Overheard at Lunch: D.C. Gossip Girl — Oct. 11, 2017

‘Terminate’ Gerrymandering, Says Arnold
Arnold Schwarzenegger showed up outside the Supreme Court Oct. 3 to protest gerrymandering. As the justices heard oral arguments in a big case about the partisan drawing of legislative and congressional districts, Schwarzenegger and other anti- gerrymandering activists spoke out front. The Terminator and former California governor told attendees: “It’s a fixed system. That’s what gerrymandering is all about.”

Michelle Obama Hangs with Bruno Mars
Hawaii-born pop star Bruno Mars gave a pair of concerts, on Sept. 29 and 30, at Capital One Arena. At the Friday show, he welcomed a very special guest, former first lady Michelle Obama. The two met in person backstage, where Mars gave Obama a personalized jersey with the words “Obama 24K” in gold on the back.

Miles Teller Spends Night in Georgetown
Actor Miles Teller, who is starring in the upcoming movie “Thank You for Your Service,” a drama about PTSD directed by Jason Hall, flew into Dulles International ahead of a preview screening hosted by Allied Integrated Marketing at the Newseum last week. Teller’s hotel of choice during his stay? Why, the Ritz-Carlton in Georgetown, of course.

Mini Cooper for Kirk and Julie Cousins

Washington Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins and his wife Julie welcomed a baby boy on Sept. 29, 11 days past Julie Cousins’s due date (poor thing). Cooper Cousins, their first child together, weighed in at 9 pounds, 6 ounces, People reported. Captain Kirk married Julie Hampton in Atlanta in 2014. They are already “parents” to Bentley, a six-year-old Goldendoodle.

Steve Scalise is back in action, riding a LSU-themed scooter.

Scalise Returns to Capitol Hill on Wheels
House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-Louisiana) returned triumphantly to the Capitol earlier this month after being shot by a lone gunman on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field June 14. Since then, Scalise has been spotted around Capitol Hill riding a scooter decked out with the logo and colors of his alma mater, Louisiana State University, the Hill reported. He will resume work while undergoing rehab as an outpatient.

Tara Palmeri Exits Politico for ABC
Politico reporter Tara Palmeri has signed a multi-year deal with ABC News as an on-air White House correspondent and online writer, Vanity Fair reported. Memorably called “an idiot with no real sources” by former White House Communications Director Sean Spicer, Palmeri, an American University graduate who rose through the ranks, wore the slur as a badge of honor.

Harry Styles staged a quick getaway from last week’s concert.

Harry Styles Makes His Getaway
Ex-One Directioner Harry Styles was in town Oct. 1 to give a concert at DAR Constitution Hall. After the show ended, Styles employed excellent getaway tactics: he took a van to his tour bus, parked out on Edsall Road in Alexandria, Virginia. The boy-band star, now 23, will be back in D.C. for a June 24, 2018, performance likely to sell out Capital One Arena.


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