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Fitz File: Tuesday, January 7

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Today is Tuesday, Jan. 7, the seventh day of 2014. There are 358 days left in the year.

OBAMA UNEMPLOYMENT - 11:40 am: Fresh off his Hawaiian vacation, President Obama dives into the battle over extending long-term unemployment insurance today at the White House. The President will speak out urging Congress to reinstate the benefits which expired at the need of the year. The President's argument is that not only do unemployed people need the money to live , but it takes money out of the U.S. economy if they don't have it to spend.  Republicans have signaled they're willing to compromise, but that Democrats are dragging their feet on finding off setting cuts in federal spending.  

SCOTUS & OBAMACARE - Chief Justice John Roberts may be on his way to rival President Obama as the person most key to Obamacare's continuing survival. Roberts was believed to be the deciding vote on the courts upholding of the law in 2012. Now, Chief Justice John Roberts turned away without comment Monday an emergency stay request from the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons, Inc. and the Alliance for Natural Health USA, and has refused a group of doctors' request to block implementation of the nation's new health care law.  Still pending is a decision on a temporary block on the law's contraceptive coverage requirements, which was challenged by a group of nuns.

SYRIAN REFUGEES - 2:30 pm: Last fall, the United States came very close to launching air strikes against the Syrian Government of Bashir Assad on grounds that he'd launched chemical attacks on his own people. Assad agreed to give up his weapons, support for the attack never materialized and Syria fell off the front page.  What didn't stop though was a massive exodus of refugees still fleeing Syria, creating a massive human crisis in the Middle East. Today the Senate Human Rights Committee holds a hearing on how bad the situation is and what the U.S. is and is not doing in response.  Hart Building Room 216.

AFGHANISTAN TROOP DEAL -  U.S. Troops could be leaving Afghanistan sooner than expected unless that country's president signs a deal with the U.S. & NATO.  The White House says Hamed Karzai has only 'weeks' to sign security deal.  The United States has been pressing the Afghan government of Hamid Karzai to sign the Bilateral Security Agreement, saying a signed document is needed to plan how many U.S. troops would remain in Afghanistan.  If the agreement is not signed, there may not be any U.S. or NATO troop presence after this year. Karzai, however, has so far refused to sign it unless there are more guarantees, including additional assurances that civilians will be protected.

On this date:

On Jan. 7, 1789, America held its first presidential election as voters chose electors who, a month later, selected George Washington to be the nation's first chief executive.

In 1894, one of the earliest motion picture experiments took place at the Thomas Edison studio in West Orange, N.J., as Fred Ott was filmed taking a pinch of snuff and sneezing.

In 1999, for the second time in history, an impeached American president went on trial before the Senate. President Bill Clinton faced charges of perjury and obstruction of justice; he was acquitted.

Quote of the day:

"A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have"
  -Gerald R. Ford
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