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Pandas and yak soup on Michelle Obama’s China itinerary

US First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday wrapped up a week-long trip to China by feeding a panda before having a yak-based lunch at a Tibetan restaurant. Obama, who is travelling with her mother and daughters, visited the Chengdu Research Base of Giant……

Eleanor Roosevelt is top U.S. first lady, survey says

Eleanor Roosevelt was named the greatest first lady of the United States in a survey of historians released on Saturday, while Michelle Obama, in fifth place, edged out Hillary Clinton in sixth. Roosevelt, whose husband, Franklin, served as president from 1933 to 1945, has come up No. 1 each of…

Michelle Obama invites openly gay NBA player Jason Collins to the State of the Union address

Survivors of the Boston Marathon bombing and openly gay NBA player Jason Collins have been invited to President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the White House said Monday. A statement named Collins and Boston survivors Carlos Arredondo and Jeff Bauman among the first round of invitees to watch…

First Lady: A feeble, sexist and outdated job

First ladies give up their careers, salary and security, as the humiliating case of Valérie Trierweiler shows. Is it time for the role to be scrapped. The fortunes of Michelle Obama and Valérie Trierweiler, arguably the world’s most high-profile first ladies, contrasted sharply last weekend. While the grandly abbreviated Flotus…

Obama sends signal to Russia, appointing Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow to Olympic delegation

President Barack Obama Tuesday named two openly gay sports stars to his delegation to the Winter Olympics, sending a pointed message of diversity to Russia amid a furor over its law targeting homosexuals. Obama chose tennis legend Billie Jean King and women’s ice hockey silver medalist Caitlin Cahow for the…

President Obama and First Lady visit fasting immigration activists

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama visited a group of activists on Friday who are fasting to protest inaction by the House of Representatives on immigration reform. According to the Associated Press, the protesters have foregone all food for 18 days, drinking only water. The president visited the…

On the failure of the Netroots and a future alliance between Progressives and Libertarians

This a response to a piece by Ian Welsh  on the failure of the progressive blog movement.  It is written by Jerome Armstrong – founder of MyDD and co-author of Crashing the Gate. I didn’t see Lieberman’s 2006 win in quite as pinnacle a light at the time, and it…

Obama says he quit cigarettes for fear of Michelle

US President Barack Obama said he stopped smoking out of fear of his wife, in an unwitting admission captured by a loose microphone. The US leader, taking part in an event on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly on the importance of civil society on Monday, was exchanging…

America ready for female president: Michelle Obama

US First Lady Michelle Obama says in remarks published Friday that America is ready for a woman president, but would not comment on prospects for Hillary Clinton getting the job. Obama’s comments came in an interview with Parade magazine, excerpts of which were published on its website. Asked if she…

Georgia vandals knock over monument to Michelle Obama’s freed slave ancestor

Police in Rex, Georgia are investigating after a monument to one of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ancestors was vandalized. WSB-TV reported on Monday that a heavy stone monument to Melvinia Shields was recently pushed off its foundation block. According to Georgia’s Civil War Sesquicentennial website, Shields was born into slavery…

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