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Prince William Visits White House

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Prince William Meets President Obama in the Oval Office

Insert cliché British invasion pun here… With the Duchess of Cambridge remaining in New York, Prince William visited with President Barack Obama at the White House this morning to discuss campaign ’United for Wildlife.’ This British visit to Washington, however, did not end in a burnt out White House (I’m sorry, I had to make at least one 1812 joke…).

William will return to NY tonight to attend the Nets-Cavaliers game with Kate, where they will get a chance to meet some American royalty – with King James on the court and the likely attendance of the power couple, Jay-Z and Beyonce.

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Dana, Donny and Marie: A Reunion 35 Years In The Making

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Photo Courtesy of Dana Bash.

CNN’s Dana Bash was reunited with some long lost friends at the Donny and Marie concert on Tuesday night. According to Carl Hulse of The New York Times, the chief congressional correspondent met up with the sibling stars, Donny and Marie Osmond, at the National Theater following the show.

Dana, a lifelong fan of the duo, attended one of their concerts all the way back in 1979 with her brother at the age of 8 (seen in the picture on the left).

Hulse, who happened to be with Dana when she found out she had backstage passes to the event, says that based on her reaction, ”you would have thought the Beatles were back.”

After 35 years, that’s some serious fandom…

A Lesson in Manners: DC Press Covering Royals Told to Dress Properly

6120Buckingham_palaceThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are set to visit New York and Washington on December 7 and 8, and apparently, there is worry that the generally underdressed and informal American press won’t be appropriately attired to greet the royals.

In anticipation of their early December holiday, Buckingham Palace issued a reminder to our oft unceremonious reporters:

“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” politely states the British Monarchy’s official website, ”smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

You hear that, guys? Let’s not let our well-mannered brethren down.

Megan Boone On Capitol File Cover

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.13.45 PMCapitol File released its new holiday issue today with Megan Boone, star of NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist and total babe, on the cover!

Inside the annual holiday issue, Boone reveals why she enjoys living on the East Coast and dating in New York City, talks James Spader’s iconic fedora hat, shooting in Washington and of course, Capitol File’s Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Thorp couldn’t resist asking the actress for a few insights into this season of The Blacklist.

There’s also a great profile on the fabulous Bob Schieffer on the 60th anniversary of Face the Nation and his legendary tenure at CBS. Editor at Large from The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, penned the Schieffer piece.

A little birdie told us that Megan is coming to town for a Capitol File holiday soiree…fingers crossed we get an invite.

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Bret Baier Helps ‘Break the Internet”

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FOX News’ Bret Baier got in on the social media buzz surrounding yesterday’s release of Kim Kardashian‘s Paper Magazine Cover.

This morning, tweeting out ”mystery finally solved” next to an article claiming Sir Mix-A-Lot‘s “Baby Got Back” was inspired by J.Lo’s posterior and while Kim’s is “nice,” Jen is still the queen of booty.

I guess Bret is more of a Team J.Lo kinda guy.

I would be remiss if I did not have at least one post relating to Kimmy K’s “Break the Internet” campaign, so thanks Bret!

 

‘The Concert for Valor’ in Review

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With attendance estimates tipping 800,000, expectations for last night’s Concert for Valor were high to say the least.  But whatever the turnout, HBO, Chase Bank and Starbucks put on one hell of a show.

As is the case with almost any DC event, the night began with politics. Mayor Vincent Gray welcomed the crowd and viewers at home with a somewhat awkward appeal for DC statehood.  Jennifer Hudson and Jessie J, however, got things on track with a great opening performance. From the very funny hosts Jamie FoxxGeorge LopezJack BlackJohn Oliver and Bryan Cranston, to the awesome musicians The Zach Brown BandBruce SpringsteenDave GrohlMetallicaCarie UnderwoodThe Black KeysEminem and Rihanna, the star-studded lineup did not disappoint.

