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This San Diego teen was named a national student poet and read a poem at the White House
The papers in her hand crackling, Maya Salameh stepped behind a microphone in the White House State Dining Room on Thursday afternoon and read: "I speak to you / terrorists, skyjackers, lifejackers / and otherwise-flavored peddlers / of sacred hearsay," she began. The 16-year-old from San Diego...
686 points by Los Angeles Times | White House Michelle Obama Poetry Barack Obama First Lady of the United States High school President of the United States Bill Clinton
Morning Spin: Chicago Teachers Union huddles to discuss potential strike
Welcome to Clout Street: Morning Spin, our weekday feature to catch you up with what's going on in government and politics from Chicago to Springfield. Topspin A day after classes resumed at Chicago Public Schools, teachers union leaders will huddle to discuss a potential strike. The union's governing...
100 points by Chicago Tribune | Barack Obama United States Senate Democratic Party Chicago Michelle Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton Trade union Bill Clinton
Native American tribes sense a reawakening in fight over oil pipeline
The simmering showdown here between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the company building the Dakota Access crude-oil pipeline began as a legal battle. It has turned into a movement. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Native Americans representing tribes from all over the country have traveled...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Sioux North Dakota Native Americans in the United States Barack Obama Standing Rock Indian Reservation Lakota people Michelle Obama South Dakota
Donald Trump, Mike Pence to appear at Value Voters Summit
It is a determined and significant event: The Values Voter Summit is now underway in the nation's capital, drawing some 2,500 socially conservative activists with much on their minds. Some big names are part of it. Donald Trump and running mate Gov. Mike Pence will both appear — along with ...
16 points by The Washington Times | Hillary Rodham Clinton Barack Obama Bill Clinton September 11 attacks Democratic Party Ronald Reagan Michelle Obama Donald Trump
Still Processing: There’s a Lot We Need to Talk About
Introducing Still Processing, a new culture podcast hosted by Wesley Morris and Jenna Wortham.
512 points by The New York Times | ITunes Podcast Internet DJ Khaled Michelle Obama IPhone App Store Invitation system
Baltimore county student named one of five National Student Poets
His first poem, written in second grade during a particularly uneventful keyboarding class, was about the raindrops just outside the window. The poem was prized by his teacher and immediately pinned with a red thumbtack to the bulletin board for all to see. At that moment, Joey Reisberg decided...
-1 points by Baltimore Sun | Poetry Literature Michelle Obama Writing Baltimore County Public Schools Washington D.C. George Washington Carver Carver Center for Arts and Technology
Young inventor who wowed Obama faces health crisis
Joey Hudy began experiencing symptoms of mental illness while working in China; now his family is struggling to pay for inpatient treatment ...       
-1 points by USA Today | Michelle Obama White House Mental illness Barack Obama Phoenix Arizona Maker President of the United States Bill Clinton
Barack Obama’s presidential library may need $1.5 billion
The Obama Center is due to be so expensive because it will require the construction of both a presidential library and a museum.
13864 points by New York Post | President of the United States George W. Bush Barack Obama Democratic Party Illinois Michelle Obama Inauguration of Barack Obama Bill Clinton
Obama back in Chicago for first time as former president
WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama returned to Chicago for the first time as an ex-president on Wednesday, mapping plans for his Obama Center to be built in Jackson Park. Obama was last in his adopted hometown on Jan. 10 to deliver his farewell address at McCormick Place.  “President Obama met with several civic leaders […]
12359 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Barack Obama Illinois Michelle Obama Democratic Party United States Chicago President of the United States Hyde Park Chicago
NYFW: Christian Siriano brings body positivity to the runway
Sarah MuléFeb. 15 (UPI) -- Fashion designer Christian Siriano's New York Fashion Week designs bring high fashion to women of all sizes.
