Smart meters delayed; Pelosi to step down?; MWAA vote on Dulles Toll Road: DAYBREAK DAILY

ABC7 NEWS: The very latest on these stories today on Good Morning Washington:

Lawmakers are digging into the tangled tale of emails that exposed an extramarital affair ending David Petraeus' CIA career and led investigators to a questionable relationship between a Florida socialite and the general commanding the war in Afghanistan. { }

Officials at the Maryland Live! casino will be outlining plans to open table games like blackjack. { }

ABC7 WEATHER: Today, we will have a sunny, cold morning and a chilly afternoon, with highs reaching 50.{ }{ }

SMART METERS DELAYED DUE TO CONTRACT: Per The Washington Post, “The city’s plan to install credit-card-reading “smart meters” in all 6,500 taxicabs in the District has been indefinitely delayed after a panel of administrative law judges ruled Friday that a contract to install the meters was improperly handled.”

NANCY PELOSI CONSIDERS STEPPING DOWN FROM LEADERSHIP ROLE: Per The Washington Post, “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (Calif.), who built and then lost the largest Democratic majority in a generation, is considering ending her historic 10-year reign as Democratic leader after the second disappointing election in a row for her caucus. Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that she would announce her decision during a Wednesday morning press conference. She has not signaled whether she intends to remain atop a caucus that she has ruled with a near-iron fist, including four years as the first female House speaker and six years in the minority.”{ }{ }

MWAA TO VOTE ON DULLES TOLL ROAD: Per The Washington Post, “The board of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority is expected to vote Wednesday to raise fees on the Dulles Toll Road. The toll increases, which have been expected, are needed in part to fund construction of the Dulles Rail extension, the 23.1-mile project to extend Metro from Falls Church to Tysons, Dulles International Airport and Loudoun County.” { }

PRESIDENT OBAMA KICKS OFF TALKS TO AVOID ‘FISCAL CLIFF’: Per The Washington Post, “President Obama is taking a hard line with congressional Republicans heading into negotiations over the year-end fiscal cliff, making no opening concessions and calling for far more in new taxes than Republicans have so far been willing to consider. Obama plans to open talks using his most recent budget proposal, which sought to raise taxes on corporations and the wealthy by $1.6 trillion over the next decade, White House press secretary Jay Carney said Tuesday. That’s double the sum that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) offered Obama during secret debt negotiations in 2011.” { }

NATIONALS’ JOHNSON WINS NATIONAL LEAGUE MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Bob Melvin of the Oakland Athletics and Washington's Davey Johnson won big right away and were chosen as managers of the year Tuesday after guiding their teams to huge turnaround seasons. { }

20 D.C. SCHOOLS TO SHUT DOWN: Spingarn High School, Kenilworth Elementary and Marshall Elementary are just a handful of the 20 schools proposed for closure in the District. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced Tuesday morning that 20 schools in six wards could be shut down before the beginning of the next school year. { }

NEWSTALK: Today on Newstalk (Broadcast live at 10am on NewsChannel 8) Washington Examiner reporter Liz Farmer talks about the proposal to close 20 more DC schools, the Kwame Brown sentencing and Michael Brown's potential comeback. We'll have the latest on the growing and bizarre scandal surrounding former CIA chief David Petraeus. Chief Meteorologist Doug Hill talks about his winter weather forecast. And we'll look back at the successful campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Maryland. Among our guests: Washington Blade reporter Michael Lavers.

-Yasmeen Alamiri

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