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July 3, 2013

11:58
A.M.

The Reliable Source Live

Total Responses: 45

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Washington Post columnists Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts were online Wednesday, July 3, at noon ET to discuss your favorite gossip, celebrity sightings and their recent columns.

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Q.

Amy Argetsinger :

Hello everyone, and welcome back to the Reliable Source web chat -- trying to get one last one in before the holiday weekend. Some topics on our plate lately:

 

Alec Baldwin mouths off, threatens violence, shuts down his Twitter account for good — why does he get a pass on this kind of thing?

 

Superlawyer David Boies joins battle over "The Butler" title.

 

Cindy McCain: Not aloof, just a migraine-sufferer.

 

Who wants to buy Monica Lewinsky’s old clothes? No one, at least not that badly, it turns out.

 

 

Krist Novoselic thinks we need to change the way we conduct elections. ?

 

Jennifer Lopez didn’t realize she was singing for an oppressive dictator.

 

Who knew Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia were bona fide hunting buddies now?

 

Who knew Pitbull was a charter-school advocate?

 

Also: Hey, Shooter, what happened to Drea? . . . When hipster chefs attack (allegedly). . . Look, Gio Gonzalez has a girlfriend, and she is hot. . . And the police report from the Paula Deen bank robbery ain’t exactly relevant, it’s just interesting, so enjoy.

Q.

Ric Ocasek sighting

Ric Ocasek & supermodel wife Paulina sighted in Middleburg on Monday. Anyone know why they might be in town?
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Amy Argetsinger :

No. . . but if you had EMAILED US when IT HAPPENED with some actual details, we might have been able to find out for you. You know our email address, right? It's reliablesource@washpost.com

– July 03, 2013 11:59 AM
Q.

Local Reality Star

Apologies if you ladies have already covered this, but did you see that a DC-area native is competing on Fox's So You Think You Can Dance? (I have no connection to him other than he dances at a studio where a friend of mine used to teach, but never taught him). I love being able to root for locals, even if I don't know them. Plus, SYTYCD is one of rare reality shows that is actually worth watching - didn't Sarah Ann Hughes (formerly?) of the Post once write a story about this? Oh, his name is Nico something or other (in reality shows, do last names even matter? discuss.) Still, I've been meaning to mention it for a few weeks, and after he survived elimination last night, I figured it was safe to mention it today. Also, is there a film shooting in Old Town right now? Happy Fourth to you both!
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Amy Argetsinger :

Wow, lot going on here! . . . You know, there are so many reality shows these days, and there are so many locals or formerly-locals on so many of them, that lately we can't really start taking note of them unless they make it to the finals or near there. . . .  I think you're thinking of a great review of "So You Think You Can Dance" that our (still here at the Post) Pulitzer-winning dance critic Sarah Kaufman wrote a couple years ago.

– July 03, 2013 12:03 PM
Q.

Monica Lewinsky

What is she up to, anyway? Did she ever settle down and get married or anything?
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Amy Argetsinger :

After a few years in the early-aughts seeming to enjoy her newfound fame (she hosted a reality show and, I don't know, designed handbags or something), she has really dropped off the map, and it seems to be intentional. We couldn't locate her or anyone who reps her earlier this week.

– July 03, 2013 12:04 PM
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timing

I don't know about you, but I do get irked when two stories are constantly getting compared to each other just because they are happening at the same time i.e. Wisconsin labor protests with the uprising in Tahrir Square in 2011 or right now with Paula Deen and Alec Baldwin.
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Roxanne Roberts :

It's not just the timing. It's also a way of looking at two events that appear to be the same and examining why they are and aren't. Human nature, I think.

– July 03, 2013 12:05 PM
Q.

Beiber

Who gave him another monkey??? WHO?
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Amy Argetsinger :

Bieber has a new monkey? Not that I've heard, but correct me please. Seems like all the stories out there are about his confisicated monkey starting a new life in Germany. There was some gag video, I guess, that has caused some confusion. . .

– July 03, 2013 12:05 PM
Q.

Finally! The Nats info we've been asking about!

LOVED the pics from the fundraiser of the Nats and their WAGS! I especially like how "normal" these women all appeared. Beautiful, but in a normal, non-model way.
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Amy Argetsinger :

I thought you might like that! Here are the pics from the Nationals Dream Gala.

