DAYBREAK DAILY: Much of Southern California literally is in the dark, sans power

ABC7 TRAFFIC: Please. Numerous roads remain closed throughout the region. The commute will be crapshoot. Check @DaybreakSkip on Twitter for breaking updates. Here’s the traffic flow map:

ABC7 WEATHER: Rain lingers today – just sayin’ -- but Saturday and Sunday look good. Live weather blog is right here:

NUT GRAPH: Per the Post, “Torrential rains swept over the Washington region Thursday, triggering flash floods that killed two people in Fairfax County, trapped scores of terrified motorists, forced hundreds to evacuate their homes and shut major highways, including Interstate 66 and the Capital Beltway.”

FLOOD-RELATED CLOSINGS: Roads, schools (Fairfax County, Prince William County, Charles County), various government offices. Suffice to say, a lengthy list. Here’s information.

MEANWHILE, THE SPEECH: Per the New York Times, “Mixing politically moderate proposals with a punchy tone, President Obama challenged lawmakers on Thursday to “pass this jobs bill” — a blunt call on Congress to enact his $447 billion package of tax cuts and new government spending, designed to revive a stalling economy and his own political standing.”

AND SMIRKS FROM THE GOP: Per political columnist Dana Milbank, “Too bad so many in the audience thought it was a big, fat joke. “You should pass this jobs plan right away!” Obama exhorted. Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) chuckled. “Warren Buffet pays a lower tax rate than his secretary — an outrage he has asked us to fix,” Obama went on. Widespread laughter broke out on the GOP side of the aisle.”

BOTTOM LINE: Per lead L.A. Times editorial, “The bitterly partisan brinkmanship in Washington over the debt ceiling weakened the public's already shaky confidence; reaching bipartisan agreement on even a modest jobs plan could help undo that damage. It's a rare moment of political convergence for the president and his critics.”

FROM POLITICO: “House Republicans are planning to peel off portions of President Barack Obama’s plan that they find favorable, and pass them separately. GOP leaders are planning to pick the most passable items out of the bill — trade agreements, small business relief measures, revamped unemployment insurance — and pass them separately.”

OH, AND THERE’S THIS: Per the Post, “U.S. officials are investigating a possible al-Qaeda plot to detonate a vehicle-borne bomb in Washington or New York City around Sunday’s 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. A handful of individuals may have entered the United States in recent days as part of the plot, which officials said originated from the tribal areas of Pakistan along the Afghan border. One of them may be a U.S. citizen.”

CALIFORNINA DREAMING: More like a bad dream, per San Diego’s Union-Tribune, “The most extensive power outage in California history started in the western Arizona desert. The replacement of faulty equipment at a power substation apparently triggered a series of events that knocked out Southwest Powerlink, one of two major transmission links that connect the San Diego area to the electrical grid for the western United States. . . The result: a full system blackout for 5 million people across San Diego County, southern Orange County, western Arizona and northern Baja California.”

D.C. PLAYGROUND SPAT: Per the City Paper, “Mayor Vince Gray sent a letter to Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry (Thursday) kindly asking him: what the (heck) is this?. . . Barry introduced a disapproval resolution to halt $1.5 million in funding for security upgrades at New Beginnings, the city's troubled juvie jail operated by the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services. "These security upgrades are necessary for DYRS to protect the health, safety and welfare of the youth within the care of the Department and the greater community," writes Gray in his letter to Barry.”

SPORTS STROLL: Dodgers beat Nats 7-4. . .Packers hold off Saints 42-34 in NFL opener. . .Colts QB Peyton Manning may be out for the season. “Manning underwent more neck surgery Thursday, his third procedure in 19 months.”

DIARY OF A MADMAN: Per the AP, “Eduardo Sencion appears to have had more problems than his family and friends realized. The 32-year-old store worker who killed four people and wounded seven others at a (Nevada) IHOP restaurant was being treated with medication for longtime mental problems, investigators said.”

SCARY STUFF: Per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Dominion Virginia Power thinks it will be ready to restart its North Anna 1 nuclear reactor in two weeks and the North Anna 2 by mid-October, if federal regulators approve. But the Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff members indicated Thursday that making sure the reactors, which were shut down by the Aug. 23 earthquake nearby, are safe to begin operating again might take longer.”

OBX AND IRENE: Per the Virginian-Pilot, “The same storm that tore multiple holes through N.C. 12 and sent floodwaters rushing into hundreds of homes two weeks ago did the Outer Banks at least one big favor. Thanks to Hurricane Irene, Oregon Inlet is in good shape for the first time in a long time.”{ }

--Skip Wood