* Merry Christmas Eve!
* Yesterday GM closed its two biggest SUV factories - Janesville, Wisconsin (a plant which has been open for over 90 years) and Moraine, Ohio. This move follows in the footsteps of Chrysler closing its Newark, Delaware SUV plant last Friday. Each of the Big Three is now left with only one plant dedicated to producing SUVs - an odd thought in a consumer society that was once so dedicated. The Paper of Record reports - here.
* Obama promised change, and people expect it, whether or not he mentioned it specifically. The Paper of Record reports on people around the country hoping/expecting a massive shift in American food policy from the Obama White House. I join them in that expectation, considering our food/farm policy is based on almost century old concepts and ideas. Here.
* The Paper of Record and Danger Room both have leads about the changes that lie ahead for the State Department under Hillary Clinton. In an era where the Pentagon has become so large that most diplomacy is handled through their staff offices - some argue that a Department of State should just be merged into the DoD. Thankfully Clinton and Obama are reversing that trend, and at a breakneck pace. The world needs to know the the US is their friend, not just a mighty military power, and the State Department has set out to do that. Both USAID and the Foreign Service are recruiting and hiring people in record numbers - preparing for the new roads that lie ahead. [Foreign service hires, here; Clinton expanding DoS role, here; Danger Room on it all, here]
* Via We Love DC, here - which references WaPo, here. Why do you never see Metro in films? Because Metro has the most ridiculous rules ever in regards to filming. No shooting. No jumping faregates. No death. And of course, no eating or drinking.
* The end of Paper Transfers -- January 4th, I can't wait.
* GGW has the new committee assignments for the DC Circus, chosen by Ringleader Gray. Tommy Wells has been placed on Graham's Public Works & Transportation committee, which GGW says is a great thing as Wells showed up to meetings when not even on the committee and is very pro-smart growth. Here. CityPaper has a full rundown of committee assignments, here.
* WaPo, here, has Michael Brown's appointment to the WMATA Board, as an alternate, by Gray. And our good friend Jim Bojangles Graham was reappointed. Bojangles currently serves as Vice-Chairman, and his reappointment will hopefully solidify him as Chairman. If Bojangles does good as WMATA Chairman, I might think about forgiving him.