(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to tape an interview appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" Friday as part of her signature effort to support military families.
According to the first lady's office, Mrs. Obama will "discuss her plans to launch a comprehensive national campaign…to recognize, honor and provide ways for everyone to step up and answer the call."
(CNN) – First lady Michelle Obama may not be a seasoned campaigner, but she is a veteran mom. And that, she says, has given her a wealth of experience for the campaign trail.
"You see, more than anything, I come to this as a mom," she told an audience at a rally for Sen. Russ Feingold in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Feingold is in a tough re-election battle for his fourth term in the US Senate.
Washington (CNN) - The state dinner crasher scandal may have pushed Desiree Rogers out of Washington but the former White House social secretary has found a soft landing in Chicago.
Rogers has accepted a position as Chief Executive Officer of Johnson Publishing Company, Inc (JPC), according to a company statement. JPC is an African American owned and operated publishing company, which manages a portfolio that includes Ebony and Jet Magazines.
Rogers announced her intention to leave the social office 14 months into her tenure as social secretary. She had been charged with shaping the Obama brand when President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama first moved into the White House in January 2009.
Washington (CNN) - First Lady Michelle Obama on Tuesday will donate her 2009 inaugural gown to the National Museum of American History, the Smithsonian and the White House announced.
The gown, designed by New York designer Jason Wu, is the one-shoulder, white-chiffon dress that the first lady wore to all 10 inaugural balls the evening of President Obama's inauguration.
Wu plans to attend the presentation on Tuesday.
The students coming to the White House tonight will be met by the 'Inflatable Dome,' a virtual universe that displays a realistic virtual show of the galaxies. (Photo Credit: Erika Dimmler/CNN)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - One hundred and forty lucky middle school aged students are headed to the South Lawn at the White House this evening for a night of star gazing with President Obama – but this time, the proceedings have nothing to do with Hollywood royalty.
Tonight's festivities will target a very specific age group, one that typically succumbs to peer pressure and tends to move away from science and technology. According to former astronaut Dr. Sally Ride, who was on the South Lawn for a preview and will be there this evening, 'this reminds them that science is cool, and tonight's event might let them hold onto that interest' going into high school and college.
The students from local middle schools in Washington, DC and Virginia who are coming to the White House tonight will be met by the 'Inflatable Dome,' a virtual universe that displays a realistic virtual show of the galaxies, as well as roughly twenty telescopes scattered about the lawn and pointed toward the heavens. Max Mutchler, a Hubble scientist, will be manning the Odyssey 8 telescope. Beyond the stars and the Earth's own moon, according to Mutchler, the big draw this evening will be Jupiter and its moons, specifically the four brightest orbs - the same moons that Galileo first saw over 400 years ago - and the cloud structures that surround them.
As for Dr. Ride and her fondest memories of her time in space, she told CNN that "launch is something absolutely spectacular, no astronaut ever forgets it. And the view back at earth. It's an absolutely spectacular view, and it gave me a different appreciation for the planet, the fragility of the planet and the importance of protecting it. And the appreciation that we live someplace that is unique."
The hope for tonight is that some students will realize it too.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Bush administration cleared the way Thursday for federal agencies to skip consultations with government scientists when embarking on projects that could impact endangered wildlife, the interior secretary said.
The final regulations to the Endangered Species Act take effect before President Bush leaves office in January, but wildlife conservation groups say undoing the damage could take months.
"The responsibility to initiate consultation will still lie with the federal agency undertaking the action," Interior Secretary Dirk Kempthorne said, but if the agency in question can satisfy the requirement that no harm will come to an endangered species, then there is no need to consult with either the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or the National Marine Fisheries Services.
The determination of "no harm" will rest with agency bureaucrats instead of scientists, but the agencies can still seek the input of the scientists on a voluntary basis, Kempthorne said.
Developers and agencies with large projects have long sought a weakening of Endangered Species Act regulations, which they say delay their projects and add to costs.
WASHINGTON (CNN) –- President Bush will hold a Rose Garden press conference Tuesday morning to discuss the nation’s current economic situation and address “Americans’ understandable anxiety about issues affecting their pocketbooks,” White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said.
“He will also call upon Congress to send him sensible and effective bills that will help Americans weather this difficult period and keep our country moving forward,” said Perino, adding that Bush will urge the House and Senate to approve legislation to help ease energy prices, and address the mortgage crisis, rising food prices and student loans.
The news conference is scheduled to take place at 10:31 a.m. ET.