The event was not without controversy, however.  From Eminem’s slew of F-bombs to a rendition of Creedence Clearwater’s anti-war “Fortunate Son” sung by Springsteen, Grohl, and The Zach Brown Band — the internet had plenty of material to blow out of proportion.

My fav buzzy topic had to be Rihanna’s attempts at patriotism.  As you may recall, during the World Cup this past summer, the pop star was deliberately rooting for any team the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team was playing against,  tweeting out ”Lets go Portugal; Lets go Germany” during matches in which they were playing the US.  Despite her trolling and questionable soccer loyalties, Rihanna kinda killed it with her performance last night, so it’s hard to stay mad.

Overall, the concert seemed to be a huge success.

 

TV Chef takes to DC

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Celebrity chef and TV’s coolest personality, Anthony Bourdain, is back in DC tomorrow to once again host “Capital Food Fight” along side The Chew‘s Carla Hall.  DC Central Kitchen’s annual fundraiser will be celebrating its eleventh year at the Ronald Reagan Building.

The event, founded by DC’s own José Andrés, brings to the table a star-studded panel of judges, including Daniel Boulud (who just opened DBGB Kitchen and Bar in DC), the host of Chopped Ted Allen, Bayou Bakery chef David Guas, pastry chef Christina Tosi (who will bring Momofuku Milk Bar to CityCenterDC next year).  A “high stakes cakes” competition, hosted by Aces of Cakes star Duff Goldman and ABC7 News Senior Reporter Scott Thurman, will also take place, in which four teams of pastry chefs will compete for best cake.  Read more

‘Scandal’s’ Bellamy Young Discusses ‘First Lady Mellie Grant’ with Bloomberg

bellamy_young_scandalBloomberg Associates’ Katherine Oliver and Bloomberg’s Kathleen Hays recently sat down with Bellamy Young, who portrays First Lady Mellie Grant on ABC’s “Scandal,” for the latest installment of Bloomberg Radio’s “The Bloomberg Advantage.”

During the podcast, Young discussed women in politics on television, the development of her character, and working for Shonda Rhimes.

On whether there’s a political future for her character, Young, referencing the actor who portrays her character’s husband on the show, Tony Goldwyn, said, “Absolutely. Tony and I when we did back story in the beginning to sort of ground these characters, sort of always agreed that when they were back in the governor’s mansion in California, it was a tacit agreement. You do yours and then I’ll do mine. So I think really when Mellie had that crazy monologue about ‘It’s my term,’ I really think that’s not histrionics. I think that’s legitimate, a legitimate battle cry. It’s my turn. So absolutely, I think Mellie is, has that in her sights.”

Hear the full interview here.

Hundreds of Celebs Urge Fans to #GoVote

For Midterm Elections Day, HeadCount.org teamed up with more than 300 entertainers using their celebrity status to urge fans to #GoVote. Participants, including Rob LoweStephen ColbertJohn LegendDave MatthewsFergieJohn OliverPerez HiltonLauryn Hill, and Conan O’Brien, are photographed holding print or digital artwork that displays a “#GoVote” message.

#GoVote photos are being collected in a dedicated Facebook album by HeadCount, accessible here. Participants will also use their social media platforms throughout the day to share their support and photograph, with a link to www.headcount.org for relevant information.

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Chuck Todd Joins Stephen Colbert to Discuss Midterm Elections

Moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd was a guest on last night’s “Colbert Report” to discuss his fascination with politics, today’s midterm elections, and his forthcoming book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, on shelves next week.

Chuck explained why control of the Senate may not play out until January 2015:

Todd: “These midterms are so exciting, I know you love them so much. Not only could we have recounts — you love those, not only will it take the Iditarod to get the votes from the bush country in Alaska to find out who wins Alaska, but we’ll have runoffs in Louisiana, and a runoff in Georgia in January. So why shouldn’t these midterms last until January of 2015? They’re very exciting.”

Stephen Colbert: “Chuck, if I have to keep talking about the midterms after tomorrow night, I’m going to go to Maine and start making out with that nurse.”

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