– July 03, 2013 12:09 PM
Q.

Fourth

Where are you going to watch the fireworks this year? (that's not intended to be a euphemism, but it can be one if you want).
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Roxanne Roberts :

I'm staying here in D.C. and will watch the Mall display -- but not ON the Mall. The last time I did that it took me three hours to make my 20-minute drive home.

– July 03, 2013 12:09 PM
Q.

While we are at it...

What about Linda Tripp? Worst Friend Ever.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Always be careful who you share secrets with. You. Never. Know.

– July 03, 2013 12:10 PM
Q.

I didn't see that Beiber had another monkey

but that he had a kitten. Either way, I think the Humane Society and the SPCA have it out for the guy.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Looks like this goes back to the time Bieber Instagrammed some photos of a cat a few weeks ago. So it's possible Justin Bieber has a cat. Or that he's just into cat photography.

– July 03, 2013 12:12 PM
Q.

Scalia for a hunting buddy

As long as Cheney doesn't join them, I think Justice Kagan is safe. I would wonder, though, and be on my guard...this might be Scalia's way of changing the makeup of the court.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Ha.

– July 03, 2013 12:13 PM
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Princess Kate

Isn't she about to pop? What are the chances they will name the kid (if its a girl) after Princess Diana?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Bookies are going crazy trying to guess the date. Supposedly due in the middle of the month, unless this is a royal fake out to get the press off the trail and the baby is actually due early. In any event, the international royal baby complex is ready to act.

As for the name, Diana is probably out if it is a boy. If a girl, I'd bet it may be a middle name as a way of honoring Will's mom but not the first. Too much drama and baggage for a little princess to bear.

– July 03, 2013 12:16 PM
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Death of Pierce Brosnan's daughter

This was sad to read, but it's timing so close to Angelina Jolie's announcement of her mastectomy and future hysterectomy reminds us how real and dangerous these diseases are. Forty-one is so young.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Yes, indeed. And seems it might have been, as in Jolie's situation, a hereditary cancer: Apparently her mother also died young of ovarian cancer.

– July 03, 2013 12:17 PM
Q.

Kate's baby

Maybe Spencer? It works for a girl or a boy...
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Amy Argetsinger :

Eh, the royals don't do that last-name-as-a-first-name thing that's so trendy in the U.S. these days.

– July 03, 2013 12:23 PM
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pierce Brosnan

Charlotte was adopted, making it even more horrible that she died if ovarian cancet.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Not following you here. She was adopted by Pierce Brosnan after Brosnan married her mother, Cassandra, who died of ovarian cancer. 

– July 03, 2013 12:24 PM
Q.

JLo

So not a single of her handlers understand Google-Fu? Or did they just think nobody would notice? I can't decide which is dumber...
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Amy Argetsinger :

One explanation I've seen is that she was doing a corporate gig for the Chinese petroleum company and didn't realize that the Turkmenistan leader was there until someone  pulled her aside and said, "can you sing happy birthday to him?"

– July 03, 2013 12:25 PM
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The McDonnell family

I'm starting to think they are a family of grifters. Do they pay for anything on their own? It's so strange because politicians should really know better - even if they didn't violate the law, the optics of this are horrible.
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Amy Argetsinger :
– July 03, 2013 12:26 PM
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Beiber and cats

He's probably trying to break into the "cute cat video" machine so he can get all those youtube hits.....
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Amy Argetsinger :

Yes, because he really needs that.

– July 03, 2013 12:29 PM
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Baby Diana

Isn't there some sort of religious requirement for an heir/heiress to the throne's name too? Diana isn't so WASP...
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Amy Argetsinger :

Good question -- do they have to have a saint's name? Certainly that's what they all sound like.

– July 03, 2013 12:29 PM
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J. Lo

Because the Chinese petroleum company who would invite the Turkmenistan leader isn't at all questionable. Or environmentally unsound.
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Amy Argetsinger :

China National Petroleum Corp -- no red flags there, right?

– July 03, 2013 12:30 PM
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93

Only 93 are online right now. Must be the day before a holiday. But I bet that's still more than Seitsma has! (or Sietsma or Seitsema or Sietsema, or whatever)
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Amy Argetsinger :

Oh, I'm pretty sure Sietsema always has us beat. . .

