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Reliable Source: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Obamas' First D.C. Night Out: Birthday Dinner at Equinox

Equinox's Todd Gray (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) The burning question for Washingtonians: Will the new occupants of the White House be going-out types like the Clintons and the Bush 41s? Or will they be early-to-bed homebodies like George and...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 16, 2009; 11:38 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  First Family  
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Campuses Crusade to Secure Prof. Biden

Jill Biden (Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) Everyone's job-seeking right now -- Democrats for the best slots in the new administration, Republicans angling for the good private-sector gigs, nonpartisans just trying to stay employed somewhere. But one Washingtonian will have...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 16, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quoted

"PEOTUS Obama took another 6 minute ride through Washington, arriving at 157 pm at the nondescript Soviet-style building at 15th and L Street that houses the Washington Post. Around 100 people -- Post reporters perhaps? -- awaited PEOTUS's arrival,...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 16, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Pizza and Other Slices of Obama Life

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak) You already know what's on his iPod (Springsteen, Jay-Z), that he's a treadmill addict, that he's willing to try a half smoke. In our continuing quest to satisfy your desire for every bit of Obama trivia,...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 16, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Inaugural Roundup

Sarah Palin will not attend Barack Obama's dinner Monday in honor of John McCain. (David McNew/Getty Images) Guess who's not coming to dinner? On Monday, Barack Obama will host a banquet at the Hilton Washington in honor of his...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 16, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Top Hat & Tails? Why Ike Wouldn't Follow Suit

President Harry Truman, left, and his successor, President-elect Dwight D. Eisenhower, leave the White House on Jan. 20, 1953, for Eisenhower's inauguration ceremonies. (AP File Photo) In the final days of 1952, Penn State President Milton Eisenhower was worried....

By The Reliable Source  |  January 15, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Update

Lou Gossett Jr. (Charley Gallay/Getty Images) Lou Gossett Jr. has definitively severed ties with the inaugural ball he was slated to host. The Oscar winner complained last week that the Purple Ball's host committee and entertainment (Ashley Judd, John...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 15, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Fergie and Josh Duhamel (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian) "Fergie loves bling and has a love for unicorns, and Josh loves nature." -- Ellen Black, a Los Angeles stationer, telling People about the very special leafy, crystally, unicorny invitations she designed...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 15, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Rahm Emanuel dining at Zola Tuesday night with two others -- blue pinstripes, light-blue shirt, lime-green polka-dot tie. The soon-to-be WH chief of staff had chopped salad, skate wing, Shiraz....

By The Reliable Source  |  January 15, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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This Just In...

Jennifer Hudson (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) Jennifer Hudson will sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in Tampa on Feb. 1, the NFL announced yesterday. It will be the Oscar winner's first public appearance since her mother, brother and...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 15, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Obama heading into George Will's home last night. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press) Barack Obama last night, ducking into his first dinner party since moving back to Washington, at the Chevy Chase home of...conservative columnist George Will! Who, it should be...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 14, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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If You Have the Bucks, You Can Still Have a Ball

Rapper T.I. is expected to attend Monday's Hip-Hop Inaugural Ball, for which tickets are still available. (Oscar Merrida) Secretly wish you could go to an inaugural ball? Well, if you've got the $$, you probably can. For all the...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 14, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

Gael García Bernal: A new dad (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) Named: The week-old daughter of Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner, who will be known as Seraphina Rose Elizabeth Affleck, People reports -- different, yes, but only about a 4 on...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 14, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Chelsea Clinton (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) "We're delighted to have you here. ...Since your father served as an intern on this committee, maybe we can make you an intern for the day, chairman's prerogative." -- Sen. John Kerry to Chelsea...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 14, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Pick to Make a Homier White House

Michael Smith (Sheila Metzner) The Obamas have named their official White House decorator: Michael S. Smith, 44, a Santa Monica, Calif., designer with celebrity clients such as Steven Spielberg and Cindy Crawford, our colleague Jura Koncius reports. "Michael shares...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 4:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Beyonce's Coming to the Neighborhood!

Beyonce Knowles will perform at the official Neighborhood Ball on Jan. 20, along with Stevie Wonder, Mariah Carey and others. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer) Well, we were wrong: One of the official inaugural balls is going be awesome. After decades...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 3:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Roxanne's Inaugural Ball Advice

What to expect, what to wear, how to get around -- Roxanne offers her advice for attending an official inaugural ball....

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 1:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Hmm. That Byline Looks Familiar.

Barack Obama with his grandparents after his 1979 high school graduation. (Photo by Obama for America via Getty Images) One of the strange things for any new White House resident: Suddenly all this old stuff comes up -- exes,...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Love, Etc.

Gisele Bündchen and Tom Brady (Amy Sussman/Getty Images) Engaged: Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 31, to supermodel Gisele Bündchen, 28. Sources close to them tell People magazine he proposed Friday in Los Angeles. The couple, dating for two years, recently...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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So You Want to Be an Inauguration Player?

Clinton Portis (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Inaugural festivities look like they might be dominated this year by the "unofficial" parties -- i.e., the ones with open bars instead of Obama -- many helmed by big-name celebs. A couple of...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Matt Dillon (Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images) Matt Dillon, lunching solo at Busboys and Poets yesterday -- black sweater, window seat, cappuccino, grilled chicken sandwich, fries. The actor was in D.C. to host a Refugees International fundraiser at the Kennedy Center...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Farrell at a Globes after-party (Matt Sayles/AP) "Straight to the pawn shop tomorrow." -- Colin Farrell, when asked by a People reporter what he plans to do with the Golden Globe he won for best actor in a comedy...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 13, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hulas & Hope at Hawaii Balls

Barack Obama enjoying his native Hawaii last summer. But which Hawaiian party will he enjoy next week? (Alex Brandon/Associated Press) Is it possible to have too much fun? Next week, this town will be awhirl with possibly a record...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 12, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

The Obama family visiting the Lincoln Memorial Saturday night. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) Sasha and Malia Obama pretending to be weathercasters at the Newseum's interactive "Be a TV Reporter" exhibit Saturday morning while their dad taped an interview with...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 12, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Sorry, You're Not on the List

Brit Hume blows out the candles at his retirement party as former boss Roger Ailes looks on. (Robert Milazzo for Fox News) One in an occasional series of dispatches from parties you should have crashed. Event: Fox News's retirement...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 12, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

The happy couple at a 2005 fashion show. (Photo by Peter Kramer/Getty Images) Married: Pop star Fergie, 33, and actor Josh Duhamel, 36, at a Malibu vineyard Saturday, her rep told reporters. She wore a white Dolce & Gabbana...

By The Reliable Source  |  January 12, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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