DAYBREAK DAILY: GOP proposes cash infusion for Navy

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ABC7 WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 40s and rain beginning in the afternoon.

‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the stories – Comprehensive coverage of the approaching snow storm; the U.S. Census releases commuting data; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: It now is likely (70% chance) that the storm will begin as rain for the Tuesday evening rush. Heavy wet snow is likely Wednesday afternoon (70% chance), and the Wednesday evening rush is likely to be a slippery, slushy mess. Here's a look at the projected snow totals for the D.C. area:

SHIP RESUCE: Of a different kind, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Legislation introduced by Republican leaders in the U.S. House on Monday could avert possible layoffs of thousands of private shipyard workers in Hampton Roads by providing the Navy with more money this year for ship repairs and aircraft carrier refueling and construction projects. The new money for ship-related contracts are part of a larger bill that would pay for all federal operations for the remainder of the 2013 fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.”

MEANWHILE: Some in GOP wary of the hard-liners, per the Washington Post, “Anxiety is rising among House Republicans about a strategy of appeasement toward fiscal hard-liners that could require them to embrace not only the sequester but also sharp new cuts to federal health and retirement programs. Letting the sequester hit was just the first step in a pact forged in January between conservative leaders and Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) to keep the government open and the nation out of default. Now comes step 2: adopting a budget plan that would wipe out deficits entirely by 2023.”

GREEN PICKS: They actually believe in climate change, per the New York Times, “President Obama on Monday named two people to his cabinet who will be charged with making good on his threat to use the powers of the executive branch to tackle climate change and energy policy if Congress does not act quickly. Mr. Obama nominated Gina McCarthy, a tough-talking native of Boston and an experienced clean air regulator, to take charge at the Environmental Protection Agency, and Ernest J. Moniz, a physicist and strong advocate of natural gas and nuclear power as cleaner alternatives to coal, to run the Department of Energy.”{ }

{ }BUS SEGREGATION: But this ain’t Alabama, per the Wall Street Journal, “New bus lines for Palestinians, created at the urging of Jewish settler leaders in the West Bank, have sparked a debate over segregation in Israel and refocused attention on the inequalities that govern Palestinians and Israelis in the territory. The two new lines began operating on Monday, ferrying Palestinian day laborers commuting between the West Bank and blue-collar jobs in Tel Aviv. Previously, those Palestinians commuted via a series of private minibuses—whose fares are far higher than on the new public bus lines—or on public bus lines serving primarily Jewish settlers in the northern West Bank.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Four months after taking an electoral pounding, Republicans can’t agree on what went wrong in 2012 — let alone on a path to recovery. Each week brings a new diagnosis of the party’s woes. Karl Rove says it’s candidate quality. Mitt Romney chief strategist Stuart Stevens argues Democrats have won over minority voters through government programs like Obamacare. Some Bush White House vets say it’s the GOP’s trouble understanding how to approach a changing electorate. Techy conservatives blame the party’s inferior social media presence and outdated voter targeting and data-mining.”

CREEPY: It just is, per ABC7 – WJLA (with video), “A Maryland realtor is facing multiple charges after he was caught on camera allegedly burglarizing a home in Ballston, police say. The realtor, 60-year-old Stephen Brumme of Silver Spring, has been charged with burglary and possession of burglarious tools, Arlington County Police say.”

OUTSIDE EYES: Post publisher Katherine Weymouth scuttles official ombudsman position, so. . .per City Paper, “As a service to Post readers and the District at large, then, Washington City Paper is happy to take up Weymouth's invitation and announce that we will be providing our own ombudsman for the area's newspaper of record: me. Starting today, I am your new Washington Post ombudsman. Concerned about a potential plagiarist? Mad about the Post's search engine? Something about Ezra Klein just rub you the wrong way? Email me at, or call me at 703-594-9142. (It's a 703 number because the Post these days feels a lot like a suburban paper.)”

WE’RE NO. 1: Yay, per the Washington Examiner, “Washington-area residents are spending more of their day commuting to and from their D.C. jobs, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. D.C. outstrips every state in the nation with its percentage of commuters taking an hour of travel time -- 27.4 percent, or more than 200,000 people in 2011. New York is next, with 18.2 percent.”

BUSY IN MARYLAND: Quite the full plate, per the Washington Times, “The Maryland General Assembly is entering one of the busiest stretches of its 90-day session, with lawmakers poised this week to give final approval to a gun control bill, advance legislation abolishing the death penalty and possibly begin considering a transportation funding bill.”

SCREECH: Gotta be a better way to go, per ARLnow, “A Metro train operator had to use an emergency brake to avoid hitting a man on the track at Ballston station (Monday night). The incident happened around 9:45 p.m. A 44-year-old man “intentionally placed himself on the track” in an apparent suicide attempt, according to Metro spokesman Dan Stessel.”

THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS: Mark your calendars, per DCist, “Washington's crop of Japanese cherry trees are expected to hit their peak blooms on March 26, the National Park Service said today at a press conference previewing National Cherry Blossom Festival. The blossom period is projected to last through March 30, lining up with the second week of the 101st edition of the annual commemoration of Tokyo's 1912 gift of more than 3,000 cherry trees to the District of Columbia.”

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--Skip Wood

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