ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes beginning at 4:30 a.m. http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: ABC World News anchor Diane Sawyer congratulated ABC7's Alison Starling on her pregnancy. Last April, Alison married Peter Alexander, NBC's White House correspondent. Join all of us at ABC7 in congratulating two great people on their wonderful news. http://wj.la/WPJ6TD
GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON: Oscar makes an appearance in the studio; much more, including updates on what to expect during John Brennan’s confirmation hearing to lead the CIA amid myriad drone questions. Begins at 4:30 a.m.
BOLLING DROPS SOME HINTS: Three-person race?, per the AP, “Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, who grudgingly abandoned his quest for the GOP gubernatorial nomination last fall, says he's planning a big announcement next month. What he's planning to say remains a mystery. Bolling told political journalists at the annual Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association dinner Wednesday night to mark their calendars for March 14.” http://bit.ly/11NIsdf
PASSIONATE VOICES IN MARYLAND: On both sides, per the Baltimore Sun, “Several thousand Marylanders went to Annapolis to voice their opinions on gun control Wednesday as the General Assembly began considering Gov. Martin O'Malley's sweeping proposal to impose new limits on the purchase of firearms. At a hearing before a Senate committee, O'Malley urged state legislators to approve what he called a comprehensive approach to curbing gun violence. He called for a ban on the sale of "military-style" assault weapons and high-capacity magazines, and said the state should require licensing and training for handgun buyers.” http://bsun.md/XoAzn2
VIRGINIA’S REDISTRICTING MESS: Keeps getting stranger, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Speaker of the House William J. Howell, R-Stafford, has ruled that the surprise Senate amendments to redistricting changes are not germane, throwing the future of the proposed Senate boundary moves in doubt. Senate Republicans pushed through the amendments on a 20-19 party-line vote on a day when Democrats were down one member because Sen. Henry L. Marsh III, D-Richmond, attended inauguration ceremonies for President Barack Obama in Washington on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.” http://bit.ly/XkpIwi
YOU DIDN’T GET THE MEMO?: Well, here it is, per the Washington Post, “President Obama yielded Wednesday to congressional demands that he provide access to a secret legal memo on the targeted killing of American terrorism suspects overseas, avoiding a confrontation that threatened the confirmation of John O. Brennan as his new CIA director. Obama directed the Justice Department to hand over the document to the two intelligence committees “as part of the president’s ongoing commitment to consult with Congress on national security matters,” an administration official said.” http://wapo.st/VFtFdy
GOOD READ: Going behind the scenes, per City Paper, “David Wilmot and Jeff Thompson have long been two of the most influential men in District politics. . . Now, new records obtained by Washington City Paper offer a glimpse at a highly unusual financial relationship between these two power brokers.” http://bit.ly/X5ZgIC
POLITICO PLAY: "Republicans and Fox News are moving to purge the controversial political creatures they created. Both were damaged badly in 2012 by loud, partisan voices that stoked the base — but that scared the hell out of many voters. Now, the GOP, with its dismal image, and Fox News, with its depressed ratings in January, are scrambling to dim those voices." http://politi.co/11YCIc6
SEQUESTRATION: And a move to delay, per the New York Times, “With at least one million jobs on the line, Senate Democrats on Wednesday said they were closing in on legislation to temporarily head off nearly $1 trillion in cuts that were already affecting Pentagon decision-making and could force significant reductions in staffing and services across the government.” http://nyti.ms/WvNOql
A BUYER’S MARKET: Or something like that, per the Boston Globe, “Notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger claimed he was never an FBI informant, but paid FBI agents instead for information, according to a jailhouse telephone conversation with his brother last September that was recorded by authorities. “I bought [expletive] information, I didn’t sell it,” Bulger, 83, said during the Sept. 11, 2012 call to his younger brother, John, from the Plymouth County Correctional Facility.” http://bo.st/YEPIU9
SENSING A PLOT: And being ever wary, per the Virginian-Pilot, “So uranium mining in Virginia is dead this year, right? Really? Mining opponents find themselves wanting to celebrate but, at the same time, worry that they might have overlooked something - perhaps a new proposal that will suddenly pop up in some committee and unravel their apparent victory.” http://bit.ly/YbGL2g
DOING MORE WITH LESS: At least that’s the plan, per InsideNova, “Prince William County Public Schools Superintendent Steven L. Walts has proposed an $893.6 million operating budget for fiscal 2014 that he said "squeezes limited resources" to provide for the school division's students and staff.” http://bit.ly/12vg6o6
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards beat Knicks 106-96.
IDLE CASH: It’s just kind of sitting there, per Greater Greater Washington, “The District's budget has a $417 million surplus. If you were on the DC Council, what would you do with it? Let's Choose DC (a partnership of Greater Greater Washington, DCist, and PoPville) asked the 8 candidates for the April 23 at-large special election. All replied except for Anita Bonds, and we have their responses online at LetsChooseDC.com.” http://bit.ly/11ZqShL
NEWSTALK: We’re talking road trips, among other things. (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8).
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