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Michelle Obama Takes on Republicans Over School Lunches

First lady Michelle Obama made a rare but strident foray into political debate Tuesday, slamming a Republican bid to change U.S. school nutrition standards as “unacceptable.”

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Missing Girls Found, Nigerian State Media Reports

The chief of Nigeria’s defense staff was quoted by state media saying hundreds of missing girls kidnapped by Islamist militants have been found, but force is not an option for their rescue.

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‘The Failed State Chick’ on Boko Haram

“The abduction of the girls is, of course, an extremely grave crime,” journalist Corinne Dufka says. “But to focus exclusively on the girls lacks an appreciation of the wide and systematic crimes committed by Boko Haram in recent years, and also by the Nigerian army since the state of emergency was declared almost a year ago.”

Posted on May 24, 2014 READ MORE



Michelle Obama: Segregation Persists 60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education Ruling

First lady Michelle Obama commemorated the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court ruling on race-based school segregation with a sobering speech Friday to graduating high school seniors in Topeka, Kan.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



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Rest of World Gaining on American Obesity Rate

Although the United States has been riding the cutting edge of the global obesity trend for decades, other countries, including some in the developing world, are catching up. This is not progress.

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What Reactions to the Obama-Thorning-Schmidt-Cameron Selfie Say About the Media

A glance at U.S. media coverage of Nelson Mandela’s memorial service will tell you only two important things happened: President Obama shook hands with Cuba’s Raul Castro and also took a selfie with the prime ministers of Denmark and the U.K. Neither of these nonevents should have received the attention they did, but the fact that they did tells us a lot about our media’s priorities.

Posted on Dec 11, 2013 READ MORE


Pandas Once Again Crucial in U.S.-China Relations

Proving again that being a first lady of a P5+1 nation is a heady role indeed, with all the outfit-matching and advanced-degree-downplaying and whatnot, two top spouses from a pair of uneasy superpower bedfellow countries just took up a diplomatic tradition inaugurated by Pat Nixon.

Posted on Dec 3, 2013 READ MORE



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What’s the Point of Michelle Obama’s ‘Drink Up’ Campaign?

The first lady’s latest program is about encouraging Americans to drink more water, starting with at least one more cup per day than they are ingesting now. The organizers, however, haven’t answered the question on several people’s minds: Why?

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White House/Lawrence Jackson

Michelle Obama’s Anti-Obesity Campaign Might Actually Be Working

For the first time in decades, the obesity rate among low-income preschoolers is, to quote the head of the CDC, “moving in the right direction.”

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Heckling the First Lady

Michelle Obama’s confrontation with a lesbian activist signals the beginning of a push to turn up the heat on the president by the LGBT community; Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s calling protesters “looters” exemplifies why his country is seeing so much unrest; meanwhile, as Occupy Wall Street participants exerted their First Amendment rights, their cellphones were being logged. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Oscar 2013: Hollywood’s CIA Celebration

What was Michelle Obama thinking? What if the card for “Zero Dark Thirty” had been lurking in that best picture envelope Sunday?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE


Oscars 2013: Watch Michelle Obama Announce ‘Argo’ as Best Picture

Sunday night’s Academy Awards had a very special guest on hand: Michelle Obama. The first lady, dressed in a silvery, shimmery evening gown by designer Naeem Khan, made a surprise live appearance from the Diplomatic Room of the White House at the end of the Oscars to help Jack Nicholson hand out the evening’s final and biggest award, best picture.

Posted on Feb 25, 2013 READ MORE



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE


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McConnell Blasts Obama ‘Liberalism,’ the Franken-Bachmann Contest, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including why House Republicans now want to ignore the debt ceiling and Michelle Obama’s epic reaction to John Boehner.

Posted on Jan 22, 2013 READ MORE



Bush Health Update, Starbucks Gets Bipartisan, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the newest member to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate and Barbara Walters’ awkward interview with the Obamas.

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Worst 2012 Election Predictions, Michelle Obama’s Political Future, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a major backer of Mitt Romney’s failed presidential campaign lashing out at voters and what a new poll on gay marriage shows.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Real Election 2012 October Surprise: Hurricane Sandy

With eight days to go until voters head to the polls to elect the next president, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are being forced to alter their campaign schedules because of Hurricane Sandy. The impact may be felt, however, beyond that.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 READ MORE



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Are You Fatter Than You Were Four Years Ago?

