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State dinner guest list includes Washington, Hollywood stars

The guest list for President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaGOP lawmaker: Dems not standing for Trump is 'un-American' Forget the Nunes memo — where's the transparency with Trump’s personal finances? Mark Levin: Clinton colluded with Russia, 'paid for a warrant' to surveil Carter Page MORE’s first State Dinner on Tuesday for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh features a heady mix of media personalities, Democratic lawmakers, Indian-Americans, entertainment industry power players and administration officials.

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Hollywood heavyweights Steven Speilberg, M. Night Shyamalan, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen are all among the guests. Joining them are two of the three major network news anchors, CBS's Katie Couric and NBC's Brian Williams, but not Charlie Gibson of ABC. Also representing the fourth estate are New York Times columnist Tom Friedman and CNN personalities Fareed Zakaria and Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

Major Obama donors from Chicago at the dinner include real estate heiress Penny PritzkerPenny Sue PritzkerTrump transportation chief to join Biden for jobs event DeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition Indiana teachers hold sit-in to demand Young recuse himself from DeVos vote MORE, James and Paula Crown, and Oprah Winfrey's best friend and business partner Gayle King. Winfrey is not at the dinner.


A number of lawmakers flew in for the event, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Govs. Ed Rendell (D-Pa.), Bobby Jindal (R-La.), Deval Patrick (D-Mass.), Bill Richardson (D-N.M.) and Jennifer Granholm (D-Mich.).

Sens. Bob CaseyRobert (Bob) Patrick CaseyDem senator: Pence all 'talk, no action' GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races Overnight Health Care: Senate Dems block 20-week abortion ban | Azar sworn in as HHS chief | Dems demand answers on family planning funds | GOP takes sting out of ObamaCare MORE (D-Penn.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). John KerryJohn Forbes KerryOvernight Cybersecurity: Tillerson proposes new cyber bureau at State | Senate bill would clarify cross-border data rules | Uber exec says 'no justification' for covering up breach GOP probes put new focus on State Will FISA secrecy doom democracy? MORE (D-Mass.), and Claire McCaskillClaire Conner McCaskillGovernment watchdog finds safety gaps in assisted living homes GOP Senate candidate fundraising lags behind Dems in key races McCaskill challenger links human trafficking to 'sexual revolution' of 1960s MORE (D-Mo.) are all attending, as is one Republican member of the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidTo end sugar subsidies, conservatives can't launch a frontal attack House presses Senate GOP on filibuster reform A pro-science approach to Yucca Mountain appropriations MORE (D-Nev.) is not among the expected attendees.

The top three Democratic leaders of the House will also be seated among the more than 400 guests: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) and Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) are all on the list, which does not include any Republican House members, although Minority Leader John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerLobbying World Freedom Caucus wants budget reforms attached to debt limit increase Trey Gowdy announces retirement from Congress MORE (R-Ohio) was reportedly invited.

Other notable guests include spiritual teacher Deepak Chopra, General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt, Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Amartya Sen, author Jhumpa Lahiri, Gen. Colin Powell, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and Obama’s mother-in-law, Marian Robinson.