16 points by UPI | Michelle Obama Christian Siriano Alek Wek Fashion Project Runway United Press International Plus-size model 2008 Democratic National Convention
That time Derek Lam was a fashion victim
It’s hard to believe, but Derek Lam was a 1980s fashion victim, hitting the party scene in a red-and-black Jean Paul Gaultier toreador vest. “It was a good time to be a club kid in New York,” the designer, 49, tells Alexa with a laugh. “I think I learned a lot about what it means...
8 points by New York Post | High fashion brands Jean-Paul Gaultier Fashion Clothing Trousers Skirt Michelle Obama Michael Kors
Melania Trump says she'll keep predecessor's produce garden
WASHINGTON — Michelle Obama's garden can keep churning out vegetables at the White House.That's the official word from the Trump White House. First lady Melania Trump says through a spokeswoman that she is committed to preserving and continuing White House gardens, and specifically mentions Mrs. Obama's "kitchen" garden.The former first lady planted the garden in 2009 as the foundation for her signature initiative, "Let's Move," which she designed to help reduce childhood obesity through diet and exercise.
2 points by Boston Herald | First Lady of the United States Barack Obama Michelle Obama President of the United States Obama family Laura Bush Donald Trump Nutrition
Check out the sweet Valentine's Day messages Barack and Michelle Obama tweeted to each other
Former President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wished each other a happy Valentine's Day on Twitter Tuesday.       
12580 points by USA Today | Barack Obama Bill Clinton President of the United States Democratic Party Michelle Obama Inauguration of Barack Obama 2008 Democratic National Convention First Lady of the United States
Melania meets with Abe’s wife in first solo event as First Lady
Melania Trump stepped out Saturday in her first solo event as First Lady, taking the wife of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on a visit to a Japanese garden in Delray Beach, Fla. Trump, in an ankle-length white dress, posed with Akie Abe on a footbridge overlooking a pond, then walked with a crowd...
150 points by New York Post | First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama Japan Laura Bush White House Garden Delray Beach Florida President of the United States
Obama, Michelle sign with speaker agency, lining up book deals
WASHINGTON – Former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle have signed with a speaker’s agency and hired a legal team to negotiate book contracts, Obama’s spokesman said on Friday. Books and speeches can be very lucrative for the former first couple. Back in Washington after a post-presidential vacation that took Obama to California […]
414 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Barack Obama Michelle Obama Illinois Bill Clinton President of the United States First Lady of the United States Democratic Party Dreams from My Father
Momofuku and Milk Bar throw grand opening party at Cosmopolitan
David Chang threw a party at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of Momofuku.
29 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Michelle Obama American television actors English-language films Super Bowl
Kapos: Obama jumps back into the water
Barack Obama had to give up body-surfing after becoming president. He's jumped right back into the water after moving out of the White House.
812 points by Chicago Sun-Times | Illinois Barack Obama Democratic Party Chicago President of the United States George W. Bush Michelle Obama Sidley Austin
Barack Obama learns how to kitesurf with Richard Branson during vacation
Wade SheridanFeb. 7 (UPI) -- Barack Obama is enjoying his vacation to the fullest, learning how to kitesurf alongside Richard Branson while staying at the billionaire's luxury island
3 points by UPI | Barack Obama Michelle Obama United Press International 2008 Democratic National Convention Harvard Law School President of the United States United States Inauguration of Barack Obama
Obama's kitesurfing adventure with Branson
#IslandLife was good to Barack Obama.
76702 points by CNN | Richard Branson Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States Necker Island British Virgin Islands Virgin Media Barack Obama Virgin Group
Inside the Obamas’ ‘complete break’ with British billionaire Richard Branson after leaving the White House
Is there any sport Barack Obama can’t master?It’s well known that Obama, 55, is a force to be reckoned with on both the golf course and basketball court, but a recent trip to the British Virgin Islands with billionaire Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has unveiled one of Obama’s newfound talents: kitesurfing.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Richard Branson Barack Obama Necker Island Michelle Obama British Virgin Islands Virgin Media 2008 Democratic National Convention Virgin Group
Obama schools Richard Branson at kitesurfing
Barack Obama is not letting his post-White House time get him down. New photos show the former president flying high while kitesurfing with Richard Branson at the billionaire’s home in the British Virgin Islands. Obama and his wife, Michelle, stayed with Branson after vacationing in Hawaii and California. “It was a huge honour to be...
