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Reliable Source: March 8, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Joaquin Phoenix, Acting in His Best Interest?

Joaquin Phoenix performs at Miami Beach's LIV nightclub early Thursday morning. (AP Photo/Seth Browarnik) Oh, Joaquin. It's been an antic few months for the Oscar nominee, who was poised on the brink of first-name-only superstardom -- before announcing he's...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 13, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Obama Takes a Break From the Gridiron

The Gridiron Club's symbol. Spring break vs. a Washington institution? No contest. President Obama is skipping the Gridiron Club dinner next week, according to members of the 124-year-old press organization; they've been told he's spending the week with his...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 13, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Love, Etc.

Melody Barnes (Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg News) Engaged: Melody Barnes, 44, and Marland Buckner, 42. She's a senior domestic policy adviser at the White House; he's a Democratic staffer-turned-lobbyist. The two met 10 years ago (she was Ted Kennedy's chief counsel;...

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

Rob Lowe (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images) Rob Lowe, treating his sons to some dining, D.C. power-broker-style, on Wednesday -- first, at the White House mess, where they were seen lunching with an Obama staffer ("Welcome to the West...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 13, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In . . .

Chesley Sullenberger (AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Gary O'Brien) Capt. Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger has a $2.5 million deal with William Morrow for two books -- a narrative of life lessons that led to his plane's safe landing on the Hudson...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 13, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Seeking Representation at the Top

(Stephanie Kuykendal/The Washington Post) Fifty days into the new administration, and the motorcade license-plate watchers are still waiting and wondering: Will President Obama put the District's "Taxation Without Representation" plates on his limo? Bill Clinton made a minor splash...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 12, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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PETA's Star Gimmick Is Tough to Swallow

George Clooney-flavored tofu? PETA wants to make it happen. (Clooney: AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian; tofu: AP Photo/The Charlotte Observer, Yalonda M. James) Just when we thought we'd seen it all from PETA -- the animal rights organization known for high-profile...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 12, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (59)
 
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Quoted

Ashley Alexandra Dupré (AP Photo) "Russell Simmons and I have been going to the same class, and he's just an amazing and wonderful person and spirit. ... He's become a mentor, and has helped me work through my issues....

By The Reliable Source  |  March 12, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Young Love Comes to an End in Alaska

Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin at the 2008 Republican National Convention. (Rick Wilking/Reuters) Split: Bristol Palin, 18, and Levi Johnston, 19 -- he confirmed to the Associated Press last night. The couple, whose pregnancy rocked the 2008 campaign (son...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 12, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones dining together at La Chaumière on Tuesday night. The two were in town to attend a "neighborhood celebration" honoring Hillary Clinton at the Italian Embassy last...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 12, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On the Hill, He's Simply Smashing

Billy Corgan went into Washington geek mode for more than three hours of testimony on the Performance Rights Act. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) Billy Corgan -- one of us! The Smashing Pumpkins frontman dialed back the rock-star charisma -- waaaaay...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 11, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Familiar Refrain

Rihanna and Chris Brown at the MTV Movie Awards in June. (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Chris Brown's arraignment on felony charges for the alleged attack on girlfriend Rihanna is postponed until April 6 -- but no such delay on round-the-clock...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 11, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quoted

Christine Beatty and Kwame Kilpatrick in May 2007. (AP Photo/Detroit News, Ricardo Thomas) Beatty: This is one of those humor me questions, when I send you messages like the last one I sent, do you feel "special" LOL (remember,...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 11, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Surreal Estate

Timothy Geithner (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) SELLER: Timothy Geithner ASKING PRICE: $1.635 million DETAILS: Looks like he's planning to stay. The new Treasury secretary and his wife, Carole, have put their New York home on the market -- and...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 11, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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When Reality TV Comes a-Courtin'

Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fl.), seated behind desk, is flanked by members of his staff who were featured in the 2006 Sundance Channel original series "The Hill." Lale Mamaux is standing on the left. (Courtesy of the Sundance Channel) Are...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 10, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Media vs. Politicos in a Different Arena

Kim Martucci of Channel 9 crashes down on Councilmember Muriel Bowser at yesterday's D.C. Council/D.C. Media basketball game at the Verizon Center. (Adam Tuss/WTOP) It's just as well that ethics kept us from betting when the D.C. Council played...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 10, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Mayor Adrian Fenty and his twin sons Andrew, left, and Matthew. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) The Fenty twins -- Matthew and Andrew -- getting a "Happy Birthday" serenade by the brunch crowd at Georgia Brown's on Sunday. The just-turned-9-year-olds...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 10, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Update: Angelina's D.C. Movie Shoot

Angelina Jolie at the Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter Metro station during filming Thursday. (Photo courtesy of Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority) The suspicious activity you might have seen on a Southwest Freeway overpass this weekend? Nothing to call in about...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 9, 2009; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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The White House: Party Central

President Obama talks with guests at a dinner for congressional leadership at the White House last Wednesday. (Pool Photo by Dennis Brack via Getty Images) Looking to score an invitation to the White House? Might be a good idea...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 9, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Icy Relationship?

Jack Way, Tim Regan and Sen. John Kerry playing in the Lawmakers Vs. Lobbyists Charity Ice Hockey Game. (Justin Mein) Can you really get a bruising, no-holds-barred hockey game going when it's "Lawmakers vs. Lobbyists"? Aren't these two groups...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 9, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hey, Isn't That. . . ?

Rob Lowe (MJ Kim/Getty Images) Rob Lowe on 17th Street near the White House on Saturday -- dark suit, bright red tie, aviator shades. (And earlier, dropping by the Rosslyn Starbucks, and later playfully staring down one of the...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 9, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Meghan in happier times, at the White House Correspondent's Association Dinner last year. (Richard A. Lipski/The Washington Post) "As the father of three daughters, I know I speak for many fathers when I say congratulations on slowing down her...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 9, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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