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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Coverage of the looming government shutdown; The National Aquarium is closing its Washington location after the last visitors leave Monday; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
NO THANKS: Of the NSA saga, per the Baltimore Sun, “A Johns Hopkins University cryptography professor — who gained media attention when university officials told him to take down a blog post he wrote about National Security Agency documents leaked by Edward Snowden — says he declined an invitation last week to join journalists and others reviewing the classified NSA documents.
"The truth is, I don't really know what to say," said Matthew D. Green, who received the invitation from Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald via Twitter on Thursday. "It was a very generous offer," Green said. "I think somebody should be down there and they need more expertise to go through those documents, [but] I'm not sure I want it to be me." Greenwald, who received the documents from Snowden and has led global reporting on them, invited Green to his home in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to "work journalistically" on the documents, specifically as they pertain to the NSA's alleged circumvention of online encryption tools.” http://bsun.md/1eSBw4A
ALEXIS MURPHY: Just the facts, per the Lynchburg News & Advance, “Dozens of searchers roamed parts of Nelson County on Sunday in the ongoing search for missing Shipman teenager Alexis Murphy, eight weeks after she was last seen at a gas station in Lovingston. Investigator Billy Mays, of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office, said the search was just wrapping up when reached by phone shortly after 6 p.m. It started at 8 a.m. Sunday and included 50 personnel and about a dozen search dogs, he said.
“He declined to describe the “nuts [and] bolts” of the specific areas targeted but said they did include places that had been searched previously in recent weeks. Mays referred to those areas as “places of interest” and said some were revisited to “make sure nothing has been left out” in the ongoing investigation. Mays confirmed one of the places investigators returned to was property belonging to suspect Randy Allen Taylor, of Lovingston.” http://bit.ly/1dRz3EI
BEST-LAID PLANS: Gone awry?, per the Charlotte Observer, “The U.S. Department of Justice will file a lawsuit Monday to stop North Carolina’s new voter ID law, which critics have said is the most sweeping law of its kind, according to a person briefed on the department’s plans. Attorney General Eric Holder, who has said he will fight state voting laws that he sees as discriminatory, will announce the lawsuit at noon Monday, along with the three U.S. attorneys from the state.” http://bit.ly/19hPzsm
GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: Tick, tick, tick, per the Washington Post, “The U.S. government appeared on Sunday to be on the verge of shutting down for the first time in nearly two decades as House leaders were running out of time and options to keep it open.
“House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) declined to say on “Fox News Sunday” whether Republicans would consider the only plan President Obama and other Democratic leaders insist they will accept: a simple bill that funds federal agencies without dismantling any part of Obama’s signature 2010 health-care law. Instead, he said, Republicans were headed in a different direction, one likely to set up yet another late-night showdown.” http://wj.la/15svhS4
MEANWHILE: The Big Bank Theory, per the New York Times, “Wall Street has wearily grown accustomed in recent years to periodic market flare-ups caused by fiscal fights in Washington. But the current battle — and the looming threat of a government shutdown on Tuesday — is beginning to cause greater unease than past political disputes and may rattle markets when they reopen on Monday. In trading in Asia early Monday, the markets were down, with the Nikkei index of Japanese stocks around 2 percent lower.
“For investors, the chief fear is that a government shutdown would set the stage for a more momentous battle over the so-called debt ceiling. If there is no agreement to raise the borrowing limit by mid-October, the government will not be able to issue more bonds and could default on its outstanding borrowing.” http://nyti.ms/1bjAoDp
NOT ALL GLOOM AND DOOM: At least for some, per the Los Angeles Times, “. . . The last week of standoffs and stalemates in Washington won't help Congress' dismal approval ratings. And the likelihood that most government programs will begin shutting down Tuesday already has started disrupting the lives of millions of federal government workers, contractors and their families. But for one group — fundraisers who collect cash for members of Congress and those hoping to join the club — the shutdown threat is a windfall.” http://lat.ms/18ix0HA
AND THIS: Children at play, per The Hill, “Twenty conservative House Republicans assembled in front of the locked Senate doors Sunday to slam Democratic obstructionism as the federal government hurtles towards a shutdown.
