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February 12, 2014 | By Susan Denley
First Lady Michelle Obama wore a blue gown by designer Carolina Herrera at Tuesday night's state dinner honoring French President Francois Hollande. Celebs including Bradley Cooper, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Stephen Colbert mingled with the pols. [Los Angeles Times] Los Angeles designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy showed their best collection yet at New York Fashion Week on Tuesday, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic Booth Moore says. It included some gowns meant only for the runway that were inspired by "Star Wars.
February 2, 2014 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - As President Obama looks to show off all he can do without Congress, he's been pointing to a surprising place for guidance on the savvy use of power: the other side of the White House. In public and private, the president has been holding up Michelle Obama's initiatives in the East Wing as a template for how the West Wing could accomplish a policy agenda the non-legislative way. He has called his wife's team a model for what's possible, and, in his State of the Union address last week, he said, "As usual, our first lady sets a good example.
January 30, 2014 | By Seema Mehta
First Lady Michelle Obama on Wednesday urged supporters in Los Angeles to donate money to boost Democratic prospects in the 2014 midterm election, saying such efforts were crucial to President Obama's ability to accomplish the goals he laid out in his State of the Union speech the night before. "We need to be engaged right from the beginning, and this is where all of you here tonight come in. This is your part, because there is something all of you can do right now, today, to make a difference….
January 29, 2014 | By Doyle McManus
One way of measuring a president's agenda is by what he highlights in his State of the Union address. Another is by noticing what got left out. President Obama recycled a long list of old but unattained goals in his speech Tuesday: a higher federal minimum wage, early childhood education, immigration reform, tax reform, infrastructure spending, gun control, legislation to close the wage gap between men and women, and closing the detention center...
January 29, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
She's already been on Fallon, Leno, Letterman and Colbert, and now First Lady Michelle Obama will make an appearance in the Puppy Bowl, Animal Planet's consistently adorable and increasingly popular counter-programming to the Super Bowl.  The network announced this week that Obama hosted a "training camp" at the White House, attended by first dogs Bo and Sunny, 12 first- and second-graders from D.C.'s Harriet Tubman Elementary School and 13...
December 30, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
The annual Gallup poll of the most admired men and women in America has come out, and it contains two actors, a queen, a pope, a Pakistani, a talk show host and a plethora of politicians. President Obama hung on to the top spot on the list of most admired men, despite the healthcare drama, for the sixth year in a row.  Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton was first on the list of most admired women -- her record-setting 18th (count 'em) time on the list.  Francis, the pope whose popularity soared in 2013 amid anecdotes of his selflessness and frugality, tied for second with George W. Bush.
December 11, 2013 | By Carla Hall
The selfie seen round the world - namely President Obama with Danish and British leader pals - is still attracting a certain amount of scorn for unbecoming behavior at a funeral. And when you first glance at the photo that shows Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt taking, with her smartphone, a picture of herself with British Prime Minister David Cameron on one side and Obama on the other (Wow! How did girlfriend grab that seat?) clad in their funereal black attire  and grinning, it is a bit surprising.
December 4, 2013 | By Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - President Obama made a highly personal case for raising the minimum wage and strengthening the social safety net in an address Wednesday recalling the government programs that helped him and his wife get ahead in life. In a lengthy speech about income inequality in America, Obama declared it the “defining challenge of our time” to make sure the economy works for rich and poor alike. “I take this personally,” Obama said. “I'm only here because this country educated my grandfather on the GI bill.” PHOTOS: 2013's memorable political moments When his father left and his mom hit hard times trying to raise two children while going to school, he said, “this country helped make sure we didn't go hungry.” And when Michelle Obama's working-class parents wanted to send her to college, he said, “this country helped us afford it until we could pay it back.” “What drives me as a grandson, a son, a father, as an American,” he said, “is to make sure that every striving, hardworking, optimistic kid in America has the same incredible chance that his country gave me.” In what sounded at times like a preview of a State of the Union address, Obama spelled out his economic priorities and outlined his approach as he enters negotiations with congressional Republicans over budget and fiscal matters.
November 29, 2013 | By Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - President Obama told about 20 hunger strikers on the National Mall on Friday that he supported their effort to pressure House Republicans to overhaul immigration laws but was concerned about their health. Three of the protesters, including labor leader Eliseo Medina, 67, have not eaten for 18 days and are drinking only water. Obama and his wife, Michelle, met with the group for about 30 minutes in a heated tent near the steps of the Capitol to discuss the immigration bill that has stalled in the House.
November 10, 2013 | By Booth Moore, Los Angeles Times Fashion Critic
After 16 years at the helm of Coach, Reed Krakoff left the American heritage brand this fall to chart a solo course with his own label, which is starting to really gain momentum. In the three years since launching his namesake brand, Krakoff has dressed Lena Dunham, Julianne Moore and First Lady Michelle Obama, who wore his cobalt blue dress on the March 2013 cover of Vogue. He has a robust accessories business (the Boxer and Atlantique bags have been big hits), which accounts for about 70% of sales, and his ready-to-wear clothing is gaining momentum among women looking for something intellectual, modern and American.
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