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IBM CEO Virginia Rometty applauds while watching the fourth round of the Masters golf tournament from the gallery on the 18th green Sunday, April 8, 2012, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

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Clack. Clack: Actor George Clooney, whose seatmate was first lady Michelle Obama at a recent White House state dinner, is going to the White House Correspondents’ dinner this month with his latest significant other, girlfriend Stacy Keibler.

â—† Where’s George? The headline grabbing celeb couple are the guests of Time Magazine at the annual media event this year.

â—† Book ’em: Of course, the last time Clooney hit the nation’s capitol, he wound up in handcuffs for participating in a protest outside the Sudanese Embassy trying to expose the nightmare in Sudan.

The Blago file . . .

It was jailed ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, who celebrated her birthday with her daughters Monday. Imagine.

For sale . . .

$$$$: The spectacular Lake Forest Tudor home of the late screenwriter/director/producer John “Home Alone” Hughes, who died in 2009, is now on the market for $5,890,000 – and, of course, it includes a media room. It’s ironic: The Winnetka house used for his hit film “Home Alone” recently sold for $1.585 million. Hughes also made “Ferris Bueller’s Day’s Off” and the “The Breakfast Club.”

Turf talk . . .

Color it red: National female tempers may have flared over news that IBM. chief executive Virginia Rometty, whose company is a major sponsor of the Masters golf tournament, was not permitted to wear the tournament’s traditional green jacket or become a member of the Augusta National Golf club – which hosts the tournament.

â—† Color it pink: Rometty had the last laugh. Not only did she zip her lip to the press, but she decided to show her feelings in another way: She sported a pink blazer while watching the game in the club gallery.

The wheel man . . .

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who wants to bring rental bikes to Chicago, owns a pricey Parlee road bike that he refers to as his “mid-life crisis bicycle.”

â—† Spoke bloke: Rahm, who is reportedly very thrifty, must have coughed up big cash for this bike, which was custom fit, is made of light weight carbon fiber and costs somewhere between $4,800 and $15,600.

Where’s Kelsey?

Crews from the STARZ TV series “The Boss,” starring actor Kelsey Grammer – which is being filmed in Chicago – were spotted shooting recently at Cook County Hospital and environs.

â—† The big question? Is Grammer, who portrays an uber tough Chicago mayor privately battling a dementia issue, going to spend some time in the hospital? Just asking.

The Quinn bin . . .

Dateline: The dog house . . .

Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka, an animal activist who rescues Scottish terriers, wants to fill up Gov. Pat Quinn’s empty dog house at the Springfield mansion.

â—† The offer: Topinka “read in Sneed’s column that Gov. Quinn’s family terrier, Bailey, had died so she pitched purchasing a pooch to Gov. Quinn,” said a source. The response: Quinn says he appreciates the offer but hasn’t decided how to fill the hole that Bailey left.

Sneedlings . . .

He won’t be tumbling, he’ll be throwing: Watch for Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White to throw out the first pitch at Wrigley Field on Thursday, Organ Donation Day . . . Tuesday’s birthdays: Omar Sharif, 80; John Madden, 76; Steven Seagal, 60; Haley Joel Osment, 24, and Mandy Moore, 28.