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THEPOWER

Like a civil (and civic) Cosa Nostra, the powerful in Washington play nice … but their presence is a pervasive one. Not always the flashiest, they nevertheless remain the string-pullers, the favor-bestowers, and the wind behind Washington’s social, economic, and political sails.

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First Lady Laura Bush, Angelina Jolie, Mariane Pearl Zain Verjee, Carly Fiorina, Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Hillary Rodham Clinton headline a night honoring women who are making a difference in their communities and in the world.



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We’re back in the thick of it as Washingtonians continue to jockey for position in this three horse Presidential campaign. Civic groups, lobbyists, media pundits, and most of all, the candidates’ supporters all have a special interest. Roland Flamini discovers which local leaders are hedging their bets and supporting multiple candidates.

 

THEBATTLEFORPOPLARPOINT

Earth Conservation Corps Chairman Bob Nixon is on a mission to preserve Anacostia National Park at Poplar Point. The District is currently mulling over several development proposals, one of which will turn the 70-acre wetland habitat into a significant new waterfront park with gardens, memorials, museums, outdoor performance areas, trails, and ball fields to serve the local community and visitors.

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FYIDC WHO’SNEXTKris Van Cleave of ABC-7 News . . . . .  THEINSIDERGUIDEPower to the people . . . . . . . .  SOCIALCALENDARSave the date . . . . . . . . . . . 

POLLYWOOD Vital Voices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

MEDIASPOTLIGHT The press celebrates in style . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Radio and TV Correspondents Awards . . . . . . . . . . .

The Newseum Opens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

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FROM TOP Angelina Jolie and Mariane Pearl at Vital Voices (Photo by Sharon Farmer); Sally Quinn as a chanteuse (Photo by Clay Blackmore); Van Cleef & Arpels Hawaii “Bouquet” clip in aquamarines and diamonds set in white gold ($88,000); Van Cleef & Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5449; and an illustration from our POWER 100 feature.


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Kuwait-America Foundation Dinner . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Nationals Opening Day and VIP Party . . . . . . . . . . . .  Pope Benedict XVI’s Birthday at Cafe Milano . . . . . . . .  Dinner in honor of former Prime Minister of Pakistan Shaukat Aziz and Mrs Aziz . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  Preview of the Corcoran’s American Evolution exhibition . . .  Malcolm Peabody’s 80th Birthday . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

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Clay Blackmore photographs power women as their alter egos .

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WASHINGTONSOCIALDIARY Tiffany and Co. hosts Wolfgang Puck . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

WL INSIDER How to reach creative enlightenment . . . . .  Fashion for Paws struts its stuff . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  NIGHTLIFE Consider the grape. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

The Bachelors and Spinsters Ball . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  EVENT SPOTLIGHTS Leah Gansler and the Higher Achievement Gala . . . . . . .  Mary Cheney on National Education Partners . . . . . . . . 

AROUND TOWN It’s better in Barbados . . . . . . . . .  PARTIES! PARTIES! PARTIES! . . . . . . . . . . .  THIS TOWN An affair to remember . . . . . . . . . . . . 

HOMELIFE INSIDE HOMES The Cohens’ sky-high sanctuary. . . .   ENVIRONMENTAL SPOTLIGHT Bob Nixon addresses the Poplar Point controversy . . . . . .   OPEN HOUSE On the market and ready to move. . . . .  RE NEWS Meet the new neighbors . . . . . . . . . . . . . 

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often hear that in Los Angeles, celebrity is power; in New York, money is power; and in Washington, power is power. There are, of course, exceptions. But I’m more interested in what it takes to become powerful no matter what city or country you call home. In this, our Power Issue, we turn our attention to the region’s most influential personalities, the places they dine, the events they attend, the stylists who give them their signature looks, and the armies of nannies, PR people, assistants, diction coaches, and personal trainers that keep their calendars full and their engines running at optimum speed. We start with the Power 100, a select list of the region’s major movers and shakers.While we do give a nod to several top politicos (the lawyers, lobbyists, and political players who’ve made the District’s power wheels spin this year), they’re not our entire focus. It would be too easy to fill a Washington power list with a roster of Cabinet members and senators. We also highlight players in finance, media, philanthropy, real estate and development, technology, and the arts.You’ll see that in Washington, power is knowledge, influence, access, and the perception of power – and while it often helps, wealth doesn’t beget power on its own. Nothing attracts (and displays) influence better than a presidential election. As veteran scribe Roland Flamini points out, the stakes are high – not only for the candidates, but also for the backers and fundraisers who hitch wagons to their favorite candidate. Find out who has the most to gain and lose in the upcoming election and why so many Washingtonians are backing multiple candidates. Where there is moving and shaking, there is struggle – nothing is free in this town. Earth Conservation Corps Chairman Bob Nixon talks about the current battle underway for the rights to develop, or preserve, Anacostia National Park at Poplar Point.The 70-acre wetland habitat is at the center of a civic battle between conservationists and developers, who want to turn it into another National Harbour. We also highlight (pun intended) some of the area’s top hair stylists and colorists this issue. Laugh if you like, but when Hillary, Condi, and Laura need a trim, they put their trust in the very capable hands of these top hair specialists. We’re sure these pros are privy to more secrets than the CIA. The way you dress can also convey that you are running the show. Fashion photographer Tim Coburn and stylists James Cornwell and Lana Orloff bring some of the most eye-catching wemean-business suits for men and women to our pages. Thanks to the team at the Gaylord National Hotel for letting us shoot at their amazing

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new location at the National Harbor. In Nightlife, we sample the best wine bars in the area, while WL Insider shows us how to “art up” our lives, and Around Town pays a visit to the Washington social set. Social Power loves company (and a good cause), as evidenced in the high-octane exclusive and sponsored events we bring you in this issue. International non-profit Vital Voices Global Partnership once again brought out a galaxy of female star power: in attendence were Laura Bush, Angelina Jolie, Carly Fiorina, and co-chairs Senators Kay Bailey Hutchison and Hillary Rodham Clinton, all of whom grace our pages this month. A special thanks to Fiorina and Mariane Pearl for writing about the amazing work that Melanne Verveer and the Vital Voices Global Partnership do. Speaking of extraordinary women, don’t miss photographer Clay Blackmore’s portraits of known female leaders living out their dream professions. Who knew Catherine Reynolds had a secret desire to be the “Queen of Country Music?” Kuwait Ambassador Salem Al-Sabah and his wife Rima are no strangers to power as evidenced on our cover.We have the exclusive on the KuwaitAmerica Foundation gala dinner for Malaria No More, which drew the President, First Lady, Secretary of State, Supreme Court Justices, and much of the Cabinet – along with some of the nation’s most powerful business leaders. We were also a proud sponsor of events hosted by the Phillips Collection, the March of Dimes Gourmet, and The Children’s National Medical Center and had exclusive coverage of the Nationals Opening Day VIP reception. Mark your calendar for the following WL-sponsored events in May: The Kennedy Center Spring Gala, The Mosaic Foundation Dinner, the Cultural Development Corporation Benefit, the Inaugural Benefit Luncheon for the Trust for the National Mall, the McLean Project for the Arts Spring Benefit, and the 20th Annual Garden Party to Benefit Woodrow Wilson House. All of these evidence the power of a good cause ....

Nancy R. Bagley Editor in Chief Readers wishing to get in touch with Nancy can email: letters@washingtonlife.com

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MARY CHENEY, daughter of Vice President Dick Cheney, serves as a vice president at DC Navigators and on the board of Capital Partners for Education. In the event spotlight, she highlights their Visions for the Future 15th anniversary gala. 3

PATRICIA COOK, a Wall Street veteran with over 25 years of experience developing and managing fixed-income investment strategies, serves as the chief business officer for Freddie Mac. As the co-chair for Higher Achievement’s inaugural gala, she writes about the importance of education in the event spotlight. 4

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JANET DONOVAN is the founder and president of Creative Enterprises International, a Washington, and D.C., publicity firm whose clients include celebrities, authors, politicians and publications. She created and hosted The Beltway Broads radio show and writes the column Media Spotlight. 6 Victory ’08 Chairman for the Republican

National Committee, CARLY FIORINA is one of the most recognized business leaders of the world. She writes about her work with Vital Voices in our coverage of their 2008 Leadership Awards.

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ROLAND FLAMINI was the Washington based chief international correspondent at United Press International until 2006. He also worked as the foreign correspondent and World section editor for Time magazine. In the feature “Pay to Play,” he writes about which presidential nominee Washingtonians

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Self-taught conservationist BOB NIXON has won five Emmy Awards and an Academy Award nomination while helping to bring attention and resources to endangered environments, species and people around the world. Nixon turns his attention to the Battle for Poplar Point in our Home Life section.

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MARIANE PEARL, a 2008 Fern Holland Awardee, is an international journalist and honorary board member of the Daniel Pearl Foundation. Pearl writes about the power of women in our coverage of the annual awards. 10

DONNA SHOR is an internationalist who has lived in five countries on three continents, climbed the Great Wall of China, tracked tigers in Bangladesh, and hobnobbed with greats from Peck (Gregory) to Picasso (Pablo). She has written widely, from National Geographic to the Paris-based International Herald Tribune and our “Around Town” column.

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Who’s Next San Diego transplant Kris Van Cleave brings on the charm ... and Emmys

The laid-back new guy with the big smile and cool designer glasses broke the usual newscaster mold when he moved from San Diego to cover metro for WJLA-TV ABC7 News/NewsChannel 8 a year and a half ago. But don’t be fooled. Beyond the funky, earnest on-air charm is one intrepid reporter – and he’s got four Emmys to prove it. PH OTO BY BE TH FAR NSTR OM

WL: So, are you a SoCal surfer dude? KVC: I’m an awful surfer. It’s better for everyone if I never get in the water. WL: Your spiked hair really set you apart from other on-air reporters here. What happened? KVC: My bosses asked me to tweak it a bit.

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WL: What scares you the most? KVC: A job where I don’t have fun anymore. Also having to part my hair, and climates where I can’t wear flip-flops. WL: Most difficult assignment here so far? KVC: Waiting in the hall where they had gathered the families of the 32 Virginia Tech shooting victims. I heard the sobbing, felt the horror and shared their sense of loss – that’s when the tragedy really hit me. It was also hard covering 37 military funerals of people who didn’t make it back from Iraq and Afghanistan. WL: How do you deal with all that? KVC: You learn to compartmentalize. My job is to tell the story.

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Breakfast with your charity board at the Ritz Carlton

Steak lunches with lobbyists

Joining Fly Clear, an airport prescreening card that allows you to bypass long security lines. $127 per year; www. flyclear.com

Missing your flight while you wait in a security line

The sprawling riverfront condos at 3030 K Street

Sprawling fields dotted with McMansions

National Salad Month (May)

Editor’s Pick WILL POWER Take a journey through Ancient Roman halls of power in the hands of the master himself, William Shakespeare. Two of the bard’s best portrayals of the rise and tragic fall of the powerful, Julius Caesar and Antony and Cleopatra, will be staged by the Shakespeare Theatre Company this month at the Sidney Harman Hall, a part of the Harman Center for the Arts. Running from April 26/27 through July 6; Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F St., at the corner of Sixth and F Streets; 202-547-1122.

Andrew Long as Marc Antony and Suzanne Bertish as Cleopatra in the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of Shakespeare’s “Antony and Cleopatra,” directed by Michael Kahn. Photo by Carol Rosegg.

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Ultra-social gyms like Sportsclub L.A.

Cavernous nightclubs with booming music

Woodrow Wilson House’s 20th annual Garden Party, May 14

The Easter Egg hunt on the White House lawn

Qi Spa’s blackberry hand massage (www. qispadc.com)

Blackberry mojitos

DOCU-EMPOWERMENT The 2008 AFI/Discovery Channel Documentary Festival opens on June 16 with the North American premiere of Bill Maher’s RELIGULOUS, directed by Larry Charles (Borat). The film is an exploration of world religions and an equal opportunity offender. The 2008 Guggenheim honoree is Spike Lee, who’s most recent documentary work is When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts. Lee will be honored by special guests, including Danny Glover, and a gala celebration of New Orleans will follow. Insider’s Tip: A limited number of VIP festival passes will be available, offering total access to galas, screenings, exclusive VIP receptions and special programs. $1000 per couple; www.silverdocs.com

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day tripper A DAY ON THE BAY Chart your ideal course and cast off for the Chesapeake Bay, a perfect one-day escape from city life. ThomasPointLighthouse is a landmark on the Bay, and the Annapolis Maritime Museum’s guided tours are the only way to experience it (www.chesapeakelights.com); For a more active day-trip, skipper Kristen Berry will take you and your friends on a “Gale Force” sailing adventure (www.galeforcesailing.com); Reward your efforts with the full raw bar at Carrol’sCreekrestaurant, 410 Severn Avenue, Annapolis, Md.; 410-263-8102; www. carrolscreek.com

Foodies ONLY WINE ON THE WATER Experience the fantastic new National Harbor complex at the Food & Wine FestivalatNationalHarbor, May 1618.The festival’s theme,“Think Global.Taste Local.” will celebrate participating chefs’ use of local, fresh and responsibly sourced ingredients. Show Hours: Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Admission: $65 for one day and $100 for 2 days; 137 National Plaza, National Harbor, Md.; www. foodandwinenh.com.

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$135 MILLION Winning bid for the most expensive piece of art ever, Klimt’s Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer $439 MILLION Price tag of the district’s newest landmark, the Newseum $482.5 MILLION Approximate total campaign contributions to Senators Obama, Clinton, and McCain (as of April 20) $600 MILLION Two days of funding for the Iraq war $1.19 BILLION What JP Morgan paid to buy corporate giant Bear Stearns

ONLY IN WASHINGTON Just in time for our May Power issue (coincidence? I think not), the D﹒C﹒Tourism Board has launched the city’s first ever integrated brand marketing campaign, a $2 million effort to highlight the city’s “Power” assets, and encourage potential visitors to create their own “Power Trips” to Washington. Look for print and TV advertising beginning this spring, and visit www.washington.org to add your own “DC Insider’s” tips.

GET BAKED We recently sampled some chocolate chip cookies from The Bean Bag, an independent coffee shop and deli in Bethesda, and we couldn’t get enough of them. The shop has been a familyrun business for 30 years, and the owner, Mitchell Wool knows many of his customers by name. 10400 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, Md.; 301-5308090; www.thebeanbag.com

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legend Patti LaBelle will perform at this 5th annual awards gala. The Mandarin Oriental; 6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. dinner; cocktail attire; $500; Contact Paola Williams at 202-349-1155.

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This year’s honorees, Mia Farrow and her son Ronan Seamus Farrow, will be presented with an award for their commitment to raising SPONSORED awareness of the violence and genocide in Darfur and inspiring others to get involved. Embassy of Italy; 6 p.m.VIP reception;7 p.m. general reception; 8 p.m. dinner; cocktail attire; $500; Contact erika@ refugeesinternational.org.

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Dance to live performances by Billy Davis, Jr. and Marilyn McCoo at this “platinum anniversary” of the BFF. Marriot Wardman Park; $1,000; Contact Ann Goldman at 202-478-9685.

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THE EVENT A disco double header with performances from Kool & the Gang and K.C. & the Sunhine Band at a black-tie gala for the Children’s National Medical Center. THESCENEThe Ball aracts the young and philanthropic such as Fox News White House Correspondent Bre Baier and his wife Amy, whose children have been treated at the Center. The event helped kick-off a capital campaign to raise (FILL IN) for the hospital. THEGUESTS Jim and Mai Abdo, Susie and Tucker Carlson, Kirsten and Dave Pollin, and Dawn and Frank Saul.

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THE EVENT Nationals owner Ted Lerner and wife Annee Lerner are more than sports fans; they’re quite literally sports supporters, as their brand-new Nationals Park will support the weight of hundreds of thousands of Washingtonians eager to catch a home game. Aer so much planning and prepping, it’s no surprise that this Opening Day 2008 celebration was aended by so many VIPs. THEGUESTS Frederick Shaufeld, Nancy Brinker, Paxton and Rachel Baker, Beth Dozoretz, Catherine Reynolds, Norah O’Donnell, Geoff Tracy, Claire Simmons, Nancy Taylor Bubes, Mark Ein, David Dupree, Dan and Rhoda Glickman, Hanayo Kato and Japanese Amb. Ryozo Kato, Tony Kornheiser, Tony Nader, Alphonso Jackson, Deborah Epstein, and Wolf Blitzer.

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THEEVENT The Washington National Opera and the Italian Embassy jointly hosted a VIP reception in honor of the pontiff’s 81st birthday. Rumors that he would personally aend (despite an official line to the contrary) fueled the high aendance and even higher security levels. THE SCENE Aer passing through a receiving line of current and former ambassadors to the Holy See, guests were treated to a performance by WNO mezzo-soprano star Denyce Graves before joining in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday. THE GUESTS Lindy Boggs and Tommy Boggs, Gov. Howard Dean, Hungarian Frenec and Andrea Somogyi, Gen. Peter Pace and Linda Pace, Paul Pelosi, and Patricia Kluge.

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I was pleased to debut the first of many new Women Can ads developed by Euro RSCG Worldwide, highlighting heroines who are taking on some of the world’s toughest challenges and making it a better place for all of us. As the ad says, “We’ve chosen [Liberian] President Johnson-Sirleaf as the inaugural figure in our campaign because it was she who said it best: Women can lift their countries out of poverty, women can lead their countries to greatness, women can change the fate of a nation. Deriving our name from her inspiring words, Women Can will recognize the enormous, and too often untapped, potential of women everywhere in our world.” Vital Voices invites you to join us as we advance the cause of women and our world. You can visit Vital Voices’ website to learn more, www.vitalvoices.org.

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From left to right, top row: Amanda Morton, Q. Smith, Michele Norris, Zain Verjee, Marry Yerrick, Carly Fiorina, Melanne Verveer, Gloria Reuben, Dina Haba Powell, Wolf Blitzer, and Alyse Nelson Bloom. Bottom row: Laura Alonso, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Charm Tong, First Lady Laura Bush, Mariane Peral, Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi and Kakenya Ntaiya. (Photo by Sharon Farmer)

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Negotiating her way out of circumcision as a young girl, this south Kenyan native did what no woman in her community had ever done before: leave her local Massai village to study in the U.S. Now, years later, Ntaiya continues her efforts in girls’ education, traveling the world as a passionate advocate leading the fight against child marriage and genital mutilation.

Inspired by her childhood experiences living under the repressive military government that ruled Argentina for nearly eight years, Alonso now leads the fight against government corruption through her leadership as executive director in one of the top government watchdog organizations in her country, Poder Ciudadano (Citizen Power).

The first female to hold a cabinet position in the history of the UAE and the first woman minister of economy and planning in the Middle East, this successful businesswoman and information technology professional has led financial markets and monetary and investment policies for the UAE economy.

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After suffering through the painful murder of her husband by terrorists in Pakistan, Pearl, through her work as a well-respected journalist, tells the stories of women and children living in communities troubled by poverty and conflict. In her books A Mighty Heart and In Search of Hope: The Global Diaries of Mariane Pearl, she commemorates these women who work in such demanding circumstances fighting for their peace and reconciliation.

Khin Ohmar: After fleeing her home country of Burma along with thousands of others suppressed by the military due to participation in peaceful pro-democracy rallies, Ohmar made her way from the refugee camps of Thailand to the United States where she started anew as a democracy advocate in exile. Now based in Mae Sot on the border between Thailand and Burma, Ohmar serves as chairwoman of the Network for Democracy and Development (Burma), and is vice-chair of the Burmese Women’s Union.

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Charm Tong: has traveled the world shedding light on the brutal human rights abuses in Burma. In 1999 she testified before the United Nations Commission on Human Rights, where leaders of the Burmese military regime where present. Tong has continued her fight co-founding SWAN, the Shan Women’s Action Network, and in 2002 released the much talked about report “License to Rape” which detailed the use of rape by the military to suppress women and girls in Burma.

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here’s a Buddhist saying that a single match can illuminate even a dark corner, a corner that has been plunged in darkness for a thousand years. At the Vital Voices Global Leadership Awards, when I listened to the stories about Kakenya Ntaiya of Kenya, Charm Tong of Burma, Laura Alonso of Argentina, and global trailblazer Sheikha Lubna al Qasimi of the UAE, I felt that these ladies were like matches, illuminating our world. Through their stories and the stories of other women I’ve been able to meet and interview all over the world, literally from the North to the South Pole, I have learned about hope and courage. I can believe in this hope, because it has been carved out of reality – and most of the time gruesome realities. This is the kind of hope that doesn’t fear any wind extinguishing it. To me, the women honored by Vital Voices are fearless, in that they have created that hope in themselves first. It sounds heroic but in truth it is a very humble work when you fight your own doubts first and maintain faith in humankind despite all your legitimate reasons to give up. I also can’t think of a more honorable quest for a human being. Empathy is vital too. If you find yourself in the dark you can always follow other people’s light and restore your own flame. The power of women in the Vital Voices network derives from a hope that has turn into determination and action to change the fate of others. If you light your own way you will carve a path for others as well. We all know how important dialogue is, but it is that power of individual human empathy that is crucial to our world. On a more personal note, the Global Leadership Awards were especially important

Vital Voices President Alyse Nelson Bloom with Fern Holland Awardee Mariane Pearl (Photo by Chris Wright)

to me this year because I could express my gratitude to someone who was once a vital voice for me. When I was pregnant with my son, Adam, after my husband Danny was killed in Pakistan, First Lady Laura Bush came to visit me. It was a very difficult time for me, a very lonely time, and she encouraged me to speak up about my beliefs. As a journalist and writer this led me to shine a light on women capable

of illuminating the dark corners of our world. So I wanted to thank Mrs. Bush for her sincerity that day. On another personal note, I want to say how happy I am that Angelina Jolie came to present me with this award.There was something I really missed in my life and have wished for so dearly over the years and that was to find a sister. Now I feel like I have.

