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Obama taps Shonda Rhimes for Kennedy Center post

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  • From left, Tony Goldwyn, Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes pose backstage at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. President Barack Obama is appointing Rhimes, the woman behind the television series "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," to the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.

      From left, Tony Goldwyn, Kerry Washington and Shonda Rhimes pose backstage at the 44th Annual NAACP Image Awards at the Shrine Auditorium. President Barack Obama is appointing Rhimes, the woman behind the television series "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice," to the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.
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WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama is appointing the woman behind the television series "Scandal," "Grey's Anatomy" and "Private Practice" to the Kennedy Center's board of trustees.

Shonda Rhimes is a Golden Globe winner and three-time Emmy nominee. Her show "Scandal" stars actress Kerry Washington, a major Obama supporter.

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The White House says Obama is also tapping financier David Rubenstein and executive Alexandra Stanton to the Kennedy Center's board. Stanton hosted a fundraiser that Obama headlined earlier this year.

The positions don't require Senate confirmation.

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