DAYBREAK DAILY: Vice President Bob?; Raised eyebrows in PG County

ABC7 TRAFFIC: Metro’s Blue and Yellow lines having major problems heading to Reagan National. Also, Green Line is having some delays, so be sure to check is that’s your route of choice. Nothing major to report – so far -- that would dog the morning commute, save slick roads. Here’s the traffic flow map:{ }

{ }ABC7 WEATHER: The new work week looks unsettled, unfortunately, thanks to an upper-atmospheric storm that will linger over the Mid-Atlantic. Expect more clouds than sunshine today and tomorrow with highs in the low to mid 80s.

SUNDAY’S DELUGE: “Flooding, water rescues, downed trees, and power outages kept crews busy as storms moved through our area Sunday night. Pepco reports 4,000 customers without outages in D.C., Montgomery and Prince George’s counties. Dominion says there are about 732 outages in Northern Virginia, and BGE reports over 600 in Maryland.”

WHERE’S MRS. PALIN? She’s in the GOP Afterthought Bin. Iowa aftermath leaves a Big Three of Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. Per the Post, “After three eventful days — beginning with Thursday’s lively debate in Ames, Iowa, and running through Perry’s formal declaration of his candidacy, Bachmann’s victory in the Ames Straw Poll and former Minnesota governor Tim Pawlenty’s decision to drop out of the race — the Republican Party is now looking at a nomination battle that is far different from the one envisioned at the beginning of the year.”

MEANWHILE: POTUS needs some love. Per the L.A. Times, “President Obama's summer woes have dragged his approval rating to an all-time low, sinking below 40% for the first time in Gallup's daily tracking poll. New data posted Sunday shows that 39% of Americans approve of Obama's job performance, while 54% disapprove. Both are the worst numbers of his presidency.”

NOW WAIT A SECOND! Rushern Baker hits a speed bump. Per the Examiner, “Prince George's County Council members and business leaders are questioning why the county executive's office, rather than one of the county's financial institutions that already distribute grants, would run a proposed economic development incentive fund.”

WHAT’S HE UP TO? Virginia’s CEO raising eyebrows. Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Gov. Bob McDonnell is heading to New Hampshire, the first primary state, for a visit next month that is likely to further fuel speculation he's vying for the Republican vice presidential nomination in 2012. McDonnell, in line to become head of the Republican Governors Association, will address the annual fundraising dinner of the New Hampshire Republican Party.”

BOMBS ROCK IRAQ: Per the AP, “Bomb blasts ripped through more than a dozen Iraqi cities Monday morning, killing 56 people - most of them in the southern city of Kut - in a wave of violence that shattered what had been a relatively peaceful holy month of Ramadan.”

SPORTS STROLL: Nats rained out at Philly. . .Keegan Bradley wins PGA Championship in playoff following unlikely meltdown by Jason Dufner. . .Potential SEC expansion on hold. . .NASCAR race at Watkins Glen postponed until today at 10. . .Hitting streak ends at 33 for Braves’ Uggla.

CHANGE OF COURSE: Today begins the new routes for four Arlington Transit bus routes. Per ARLnow, “The changes, which affect ART 41, 45, 51 and 52, “will allow ART to serve more residents and also keep buses running more smoothly and on time,” according to the transit agency.” Link provides details.

POLITICO BLINK: “Of all the presidents to occupy the Oval Office in recent years, Barack Obama would seem the least likely to be wrestling with what President George H. W. Bush so unforgettably called “the vision thing.” But Obama, who ran on inspiration and transformation in 2008, has spent two-and-half years trudging through a morass of economic, foreign policy and political crises, often at the expense of projecting a consistent, compelling vision for the country.”

LEFTOVER: But it’s too good to toss. Per the City Paper, “Ward 7 Councilmember Yvette Alexander was on the Kojo Nnamdi Show (Friday) to talk about ethics and possible reforms of the council's ethics rules. "As far as ethics goes, I'm a big supporter of ethics," reassured Alexander.”

--Skip Wood