“THE POWER OF WOMEN IN THE VITAL VOICES network derives from a hope that has turn into determination and action to change the fate of others. If you light your own way you will carve a path for others as well. ”

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So Much to Celebrate The press gets a new home and kicks off the gala season BY JAN ET D O N OVAN

Matters of Opinion Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus, Atlanta-Journal Constitution’s editorial cartoonist Mike Luckovich, and Talking Points Memo blogger Josh Marshall had plenty of reasons to celebrate at The Week’s Fifth Annual Opinion Awards dinner at the Four Seasons on April 8th: they won. The elegant and intimate evening raised eyebrows when panelists took center stage, and the discussion turned into a testosterone versus estrogen contest. This was led by Time.com’s Anna Marie Cox, who questioned why, when we have an African American and a woman running for President, the panel of experts were all white men? Fair question. The “How We Pick the President” gabfest, moderated by Sir Harold Evans, escalated into a verbal shouting contest more typical of Hardball than a dinner party. Karl Rove, Harold Raines, and Doug Schoen were intermittently reprimanded for their comments, and it didn’t help that the formerly secretive Rove was the most loquacious panelist. Wish we could have heard what Matt Cooper, Tammy Haddad, Betsy Fisher, Joe Di Genova, Mark Russell, Victoria Toesing and Hilary Rosen had to say, but they weren’t within ear shot. As good as it gets The only thing better than having celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck personally flip your pizza at the gala opening of the Newseum on April 12th was bumping into Nick Clooney.Yes, that Clooney: former newsman, anchor, talk and game show host, columnist, father of George, brother of Rosemary, Democratic contender for a House seat from Kentucky and most recently a human rights activist for Darfur. As

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Laugh track The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association could have saved a bundle on a comedian if they’d just stuck with Vice-President Dick Cheney. Now in its 64th year, the organization celebrates excellence in broadcasting and the event is second in media prestige only to the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner. While comedian Mo Rocca of Wait, Wait...Don’t Tell Me fame was the entertainment headliner, it was Cheney and Governor Mitt Romney who stole the show. In a rare jovial mood, compatible with someone about to leave office, the Veep spared no one. “You all know how to make a man feel welcome. Obviously you’re not the kind to look down on a bitter man who clings to his guns.” Digs about the oft ridiculed Al Gore included a global warming barb: “I have no doubt, none at all, that we are in the midst of a global warming; Chris and Kathleen Matthews, Joe Scarborough, and Mitt or, as I prefer to call it, Spring.” In Romney at the Radio and TV Correspondents Association Dinner. thanking The President (via video) (Photo by Tony Powell) for thinking he is the funniest guy USA Today Building, and cost nearly a half he knows, Cheney shot back: “I’ll take that as a billion dollars. It’s doubtful then that the $20 compliment, but I’ll try to forget that it comes admission fee will ever cover those costs, and no from the same fella that thinks that nine o’clock is surprise the guest list sported many corporate late, believes ginger ale is a nightcap and paradise is 40 miles west of Waco.” heavyweights Romney’s surprise appearance no doubt left While the event could have used a red carpet and more fanfare, guests managed to find each the Botox crowd jealous of his 40ish looks. Listing other while wandering between three floors.We the top ten reasons he lost his Presidential bid, he spotted Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, USA Today concluded that “There weren’t as many Osmonds founder Al Neuharth, Ellie Merrill, Strobe as I thought.” CNN closed the night with a caviar-driven Talbott, Tim Russert, Maureen Orth, Wolf Blitzer, David Bohman, Andrea Mitchell, after-party. Alan Greenspan, Charles Krauthammer, and Nina Totenberg. Readers wishing to get in touch with Janet can rumored, the elder Clooney is indeed more handsome and more charismatic than his famous son. He did not, however, confirm (as rumored) that he will maintain an apartment in the Newseum residences (where he would enhance the already breathtaking views). The new facility is a remake of its previous site in Rosslyn, across from the location of the

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the Newseum finally opened with a party every bit as impressive as the $475 million building. Lines stretched down the block, but once inside, the more than 1,800 guests were treated to the cuisine of Wolfgang Puck, opportunities to explore the museum’s many levels and exhibits, and entertainment until the wee hours. THEGUESTS Andrea Mitchell, Calvin and Jane Cafritz, Charles Krauthammer, Juan and Denise Williams, Debbie Dingell, Gordon and Anne Peterson, Finlay and Willee Lewis, Al Hunt, Newseum architect James Polshek, and Michael and Mary Ann Isikoff, along with representatives of famous media families like the Sulzbergers, Grahams, and Neuharths.

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All that Jazz Perspectives on power and music, plus diplomatic comings and goings BY GAIL SCOTT

Meridian International Center’s hot new What’s Power on Embassy Row? To many, power on Embassy Row means exhibit, Jam Session: America’s Jazz Ambassadors getting instant return calls from the White House. Embrace the World revisits the fascinating journeys Others count the number of Cabinet secretaries and Supreme Court justices they can attract to a dinner. Some count their Sunday morning talk show appearances as badges of power. But on the fifth anniversary of the American occupation of his country, Iraqi Ambassador Sameer Shaker Sumaidaie wishes he had less “power.”“I don’t see myself as ‘powerful,’ he said recently. “In the old days, Benny Goodman performs for a young audience in Red Square. when communication was so Moscow, Soviet Union, 1962 (Courtesy of the Irving S. Gilmore different, ambassadors wielded Music Library, Benny Goodman Papers, Yale University) the influence of their nation in the host country. The British ambassador in a of these unofficial diplomats.At the opening small country projected the power of the whole party last month, jazz great David Brubeck was empire. Today, communication is much more in the audience listening to Poland’s leading jazz direct between heads of state.” ensemble, the Andrzej Jagodzinski Trio. Afterwards, “Power and access overlap,” Sumaidaie when asked how it felt to listen, 50 years later, continued,“and access depends on the perception to Poles playing music they once weren’t even of which country’s affairs are more important. allowed to hear, Brubeck smiled and his eyes I look forward to the days when Iraq is less sparkled behind his signature broad brims. Then important and the situation in Iraq has quieted he sang in this reporter’s ear, “It’s wonderful, it’s down and there is no need for this higher profile. marvelous, that you could care for me.” Not only I envy the ambassadors in that situation.” did the Jazz Ambassadors embrace the world, but their audiences embraced them. Jazz ambassadors During the height of the Cold War, Nikita Spring’s New Crop Khrushchev dispatched the Bolshoi Ballet around After an official farewell party for India’s the world to win the hearts and minds of their popular Ronen and Kalpana Sen was canceled audiences. At the urging of Rep. Adam Clayton at the last minute, word spread that the couple Powell, President Eisenhower retaliated by sending will be staying one more year. Not so for the Dizzy Gillespie and his Big Band on a world tour, Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato and his wife followed by more of America’s jazz greats: Dave Hanayo, who are leaving right after Meridian’s Brubeck, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Miles big Japanese Spring garden benefit, “An Davis, and Washington’s own Charlie Byrd. They Evening in Kyoto” later this month. Palestine’s were our front line troops of cultural diplomacy. Afif Safieh thought he and his wife Christ’l

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would be retiring, and he could finally finish that book, but instead they are departing midmonth for a new posting in Moscow. Thailand and Sri Lanka are also set for Spring departures. Egypt’s Nabil and Nermin Fahmy expect to leave by summer’s end. Mosaic Foundation will especially miss Nermin. Argentina’s new Ambassador, Hector Timerman, is a human rights advocate and former newspaper publisher whose father endured brutal imprisonment at the hands of the junta.Timerman now fills the chair of the ambassador he once openly opposed during Argentina’s military dictatorship. He is not the only political refugee serving in Washington. Chilean Ambassador Mariano Fernandez was exiled and worked as a journalist during General Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, and Uruguayan Ambassador Carlos Albert Gianelli and his family were forced to flee during military coups. Readers wishing to get in touch with Gail can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

DOYOUKNOW EMBASSYROW? • The Tidal Basin’s famous cherry trees were originally a gift from the Mayor of Tokyo in 1912. • Tulips are originally Turkish, not Dutch, but The Netherlands grows the most tulips in the world. • The Colombian and Ecuadorian Embassies vie for bragging rights over who receives the most glorious shipments of native roses. • And, do you know what’s in the Norwegian Crown Princess’ bouquet?

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The competitive presidential election has Washingtonians hedging their bets and donating to multiple candidates

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ne evening in early April, around 50 of Washington’s wealthier citizens gathered in the garden of social eminence and cause celebrant Esther Coopersmith’s opulent Kalorama home. The occasion was a fundraiser for Hillary Rodham Clinton. Rep. John P. Murtha (D. Pa.), and Pennsylvania’s Lieutenant Governor Katherine Baker Knoll were there urging guests to dig deep into their pockets, but the candidate herself was campaigning in Pennsylvania. No matter, the New York Democratic senator had made personal appearances at two earlier Coopersmith fundraisers, and the hostess reckoned that at this most recent event she had raised around $50,000. Keeping the Clinton war chest replenished is Coopersmith’s current mission in life. The widening concern that Clinton’s stubborn refusal to bow out in favor of Barack Obama is doing nothing more than undermining the party’s chances of victory in November is a non-starter chez Coopersmith.

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“We go all over the world talking about democracy and the importance of voting; yet Hillary’s opponents want the primary elections closed,” she says. “How can we in all conscience talk about democracy abroad if we shut off the voting rights of millions of people? I think Hillary’s the most capable, competent person, and she’s going to make a wonderful president.” Meanwhile, across town almost contemporaneously at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, a large presence of wealthy Washingtonians who see things differently had paid $2,300 or $1,000 to thrill to Barack Obama’s verbal pirouettes. The choice of venue may have been intricately symbolic, because the conventional political wisdom is still that women tend to favor Hillary Clinton, and the museum by definition deals with exclusion. It celebrates the work of women painters and sculptors, many of whom deserve to be in mainstream museums, but are not. Elsewhere in the District, well-heeled Republicans gathered in a private residence

Wilhelmina Holladay, co-founder of D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts, donated $4,600 to the Clinton campaign, yet green lit use of the Museum for a Barack Obama fundraiser.

to coalesce around Sen. John McCain, the presumptive GOP nominee and his well-bred, well dressed, well coiffed, well shaped, well almost everything wife, Cindy (but perhaps not so well versed in the culinary arts as the McCain website would have us believe). Whichever the candidate, the purpose is the same: squeeze yet more dollars to feed the insatiable appetite of a presidential campaign that has the dubious distinction of being the longest and the costliest in the history of presidential elections, and may cross the $1 billion dollar mark before the first Tuesday in November. The specialists will tell you that both fundraisers and contributors are feeling more than somewhat

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Some prominent Democrats who would money “bundled” in lump sums of $50,000 beats punch drunk after months of primary manslaughter. Still, the money keeps trickling in, significantly normally be in the thick of things are still sitting being deluged with $2,300 checks, and campaign helped by floods of small ($200 and less) internet on the fence, undecided whether to back Hillary experts maintain that bundlers now account for donations. For bigger donors the reasons for giving Clinton or support Barack Obama. So, like Nancy more than a quarter of presidential contributions. are more complex ... ideology, support for the cause, “Bitsey” Folger, they contributed to both candidates. In 2000 it was 8 percent. Bundlers are Washington’s new secret agents, the common good, the allure of a charismatic A well known social activist in Washington, Folger candidate are all strong motives, but so – in some says that unlike in past elections, she has organized preferring to operate out of the public spotlight. Not cases – is opportunism. After this long and costly no Democratic fundraisers in this campaign because, Esther Coopersmith, who says the Clinton campaign campaign, next year’s ambassadorial appointments she says, “It’s a very hard choice, I like them both. calls its bundlers “Hillraisers,” and claims to have so far raised $450,000 for and g ove r n m e n t her candidate. “I keep contracts will have come collecting the checks at a high price. All of which may area has so far been the second largest political giver after New York – and sending them on,” she says. help explain why the $82.4 million compared to $102.4 million.” In the Obama greater Washington camp there’s columnist area has so far been the second largest political giver after New York We really need to find a better system for choosing Megan Beyer who, with auto dealer husband Don – $82.4 million compared to $102.4 million a candidate. This campaign has been so brutal; – a former Lieutenant Governor of Virginia – has for presidential and congressional races. Where whoever wins won’t have the energy left to man “encouraged many of our friends and colleagues to come and meet Barack,” as Megan puts it – meetings better than Washington to place a dollar value the government.” The constant grind for cash, combined which the website Public Citizen says have raised on power and influence? Hillary Clinton may have had a hard time raising funds in the rest of with new rules limiting individual campaign $200,000 for the Democrat senator from Illinois. Like Coopersmith, however, several Democratic the rest of the country, but in D.C. she was the contributions, have seen an increase in the role of bigger beneficiary, according to Federal figures what used to be called fund raisers, but in the new, activists said the bottom line is loyalty to the party. for financial contributions – $5.5 million against slicker, campaign jargon are known as “bundlers” “I’m a Democrat, and I’ll work with whomever is $4.8 for Obama. And Northwest Washington’s – individuals who ask friends, family, and business on the ticket. But (the campaign) will be easier with 20016 zip code was collectively among the associates for contributions to the candidate of Hillary,” she says. On May 7, she helped organize a largest contributors ($3,956,161). In a somewhat their choice. Contributions from individuals are pro-Clinton rally for women at Washington’s Omni less scientific sample of 1,000 contributors in limited to $2,300 for the primary campaign, and Shoreham Hotel called “Generations of Women,” that zipcode, by March 31, 265 contributed to the same for the November election campaign for with appearances by the candidate herself, her Clinton against 224 to Obama – some to both. a total per person of $4,600. But delivery of the mother, and daughter Chelsea.

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Nancy “Bitsey” Folger has contributed to both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

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Esther Coopersmith (Center) pictured here with Arthur Gardner, and Susan Eisenhower, has been one of the Clinton campaign’s top “Hillraisers.”

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Jim Kimsey (right) pictured with James Johnson and Sen. John Glenn, contributed the maximum to both John McCain and Hillary Clinton.

It’s hardly surprising that in Washington bundlers tend to be lawyers, given their density with respect to the population as a whole. Lobbyists would in theory also be suitable candidates, but there’s the backlash from the Abramoff and Ney scandals to consider. All three surviving presidential candidates have gone to great lengths to distance themselves from K Street, while each insinuates that the others are taking lobbyist handouts anyway. Barack does not take checks from lobbyists,“so raising money in Washington is like boxing with one arm tied behind your back,” emails Megan Beyer. “Lobbyists are savvy enough to know that there is a stigma attached to the word ‘lobbyist,’” Monica Notzon, partner in the Bellwether Consulting Group fundraising firm, was quoted as saying. “[On their campaign contributions] they refer to themselves as ‘government relations consultants,’ or ‘public affairs directors.’” While campaign critics continue to call for more disclosure (and they have a point), the internet is doing its part to make this the least secretive presidential campaign ever. Go to Fundrace2008 on the Huffington Post – and it’s not the only site – and you learn that AOL cofounder Jim Kimsey contributed the maximum to both John McCain and Hillary Clinton, and that former Clinton administration official and foreign policy specialist William (Bill) Nitze sent along his $2,300 check to Barack Obama. “I’m in the category of a disaffected Republican

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Former State Department official William Nitze pictured here with wife Ann sent along a $2,300 check to the Barack Obama campaign.

– I have become impressed with Obama, and not impressed with Hillary Clinton,” he says. Nitze belongs to a group calling themselves Republicans for Barack Obama, who have been supporting the Democratic candidate. He would like the Democratic Senator from Illinois to have more foreign policy experience. Still, he says, “I have a hunch about Obama: he’s smart and capable of learning.”

Washington attor ney Lloyd Hand, meanwhile, contributed the maximum to Hillary Clinton, as did Wilhelmina Holladay, co-founder of Washington D.C.’s National Museum of Women in the Arts (she actually donated the full $4,600). But wait a minute. Wasn’t the museum where the big Obama fundraiser was held? Well, that’s Washington for you in this election year.

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nevitably, reformers are having a field day questioning whether the current long, bruising, election saga is the best way to (a) choose a candidate, and (b) to elect a president of the United States. No other nation makes so much of a meal of it. Roughly typical of Europe generally was the 2007 French presidential campaign that elected Nicolas Sarkozy.A couple of months of electioneering led to the first, eliminating round of voting on April 22. Because no candidate received an absolute majority there was a run-off on May 6 between the two leading candidates, Socialist Segolene Royal and “Sarko” as the right-of-center president is usually called in France. Campaign spending was strictly limited: each candidate was allowed

to spend no more than $22 million in the first round, campaign spending for round two was capped at $27 million for each candidate. Oh, and direct contributions to individual candidates are not allowed – the giving is to the political parties. With television advertising offered at no cost, and closely monitored for accuracy and content, the whole French presidential campaign cost an estimated total of $350 million.Voter turnout was a record 85 percent in 2007, but the high 70s is usual.

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he Washington socialite-hostess gathers the ripe fruit of political, economic, and cultural orchards and serves it up as one fabulous cherry bombe at a charity fundraiser or a private soirée with Cabinet secretaries and other major political players.Two men shake hands in the U.S. Senate and a bill passes – or doesn’t. The influence to effect change, be it in the minds or actions of one’s fellow man, is simultaneously the most ephemeral quantity (how does one qualify or rate it?) and the biggest driving force on our planet. In Washington, the most obvious source of power is political. However, we’ve omitted the names of those who draw government paychecks here, figuring that it would be too obvious to list all the senators, congressmen, and political appointees in Washington, as a quick glance at Google with the aforementioned keywords shows. For our purposes, power is knowledge, access, influence, and, perhaps as important, it is the perception of power itself.

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These things by their very nature cannot remain static – and therefore our list changes with the times. Power in Washington is different than in other big cities. Unlike New York, where wealth-centric power glitters with the subtlety of old gold, wealth doesn’t automatically confer power; in Washington, rather, it depends on how one uses it. Washington’s power is fundamentally colored by its proximity to politics, and in this presidential season, even more so.This year, reading the tea leaves, we gave a larger nod to the power behind the candidates: foreign policy advisors, fundraisers, lobbyists, think tanks that house cabinets-inwaiting, and influential party leaders. When one takes the nature of that beast into consideration, it would make sense that power would change direction, bending with the current of the moment.This year in particular, it would be impossible to call Washington’s power anything but supercharged with political electricity.

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The brains behind the poltical players that shape our nation, the media minds that shape our opinions, the developers who revitalize our region, and the business leaders and philanthropists that are always pushing the envelope ... power, above all, is influence


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Top row, left to right: Carly Fiorina, Charles R. Black, Karl Rove, Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. Bottom row, left to right: Al Gore, Tom Daschle, Wesley Clark, Don Beyer. At right: Howard Dean.

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When former British Prime Minister Tony Blair needed a publisher, he called Barnett, a Washington attorney who has brokered book deals for former President Bill Clinton (who received a cool $10 million advance for the bestseller My Life) and former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan. Others on his impressive client list include Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bob Woodward, Lynne Cheney, Karen Hughes, Karl Rove, Katharine Graham, Ari Fleischer,Tim Russert, Stephen White, and Barack Obama.

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A former homicide trial prosecutor, Bennett’s clients have included ex-New York Times reporter Judith Miller, exWorld Bank president Paul Wolfowitz, and the Duke lacrosse players embroiled in the famous rape allegations in 2006. The

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real proof of his pedigree? He was former President Bill Clinton’s lawyer way back when, during the Paula Jones imbroglio.

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An admitted political junkie, Berman served as assistant secretary of commerce during the administration of the first President Bush. He is the founder of Berman Enterprises, a lobbying and business consulting firm he merged with The Federalist Group (for a princely sum) and which was recently acquired by Ogilvy Government Relations (where he raked in even greater sums). His role as one of McCain’s early financial supporters is sure to increase his influence if the Republicans retain the White House.

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the short list as Barack Obama’s VP pick, Beyer becomes one of the top Democrats to run for the open Senate seat from Virginia. Either way, he came out early for Obama, and with his wife Megan (who serves on the Women For Obama steering committee with Governor Kane’s wife Anne Holton and Sheila Johnson) has raised a bundle for the candidate as his mid-Atlantic finance director, where he serves with Hyatt heiress Penny Pritzker, Obama’s Presidential National Finance Committee Chair. In short, Beyer has access and clout aplenty.

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Black recently left his plush position as chairman (and founder) of the lobbying firm BKSH & Associates, where highprofile clients included General Motors, United Technologies, JP Morgan and AT&T, to work full-time for Sen. John McCain’s presidential campaign. Black worked on both the Reagan and George H.W. Bush presidential campaigns and served as an advisor to George W. Bush’s campaigns in 2004 and 2000, where he

played a significant role in the Florida recount. Other inner-sanctum lobbyists who have hitched their wagon to McCain’s rising star include former Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Texas), who founded the Loeffler Group, and Kirk Blalock of Fierce, Isakowitz & Blalock, who leads McCain’s younger supporters and has raised more than $250,000 for him.

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This year, Boggs’ firm was ranked number one in the National Journal’s listing of Washington lobbying powers. Often labeled “King of the Hill,” most still view Tommy Boggs as the “King of K Street.” His firm boasts the highest receipts of any other lobbying firm, and includes clients ranging from large corporations to large nations.

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exert his power within Democratic circles and beyond. Earlier this year, we learned that he has earned approximately $100 million since leaving the White House and raised $400 million for his Clinton Global Initiative foundation, which attracts over 50 heads of state to its annual conference. Last year’s gathering brought in $7.3 billion in committed donations for causes near to Clinton’s heart: health security, economic empowerment, environmental security, leadership development, and cross-cultural understanding. The former president is also Senator Clinton’s top foreign policy advisor together with Madeleine Albright, Richard Holbrooke, and a host of retired generals.

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When the former Senate majority leader lost his South Dakota seat, some thought his political days were numbered. But as one of the first senior Democrats to throw

his weight behind Obama, Daschle’s access and influence on the potential presidential nominee is considerable, ranking with such Obama longtime friends as Harvard Law Review classmates Julius Genachowski of Rock Creek Ventures and Tom Perelli of Jenner and Block. He and his wife, Linda, one of the top aviation lobbyists in town, are among Washington’s premiere power couples.

