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  • FLASHBACK: Judge: Obama administration can’t refuse to arrest illegal immigrants

    07/03/2014 7:23:48 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 24, 2013 | By Stephen Dinan
    A federal judge said this week that the Obama administration is likely violating the law by telling immigration agents and officers not to arrest illegal immigrants they deem low priority, in a case that could upend President Obama’s enforcement policy. For the last several years the administration has said it will no longer arrest most illegal immigrants, arguing it wants to focus only on those with serious criminal records or gang ties. The Homeland Security department said it was using “prosecutorial discretion.” Immigration agents and officers sued, saying federal law requires them to make the arrests, but the Obama administration...
  • Ding Dong, Twinkie is dead thanks to Obamas, US economy and unions

    11/16/2012 2:14:46 PM PST · by Marketfly1 · 49 replies
    Bayoubuzz.com ^ | November 16, 2012 | Jeff Crouere
    The corporate closure will eliminate not only jobs, but 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores in the United States. While some workers bucked threats from union bosses and returned to work, it was not enough. "The problem is we don't have enough crossing those lines to maintain normal production,” said Rayburn. So, this ends a company that has been in business since 1930 providing delicious treats to generations of customers. While it is a sad day for most Americans, one person who will be celebrating is First Lady Michelle Obama, who is the...
  • Analysis: Victory puts Obama in position to expand government's reach

    11/08/2012 1:46:47 PM PST · by LucianOfSamasota · 15 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | Nov 7, 2012 | David Lindsey
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Both sides called it a generation-defining race for the White House: a choice between Democrat Barack Obama's brand of government activism and Republican Mitt Romney's commitment to reducing Washington's role in Americans' daily lives. Obama's victory, however, did not settle that question. Instead, the hard-fought battle for the White House exposed an electorate deeply divided by race, age and party. Tuesday's elections - in which Republicans kept control of the U.S. House and Obama's Democrats held on to the Senate - suggested that bitter partisanship would likely remain very much alive in Washington in the new year....
  • Big Jump in Unemployment for Blacks

    11/02/2012 2:43:08 PM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 12 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | Nov 2, 2012 | DANIEL HALPER
    According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the biggest change in employment over the last month affected black workers. In September, the unemployment rate for blacks was 13.4 percent. In October, that number jumped to 14.3 percent, an almost a full percentage point change, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Unemployment for whites remained steady at 7 percent. Likewise, the unemployment rate remain unchanged for teenagers (23.7 percent) and adult men (7.3 percent). For Asians the rate ticked up, from 4.8 percent tp 4.9 percent. Likewise for Hispanics, from 9.9 percent to 10 percent. The unemployment rate for adult...
  • McDonald's Franchisees Have Some Harsh Words for Headquarters

    10/23/2012 3:08:46 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 20 replies
    The franchisor-franchisee relationship can be a heated one, especially when corporate asks the operators to spend more money for one of their initiatives. At McDonald's (MCD), remodeling investments, marketing campaigns and discounting are touchy subjects right now. Mark Kalinowski, lead restaurant analyst at Janney Capital Markets, spoke with a bunch of McDonald's franchisees to gauge how they felt about what's going on, reports Scott Hume and Burger Business.
  • Students boycotting school lunches (Moochelle not mentioned)

    10/06/2012 7:04:08 PM PDT · by Libloather · 34 replies
    UPI ^ | 10/06/12
    Students boycotting school lunchesPublished: Oct. 6, 2012 at 4:46 PM NEW YORK, Oct. 6 (UPI) -- Many U.S. high school students are protesting new, healthier school lunches, and a professor says it may take a while for students to accept healthier food. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 required public schools to follow new nutritional guidelines this academic year, providing fruits and vegetables and limiting fat, sodium, and calories, The New York Times reported Friday. "Before, there was no taste and no flavor," said Malik Barrows, a senior at Automotive High School in Brooklyn. "Now there's no taste, no...
  • N.J. High School Students Planning Cafeteria Boycott To Protest Obama Guidelines

