DAYBREAK DAILY: D.C. set to greet new train travelers

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ABC7 WEATHER: Overcast with early fog and eventual highs into the upper 60s.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: The Rolling Stones have joined the lineup for 121212 The Concert for Sandy Relief to be held in Madison Square Garden on Wednesday. Others include Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Bon Jovi, Chris Martin, Eddie Vedder, and Roger Waters.

HELLO, THERE: Don’t we know each other?, per the Washington Post, “With hope still alive for a resolution by Christmas, President Obama and House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) met Sunday at the White House, their first face-to-face meeting in nearly a month and their first one-on-one session since July 2011, when they last tried to forge a far-reaching compromise to tame the national debt. Neither side would provide details, but White House spokeswoman Amy Brundage and Boehner spokesman Michael Steel released identical statements saying “the lines of communication remain open.”

EGYPT STUCK: Still, despite progress, per the New York Times, “The political crisis over Egypt’s draft constitution hardened on both sides on Sunday, as President Mohamed Morsi prepared to deploy the army to safeguard balloting in a planned referendum on the new charter and his opponents called for more protests and a boycott to undermine the vote.”

IN ALL FAIRNESS: No one is No. 1, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Alexandria City Public Schools will likely eliminate high school class rankings, joining the area’s larger school systems. The move would toss out valedictorian status in high school in an effort to focus on graduating well-rounded students.”

THE NATS: Remember them?, per the Washington Times, “The District’s top budget minder says the city does not need to raise the “ballpark fee” it imposes on businesses to pay down the massive debt it took to build a home for the Washington Nationals, a long-term endeavor in the nation’s capital as other sports-crazed cities grapple with the role of public funds in high-stakes stadium deals.”

CHOO-CHOO: Of a new travel route, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Passenger train service will end a 35-year hiatus from South Hampton Roads when an Amtrak locomotive pulls away before sunrise Wednesday from Harbor Park. The daily trip to Richmond, Washington and cities north could be just the start. State rail officials want to eventually bolster the service with two more trains, expanding passengers' options beyond its one departure time.”

POLITICO PLAY: “An American appetite for tax hikes gives President Barack Obama leverage in fiscal cliff negotiations. A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds that 60 percent of respondents support raising taxes on households that earn more than $250,000 a year and 64 percent want to raise taxes on large corporations.”

HEALTH CARE: Maryland ponders its options, per the Washington Examiner, “A Maryland panel is recommending that the state charge a combination of taxes and fees to pay for the roughly $35 million annual cost of running the state's health benefits exchange, the insurance marketplace required under the federal health care law.”

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WASHINGTON SMOKE: Not here – there, per the Los Angeles Times, “Customers have been drifting into Jay Fratt's alternative pipe and tobacco shop, Smokin J's, in the days since Washington state's marijuana law took effect, wondering when cannabis would take its place on the shelves next to the handblown glass pipes. Hold on, he told them. Fratt is, before anything else, a businessman, and he quickly realized there was a lot of smoke in the details.”

SHOOTING: Just the facts, per WTOP, “A mother is dead and baby girl injured after a Sunday night shooting on a Metro bus in southeast D.C. The incident occurred shortly before 6 p.m. near Minnesota Avenue and 19th Street southeast.”

YEAH, BUT: What about the trees?, per the Daily Press, “One of the most highly anticipated transportation projects on the Hampton Roads wish list is widening of Interstate 64 for 75 miles from Hampton to Richmond. The appeal of this project should be apparent to anyone who has ever been stuck at the northbound bottleneck just past Patrick Henry Mall or inched along in bumper-to-bumper traffic due to a minor accident in the narrower section with two lanes each direction.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: per ESPN, “The Washington Redskins say Robert Griffin III doesn't have a major knee injury. Team spokesman Tony Wyllie said Sunday that Griffin underwent an MRI and has a sprained right knee but that "everything is clear" in terms of significant ligament damage. Wyllie specifically ruled out a season-ending torn ACL. Wyllie said Redskins coach Mike Shanahan will update the rookie quarterback's condition Monday.”

A SQUABBLE: It’s all in the family, per ARLnow, “Three members of the Arlington County Board are speaking out against fellow Board member Libby Garvey. In a statement released to reporters Saturday afternoon (below), Board Chair Mary Hynes and members Jay Fisette and Walter Tejada said they were “dismayed” that Garvey released an internal email she sent to them regarding what she saw as a possible conflict of interest in Board member Chris Zimmerman’s business dealings.”

D.C. DOINGS: This is a fun piece, per City Paper, “How many managers did D.C. need in order to buy and install bathroom stalls for the newly renovated Anacostia High School? Let's count: We begin with the city, which has placed responsibility with $3.5 billion in school construction with the Office of Public Education Facilities Modernization, which was then headed by City Administrator Allen Lew when the Anacostia contracts were approved.”

--Skip Wood

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