DAYBREAK DAILY: David Gregory draws D.C. police attention

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ABC7 WEATHER: Rain and possible snow and sleet with highs in the mid 40s and periodic gusting winds.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: In the National Cathedral's Children's Chapel sits 20 small angels on an altar in honor of the young lives stolen in the shooting at Sandy Hook. Some people who visited the chapel on Christmas were moved to tears by the simple yet powerful display.

SEEMS A BIT MUCH: Nevertheless, here you go, per the Washington Post, “The D.C. police confirmed reports Wednesday that they are looking into an incident in which David Gregory, the host of the television show “Meet the Press,” displayed what he described as a high-capacity ammunition magazine. . . The incident came as Gregory was interviewing Wayne LaPierre, the CEO of the National Rifle Association, about measures that Gregory suggested might reduce the potential for mass killings, such as the one that occurred in Connecticut.

In asking his guest on the NBC show whether high-capacity ammunition magazines should be banned, Gregory held an object in his hand and said it was a magazine that could hold 30 bullets.In its firearms regulations, the The D.C. Code stipulates that “No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device” whether or not it is attached to a firearm. “Meet the Press,” generally is produced in the District.”

TURN OUT THE LIGHTS: The party is winding down, per the New York Times, “The Tea Party might not be over, but it is increasingly clear that the election last month significantly weakened the once-surging movement, which nearly captured control of the Republican Party through a potent combination of populism and fury. Leading Congressional Republicans, though they remain far apart from President Obama, have embraced raising tax revenues in budget negotiations, repudiating a central tenet of the Tea Party.”

SNOW-SOCKED: At least three deaths blamed on the storm, per the AP, “An enormous storm system that dumped snow and sleet on the nation's midsection and unleashed damaging tornadoes around the Deep South has begun punching its way toward the Northeast, slowing holiday travel. Post-Christmas travelers braced for a second day of flight delays and cancellations, a day after rare winter twisters damaged numerous homes in Louisiana and Alabama.”

SMILE FOR THE CAMERA: And later, frown, per the Washington Examiner, “Traffic camera fines are poised to dip in the District, but one aspect of the controversial program is set to surge in 2013: the number of the devices that generate tickets for common traffic offenses like speeding and running stoplights. Over the course of 2013, the District government will add 134 traffic cameras to its network, more than doubling the size of a system that generated $85 million in revenues for the city in its last fiscal year.”

NEW BREED: And homegrown, per the Virginian-Pilot, “As U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Neil MacBride has helped create a new kind of federal law enforcement, breaking legal ground in prosecuting modern-day pirates, war criminals, bank executives and Internet thieves from across the globe, all while keeping pace with a regular docket full of drug, gun and gang cases. He's also one of the first in recent memory with Hampton Roads ties.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Look no further than Virginia to catch a glimpse of the GOP’s national dilemma. As the Old Dominion becomes a firmly centrist state, more closely resembling the rest of the country demographically and politically, Virginia Republicans are shifting rightward. After President Barack Obama carried the state twice, it’s plausible that the party will nominate a slate of three movement conservative white males for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general next year.”

DISTRICT WEED: It’s finally on the way, per the Washington Times, “Fifteen years after voters gave the green-light to a medical marijuana program in the nation’s capital, a pair of locations approved to grow or sell the drug have cleared regulatory hurdles and will set up shop a few months into the new year, according to city officials.”

GRIM STUFF: Of a grim situation, per the Los Angeles Times, “The Times on Tuesday released about 1,200 previously unpublished files kept by the Boy Scouts of America on volunteers and employees expelled for suspected sexual abuse. The files, which have been redacted of victims' names and other identifying information, were opened from 1985 through 1991. They can be found in a database along with two decades of files released by order of the Oregon Supreme Court in October.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Bowie Councilman Todd Turner, chairman of COG's Transportation Planning Board, and Alexandria Councilman Kerry Donley, a member of the TPB, who will be asked about transportation funding.

--Skip Wood

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