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Posted at 09:50 AM ET, 11/07/2011

Defense Secretary to-be? (Read-this roundup)

She could be the first woman Secretary of Defense, but Michele Flournoy almost took a much different path. Our colleague Emily Wax’s profile of Flournoy, the highest-ranking woman in Pentagon history, includes this tidbit:
Flournay almost slummed in journalism. (Chip Somodevilla - GETTY IMAGES)

During summer college breaks, “Flournoy worked for Time magazine, covering such back-of-the-book features as ‘the gelato craze and swinging singles health clubs,’ she said with a laugh. At one point, she thought she really wanted to be a journalist.

‘But I couldn’t decide which side of the interview I wanted to be on,’ she said. ‘Ultimately, it became about being able to go deep on the substance.’”

But think what the oeuvre of gelato reportage is missing because of that decision!

Other fun facts: she works out to DVDs by “Biggest Loser” fitness guru Jillian Michaels and is called “The Other Michele” (other than Michele Obama, that is) by colleagues.

Elsewhere, it’s easy to mix up nuclear materials with regular old cotton-polyester fabric, our colleague Joby Warrick finds; Robert Barnes says Sandra Day O’Connor is doubling down on her controversial stance against elected judges; Herman Cain lives in a modest rancher in Atlanta, our colleague Laura Vozzella reports; and Washington’s heavy hitters are still flocking to the play written by former senator and secretary of Defense Richard Cohen’s wife, Janet Langhart Cohen, t he Reliable Source says (In the Loop spies spotted Colin Powell and Sam Donaldson outside the playhouse on H St., NE on Saturday night.)

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