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'GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON': Among the reports - The latest on the government shutdown; Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zidan is abducted by gunmen; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
HOKIES-VOLS TO PLAY BRISTOL MOTOR SPEEDWAY: No, really, per the Roanoke Times, "The neutral site game that's been in the works for at least a decade is finally going to take place. A source confirmed Wednesday that Virginia Tech and Tennessee will play a neutral site football game in 2016 at Bristol Motor Speedway. No date has been set.
"Neither Virginia Tech nor Tennessee school officials would confirm the news, although the NASCAR track has scheduled a news conference at 11 a.m. Monday with a to-be-announced panel of guests. The racetrack website says it has a seating capacity of 160,000, which means it would shatter the college football attendance record if it sells out. The Michigan-Notre Dame game in Ann Arbor last month set the current mark at 115,109." http://bit.ly/17pHt09
PUSHBACK: Against abortion-clinic restrictions, per the Washington Post, "An Arlington County judge on Wednesday ruled that a lawsuit challenging new regulations of Virginia clinics that perform abortions can move forward. The Falls Church Medical Center is seeking to overturn an April decision by the Virginia Board of Health that applies strict, hospital-style building codes to the clinics. Among other things, the rules mandate the width of hallways and doorways as well as the number of parking spaces. Some providers have said costly renovations needed to comply would put them out of business." http://wapo.st/1cynZ1g
EGYPT: Ever complicated, per the Los Angeles Times, "Three months after President Obama ordered a high-level review of U.S. aid to Egypt following a military takeover there, the White House settled on a middle ground Wednesday: maintaining key assistance for security and counter-terrorism efforts while suspending delivery of tanks, helicopters and other new military hardware.
"The decision seeks to rebuke the Egyptian military for its ever-expanding crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood movement, but also to maintain what Obama has called "a constructive relationship" with a historically crucial Arab ally." http://lat.ms/GO1AA4
SITUATION SHUTDOWN: GOP ponders its next move, per the New York Times, "House Republicans, increasingly isolated from even some of their strongest supporters more than a week into a government shutdown, began on Wednesday to consider a path out of the fiscal impasse that would raise the debt ceiling for a few weeks as they press for a broader deficit reduction deal.
"That approach could possibly set aside the fight over the new health care law, which prompted the shutdown and which some Republicans will be reluctant to abandon." http://nyti.ms/1gqUcYB
MEANWHILE: Let's chat, shall we?, per The Hill, "President Obama and congressional Republicans have finally decided it's time to talk. Obama will meet with 18 House Republicans at the White House on Thursday as leaders of both parties intensify their efforts to end the government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling by Oct. 17.
"Among the participants will be the House GOP's budget chief, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), who on Wednesday tried to sell conservatives on a two-step plan to hike the debt limit and reopen the government long enough for Congress to pass entitlement reforms." http://bit.ly/1cxnJ2w
POLITICO PLAY: "After taking a back-seat role in this fall's fiscal battles, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and fellow Republican senators are quietly seeing whether they can break the political impasse between House Republicans and Senate Democrats.
"Behind the scenes, the Kentucky Republican is gauging support within the Senate GOP Conference to temporarily raise the debt ceiling and reopen the government in return for a handful of policy proposals. Among the ideas under serious consideration are a repeal of medical device tax in the health care law, a plan to verify that those seeking subsidies under Obamacare prove their income level and a proposal to grant additional flexibility to federal agencies to implement sequestration cuts." http://politi.co/1aoxSK5
HMMMMMM: Of E.W. Jackson and a claim, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, "As a proud native Bostonian, E.W. Jackson, Virginia's Republican nominee for lieutenant governor, has repeatedly touted his service as the chaplain for his hometown's major league baseball team, the Boston Red Sox. But according to the Baseball Chapel, the sole authority responsible for the appointment and oversight of all team chapel leaders, there is no record of such service by Jackson." http://bit.ly/GHCpyo
CASINO CHATTER: Residents still want a say, per Gazette.Net, "While a Prince George's County casino is inevitable, some residents say it isn't too late to have an impact on what the new gaming facility will bring to the community. "We fought gaming. We think it is bad public policy with more downside than upside," said William Cavitt of Fort Washington, chairman of the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council community group. "A casino is going to be built somewhere, so the issue is determining the least negative impact."
"Cavitt and other community activists are urging residents to attend a series of meetings later this month regarding the selection of a company and a site to build the casino. The casino will be Maryland's sixth and the first in the county." http://bit.ly/15pQ9aq
RELAX: Frederick gets a pass, per the Frederick News-Post, "The city won't have to cut back on services or purchases in this year's budget to make up for a $2.3 million shortfall caused by an accounting mistake. The city's Board of Aldermen were told Wednesday that, instead, they can pull from other unassigned funds and realize savings to cover the $2.3 million gap that was in the city's Rainy Day Fund as of June 30." http://bit.ly/1bebrsc
BIG RIGS AND THE BELTWAY: And big plans, per the Washington Times, "Truckers planning to circumnavigate the Beltway in a political protest this weekend are suggesting they might also orchestrate a traffic jam Monday morning, even as trucking associations denounce the event and its organizers. A video posted online by organizers of the "Truckers Ride for the Constitution" event outlines instructions for drivers participating in the demonstration which is being held to protest the government shutdown and drivers' low wages, among other causes." http://bit.ly/1g1KwWH
OPAL GATEWAY AND U.S. 17: Just the facts, per the Fauquier Times-Democrat, "The Fauquier County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the hotly contested Opal Gateway project during its regularly scheduled meeting on Thursday night. If constructed, the development off U.S. 17 in Opal would include a mixture of commercial and industrial uses including flex industrial, medial office, retail, restaurant, a RV park and a motel/hotel." http://bit.ly/17haNH3
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: "In Northeast D.C., yet another driver has been rear-ended in a 'bump-and-run' carjacking -- where a victim's car is stolen when he or she gets out to check the damage. But this time, the victim refused to give up her car and the suspect fled. D.C. Police believe all six cases in the last two weeks may be connected." http://wj.la/18PUQuC
NEWSTALK: Among today's guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Libertarian gubernatorial hopeful Robert Sarvis.