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First Lady Michelle Obama Graces Cover of USA Weekend

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America’s mom-in-chief, Michelle Obama

USAToday~For Michelle Obama, mother of two very active girls, Malia, 11, and Sasha, 8, “taking care of family” comes first, Obama tells USA WEEKEND Magazine during an exclusive interview in the Map Room at the White House.

Obama’s self-appointed title projects the image of a mother in charge — a power-mom fully in command of her own brood who has decided to help the nation’s children, too. Her “Let’s Move!” initiative to conquer obesity in America’s children is a perfect extension of Obama’s own carefully plotted household.

Baring those famous biceps in an explosive fuchsia-colored dress and metallic heels, Obama is no Donna Reed from an era past. But when it comes to her family, her take is unapologetically and forthrightly old-fashioned. Even she is surprised at “how much I draw on my own childhood and my mother’s style of mothering.” Indeed, her mother, Marian Robinson, 72, lives right above the first family on the third floor of the White House and is a key part of the Obamas’ family support system. (Just before our photo shoot, we spotted Robinson taking a morning walk on the grounds.)

Even though Obama sought advice early on from her predecessors Laura Bush, Hillary Clinton and even Tipper Gore, wife of former vice president Al Gore, she notes that “the beauty of this role [is that] it’s unique to the person who’s sitting in this position, and you define it.”

The goal is “regular little kids

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Law, ex-corporate attorney and professional hospital administrator, Obama is applying her formidable smarts and pragmatism to focus intently on making sure that Sasha and Malia feel like “regular little kids.”

“You’ve got a lot of people who are willing to help and to make life easy,” Obama says. “We have to just make sure that people aren’t walking in behind them doing things they should be doing for themselves.”

“We have to set some pretty clear boundaries with the staff to ensure the kids still take ownership of their spaces,” she says. “We have to demand that.”

“First grandma” Robinson embraces the do-it-yourself message — she “has to sneak to do her own laundry.” The girls’ turn at tackling the dirty-clothes pile is coming. “Malia doesn’t know this yet,” Obama confides, “but she’s going to be doing her own laundry, too. She can’t go to college never having done her own laundry!”

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Cover photo shoot by Kwaku Alston, Stockland Martel for USA WEEKEND. Michelle Obama’s Hair: Johnny Wright; Make-up: Derrick Rutledge.

Looking for more stories on the First Lady? Check out our brand new section: FLOTUS: All Things Michelle Obama

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Vicki Kennedy Will Be Interviewed on New CNN Show, “John King, USA

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Tonight, on the premiere of John King, USA, John will sit down for an exclusive interview with Vicki Kennedy, the widow of Sen. Ted Kennedy. They will discuss her personal reflections on the health care reform vote, her late husband’s impact on the bill, the election of Sen. Scott Brown and more. Tune in to America’s new home for political news and conversation at 7pm ET.

Mrs. Kennedy told King she spent yesterday at her husband’s grave in Arlington National Cemetery. “I thought yesterday was an important day to be there, because I had hope and confidence and certainly, you know, wish that the bill would pass,” she said.

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Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Interview with President Barack Obama

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith interview President Barack Obama after he receives the Nobel Peace Prize 2009 in Oslo, Norway.

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Book Review: James Ellroy concludes his ‘Underworld USA’ trilogy with ‘Blood’s a Rover’

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<i>'Blood's a Rover'</i> by James Ellroy

'Blood's a Rover' by James Ellroy

James Ellroy‘s astonishing creation, the Underworld USA Trilogy, is complete. Its concluding volume, Blood’s a Rover, has just been published. The three long thrillers that make up the trilogy (American Tabloid, 1995; The Cold Six Thousand, 2001; Blood’s a Rover, 2009) present a brutal counterhistory of America in the 1960s and 1970s — the assassinations, the social convulsions, the power-elite plotting — through the lives of invented second- and third-echelon operatives in the great political crimes of the era. The trilogy is biblical in scale, catholic in its borrowing from conspiracy theories, absorbing to read, often awe-inspiring in the liberties taken with standard fictional presentation, and, in its imperfections and lapses, disconcerting.~~~Norman Rush @ New York Review of Books

Canadian Press/Bruce Desilva—James Ellroy, the mad genius of American letters, snarls and spits at you from the page in this jaw-dropping conclusion to his paranoid “Underworld USA” trilogy.

He spent eight years writing this dense, massive epic, which picks up where “American Tabloid” and “The Cold Six Thousand” left off. Together, the three novels tear down the turbulent history of America between 1958 and 1972 and rewrite it to include every paranoid fantasy from the far left and the far right, throwing in a bunch more no one else could have dreamed up.

NYT Best-selling Author James Ellroy

NYT Best-selling Author James Ellroy

As “Blood’s a Rover” opens, the FBI is frantically trying to cover up its complicity in the John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. assassinations. J. Edgar Hoover is collaborating with the Mafia to undermine political enemies and to destroy the country’s black power and peace movements. And Howard Hughes and the mob are paying off Richard Nixon for his help in trying to build a new casino empire in the Dominican Republic.

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Carrie Prejean Sues Pageant For Religious Discrimination

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean


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I should have entitled this diary ‘Prolonging her 15 minutes of fame‘…

As reported by Anthony McCartney at Huffington Post: Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean sued pageant officials Monday for libel, slander and religious discrimination, accusing them of telling her to stop mentioning God even before her controversial remarks against gay marriage.

Prejean sued California pageant executive director Keith Lewis and actress and former Miss USA Shanna Moakler, who served as a co-director before resigning in protest of Prejean. She is also suing publicist Roger Neal, who handles press for Miss California USA and Lewis.

Prejean was fired in June by pageant officials who said she missed several scheduled appearances.

One interesting point of fact: She is not sueing Donald Trump, who owns Miss California USA’s parent organization and who in May refused to fire Prejean, a decision he reversed a month later. Even she knew better than to try that one.

Now there should be at least one reality show producer out there who would be interested in giving her a show. I know that her guest spot on the Fox and Friends show didn’t go that well (and this from a network that typically sets the bar pretty low for their on-air news readers). But why should the rest of us have to put up with news stories on her lawsuit, ad nauseam for the upcoming months? That seems like cruel and unusual punishment.

As Keith Olbermann often asks Sarah Palin, I’ll now ask the same of Ms. Prejean.

How can we miss you, if you won’t go away?

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