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Read this: Karl Rove's memoir, Sprite Step Off controversy, the lighter side of Danielle Steel

Danielle Steel (Brigitte Lacombe)

Good afternoon, everyone. Can't get enough of this new Karl Rove memoir? Michael Shear presents the measured, circumspect review to our funny-outtakes-from-White House-days spiel.

Elsewhere in today's news:

  • The Sprite Step Off, a national step dancing competition, ends in a firestorm after an all-white troupe from Arkansas takes the top prize. Neely Tucker reports:

    When the team finished -- to wild applause -- emcee Ryan Cameron, a local radio personality, rushed onstage: "Whoa! Wow!" Then he playfully admonished the sold-out crowd of 4,600 fans, nearly all of them black, not to be so surprised that the evening's only white contestants were that good.
    "Close your mouth! Close your mouth!" he said with a laugh. "Stepping is for everybody. If you can step, you can step."
    But later, when it was announced that the Zetas won, the feel-good vibe evaporated. Large sections of the crowd starting booing. Then Internet and radio-call-in warfare broke out when the videos were posted on YouTube. There were allegations of cultural theft and reverse racism, not to mention race-based taunting and name-calling.

  • Monica Hesse says Danielle Steel "is funny. Not funny like 'eccentric,' or funny like 'We must appease the Celebrity-Industrial Complex by subbing in a euphemism when what we really mean is that the woman is Froot Loops,' but actual funny, like a sitcom that would be called 'Oh, That Danielle!'"

  • David Rubenstein will be the Kennedy Center's new chairman.

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  • By The Reliable Source  |  March 4, 2010; 12:49 PM ET
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