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Alberto Gonzales to Be 'USA Today' Guest at WHCA Dinner

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Alberto Gonzales to Be 'USA Today' Guest at WHCA Dinner

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Embattled U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales may have been the subject of congressional grilling Thursday over the controversial firing of eight U.S. attorneys, but come Saturday he will be the guest of USA Today at the annual White House Correspondents Association Dinner.

As in the past, only members of the White House Correspondents Association may purchase tickets to the event, which comedian Rich Little is slated to emcee and President George Bush is expected to attend. Because of that restriction, news outlets commonly buy tickets and bring notable guests.

That approach makes for some interesting mixing of newsmakers and those who cover them. Along with USA Today and Gonzales, this year's guest list has Newsweek bringing presidential contender Mitt Romney; ABC News inviting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former Sen. Fred Thompson; Time hosting singers Tim McGraw and Faith Hill; The Washington Times with Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; and Bloomberg News bringing former White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz.

Then there is People magazine, with three tables that will include the likes of Valerie Bertinelli, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. …

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