The celebrity contingent seemed, if not smaller, just a slightly muted wattage, the Kardashian-level spectacles replaced by well-bred TV drama stars who almost blended in with the more photogenic of our media heavyweights. (And vice versa:  “Is that Josh Hutcherson?” a K Street strategist asked, pointing to a young man with the well-groomed looks of a “Hunger Games” ingenue. No, that’s Chris Hughes, publisher of the New Republic.)

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 27: KatyPerry attends the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton on April 27, 2013 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images) Katy Perry. (Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

With some exceptions, of course. “Katy Perry bumped into me and almost had a wardrobe malfunction,” said national-security writer Josh Meyer. Of the slipping down or falling open kind? There was so much going on with get gown, he said, “anything could have set it off.”

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