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Agitating for Peace, But Not a Thing to Wear

By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Sunday, July 22, 2007

Agitating for Peace, But Not a Thing to Wear

A colleague was shopping with his wife at the Pentagon City Marshalls last weekend when they spotted a woman pushing a cart filled with pink merchandise -- pink flip-flops, a pink purse.

"Is that . . . ?" they wondered. As they drew near, they saw she was wearing black sweat pants with "Code Pink" spelled in hot-pink letters across the rear. It was indeed Medea Benjamin, founder of the women's antiwar group Code Pink, which is known for wearing the vivid cotton-candy hue at its protest rallies and demonstrations.

So was this where they buy all their pink clothing? Well, trying, anyway, Benjamin said.

"We can't find pink anymore!" she told them. "It's out of fashion."

We called Benjamin to learn more about Code Pink's sartorial dilemmas. The Marshalls trip, it turns out, was focused on shoes. "We wear out our shoes because we are walking up and down the halls of Congress all day. We're doing a couple of miles every day. We picked up some Skechers. . . . They were very pink -- very hot pink -- and they were on sale, too, so that was nice. And we picked up all the pink flip-flops they had."

Next challenge: Pink suits. "We've been thrown out of hearings for wearing things that they said are inappropriate. We said, 'What should we wear?' and they said, 'Your Sunday finest.' . . . We looked for pink suits in Marshalls, but they were pretty horrendous. They looked more like costumes than Sunday's finest."

A Capital Beauty in Vogue, Whether She Likes It or Not

The August issue of Vogue -- whose editors are always thrilled to discover that stylish women do, in fact, live in Washington -- features Huma Abedin, Sen. Hillary Clinton's campaign traveling chief of staff. The designer-clad stunner, who celebrates her 32nd birthday on Saturday, is profiled in the "age issue" -- although the "indispensable insider" had to be dragged to the photo shoot at the Watergate Hotel and is refusing to look at the magazine spread. "Some photos speak a thousand words," said Philippe Reines, Clinton's press secretary. "This one says 12: 'Why did I ever let my co-workers convince me to do this?' "

Love, Etc.

ยท Divorcing: Republican power couple Juleanna Glover Weiss, 38, and Jeffrey Weiss, 43, after 10 years of marriage. The influential lobbyists (she's a senior adviser at the Ashcroft Group, he's a senior veep at Global Policy Partners; both are former Bush insiders) are best known for their high-profile parties at their Kalorama home -- she was named as a social force in The Post, New York Times and other publications. They have three children.

Readers Tell Us

Mixed berries: On Tuesday we wondered if Don Cheadle's anti- Berry Gordy rant in his new Petey Greene biopic is the reason "Talk to Me" features only a whisper of a single Motown tune. The mogul won't comment on his business dealings, but his rep, Paul Freundlich, got back to us to note that whatever the arrangement, it's really "no different from an artist choosing or not choosing to lend their music to a commercial. . . . It's easy to take the money and run. In this case, the feeling is it's more important to protect the integrity of the music." So we're taking that as a yes?

Months ago, our readers agreed that one man, and one man alone, deserved the final spot in the future D.C. branch of Madame Tussauds: Marion Barry. The museum got a similar response and this week announced it will enshrine the former Mayor-for-Life. Not everyone's cheering.

Fairfax writes: How can they even consider a man who is a scandal, proven alcoholic and drug abuser? I hope someone melts that wax mold to make space for someone who has actually provided good to the community vs. personal drama creating a strain on taxpayer dollars in the courtroom.

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