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Washington D.C. Gossip Diary

Barack Obama has already been sworn in as our 44th President (hooray!), but the party is just getting started in Washington. Scandalist‘s own Libby Keatinge brings you the inside news from celebrity balls and parties. Click the photos to enter our Washington D.C. Gossip Diary.

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Paul Walker Takes It Slow And Peaceful In Hawaii

Paul Walker‘s going to spend a lot of quality time with Vin Diesel, promoting April’s Fast & Furious. So you can’t blame the guy for spending the last weekend in Hawaii with his girlfriend, romping in the waves and generally acting like it isn’t January. Who knows? With his body, this may qualify as promotion too.

[Photo: Splash News Online]

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Michelle Obama Glams It Up On Day One

Lately, Michelle Obama‘s sleek style has hijacked the conversation surrounding the new First Lady, stealing the focus from her accomplishments as a scholar, lawyer, hospital administrator, mother, wife and all around bad-ass. But it’s easy to see why – she is glamorous without being gaudy and sparkles yet doesn’t hijack the limelight with her looks. In short, she’s perfection.

Mrs. Obama didn’t waste anytime bringing her fashion sense to Capitol Hill – check out the pic snapped today of her inaugural outfit. We’re loving the look – perfect for a day that’s both serious and celebratory. What do you think?  [Photo: GettyImages]

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Alyson Hannigan: Bigger Paychecks, Bigger Belly

Alyson Hannigan’s baby isn’t due until the spring, but she’s seriously showing. The mom-to-be stepped out to get some groceries yesterday—an impressively small load, seeing as how she’s rounding the third trimester and celebrating a healthy pay raise for her hit show How I Met Your Mother. The cast now makes $90,000-120,000 episode, two or three times what they were making before the show’s blockbuster syndication sale. No wonder everyone’s pregnant!

Now the big question: will Lily and Robin get baby fever fast, or should we expect lots of billowy blouses and conversations behind counters?

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Jill Biden Drops First Scandal Of The Obama Presidency

It didn’t take long for us to officially fall in love with Jill Biden. The teacher – who will be Mrs. Vice President in a matter of hours – appeared with her hubby Joe on the Oprah Winfrey Show yesterday, and let it slip that her man had been offered the choice between the Veep gig and Secretary of State. Say what?

The news has caused a bit of a stir on Capitol Hill, and Biden’s people have released a stern statement contradicting Jill’s tidbit: “To be clear, President-elect Obama offered Vice President-elect Biden one job only — to be his running mate. And the vice president-elect was thrilled to accept the offer.”

Statements, schmatements. Jill’s got a big mouth, and she knows how to use it. Today we celebrate four more years of J.B. accidentally breaking top secret news to the country. Yes she can!

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Celebs Embrace Obama As 44th President

When Barack Obama promised change, we didn’t realize that bringing great entertainment to political events was part of the deal. But … wow! The “We Are One” concert on Sunday kicked off with Bruce Springsteen performing “The Rising” with a full gospel choir and ended with Beyonce belting out “America the Beautiful.” Sandwiched in between were performers like Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Usher, Shakira, John Mellencamp and U2 — not to mention actors/speakers like Denzel Washington, Forest Whitaker, Marisa Tomei, Jack Black, Steve Carell, Rosario Dawson, Jamie Foxx and Tom Hanks. Double wow!

And the parties spreading out in Washington D.C. continue — from the Latino inaugural gala (Marc Anthony performed, J.Lo in tow) to the “Declare Yourself” inaugural kick-off event (yes, Lindsay Lohan and Sam Ronson are still an item.) to Young Jeezy‘s “Presidential Status Inauguration Ball,” where a shirtless T.I. pumped up the crowd. Check out the pics below to see some of the action, and keep up with today’s events at VH1′s Live Inauguration Blog.

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Madonna Wants Us To See Her Crotch, Again

People deal with breakups in different ways. Some dye their hair, others go out on the town. And Madonna decides to show the world her crotch multiple times. That’s really the only explanation we can find for the torrent of legs-akimbo knicker-bearing poses we’ve been subject to since she split with Guy Ritchie. In the latest one, a promo shot for her Hard Candy album, our level of interest is so low, we’ve definitely got crotch-fatigue. Put it away, just for a few weeks, please, love.

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Scarlett Johansson Looks Sexier Than Ever

Is it ever possible for Scarlett Johansson to look anything other than sh*t-hot sexy? We’re not asking for her to show up looking totally rough, just a bit dodgy would do us. But no, in the latest ad campaign for Dolce & Gabbana, Mrs Ryan Reynolds looks delicious in her Marilyn Monroe get-up. Whereas most starlets would end up looking like pale imitations of the real thing (hello, Lindsay!) when they try and emulate the legendary screen goddess, Scarlett just looks amazing. And look – no exposed crotch in sight! Watch and learn, Madonna. [Photo: Dolce & Gabbana)