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Arianna Huffington multitasked while being honored by Laboratory Institute of Merchandising at a lunch Friday afternoon at Ports 1961 showroom.

Rove also calls CBS "a shoddy operation" for its early April report on his connection to the Siegelman prosecution and conviction for bribery and obstruction of justice, which the former governor is appealing. "[CBS] said, 'Hey, if we can say "Karl Rove," "Siegelman," that'll be good for ratings. Let's hype it.'"

Siegelman had told 60 Minutes in his first postprison interview, "What we need is Karl Rove to get himself over to the Judiciary Committee and put his hand on the Bible and take an oath and give testimony. And he can either tell the truth or take the Fifth. Either one will satisfy me."

The congressmen who requested that Rove testify apparently agreed. They wrote, "In any event, since you have briefly commented on this matter in GQ and while serving as a commentator on Fox News, we believe the subject, like other serious charges regarding the role of politics at the Department of Justice, should be addressed before a key investigating Committee of Congress."

The letter also cites an MSNBC report on April 7 in which Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, said his client would voluntarily testify. But on Friday, Luskin told Roll Call that any testimony would have to be cleared with the White House because of executive privilege issues.

— Irin Carmon

Augusten Burroughs, author of cult favorite "Running With Scissors" (and a contributing editor at Details), has written more than a few memoirs, but his latest, "A Wolf at the Table," a book about his father, shook him more deeply than the rest. "I had a bad father," Burroughs said. "I had no bruises, no broken bones — no outside evidence — but he was like a predator. He was like a sociopath; he could have probably killed someone and then feel nothing about it. It was very scary to be close to someone like that." In the book, he writes about a phone conversation with his father, where the two talked about Burroughs' mother, and it became clear that his father had contemplated killing her. Burroughs, who has written for Details since 2003, has a selection from the memoir in the May issue of the magazine. "A Wolf at the Table" comes out April 29 from St. Martin's Press.


— Amy Wicks

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