Washington Daybook: Born to Run

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Nils Lofgren, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Van Zandt at Nationals Park.

Born to Run — that’s both the title of a 1975 smash hit by Bruce Springsteen and an apt description of former President Bill Clinton. Both men take to the campaign trail today in support of President Barack Obama’s bid for another term with less than three weeks to go before Election Day.

The Boss will speak at a rally with Clinton in Parma, Ohio, then, in some kind of runaway American dream, he’ll run out to another event in Ames, Iowa, while Clinton discusses dreams and visions at a rally in Wintersville, Ohio.

The highways may be jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive, so Obama will fly to New York today to tape an appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” which will be broadcast tonight on Comedy Central. Later, he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will attend the Alfred E. Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria, a light-hearted event where candidates show their humorous side to raise money for the poor of the Catholic Archdiocese of New York.

Back in Washington, Security and Exchange Commission officials speak at a securities enforcement forum. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner chairs a closed meeting of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the U.S. Treasury. And EADS North America reveals the results of a flight demonstration for the U.S. Army’s Armed Aerial Scout program, showcasing an armed version of the Lakota helicopter.

Also today, lawmakers probing a meningitis outbreak are focusing on why a pharmacy linked to the infections didn’t receive greater scrutiny when potential regulatory violations were found six years ago. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano participates in the “Great ShakeOut” earthquake drill. And the Commerce Department announces whether it will begin an investigation to determine if Chinese plywood producers are selling their goods in the U.S. below cost.

But till then tramps like us, baby, we were born to run.

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