A1: Today's top stories.
-- D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser (D) and seven members of the city council will be inaugurated this morning at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. Bowser will become the second-youngest mayor in D.C. history. She'll immediately face a $203 million budget shortfall, though council members said their good relations with Bowser will be a marked change from the Adrian Fenty and Vincent Gray years. (Washington Post)
-- Former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo (D) died Thursday at his home in Manhattan, just hours after son Andrew was sworn in to his second term as governor. Mario Cuomo was 82. He had been hospitalized in recent weeks for a heart condition. Andrew Cuomo left his own inauguration to be with his father. (New York Times, Washington Post) More in C1, below.
-- Searchers have recovered 16 bodies from the AirAsia Flight 8501 crash in the Java Sea, six of which were picked up by a U.S. Navy ship in the area today. Bad weather continues to hinder the search effort. Rescuers have yet to recover the black boxes; ships from the U.S., Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore are combing the area looking for the flight data recorders. (Associated Press)
-- Jury selection in the trial of accused Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev begins Monday. Defense attorney Judy Clarke has made overtures to prosecutors about a possible plea bargain, but she's been rebuffed so far. Clarke asked for more time to prepare her case in a Dec. 29 court filing. Clarke has previously represented Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski, Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph and Jared Loughner, who killed six people and shot former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson, Ariz. (New York Times)
-- The ten most-viewed C-SPAN clips this year: 10. Laura Bush on whether the First Lady should receive a salary (she said no). 9. Fan-gate, when Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) took issue with Charlie Crist's fan. 8. President Obama's performance at the White House Correspondents Dinner. 7. Former college football player Myron Rolle's opening statement on athletics and academics at a Congressional hearing. 6. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) presiding over a Keystone XL vote amid protests from the gallery.
-- 5. Rep. Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.) confronting Jonathan Gruber over the recent passing of her husband. 4. Montel Williams testifying about U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's incarceration in a Mexican prison. 3. Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) hammering Gruber last month. 2. Brad and Dallas Woodhouse getting chewed out by their mom for arguing politics at the dinner table. 1. Seth Rogen's testimony about Alzheimer's disease at a hearing. Links to all ten moments in the Washington Post.
-- Front Pages: WaPo leads with fighting in Western Iraq, which is edging ever closer to U.S. troops based in Anbar Province. LA Times leads with fears of terrorism in Kenya, next to a big photo of the Rose Parade. NYT leads with a divide among doctors over Ebola treatments in Africa. Front page obituary for the late Gov. Mario Cuomo (see below): "Governor, Governor's Father And an Eloquent Liberal Beacon." WSJ one-column lead looks ahead at challenges from overseas to the U.S. economy. USA Today banner previews NFL Wildcard Weekend: Cards-Panthers tomorrow at 4:30, Ravens-Steelers at 8:15, Bengals-Colts at 1:05 Sunday, Lions-Cowboys at 4:40.
National Roundup: What's happening outside the Beltway.
-- WH'16: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told NPR this week he's moving closer to a decision on whether to run for president. Rubio said he didn't have a date or a time frame in mind, "but certainly soon." On the prospect of two candidates from the same state running for president: "It's not unprecedented." (Associated Press) Rubio, to Jim Rutenberg: "If I don't run, it won’t be because Jeb is running. Maybe if you’re going to run for county commissioner or to be on the Mosquito Abatement Board or something like that, you may not want to run against a friend of yours." (New York Times)
-- California: The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin accepting driver's license applications from undocumented immigrants today, when California becomes the 10th state to provide licenses to immigrants without legal status. State officials expect up to 1.4 million people without papers will seek a license in the first three years of the program. Appointments at the DMV more than doubled when immigrants were allowed to sign up. (Associated Press)
-- Illinois: Gov.-elect Bruce Rauner (R) spent $27.5 million of his own money getting himself elected. Now, he and two wealthy friends are putting another $20 million into a state Republican campaign fund in an effort to promote his first-term agenda. Rauner put $10 million into the fund; Citadel founder Ken Griffin put $8 million into it; and Uline Corp. CEO Richard Uihlein added $2 million of his own. (Chicago Tribune) Rauner hasn't laid out his agenda yet, though pension reform is likely to be near the top of the list.
-- Florida: Clerks in all 67 counties may issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples when District Court Judge Robert Hinkle's stay is lifted Tuesday, Hinkle said in an order Thursday. The order clears up confusion over whether Hinkle's ruling legalizing same-sex marriage applied statewide, or only in Washington County, where the lawsuit originated. Florida will be the 36th state to allow gay marriage. (Tampa Bay Times)
-- Virginia: Attorneys for former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) called prosecutors' recommendation that he go to jail for a decade "extreme and unjustified," while prosecutors said McDonnell's request for community service was far too light. Neither side revised their recommendations to the federal District Judge James Spencer, who will sentence McDonnell on Tuesday. (Washington Post)
-- Montana: Republican legislators this week unveiled a proposal to expand Medicaid coverage for parents of low-income children, the disabled and some veterans. But the plan doesn't include accepting federal money to cover those making less than 138 percent of the federal poverty limit. The GOP's plan would cover an additional 15,000 to 18,000 people, while Gov. Steve Bullock (D) has proposed accepting the federal money, which could cover about 70,000 additional people. Bullock called the GOP's plan "the wrong thing to do." (Helena Independent Record)
-- Maryland: Gov.-elect Larry Hogan (R) is an early adapter to Chick and Ruth's Delly, the Annapolis institution that names sandwiches after elected officials. Hogan's namesake sandwich, the Hogan's Hero, will be a cheesesteak with grilled onions, one of the best-selling items on the menu. Hogan also inspired what he calls "bipartisan soup," a mix of Maryland crab and cream of crab soups that apparently mix well together. Chick and Ruth's will take the roast beef with provolone and horseradish on rye, named for outgoing Gov. Martin O'Malley (D), off the menu. (Washington Post)
DC Digest: What's on tap today in DC.
-- President Obama took his family snorkeling at Hanuama Bay on New Year's Day before taking the First Lady out to the very exclusive restaurant Vintage Cave.
-- Vice President Biden traveled to Brasilia, Brazil on Thursday to attend the inauguration of President Dilma Rousseff. Biden held a bilateral meeting with Rousseff after her inauguration before heading back to his family's holiday vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
-- White House deputy director of Public Engagement Marlon Marshall is stepping down today to return to his consulting firm, 270 Strategies. Marshall, a veteran of Hillary Clinton's 2008 campaign, is likely to work for Clinton again if and when she launches her presidential campaign. He's close to Robbie Mook, a front-runner to manage Clinton's campaign. (Washington Post)
-- The 2.4-mile streetcar running along H Street Northeast did not open Jan. 1, as Mayor Vincent Gray had hoped. Gray's office said the new target opening date is the week of Jan. 19, after he leaves office. (Associated Press)
-- The son of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise's (R-La.) first Democratic opponent tipped off a blogger about his 2002 speech to a white supremacist group. Robert Reed, who managed his mother Gilda Reed's 2008 campaign against Scalise, alerted lefty blogger Lamar White Jr. to the speech. Scalise beat Reed in the 2008 special election to replace now-Sen. David Vitter (R) by more than 52 points. (Reuters)
B1: Business, politics and the business of politics
-- A few months ago, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio was Brooklyn's biggest asset as it vied to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Now, he's a liability: DNC officials are worried the bad blood between de Blasio and city cops could become a side story the party doesn't want. (New York Daily News) The DNC's decision is coming in the next few weeks. We still hear Philly is the favorite.
-- The ten largest single donations to charities in 2014 totaled a whopping $3.3 billion, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. The biggest contribution came from the late Ralph Wilson Jr., owner of the Buffalo Bills, who gave his own charitable foundation $1 billion. Businessman Ted Stanley gave $650 million to a foundation researching the genetics of psychiatric disorders. In all, publicly reported donations of $1 million or more came to nearly $11 billion in 2014. (Los Angeles Times)
-- Stock futures are higher this morning after the Dow fell 160 points on the final day of trading in 2014. Asian markets are mixed today while European markets are trading lower. (CNN)
C1: Take time to digest the long reads
-- More on the death of Mario Cuomo, from NYT's Adam Nagourney: "In an era when liberal thought was increasingly discredited, Mr. Cuomo, a man of large intellect and often unrestrained personality, celebrated it, challenging Ronald Reagan at the height of his presidency with an expansive and affirmative view of government and a message of compassion, tinged by the Roman Catholicism that was central to Mr. Cuomo’s identity."
-- "[Cuomo] had a pointed sense of humor. When an engine failed in a puff of smoke on a state-owned Gulfstream G-1 jet one morning with the governor aboard, he barely noticed, and kept talking about national politics until he noticed that a reporter across the way had stopped taking notes and had turned ashen. 'What’s the matter?' he asked. 'Aren’t you in a state of grace?'" (New York Times) @adamnagourney: Yes that was me. And no, I was not.
C4: Fun things to read when you're bored at work
-- Lede of the Day (or, And You Thought YOUR New Years Was Bad): "PARIS (AP) -- France's Interior Ministry says 940 cars were set alight by revelers ringing in the New Year - 12 percent fewer than the 1,067 set aflame last year." (Associated Press)
-- Clip and save the $20 Diner's list of the best cheap meals in the D.C. area. Closest to Capitol Hill: Indigo, on 5th and K Streets Northeast. Closest to the White House: Taqueria Habanero, on 14th Street Northwest. Lots of good places to try in the new year.
Attn Matt Drudge: What outrages conservatives today
-- HaprerCollins has pulled atlases sold in the Middle East that didn't include the word "Israel" after a backlash from Western customers. A HarperCollins subsidiary said the omission was made to satisfy "local preferences" in an area where Israel doesn't have many allies. The company apologized and said the remaining copies would be pulped. (Washington Post)
Attn HuffPo: What outrages liberals today
-- Fox News kicked off the new year with a suggestion for women who hadn't gotten around to making any resolutions: Learn how to cater to your man. A new dating guide, "Single Man, Married Man," featured Thursday on Fox & Friends, includes this advice from the book, which, perhaps unsurprisingly, was written by men: "No matter where a woman [is] in life, she should always be able to cater to her man's needs." (Raw Story)