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The Fitz File: July 30, 2014

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. - Today is Wednesday, July 30, the 211th day of 2014. There are 154 days left in the year.

VETERANS AFFAIRS FIX BILL - Today, Congress is likely to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care. The $17 billion bill needs to be done before Congress leaves town for a five-week recess. The bill is intended help veterans avoid long waits for health care, hire more doctors and nurses to treat them, and make it easier to fire senior executives at the Veterans Affairs Department. VA health provides care to nearly 9 million enrolled veterans and disability compensation to nearly 4 million veterans.

NEW FBI BUILDING - The General Services Administration, which oversees federal office space, is looking at two sites in Maryland and one in northern Virginia as the three finalists for the new FBI headquarters to replace the J. Edgar Hoover Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. The three sites on the shortlist are the Greenbelt Metro station in Maryland; Landover, Maryland; or Springfield, Virginia. The GSA will now start to assess the environmental impact of building on the three sites, take comments from the public and solicit bids from potential developers.

OBAMA ECONOMY STATEMENT - 12:05 p.m. President Obama plans to criticize Congress for failing to help middle-income Americans. The President is frustrated that Congress hasn't moved on his request for more highway construction money, ok'ing a federal budget, raising minimum wage or fixing immigration law. The White is expect to show its own record in a glowing light, boast of soaring home prices, falling unemployment, dropping budget deficits and increasing consumer confidence. Gallup’s poll shows Obama with a 41% approval rating with 52% disapproving.

HILLARY VS. REDSKINS - Add Hillary Clinton to the growing list of politicians who are calling for the Washing Redskins to change their name. Hillary Clinton says the Washington Redskins need a name change. In an interview with journalist Jorge Ramos she said “I think it’s insensitive and I think that there’s no reason for it to continue as the name of a team in our nation’s capital". When asked Clinton said she has no ideas for a new name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office canceled six federal trademarks of the team name because it was found to be “disparaging” to Native Americans.

Today's Weather:

@NWS_BaltWash: A cool start (IAD record low broken, BWI record tied), but a great late July day ahead. http://t.co/L81jln6g9T

Today's History:

In 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a measure making "In God We Trust" the national motto, replacing "E Pluribus Unum" ("Out of many, one").

In 1975, former Teamsters union president Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in suburban Detroit; although presumed dead, his remains have never been found.

In 2009, Harvard scholar Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge police Sgt. James Crowley, had beers with President Barack Obama at the White House to discuss their dispute that unleashed a furor over racial profiling in America.

Today's Quote:

"An efficient bureaucracy is the greatest threat to liberty." — Sen. Eugene McCarthy
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