Archive: November 2008

Weekend Roundup: Michael Phelps, Madonna & A-Rod, Sean Taylor Remembered

Sean Taylor (Washington Post file photo by Jonathan Newton) The Reliable Source took the holiday off. But in Names and Faces on Friday, our colleauge Christian Hettinger told about a local all-star musical tribute to Sean Taylor on the...

By The Reliable Source | November 30, 2008; 4:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Thanksgiving Talking Points: Snip & Save

Time for the annual family gathering, where it's your job to fill the bitter silences at the dinner table -- and convince the clan you've really made it in D.C. It will be so much easier to impress them now...

By The Reliable Source | November 27, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Quoted

Laura Bush, center, with daughters Jenna (left) and Barbara (Tony Powell/The Washington Post) "The little girls did the running jump [onto the bed], and Barbara and Jenna, of course, aided and abetted that jumping." -- Laura Bush, on "Good...

By The Reliable Source | November 27, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

This Just In...

Spencer Pratt and Heidi Montag (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt, the attention-seeking reality stars of "The Hills," acknowledged yesterday after probing inquiries from the Associated Press that their "secret" Mexico elopement -- chronicled on the cover...

By The Reliable Source | November 27, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 26, 2008)

(AP Photo/ABC NEWS, George Burns) We are about to ratchet up the adorableness to a whole new level -- can you stand it? In their historic First Daughters Summit last week, Jenna and Barbara talked with Sasha and Malia...

By The Reliable Source | November 26, 2008; 3:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Palin's Closet Supporters at CNBC?

Sarah Palin, left, is interviewed by Maria Bartiromo, wearing duds purchased for her by CNBC. (From CNBC.com) Will we ever stop talking about Sarah Palin's clothes? The latest news on her wardrobe comes from Palin herself. Ethics disclosure forms...

By The Reliable Source | November 26, 2008; 1:04 AM ET | Comments (42)

Ay-yi-yi, the I's Have It in the 111th Congress

(From a Committee on House Administration booklet available online) The 111th Congress begins in January -- a milestone to be cherished by numerologists everywhere, we're sure. And it's been commemorated by the House Administration Committee in extra-snazzy style: As...

By The Reliable Source | November 26, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

A Reporter's Life Story on the Big Screen

Jacki Lyden (Bill O'Leary) You may know Jacki Lyden from her many on-air years reporting for NPR ... but did you know that her life is the stuff of movies? Lyden's 1997 memoir "Daughter of the Queen of Sheba"...

By The Reliable Source | November 26, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

This Just In...

Laura Bush (AP Photo/Sky Gilbar) Laura Bush confirmed what everyone in publishing knew: She's writing a memoir. "I've been talking to some publishers, but nothing has happened yet -- just a few visits," she told the Associated Press yesterday....

By The Reliable Source | November 26, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That...?

Queen Latifah (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Queen Latifah at the bar at Mie N Yu Monday night, sipping Patron with a pal, though they later switched to the bartender's recommendation, Lemon Drops. The Queen (dressed down in comfy cold-weather clothes)...

By The Reliable Source | November 26, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Look That Seems to Be Growing on Us

Left to right: Eric Holder (Susan Walsh/AP Photo); David Axelrod (John Gress for The Washington Post); Henry Waxman (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg) The mustache is back! Washington suddenly has the most impressive display of upper lip talent since ... John Bolton...

By The Reliable Source | November 25, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Jan. 20, Celebs Plan to Have a Ball

Dionne Warwick (Kieran Doherty/Reuters) Prediction: This will be the first inauguration when the unofficial parties have more buzz and more pull than the official inaugural balls. Still no word where Oprah's sure-to-be-hot-ticket party will land, but Dionne Warwick just...

By The Reliable Source | November 25, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That...?

Ehud Olmert (Gali Tibbon/Reuters) Ehud Olmert browsing at Pentagon City mall yesterday, between his morning meeting with Condi Rice and his evening talks with President Bush. The outgoing Israeli PM checked out the Cole Haan store and Nordstrom, waved...

By The Reliable Source | November 25, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Love, Etc.

Spencer and Heidi (Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images) Eloped: Heidi Montag, 22, and Spencer Pratt, 25, last week in a "secret ceremony" in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, showcased in a new Us Magazine cover story and photo spread. They're stars...

