DAYBREAK DAILY: Sen. Kerry facing tough task; MLK memorial opens today; Measles?
ABC7 TRAFFIC: Some roads remain slick but nothing major to report – yet – in the way of headaches. Check DaybreakSkip on Twitter for breaking updates. Here’s the traffic flow map: http://tbd.ly/95jmWZ
ABC7 WEATHER: High pressure has moved into the region, allowing for a beautiful start to the week. Afternoon highs will be in the lower to middle 80s with comfortable humidity levels. Tonight will be mainly clear with lows falling into the upper 50s to lower 60s. http://wj.la/72e8x6
BREAKING: Two people suffered non-life-threatening injuries early this morning after a vehicle they were traveling in crashed into a tree in Springfield. The crash sent the vehice into the woods near the 8700 block of Pohick Road shortly before 3 a.m. http://wj.la/oyTnwb
LIBYA FIGHTING CONTINUES: Gadhafi has fled and is all but toast but his loyalists kept fighting rebel forces overnight in Tripoli, with a rebel spokesman saying “Gadhafi troops remain a threat to rebels, and as long as Gadhafi remains on the run the "danger is still there." http://apne.ws/rr6zBB
BEHIND THE REBELS’ SUCCESS: NATO played a pivotal role, per the New York Times. “. . . NATO’s targeting grew increasingly precise, one senior NATO diplomat said, as the United States established around-the-clock surveillance over the dwindling areas that Libyan military forces still controlled, using armed Predator drones to detect, track and occasionally fire at those forces.” http://nyti.ms/ngAqsz
THE PRESIDENT’S TAKE: From Obama’s official statement, “. . . The future of Libya is now in the hands of the Libyan people. Going forward, the United States will continue to stay in close coordination with the TNC. We will continue to insist that the basic rights of the Libyan people are respected. And we will continue to work with our allies and partners in the international community to protect the people of Libya, and to support a peaceful transition to democracy.”
UNSETTLING ALERT: Per the Post, “A foreign visitor to Northern Virginia had the measles, and state health officials issued an alert Sunday for anyone who was on the train on which the visitor arrived. A Health Department spokeswoman said the visitor took Amtrak’s Northeast regional train No. 171 Wednesday from Philadelphia. Maribeth Brew¬ster, the department’s risk communications manager, said passengers could have been exposed and should check their vaccination status.” http://wapo.st/paSKwe
DR. KING’S MEMORIAL OPENS TODAY: Examiner’s cover story has details. “The 28-foot-tall likeness overlooking the Potomac River is the first on the National Mall honoring someone who was not president and the first honoring an African-American.” http://bit.ly/n87UoG
KERRY’S LOOMING TASK: And this one’s different, as the Boston Globe points observes. “Senator John F. Kerry is no stranger to seemingly intractable diplomatic snarls. . . But Kerry’s appointment to a congressional committee charged with further cutting the deficit will require him to deploy his negotiating skills on a singularly domestic dilemma: finding a way to untangle the knot of partisanship and policy over federal spending.” http://bo.st/nVgTUl
FRAYING SAFETY NET: Per the AP, “Laid-off workers and aging baby boomers are flooding Social Security's disability program with benefit claims, pushing the financially strapped system toward the brink of insolvency. . . Much of the focus in Washington has been on fixing Social Security's retirement system (but) the disability system is in much worse shape and its problems defy easy solutions.” http://apne.ws/n26Fjn
SPORTS STROLL: Nats beat Phillies 5-4 in 10th inning on hit batter. . .Webb Simpson wins PGA tournament in Greensboro. . .Mystics lose 83-51 at Indianapolis. . .Kansas City beats United 1-0. . .Kyle Busch wins Michigan NASCAR race.
DSK MAY WALK TODAY: Case simply had spindly legs, as the L.A. Times points out. “The she said/he said saga of the hotel housekeeper versus the wealthy Frenchman is heating up again in New York. Nafissatou Diallo's lawyer has told reporters that he expects she will be informed Monday that prosecutors are preparing to dismiss all or some of the charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former head of the International Monetary Fund who she says tried to rape her.” http://lat.ms/o5M29n
POLITICO BLINK: “America’s trial lawyers are getting ready to make the case against one of their biggest targets in years: Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Among litigators, there is no presidential candidate who inspires the same level of hatred – and fear – as Perry, an avowed opponent of the plaintiffs’ bar who has presided over several rounds of tort reform as governor.” http://politi.co/oAAVWv
HATE-FILLED FEEDBACK: Per Post ombudsman Patrick Pexton, about some of the emails he receives, “They are racist, sexist, creepy, and threatening and contain so many references to unusual uses of bodily orifices that pornographers and psychiatrists could have a field day with them.” http://wapo.st/nJKaGf