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First Lady Michelle Obama Wins “Best Celebrity Mom” Title

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It was stiff competition but First Lady Michelle Obama was able to pull it off. Taking first place in Babble.com‘s “50 Best and Worst Celebrity Moms”.

In praising First Lady Michelle for the Best Mom award, a company spokesman said:

It’s not often an American political figure has such universal, bi-partisan admiration and respect as our First Lady, Michelle Obama. Although her iconic style and killer biceps are often more discussed than her political endeavors (like her current initiative to fight childhood obesity), she’s also a grounded, fist-bumping, smart woman who places her job as a mother before her public role. Even with an entire staff on hand, Michelle makes sure her girls, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, learn responsibility and have a normal childhood, which means they do their chores and complete their homework without presidential free passes. Plus, we can practically see the love radiating off of her and Mr. President — a rare dynamic in White House history. Having such a strong woman and an inspirational mother representing our country is something we should all be proud of.

In addition to being named #1 in the celebrity moms category, the First Lady is also named #3 in the busiest mom category, and #9 in the most stylish category.

Top 10 Celebrity Moms

  • Michelle Obama
  • Angelina Jolie
  • Tina Fey
  • Jennifer Garner
  • Reese Witherspoon
  • Katie Holmes
  • Hillary Clinton
  • Sarah Jessica Parker
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Madonna

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What the Health Care Bill Does for Average Americans

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President Barack Obama addresses doctors at the White House.

HP~After months of fierce debate around the country and after an intense day of voting on Capitol Hill, a health care reform bill is on its way to President Obama’s desk.

Once Obama signs the bill into law, as he is expected to do on Tuesday, it will mean an end to the current health care system as we know it.

Pundits on the right and left have been reacting to passage of the legislation, but what does the bill actually mean for the average American?

The immediate effects of the health care bill as well as some that will take effect in the first year of implementation are as follows:

1. Health Insurers cannot deny children health insurance because of pre-existing conditions. A ban on the discrimination in adults will take effect in 2014.

2. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees will get tax credits covering up to 50% of employee premiums.

3. Seniors will get a rebate to fill the so-called “donut hole” in Medicare drug coverage, which severely limits prescription medication coverage expenditures over $2,700. As of next year, 50% of the donut hole will be filled.

4. The cut-off age for young adults to continue to be covered by their parents’ health insurance rises to the age 27.

5. Lifetime caps on the amount of insurance an individual can have will be banned. Annual caps will be limited, and banned in 2014.

6. A temporary high-risk pool will be set up to cover adults with pre-existing conditions. Health care exchanges will eliminate the program in 2014.

7. New plans must cover checkups and other preventative care without co-pays. All plans will be affected by 2018.

8. Insurance companies can no longer cut someone when he or she gets sick.

9. Insurers must now reveal how much money is spent on overhead.

10. Any new plan must now implement an appeals process for coverage determinations and claims.

11. This tax will impose a 10% tax on indoor tanning services. This tax, which replaced the proposed tax on cosmetic surgery, would be effective for services on or after July 1, 2010.

12. New screening procedures will be implemented to help eliminate health insurance fraud and waste.

13. Medicare payment protections will be extended to small rural hospitals and other health care facilities that have a small number of Medicare patients.

14. Non-profit Blue Cross organizations will be required to maintain a medical loss ratio — money spent on procedures over money incoming — of 85% or higher to take advantage of IRS tax benefits.

15. Chain restaurants will be required to provide a “nutrient content disclosure statement” alongside their items. Expect to see calories listed both on in-store and drive-through menus of fast-food restaurants sometime soon.

16. The bill establishes a temporary program for companies that provide early retiree health benefits for those ages 55‐64 in order to help reduce the often-expensive cost of that coverage.

17. The Secretary of Health and Human Services will set up a new Web site to make it easy for Americans in any state to seek out affordable health insurance options The site will also include helpful information for small businesses.

18. A two‐year temporary credit (up to a maximum of $1 billion) is in the bill to encourage investment in new therapies for the prevention and treatment of diseases.

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Future Pop Stars Risk Their Lives To Sing for Freedom

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Award-winning film "Afghan Star - The Documentary." Promotional poster by Zeitgeist Films.

The award-winning “Afghan Star – The Documentary,” showcases the “American Idol”-like pop competition “Afghan Star” that is sweeping Afghanistan.