By The Reliable Source | November 25, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 24, 2008)

Obama helps Sasha out of the car on the way to school in Chicago earlier this month. (Kevin Lamarque -- Reuters) Our colleague Lois Romano reports that the Obamas have made their pick for White House social secretary --...

By The Reliable Source | November 24, 2008; 3:32 PM ET | Comments (2)

Mayor Fenty's Family Welcomes Baby Girl

The Fenty family in 2006: Michelle, Matthew, Adrian, Andrew. (Jahi Chikwendiu - The Washington Post) It's a girl! And her name is Aerin. The family of D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty welcomed its much-anticipated baby girl this morning -- the...

By The Reliable Source | November 24, 2008; 10:59 AM ET | Comments (7)

The New Hill Gossip Equation

Aaron Schock (R-Ill.), new kid in town. (By Susan Walsh -- AP) With all the fuss about the Obamas (school, puppy, grandma), we totally neglected a new crop of legislators headed to town. Were the 2008 elections good or...

By The Reliable Source | November 24, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Love, Etc.

Jessica Cutler (By Ron Sachs -- Cnp Via New York Post Photo) Engaged: Jessica Cutler, 30, the Hill aide turned "Washingtonienne" sex blogger turned author, to Manhattan lawyer Charles Rubio, 28. It's been a roller-coaster few years for Cutler,...

By The Reliable Source | November 24, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sorry, You're Not on the List

Gov. Sarah Palin with her handmade Happy Birthday greeting to Hilary Rosen. (Haddadmedia) One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed. Event: 50th-birthday dance party for political commentator and former recording industry lobbyist Hilary...

By The Reliable Source | November 24, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Big Formaggio

Jackie Mars, Placido Domingo and Andrea Bocelli at Saturday's Cafe Milano dinner. (Kevah Sardari) Hard to say what was a bigger hit at the Washington National Opera on Saturday night: Andrea Bocelli or the cheese. The Italian pop sensation...

By The Reliable Source | November 24, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Weekend Roundup: Juanes, Bronx Mowgli, Nicole Kidman

Juanes, the que lindo one on the left, at the Latin Grammys last week. (By Kevin Winter -- Getty Images) In Saturday's Names and Faces, Marissa Newhall catches up with Colombian rocker-humanitarian-heartthrob Juanes, in D.C. to get an award...

By The Reliable Source | November 22, 2008; 12:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obamarama: The Obamas Pick a School -- It's Sidwell Friends

**An updated version of this story appears in the print edition of Sat., Nov. 22 and online here.** The Obamas in Montana on the Fourth of July (By Jae C. Hong -- Associated Press)) The daughters of president-elect Barack...

By The Reliable Source | November 21, 2008; 4:44 PM ET | Comments (70)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 21, 2008)

Maya Angelou (Chuck Burton -- AP) ) Maya Angelou on Michelle Obama: She's a fan. Our colleague DeNeen Brown caught the author's appearance at the Hay-Adams yesterday, where she was asked whether the new first lady-to-be would help correct...

By The Reliable Source | November 21, 2008; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (6)

Oh, Baby! Big News for Rep. Sanchez

Rep. Linda Sanchez and her unofficial fiance Jim Sullivan (Photo courtesy of Rep. Linda Sanchez.) Linda Sanchez has always stood out a bit in Congress. The SoCal Democrat is by far the House's finest comedian -- sharing wacky tales...

By The Reliable Source | November 21, 2008; 1:04 AM ET | Comments (8)

Update: The White House Butler on the Big Screen

Eugene Allen (Kevin Clark/The Washington Post) Sony Pictures plans to turn our colleague Wil Haygood's front-page Washington Post story about Eugene Allen, an African American butler at the White House for 34 years, into a major motion picture. Allen,...

By The Reliable Source | November 21, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (6)

Love, Etc.

Paris Hilton and Benji Madden (Ethan Miller/Getty Images) Split: Local-boy-makes-good Benji Madden, 29, and Paris Hilton, 27, according to various glossy mags and confirmed to Us Weekly by her rep. The Waldorf-bred Good Charlotte guitarist and the freelance celebutante...

By The Reliable Source | November 21, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That...?

