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Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 09/25/2012

DeMorning Links: Obviously not a regional issue

McDonnell hints government should pay to get Nationals customers home. (Nikki Kahn - PHOTO BY NIKKI KAHN/THE WASHINGTON POST)
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) appeared on WTOP Monday, fielding questions about the Nationals and the team’s refusal to pay the costs for Metro service after late games -- including playoff games. Those costs, McDonnell said, are “obviously a regional issue,” and he said he’s authorized a Metro board member to start discussing options. Not among the options the governor mentioned: Having Nationals owner Ted Lerner write a check out of the windfall profits a playoff run stands to bring him, following the example set by Ted Leonsis, Dan Snyder and the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. The Examiner’s Kytja Weir notes it would take only about 8,000 afterhours Metro riders, out of more than 40,000 playoff fans and ballpark workers, for the Nats to break even on an hour of extra service.

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