-2 points by New York Post | Barack Obama Bill Clinton Democratic Party President of the United States Michelle Obama United States Illinois Inauguration of Barack Obama
Arlington Heights candidate drops out after Facebook post about women's marches
An Arlington Heights dentist whose Facebook post about the recent women's marches sparked outrage among some residents has withdrawn his bid for village trustee, officials said. It's estimated that millions marched on Jan. 21 in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles, among other locations,...
220 points by Chicago Tribune | University of Pennsylvania Withdrawal Donald Trump Michelle Obama Elections Social media United States Barack Obama
Stars of ‘MasterChef Junior’ sing in adorable Super Bowl ad
It’s a young chef’s life for them, indeed.The pint-sized stars of Fox’s MasterChef Junior showed off another set of precocious skills with a kitchen-themed cover of Annie‘s “It’s a Hard Knock Life” in an adorable ad set to air during the Super Bowl.The song includes altered lyrics like, “Gordon is so tough, you see, makes a great chef out of me,” as clips of notoriously tough judge Gordon Ramsay roll. The ad also previews a slew of special guest stars that will appear on the upcoming fifth season, including Martha Stewart and Michelle Obama.
-2 points by Boston Herald | Super Bowl Michelle Obama Super Bowl XXXIX Super Bowl XLII Super Bowl XLIII Barack Obama Super Bowl XLIV First Lady of the United States
Chance the Rapper models "Thank You Obama" clothing line
Chance the Rapper is modeling a clothing line based on a fellow famous Chicagoan, former President Barack Obama.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Barack Obama Democratic Party Bill Clinton Michelle Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States 2008 Democratic National Convention First Lady of the United States
Marley Dias, young diversity advocate, working on book
Twelve-year-old advocate for diversity in literature is working on a book about activism and social justice.Scholastic told the Associated Press on Thursday that it had a deal with Marley Dias, whose hashtag #1000BlackGirlBooks is part of her mission to collect stories about women of color. Her book...
1 points by Concord Monitor | Sociology Associated Press Michelle Obama Book Magazine Publication Barack Obama People from Los Angeles California
NBC accused of ‘whitewashing’ by National Association of Black Journalists after Tamron Hall exit
The National Association of Black Journalists is accusing NBC of “whitewashing” after the network announced Wednesday that longtime anchor Tamron Hall is leaving the network.
1 points by Boston Herald | MSNBC Today NBC News NBC Al Roker Michelle Obama Willard Scott NBC Nightly News
Ubiñas: Temple's own Tamron Hall a casualty of Trump-era diversity

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Barack Obama Racism Ronald Reagan Donald Trump Bullying Michelle Obama Mexico City Policy
Pence sees 'Hamilton;' cast member says nation is anxious
NEW YORK (AP) - Vice President-elect Mike Pence is the latest high-profile person to attend the Broadway hit "Hamilton," but the first to get a sharp message from a cast member from the stage. Actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, the nation's third vice president, had this message ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Joe Biden Barack Obama Democratic Party Dick Cheney Vice President of the United States Thomas Jefferson United States presidential election 2008 Michelle Obama
Melania Trump is in the market for a spokesperson
Wanted: Spokeswoman to help a former model become the nation’s First Lady. Address resumes to: Melania Trump at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, D.C.
14 points by Daily News | Michelle Obama New York City First Lady of the United States Donald Trump Melania Trump Washington D.C. Public relations White House
Fashion industry could leave Melania Trump shopping off the rack
French designer Sophie Theallet, who has dressed current First Lady Michelle Obama a number of times, has vowed to never dress Melania Trump.
