Val & pal

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Valerie & Michelle. Two peas in a pod. Valerie Jar­rett, the woman once known as the first friend at the White House dur­ing the Obama regime, is still just that.

† The stats: Jar­rett jet­ted to Las Ve­gas to cel­e­brate her 61st birth­day with her daugh­ter, CNN le­gal an­a­lyst Laura Jar­rett, for­mer first lady Michelle Obama and a dozen friends — which in­cluded her for­mer chief of staff, Tina Tchen.

† The stats: Sneed is told Jar­rett was treated to a spec­tac­u­lar birth­day cake em­bla­zoned with fire­works and a pri­vate din­ner at the Vene­tian un­til the wee morn­ing hours.

† The chat: The next night, the two gal pals vis­ited El­ton John back­stage at Cae­sars Palace. “Michelle ar­ranged it,” a source said.

“Valerie is tak­ing a break, writ­ing a book, and is not al­to­gether nix­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of run­ning for of­fice in the fu­ture.

“But right now, she is set­tling into a new life,” the source added.

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