Michael Lohan (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Michael Lohan -- yes, Lindsay's dad -- dining in a party of nine at Teatro Goldoni downtown Tuesday night. The ex-con turned minister, now doing mission work with an anti-child-slavery group, was in town...

By The Reliable Source | November 21, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

Rep. Linda Sanchez: Pregnant Now, Marriage Later

**An updated version of this story appears in the print edition of Fri., Nov. 21 and online here.** Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) is pregnant with her first child, the Los Angeles Times reports this morning. Which is hardly unusual...

By The Reliable Source | November 20, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Another Big Event to Seek Out on Jan. 20

(AP Photo/MJ Schear) Forget about Michelle's gown or how to get a swearing-in ticket. The looming question about Inauguration 2009: What's Oprah planning? The multimedia queen hinted early on that she'll come to Washington for the big event: In...

By The Reliable Source | November 20, 2008; 1:04 AM ET | Comments (3)

A Bit of Navel-Gazing About the Media and the Campaign Trail

Pundits hold forth at the Folger Shakespeare Library. (Justin Bishop) About 250 folks trudged through the bitter cold to the Folger Shakespeare Library to hear five pundits dissect the media and the 2008 presidential race at a Vanity Fair...

By The Reliable Source | November 20, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Reframing the Issue

Tom Daschle (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Hmmm ... don't remember Tom Daschle sporting these funky red glasses when he was in the Senate. Now the proposed HHS secretary looks so ... Thomas Dolby? Alton Brown? Sally Jessy Raphael!...

By The Reliable Source | November 20, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Quoted

Ashley Dupré "This wasn't any different than going on a date with someone you barely knew and hooking up with them. The only difference is I can pay my rent." -- Ex-call girl Ashley Dupré describing her liaison with...

By The Reliable Source | November 20, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Hey, Isn't That ... ?

Serena Williams (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili) Serena Williams at Tuesday's Wizards game. The U.S. Open tennis champ (white shirt, black pants) sat courtside with Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein; got a round of applause when caught on the JumboTron; posed...

By The Reliable Source | November 20, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Choice: It Seems to Be Down to Two Private Schools

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The Obama school search appears to have narrowed -- and the much-buzzed-about Maret School is apparently out of the running. Sources close to the process say Michelle Obama felt that the elite private school in...

By The Reliable Source | November 19, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (11)

Looking for a Piece of the Obama Pie

The big cheese: Everybody wants a slice. (Julia Ewan/The Washington Post) One day, historians will discover which pizza is Barack Obama's favorite. For the moment, Chicago's Italian Fiesta Pizzeria claims to be the president-elect's top pie -- and it's...

By The Reliable Source | November 19, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That...?

(Dave Martin/Getty Images) John McCain at Morton's in Crystal City on Monday night. The GOP presidential candidate ended his bid with a last supper in the restaurant's private back room. The party included 12 of his senior campaign advisers...

By The Reliable Source | November 19, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quoted

Jean-Claude Van Damme (Fred Prouser/ Reuters) "You will wear all black, a black dress and high heels? You can come find me [at the premiere], I will be the one with the very broad shoulders, dark hair and a...

By The Reliable Source | November 19, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Update: Obama Girls to Visit the White House

Sasha and Malia on their way to school in Chicago last week. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) After trips to two D.C. private schools, Malia and Sasha Obama are getting a special personal tour of the White House this afternoon, accompanied...

By The Reliable Source | November 18, 2008; 1:49 PM ET | Comments (14)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 18, 2008)

(Charlie Neibergall/AP) Michelle and Barack reeled a record-breaking number of viewers in to CBS's "60 Minutes" broadcast Sunday night: 24.5 million, Entertainment Weekly reports, the 40-year-old show's biggest audience in almost a decade. The Los Angeles Times weighs in...

By The Reliable Source | November 18, 2008; 12:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

The New Guy on Campus Has Some Fearsome DNA

The Patriot (Courtesy of GMU) Mel Gibson as Sir William Wallace (Paramount Pictures) --> Ever since George Mason University announced last week that its athletic department had parted ways with longtime mascot Gunston -- a shaggy green creature of...

