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Reliable Source: September 27, 2009 - October 3, 2009

Read This: Where's the Punchline? Edition

David Letterman tells his tale during the Thursday taping of his show. (AP Photo/CBS) Happy Friday, everyone. How about that David Letterman extortion scheme? The late-night funnyman surprised his studio audience -- and viewers at home -- Thursday, when...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 12:06 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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It's Funny Business as Usual

"Joe the Plumber," piping in during the Funniest Celebrity in Washington contest. (Dan Zak/The Washington Post) The funniest celebrity in Washington is Austan Goolsbee and, yes, you are pardoned for not knowing who that is. He's one of the...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Love, Etc.

Padma Lakshmi arrives at the Emmy Awards on Sept. 20. (Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Expecting: Padma Lakshmi is pregnant with her first child, according to her rep. No word when the gorgeous "Top Chef" host, 39, is due or the...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Love, Etc.  
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Quoted

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, left, and Sen. Barbara Boxer at a rally on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) "This is like giving birth again." -- Sen. Barbara Boxer at a rally Wednesday touting the Senate Democrats' tough...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In . . .

Taraji P. Henson (AP Photo/Peter Kramer) Howard University will announce Friday that D.C.'s own Taraji P. Henson will serve as homecoming grand marshal on Oct. 24. The school always gets Hollywood glitz to do homecoming honors (Terrence Howard, Ice...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted

Diane Sawyer (Neilson Barnard/Getty Images) "Why are you asking these questions? You should be asking questions about romance." -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Diane Sawyer, according to an interview with her in the new issue of Capitol File...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 2, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read This: The Dude Abides Edition

Jeff Bridges, left, John Goodman, center, and Steve Buscemi in a scene from the "The Big Lebowski." (AP Photo) Good afternoon, everyone. Did you miss Lebowski Fest D.C.? The ever-intrepid Dan Zak was at Strike Bethesda bowling alley Tuesday...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 1, 2009; 12:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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No. 26: Nats' Most Lovable Loser

Despite his best efforts, Teddy Roosevelt is 0 for 280 in the Presidents Race. (Courtesy Washington Nationals) In the last home game of the season, Teddy Roosevelt lost the Washington Nationals' Presidents Race. Really, what did you expect? He's...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 1, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
 
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Celebvocate!

January Jones with Sen. John McCain on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg) An occasional look at the fleet of Hollywood missionaries seeking to inspire change on Capitol Hill. Wednesday's showbiz soldier: "Mad Men" star January Jones. Mission: To meet with...

By The Reliable Source  |  October 1, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Filmmaker Gives Too Much Credit

Michael Moore (AP Photo/John L. Russell) Was Michael Moore telling tales out of school the other night? At Tuesday's screening of his new "Capitalism: A Love Story" at the Uptown, the guerrilla filmmaker praised the office of Rep. Elijah...

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

Madeleine Albright discusses her pin collection in New York City on Wednesday. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images) Surprise! Barbra Streisand showed up at the Museum of Arts and Design in N.Y.C. on Tuesday for Madeleine Albright's signature collection of 300 brooches....

By The Reliable Source  |  October 1, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read This: Pink Slip Edition

Dan Rather (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Good afternoon, everyone. There's still time to jump into today's Reliable Source chat! Submit questions or review the transcript. You just might learn something. Meanwhile, today's Style section is brimming with tales of workplace...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Bono's Roll Call: A Roster of Political Shout-Outs at FedEx

(Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post) The U2 show at FedEx Field featured more shout-outs to cronies than a Joe Biden stump speech, as Bono took time to hail from the stage pretty much every political player in the house, and...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 11:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Putting on a Game Face to Tackle Cancer

Derrick Dockery and his wife, Emma (left), pose with cancer survivor Margaret Walke. (Photo by Ned Dishman) Tanya Snyder always kept a low profile: The wife of Redskins owner Dan Snyder hasn't had much of a public persona, hardly...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update

Edwards has graduated to her own digs and a professional gig. (2007 AP Photo/Cheryl Senter) Political kid Cate Edwards is settling into D.C. -- and a new job -- a year after buying a Georgetown rowhouse. We reported last...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In . . .

DJ AM's death last month was the accidental result of a lethal mix of illegal and prescription drugs, the medical examiner's office in New York announced Tuesday. In his system, according to the report: cocaine, OxyContin, Hydrocodone, Xanax, Ativan,...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 30, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Our editors asked for a photo with pants. (Chris Pizzello/Associated Press) Lady Gaga lingering in the lobby of Washington's new W Hotel on Tuesday afternoon before her Constitution Hall concert. Black blazer and -- well, just a black blazer,...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 29, 2009; 7:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hey, Isn't That...?  
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Quoted: Pink on Michelle Obama

Pink performs in England in April. (AP Photo/Jon Super) "Let's get political for a second.... I love an animal-lovin' first lady!" -- Pink, onstage Monday night at Patriot Center, giving a shout-out to Michelle Obama, whom the PETA-member rocker...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 29, 2009; 2:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read This: Mariah, Miranda and Barbra, Oh My!

Mariah Carey (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Good afternoon, everyone, and happy Diva Day. Chris Richards says Mariah Carey's new album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," is . . . well, imperfect. "Despite the beaming trifecta of Mariahs adorning the CD...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 29, 2009; 11:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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'Funniest Celeb' Charities Get Little Aid

Arianna Huffington in 2003 (Michael Williamson/The Washington Post); Dennis Kucinich in 1997 (Annie Groer/The Washington Post); 2008 winner Mike Huckabee (Amy Argetsinger/The Washington Post); 2006 winner Linda Sanchez (Andy Carruthers). For all the obvious wisecracks about its name, the...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 29, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Read This: Crime and Punishment Edition

In this Aug. 8,1977, file photo, Roman Polanski is shown entering court in Santa Monica, where he entered a guilty plea. (AP file photo) Good afternoon, everyone. If you haven't caught up on your Roman Polanski reading, Karl Vick...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 28, 2009; 12:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Celebs Give It Up for New Web Site

Emmitt Smith and beauty queen wife Patricia at Bob Johnson's party at Posh nightclub. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post) Emmitt Smith walked into Posh nightclub early Sunday and hit the dance floor within ... a minute, maybe two, and stayed...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 28, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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This Just In

Tom Cruise: Doin' it for the fans. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post) Tom Cruise was spotted on the Redskins sideline in Detroit before Sunday's loss to the Lions; sat with owner Dan Snyder and may come to Washington for...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 28, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C. , This Just In...  
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A Spirited NSO Gala

What are these two men smiling about? Peter Orszag and Alan Greenspan at the NSO gala. (Photo by Margot Ingoldsby Schulman) One year ago, the economy was melting faster than the Wicked Witch of the West and the annual...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 28, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian in L.A. last week. (Angela Weiss/Getty Images) Married: Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Sunday in Los Angeles. The reality-star princess, 25, and L.A. Laker, 29, dated one month before tying the knot -- with...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 28, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Flashback: Polanski and the Ourisman Chevrolet Girl

Susan Gailey at the height of her TV commercial fame. (D.C. Public Library) Last year, the Reliable Source uncovered the poignant story of D.C.'s "Ourisman Chevrolet Girl" Susan Gailey -- the 1970s and '80s star of the popular local...

By The Reliable Source  |  September 27, 2009; 4:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
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