    09/28/2012 1:23:53 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 22 replies
    CBS New York ^ | Sept. 27, 2012
    PARSIPPANY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Students at Parsippany Hills High School held a strategy session on Thursday to discuss a potential lunch strike, on Friday, over what they have called inadequately sized meals. “This year you’re eating lunch and you’re like ‘Did I even eat?’ You’re not even full,” senior Brandon Faris told CBS 2′s Derricke Dennis. New federal guidelines stemming from first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign have resulted in limits on protein and bread, and an increase in vegetables and fruits. The changes have also come at an increased cost. All of it has also sparked a student...
  • School Lunches: The Food Fight Heard 'Round The World

    09/28/2012 1:12:55 AM PDT · by Lexluthor69 · 20 replies
    The Silent Majority ^ | 09-28-12 | J.D. Longstreet
    It would be laughable -- if our school kids weren't hungry! By now, most everyone who pays attention, is aware of how our government, Big Nanny, has screwed-up school lunches so badly that our kids either won't eat the stuff or, they DO eat it and -- remain hungry. This is just more evidence of what happens when the government takes an active hand in "helping" Americans. Once again, I repeat my plea to the UIS government: "For God's sake -- stop helping us!" ABC News reports the following: "School lunch trays are a bit lighter this year after Congress-approved...
  • Mixed grades for new, healthy school lunch rules

    09/14/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | September 14, 2012 | Michael Hill (Associated Press)
    ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) — One student complains because his cafeteria no longer serves chicken nuggets. Another gripes that her school lunch just isn't filling. A third student says he's happy to eat an extra apple with his lunch, even as he's noshing on his own sub. Leaner, greener school lunches served under new federal standards are getting mixed grades from students piling more carrots, more apples and fewer fatty foods on their trays.
  • Racism And Michelle Obama: In Support Of Self-Censorship (NPR)

    09/14/2012 5:31:25 PM PDT · by Drango · 13 replies
    npr ^ | September 14, 2012 | Edward Schumacher-Matos
    Following Gov. Mitt Romney recently to an American Legion convention in Indianapolis, correspondent Ari Shapiro worked the audience with his recorder as he waited for Romney to speak. It was, he would say in his report, "not an Obama-friendly crowd." He aired comments from Bobbie Lucie, a veteran's wife, as illustration. "I just—I don't like him," Lucie said of the president. "Can't stand to look at him. I don't like his wife. She's far from the first lady. It's about time we get a first lady in there that acts like a first lady and looks like a first lady."...
  • New school nutrition standards a recipe for problems? (lesson in why local control is best)

    09/08/2012 10:48:08 PM PDT · by newzjunkey · 29 replies
    Reading Eagle ^ | 9/9/12 | Reading Eagle
    In his gut, Kurt Myers knows when a student arrives at school on an empty stomach. He can see it on a cold Monday morning in the coat that remains zipped and the hat that stays pulled down, in the rush to eat school breakfast as if it's the student's first meal in days. And in the Reading School District, where 92 percent of students received free or reduced-price meals in 2011-12, Myers knows it doesn't take a food services director such as himself to realize that "when a student looks like he hasn't eaten all weekend, he probably hasn't...
  • Dear Mrs. Leader: Media Push 'Raves' for Mrs. Obama's Convention Dress

    09/08/2012 8:49:48 AM PDT · by opentalk · 45 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | September 8, 2012 | Tim Graham
    Insist GOP Wives Need Her Fashion SenseThe fashionistas in the “objective” press displayed their favoritism by boosting Michelle Obama’s convention speech dress and quoted flagrant Michelle-boosters like Kate Betts, who insisted whatever stylishness the Republican women had they owed to the pioneering Mrs. Obama. On Wednesday, the Associated Press posted a story headlined, “Michelle Obama gets raves for Tracy Reese dress,” and out came the bare-arms worship: First lady Michelle Obama got rave reviews for the custom-made Tracy Reese pink and copper dress she wore while giving a tribute to her husband at the Democratic National Convention. The sleeveless dress...
  • Obama Speech: Multiply Failure, Divide the Country