5879 points by New York Post | Michelle Obama First Lady of the United States Laura Bush People from New York City Melania Trump Ralph Lauren Nancy Reagan 1970 births
The travel habits of the most recent first ladies
Michelle Obama has traveled abroad about half as much as Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton did.
93 points by The Washington Post | George W. Bush President of the United States Bill Clinton Barack Obama First Lady of the United States Hillary Rodham Clinton Democratic Party Michelle Obama
Photo gallery: President Obama through the years in Europe
Over the eight years of his presidency, Barack Obama has dined with Queen Elizabeth II in Buckingham Palace, raised a glass of Guinness beer in Ireland and toured the Acropolis in Athens.
-2 points by Arizona Daily Star | Nicolas Sarkozy Barack Obama United States Silvio Berlusconi Democratic Party Michelle Obama Illinois Roman Empire
Sophie Theallet vows not to dress Melania Trump, asks other designers to do the same
In an e-mail sent Thursday afternoon, Sophie Theallet has said she will not dress the incoming First Lady Melania Trump and she is calling on other designers to do the same. Theallet, who did not respond immediately available for comment, said in her missive that as an independent fashion brand,...
6040 points by Los Angeles Times | Michelle Obama Ralph Lauren Melania Trump Discrimination New York City Dolce & Gabbana First Lady of the United States Donald Trump
Why young people are 'focus of hate'

178 points by CNN | African American Racism United States Barack Obama Lyndon B. Johnson Michelle Obama Martin Luther King Jr. Jim Crow laws
Donald Trump's election has unleashed the hate
And you heard the man on "60 Minutes": Stop it!
1294 points by Daily News | Michelle Obama Hate speech Barack Obama First Lady of the United States Donald Trump Southern Poverty Law Center Political correctness Bill Clinton
Proposed settlement in fight over Ernie Banks' estate dealt blow
Lawyers for the widow of Ernie Banks abruptly withdrew Wednesday from the dispute over the estate of the late Cubs great, leaving a proposed settlement in limbo and signifying the case could go to trial.For nearly two years, Elizabeth Banks has been contesting a will signed by Banks three months...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Chicago Cubs Babe Ruth Wrigley Field Ernie Banks Trial Michelle Obama Lawyer Hank Aaron
Michelle Obama does a pretty convincing impression of her husband for Stephen Colbert
Michelle Obama stopped by The Late Show on Tuesday for a lengthy chat with host Stephen Colbert, touching on leaving the White House for good, her friendship with Beyonce, and even showcased a pretty good impression of her husband. “All three of us have good impressions of Barack,” Michelle told Colbert, referring to herself and […]
174 points by The Boston Globe | Barack Obama First Lady of the United States 2008 Democratic National Convention Michelle Obama President of the United States Democratic Party Question Bill Clinton
President Obama and First Lady Michelle dine at Cosme
President Obama and First Lady Michelle dine at Cosme.
32 points by Daily News | President of the United States Michelle Obama Barack Obama Restaurant United Nations Democratic Party United States Mexican cuisine
Michelle Obama impersonates president
During an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert," first lady Michelle Obama did an impersonation of President Barack Obama at the dinner table.
2361 points by CNN | Michelle Obama Barack Obama Inauguration of Barack Obama George W. Bush United States presidential election 2008 Grammy Award winners 2008 Democratic National Convention President of the United States
Michelle Obama scheduled to make Pittsburgh appearance next Wednesday
According to the Hillary for America campaign, the first lady will be traveling to Pennsylvania -- including a stop in Pittsburgh -- to stump for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
51 points by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | First Lady of the United States Barack Obama Hillary Rodham Clinton Laura Bush 2008 Democratic National Convention President of the United States Michelle Obama John McCain
Essential Politics: Trump closing the gap
There are 49 days left until voters head to the polls. The first debate is one week from today. I’m Christina Bellantoni. This is Essential Politics. David Lauter begins the week with a fresh look at Donald Trump’s widening lead in the Los Angeles Times/USC Dornsife Daybreak tracking poll. He writes...
