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Reliable Source: November 16, 2008 - November 22, 2008

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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (70)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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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  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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