DAYBREAK DAILY: New poll not kind to President Obama

ABC7 TRAFFIC: It traditionally is one of the worst traffic days of the year, and now this. Wet roads are making the commute a decided drag. Pooling water already a problem at many spots. Nothing major to report yet, but it’s a slow slog. Check @DaybreakSkip on Twitter for breaking updates. Here’s the traffic flow map:

ABC7 WEATHER: Icky. Rainy. Highs only in the upper 60s. Rain may be lighter and less widespread this morning, but will pick up through the day with heavier downpours from time to time. A flash-flood watch is in effect for the entire region. Wet and cool conditions persist overnight with more rain tomorrow. Lovely.

NOT BUYING IT, MR. PRESIDENT: That, in essence, is the take from the latest Washington Post-ABC News poll, released overnight. “More than 60 percent of those surveyed say they disapprove of the way the president is handling the economy and, what has become issue No. 1, the stagnant jobs situation. Just 43 percent now approve of the job he is doing overall, a new career low; 53 percent disapprove, a new high.”

LONE STAR FIRES RAGE: No rain in Texas, just flames of destruction, per the Houston Chronicle, “The most destructive wildfire on record in Texas showed no signs of slowing down Monday, destroying 25,000 acres in Bastrop County and 476 homes, more houses than any single wildfire before and more than all other fires this year combined, according to the Texas Forest Service. With more than 60 new wildfires raging across the state, Gov. Rick Perry left the campaign trail Monday in South Carolina to address the public and organize requests for more federal aid.”

IN LEE’S WAKE: Water, and lots of it, per the AP, “The slow-moving remnants of Tropical Storm Lee dumped rain across the South and whipped up twisters that damaged dozens of Georgia homes as the system pushed farther inland on Monday. Several people were swept away by floodwaters.”

THEY’RE BACK: Our lawmakers, that is, and per the Washington Times, “The House of Representatives that returns Tuesday is 10 percent leaner than a year prior - the result of a pair of mandates requiring largely symbolic cuts to the way it goes about its business enacted since John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, assumed the speaker’s gavel in January. The cuts have resulted in raises for chiefs of staff, while the payroll for low-level aides was slashed.”

MEANWHILE: It was a debate, kind of, per the L.A. Times, “Reporting from Columbia, S.C.— In a Labor Day warm-up for this week's presidential debate, a partial cast of Republican contenders argued Monday for turning back the clock on legislation passed at the federal level, starting with President Obama's healthcare law and going back nearly a century.”

SPY GAMES: Authorities were tight-lipped about a leaker’s background. Seems there was much more to the story of Shamai K. Leibowitz, per the New York Times, “Now the reason for the extraordinary secrecy surrounding the Obama administration’s first prosecution for leaking information to the news media seems clear: Mr. Leibowitz, a contract Hebrew translator, passed on secret transcripts of conversations caught on F.B.I. wiretaps of the Israeli Embassy in Washington. Those overheard by the eavesdroppers included American supporters of Israel and at least one member of Congress, according to the blogger, Richard Silverstein.”

SPORTS STROLL: Grossman named Redskins’ starter over Beck. . .Maryland beats Miami 32-24 in Edsall’s debut. . .Nats beat Dodgers 7-2; Strasburg returns tonight (weather permitting). . .Webb Simpson wins PGA event.

POLITICO BLINK: “Rick Perry cut short a trip to South Carolina on Monday to head home to deal with wildfires in his state but got in a shot at Mitt Romney before he left. “There is no one who’s gonna be sitting on that stage [at the debate in California] who has the record of job creation I have,” Perry said at a packed town hall hosted by Rep. Tim Scott, a popular tea party leader. “There’s one in particular who’s created jobs all around the world. While he was the governor of Massachusetts he didn’t create many jobs.”

ALEXANDRIA’S PRIDE: Or something. Per the AP, “The Black Widow of eating contests has scarfed down 183 chicken wings in 12 minutes to break her own world record set last year in Buffalo, N.Y. Sonya Thomas, of Alexandria, took home first place Sunday at the tenth annual National Buffalo Wings Festival. She beat eating marvel Joey "Jaws" Chestnut, who came in second with 174 wings.”{ }

--Skip Wood