12 points by Los Angeles Times | California Barack Obama Government of California Overtime Hillary Rodham Clinton Elections Michelle Obama Tax
Fundraisers and a rare California campaign appearance come off of Clinton's schedule
Campaign 2016 updates: Donald Trump says he will release new health records, putting pressure on Hillary Clinton Sept. 12, 2016, 5:30 a.m. Hillary Clinton canceled her trip to California this week after a diagnosis of pneumonia. Donald Trump makes an appearance in Baltimore Monday before heading...
-1 points by Los Angeles Times | Democratic Party Barack Obama Michelle Obama United States Hillary Rodham Clinton President of the United States First Lady of the United States 2008 Democratic National Convention
Alexander Wang presents adidas Originals unisex line
NEW YORK (AP) — In a surprise finale to his Fashion Week show, Alexander Wang sent an army of 70 models down the runway to announce his new collaboration with adidas Originals. Christian Siriano was inspired by the casual chic…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | New York City Fashion Project Runway Michelle Obama Christian Siriano Hudson River National Basketball Association Flatiron Building
Obama, Kerry, Boris Johnson greet Muslims on Eid
US President Barack Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson have conveyed their Eid greetings to Muslims around the world.
544 points by | Michelle Obama Hajj Eid al-Adha First Lady of the United States Barack Obama Islamic calendar President of the United States Islam
Toronto Film Review: ‘Barry’
In the movie world, there is often a fine line between coincidence and karma. It’s not really all that hard to fathom how two filmmakers, within a year of each other, could each come up with the notion of making a kind of snapshot biopic about the young Barack Obama. Yet the fact that both movies... Read more »
1062 points by Variety | Barack Obama Michelle Obama Inauguration of Barack Obama 2008 Democratic National Convention Family of Barack Obama Harvard Law School Dreams from My Father Joe Biden
Siriano sends out plus size, Banana Republic heads to India
NEW YORK (AP) — Christian Siriano was inspired by the casual chic of Capri and earned claps for a few plus-size models who walked his runway, and Banana Republic presented looks for men and women influenced by India as New…
-1 points by Arizona Daily Star | Dress Michelle Obama Shirt Trousers New York City Dresses Vice President of the United States Project Runway
Social media swoons at Obama photoshoot
Turns out, a picture is worth a thousand words. Or in this case, thousands of tweets.
886 points by CNN | Barack Obama President of the United States Bill Clinton Michelle Obama Democratic Party 2008 Democratic National Convention Harvard Law School Inauguration of Barack Obama
J.Crew’s Jenna Lyons’ favorite fall finds
As president and creative director of J.Crew, Jenna Lyons skyrocketed to fashion fame by breaking all the style rules and overhauling the brand’s clean-cut image. Suddenly it was cool for women to wear tuxedos, pair tailored shirts with sparkly skirts and rock silky pajama sets all day long. At 48, Lyons has spent more than...
20 points by New York Post | Stock Michelle Obama Barack Obama American films First Lady of the United States American film actors Creativity American television actors
Voting in White House race underway
Advance voting begins Friday in North Carolina, the first of 37 states that will allow balloting by mail        
-1 points by The Detroit News | Elections Barack Obama Voting Democratic Party Michelle Obama Voter turnout Absentee ballot Voting system
Queen Elizabeth II tops 'Vanity Fair' best-dressed list
Who would have thought it? A 90-year-old hailed for her 'steadfastness in dress.'         
200 points by Arizona Republic | Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom Joe Biden Michelle Obama Barack Obama Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon Pierre Trudeau Buckingham Palace Mary of Teck