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Pres­i­dent Trump will not be at­tend­ing the White House Cor­re­spon­dents Din­ner on April 29. That we know. There has been some chat­ter that Alec Bald­win could show up and reprise his oftre­peated im­per­son­ation of Mr. Trump. There’s also been spec­u­la­tion that Hillary Clin­ton and even for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama could ap­pear.

What­ever the case, C-SPAN an­nounced Tues­day that it would cover the mam­moth event as usual, and that’s that. The or­ga­niz­ers of the fete — which fea­tures a red-car­pet walk, 3,000 guests, a sump­tu­ous meal and a dozen af­ter-par­ties — in­sist the din­ner will “con­tinue to be a cel­e­bra­tion of the First Amend­ment and the im­por­tant role played by an in­de­pen­dent news me­dia in a healthy republic.”

Mr. Trump, mean­while, has won ac­co­lades for skip­ping the event. Pow­er­ an­a­lyst Steven Hay­ward called it “Trump’s best de­ci­sion yet,” while John Hin­der­aker, a fel­low an­a­lyst, said: “Couldn’t agree more. This is a stupid event, and Trump is a se­ri­ous pres­i­dent. There is no rea­son why he should in­dulge his en­e­mies.”

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