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Salter, who is known as “McCain’s closest confidante and alter-ego,” recently left his Senate position to join manager Rick Davis and senior advisor Steve Schmidt in leading the campaign. A speechwriter for McCain and a former aide to neo-conservative diplomat Jeanne Kirkpatrick, Salter is also close with Bill Kristol, McCain’s most influential foreign policy advisor. Together with Davis, whose lobbying shop stepped up to the plate for McCain last year when

almost all hope was lost, they are the campaign’s primary gatekeepers. Davis has assembled a team of trusted McCain advisors that includes Doug Holts-Eakin and Kevin Hassatt (of AEI), both of whom advise on domestic policy.

Most importantly, Dean is one of the few who can bring the gavel down on “superdelegates” and settle the contentious nominee fight by the end of June.

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Although perhaps deliberately not as omnipresent as his predecessor, Terry McAuliffe, Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign revolutionized inter net fundraising, and insiders say Obama’s success in this arena is “Dean 3.0.” His power is also reflected in his enforcement of the presidential candidates’ agreement on the Florida and Michigan vote, as well as the fact that he appoints the 25 swing votes to the Democratic Convention Credentials Committee (which could ultimately help decide who becomes the nominee should this race go all the way). Party powers are also impressed with his micro-targeted approach to rebuilding the DNC’s voter file and the rollout of his 50-state strategy.

Forget Vegas: viva Frank Fahrenkopf, Jr. A former Republican party chairman, Fahrenkopf is the national advocate for the commercial casino industry and is responsible for positioning the AGA to address regulatory, political, and educational issues affecting its members. Now he’s pushing legislation to allow casinos to operate in the U.S. instead of offshore and enable users to gamble from their television sets.

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Over the past year, Washington has seen more and more of the former Hewlett Packard head and savvy business executive, and after recently being named chairman

POWERPOLITICIAN To get to the White House, you’re going to need more than a good babysitter The chief of staff is any politician’s right hand, responsible for everything from personnel to daily briefings to throwing on a tux to accompany the boss to a fundraiser. Among the busiest: Jay Heimbach in Sen. Sherrod Brown’s (D-OH) office and Eric Mogilnicki in Ted Kennedy’s (D-MA).

SPEECHWRITER A good speechwriter gets inside the politician’s head, mimics their speech patterns, and delivers the right tone every time. Golden pens: Jeff Nusbaum and the team at West Wing Writers, Wendy Button (freelance), Jon Favreau (Obama), and Mark Salter (McCain).

SCHEDULER Schedulers are the nerve center of a politician’s office, filtering the countless

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requests and invitations while simultaneously tracking where the boss is, how long they’ll be there, and what happens after that. Among the best: Sue Keenom with Sen. Gordon Smith (R-OR), Sally Cluthe with Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Robin McCain in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV).

POLLSTER Politicians have an insatiable appetite for poll numbers, and their chief pollster is a powerful asset, often steering the boss wherever they point. The numbers guys: Harrison Hickman, Jim Zogby, Mark Mellman, Celinda Lake, Stan Greenberg, and Frank Luntz.

FUNDRAISINGGURU Political fundraising is big business, but it’s also fraught with legal and ethical perils. The fundraising guru keeps their eye on every aspect of a candidate’s financial

survival. Hot right now: Obama National Finance Director Julianna Smoot, McCain advisor Tom Loeffler, and Clinton Finance Director Jonathan Muntz.

IMAGECONSULTANT A political star needs to project an image that inspires confidence, from his tie to his handshake. The image consultant analyzes their every move and correct their flaws. Among the best: former TV correspondent C. Jackson Bain, Republican image consultant Fifi Frandle, and former Hill staffer Marjorie Kline.

TRAVELINGCHIEFOFSTAFF The traveling chief of staff is ready with vital information, water, a second cell phone, and anything else the boss needs.The pressure of this job means they usually burn out after about two years. Still going: Joe Donoghue (McCain), Huma Abedin (Clinton), and Reggie Love (Obama).

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Left to right: Brendan Sullivan, Jr., Thomas Hale Boggs, Jr., Bob Bennett, Til Hazel, and Bob Barnett.

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been a major force behind the anti-piracy movement, encouraged movie theater attendance through a variety of catchy “campaigns,” and replaced the late Jack Valenti as its prime lobbyist. A freemason and friend of the World Food Program, he continues to speak passionately on matters of world agriculture and its globalization.

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of Victory 2008 for the RNC, we’re likely to see more of her. An early supporter of McCain (who’s been open about his lack of economic knowledge), her name has been discussed as one of his possible Cabinet picks.

The AIPAC presidency carries with it Congress’s utmost attention, as Friedman knows well. The New York Times called this million-member powerhouse “the most important organization affecting America’s relationship with Israel.” However, “JStreet,” which recently launched a PAC and lobbying arm, may soon provide an alternative and perhaps more “progressive, mainstream pro-Israeli” voice, given that it has recruited respected former members of AIPAC and prominent Israelis and American Jewish community members from security, military, diplomatic, political, religious, and academic backgrounds. Though the political influence Friedman and AIPAC exert is undeniable, JStreet appears poised to succeed in its mandate to broaden the public policy debate.

DANGLICKMAN PRESIDENTMPAA

President Bill Clinton appointed this former Kansas congressman secretary of agriculture, and Glickman served in the administration from 1995 to 2001. A Pollywood player in the truest sense of the word, he took over the Motion Picture Association of America in 2004, where he’s

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Glover, who once worked for Vice President Cheney, has made her Wyoming Avenue residence a place to be for power hobnobbing, the release of the latest “it book,” or fundraisers for local charities. The Republican operative and power hostess is known as much for putting on her dancing shoes as her power suits. As an early backer of McCain’s presidential bid, she traveled with the senator and assisted with communications during the crunch before he locked the nomination.

WARRENGORRELL CHAIRMANHOGAN&HARTSON

Known for his law practice in corporate finance, securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and investment trusts, this superlawyer is able to manage his practice as well as his firm – no small task with over 1,100 lawyers and 22 offices worldwide.

WALTERISAACSON PRESIDENT&CEOTHEASPEN INSTITUTE

After a career that included stints as the editor in chief of Time Magazine and as chairman of CNN, this successful

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journalist and best-selling author now cultivates enlightened leadership and intellectual dialogue at the Aspen Institute. A political moderate, Isaacson’s influence derives from his ability to bring major players like Colin Powell, Bill Clinton, and Henry Kissinger to the table to tackle some of the most divisive political issues of our time.

A day doesn’t go by without the Pew Research Center’s studies getting mentioned in the press. Kohut not only helps to gauge public opinion on everything from current issues to voting trends throughout the election, but he also gives valuable interpretation of the data which is very useful to political analysts.

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Gore must get mighty tired of repeating the phrase, “I have no plans to run.” but he’ll have to forgive those who can’t stop asking; 2007 was definitely the Year of Gore. Receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, starring in the Academy-Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth, organizing global warming benefit concert Live Earth, Gore went from losing the 2000 election by one Supreme Court vote to becoming a bona fide environmental rock star in a comeback that rivaled John Travolta’s. As arguably the most senior Democratic leader and super-delegate who remains uncommitted, he is likely to play a key role in the eventual resolution of the nomination race. Moreover, together with a coterie of environmental groups like the NRDC, the Sierra Club, and the Alliance for Climate Protection (which he chairs), he continues to exert tremendous influence on environmental security policy.

Word has it that former Clinton National Security Advisor Tony Lake and Susan Rice (a former assistant secretary of state under Clinton) are Senator Obama’s two top foreign policy advisors. As such, the duo are members of a team that includes foreign policy director Denis McDonaugh (formerly with Tom Daschle), Center for American Progress foreign policy expert Lawrence Korb, Clinton-era National Security Council Southeast Europe specialist Mark Brzezinski, and recently departed Pulitzer-prize-winner Samantha Power. Obama will put all these players to good use if elected, as he’ll no doubt have a number of foreign policy conundrums to sort out ….

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Although Dick Armitage may be the primary realist foreign policy advisor to John McCain, insiders consider Bill Kristol (Fox News commentator, Weekly Standard editor, former chief of staff to VP

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Quayle, son of neo-con godfather Irving Kristol, Iraq war cheerleader, and now, op-ed columnist for The New York Times) to be the most influential voice in the campaign on such matters. As a testament to his influence, Kristol has helped to embed other neo-cons into the McCain camp, including Randy Scheunemann (McCain’s foreign policy director who drafted the Iraq Liberation Act and served on the PNAC board with Kristol), former CIA director James Woolsey, former Wall Street Journal editorial editor Max Boot, and brothers Robert and Frederick Kagan, of SAIS and AEI, respectively, who coauthored the report that led to the Iraqsurge strategy and were brought into the administration with the support of Dick Cheney and Joe Lieberman to convince the President to approve the escalation.

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As controversial as gun laws are, there’s no doubt that gun lobbyists are a powerful bunch regardless of the outcome of a particular bill. LaPierre has served as executive vice president and chief executive officer of the National Rifle Association since 1991. He’s no stranger to politics, and he lobbied effectively against presidential nominee John Kerry in 2004. In a congress run by Democrats, his power is reflected in the absence of anti-handgun legislation.

GROVERNORQUIST PRESIDENTAMERICANSFORTAX REFORM

Norquist, who serves on the board and performs standup comedy for the Funniest Celebrity in D.C. competition, has had an extensive list of corporate interests over the years (including serving on the board of the NRA and acting as an advisor to Microsoft). This in-your-face lobbyist heads the conservative Americans for Tax Reform and hosts the “centerright weekly Wednesday meetings” for Republican power players (recently hosting Condoleezza Rice). McCain will likely need to reach out to Norquist (who has expanded these weekly gatherings to 45 state capitals) to solidify his Republican base.

BILLNOVELLI EXECUTIVEDIRECTORAARP

As we know from the deterioration of the financial stability of Social Security, Americans are aging in record numbers.

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This pretty much makes the AARP one of the most powerful interest groups on the planet. Novelli has made it his mission to explore economic changes in Social Security and prioritize the continued well-being of 35 million American senior citizens age 50 or older, half of whom remain actively employed. He has also successfully crusaded against President Bush’s approach to health care and will exert considerable influence in the upcoming presidential election.

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As former solicitor general of the United States and assistant attorney general for the Office of Legal Counsel, Olsen has argued nearly 50 Supreme Court cases, including the infamous Bush v. Gore and Bush v. Palm Beach County Canvassing Board. He has served as private counsel under the Reagan and the current Bush administration, and insiders say he is likely to manage McCain’s judicial selection committee.

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A former strategist at the Democratic Congressional and Senatorial Campaign committees, Plouffe, together with pollster-strategist David Axelrod, is in the nerve center of the Obama campaign. The two are joined there by Director of Communications Robert Gibbs (who travels with Obama), National Press Secretary Bill Burton, speechwriter Jon Faverau, and Domestic Policy Advisor Heather Higgenbottom. Axelrod and Plouffe have produced winning media and messages for over 150 campaigns at the local, state, and national levels and, along with Obama’s Senate Chief of Staff Peter Rouse, have helped turn a relative newcomer into the likely nominee for the Democratic party.

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Podesta has been named one of Washington’s top lobbyists and bestconnected dealmakers by The National Journal, Wired magazine, and The Hill newspaper. As a legislative and public relations strategist, his message is frequently on point, and he played an instrumental role in Senator Clinton’s win in Pennsylvania. Additionally, his ties to members of Congress and local interest

groups make him an obvious choice for a list of Washington’s must-hire-lobbyists.

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Raised in Texas (she’s the daughter of the late former Texas Gov. Anne Richards), Cecile Richards obviously doesn’t cotton to antiquated notions of women’s roles. She previously served as founder and president of America Votes, a coalition of more than 30 national organizations, including the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, of which she also served as president. As former deputy chief of staff to Rep. Nancy Pelosi she has considerable access and influence, as does her husband, Kirk Adams of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

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Though he’s no longer in the power seat at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, most believe that Rove’s star is still rising. Right-wing Republicans can’t get enough of his political commentary on Fox News, and the man known as “Bush’s brain” recently signed big contracts with The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and Simon & Schuster; the latter offered him a cool $1.5 million for his memoirs.The GOP still believes he holds the cards to securing the Republican base McCain needs to win.

BOBSTRAUSSAND BRUCEMCLEAN FOUNDERANDCHAIRMANAKIN GUMPSTRAUSSHAUER&FELD RESPECTIVELY

Bob Strauss and Bruce McLean preside over top lawyer and lobbying shop Akin Gump, which just won a $666 million Medicare settlement (the largest in the history of Medicare program) from the Federal Government for 660 hospitals, on top of a string of successful cases. American Lawyer ranked their litigation practice as among the five best in the country. Partner Steven Ross, who manages the firm’s oversight practice (ranked second by National Journal after Patton Boggs in terms of revenue) says the workload has more than doubled from 2006 to 2007.

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Although this law firm has its fair share

of star talent, Sullivan and Craig are two standouts. In addition to his legal practice, where he’s represented a host of wellknown clients including John Hinckley and Elian Gonzales, Craig has handled debate negotiations for the Obama campaign and advises the senator on foreign policy. Sullivan has defended Ollie North during the Iran-Contra scandal, enough to get him Mount Olympus status among Washington litigators. Described by The Washington Post as a “world-class lawyer,” and consistently ranked by the National Law Journal as one of “America’s One Hundred Most Influential Lawyers,” Sullivan has also represented former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, former chairman of Cendant Corporation Walter A. Forbes, and a number of states against Microsoft.

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Sweeney ushered in a breath of fresh air at the major labor union, bringing with him a focus on a younger generation of workers. Eventually, his commitment to change shook up the AFL-CIO, which split in two. Service Employees International Union president and power broker Andrew Stern now leads the new “Change To Win” branch of the AFL/CIO with Anna Burger, SEIU International secretary-treasurer and James Hoffa. Jr. of the Teamsters. Gerald McEntee, president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees International, stuck with Sweeney and the AFL-CIO. Taken together, these five represent the most influential players in the labor movement and will exert considerable influence in this year’s presidential election.

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These three think tanks likely house the largest number of future cabinet members and political staffers ready to return to government when the White House changes hands. Podesta, who was President Clinton’s chief of staff, founded and developed CAP into the pre-eminent

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Top row, left to right: Abe Pollin, James Johnson, Fred Malek, Anthony Lewis, Michael Harreld. Bottom row, left to right: David Rubenstein, Sheila Johnson, Steve Case, Ted Leonsis, and Vernon Jordan. At right: Daniel Snyder

center left think-tank. A number of CAP’s fellows are busy advising Clinton, and even more have signed on with Obama.Talbott, who was a Rhodes Scholar with President Clinton, helms the centrist Brookings Institution, whose reports are the thirdmost cited by members of Congress. Brookings fellows are advising all three campaigns. Since 1986, Christopher DeMuth has presided over the growth and rising influence of AEI on the Republican right, bringing in neo-conservative architects of the Iraq war such as Richard Pearle. AEI’s Kevin Hassett is one of John McCain’s key economic advisors.

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When chief strategist Mark Penn was stripped of his title, political consultant and former Glover Park Group partner Howard Wolfson took over the top job in the Clinton campaign. Ironically, though the titles may have changed (and pollster/ strategist Geoff Garrin has been brought in), much is the same, with Penn’s firm, Burson-Marsteller continuing “to poll

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for the campaign and play an important role advising both Senator Clinton and former President Clinton” (according to an internal email), while Wolfson and Garrin are tasked with helping to shape the Senator’s message.

GENERALANTHONYZINNI ANDGENERALWESLEYCLARK These two outspoken anti-Iraq war generals have helped bolster the Democratic party’s position on foreign policy. Zinni is considered a top choice for vice president on an Obama ticket and Clark, who has Southern and national security credentials, has been an ardent advocate for Senator Clinton and is likely to be tapped for a senior role if either Democratic candidate wins.

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Who needs Washington Post Classifieds when you have these top Washington headhunters to find your next job? Known for being key players in the K Street business scene, Carr and Olsen have each skillfully landed major private sector posts for former government officials and top legal professionals around the city. In this market, their phones must be ringing off the hook. Just hope you aren’t put on terminal hold.

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Steve Case may have left the helm of AOL, but he’s still been quietly working to revolutionize the health and wellness industry with his aptly named Revolution Health, as well as Exclusive Resorts and Miraval. He is developing an $800 million, 650-acre luxury resort in Costa Rica. His star power helped attract Carly Fiorina and others to his latest projects. In 2007, Case and Ted Leonsis joined in a $5.5million investment in widget syndication specialist Clearspring Technologies. He and his wife Jean, have leveraged two

decades of business experience to make a mark in philanthropic circles.

THOMASDONOHUE PRESIDENT&CEOUSCHAMBEROF COMMERCE

Since Donohue took over in 1997, the Chamber has tripled its annual revenues to $160 million and has been influential in helping to lower trade barriers and win new free trade agreements on the international stage.Through its grassroots organization, www.voteforbusiness.com, the Chamber has become highly influential in helping to elect pro-business candidates.

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Americans are buying more and paying later than ever before, thanks in part to Fairbank and Morris, the grand viziers of credit lines. For 11 years, Fairbank has been CEO of Capital One Financial (COF), which ranks number two within diversified financials. Co-founder Morris grew the company’s customer base to

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45 million, managed loans increased to more than $70 billion, and the company emerged as one of the top seven issuers of credit cards in the world. When one can happily waive an annual salary and live on stock options, as Fairbank reportedly does, one has it made — especially if that stock is in the 11th largest bank in the world, Capital One. Fairbank is also partner in Lincoln Holdings LLC, and one of the coowners of the Capitals pro-hockey team as well as the Washington Mystics.

MICHAELHARRELD REGIONALPRESIDENTPNCBANK

PNC Bank enjoyed a banner year in 2007 due to a previous merger with Riggs Bank which increased business by 30 percent. Harreld spent 16 years at the helm in Louisville, Ky., prior to a 2005 move to the Washington area to run PNC’s operations here. Wife Susan is highly involved in civic organizations; in 2007, the Harrelds chaired the Wolf Trap Gala, among other events here.

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Johnson’s presence in Washington power circles is fortified by his sheer ubiquity. He has run Fannie Mae, led the Brookings Institution, been chairman of the Kennedy Center, and has been involved in almost every Democratic presidential campaign (he’s thrown his weight behind Obama) since 1972. In addition to helming Perseus, he is a board member of Goldman Sachs, Gannett Company, Inc., KB Home, Target Corporation, Temple-Inland, and UnitedHealth Group, as well as a member of the American Friends of Bilderberg, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the Trilateral Commission.

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This beloved former violin teacher and BET co-founder became a power presence in Washington, where she’s the first woman to be an owner or partner in professional sports franchises: she’s co-owner of the Wizards, the Capitals, and the Washington Mystics. Johnson is also CEO of Salamander Hospitality, which encompasses the new 168 room Salamander Resort and Spa and Market Salamander, both located in Middleburg, as well as the Innisbrook Resort and Golf Club in Florida, which features four 18-

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hole courses, including “Copperhead,” a regular stop on the PGA-tour. Johnson is also the chairman of the board of governors of Parsons The New School for Design, and she sits on the board of VH1’s “Save the Music” and Americans for the Arts. In 2007, Johnson added Hollywood credits to her résumé when she helped produce two films: Kicking It, which premiered at Sundance, and A Powerful Noise, which is opening at the Tribeca Film Festival. Johnson’s backing of Barack Obama (she serves on the Women for Obama steering committee) will likely only increase her influence if he wins.

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Jordan may sit on more corporate boards than anyone else in the country, and he’s remained an active player in Washington despite spending considerable time in New York. He’s a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was part of the Iraq Study Group. Although he is a big Clinton supporter, he also hosted one of the first fundraisers for Obama’s Senate campaign. In short, this Democratic powerbroker could play an instrumental role in healing the nomination fight over the next few months and is likely to see his influence increase should either Democrat win the presidency.

ROBERTKOGODAND ROBERTSMITH PHILANTHROPISTS

You don’t even have to live in Washington to know these two names.Their donations include $45 million to the University of Maryland (Smith) and $25 million to the Smithsonian (Kogod). These brothersin-law made their fortune in the family real estate business (Charles E. Smith) and they’re not about to take a break anytime soon. The latest big gift is a $5 million donation by Smith to sponsor the Newseum’s Big Screen Theater, but both names are visible on numerous buildings throughout the city.

TEDLEONSIS MAJORITYOWNER WASHINGTONCAPITALS

After a serious plane crash in the ’80s, Leonsis sat down and made a list of 101 things to accomplish, including owning a

sports team, producing a movie, creating a net worth of over $100 million, owning a Ferrari, meeting Bill Gates, and even taking care of his in-laws. There’s little left for this vice chairman emeritus of AOL to do, since he achieved many of these things by 2007. To name one, he had an incredibly successful run at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival with his movie Nanking (which also made the Oscar nominee short list) and then followed up by getting his next film, Kicking It, into the Sundance, Tribeca and Silverdocs film festivals. But it’s the philanthropic heart beating off-camera which led to Leonsis’ coining the term “filmanthropy,” which remains the hallmark of his silver-screen efforts.

JOHNLEE CHAIRMANNORTHERNVIRGINIA TECHCOUNCIL&CEOLEE TECHNOLOGIES

Boasting 1,100 companies and over 200,000 employees, Lee’s technology company is one of the largest in the world. So it seems a natural fit that he also leads the regions’s largest technology industry association.The N.V.T.C’s annual networking events connect area leaders and are considered to be a “hot ticket.” The Council and Lee’s influence will only continue to grow.

TONYLEWIS PRESIDENTVERIZONWASHINGTON DC

Since the lifelong jazz drummer took over operations for Verizon in 2005, he hasn’t missed a beat. As president of one of the city’s largest corporations, Lewis has been instrumental in helping engage his 1,400 employees from the region to give back, not only through monetary donations but by volunteering their time while staying on the clock.

