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Fitz File: Tuesday, February 11

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Today is Tuesday, Feb. 11, the 42nd day of 2014. There are 323 days left in the year.

HILLARY DIARIES - Diane Blair was one of Hillary Clinton's confidants. She died in 2000, but had written down conversations with the then First Lady in the days after the Monica Lewinsky scandal engulfed the country that nearly ended the Presidency of Bill Clinton. Now the Washington Free Beacon website has published 40 pages of Blair's notes archived notes from an Arkansas library on her conversations with Hillary about the scandal. Lewinsky is called "a narsasistic looney bird", the press is said to have "big egos and little brains" and the affair is described as "not real sex" by the then First Lady. As Clinton mulls her own Presidential run republicans have been eager to revisit Bill Clinton's troubled past.

NAVY YARD REPORT - An important report looking at what might have caught Washington Navy Yard Shooter Aaron Alexis before he started shooting will be issued today. It points to lots of problems with how law enforcement does, and does not share information. Law enforcement agencies in more than 450 locations, including D.C. police, don't cooperate with investigators conducting security-clearance probes for federal ­employees, according to a a scathing report by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. It will include legislative changes to fix the holes found in the wake of last year’s mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard by the Defense Department contract worker who had series mental health issues and run ins with police prior to the shooting.

DEBT CEILING VOTE - Federal workers might want start keeping an eye in the Capitol Hill calendar. On February 27th the United States will hit it's borrowing limit and could default on its $17 billion dollar debt and trigger another shutdown. House Republicans are planning to vote today on the GOP proposal to lift the debt limit for about one year. It'll be connected to reversing recent cuts to military retiree benefits, and paid for by putting mandatory sequester cuts on Medicare providers for one extra year. The outcome is unsure because Republicans don't have nearly the votes to pass it without Democratic support. Democrats are ok with reversing cost-of-living increases to military benefits, and the sequester pay-for. But they don't want to tie that with the debt limit.

MARYLAND MINIUM WAGE - 1:00 p.m. The fight to raise Maryland's pay rate kicks into high gear today. Republicans are set to grill the Lt. Governor this afternoon Maryland's Governors proposed minimum wage of $10.10 gets it's first legislative hearing in Annapolis. Anthony Brown is sitting in for Governor Martin O'Malley who had to cancel his testimony to attend a funeral. Brown, who's running for Governor himself is hoping his testimony today goes better than last month when he had to explain why the state-run obamacare site wasn't working. This time, Brown has the backing if workers groups. Although opponents say it will steer businesses away from Maryland.

Today's Weather:

@fox5weather: Still on track for strong Nor'Easter late Wed/Thurs. Little early to give snow forecasts, but 6"+ strong possibility.

Today's History:

In 1812, Massachusetts Gov. Elbridge Gerry signed a redistricting law favoring his Democratic-Republican Party — giving rise to the term "gerrymandering."

In 1964, The Beatles performed their first American concert at the Washington Coliseum in Washington, D.C.

In 1979, followers of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini seized power in Iran. Later that year Khomeini's followers seize the U.S. Embassy and hold hostages for 444 days.

Today's Quote:

“When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.” - John Lennon

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