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Saturday, Aug. 17, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Despite all the hubbub last week about Hillary Clinton running for president in 2016, Philip Bump, writing in The Atlantic, says there are now no concrete criteria by which to gauge a possible Clinton victory. First, it's far too early for polls, he says. Second, the supposed “gender advantage” isn't clear. Third, “voters appear to be less intrigued by Clinton than the media.” Translation: Down, boys and girls. ... A new study says men between the ages of 35 and 50, and driving blue BMWs at 5:45 p.m. on Fridays, are more likely to engage in road rage than other drivers. Artificial empowerment certainly doesn't come cheap, does it? ... Retired political reporter Jack Germond died last week. He defended Teresa Heinz Kerry during her infamous 2004 “Shove it!” incident in Boston by trashing the Trib live on CNN. But he failed to disclose that his wife, Alice, was, at that very time, secretary of the Democratic National Committee. We remind, you deride. ... Poor Mike Crossey. The president of the Pennsylvania State Education Association, the one-time Democrat candidate for lieutenant governor from Pittsburgh's South Hills, is, in some circles, considered a possible candidate next year. But Keystone Politics, “Pennsylvania's source for liberal political news and commentary,” couldn't even get his name right in a Wednesday dispatch, referring to him as Mike “Crossley.” Hey, at least it got his first name right.

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