– July 03, 2013 12:30 PM
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Monica Lewinsky

Is it weird that I feel a little bad for Monica L.? It kind of looks like her life is a little messed up after that scandal. She is now the poster child for why not to sleep with married men.
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Amy Argetsinger :

I think that's a reasonable and sympathetic viewpoint. She made a whopper of a mistake when she was in her early 20s -- but there were a lot of older and more powerful people who faciltated or compounded her mistake, to say the least -- and she has suffered the worst of them all. I wouldn't be surprised if she's terribly scarred by it all.

– July 03, 2013 12:33 PM
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Beiber

Any guess as to how much longer this obnoxious rich punk phase will run?
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Roxanne Roberts :

Depends if he ever grows up. I'd set odds at 50-50.

– July 03, 2013 12:34 PM
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Lewinsky

In the early 2000s, Lewinsky was in New York and was a fixture on the pretty people party circuit as a novelty guest. She really didn't learn until relatively lately to protect her privacy and live a lower profile.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Yes. Seems like it all took a while for it to sink in.

– July 03, 2013 12:37 PM
Q.

Thank you Cindy McCain

For helping people to understand that a migraine is not just a headache. I ended up missing two months of work this year because of a non-stop migraine - it was probably some of the worst pain of my life.
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Amy Argetsinger :

Glad you liked it. It certainly deepens our understanding of Cindy McCain.

– July 03, 2013 12:38 PM
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Depends if he ever grows up.

Doesn't he have to hit puberty first?
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Roxanne Roberts :

So unfair. This romance with Selena was so....so....oh, never mind.

– July 03, 2013 12:38 PM
Q.

Royal baby

if it's a boy, they should name him Charlemagne.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Pippin.

– July 03, 2013 12:38 PM
Q.

Benjamin Sisko

You know who we just don't hear enough about these days? Erstwhile Shakespeare Theater star Avery Brooks. What's he up to these days? This is Marissa, by the way.
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Amy Argetsinger :

You mean, the star of "A Man Called Hawk"? Apparently he's still doing stage work, and attending Star Trek conventions.

– July 03, 2013 12:39 PM
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The McDonnell grifters

And hyped up grifters too! Mrs. McDonnell has nothing but a 5-hour energy for breakfast every day!
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Roxanne Roberts :

Maybe she's just a naturally perky gal.

– July 03, 2013 12:41 PM
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Kate's baby

Don't we know its a girl? I can't remember but I thought I heard it was.
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Roxanne Roberts :

That's the big question. Kate appeared to slip and reveal she was expecting a daughter, but that might be another fake-out. But the press has treated it as a settled fact.

– July 03, 2013 12:42 PM
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Royal spawn

I think I read somewhere that they weren't going to have a full time nanny or live in a palace with the kid. I like that. The kid is hardly going to suffer deprivations, but at least they are giving him/her a running start at something resembling a normal life.
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Roxanne Roberts :

That was the same thing they said about Diana. But I think living in the palace is pretty much a done deal, if only for security.

– July 03, 2013 12:44 PM
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Monica Lewinsky

She could have simplified her life by using her middle name or changing her whole name quietly, to say Mary Lewis.
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Roxanne Roberts :

It's really a sad story. Stupid mistake when she was really young, but unable to ever escape it. I think I would have changed my name and stayed in London. She seems to be fading away in New York -- no job, no boyfriend or relationships of note. 

– July 03, 2013 12:48 PM
Q.

Snowden

His whole "selfless purveyor of truth" pitch kinda clashes with seeking permanent residence in totalitarian countries, doesn't it? Sounds like his delusions run in the family. His father's "demands" for him returning included everything short of a pony and lifetime ice cream.
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Roxanne Roberts :

It's all sounds so romantic until you're stuck in an airport desperately seeking a country to take you in. He probably expected to be treated like a hero, not a persona non grata. As for dad, well -- he's trying to help his son.

– July 03, 2013 12:55 PM
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Stupid mistake when she was really young

I do think she's the very definition of a Cautionary Tale, but I can't give her a pass entirely. I am a year younger than her, and I remember thinking at the time "how can someone behave so appallingly." (And don't even start me on Bill.)
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Roxanne Roberts :

Of course she behaved badly, but she seems to be the one person who is still paying a big price for that mistake.

