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Reliable Source: October 18, 2009 - October 24, 2009

A man around the house: Is Paul Wharton a "Real" Housewife?

Paul Wharton (WDCW) Is Paul Wharton a "Real" housewife? We're only half-kidding. The freelance Washington fashionista, who's had bit reality TV roles on VH1, MTV and the CW, has been trailed by cameras at several recent events tied to...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 4:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Parties, Real Housewives of D.C.  
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New Obama family portrait, by Annie Leibovitz

The Obamas in the Green Room, Sept. 1, 2009, with Sasha, second from left, and Malia, right. (Annie Leibovitz for the White House) The most famous celebrity photographer in America did a photo shoot with the most celebrated family...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 3:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  First Family  
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Read this: Candy and popcorn edition

Most certain doom: Hilary Swank in "Amelia." (AP Photo/Fox Searchlight, Ken Woroner) Good afternoon, everyone. Heading out to the movies this weekend? Read reviews and watch trailers for this week's new releases before doing so. Among the crop: "Amelia,"...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 10:47 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jessica Cutler: From "Washingtonienne" scandal to new mom

Jessica Cutler, photographed by the Post's Bill O'Leary on the day she got fired from her Senate job in May 2004. Five years ago, Jessica Cutler's anonymous Washingtonienne blog was the hottest thing in town. Make that hotttt! So...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Aretha doesn't cry alone at Ford's

Aretha Franklin's hankie came courtesy of Justice Anthony Kennedy on Wednesday night. (Reflections Photography) An emotional Aretha Franklin got all teary-eyed singing "Amazing Grace" at Ford's Theatre on Wednesday night. "I usually come out with a handkerchief," the diva...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Quoted

I always wondered [about] you hosts, whether you're wearing any pants under there. ... I want to make it very clear that Paul is wearing pants! -- Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), peeking behind Washington Journal anchor Paul Orgel's desk...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Surreal estate: Lynda Erkiletian of "Real Housewives"

The modeling-agency owner sold her Georgetown condo.

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C., Surreal Estate  
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This just in

Lil Wayne enters Manhattan criminal court on Thursday. (AP Photo/Louis Lanzano) A judge in the Bahamas declared a mistrial in the John Travolta trial late Wednesday, citing juror misconduct. Two people were charged with conspiring to extort $25 million...

By The Reliable Source  | October 23, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  This Just In...  
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Read this: Looking for answers edition

Nine Inch Nails are one of several groups asking questions about music played loudly and repeatedly to detainees. (Jamie James Medina) Good afternoon, dear readers. The executive branch is facing questions about torture from a whole new constituency: musicians....

By The Reliable Source  | October 22, 2009; 12:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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"Survivor": Bureaucracy

Yul Kwon (Courtesy of Yul Kwon) Finally, someone qualified to navigate the backstabbing intrigue of Washington: Yul Kwon, winner of "Survivor: Cook Islands" in 2006, was appointed Wednesday as deputy chief of the FCC's Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau....

By The Reliable Source  | October 22, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Celebvocate!

Nicole Kidman testifies on Capitol Hill on Wednesday. (Reuters/Yuri Gripas) An occasional look at the Hollywood missionaries flocking to enlighten our city. Wednesday's bird of paradise: Nicole Kidman. Mission: To combat violence against women around the world. Site: House...

By The Reliable Source  | October 22, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Celebvocate  
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Quoted

Amy Winehouse in February 2008. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images for NARAS) "Fantastic, fantastic. Her boobs are great as well ..... I shouldn't have said that, should I?" -- Amy Winehouse's father, Mitch, when asked on a British talk show how...

By The Reliable Source  | October 22, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This just in . . .

Steve Phillips in October 2002, when he was general manager of the New York Mets baseball team. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) Hey, Letterman! More proof that sleeping with staff is a bad idea: ESPN analyst Steve Phillips announced Wednesday that...

By The Reliable Source  | October 22, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  This Just In...  
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Hey, isn't that . . . ?

Cicely Tyson (AP Photo/Matt Sayles) Cicely Tyson taking the stage at ..... the Lenny Kravitz show? Turns out she's his godmother, or so he told his Warner Theatre audience Tuesday as he called the acclaimed 75-year-old actress (dark glasses,...

By The Reliable Source  | October 22, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Read this: For love of the game edition

John Kent Cooke (John McDonnell/The Washington Post) Good afternoon, everyone. It's time for the Reliable Source chat, so submit a question or jump in and read along. Meanwhile, there's a lot to digest in Mike Wise's profile of John...