FREDMALEK FOUNDERTHAYERCAPITAL

Baseball teams (Texas Rangers), hotel chains (Ritz-Carlton), airlines (Northwest), real estate services (C.B. Richard Ellis): Malek, who has handled the acquisitions of all the above, is also responsible for returning baseball to the nation’s capital. He’s a frequent flier in the black-tie charity circle, close to the presidential family and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. He is a determined political player whose moniker during the Nixon administration was “Hatchet

Man.” His babies, Thayer Capital and Thayer Lodging, have given birth to seven equity funds with $1.5 billion in capital and four hotel investment funds with $1 billion committed. Malek wisely invested early in McCain’s presidential bid (even holding signs for him in South Carolina) and serves as deputy national finance chair for his campaign, for which daughter Michelle Olsen has raised $100,000.

JWMARRIOTT CHAIRMAN MARRIOTTINTERNATIONAL

He’s the force behind the $4 billion and growing hotel chain. Having acquired the Ritz Carlton, among other brands, Marriott continues to grow and look for other opportunities to add to their holdings worldwide.They have over 3,000 hotels in 70 countries and recently added a new boutique, “Edition,” in collaboration with Ian Schraeger, with two slated to open in Washington.

TONYNICELY CHAIRMANGEICO

Nicely shaped GEICO into the $21.9 billion insurance behemoth that it is today and helped expand its brand with the gecko (and most recently, the “caveman”) advertising icon, raising its policyholder count to nearly 8 million and counting.

DAVIDRUBENSTEIN CO-FOUNDERTHECARLYLEGROUP

When officials at the National Archives needed someone to buy the last privately owned copy of the Magna Carta for $21 million, it’s no surprise they called this economic powerhouse to put in the winning bid at the December Sotheby’s auction. Though his firm took plenty of heat for the collapse of two of its outsidemanaged funds, experts say losses are “minimal from a financial standpoint.” The Group quickly raised $1.35 billion to invest in debt and equity issued by distressed companies and pushed their assets to $81.1 billion in a total of 60 funds.

ROGERANDVICKISANT FOUNDERTHEAESCORPORATION ANDPRESIDENTTHESUMMIT FOUNDATIONRESPECTIVELY

Through the Summit Foundation, these philanthropists have made grants of $9 million to the National Symphony Orchestra, $10 million to the Smithsonian Museum of National History, and millions

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THEPOWERCEO Because you won’t beat your 4th Quarter earnings estimates all by yourself … EXECUTIVEASSISTANT The loyal, long-time executive assistant oversees a small army of secondary assistants, and filters mail, email, and phone calls. Everyone knows who they are. Leonard Lauder has Jeannie Janiro. David Rubenstein has Laura Boring.

IN-HOUSECOUNSEL We all need a good lawyer sometimes, but the CEO needs a full-time in-house advisor who is loyal enough to protect him and tough enough to stand up to him. Jonathan Klein has Michael Saylor’s ear at Microstrategy; Jeffrey Ferguson at the Carlyle Group oversees a team of 18 lawyers.

 HOURTECHGUY When a Power CEO can’t get his email, it’s a big deal. Minutes lost can translate into

more to the Phillips Collection. In 2005, Vicki Sant took over from Robert H. Smith as president of the National Gallery of Art. They carry out their philanthropy with great discretion and tact and have a sterling reputation in A-List circles.

GARYSHAPIRO CEOCONSUMERELECTRONICS ASSOCIATION

Under Shapiro’s leadership, CEA, the uniting force for nearly 2,200 consumer technology companies in the U.S., led a profitable transition to HDTV and oversaw the introduction of the everpresent iPhone, bluetooth and Nintendo’s Wii. Shapiro’s influence will grow as technology continues to play an increasing role in our lives. IL LU ST RATI ON BY J.C. SUAR È S

DANIELSNYDER CHAIRMANWASHINGTONREDSKINS

He’s got the second-highest grossing team in the NFL. Under his ownership, the Redskins were named the second most valuable team by Forbes Magazine. With draft hype at an all time high, we’re on the edge of our seats waiting to see who new head coach Jim Zorn will bring in for this season’s kickoff.

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millions of dollars, so the 24 hour tech guy is crucial. Tech-savvy Washington Mayor Adrian Fenty relies on Jessen Sukrutam to keep him plugged in.

him written up in the right places. Alana Davis reps AOL heavyweight Ted Leonsis; AOL Co-Founder James Kimsey works with Victoria Michael.

PHILANTHROPICADVISOR

DRIVER

The philanthropic advisor sifts through all the worthy causes out there, and makes sure donations are well structured and effective. Among the best: Peter Karoff and Ellen Remmer consult wealthy families at The Philanthropy Initiative; Patty Stonesifer channels Bill Gates as CEO of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A driver straddles the space between a CEO’s professional and private lives.When the boss leaves the office, only his driver knows where he really goes … CNN uses Sunny’s Limo for VIPs, uber-lawyer Bob Bennett prefers Star Limousine.

PERSONALPUBLICIST The CEO’s personal publicist makes sure the dark side of capitalism doesn’t tarnish a squeaky-clean corporate figurehead. They train him to speak to press, and get

MICHAELSONNENREICH CEOKIKAKUAMERICAINTLANDVICE CHAIROFPHARMAINTLTOKYO

This former president of the Washington National Opera is highly cultured and extensively traveled, his education having taken place on two continents, at Harvard Law School, The University of Wisconsin and the University of Madrid. He continues to be active in multiple professional and philanthropic capacities, including his roles as advisor at Johns Hopkins University’s Nitze School of Advanced International Studies and as an overseer at Tufts University Medical School. Last year, this former Nixon aide used his extensive Rolodex, a single phone call, and his uncanny political abilities to help free a group of jailed workers employed in an American factory in Asia, thereby averting the shut-down of that company’s operations and prompting a reconciliation with the host government.

CAROLCOLETHOMPSON PRESIDENTANDCEO VENTUREPHILANTHROPYPARTNERS

Founded by former governor Mark Warner, Mario Marino, and Raul

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PILOTS The most powerful CEOs own their own jets (not to be confused with a timeshare) and two full-time pilots who pal around with the CEO before ‘wheelsup.’ Executive Jet Management will hire them, fuel up, and maintain your jet.

Fernandez,VPP is funded by a who’s who of power investors such as Jack Davies,Ted Leonsis, Jim Kimsey, Steve Case, and Peter Barris. Thompson served as special advisor to President Clinton for the District of Columbia and spent 12 years in local government holding major management and staff positions, most notably as the first woman to be appointed city administrator. Under Thompson’s leadership, the VPP investors created a $31 million non-profit fund that invests in D.C.-area organizations and is revolutionizing philanthropy.

WOLFBLITZER HOSTCNN’S“SITUATIONROOM”

Blitzer moved to Washington in 1972 after reporting for the Jerusalem Post and joined CNN as its Pentagon correspondent on the eve of the first Persian Gulf War. As one of the hardest working journalist in the biz (his show is on for three hours on weekdays and his Sunday broadcast covers more airtime than other Sunday shows) Blitzer has seen his ratings rise and eclipse his competitors at FOX News.

MEDIA

DAVIDANDKATHERINE BRADLEY

ROBERTALLBRITTON

CHAIRMANATLANTICMEDIA COMPANYANDPRESIDENT CITYBRIDGEFOUNDATION

CHAIRMANANDCEO ALLBRITTONCOMMUNICATIONS

With ten TV stations and an influential newspaper (The Politico), Allbritton Communications annually posts substantial growth (11.5 percent last year). Through strategic hirings at the paper like Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen, the publication’s influence is reflected in the fact that powerbrokers claim The Politico is first in their morning news digest.

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At the tender age of 26, Fullbright scholar David Bradley founded the Advisory Board Company, which he grew into a phenomenally successful enterprise. His next project, in 1999, was the acquisition and growth of the Atlantic Media Group, which owns The National Journal, Hotline, Congress Daily,The Atlantic Monthly, and other publications, and provided a perfect

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Top row, left to right: Wolf Blitzer, Don Graham, Tim Russert, Bob Schieffer, Katharine Weymouth. Bottom row, left to right: Chris Matthews, George Will, Chris Wallace, George Stephanopoulos, and David Bradley. At right: Robert Novak.

platform for the media mogul to showcase his resolve in pursuing topseated journalists like The New Yorker’s Jeffrey Goldberg and blogger Andrew

Sullivan. In short, Bradley cultivates a culture of talent, hosting local roundtables for top journalists to speak with prominent thinkers and business

BLOGANDWEBPOWER

ANDREWSULLIVAN, andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com

CRAIGDUBOW

MATTSTOLLER, Openleft.com

Dubow began his career in advertising

KATHRYNJEANLOPEZ, www.nationalreview.com

CHRISCILLIZZA, washingtonpost.com/thefix

MICHELLEMALKIN, Michellemalkin.com

CHARLIECOOK, Cookpolitical.com

JOSHUAMICAHMARSHALL, Talkingpointsmemo.com

DONHAZEN, Alternet.org JOHNHHINDERAKER, Powerlineblog.com ARIANNAHUFFINGTON, Huffingtonpost.com MIKEKREMPASKY, Redstate.com

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CHRISTYHARDENSMITH, Firedoglake.com

DAVIDBROCK, Mediamatters.org

MARKHALPERIN, Thepage.time.com

NATEDAVIS

Since 2006, Davis has put the techsavvy smarts he exercised at his previous appointment, executive vice president of all technical operations at Nextel, to good use at XM. Davis also serves on the boards of Mutual of America Capital Management Corporation and Charter Communications. XM is poised to become even more relevant with the launch of POTUS ‘08 (created in association with C-SPAN), the first national radio channel completely devoted to a presidential campaign. Davis’ impending merger with XM’s top competitor, Sirius Satellite Radio, may be the best evidence of his power and influence.

Faster than newspapers, blogs are the bread and butter of the next generation of media pundits

MATTDRUDGE, Thedrudgereport.com

leaders. His wife, Katherine, runs the CityBridge Foundation, their family foundation, which supports a host of education and health-related initiatives.

JOHNMCINTYRE, Realclearpolitics.com MARKOSMOULITSAS, Dailykos.com

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sales, where a firm handshake and eye contact traditionally put dinner on the table. After parlaying his people skills into a spot at a local radio station, his rise was meteoric.Today, Gannett is America’s largest newspaper group in terms of circulation. The company’s 90 daily newspapers in the U.S. have a combined daily paid circulation of approximately 7.3 million. In addition, Gannett owns nearly 1,000 nondaily publications and USA WEEKEND, a weekly newspaper magazine of approximately 23 million circulation.

JOHNFAHEYANDTIMKELLY PRESIDENT&CEONATIONAL GEOGRAPHICSOCIETYAND NATIONALGEOGRAPHICGLOBAL MEDIARESPECTIVELY

The environment is hot right now (all too literally, according to reports on global warming), and National Geographic’s brand is on top of environmental issues and reportage. Fahey has led an evolution of the National Geographic Society, including its entry into cable television with the National Geographic Channel, which now airs in 34 languages and reaches more than

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250 million homes in 166 countries, and the international expansion of National Geographic magazine, now published in 29 local-language editions. Kelly, formerly the president of National Geographic’s television & film division, was appointed president of the new National Geographic Global Media group in October 2007, where he oversees the production of awardwinning content.

DONALDEGRAHAM

ROBERTNOVAK

JOURNALISTS

JOURNALIST

Some say that Novak’s power is clearly reflected in the fact that he managed to reveal the identity of a covert CIA agent and still avoid prosecution. Regardless, this right-leaning press man dubbed the “Prince of Darkness” retains access to senior Republicans (like Karl Rove) and influential Democrats (like Rep. Rahm Emmanuel).

These power players control the information the world relies on to make informed decisions. MIKEALLEN, chief political correspondent for The Politico DANBALZ, national political correspondent for The Washington Post DAVIDBROOKS, columnist for The New York Times RONALDBROWNSTEIN, political director for Atlantic Media Company

CHAIRMANTHEWASHINGTONPOST

KEITHOLBERMANN

JAYCARNEY, deputy Washington bureau chief for Time Magazine

Since his 1991 inauguration, this cheery CEO – known for his hardball tactics and sharp business acumen – continues to maintain the Post’s reputation as one of the nation’s premier Washington newsroom (taking home an impressive six Pulitzers in 2008). Though the paper is negotiating several employee buyouts and suffering a significant decrease in circulation, The Washington Post continues to be a media power house.

HOST“COUNTDOWNWITHKEITH OLBERMANN”

DAVIDCORN, Washington Editor for The Nation

JOHNHENDRICKSAND DAVIDZASLAV CHAIRMANANDPRESIDENT DISCOVERYCOMMUNICATIONS RESPECTIVELY

Zaslav, a one-time head of NBC Universal cable and domestic television, had been at the network since 1989, when he helped launch CNBC. He met Hendricks, the founder and chairman of Discovery Communications, when he was creating Discovery. In 2006, Zaslav took over the top spot at Discovery Communications, citing his extreme joy at working with Hendricks, whom he considers a mentor and friend.

CHRISMATTHEWS HOST“HARDBALLWITHCHRIS MATTHEWS”

Much more than a talking head, Matthews is an American History buff who lives and breathes politics, has authored numerous books, and, together with Tim Russert and Keith Olbermann, has increased the influence of NBC/MSNBC’s news operations. He’s also one half of a serious power couple: Wife Kathleen Matthews, who anchored News 7 on WJLA-TV, the ABC affiliate in Washington, is now executive vice president of J.W. Marriott. Future possibilities for this pundit may include a race for the U.S. Senate – on an April episode of “The Colbert Report,” Matthews mentioned a possible run in Pennsylvania, saying that his boyhood dream was to be a senator.

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This razor-sharp news anchor with a deadpan wit has seen his MSNBC prime time ratings soar (inching out archnemesis Bill O’Reilly of FOX News). He writes his own material and, though he resides in New York, his nightly broadcast impacts the course of the news cycle and political debates in Washington. And his “special comments,” while ruffling more that a few feathers have helped steel the resolve of Washington politicos to take on the administrations positions on topics ranging from the Iraq war to wiretapping to the erosion of habeas corpus. His newfound influence has landed him a spot as co-anchor with Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s election night coverage.

TIMRUSSERT

JOHNDICKERSON, chief political correspondent for Slate magazine MAUREENDOWD, columnist for The New York Times HOWARDFINEMAN, senior Washington correspondent and columnist for Newsweek RONFOURNIER, writer for the Associated Press TOMFRIEDMAN, foreign affairs columnist for The New York Times DAVIDGREGORY, host of “Race for the White House” on MSNBC SEYMOURMHERSH, contributing writer for The New Yorker CHRISTOPHERHITCHENS, columnist for Vanity Fair BRITHUME, managing editor, host of “Special Report with Brit Hume” on Fox News GWENIFILL, moderator and managing editor for Washington Week DAVIDIGNATIUS, associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post MICHAELISIKOFF, investigative correspondent for Newsweek ALKAMEN“In the Loop” columnist forThe Washington Post KATTYKAYWashington correspondent for BBC World News America

HOSTNBC’S“MEETTHEPRESS”

ADAMNAGOURNEY, political columnist for The New York Times

The longest-serving anchor in the popular Sunday talkfest’s 60-year history, Russert wins the eyes and ears of over five million political junkies every Sunday morning. Not only does “MTP” continue to be one of the highest revenue- generating shows on television, it’s one of the key media gatekeepers for the Oval Office in the 2008 election.

SUSANPAGE, Washington bureau chief for USA Today

BOBSCHIEFFER

ADRIANWOOLRIDGE, “Lexington” columnist for The Economist

ANCHOR“FACETHENATION”

With ratings that regularly beat those of George Stephanopoulos and oodles of lifetime achievement nods, Schieffer’s span of almost 40 years at CBS is hard to beat, and he’s not leaving anytime soon. Schieffer recently told The New York Times that he was putting off retirement for an indefinite period of time at the behest of CBS News president Sean McManus. His considerable audience seems to appreciate a less-confrontational (and perhaps more sober) setting, in which to catch the latest political developments.

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DANAPRIEST, writer for The Washington Post EUGENEROBINSON, associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post JAKETAPPER, senior national correspondent for ABC News CHUCKTODD, political director for NBC News JOHNWOLCOTT, Washington bureau chief of Knight-Ridder News Service RICHARDWOLFFE, senior White House correspondent Newsweek

BOBWOODWARD, assistant managing editor of The Washington Post

GEORGESTEPHANOPOULOS HOST“THISWEEK”

This former Clinton administration advisor has soared to new heights since he made the big switch from politics to journalism. Now acting as ABC News’ chief Washington correspondent and hosting Sunday morning news show “This Week,” this award-winning reporter also made The New York Times bestseller list with his memoir of the Clinton years. Though he took considerable heat

for asking the Democratic candidates Sean Hannity-Fox News-prompted questions when he moderated their debate, perhaps this will help him further develop his nonpartisan credentials.

CHRISWALLACE HOSTFOXNEWS

With the extensive list of high-profile political guests (including former president Clinton, with whom he sparred on-air) who have appeared on Wallace’s

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real estate

Left to right: Wesley Foster, Jr., Jim Abdo, Joe Robert, Jr., Tom Anderson, and Ted Lerner

“FoxNews Sunday” show, it’s no wonder he makes our Power 100 again this year. With his quick and aggressive demeanor, this guy can get anyone to talk…which is probably why he has won nearly every major broadcast news award.

KATHARINEWEYMOUTH PUBLISHERTHEWASHINGTONPOST ANDCHAIRMANWASHINGTONPOST MEDIAGROUP

Weymouth, a Stanford educated lawyer and granddaughter of the late Katharine Graham, became vice president of newspaper advertising for the $8.8 billion media and education company in 2005. In February of this year, she was named chairman of Washington Post Media, solidifying her role as an integral part of this media power-conglomerate.

GEORGEFWILL SYNDICATEDCOLUMNIST

He may be as old-school as bobby socks and fraternity pins, but George Will remains a voice of reason for conservatives. An op-ed writer for The Washington Post (his column is also syndicated in more than 450 newspapers), his trophy case is chock-full of editorial nods, including a Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary. Will also writes a column for Newsweek, is a contributing analyst for ABC News, and has been a regular participant on ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday mornings since 1981.

REAL ESTATE JIMABDO FOUNDERABDODEVELOPMENT

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Abdo revitalized Dupont Circle, and nowburgeoning Logan Circle, where nightclubs, high-end boutiques and galleries line the corridors. Most recently his $200 million investment on H Street NE is transforming the former “riot corridor” (now known as Senate Square) into a luxury residential development that has attracted such highprofile buyers as former Mayor Anthony Williams and Mystics owner Sheila Johnson. Abdo currently has his sights set on redeveloping the New York Avenue gateway to Washington, where he controls 16 acres of land now approved for 3.5 million square feet of development. On the philanthropic front, he and his wife Mai are a driving force behind the National Children’s Museum, scheduled to reopen in 2012 at the National Harbor. Abdo’s ability to gain access and influence the powersthat-be in local government bodes well for him as he reshapes the face of Washington.

TOMANDERSONDANA LANDRYWILLIAMFX MOODYANDMARC SCHAPPELL FOUNDERSWASHINGTONFINE PROPERTIES

Despite the challenging real estate market, this firm continues to set records in highend sales.They sell 40 percent of their own listings (the national average is 17 percent) by uniting all of their agents, who include stars Nancy Taylor Bubes, Giselle Theberge and Jim Bell, behind each client. From $25 million homes to $500,000 condos, WFP handles a substantial percentage of the sales and purchases of the most valuable properties in the area.

AJAMESCLARK CHAIRMANCLARKENTERPRISES

As the grandfather of one of the largest construction companies in the U.S. with just over $2 billion in annual revenue, Clark’s name carries plenty of clout. He and CEO Larry Nussdorf have personally touched almost every major building project in town (the National’s Stadium and the Verizon Center), and as the winning bidder are the force behind the controversial proposed development of Anacostia National Park.

PWESLEYFOSTERJR ANDBRENDASHIPLETT PRESIDENTL&FCOMPANIESAND GENERALMANAGERLONG&FOSTER RESPECTIVELY

Under Foster and Shiplett’s leadership, the L&F Companies (which encompass Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc., Prosperity Mortgage Company, Mid-States Title Insurance Agency, Inc, and Long & Foster Insurance Agency, Inc.) continued to grow despite a tough market, reporting a sale volume of $61 billion last year. Shiplett is the top exec and Foster’s right-hand woman (she’s general manager for Long & Foster’s Virginia/West Virginia region).

JOHNT“TIL”HAZEL PARTNERREEDSMITHHAZEL& THOMAS

Since the ’60s, the Hazel family’s major commercial developments (Tysons Corner, for example) have been legendary and farreaching, and the sheer number of companies under family auspices is staggering. Among them are Hazel Land Companies, Inc.,

Hazel Peterson Development Company, William A, Hazel, Inc., and the ubiquitous law firm of Reed, Smith, Hazel & Thomas, the undisputed expert in matters involving D.C. government.

BENJAMINJACOBSDONALD BROWNANDJOSEPH GILDENHORN PARTNERSJBGCOMPANIES

Real-estate giant The JBG Companies has recently been redeveloping tracts of land in Bethesda, and most recently closed the purchase of Bethesda commercial hub Artery Plaza for $135 million. A power player since 1960, JBG continues to be one of the dominant players (with Mike Glosserman acting as managing partner) in the Washington-area real estate market.

TEDLERNER PRESIDENTLERNERENTERPRISES ANDPRINCIPALOWNEROFTHE WASHINGTONNATIONALS

Nobody tells this guy what to do. He’s a key player in Washington-area real estate growth, developing more than 6,000 apartments and over 22,000 homes, creating one of the largest privately-owned real estate operations in the region, and making the Forbes 400 richest Americans list. His tactical and quiet approach to business won him ownership of the Washington Nationals, and this Washington native made headlines recently with the kickoff of the Nationals’ third season in their splashy new $661 million stadium.

HERBMILLER CHAIRMAN&CEOWESTERN

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Left to right: John “Jack” DeGioia, Placido Domingo, Michael Kahn, Paul Greenhalgh, Michael Kaiser, and George Vradenburg.

