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Hanukkah: Reflections on the Festival of Light, Latkes, Gelt and Gilt

-Annie Groer
Despite all the kitsch-and-gift creep associated with the holiday -- which begins Dec. 1 -- Hanukkah holds a special place in this writer's heart. And at its center is the menorah. Whether high end or low brow, the symbol exerts a strong pull.
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Obama Jokes for His Supper at His First Gridiron Dinner Appearance as President

-Annie Groer

Bowing to precedent -- and perhaps the advice of his 2012 campaign staff -- President Obama finally attended the dinner that has been thrown by Washington journalists for 126 years.

The Gridiron Club's 2011 Political/Media Roast and Toast Lyrics

-Annie Groer

Here are the lyrics from every parody performed this weekend at the Gridiron dinner by nearly 100 journalists and a handful of vocally-blessed ringers with truly great voices.

Too Short, Too Fat -- Even Too Attractive -- to Be President?

-Annie Groer

Mitch Daniels, Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney -- who has the winning appearance? Sure, ideology and experience should trump cosmetology, but recent history tells us good looks and stature count.

Ex-Rep. Chris Lee, Wife in Retreat While Craigslist Ad-Placer Yesha Callahan Speaks Out

-Annie Groer

Lee and his wife are in Florida trying to "work things out" after he resigned over a dalliance on Craigslist with a woman who placed a "seeking men" ad. Meanwhile, Callahan has more to say about the episode.

New York Rep. Chris Lee Resigns Over Craigslist Dating Ad and Sexy Photo

-Annie Groer

The married father stepped down and apologized Wednesday after reports surfaced that he'd answered a 'Woman Seeking Man' ad with a shirtless photo of himself.

Chelsea Clinton in New York, Marc Mezvinsky in Wyoming, Still a 'Very Happy' Couple, Friend Says

-Annie Groer

A tabloid report that the pair is on the rocks -- over when to start a family -- is 'completely false,' a family friend told Politics Daily.

State of the Union Bipartisan 'Date Night' Update

-Annie Groer

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) have paired off in their seating choices. So have a number of freshmen, including Sens. Chris Coons (D-Del.) and John Boozman (R-Ark.).

State of the Union Bipartisan Seating: Comity Central for Lawmakers

-Annie Groer

Get ready for something approaching a massive congressional date night as pairs and groups of Republicans and Democrats cozy up in adjoining seats for the State of the Union address.

Obamas Host China's President Hu at Glitzy White House State Dinner

-Annie Groer

The entree was lobster and rib eye. Mrs. Obama wore Alexander McQueen. But it was the guest list -- from Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein to Vogue Editor Anna Wintour -- that made the event a standout.

Speaker Boehner Declines Third Straight Obama State Dinner

-Annie Groer

The speaker will not attend Wednesday's dinner for President Hu Jintao of China. 'Speaker Boehner will have a substantive meeting with President Hu later this week,' his spokesman told Politics Daily.

Michael Reagan Rips Half-Brother Ron Over Book and Alzheimer's Claim

-Annie Groer

Michael Reagan blasted as "falsehoods and lies" the suggestion by half-brother Ron Reagan that their father may have had Alzheimer's disease while still in the White House.

Rep. Giffords Voted Against Pelosi for House Speaker -- but That Was So Last Week

-Annie Groer

Giffords backed John Lewis for speaker, but Pelosi may not be keeping score. Pelosi, a mentor for Democratic women on the Hill, was at Giffords' hospital bedside and visited her grieving aides.

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