The candidates have talked a lot about health care this election cycle, but not so much about the actual health of Americans. According to a study by Gallup, adult Americans of just about every age are likelier to be obese today than they were in 2008.

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 READ MORE



A Voting Issue That Isn’t (Video)

When Michelle Obama called voting rights “the movement of our era” in a speech Saturday night, she didn’t specifically mention the Republican-led crusade for restrictive voter identification laws. She didn’t have to.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ The Democrats Have Their Say

The Obama campaign detoured his original convention acceptance speech planned for the outdoors after hearing thunderstorms in the forecast. Might it also have heard August employment numbers? Then there was that thunder-stealing speech Bill Clinton gave Wednesday during prime time, not to mention the one by first lady Michelle Obama the night before. The “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss these matters and more on this week’s program.

Posted on Sep 8, 2012 READ MORE


Fox News Hates on Michelle Obama’s Speech

Fox News was not impressed with Michelle Obama’s highly praised prime-time address at the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday night, criticizing the first lady for, of all things, using the speech to focus on government.

Posted on Sep 5, 2012 READ MORE



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Recap: Democratic National Convention Day 1

Highlights of the first day of the Democratic National Convention, including speeches by first lady Michelle Obama and keynote speaker Julian Castro, plus a video tribute to Ted Kennedy that included a not-so-subtle swipe at Mitt Romney.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Watch: Democratic National Convention Live

President Obama accepts his party’s nomination, former GOP Florida Gov. Charlie Crist switches sides and Michelle Obama will not be talking to an empty chair.

Posted on Sep 4, 2012 READ MORE


Must We Go Here Again? Birthers, Neo-Birthers and Right-Wing Sleaze

The roiling paranoia and hatred that marred American politics when Bill and Hillary Clinton were in the White House has resurfaced in attacks on Barack and Michelle Obama, who like the Clintons have been maligned repeatedly as communist, subversive, Satanic and, above all, illegitimate.

Posted on Jul 18, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

White House Garden Isn’t Just for Show

While the first lady runs the talk show gantlet to promote her healthy lifestyle agenda, the garden she planted on the South Lawn of the White House is producing the ingredients for seasonal meals served to the first family and its guests.

Posted on Feb 1, 2012 READ MORE



White House / Joyce N. Boghosian

The FLOTUS and the Twitterverse

Michelle Obama joined Twitter on Thursday. For some this doesn’t qualify as news in a world full of political and economic turmoil.

Posted on Jan 12, 2012 READ MORE



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When Soundtracks Do the Talking: Michele Bachmann Edition

To set the stage for the latest media-made kerfuffle of Campaign 2012, what happened was that GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann paid a visit Tuesday to “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” for which she was no doubt prepped to come off all hip and stuff, but her performance was undermined ... (more)

Posted on Nov 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Rodrigo Abd

Five Women Who Matter Most

The Forbes list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women is an obscenely wealthy international sisterhood of politicians, celebrities and billionaires. This is an alternative.

Posted on Oct 4, 2011 READ MORE



Obama’s ‘Singular’ Mother

The key to understanding the disciplined and often impassive 44th president is his mother, as Janny Scott, a reporter for The New York Times, decisively demonstrates in her new biography, “A Singular Woman.”

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE



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Debating Common Sense

The White House’s invitation to hip-hop artist Common for a “Celebration of American Poetry” event Wednesday evening has angered conservatives who have worked themselves into a frenzy about the intellectual rapper’s lyrics.

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE


Red, White and Brew

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AP / John Amis

Who’s Your Nanny?

The Obama administration is under attack for alleged nanny-state behavior—telling kids what to eat and how they should exercise. But where’s the critique of corporate intrusion into the personal lives of employees?

Posted on Feb 19, 2011 READ MORE



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Breast-Feeding Proposal Under Attack by Tea Party

In an effort to combat skyrocketing obesity rates and increase the general health of children in the U.S., Michelle Obama launched a campaign to encourage breast-feeding among American mothers. Who has a problem with that? Tea party hostesses Sarah Palin and Michele Bachmann.

