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The Fitz File: June 27, 2014

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. - Today is Friday, June 27, the 178th day of 2014. There are 187 days left in the year.

OBAMA SYRIA ARMS - President Obama wants to U.S. efforts to train some members of the Syrian opposition. Obama sent Congress a $500 million request yesterday for a Pentagon to significantly expand previous covert efforts to arm rebels fighting both the Sunni extremists and forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. If approved the program would open a 2nd front in the fight against militants over Syria's border and threatening to takeover neighboring Iraq. Congress has voiced concern that conflicts in Syria &Iraq are becoming the same fight against the same Sunni extremists.

GPS REGULATION - Does your smartphone GPS app do more harm than good in getting you where you need to be safely? The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is now developing guidelines for handheld devices behind the wheel. The guidelines are expected to be released late 2014. NHTSA's voluntary distracted driving guidelines were released in 2013. NHTSA says it has the authority to regulate and recall electronic devices, including apps on handheld devices, including those that can be considered accessories or additions to vehicles like Microsoft's "Sync"

FORT RENO SHOWS OFF - It's been a rock music tradition in Tenleytown since 1968. Now it appears there will be no Fort Reno free concerts this summer. An announcement on the Fort Reno Web site on said that after running each summer since 1968, the outdoor rock &punk concert series at Fort Reno won't happen this year. The reason? National Park Service &U.S. Park Police want the organizers to pay for Policeofficer at each concert. Organizers say it would double the budget of the concert series. An online petition has launched in change.org to ask NPS to reverse that.

NO DC BOOZE DELIVERY - Uber has gotten into squabbles with Taxi regulators in DC &Maryland. Now another startup "Ultra" an online alcohol delivery company has been ordered to cease operations by the D.C. Alcohol Beverage Control Board for selling alcohol without a license. The Ultra service takes orders online and then uses licensed ABC Liqour stores to fill orders and purveyor to fulfill orders and deliver them to D.C. homes. But DC says Ultra was “soliciting orders for sale” that it's business needs a license. Ultra has now shut down its D.C. sales. It's unclear if they'll restart service

Today's Weather:

@fox5weather: 6am temperature check, 60s out west, 70s around DC....sunshine peeking out this morning. Into the 80s we go this PM. http://t.co/sYqDUvcaXY

Today's History:

In 1864, Confederate forces repelled a frontal assault by Union troops in the Civil War Battle of Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia.

In 1944, during World War II, American forces liberated the French port of Cherbourg from the Germans.

In 1991, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black jurist to sit on the nation's highest court, announced his retirement. (His departure led to the contentious nomination of Clarence Thomas to succeed him.)

Today's Quote:

"The starting point of all achievement is desire" - Napoleon Hill




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