ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Continuing follow-up coverage of Saturday’s fatal shootings at the Mall in Columbia; Townhouse fire in Alexandria; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
CREIGH DEEDS: A nationally televised plea, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “State Sen. R. Creigh Deeds pleaded with his son, Gus, the morning of Nov. 19 as the mentally ill young man flailed at him with a knife outside his Bath County home.
“He was just on me. He got me twice, stabbed me twice,” Deeds recalled in an interview broadcast Sunday night on the CBS program “60 Minutes.” . . .“I turned around and I said, ‘Bud, what’s going on?’ ” the senator recalled. “He just kept coming at me. I said ‘Gus, I love you so much. Don’t make this any worse than it is.’ He just kept coming at me.” In the interview, taped in December, the senator, bearing deep scars on his forehead and left cheek, told correspondent Scott Pelley that the mental health system failed his son and he hopes his family tragedy will be a clarion call for change.” http://bit.ly/1dHQN2j
COLUMBIA MALL SHOOTING: Myriad questions remain, per the Washington Post, “Darion Marcus Aguilar liked cooking shows. He wanted to be a chef. He liked to spend summer afternoons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Swim Center in Silver Spring. Harmless. That’s what his friends say. Unremarkable.
“He has no criminal record that police or online court records can turn up. He’s had no contact with Maryland’s mental health system that authorities have found, law enforcement officials said. But on Saturday, Aguilar, 19, who graduated from James Hubert Blake High School in Silver Spring in June, shot and killed two people and himself at a skateboarding and surfing clothing store at the Mall in Columbia.” http://wapo.st/1e9vag8
MARYLAND RACE 2014: Of a cautionary note, per ABC7’s Bruce DePuyt writing on the Washington Post opinion page, “To make history, Anthony G. Brown (D) must buck history. Brown’s campaign for the Democratic nomination for governor of Maryland has significant momentum. He has pulled ahead of his primary rival — Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler — in fundraising. He’s racked up a formidable list of endorsements from big-name politicians and influential organizations. And his political partner for the past eight years, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), has a vested interest in helping the Prince George’s resident prevail in the Democratic primary in June.
“Combine all this with Gansler’s earlystumbles, the paltry name recognition of a third Democrat in the race, Del. Heather Mizeur, and the Republican Party’s limited relevance in Maryland, and it’s clear that — if Maryland Live! Casino offered action on such things — Brown would be the odds-on favorite to take the reins from O’Malley a year from now.” http://wapo.st/19VRPg8
MEANWHILE: On second thought, per the Baltimore Sun, “Rep. John Delaney, the first term Potomac Democrat, downplayed recent talk that he is considering a run for governor, saying in a statement that his "expectation is that I will continue to serve in Congress."
“. . .A former banking executive who rose from political obscurity to gain an improbable win for Congress in 2012, Delaney had previously done little to quell the buzz generated by his repeated criticism of Gov. Martin O'Malley or the revelation that his name appeared alongside other gubernatorial candidates in a recent poll.” http://bsun.md/1e056Wa
RESTRAINT NEEDED: So says Tim Kaine, per the Virginian-Pilot, “More than a dozen years after Congress authorized the use of military force against nations, groups or individuals involved in or aiding the perpetrators of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine said it's time to rethink that open-ended declaration.
“The authorization, passed by Congress three days after the attacks that killed 2,977 people in New York City, Washington, D.C., and rural Pennsylvania, has been used by the last two presidents to broaden the war on terrorism beyond those involved in 9/11 - to seek out their affiliates wherever military leaders deem necessary. Kaine said during a visit to his Virginia Beach office that he and several other senators believe the authorization needs limits and a new congressional review.” http://bit.ly/1jzHU3j
NO DRONE ZONE: Or something like that, per the New York Times, “The risk that President Obama may be forced to pull all American troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year has set off concerns inside the American intelligence agencies that they could lose their air bases used for drone strikes against Al Qaeda in Pakistan and for responding to a nuclear crisis in the region.
“Until now, the debate here and in Kabul about the size and duration of an American-led allied force in Afghanistan after 2014 had focused on that country’s long-term security. But these new concerns also reflect how troop levels in Afghanistan directly affect long-term American security interests in neighboring Pakistan, according to administration, military and intelligence officials.” http://nyti.ms/Lcxd8c
ECONOMIC REBOUND?: Think again, per Steve Rattner, former Obama official and contributor to the NYT and MSNBC, “With metronomic regularity, gauzy accounts extol the return of manufacturing jobs to the United States. One day, it’s Master Lock bringing combination lock fabrication back to Milwaukee from China. Another, it’s Element Electronics commencing assembly of television sets — a function long gone from the United States — in a factory near Detroit.
