Potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Oprah Winfrey has a key Washington insider in her network, Wayne Pacelle, president of the Humane Society of the United States.

Wayne Pacelle's book was featured on Oprah.

Pacelle tells us that he has pitched books and the Humane Society on Winfrey’s original TV show and her OWN signature show, "Super Soul Sunday." And we know he is a real insider because Pacelle and his wife attended a party at Oprah’s Montecito, Calif., house in the fall, where she debuted her own book. “It was an unbelievable gathering. Lots of celebs, and an incredible gospel music performance, including Common, Andra Day, and other dazzling performers. Reminded me again of the power of her network of people and the trust and loyalty she has.” …

• A couple of big hires have been made in D.C. The Foundation for Government Accountability named Kristina Rasmussen vice president for federal affairs. The group wants to reduce government dependency. She held a similar role for the National Taxpayers Union. And Deloitte named James Turgal, the FBI’s former cyber and IT chief, to run its own cyber risk practice as managing director. …

• In a first, Florida Republican Rep. Brian Mast opened an office inside a Veterans Health Administration hospital. He will “advocate” for vets inside the West Palm Beach facility. …

• The Washington Redskins' plan to build a new stadium by 2027 has hit another hurdle. Already shunned in D.C. because of its name, there’s new legislation in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington to ban taxpayer subsidies of stadiums. …

• Ohio Rep. Steve Stivers, who heads the National Republican Congressional Committee, revealed his favorite snack, a homemade Ohio Buckeye. “You take peanut butter and mix in some powdered sugar, and you roll them into little balls, freeze them, stick a toothpick in them, and dip them in chocolate," he said on fellow Rep. Sean Duffy's podcast "Plaidcast."

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com