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Michelle Obama: 'Blood of Africa' in My Veins

First lady urges young African leaders to focus on women's rights

(Newser) - Her husband didn't dwell much on his African heritage when he addressed a group of young leaders from the continent this week in DC, but first lady Michelle Obama took the opposite approach today, reports Reuters . “The blood of Africa runs through my veins, and I care deeply,... More »

School Officials: Kids Just Throw Away Healthy Food

We can't make students eat it, says official

(Newser) - It's not just House Republicans that are fighting Michelle Obama's healthy school lunches. School officials say kids across the country are actually throwing away the healthy food offered to them in place of less-healthy options. In New Mexico, whole-wheat tortillas went into the garbage, while whole-grain biscuits in... More »

Michelle Obama to Congress: Hands Off of School Lunches

First lady hits House attempts to weaken school lunch standards

(Newser) - She's not naming any names, but Michelle Obama is taking to the pages of the New York Times today to call out "some members of the House of Representatives" who took the "Let's Move" in her anti-childhood obesity program to mean "Let's Move ... Squarely... More »

Michelle Obama's School Lunch Rules in GOP Cross Hairs

New bill would let schools opt out of program championed by first lady

(Newser) - No Obama program is safe from House Republicans—even when the Obama in question is Michelle. A GOP agriculture and food spending released yesterday contains a provision that would take a bite out of the first lady's stricter school lunch health standards, the AP reports. With many schools complaining... More »

First Lady Condemns Kidnapping of Girls

Michelle Obama does weekly address, raises issue of girls' education worldwide

(Newser) - Michelle Obama took over the weekly presidential address to mark Mother's Day weekend, and she devoted her remarks to the kidnapped girls in Nigeria , reports CNN . The first lady said that she and the president are "outraged and heartbroken" over the mass kidnapping by Boko Haram. "This... More »

Schools: Healthy Lunch Rules Go Too Far

Teens see Michelle Obama as culprit

(Newser) - Schools are struggling to adhere to new government rules on healthy lunches, and school officials are asking Washington to step back. "The regulations are so prescriptive, so it's difficult to manage not only the nutrition side of your businesses but the business side of your business," a... More »

After Students Protest, First Lady Scraps Grad Speech

She will speak at Topeka event a day earlier instead

(Newser) - High school students in Topeka, Kansas, have decided they would rather have friends and family members at their graduation ceremony than Michelle Obama. The first lady ditched plans to speak at a combined commencement ceremony for five high schools after students protested that security concerns would limit the number of... More »

Obamas Pay $98K in Taxes on $481K of Income

They donate $59K to charities

(Newser) - President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid $98,169 in taxes on $481,098 income last year, according to tax returns the White House released today. They paid an effective federal income tax rate of 20.4%. The 42-page document shows the Obamas reported donating $59,251 to 32... More »

Obamas Celebrate MLK Day at Soup Kitchen

President proves he is not good at identifying taco meat

(Newser) - Barack Obama is honoring Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service by helping a soup kitchen prepare its daily meals. Obama took Michelle, Sasha, and Malia to DC Central Kitchen, which is a few minutes away from the White House by presidential motorcade. They joined an assembly line... More »

Michelle Obama's New Agenda: College Access

First lady shifts attention from kids' bellies to teens' minds

(Newser) - Sorry, potentially obese children of America, Michelle Obama has a new hobby. The first lady is taking up the cause of higher education access, particularly for low-income students, the New York Times observes, an effort that could come with a greater role in shaping policy. Today, she'll speak at... More »

Why Obama Quit Smoking: 'I'm Scared of My Wife'

President caught on 'hot mic'

(Newser) - President Obama had a "hot mic moment" yesterday at the UN, and unlike a widely circulated rumor about Obama hating the 4th of July, this one is actually true. OBAMA: "I hope you've quit smoking." MAINA KIAI: "Sometimes." (Inaudible) OBAMA: "No, no, I... More »

Monument to First Lady's Ancestor Toppled

Police investigating incident in Georgia

(Newser) - Police in Georgia are investigating after a monument dedicated to one of first lady Michelle Obama's relatives was knocked over in suburban Atlanta. Clayton County Commissioner Sonna Singleton tells WSB-TV that a stone monument to Obama's great-great-great-grandmother, Melvinia Shields, was pushed over and will need to be inspected... More »

Why I Heckled Michelle Obama

Gay rights advocate says first lady is a legit target

(Newser) - Ellen Sturtz got an unaccustomed turn in the national spotlight this week when she heckled Michelle Obama during a speech, only to find out that the first lady wasn't having it . In the Washington Post , Sturtz describes herself as a "gray-haired, 56-year-old lesbian" and writes that she didn'... More »

Michelle Obama Takes No Nonsense From Heckler

She tells crowd to choose who stays

(Newser) - Michelle Obama—taking a harder line on heckling than her husband tends to do—confronted a woman who interrupted her speech at a Democratic fundraiser last night, the New York Times reports. After the woman shouted about gay rights, Obama said, "One of the things I don’t do... More »

Obama's Net Worth Revealed —Kind Of

It's somewhere between $1.8M and $7M

(Newser) - President Obama's net worth could stand at a hair under $7 million ... or just $1.8 million. That range comes via his financial disclosure reports released yesterday, and USA Today sums it up perfectly: The Obamas "are wealthy, but it's uncertain just how wealthy." Their assets... More »

Obama: If Girls Get Tattoos, Michelle and I Will, Too

'We'll go on YouTube and show it off as a family tattoo'

(Newser) - NBC's Today show conducted an extensive interview with President Obama last week, covering issues such as gun control, North Korea, and immigration reform. But in between those little softballs, the president finally addressed the pressing question really facing this country: How will he and Michelle stop daughters Malia and... More »

Obamas' Income Drops ... to $609K

Slowing book sales make it lowest total of presidency

(Newser) - The White House today released the 2012 tax returns from the Obamas and the Bidens:
  • Obamas: The president and first lady earned $609,000, with 40% of that from book sales. They paid $112,214 for an effective tax rate of 18.4%, and they donated about a quarter of
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First Lady Chokes Up: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

Michelle Obama makes case for tougher gun laws in Chicago

(Newser) - Michelle Obama spoke in Chicago today about youth violence, the need for tougher gun laws, and the tragedy of Hadiya Pendleton —the black teenager from the city shot to death soon after performing at the president's inauguration. The Washington Post calls it a "rare" foray for any... More »

First Lady Calls Herself 'Busy Single Mother'

Michelle Obama quickly corrects herself in TV interview

(Newser) - A Vermont TV station's interview with the first lady is getting lots of attention for unintended reasons, notes Mediaite . In the course of talking about the demands on busy parents, Michelle Obama slipped up and referred to herself as a "busy single mother" before quickly correcting herself. The... More »

Michelle Obama: Barack Is a Sex Symbol

'He's got a little swag,' she says of the president

(Newser) - Michelle Obama was on Entertainment Tonight last night—so, needless to say, the interview covered such hard-hitting topics as her husband's "swag" and her bangs, Mediaite reports. Asked what it's like to be married to a "sex symbol," Obama replied of her husband, "He'... More »

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