Since the TV show’s inception in 2005, its popularity has spread like wildfire, with “Afghan Star” contestants chosen despite gender and voted on democratically by the general public via cell phone.

The documentary follows several contest participants as they literally sing for their lives, particularly the women, who are judged harshly by the still-mostly conservative public that was once dominated by the Taliban.

The film is available on DVD and will be featured on HBO this month.

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First Lady Michelle Obama Appears On The Simpsons (well, sort of)

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In a brand new episode of the hit cartoon series, First Lady Michelle Obama will be seen traveling to fictional Springfield to meet the local school children. The upcoming episode entitled “Stealing First Base” will air on Sunday, March 21st (8:00-8:30 pm ET/PT) on FOX.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Angela Bassett

First Lady Michelle Obama and Angela Bassett

Award-winning actress Angela Bassett will provide the voice of Mrs. Obama. Bassett has become well-known for her biographical film roles portraying real life women in African American culture, perhaps most prominently as singer Tina Turner in the motion picture What’s Love Got to Do with It, as well as her portrayal of Betty Shabazz in the films Malcolm X and Panther, Rosa Parks in the The Rosa Parks Story, Michael Jackson’s mother Katherine in the miniseries The Jacksons: An American Dream and Christopher ‘The Notorious B.I.G.’ Wallace’s mother Voletta Wallace in the film Notorious.

During the new episode Lisa Simpson’s classmates ostracize her for being an straight “A” student, and the First Lady comes to her defense. After being cast out by her friends, Lisa is thrilled when she gets a chance to meet the President’s wife. Ultimately, Mrs. Obama helps Lisa discover the joys of being an overachiever.

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Star in Your Own Oscars® Viewing Party!


Event Producer Cheryl Cecchetto shows you the “10 Must Haves” to throwing an awarding-winning party; Master Chef Wolfgang Puck cooks and provides you with delicious and easy-to-make-at-home recipes; Executive Pastry Chef Sherry Yard shows you how to bake a yummy dessert; and Moët & Chandon, the exclusive champagne of the Oscars, provides a special cocktail that will wow your guests.

Invite your family and friends; download Oscar® ballots, party play-along games, recipes, cocktails ideas and much more.

Oscar® Night Essentials
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44-D’s Oscar® Ballot
Predict the winners using this downloadable/printable Oscar® ballot.
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Oscar® Bingo
Download Bingo cards and play along as you watch the show! (Nine different cards available)
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Oscar® Crossword Puzzle
Test your Oscar smarts with this Academy Awards-themed crossword puzzle.
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Party Planning Ideas
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Cheryl Cecchetto (founder and president of Sequoia Productions) shares with you the 10 must haves to hosting the Best Oscar-viewing party in town! She’ll take you step-by-step from invites to games, from décor to food. Everything you need to throw an award-winning party for your friends and family.
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Cocktail Recipes

The Moët Golden Glamour

0.25 oz vanilla liqueur
1.5 oz passion fruit juice
4 oz Moet & Chandon Imperial champagne
Mint sprig, for garnish
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The Red Carpet Fizz

1/2 oz Pomegranate Juice
1/3 oz Orange Liquor
Add Fresh Raspberries
Top with Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne

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The Ultimate Accolade

1/2 oz Orange Vodka
1/3 oz Orange Juice
Top with Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne

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The Golden Rush

1/3 oz Orange Vodka
1/3 oz Sugar Syrup
2 Dashes Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with Moët & Chandon White Star Champagne

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Non-Alcoholic Beverages

Serve sparkling apple, pomegranate, or blueberry juice – for a bubbly toast at any party!

Mix cranberry juice with lime soda and add a twist of lime for an elegant beverage.
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Appetizer Recipes

Smoked Salmon Blinis

Oscar’s Master Chef Wolfgang Puck shows how to make blinis with smoked salmon and dill cream. The little flour pancakes known as blini are a traditional platform for serving smoked salmon.
Recipe
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Prime Mini Burgers with Cheddar Cheese and Remoulade

Toasted Brioche circles for buns, and topped with Remoulade, these sliders are elegant enough to serve at a wedding. Allow three burgers per person and top with tomato, arugula, and cornichon slices.
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Vegetable Spring Rolls with Chinese Mustard

