DAYBREAK DAILY: E.W. Jackson hits tonight's Lt. Gov. debate with baggage

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – President Obama addresses the United Nations General Assembly; Multiple fatalities in Baltimore traffic accident; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

ALRIGHTY THEN: His take his clear, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “E.W. Jackson, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, on Sunday lashed out against gay marriage, criticized the pope, and told his audience that those who do not follow Jesus Christ “engage in some sort of a false religion.”

“Speaking at Restoration Fellowship Church in Strasburg in Shenandoah County, days after accusing his Democratic rival of running a socially divisive campaign, Jackson said there is no other means of salvation than through Jesus Christ.”

MEANWHILE: Of tonight’s debate, per the Washington Post, “. . . The Republican candidate for lieutenant governor knows how to give his supporters the supercharged rhetoric they love. But on Tuesday he faces a tougher test in a debate in Arlington with Democratic candidate Ralph S. Northam, a state senator and child neurologist from Norfolk.

“It will be the first high-stakes opportunity for Jackson to present himself to a large audience in politically crucial Northern Virginia. And he’ll be doing it in front of a mixed crowd, leaving Jackson partisans and Democratic opponents wondering how his brand of politics will play.”

BOLD PLAN: Light rail, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic candidate for governor, pledged Monday to push for expansion of light rail to Norfolk Naval Station and the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.McAuliffe, who faces Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli in the Nov. 5 election, touted the idea as part of a wide-ranging package of proposals under the umbrella "Investing in Virginia's Urban Centers."

"As governor, one of my top priorities will be to strengthen our urban centers, so they can continue to grow and prosper," the Democrat said in a statement. One way to do that, he said, is "creating a seamless Hampton Roads transit system from the naval base to the waterfront."

GET THEM WHILE THEY LAST: Or something like that, per the Baltimore Sun, “Marylanders have been rushing to buy guns at a rate of 1,000 a day over the past two weeks, hastening the pace of an unprecedented surge in gun sales.More than 102,000 gun purchase applications have been submitted so far this year — twice the number for all of 2011, state police said Monday. "It's like Prohibition," said Rick Kain, a gun owner from Howard County. "People want to get their guns before the law takes effect."

“Maryland's tough new gun control law takes effect next week, banning the sale of assault-style rifles and requiring fingerprints and a license to buy a handgun. This month, a swarm of requests hit the Maryland State Police background check system at a pace roughly seven times that during the same time last year.”

MAYHEM IN KENYA: Just the facts, per the New York Times, “Dawn broke Tuesday in the bloody standoff at a Kenyan shopping mall without a conclusive resolution. Kenyan officials said that they had secured the building and no more civilians were trapped inside. But, at 6:40 a.m. as the crisis entered its fourth day, gunshots rattled from the beleaguered complex, still wreathed in wafting smoke from fires that started a day earlier.

“The renewed firing contrasted with the situation late Monday, when the sound of hostilities tapered off and the Kenyan news media reported that all the militants had been killed. That assessment may have been premature.”

WHO KNEW?: Not enough, per the Los Angeles Times, “Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis obtained a secret-level security clearance after a federal personnel report failed to mention that a 2004 arrest involved a firearm, the Navy said Monday.

“A senior Navy official told reporters the service learned of the incident's violent nature only after Alexis had shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard last week and was himself fatally shot by police.”

COLORADO FLOODS: Biden takes a look, per the Denver Post, “Fixing ruined roads will cost "several hundred million dollars," Gov. John Hickenlooper's office estimated Monday after he and Vice President Joe Biden flew over flood-ravaged mountain canyons and towns. That's far more than the $135 million identified so far by the state and federal governments.

"But riveting high-level attention to Colorado's urgent needs will ensure sufficient financial help, Hickenlooper said Monday. He and Biden and a state-federal team spent more than an hour in helicopters, dipping and swooping over canyons west of Boulder, Lyons and Loveland, where floodwaters ripped out miles of road and isolated communities.”

WHATEVER: Of stilly stuff, per The Hill, “Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) on Monday broke with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and said he will oppose a filibuster of House legislation defunding ObamaCare. McConnell said he will not block the bill from coming to a final vote because it includes language to strip funding from President Obama’s signature healthcare law while keeping current government funding levels in place.”

POLITICO PLAY: "The Obamacare that consumers will finally be able to sign up for next week is a long way from the health plan President Barack Obama first pitched to the nation. Millions of low-income Americans won’t receive coverage. Many workers at small businesses won’t get a choice of insurance plans right away. Large employers won’t need to provide insurance for another year. Far more states than expected won’t run their own insurance marketplaces. And a growing number of workers won’t get to keep their employer-provided coverage."

DOA?: Probably, per Gazette.Net, “Despite the Montgomery County Council’s support for a resolution asking Congress to reinstate part of a federal regulation meant to protect voting rights for more Americans, such a measure would have a hard time passing into law, according to several members of Maryland’s congressional delegation who came to Rockville on Monday to support it.”

ONE AGAINST MANY: Such is the GOP in Maryland, per the Frederick News-Post, “Republican lawmakers Monday chose state Sen. David Brinkley as the Maryland Senate’s new minority leader. In his new role, Brinkley will lead his chamber’s Republican caucus, made up of 12 GOP senators. He is replacing Sen. E.J. Pipkin, R-Cecil, who resigned from the Legislature in August.”

TOPPLED: Of a monument, per the Washington Times, “A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits across the street from the U.S. Supreme Court was toppled by vandals over the weekend. The 3-by-3-foot monument, which weighs 850 pounds, sits in front of the headquarters of the evangelical Christian group Faith and Action.”

VOTE FOR ME: And please take a T-shirt, per City Paper, “LL came away from new At-Large D.C. Council candidate Robert White's campaign launch Saturday with two things on his mind. The first is that, by the time the campaign season is done, LL is going to know every word of Ryan Lewis and Macklemore's "Can't Hold Us." The second is that White, a former aide to Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, has built up a decent campaign war chest.

“White's rally in front of a Brightwood barber shop included a DJ, sound system, and copious signs. At one point, White's father told the crowd the T-shirts stacked on tables cost money, only to be corrected by his son—the T-shirts were free.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Nationals lose 4-3 against St. Louis, eliminated in wildcard chase.

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NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier, who will be asked about the Navy Yard shootings.

--Skip Wood