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SEEMED LIKE A GOOD IDEA AT THE TIME: Now? Not so much, per the Washington Post, “Sen. Richard L. Saslaw got wind Thursday that House Democrats might force a vote on a bill to redraw Senate lines across the state, so he dashed from his chamber to make sure that didn’t happen. Republicans had rammed the measure through the Senate on Monday in a sneak attack that Saslaw had compared to Pearl Harbor. And ever since, the Senate Democratic leader from Fairfax has been quietly pressing House Speaker William J. Howell (R-Stafford) to do away with it, according to legislators and Capitol staffers.”

BIDEN DOES RICHMOND: It’s all about the guns, per the Richmond Times-Dispatch, “Vice President Joe Biden will visit Virginia Commonwealth University this morning to lead a roundtable discussion on the Obama administration’s efforts to curb gun violence. . . Biden will be joined at the 11 a.m. roundtable by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano; Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius; Deputy U.S. Attorney General Jim Cole; Sen. Timothy M. Kaine, D-Va.; and Rep. Robert C. “Bobby” Scott, D-3rd.”

NAVY PINK SLIPS: Not sure what to make of this, per the Virginian-Pilot, “Navy flag officers and top executives were told Thursday to begin cutting expenses - laying off thousands of temporary civilian workers, reducing base operations and preparing to cancel maintenance work on more than two dozen ships and hundreds of aircraft. . . The cuts are driven by uncertainty over how much a divided Congress and the White House might approve for the Pentagon's 2013 budget.”

HEAVY HITTERS: And Daddy Warbucks squirms, per the New York Times, “The White House delivered a strong message to Wall Street on Thursday, taking the unusual step of choosing two former prosecutors as top financial regulators. . . At a short White House ceremony, President Obama named Mary Jo White, the first female United States attorney in Manhattan, to run the Securities and Exchange Commission. Mr. Obama also renominated Richard Cordray as the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, a position he has held for the last year under a temporary recess appointment without Senate approval.”

OF A GAS TAX: Call it a floater, per the Baltimore Sun, “Baltimore and Maryland's counties could impose their own 5-cents-a-gallon tax on gas to pay for local roads and buses under a proposal by Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. Miller also proposed Thursday leasing a state toll highway to a private operator to raise money for mass-transit projects in Baltimore and the Washington suburbs.”

POLITICO PLAY: “Senate leaders agreed Thursday on a grand deal to reform filibusters that does little to end the practices that got the filibuster reform movement started in the first place: the ability of individual senators to block legislation or nominations and force the majority party to find 60 votes to get anything done. In true Senate fashion, the deal first and foremost averts a potential partisan showdown known by critics as the “nuclear option” where Democrats were preparing to muscle through a series of changes on a party-line basis — something that could have had dramatic repercussions for the future of the Senate.”

NO DOZE: Just the facts, per City Paper, “J.W. Lanum, who oversees contracting and procurement for the multi-billion dollar D.C. Department of General Services, is due in court (Friday) to face a charge of drinking while driving, court records show. According to police records, a Department of Public Works traffic enforcement official found Lanum asleep at the wheel of an illegally parked car with its engine running outside the Reeves Center, at 14th and U streets NW, where DGS is headquartered.”

A DECIDED POINT OF CONTENTION: And murky circumstances, per the Washington Examiner, “The D.C. Council vowed Thursday to review accusations that the Metropolitan Police Department failed to investigate at least 170 sexual assaults in a three-year span, even as those charges prompted blistering critiques from the city's top cop.”

DRIVE-THROUGH VOTING: One-stop shopping, per the Washington Times, “Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley is proposing legislation this year that would allow residents to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day, as he looks to join other Democratic-leaning states that are expanding voter access as a counterpoint to voter-identification laws passed in more conservative states.”

SAD STORY: All the way around, per ABC7 – WJLA, “Two teens have been arrested in connection with the death of 16-year-old Marcus Jones. Akil Darnell Ings, 17, and Kquantae Markies Fisher, 19, are accused in Jones' death. Police are still searching for a third suspect. Jones was gunned down around midnight Saturday. Investigators said Jones, Fisher and Ings were guests at a chaperoned party for a 15-year-old on Webster Lane.”

FRISKY IN CALIFORNIA: But is it a moonbeam?, per the Los Angeles Times, “Seeking to reclaim the state's identity as an innovator and engine of growth, Gov. Jerry Brown declared in a sweeping State of the State address that "California did the impossible" in emerging from financial crisis poised to lead again. Brown outlined a vision for the state Thursday in remarks that were equal parts history lesson, lecture and rhetorical flourish. It includes major investment in water and rail systems, more robust trade and an education structure free of regulations that crush creativity.”

SPORTS, BRIEFLY: Caps lose 4-1 against Montreal; In college basketball, Virginia beats Virginia Tech 74-58.

DRIP, DRIP: Stuff happens, per ARLnow, “Repairs to a large 30-inch water main will continue into the weekend, causing continued low water pressure in a number of Arlington neighborhoods. A leak was discovered in a 30-inch water main near the intersection of Arlington Boulevard and N. Irving Street last Wednesday. The leak necessitated the replacement of a portion of the water main.”

NEWSTALK: Among today’s guests (10 a.m., NewsChannel 8) is Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.

--Skip Wood

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