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Reliable Source: December 13, 2009 - December 19, 2009

Read this: Movies! 'Avatar,' 'Young Victoria,' '...About the Morgans' and more

What we're reading today.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Salahi lawyer: Fake watch was gift from brother

Remember the watch that Tareq Salahi handed over in court to satisfy a debt to a landscaper? The one that turned out to be a cheap knock-off? His lawyer now says it was a gift from Salahi's brother. "It is...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 11:53 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (22)
Categories:  White House crashers  
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The double life of 'Show Boat' star Will Gartshore

By night, Will Gartshore is an accomplished actor and star of Signature Theatre's "Show Boat." By day, he's a lobbyist, whose work with World Wildlife Fund prompted him to take leave from his starring role to travel to the Copenhagen climate conference.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Quoted: Mark McGrath, just happy to be here

Mark McGrath, of Sugar Ray and '90s pop stardom, performed at an RIAA party Wednesday night, thanked the lobbyists for sending his unborn twins to college.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Love, etc.: Orszag and Golodryga dating; White House reps split

Dating: Peter Orszag and ABC correspondent Bianna Golodryga. Split: White House spokespeople Katie McCormick Lelyveld and Tommy Vietor.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Quoted: GQ calls David Axelrod "schlubby"

In a new GQ story on political Washington's fashion sense, Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel get low marks.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This just in: Oprah Winfrey donates to Ron Clark Academy; Jennifer Garner's alleged stalker charged

Jennifer Garner's alleged stalker is charged; Oprah donates $1.5 million to a private school in Atlanta.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 18, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read this: Rockettes, Tiger Woods, Shabbat protocol, Michelle Obama, Toys for Tots

Here's what we're reading today.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2009; 12:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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David Catania celebrates gay marriage vote with "Housewives"

Bravo's "Real Housewives" TV crew drops by the D.C. Council's Tuesday night gay marriage vote -- and the after party.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Real Housewives of D.C.  
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This just in: Peter Orszag's budget-conscious cake

Zeke Emanuel made Peter Orszag's birthday cake . . . and left off the frosting. ("Not kidding," an aide says.)

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, etc.: Kate Hudson, Alex Rodriguez call it quits

Kate Hudson and Alex Rodriguez have ended their relationship.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 17, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer's holiday haul: 264 homemade fruitcakes for family and friends

Rep. Earl Blumenauer took his holiday ritual -- fruitcake baking -- to a new level this year, making 264 cakes for family, friends and co-workers.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Quoted: Rep. Hank Johnson's limp microphone joke

"For some reason this microphone goes limp all the time. Maybe with some Viagra we can get it to..." -- Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), confronting a sagging microphone during his moment to speak at Wednesday's House Judiciary Committee hearing on Internet piracy of live sports broadcasts. Surely he knew he was on C-SPAN!

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 2:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (10)
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Read this: Hirshhorn, Oral Roberts, elephant training, John Michael Higgins

Plan for the possible addition to the Hirshhorn. (Diller Scofidio + Renfro) Hello, everyone! There's still time to jump into today's Reliable Source chat. Submit questions here. Elsewhere in today's Style section: The Hirshhorn wants to (temporarily) install a...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 12:42 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Hilary Rhoda, D.C.'s home-grown supermodel

Hilary Rhoda signs a blown-up cover of Capitol File. She graces this month's issue. (Mark Silva for Capitol File Just think: If Hilary Rhoda had stayed on the same track as her fellow private-school girls, she would have graduated...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Update: White House receiving lines live!

