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Posted at 09:59 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Gingrich campaign chic: not from Tiffany’s; a Hoover-homage listserv; and earmark addicts (read-this roundup)

The Gingrichs like their baubles, but his latest accessory is more substance than style. (Spencer Platt - Getty Images)
Is this the new campaign chic? Many candidates choose their on-the-trail ensembles carefully: shirtsleeves for diner visits; ties for big speeches. But Newt Gingrich is sporting an unlikely piece of bling (and it’s not, as far as we can tell, from Tiffany’s) that’s more lecture prompt than accessory.

“He wore a pin representing the Revolutionary War battle flag of Gen. George Washington and told his audience about its historical significance,” our colleagues Philip Rucker, Amy Gardner and Rosalind Helderman report.

Sounds fascinating, professor.

Elsewhere, we found a tidbit in Carol Morello’s Style piece about retired FBI agents’ unhappiness with the movie “J. Edgar” that we’ll file in the folder marked “Things We Did Not Know Existed”: apparently, there’s a listserv of FBI retirees called “xgboys,” a name in honor of J. Edgar Hoover’s dog.

Also, lawmakers just don’t know how to quit earmarks, and The Fix is looking at who had the worst year in Washington. There’s a long list of contenders (and they’re not even counting Bruce Boudreau or Redskins fans).

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