    09/07/2012 7:03:25 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 13 replies
    Red State ^ | September 7th, 2012 | Daniel Horowitz
    What has always amazed me about Democrat policies is that they feign outrage over the need to implement them, even though they have already been championed by both parties, and have produced negative results. Government has already invested in crony capitalism and has already micro-managed every sector of the economy; from higher education to agriculture, health care, and energy. Many of these policies have been supported by administrations and congresses controlled by both parties. And they have driven up costs; not lowered them. For goodness sake, that’s why we are still debating these problems decades after those very policies have...
  • FLOTUS speech written at a 12th grade level

    09/05/2012 10:39:56 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    politico44 ^ | 9/5/12 | BYRON TAU
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — First lady Michelle Obama's Tuesday speech was written at a 12th grade level and was the most 'advanced' speech ever delivered by a presidential nominee's spouse, an analysis finds. The University of Minnesota's Smart Politics blog finds, using the Flesch-Kincaid readability test, that Obama's speech was delivered at a 12.84 grade level. That's in contrast with Ann Romney's speech last week at the Republican convention, which measured at a 5th grade level. The test — which does not factor in the message of speeches — judges readability by word syllables and sentence structure. President Obama, on the...
  • Mrs. Obama’s 2nd-Term Agenda: ‘Impact Nature of Food in Grocery Stores’

    09/04/2012 9:14:10 AM PDT · by jakerobins · 43 replies
    Asked by Parade magazine, "What do you hope to accomplish in your second term?” First Lady Michelle Obama said she wants to "impact the nature of food in grocery stores" with the aim of cutting sugar, fat and salt. “With 'Lets Move!,' our goal is to end the problem of childhood obesity in a generation,” Mrs. Obama said. “And while we’ve seen some very profound cultural shifts, we still have communities that don’t have access to affordable and healthy foods. We still need to find a way to impact the nature of food in grocery stores, in terms of sugar,...
  • Michelle Obama 'Guest Editor' for Website Featuring Sex Tips--Including from Prostitutes

    08/22/2012 8:03:32 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 27 replies
    Michelle Obama 'Guest Editor' for Website Featuring Sex Tips--Including from Prostitutes By Penny Starr August 22, 2012 (CNSNews.com) – First Lady Michelle Obama this week is serving as guest editor for iVillage.com, NBC’s “community of online women” that offers sexually explicit material, including graphic sex tips from prostitutes, “20 kinky things you SO can do,” and a list of “naughty” apps for mobile devices. iVillage A screen from iVillage, which is featuring First Lady Michelle Obama as a guest editor this week. Michelle Obama is identified as a “Guest Editor” on all of the website’s pages, including several titled “Love...
  • In Harvard essay, young Michelle Obama argued for race-based faculty hiring

    08/15/2012 7:12:34 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/15/2012 | Charles Johnson
    During her third and final year at Harvard Law School, first lady Michelle Obama — then named Michelle Robinson — penned an article for the newsletter of Harvard’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), arguing that Harvard and its students were perpetuating “racist and sexist stereotypes” by not intentionally hiring minority and female law professors on the basis of their sex or skin color. The 1988 essay, titled “Minority and Women Law Professors: A Comparison of Teaching Styles,” ran in a special edition of the BLSA Memo. The future first lady justified her demands for more black and female law school...
  • Obama, on ice cream run, orders hot fudge sundae and offers to treat shop patrons (Carney's bananas)

    06/26/2012 2:18:02 AM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/25/12 | Alicia M. Cohn
    Obama, on ice cream run, orders hot fudge sundae and offers to treat shop patronsBy Alicia M. Cohn - 06/25/12 04:36 PM ET President Obama made an ice cream run to a local shop in New Hampshire on Monday between campaign stops, recording a birthday greeting and offering to treat patrons to sweet treats. The president ordered a hot fudge sundae for himself and a banana split for White House press secretary Jay Carney, according to press pool reports. He also teased that Carney has a serious sweet tooth. "You guys are going to witness him eating the whole thing,”...
  • Watchdog group sues for transparency on Michelle Obama vacation expenses