Posted on Feb 18, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Americans Admire Glenn Beck More Than the Dalai Lama

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton top the USA Today/Gallup Poll lists of the most admired men and women in 2010. Obama has lost some love since last year, but still has more admiration among Americans than the rest of the top 10 combined. ... (more)

Posted on Dec 27, 2010 READ MORE


POTUS and FLOTUS: Get in the (Midterm) Game

Barack and Michelle Obama are clearly aware, in this perky lil’ PSA number, of how the results of next month’s midterm elections could dramatically change the tone of the presidency for the next two years, but they don’t come out and say as much. 

Posted on Oct 20, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

First Lady Lands on Top of Power List

Michelle Obama put her own career on hold to help her husband become president, but it looks like the perks of being first lady extend beyond just having a kick-ass organic veggie patch at her disposal. 

Posted on Oct 7, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Charles Dharapak

Hey Michelle, Read My Book

On Tuesday, I received yet another deceptively personal e-mail addressed to “Robert” from Michelle Obama asking me once again to contribute to the “amazing journey” toward “progress” that her husband has led.

Posted on Oct 5, 2010 READ MORE



Wayne National Forest / Alex Snyder (CC-BY)

A Little Missed Sunshine

When first lady Michelle Obama started an organic garden at the White House, she sparked a national discussion on food, obesity, health and sustainability. But the green action on the White House lawn hasn’t made it to the White House roof, unfortunately.

Posted on Sep 14, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Give the First Lady a Break

As a political matter, the mother-daughter getaway to a five-star resort on the Spanish Costa del Sol was not a good idea. But I’d just as soon not have my First Family vacations determined by focus groups.

Posted on Aug 8, 2010 READ MORE


Left, Right & Center

‘Left, Right & Center’: Prop. 8, Jobs and Spanish Getaways

With the job market in a scary slump and a slow economy to boot, President Obama may be in for a politically treacherous time. Is Prop. 8 a human rights or a moral issue? And what’s with all the hubbub about Michelle Obama in Spain?

Posted on Aug 6, 2010 READ MORE



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23,000 Reported Dead in Mexico Drug War

A Mexican government report has been leaked, coinciding with first lady Michelle Obama’s visit to Mexico, stating that 23,000 people have died in drug-related violence in Mexico since the beginning of a government crackdown on drug gangs in late 2006.

Posted on Apr 14, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Alex Brandon

Hope Springs Eternal in Obama Musical

It’s been nearly a year since Barack Obama took office, and, although opinions vary on this subject, the honeymoon may be over for some of the president’s supporters. However, the tuneful theater types who are staging an Obama-themed musical in Germany are apparently still feeling the love.

Posted on Jan 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Michelle Obama, White House Garden Guest-Star on ‘Iron Chef’

Michelle Obama has made the White House garden emblematic of her cause to help Americans cultivate better eating habits, and on Sunday, the “FLOTUS” showed viewers of “Iron Chef” how her garden grows, as she and her vegetable patch made cameo appearances on the popular cooking show.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE


Sesame Street

‘Sesame Street’ Turns 40

On Tuesday, producers and fans of “Sesame Street” marked the 40th birthday of the super-popular children’s program—the most researched show in TV history—in New York City. Big Bird and friends were on hand for the festivities, of course.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Samantha Appleton

Michelle Obama Just Gets Better and Better

The first lady entered the White House with no public agenda and with promises to focus on her children, but a year in, she has already made an impact. Her latest project is a mentoring program meant to inspire local girls by giving them access to some of the White House’s powerful women. (continued)

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE


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U.S. Presswire / Jerry Lai

Chicago Booted From Olympic Running

The 2016 Summer Olympics will not find their home in the Windy City: Chicago was eliminated Friday in the competition to host the Games and the honor was given to Rio de Janeiro, marking the first time the Olympics will take place in South America.

Posted on Oct 2, 2009 READ MORE


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Oh No She Didn’t!

Wanda Sykes tells Jay Leno what the media really mean when they wonder who the “real” Michelle Obama is. Watch her break down the media and the race issue on last night’s “Tonight Show.”

Posted on May 28, 2009 READ MORE


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