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May 15, 2019

The old Beto O'Rourke is back.

On Monday, the former Texas congressmember turned 2020 Democrat promised MSNBC's Rachel Maddow that he could "do a better job" running his once-soaring, now-faltering campaign. And on Wednesday, he brought back a stunt that seemed to have worked in the past: Livestreaming.

Before O'Rourke launched his presidential run in March, and in his first few weeks in the race, was a solid frontrunner in most polls and even topped Joe Biden in one. But recent polls have O'Rourke back down in the single digits, prompting Maddow and others to question whether he peaked too early. So O'Rourke dredged up an old technique and livestreamed his haircut in El Paso, Texas on Wednesday, talking about everything from his barber's immigrant background to the ear hair he was getting trimmed.

The live event hearkens back to O'Rourke's post-Senate, pre-presidential run days, when he livestreamed a dental cleaning. A haircut, which does not inhibit its receiver from talking, is undeniably a better choice. Kathryn Krawczyk

May 10, 2019

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) does not waste a moment that could be spent talking policy.

On Thursday evening, the 2020 contender was saddled with flying out of what Reagan National Airport calls its "infamously congested Gate 35X" — a gate that forces its passengers to take a shuttle to their planes parked somewhere far away. Yet Warren made the most of the miserable bus ride, tying her impending West Virginia flight into an improvised town hall on the opioid crisis, which of course she has a presidential plan to fight.

In true New England fashion, Warren clutched a Dunkin' iced coffee as someone on the bus asked why she was heading to West Virginia. "I hope it's a good place to talk about" the opioid crisis, Warren said, seeming in high spirits despite the fact that her flight was running two hours late, CNN reports.

This seems to be just the latest installment in Warren's transit town hall series. Last time, she discussed the Mueller report in New York City's Penn Station. Kathryn Krawczyk

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