DAYBREAK DAILY: Robert Sarvis is Virginia's other gubernatorial option

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – “Terrible Traffic Tuesday,” as Virginia students head back to school; Follow-up coverage of major Alexandria warehouse fire; Syria – the latest; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

HEY, ME TOO!: Of the other guy, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Robert Sarvis wants Virginia voters to know they’ve got another option. Trouble is, he doesn’t have a very big megaphone. In an election year when polls show both major-party candidates for governor – Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and Democrat Terry McAuliffe – with high negatives, Sarvis, the third man on the ballot, is hoping to benefit from a plague-on-both-your-houses popular mood.

“But as Cuccinelli and McAuliffe wage a titanic battle of negative ads on the state’s airwaves that will only intensify between now and Nov. 5, Sarvis, the Libertarian Party candidate, is struggling for visibility.”

THE NEW GUY: Of a side gig, per the Washington Post, “Jeffrey P. Bezos, the next owner of The Washington Post, says he doesn’t have all the answers for what’s ailing the newspaper industry or for the financially challenged news organization he is preparing to buy. But he says he’s eager to start asking questions and conducting experiments in the quest for a new “golden era” at The Post.

“In his first interview since his $250 million purchase of The Post was announced in early August, Bezos said his basic approach to operating the business will be similar to the philosophy that has guided him in building from a start-up in 1995 to an Internet colossus with $61 billion in sales last year.”

RACIN’: After the race, per the Baltimore Sun, “Work crews hustled on Labor Day to break down concrete barriers and fencing from the Grand Prix of Baltimore, racing to reopen downtown streets and sidewalks before Tuesday's rush hour and a National Football League pregame concert later this week. By mid-morning, joggers, strollers and cars were pushing through roadway openings that workers had cleared between downtown and Federal Hill, areas that had been closed off for the weekend's auto races.

“The Baltimore City Department of Transportation said streets along the track circuit, which included portions of Pratt, Conway, Russell and Light streets, were scheduled to open one-by-one on Monday and "most roadways affected by the race" were expected to be accessible by 6 a.m. Tuesday.”

SITUATION SYRIA: Our guy has misgivings, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “The senior member of Virginia’s congressional delegation — an opponent of U.S. military intervention in Syria — is urging President Barack Obama to name a panel of diplomatic and military experts to advise the White House on Syria.

“U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf, R-10th, proposed creation of a Syria Advisory Group in a letter to Obama Monday. A text of the letter was released via email by the Northern Virginia lawmaker, who said that at this time he would vote against a U.S. strike on the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.”

MEANWHILE: High-level talks, per the New York Times, “The White House’s aggressive push for Congressional approval of an attack on Syria appeared to have won the tentative support of one of President Obama’s most hawkish critics, Senator John McCain, who said Monday that he would back a limited strike if the president did more to arm the Syrian rebels and the attack was punishing enough to weaken the Syrian military.

“In an hourlong meeting at the White House, said Mr. McCain, Republican of Arizona, Mr. Obama gave general support to doing more for the Syrian rebels, although no specifics were agreed upon. Officials said that in the same conversation, which included Senator Lindsey Graham, the South Carolina Republican, Mr. Obama indicated that a covert effort by the United States to arm and train Syrian rebels was beginning to yield results: the first 50-man cell of fighters, who have been trained by the C.I.A., was beginning to sneak into Syria.”

AND THIS: Tweaking the message, per The Hill, “A senior administration official said Monday that the White House was "open to working with Congress" on changes to language proposed for the authorization to use military force in Syria, as lawmakers on both sides of the aisle suggested changes were necessary to garner their votes.

“The concession comes one day after Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy indicated that he planned to rewrite and narrow the president's request, which gives Obama permission to use “necessary and appropriate” force.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul will visit his sometime rival Chris Christie’s home state of New Jersey next week to campaign for Republican Senate candidate Steve Lonegan, POLITICO has learned. Paul, who sparred sharply with Christie this summer over their divergent views on federal surveillance and intelligence-gathering programs, plans to visit Clark, N.J., on Sept. 13 to campaign with Lonegan.”

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JOSH BURDETTE: Just the facts, per City Paper, “According to a 9:30 Club spokesperson, club manager and crew chief Josh Burdette has died. Casual club patrons may not have known Burdette's name, but it would have been hard not to know his stretched earlobes, surly tattoos, and friendly smile. Burdette began working at the V Street NW venue in 1997, and for about as long, he was known as the face of 9:30 Club.”

WAREHOUSE FIRE: The six-alarm version, per the Washington Times, “Two hundred firefighters battled a massive six-alarm blaze in Alexandria on Monday that heavily damaged a construction warehouse and threatened a neighboring apartment community. No injuries were reported from the fire, which broke out shortly before noon in the 800 block of South Pickett Street and just half a block from where a water main broke earlier in the day. One firefighter was taken to a hospital with what officials described as a minor medical condition.”

ODD: It just is, per ABC7—WJLA, “A small plane crashed near Route 50 and Church Road in Bowie at approximately 3:45 p.m. on Monday, injuring three people and snarling traffic for hours. Carderal Jones held his breath as the now mangled Mooney single-engine plane swept across the top of a truck and took a nose-dive into the emergency shoulder.”

THE SHOW MUST. . .: End?, per DCist, “The Anacostia Playhouse has been heralded as a needed and necessary new addition east of the river, and its inaugural production, Broke-Ology, has gotten stellar reviews. But just weeks after opening, the theater is in danger of closing over a holdup with the Internal Revenue Service.

“Chief executive officer Adele Robey and her daughter Julia Robey Christian, who serves as Chief Operating Officer, say they applied for tax exemption as a nonprofit, or 501(c)3, organization last August. After being told the process would take 60 to 90 days, the women are still waiting a year later. Their application has yet to be assigned to an IRS representative.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 3-2 against Philadelphia.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. councilman Jack Evans, who will be asked about the Large Retailer Accountability Act and the 2014 race for mayor.

--Skip Wood