DEVELOPMENTCORP

WASHINGTONINC

JOHN“JACK”DEGIOIA

Potomac Mills is a legendary shopping mecca, and Miller is the force behind it. He also built Gallery Place and developed Washington Harbor. Miller, who sold his luxurious Georgetown mansion in 2007 for a whopping $24 million, is now working on the redevelopment of Georgetown Park and continues to be a force to reckon with in Washington real estate circles.

Baltimore has the Harbor, but Washington’s waterfront is woefully underdeveloped in terms of family-friendly fare. Ratner Salzberg and Forest City Washington saw the vast potential sleeping in the District’s Southeast quadrant, and with a 42 acreplot “The Yards” situated between the new Nationals baseball stadium, the Navy Yard, M Street SE and the Anacostia River, Ratner Salzberg is well on her way to creating Washington’s newest, fully-loaded waterfront neighborhood. The project will encompass 5.5 million square feet of development, 2,800 residential units, 1.8 million square feet of office space, and 400,000 square feet of retail, and with the first phase slated to open in 2010, The Yards may well become a neighborhood hub as prosperous and bustling as the northwest corner of the city.

PRESIDENTGEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

ABEPOLLIN CHAIRMANWASHINGTONSPORTS ANDENTERTAINMENT

Still running his company at age 77, this real estate and sports tycoon has been as much a part of the D.C. development scene as the Lerner clan. But Pollin doesn’t stop there. He serves as chairman of the Advisory Council for UNICEF and the American Foundation for Autistic Children, donating generously to charities around the world. He even has an award named in his honor, which recognizes those dedicated to helping the Washington community.

JOEROBERTJR CHAIRMANJEROBERTCOMPANIES

Each fall, real-estate magnate Robert pulls together a boys-only night where CEO’s, Cabinet members, senators, and tycoons gather for a dinner that raises millions for Fight For Children, which distributes grants to Washington schools. Robert can count among his friends Quincy Jones, Oprah Winfrey, and Herbie Hancock, as well as a host of Republican politicians.

DEBORAHRATNERSALZBERG PRESIDENTFORESTCITY

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ARTS AND ACADEMIA GWAYNECLOUGH SECRETARYOFTHESMITHSONIAN

As the Smithsonian’s newly appointed head honcho, Clough, the former president of Georgia Institute of Technology, will oversee 136 million objects, artworks and specimens; 26.8 million visitors; 19 museums; 9 research centers; and one nasty mess left by Lawrence Small. His predecessor’s spending habits had a trickle-down effect that will force Clough to clean house and restore faith in the museum powerhouse. It’s expected that Clough will send a message from day one that employees are there to serve the Institution. He’ll have a mandate, and congressional watchdogs will be watching.

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When the first “scholar without a collar” became the 48th president of Georgetown University, many were skeptical about how things would shake out with a non-Jesuit at the helm. But it seems that DeGioia’s steady hand has led to a successful $1 billion capital campaign, a lower (more competitive) rate of admissions, the basketball team returning to its winning ways after a depressing several-year losing streak, and a teaching staff that reads like a list of former Cabinet members.

PLACIDODOMINGO GENERALDIRECTOR WASHINGTONNATIONALOPERA

Washington’s, and perhaps the world’s, most beloved tenor has boldly been pushing the boundaries as the director of WNO, putting the company on the international stage through challenging productions such as Wagner’s Ring cycle in 2009. His sexy version of La Boheme brought in younger audience members, and even more experienced the show via a telecast to several colleges and universities. The opera has more social cachet than almost any other arts institution, and that’s due in large part to Domingo’s draw.

STEPHENFULLER DIRECTORCENTERFORREGIONAL ANALYSISGEORGEMASON UNIVERSITYSCHOOLOFPUBLIC POLICY

Known for making economics as lively as

a Redskins football match, this go-to-guy is the number-one source for economic, housing, and employment trends in the Washington area. The regional powersthat-be gobble up his analysis before making business decisions.

PAULGREENHALGH DIRECTORTHECORCORAN GALLERYOFART

It was no secret that when Greenhalgh arrived from across the pond, the gallery was in need of major changes. The director quickly took charge by bringing together one of the largest exhibitions in contemporary art: Modernism, a show that won critical praise and audience appreciation. He followed up with blockbuster shows devoted to Annie Leibowitz and Ansel Adams, which were also picked up by museums across the country.

MICHAELKAHN ARTISTICDIRECTOR SHAKESPEARETHEATRECOMPANY

Michael Kahn has brought some of the most daring new interpretations of classical theater to Washington in recent years – as well as big names like Kevin Spacey and Dame Judy Dench.With the opening of the brand-new Harman Center, things can only get bigger and better at the nation’s foremost theater dedicated to Shakespeare’s works.

MICHAELKAISER PRESIDENTTHEJOHNFKENNEDY CENTERFORTHEPERFORMINGARTS

With record-breaking fundraising, critically acclaimed performances, and successful

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Left to right: Katherine Bradley, Rima Al-Sabah, Jean Case, Sally Quinn, and Roger and Vicki Sant

renovations underway, Kaiser remains the backbone of Washington’s preeminent performing arts center. His experience arranging contracts with the Kirov Opera and Ballet, the Royal Shakespeare Company, New York City Ballet, and the Bolshoi Ballet as well as his famed festivals keep seats soldout and patrons contributing regularly.

commitment to the city’s cultural life has made Washington a better place to live.

MASONLECKYAND MAUREENVMILLER

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DIRECTORSOFADMISSIONSST ALBANSSCHOOLANDNATIONAL CATHEDRALSCHOOLRESPECTIVELY

Like a Bravo channel reality competition, these ladies – heads of two of the most competitive schools in the area – decide whose child is in and whose is out. As spots in top-notch private schools (including Sidwell Friends, Landon, Maret, Georgetown Prep, and The Potomac School) become increasingly competitive, parents will go to any lengths to enroll their kids in these schools. Getting in pays off – the alumni rosters from these A+ academic institutions are as impressive as a list of attendees of a Gridiron Club dinner party. Bush brothers Neil and Marvin, J.W. Marriott Jr., and Former Rep. Jesse Jackson all took Geometry in the shadow of the National Cathedral.

GEORGEVRADENBURG PRESIDENTTHEPHILLIPS COLLECTION

He’s the president of the Phillips Collection and the Vradenburg Foundation, making him one of the most prominent members of Washington’s art community.This former AOL-Time Warner strategic advisor’s

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SOCIAL POWER BENBRADLEEAND SALLYQUINN FORMERWASHINGTONPOST EXECUTIVEEDITORANDAUTHOR

It’s somewhat ironic that Sally Quinn once said, “I don’t invite people because of who they are in the administration or their positions of power. The few who do come, are there because I like them.” When this hostess and her husband Ben Bradlee open the doors to their N Street mansion, it is the titans of media who enter. These days, their affairs tend to be more intimate dinners and cocktail parties, which makes their invitation one that’s rarely turned down.

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With guest lists that include President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Cabinet secretaries and members of Congress, as well as visiting stars like Angelina Jolie, Michael Douglas, and Randy Travis, the Al-Sabahs’ gatherings are one of the hardest invites to score. The couple have single-handedly raised millions of dollars for causes ranging from eradicating malaria in Africa to building schools for girls in Afghanistan.

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If you thought getting into the Chevy Chase Club was difficult, try gaining membership to the Alibi Club. Founded in 1884, it remains one of the most exclusive social networks in the country, with Supreme Court justices, Cabinet members, CIA directors and other high-ranking officials. Kirk exerts considerable influence on Washington’s elite networking scene.

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For over 30 years, Hicks has packed 6,000 souls into his church every week. His library of recordings and books have reached countless people, and he’s one of the most influential voices in the capital’s African American community. Hicks is best known for his dedication to local learning and community initiatives: to name a few, the Metropolitan/Delta Adult Literacy Council, the Metropolitan Day School, and the Metropolitan Community Development Program are dear to his heart.

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Saperstein succeeded Richard Hirsch to become Director of the Religious Action Center – the Washington-based political lobbying arm of the Reform movement – where he works to preserve church-state separation and maintain a liberal outlook in the Supreme Court. Also the co-chair of

the Coalition to Preserve Religious Liberty, Saperstein was ranked the number five most influential rabbi in the country according to Newsweek. J.J. Goldberg’s book, Jewish Power, calls the Religious Action Center “one of the most powerful Jewish bodies in Washington, second only to AIPAC.”

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At the pulpit of one of the fastest growing churches in the country, this McLean based minister has the eyes and ears of his 10,000 member congregation each Sunday morning, and delivers his sermons in a $90 million complex that seems more like a campus than a cloister. When he’s not at the pulpit, Solomon’s church ministry carries out a wide variety of outreach programs and services, and employs more than 300 fulltime staff members. Seated in the pews on Sunday you can be sure to find top politicos including Senator James Inhofe, Pentagon officials and foreign policy honchos.

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Donald W. Wuerl was appointed the sixth archbishop of Washington on May 16, 2006. As the spiritual leader of the more than 580,000 Catholics in 140 parishes throughout the district and five Maryland counties, he’s got plenty of clout, especially depending on what happens in the next life. After the successful visit of Pope Benedict XVI, a cardinal’s hat may be in the offing for Wuerl.

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THEPOWERHOSTESS Great hostesses make it all look effortless, but don’t be fooled…

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A good caterer can make dinner for 50 in a private kitchen or transform the lawn into a petting zoo. Favorites: for gala dinners: Occasions Catering and Design Cuisine; for smaller events: Susan Gage.

For every gala she attends, the hostess likely gives two or three small dinner parties in her home. For this, a private chef is essential. Businessman Joe Robert and former AOL CEO Steve Case both trust Jenn Crovato.

FLORIST Fresh flowers are de rigueur in a formal residence, and the florist usually sends fresh blooms on Thursday mornings. Great florists: Ultra Violet, Greenworks, and Volanni; Floral designer: Jack Lucky.

DECORATOR A great decorator is key to any wouldbe hostess’ team. Once the main house is finished and photographed for Architectural Digest, they continue to accompany her to auctions and suggest seasonal adjustments. Local stars: José Solís Betancourt, Thomas Pheasant, and Barry Dixon.

NANNY Elite nanny agencies have been known to vet their clients as rigorously as they do their candidates. The nannies they place often have experience in formal households, serve as early tutors in French and music, and make six-figure salaries. Barbara Kline’s agency, White House Nannies, has found au pairs for high profile Washingtonians like Hardball’s Chris Matthews and GOP strategist Mary Matalin.

PERSONALTRAINER The personal trainer arrives at the house most mornings with a bag of stretch bands and a mat for a workout that involves lots of two-person activities. VIP favorites: Whitney Cole trains Microstrategy CEO Michael Saylor; D’Lynne St. Pierre works with AOL cofounder James Kimsey.

GIFTCONSULTANT An active hostess may give upwards of a 200 gifts a year, so the owner of her favorite gift shop often serves as her gift consultant, available to recommend the right thing, send over a few samples, and help organize the big holidays. Keith Lipert Gallery and Frank Milwee have unique gifts and very helpful staff.

HAIRANDMAKEUPTEAM Available in a pinch, the hostess’ hair and makeup team report to the master bathroom at 4 p.m. sharp to make sure she looks smashing for the society photogs. Hair: Nuri or Masut at Toka; Makeup: Carl Ray at George.

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Fabulous fashion sells out quickly, so the hostess needs a loyal personal shopper in her favorite stores to make sure she gets first pick when new items arrive. Names to know: Lana Orloff works with private clients at home. Going shopping? Ask for Katie Jagger at Saks Fifth Avenue, and Katja Leonardi at Neiman Marcus.

A house manager directly oversees the small army of maids, butlers, laundresses, cooks, gardeners, drivers, and repairmen needed to maintain a large estate.They also serve as a liaisons between the lady of the house and the rest of the domestic staff. Sources tell us that Regal Domestic places house managers in some of Washington’s top homes.

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FANTASIESREVEALED They might have reached the pinnacle of success in their respective fields, but these power women still have secret passions. Enjoy as local photographer Clay Blackmore captures these women in a different light – the one cast by their hidden dreams, hopes, and alter egos PHOTOGRAPHSBYCLAYBLACKMORE

From “Extraordinary Women – Fantasies Revealed: 58 Women of Accomplishment Portray Hidden Dreams and Real Hopes”

ALMA JOHNSON POWELL Extraordinary Career: While traveling the world with her husband, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, this super mom and socialite served as president of the Armed Forces Hostess Association and the army liaison to the National Red Cross. She is on the board of trustees of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and has written two children’s books: My Little Wagon and America’s Promise.

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BARBARA HARRISON

Extraordinary Career: As a broadcast journalist for close to 30 years, Harrison’s assignments have ranged from heartbreaking tragedies to soul-satisfying pieces that leave viewers smiling – particularly her acclaimed “Wednesday’s Child” series. She also wakes the city up each day as the morning anchor for NBC4 TV in Washington, D.C. Alter-ego: Film Director

DEBBIE DINGELL

Extraordinary Career: It takes a people-person to fulfill the fantasy of running a successful hotel, but it takes a woman like Debbie Dingell, philanthropist and vice-chair of the General Motors Foundation, to impact the lives of women and children nationwide with her charitable and civic efforts. Alter-ego: Four-star Hotelier

MARIE JOHNS

Extraordinary Career: Johns holds many powerful positions in and around the District of Columbia. She is on the board of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Washington Board of Trade, and is the founding chair of the Washington D.C. Technology Council. After retiring from her most powerful position as president of Verizon Washington, D.C., what better time to stop and reflect at bistro Chez Marie. Alter-ego: Bistro Owner

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CATHERINE REYNOLDS

Extraordinary Career: Perhaps it was her college years spent in Nashville that sparked Reynolds’ love of country music, but it seems the experience of her college years themselves sparked her love for this country. She developed a privately-funded supplement to government student loan programs and her philanthropic efforts landed her on Business Week’s list of the 50 most philanthropic living Americans. Alter-ego: Queen of Country Music

SALLY QUINN

Extraordinary Career: This theater major turned journalist overnight thanks to a phone call from her then future husband, the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee. She may not have had the voice for the stage, but 20 years as the paper’s Style fixture and three books later, we are certainly singing her praises. Alter-ego: Chanteuse

LETITIA BALDRIGE

Extraordinary Career: The White House was brushed with elegance when this “madame of manners” served as chief of staff to Jacqueline Kennedy and later advisor to four other First Ladies. This beautician’s message is clear: good manners are the essence of beauty, which, of course, comes from within. Alter-ego: Make-up Expert

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GAIL BERENDZEN

Extraordinary Career: Founded an organization that provides speakers, all in an atmosphere conducive to networking and support. That is W.O.M.E.N. Inc. It began in Women of Washington (DC) in 1991, followed by Women of Los Anglese and Women of Pasadena, and has put on more that three hundred events across the U.S. Alter-ego: Firefighter

CATHY HUGHES

Extraordinary Career: This successful radio host founded Radio One, the largest AfricanAmerican owned radio corporation in the world. She later joined forces with Comcast and launched TV One, a national cable and satellite television TV network for African-Americans. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no time for fishing when youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re reeling in success. Alter-ego: Gone Fishing

PAT SCHROEDER

Extraordinary Career: Although this superhero has been a licensed pilot since the wee age of 15, Mrs. Schroeder, now president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, wants to use her super-human flying powers to change a place she has been part of for nearly 20 years: Congress. Alter-ego: To Have Super Powers

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CHANEL dress suit in plum ($5,290); Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000. FERRAGAMO python clutch ( $ 1 ,1 9 0) ; Bloomingdales, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-7443700. VAN CLEEF & ARPELS white gold and diamond Flowerlace pendant ($16,700) and white gold and diamond Flowerlace earrings ($24,300); Van Cleef & Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase Md., 301-654-5449.

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CANALI navy suit ($1,850), BARREND blue tie ($135), and JAMO pocket square ($25); James Clothier, Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va., 703-883-1444. HUGO BOSS dress shirt ($155) and black leather belt ($110); Hugo Boss, 1517 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 202-625-2677. ZEGNA black brief case ($1,020); Ermenegildo Zegna, Tysons Galleria, Va., 571-730-1900.


VALENTINO navy blue suit ($4,780); Saks Jandel, 5510 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-652-2250. DOLCE & GABBANA red patent leather pumps ($550); Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000. VANCLEEF &ARPELS yellow gold, diamonds, and mother of pearl Papillon clip ($8,250) and Papillon yellow gold rectangular watch ($11,400); Van Cleef & Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase Md., 301-654-5449.


ZEGNA grey suit ($2,495) and black leather dress shoes ($675) and green striped tie ($150); Ermenegildo Zegna, Tysons Galleria, Va., 571-7301900. ETON dress shirt ($225); James Clothier, Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va., 703-883-1444. FERRAGAMO black leather belt ($190); Bloomingdales, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700. CARTIER ballon bleu watch ($7,900); Cartier, 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase Md., 301-654-5858.


MAXMARA light brown suit jacket ($940), suit pants ($500), and silver sunglasses ($250); MaxMara, 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-0581. TORYBURCHbrown wedge ($310) and THEORY blue Elida blouse ($180); Bloomingdales, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700. VANCLEEF& ARPELS yellow gold, diamonds, and yellow sapphire double butterfly ring ($17,300), yellow gold and yellow sapphire earrings ($17,300), and Lady Arpels Dentelle rectangular diamond watch ($25,100); Van Cleef & Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase Md., 301-654-5449.

MAXMARA navy cotton suit ($1,215) and black sunglasses ($230) and BCBG white ruffled blouse ($146); MaxMara, 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-656-0581. JIMMY CHOO tan patent shoes ($680); Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000. CARTIER white gold and diamond Love ring ($7,875) and white gold and diamond Love earrings ($3,675); Cartier, 5471B Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5858.


BURBERRY champagne trench ($1,450); Bloomingdales, 5300 Western Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3700. CHANEL navy suit pants ($1,690); Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-657-9000. CARTIER yellow gold and diamond Agrafe necklace ($15,650) and yellow gold with diamond Agrafe bracelet ($11,000); Cartier, 5471B Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5858.


HUGOBOSS charcoal navy suit ($1,295) and black leather belt ($110); Hugo Boss, 1517 Wisconsin Ave., NW, 202-625-2677. ETONlight blue dress shirt ($225) and DOLCEPUNTA red paisley tie ($185); James Clothier, Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va., 703-883-1444.

ESTRATO light brown pin stripe suit ($1,300) and CANALI yellow dress shirt ($225) and Light yellow pocket square ($25); James Clothier, Tysons Galleria, McLean, Va., 703-883-1444. ZEGNA brown leather belt ($155); Ermenegildo Zegna, Tysons Galleria, Va., 571-730-1900.


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COACH sari sandals ($188). Coach, 3259 M Street NW, 202-333-3005.

VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS flower lace earrings ($24,300). Van Cleef and Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5449.

VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS papillon dragonfly hair clip ($8,250). Van Cleef and Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5449.

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VAN CLEEF AND ARPELS entre les doigts butterfly ring with yellow sapphire ($17,300). Van Cleef and Arpels, 5454 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5449.

MINY LAM crystal brooch ($475), gold neck wire ($95), crystal flower hair clip ($370), and crystal flower earrings ($140). Keith Lipert Gallery, 2922 M Street NW, 202-965-9736.

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LOUIS VUITTON Monogram motard firebird ($5,250, available through the store by special request). Louis Vuitton, 5481-C Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., 866-VUITTON.

UNITED COLORS OF BENETTON floral blouse ($59), United Colors of Benetton, 1010 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-298-7787.

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COACH miranda canvas satchel and hamptons canvas large carryall ($598 each). Coach, 3259 M Street NW, 202-333-3005.

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THE EVENT A regular crush of fashionable District residents swarmed Georgetown’s Hugo Boss store, drawn by the promise of ten percent off the spring line (with proceeds going to local charity Food and Friends), the possibility of winning high-end merchandise on a spinning prize wheel, goat cheese tartlets and crab cakes from Well Dunn Catering while DJ People’s Champion kept the party hopping well past cocktail hour. THEGUESTS Neela Latey, Craig McIntyre, Chelsea Smith, Elina Pavlova, Tara Engel, Kerri Owen, Mateo Stephenson, Phillip Thomas, Elina Pavlova, and Richard Weidis.

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hen power meets persuasion, it’s the epic battle of style versus substance. Fashion pour homme this summer has allied with the sleek and sophisticated. Armor yourself with streamline cuts and sturdy metallics. There’s no room for frills, bulk or pomp. It’s pure masculine utility and class. – Yona Park

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CARTIER ballon bleu 18 carat rhodium-plated white gold case set with diamonds ($50,600); Cartier Boutique 5471B Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-654-5858.

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GUCCI 1873 sunglasses ($320); Solstice Sunglass Boutique,Tysons Corner Center, Va., 703-918-0391.

ERMENEGILDO ZEGNA briefcase ($1,020) and pochette with lock ($770); Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique,Tysons Galleria II,Va., 571-730-1900.

BURBERRY front pocket credit card case in classic check, ($175). Nordstrom,Tysons Corner Ctr.,Va., 703-761-1121 and www. nordstrom.com. DIOR JOAILLERIE nougat yellow gold cuff links (price upon request). Christian Dior Boutique, 5471 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase, Md., 301-986-8715.

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Behind every presidential candidate, First Lady, network news anchor, socialite and CEO, there is a top stylist and colorist P H O T O G R A P H E D  B Y  J B  YO N G  F O R  S W E E T  D R E A M S  S T U D I O  AT  J O S E P H I N E  L O U N G E A S S I S TA N T S  L E A H  A P P E L   B E T H  B R A D L E Y  A N D  J AC Q U E L I N E  T H O M A S

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TITLE: Owner, Stylist Director & Colorist SALON: Toka Salon & Day Spa, 3251 Prospect Street NW; 801 Pennsylvania Avenue NW; 768 Madison Avenue,New York, N.Y. POWER CLIENTS: Laura Bush, Barbara Bush, Jenna Bush, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Reagan, and Bo Derek SECRET TO SUCCESS: Experience, training, the entire Toka team and a passion for my work.