By The Reliable Source | November 18, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (8)

Italy's PM Checks Out the Mall (No, Not That One)

Berlusconi and Bush (Jim Young/Reuters) Guess who's boosting the flagging U.S. economy? Silvio Berlusconi. After the G-20 global economic summit wrapped up Saturday afternoon, the Italian prime minister headed for ... the Fashion Centre at Pentagon City. A mall?...

By The Reliable Source | November 18, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That...?

Six-year-old Bryans Road, Md., resident Maxwell McMillan and comic book legend Stan Lee (Family Photo) Stan Lee peering into the darkened windows of a closed RadioShack downtown Sunday morning. The legendary comic book magnate (shades, trench coat) was apparently...

By The Reliable Source | November 18, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Update: Obama School Search Heats Up With Girls' Visit

Malia, Michelle and Sasha Obama at the Democratic convention. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) The Obama school search is heating up: Malia, Sasha and their mom, Michelle, spent two hours yesterday morning with their mom touring Georgetown Day School, and...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 6:45 PM ET | Comments (54)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 17, 2008)

Michelle Obama on "60 Minutes" setting a timetable for First Canine procurement: "After we're settled . . . late winter, early spring." In the same clip, above, the president-elect on the issue of whether Marian Robinson will move into...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 3:35 PM ET | Comments (0)

Time Warner's Parsons: No Designs on D.C.

Powell, Parsons, Jordan. (Photo by Priscilla Clarke) It's good to be a pal of Barack Obama these days -- except, of course, for all those new BFFs who think you've got the White House on speed-dial. "I only have...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 1:04 AM ET | Comments (0)

Will a Compliment Turn Into the Inaugural Gown?

Designer Kai Milla and husband Stevie Wonder in 2005. (Photo by Russell Hirshon) Kai Milla, like everyone in the fashion business, has her eyes on one very special assignment: Michelle Obama's inaugural gown. "That would be a dream come...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (2)

For Malia and Sasha, Some Cousinly Advice

Malia and her dad on election night. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images) Barack Obama has his team of advisers, so why shouldn't Malia and Sasha? Their cousin Leslie Robinson, 11, is helping the future first daughters prepare for the...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

(By Ron Edmonds -- Associated Press) Laura Bush at Oyamel restaurant Saturday night. The first lady and five girlfriends (all in dressy casual) sat in a back room, shared a variety of traditional Mexican "antojitos" -- little dishes, like...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (2)

Quoted

(Photo by Richard Drew/AP) "Now, I gotta get in their face. I'm proud to be a woman. I'm proud to be a black woman, and I'm proud to be gay." -- Comedian Wanda Sykes at a Las Vegas rally...

By The Reliable Source | November 17, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (2)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 15, 2008)

Craig Robinson Basketball coach and first brother-in-law Craig Robinson: Ten days after his team won, his other team lost, at Howard University. Visiting her new home on Monday, Michelle Obama checked out the closet space, of course . ....

By The Reliable Source | November 15, 2008; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Weekend Roundup: Colbert, Kanye, Katharine Graham

When Rahm met Stephen... (Photo by Richard A. Lipski -- The Washington Post) In Saturday's Names and Faces, Marissa Newhall writes about Kanye's latest arrest and that will-it-ever-happen? HBO biopic of Katharine Graham. Also: The exhilarating, epic, high-school-on-a-world-stage breakup...

By The Reliable Source | November 15, 2008; 11:42 AM ET | Comments (1)

Obamarama: Just Another School Day for Sasha

Sasha Obama on the way to school in Chicago Thursday morning; that's older sister Malia climbing out behind her while their dad waits in the car. The girls currently attend the private University of Chicago Laboratory Schools(Photo by Amanda...

By The Reliable Source | November 14, 2008; 4:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Nov. 14, 2008)

(By Charlie Neibergall -- Associated Press) Which school for Malia and Sasha? Our colleague Valerie Strauss writes that speculation is focused on Sidwell, Georgetown Day and Maret; few are putting money on a public school. Meanwhile, this guy wonders...

By The Reliable Source | November 14, 2008; 10:38 AM ET | Comments (2)

Inaugural Ideas: Second Thoughts for Third Parties

Ralph Nader (Dominic Bracco/The Washington Post) You'll never guess who really, really wants to go to the inauguration: Ralph Nader. The sometimes cantankerous outsider has sent an open letter to Barack Obama asking that third-party candidates -- the Libertarian...

