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The Fitz File: June 10, 2014

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. - Today is Tuesday, June 10, the 161st day of 2014. There are 204 days left in the year.

BERGDHAL BRIEFING - 9:00 a.m. Every day in the two weeks since the release of Sgt. Bo Bergdahl has brought new revelations about the case. The latest involves reports that Bergdahl has now told military officials that he was tortured in captivity while being held prisoner by the Taliban. Bergdahl has created a political firestorm for the White House, several soldiers who served along side him say he deserted his post prior to being captured, and had done so before. The White House still faces Congressional and national backlash over the release of 5 Taliban commanders for Bergdahl.

VIRGINIA PRIMARY - There aren't a lot of high profile primaries across the country but today two of them are getting a lot of attention in Virginia. In the 8th District 7 Democratic candidates are going up against each other to replace retiring Congressman Jim Moran. Alexandria Mayor Bill Euile and Frm Lt Gov &Car Dealer Don Beyer are among the candidates. Down in the 7th district meanwhile House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is trying to overcome. Primary challenge from Tea Party supporter Dave Brat who has been critical of Cantors efforts on immigration reform.

TIRED TRUCKERS - How long should truckers be allowed to drive without sleep? The crash that severely injured Tracy Morgan is drawing attention to the dangers of tired truckers just as the industry and its allies in Congress are poised to roll back safety rules on drivers' work schedules. A proposed change to fed regulations backed by the trucking industry but opposed by safety advocates would let drivers put in as many as 82 hours a week behind the wheel. The current limit is either 60 hours or 70 hours a week, depending on the kind of company employing the driver. The change was added to a transportation spending bill by a Senate committee last week.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM HEARING - 2:00 p.m. Has "Freedom of Religion" morphed in "Freedom from Religion"? In February President Obama said religious freedom is under threat, in referencing two American Christians held in North Korea. Here in this country though some Republicans say America has issues too. From the religious questions surrounding the Obamacare HobbyLobby birth control Supreme Court case, to recent attempts by the administration to review the hiring practices by churches. Today the House Judiciary Committee hears from both sides for an hearing on the issue

SAVE THE FESTIVAL - The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is one of the most popular events on the national mall. Now a grassroots group claims that grass is the reason the Festival may be ousted from its spot between the Washington Monument and Capitol. "Save the Festival" members say changes at the National Park Service have resulted in restrictions on how the Mall can be used by groups and events that will make future Festivals impossible to stage there. For 47 years the event has been on the mall.

LORTON PRISON REDUX - Would you like to live in a jail? For decades the now closed Lorton Prison was one of the most well known lockups in Northern Virginia and the DC area. Now The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday has thrown open the doors to a $188 million reimaginined redevelopment of the prison site. When it is completed, when finished the place that was once home to prisoners will house resident and new retail space inside retrofitted jail-cells and guard towers.

Today's Weather:

@suepalkafox5dc: Here's the 7 day forecast. Staying humid with scattered PM storms each day until the weekend. http://t.co/UGRygrTjLf

Today's History:

In 1692, the first official execution resulting from the Salem witch trials in Massachusetts took place as Bridget Bishop was hanged.

In 1864, the Confederate Congress authorized military service for men between the ages of 17 and 70.

In 2009, James von Brunn, an 88-year-old white supremacist, opened fire in the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., killing security guard Stephen T. Johns. (Von Brunn died in January 2010 while awaiting trial.)

Today's Quote:

"It is impossible to make anything foolproof because fools are so ingenious." — Corollary to "Murphy's Law."


Tom Fitzgerald
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