U.S. Capitol Receives A Makeover

For the first time in 50 years the United States Capitol dome is receiving a much needed makeover--at the cost of nearly $60 million of your taxpayer dollars. 
Visitors and residents of the nations capitol can now look up on any given day to find workers high above on more than 50 miles of scaffolding restoring the iconic landmark.
Predominantly made of cast iron, the U.S. Capitol dome is exposed to the elements which causes damage to the exterior. The more than 1,300 current cracks put the artwork in the rotunda at risk due to water leaks.
In addition to repairing the cracks, workers will remove layers of old paint, and repair the decorative ornaments that adorn the structure. The ongoing restoration ensures preservation for the next several decades. 
The dome as we know it today was built in the 1850's and 1860's. When the House and Senate extensions were added the original dome looked small compared to the size of the Capitol-- so a larger dome was added to fit with the grandness of the building.
One interesting fact--the original dome was made primarily of wood and canvas (quite the fire hazard) and the materials were used in the steam engine to erect the modern day dome.
So what does the work mean for tourists and capitol staff? The majority of the work is done at night and on weekends to ensure minimal disruption to Congress. Tours are still underway, but visitors will notice a donut like interior canopy around the Apotheosis of Washington fresco. The canopy will remain in place throughout the construction.
The Architect of the Capitol office says the project is on time- and on budget- and should be complete by the 2017 presidential inauguration.

Gov. Bobby Jindal: This president does not believe in American exceptionalism

A few of the questions and answers from Gov. Jindal that you didn't get to see in the piece that ran on Special Report--the biggest issue facing our country, the definition of marriage and his thoughts on discrimination, his faith, his experience in government, and foreign policy issues. 

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

Four more states have joined the lawsuit against President Obama's moves to spare millions of illegal immigrants from deportation. Oklahoma is one of those four. Oklahoma's Attorney General Scott Pruitt tells Bret the president accomplished this without acutally signing an executive order and he is still breaking the law.

New ISIS Terror Threats at Home

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Special Report Grapevine: Red Bull paying for not living up to claims

Clipped Wings: Red Bull is handing out up to $13 million for not actually giving you wings.

The energy drink giant has settled a pair of class action lawsuits for false advertising.

The suits claimed people were misled by the slogan and the advertised benefits of increased performance, improved concentration, and better reaction speed.

Promises the still wingless drinkers call false.

Red Bull has denied any wrongdoing but has settled in order prevent further litigation.

The settlement entitles anyone who bought a red bull product from 2002 until last Friday to a cash settlement of $10 or $15 worth of Red Bull products.

Quid Pro Quo: Thailand is taking a stand against policemen taking bribes by offering them bribes.

The government wants to provide a financial incentive for cops to turn down freebies as part of an effort to combat the ingrained culture of corruption within the police force.

And it appears to be working.

The country's police major general announced that two policemen were awarded the equivalent of $310 for refusing a $3 bribe.

In Thailand, bribes are commonly used to get out of minor traffic offenses.

Final Exit: Finally, the last remnants of the metric system on the interstate highway system may be heading for an exit.

Signs like this one use the metric system in Arizona for a stretch of 60 miles -- or about 100 kilometers.

The markers are the last remaining relic of a failed Carter administration pilot program aimed at convincing Americans to adopt the measuring system used by much of the rest of the world.

The state was planning to replace the signs because of wear and tear and converting them to miles.

One supporter admitted the conversion would make things simpler.

Quote -- "When I'm driving, I definitely can't do that math."

The plan was stalled after business owners complained about exit numbers and road markers changing which would force them to update marketing materials.

Officials say they will seek public input before making a final decision.

Special Report Exclusive: Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson joins Bret Baier live & in studio on Special Report Friday, October 3rd at 6pmET.

Secretary Johnson is at the center of the country’s defense against new terrorist threats from ISIS and other terrorist groups. In addition, we will talk to him about stopping the spread of the Ebola outbreak and working with the CDC & TSA.

He’s in charge of the Secret Service as well as border & immigration issues, including a new executive order.

Don't miss this exclusive interivew on Fox News Channel! 

Special Report Grapevine: I'll take cliches for $1,000, Alex

Costly Error: A simple mistake caused one of the largest stock trading errors of all time this morning. An accidental stock order totaling $711 billion dollars-- that is larger than the size of Sweden's entire economy-- was made in Japan this morning. Included in that order-- almost two billion shares of Toyota-- more than half of all Toyota shares on the market. Upon further review the order was quickly cancelled when the error was noticed. Financial experts blame fat finger or clumsy typing for the mistake. 

Reporter Blocked: A reporter covering the First Lady's appearance at a campaign event this week says the White House tried to stop her from talking to the people in the audience. Michelle Obama was stumping for Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke Monday when Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter Meg Kissinger says she quote: "was told by a Mary Burke aide and one for the White House that I could not speak to the people in the crowd. To say that I was creeped out is an understatement. This is what reporters do in America -- we speak to people. At least that's how I've been doing things since 1979."

Based on the story she filed, Kissinger ignored that request. We have reached out to the First Lady's office and the Burke campaign for comment. We have not heard back.

In Jeopardy: Finally, America's favorite quiz show is under fire tonight for a category that many say was downright sexist. On Monday's episode of Jeopardy one of the categories was "What Women Want." The clues are being called stereotypical and offensive. One of them read "Some help around the house: Would it kill you to get out the Bissell bagless canister  every once in a while?"

The question: What is a vacuum cleaner? The other correct responses for what women want:  jeans, pilates,  a crossword puzzle, and sleepytime tea.

Viewers lashed out on Twitter. "Did you tape your recent episode in 1950? Or are dated, sexist stereotypes of women still alive and well for your writers?"

"What women want? What is equal pay? What is the right to make my own health decisions? What is treated like a human?" 

The Grapevine called the folks at Jeopardy. They said they had nothing to add.


Behind The Scenes: Special Report in Louisiana

Thank you to the town of Lake Charles, Louisiana for your hospitality! We enjoy visiting cities around the country to bring you Special Report from the road-- we hope you feel the same way. We will be doing more of these shows as we approach the midterms and into 2016.




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