    06/06/2012 10:24:57 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 13 replies
    Watchdog group sues for transparency on Michelle Obama vacation expenses 9:51 AM 06/06/2012 A government watchdog group has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Secret Service in an effort to obtain records detailing Michelle Obama and the Obama daughters’ February 2012 President’s Day weekend ski vacation to Aspen, Colorado. The lawsuit is a more aggressive followup to Judicial Watch’s February 21, 2012 FOIA request with the U.S. Air Force — seeking all records mission taskings, transportation costs and passenger manifests — and the U.S. Secret Service — seeking all records...
  • First Lady Requires Photo ID for Her Book Signings; Voter ID Law-hating Media Fail to Note Obama

    06/06/2012 11:16:05 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | June 6, 2012 | John Bates
    The Obama administration has done its best to oppose states from instituting new, stricter voter ID laws, complaining that many minority voters lack photo identification. But those same folks it wants voting in November are apparently not welcome anywhere near the First Lady's book signings. Something tells me that the same media outlets comparing voter ID laws to the Jim Crow Laws, however, won't see any hint of hypocrisy here, if they even report the story at all. On Friday, June 8th, those wishing to attend the event must purchase a copy of the First Lady's book at the location...
  • Michelle Obama: No federal big soda ban (unless Barack Hussein Obama gets reelected)

    06/06/2012 3:37:35 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/5/2012 | By BYRON TAU
    First lady Michelle Obama tells the Associated Press that she wouldn't want a federal ban on big sugary drink, but applauds Mayor Michael Bloomberg's effort to fight obesity: Asked about Bloomberg's proposal during an interview with The Associated Press, Mrs. Obama said there's no "one-size-fits-all" solution for the country's health challenges. But she said, "We applaud anyone who's stepping up to think about what changes work in their communities. New York is one example." And asked whether the nation's obesity epidemic warrants taking a more aggressive approach, such as Bloomberg's, she said: "There are people like Mayor Bloomberg who are,...
  • Disney Kids Networks to Ban Junk Food Ads

    06/05/2012 8:14:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 53 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | June 5, 2012 | Georg Szalai
    he conglomerate's child-focused radio stations and websites will also launch strict standards for food ads, which CEO Bob Iger is expected to unveil with first lady Michelle Obama. Disney on Tuesday will unveil plans to keep junk food ads off its child-focused TV networks, radio stations and web sites, The New York Times reported.
  • Michelle Obama to Announce Food Initiative With Disney Theme Parks

    06/04/2012 4:57:49 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 52 replies
    Michelle Obama to Announce Food Initiative With Disney Theme Parks First lady Michelle Obama will appear with Disney CEO Bob Iger in Washington Tuesday to announce an expansion of the media company’s food guidelines. Disney representatives say the corporation will be making health-conscious revisions to menus at their theme parks and resorts, though the details and scope of their implementation are yet to be revealed.” Disney is the parent company of ABC News. Michelle Obama has made promotion of nutrition and exercise a major theme of her tenure as first lady, particularly concerning children. The administration says her “Let’s Move”...
  • Superfan Michelle Obama jets to Atlantic City for Beyonce's sell-out concert

    05/27/2012 4:16:27 AM PDT · by dennisw · 40 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 26 May 2012 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Michelle Obama jetted in to Atlantic City last night to join 5,500 fans at a Beyonce concert. The first lady was with daughters Sasha and Malia - but without her husband - at Revel Resorts, where Beyonce performed two dozen songs Saturday night. The First Lady has made no secret of her admiration for the superstar - recently naming Beyonce as the person she would most like to be if she could be anyone else. Governor Chris Christie was among the sell-out crowd packed into Revel's Ovation Hall. Mrs Obama and the girls appeared excited throughout the concert, cheering Beyonce...
  • $4.2 million in tax incentives brings Whole Foods to depressed downtown Detroit

    05/21/2012 8:58:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 60 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | May 18, 2012 | Melissa Quinn
    Michigan politicians met in downtown Detroit on May 14 to break ground on a new Whole Foods Market with hopes of boosting the area’s economy and bringing new jobs to the city. The new store is said to be part of an incentive package that includes $4.2 million in state and local funds. The store will receive tax credits and promise to remain open for seven years after receiving the first installment, Spero News reported.
  • New Federal Regulations Call For Healthier School Lunches

