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Majority leader’s first topic: Colleague’s hair

A foggy Monday in Washington left Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in an introspective mood Monday, as he opened the chamber’s week by praising retiring Sen. Ben Nelson’s hair.

Mr. Reid, a Nevada Democrat whose hairline has retreated slightly but is still well ahead of many of his similarly aged colleagues in the Senate, said he cannot hide his envy of the thick gray locks of the Democrat from Nebraska.

“That is a mop of real hair,” he assured the chamber and the wider C-SPAN audience, adding that Mr. Nelson has constituents call his office to verify things. “They believe he has a toupee. It’s his hair.”

Mr. Reid was commemorating Mr. Nelson’s service. The two-term senator is retiring at the end of this Congress.


Stomach virus forces delay in Clinton trip

A stomach virus is forcing Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to delay an overseas trip that will focus on providing more support for the Syrian opposition.

The State Department said Sunday that Mrs. Clinton’s illness has forced her to move her flight to Morocco from Monday to Tuesday.

The Obama administration is expected to recognize the opposition’s new leadership council as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Mrs. Clinton is likely to announce that step at a meeting Wednesday of the Friends of Syria group.

Mrs. Clinton also plans to meet with Moroccan King Mohammed VI for talks expected to focus on the rise of al Qaeda-linked extremists in northern Mali.

Her schedule also includes stops in Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.


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