By The Reliable Source | November 14, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (9)

Dogged Flackery

A dog from "Marley and Me" at an adoption event on the Ellipse on Nov. 12. (Jeffrey Snyder/Twentieth Century Fox) A four-month-old Peruvian hairless puppy. (REUTERS/Mariana Bazo) The intense public interest in the future Obama dog has been an...

By The Reliable Source | November 14, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (2)

Continental Flare-Up: Carla vs. Italy

French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy (AP Photo/Gerard Cerles) French first lady Carla Bruni-Sarkozy and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi are feuding over his crack that Barack Obama is "young, handsome and tanned." Bruni-Sarkozy told Journal du Dimanche:...

By The Reliable Source | November 14, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Quoted

John Cleese (REUTERS/Fred Prouser) "I've had a hair transplant ... because I have got a very strange shaped head. It's very pointy. And I don't like wearing wigs." -- John Cleese baring all in a British television interview, reports...

By The Reliable Source | November 14, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who Was That Bow-Tied Superhero?

Former D.C. mayor Anthony Williams (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post) D.C. has a new crime fighter: Mr. Bow Tie! Tony Williams was on K Street yesterday afternoon when a thief grabbed a package from a UPS hand truck. The deliveryman,...

By The Reliable Source | November 13, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

The Open Secret of First Family Code Names

The Obamas: Malia, Barack, Sasha and Michelle. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Shhh! Don't tell anyone, but the secret code names for the new first family are Barack Obama, "Renegade"; Michelle, "Renaissance"; Malia, "Radiance"; Sasha, "Rosebud." So, uh, what's the...

By The Reliable Source | November 13, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

Love, Etc.

Grover Norquist (AP Photo/Yuri Gripas) Adopting: Grover and Samah Norquist, who welcomed Grace a week ago. The conservative president of Americans for Tax Reform got a call from his wife last summer: "I met a little girl, and I...

By The Reliable Source | November 13, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surreal Estate

Barbara Harrison (Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post) Seller: Barbara Harrison and John Pyles Price: $7.5 million Details: The NBC4 morning anchor and her developer husband have listed their seven-bedroom, 6 1/2-bath home overlooking Rock Creek Park -- for the fourth...

By The Reliable Source | November 13, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Wiseguy Explains His Smarting Words

Denis Leary (Molly Riley/Reuters) George Carlin said comedians have a duty to find out where the line is drawn -- and cross it. Denis Leary stepped over it last month when he mocked parents for jumping on the "autism...

By The Reliable Source | November 12, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (3)

N.J. Politician Apologizes for 9:30 Club Incident

A New Jersey politician who was arrested Friday for allegedly relieving himself on fellow Deadheads from the balcony of the 9:30 club apologized Monday at a Jersey City council meeting. Council member Steve Lipski (D) said he is an alcoholic...

By The Reliable Source | November 12, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Palin Says She Didn't Even Go Shopping

Sarah and Todd Palin (David McNew/Getty Images) Sarah Palin insists she never asked for the fancy wardrobe that caused such a fuss. In Monday's interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren, Palin said she arrived at the GOP convention to...

By The Reliable Source | November 12, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (22)

Hey, Isn't That...?

Billy Corgan (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) Billy Corgan leaving the White House on Monday afternoon -- same day as the big Obama visit, but no connection. The Smashing Pumpkins frontman, tall and bald as ever, in overcoat and scarf, wouldn't...

By The Reliable Source | November 12, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

He Needs No Acting Counsel: Floyd Abrams in 'Nothing but the Truth'

Attorney Floyd Abrams, left, with Judy Miller in October 2004. (AP Photo/Stephen J. Boitano) The holiday movie season is just around the corner, which means it's time to start listening for "Oscar buzz" -- or just making up some...

By The Reliable Source | November 11, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

A Moving Experience for Obama's Mother-in-Law

Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green) Cue the mother-in-law jokes! The newly dubbed "First Granny" is coming to the White House. By all accounts, Marian Robinson gets on splendidly with her son-in-law -- so well that...

By The Reliable Source | November 11, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (15)

Quoted

"That's something I want to talk to her about: What's our vision for her hair?" -- Jessica Steele, owner of Wasilla's Beehive Beauty Shop and creator of Sarah Palin's up-do, telling the Associated Press how she's looking forward to seeing...

