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FEARLESS LEADER: Arianna Huffington multitasked while being honored by Laboratory Institute of Merchandising at a lunch Friday afternoon at Ports 1961 showroom. The author and Internet entrepreneur managed to interview and hire a new blog editor for The Huffington Post in the car on the way to the event while CNBC filmed Huffington for a "day in the life of" segment the network is producing. The segment will air in conjunction with the April 29 release of her upcoming book, "Right Is Wrong: How the Lunatic Fringe Hijacked America, Shredded the Constitution, and Made Us All Less Safe." Huffington addressed scholarship winners and friends of LIM at a "fearless" luncheon sponsored by Harper's Bazaar and Ports 1961 at its showroom overlooking a sun-drenched Hudson River (the event played off Huffington's book published last year, "On Becoming Fearless...in Love, Work, and Life"). Huffington described fear as sounding like an "obnoxious roommate" who plants negative thoughts in your head. It seems that voice may also be personified: "I told Stephen Colbert that my obnoxious roommate sounds exactly like you," she said. His response? "He said he had to find a place to crash."
Huffington also described her own triumphs over discouragement when she published her second book, "After Reason." "I was rejected by 36 publishers," she said, adding that, had she given up pursuing the book by the 15th rejection, she wouldn't be where she is today. Huffington signed copies of her latest book for luncheon guests before hopping a plane to Atlanta.
— Stephanie D. Smith
PAGING TURD BLOSSOM: Unlikely as it may seem, members of the House Judiciary Committee have actually been reading GQ, their adherence to its fashion coverage notwithstanding. On Thursday, chairman John Conyers Jr. and three other Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee, wrote to Karl Rove asking him to testify about what they termed "the politicization of the Department of Justice during this administration, including allegations regarding the prosecution of former Governor of Alabama Don Siegelman." The impetus? Rove's interview in the May GQ, in which he called an Alabama lawyer who had implicated Rove in the case against Siegelman "a complete lunatic." He said of Dana Jill Simpson: "When she shows up to give her explanation of all this [to congressional investigators], do you know how many times my name appears? Zero times. Nobody checked!" In fact, the congressmen write in their letter, "Ms. Simpson actually referenced [Rove] several times at deposition."