“I had a client’s husband tell me he felt as if he was cheating on his wife because she looked so different after I styled her hair. They had been married for 25 years.”

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TITLE: Stylist SALON: Christophe Salon, 1125 18th Street NW, 202-785-2222 POWER CLIENTS: HM Queen Rania and Senators Hillary Clinton, and John Kerry SECRET TO SUCCESS: I work with the shape of my clients face and look at the way the hair should fall. I want them to enjoy their style and not fight their hair.

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TITLE: Hairstylist SALON: George at the Four Seasons Spa Salon, 2828 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, 202-342-1942 POWER CLIENTS: Rima Al-Sabah, Catherine ZetaJones, Ashley Taylor, and Patrick O’Connell MOST INTERESTING REQUEST: I once flew to New York to just blow dry a client’s hair. Also, once, when I was in Turkey, a client had given birth at 8:15a.m. and at 8:30a.m. she called me to come do her hair so she could look good for all her visitors.

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TITLE: Stylist & Colorist SALON: Salon Jean-Paul, 4820 Yuma Street NW, 202-966-4600 POWER CLIENTS: Catherine Reynolds, Andrea Mitchell, Claudia Borger, Kathleen Matthews, Barbara Harrison, Bo Derek, Ashley Judd, and Martha Stewart SECRET TO SUCCESS: “I make my clients say, ‘oh my goodness’ in a good way. I give them something they’ve never seen before.”

“I get offers all the time to fly around in private jets to do hair. I’ve been everywhere: Paris, London, Ireland, you name it.”

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TITLE: Salon Owner & Colorist SALON: Oshi Salon, 1527 Rockville Pike Rockville, Md., 301-230-1295 POWER CLIENTS: Prototype CEO Joe Travez, attorney Barry Chasen and his wife, and photographer Doug Sanders SECRET TO SUCCESS: “Listen carefully to what the client wants and deliver personalized service.” WHAT MAKES A POWER LOOK? Personal style backed with confidence.

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TITLE: Owner & Stylist SALON: Avatar Salon and Wellness Spa, 8395 Colesville Road, Suite C, Silver Spring, Md., 301-608-9344 POWER CLIENTS: Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of Labor Alexis Herman, and former First lady of Washington, D.C. Cora Berry, SECRET TO SUCCESS: “Consistency and reliable customer service. I call it the ‘mom treatment’ – treat everyone as if they were your mother. WHAT MAKES A POWER LOOK? The energy that comes from within is the key. 87


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TITLE: Color Director SALON: ILO Salon and Day Spa, 1637 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-342-0350 POWER CLIENTS: Jennifer CamelToueg, Alison Paley, Ludmila Cafritz, Mai Abdo, Caroline Boutté, Jamie Young, and Sheila Cassey, wife of Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Case Jr. SECRET TO SUCCESS: I make a connection with my clients. They like my vision, my eye for color and the way in which I work with color. And I have a great team that I work with. MOST INTERESTING REQUEST: I don’t think I can disclose that one …

“I read my clients and somehow there is a connection. I read deeper than just what I am hearing and try to understand psychologically why they are sitting in my chair.”

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TITLE: Color Director SALON: Dessange (Tysons), 8020 Towers Crescent Drive, McLean,Va., 703-761-3135 POWER CLIENTS: Past – Nicole Kidman,Yoko Ono, and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Present – the classiest clients in Maryland and Virginia. HOW DID YOU GET STARTED? I began in France, moved to NYC and later moved back to France. Now I’m in D.C. The traveling helped because I was exposed to so many different styles and techniques. INTERESTING REQUEST: One client needed me to go everywhere with her: the Bahamas, Europe, here, there and everywhere!

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TITLE: Artistic Director SALON: Dessange (Tysons), 8020 Towers Crescent Drive, McLean,Va., 703-761-3135 POWER CLIENTS: Senator Elizabeth Dole, First Lady of Poland, Princess Ira de Furstenberg, Eva Herzigova, Carla Bruni, Inès de la Fressange, and Johnny Depp INTERESTING MOMENT: I was called in to style the First Lady of Poland’s was she was staying at Blair House here in Washington. After passing through security, I opened up the curtain to find about 25 bodyguards, who stayed the entire time I was working on her hair.

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POWERADE FOR THE PORES AMOREPACIFIC Moisture Bound Skin Energy Hydration Delivery System contains matsutake mushroom, water lily, and ginger root ($35 for travel size); Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallery, 5300 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-966-9700.

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LA MER: THE LIFTING FACE SERUM La Mer harnasses the plant power of biofermented, protein-rich algae to visibly lift skin’s appearance ($235); Saks Fifth Avenue, Tysons Galleria, McLean,Va., 703-761-0700.

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TRUST IN A HIGHER, FIRMER POWER Attractive as well as an asset-assister, these high-waisted power-panties are a must ($36); Bloomingdales, 5400 Wisconsin Avenue, Chevy Chase, Md., 240-744-3760.

THE PROFESSIONALS Smile Like You Mean it • For an effortlessly white smile, call Dr. Ronan Freyne of Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry. 5530 Wisconsin Ave. Ste. 1030, Chevy Chase, Md., 301-986-0700. Arch Self-Expression • Frame your face with master eyebrow aesthetician Ayse Cevirme (who practices the Turkish art of threading) at Tara Salon, 2715 M Street NW, 202-333-8099; or, try brow and waxing expert, Sonali Sahnil at Toka Salon & Day Spa, 3251 Prospect Street NW, 202-333-5133.

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Runway to Enlightenment The Beatles went to India; I’m trying to do it in the District – and so can you. From art exhibits to film competitions, DJ classes to fashion shows, unleash your inner artist BY MICHAEL M. CLEMENTS

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y first stop on the journey to artistic bliss takes me to Phillipa Hughes and Mike Weber’s SALON CONTRA. These invite-only are-you-in-the-know get-togethers attract a cross section of the city’s creative set.After glasses of wine and small talk, the “Contrarians” circle up and tell each other about their creative paths so participants know whom to synergize with later. It was there where I met interior designer Rouzita Vahhabaghai, who, along with sister, and business partner, Bita Vahhabaghai and Yiselle Santos, organize the equally collaborative and arty PECHAKUCHANIGHT (PKN) series. The lovely “ita” sisters invited me to present during PKN Vol. 3 at the Czech Embassy. The series began in Japan (Pecha Kucha is Japanese slang for small talk) and involves getting six to ten creative types to discuss their craft as 20 images of their work flash by in 20-second increments on a large screen behind them. I happily indulged in speaking about my painting. So can you – find out more at www.pechakucha.org Meditations on art bring me next to the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s ARTANONYMOUS. As a member of the Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), I’m eligible to donate three 5”x 7” custom-made art pieces to Art Anonymous, presented from May 1-10. The fundraiser supports the Corcoran College of Art + Design’s BFA scholarship by auctioning off post-cardsized art pieces at $100 a pop. Artists’ identities remain hidden. Join WPA and seek out Daliesque higher-consciousness at www.wpadc.org. I seriously mulled over showing at the annual month-long creative smorgasbord ARTOMATIC. It’s just that artists have to commit to volunteering for three shifts and I have a commitment problem (so I’ve been told). Still, I’m planning to attend to absorb the art, musical acts, and performing artists, which will

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keep the Capitol Plaza I Building (1200 First Street NE) buzzing with creative karma from May 9 through June 15. This meandering path towards universal harmony also includes guitars, harmonicas, Tuesday night rehearsals, and two talented band mates: Franck Cordes and Michael Mateer.

Strutting the runway for charity at Fashion for Paws with Corinne “Coco” Bensahel. (Photo Zaid Hamid)

Our band, The Wallows, has been bombarding MySpace and Facebook friends recently with posts about our latest releases. However, we remain chakra blocked until we muster up enough nerve to play live. Mental note: Contact Artomatic Chair George C. Koch and beg him for a performance slot in June. Of course, if the folk-alt band thing doesn’t pan out there is always the path of internationallyrenowned DJ. Ricardo Antonio Reinoso founded THEDJLAB in conjunction with the National Music Center (801 K St. NW) to offer would-be

beat boys and girls, and Ibiza junkies the chance to perfect the real “art of spin.” For $250, I registered for five classes starting in mid-May.With any luck, I’ll be discovered by Deep Dish manager and fellow Contrarian Arash Shirazi. Mental note number two: Remember to buy headphones, pumas, a funky hat, and extra Carhartt t-shirts. May brings a crash course in celestial cinema thanks to the -HOUR FILM PROJECT. Founded by D.C. residents Mark Ruppert and Liz Langston, the competition has now spread globally (www.48hourfilm.com). The idea is simple: on Friday night you get a character, a prop, a line of dialogue, and a genre; 48 hours later, your seven-minute film must be complete. I put together a team along with a hundred other local filmmakers. We will all get a chance to view our completed works at the AFI SILVER from May 6-8. If viewing your film at the state-of-the-art AFI SILVER theatre doesn’t induce Ravi Shankar-like bliss, nothing will … except, perhaps, fashion. What’s not to like about the Washington Humane Society’s Tara de Nicolas? She works with cute animals (she’s even cuter) and she organizes one of the most fashion-forward charitable events of the year, FASHIONFOR PAWS.While working the runway with fellow celebrity model Corinne Bensahel – in stylists Aba Kwawu and James Cornwell’s hand-picked ensemble from Saks Fifth Avenue (ok, James, I liked the white pants, whatever!) – I felt like Siddhartha staring Zen-like into the river of eternal artsy consciousness. It was surreal … or maybe it was the Surreal Vodka. Either way, sign up next year to raise money for the WHS, and you too, grasshopper, can begin your quest towards creative enlightenment – if you can find time to register. Ommm…. Readers wishing to get in touch with Michael M. Clements can email: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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fundraisers strued their stuff down the runway with a posse of prey pooches in support of the Washington Humane Society. Between the money raised by the models and a generous gi from event chairman Michael Saylor, Fashion for Paws raised more than $255,000 for programs and animal care. THESCENE The Italian embassy was transformed into a high fashion house thanks to Saks Fih Avenue, the Aba Agency, Adeler Jewelers, Teatro Goldini, and Quintessentially Concierge, amongst many others. THE PEOPLE Pamela Brown, Philippe and Jan Cousteau, Wendy Pepper, Debbie Sigmund, and Brooke Johnston.

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Consider the Grape Beer is so passé when placed next to a prize-winning wine BY ED I E VAN H O R N

n King Tut’s Egypt (around 1300 BC), the commoners drank beer and the upper class drank wine. Well, we’re a pretty classy bunch here in Washington. Even though we have more than our fair share of students (Georgetown, Howard, American, etc.), our happy hours, clustered as they are with friends, business associates, and favor-givers and takers, tend to resemble My Dinner with Andre more than Animal House. Now, wine bars have been popping up with the ubiquity of Obama stickers. As Hemingway once said, “wine is the most civilized thing in the world”; let’s raise an elegant glass to the best local vino ventures.

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Cork (1720 14th St. NW) Chef Ron Tanaka’s pedigree rivals the Hapsburgs’ in terms of rich history. Having worked as sous-chef at Citronelle and CityZen, it’s not surprising that his rosemary chicken liver bruschetta gets rave reviews. The wine list is tightly focused and draws more from old-world Europe than Napa. Cork’s owners, Diane Gross and Khalid Pitts, are Logan Circle residents who wanted to open a welcoming space in their neighborhood for people to come with their friends and family.The vibe is relaxed and unassuming, yet unique (Tom Brown of Corduroy manages the bar, meaning the cocktails are excellent).

Proof (775 G St. NW) Classic Washington: this hot new Penn Quarter area bar was started by a former tax attorney. Although Max Kuller had no previous restaurant experience, he did what Washingtonians do best, which is to combine disparate influences into a coherent whole (That’s what they do in the House and Senate, after all). A trip to California, where Kuller sampled the likes of L.A.’s AOC,Wine Bar inspired him to pair a 1,000-bottle wine-list with a sophisticated selection of diner-friendly fare.There’s even a champagne trolley during happy hour.

Napa (1015 H St. NE) H Street Northeast, while on the rise, is still a bit gritty and out-of-the-way for some. Faced with the challenge of grabbing Dupont Circle and M Street regulars, Napa jumped on the Atlas Theater-going train, offering a happy hour from 5-7 p.m. and a pre-theater dinner menu which consists of three courses of “East meets West” (California and Washington, in this case) for $30.This catering company also serves up ten-dollar pairings and a “happy hour tapas plate” with drink included.

The wait staff bustles “backstage” at Cork. (Photo by Joel Didriksen)

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Veritas Wine Bar (2031 Florida Ave. NW) Driving by the corner of Florida and Connecticut, one can’t help but notice Veritas. Even though its brickface front is humble, there are always at least two or three attractive young people standing outside, flushed with drink and conversation. Co-owner Adam Manson plans to open three more wine bars based on the overwhelming popularity of Veritas’ charcuterie and cheese pairings and an extensive (180 bottle) wine list … all of which, rumor has it, he tasted himself.Veritas keeps it fresh, rotating the by-the-glass choices with regularity, and has become a cult favorite with oenophiles.

Cork is the new kid on the Logan Circle block. (Photo by Joel Didriksen)

Bistrot Lepic (1736 Wisconsin Ave. NW) Complimentary wine tastings every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m., French influenced décor, whimsical pig paintings, dark lighting, an almost exclusively French wine list, and small plates of delicious things ensconced in light puff pastry make a delightful buffer to accompany a slight overindulgence of wine. Started first for Bruno Fortin and his friends, it’s now enjoyed by those with a world-traveler aesthetic: retired diplomats, ladies who lunch, European transplants or just those who always wanted to take that painting class in Montmartre, summer of ’76. Need a designated driver? Here’s one better: Washington Wine Academy (www. washingtonwineacademy.org) and Reston Limousine offer a three-stop tour of local wine bars … Have a comment or know a great nightlife event? Let us know: columns@washingtonlife.com.

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THEEVENT A beloved tradition among the city’s younger set, the annual party took place this spring at Georgetown’s historic City Tavern Club. Young women in pastel dresses shimmied to the band with their (oen older) dates, and the rooop garden was packed with revelers despite intermient rain. THEGUESTS Sam Farnum, Lisa Rockefeller, Jake Dwinell, Mark Ein, Ray Regan, Charloe Grassi, Allison Parent, Chris Larsin, Steve Andronico, Schuyler and Crosby Haynes.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go Higher Achievement’s inaugural gala BY PAT TI CO O K

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n too many neighborhoods education beyond high school is a dream, even for the most motivated students. Mired in violent crime, substance abuse, and unemployment, education often takes a back seat to life’s basic necessities. The irony is that education is the most viable path out of poverty. In Washington, 35 percent of teens live below the poverty line and 50 percent leave school before earning a high school diploma. Only nine percent of D.C. public school students will graduate from college. Higher Achievement reverses these odds for hundreds of children every year. For 33 years, Higher Achievement has challenged middle-school students from underserved areas with rigorous academics after school and during summers. The program has served over 10,000 scholars and produced thousands of first-generation college graduates. Higher Achievement partners with local schools and establishes centers that help students achieve educational excellence by improving grades, test scores and academic behaviors. Last year, 100 percent of scholars improved their test scores by an average rate of 20 percent. By investing more than 650 hours a year for four years in the program, scholars obtain more than just improved performance. They access countless opportunities, improve their confidence, and gain acceptance into some of the most prestigious high schools in the area including Sidwell Friends, Gonzaga, Madeira, and

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Above: Students enrolled in Higher Achievement’s program participate in over 650 additional classroom hours over four years. On average, their test scores improve twenty percent at a minimum. (Photo by Will Kirk Photography) Left: Higher Achievement honoree and CharityWorks co-founder Leah Gansler will be honored on May 15 for her tireless support of educational organizations.

Banneker. Scholars graduate from Higher Achievement equipped for success in high school, college, and beyond. As a former teacher, I am passionate about closing the achievement gap. I learned about Higher Achievement after relocating to the area to become Freddie Mac’s executive vice president and chief business officer. Inspired by Higher Achievement’s dedication to academic excellence, I joined the board of directors two years ago and have seen the

organization grow and succeed. Now as president-elect of the board, one of my goals is to help launch the organization to the next level of operation and funding. I decided to chair the Higher Achievement Going Places! Gala, the organization’s first fundraising event, to help make this goal a reality. In keeping with a long history of corporate citizenship, Freddie Mac supports my participation and has signed on as a Presenting Sponsor of the event. The Going Places! Gala, to be held May 15, 2008, at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, was set in motion by the momentum created by CharityWorks, which chose Higher Achievement as its 2006 partner. The partnership between CharityWorks and Higher Achievement leveraged critical funds and support to help Higher Achievement expand and enhance services. I see the Going Places! Gala as a testament to the success the scholars’ success. I urge community partners, champions, and other stakeholders to join me in helping Higher Achievement continue its valuable work. Proceeds from the gala will benefit alumni outreach as well as programs for the next generation of scholars. As a national model for academic achievement during out-of-school time, demand for its services is growing which has triggered expansion planning in the area. The future is bright for Higher Achievement.

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n a city that is a global leader in finance, politics and education, it should come as no surprise that, by 2010, two-thirds of the jobs in Washington, D.C. will require a bachelor’s degree. But, unfortunately, only 29% of the District’s, public school students go on to college. For our city’s low-income teens, this failure to get a quality secondary education means they are destined to remain in poverty. This is an urgent and ongoing problem, not only for the students and their families, but also for all of us who live and work in the D.C. metropolitan area. Over the last 15 years, Capital Partners for Education (CPE) has been turning college dreams into reality for hundreds of motivated, low-income high school students. A remarkable 97 percent of CPE’s graduates enroll in college. Our students’ success is made possible through CPE’s unique program model that combines private high school scholarships, mentors and other support services. This collaborative, comprehensive approach ensures that each student gets not only a rigorous college preparatory education, but that they also receive the added support and guidance they need to achieve their goals and dreams. I first learned of Capital Partners for Education (CPE) from my parents who have been long time supporters of the program and I am honored to serve as a member of the organization’s board of directors. The staff, mentors and volunteers who make this program possible do an incredible job, but the real stars are the students. These young men and women are motivated, passionate about education and excited about the future. Providing these students with the opportunity to reach their full potential is the reason why CPE exists. Washington’s business leaders understand all too well the societal costs of an undereducated workforce. To help prevent this crisis they are

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Left: Mary Cheney became a board member of the Capital Partners for Education after learning of the organization from her parents Above: Now in its 15th year, a remarkable 97% of CPE’s graduates enroll in college.

gathering on May 10 for a dinner benefiting CPE and celebrating the organization’s 15th anniversary. Themed, Visions for the Future, the event is being underwritten and hosted at the palatial home of CPE board member, Ken Bajaj, in Potomac, Md. This exclusive dinner will be prepared by celebrity chef Michel Richard of Citronelle restaurant. Steve Buckhantz, the play-by-play announcer for the Washington Wizards, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

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Audrey Cramer, vice chairman of Cushman Wakefield is the auctioneer for the evening. Special guests include Tom Davis (R – VA), former NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue, former Washington Redskins running-back, Brian Mitchell, and a who’s who of the area’s top technology and private equity executives.

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Grand Balls and Great Friends The Red Cross Ball, a Barbadian reunion, and a compliment from Kissinger BY DONNA SHOR

FIFTY-FIRST ANNUAL RED CROSS BALL Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach…the Red Cross Ball is one of the world’s most glittery galas with diamonds galore ($5 million dollars worth bedecked Suzette, wife of international jeweler David Morris), and tiaras, emeralds. and rubies. All this, plus Melania Trump, Susan Lucci, Archduke Georg von Habsburg-Lothringen, and his wife Archduchess Eilika. Ambassadors who flew down with The Donald on his private plane were Shamin and Said Jawad (Afghanistan), Rajmah Hussain (Malaysia), Benedicte a n d Joseph Weyland (Luxembourg), Birgitte and Arne Petersen (Denmark), and dynamic National Red Cross Chair Bonnie McElveenHunter. Special thrill: the patron’s dinner at the 45,000 square-foot, $37 million home of super-hosts Michele (the ball’s vice-chair) and Howard Kessler. A special award was given to Marion “Joe” Smoak, retiring as the ball’s chief of protocol (“Never missed once in 35 years”), who was replaced by former Ambassador to Denmark Stuart Bernstein. Washingtonians: Brad and Denise Alexander, Bill and Norma Tiefel, Bill and Mary Walde, Wilma Bernstein, Mike and Julia Connors, Susan Eisenhower, Patti Delano, and Bill and Julie Thurmond Whitmer, daughter of the late Sen. Strom Thurmond. BAJAN DAYS Our ambassador to Barbados, Mary Ourisman was in Washington recently, on official duty accompanying the Barbadian

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– “Bajan” – president to the White House. Aniko and Nash Schott and Sedi and Maximo Flugelman co-hosted a small reunion of those who recently had spent four idyllic days in Barbados celebrating Mary’s birthday that her husband Mandy Ourisman organized. Those present at the reuinion included, Ann and Lloyd Hand, Marlene and Fred Malek,

Foley and her daughter Heather, Alex von Auersperg (the son of Sonny von Bulow), Henry Leish, Alan and Carol Lowe, Gen. Lawrence and Pat Skantze, Emmy and Peabody award-winning Gail Chalef of the Brookings Institution, Carole Randolph, and Howard and Dotsy Steele. Timothy’s wife, P.J.Trudeau, was statuesque in Christian Lacroix, and his striking, Chanel-clad mother, Claire Pate-Trudeau, sported a geewhiz 22 carat canary diamond ring that Douglas Fairbanks had once given to wife Mary Pickford, when they were old Hollywood’s most famous pair. Claire’s namesake granddaughter, Claire, proved a poised party guest; in her six short years, she has partied with royalty and heads of state.

