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Reliable Source: November 22, 2009 - November 28, 2009

UPDATE: Guess who met POTUS? Yes, the Salahis.

Not only did the Salahis make it into the White House for all of those amazing photos with Joe Biden, Rahm ("Ron") Emanuel, Katie Couric, etc.... they did indeed make it into the receiving line, where they were introduced to President Obama.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 27, 2009; 7:31 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  First Family , Parties , Real Housewives of D.C. , White House crashers  
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The White House dinner crasher chronicles: Today in Salahi news

Michaele, left, and Tareq Salahi arrive at Tuesday's state dinner at the White House. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) UPDATED Friday evening: Salahis met Obama in the receiving line! Read here. *** Check out the homepage of washingtonpost.com...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 27, 2009; 4:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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Update: The Salahi White House state dinner crasher saga

One in a series of photos the Salahis posted on Facebook around the time of the inauguration. Their caption: "Tareq, Michaele & OPRAH backstage at the Kennedy Center after the Oprah TV Special Show..."

By The Reliable Source  |  November 26, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  First Family , Parties , Politics , White House crashers  
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Surprise 'Housewives' dinner guests not invited, White House says

A couple of aspiring reality-TV stars from Northern Virginia appear to have crashed the White House's state dinner Tuesday night, penetrating layers of security with no invitation to mingle with the likes of Joe Biden and Rahm Emanuel.

By The Reliable Source  |  November 25, 2009; 4:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (45)
Categories:  Politics , Real Housewives of D.C. , White House crashers  
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"Real Housewives" duo are surprise guests at White House dinner

Michaele, left, and Tareq Salahi arrive at Tuesday's state dinner at the White House. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) UPDATED 4:40 PM: White House says surprise guests crashed the state dinner; were not invited. Read more here. The...

By Terri Rupar  |  November 25, 2009; 7:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (54)
Categories:  Parties , Real Housewives of D.C. , White House crashers  
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Quoted: Sarah Palin on meeting Ivana Trump

Sarah Palin reacts to cheering fans as she arrives at a Florida bookstore on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Orlando Sentinel, Joe Burbank) "Up here in Alaska, well ... a lot of us, you know, we smell like salmon. ... And she's...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 25, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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State dinner: Who's at the head tables?

Just as it is when you finally make it past the velvet rope, only to find that there's another, more exclusive VIP room... so it is with the nation's most coveted invitation, a White House state dinner. A few hundred...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 6:21 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Parties , Politics  
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White House releases state dinner guest list

The White House has released the list of expected guests for tonight's state dinner. The highlights: Gayle King! Sanjay Gupta! Steven Spielberg! David Geffen! And the list goes on. Here's who else will sup on the White House veggie garden's...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 5:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (37)
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"America's Next Great Pundit": Michelle Rhee's ex-husband

Kevin Huffman Is D.C. a small town or what? From 4,800 entries, the winner of the America's Next Great Pundit contest run by our paper's editorial page ended up being .... the ex-husband of D.C. schools chief Michelle Rhee....

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
 
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Read this: Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle, Jennifer Hudson, Larry David, Shakira, Jeffrey Zaslow

Adam Lambert performs at the American Music Awards on Sunday. (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) Good afternoon, dear readers. Tear yourself away from Black Friday logistics and read up on today's new music releases, including debut offerings from reality television darlings Adam...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 12:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jack Evans's quest for bobblehead infamy

The evolution of Jack Evans's bobblehead. At left is the first version; center is the second; final is at right. (Roxanne Roberts/The Washington Post) The new must-have accessory for D.C. Council members: bobbleheads. For the past month, Ward 2...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Aide's wedding gown gets second life at state dinner

Semonti Stephens in her wedding lehenga. (Studio 306) Almost no one gets to wear their wedding dress twice -- except Semonti Stephens, deputy press secretary to Michelle Obama. Stephens, whose parents emigrated from Calcutta to the United States in the...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Politics  
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Quoted: Martha Stewart on Rachael Ray

Martha Stewart, Rachael Ray (Will Ragozzino/Getty Images; AP Photo/Evan Agostini) "There are no bad feelings between us, nor have there ever been. ... I hope you have a Yum-o Thanksgiving." -- Martha Stewart on her show Monday, ending the...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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This just in: 50 Cent, Alexandra Kerry, Carl Kasell

50 Cent (Reuters/Danny Moloshok) 50 Cent settled a lawsuit with Taco Bell over a goofy promo campaign that had the fast-food chain sending letters to news outlets asking the rapper to change his name to "79 Cent" or "99...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 24, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted: Lorrie Sullenberger on heroism's perks

Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger arrives at a Jan. 24 celebration in his honor with his wife, Lorrie. (AP Photo/Noah Berger) "The hero sex really helps a 20-year-old marriage." -- Lorrie Sullenberger, wife of Hudson River superstar pilot Chesley Sullenberger, when...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Read this: State dinner ramp-up, Emily Miller, "Find My Family," Michael Jackson

State dinner flashback: This Nov. 4, 1971, photo shows President and Mrs. Richard M. Nixon, at left, and Prime Minister Indira Gandhi of India standing with performers from the New York City Ballet in the East Room of the...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Peggy Cooper Cafritz suffers second fire, discusses losing mansion

A sculpture in front of the ruins of Peggy Cooper Cafritz's art-filled D.C. home after a disastrous July 2009 fire.(Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) This is the kind of year Peggy Cooper Cafritz is having: Four months after a fire...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Surreal estate: Norah O'Donnell, Geoff Tracy

Tracy and O'Donnell, before the three kids. (Courtesy of Norah O'Donnell) Sellers: Norah O'Donnell and Geoff Tracy Asking price: $1.695 million Details: The chief Washington correspondent for MSNBC and her restaurateur husband (of Chef Geoff's fame) are ready to...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This Just In: Valerie Jarrett hosts Obamas, Levi Johnston poses nude

Valerie Jarrett (Alex Wong/Associated Press) President Obama and family dined Saturday night at the Georgetown apartment of Valerie Jarrett -- the third time she's hosted them since the inauguration. Must be a fun place: The top White House aide...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hey, isn't that...?: Barbara Bush, Jackée Harry

Jackee Harry (File photo by Todd Bigelow) Barbara Bush drinking Russian beer at Russia House in Dupont Circle on Friday night. The dark-haired twin (who was running a new health-care nonprofit in N.Y.C. last we heard) joined a big...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Hey, Isn't That...?  
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Love, etc.: Jon and Kate settle differences

Jon and Kate, in happier times. (Mark Arbeit/Associated Press) Settled: Jon and Kate Gosselin, who resolved all their split-up issues in an all-day mediation session Saturday in Pennsylvania, sources told People this weekend. She'll have primary custody of the...

By The Reliable Source  |  November 23, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Love, Etc.  
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