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Reliable Source: December 7, 2008 - December 13, 2008

Weekend Roundup: Jackman, Page, Oprah, Puppy

Hugh Jackman (Peter Kramer -- AP) Hugh Jackman -- who won a Tony, and later an Emmy for hosting the Tonys, and was once nominated for a Golden Globe -- will host the Oscars this year. He's never won...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 13, 2008; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Biden Gets Cutest Puppy EVER, Upstages Obama Dog Search

The future Naval Observatory pooch, with breeder Linda Brown (Suchat Pederson/The News Journal) While the nation's eyes have been fixed on the stalled Obama puppy search (Michelle says they're waiting 'til they move into the new house), Joe Biden...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  First Family  
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Already Hanging Around

Elaine L. Chao (AP Photo/Stuart Ramson) A time-honored rite of federal Washington is getting an earlier start these days. The Labor Department drew back the curtain yesterday on a new portrait of long-serving secretary Elaine L. Chao, by New...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Inaugural Countdown

Jeremy Piven (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) Lorin Maazel has an InaugWeek deal for you: $50K a night to rent the New York Philharmonic maestro's Rappahannock County estate (sleeps 40!), only 90 minutes from downtown (transpo included!); profits go to charity. Sting...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quoted

Jessica Cutler (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) "If we had the wedding in a church, my side would be full of dealers, cons, and 18-karat pimps, and his side would be all lawyers. No wedding should look like Central Booking."...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Celtics forward Brian Scalabrine takes in the Holocaust Museum. (USHMM/Catherine Copp) The Boston Celtics -- eight of them, anyway -- touring the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum on Wednesday evening, ahead of last night's game against the Wizards. Turns out...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hey, Isn't That...?  
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Love, Etc.

Kate Walsh (AP Photo/Nick Ut) Divorcing: "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" star Kate Walsh, 41, and her studio executive husband, Alex Young, 37. Irreconcilable differences, reports People. They met in February '07, got engaged in May '07, married in...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Love, Etc.  
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Quoted

McCain on the bleeping campaign trail. "I don't want to talk about the bleeping campaign. Understand? If you think I'm going to go back to that bleeping situation, then bleep you." -- John McCain channeling Patrick Fitzgerald channeling Rod...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 12, 2008; 12:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At White House Festivities, a Lingering Party of Two

Rep. Darlene Hooley at the White House Monday night. (Photo courtesy of Susan Miles) What's the best way to shoo pesky party guests who linger too long? Sic a White House usher on them. Monday's White House Christmas party...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 11, 2008; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obamas' Choice Boosts This Rivalry

(stock.xchng) Forget Redskins-Cowboys and Army-Navy: The hot new rivalry is Sidwell Friends-Maret. The exclusive private schools faced off last month in the quest to win Malia and Sasha Obama, with underdog Maret losing out to Chelsea Clinton's powerhouse alma...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 11, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Seat That's Not Cheap

Rod Blagojevich (Scott Olson/Getty Images) Hey -- your really hilarious idea to post a U.S. Senate seat for sale on Chicago's Craigslist? Yeah, well, plenty of folks had the exact same idea ($1 million, "golden opportunity") and none of...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 11, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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This Just In . . .

John Schneider (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) What is our world coming to? Someone stole "Dukes of Hazzard" star John ("Bo Duke") Schneider's SUV from a SoCal mall last week. But, oh, that's not the worst part of it -- inside...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 11, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

(Michael Buckner/Getty Images) Kristin Chenoweth at a Reagan National baggage carousel yesterday -- shiny black boots, loose up-do, big smile for the guy who stared a little too long as he recognized her. The tiny singer/actress is taping a...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 11, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Hey, Isn't That...?  
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Excuse Us, May We See Your ID?

Peter Gallagher and Glenn Close (Greg Gibson Photography) Ain't it nifty? Look who's 50 ... or older! The celebs who came to Monday's AARP the Magazine Inspire Awards were in a buoyant mood, making the red-carpet thing much more...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 10, 2008; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Parties  
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Vernon Jordan's Book Club

Vernon Jordan signs a book for Mary Haft. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post) Which came first? The friends or the book? In this case, the answer is clearly the friends, judging by the 200-plus guests (George Vradenburg, Tony Welters, Joe...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 10, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hey, Isn't That...?

(Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) Paul Bremer, who famously wore combat boots with pinstriped suits as head of Iraq's Coalition Provisional Authority, walking along K Street yesterday in a pinstriped suit and ... canvas Converse sneakers. Still got swagger,...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 10, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's Bleeping Great to Have Patrick Fitzgerald Back

Fitz back in his Special Prosecutor days. (By Joshua Roberts -- Getty Images) Patrick Fitzgerald, how we've missed you! Our former Very Special Prosecutor has lost a bit of his mystique now that he's married, but he was back...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 9, 2008; 2:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Dec. 9, 2008)

(By Bill Ross -- Associated Press) Michelle Obama paper dolls -- that's what the spate of speculative inaugural fashion stories has devolved into, evidenced by this latest story from Fox News, which basically just photoshops the future first lady...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 9, 2008; 1:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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OPRAH WATCH: Sorry, No More Tickets

(Chris Pizzello -- AP) Want to watch Oprah tape her inauguration shows at the Kennedy Center next month? Ha! Sorry: You would have had to spend strategic hours monitoring her Web site yesterday morning. Ticket information was posted at...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 9, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Quoted

Sen. Fran Drescher (D-N.Y.)? (Amy Sussman/Getty Images) "I was thinking I'd take the next four years to lay some groundwork, but I'm throwing my hat in the ring." Fran Drescher, telling New York magazine that, after her anti-cancer advocacy...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 9, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Kennedy Center Honors: The After-Party

Ne-Yo (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) So, say you're the most white-hot object in the universe at this moment, and you're trying to make a speedy exit from the Kennedy Center Honors, but there's one last person you're willing to slow...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2008; 2:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All Eyes on Obama Insiders

BET's Debra Lee with Sharon Malone at the Kennedy Center Honors brunch at the Mandarin Oriental hotel. (Roxanne Roberts) Kennedy Centers Honors weekend is all about rubbernecking and schmoozing big stars, and this year was no different -- except...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2008; 1:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Karim Chrobog's Delightful Dilemma

Emmanuel Jal and Karim Chrobog (Photo courtesy of Karim Chrobog) Don't you just hate when this happens: You have to miss your own movie premiere -- because you have to go accept a big award that the movie just...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2008; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Washington Life Gets an Obama Bump

The inaugural issue of Washington Life magazine, with an original Shepard Fairey cover.(Courtesy Washington Life) Obama fever is big business for Washington Life magazine, that glossy chronicle of the D.C. social scene. The new inauguration issue, with an original...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: No More 'Friends' for Leonsis

Ted Leonsis (Kevin Clark/The Washington Post) You can't make friends with Ted Leonsis anymore -- at least not on Facebook. The Caps owner last week added his 5,001st "friend," seemingly breaching the social network's longstanding 5K limit. By Friday,...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 8, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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