1) He'll avoid the stigma of having to sit at the kids' table for the first Republican presidential debate next week, but Rand Paul has bigger problems – like, say, trying to figure out how to be the first declared candidate to drop out of the race.
2) The U.S. Senate takes up a measure today to cut all federal funding to Planned Parenthood, a boneheaded response to videos – stolen, edited and released by abortion opponent group Center for Medical Progress – that purport to show Planned Parenthood officials discussing how to profit from harvested organs harvested from aborted fetuses. Ignoring the fact that Planned Parenthood officials aren't legally permitted to profit from tissue sales – and the assurances from the group that they don't – Congressional Republicans wouldn't actually do anything to keep Planned Parenthood from doing abortions – no federal money is used for those procedures – but they would cut off money used for mammograms, cancer screenings, birth control and other women's health care.
3) Gov. Go Time took questions on Facebook last night, responding to queries about minimum wages, property-tax reform and working with Harrisburg Republicans. He didn't respond, however, to a flood of questions from the state Republican party. And he took one question from a forlorn Eagles fan, responding with a lament about the Phillies – to which we would remind the Mr. Wolf that he is governor of Pittsburgh as well.
4) Maybe a prerequisite for working for Donald Trump is having a big mouth, just like the boss. While defending Mr. Trump from a long-ago story that he raped his then-wife Ivanka Trump, the Trumpernator's executive vice president and lawyer in residence Michael Cohen told The Daily Beast that it's not legally possible to rape one's spouse – an inaccurate and idiotic statement from an attorney who presumably is paid pretty well. Mr. Cohen has since recanted and apologized, and while he didn't sound pleased about the comments, the boss said the lawyer's job is safe.
5) Scott Walker tried to ingratiate himself and his presidential aspirations to Philadelphians on Monday, in part by trying to eat cheesesteaks at both Pat's and Geno's in South Philly. Problems: 1) He ordered American cheese on both. 2) He couldn't finish the steak at Pat's. 3) He should have taken a road less traveled and tried a roast pork sandwich – the one with the broccoli rabe – at Tommy DiNic's in Reading Terminal Market.