State dinner guest list includes Washington, Hollywood stars

The guest list for President Barack ObamaBarack ObamaCorruption trial could roil NJ Senate race President heads to Trump Golf Club in Va. for meetings The Memo: Winners and losers from the battle over health care 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 PritzkerDeVos should ‘persist’ despite liberal opposition Indiana teachers hold sit-in to demand Young recuse himself from DeVos vote Overnight Tech: Trump team eyes FCC overhaul | AT&T chief says no plans to spin off CNN in merger | Commerce pick heads to hearing 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 CaseyBob CaseyUnder pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Friends, foes spar in fight on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-Penn.), Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Chris Dodd (D-Conn.), Daniel Inouye (D-Hawaii). John KerryJohn KerryCongress, Trump need a united front to face down Iran One year ago today we declared ISIS atrocities as genocide Trump’s realism toward Iran is stabilizing force for Middle East MORE (D-Mass.), and Claire McCaskillClaire McCaskillUnder pressure, Dems hold back Gorsuch support Overnight Defense: General warns State Department cuts would hurt military | Bergdahl lawyers appeal Trump motion | Senators demand action after nude photo scandal The Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee MORE (D-Mo.) are all attending, as is one Republican member of the Senate, Indiana's Richard Lugar. Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidThis obscure Senate rule could let VP Mike Pence fully repeal ObamaCare once and for all Sharron Angle to challenge GOP rep in Nevada Fox's Watters asks Trump whom he would fire: Baldwin, Schumer or Zucker 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 BoehnerTrump, GOP fumble chance to govern ObamaCare gets new lease on life Ryan picks party over country by pushing healthcare bill 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.