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Take a look at the stories from around our area and world that are making news today.
Hair today, president tomorrow: Simon Doonan of Slate writes: “Rand Paul sounds like the name of a horny Beverly Hills hairdresser from the 1970s. And, come to think of it, his hair looks just like the hair of a horny Beverly Hills hairdresser from the 1970s. That boyish arrangement of moist curls — Betty Grable’s poodle fringe meets Caligula – raises a million questions. How long is it and where does it start? Is he using a Jheri-curl treatment? Does such a painstaking arrangement of Greco-Roman ringlets qualify or disqualify Mr. Paul for the office of commander in chief? Some people read palms. Some pore over astrological charts. In my homeland there are scary old broads who can even read your tea leaves. With me, it’s hair. I can tell everything about a person’s destiny by what’s going on with le coiffure. Who has presidential hair, and who doesn’t? Cross my palm with silver — I also take American Express and Starbucks gift cards — and I will reveal all. I call it hair-certainty. Presidential hair = hair with certainty. Kennedy had it. Nixon had it. Even the Bushes had it. Hair-certainty describes hair that is what it appears to be. No illusions. No Greco-Roman fakery. Presidential hair can be thick or thin. Presidential hair can be messy. Presidential hair can be sparse, naff, and filled with dandruff. But, whatever it is, it just needs to have that certainty.” Read more.
Clinton gag gifts her GOP rivals with copies of her memoir: Eliza Collins of Politico writes: “Hillary Clinton got fed up with her Republican rivals criticizing her record as secretary of state, so she had a solution — send each of them a copy of her book. ‘I’m trying to be a good fellow candidate and give them some help,’ the Democratic front-runner said during a rally in Iowa. Apparently each GOP candidate (except for Jim Gilmore) received not only a copy of ‘Hard Choices,’ her 2014 memoir, but also a personalized letter. Clinton, on a bit of a joke spree after her appearance on ‘Saturday Night Live’ last weekend, got in another jab in Iowa, deadpanning that there are so many candidates on the other side, ‘they could have a book club.’ The letter soon made the rounds on Twitter. It read: ‘I understand that you and your fellow Republican candidates for president were questioning my record of accomplishments at your last debate, so I thought you might enjoy reading my book, Hard Choices.’ The note continued, ‘From working to restore America’s standing in the world to bringing crippling sanctions to Iran to negotiating a ceasefire in Gaza, please enjoy all 596 pages of my time as secretary of state.'” Read more.
These 3 House committees plan to repeal parts of Obamacare: Melissa Quinn of the Daily Signal writes: “Months after promising voters they would repeal Obamacare, House Republicans in three committees have introduced proposals to roll back specific parts of President Obama’s health care law. But the plans stop short of a full repeal. Three committees in the House — Ways and Means, Energy and Commerce, and Education and the Workforce — approved proposals last week detailing what provisions of Obamacare will be repealed through a budget tool known as reconciliation. ‘With contributions from three House committees, this reconciliation package will give American families the relief they need from such a disastrous law,’ Ways and Means Chairman Paul Ryan said in a statement. ‘It’s time to confront the president with the failings of Obamacare, and that’s just what this bill will do.’ In addition to repealing parts of President Obama’s health care law, the Energy and Commerce Committee’s reconciliation plan includes a provision to strip Planned Parenthood of its federal funding — a plan that has raised serious doubts among scholars on the left and the right.” Read more.
‘Joe, run’: Draft Biden PAC launches ad campaign with a simple message: Paul Kane of the Washington Post writes: “The Draft Biden super PAC has launched an ad campaign trying to encourage Vice President Biden to enter the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination contest, using his personal story of trying to overcome tragedies with his family to find ‘redemption.’ It marks an intensifying effort to demonstrate that there is enough financial support among Democratic donors to support a late-breaking entry by Biden, who has spent the past two months considering the presidential race following a mourning period after his 46-year-old son, Beau, died May 30 after a long battle with brain cancer. The 90-second spot does not mention his son’s death, only alludes to it, but it traces the arc of Biden’s 43-year career in Washington, beginning with the December 1972 car crash that left his first wife and daughter dead and his two sons in a hospital trying to rehabilitate. ‘By focusing on my sons, I found my redemption,’ the vice president says in the ad, using his own words to tell the story.” Read more.