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W&W Morning Run: The High Cost of Starry Events

A summary of today’s quick reads…

Rep. Jeff Dunham (R-Calif.) doled out $25,000 to have LeAnn Rimes perform in Washington for a fund raiser at the W Hotel, an event that raised eyebrows earlier this month because it came “after his freshman class was swept to Washington after promising a renewed commitment to frugality and economic restrain,” reports Jake Sherman of Politico. (Politico).

Rahm Emanuel’s bid for mayor of Chicago, which has drawn out-of-town donors like Steven Spielberg and David Geffen, and campaign appearances by stars like Jennifer Hudson, got another endorsement over the weekend: Jeff Tweedy, the frontman for Wilco. (New York Times).

HBO has ordered a pilot from Aaron Sorkin for a series set at a 24-hour news network. (Variety). Keith Olbermann grouses that “not one reporter or blogger” has asked him about his supposed involvement. He Tweeted over the weekend: “I haven’t talked to Aaron about his series since he visited around a year ago.”

Passings: Charles Nolan, a fashion designer who dressed many prominent women on the political scene, died Sunday in New York. His partner, Andy Tobias, is the longtime treasurer of the Democratic National Committee. (LGBT POV)

Today: The documentary “Living for 32,” the story of Virginia Tech survivor Colin Goddard, screens at Rutgers U today, in advance of a Feb. 9 screening across the street from the Virginia Tech campus.

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