Here are five local stories to start your Friday:

President Obama pinches his daughter Sasha's nose as the song "Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer" plays. (Marvin Joseph/WASHINGTON POST)

Cranky Metro riders holding back. Many gripe about Metro, but the transit agency says relatively few passengers file formal complaints to WMATA.

Para-beagles perk up local law students. George Mason University law school imports cuddly puppies to help students de-stress before exams.

Tax plan rejected, but federal workers still at risk. A GOP plan to take money from federal workers to cover the cost of extending the payroll tax cut has been held off, for now.

Destination: Leesburg. The holidays are an especially good time to visit its eclectic mix of shops, sites and restaurants.

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