    05/05/2012 7:24:22 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    CBS News Local ^ | May 3, 2012 | By Mike DeNardo
    PHILADELPHIA - New federal regulations require healthier lunches in schools next year. USDA undersecretary Audrey Rowe lunched on chicken salad yesterday with kids at the Roberto Clemente Middle School. Rowe was in town to highlight new school lunch nutrition standards that take effect in the fall. “We will be expanding on the amount of fruits and vegetables offered to the children. Obviously, even though the products are going to be prepackaged, they’re going to be healthier.” With the new requirements, comes a modest 6-cent-per meal increase in federal reimbursements.
  • George Clooney Fundraiser Could Be A $12 Million Blockbuster For Obama

    05/04/2012 5:38:47 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    LATimes ^ | March 03, 2012 | Dan Eggen
    George Clooney Fundraiser Could Be A $12 Million Blockbuster For Obama - George Clooney and Michelle Obama at dinner. Actor George Clooney sits beside first lady Michelle Obama during the State Dinner for British Prime Minister David Cameron at the White House in Washington By Dan Eggen President Obama’s widely publicized fundraiser with actor George Clooney is shaping up to be a Hollywood blockbuster. A May 10 dinner at Clooney’s Studio City, Calif., home has sold out at 150 guests, who are expected to jointly contribute between $5 million and $6 million toward Obama’s reelection effort, people familiar with the...
  • New Slogan: 'Real Change Is Slow and it Never Happens All at Once'

    05/01/2012 3:59:12 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 5/1/12 | DANIEL HALPER
    Michelle Obama seems to have tried out a new campaign slogan at today's fundraiser in Las Vegas. "I’m not going to kid you," the first lady said at the fundraiser, according to the pool report. "This journey is going to be long. And it’s going to be hard. And there are going to be plenty of twists and turns along the way. That’s how change always happens in this country. The reality is real change is slow and it never happens all at once." Seems like a winning slogan to me! "Change is slow."
  • Michelle Obama's 44 cameo appearances on everything from Sesame Street to Jay Leno (title truncated)

    04/23/2012 8:31:39 AM PDT · by Justaham · 36 replies
    dailymail.co.uk/ ^ | 4/23/12 | Leon Watson
    Original title: Michelle Obama's 44 cameo appearances on everything from Sesame Street to Jay Leno make her the most televised first lady in history ------------------------------ She's done push-ups with Ellen DeGeneres, chatted with Jay Leno and David Letterman, danced on Disney's teen show iCarly and appeared on Sesame Street - and that's just the start. Research has shown over the last four years first lady Michelle Obama has been just about everywhere on TV from Comedy Central to Nickelodeon. The study found Mrs Obama has already outpaced past first ladies, like Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, in the number of...
  • One Direction decline White House invitation

    04/11/2012 12:51:29 PM PDT · by NCjim · 4 replies
    The Guardian ^ | April 3, 2012 | Sean Michaels
    Tour commitments force boyband to turn down Michelle Obama's offer to join her family's Easter Monday egg hunt One Direction are too busy for the White House. As the boyband attempt to break America, they have been forced to decline an invitation to join Barack Obama's family at a forthcoming Easter egg hunt. Last weekend, the chart-topping mop-tops met Michelle Obama at the Nickelodeon Kid's Choice awards. Impressed with the quintet – or swayed, perhaps, by the opinions of her young daughters – the first lady invited One Direction to join them at the White House's annual Easter Monday egg...
  • Obama on Why Michelle Was a Working Mom (at $316K Per Year): ‘We Didn't Have the Luxury for....

