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Fitz File: Monday, February 03, 2014

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Today is Monday, Feb. 3, the 34th day of 2014. There are 331 days left in the year.

OBAMA FOX INTERVIEW - Right before Peyton Manning got roughed up by the Seattle Seahawks, President Obama found himself scrambling in an in-your-face pregame interview. The President defended himself against an array of Republican criticism in an interview during Fox's Super Bowl pregame show.  The president traded shots with Fox News Channel's  Bill O'Reilly in the live interview that covered his troubled health care law rollout, the 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi and revelations that the IRS targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny. "I try to focus not on the fumbles but on the next plan," Obama said and took his own swipe at Fox.

KEYSTONE PIPELINE APPROVAL? - Could the White House finally move to approve the long debated Keystone Oil pipeline to Canada? The State Department has now issued a report fining no significant environmental objections to the project, but still the administration isn't saying what it will do.  Environmentalists disagree and insist approval would fly in the face of Obama's vaunted promise to fight climate change, even as the report gives him political cover to approve it. They argue the report, which provides a detailed assessment of tar sands emissions, offers Obama more than enough justification to oppose the pipeline.

MARYLAND MINIMUM WAGE RALLY - 11:00am in his own "State of the State" speech in Annapolis, Maryland Gov Martin O’Malley called for the passage of a minimum wage hike to $10.10 an hour.  To push that effor the Governor will head to the city where he was previously Mayor today. At St. Vincent de Paul Church he'll join a rally to raise the minimum wage in Maryland. The event will feature faith leaders and will present a range of religious views on why Maryland needs to raise the wage. Republicans in the state oppose the move, and there are questions in Mongomery & Prince George's where the minimum wage is $11.50.

CONSUMER DATA HEARING  - 3:00 pm Millions of people went Christmas shopping at the end of last year and wound up getting something they didn't expect: their personal debit card information compromised by a security breech. Today in a US Senate hearing officials from both the govemenrt and companies will try and explain what they are doing to safeguard that information from relentless attacks.  The Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs: Subcommittee on National Security and International Trade and Finance could call for new steps to help consumer victims after such breeches occur.
Dirksen Office Building #538 http://www.banking.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?FuseAction=Hearings.Hearing&Hearing_ID=7cac327a-08c5-41c1-9c66-3186acda62b8

Today's Weather:

@fox5weather Rain changeover to snow through morning. A look at when you'll start to see flakes instead of drops http://t.co/KzZKcZPJOH

Today's History:

In 1913, the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for a federal income tax, was ratified.

In 1959, rock-and-roll stars Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. "The Big Bopper" Richardson died in a small plane crash near Clear Lake, Iowa which was later immortalized in the 70's Don McClean song "American Pie"

In 1966, the Soviet probe Luna 9 became the first manmade object to make a soft landing on the moon.

Today's Quote:

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence" -Vince Lombardi

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