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Clinton, Paula Jones To Sup At White House Gala

Jones, Selleck, Norman and Stone are expected to attend this year's dinner  

WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, April 25) -- Celebrities and journalists will mingle Saturday night at the annual White House Correspondents' Association dinner, which also is to feature at least one unlikely pairing -- President Bill Clinton and his sexual-harassment accuser Paula Jones, who will be dining in the same room.

Clinton and his wife Hillary will be among the some 2,600 guests at the Washington Hilton & Towers. Awards for political news coverage also will be presented at the dinner.

Jones, who has appealed a federal judge's decision to dismiss her sexual-harassment lawsuit against Clinton, was expected to attend as a guest of Insight magazine.

Asked whether he is looking forward to eating in the same room as Jones, Clinton replied, "You know, we practiced all kinds of answers and most of them, I think, I'll have to give Saturday night."

Clinton is to give a few one-liners at the event, as is the custom.

The celebrity publication Insight magazine deflected the suggestion that the Jones invitation might be tasteless.

"I think it's just a matter of people being, perhaps, irritated that Ms. Jones decided to come with us," said Insight's Paul Rodriguez.

Correspondent Bruce Morton tells us who will be attending this year's White House Correspondents' Association dinner

As usual, news organizations planned to invite stars to the black tie event -- Sharon Stone, Tom Selleck and golfer Greg Norman were to make appearances.

Dinner veterans such as Al Hunt of the Wall Street Journal have noted a change in the event over the years with slightly less emphasis on reporters socializing with newsmakers.

"We (journalists) think that we're terribly important and, therefore, you invite big names. And the purpose of it now is not to go and sit and talk to someone for an evening and celebrate whatever you're supposed to celebrate. The purpose now is: Who gets the most outlandish guest," Hunt told CNN.

Correspondent Bruce Morton and Reuters contributed to this report.

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