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Reliable Source: December 14, 2008 - December 20, 2008

Bristol Palin's Boyfriend's Mom Arrested in Alaska

Sherry Johnston outside her Wasilla home in September. (Al Grillo/AP) Bristol Palin's mother-in-law-to-be was arrested yesterday at her home in Wasilla on felony drug charges. Sherry Johnston, 42, was charged with six counts of misconduct involving a controlled substance...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
 
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On "Morning Joe," Fenty's Mugging Refill

Mika Brzezinski (MSNBC Photo) No, Adrian Fenty wasn't called to appear on MSNBC yesterday specifically to address the early a.m. mugging of anchor Mika Brzezinski outside a downtown hotel -- but hey, as long as they had him there......

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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A New Reality: You Go to Elle, Girl

Johanna Cox, at right (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) "Mature" and "nice" don't get much reality TV airtime -- but D.C.'s Johanna Cox defied the odds to beat ten others on CW's "Stylista" Wednesday, landing a junior-editor job...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quoted

Jeremy Piven (Lucy Nicholson/Reuters) "My understanding is that he is leaving show business to pursue a career as a thermometer." -- Playwright David Mamet to Variety after star Jeremy Piven abruptly left Broadway hit "Speed-the-Plow" because of his startlingly...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

CIA Director Mike Hayden, center, and the Bacon Brothers (Michael on the left, Kevin on the right). (Courtesy of the CIA) Maggie Gyllenhaal lunching with a pal at Georgetown's Cafe Bonaparte yesterday. Black tights, patterned skirt, cool boots, taller...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In

Mindy McCready (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Country singer Mindy McCready was taken to a Nashville hospital Wednesday after what police described as a suicide attempt -- pill overdose and slashed wrists. She was said to be in stable condition yesterday....

By The Reliable Source  |  December 19, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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First Look at the Fenty Baby

First peek at Aerin Alexandra Fenty. Adrian and Michelle Fenty's new daughter, born Nov. 24, joins big brothers Matthew (left) and Andrew. Check out that head of hair! (Photo by Rick Reinhard)...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2008; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Read This: Mika's Mugging, Inaug Celebs

Joe Scarborough (Helayne Seidman/Washington Post) Mika Brzezinski hands over $6 to a mugger outside the Ritz-Carlton this morning; Joe Scaroborough brings this up when Adrian Fenty appears on their MSNBC show just hours later, and the mayor pledges an...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2008; 12:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stalking the Elusive Holiday Wingding

Bountiful food at one of the White House's several holiday parties (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post) It's not just you: There really are fewer holiday parties this year. To make up for it, we committed to going to as many...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2008; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

Jim Sonefeld, Darius Rucker and Mark Bryan of Hootie & the Blowfish, in less awkward times. (Evan Agostini/Getty Images) Married: Laura Bryan, former wife of Hootie and the Blowfish guitarist Mark Bryan, to the band's drummer, Jim Sonefeld, in...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

First Lady Laura Bush with daughters Barbara (left) and Jenna. (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post) "They're a lot younger than we are, cuter than we are. We're old news." -- Jenna Bush Hager in the new People, on how...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Raheem DeVaughn (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) Local-boy-made-good Raheem DeVaughn handing out vouchers for turkeys and toys at the Landover Hills Wal-Mart Tuesday -- part of a needy-families benefit sponsored by the chain. The Grammy nom wore a black-and-white plaid...

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

(AP Photo/Stephen Chernin) "It sucks. I used to be governor of New York." -- Eliot Spitzer to a Financial Times writer who asked, at a N.Y.C. holiday party, how he's enjoying writing his new Slate.com column on government and...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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An Actor's 'Roots,' Phase Two

Isaiah Washington (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Isaiah Washington is about to pick up a second passport. "I am now a citizen of Sierra Leone," the actor-activist announced to us and several dozen other pals in an e-mail this week. He...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Brush With Infamy

The Paul Mitchell 413 Sculpting Brush. Along with the bleeps and shakedowns, the Rod Blagojevich scandal gave journalists the opportunity to recycle a favorite anecdote: the one about how Blago insists on having a special hairbrush with him --...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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This Just In...

Dana Perino responds to a reporter's question on Tuesday. (AP Photo) That shiner on Dana Perino? A microphone hit the White House press sec in the eye Sunday during the melee in Iraq, when a reporter tossed his shoes...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (AP Photo) Born: Zachary Lars Sandlin, to Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) and Texas congressman-turned-lobbyist Max Sandlin, Monday afternoon, the couple announced yesterday. Seven pounds 4 ounces, 19.5 inches long. First child for the couple;...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Alex Ovechkin (CNW Group/Reebok-CCM Hockey) Alex Ovechkin brunching at Arlington's Silver Diner, noonish Sunday, with teammates Alexander Semin and Viktor Kozlov -- drinking coffee, talking in Russian, so no eavesdrop potential. The Capitals superstar was stylin' as ever --...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's a Wrap for Barney's Holiday Gift

First lady Laura Bush, with Barney and Miss Beazley, in this year's Barney Cam video. (White House Photo Via AP) End of an era! Yesterday, the White House released the seventh and final Barney Cam holiday video, an annual...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This Just In...

The Clintons' cat, Socks, with then-presidential secretary Betty Currie in September 1996. (Barbara Kinney/Reuters) Tom Cruise made nice with Matt Lauer on "Today," apologizing for calling the anchor "glib" in the infamous 2005 interview in which they debated Scientology...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Phil McGraw (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Dr. Phil dining with 14 others at Art and Soul on Capitol Hill on Saturday after hosting TNT's "Christmas in Washington" taping at the National Building Museum. So, when Oprah's therapist dines at Oprah's...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Alec Baldwin (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) "I think the only thing worse than navigating Washington during the inaugural is the Super Bowl." -- Alec Baldwin, in the online discussion he hosted on washingtonpost.com yesterday, explaining why he will not be...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Obamarama: Today in Future First Family News (Dec. 15, 2008)

Barack Obama waves after buying a Christmas tree in Chicago with 7-year-old daughter Sasha. (John Gress/Reuters) Obama took Sasha and Malia out to buy a Christmas tree for their Chicago home yesterday. The trip, covered by the pool reporters...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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'Blago' Star: Phone Etiquette Not Required

Oscar role?: Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (Randy Squires -- AP) Two questions perplexed the nation last week: What was Rod Blagojevich thinking? And: Who should play the Illinois governor in the movie? Readers who joined our online discussion made...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
 
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It's Good to Have a Room, Just in Case

All booked: Geffen, Katzenberg, Spielberg have rooms for the inauguration. Do you? (2004 Bloomberg photo) Is this whole inaugural housing crisis overhyped? We just heard about some out-of-town guys who didn't bother reserving until the day after the election...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Sorry, You're Not On the List

Christopher DeMuth at Thursday's AEI dinner. (Peter Holden for AEI) One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed. Event: American Enterprise Institute's farewell dinner Thursday for outgoing President Christopher DeMuth. Site: The dramatic glass...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Brendan Haywood and new friends at Georgia Brown's. (Photo by Elizabeth Scott) Brendan Haywood mobbed by kids at Georgia Brown's on Saturday. The Wizards star partnered with the downtown restaurant to sponsor a free brunch for 300 single mothers...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In: Poehler's Farewell

Amy Poehler said goodbye for good on "Saturday Night Live" this week after making a surprise reappearance the previous weekend -- her first on the show since the nation's premier Hillary Clinton impersonator gave birth to a son in...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2008; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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