Chasing Hillary

Book: Biden, O’Malley, Schweitzer, Klobuchar, Emanuel, Cuomo, and Warren preparing to run if Hillary Clinton bows out
Artist: Gary Locke

Among Democrats who hope Hillary Clinton doesn’t run—and their number is larger than one might think—the complaints are familiar. Age and stamina are the obvious considerations. “Look at Obama’s hair color, just like George Bush’s,” says a prominent Washington insider. “Somebody who’s seventy shouldn’t be president. And I think that’s going to be an interesting issue against her, but who in the Democratic Party is going to have the guts to take on that machine?” A former Clinton campaign adviser is equally blunt. “This is gonna sound superficial”—which is an understatement—“but men do age better than women,” he says. “At seventy she’s not gonna be—it’s not gonna be great.”

Beretta Dumps Maryland After New Gun Laws

Moves manufacturing to Tennessee
Maryland gun control protest at Capitol / AP

Beretta USA, one of the nation’s largest firearms manufacturers, will move its manufacturing and approximately 300 jobs out of Maryland because of the state’s new gun control laws, the company said in a statement Tuesday.

THE BIGGER THEY ARE

Column: Hillary Falls to Earth
Hillary Clinton / AP

Hillary Clinton may end up deciding she wants to spend the 935 days until election 2016 making corporate speeches and spoiling her grandchild. Recent events have exposed weaknesses in Clinton’s supposedly impregnable armor, gaps through which a Democratic or Republican challenger could damage, perhaps even defeat her. The bad headlines to which she has been subjected are enough to make anyone—anyone who isn’t a Clinton—think twice about running for president.

Majority of N.H. Voters Support Keeping Gitmo Open

WFB Poll: NH voters also favor trying suspected terrorist in military tribunals
View of the U.S. Naval Station base in Guantanamo Bay / AP

New Hampshire voters support the continued operation of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and say detained suspected terrorists should be tried in military tribunals rather than civilian courts, according to a Washington Free Beacon poll.

O’Malley Ignores Prison Scandal in Speech

Potential 2016 Democratic presidential nominee ducks systematic corruption in state prison
Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (D.) / AP

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley trumpeted his economic and law enforcement policies during a speech to the influential liberal Center for American Progress Action Fund on Thursday, while avoiding any mention of a Baltimore detention center controversy that has dogged his administration since April.