    04/09/2012 1:55:50 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 51 replies
    Obama on Why Michelle Was a Working Mom (at $316K Per Year): ‘We Didn't Have the Luxury for Her Not to Work’ By Terence P. Jeffrey April 9, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - Speaking Friday at what the administration called “The White House Forum on Women and the Economy,” President Barack Obama said that after his two daughters were born, he and his wife—both Harvard Law School graduates—could not afford the “luxury” of having her stay home with the children. In 2005, when Obama began serving in the U.S. Senate (and his daughters turned 5 and 7), he and his wife were...
  • School cafeterias to require fruits and vegetables nationwide (Fines for Kids not complying)

    04/01/2012 2:24:56 PM PDT · by raybbr · 101 replies
    NewHaven Register.com ^ | 4/1/2012 | Brian McCready
    Beginning next school year, students across the country may be in for a shock when they purchase their lunch in the cafeteria. In an effort to fight childhood obesity and diabetes, the federal government is requiring students of all ages to buy at least one serving of fresh fruit or vegetable for lunch. Even if they toss the produce into the garbage. Fresh fruit and vegetable portions will double next year. “Some students don’t take one now, but they will have to,” Eileen Faustich, Milford’s food services director, said Friday. “We can’t let a child go by the cashier without...
  • Wendy's overtakes Burger King as No. 2 U.S. burger chain

    03/19/2012 8:27:26 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 139 replies
    CNN ^ | Monday, March 19, 2012 | James O'Toole
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- Wendy's is taking a bite out of Burger King in the fast food business. Dave Thomas's restaurants became the No. 2-selling hamburger chain in the country last year, industry research firm Technomic said Monday, pushing Burger King back to the No. 3 spot. Burger King had been No. 2 spot since at least 1972, the earliest year for which Technomic has data. Wendy's (WEN) U.S. sales totaled $8.5 billion last year, edging out Burger King and its $8.4 billion. Wendy's has roughly 5,900 locations in the U.S. compared with Burger King's 7,200. McDonald's (MCD, Fortune 500),...
  • What if government treated eating the way it treats sex?

    03/04/2012 4:24:43 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Hot Air ^ | March 3, 2012 | J E Dyer
    It’s a useful distinction to consider. A particular moral idea governs left-wing views on social and health matters, and the left’s purpose with political advocacy is to put the power of government behind that view. By examining the left’s very different policy approaches to eating and sex, we can discern the features of the morality at work.The left’s governmental approach to sex today involves, among other things, the following:1. Advertising it to children through the public schools and encouraging them to explore and participate in it.2. Basing policy on the assumption that no solution to any problem lies in individuals...
  • Students Forced to Eat School Lunch to Supplement Home Made Lunch

    02/14/2012 10:42:35 AM PST · by cavdad · 54 replies
    Civitas Institute ^ | 2/14/12 | Matt Willoughby
    A mother in Hoke County complains her daughter was forced to eat a school lunch because a government inspector determined her home-made lunch did not meet nutrition requirements. In fact, all of the students in the NC Pre-K program classroom at West Hoke Elementary School in Raeford had to accept a school lunch in addition to their lunches brought from home.
  • Preschooler’s Homemade Lunch Replaced with Cafeteria “Nuggets”

    02/14/2012 9:47:32 AM PST · by Nachum · 132 replies · 1+ views
    Carolina Journal ^ | 2/14/12 | Sara Burrows
    State agent inspects sack lunches, forces preschoolers to purchase cafeteria food instead RAEFORD — A preschooler at West Hoke Elementary School ate three chicken nuggets for lunch Jan. 30 because a state employee told her the lunch her mother packed was not nutritious. The girl’s turkey and cheese sandwich, banana, potato chips, and apple juice did not meet U.S. Department of Agriculture guidelines, according to the interpretation of the agent who was inspecting all lunch boxes in her More at Four classroom that day. The Division of Child Development and Early Education at the Department of Health and Human Services...
  • Michelle Obama Announces New School Lunch Nutrition Guidelines

    01/28/2012 7:51:54 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 59 replies
    Black Entertainment Television (BET) ^ | January 26, 2012 | By Joyce Jones
    School lunches are about to get much healthier. First Lady Michelle Obama announced today that soon the meals will have less sodium, and will include more whole grains and more fruits and vegetables as sides. The new rules, which will go into effect in the 2012-2013 school year, will also allow schools to serve tofu and other soyfoods and soymilk to children who regularly consume them at home. Obama said that children who are on a sugar high or have a tummy filled with high-sodium, greasy food have difficulty focusing on their schoolwork. "As parents, we try to prepare decent...
  • USDA school lunch rules 'best ever' -- though pizza is still a 'vegetable'

