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Reliable Source: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

A roasty-toasty time at the Gridiron

Garcon, more champagne! In dire need of booze and belly laughs, 600 of the capital's journalists (laid off, bought out) and politicians (raged at, stimulused out) squeezed into the grand ballroom of the Renaissance Marriott downtown for the annual Gridiron...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 21, 2009; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Report: Jenna's Secret Service Vehicle Towed

Henry Hager and Jenna Bush Hager (Mia Baxter/The White House) Baltimore news outlets are reporting that a vehicle in Jenna Bush Hager's "protective detail" was towed from her neighborhood because of several unpaid parking tickets. WBAL News and InvestigativeVoice.Com...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 20, 2009; 4:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Fall Doesn't Keep This Senator Down

Sen. Lisa Murkowski -- in a wheelchair, holding her crutches -- is recovering from a ski accident. (Courtesy of Sen. Murkowski's office) Sen. Lisa Murkowski has spent the past two weeks moving around Capitol Hill in a wheelchair --...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 20, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A First Lady With a Head for Style

During a visit to Cameroon this week, Pope Benedict XVI speaks to Cameroon's President Paul Biya, left, as Biya's wife Chantal applauds. (Alessandro Bianchi/Reuters)Enlarge Image Oh, sure, everyone agrees that Michelle Obama and Carla Bruni-Sarkozy know how to put together...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 20, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Love, Etc.

Marc Jacobs (Michael Buckner/Getty Images for IMG) Engaged: Designer Marc Jacobs to his ad-exec boyfriend of about a year, Lorenzo Martone, Women's Wear Daily reported yesterday. No date set, and no word on the jurisdiction in which they'll make...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 20, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Ben Affleck and Allen Iverson (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images; AP Photo/Mark Duncan) Ben Affleck and Allen Iverson watching jazz pianist Marcus Johnson playing in the lobby of the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton at the same time Wednesday night -- but no,...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 20, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Breaking Down the Prez's Picks

President Obama fills out his NCAA bracket with ESPN's Andy Katz during their interview in the Map Room of the White House on Tuesday. (Official White House photo by Pete Souza) There's so much you can tell about a...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 19, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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This Just In ...

(AP Photo/Ron Edmonds) The stars will turn out for the first lady today, in a series of visits to local schools commemorating Women's History Month. It's a lineup reminiscent of the celebrity-packed inaugural events and other recent Obama White...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 19, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Val Kilmer, dressed as King Bacchus XLI, throws doubloons from his Mardi Gras float in New Orleans last month. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)Enlarge Image Val Kilmer at a FedEx Kinko's in Old Town Alexandria on Tuesday afternoon, talking on a cellphone...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 19, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Rep. Steve Kagen (Tracy A. Woodward/The Washington Post), an allergist, thinks the Obamas should just get a golden retriever (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images). "Get a golden retriever and shave it." -- Congressman and allergist Steve Kagen's advice to Michelle Obama,...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 19, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Puppy Love at the Veep's House

Vice President Joe Biden holds Champ, his German Shepherd puppy, shortly after purchasing it in December. (AP Photo/Brown Family)Enlarge Image The newest member of the vice president's family is adorable, energetic -- and bad for the carpeting at the Naval...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 18, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
 
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Queen of the Green in D.C. for St. Paddy's

Aoife Kelly, the 2008 International Rose of Tralee, at an Irish Embassy reception at the St. Regis Tuesday. (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post)Enlarge Image All the Irish faces you'd expect turned out for the Irish Embassy's super-packed Saint Patrick's Day reception...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 18, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Actress Richardson Is Hospitalized

Natasha Richardson (Jeff Zelevansky/Reuters) Natasha Richardson, the actress wife of Liam Neeson, was hospitalized with serious head injuries after a fall on a ski slope near Montreal. A rep for the Mont Tremblant resort told reporters that the 45-year-old...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 18, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
 
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This Just In . . .

White House fountains ran green for the first time ever yesterday. Michelle Obama got the idea from annual Saint Patrick's Day festivities in Chicago, where the river is dyed emerald. More love for the first lady's style: The Council...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 18, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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It's No Joke, but He's Still Laughing

Don Imus, in 2007, shared serious personal news on the air yesterday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Inappropriate humor is Don Imus's specialty, and he did not let up even when announcing yesterday that he has cancer. The controversial radio host...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 17, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Quoted

"Tyra Banks went on her show in her bathing suit and said, 'Kiss my fat [bottom].' That's what I feel right now. I'm like, kiss my fat [bottom]!" -- Meghan McCain on "The View" yesterday, responding to Laura Ingraham's...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 17, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
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This Just In . . .

Joe and Jean Biden at the Democratic National Convention. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) Catherine Eugenia "Jean" Biden is recovering from hip surgery yesterday at the University of Pennsylvania. The veep's 91-year-old mother fell Sunday at her home in Delaware...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 17, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That . . .?

Gloria Estefan (Alan Diaz/AP) Val Kilmer lunching with two others at Overwood in Old Town Alexandria yesterday; business-casual blue blazer. Presumably back in town doing more prep work for his possible New Mexico guv campaign. Bison burger, subbed a...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 17, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Miss Virginia's Good News/Bald News Fundraising Plea

Allyson McClellan and Miss Virginia Tara Wheeler. (Courtesy Tara Wheeler) The latest look in the pageant business: a bald beauty queen. It required permission from both the Miss America Organization and state pageant officials, but Miss Virginia 2008 Tara...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 16, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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All's Fair in the Battle of the GOP Blondes

Meghan McCain at last year's White House Correspondent's Association dinner. (Rich Lipski) It's "Mean Girls" -- Republican style! The blondes of the GOP let loose last week and it wasn't pretty: Meghan McCain on Ann Coulter in Monday's Daily...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 16, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Debbie Allen at the White House in 2006. (Reuters/Mannie Garcia) Michelle Obama and her mom, Marian Robinson, at the Kennedy Center Saturday night. The two, along with a small group of friends, attended "Oman . . . O Man!"...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 16, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This Just In

Lindsay Lohan at the Charlotte Ronson fashion show in New York last month. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) Lindsay Lohan is not expected in court today despite an arrest warrant issued Friday by the Beverly Hills Superior Court, reports the Associated...

By The Reliable Source  |  March 16, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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