“Breathless headlines in recent months about a “new industrial revolution” and “the promise of a ‘Made in America’ era” suggest it’s a renaissance. This week, when President Obama gives his State of the Union address, he will most likely yet again stress his plans to strengthen our manufacturing base. But we need to get real about the so-called renaissance, which has in reality been a trickle of jobs, often dependent on huge public subsidies. Most important, in order to compete with China and other low-wage countries, these new jobs offer less in health care, pension and benefits than industrial workers historically received.” http://nyti.ms/1aAhvzJ
DEBT LIMIT: Let’s huddle, per Roll Call, “Better-than-even odds say the Great Debt Limit Debate of 2014 will be over before it really gets started, maybe by the end of this week.
“House Republicans will decamp from the Capitol on Wednesday, hours after sitting on their hands through most of the State of the Union address, and will reconvene 85 miles away at a sleek golf resort on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. By the time their annual policy retreat ends two afternoons later, their leaders expect to have an answer to one of the most vexing questions they’re confronting this election year: How hard does the rank and file want to resist the next increase in federal borrowing?” http://bit.ly/1jVXkMY
POLITICO PLAY: “Washington is done dwelling on the debt. Fatigued by a government shutdown and repeated failures to reach a grand bargain, leaders from both parties have moved on.
“President Barack Obama isn’t expected to spend much time on deficit reduction and entitlement reform during Tuesday’s State of the Union address, instead focusing on issues such as economic inequality and raising the minimum wage that will be the centerpiece of his 2014 agenda.” http://politi.co/1fhftng
GRAMMYS: Envelope, please, per Rolling Stone, “From the headbangers who scored the trophy for Best Metal Performance to the jabber jaw who talked his or her way into taking home the award for Best Spoken Word, here is the complete list of winners at the 2014 Grammy Awards.” http://rol.st/1ghUPpW
SO-CALLED EXORCISM: Just the facts, per Gazette.Net, “A Montgomery County district court judge on Friday ordered a Germantown woman accused of murdering her two toddlers in an attempted exorcism to be transferred to a psychiatric hospital. Zakieya Avery, 28, will be transferred to Clifton T. Perkins Hospital Center, a maximum security psychiatric hospital in Jessup. Her codefendant, Monifa Sanford, 21, could end up there, too.” http://bit.ly/LdiSIS
CROWDED FREDERICK: Of a hot housing market, per the Frederick News-Post, “Home sales increased in December, and housing professionals say the market is moving in the right direction. Residential building permits also rose for the year just ended. “There is currently a shortage of inventory of houses for sale,” said Hugh Gordon, mortgage loan officer for Fitzgerald Financial Group. “It is causing competing offers on transactions, and some houses that have sat with little activity for some time are seeing traffic.” Gordon said housing professionals anticipate an active market this spring.” http://bit.ly/1giul7T
I’M NOT A CROOK: Of an analogy, per City Paper, “It took a while, but it looks like Jack Evans has found something to criticize about mayoral rival and one-time chum Vince Gray. In an afternoon appearance on WAMU's Kojo Nnamdi Show, Evans said Gray's reaction to the federal investigation of his campaign evoked Watergate and Richard Nixon.
“At issue: Gray's claim in a Washington Post interview that he doesn't remember when he heard about the illicit shadow campaign that helped him win office in 2010. Evans said wondering about when Gray found out about the off-the-books effort, and whether he notified Office of Campaign Finance regulators when did, reminded him of Nixon. "It harkens back to kind of the Richard Nixon Watergate, which is when did Richard Nixon find out," Evans said.” http://bit.ly/1f5M8dl
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman's body was removed from life support Sunday, as the hospital keeping her on machines against her family's wishes gave in to a judge's ruling that it was misapplying state law. Marlise Munoz had been brain dead for two months. The 23-week-old fetus she was carrying, which had significant abnormalities and indeterminable gender, will not be born.
“The hospital's decision closes a case that touched off national debates about the beginning and end of life, and whether a legally and medically dead woman should be kept on life support for the sake of a fetus.” http://wj.la/19Woq5x
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Rev. Frank Schaefer, the Methodist minister who was ousted from his post because he performed a wedding for his son and other man, who will talk about the experience.