    01/28/2012 8:19:21 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 21 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 25, 2012 | by Amy Hubbard
    Yes, there's plenty to celebrate with the USDA's new school meal standards, promoted Wednesday by First Lady Michelle Obama at a Virginia elementary school. Still, French fries will flow in school cafeterias. The new rules are the first such standards to include whole grains and limits on sodium and trans fats, and they'll "double the amount of fruits and vegetables" served to kids, said Margo Wanker, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in Washington. This makes them the "best ever," she said. And yet, there are a couple of things she was less...
  • First lady unveils [still more] tougher nutrition standards for school meals

    01/25/2012 11:06:05 AM PST · by Zakeet · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 25, 2012 | Julian Pecquet
    First lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday unveiled tougher nutrition standards that school meals will have to meet starting this year. The new standards were required by the 2010 school nutrition bill that increased funding for school meals. The new regulations, according to the Department of Agriculture, will: Ensure that students are offered both fruits and vegetables every day of the week; Substantially increase offerings of whole grain-rich foods; Offer only fat-free or low-fat milk varieties; Limit calories based on the age of children being served to ensure proper portion size; and Increase the focus on reducing the amounts of saturated...
  • African American women see their own challenges mirrored in Michelle Obama’s

    01/24/2012 7:59:18 AM PST · by NCjim · 40 replies
    Washington Post ^ | January 23, 2012 | Krissah Thompson and Vanessa Williams
    As black women watch Michelle Obama on the national stage, they search — sometimes nervously — for nuances often lost on the larger culture. How she handles criticism, how she raises her children, even her style of dress, has the potential to counter negative stereotypes. “She is mainstreaming to the world what a lot of us already know about ourselves,” says Dacenta Grice, a 37-year-old black woman who works as a physician assistant in Atlanta. “She reinforces the reality that so many of us live. She is a black woman who just seems fantastic in her own right, who just...
  • Study: Junk food doesn’t cause obesity in middle schools

    01/17/2012 11:45:52 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    Yahoo news ^ | Jan 17, 2012
    A new study of nearly 20,000 middle schoolers has found that kids who attend schools that sell junk food such as soda and doughnuts do not gain more weight than students who attend schools where that type of food isn't avai
  • Speculation on Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016

    01/14/2012 11:20:19 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 39 replies · 1+ views
    Speculation on Michelle Obama for Senate in 2016 Jeff Poor - The Daily Caller 1 hr 29 mins ago In November 2016, Illinois voters will go to the polls to decide who they want to occupy the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Republican Sen. Mark Kirk. And although it is a long way off, could one of the names on the ticket be first lady Michelle Obama? At the end of this weekend’s broadcast of “The McLaughlin Group,” show host John McLaughlin made that bold prediction, saying a Michelle Obama run for the seat her husband won in 2004...
  • Mrs Obama: Some Give Her 'Angry Black Woman' Image

    01/11/2012 8:27:09 AM PST · by edpc · 40 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11 Jan 2012 | AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is challenging assertions she has forcefully imposed her will on White House aides and says people have inaccurately tried to portray her as "some kind of angry black woman." Mrs. Obama tells CBS News she has not read New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor's new book that characterizes her as a behind-the-scenes force in the Executive Mansion, whose strong views often draw her into conflict with President Barack Obama's top advisers.
  • The High Price of Impatience: Michelle Jets Off To Hawaii With The Kids For 17 Day Vacation

    12/16/2011 1:03:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 40 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | December 16, 2011 | LYDIA WARREN
    The High Price of Impatience: Michelle Jets Off To Hawaii With The Kids For 17 Day Vacation Before The President Can Leave ... At A Cost of $100,000 To The taxpayer By LYDIA WARREN 16th December 2011 With thousands of families struggling to raise funds for Christmas, you would think the Obamas might manage a little thriftiness. But today, Michelle Obama and her two daughters fly to Hawaii for a 17-day holiday - days before the president joins them. The separate flights will incur costs of more than $100,000 to the taxpayer. Vacation: The President was scheduled to begin his...
  • Things get seasonal at the White House; Obamas hand out Halloween treats

