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Jamie Weinstein Senior Writer
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1.) Steyn for Senate? — Mark Steyn is smart, articulate and uproariously funny. Now, some think he should run for Senate. TheDC’s Jeff Poor reports:

“On his radio show on Thursday night, conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt lobbied National Review columnist and occasional fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh to make a run for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat against the current incumbent, Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen. Hewitt on Friday had announced the launch of, where one can sign a petition to encourage him to run as well as be notified how to contribute to his campaign in the event he does run. But in his regular appearance on Thursday, Steyn expressed his disappointment in the lack of the quality of candidates considering a run for the seat, but he didn’t entirely rule it out either.”

Worst comes to worst, it would be a highly entertaining run — and one that intelligently champions conservative principles. Perhaps it would be somewhat reminiscent of Bill Buckley’s 1965 run for New York City mayor. The only problem is that Steyn probably isn’t eligible to run. He said in a 2006 interview that he remained a Canadian citizen. There isn’t anything online to suggest he’s changed citizenship since then, but even if he has, he would have to be a citizen for nine years before he was constitutionally eligible to run. Too bad.

2.) Curb his enthusiasm — Guess who became buddies with President Obama in Martha’s Vineyard? TheDC’s Patrick Howley reports:

“President Obama spent time golfing and sipping cocktails with ‘Curb Your Enthusiasm’ star Larry David in the last days of his Martha’s Vineyard vacation. Obama played his first round of golf of the vacation at Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, with David and comedy filmmaker Peter Farrelly playing in the foursome behind the president’s. David’s autobiographical television persona has previously criticized people playing slowly in foursomes ahead of him on the golf course. It is unclear whether the ‘Seinfeld’ co-creator privately criticized the speed of Obama’s play.”

TheDC Morning would say that getting to hang out with Larry David makes for an awesome vacation, but unlike others in the media, we understand Obama wasn’t on vacation. He was merely conducting a week-long study of income inequality.

3.) On the road again — President Obama is back in Washington, D.C., but not for long. TheDC’s Neil Munro reports:

“With his poll ratings down, President Barack Obama is taking a two-day road trip to show sympathy for those hit hard by rising university costs during his four-and-a-half-year tenure. The trip will allow him to make three speeches in New York on Thursday, and speak at two town halls and at one speech in Pennsylvania on Friday. ‘At each stop, the President will discuss the importance of ensuring that every American has the opportunity to achieve a quality education by reducing cost and improving the value of higher education for middle-class students and their families,’ a White House statement said.”

4.) What can Brown do for you? — Scott Brown visits Iowa and, well, you can probably guess what that means. TheDC’s Patrick Howley reports:

“Former Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown is considering the possibility of running for president in 2016. Brown appeared at the Iowa State Fair Sunday. With refreshing disregard for political custom, Brown made it clear why he was visiting Iowa. ‘I want to get an indication of whether there’s even an interest, in Massachusetts and throughout the country, if there’s room for a bipartisan problem solver,’ Brown told the Boston Herald Sunday. ‘It’s 2013, I think it’s premature, but I am curious. There’s a lot of good name recognition in the Dakotas and here — that’s pretty good.'”

Who in the Republican Party isn’t considering a run for president? Brown seems like a nice enough guy, but if you would consider supporting Brown, you are probably already a Chris Christie voter. And given that Chris Christie will likely be a two-time governor of a Democratic state by 2016 — and Brown will be a two year senator who lost re-election — Brown probably won’t be able to take those votes away from the big guy.

5.) Tweet of Yesterday — Conan O’Brien: Apparently, Mayor Filner sexually harassed a great-grandmother. Today, Filner said, “You can call me sexist, but you can’t call me ageist.”

6.) Today in North Korean News — BREAKING: “Kim Il Sung’s Feats in Liberating Korea Praised by Nepali Papers”

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