“Trading in colorful metaphors just hours after sending a spending bill to the Senate, the conservative group, led by Republican Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (R-Wash.), accused Democrats of refusing to negotiate. The Senate and President Obama have vowed to reject the Republican's effort to delay the president's healthcare law by one year.” http://bit.ly/16Cv9Am
POLITICO PLAY: “Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has been the most ardent proponent of President Barack Obama taking a hard line with House Republicans in the latest fiscal crisis engulfing Washington. And so far, Reid is getting his way.
“When the president considered sitting down with the four congressional leaders in the White House ahead of the deadline to avert a government shutdown, Reid privately urged Obama to call off the meeting, according to several people familiar with the situation. Reid believed that it would amount to nothing more than a photo-op that would give the false impression that a serious negotiation was occurring, even warning he wouldn’t attend such a session. Obama scrapped it.” http://politi.co/1fBpoXg
THE ROOT: Of Obamacare, per the Frederick News-Post, “With average monthly health insurance premiums of $100 to $330, the Affordable Care Act's definition of affordable may seem reasonable to some uninsured people and not to others. By law, everyone has to have health insurance, or an exemption from it, by Jan. 1, 2014, or be liable to pay a penalty. Many people welcome the opportunity to get insured, state officials said.
"This is a movement to bring health care to all people," said Elizabeth Chung, executive director of the Asian American Center of Frederick. She is in training to help people navigate the marketplace.” http://bit.ly/14WZRAE
MARRIOTT POINTS: Bet he has a lot, per Gazette.Net, “While earning a business administration degree at Villanova University, Robert J. McCarthy started waiting tables at a restaurant inside a Philadelphia-area Marriott hotel in 1975. Little did he know that Marriott would be the only company he would work for in a 38-year career.
“McCarthy, the Bethesda hotel giant’s COO, will retire in February, company officials said this week. The 60-year-old executive has held a wide variety of positions within the company throughout his career.” http://bit.ly/15E4T7W
NAVY YARD SHOOTINGS: Solemn gathering, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “A small crowd gathered in Jefferson Park on Sunday evening to remember the men and women lost in the Washington Navy Yard massacre this month. “This has torn me up, so if you see a tear drop, I can’t help it, because it’s just so, so sad,” said Alicia Rasin, the victims’ advocate who organized the vigil in Church Hill.” http://bit.ly/17hPEzK
VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Something’s missing, per the Washington Times, “One word that wasn’t uttered in Wednesday’s debate between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II? Immigration. After a summer of intense debate over a bill that would grant a pathway to citizenship for people in the country illegally, the issue has now flown almost completely under the radar in the Virginia governor’s race even as new data show the state’s foreign-born population is playing an increasingly critical role in its economy.” http://bit.ly/19PdIZu
IF AT FIRST YOU DON’T SUCCEED: Be stubborn, per City Paper, “D.C. Council chairman Phil Mendelson's attempts to move next year's primary from April 1 to June 9 have failed so far, but he'll give it another shot when the Council meets on Tuesday. Once again, though, Mendelson isn't sure whether he has the votes he needs. "I think it's so fundamentally wrong for us to have an April 1 primary that I have to put it out there," Mendelson tells LL.” http://bit.ly/18agGZl
SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins beat Oakland 24-14; Nationals lose 3-2 against Arizona.
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Davey Johnson managed his last game for the Nats Sunday, ending a big-league career that spanned six decades. As a manager, Davey won a World Series with the Mets in 1986 and took four teams to the postseason. He was a four-time All-Star, won three Gold Gloves, and won a pair of World Series rings with the Orioles in 1966 and 1970.” http://wj.la/1fUTkel
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth.