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Fitz File: Monday, January 06, 2014

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Today is Monday, Jan. 6, the sixth day of 2014. There are 359 days left in the year.

BACK TO WORK - They're baack.  The President arrived back at the White House Sunday from his two week Hawaiian vacation. Congress returns to Capitol hill today and if you thought the New Year was going to start off with a truce between Democrats and Republicans guess again. Yesterday Senate Democrat Leader Harry Reid blasted the GOP as having no agenda further than criticizing Obamacare. Republicans meanwhile are set to focus on the implementation of the Affordable Healthcare act now that we are 6 days into the 2014 mandate for coverage.

EXPIRED UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS -  So while Cingress sort of "high fived" itself on the way out of town for Christmas break for agreeing to a budget deal, a lot was left undone.  Topping that list was a failure to to agree on continuing unemployment benefits for nearly 1.3 million people.  The payments ended Dec. 28 and Democrats and the President are demanding they be restarted. But, the GOP says the Democrats need to do more to reel in goverment spending. Republicans have suggested they could move on extending benefits if Democrats come up with budget cuts come up with other reductions in federal spending. .

IRAQ REIGNITES - The Pentagon is keeping a close eye on Iraq this morning and there's good reason as the country is facing the prospect of a new round of civil war. An Al-Qaida group has seized the cities of Fallujah and Ramadi directly threatening the US backed government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. Bombings in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, killed at least 20 people Sunday. The U.S. is making it clear it will help, just not with any boots on the ground.  Sec State John Jerry says America will support Iraq's fight against al-Qaida-linked groups but won't send in American troops

HILLARY SHADOW CAMPAIGN - Last month reports had Hillary Clinton "wrestling" with the decision over wether or not to run for President.  But a new piece out by Politico this morning, seems to make it clear the Clinton Camp has moved beyond the "wresting" stage and has pinned the decision down WWE worthy top turnbuckle body slam. Politico says a Clinton "shadow campaign is already well up and running with Clinton herself going over primary strategy.  Officially the former Secretary of State says there's nothing to announce, but when the "go" button is finally hit, it looks like Clinton clearly won't be starting from scratch. 

On this date:

In 1759, George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis were married in New Kent County, Va.

In 1919, the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, died in Oyster Bay, N.Y., at age 60.

In 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his State of the Union address, outlined a goal of "Four Freedoms": Freedom of speech and expression; the freedom of people to worship God in their own way; freedom from want; freedom from fear.

In 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush married Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

Quote of the day:

"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence" John Adams

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