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Read this: Desirée Rogers's style will be missed, Jim Bunning's name will be a verb, Kate Gosselin will be on 'DWTS'

Desiree Rogers and Anna Wintour at the Donna Karan Collection Fall 2009 fashion show in February 2009. (Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for IMG)

Good afternoon, everyone. Desirée Rogers is leaving the Obama administration -- and her "departure has the fashion industry practically in mourning," Robin Givhan writes. Indeed, Rogers had style and flair in a city often criticized for lacking both:

No one has expressed a whiff of excitement over her replacement, Julianna Smoot. Instead, there's concern that Washington might end up in cultural retreat.
"I think it would be sad if we all decided to bury Washington fashion now that Desirée's left town and to conclude that every ambitious woman inside the Beltway should just pull on her pantsuit and her sensible shoes from here on out," says Glamour Editor in Chief Cindi Leive. "I'd like to think that we're a little past that and that we realize that the average person is capable of caring about what she wears to work and still doing a good job when she gets there."

Elsewhere in today's news:

  • Don't get bunninged: Read Dan Zak's very servicey story about how Sen. Jim Bunning's last name has become the universal expression of purposely shutting elevator doors in somebody's face.

  • Kate Gosselin will appear on the upcoming season of "Dancing With the Stars," the logical next step in her downward progression through the fame machine. She'll be joined by former astronaut Buzz Aldrin, gold-medalist figure skater Evan Lysacek, ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews and other similarly situated celebrities.

  • To commemorate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's inauguration, the Kennedy Center plans to re-create two famous concerts from that White House era, with Pablo Casals and Grace Bumbry.

  • ...And, if you missed it, peruse the transcript of today's Reliable Source chat. You just might learn something.

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