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Michelle 'Changed History': Notes of Thanks in NYT

Gloria Steinem, Rashida Jones, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and Jon Meacham express their gratitude

(Newser) - Michelle Obama has been using her last few months in the White House to tidy up her garden , make new friends , and take on Donald Trump . And four notables have penned thank-you notes to her for her efforts in the New York Times , which salutes the first lady for spending... More »

First Lady: Trump Allegations Have 'Shaken Me to My Core'

Michelle Obama calls on women to say 'enough is enough' to GOP nominee

(Newser) - Donald Trump has had a bruising week with hot mics and accusations of sexual misconduct , and one person who's "shaken to the core" by the din surrounding the GOP nominee: Michelle Obama, who spoke on the matter at a Hillary Clinton campaign event Thursday in Manchester, NH, reports... More »

New Theory May Explain Mrs. Lincoln's Odd Behavior

Doctor thinks Mary Todd Lincoln suffered a vitamin deficiency

(Newser) - She's been described as perhaps the most troubled first lady to set foot in the White House, with fearsome moods, depression, and paranoia. Now a doctor says he may have uncovered the secret to Mary Todd Lincoln's behavior: a vitamin deficiency. Interestingly, this latest theory in Perspectives in ... More »

Canada PM's Wife Sparks Outrage by Saying She Needs 'Help'

Sophie Grégoire Trudeau wants her own 'team'

(Newser) - Political gloves are off in Canada after the prime minister's wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, said she needs "a team" to help her "serve the people," reports MSN.com . In a French-language interview , the 41-year-old described her difficulty answering charity requests from her dining-room table while... More »

Photos Captured Nancy, Ronald Reagan's Exquisite Love

"Marriage is never 50-50," the former First Lady once said.

(Newser) - Nancy Reagan's death has inspired a flow of quotes by and about the former First Lady, whose marriage to President Ronald Reagan endured for 52 years until his death in 2004. Among the most memorable quotes:
  • "I've been asked over and over again if there is a
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Lindsey Graham: Well, My Sister Could Be FLOTUS

Or we could have a 'rotating first lady,' he jokes

(Newser) - Leave it to the Daily Mail to ask the really important Election 2016 questions. At a recent campaign event, the tabloid asked unwed Sen. Lindsey Graham who would serve as his first lady, should he become president. "Well, I've got a sister, she could play that role if... More »

Michelle Obama Has Serious Jump-Roping Skills

First lady tweets a suggested exercise routine

(Newser) - Michelle Obama tweeted a short exercise video this week that gives her the distinction of being the only first lady "to wear a gym tank and stretch pants while pounding her fists together in boxing gloves," notes the Washington Post . In the clip, part of Obama's campaign... More »

Why Michelle Obama Should Earn a Salary

The White House could take a stronger stand on equal pay: Gregory Krieg

(Newser) - President Obama is paid $400,000 a year to jet around the globe, shake hands, sign legislation, and sprout several new gray hairs . His wife, who will fly to Maryland today for a clinic for war veterans before hosting a poetry event at the White House, doesn't collect a... More »

Ex-First Lady of Virginia Gets One Year in Prison

Maureen McDonnell sentenced in corruption case

(Newser) - A judge in Virginia today spoke of "two Maureen McDonnells," and then sentenced the one who cashed in on her role as the state's first lady to a year and one day in prison. The judge allowed McDonnell to remain free while she appeals, reports the Richmond ... More »

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 »

'First Lady' Role: It's 'Sexist,' Needs to Go

It's outdated, and hurts women: Nabila Ramdani

(Newser) - It may be time to do away with the "feeble, sexist, and outdated" role of first lady, writes Nabila Ramdani in the Guardian . Look at Valérie Trierweiler: Upon learning that her partner, French President François Hollande, was having an affair, she spent eight nights in the hospital—... 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Laura Bush: Take Me Out of Pro-Gay Marriage Ad

Doesn't want Larry King interview used in ad

(Newser) - Laura Bush has publicly backed gay marriage in the past, but that apparently doesn't mean she wants her views used to actually promote gay marriage. The Respect for Marriage Coalition released an ad yesterday that includes clips of Bush and fellow Republicans Colin Powell and Dick Cheney discussing their... More »

Michelle Obama Attends Funeral of Slain Girl

Hadiya Pendleton was killed after performing at Obama inauguration

(Newser) - Hundreds of mourners and dignitaries including first lady Michelle Obama packed the funeral service today for a Chicago teen whose killing catapulted her into the nation's debate over gun violence. Yet, one speaker after another remembered 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton not so much as a symbol but as a best... More »

Michelle Speech a Triumph

First lady's political savvy on display

(Newser) - Michelle Obama's speech to the Democratic National Convention is being widely hailed as a triumph. Even many conservative pundits praised her performance, while some of the giddier Democrats are now hoping she plans her own run for office .
  • She "knocked it out of the park" by delivering "
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Miami School Board Members: Ax Michelle Event

Michelle Obama's campaign event inappropriate, they argue

(Newser) - A couple of Republicans on the Miami-Dade School Board are not happy with Michelle Obama's plan to hold a campaign event at one of their high schools tonight. The first lady plans to push voter registration and enlist residents to volunteer for President Obama's re-election campaign—and two... More »

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