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Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 8:44 AM
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By Lisa Balde

New App Tracks Michelle Obama's Style

New App Tracks Michelle Obama's Style

If you're a fan of following First Lady Michelle Obama's style -- and judging by the latest trend in arm-lift cosmetic surgery fueled in part by Mrs. O's bicep-baring gowns, you are among many -- there's a... Read »

Thursday, Apr 11, 2013 at 7:12 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Obama On Chicago Violence: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

Obama On Chicago Violence: 'Hadiya Pendleton Was Me'

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago Wednesday to address youth violence in Chicago, by addressing business leaders and hearing first-hand accounts from kids. "Hadiya Pendleton was me and I was her," she... Read »

Thursday, Mar 14, 2013 at 10:45 AM
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By Darlene Superville

First Lady Outlines Priorities In Vogue

First Lady Outlines Priorities In Vogue

Michelle Obama is pushing back against the notion that she and President Barack Obama don't socialize enough in Washington. Read »

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 at 8:42 PM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Announces Effort To Help Kids Exercise

First Lady Michelle Obama returns to Chicago to make an announcement about physical education in schools. Read »

Saturday, Feb 23, 2013 at 5:10 PM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

Teens Talk to Rahm About Solutions to Violence

More than 500 teens are expected to submit their proposals and brainstorm with Chicago officials Saturday afternoon, including Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM
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By Lisa Balde

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

First Lady Invites Pendleton's Mother To SOTU

The mother of 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton will be a guest of First Lady Michelle Obama during Tuesday night's State of the Union, White House aides told NBC News Monday. Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:45 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

Obama Heads to Chicago to Address Economy, Gun Violence

President Barack Obama will travel to Chicago Friday to talk about strengthening the U.S. economy as well as city gun violence. Read »

Friday, Feb 8, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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By Edward McClelland

Joe Walsh Criticizes First Lady For Attending Funeral

Joe Walsh Criticizes First Lady For Attending Funeral

If you stop reading and commenting on Joe Walsh's latest outrageous statement, we'll stop writing about him, and he'll disappear into the obscurity he deserves. Read »

Friday, Jan 18, 2013 at 7:45 AM
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By Lisa Balde

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

Michelle Obama Debuts New Haircut On Twitter

New term, new Twitter, new do. First Lady Michelle Obama, whose fashion choices are often written about and acclaimed, stepped up her style Wednesday without a wardrobe makeover. She took to her new Twitter... Read »

Monday, Jan 7, 2013 at 2:35 PM
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By Lisa Balde

Jason Wu Launches New Collection For Nordstrom

Jason Wu Launches New Collection For Nordstrom

The designer whose fans include First Lady Michelle Obama launched a new women's collection this week at 49 Nordstrom locations across the country, include Obama's hometown. Read »

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Rahm Emanuel

Rahm Emanuel

Foul mouthed, iron-fisted and arrogant. Say hello to Mayor Emanuel.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

Jesse Jackson Jr.

After spending much of the past year and a half out of the public eye Triple J is making a comeback!

Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich

Rascally alchemist transmutes disgrace into fame. Celeb Apprentice buffoon, jail time looms.

Pat Quinn

Pat Quinn

Accidental gov no longer.

Michael Madigan

Michael Madigan

Master of the Illinois political universe, behind-the-scenes strong arm, and speaker of the house.

Ed Burke

Ed Burke

Ed Burke has played the stoic counterpart to Mayor Daley's outspoken boss hog since the Mayor took office.

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