In case you haven’t noticed, Rep. Jim Moran is growing a beard.

Moran on the Hill earlier this month. (J. Scott Applewhite / AP)

What’s up with that? Apparently it’s been a long-standing August recess tradition for the Northern Virginia Democrat to eschew the razor, we’re told — but time, he just kept it going past Labor Day. So far, the reviews have been kind. “The white matched his thick hair,” wrote the Northern Virginia Sun-Gazette, “and if he lets it grow through December, he’d be great as a Santa Claus at the mall.”

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