The National Christmas Tree at the White House, December 2009. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Seems the White House has had a change of heart: The Obamas decided to pose for photos at Monday's party with the press. At most of...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted: Barack Obama, meet Farouk Shami

Houston businessman Farouk Shami addresses the media after filing for election as a democrat in the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race. (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett) Ladies and gentleman, my name is Farouk Shami, which is not stranger than Barack Hussein Obama,...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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This just in: John Edwards, still under the microscope

John Edwards answers a student's question after delivering a speech at Brown University in March. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) John Edwards came to Northern Virginia on Friday for a visit with campaign donor Bunny Mellon, flying on her private...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 16, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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This just in: Ga. couple admitted to White House breakfast before Salahis' appearance

Gate-crashing: Is it contagious? Two weeks before the Salahis' infamous appearance at the state dinner, a Georgia couple accidentally showed up a day early for a White House tour -- and instead were escorted into an invitation-only breakfast with President...

By Doug Norwood  |  December 16, 2009; 12:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
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D.C.'s long lost "Blonde Charity Mafia": A look back.

A moment of silence, please, for D.C.'s first great reality show that never happened. As Lisa de Moraes reports today, the CW has basically jettisoned "Blonde Charity Mafia," nearly a year and a half after producers first starting filming a clique of pretty young Georgetown party girls, without ever airing it. "Blonde Charity Mafia" was gonna be huge. "The Hills" of D.C.!

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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When bloggers attack: Jane Hamsher has some choice words for Hadassah Leiberman

When bloggers attack: Firedoglake.com founder Jane Hamsher says the Susan G. Komen Foundation should drop Hadassah Leiberman.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 1:04 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
 
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This just in: Kathleen Turner will play Molly Ivins

Kathleen Turner will portray the late Molly Ivins in an upcoming play.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hey, isn't that: Krist Novoselic, Alain Ducasse, Tony Bennett

Celebrities spotted around town.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Love, etc: Kourtney Kardashian, Courtney Love

Kourtney Kardashian has a baby boy; Courtney Love loses legal guardianship of daughter.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted: President Obama on Justin Bieber

President Obama has some trouble with Justin Bieber's last name.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 15, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Read this: Charles Gibson, Tiger Woods, St. Albans

In today's news: Charles Gibson's thoughts on retirement. The tyranny of DVD box sets. Philip Kennicott's review of the new St. Albans building. Robin Givhan's take on Tiger Woods.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 14, 2009; 12:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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White House guests miss POTUS photos at holiday parties

'Tis the season for a picture with the president and first lady, a traditional perk of White House holiday parties for lucky guests. But President Obama has all but eliminated the endless receiving line photos, to the dismay of those who love to plaster the photos on their brag walls.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 14, 2009; 1:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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'Michaele' crashes U Street janky sweater party

The only thing wrong with alleged gate-crasher scandal (besides, well, everything) is that it happened a month too late for Halloween! But on Saturday night, at the annual Janky Holiday Sweater Party at 18th and U Duplex Diner, who should come crashing into the room midway through the ugly-sweater contest but Michaele Salahi! Okay, actually a dude in a blond wig and red-and-gold sari.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 14, 2009; 1:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Parties , White House crashers  
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Surreal Estate: Vicki Kennedy buys in Kalorama

Ted Kennedy's widow didn't have to leave her neighborhood to downsize. While still preparing to put her seven-bedroom Kalorama mansion on the market, she's already bought a 50-year-old Federal-style brick townhouse nearby. Three bedrooms, three baths -- less than half the size of the place she's leaving behind (which agents estimate could fetch more than $6 million).

By The Reliable Source  |  December 14, 2009; 1:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Hey isn't that...?: Mary J. Blige, Ben Affleck

Mary J. Blige chowing down on French toast, scrambled eggs at Ben's Chili Bowl Saturday morning. Sunglasses, fur coat. ... Ben Affleck wandering through the lobby of the Georgetown Ritz-Carlton Friday afternoon, solo. Jeans, black shoes, black winter coat, really scruffy beard.

By The Reliable Source  |  December 14, 2009; 1:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Quoted: Ashley Dupre's love advice

Ashley Dupre (Associated Press) "It's like you asking him how many lap dances he's gotten in his life. . . Some things are better left unsaid." -- Ashley Dupre advising a letter-writer not to tell her boyfriend how many...

By The Reliable Source  |  December 13, 2009; 6:26 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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