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Hot news tip on the inaugural party/local romance front: D.C. Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee and former Phoenix Suns guard/current Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson were seen walking hand in hand into the 9:30 Club just shy of 8:00 pm. The two have been seeing a lot of each other in recent months, as Rhee assisted Johnson in his victorious mayoral run and also kept in very close contact as Johnson has launched his administration. The hand-in-hand thing comes from the reporting of Washington City Paper‘s Loose Lips correspondent, Mike DeBonis. No telling whether holding hands represents a decision by Rhee to come clean beyond what she told the Washington Post‘s Reliable Source just last month: “I appreciate you asking me directly,” she said. “My stance has been that I don’t comment on my personal life.”

Reporting by Mike DeBonis, writing by Erik Wemple