Welcome to Tuesday, the 251st day of 2015 — the day after Labor Day, the unofficial end of summer and the latest reported reboot of Hillary Clinton, the Democrats’ 2016 presidential front-runner who’s been slipping in the public opinion polls recently. Reports are that Clinton, who’s been battered by negative headlines over her use of a private email server to route her personal and work emails when she was secretary of state — is going to combat her negative perceptions among voters by putting more emphasis on her humorous side, which those who know her swear is real. Clinton has called herself the “most famous person nobody knows,” but the constant revamping of her public persona may be part of the reason. Here is your Three-Minute Briefing, all the News You Can Use in 180 seconds or less:
Clinton Tries to Buff Her Image
Cheney Revs up His Engines: Vice President Dick Cheney resumes what looks like his favorite hobby: stepping to the mic at a right-leaning think tank to slam President Barack Obama’s Middle East foreign policy. “I know of no nation in history that has agreed to guarantee that the means of its own destruction will be in the hands of another nation, particularly one that is hostile,” he will tell listeners at the American Enterprise Institute today, according to his prepared remarks. “What President Obama is asking the United States Congress to do is unique — historically and dangerously unique. The results may be catastrophic.” He insists “a far better deal is still possible.”
Uneasy Lies the Head: The headline, “Boehner’s future as speaker in doubt,” has been getting plenty of buzz for Politico today. The premise — House Speaker John Boehner, a pragmatic Republican conservative and longtime Congressional operative, is trapped on the right by hardcore tea party radicals and on the left by President Barack Obama, leaving him no place to go but out. It’s not the first time Boehner’s head was reported to be on the chopping block, and past coup attempts have failed. This time’s different, Politico reports, because allies say Boehner’s had enough and won’t run for the speakership when his term is up in 2017.
Oh, Yeah — That: Not a surprise Boehner’s thinking of calling it quits when you consider he’s got to manage yet another standoff over raising the federal debt ceiling and putting money into the federal highway funding pot. It’s likely to be another re-run of the last federal spending standoff, where the speaker had to pay a hat-in-hand visit to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to get some Democratic votes to spend the money or see another government shutdown, which gives her and Obama leverage. They know that if Congress goes dark, Boehner and the Republicans in control are probably going to get blamed for it, and giving concessions to Pelosi will probably hurt a lot more.
Unplanned: Then there’s the whole notion that Congress will defund Planned Parenthood over a series of videos accusing the venerable women’s health organization of selling tissue from aborted fetuses to medical research companies. While it looks like the matter will receive a vote, Planned Parenthood isn’t going broke without a fight. They’ve launched a video campaign showing the agency’s warm, human side of providing women’s reproductive health for the poor.
Duly Noted: In 1892, an early version of “The Pledge of Allegiance,” written by Francis Bellamy, appeared in “The Youth’s Companion.” In 1966, the science-fiction TV series “Star Trek” premiered on NBC. In 1974, President Gerald R. Ford granted a “full, free, and absolute pardon” to former President Richard Nixon covering his entire term in office.
Happy Birthday, Virgos: ‘70s Ventriloquist Willie Tyler, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt. (both 74), pop star Pink (36), Rapper Wiz Khalifa (28).