DAYBREAK DAILY: Leesburg's Wexton wants Herring's seat if it's available

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Subcommittee on Transportation Security hearing on TSA's SPOT Program and initial lessons from the LAX shooting; The Washington Post says two U.S. Secret Service officers are under investigation and have been removed from President Barack Obama's detail following allegations of misconduct; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

RING RECEIVES A HAT: Or something like that, per the Washington Post, “Leesburg attorney Jennifer Wexton (D) announced Wednesday that she will campaign to fill the seat that would be vacated by state Sen. Mark R. Herring, who holds an apparent lead of 164 votes over Republican Mark D. Obenshain in the race for Virginia attorney general. The results of the attorney general election will be certified Nov. 25, and a recount appears all but inevitable: though Herring declared his victory in a campaign statement, Obenshain has made it clear he does not intend to concede.

“In a statement Wednesday, Wexton said she would run for Herring’s seat representing the Virginia Senate’s 33rd district “to continue Herring’s tradition of pragmatic problem-solving, while also standing strong against the extreme agenda of the Tea Party Republicans.” Wexton, a partner with the Leesburg law firm Ritenour Paice Mougin-Boal & Wexton, has previously served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney and substitute judge in Loudoun County.”

OBAMACARE: Of low numbers, per the New York Times, “Just over 106,000 people picked health plans in the first month of open enrollment through the state and federal insurance marketplaces established by the Affordable Care Act, President Obama’s health secretary said Wednesday, a fraction of the administration’s initial estimate for enrollment during that period.

“Only about a fourth of the new enrollees — 26,794 — signed up through, the problem-plagued federal exchange, according to figures released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. A much larger number, 76,319, signed up through the 14 state-run marketplaces.”

MEANWHILE, IN MARYLAND: The skinny, per the Baltimore Sun, “Among the 106,000 Americans who have successfully signed up in October for health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, 1,284 were in Maryland. On Wednesday, President Obama's administration released a report detailing enrollment nationwide.

“In Maryland, the 1,284 enrollees counted by federal officials does not include another 3,367 who enrolled in Medicaid through the state’s exchange, according to state officials. They said most other states can determine eligibility for the health program for the poor but can’t enroll them through their exchanges. Most would get a phone call from a representative, who would enroll them in Medicaid.”

MEANWHILE, IN VIRGINIA: The skinny, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “More than 1,000 Virginians enrolled in health insurance plans through the new federal health insurance marketplace in the first 33 days of the exchanges problem-plagued rollout. In addition, almost 22,000 Virginians completed applications for health insurance benefits that would cover more than 42,000 people under the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, federal officials announced.”

PHILIPPINES: Grim aftermath gets worse, per the Los Angeles Times, “Five days after Typhoon Haiyan ripped through the central Philippines, panic was spreading Wednesday and parched, hungry residents were resorting to increasingly desperate measures, including breaking into the homes of the dead.

“Eight people were crushed to death when a huge crowd stormed a rice warehouse near Tacloban, one of the worst-hit cities, authorities said. More than 100,000 bags of rice were carted away in the melee, according to news reports Wednesday. Elsewhere, residents dug up underground pipes and smashed them open to get water.”

WHITEY BULGER: Just the facts, per the Boston Globe, “They called him a rat, a punk, and a coward — even Satan. And one voiced the unspeakable wish: that he could kill notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger with his own hands. Relatives of Bulger’s numerous victims, speaking of loved ones lost and lives that had been broken, heaped hatred and scorn on him Wednesday in dramatic testimony in his sentencing hearing in federal court in Boston.

“This man has built up so much hate in my heart I’d like to strangle him myself,” said Steven Davis, whose sister, Debra, prosecutors say, was killed by Bulger. “I hope Whitey dies the same way my sister did, gasping for breath.” Bulger, who reigned with terror in Boston’s underworld for decades before fleeing the city and living undercover in California for years, faces the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars. But before he is sentenced relatives of his victims, were allotted 10 minutes to speak, facing the 84-year-old killer in US District Court, describing the grievous impact of his crimes.”

