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Lopez and Anthony Washington’s new ‘It’ couple

Have Jennifer Lopez and her husband Marc Anthony become part of Washington’s elite?

It sure seems that way, the way they’ve been rubbing elbows with the powerful people from the nation’s capital recently.

We knew that the couple hosted a party at their New York home for Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Now comes word that Anthony received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Congressional Hispanic Institute’s 32nd Annual Gala this week.

And who was on hand to fete the Latin singer at the event held at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center Wednesday night? None other than President Barack Obama, who made a little joke about Rep. Nydia Velasquez, the Institute’s chairwoman. “Nydia has a crush on you!” the president told Anthony as the crowd, including his wife, laughed. “I’m telling you, J.Lo, watch out!”

Sotomayor, who appears to be the couple’s new BFF, was seated next to them at the event.

Later that night the couple hit the rooftop lounge of the new W Hotel Washington to celebrate Anthony’s birthday with guests including Rep. Linda Sanchez.

Earlier in the week Lopez and Anthony had the ear of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Capitol Hill, discussing issues like education affordability.

The couple also paid a visit to the White House, bringing their toddler twins Max and Emme to meet the first family. “Max was tearing up the White House,” Anthony said.

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