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White House Correspondents’ Weekend Saw A Surreal Mix Of Celebrity And Power Players — And A Backdrop Of Protest And Disruption

The White House Correspondents' Dinner took place amid pro-Palestinian protests outside the Washington Hilton.

The chants and shouts of pro-Palestinian demonstrators disrupted the entry to the Washington Hilton for this year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, but once inside, attendees were greeted with what has become the usual scene: Celebrities on the red carpet, a crush for the security line and glitterati packed into a cavernous ballroom. The annual Garden Brunch, at the Beall-Washington House and co-hosted by Tammy Haddad, typically draws the the most eclectic crowd of boldfaced names throughout the weekend, this year including Anthony Fauci, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kellyanne Conway, Sophia Bush and Oksana Markarova, the Ukrainian ambassador to the United States. The Deadline-Netflix breakfast earlier in the morning, featuring a Q&A discussion on The Diplomat with Keri Russell, Rufus Sewell, Debora Cahn and Irish Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason, drew guests including Fauci, Samantha Power, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Melissa Fitzgerald, CNN’s Sam Feist and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.

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