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Michelle Obama’s plane forced to abort a landing

WASHINGTON – An official plane carrying US First Lady Michelle Obama had to abort a landing at an air force base near Washington on Monday due to an air traffic controller’s error, US media reported Tuesday. The aircraft carrying her was too close to a 200-ton military cargo jet and…

Obama visits violence-plagued El Salvador

SAN SALVADOR – President Barack Obama arrived in El Salvador Tuesday for the final leg of a Latin America tour he hopes will turn the page on troubled ties in the past and build a new era of partnership. The three-nation trip — which has been overshadowed by the Arab…

Maher: GOP governs like “a meth addict”

Bill Maher chastised Republicans for focusing on “useless distractions.” “Fantasies are for sex, not public policy,” he said on his show, Real Time, Friday night. One such “fantasy problem,” he said, was “Michelle Obama’s war on desserts. For Christ’s sake, she’s just trying to get you to eat a carrot,…

All women are “fat”

I almost feel bad giving this attention, but I’m really not in the school of “ignore wingnuts who have audiences of millions of people and they’ll just go away”, so I’m blogging it. As noted before on this blog, Rush Limbaugh has declared holy war on Michelle Obama for what…

No Facebook for Malia, Sasha: Michelle Obama

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s daughters Malia and Sasha won’t be on Facebook anytime soon, First Lady Michelle Obama said Wednesday. “I’m not a big fan of young kids having Facebook. It’s not something they need. It’s not necessary,” Obama told the NBC Today Show, revealing that neither girl has…

Bill Maher defended First Lady’s childhood exercise campaign

The First Lady’s initiative to fight the epidemic of childhood obesity in America is completely uncontroversial, a cable television show host recently said. “If you think Michelle Obama is after your freedom because she merely suggests that our kids should exercise more and eat a little broccoli along with their…

That general winding down feeling you’re getting is not an illusion

So, that speech sucked. The prior sentence could refer to all of the speeches last night, but obviously the one in question is Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Last night, the emptiness of it pissed me off, particularly how he talked a big game about innovation and moving…

Speaker Boehner skips Tucson memorial for RNC cocktail party

The new speaker of the House skipped a nationally televised memorial in Arizona honoring victims of Saturday’s shootings, opting instead to host a cocktail party Wednesday night. Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) declined an offer to ride to Tucson on Air Force One with President Barack Obama and other lawmakers, Politico…

Did anyone notice that “fiber” and “fascism” both start with an “F”?

Dahlia Lithwick reports quite amusingly on the Republican War on Vegetables, something I’ve blogged about frequently on this site. To my great delight, she reaffirms one of the aspects of vegetable-bashing-as-culture-war that seems obvious to me, but always causes a knee jerk pooh pooh reaction from people who tend to…

Cop protecting Obama shoots self in leg

A police officer assigned to guard President Barack Obama during his visit to India accidentally shot himself in the leg, news sources report. According to QMI Agency, the incident took place at the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, where the president and First Lady Michelle Obama were staying. The hotel…

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