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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – The latest on the Affordable Care Act and its early problems; updates on the sexual assaults in Hyattsville; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.
ONE-TWO PUNCH: From a couple of Virginians, per the Daily Press, “Virginia's two-strong delegation to the committee that is supposed to break Washington's budget logjam plans to do a lot of talking about the Virginia experience. That experience includes two key lessons, Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine said Tuesday.
“One is how badly a government shutdown and across-the-board budget cuts can hurt. "Virginia's been at ground zero in terms of the harm," Warner said. The other Virginia lesson is how to make a committee from two houses of a legislature agree on a budget – a routine both senators went through while they served as governor, but that Congress hasn't tried since 1986. "It'll be a tough two months, but we're hoping for a deal," Kaine said during a conference call with Virginia reporters.” http://bit.ly/16KUzpR
MEANWHILE: Of iced tea, per the Washington Post, “Opposition to the tea party movement has reached a high in Virginia, a Washington Post/Abt SRBI poll shows, kicking a key leg of support out from under Ken Cuccinelli II as he tries to win the governor’s race on a strongly conservative platform. Cuccinelli (R), the state attorney general, trails businessman Terry McAuliffe (D) by 12 percentage points among likely voters, the survey shows. And Cuccinelli’s decline comes as Virginians are increasingly turned off by the movement that has backed him strongly and with which he shares many views.
“The tea party is opposed by 53 percent of registered voters in the commonwealth, up a slim three points from last year and up 10 points from a May 2011 Washington Post poll. Just 36 percent support the movement, down from 45 percent two years ago. Among those with the most intense feelings, voters who strongly oppose the tea party now outnumber those who strongly support it by more than 3 to 1.” http://wapo.st/1cqetOD
MORE FOR LESS: Or something like that, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Community college students could complete their four-year university degree at two-year college prices under a recommendation approved Tuesday by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia.
“The council backed a proposal from the Virginia Community College System that would increase an existing grant program to cover the difference between two-year tuition and that of a public four-year school in Virginia. Students transferring to a private, nonprofit school in the state would receive an award equal to the average charge of public institutions.” http://bit.ly/1dovsOp
TAX RELIEF: For those who qualify, per Gazette.Net, “Montgomery County is restoring a tax break for low-income working families. The Montgomery County Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve a bill requiring an increase in the county’s Working Families Income Supplement, which provides money to taxpayers working at or near the poverty level.
“The increase could help people make a car payment they otherwise might have missed, which could have jeopardized their ability to get to work and put their job at risk, said Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Silver Spring, who sponsored the bill.” http://bit.ly/HrLFI6
I SPY: And who knew what, per the New York Times, “The nation’s top spymaster said on Tuesday that the White House had long been aware in general terms of the National Security Agency’s overseas eavesdropping, stoutly defending the agency’s intelligence-gathering methods and suggesting possible divisions within the Obama administration.
“The official, James R. Clapper Jr., the director of national intelligence, testified before the House Intelligence Committee that the N.S.A. had kept senior officials in the National Security Council informed of surveillance it was conducting in foreign countries. He did not specifically say whether President Obama was told of these spying efforts, but he appeared to challenge assertions in recent days that the White House had been in the dark about some of the agency’s practices.” http://nyti.ms/HemZlF
OBAMACARE: POTUS on the trail, per The Hill, “President Obama will defend his signature healthcare law in Boston on Wednesday, looking to placate concerns over a rocky rollout by pointing to Massachusetts's early struggle to enroll consumers in their universal coverage. The first month of ObamaCare open enrollment has been plagued by technical issues, leading to a string of bad headlines and tough questions for the White House. Many uninsured consumers who want to enroll in have been stymied by a glitchy website and back-end technical problems.” http://bit.ly/1f3iiHj
POLITICO PLAY: “President Barack Obama’s soundbites are coming back to bite him. As he attempted to sell a complex health care reform plan to skeptical voters during the 2008 campaign and his first year in office, Obama boiled down the benefits to a series of pithy promises:
“If you like your existing insurance, you can keep it. Shopping for a plan would be as easy as buying a plane ticket on Expedia. Annual premiums would drop by $2,500 for the typical family. The simplicity of those messages are now running up against the reality of implementing the most far-reaching health care overhaul in 50 years.” http://politi.co/HrqcPp
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MR. MAYOR?: Perhaps, per City Paper, “Busboys & Poets owner Andy Shallal is inching ever closer toward a mayoral run. After telling the Post two weeks ago that he'd launch an exploratory committee, the restaurateur says he intends to obtain nominating petitions from the Board of Elections after they're available on Nov. 8.” http://bit.ly/1dmT5a3
WHAT A MESS: Just the facts, per the Baltimore Sun, “A Baltimore jail corrections officer who had a sexual relationship with two incarcerated gang members pleaded guilty Tuesday to her role in a major smuggling network at the facility. Kimberly Dennis, 26, is the seventh officer to plead guilty in the case, in which federal authorities alleged that the Black Guerrilla Family gang ran a sophisticated operation smuggling drugs, tobacco and cell phones in the Baltimore City Detention Center.” http://bsun.md/Hu7W73
NICE: Of reading and helping, per ARLnow, “Next week, from Nov. 2 to Nov. 9, Arlington Public Library will donate 10 cents of every dollar paid in fines to the Arlington Food Assistance Center. This is the first year of the donation program, according to library spokesman Peter Golkin. The money will be coming from the Friends of the Public Library group, not from the fines themselves, which go back into the county budget.” http://bit.ly/1doxUEx
TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “In the wake of his D.C. arrest, singer Chris Brown has elected to enter a rehab facility.” http://wj.la/1acN8rN
NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Kathleen McClellan of the Government Accountability Project, who will be asked about the NSA's surveillance of American citizens and foreign leaders.