BIG TIME Everything was huge at the Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, William Rollnick, Suzette 21st Annual Leukemia Ball: Morris, Nancy Rollnick, and David Morris the crowd (2,500); the venue (the vast Walter E. Washington Wilma and Stuart Bernstein, JoAnn and Convention Center) and TV’s late night big John Mason, Bob and Laurie Monahan, and star himself, Jay Leno, who did a generous Lynda and Bill Webster, among others. hour-long show of signature riffs, posed affably with the guests, and raffled off a $68,000 Mercedes. The theme “The Roaring ’20s” BIRTHDAY BOY To have an ambassador honor you with a featured fleet-footed Charleston flappers and surprise party is terrific, but then to also have an over-the-top décor, and raised a big $3.3 Henry Kissinger praise your “elegance and million to fight blood cancer. To thank a big ease” and “quick instinct and silver tongue,” giver, the Titan of Business and Philanthropy award was presented to Ronald M. Bradley seems the icing on the birthday cake. This was Timothy Trudeau’s lucky lot recently for his magnanimous contributions and his when his friends Elena Poptodorova, the dedication to the cause. ambassador of Bulgaria, and her husband Georg Petrov fêted him at the embassy residence. If there is an event Around Town should know about, The guest list included Lady Vivian please email columns@washingtonlife.com.

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THE EVENT A preview of the Corcoran’s American Evolution: A History through Art exhibit, which celebrates 200 years of artistic themes fundamental to the development of the United States. THEGUESTS Bitsey Folger, Sidney Werkman, Sally Chapoton, Peter Jost, Kristin Denner, Helen Previdi, Janet Solinger, Jack Goldhaber, Jim Kimsey, Rachel Pearson, Ray Rasenberger, John Hadden, Susan Harreld, Donald Friedman, and Rhona Friedman.

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80th birthday with family and friends the way he wanted to: helping to raise funds for the District’s charter schools. A successful real estate developer in Washington since the 1970’s, Peabody established the group Friends of Choice in Urban Schools (FOCUS) in 1995, and continues to play an active role in the charter school movement. THEGUESTS Stuart and Gwen Holliday, Phillip Pillsbury, Elizabeth Byrne, Olivia Shay-Byrne, Diana Spencer, and Thomas Moore.

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Parties, Parties, Parties! Innocents at Risk, Honoring Mark Warner, and Suited For Change

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friends in the private dining room of the restaurant in honor of the former Virginia Governor . (Photos by Tony Powell)

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ROBERTSON, and PRIYAKATHPAL shopped at the Hotel Palomar and Suited For Change’s exclusive sale, where local boutiques set up shop in the ballroom. (Photos by Tony Powell)

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BOMAR and CHIPAKRIDGEkicked off the Trust for the National Mall’s effort to restore the national park by hosting cocktails for committee members at the Ambassador’s residence.

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The entry hall of William and Janet Cohen’s Chevy Chase penthouse features an oil painting of a young Vietnamese woman alongside an ornate French Empire style cabinet.

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SANCTUARY Former Secretary of Defense William Cohen and his wife Janet create an inspired blend of East and West in their Chevy Chase Penthouse

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he view from Bill Cohen and Janet Langhart Cohen’s Chevy Chase penthouse is a Beltway panorama. To the south there’s the National Cathedral and the rooftops of Georgetown; to the north, the Mormon Temple and Bethesda. It is a sweeping Washington vista, which is why their 3,000 square-foot wrap around terrace is where the couple likes to relax and take it all in – when they have the time. He is a former Republican senator and secretary of defense for a Democratic president (not to mention novelist and published poet)

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who continues to travel the world as a global business consultant. She is CEO of her own media consulting firm, a former Boston television personality, BET correspondent, author and playwright. In February, her new one-act play Anne and Emmett was presented in Israel. And last year, the couple published a memoir together, Love in Black and White, about their bi-racial marriage. Along with busy professional lives, the Cohens decorated their home themselves, with Langhart Cohen taking the lead. “I wanted it to be from our soul,” she says of their decision not to use an interior decorator. “You make a lot of mistakes but at

the end of the day you get what you want.” Her husband agrees. “She has a wonderful eye for detail, color and textures.” The couple’s DIY home decorating approach was no small task. The spacious terrace is landscaped with Japanese maples (for privacy), apple trees and flowers. Their penthouse has 6,700 square feet of indoor living space. The large windows are covered in sheer curtains. The furniture style is Above: William Cohen and Janet Langhart Cohen in their formal living room. The couple spent their honeymoon in China, and their love of Asian Art is reflected throughout the house. Right: The bookshelves in the library are filled with gifts that were given to the couple by foreign dignitaries during William Cohen’s tenure as a Senator and as Secretary of Defense.

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classic. Every room includes Asian ascents. The Cohens honeymooned in China, where they fell in love with Asian design. “The spirit of the house is Asian,” she says. The Cohens like to share a laugh over the number of trips they have made to Washington area furniture stores since marrying in 1996. Colony House, Mastercraft Interiors and Green Front Furniture are three of their favorites. They also love Upscale Resale, for antiques and used furniture. Langhart Cohen, who was raised by her mother in Chicago, says as a child she dreamed of “living in a castle or mansion” with all new things. “As a girl I wore second hand cloths.” But over the years, she learned to cherish items with history. “The funny thing is, now I like having things that have been owned by another person,” she says. One of the favorite

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pieces in her home is an 1863 grandfather clock, which sits in the hall outside the dining room. “It was made before the Emancipation Proclamation, so I can only imagine how many people must have had that clock.” Her husband’s favorite piece of furniture has some history too: a black leather Eames Lounge he bought in 1966, after graduating from law school. The chair, in the corner of his home office, is where he likes to decompress and write. The Cohens moved here five years ago, downsizing from a home in McLean. The penthouse is two condominiums joined together. It includes a huge living room, media room, library, solarium, dining room, home office, study/music room, home gym, four and half baths, master bedroom suite and kitchen with room for a crowd. Nearly all of their furniture

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was brought from their McLean property, including the white sofas and club chairs in the living room, mirrors, side tables and art. The only room the Cohens didn’t decorate is their sleek Poggenpohl kitchen, with birdseye maple cabinets, black granite counters and stainless steel appliances. It’s an enviable space, if you’re into modern purism, which Langhart Cohen is not. “The kitchen was here when we moved in,” she says, “It just isn’t me.” She dreams of ripping it out and replacing it with a white country kitchen. “Bill said no.” The Cohens, who are both in their 60s, enjoy the ease and security of condo living. “This feels like a vacation, without having to pack and travel. It’s so relaxing,” says Cohen, who travels 70 percent of the year with his consulting firm, The Cohen Group. Their

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Above: The music room is where Janet Cohen, an avid flute player, goes to relax. Top right: The apartment’s wraparound terrace provides panoramic views of the surrounding area. Bottom right: The Cohens maintain an impressive selection of wines to serve to guests, despite the fact that they themselves abstain.

condo development has outdoor tennis courts, swimming pools, a steam room, massage, and meeting rooms which can accommodate TV crews when they interview Cohen on world affairs (CNN came the day of the Washington Life Magazine interview). Their three-story McLean house was “grand” but Langhart Cohen says she felt too isolated when her husband was away. “I’ve grown up in apartments, condos or government projects so I’m accustomed to everything on one floor,” she says. The security and convenience of the Chevy Chase condo is also ideal for entertaining heads of state, diplomats and Washington power brokers.The centerpiece of their formal dining room is a round table, which seats up to twelve. “I like a round table because no one is competing. Everyone feels equal,” explains

“I WANTED IT TO BE FROM our soul,” Janet Langhart Cohen says of their decision not to use an interior decorator. Langhart Cohen, explains. Just as important as the shape of the table, are the ground rules at the Cohens’ penthouse dinner parties. “I want people to know everything is off the record. This is a learning table,” she says. Conversation quickly turns to world events, politics and race in America (the theme of their memoir). WL interviewed the Cohens on April 4, the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. Langhart Cohen was friends with King. “He was kind, wise and

gentle,” she says. On the anniversary of his death “I think about my marriage to Bill and Martin’s big dream of little black girls holding hands with little white boys,” she says. “We did more than hold hands.We joined our hearts.” The Cohens are clearly proud and appreciative of all they have accomplished, reflected in the substantial Chevy Chase home they decorated together. “It’s serene,” he says. “I like everything here,” she says. “And when Bill comes home, I love everything.”


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District residents would never let Rock Creek Park be turned into a soccer stadium with a seven million square-foot mixed business and residential development ...

So, why is it about to happen on the Anacostia?

THE BATTLE FOR

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Earth Conservation Corps Chairman Bob Nixon at Anacostia National Park at Poplar Point. Currently undeveloped, the D.C. city government is considering turning the 70-acre wetland habitat into a significant new waterfront park with gardens, memorials, museums, outdoor performance areas, trails, ball fields to serve the local community and visitors. (Photo by Daryl Wallace)

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n Anacostia National Park on the Eastern Bank of the Anacostia River, spring is in bloom. Frogs croak mating calls across tidal wetlands while rare birds including the Willow Flycatcher line their nests and visitors walk and fish along the riverbank. Downtown, in a parallel universe, highly skilled architects draft plans to convert all but 70 acres of historic Poplar Point into seven million square feet of commercial cash cow. How can this be? Anacostia National Park was designed 106 years ago by the McMillan Commission and Fredric Law Olmstead Jr. as a five-mile-long “Emerald Necklace” along the river.The commission noted this new park was “to correspond with Rock Creek Park in the west”

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and further commented, “Whatever of natural beauty is to be preserved and whatever park spaces are still to be acquired must be provided for during the next few years or it will be forever lost” The citizens who fought for the creation of the park are long dead and forgotten and those who use it today apparently don’t count. In 2006, Congress passed a lobbyist-written law to undo Olmstead’s visionary work of 1902 and allow for massive development on the Riverbank. One champion is Councilmember Marion Barry, who wants a soccer stadium, stores and condos to replace the park. Recently the Fenty Administration’s Office of Economic Development picked Clark Realty as the winners of a park development competition.

How, on this warming Earth, in a national capital talking about becoming the greenest city in America, can we even speak of cutting the natural heart out of Anacostia National Park? Shouldn’t we be celebrating and investing in our park with its 1,200 acres and its five miles of riverfront? Why are we not making it the true Central Park and emerald necklace its creators envisioned? As always, the answer is money. Nothing is as profitable as turning nature into cash – if you can get a permit.We have heard the justification countless times. Anacostia National Park is underutilized, neglected and contaminated. Development will provide jobs and amenities for local residents.This equals tax revenue-money. Only in the poorest ward of our city, crying

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Above: The Earth Conservation Corps’ plan for Poplar Point envisions all of the park to remain as a park, and for development to take place just outside the park boundaries.

A TALE OF TWO PROPOSALS: Left – The Earth Conservation Corps suggested plan for Poplar Point maintains the site’s natural state, while developing areas just outside park’s boundaries. Right – Clark Realty Capital’s proposal to the city includes development within the park for a soccer stadium, retail and commercial property as well as a “Silicon Valley” for the environmental community, highlighted by the signature National Hall of the Environment at the tip of Poplar Point.

for basic resources, would such a plan ever see the light of day. For decades Anacostia National Park has suffered from federal abandonment and neglect that would have brought winning lawsuits if the same had happened in Rock Creek Park.The tale of two cities lives on, as Georgetowners will soon celebrate their huge victory in the reopening of Potomac Riverfront Park. On January 20, 2007, over 500 Ward Eight residents attended a public meeting at Ballou Senior High School on the future of Poplar Point. Though the community has had little enthusiasm for a soccer stadium and other alternatives had been discussed, the soccer stadium proposal was suddenly the only one being considered. Many were shocked and betrayed by this behind-closed-

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doors decision to take a publicly owned resource away from them. “I walk [Poplar Point] every morning,” said resident Lawrence Lacey, “Why is it that every time a developer sees a green space in Southeast, they think it has to be developed? It’s probably one of the only green spaces left for us to appreciate the waterfront.” “For most of the residents, we certainly won’t be able to live there, and I can just imagine that access to the park area will be severely restricted,” added Charles Wilson, another concerned SE resident. Sadly, this is not the first time that the communities along the Anacostia River have faced such a proposal for their parkland.

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In the 1940s, a large chunk of Anacostia Park was liquidated to construct the coalburning power plant on Benning Road that has brought asthma and emphysema to the community. In the 1960s, developers carved off more park to build RFK Stadium. In the 1990s, Kingman and Heritage Islands were decommissioned by Congress for a Mayor Barry-supported amusement park that took years to beat back. Next, Congress authorized a plan to give the Corrections Corporation of America the right to build a prison on the National Park at Oxen Cove. The winning Clark Realty brochure is stunning in both its development scale and Orwellian level of spin. The company uses

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Clockwise: Students learn abou the wildlife along the Anacostia – Bald Eagles are indigenous to the area; youths help to clean along the shores of Poplar Point; and a still moment on the banks of the Anacostia. (Photos by Daryl Wallace)

Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth movie poster and the cover of Time Magazine’s “Global Warming Survival Guide” to bless the proposed conversion of the public common into private real estate. The brochure explains that the development will be named the “International Environmental Center” and will be “a One Planet Community” that “will transform Poplar Point into a global research and employment center for environment and alternative energy.” Let’s not pretend that green roofs and green names will negate the tremendous environmental impacts of this proposed development. The legislation that allowed transfer of the land from the Federal government to the District requires that at least 70 acres of land be kept for “park purposes,” but commercial development is certainly not a requirement of the Secretary of the Interior. A better idea would be for the Mayor to propose, and City Council to vote for, simply cleaning up Poplar Point as a first step in generating commercial development on the vacant land outside the Park boundary. To visualize this option, the Earth Conservation Corps engaged renowned

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landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates to draw a restored park in line with the historic Olmsted plan to show that three million square feet of commercial development can be built on the vacant commercial land that now borders the parkland. Yes, we can have it both ways and at a vastly reduced cost to the environment, our spirits and our wallets. Like the previous amusement park and prison schemes, carving up Poplar Point will require City Council approval. It will also cost District taxpayers $200 million to fund “infrastructure costs.” Polishing the tarnished emerald that is Poplar Point National Park could start with the $2.1 million the Department of Interior has set aside for the purpose. It will also take courage and leadership. One can only hope a hero will stand up and fight for our jewel necklace – Mayor Fenty … Chairman Gray … Secretary Kempthorne ... Council members ... Citizens? ... Anyone? Bob Nixon is the chairman of the Earth Conservation Corps, a nonprofit that provides hands-on education, environmental training, professional experience, and leadership skills for disadvantaged young people.

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Selling the Area’s Finest Properties and Historic Landscapes Retreat in the City Forest Hills. Handsome stone colonial w/beautifully landscaped grounds and pool, just a short walk to Metro and restaurants: foyer, LR w/FP, DR, den, lg kitch and fam rm; 5 Brs, 5.5 Bas incl MBR w/deck overlooking pool; l.l. in-law suite has LR w/FP. $1,795,000 Guy-didier Godat (godat@mac.com)202-321-4663 202-364-1700

Lovely Landmark Town of Chevy Chase. Magnificently sited on lg lot, this handsome Tudor c. 1928 has entry foyer, LR w/FP, lg DR, solarium TS kitch, study; 5 Brs, 3.5 Bas, l.l. fam rm w/FP, dbl carport, large back yard. $1,769,000 Bonnie Lewinwww.BonnieLewin.com- 301-332-0171; 202-364-1700

Magnificent Tudor Chevy Chase/ Kenwood. Authentic English Tudor colonial on beautiful landscaped lot: vestibule, lg foyer, grand LR w/FP and formal DR, fam rm w/cth ceilings and FP, lg kitchen + brkfst rm, 4 Brs, 3 1/2 Bas, 2-car garage, gorgeous grounds. $2,595,000 Ted Beverley- 301-728-4338; Pat Lore- 301-908-1242; 202-364-1700

A Triumph in Design Bethesda/ Bannockburn. Brilliant Arts & Crafts col by Bell builders on 1/3 ac has grand entry hall, handsome staircase, formal LR w/ FP, din rm, huge kitchen/fam rm w/pantry, deck; 5 Brs, 4 1/2 bas, 2 rec rms, home ofc, fine craftsmanship throughout. $1,765,000 Beverley Nadel, Ellen Rodin- 301-986-8670; 202-364-1700.

Sophisticated Classic Forest Hills. Gracious detached townhome on quiet street of handsome homes near Hillwood: marble foyer, LR w/FP, DR opening to terrace, gourmet kitchen + brkfst rm, den w/wet bar; 3 Brs and 2.5 Bas incl MBR w/FP and lux Ba; elevator. $1,495,000 Ted Beverley301-728-4338; Pat Lore- 301-908-1242; 202-364-1700

English Tudor Treasure Cleveland Park. Stately English colonial on large beautiful lot: entry foyer, double liv rm w/FP, formal DR, eat-in kitch; 4 Brs, 2 1/2 Bas, finished lower lvl W/O to patio and private back yard. Located in Cleveland Park historic district. $1,295,000 Lynn Bulmer- 202-257-2410; 202-364-1700

Spring Glory Chevy Chase/ Rollingwood. Large, inviting Cape colonial in gorgeous garden setting offers entry foyer, LR, DR, huge TS kitchen, library, fam rm, sun rm, 5 Brs, 4 Bas, 3 FPs, 2-car garage. Near Conn Ave shops. $1,290,000 www.LizBrent.com- 202-321-2651; 202-364-1700

Sleek & Modern Bethesda/ Kenwood Park. Mid-century modern contemporary w/chic renovation: LR w/FP and cath ceiling, DR, 4 brs, 3 bas, new chef’s kitchen, new bas, beaut patio and gardens; 2-car garage; Whitman schools. $1,095,000 Linda Chaletzky- 301-320-0871; 202-364-1700

Grand Manor Chevy Chase/ Somerset. Graceful 1926 col in beautiful setting: lg lot, big front porch, lg foyer, LR w/FP, coffered ceiling, formal DR, fam rm w/FP, beamed ceil, 2-rm kitchen, 5 Brs, 4 1/2 Bas. A grand home awaiting your updates. $1,695,000 www.BonnieLewin.com- 301-332-0171; 202-364-1700

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Family Favorites Spacious homes and gardens leave plenty of room to grow

BEACHWOODS

ALBEMARLESTREETNW WASHINGTONDC

This in-town estate is sited on more than 1.35 acres, with direct views of Soapstone Valley National Park. Beachwoods, built in 1910, is one of the earliest homes in Forest Hills. The main level allows for large scale entertaining and great family living. The house features seven bedrooms and seven and a half baths, and the master bedroom includes a walk-out terrace, his and hers baths, and a walk-in master closet.The grounds of the residence contains a pool, cabana, sports court, and shared tennis court accent the grounds. ASKING  Listing agents: Bonnie Wimsatt, Ellen Morrell, and Matthew McCormick 202-728-9500 Washington Fine Properties

MODERNMASTERPIECE  DENTPLACENW WASHINGTONDC

 This detached residence on Georgetown’s Dent Place was recently redesigned by renowned architect Outerbridge Horsey with a contemporary influence. Gardens designed by landscape architect Jane MacLeish complement the house, which has views of the Washington Monument and the Virginia skyline. The interior features 5 bedrooms, 4 1/2 baths, and a separate master suite with a dressing room and fireplace.The top floor opens onto a Romeo and Juliet balcony. The main floor consists of a double parlor with a fireplace, a separate formal dining room with its own fireplace, kitchen, and family room with French doors overlooking the private garden.There is also an over sized two-car garage with a “green roof.” ASKING  Listing agents: Michael Rankin Julia Diaz-Asper 202-271-3344 202-256-1887 Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty

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POTOMAC

Spectacular newly constructed masterpiece in the Palatine neighborhood with over 16,000 square feet of elegant interior living space on four above-grade floors and four exterior terraces totaling over 2,000 sq ft on private two acre lot. $4,950,000. Kimberly Casey 202.361.3228 Daryl Judy 202.380.7219

WEST END

Magnificent penthouse residence in the exclusive RitzCarlton. 3BR/ Den/3.5BA on three levels, three private terraces, 3,400 sq ft of customized luxurious interior space. Arguably the best renovated unit in the building. $3,400,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

GEORGETOWN

CHEVY CHASE

Exceptional estate in the heart of Chevy Chase Village directly across from Chevy Chase Club. Built in 1927, this field-stone house has beautifully proportioned public rooms and ample bedrooms, staff quarters & informal spaces. $4,600,000. J.P Montalvan 301.922.3700 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

KALORAMA HEIGHTS

Perfectly sited on an exclusive two block street in one of Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most desirable neighborhoods. This 3-story residence has exceptional style and grandeur, great privacy, terraces and pool. $10,000,000. Jonathan Taylor 202.276.3344 Michael Rankin 202.271.3344

Detached contemporary home recently redesigned by renowned architect Outerbridge Horsey. Gardens designed by Jane MacLeish complement this exceptional home in which every aspect of renovation was done with the utmost quality. $2,950,000. Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887

CHEVY CHASE

WATERGATE

Elegant renovation of this 3,060 sq ft unit overlooking garden/pool/ river. Master suite with double closets, padded silk walls and imported bathroom tiles & fixtures. Custom-made Italian Gourmet kitchen w/top of the line appliances. $2,250,000. Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887

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10,000 sq. ft. Federal George Washington Estate Circa 1750 is on National Historic Registry w/ 37 acres and new addition, 5 BR 4.5 BTH, 6 FP, Barns, tennis, gardens only 90 min from DC. $4,200,000. Kimberly Casey 202.361.3228 Daryl Judy 202.380.7219

GEORGETOWN

This handsome federal townhouse in the heart of the East Village is rich in architectural history and details. There are spacious rooms for elegant entertaining, a divine third floor balcony, a lush garden & patio on the main level perfect for al fresco dining. $2,495,000. Julia Diaz-Asper 202.256.1887

Gracious five bedroom, three full and two half bath brick colonial with large columned front porch include formal living room, renovated kitchen and baths and 1BR in-law suite and attached 1-car garage. $1,375,000. Barbara Zuckerman 202.997.5977

CHARLES TOWN

Penthouse with over 2,000 sq ft, breathtaking views, two bedrooms, office with built-ins and skylight, den/ media room, three full bathrooms, renovated kitchen, and two garage spaces. $1,195,000. Kimberly Casey 202.361.3228 Daryl Judy 202.380.7219

Captivating Village Colonial with renovated, modern interior, 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, stylish, spacious living areas, chefâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kitchen steps-down to family room, airy sunroom, theater room with wet bar. $1,775,000. J.P. Montalvan 301.922.3700

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Boutique building w/contemporary open floor plans, floor to ceiling windows, gourmet kitchens, roof top terraces and garage parking. Steps to Metro and Whole Foods. Paul Pike 202.550.8871 Alex Venditti 202.550.8872

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This Georgian Colonial sits on a tree lined street with a private fenced lawn and garden and parking in the driveway and garage. The main level consist of a hall entrance, living room with fireplace adjacent to the family room, dining room for twelve, small study, powder room and kitchen with a breakfast room. On the upper level is the master bedroom and bath, two additional bedrooms and a hall bath that was recently renovated. The third level has a suite with two bedrooms and a bath, plus builtins and storage.The lower level features a recreation room with fireplace, small bedroom, full private bath, laundry room and an entrance from the outside covered terrace and garage. There are entrances to the deck from the living room, dining room and breakfast room. ASKING  Listing agent: Donna Thompson 301-520-2861 W.C. & A.N. Miller Realtors/A Long & Foster Co.

