The Fitz File: April 15, 2014 - KMSP-TV

The Fitz File: April 15, 2014

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. - Today is Tuesday, April 15, the 105th day of 2014. There are 260 days left in the year.

YOUR TAX DOLLAR EXPLAINED - It's "Christmas" on Constitution Avenue N.W. for the IRS here in Washington. So umm, Happy April 15th? You pay your taxes and you assume it's going to schools, the military and essential services in your life. Well it turns out when you break it down entitlements like Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security ate up 49%of every dollar you paid. Federal benefits? They took another 20%. These include federal workers retirement and disability, unemployment benefits, and welfare programs such as food and housing assistance. And since Obamacare spending doesn't get factored in until 2014's tax year, that will show up in next year’s breakdown.

SOCIAL SECURITY REFUND DEMANDS - Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski says she's gotten assurances that the Social Security Administration that will stop harassing people who's parents (even deceased parents) may have decades old overpayments from Social Security. The debts, sometimes decades old have been suddenly winding up in the mailboxes of people who didn't actually run up the debts themselves.
The Senator sent a letter to SSA after receiving reports that people have have been slapped with massive bills demanding refunds be paid, after Social Security discovered the people had been paid more money than they were due. SSA says it was within its rights, because adult children were at one claimed as child dependents making them responsible.

VIRGINIA FREE SPEECH - When institutions decide where you can practice free speech, do you really have free speech? A court challenges to college's "free speech zones" is unfolding in Virginia. Attorneys are negotiating a settlement in the case of a student who was barred from preaching on campus. The Virginia Community College System has agreed to suspend its student demonstrations policy in response to a lawsuit filed by Thomas Nelson Community College student. On April 4, Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed legislation limiting public colleges' restraint on student expression. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education says about six in 10 colleges nationwide have policies that violate First Amendment rights -- and about one in six impose "free speech zones"

SNOWDEN PULITZER - Ft. Meade Maryland's most famous intelligence leaker Edward Snowden has a new prize to point to for his actions. The Guardian, the paper Snowden has worked closely with to spill the spying secrets of the NSA has won a Pulitzer Prize. Glen Grunwald the reporter who wrote many of the stories detailing the depth of NSA's ability to track cell phones, hack computers and track online movements led to Congressional hearings and Presidential promises of reform. Meanwhile the state's 2nd most famous leaker Pvt. Bradley Manning who now uses the name "Chelsea" had had his conviction in the Wikileaks case approved by the Commander of the Army Military District of Washington in Southwest D.C.

Today's Weather:

@fox5weather: Wet &windy on Tuesday then we get ready for the temps to tumble. #Freeze Watch tomorrow night into Wednesday AM! http://t.co/dAlvarRYF0

Today's History:

In 1865, President Abraham Lincoln died 9 hours after being shot the night before by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theater in Washington D.C.

In 1947, Jackie Robinson baseball's first black major league player, made his official debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers on opening day. Dodgers beat the Boston Braves 5-3.

In 2013, two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon killing 3 people and injuring more than 260. Suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev faces 30 federal charges; his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev died in a shootout with police.

Today's Quote:

"A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." - Jackie Robinson


Tom Fitzgerald
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tom.fitzgerald@foxtv.com
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