DAYBREAK DAILY: Metro sees rise in thefts of electronic gadgets

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‘GOOD MORNING WASHINGTON’: Among the reports – Government shutdown, the latest; NBC’s Bob Costas takes a stand on the name ‘Redskins’; much more, beginning at 4:30 a.m. M-F.

WATCH YOUR PHONE: Someone else might be doing just that, per the Frederick News-Post, “Metro riders may want to pocket their cellphones and electronic devices. Thefts of cellphones and other small, electronic devices are on the rise, according to a security report from the Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority.

“The report noted that thefts of those items are rising throughout the region as a whole, not just on transit. “The action is easy, the device is easy to conceal, the payoff is lucrative, arrest and prosecution is difficult and victims are everywhere,” the WMTA board wrote.”

VIRGINIA RACE 2013: Of the undercard, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “While Terry McAuliffe, the Democratic nominee for governor, has opened a lead over his Republican rival Ken Cuccinelli outside the margin in recent polls, the contest for attorney general remains too close to call. Just over three weeks before Election Day, both campaigns have little time left to highlight the contrasts between the two candidates and raise their profile among voters who traditionally lack substantial knowledge of the down-ticket choices.

“In last week’s poll from Christopher Newport University, the Democratic candidate, state Sen. Mark R. Herring of Loudoun, received 45 percent of the vote, to 42 percent for state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain of Harrisonburg, the Republican nominee. That result was within the poll’s margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points.”

HEAD-SCRATCHER: It just is, per the Baltimore Sun, “Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, will announce his running mate Monday as he attempts to move beyond controversies that have plagued his campaign for governor, including allegations that he routinely pressed his security detail to drive unsafely.

“As Gansler was planning to introduce Prince George's County Del. Jolene Ivey as his choice for lieutenant governor, his campaign was scrambling to put out a political brush fire caused by reports that the attorney general routinely told his state police drivers to speed, run red lights and use lights and sirens on the way to appointments.”

SITUATION SHUTDOWN: Waiting. . .per the Washington Post, “What started as a mad dash to strike a deal to lift the federal debt limit slowed to a crawl over the weekend as stalemated Senate leaders waited nervously to see whether financial markets would plunge Monday morning and drive the other side toward compromise.

“Republicans seemed to think they had more to lose. After talks broke down between President Obama and House leaders, GOP senators quickly cobbled together a plan to end the government shutdown — now entering its third week — and raise the $16.7 trillion debt limit. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) then asked Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) to elevate negotiations to the highest level.”

MEANWHILE: Between friends, per The Hill, “President Obama called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Sunday as lawmakers are attempting to reach a deal to avert a default on the U.S. debt, the White House said.

“Obama and Pelosi “discussed the way forward on the pressing fiscal matters facing Congress today,” the White House said. The Democratic leaders agreed on the necessity of a “clean” bill to hike the U.S. debt limit, which the Treasury Department has said the federal government will reach on Thursday, according to a White House statement about the call.”

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POLITICO PLAY: “POLITICO co-founder and executive editor Jim VandeHei will take over as president and CEO of POLITICO and Capital New York, Allbritton Communications Company chairman and CEO Robert Allbritton announced in a memo Sunday evening. The move follows Fred Ryan’s decision last month to step down as CEO and president of POLITICO and president and COO of ACC.”

FUNERAL FOR A FRIEND: Kind of, per the New York Times, “This is the last time you will be reading The International Herald Tribune; as of tomorrow, it is The International New York Times. But weep not:

“This is not the first name change for what was popularly known in its early years as the ‘‘Paris Herald,’’ and if the genealogy of a newspaper is reflected in its name (the original parent, The New York Herald, at one point the most profitable and popular paper in all the United States, ended its days as The New York World Journal Tribune), the DNA of a great paper is defined by evolution of the complex and intimate interplay of reader and editor, owner and technology. ”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Redskins lose 31-16 against Dallas.

TRENDING ON ABC7 FACEBOOK: “A robot has blown up a possible pipe bomb on S. Highland Street in Arlington. Investigators tell ABC7 that police noticed a pipe inside a car. Officers called firefighters and the bomb squad. A robot was sent in to investigate and the device was blown up inside the car Sunday evening. A 63-year-old New York man was taken into custody for questioning.

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is D.C. Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Lang, who will be asked about the government shutdown and her decision to step down after 11 years leading that organization.

--Skip Wood

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