ABC7 TRAFFIC: Good Morning Washington has updates every 10 minutes, beginning at 4:30 http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: Partly cloudy with highs in the upper 30s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: A Montgomery County man incorporated the love he and his girlfriend share for the Redskins in a very creative proposal. LIKE this post to congratulate the couple. (Follow the link to watch the proposal.) http://wj.la/WflR10
JUST SAY NO: Dragas support erodes, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Two Northern Virginia lawmakers say they will oppose the reappointment of Rector Helen Dragas to the University of Virginia governing board because of the way she sought to oust the president. Sen. Barbara A. Favola, D-Arlington, on Wednesday decried what she called “a culture that disregards transparency and accountability.” “It appears that this was the culture that invoked the secretive manner in which Dr. Teresa Sullivan was asked to resign,” she said in a statement. Last month, Sen. Janet D. Howell, D-Fairfax, told constituents she would actively oppose Dragas.” http://bit.ly/RunXxb
OF A PHONE CALL: And a cliff, fiscally speaking, per the Washington Post, “With just 35 hours left, there was a phone message for Vice President Biden. About an hour later, after talking to President Obama, Biden called back. He heard a familiar drawl: “Does anyone down there know how to make a deal?” Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the Senate’s top Republican, wanted to know. That phone call — the first of at least 13 between the two longtime statesmen — set in motion what became the ugly, unsatisfying last-minute conclusion of the “fiscal cliff” crisis.” http://wapo.st/W4h5TD
MEANWHILE: Of a bottom line, per the New York Times, “With the resolution of the year-end fiscal crisis just hours old, the next political confrontation is already taking shape as this city braces for a fight in February over raising the nation’s borrowing limit. But it is a debate President Obama says he will have nothing more to do with.” http://nyti.ms/Vx1Kz7
DESTINATION D.C.: Come one, come all, per City Paper, “There's a reason D.C. rents are sky-high and applying for a group house is starting to feel like applying to college: Lots of people are moving here. D.C. beat out every U.S. state for most inbound moving trips as compared to overall moves in 2012, at least according to new data from a van company.” http://bit.ly/X1fnWa
CHANGES: There’s no more News & Messenger, per InsideNova, “InsideNoVa.com re-launched (Wednesday) with a new owner, but you’ll see many familiar names and features. Northern Virginia Media Services, owner of Leesburg Today and the Sun Gazette newspapers of Arlington and Fairfax, bought the news website and its social media outlets after World Media Enterprises in November announced the closing of the News & Messenger in Manassas.” http://bit.ly/12YA9tQ
POLITICO PLAY: "Democrats, facing a challenging fight to retake the House of Representatives in 2014, see a promising new line of attack rising out of the fiscal cliff follies: casting the Republican congressional majority as a terminally dysfunctional body that cannot perform the basic functions of government, let alone lead the country through difficult times." http://politi.co/130tDmn
DIFFERING GUN OPINIONS: Surprise, surprise, per the Washington Examiner, “Maryland and Virginia have vowed to tackle the issue of guns when their state legislatures convene this month in the wake a mass shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, but the neighboring states are taking drastically different approaches. In Maryland, Democrats running the General Assembly have called for a crackdown on the kinds of powerful firearms and high-capacity magazines used last month by the Newtown, Conn., shooter to kill 20 children and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Republicans who control Virginia's General Assembly, however, not only dismissed the need for new gun restrictions but expressed interest in arming teachers.” http://bit.ly/ZVrj1b
READ BETWEEN THE LINES: A message from the editor, per the Washington Times, “The Washington Times will soon begin an exciting transformation in the way we present our unique brand of news, information and opinion to you, our audience. The Washington Times newspaper will remain, as always, a vital part of our distribution. But we are also planning significant changes and improvements in our website, washingtontimes.com, which now attracts millions of visitors from around the nation and the world every week.” http://bit.ly/UlW0F8
RELIEF: And a streamlined process, per the Los Angeles Times, “Illegal immigrants who are immediate relatives of American citizens will have an easier path to permanent residency under a new Obama administration rule that could affect as many as 1 million of the estimated 11 million people unlawfully in the United States. The rule issued Wednesday by the Department of Homeland Security aims to reduce the time illegal immigrants are separated from their U.S. families while seeking legal status, officials said.” http://lat.ms/Vwa53G
HUH?: Just the facts, per ABC7 – WJLA, “A man in his 20s was found dead Wednesday evening inside a ventilation unit in D.C. D.C. Fire said someone in the area saw a body and reported it to police. The incident took place at 1840 Biltmore Street, NW D.C. The man was found unresponsive, stuck inside a ventilation unit.” http://wj.la/RuqEix
SANDY HOOK: Of a new day, per the Hartford Courant, “On the way from Newtown to Monroe Wednesday morning, there were green and white signs welcoming Sandy Hook Elementary School students, parents and staff. At the edge of the once vacant Chalk Hill School driveway, there was a sign and balloons — as well as several police officers. Once a middle school, the former Chalk Hill School has been given a makeover and renamed. It is now Sandy Hook Elementary School — a nod to its new occupants who will begin classes in the building Thursday.” http://cour.at/10QQVLR
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose 89-81 against Indiana.
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Republican strategist Bob Rusbuldt, who will be asked the so-called talk fiscal cliff vote, the absence of aid for Superstorm Sandy victims and the new Congress.
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