Forget about the greasy, tasteless spring rolls you once tasted from the take out restaurant. These are wonderful, crisp, fresh-tasting morsels that look a lot more complicated to make than they really are.
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Entrée Recipes

Slow Braised Short Ribs

These are meltingly tender and flavorful short ribs. To make them even neater to present and easier to eat, ask the butcher to bone the short ribs for you. Feel free to dredge them with all-purpose flour instead of the matzoh meal.
Recipe
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Pizza with Smoked Salmon & Caviar

You can top the pizza with Sevruga, Beluga, or Osetra caviar; less expensive salmon roe or just chopped fresh chives. To make the pizza ahead, bake it for just 5 minutes; then, just before serving, complete the baking and top the pizza.
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Dessert Recipe

Molten Lava Chocolate Cake

Sherry Yard demonstrates how to create molten chocolate lava cakes. Close your eyes when you take the first bite of this cake. Roll it across your tongue and let the flavor linger. If you’re a chocolate lover you’ll be transported.
Recipe
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Lopez Tonight! Guest Schedule for 03/1 thru 03/4

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Monday, March 1, 2010

Julia MancusoJulia Mancuso
Dax Shepard
Nicole Eggert
New Boyz
‘Jersey Shore Presents: The Hurt Locker and Inglorious Basterds’

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Tracey UllmanTracey Ullman
Bret Michaels
‘Jersey Shore Presents: Inglorious Basterds and Avatar’
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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

T-PainT-Pain
Mario Lopez
Anjelah Johnson
‘Jersey Shore Presents: The Blind Side’

Thursday, March 4, 2010

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Shaun White
Andrew Dice Clay
‘Jersey Shore Presents: Up in the Air’

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Great Live Music Clip from Last Week’s Show

Matt Morris is an American singer-songwriter. The son of country music star Gary Morris, Morris made his show business debut on stage with his father. Morris is openly gay and married his husband Sean Michael Morris when same sex couples were allowed to do so in California. His husband was his inspiration for the song “Love” found on his debut album.

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President Obama Presents Medals in Arts and Humanities

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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama arrive in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, for the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal ceremony. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The President presented the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal for 2009 in a ceremony in the East Room of the White House in a ceremony Thursday evening.

The 12 winners for the National Medal of Arts were announced in the afternoon and awarded their medals by President and Mrs. Obama in an evening ceremony. Winners of the NMA include famous singer/musician/activist Bob Dylan, the designer Milton Glaser; the artist and architect Maya Lin; the singer and actor Rita Moreno; the soprano Jessye Norman; the artist Frank Stella; the conductor Michael Tilson Thomas; the composer and conductor John Williams; and Joseph P. Riley Jr., the mayor of Charleston, S.C. The actor and director Clint Eastwood was also named a medalist but not present at the ceremony. The Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the School of American Ballet were awarded medals as well.

The annual award is managed by the National Endowment for the Arts. In a statement, the endowment’s chairman, Rocco Landesman, said the winners represented “the breadth and depth of American architecture, design, film, music, performance, theater and visual art.”

First Lady Michelle Obama congratulates Elie Wiesel at a White House ceremony in which he received the National Humanities Medal.

President Obama also presented the 2009 National Humanities Medals to eight Americans for their outstanding achievements in history, literature, cultural philanthropy, and museum leadership. This years winners: prize-winning authors and historians Robert A. Caro (“The Years of Lyndon Johnson: The Path to Power, Means of Ascent and Master of the Senate”), Annette Gordon-Reed (“The Hemingses of Monticello”), David Levering Lewis, (“W.E.B DuBois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century 1919-1963″) and William H. McNeill (“Plagues and Peoples”). The list also includes speechwriter and lawyer Theodore Sorensen, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Philippe de Montebello, philanthropist Albert H. Small, as well as Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel, founding chairman of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the author of “Night.”

The official citations honoring each medalists can be found here.

The National Humanities Medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation’s understanding of the humanities, broadened our citizens’ engagement with the humanities, or helped preserve and expand Americans’ access to important resources in the humanities.

President Barack Obama, not pictured, acknowledges actress Sarah Jessica Parker, as first lady Michelle Obama looks on, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Feb. 25, 2010, before he presented the 2009 National Medal of Arts and National Humanities Medal. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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The President’s remarks can be read here.
Last photo credit: Image by MANDEL NGAN / Getty Images

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