What’s the Loop reading this morning?
Friends with Money — Many normal folks passing the hat among friends and family would be lucky to turn up enough for a decent cup of coffee. But some congressional candidates are luckier, reports our colleague Dan Eggen, with ultra-personalized Super PACs to which their best pals and kin can essentially fund campaigns.
Vacations Under the Microscope — Pity presidents, whose every choice gets analyzed and invested with meaning. As our colleague Juliet Elperin dissects President Obama’s record on wilderness preservation, she notes that “although he has spoken movingly of a family visit to Yellowstone at age 11, he spends more of his free time golfing or on the beach than hiking or horseback riding through national parks.”
Well played, golfing lobby, well played.
Scandalgate — Let’s place a moratorium on the suffix “-gate” to denote a scandal. Our colleague Monica Hesse examines the lack of creativity in naming Washington peccadillos.
An Excellent Year — The gang at the Radio & Television Congressional Correspondents dinner came up with the perfect gift that fits under the $10 limit that lawmakers must abide by. At their annual fete, the Reliable Source reports, they presented House Speaker John Boehner with a lovely bottle of red ... Mad Dog 20/20, the malt liquor.