”

CHRIS BROWN: Just the facts, per ABC7-WJLA, “Cheered on by his fans and mobbed by cameras, singer Chris Brown made his way out of D.C. Superior Court a free man on Monday. His mother and other family members had been in the courtroom, but didn’t want to talk.

“Just minutes before, authorities reduced the charge for singer Chris Brown to a misdemeanor assault from a felony assault. Brown was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court in November. Chris Brown is accused of punching a man who says he tried to get into a photo with the singer outside a hotel, according to police, the latest legal trouble for the Grammy Award-winning artist.

“The 24-year-old singer is appearing in court Monday on an assault charge. Another man, Christopher Hollosy, also was charged with felony assault in the altercation that started just before 4:30 a.m. Sunday, police say. It happened near the W Hotel, not far from the White House.”

MGM: And its casino plans, per Gazette.Net, “MGM Resorts International laid out its plans to build a $925 million facility — the most expensive of three bids to build the first casino in Prince George’s County — receiving a mixed response at a public hearing.

“It is an amazing opportunity,” Bill Hornbuckle, MGM Resorts International president and chief marketing officer, said of the company’s proposal to build the casino at National Harbor. “We want to help National Harbor, and we think we can.”

GRIM STUFF: Just is, per the Frederick News-Post, “Jury selection has begun in Ellicott City for the trial of a former Maryland School for the Deaf dormitory aide charged with sexually abusing seven female students in Columbia. Clarence Taylor III, 38, of Gwynn Oak, pleaded not guilty to all charges Monday before the selection process began.

“Howard County Circuit Judge William Tucker says 12 jurors and three alternates will be seated today before lawyers make opening statements. Taylor is accused of molesting students from 2008 to 2011. The alleged victims were in the fourth through eighth grades.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Boston beats St. Louis 3-1, leads World Series 3-2 heading back to Fenway.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier.

--Skip Wood