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This private residence in Georgetown has four bedrooms including a master suite, three full baths and two powder rooms. Features include a marble entrance foyer, nine foot ceilings throughout, a kitchen with silestone counters, library with wet bar, powder room with access to side garden, and a living room with a fireplace and hardwood floors flowing into a large dining room. French doors open from both the living and dining rooms onto a landscaped Nantucket style garden and dining area. A den and family room with a fireplace offer additional space. Detached garage. ASKING Listing agent: Sarah Ann Michels 202-285-7875 Georgetown Long & Foster Co.

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FOXHALL 202.363.1800 WOODLEY PARK 202.483.6300 CHEVY CHASE/UPTOWN 202.364.1300 BETHESDA Gateway 301.907.7600

GEORGETOWN 202.944.8400 FOGGY BOTTOM 202.296.5200 FRIENDSHIP HEIGHTS 202.364.5200 CHEVY CHASE 202.363.9700

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9801 Lindsey Blake Lane. Architectural Masterpiece. Sited on river-bend golf course. The owners have combined their talents to meticuosly renovate this home throughout with over $800,000 in high end renovations making it truly one of a kind. Casual elegance throughout for ease of living and entertaining. Year round veranda and patios make for resort-like living. $2,499,000.

2912 Brians Hill Lane. Located in an enclave of only 7 homes this community is set apart from the rest. From it’s private drive, this home is nestled by 1.8 acres serene grounds with landscaped gardens, stocked pond with water fall, jacuzzi, heated swimming pool, and decks. Features include Gourmet Kitchen, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Bathrooms, 3 Fireplaces, Master Bedroom suite with luxury bath and dressing room. $1,170,000.

1133 TOWLSTON ROAD. Stunning estate home

Sited on 2.78 acres, this 20,000-square-foot residence features a first floor master suite and 10 additional bedrooms and baths. Entertaining is effortless with this banquet-sized dining room, chef’s kitchen, and family room overlooking the grounds. $5,750,000.

Sharon R. Hayman 703.402.2955 MCLEAN OFFICE 703.790.1990

Maude Dixon 703.628.0096 ALEXANDRIA OFFICE 703.548.3700

Karen Barker, 703.928.8384, www.karenbarker.com FOXHALL OFFICE 202.363.1800

on 1.87 landscaped acres offers a perfect venue for formal entertaining and stylish family living. Gorgeous millwork by renowned architectural firm of Versaci Neumann. Elegant foyer, embassy sized formal rooms and wood paneled library, 12’+ ceilings, 5 fireplaces, 38’ family room with vaulted cedar ceiling, custom mahogany wine cellar with tumbled marble flooring. Owner/Agent. $2,750,000.

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Krystyna Litwin 301.299.6098 POTOMAC FALLS O FFICE 301.983.0060

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2007 TOTAL MRIS AREA* MARKET SHARE ®

2007 Total MRIS Area Market Share Based on Dollar Volume of Sales

DOLLAR VOLUME OF SALES

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Total Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS ®) Database: Washington, D.C. and parts of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania

15%

15%

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Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage

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5% Jobin Realty

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Washington Fine Properties McEnearney

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Fairfax Realty

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GEORGETOWN

RESTON, VA

POTOMAC/RIVER FALLS

WEST END

Gorgeous Victorian with a wonderful vista overlooking Visitation grounds. Enjoy 4 floors of spacious living, including parking! This special house has a terrific pool for hot summer days, unique mantels and very interesting architectural features. Loaded with light and close to all of the amenities of Georgetown. $2,495,000.

Live large at the top! Enjoy spectacular views from your top floor, 3,065 sq. foot unique condominium. Includes three bedrooms with private baths, luxurious owner suite, upscale kitchen with breakfast area, oval entry hall and hardwood floors throughout. Three garage parking spaces, front desk, pool and guest suite are among additional highlights. $1,400,000.

Gorgeous 3 finished level Colonial featuring side load garage, fabulous new gourmet table-space 2007 kitchen, sunroom addition, 4 bedrooms and 3 baths upstairs, 1st-floor family room with fireplace and built-ins, beautiful master suite with luxurious bath, large level fenced yard with deck and patio. Sought-after pool/tennis community. $1,399,000.

Life in The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton is truly the art of city living®. This 1800 square feet, two bedroom and two and a half bath home features the finest touches. Valet parking, concierge services, room service and The Sports Club/LA are just a few of the Ritz-Carlton luxuries. $1,247,000.

Margaret Heimbold GEORGETOWN O FFICE

202.812.2750 202.944.8400

Carole Stadfield 703.899.8468 MCLEAN OFFICE 703.790.1990

Sharyn Goldman 301.529.7555 B ETHESDA G ATEWAY O FFICE 301.907.7600

Tony Hain WOODLEY PARK O FFICE

202.483.6300

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Homecoming Dance An original Sears & Roebuck mail-order house and a McLean manse with mini-spa BY MARY K. MEWBORN

THEDISTRICT One of the most prominent houses on Embassy Row has sold for $4.1 million. Built in 1926, the five-bedroom Neo-Georgian with limestone columns is located at  Massachusetts Ave﹒﹐ NW across from the Japanese Embassy. Ideal for formal entertaining, the stately brick manse’s perfectly proportioned public rooms include a receiving parlor with marble floors and a large living room with Palladian windows and a fireplace.The banquetsize dining room boasts crystal chandeliers and French doors opening onto a rear veranda and a terraced garden. Extras include an elevator, wine cellar, butler’s pantry, five fireplaces, and abundant parking. The seller was Morris M. Sobhani, who was represented by Washington Fine Properties executive vice president Bill Moody and colleague Robert Hryniewicki. The purchaser is listed as 2507 Massachuses Avenue, LLC. The selling agent was Mehrnoosh Neyzari with Long and Foster Real Estate. Donnell Kearney with Hounshell Real Estate was the selling agent for YumaSt﹒﹐ NW, a Colonial constructed in 1989 by W. C. & A. N. Miller in the Spring Valley neighborhood of northwest Washington. The property had belonged to architect Stephen Sachs, who expanded to include a rear addition with a wall of windows overlooking Mill Creek and a three-tiered pond with a waterfall. The three-story residence with four bedrooms and four and a half baths now belongs to attorney Raymond Millien, CEO of PCT Companies and his wife Tiffani, an attorney. The couple paid $1,795,000 for their new home.Weichert Realty’s Polly Driscoll was the listing agent. Ann Premer and Richard Federico paid just $775,000 for their new Capitol Hill home at  Constitution Ave﹒﹐ NE. The spacious

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Built in 1926, this gorgeous five-bedroom neo-Georgian with limestone columns is located at 2507 Massachusetts Ave., NW, across from the Japanese Embassy.

two-bedroom row house has two and a half baths and includes a rental unit that goes for $1,200 a month. On the market for less than a week, the house has high ceilings, rear garden with terrace, wet bar, and plenty of closet space. The sellers were Edmund and Elizabeth Sauer, who have moved to Louisville, Ky. They were represented by Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy with Tutt, Taylor & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty. Denise Verburg of Long and Foster Real Estate represented the buyers. By press time, Washington Fine Properties’ realtor Bobbie Brewster is expected to have

closed the deal on Penthouse ﹟ at The Chancellery. Built in 1912, the 16-unit building at WyomingAve﹒﹐NW was designed by Leo Simmons (who also designed the St. Nicholas on California Street, NW). The sellers are Jan Denton, a noted botanical artist, and her husband John Andrews, founder and president of The Shakespeare Guild, a global nonprofit corporation which promotes a wide array of cultural institutions. The prospective buyers are Esin Erkan and Aaron Lebel, represented by Donna Drejza of Leading Edge Real Estate, LLC.

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POTOMAC, MD

UPPER BRACKETS

Rare Find! Minutes to Potomac Village Outstanding quality & features – Impressive custom updates on all levels! Private level yard with pool. Second home an option – Call for details. Virtual tour at www. ellencohen.com

Ellen Cohen, 240-462-6000 / 301-229-4000

NW WASHINGTON, DC

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$2,600,000 CHEVY CHASE, MD

Newly renovated six bedroom, five and one half bath Mediterranean style villa with Chef’s kitchen, over 8,000 square feet of finished living space, 2 acre lot close to Congressional CC.

Doc Keane, 202-274-2046 Dan Corr, 202-274-2390 / 202-362-1300

$1,850,000 BETHESDA, MD

$1,749,000

Grandeur & perfection – The ultimate in metropolitan lifestyle. Spectacular 3-level penthouse with its own elevator! Terrace views of park – Steps to Tenley shops & Metro. Virtual tour at www.ellencohen.com

Stunning new home designed and crafted with the highest level of workmanship. Dramatic 2 story foyer, master suite retreat, office & a gourmet kitchen open to grand fam rm w/ windows looking to Va. tree tops.

Ellen Cohen 240-462-6000 / 301-229-4000

Vicki Porter and Lupe Rohrer 301-325-2965 / 301-229-4000

DICKERSON, MD

WASHINGTON, DC

$1,150,000

“Whiteoaks” - turn of the century manor home on 5 acres in upper Montgomery County’s Agricultural Reserve. 11+ ft. ceilings, grand foyer, embassy sized rooms for entertaining. Gracious living at its finest. Visit: www.tkhomes.com

$2,375,000

Custom designed in 2005, this stunning 6BR 5.5 bath Colonial is a short stroll to downtown Bethesda restaurants, shopping and Metro. Sited on a pleasant, tree-lined street with sidewalks, these 4 finished levels will delight you. See tour www.andy4homes.com

$1,049,876

DICKERSON, MD

$1,650,000

The best of country living on 24+ acres. 6 bedrooms, 3.5 baths, pool, stable for horses and direct access to riding trails. Plus a view of Sugarloaf Mountain. Visit: tkhomes.com

POTOMAC, MD

$949,000

Andy Alderdice 301-466-5898 / 301-229-4000

WASHINGTON, DC/WATERGATE $699,000 CLARKSBURG, MD

ROCKVILLE, MD

Muffin Amorosi Lynham 202-274-2048 / 202-362-1300

$699,000

Dazzling 4BR, 3.5BA 2005 built colonial, backing to woods in a private enclave of homes. Sunny throughout w/walls-of-glass, reading nooks & fully fin LL includes a Rec rm w/bar, Exercise rm, storage, full bath & room for 5th BR. 2-car gar. www.andy4homes.com

WASHINGTON, DC

$1,195,000

A refreshing renovation has transformed the flr plan of this classic home into open spaces that are ideal for modern living. Chef’s kit, LR, patio & deck overlooking lush gardens present every essential for entertaining. Upper lvl hosts private quarters & home office. An oasis in the city.

Hamid Samiy, 202-714-1300 / 202-362-1300

Vacation at home! Five bedroom, 3.5 bath colonial with contemporary flair backing to Falls Road. Golf Course. The pool, spa and sauna will delight you! See tour at www. andy4homes.com

Toni Koerber, 301- 802-6770/301-299-6000 Lise Howe, 240-401-5577 / 202-362-1300

Incredible opportunity. Elegant, spacious 1,881 sq. ft. co-op with two bedrooms, two and one half baths, fabulous double balconies & views of the Kennedy Center & Potomac River. Garage parking included.

$2,297,500

Four bedroom, 4.5 bathroom home in Avenel. Hardwood floors, two-story family room and foyer. Three-car garage, Master bedroom on the first floor.

Grace Haim Andy Alderdice, 301-466-5898/301-229-4000 301-807-8845 / 301-299-6000

Toni Koerber 301-802-6770 / 301-299-6000

A Classic American 4 Square w/ all the glorious detailing of the 1920s: Spanish tile roof & coffered ceiling. New kit, exquisite MBA, home office & media rm. Wrap porch, hot tub, garden & 2-car det. gar. 16th Street Heights close to Carter Barron.

BETHESDA, MD

$1,349,900.00

European Villa - 4BD/Sit. Rm, 3.5BA/Libr. Custom built (07) spacious home on approx 1/2 ac. Stroll by but allow time to savor the beauty of this unique house w/large kit (11ft. island), hi-end appliances, granite & imported tile. Too much to list! Motivated Sellers!

WASHINGTON, DC

$935,000

Wonderful 4BR, 3.5BA semi-detached TH in desirable Observatory Circle. All hdwds, crown moldings, wood burning FP & updated baths & kit. Walkout lower lvl, 2-car gar & beautiful garden. Close to everything & yet w/the feeling of living in the suburbs.

Grace Haim, 301-807-8845 / 301-299-6000

WASHINGTON, DC NW $344,000-$444,000

Thomas Circle/Logan- 1BR and 1BR + den condos now available. Close to 3 Metros. Storage, Exercise rm & washer/dryer in each unit. Cool models! www.TheGrantDC.com.

Andy Alderdice, 301-466-5898 Andy Alderdice, 301-466-5898/301-229-4000 Lynn Stewart, 301-580-4552/301-229-4000 Page Eisinger, 301-461-3934/301-229-4000


HOME LIFE | REALESTATENEWS

The gorgeous twenty-five acre “Bellapais,” estate at 8303 E. Boulevard drive in Alexandria is again being occupied.

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situated on a private wooded lot with a creek. Although priced at more than $3 million, At last the gorgeous twenty-five acre The extraordinary home has five bedrooms, Unit at the ParcSomerseton Wisconsin “Bellapais,” estate at E﹒Boulevarddrive seven full baths, three powder rooms, formal Avenue in Chevy Chase was snapped up after in Alexandria is again being occupied. Stephen dining room, library, great room, theater, just one week on the market. The buyer was the and Maureen O’Keefe who purchased the recreation room, gourmet kitchen, reception Leslie Westreich Trust. Leslie Westreich has had a Federal-style home on the Potomac for $9.75 room, wine cellar, two laundry rooms, staff significant impact on the Washington social scene million late last year are now ensconced in quarters, three garages, safe room, gym with its for years; in the 1980s, author Maximillien de the historic mansion following months of own infra-red sauna, and three patio areas for Lafayette named her one of America’s most elegant renovation. Stephen O’Keefe is the founder outdoor entertaining. Additional amenities include four fireplaces, women, along with the likes of Deeda Blair, Judy and principal of O’Keefe & Company, a Esfandiary and Bunny Mellon. Long & Foster’s technology marketing/PR firm based in Old a wet bar, two wine coolers, an elevator, a walk-in pantry, Brazilian Cherry hardwood Nancy Itteilag represented Ms. Westreich in her Town Alexandria. WL readers may recall that “Bellapais” had floors and twelve-foot ceilings. Tutt, Taylor Parc Somerset purchase and is also the listing agent for Ms. Westreich’s Watergate penthouse, where belonged to Leander McCormick-Goodhart & Rankin Sotheby’s International Realty and his sister Henrietta McCormick-Goodhart agents Kimberly Casey and Daryl Judy helped Senator John Warner once lived. Ms.Westreich purchased her new home from Burke who were originally asking $12 million facilitate the sale.The purchaser is Dan Williams, Kathryn Hogan Didden, the widow of George A. for the Fairfax County property which once an entrepreneur who leases accommodations Didden, III, who died last year. A fourth-generation belonged to George Washington. Washington to short-term visitors to our area. He and his Washingtonian, Mr. Didden was chairman and Fine Properties’ William Moody and Robert wife Tatiana and their baby girl will live there CEO of the National Capital Bank that was Hryniewicki helped facilitate the sale. full time. In McLean,  Kirby Rd﹒ has sold founded in 1889 by a group of businessmen that included his great-grandfather. He and his wife for the list price of $2,795,000. This newly Please send real estate news items to also shared a second home in McDaniel on the constructed, three-story brick residence columns@washingtonlife.com. Eastern Shore. measures over 10,000 square-feet and is

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Sited on a spectacular six acre setting, this fully renovated house offers the best of everything. Only the finest materials have been used and all with a designer’s eye. Don’t miss the barn with the indoor basketball court, batting and golf cages. This one is a real prize! $4,400,000

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Designed by David Jones and built by Brendon O’Neal, this Cotswald inspired traditional home is only three years young and on 3.3 acres. Leaded glass windows, high ceilings, chef ’s kitchen, six bedrooms, five full baths are highlights of the special features. $2,695,000

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MCLEAN, VIRGINIA

Inspired modern interpretation of an English Country home, set on 3/4 acre lot with custom landscaped yard, bluestone terraces and woodland views. Large windows make this house light & bright. $1,950,000

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POTOMAC, MARYLAND

Brand New Home built by Crowell & Baker ready for immediate occupancy. Open floorplan featuring elegant panneled library, gourmet kitchen, dramatic two story great room with stone fireplace and four bedroom suites. $1,975,000

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Time for a change? Stunning contemporary offering 9,000 sq. ft. of incredible spaces, walls of glass, vaulted ceilings. Awe-inspiring, picturesque, private, 2.5 acres surrounded by specimen plantings. A jewel of a home! A rare opportunity in today’s market! $1,949,900

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GREAT FALLS /VIENNA, VIRGINIA

Spectacular, spacious Mitchell & Best Colonial on 2/3 acre. Private lot with gorgeous pool/spa & views of parkland. Gracious flow, huge rooms, Chef ’s kitchen. $1,169,000

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My Bad A tryst with a married man has kept me preoccupied – sorry to have been out of touch BY MICHAEL STRANGE

the turn between courses, and wouldn’t you know that when he offered to give me a ride back to town I sent home my driver alone and instead rode with Mr. X in his dark blue Mercedes 600 – with the top down. Trust me, he gets your attention. It all would have ended there except I mentioned I was headed to Nantucket the next morning to check how the house survived winter and he graciously offered to give me a ride on his jet, as he said it was on his way somewhere north. Of course, when we landed on Nantucket I insisted he come to ‘Sconset to see the house and – as if the Gods of forbidden love made us their cause – a storm blew in and shut the airport, and there we were in a cozy gray weathered house on a windswept bluff overlooking the sea with only a fireplace, candles, some champagne, and each other. It turned out he’s a boy scout, all right, the type who was skilled in how to make fire with my willing self as the kindling. The lashing storm outside, and our own côup de foudre inside, went on for two days

and nights, during which we subsisted entirely and deliciously on each other. No phones, no outside world, no logic. But neither of us is made of the stuff that trysts in hotel rooms or hides in plain sight over a friendly lunch at The Palm. We returned to Washington and resumed our lives as we left them, shared dinner parties and all. We greet each other, give a kiss on both cheeks, and smile. Mr. Strange and Mrs. X are none the wiser, nor do they need to be. There won’t be any humiliations. It’s not like we fooled around with single people, where it gets messy and tinged with recrimination and guilt. After all, what’s wrong with a little giddy love between consenting adults who aren’t interested in making a shambles of each other’s lives, or who don’t have to go home to empty beds? But then I got a note. He has a week on his own in California in May. Hmmm. I do have to visit my mother in Santa Barbara. There is a little hideaway called the Ventana Inn… Oh, dear. By the time you read this I may be missing another deadline. My bad.

THE LASHING STORM outside and our own côup de foudre inside, went on for two days and nights.

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’m told you missed me last month. Awww. I missed you, too. But there’s a good excuse for my absence. To be perfectly candid about it, I had an affair. Please let that news settle in, because you no doubt consider me above conventional tawdry behavior. Even we full-time moral arbiters have our amoral side. Besides, it was the first flush of spring, I was in the mood and he was a dream lover. Under the circumstances, it was easy to miss my deadline. The affair began innocently enough. (Don’t they always?) We met a couple years ago and, in the company of our spouses, were at the tables of enough dinner parties to develop a mutual appreciation with modest flirting.Why else go to half those gasbag gatherings unless there is the subtext of a little fantasy? Yes, flirtation is possible even in a community as asexual as Washington. Besides, he’s smart, tall, good-looking, amusing, well-dressed, rich, not in government – at least not currently – and is generally regarded to be safe. Not “safe” like a walker is safe, but safe as in not a predator. In fact, mutual friends call him “the boy scout.” Guess not. In March we were at the same Friday night dinner in a far-flung Potomac manse on an evening when his wife was on a voyage to the Galapagos and while Mr. Strange, coincidentally, was in Western Pennsylvania with his candidate, who he affectionately and innocently calls “my girlfriend.” Wouldn’t you know we were seated next to each other, and wouldn’t you know we barely observed


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Large 6BR, 5.5BA on coveted cul-de-sac with highest quality materials, wonderful for entertaining or relaxed family living. Huge top-of-the-line gourmet Kitchen, Library, Family Room, Playroom, 10’ ceilings, 2 car garage & circular drive. $3,550,000

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Stunning Village home remodeled in past 2 years. 5 bedrooms, 5 full/2 half baths, high ceilings, 4 fireplaces, 2nd Family Room, custom wine cellar. Main Hall & Dining Room open to stone terrace & garden with pool. 2-car garage. $2,795,000

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