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NEWS
April 18, 2011 | By Peter Nicholas, Washington Bureau
President Obama's income dropped substantially in 2010 from the previous year due to declining book sales, but he is still comfortably in the ranks of the nation's millionaires, his federal tax returns show. The Obama family earned $1.73 million last year, largely from sales of the president's books, "Dreams from My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope. " Obama also derived income from his new children's book, "Of Thee I Sing: A Letter to My Daughters," but he donated all proceeds to a charity benefiting children of slain and disabled soldiers, the White House said The Obamas paid a total of $454,00 in federal taxes and $52,000 in Illinois state taxes, according to the returns, released Monday by the White House.
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NATIONAL
May 18, 2010 | By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau
The Obama family's finances improved over the last year thanks to robust book sales, according to financial disclosure forms released Monday. The president and Michelle Obama have assets totaling between $2.3 million and $7.7 million, excluding their house in Chicago, the forms showed. A year ago, the first family posted assets of between $1.4 million and $5.9 million. The disclosure reports, required under ethics laws, allow public officials to list income, assets and other financial information in broad dollar ranges, rather than specific amounts.
NEWS
January 17, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
President Obama commemorated Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday by leading his administration in performing a day of service in honor of the assassinated civil-rights leader. Obama, wife Michelle and their daughters visited Stuart-Hobson Middle School in Washington, where the president and first lady helped paint fruit characters in the school cafeteria to encourage better eating habits. Nutrition and fighting childhood obesity are top causes for Michelle Obama, who celebrated her 47th birthday on Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2012 | By David Ng
An artist in South Africa has landed in hot water over a painting depicting the country's president, Jacob Zuma, with exposed genitalia. "The Spear," a painting by Brett Murray, shows a clothed Zuma standing in a defiant pose, with his penis and scrotum clearly visible. Since there is no literal spear shown in the painting, viewers can assume that the title is a phallic reference. Zuma is launching a court case this week in which he argues that the painting violates his right to dignity, according to reports.
NEWS
December 9, 2012 | By Brian Bennett, This post has been updated, as indicated below.
WASHINGTON -- President Obama  and his family saw “Gangnam Style” rapper Psy perform at a charity concert Sunday night, days after the South Korean pop star and Internet sensation apologized for a song in 2004 that called for killing “Yankees” in Iraq. Park Jae-sang, who performs as Psy, issued a statement Friday saying he was “deeply sorry” after reports surfaced that he had performed a song eight years ago during protests against the war in Iraq that called for killing “Yankees who have been torturing Iraqi captives.” Psy's “Gangnam Style” music video, with its distinctive horse-trot dance move, exploded in popularity after it was posted online last July, vaulting the obscure rapper to international stardom in five months.
OPINION
February 13, 2007
RECENT POLLS INDICATE that black voters favor Sen Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) by a substantial margin over Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), so political pundits are all a-titter, asking how this can be. The assumption, apparently, is that black support should cleave to the black man. But then, is Obama really black? Of course he is. But that fact has done nothing to prevent the awkward dissection of Obama's cultural and racial affinities. Is he half black? Is he African American?
NATIONAL
June 7, 2009 | Andrew Malcolm and Johanna Neuman
As President Obama visited Dresden with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday, a genealogical study in Utah reported that the first African American president in U.S. history is actually German. Well, partly. Provo-based Ancestry.com has found that Obama's lineage on his mother's side can be traced to Germany. Using online sources and microfilm from the Family History Library owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, genealogists found a document that went back to the president's eighth great-grandfather, Conrad Wolflin, who was mayor of Orsingen, Germany, for 30 years.
HOME & GARDEN
April 18, 2009 | Emily Green
Whether a tomato seedling was raised from seed or bought from a nursery, it's as cute as the Obama family's new puppy. If the plants stayed as darling until their fruit ripens in June and July, everyone would grow them. But tomatoes are vines.
HOME & GARDEN
January 17, 2009 | David A. Keeps
Santa Monica designer Michael S. Smith has won the commission to redecorate the White House living quarters for the Obama family. "He sounds like a wise choice, with his interest in traditional though not pedantic museum settings," said historian William Seale, author of "The President's House: A History." "What works best in the White House is someone who is immersed in the past and can design in a modern way." Recent presidents and first ladies have hired a designer from their home states.
SPORTS
November 9, 2008 | Mike Penner
We have already seen Barack Obama's strength as an election-day closer. Now the Professional Bowlers Assn. wants to address an Obama weakness -- his bowling game. During the primaries, Obama gave bowling a try at Pleasant Valley Recreation Center in Altoona, Pa., but managed only a 37 over seven frames. That prompted Obama to quip to Jimmy Kimmel that he was going to get rid of the White House bowling alley and replace it with a basketball court.
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