    10/29/2011 4:43:08 PM PDT · by Evil Slayer · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/29/11 | By Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — Turns out, the White House did not get egged. Trick-or-treaters marched up the White House driveway on a wet, snowy Saturday, past the spider web-like gauze, the pumpkins and the costumed actors to the mansion’s north portico where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama handed out treats, an annual tradition. “What’s this? Look at this guy,” the president said at the sight of one costumed child. “A headless man. Terrifying!” And yes, the sweets included signature boxes of White House M&Ms, signaling a temporary respite from the first lady’s healthy eating campaign. Dried fruit and White...
  • $10K asking price for photo with Michelle Obama at fundraiser

    10/18/2011 12:56:04 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | October 18, 2011 | Katherine Skiba
    When first lady Michelle Obama comes home to Chicago next Tuesday, a group photo with her at a campaign fundraiser won’t come cheap. The asking price for a ticket to a "family photo reception" is $10,000, according to an invitation to the event. The invitation specifies that there may be a maximum of six guests in the photo.
  • White House state dinner menu

    10/13/2011 4:15:42 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 66 replies
    Politico.com/blogs ^ | 10/13/11 | Karin Tanabe
    There’s no celebrity chef tasked with whipping up Thursday night’s state dinner honoring President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak, but the menu is still mouth-watering. For the dinner held in the East Room, Executive Chef Cris Comerford and Pastry Chef William Yosses will serve the following, according to the White House via POLITICO 44: First Course Butternut Squash Bisque, Honey Poached Cranberries, Virginia Cured Ham, Pumpkin Seed Praline, Crčme Fraiche Second Course Early Fall Harvest Salad on Daikon Sheets, Masago Rice Pearl Crispies, Rice Wine Vinaigrette Main Course Texas Wagyu Beef, Orange-Ginger Fondue, Sauteed Kale, Roasted Kabocha Squash Dessert Chocolate...
  • Olive Garden, Red Lobster to slash fat and salt; Michelle Obama declares healthy 'breakthrough'

    09/16/2011 4:59:52 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 104 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/16/11 | LINDSAY GOLDWERT
    The First Lady has scored another victory in the battle of the bulge. The CEO of Darden Restaurants, which owns eatery chains Olive Garden and Red Lobster as well as LongHorn Steakhouse and Capital Grille, said on Thursday the company will work to reduce fat and sodium by 10% over the course of the next five years and 20% over the next decade.
  • Michelle Obama Accused of Being $10 Million 'Vacation Junkie'

    08/24/2011 6:58:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Gather ^ | August 24, 2011 | Tom Rose
    Is Michelle Obama a modern-day Mary Lincoln? Anonymous (so far) White House sources are saying it's a fair comparison as the First Lady does to President Obama what Mary Todd did to her husband by spending taxpayer money on luxuries like it was drying up forever. Which is possible... In the last year alone Michelle Obama is accused of spending more than $10 million on vacations and expensive accommodations, all on the public dime. The report, broken by the National Enquirer, is light on the sources, but heavy on the details. The picture painted seems to go way beyond what...
  • Michelle Obama Spent 42 Days on Vacation this Past Year

    08/12/2011 11:45:55 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 68 replies
    White House Dossier ^ | August 12, 2011 | Keith Koffler
    First Lady Michelle Obama over the last year has spent a total of 42 days on vacation, or a little more than one out of every nine days, according to a White House Dossier analysis of her travel. Her vacations, the cost of which are mostly borne by taxpayers, include trips to Panama City, Fla., Martha’s Vineyard, Hawaii, South Africa, Latin America, Vail, Colo., and her visit this week to her brother in Corvallis, Ore. The total does not include a nine day sojourn in Martha’s Vineyard that the Obamas will enjoy this month. Nor does it include a trip...