August 12th, 2014
04:14 PM ET
4 months ago

Fox News host: First lady needs to 'drop a few' pounds

(CNN) – A Fox News co-host questioned Michelle Obama's weight and eating habits on Tuesday as the first lady advocates for nutrition standards through her "Let's Move" anti-obesity campaign.

"How well could she be eating? She needs to drop a few," Keith Ablow, a psychiatrist and member of Fox's "Medical A-Team," said on "Outnumbered."

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Filed under: Michelle Obama
August 6th, 2014
02:58 PM ET
5 months ago

Michelle Obama: 'Women are smarter than men'

Washington (CNN) - Michelle Obama was asked on Wednesday why it's important to speak up in her position and her jovial answer to a group of African first spouses highlighted many men have come to realize over time: Women are smarter than men as a whole.

"Women are smarter than men," Obama quipped to a chorus of laughs at the African Leaders Spousal Summit in Washington. "And the men can't complain because you're outnumbered today."

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Filed under: Africa • Laura Bush • Michelle Obama
August 3rd, 2014
09:38 AM ET
5 months ago

The ‘Inside Politics’ Forecast: Rand Paul tries to shed isolationist image with fall speech

CNN's John King and other top political reporters empty out their notebooks each Sunday on "Inside Politics" to reveal five things that will be in the headlines in the days, weeks and months ahead.

Washington (CNN) – A rare dose of high-powered bipartisanship, plus a mix of 2014 and 2016 nuggets from our weekly trip around the Inside Politics table:

1. RAND –MAN IN THE MIDDLE ON FOREIGN POLICY?

Politico’s Mike Allen shared important reporting about an effort by Rand Paul to address what is perhaps his most significant obstacle as he pursues the 2016 GOP presidential nomination: the isolationist label.

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Michelle Obama: More than 58,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. is ‘a stain on our nation’s soul’
July 31st, 2014
07:47 PM ET
5 months ago

Michelle Obama: More than 58,000 homeless veterans in the U.S. is ‘a stain on our nation’s soul’

(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama called the number of homeless veterans “a stain on our nation’s soul,” urging local officials to continuing working to fight the problem.

At an event in Washington on Thursday, Mrs. Obama told a packed room, “as Americans, the idea that anyone who has worn our country’s uniform spends their night sleeping on the ground should horrify us. So it’s truly our duty to right this wrong and put an end to veteran homelessness once and for all.”

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Michelle Obama evokes personal story to inspire young African leaders to pay it forward
July 30th, 2014
05:32 PM ET
5 months ago

Michelle Obama evokes personal story to inspire young African leaders to pay it forward

Washington (CNN) -- Speaking before a packed ballroom of young African leaders and innovators, first lady Michelle Obama advocated Wednesday for female empowerment through education.

“I imagine that for some of you here today, getting your degree might have meant disobeying or disappointing your families,” she said, specifically addressing the girls in the room.

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July 28th, 2014
08:30 AM ET
5 months ago

First lady steps up political push

Washington (CNN) – Michelle Obama is asking Democrats to get serious - about voting in November's midterm elections.

In an email and video to Democratic donors and supporters, the first lady is trying to energize the party's base and expand Democratic turnout. Obama's pitch comes as a new CNN poll illustrates the turnout problem the Democrats face in November.

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Filed under: 2014 • DCCC • DNC • Michelle Obama
Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks
July 24th, 2014
10:48 PM ET
5 months ago

Joining fundraising spree, first lady asks for 'biggest, fattest' checks

(CNN) — First lady Michelle Obama jumped into the White House fundraising spree on Thursday, prodding supporters in Chicago to hand over the maximum campaign contribution in an attempt to shore up Democrats' chances in upcoming midterm elections.

Her entreaty came as her husband, President Barack Obama, capped a three-day fundraising swing on the West Coast, bringing in millions of dollars for the committees charged with electing Democrats to office.

"We need you to write the biggest, fattest check that you can possibly write," Mrs. Obama told a crowd of donors in Chicago, her hometown. "Writing those checks is the single-most impactful thing that you can do right now."

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Michelle Obama: Woman president should happen ASAP
June 23rd, 2014
08:26 PM ET
6 months ago

Michelle Obama: Woman president should happen ASAP

(CNN) – Michelle Obama said Monday she's "definitely" not jumping into politics, but suggested the United States might not be too far away from having its first woman commander in chief.

Asked at the Washington event if she would consider a political career once her husband leaves the White House in 2017, Mrs. Obama gave a flat no.

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Filed under: 2016 • Hillary Clinton • Michelle Obama • Minimum wage • President Obama
Obamas: Daughters should experience hard work, minimum wage job
June 20th, 2014
12:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Obamas: Daughters should experience hard work, minimum wage job

Washington (CNN) – President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama agreed their two daughters should have an understanding of what it's like to earn a paycheck at a minimum wage job.

In an interview with Parade magazine released Friday, the first couple was asked if they think their teenage daughters, Sasha and Malia, should experience the kind of minimum wage jobs they did growing up.

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Filed under: Malia Obama • Michelle Obama • Minimum wage • President Obama • Sasha Obama
Michelle Obama challenges Republicans over child nutrition law
June 18th, 2014
07:39 PM ET
6 months ago

Michelle Obama challenges Republicans over child nutrition law

Washington (CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama is continuing to question Republicans who want to roll back some of the key provisions of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, telling a group of medical journalists on Wednesday "We're not even thinking about the possibility of rolling back because we just can't afford for that to happen."

The first lady said school nutrition has improved for the first time in 30 years and that 90% of schools are currently in compliance.

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