IMMIGRATION BILL?: Nope, per The Hill, “Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Wednesday ruled out House negotiations with the Senate on its immigration bill, cutting off one of the last remaining avenues that reform advocates had seen for enacting comprehensive legislation in this Congress. “We’ve made it clear we’re going to move on a common-sense, step-by-step approach in terms of how we deal with immigration,” Boehner said after a closed-door House Republican Conference meeting.”

POLITICO PLAY: “A White House under siege. A signature policy initiative turning into an embarrassing public spectacle. Dissent within the president’s own party that threatens to turn into a full-blown revolt.

“For Republicans, such a moment came in 2005, as the party faced a daunting midterm election under the shadow of the disastrous Iraq War and a presidency in the dumps. For Democrats, the fear now is that the Affordable Care Act’s clumsy rollout — complete with a botched enrollment website and a debunked presidential pledge that Americans could keep their existing insurance plans — could produce a similar rout at the ballot box, with candidates dragged down by President Barack Obama’s dropping job approval and dimming public perceptions of the law known as Obamacare.”

CANADA, CRACK AND THE MAYOR: Not necessarily in that order, per the Toronto Sun, “- Mayor Rob Ford has been ordered to take a leave of absence by city council, apologize for misleading Toronto residents and co-operate with Toronto Police. An overwhelming majority of councillors voted to sanction Ford in the wake of his ongoing crack cocaine scandal. The vote came after Ford admitted to council Wednesday that he’s bought illegal drugs since being elected to the city’s top office but he repeatedly refused to take a leave of absence.

“Although Ford can ignore the vote, Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong argued it sent as “strong” a message as council could. . . During his questioning of Ford, Minnan-Wong asked the mayor if he has purchased illegal drugs in the past two years. “Yes, I have,” Ford said after a long pause.”

WEALTH OF WELLS: Sort of, per City Paper, “With Friday's entry of Andy Shallal and Vincent Orange into the mayor's race, April primary voters now have at least six candidates to choose from. But Washingtonians hoping to back Tommy Wells could have another, more confusing choice of their own: which Wells should they vote for?

“That's because, along with the livable, walkable councilmember, a woman named Octavia Wells picked up nominating petitions after they became available Friday. LL hasn't been able to figure out much about Octavia Wells, other than the fact that she registered to vote for the first time the same day that she picked up petitions.”

FINALLY: Long time coming for WWII vet, per the Loudoun Times-Mirror, “Bob Dole, Ernest Hemingway, Chris Kyle, John McCain and Colin Powell have received them. The Bronze Star medal. The fourth-highest individual military award and the ninth-highest by order of precedence in the U.S. military. These men received their respective medals through conflicts during World War II, Vietnam and the second Iraq War.

“In a ceremony the day before America's national holiday for war veterans, Andrew Bergner can be added to the many heroes who have earned it. The Middleburg resident received his Bronze Star for the first time Nov. 10 – 66 years after his service in Patton's Third Army during World War II. Bergner, 87, was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in Germany in 1945.”

OOPS: Sorry about that, per the Frederick News-Post, “Two local political groups say they accidentally directed some voters to the wrong polling place for last week’s city election. Friends of Shelley Aloi, the campaign of Alderwoman Shelley Aloi, and the Democratic State Central Committee of Frederick County both made phone calls encouraging people to vote and mistakenly told some people to go to the wrong polling places, according to both Aloi and the committee’s chairwoman, Myrna Whitworth.”

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Over dinner, per Gazette.Net, “With the 2013 election behind them, the incoming Rockville Mayor and Council are looking ahead to the next two years, with most saying the first step is getting together to shape common goals for the next term.

“Mayor-elect Bridget Donnell Newton, a two-term council member, said she and her husband are planning a dinner to get to know the incoming council members and their spouses. Newton said the first step for the new Mayor and Council is “laying out a road map or a vision for the next term.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Wizards lose 92-79 against San Antonio.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “Ten years ago, Laurie Strongin started “Hope for Henry,” bringing superheroes and princesses, presents, and a lot of laughter to about 10,000 patients at Children’s National Medical Center. “It feels really great to be able to make other kids happy, too,” she says, remembering her son Henry, who died at just seven years old. “Days like today, really do help me.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) are Del. Heather Mizeur and her new running mate, Rev. Delman Coates, who will be asked about their campaign to become Governor and Lt. Governor of Maryland.

--Skip Wood