By The Reliable Source | November 11, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Quoted, Part Deux

"I don't want to classify myself. ... You never know what's going to happen." -- Lindsay Lohan in the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, sort of ducking the question of her sexuality, several months into her much-9publicized relationship with DJ...

By The Reliable Source | November 11, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (1)

George Mason Says Good Night, Gunston

Gunston: Excited by new opportunities, chance for career growth. (File photo) As the college basketball season tips off this week, there will be one fewer local celebrity on the sidelines: Gunston is done. After years of debate and research,...

By The Reliable Source | November 10, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

Love, Etc.

James Packard-Gomez, left, and Erwin Gomez: Still together, just not together-together. (Photo by Zaid Hamid) Splitting, Part 1: D.C. eyebrow-grooming guru Erwin Gomez, 43, and his partner of 15 years, James Packard-Gomez, 39 -- but they're only severing the...

By The Reliable Source | November 10, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

He Weathered the Election; Now He Comes to D.C.

Ayers outside his Chicago home last week. (Photo by Peter Slevin) Customers at the lefty coffeehouse Busboys and Poets are doing double takes when they see the big display of the new book "City Kids, City Schools" by William...

By The Reliable Source | November 10, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Updates: The Towel Incident; Too Young for Woodstock?

McCain strategist Steve Schmidt is denying one of the juicier tidbits in Newsweek's massive behind-the-scenes report about the campaign: that Sarah Palin met him and Mark Salter at the door of her St. Paul, Minn., hotel room wrapped in...

By The Reliable Source | November 10, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kathleen Turner: So [Very] Happy

Kathleen Turner, uncensoring. (Photo by Carol Rosegg) In Saturday's Names and Faces column, Marissa Newhall reports on Kathleen Turner's happy expletives at the Knock Out Abuse gala... Is the Oprah Era ending, or is a new one beginning?... David...

By The Reliable Source | November 9, 2008; 5:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Obama on First Pup Preference: "Mutts Like Me."

President-elect Barack Obama today made his first public comments since the election regarding the hotly debated issue of what dog to bring to the White House. The Obamas promised daughters Malia and Sasha a dog if elected; the question...

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2008; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (1)

rs-milla

Designer Kai Milla and husband Stevie Wonder in 2005. (PHOTO CREDIT GOES HERE)...

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

More Dirt on Sarah Palin's Fancy Duds

Sarah and Todd Palin (David McNew/Getty Images) The McCain-Palin campaign is over, but Wardrobe-gate lives on. More embarrassing details have emerged about Sarah Palin's infamous shopping sprees -- including even more designer duds, plus sprayed-on tans and fancy underwear....

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (149)

Update

Mystery solved: Oprah Winfrey's "Mr. Man," left, is Sam Perry. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) The mystery man who let Oprah Winfrey cry on his shoulder in front of all the TV cameras in Chicago on election night? We asked...

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Surreal Estate

Lara Logan (Helayne Seidman for The Washington Post) Buyer: Lara Logan Price: $1.51 million Details: After wrapping an extended tour in Baghdad -- and as she prepares to have her first child in January -- CBS's foreign affairs correspondent...

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Bob Weir (Dino Perrucci) Bob Weir in the midst of the jubilant crowd rallying at the White House very late on election night. The gray-bearded Grateful Dead guitarist had attended the more polite party hosted by Democratic leadership the...

By The Reliable Source | November 7, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Move Over, Barney: It's Bark Obama

A yellow Lab (Washington Humane Society) The Obama-Biden administration is already going to the dogs! "Sasha and Malia, I love you both more than you can imagine," the president-elect told them in Tuesday's victory speech. "And you have earned...

By The Reliable Source | November 6, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (9)

The Obamas: Too Young for Woodstock

History was made Tuesday when Barack Obama, 47, was elected president -- the first man with a last name ending in a vowel (other than "y" or silent "e") to ascend to the White House, paving the way for...

By The Reliable Source | November 6, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (3)

No Name, No Fame

Oprah Winfrey, with a mystery man in Grant Park on Tuesday night. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images) The big mystery Tuesday night: Who were the folks the cameras kept panning to during Obama's speech, the ones flanking Oprah Winfrey...