– July 03, 2013 12:57 PM
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Monica Lewinsky

Maybe Lewinsky could get some life tips from Donna Rice, who seems to have pulled her life back together.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Not a bad idea.

– July 03, 2013 12:58 PM
Q.

Lewinsky

Yeah, I feel bad for her, too. Tough to get clobbered so hard at such a young age. Not one of Bubba's shining moments. It was funny to listen to Jake Tapper squirm when "Wait, Wait's" Peter Sagal "outed" him as one of Lewinsky's last blind dates before the scandal blew.
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Roxanne Roberts :

It's always fun to hear the tables turned.

– July 03, 2013 12:58 PM
Q.

sad: monica l.

And that married man is now revered as an elder statesman. The boss/man never suffers, it's the naive girl.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Sadly, that's usually the case. But Bill Clinton was and is a highly gifted politician, which accounts in part for his reputation today. Monica was just a young intern and has never been able to transfer her smarts and experience into anything more permanent.

– July 03, 2013 1:01 PM
Q.

The Butler

If Cary Grant and the Marx Brothers can share a movie title ("Monkey Business"), I don't see how mere mortals are in any position to object to sharing other movie titles.
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Roxanne Roberts :

It's Hollywood, which means it's all about the money. I predict the movie will end up being called "The Butler" after Warner Brothers gets a fat check. 

– July 03, 2013 1:02 PM
Q.

His whole "selfless purveyor of truth" pitch kinda clashes with seeking permanent residence in totalitarian countries, doesn't it?

REally. He doesn't like the US tracking phone calls? What does he think the chinese government is going to do with him? His entire aparment will be bugged!
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

He may already have a chip implanted under his skin.

– July 03, 2013 1:03 PM
Q.

interesting progression of stories

Right below mouring how monica's mistake ruined her life, we talk about Snowden being rejected by every country when he thought he'd be heralded as a hero.
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Roxanne Roberts :

Both mistaken ideas of how things would end.

– July 03, 2013 1:03 PM
Q.

Royal Baby Names

I am 99% sure that the Queen has to approve the name. I swear I can remember reading a story that Andrew & Fergie wanted to name one of their kids Annabelle, but the Queen nixed it because it was too modern.
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Roxanne Roberts :

If a girl, Alexandria is high on the list. Former queen, lots of history and pretty, too.

– July 03, 2013 1:04 PM
Q.

Newsbabes

Is Andrea Roane claiming she came up with the term "Newsbabes," because that clearly isn't true, as those of us who have followed Wendy Rieger's career can attest. And even if she applied it to this particular gathering, hasn't that been done before? Besides, if Wendy isn't present, I'm not sure you're even ALLOWED to call it a Newsbabes" event. Sounds like false advertising to me.
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Roxanne Roberts :

In this case, I think "Newsbabes" applies to the DC breast cancer fundraising group, not the women in general (although of course that term has been around for ages.) Wendy is such a good sport that I'm sure she's happy to spread the love for a good cause.

– July 03, 2013 1:07 PM
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Monica was just a young intern and has never been able to transfer her smarts and experience into anything more permanent.

I thought she earned a Masters Degree at the University of London. Surely she could get some sort of academic research job with that.
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Roxanne Roberts :

You'd think. But it doesn't appear that happened or that she's had any sort of professional career.

– July 03, 2013 1:08 PM
Q.

If Kate has a boy...

Why not George, after the Queen's late father?
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Roxanne Roberts :

I think that's on the table, too.

– July 03, 2013 1:09 PM
Q.

honestly about snowden

I truely think he's someone's patsy.
A.
Roxanne Roberts :

Or maybe his own.

– July 03, 2013 1:09 PM
Q.

Nats pictures

Agreed - they are some great looking couples. Gio's new girlfriend is really pretty.
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Roxanne Roberts :

She is, isn't she? One of the perks of be a professional baseball player.

Chatters -- work calls. Amy had to leave early for breaking news, and now I have to join her. Have a wonderful holiday weekend and stay safe. Send any interesting tips, sightings or other festive notes to reliablesource@washpost.com. Happy Birthday, America!

 

– July 03, 2013 1:12 PM
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