By The Reliable Source  | October 21, 2009; 12:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Hoping for a change of address

In two weeks, we'll finally know the answer to Virginia's hottest race: Which political offspring will move into the governor's mansion? The five media-savvy McDonnell children? Or the four lower-profile Deeds kids? The days when politicians' children stayed under the...

By The Reliable Source  | October 21, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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This just in . . .

Carrie Prejean (Eric Jamison/Associated Press) Miss California USA officials have sued fired beauty queen Carrie Prejean to recoup the $5,200 they say she borrowed for her boob job. It's part of their counterclaim to her lawsuit, in which she...

By The Reliable Source  | October 21, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  This Just In...  
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Hey, isn't that . . . ?

Zachary, Isaac and Taylor Hanson in July 1998. (Tyler Mallory for the Washington Post) Eric Holder kicking back at ... a Sean Kingston show in Las Vegas? The AG had business dinners (Anti-Defamation League, NAACP) at Caesars Palace on...

By The Reliable Source  | October 21, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Hey, Isn't That...?  
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Read this: What a letdown edition

Jim Zorn, left; at right, Richard Heene and his 6-year-old son, Falcon. (Reuters/Richard Clement; Reuters/Rick Wilking) Good afternoon, everyone. Despite today's gorgeous weather, we won't blame you for feeling a little blue. What with boys not actually flying in...

By The Reliable Source  | October 20, 2009; 11:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Politicians and their auteur daughters

Rahm Emanuel is interviewed for "HouseQuake." (Photos courtesy of Karen Elizabeth Price) Karen Elizabeth Price Documentary filmmaking! Is it the new Peace Corps? Or the new Internet start-up? Whatever it is, it's the thing these days, the glam-yet-earnest vocation...

By The Reliable Source  | October 20, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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White House fashion police -- as blind as Lady Justice

President Obama announces his nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court at the White House in May. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Wondering who dressed Sonia Sotomayor during her confirmation process? Blame the White House. In a speech at...

By The Reliable Source  | October 20, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Quoted

Kate Gosselin is interviewed by Meredith Vieira on NBC's "Today" show on Oct. 5. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) "Nobu, Nobu, I want Nobu!" -- Kate Gosselin demanding sushi, according to a new VF.com story on the "Jon & Kate Plus...

By The Reliable Source  | October 20, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In

Marc Rich in November 1998. (AP Photo/Keystone, Guido Roeoesli) Marc Rich, the billionaire financier infamously pardoned by Bill Clinton, says he's never returning to the United States. Rich fled to Switzerland in the 1980s after charges of tax evasion...

By The Reliable Source  | October 20, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read this: Worldwide ebb edition

(Tony Avelar/Bloomberg) Good afternoon, everyone. While we've got your attention -- you know, before you go back over to Facebook and see if anyone's commented on your last status update -- Monica Hesse wonders what Web site we'll all...

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2009; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Agent Zero plans addition

Mom-to-be Laura Govan, fiancee of Gilbert Arenas, displays the Wizards baby tutu at her baby shower Sat., Oct. 17. (Richard Day/Darla Photography) Okay, we forgive Wizards superstar Gilbert Arenas for quitting his addictive blog: He's just too busy being...

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2009; 1:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
 
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Ahead by a rose? Va. florist pulls out front

A garden-style floral arrangement by Laura Dowling. (Kevin Allen Photography) The hush-hush search for a new White House florist is almost over: The Reliable Source has learned that Laura Dowling, a floral designer from Alexandria, is the front-runner for...

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Love, Etc.  
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Surreal estate

The former Woodley Park home of Tony and Heather Podesta. (Courtesy of Tessa Morris) $1.9 mil. Seller: Tony and Heather Podesta Details: Busy weekend for the high-profile lobbyists/art collectors -- their Woodley Park home (six bedrooms, four baths, plenty...

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Surreal Estate  
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Hey, isn't that...?

Infanta Cristina and her daughter Irene attend the Washington National Opera Saturday. (Courtesy of Washington National Opera) Infanta Cristina and her children at Saturday's Washington National Opera's performance of "Falstaff." The Spanish princess, who moved to Bethesda with her...

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This just in...

Madonna at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in September. (Michael Loccisano/Getty Images) Roman Polanski has been moved from prison to a Zurich medical center for an undisclosed condition, Reuters reports. "I don't know where he is or when...

By The Reliable Source  | October 19, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  This Just In...  
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