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

Read This: Wild Things Edition

In a scene from "Where the Wild Things Are," Carol (voiced by James Gandolfini) and Max (played by Max Records) stroll across the sand dunes. (AP Photo/Warner Bros. Pictures, Matt Nettheim) Good afternoon, everyone. Planning to see "Where the...

By The Reliable Source  | October 16, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Not-So-Big Bucks for Kennedy Dinner

President Obama speaks on behalf of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate at the Ritz-Carlton on Wednesday night. (Aude Guerrucci-Pool/Getty Images) We know the Kennedys are money magnets, but still couldn't believe that Wednesday's dinner...

By The Reliable Source  | October 16, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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A Strong Foundation for New Museum

Bill and Melinda gates hold babies at a health center during a visit to Mozambique in 2003. (Barb Kinney) The guy with the biggest smile in town Thursday? Lonnie G. Bunch III, who announced a $10 million gift from...

By The Reliable Source  | October 16, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quoted

Tanya Snyder talks to a cancer survivor during a Redskins-sponsored luncheon for cancer patients on Sept. 29. (Photo by Ned Dishman) "Nobody likes to be booed. And it makes me sad." -- Tanya Snyder in an interview with Chris...

By The Reliable Source  | October 16, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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This Just In . . .

Garth Brooks (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Garth Brooks is coming out of retirement with 15 performances at Wynn Resorts' Encore theater in Las Vegas, he announced Thursday. The country singer, 47, is the top-selling solo artist in American music history;...

By The Reliable Source  | October 16, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Chelsea Clinton (Reuters/Chip East) Chelsea Clinton -- black dress, hair pulled back -- dining with a colleague at Bombay Club on Wednesday night. Sen. Al Franken and three others having dinner at Rasika on Wednesday. Not much else to...

By The Reliable Source  | October 16, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hey, Isn't That...?  
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Read This: Winners and Losers Edition

Newark Mayor Cory Booker (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Good afternoon, everyone. Much as we suspected, that whole Conan O'Brien-Cory Booker feud was probably ginned up for publicity -- but it's boosting Booker's profile more than O'Brien's ratings. The whole thing...

By The Reliable Source  | October 15, 2009; 12:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The D.C. Power List's Demure Debut

Dick Armey, center, and wife Susan pose with GQ editor Jim Nelson on Tuesday night. (Abby Brack/GQ) None of the "50 Most Important People in D.C." is important enough to make the cover of GQ's November issue. That honor...

By The Reliable Source  | October 15, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Parties, Politics  
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The Cool in School: J-Lo and Anthony Visit D.C. Campus

Left to right: San Miguel School students Saul Castillo, 12, Gabby Guardado, 12, and Gabby Soto, 13, stand with Marc Anthony and Jennifer Lopez after giving them a tour of the school on Wednesday. (Susan Biddle/The Washington Post) How's...

By The Reliable Source  | October 15, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This Just In . . .

Maria Shriver, with husband Arnold Schwarzenegger, has some 'splainin' to do. (Reuters/Fred Prouser) "What Up?," the name of Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's new blog, lasted less than 24 hours. "What Up?" was introduced Tuesday when the GOP...

By The Reliable Source  | October 15, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Bill Clinton, Kendrick Meek, Bob Johnson (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images; Reuters/Yuri Gripas; Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post) Bill Clinton, Bob Johnson, Terry McAuliffe, Sandy Berger and Kendrick Meek schmoozing at Cafe Milano on Tuesday night. The guys showed up at the...

By The Reliable Source  | October 15, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Indeed, Chairman Steele: 'What Up?'

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Republican National Committee chair Michael Steele tried to liven up his new blog with a street cred title -- "What Up?" -- but the ill-fated experiment lasted less than 24...

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2009; 2:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Read This: Hump Day Edition

Good afternoon, everyone. It's Wednesday, and sometimes you just need pictures of cute baby animals to keep you going. So here you go! (AP Photo/Global Wildlife Center) This is Skippy, a six-month-old red kangaroo who was found alone and defenseless...

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Oh, but Just Think of the Table Talk!

Ali Wentworth and husband George Stephanopoulos, at this year's White House Correspondents' Dinner, could be your partners for sparkling banter. (Lois Raimondo/The Washington Post) Time to play that old icebreaker: "Name your fantasy dinner party." Who's on your guest...

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Surreal Estate

Seller: Bruce Bastian Asking price: $4.5 million Details: Hello! Who knew the WordPerfect millionaire has been living right in the heart of Kalorama? Bastian, inventor of the pioneering word-processing app, also splits time between London and Utah. Here he's a...

