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Reliable Source: January 4, 2009 - January 10, 2009

Obama Visits Ben's Chili Bowl

Obama shakes hands with worker Bria Hillard at Ben's Chili Bowl Saturday. (Linda Davidson/Washington Post) For years, a sign at U Street's landmark Ben's Chili Bowl carried this message: "Who eats free at Ben's: Bill Cosby. No one else."...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 10, 2009; 2:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (50)
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Party Pooped Already? Pt. 2: Crisis at Purple Ball

Gossett in L.A. last month. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images) One of the few inaugural galas with a solid celebrity lineup -- for so many parties, the stars are still TBD -- suffered a leadership crisis today when Lou Gossett Jr....

By The Reliable Source  |  January 9, 2009; 5:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Party-Pooped Already?

Russert still plans to attend the pre-inauguration party at the Rookery. (Roger Kisby/Getty Images) Ten days out, and we can already start counting the inaugural ball casualties: Both Luke Russert and MTV are backing away from much-hyped party plans....

By The Reliable Source  |  January 9, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Another Chicago Star's Hot Ticket

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Didn't get tickets to see Oprah's inaugural shows at the Kennedy Center? Well, you might (might) have another chance: Her people have been scouting around town for more venues at which to tape more programming, according...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 9, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Missing Regular: D.C.'s Denyce Graves

(Devon Cass) Scanning the long list of inaugural concerts, balls, prayer services and, oh yeah, the swearing-in, we keep getting the feeling something's missing. What is it? . . . Denyce Graves! That's it! The D.C.-born diva, the premier...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 9, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
 
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Chart-Toppers Are Feelin' the Love

Jay-Z invites you to his inaugural ball at Love. (Reuters) While the celebrity lineup for many of the official events remains TBD, Marc Barnes has managed to pin down some VIPs for open-to-the-public inaugural parties at his landmark Love...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 9, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Redskin Chris Cooley's New Position: Film Producer

Chris Cooley (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Picture this: At the Oscars a couple years from now, as they announce Best Picture ... that could be you walking to the stage, along with fellow executive producer, Chris Cooley. Okay, maybe...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hey, Isn't That . . .?

Roland Burris (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Roland Burris dining on seafood and steak with three friends at the Monocle Tuesday night, and guess what? Hours after he was rebuffed at the Capitol, Illinois' maybe-junior senator was the most popular guy...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

Savannah Guthrie (Heidi Gutman/NBC Universal) Separated: New NBC White House correspondent Savannah Guthrie and husband, Al-Jazeera producer Mark Orchard, after three years of marriage, say sources close to the couple. The journalists met covering the 2005 Michael Jackson trial,...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) "Ben Brantley -- honestly I hate that [jerk]! And I don't think he's a good writer. ..... Quite an actor, Sean Penn. ..... Amazing. Not a [meanie] like Russell Crowe." --Josh Brolin, accepting the New York...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In . . .

Joe the Plumber (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) Joe the Plumber is aiming to become Joe the War Correspondent. John McCain's campaign sidekick Joe Wurzelbacher told Toledo's WNWO-TV he'll spend 10 days in Israel reporting for a conservative Web site, pjtv.com....

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fit for a T: Portrait Gallery Gets Obama 'Hope' Collage

(National Portrait Gallery, ©Shepard Fairey) That campaign-defining image of Barack Obama that burned itself into your brain this past year is headed to the National Portrait Gallery. The original red-and-blue "Hope" collage by graphic designer Shepard Fairey that inspired...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 7, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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The Bush China, Off the Shelf at Last

The Clintons' White House china, purchased near the end of President Bill Clinton's term in office, was used at several Bush White House functions. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Laura Bush is scheduled this morning to unveil a brand new...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 7, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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Love, Etc.

Craig Ferguson: Newly wed. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)Born: A son to CBS correspondent Lara Logan and new husband Joe Burkett, a defense contractor she met in Baghdad, last week at Sibley Hospital. All is well, everyone is home, and she...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 7, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In: Levi Johnston Quits Job Amid Qualification Questions

Levi and Bristol at the Republican convention in September. (Paul Sancya/AP) Levi Johnston, the fiance of Sarah Palin's daughter, has quit his oil field job amid questions over how he got the electrical apprenticeship without a high school diploma,...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 6, 2009; 5:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (21)
 
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A Parade Veteran Still Loves His Marching Orders

(1997 photo courtesy of Charlie Brotman) With all this talk of change, you might wonder if the irrepressible Charlie Brotman had announced his last inaugural parade. But no! The 81-year-old PR man and former voice of the Washington Senators...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 6, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hey, Isn't That...?

(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall) Michelle Obama taking Sasha and Malia to the 1:45 screening of "Bedtime Stories" at Gallery Place on Sunday -- a little first-day-in-D.C., last-day-before-school-starts treat. The future first lady sat between the girls in the fourth row...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 6, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Love, Etc.

Romijn and O'Connell (AP Photo/Dan Steinberg) Born: Twin daughters to married actors Rebecca Romijn, 36, and Jerry O'Connell, 34, on Dec. 28. And the Hollywood baby names du jour? Charlie Tamara Tulip and Dolly Rebecca Rose. Split: TV star...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 6, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This Just In: India the White House Cat Dies at 18

India at the White House in 2006 (Kimberly Hewitt) India, the Bush family cat, passed away Sunday at the White House, the first lady's office announced. The 18-year-old black American shorthair -- who also answered to "Kitty" and "Willie"...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 2:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (14)
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A Book Deal for the First Lady

(Alex Wong/Getty Images) It's official: First lady Laura Bush will pen a memoir. Publishing house Scribner secured the coveted contract and said today the book should hit shelves in 2010. Bush's press secretary, Sally McDonough, declined to tell the...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 11:56 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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The Baucus Split-Up? You Could See It in the Cards

Max and Wanda Baucus in 1999 (Liz Hahn/Great Falls Tribune) Looks like Sen. Max Baucus and his wife, Wanda, have quietly split. Speculation that their marriage is over was all but confirmed last month when Montana's senior senator and...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Why Ms. Winfrey's Not Coming to Washington

Evermay estate in the heart of Georgetown---but not Oprah's. (Stu Estler) Look, we'd love to be wrong on this. But there is no way Oprah's moving to Washington. That was the big rumor that broke before the holidays: By...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Quoted

George W. Bush with little bro (and future president?) Jeb in 2000. (Reuters/Jeff Mitchell) "Right now is probably a bad time, because we've had enough Bushes in there." --George H.W. Bush, telling "Fox News Sunday" he'd like son Jeb...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In . . .

An attorney for John Travolta and Kelly Preston says reports that their son's body was not discovered for hours after his fatal Jan. 2 accident at the family's home in the Bahamas are "completely untrue." Jon Bon Jovi performing...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 5, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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