By The Reliable Source | November 6, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

This Just In...

Tim Robbins (AP Photo/Andy Kropa) Tim Robbins required a court order to vote Tuesday. The activist actor was turned away at his N.Y.C. polling station when officials couldn't find his name on the rolls; waited hours, then needed a...

By The Reliable Source | November 6, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

On Election Night, the Capital Opts for a Few-Party System

Jean Statler, a marketing consultant, poses with a wax statue of Barack Obama at Quorvis's bipartisan election night party. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post) The hilarious calls came in last week from well-meaning out-of-towners: "Where are all the fabulous election-night...

By The Reliable Source | November 5, 2008; 1:55 AM ET | Comments (2)

The Land of the Free

A bad sign: People expecting free Election Day Ben & Jerry's in Dupont Circle were met with news that the chain's 19th Street outpost is closed for the winter. (Marissa Newhall/The Washington Post) How did the many offers of...

By The Reliable Source | November 5, 2008; 1:47 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sarah & the Cities: Baltimore Buys for 'Washingtonienne'

Sarah Jessica Parker (By Craig Blankenhorn/The Kobal Collection) D.C. real estate bargain-hunters long ago discovered the secret, and now so has Sarah Jessica Parker: Baltimore is so much cheaper! The producer of the HBO pilot "The Washingtonienne" brought filming...

By The Reliable Source | November 5, 2008; 1:46 AM ET | Comments (0)

Who Could've Predicted This Monkey Business?

An undated family photo of Armani the monkey. In an explosion of campaign tension, a prominent pundit violently attacked a local reporter, sending her to the hospital two days before Election Day. The pundit: celebrated capuchin monkey Armani, who...

By The Reliable Source | November 4, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Today, They'll Do Whatever It Takes Not to Jinx It

John McCain sees a movie; daughter Meghan wears purple. Barack Obama plays a game of basketball. Election Day superstitions range from the sublime to the infamous: James Carville wore the same underwear for days in the 1992 campaign. "I brush...

By The Reliable Source | November 4, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Love, Etc.

DeAnna Pappas and Jesse Csincsak, in happier times. (AP Photo/Disneyland, Paul Hifmeyer) Disengaging: "The Bachelorette" star DeAnna Pappas, 26, and Jesse Csincsak, also 26, the pro snowboarder fiance she picked from a field of 25 dudes on the ABC...

By The Reliable Source | November 4, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Hey, Isn't That...?

Stevie Wonder (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) Stevie Wonder sipping tea at Kaz Sushi Bistro downtown Saturday night with two women and another man. (His wife is from Bowie.) Navy blue shirt, gold chain, braids. An excited pack of fans in...

By The Reliable Source | November 4, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

No 'Do in This Fight, but Cristophe Has an Offer

Celebrity stylist Cristophe. (Photo courtesy of Cristophe) This 2008 presidential race has been lots of fun, but definitely lacking a certain something: a good Cristophe controversy. "The hair has not been an issue in the election," said the Belgian-born...

By The Reliable Source | November 3, 2008; 1:03 AM ET | Comments (1)

Hey, Isn't That...?

No parsley for Sarah Jessica Parker, thank you. (By Craig Blankenhorn -- The Kobal Collection) Sen. Mary Landrieu taking a break from her super-close race back home to trick-or-treat with her daughter on Capitol Hill. The Louisiana Democrat (denim...

By The Reliable Source | November 3, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

Sorry, You're Not on the List

Sigmund Young and Holly Hixon enjoy their 15 minutes at the Warhol party. (Photo by Amy Argetsinger) One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed. Event: 1960s-esque Andy Warhol "Factory Party," Wednesday night. Site:...

By The Reliable Source | November 3, 2008; 1:01 AM ET | Comments (1)

Quoted

"I gave her the option. ... You want your money in a ring, or you want your money in the wedding? Woman's gonna choose a ring." -- Gilbert Arenas telling a Comcast SportsNet interviewer that he and fiancee Laura...

By The Reliable Source | November 3, 2008; 1:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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The Obamas: Malia, Barack, Sasha and Michelle. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)...

By The Reliable Source | November 1, 2008; 1:02 AM ET | Comments (0)

 
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