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

Heidi Klum and Seal, at the Emmy Awards last month, are parents once again. (Reuters/Danny Moloshok) Born: A daughter, Lou Sulola Samuel, to "Project Runway" host Heidi Klum, 36, and singer Seal, 46 -- her fourth child, their third...

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hey, Isn't That . . . ?

Maybe he needed Wonder bread . . . (AP Photo/Charles Sykes) Stevie Wonder at the Whole Foods on P Street, of all places, going through the checkout on the arm of a friend Tuesday. Black head wrap with braids...

By The Reliable Source  | October 14, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This Just In

Courtney Love abruptly closed her Twitter account this week after months of angry micro-blog rants -- the trigger, seemingly, a war-of-tweets her daughter launched against starlet Ali Lohan. Or maybe the lawyers just got to her: Love is being sued...

By Reliable Source  | October 13, 2009; 9:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Read This: Oh No They Didn't! Edition

The kids from "Glee." (Carin Baer/Fox) Good afternoon, everyone. There's a he-said, she-said of corporate proportions going on as Macy's plans its annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. At issue: The cast of Fox's new show "Glee" were offered a float...

By The Reliable Source  | October 13, 2009; 12:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Which 'Housewives' Will Make the Cut?: Lisa Spies and Edwina Rogers drop out of show; Lynda Erkiletian, Mary Amons, Michaele Salahi still in

Not doing 'Housewives' duty: Lisa Spies, left, and Edwina Rogers. (Courtesy of Cameron Scarborough; Courtesy of Matt Dornic) So a suburban mom, a polo wife and a modeling agency owner walk into a charity gala, and ... Actually, no...

By The Reliable Source  | October 13, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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The Obamas Throw a 'Secret' Party

Sasha Obama chats with agents on a campaign stop last fall. (Linda Davidson/The Washington Post) The safest place in Washington last Friday night? The White House South Lawn, where the president and first lady hosted 150 Secret Service agents...

By The Reliable Source  | October 13, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, Etc.

Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend (Jason Merritt/Getty Images) Married: Christina Hendricks, 34, and Geoffrey Arend, 31, in New York City on Sunday. The curvy actress, who plays Joan on "Mad Men," and the lesser-known character actor (many stoner comedy/indie...

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

Nicolas Cage (AP Photo/Evan Agostini) Nicolas Cage -- having apparently learned nothing from fellow action hero Wesley Snipes -- is facing a battle with the IRS over a steadily mounting tax bill: a total of $6,617,550.84 in unpaid back...

By The Reliable Source  | October 13, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read This: Roughing It Edition

Jeff Flake breaks open a coconut, one of many he ate during his week-long self-exile to a deserted Pacific island. (Courtesy of Rep. Jeff Flake's office) Good afternoon, everyone. Hey, when's the last time your congressional representative spent seven...

By The Reliable Source  | October 12, 2009; 12:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Let's Get This Hotel Started!

The man, the Legend, performs for a happy, noisy crowd at the W Hotel opening. (Michael Bennett Kress for W Washington D.C.) Is the recession over? No, but it sure felt that way Thursday night at the insanely lavish...

By The Reliable Source  | October 12, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Top News Item

Great haircut! Michelle Rhee talks with Jeb Bush at Friday's education summit at the Capital Hilton. (Benjamin J. Myers) There's much more important Michelle Rhee news these days, like, say, her controversial firing of nearly 400 school employees. You...

By The Reliable Source  | October 12, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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Love, Etc.

Gilbert Arenas. (Preston Keres/The Washington Post) Expecting: Gilbert Arenas, 27, and fiancee Laura Govan, 30, we've learned. (At least we think she's still his fiancee. Would the Wizards superstar get married and not tell us? Actually, knowing him ....

By The Reliable Source  | October 12, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, Isn't That...?

Natalie Portman at the Toronto Film Festival last month. (Mike Cassese/Reuters) Natalie Portman rolling into Westend Bistro late Friday with a posse 22 deep. Dark blue dress, black tailcoat. White wine. The starlet, who made a lot of D.C....

By The Reliable Source  | October 12, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stars Behind Bars: Polanski, T.I.

Polanski. (Michel Euler/AP) Roman Polanski is "depressed" and "unsettled" as he sits in a Swiss jail facing extradition on child-sex charges, his lawyers told reporters. Awww. Court records filed last week show his attorneys lobbied the Justice Department against...

By The Reliable Source  | October 12, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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